| February, 2020

Annual Black Heritage Banquet–Feb. 22

Posted on 18 February 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks & Recreation Department would like to invite you to join us for the Annual Black Heritage Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m at the Leo J. Robb Gym, 445 SW 2 St. Come out for delicious food and live performance performed by after school theater program that is made up of 30 local 8- to 17 -year old children. See who is honored from the community this year and listen to a keybote speaker. Tickets are $25 at the door ($20 pre-sale). Tables are $180 for a table of 10. Buy your tickets at Central City Campus (401 SW 4 St.) on Tuesday’s or Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. or  at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex. *It is recommended that guests wear African attire; however, it is not required*

For more information please contact the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429.

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Afrique Ngozi Dance & Drum’ Celebrates Black History Month

Posted on 18 February 2020 by JLusk

Welcoming Drum Song. Dance Teacher Khinuu Nefer on West African Djembe (L) with Grecia Garrett on Cuban Conga.

By Diane Emeott
Atlanta-trained dancer Khinuu Nefer started her dance company “Afrique
Ngozi Dance & Drum, Inc.” five years ago “because there was a need for
“And it’s taken off!” enthused the dancer before her special
children’s program at the Downtown Boca Raton Library on Friday, Feb.
7, as part of Black History Month.
The dance teacher told more than 30 mesmerized children and their
parents gathered  in the Downtown Library’s Community Room that she
named her dance company “Afrique – for African” and “Ngozi, which
means Blessing.”
Nefer, who lives in Boynton Beach and has her business in Lake Worth,
off Lucerne Avenue, said she hosts workshops and presentations at the
library and city, as well as working with Palm Beach County School
District to create afterschool programs. She also does private performances for Children’s Art Symphony.
Nefer studied West African Dance and now has a mission to educate area
children and their families in the art of it.
She began her afternoon program with a “Funga Alafia” Welcome Song
from Liberia — performed on drums by Nefer on West African Djembe and
her colleague Grecia Garrett from Femin Afrika on Cuban Congas. A
Workshop to teach West African Dance Movements followed, using various
dances including a harvest dance called the “Ku Ku” to get kids
moving. A West African Folklore Story concluded the 45-minute program.
“The first rule is – arms up. The second movement is, side to side,”
she instructed eager-to-learn children encircled around her during the
first dance.
Nefer also taught children the names of the different items of West
African garb she was wearing, including an African wrap skirt called a
“Lappa,” meant to cover the waist and hips when dancing. “And we dance
barefoot,” she added.
For more information, visit www.afriquengozi.com; email
info@afriquengozi.com, or call 561-667-7391.
Story Central: “Stories from a Life of Service” with Ray Christian
took place on Feb. 8, the day after ‘Afrique Ngozi Dance & Drum.’
Every Wednesday evening in February, Boca’s Downtown Library has been
showing a point-of-view (POV) documentary recognizing Black History
Month. Upcoming scheduled at 7 p.m. are:
Feb. 19: Raising Bertie
Feb. 26: Presenting Princess Shaw
For more information on programs at the Downtown Library, located at 400 NW 2 Ave., in Boca Raton, call 561-393-7852.

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Bacchus Beckons kicks off Boca Bacchanal

Posted on 13 February 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Bacchus Beckons, held on Jan. 21 at Bloomingdale’s at the Town Center Mall at Boca Raton, signaled the kickoff to the popular culinary event Boca Bacchanal. Hosted by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, this first event of many was a perfect time for everyone to mingle and try some delicious hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Sandy James Fine Food & Productions, as well as taste different wines from featured vitners. Over 150 were in attendance. Models showed off some of the fashions available there and the DJ played some pumping retro tunes.

Another purpose of this event was to announce this year’s pairing of these acclaimed vitners with award-winning chefs for the upcoming Vitner Dinners, which will be held on March 6 from 7 to 11 p.m. at five elegant homes and one new restaurant throughout Boca Raton. (See pairings and more info below).

Before the Vitner Dinners take place, there will be another event –Bubbles & Burgers.

Held on Feb. 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boca Beach Club, 900 S. Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton, this informal get together will include specialty burgers and sparking wines and champagne.

