South Florida Fair announces New Orleans theme for 2017

The South Florida Fair is bringing all the excitement of Mardi Gras to suburban West Palm Beach this year, a spokeswoman announced Monday.

Each year, the fair chooses a theme based on the culture of a city, and the 2017 fair, which runs from Jan. 13-29 will feature a New Orleans flavor. Past themes have include Las Vegas and Washington D.C. and last year was “Discover the Palm Beaches.”

The fair will have the normal fried food but also include Cajun classics like fried catfish and boiled crawfish. There will also be daily Mardi Gras parades and New Orleans jazz bands.

The South Florida Fair drew to a close Sunday, January 31, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
The South Florida Fair drew to a close Sunday, January 31, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Wellington collecting food for families in need

The Wellington Holiday Food Drive has begun.

All food donations will go to families in need. The village is looking for the following items: Boxed mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing mix, cornbread mix, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, and canned vegetables such as green beans and corn.

They can be dropped off at the Municipal Complex, Village Park, the Wellington Community Center, the Community Services Office, Lake Wellington Professional Centre, Ultima Fitness, The Goddard School and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, District 8 Substation. Donations will be collected until Nov. 16.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Loxhatchee Groves Elementary School to host pumpkin launching contest

If you want to see pumpkins flying through the air from giant catapults or slingshots, Saturday is the best chance..

Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School is holding a “Pumpkin Chunkin'” competition to see who can shoot the orange gourds the farthest. The pumpkin launching will begin at 11 a.m. behind the school.

(Palm Beach Post File Photo)
(Palm Beach Post File Photo)

New store in jewelry chain opens in Wellington

A local chain of jewelry stores is expanding into Wellington.

Provident Jewelry recently opened its 7th location, this one in the Wellington Town Square Center at the corner of Forest Hill Boulevard and South Shore Boulevard, according to a news release.

The company, which started in West Palm Beach, will have a master jeweler and a watch-maker in the Wellington location. It has other locations in Jupiter, Palm Beach, Naples and Fort Myers.

The address is 11924 Forest Hill Blvd # 30.

(Photo provided)
(Photo provided)

Debate watch party scheduled at Wellington High School

Wellington Debate is holding a presidential debate watch party in the Wellington High School auditorium tonight.

The doors open at 7 p.m. and the debate begins at 9 p.m. It is open to the public, and both students and adults are welcome to attend.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook Page.

Stage play about three generations of Jewish women coming to Greenacres

(From left to right): Lisa Kerr, Roseanne Mathews and Helene Kopel star in the stage play “Generation to Generation” which will be performed next month at Temple Beth Tikvah.

GREENACRES — The stage play “Generation to Generation” about three generations of Jewish women is scheduled to be performed at Temple Beth Tikvah on Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.

The two act play is produced by Gilbert Harris Lenchus, artistic director of the Down in Front Theater Company and stars Rosanne Mathews, Lisa Kerr and Helene Kopel.

“Although the play is about three Jewish women, their story is universal,” said Alvin Lazarus, a Temple board member.

Tickets are $25 for non-Temple members and $20 for Temple members.

Temple Beth Tikvah is at 4550 Jog Road, one-half mile south of Lake Worth Road. Call 561-967-3600 for tickets or more information.

Royal Palm Beach Green Market begins this weekend

It’s Green Market season.

The Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar opens Sunday at 9 a.m. in Veterans Park. It will stay open until 1 p.m.

It’s scheduled for every Sunday at the same time through April 30, excluding holiday weekends.

Wellington’s Green Market will start next weekend, kicking off outside the Amphiteater at 9 a.m. Saturday.

RPB Green Market

Super Pup Fashion Show looking for contestants

The organizers of the Super Pup Fashion Show at the Wellington Amphitheater are looking for local dogs that can strut their stuff.

The event is set for Nov. 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and it’s hosted by My South Florida DJ. It benefits Tri-County Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Boca Raton. The entry fee is $50 and people can sign up at online at or email them at

Dogs will be judged on the following categories:

1. Most obedient

2. Best dressed

3. Most talented

4. Best coat

5. Most style

6. Best team

There will be prizes for the top three in each category.

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

Hurricane Matthew: Village manager: ‘We’re very happy this morning’

Wellington Village Manager Paul Schofield didn’t mince words when talking about the lack of damage the village sustained from Hurricane Matthew.

“I think we’re very happy thing morning,” he said in a social media video update.

The biggest concern from residents has been power outages, Schofield said. There are still some without power clustered around South Shore and Greenview Shores, as well as Pierson Road, Wellington Trace and scattered in the Equestrian Preserve.

But “there’s not much damage out there at all,” he said.

Most of the debris should be cleared by the end of the day today, and trash pickup will resume tomorrow.

Wellington has officially stopped emergency operations and it’s business as usual.

“All things considered, we came out of this really, really well,” he said.

Hurricane Matthew: Wellington reports no major damage

Like most other municipalities in Palm Beach County, Wellington was spared much of Hurricane Matthew’s wrath.

The village has no reports of trees nor power lines down, Village Spokeswoman Liz Nunez said. There hasn’t been any flooding and there are no roads blocked, she said. Some residents did lose power overnight, and palm fronds are down.

Wellington is dispatching crews to do a full survery of the village this morning and will be stopping emergency operations.

020712 Village of Wellington main entrance on Forest Hill blvd. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
Village of Wellington main entrance on Forest Hill blvd. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)