Top 10 Things To Know This January In Delray Beach

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  1. Sharkfest returns to Sandoway Discovery Center on Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. There will be games, activities, education exhibitors, animal presentations and family friendly programs. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 561-274-SAND (7263).
  2.  The Palm Beach Poetry Festival returns to Old School Square from Jan. 15-20. Special Guest Poet will be Coleman Barks, a major poet and the world’s leading expert on 13th century poet Rumi, the founder of Sufism. Nine distinguished poets will lead poetry-writing workshops at the festival:Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chard deNiord, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ross Gay, Rodney Jones, Phillis Levin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Tim Seibles, with individual conferences offered by nationally acclaimed poets: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn and Nickole Brown.
  3.  Spady’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will take place on Monday, Jan. 15 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Delray Beach Golf Club. There will be choir performances, poetry presentations and honored speakers. The breakfast costs $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
  4.  The fifth annual Delray Beach Fashion Week returns on Jan. 24-28. Celebrate downtown fashion trends with the $160 VIP pass, which includes a front row reserved seat at all runway shows, receptions, luncheon and a swag bag. Ticket proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Arts Garage’s education programming for children. Events feature evening downtown looks, swimwear and a hair show.
  5.  Want to send your child to a choice school? The application deadline is Jan. 26. There are more than 300 Choice Programs and Career Academies at 117 different Palm Beach County School District schools. Parents can complete the online application at www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms
  6.  Delray Medical Center is the first hospital in South Florida to use the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve for mitral valve replacement inside a failed surgical valve. This treatment, is for both aortic patients and mitral patients, who are at high risk for subsequent open heart surgery to replace their bioprosthetic valve. The SAPIEN 3 valve is the only valve approved for valve-in-valve procedures due to failure of a surgical mitral valve.
  7.  Check out two exhibits at the Arts Warehouse through Jan. 5. “WALK DONT WALK” works by Todd Lim and group exhibition “Delray Details” featuring: Robert Fehre, Mark Forman, Steven Greene, Ana Hentze, Ellen Levinson, Pati Maguire, Bonnie Perlin, Lucinda Price, Joyce Sarachan, Jack Rosenberg, Dorothy Sutton, Kate Teves and Colleen Thompson.
  8.  Join yoga instructor from Slash Fitness Robyn Cifuentes at Yoga on the Square on the front lawn of the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square for a free yoga class at 9 a.m. on Jan. 6.  All levels and ages welcome. Bring a yoga mat and water.
  9.  Have a daughter interested in learning how to code? The Spady Museum was awarded a $28,750 grant from the Children’s Services Council for its Girls Technology & Leadership Academy, a monthly program that offers technology skills, such as computer coding, website design and web bots. Participants study the history of female innovators and learn personal development and leadership skills. The academy takes place on the third Saturday of the month for girls ages 9-17. The program is also partly funded by the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County. To learn more, contact Tonya Akins, youth program coordinator at 561-279-8883.
  10.  Several Delray nonprofits received funding recently from the Quantum Foundation during the annual Quantum in the Community initiative, which provides funds for operating support to qualifying nonprofits that help meet the basic needs of the county’s most vulnerable residents. Recipients included Alliance Primitive Ministries, Cityhouse Delray Beach, Community Outreach Foundation Mission, Family Promise of South Palm Beach County, Philadelphia Church of God of the New Testament and Wheels from the Heart.