Hosted by Alina Residences. Tickets are $100. Parking is complimentary.  

The Boca Bacchanal events culminate with The Grand Tasting on March 7 from

7 to 10 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. There, guests can enjoy tantalizing tastes of specialties served up from over 25 local restaurants to be enjoyed with over 130 champagnes and wines from all over the world. There also will be a silent auction and plenty of pop ups to experience.  Thomas Arvid, America’s preeminent painter of wine, will also be at the Boca Bacchanal with a pop up art gallery, will be donating a piece of his art to the hundreds of items within the silent auction and will be doing a live painting demo. Don’t miss one of the hottest foodie events in the area! Tickets are $125.

For more information on all the events, visit https://www.bocabacchanal.com/

 Vitner and Chef Pairings

At the home of Barbara and Bobby Campbell, the dinner will feature Chef Tim Nickey, of Kapow! Noodle Bar in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, with Tim Duncan, of Silver Oaks & Twomey Cellars, of Napa Valley, California.

Maria & Todd Roberti’s dinner will debut Chef Nathan Duensing, of Marsh House in Nashville, paired with Tim Duncan, of Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, of Napa Valley, California.

 Joyce & Thom DeVita and Joni & Al Goldberg will feature Chef John Thomas, of Sassafras in West Palm Beach, and John Schulz, of Flora Springs Winery of Napa Valley, California.

Stacey Packer, Robin Deyo, Carrie Rubin and Donna Nero — all women for the first time– will host at the Packer home. For that dinner, Chef Amy Mehrtens, of Copper Vine in New Orleans, is paired with Aime Dunstan, of Cakebread Cellars, of Sonoma, California. 

LeAnn & Russell Berman’s dinner features Chefs Shanna & Brian O’Hea, of The Academe Brasserie at the Kennebunk Inn in Kennebunk, Maine, paired with Anthony Truchard, of Truchard Vineyards, of Napa Valley, California. One of the evenings special guests will be Thomas Arvid, the nation’s pre-eminent painter of wine.

The Rex Gryphon Restaurant Group will hold their Vintner Dinner at their unique Rex Baron Survivors Kitchen/VRex Lounge located at Town Center at Boca Raton. This avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed restaurant concept includes interactive, multi-sensory elements and a hi-tech VR escape lounge. The al fresco evening will be co-hosted by the company’s Culinary Director and acclaimed Chef Ralph P. Fernandez, and former N.Y. Giants running back, best-selling author, youth advocate, and philanthropist Rashad Jennings, who joined the Rex Gryphon (RG) Restaurant Group in December 2019. This dinner debuts Anita Correas of Montes Wines of Chile.




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Pat Anderson’s Plein Air Art Fundraiser Day at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Posted on 12 February 2020 by JLusk

Local artist Pat Anderson will have a special event on Tuesday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pat teaches people to paint en plein air. As she always says, “Learn to Paint what you see while you see it…tomorrow it will change.”  The class includes a tour of the historic Bonnet House, art supplies and use of her patented Leaf Bar Table/easel at lakeside Royal Palms. You can learn Fashion Illustration by studying the influence of ERTE sculptures & Hugh the Swan for future figure art.  Pat taught Fashion Illustration at the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute and elsewhere. Only pay at the class, which goes directly to the Bonnet House.  Additional money Donations will be accepted by volunteers at the class.   Reserve your space now at Pat@PatAndersonArtist.com. This is just one of the weekly classes Pat has. Find out more info. at www.PatAndersonArtist.com/classes.

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DFB launches “Your City, Your Buck”

Posted on 12 February 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach is inviting citizens to dive into Your City, Your Buck, a new survey launched in an effort to include the community in the annual budgeting process. The survey is the equivalent to a virtual public workshop and uses technology to elevate the level of civic engagement in the budget process. The surveys are anonymous, but it does ask for some demographic information.

Hardcopies of the survey and a drop box are currently available at the following locations:

· City Hall, 150 NE 2 Avenue

· Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2 Street

· Highlands Community Center, 511 NE 44 Street

· Hillsboro Community Center, 50 Hillsboro Technology Drive

· Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

In addition, computers with internet access are available at the Hillsboro Community Center Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Surveys are available online and at the facilities in multiple languages to include: Portuguese, French, Creole, and Spanish. The surveys will be available for the month of February.

