Bee Bot

Little Makers Make Young Minds Math-Minded and More at Boca Library

Bee Bot


Bee-Bot is a kid-friendly robot that teaches sequencing, estimation and problem solving.

Boca Mom Talk:

Make way for the Mini Makers at the Boca Library

Make way for the mini makers at the Boca Raton Public Library this summer! The Downtown Boca location is launching a new coding and robotics program targeted to our city’s youngest residents. With STEM education attempting to engage more students in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, these classes will help local children learn about tech topics through a hands-on and personalized approach.

Because of a generous donation by the Friends of the Library, this series of new classes will teach computer science and coding principles to children and teens. Little Makers introduces children ages 511 to nationally known educational robotics and coding programs. Teens and tweens will learn new skills in Youth Makers classes. This program is an expansion of the BRPL Discover Studio, which was launched at the Downtown Library in August 2015 to teach emerging technologies.

BRPL cardholders can register through the calendar at bocalibrary.org for the following classes, which take place Thursdays at 2 p.m.:

June 15: Little Makers: Cubetto (ages 5–8)

Explore basic programming concepts with this friendly wooden robot.

June 29: Little Makers: Little Bits (ages 8–11)

Create electronic inventions using Little Bits’ color-coded magnetic building blocks.

July 6: Little Makers: Ozobot (ages 8–11)

Learn the basics of algorithms with markers and the Ozobot smart robot that will follow any command drawn on paper.

July 13: Little Makers: Finch Robot (ages 8–11)

Explore basic computer science concepts using the Snap! block coding program and the Finch robot.

July 20: Youth Makers: Sphero (ages 12–17)

Discover coding and robotics with Sphero SPRK+, an interactive, app-enabled robot.

July 27: Youth Makers: Hummingbird Robotics (ages 12–17)

Create and program robots using the Hummingbird Duo electronic kit and Snap! drag and drop program environment.

As a mom, I am personally making sure my child is introduced to STEM concepts early on so that she can build those skills alongside language, social skills, health and athletics. A well-rounded child is always a parent’s goal isn’t it?

The Boca Raton Public Library is at 400 NW 2nd Ave., Boca Raton;561/393-7852


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Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.
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“Taste of Recovery” to Raise Awareness of Drug, Alcohol Addiction Through Your Fav Restaurants

Addiction is not the end of the road. People can change and survive. They can build their own road to recovery.

This is what Louie Bossi, chef-partner of his namesake Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and Boca, says over the phone. He’s explaining why he and Big Time Restaurant Group are hosting the first “Taste of Recovery” food event in Delray: It’s to honor people who have died from drug and alcohol addiction and to celebrate people who are recovering from their addictions.

Louie Bossi is the chef/owner of Loui Bossi's Ristorante Bar and Pizzeria, and he is in his ninth year of recovery for heroine addiction. He hopes to raise awareness of addiction, especially within the hospitality industry, with Taste of Recovery. Photo provided by the Buzz Agency.

Louie Bossi is the chef/owner of Loui Bossi’s Ristorante Bar and Pizzeria, and he is in his ninth year of recovery for heroin addiction. He hopes to raise awareness of addiction, especially within the hospitality industry, with Taste of Recovery. Photo provided by the Buzz Agency.

In photos, Bossi looks like a happy guy who loves to eat Italian food (makes sense). It’s hard to picture him as homeless and addicted to heroin.

But the truth is stranger than fiction. Bossi has survived a drug overdose, an issue that occurs daily in South Florida and especially Delray Beach.

“Where I’m at today is a far cry from where I was 20 years ago,” Bossi says. “I know the dark place you can go.”

In 1998, Bossi was referred to Crossroads Club by a friend who said the nonprofit held 12-step meetings for addicts who wanted to recover. Bossi owes his life and family to Crossroads. He met his wife there, and they now have two children, and Bossi is nine years sober.

