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

  1. The 5th Annual Delray Beach Retailers Summer Clearance Sale returns to the Seagate Hotel & Spa on Aug. 17 and 18. The event features local businesses and retailers in one place at the Reef Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Save on sale items from stores like BOLO, Circe & Swag, Morley, Native Sun, Nicole’s Boutique, Periwinkle, Petite Connection, Sara Campbell, TAJ, Tommy Bahama and Trilogy. Call 561-665-4940 for more information.
  2.  The Interfaith Cafe will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the South County Civic Center. The topic this month is “Admissions of a Juvenile Court Judge.” Judge Ronald Alvarez will speak about his experiences with youth and prisons while he was on the bench in the juvenile division of the circuit court. He and his wife, Elaine, were leaders in establishing the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. He has been a champion for children in the courtroom and the community giving the most at-risk children a voice, and a chance.
  3.  The Caring Kitchen meal preparation is now located at Cason United Methodist Church. CROS Ministries announced the move is temporary and is scheduled to last through the beginning of 2019. They are searching for a permanent space for meal preparation. The Caring Kitchen program serves a hot mid-day meal five days a week and supper on Sundays. Volunteers prepare the meals. Staff and volunteers then transport the cooked food to local partner congregations where the meals are served. Volunteers also prepare bagged lunches to distribute on Saturdays and prepare meals for the homebound three days a week. Meal service happens through community partnerships with Resurrection Life Fellowship Church, Cason United Methodist Church, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Church, Haitian United Church of The Nazarene, Church of Our Savior and Avenue Church.
  4.  Head to the Delray Beach Public Library for two new exhibits. “People: Imagined & Real”  by Fanny Fishman and Phyllis Goldenberg and “Lithographs in Motion” by Jay Cerola are on display through Sept. 21. Meet the artists on Aug. 3 from 3-4 p.m. with an art talk at 3:30 p.m. at the library.
  5.  The School District of Palm Beach County is an A-rated district, and has the highest number of District-operated “A” schools when compared with other large urban school districts. According to school grades released by the Florida Department of Education, the District ranks highest in Florida on total number of points earned when compared with other large urban districts. The District also was highest among its peer districts in math achievement, science achievement, math learning gains for all students and high school graduation rate. Overall, 71 District-operated schools earned A’s from the state, and 36 District-operated schools earned B’s. Sixty-five percent of all District-operated schools can boast A and B ratings, a 4 percentage point increase from the 2016-2017 school year.
  6.  The 2018 Celebration of Education Breakfast hosted by the Delray Chamber will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 at the Delray Beach Golf Club. Special Guest speaker is Palm Beach County School District Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy II, Ed. D.
  7.  Thespians can audition for a role in Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” on Aug. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. The Delray Beach Playhouse is looking for five men and seven women for roles in the production, which is scheduled to run from Oct. 5-21. Prepared monologues are welcome, but not necessary. For more information, call 561-272-1281 Ext. 5.
  8.  Two Delray elementary schools improved their school grade this past year. Plumosa School of the Arts and Orchard View Elementary both increased their school grade from a C to a B.
  9.  Through Aug. 21, there will be a single lane closure on SE 4th Ave. while construction for the iPic Theater parking garage is underway. The garage and office project is being built by Finfrock Construction. Construction activity will run Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, the lane will be open. All businesses within the block are open and Finfrock will ensure access for customers and employees as much as possible. Finfrock will make every effort to ensure vehicular traffic for employee and customer parking.
  10.  Delray Beach-based event planners Festival Management Group will be featured once again on the Cooking Channel for its Wellington Bacon & Bourbon Fest. The festival, which began in Delray, will be highlighted on Carnival Eats Season 6 at 9 p.m. on Aug. 26.