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

  1. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival returns to Old School Square Jan. 21-26. The 15th annual festival will feature special guest poet Sharon Olds and poet at large Tyehimba Jess. Sign up for now to partake in festival workshops led by Ellen Bass, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Stuart Dischell, Aracelis Girmay, Campbell McGrath, Mathew Olzmann, Gregory Pardio and Eleanor Wilner. Visit for more information.
  2.  Delray Medical Center received an ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes the hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
  3.  Did you go to Syracuse? The Hilbert Maloff Memorial Syracuse Reunion is in the works. The event will take place on March 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Palm Beach County Civic Center. It will honor the memory of Hilbert Maloff, the founder of this Syracuse Reunion event in Florida. The cost of the event is $10 per person and proceeds will go to the Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Assn. Please make out checks to Ellie Hayman and send to 13589 Morocca Lake Lane, Delray Beach, FL. 33446. RSVP by Feb. 28.
  4.  The SYMPHONIA is performing in Delray Beach on Jan. 8. Catch violin soloist David Kim on Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Crest Theatre at Old School Square performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3. Kim is concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the All Star Orchestra. He appears as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra each season, as well as with orchestras around the world. VIP Tickets cost $69 for preferred seating with a post-concert reception and regular tickets cost $59.
  5.  KOP Mentoring Network will host Go4It Youth Prosperity Summit on Jan. 26 from 9 a..m to 2:30 p.m. at the Delray Beach Public Library. The free summit is designed as a daylong multi-media event that incorporates music, entertainment, celebrities and interactive financial literacy and wealth building workshops. The event will conclude with a “speak off” pitch competition. During the event, community leaders, local business and organizations that have supported KOP Mentoring Network will be honored. Register at
  6.  Spady’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 21 at the Delray Beach Golf Club. The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum begins each year with a signature event celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. At each annual breakfast there is featured entertainment, such as live music and poetry presentations, along with honored speakers who share their perspectives on Dr. King’s legacy. Tickets cost $30 per person in advance; $35 at the door.
  7.  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray will host “Icons in Transformation” a traveling modern art exhibition feature more than 100 contemporary works by the internationally acclaimed Russian-Swedish abstract expressionist Ludmilla Pawlowska beginning Jan. 27. The exhibit has been across the world in cathedrals, museums and galleries. It will be in Delray through April 7.
  8.  The Arts Garage will hold its annual gala and fundraising event “Mardi Gras Ball” from 7-11 p.m. on Jan. 26. Grab your beads, put on a mask and enjoy award-winning New Orleans Jazz Legend, Kermit Ruffins. There will be cocktails, dinner, dancing, live Jazz, live and silent auctions, live painting in our gallery and more! Dress for the occasion. Tickets cost $150 a person or $275 a couple.
  9.  Temple Sinai will host a screening of “God on Trial” at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 as part of its Sundays at Sinai series. The event is free and open to the community, but preregistration is required. Refreshments will be served and Rabbi Aviva Bass will lead a discussion following the film. To RSVP, email with your name, phone number and amount of people attending.
  10.  The 5th Annual Walk Against Violence & Unity Assembly will take place on Jan. 12. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. and lasts an hour. The route starts at Village Academy and ends at Pompey Park. It is a 1.5 miles long and will be followed by a unity assembly.