Top 10 Don’t Miss Events In Palm Beach County

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  1. New York attorney and best-selling author Regina Calcaterra will tell her story of overcoming foster care, homelessness at a Place of Hope event in Delray. Presented by Merrill Lynch’s The Miller Wachtler Group, Calcaterra’s engagement, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Seagate Country Club, 3600 Hamlet Drive. Ticket price is $75. To order tickets, visit www.placeofhoperinker.org/events
  2. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2017 is back for the 13th year from Jan. 16-21 at Old School Square. The event will feature 15 top poets at numerous ticketed public events, including workshops, readings, talks, interviews and panel discussions. This year’s special guest poet in will be Charles Simic, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2007. Among the nine distinguished poets who will lead writing workshops at the festival are David Baker, Laura-Anne Bosselaar, Tina Chang, Lynn Emanuel, Daisy Fried, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Carl Phillips and Martha Rhodes. For more information about the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.
  3. The South Florida Fair will return to the fairgrounds from Jan. 13-29.
  4. Fashion Week returns to downtown Delray Beach from Jan. 25-29. The fourth annual event created and hosted by the Downtown Development Authority and merchants will showcase fashion, a stiletto race and a pop up shopping event. For more information and event details, visit www.DelrayFashionWeek.com.
  5. Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business will host its 25th annual Business Leader of the Year breakfast on Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 a.m., at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 East Camino Real. This year’s program celebrates the accomplishments of Heiko Dobrikow, executive vice president at The Las Olas Company, general manager of the Riverside Hotel and chairman of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Tonya May at 561-297-4732 or tmay@fau.edu.
  6. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is hosting a spotlight luncheon “Evolution of an Artist” featuring Bernie Taupin at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion on Jan. 10 at noon. Taupin is renowned internationally for his 50-year song-writing partnership with Sir Elton John and other artists. Taupin is also an author, writer, poet, painter, sculptor, performer and composer. Tickets cost $150 per person or $500 for a VIP ticket. Contact, Kodie Ann Walcott at (561) 472-3342 or by email at kwalcott@palmbeachculture.com. The deadline for ticket purchase is Jan. 3.
  7. The 27th annual Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Festival is returning on Jan. 19-Feb. 12. Opening night will be held in the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center of Performing Arts with a special screening, a private member reception and cinematic guests for a post-film discussion. The 2017 Festival will present dozens of movies at the Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton, January 21-27; Cobb Theatres in Palm Beach Gardens, January 28-February 4; and the Frank Theatres in Delray Beach, February 5-11. Presented by the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches, the Film Festival will close on February 12 with a matinee. For more information, visit www.PBJFF.org.
  8. Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s FOTOfusion festival is back on Jan. 24-28 in downtown West Palm Beach. The event fuses creativity and technology and attracts photographers for five days of workshops, lectures, panel discussions, presentations, portfolio reviews and photo shoots taught by more than 60 photographers, digital imaging artists and picture editors. For more information, call 561-253-2600 or visit www.workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org.
  9. Ring in the Year of the Rooster at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ 39th annual Oshogatsu: A New Year’s Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is presented by JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and costs $15 for those over 11 and $10 for kids ages 4-10. Oshogatsu is Japan’s most important yearly observance and a time of renewal. The Japanese make special efforts in the final days of December to clear away debts and obligations to start the New Year afresh. Experience Japan’s customary mochitsuki rice-pounding, making mochi rice cakes, and sado tea ceremony, as well as omikuji, fortune telling.
  10. Spend the Night with Billy Crystal when he comes to the Kravis Center on Jan. 22. The Tony and Emmy award-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director will tell stories, share clips and talk about his life. Tickets are on sale now.