About 1,000 people walk in and out of the doors every day at Crossroads Club, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary of operation. All proceeds from Taste of Recovery will go to the nonprofit. The event will feature samples from restaurants like Louie Bossi’s, Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Farmer’s Table, The Grille, Max’s Harvest, Tucker Duke’s, Rebel House, Josie’s Ristorante, Papa’s Raw Bar, Oceans 234, Fries to Caviar and Outback Steakhouse. Season’s 52 will make the desserts.

Chefs will compete for cash prizes for the “best bite,” and comedians SARGE and Rick Corse will entertain. Tickets are $40 each, and the event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Old School Square Pavilion Saturday, June 3.

Bossi hopes that Taste of Recovery goes national. He wishes to raise awareness of the struggles that both addicts and those in recovery face in the hospitality industry. At restaurants, which don’t require college degrees, addicts and recovering addicts might work for the same reason: fast cash. Restaurants are known for being brutal work environments with a drug and alcohol culture that’s common in the kitchens. Just read Anthony Bourdain’s book and you’ll understand.

I asked Bossi why he didn’t just focus on his own recovery and staying sober. That’s a huge task on it’s own. Why hold this Taste of Recovery event?

“It’s because I get more back by giving, so to say,” he says. “They say you can’t keep what you have unless you give it away. I don’t know any better high that I’ve ever experienced than giving back to another human being and their families.”

For more information about Taste of Recovery, visit tasteofrecovery.com. For more about Crossroads Club, visit thecrossroadsclub.com.

Shayna is the Web Editor of Boca Magazine. She is a 20-something sorta-recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. Most of her time is spent fawning over cats and kittens; cooking food at home for her family; and observing Florida’s greatest asset: nature.
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Michelle Olson-Rogers Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.

Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.
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Pinot You Want to Celebrate National Wine Day With These Events and Deals

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National Wine Day is May 25, and in that spirit we bring you wine events. Cheers!

Pairings: WPB holds 6th annual food/wine event

For $25, this is a deal. With a ticket to downtown West Palm Beach’s 6th annual Pairings event, you will sample food and wine from more than a dozen restaurants and cafes. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 25, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Best Buddies Palm Beach.

You’ll be fed by Banko Cantina, Bistro 1001, Clematis Pizza, Duffy’s, ER Bradley’s Saloon, Field of Greens, Hullabalo, Leila, Rocco’s Tacos, Ganache Bakery Café and more. All the restaurants are around Clematis Street and Dixie Highway.

Oceans 234: Half-priced bottles all day

To celebrate National Wine Day, all bottles of wine under $100 at oceanfront Oceans 234 will be half-off on May 25. There’s a good-sized wine list featuring both American and international wine offerings.

234 N. Ocean Drive, Deerfield Beach; 954/428-2539

Leila: Free 4-ounce pours to celebrate

When you order some of the Mediterranean dishes at Leila Restaurant in West Palm Beach on May 25, you’ll receive a complimentary 4-ounce pour of one of their Lebanese wines. These go well with the food there and are worth trying.

Leila, 120 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/659-7373

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Good news for Louie Bossi restaurant fans. The chef/partner with Big Time Restaurant Group who brought us the fun and tasty Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale restaurants, is in the works with a third venue to open this year: Osteria Bossi in downtown Delray Beach.


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Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
Saltwater Brewery at the Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest 2015.

Delray Beach Craft Beer Festival is Tonight; Summer Specials at Pistache, Max’s Harvest

Let the summer specials begin. We’re talking about half-price meals, half-price drinks, tasting dinners and wine dinners. And it’s only May. The summer brings wonderful dining options to those of us braving the heat outside the kitchen!

Max’s Harvest

Specials on drinks and prime rib dinners

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The meatballs at Max’s Harvest.

Starting May 15, Max’s Harvest is rolling out some summer specials, depending on the night. Sunday through Thursdays: The summer beverage program includes $6 cocktails and glasses of wine and $9 martinis. Mondays and Tuesdays, chow down on the prime rib dinner special that includes a twice-baked potato and honey-glazed carrots for $39. Also Mondays and Tuesdays, all bottles of wine will be half off, except wines by the glass.

