Top 10 Don’t Miss Events

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  1. The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will debut its summer exhibit “Amazing Butterflies” on May 6.  The interactive exhibit features the entire lifecycle of the well-loved insect. Visitors will experience the challenges of being a caterpillar as it transforms into a beautiful butterfly, discovering how the caterpillars eat, move and live through a hands-on maze filled with activities the whole family will enjoy. Guests of all ages can learn what it’s like to fly like a butterfly, walk like a caterpillar and avoid getting stuck in a spider web. After learning about the lifecycle of the butterfly, guests can explore the butterfly gardens throughout the Science Center’s new Conservation Course, an 18-hole miniature golf course, to get an up-close look at the beautiful insects.
  2.  Catch “Waiting for Godot” through May 7 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets are $30 and $20 for students and seniors. Group rates are also available. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions.org.
  3.  Head to Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens to see Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945. The exhibit is on display through May 21. Deco Japan is the first exhibition held outside of Tokyo dedicated to Japanese Art Deco. This exhibition provides dramatic examples of the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design long associated with Japan and conveys the complex social and cultural tensions during the Taishō and early Shōwa periods (1912-1945). In these pre-war and war eras, artists and patrons created a Japanese modernism that signaled simultaneously the nation’s unique history and cosmopolitanism. The vitality of the era is further expressed through the theme of moga, or modern girl, the emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered along with the Art Deco style in the 1920s and 1930s. Deco Japan includes nearly 200 works from the Levenson Collection, the world’s premier collection of Japanese art in the Deco style, including metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, textiles, graphic design, painting, and printmaking.
  4.  Florida Atlantic University’s Theatre Lab is the new home for the 24-Hour Theatre Project, an initiative started by Naked Stage co-founders Katherine and Antonio Amadeo. The event, typically held Sunday evenings through Monday nights – the “dark” days for most theaters – unites local playwrights, actors, directors and technicians for a 24-hour period to write, rehearse and perform up to nine short plays.  Theatre Lab’s first 24-Hour Theatre event will take place May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Theatre Lab in Parliament Hall, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Individual tickets are $24.  For tickets and more information, call 561-297-6124. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Theatre Lab’s New Play Festival, which takes place May 10-14 on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, with plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to charity.
  5.  The Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County will host Bravo’s Ladies of London star Marissa Hermer on May 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Chesterfield Hotel. The reality television star published her first cookbook, “An American Girl in London.” A traditional British afternoon tea will be served followed by a meet and greet book signing. The event will raise funds towards a new bus for the Florence DeGeorge Boys & Girls Club, and highlights the importance of healthy, nourishing meals. For additional information or to purchase tickets visit www.bgcpbc.org.
  6.  LEGO Takeover! at The Gardens Mall lasts until May 15. Check out about 50 life-sized models and interactive exhibits while you shop.
  7.  Apres at the Beach hits Delray Beach from May 19-21. The three-day cocktail celebration features a Grand Tasting Villages, seminars, poolside parties and beach activities.  For more information and tickets visit http://apresatthebeach.com
  8.  The YMCA of the Palm Beaches will hold its Third Annual Golf Classic on May 5. The event begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast and registration. There is a shotgun start at 8 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:30 and a silent auction and awards. The event takes place at PGA National Resort & Spa. Tickets start at $75. Visit  http://www.ymcapalmbeaches.org/golfclassic for more information.
  9.  Learn how to trace your family’s history, use genealogy databases and use DNA to unlock family mysteries during a workshop at the Williams Cottage at Spady Museum, 170 NW 5th Ave on May 6. The workshop led by Dr. Delores M. Walters, Cultural Anthropologist and Family Historian & Empowerment Program Consultant begins at 2 p.m. and costs $5. It is free for museum members. Bring your laptop or tablet to begin researching.
  10.  Participate in the Great Give from midnight to midnight on May 17. Support your favorite nonprofit in Palm Beach County by donating to their cause during the online giving event.