Three events coming to Wellington Amphitheater this weekend

The Wellington Amphitheater will be jam-packed with three events this weekend — two concerts and a movie showing.

The action will start Thursday night with a concert from the band “Whitestone” and a food truck invasion. The band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Next, the village will show Kung Fu Panda 3, rated PG, at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Finally, a Jimi Hendrix tribute act will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.


Wellington Amphitheater (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)
Wellington Amphitheater (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)

Construction of Aero Club pathway moving along as scheduled

Wellington’s pathway in the Aero Club neighborhood is starting to take shape.

Workers are beginning to outline the path along Greenbriar Drive where it will later be paved. The 6-foot sidewalk will have enough room for people and bicyclists.

Some residents spoke out against the nearly $600,000 project, but village officials felt the lack of a sidewalk was a safety issue in the neighborhood. The path crosses some driveways, but it’s all within the village-owned right of away.

The project is on-schedule and on-budget.

Workers have started on construction of a sidewalk in the Aero Club neighborhood (Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post)
Workers have started on construction of a sidewalk in the Aero Club neighborhood (Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post)

Wellington to host school supply drive for students

Wellington is looking to help families with their back to school needs.

The village is hosting a school supply drive starting Tuesday with multiple drop-off locations. They’re looking for items including pencils, paper, glue, rulers, folders, backpacks, crayons and notebooks.

Anyone can bring these supplies to Village Hall, Community Services, the Lake Wellington Professional Centre or Village Park from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The drive will run through July 28.



Three things to do this weekend in Wellington

The weather has been hot and muggy all week, but we made it to the weekend. Here are three things to do to enjoy it.

  1. Father’s Day: I’d be remiss if I didn’t start with Father’s Day, which is Sunday. Make some time for dad. Go out for lunch or maybe run in the Father’s Day 5K Sunday morning at Village Park. It benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  2. Give blood: OneBlood blood drives are still happening in Palm Beach County after the tragic shootings in Orlando last weekend. There are some in Wellington including noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Mall at Wellington Green. Another will take place outside St. Michael Lutheran Church Sunday morning in conjunction with a tribute service.
  3. Choose between Game 7 of the NBA Finals and Game of Thrones: Good luck with this. The game starts at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m.

Wellington church to dedicate service to Orlando victims

Pastor Mary Nesmith threw out her original plan for her service this Sunday.

After hearing about the shooting in Orlando, the pastor of the St. Michael Lutheran Church in Wellington decided to dedicate the service to the 50 people who lost their lives.

“There was no way the worship service here could pass as just another Sunday,” she said.

The church plans to read the names of all the people killed — including the shooter — and show their pictures.

Two services will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The church will also host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which was planned even before the shooting. The OneBlood bus will be in the parking lot outside.

Aunt of one of Orlando shooting victims lives in West Palm Beach

A West Palm Beach woman is mourning her nephew, who was one of 49 people killed in the Orlando nightclub.

Wendy Pimental almost immediately started crying in a short conversation in which she said the family is not doing well after hearing Oscar Aracena-Montero was killed.

Aracena-Montero, 26, came to the United States from the Dominican Republic when he was 18, learning English within the first year and getting a job at an Orlando-area McDonalds, Pimental said.

She said he was raised as a Christian, and he was independent. He went to school and had his own car and apartment.

“He was the one to be there every time we needed him,” she said.

The family is leaning on each other for support in the tough time. Others have taken to social media to eulogize Aracena-Montero.



Skies will light up on July 4th in Greenacres

July 4th Fireworks -- Greenacres

GREENACRES — The city is scheduled to hold its “Ignite the Night” July 4th celebration at Greenacres Community Park from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

More than 7,000 people normally attend, the city said.

The event features rides, games, a face painter, a stilt walker, food vendors arts and crafts and a “Most Patriotic Dressed” contest.

The Rogue Theory Project will jam live.

Vendor booths are available until Friday.

For information, call 561-642-2180 or click here.

Local mother of club performer reacts to Orlando shooting

A Wellington woman, who is also the mother of a performer at the Orlando gay night club where about 50 people were killed overnight, is now calling for armed security guards at all gay night clubs. 

“It needs to be taken seriously,” said the woman, who did not want her name or her son’s name to be used in this story. “If these people are after a certain type of people they need to protect these people because they’re Americans.”

The woman was hysterical, but thankful her son was not at the club Saturday night. 

“I woke up with the news that my son was ok, but what about the other families?” she said.

Three things to do this weekend in Wellington, Royal Palm

It looks like it’s going to be a wet one, but here are three things to do this weekend.

  1. Bike Helmet Giveaway: Several groups are teaming up in Wellington to give children bike helmets for a promise that they’ll wear them. The goal is to promote bike safety, and the organizers are expecting a strong turnout.
  2. Royal Palm Movie: The village is showing “Jurassic World” in Commons Park tonight at 8:15. Food trucks will also be on site if you’re hungry. Check the weather forecast before you go because it could get rainy.
  3. Father’s Day shopping: If the gloomy forecasts do come true and it rains most of the weekend, it might be a good idea to get a jump on shopping for dad. Father’s Day this year is Sunday, June 19.

Wellington cancels concert because of rainy forecast

Wellington has canceled its free concert and food truck invasion tonight because of a nasty weather forecast.

“Rough Shot” was scheduled to take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service lists rain chances at 80 percent until 8 p.m. when it drops back to 40 percent.

Stay dry.