169 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach; 561/381-9970; maxsharvest.com

 Pistache

Attend a French bazaar every Friday

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Pistache’s Coq au vin.

Starting tonight, the French bistro, Pistache, will transform into ‘Le Marche,’ a French bazaar, complete with 12 fair-style stations. Stop by to browse the crepes, gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, breads, raw bar, pommes frites, macarons and more. Tickets are $30 for opening night, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Food prices will range from $2.50 to $10.50 per item. The bazaar is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday. Starting May 17, Pistache is also adding a Wine Down Wednesday to the week, with almost all wines half off with an entrée purchase.

101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/833-5090; pistachewpb.com

Beer buddies!

Head to Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest today

Saltwater Brewery at the Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest 2015.

Saltwater Brewery at the Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest 2015.

Line up starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight (6:30 p.m. for VIP tix holders) for the 6th Annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Festival at Old School Square. If you didn’t buy early tickets, then it will cost you $45 for general admission, but that means you can sample all beers (and some wines). There will also be pub bites from local restaurants (these will cost extra), live music, a game area and a cash bar for those who want mixed drinks or water.

Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; oldschoolsquare.org


Hungry for more food news? Visit our food page, and subscribe to the magazine for the most delicious food coverage in Boca and beyond. 

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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Bridesmaid for Hire: Always the Bridesmaid Never the Bride Takes on New Meaning

This is an extended story from our May/June issue. For more content like this subscribe to the magazine


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One Boca native turns chaos into opportunity

Written by Allison Lewis

 

The idiom “always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” couldn’t be truer for Boca Raton native Jennifer Glantz. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Glantz lived with her parents in Boca while trying to find a job, finally landing at a PR firm in New York City.

“I am this person who loves to function under chaos,” Glantz said. “I had to create my own opportunity. I wasn’t satisfied sitting at a desk all day.”

It was during this time that Glantz found herself attending wave after wave of her young friends’ weddings back in South Florida.

“That’s when I saw at weddings people are extremely stressed out. They’re unhappy; they have so much emotion attached to the day. There was really nobody there to manage the emotion, manage the stress,” she said.

At her roommate’s half-joking suggestion that Glantz was a “professional bridesmaid,” a light bulb went off. A few nights later, Glantz posted an ad for herself on Craig’s List as a for-hire bridesmaid. The ad went viral, and Glantz received a stunning amount of responses. Her now two-and-a-half-year-old business, Bridesmaid for Hire, was born.

“I have this bizarre love for strangers and helping strangers through difficult times … The strength behind the idea was, ‘Let me be there to troubleshoot your wedding when things go wrong, because I know they will, and I’ve seen first-hand how they will.”

Today, Glantz gets hundreds of requests from brides that want to hire her. But she selects clients carefully.

“I am really picky based on what their [the bride’s] needs are, what they really want a bridesmaid for hire for…I want to make sure their story matches the morals of my business and that our personalities match as well because we do work together many months before the wedding.”

Glantz does almost anything imaginable for her clients. She writes toasts, plays therapist, assists with makeup, hair, shoes and dressing, calms parents, runs errands, coordinates with wait staff, makes sure the bride eats at the reception, and she can DJ last-minute if necessary (yes, this has happened). She has seen and dealt with every possible situation that one could think of and more. At a wedding in August, the scenario almost took the cake.

“Five minutes before [the wedding], the bride pulled me into a room, locked the door and tells me that she hates the groom and doesn’t want to get married. My whole body went into shock, and I realized this is probably the craziest thing I’ve ever dealt with on the job. I had to really think on my toes to figure out how to help her in that situation,” Glantz said.

She ended up pulling the bride and groom into a room for 10 minutes and letting them talk. When time was up, Glantz asked for a decision. The pair ended up walking down the isle with an understanding that they had problems to fix.

When it comes to weddings, Glantz said, “… the best thing you can remind yourself is that things are going to go wrong. Problems are going to happen. Your job is to get through the day and make it what it’s going to be. It’s not going to be perfect.”

