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

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  1. Hang 10 at the Delray Beach Surf Festival on Dec. 2. Head to the beach for a day of sun, surf and games like stand up paddle board relays, tug of war and of course surfing. Individual entry cost $50 and a family donation of $100 is recommended. Entry includes lunch and a t-shirt and all events. Money raised is donated to purchase beach accessible wheelchairs. Contact Diane at gaffney@mydelraybeach.com or 561- 243-7352 for more information.
  2.  Temple Sinai of Palm Beach County is hosting a weekend with our Scholar in Residence, Dr. Caryn Tamber-Rosenau, Professor of Jewish and Religious Studies, University of Houston. Dr. Tamber-Rosenau, in celebration of Chanukah, will speak about “Scandalous Tales of the Maccabees” at Erev Shabbat services on Friday, Dec. 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Saturday morning Dec. 23rd services are at 10:00 am. Following services and lunch Dr. Tamber-Rosenau will discuss “How to get a Head: Women Warriors in Ancient Jewish Literature.” The cost for the luncheon is $5 for Temple members and $9 for non-members. For information and to register, call 561-276-6161 ext 123.
  3.  The Community Redevelopment Agency hired Grace Gdaniec as the Arts Warehouse Assistant. Gdaniec earned a BA in Art with a Minor in Art History from Stetson University with a concentration in oil painting.
  4.  Head to the Old School Square Pavilion on Dec. 16 for “Screen on the Green.” Catch Elf on the big screen at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own blankets, chairs, snacks and drinks. Bring a toy or purchase one there to donate to The Milagro Center. The free event is hosted by Woo Creative.
  5.  Delray Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades, an independent healthcare ratings company, for clinical excellence in 17 categories. Some of the categories include Five Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack, Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 16 years in a row and Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 16 years in a Row among others.
  6.  The Downtown Merchant & Business Association and DDA are hosting a Holiday Window Decorating Contest again this year so check out the festive displays. Winners will be announced on Dec. 14 and prizes will be awarded for Most Creative, Most Festive, Most Delray and Best Overall.
  7.  Visit Santa this month from Dec. 1-23 at his Key West Style house next to the 100ft. Christmas Tree. Santa is available for photos on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5-9 p.m.
  8.  The Delray Beach Historical Society presents the 4th Annual ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Storytelling Night at Cason Cottage on Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For the young and young at heart, we invite you to gather around our Christmas tree for old fashioned carols, a bit of history and the reading of the classic holiday tale by the DBHS elves. Surprise visit from Santa Claus. Refreshments and gifts for the children. Donations encouraged.
  9.  Other holiday happenings include the city lighting the first candle of the Menorah on the grounds of Old School Square on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Celebrate Kwanzaa at Spady Museum from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 30. The free event honors the values of ancient African cultures. Be part of the reaffirmation of the individual, community, culture, family and environment. This event is held in partnership with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Sankofa Study Group.
  10.  Ring in 2018 on Dec. 31 at Delray Beach New Year’s Eve Family Celebration.The family friendly event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on the grounds of Old School Square. Free activities include: kid’s craft activities, face-painting, celebration crowns, resolution wall, vintage game room, live entertainment and DJ, outdoor family games and more. The carousel, mini-golf and ice skating will be available for $3. Food trucks will be on site. The fireworks finale will launch from the Old School Square Parking Garage at 9 p.m. For more information on the holiday festivities, visit: https://100ftchristmastree.com/