City staff is just starting to shape the 2021 Fiscal Year budget, which will run from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021. The survey results will be presented to the City Commission at a future visioning session. If you would like to provide input, please complete the survey at www.deerfield-beach.com/budgetsurvey.

For additional information please contact Office of Budget & Performance via email at dfbbudget@deerfield-beach.com.

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Retired NFL Star Named 2020 Pioneer Days Parade Grand Marshal

Posted on 12 February 2020 by JLusk


The Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that retired NFL Running Back Willis McGahee will be this year’s Pioneer Days Parade Grand Marshal. The Pioneer Days Parade will happen on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m.

Willis Andrew McGahee III is a former NFL Running Back and played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as an All-American and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Willis was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and was a member of the 2001 BCS National Championship team. In addition to his time with the Bills, McGahee played for the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, and Cleveland Browns and was a two-time Pro Bowler.

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Seminole Hard Rock to begin guitar light show–worth the drive

Posted on 12 February 2020 by JLusk

 Coming off the primetime reveal of Hard Rock International’s Big Game commercial starring music and entertainment powerhouse Jennifer Lopez, The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood will premiere a new “The Guitar Hotel Light Show” with songs performed by Jennifer Lopez on Thursday, Feb. 13. The one-of-a-kind show is also in conjunction with the brand’s announcement of the “Hard Rock Live Like a Legend $2M Giveaway,” where winners will receive a total of over $2 million in packages and prizes, including one grand prize winner of the “Live Like JLo $100,000 Experience.”

The spectacle will feature a mashup of six of Lopez’s top hits, giving guests a breathtaking display of sights and sounds. The special Guitar Hotel Light Show is scheduled to have four showings on Feb. 13: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The new spectacle will be included in future The Guitar Hotel Light Shows.

As part of the “Live Like JLo $100,000 Experience,” a lucky winner and a guest will receive an ultra-VIP four-night escape to stay like JLo at the world’s first Guitar Hotel. The grand prize also includes First Class round-trip airfare for two, two days in a private cabana at the 13.5-acre Bora Bora lagoon, $2,500 resort credit to use for spa treatments, shopping or dining and an additional $25,000 cash—a total prize value of $100,000. For a free chance to win, please enter at hardrock.com. Sweepstakes runs through Feb. 29.

The Guitar Hotel Light Show is a daily spectacle featuring a series of orchestrated outdoor music and light shows showcasing the LED lights built into all sides of the brand new and immaculate Guitar Hotel. The lights are programmed to change color and intensity and are choreographed to different songs. Six high-powered beams of light accentuate the production by projecting at least 20,000 feet into the sky. The six lights mimic the strings of an imaginary guitar neck.

For The Guitar Hotel Light Show updates and times please visit www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com or follow Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s social media pages: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.

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Pioneer Days — Mardis Gras style

Posted on 12 February 2020 by JLusk

It’s hard to believe but it is already time for the annual Pioneer Days celebration. This three-days of fun starts on this Friday, Feb. 14 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 16. Although it is headquartered at the Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21 Ave. in Deerfield, it isn’t the only activity. There also is a parade on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. going from Pioneer Park down Hillsboro Blvd. toward the beach. The theme this year is Mardi Gras so bring your beads and be prepared to catch a few as the floats go by.

Once the parade is through, head on down to the beach and enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, arts & crafts booths and more. Don’t forget the fireworks Saturday night at 9:05 p.m. Kids can enjoy the Family Fun Zone too with free face painting, popcorn, snowcones and games.