This is where Glantz’s business comes into play. “My job is to get people to not be so stressed out and just enjoy the moment that they’re given at that time,” she said.

These days the New York-based business is taking off; she’s had more than 13,000 women apply to work for her in the past two and a half years and created a training program for women who want to start their own professional bridesmaid or wedding business.

When she isn’t attending weddings or speaking engagements, Glantz finds time to write. Her first book All My Friends Are Engaged was published in 2015. She released her second book Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) on February 7, 2017. It’s an open, honest and comical retelling of her life and business.

“I wanted to write about … the struggles: the mistakes I made, the heartbreaks I had, to let people know they could relate to this adventure, they could relate to this journey,” Glantz said. “I wanted to be honest about my past to where I am now and prove to people that it really wasn’t easy but it’s doable as long as you don’t give up.”

 

Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.
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Veteran Teams Up With FAU to Support Improved Veteran Healthcare

Think tank aims to devise better ways to improve healthcare for veterans.

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Sgt. Austin Capers; Cheryl Krause-Parello, Ph.D., R.N. principal investigator and associate professor in the College of Nursing at University of Colorado; Linda Weglicki, Ph.D., R.N., a professor and associate dean for nursing research and scholarship and Ph.D. studies at FAU’s College of Nursing; and Linda Flynn, Ph.D., R.N., a professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado. Photo provided by Florida Atlantic University.

Former United States Army Sergeant Austin Capers devoted nearly five years of his life to serving his country. Now the 32-year-old Hobe Sound resident is turning his attention to serving his fellow military veterans.

Capers has volunteered to facilitate the Veterans’ Action League, a community-based think tank, in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University to represent Florida in the national committee’s aim to improve veteran healthcare delivery.

The Veterans’ Action League brings together veterans, researchers, healthcare providers and others in the community to talk about veteran healthcare delivery and brainstorm about how to make it more accessible, useful and easier to navigate. FAU is a collaborative academic research member of the Veterans’ Action League. Linda Weglicki, professor and associate dean of FAU’s college of nursing, and Capers are working together to lead the two-year project in Florida. Florida is among the six states that were chosen because of their large veteran populations.

“We are working collectively to identify resources and come up with solutions to decrease and ultimately eliminate some of the challenges veterans and their families encounter, such as continuity-of-care in services, difficulty navigating the system and inadequate healthcare services,” Weglicki said in an FAU press release.

Capers knows firsthand how important quality, accessible healthcare is for military members and veterans. Capers was deployed twice from the army base at Fort Eustis, Va., to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the end of his second deployment, which spanned 15 months from 2007 to 2008, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which helps to stabilize the knee. The first surgery by a military doctor failed, and he had to have a second surgery on his knee when he returned to the states.

Each state taking part in the Veterans’ Action League has a similar setup, according to Capers, where a veteran or military member is paired with a researcher. Together, they facilitate meetings every other month to create a dialogue and collect data.

“We’ll be having these [Veterans’ Action League] think-tank sessions, where we engage a group of eight people, which is a mixture of mainly veterans or military members to [Veterans Administration] social workers, doctors, anyone that can contribute something to our end cause,” Capers said.

The project’s focus is to create an interactive, easy-to-use toolkit to connect veterans with available healthcare resources.

Capers, who is in business development for West Palm Beach-based Scientific Instruments, says he’s volunteering with the league because he’s passionate about helping veterans who may be having a hard time transitioning from being a soldier to being a civilian.

Healthcare hurdles can slow and even stop that transition.

“If there are readers who are veterans or family members who have been through or experienced the VA healthcare system, or nurses, doctors—anyone who feels they could contribute something—they can contact me,” Capers said.


Capers’ email is acapers@scientificinstruments.com and Weglicki’s email address is lweglicki@health.fau.edu.

You can also visit the Veterans’ Action League’s Facebook page

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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This Year’s Boca Ballroom Battle Dancers Announced

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Easter is over, the snowbirds have flown away and summer is upon us.

