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

  1. Volunteer to help restore the Lake Ida parcel on May 5. The Institute for Regional Conservation needs help removing invasive plant species, adding native plants to support native wildlife, and picking up trash and debris throughout the site. You must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Contact Cara Abbott at or 305-247-6547 to sign up.
  2.  Spend $200 while shopping downtown Delray between May 1-12 and receive a Phalaenopisis Orchid Plant. Save your receipts from fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios. Pick up your orchid from May 9-12 at either Hands Stationers or Petite Connection. Restaurant receipts are not valid. Orchid pick up times can be found at
  3.  The Police Awards Dinner will take place on May 11 at the Delray Beach Marriott. The Delray Citizens for Delray Police will recognize officer and department employees for their service. Awards for police officer, supervisor, rookie and employee of the year will be handed out. The event includes dinner and entertainment.
  4.  Comedian Lucas Bohn is on tour and making a stop in Delray at Old School Square’s Crest Theatre on May 12. The one-man-show “Lesson Plans to Late Night” begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
  5.  Delray’s mAe Gallery will present mixed-media prints of renowned artist Carmon Colangelo from May 4-27. Colangelo is the Dean of the Sam Fox School of Art and Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. For these works, Colangelo combines digital and traditional processes to create large, colorful, mixed-media prints that explore various ideas about the human experience and the contemporary condition. The mAe will feature Colangelo’s works produced in conjunction with Flying Horse Editions – a collaborative research studio for visual artists at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The opening is from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 4.
  6.  Sandoway Discovery Center has a new edition, Sweetie Pie, the stingray. Sweetie Pie is a Cownose Ray. They get their names from their forehead, which resembles the nose of a cow. Sweetie Pie was a gift from Heide O’Connell.
  7.  Delray Beach’s Old School Square Historic District has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city’s Marina Historic District is also on the National Register.
  8.  Community Greening was awarded a $20,000 grant from TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation “TD Green Streets,” which supports innovative urban greening and tree-planting projects in low- to moderate-income areas. Community Greening plans to use the money to plant 100 trees in front of Spady Elementary school along Lake Ida Road. The City of Delray Beach was one of 10 cities selected for a grant this year.
  9.  The Frog Alley Caribbean Festival will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on May 12. The free event will have entertainment on two stages including Caribbean Waves Steel Drum Band, the Milagro Center Steel Drum Group, a Junkanoo parade, Pan Paradise Reggae Band and a DJ. Free family activities include: Frog Alley Scavenger Hunt, Spady Museum Family Tree, craft activities, outdoor games and face painting. Visit local Caribbean vendors selling artwork, jewelry and Caribbean food. Live Painting by Ja Fleu. The event takes place on Atlantic Avenue and SW 5th Avenue.  For more information, visit
  10.  The Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce is holding its Business Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 15 at the Arts Garage. The event is free and open to the public to attend. Learn about the local business community.