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

  1. City Manager Don Cooper’s last day will be Dec. 30. He submitted his resignation citing family medical issues.
  2. The STEM-Infused International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Carver Middle will be expanded thanks to a $11.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program to Palm Beach County School District. Palm Beach County was one of nine districts nationwide to receive the three-year grant.
  3. Delray will light up its iconic 100-foot Christmas Tree on Dec. 1. The activities start at 5 p.m. at Old School Square. There will be music, activities and performances by local school children. The tree will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The city will hold its Menorah lighting on Dec. 24 at sundown.
  4. The Holiday Boat Parade begins at the Boynton Beach Inlet and proceeds south to the C-15 Canal in Delray Beach on Dec. 9. The parade starts around 6:30 p.m.
  5. The Delray Beach Holiday Parade “A Rock and Roll Holiday” will head downtown at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10. The route starts on Atlantic Avenue at the Intracoastal Bridge and will continue west to NW 5th Ave. Through a special connection to the North Pole, The Delray Beach Fire Department will have Santa riding along on their fire truck. The event is presented by Delray Beach Parks & Recreation.
  6. AVDA’S 17th Annual Race for Hope will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 3 at Anchor Park. The event was rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. All proceeds will support AVDA’s programs and services to survivors of domestic abuse and their children.
  7. Empty Bowls at Old School Square Fieldhouse will take place on Dec. 4. Presented by OSS and Old School Bakery, the event will benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank. The event invites the public to “eat simply, so others can simply eat.” Potters create bowls, bakers provide rustic breads, and chefs donate hearty soups. Guests will share in a simple meal of bread and soup. Guests will receive a hand-crafted bowl as a powerful reminder of all of the empty bowls in the county.
  8. Catch a screening of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” on Dec. 6 during the Classic Film Series at sunset at Veterans Park Recreation Center, 802 NE 1st St. The movie will be screened for free. Bring chairs and snacks.
  9. The Delray Beach Public Library is featuring artist Ralph Papa in an exhibition called “Plein Air Paintings Early to Present.” Check it out on the second floor of the library.
  10. Delray Beach has hired Lohman Law Group P.A. as its attorney. The city will pay the firm no more than $300,000 a year for its services. General legal work will cost the city $210 per hour and litigation, administrative hearings and appeals will cost $250 per hour plus expenses. The city will evaluate the payment structure at the end of February.