Art Basel is back and better than ever!

Posted on 05 December 2021 by JLusk

Photos & Story By Rachel Galvin

Art Basel is back. After a break in 2020 due to COVID-19, the uber-popular art event is back with a vengeance. They brought together 253 leading galleries from around the world, representing 36 countries and territories.

This year, some new participants from Africa were a part of the show, adding to its diversity, including Afriart Gallery from Kampala; First Floor Gallery Harare with spaces in Harare and Victoria Falls; SMAC Art Gallery with spaces in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Stellenbosch; and Rele Gallery with spaces in Lagos and Los Angeles.

Due to the issues surrounding the pandemic that galleries were having, they also relaxed many of the exhibitor application requirements, including the minimum number of exhibitions a gallery must hold per year, the need to have a permanent space and the number of years the gallery must have been in operation. The changes allowed the fair to welcome a broader range of first-time participants, including the newly-opened Nicola Vassell in New York and the roaming Kendra Jayne Patrick Gallery.

This reporter found this year’s event to be the best yet as people seemed genuinely happy to be out in public again, albeit still in masks. It was the friendliest Art Basel ever and still brought forth cutting-edge and groundbreaking artworks just as it does every year.

More photos available on the Observer Newspaper Online Facebook site.

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Ocean Way Holiday–Dec. 4

Posted on 16 November 2021 by JLusk

The annual Ocean Way Holiday event will be held on Saturday, December 4 at the Main Beach Parking Lot in Deerfield Beach. They will be bringing back the lighting ceremony, live entertainment, holiday character show, photos with Santa, giant interactive snow globe, stilt walkers and more!  Be sure to check back at a later date for details. 

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is following and monitoring the current COVID-19 situation and will be following the recommended CDC & Broward County guidelines.

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Haunted Arboretum at Constitution Park

Posted on 14 October 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the annual Haunted Arboretum on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Constitution Park & Arboretum 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The Arboretum will be transformed into a scary haunted park. See if you are brave enough to get past the watchful eyes.
This guided event is for ages 7 years old and up, is $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents. Spots are limited, and pre-registration is required . Register by clicking  here  or call Constitution Park at 954-480-4494 to reserve your spot. Registration ends Saturday, October 30th. Registration ends Saturday, October 30. When registering, you will select your group’s time slot.
The park and playground will be closed to visitors starting at 12:00 PM on October 29 in preparation for the event.  Teen Volunteer applications are still being accepted.
For more information, please call 954-480-4494 or email .

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Halloween Festivities at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex

Posted on 11 October 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting Halloween Festivities at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 435 SW 2 St., on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 7 to 9 p.m.  inside the Dr. Leo J. Robb, Jr. Gymnasium.
Tour our Spooky Haunted House and receive treats and a craft kit for the kids. 
For more information, please get in touch with Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex at 954-480-4481 or email .

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Palm Con 2021

Posted on 09 October 2021 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin
Palm Con returned for the first time since 2016 on October 2 to The American Polish Club in Greenacres, the place where it all began 10 years ago. The event, officially called Palm Con:  The Palm Beach County Comic Book and Collectibles Show, had a big room filled with over 50 vendors selling their crafts, comic books, artwork, books and other merchandise to a happy crowd. There was a costume contest for those who really got into the theme. The Society for Creative Anachronism had a battle outside. Inside, there were other activities throughout the day, like a Mad-Libs Draw Off and other panels. 
After taking a short time off from hosting PalmCon to focus on his other business – Cosmic Times ( a comic book publishing house) he felt that the 10th anniversary was a perfect opportunity to bring PalmCon back. Continuing to be a community centric show, PalmCon has partnered with the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Palm Beach County Library System to help promote the arts and literacy on a local level. 
Also PalmCon is involved with several local schools to help them with their fundraising efforts in these challenging times. 
More information can be found here:

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DB Fall Festival–Oct. 16

Posted on 06 October 2021 by JLusk

The 8th Annual Deerfield Beach Fall Festival will take place Saturday, October 16 at Pioneer Park from 4 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a day of fun with the entire family! This festival event includes several fun activities such as story telling, arts & crafts, archery, hay ride, picking up goodie bags from our local non-profits, picking out your perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, enjoying our live entertainment, and much more! 