Entertainment Schedule:

Friday, February 14

5:00pm – 6:30pm  D. Marion & Company
7:00pm – 8:00pm  Joey Gilmore
8:30pm – 10:00pm i95 Band

Saturday, February 15

1:00pm – 2:30pm Terry Muldoon
2:45pm – 4:00pm Nostaljah
4:30pm – 5:30pm Marlow Rosado
6:00pm – 7:30pm Shaw Davis & the Black Ties
8:30pm -10:00pm Hairdaze (80s Tribute Band)

Sunday, February 16

1:00pm -2:30pm Bill Crowley
3:00pm – 4:15pm Wildfire
4:45pm – 6:00pm Big City Dogs

Side Stage- Hillsboro & Ocean
Sat & Sun: 1:00 pm – 6pm Walt Rooney                 

Side Stage – Ocean & 3rd Street
 Sat 1:00pm – 6:00 pm                                                    807 Band
 Sun 12:00pm – 5:00pm                                                  D. Marion & Company


Carnival Information

Friday, February 14                                                     5:00pm – 10:00pm     
Saturday, February 15 1:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday, February 16 11:00am – 6:00pm                                                                                                  

Carnival Ticket Fee:

$1/ticket or $20 for 24 tickets
Wristbands to be sold on Sunday ONLY for $20 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, rides will continue until 6:00 PM.

Complimentary Shuttle Information

Parking on the barrier island will be limited during the event.  Attendees can make the short walk across the bridge to the event or take the complimentary shuttle service.
Complimentary shuttle will be available in the:

-Cove Shopping Center located at 1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd
-St. Ambrose Catholic Church located at 363 SE 12th Ave. on the east side of the complex
-OMRC located at 445 SW 2nd St in front of the gym
-Century Village located at 2400 Century Village Blvd

Shuttle Hours of Operation

Friday, February 14th 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm 
Saturday, February 15th 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday, February 16th 10:00 am – 6:00 pm                                                                                                                        

Please note: The bridge will close at 9:30 AM on February 15 to vehicular traffic due to the parade and reopen following the conclusion of the parade.

There is free parking and trolley pick-ups available at The Cove Shopping Center and St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

Look for road closures during the parade. The parade will start by traveling south on NE 6 Ave to Hillsboro Blvd. It will then head east on Hillsboro Blvd to A1A and along the S-Curve to SE 21 Ave (S Ocean Way), and will end at SE 3 St.


 For additional information, call  954-480-4429 or visit http://www.dfb.city/pioneerdays.

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Florida Highwaymen at Old Schoolhouse– Deerfield

Posted on 10 February 2020 by JLusk

Like Father… Like son…

By Rachel Galvin

Roy McLendon Jr.

Roy McLendon








Florida Highwaymen Roy McLendon and his son, Roy McLendon Jr., will be making an appearance at Deerfield’s Old Schoolhouse this Saturday, Feb. 15. They have been appearing there to paint live and have their paintings on display for sale for the last two Saturdays and will also be there on Saturdays, Feb. 22 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are accepting a suggested donation of $7.

The Old Schoolhouse is located by City Hall, at 232 NE 2 St./ Eller Dr. in Deerfield Beach. Books and artwork are available for purchase. For more info., call 954-429-0378 or visit www.deerfield-history.org.

About the Florida Highwaymen
The Florida Highwaymen were a group of African American landscape artists in Florida who made their living selling their art door to door and from their cars beyond from the 1950s to the 1980s. The first two artists, Alfred Hair and Harold Newton were taught by Alfred “Beanie” Backus.
For more information on the history of the Highwaymen, visit www.floridahighwaymen.com.

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Community Development Block Grant Meeting –Feb. 19

Posted on 10 February 2020 by JLusk

FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and FY 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan The City of Deerfield Beach is an entitlement recipient of federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.  In order to receive these funds, HUD requires the city to develop and submit a five-year Consolidated Plan every five years that is implemented and submitted to HUD in annual increments as an Annual Action Plan. For FY 2020-2021 the City’s anticipates receiving approximately $659,318 to address community development and housing needs in Deerfield Beach.

In preparation of both CDBG Plans a Pre-Development meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19, at 6 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers, 150 NE 2 Avenue, in Deerfield Beach to obtain citizens input. 

Any person requiring auxiliary aids and services at this meeting may contact the City Clerk’s Office at (954) 480-4213 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service by using the following numbers: 1-800-955-8770 or 1-800-955-8771

 For additional information on the meeting, please contact the Community Development Department at 954-480-6420.

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