Three things to do this weekend in Wellington, Royal Palm

The weekend looks like it’s going to have a sunny Saturday and a rainy Sunday. Here are three thing to do:

  1. Movie night: The Wellington Amphitheater is showing the James Bond film Spectre (rated PG-13) tonight at 8:30. The forecast looks clear so it might be a nice night for an outdoor movie
  2. Clip and Walk: The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association is hosting a cleanup walk through Okeeheelee Park , designed to give back. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the nature center
  3. Read a book: If you’re rained in on Sunday, it may be the perfect excuse to get some reading done.

Wellington taking signups for classes at Community Center

Wellington’s new Community Center isn’t even open yet, but the village is already taking signups for new programs that will be offered in the building.

There will be classes for all age groups from children to seniors including art, language and health. The building is expected to be open to the public on Saturday, August 6.

Anyone interested in seeing a full list of the classes or signing up can visit the Village’s website.

The Wellington Community Center in April, still under construction. (Photo: Wellington spokeswoman Liz Nunez).
The Wellington Community Center in April — still under construction. (Photo: Wellington spokeswoman Liz Nunez).

Greenacres gets school supplies from Office Depot Foundation

Back to school suppliesGREENACRES — The city received 300 sackpacks filled with school supplies from the Office Depot Foundation.

The Foundation donated 10,000 colorful sackpacks to schools, nonprofits and agencies in the West Palm Beach area to help needy families on Tuesday at the Office Depot store on South State Road 7.

The Foundation celebrated its 16th year by donating 200,000 sackpacks to children in all 50 states and internationally.

During the past nine years, about 62,000 West Palm Beach-area kids have received school supplies through the program, the Foundation said in a statement. By the end of this year, more than 4 million backpacks and sackpacks will have been given away since 2011.

Acreage preservation group to talk potential incorporation at meeting

A group dedicated to preserving the quality of life in the Acreage is holding a meeting Tuesday night to gauge resident interest on incorporation.

“Preserve the Lifestyle of the Acreage Now” will host the meeting at the Acreage Library at 6:30 p.m. Last month, Westlake become Palm Beach County’s 39th City.

More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

Office Depot Foundation to give out school supplies in Royal Palm

The Office Depot Foundation is donating 20,000 bundles of school supplies to Palm Beach County students Tuesday in two events — one in the Western Communities.

The afternoon event will take place at the Office Depot in Royal Palm Beach, 101a S. State Road 7 at 3:30 p.m.

The 10 a.m. event will be at the Delray Beach Office Depot, 14539 Military Trail.

Office Depot Foundation sackpacks


Three things to do in Wellington, Royal Palm

It’s still hot, but here are three things to do in the Wellington and Royal Palm areas this weekend.

  1. Drink Beer: Tickets are still on sale for the Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest at the South Florida Fairgrounds. There are two four-hour sessions — one from noon to 4 and one from 5 to 9. Also it’s inside in the air conditioning so that’s a plus.
  2. Catch a movie: If you do end up hitting up the beer fest on Saturday maybe Friday night can be for the kids. Wellington is showing The Good Dinosaur, rated PG, at the Amphitheater tonight at 8:30.
  3. Take a walk in the park: It sounds generic, but both Wellington and Royal Palm Beach have some great parks. Take your pick, but remember to bring a water bottle to keep cool.

Wellington TooJay’s to celebrate grand opening with giveaway

The new Wellington TooJay is celebrating its grand opening with a giveaway

The first 50 customers on Tuesday will get a free mug and a $25 gift card. Get there early because the restaurant opens at 8 a.m.

It recently moved out of the Mall at Wellington Green into a store outside the mall near the Whole Foods in Wellington Green Commons.

The TooJay's location in Lake Worth (Tom Peeling/The Palm Beach Post).
The TooJay’s location in Lake Worth (Tom Peeling/The Palm Beach Post).

Wellington wants early signups for homeownership event

If you’re looking to buy a home soon, Wellington wants to help.

The village is hosting a “Keys to Homeownership Workshop” at the Wellington Community Center next month, and are looking for early signups. The event is not until Aug. 27, but seats are limited, so they advise people RSVP.

According to a news release: “Participants will learn the importance of credit, the mortgage experience, the purchase process, down-payment assistance/homebuyer subsidy programs, and working with a realtor.”

You can RSVP by calling Community Services at 561-791-4796.

PBSO patrol cars becoming targets for thieves

PBSOGREENACRES — Late last month, three marked Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars were broken into in the city, Sean Murray, a sheriff’s office captain, told the City Council Monday night.

“This is very significant and going with the times,” Murray said in his monthly report. “People who break into patrol cars is out of control.”

Murray said PBSO has created a task force to deal with the problem.

No guns were stolen, but a police radio was taken, Murray said.

As for reducing the number of bike thefts in the city, the sheriff’s office has started Operation Bait Bike, where it places a high-end bicycle outside and waits to see if anyone steals it.

Murray said the city did that recently, leaving a $400 bicycle equipped with a GPS in plain view.

“In eight hours no one took the bike at any location,” Murray said. “One guy watched the bike for 30 minutes .We thought we were going to have to call the paramedics for him because he wanted to steal it so bad. He kept looking at the bike, but thankfully he didn’t take it.”

Still bike thefts has been an issue in Greenacres, mostly in front of community stores, Murray said.

“We’ve had a lot of bike thefts,” he said.

As for prostitution stings, PBSO conducted one last month on Military Trail and arrested 15 people, Murray said.

The sheriff’s office is also sending undercover officers into massage parlors posing as customers, Murray said.

Like in Lake Worth, PBSO is encouraging Greenacres residents to get more involved in their community. The city now has a Citizens On Patrol program where residents patrol the streets to keep them safer. The program has 12 volunteers so far, Murray said.

“They’re our eyes and ears,” Murray said. “We want people to be invested in the city.”



Palm Beach Central to host county-wide spelling bee

It’s time for the youngsters of Palm Beach County to pull out their dictionaries because a county-wide spelling bee is right around the corner.

Palm Beach Central High school will host the bee on Thursday, and it’s sponsored by the Palm Beach County Youth Services Department.

The competition will include summer camp students from all around Palm Beach County, each sending one boy and one girl to the county-level contest.