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is constantly monitoring the current COVID-19 situation and will be following the recommended CDC & Broward County guidelines. 

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The Wick Theatre Launches Season 8 with Mamma Mia!

Posted on 04 October 2021 by JLusk

The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton opens their 8th season with the smash international hit Mamma Mia!  This sunny, funny mega-musical is infused with joy, nostalgia and the iconic hit songs of Swedish supergroup ABBA.  Broadway stars Jodie Langel and Sean McDermott lead an all-star cast including Meg Frost, Aaron Bower, Britte Steele and more. The show runs from October 7 to November 14, 2021. Tickets are $75-$95. The Tavern at The Wick is open for pre-show dining. Learn more at or call the box office at 561-995-2333.

“After the past 18 months, I think we all deserve a dose of unbridled fun, and Mamma Mia! is that and more,” Marilynn A. Wick, managing executive producer. “This international phenomenon ran on Broadway for 14 years and has dazzled a global audience of over 65 million. It is the ultimate giddy guilty pleasure that will have you singing and dancing in the aisles.”

Based on the songs of the pop group ABBA, Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson. The musical unfolds on a Greek island paradise where Sophie, a soon-to-be-bride, longs to discover the identity of her father. Bringing three men from her mother’s past back to the island on the eve of her wedding leads to non-stop laughs and explosive song and dance numbers to ABBA hits including “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Thank You for the Music,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All” and “SOS.”

The Wick is delighted to welcome back Broadway and National touring stars Jodie Langel (Donna) and Sean McDermott (Sam).  The rest of the all-star cast includes Britte Steele as Rosie, Aaron Bower as Tanya, Robert Koutras as Bill, Doug Chitel as Harry, and Meg Frost as Sophie. The show is directed by Larry Raben, with musical direction by Eden Marte and choreography by Stephen Casey.

Matinee performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 pm. Evening performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm.

Masks will be required for all guests and temperature checks will be done at the door.

The Wick Theatre is located at 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33487. For more info. and tickets, visit

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AAUW Membership Meeting & Presentation–Nov. 1

Posted on 04 October 2021 by JLusk

AAUW Membership Meeting & Presentation in person and via zoom
November 1 (Monday) at 12:30 p.m.
Join the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Pompano Beach Branch for their monthly membership meeting and educational presentation.  After a brief membership meeting, Monica Elliott, president of League of Women Voters Broward County, will discuss Separating Fact from Fiction in Politics.
Location:   Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 Street, Pompano Beach.   
New members and guests welcome.   No charge. Social time 12:30 p.m. (bring a lunch, dessert and beverages provided).  Meeting at 1:00 p.m., presentation at 1:45 p.m.  Email to get Zoom link.
RSVP312-316-6229 or email:

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Concert this Friday–Deerfield

Posted on 14 April 2021 by JLusk

LaBonte Handley Duo

“Mix Up Your Music”

This Friday, April 16th, Wine and Cheese reception 6:30, performance at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center 84 SE 4 Ave., Deerfield Beach.

 $15 per person

Renee LaBonte is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist and Founding Executive Director of The Symphony of the Americas. She will be joined by the talented Sally Handley.

Limited seating and Covid-19 compliant

RSVP to Judi at 954-461-1152 or

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Coffee & Connections –July 21st 8 to 9 a.m.

Posted on 20 July 2020 by JLusk

Early morning Coffee & Connections from 8 to 9 a.m. tomorrow, July 21 via Zoom, thanks to the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce…With Special Guest Kimberly Marie Bonner of New Day Consulting Systems. She will focus on how to survive during COVID-19. She is a Business Scale Expert with over 20 years of experience. To register, visit

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