Which also means eight people in Boca are getting butterflies in their stomachs.

Yes, the Boca Ballroom Battle is only a few months away and the “elite eight” community leaders who have agreed to dance are just now starting to climb the stairs to the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Royal Palm Place. There they will learn the basic steps of dance in preparation for their own routines that will be performed later this summer in what has become one of Boca’s favorite events.

This year the dancers are a lively group, which bodes well for a even livelier evening. Here’s who’s on tap:

  • Jim Dunn, Vice President and General Manager, JM Lexus
  • Teresa “Terry” Fedele, Registered Nurse, Retired Hospital Executive, Community Volunteer
  • Lisa Kornstein Kaufman, Founder & Creative Director, Scout & Molly’s
  • Derek Morrell, Proprietor, Ouzo Bay
  • Heather Shaw, Vice President and General Manager, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Logan Skees, Director of Business Development, Trainerspace
  • Elizabeth Murdoch Titcomb, President, EMT Creative
  • John Tolbert, President, Boca Raton Resort & Club

Boca’s Ballroom Battle is Friday, August 18, at 6 a.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tickets are $185 per person, or $1,850 per table, with all proceeds benefiting the George Snow Scholarship Fund. We’ll be tracking the progress of these brave souls throughout the summer and making our plans to be front and center.

For more information, sponsorships or tickets, please call 561/347-6799 or visit ballroombattle.com.

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Dress to Impress at Trainerspace This Saturday

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Trainerspace, Boca’s newest (sexiest) gym run by military veterans will host an All White Party at its facility in Boca Raton on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

There will be food from Fit Foodz, cocktails and a performance by Adriana Foster and Digital Vibez, a nonprofit that helps children become active and healthy through fitness, dance and technology. A prize will be given to the person who wears the funkiest sneakers to the party, so dress to win. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit Eat Better Live Better, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing, reducing and reversing childhood obesity.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15 and $20 at the door. You can register in advance here.

Trainerspace is a fitness center that focuses on scientifically guided, individualized personal training to help people reach their fitness goals. This space is not just a high-end, luxury gym. Owner Cary Reichbach and director of business development, Logan Skees, an Army vet and a Marines vet, respectively, have a greater mission in mind. They see the gym as a platform to serve others.

They are doing this by forming a foundation, which is in its grassroots phase right now. Its mission is to provide veterans with tools to allow them to help themselves, Reichbach said, particularly helping younger veterans reintegrate back into society after combat. Both Reichbach and Skees believe traditional veteran services like those the Department of Veterans Affairs offer do not address the root of most veterans’ issues. The foundation’s approach is focused on alternative, holistic therapies like acupuncture, sensory deprivation, massage therapy and more to help veterans deal with post traumatic stress.

Reichbach said that vets are perceived as liabilities. They are heavily invested in prior to service in the military, and then when they return home they have very little investment or support.

“What if we take those people and do a 180 and make them into one of the greatest assets in the community?” Reichbach asked.

While the Trainerspace Foundation is in it’s 18-month research and development phase, which will guide its approach to reaching its goal, Skees said that it expects to help 10 to 12 combat veterans during that time. Additionally, the gym wants to give back to the community as much as it can, and Skees said he wants Trainserspace to be known as an ethics driven company.

Also occurring Saturday, April 8 will be the first “Future Warrior Fitness Program,” which exemplifies the staff’s dedication to giving back and military service. Trainerspace partnered with local high schools and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs to bring the aspiring cadets into the gym for an intensive training session. The students will have the opportunity to train with Trainerspace’s military veteran fitness instructors at the facility.  “We have to help them [the JROTC students] prepare for reality,” Skees said.

To learn more about Trainerspace, visit trainerspace.com.

Shayna is the Web Editor of Boca Magazine. She is a 20-something sorta-recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. Most of her time is spent fawning over cats and kittens; cooking food at home for her family; and observing Florida’s greatest asset: nature.