December 2017

There are 70 blog entries for December 2017.


If you’re looking for something fun and different to do this New Year's Eve, check out these dance parties around town ranging from 1920s swing music to today’s hits.

The Great Gatsby New Year's Eve

What: A fancy evening for fun playing 1920s swing music and serving curated themed cocktails.

Where: Boca Raton Marriott

When: Dec. 31st 7 p.m.- Jan. 1st 1 a.m.

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New Year's Eve Ball

What: A 1960s New York inspired ball.

Where: Kitchen 305 at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

When: Dec. 31st 7 p.m- Jan. 1st 4 a.m.

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New Year's Eve 80s Beach Party

What: 80s themed firework viewing party on the beach.

Where: 1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

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Need another reason to sell your home? Home sales gains are the highest in a decade, according to the National Association of Realtors.

For the third month in a row, home sales are on the rise in all major regional areas on the east coast of the country, like Palm Beach County.

Home sales increased 5.6% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.81 million. Sales now are 3.8% higher than a year ago and in the strongest place since December 2006.

Lawrence Yun, a chief economist at the NAR, says “Faster economic growth in recent quarters, the booming stock market, and continuous job gains are fueling substantial demand for buying a home as the 2017 comes to an end.” He also says the odds of closing on a home are much better at the

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The popular French baker, Loic Autret, and his wife Pauline, just opened “Loic” in downtown West Palm Beach.

The bakery/bar/café is super stylish with 22-foot ceilings, smoked mirrors, floor-ceiling windows, and marble-topped high tops. Their whole menu- sandwiches, salads, artisanal breads, cheese platters, croissants, and tarts- is homemade from scratch.

Loic is a chef known for his pastries and his story. After serving in the French military as a paratrooper and minesweeping in Iraq and Cambodia, he decided to take up baking after getting injured. He learned the trade from working at different high-end restaurants around Palm Beach and Miami. He is now very popular around town, selling his confections at the West Palm Greenmarket.

At his

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The 5th Annual Delray Beach Fashion Week is coming up in January. This week is special to south Florida because the people of south Florida and Delray Beach are very much into their fashion and couture. The five days of fashion week are full of style, fashion and elegance all encompassed with parties, socializing and beautiful scenery.

Local designers submit their best pieces for the runway shows and the local artists display their works of art as well. The week of Delray Fashion Week is filled with art, culture and style. “The local designers and diverse fashions will take center stage at the fashion runway events, designer showcase, fashion luncheon, Stiletto Race, and for the first time a Fashion Week Boutique Pop Up Shopping Event.”

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Our local hospital, Jupiter Medical Center, falls in the top 1% of hospitals in the nation and for good reason. Its cutting edge technologies, small size and incredible medical facilities and staff are the reasons Jupiter Medical Center is so successful. But another huge factor to this hospital’s success are its tremendous donations from local residents. 

Recently, the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation was given a $5 million donation from an anonymous donor which will go directly to the efforts of making this hospital a “designated comprehensive stroke center.” With such a generous and monumentally helpful gift, the hospital will be able to serve patients with more complex neurological cases making Jupiter Medical Center on track for to reach its goal

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Celebrate Christmas with PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Enjoy the morning around the tree, opening presents, and sipping hot drinks, then head over to the resort for a grand buffet with homemade dishes, traditional desserts, and seasonal flair. The food will be prepared by the executive chef and the menu follows: 

Fresh Beginnings

Winter Squash Soup - Gruyere croutons

Baby Kale & Pomegranate - mandarin orange, toasted pecans, poppy seed dressing

Crisp Romaine - black truffle pecorino, creamy roasted garlic dressing, focaccia crouton

Curried Ancient Grains - golden raisins, toasted almonds, honey citrus dressing

Cranberry, Apple & Pecan Wild Rice Salad - apple cider vinaigrette

Charcuterie & Artisan

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The locally-founded favorite, Park Avenue Grille, has opened a new location at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. 

PA Grille opened in North Palm Beach in 1988 and have since opened 9 more locations as far north as Saint Lucie West and Stuart and as far south as Boynton. The restaurant has their fresh, never-frozen meat delivered right to them from Premium Standard Farms, known for their finest pork. PA is famous for their baby-back ribs, smoked with hickory in custom smokers and slow-cooked for hours. Patrons also love their hand-carved BBQ beef brisket sandwich and pulled pork platter.

While most of their locations have an old-school southern vibe, the new restaurant at the Gardens has more upscale decor and a nice outdoor patio. PA

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Certain styles can make your home look older even if it's a new house. Some quick and easy updating before putting you home on the market will make a big difference to buyers. Here are the styles that make your listing look dated according to the National Association of Realtors:

1. Bright and bold paint colors on walls. Turquoise might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but if you want to add color to the home it's better to do with pieces like pillows and vases. Neutral and warm colors are safe and always in style. 

2. Animal prints. At some time, someone somewhere came up with the idea that leopard and tiger prints on chairs and couches made them look more expensive. It's actually a big turn-off to home buyers if you're selling

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Spend time with the family and enjoy the spirit of Christmas at the free events Palm Beach County is hosting this Friday and Saturday.

1. Airing of The Polar Express

Bring your chairs and blankets to Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton and watch the holiday favorite "The Polar Express" under the evening sky. Tomorrow night doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 5:30 p.m. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the venue. 

2. Beach Bonfire

If you already watched The Polar Express, head to the beach tomorrow night from 6 - 9 p.m. and enjoy the warmth of a bonfire. Now that the weather has cooled, Lake Worth Beach is holding bonfires twice a month across from the Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex. The large

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Construction for the new mini-golf course coming to Jupiter’s Downtown Abacoa has officially begun this week. The new premier mini-golf course will be located on the corner of Main Street and Chancellor Drive in Jupiter.

In addition to the mini golf, there will also be a food shack on site featuring different foods rotating from the restaurants located in Abacoa.

The name of the mini-golf course has not been announced and is expected to have 18 holes. There is no official opening date as of now, but the course should be open in the summer of 2018.

The new course will be managed by the family who also operates the popular Lighthouse Cove, located on A1A in Jupiter. Lighthouse Cove, the 36-hole mini golf course has recently undergone an expansion and

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