Top 10 Things You Need To Know This July In Delray Beach

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  1. The Delray Beach Historical Society’s “Snail Mail Summer Camp” returns for its second year this month. Campers will explore the history of communication with interactive games and activities; connect with pen pals around the globe; learn to use typewriters, feather quills, and fountain pens; decorate letter boxes; and build their own collections of international stamps. Campers will also interact with writers, artists, papermakers and civic leaders. Sessions run July 8-11 or July 22-26. Camp is in session from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Historic Cason Cottage. The camp is for kids ages 7-14 and costs $125 per child. Supplies included. Scholarships are available. Registration required.
  2.  Summer Ukulele Jams are back at the Delray Beach Public Library. From 5-7:30 p.m., jam out on July 10 at the library.
  3.  The Delray Beach Playhouse is trying to raise $50,000 by Sept. 3. If you want to join in on the effort, donations begin at $25. For more information, call 561-272-1281.
  4.  Sandoway Discovery Center has a new lead veterinarian. Dr. Scott McOwen has been appointed as Director Emeritus. Dr. McOwen is an original founder of Sandoway and has guided much of the Center’s animal care efforts for the past two decades. Local veterinarian Dr. Kristin Quisenberry, “Dr. Q” will transition into a leadership role at Sandoway. Dr. Q is about to open her own animal practice, “Dr Q’s Pet Vet” on North Federal Highway just north of George Bush. Sandoway’s animals have been donated as unwanted pets, were injured or rehabilitated but unable to be released to the wild.
  5.  The Cornell Art Museum will hold its 6th annual 6×6 sale on July 25. Doors open at 6 p.m. and sales begin at 6:30 p.m. The 6×6 Exhibition & Sale invites all aspiring, professional and hobbyists’ artists, of all ages, to submit original artworks, of any medium – in the 6” x 6” format for this all-inclusive art experience. All pieces are shown as the Spotlight Gallery feature exhibition for the month of July, are open during Delray Beach’s First Friday Art Walk on July 5 and will remain on view until the 6×6 Art Sale. All submitted artworks are sold for $30 each in an auction-style sale. The cost to attend is $5 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Cornell Art Museum programming.
  6.  Two students from Delray Beach high schools received Comcast Awards Scholarships. Students are selected for their outstanding community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Zoe Deitelbaum who attended American Heritage School and Enrique Rodriguez who attended Atlantic Community High School received the college scholarship.
  7.  Delray’s Chamber of Commerce CEO and president Jeb Conrad resigned on May 31 after about a year in the role. Stephanie Immelman, former executive director of the Delray Marketing Cooperative, is serving as interim CEO.
  8.  The Arts Garage has launched a new art supply drive to benefit local schools. HeARTfelt is a new Arts Garage initiative benefitting local schools and their arts education programs. Arts Garage will ask patrons and residents to donate materials such as colored pencils, paints, construction paper, and more arts and crafts supplies throughout the year, donating to four schools annually. Each quarter, Arts Garage will choose a new school to receive donated supplies. The collected supplies for this inaugural drive will be donated to Village Academy on the Art and Sara Jo Kobacker Campus. Collection boxes will be placed in the Grassroots Gallery at Arts Garage. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Donations accepted until Aug. 5 at noon.
  9.  Atlantic High graduate Chase Correia received a $2,500 scholarship from the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. He graduated with a 5.45 GPA and was ranked third in his class. He scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. He was a 4-year varsity soccer player and captain of the team. He was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America as well as the National Honor Society. He also received a $1,500 scholarship from The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office.
  10.  Spady Cultural Heritage Museum received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the creation and exhibition of “eroica: black, brown, red and yellow comic book narratives.” Eroica, which also means “heroic,” is an introductory project organized by curator and artist Khaluah Nuruddin and artist William Cordova that focuses on the origins and representations of super heroes of color in different comic book publications since their origins in the late 1930s. The show will open in October.