South Florida Fair organizers reveal theme for 2018

The Mardi Gras parades were such a huge hit at this year’s South Florida Fair that organizers have made it the new theme for 2018.

In the past, the organizers have often based the theme as a city like New Orleans or Las Vegas, but the 2018 event at the South Florida Fairgrounds will be all about parades from around the world.

The specific parades won’t be revealed until closer to the January fair, but there will be a different one on each of the 17 days. This year’s fair will run from will run from Jan. 12 to Jan. 28.

Terry Calvin, New Orleans, La., applies touchup paint on a Mardi Gras World display as final preparations are underway for the opening of the 2017 South Florida Fair at the fairgrounds and expo center in unincorporated Palm Beach County. Photographed on Monday, January 9, 2017. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

Acreage Library to host solar eclipse party

If you’re looking for some solar eclipse fun in the western communities Monday, the Acreage Library may be your best bet.

The library, at 15801 Orange Blvd, Loxahatchee, will be hosting a party for families and people of all ages that includes “hot solar crafts and cool experiments.”

The party starts at 2 p.m., and the peak viewing time for the eclipse is just before 3 p.m.

It’s the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will go coast to coast in the United States. In South Florida, about 80 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon.

You can check out some FAQ about the eclipse here.

A total solar eclipse is seen from Indonesia. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Tribute concerts, movie highlight schedule at Wellington Amphitheater

The Wellington Amphitheater will have a full schedule this week with two tribute concerts and a movie.

The action kicks off tonight when a Foreigner tribute band takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. to play for the Food Truck Invasion, which starts at 5.

The next night, Wellington will be hosting a movie showing of the 2017 Power Rangers film, slated to start at 8 p.m. The movie is two hours and four minutes long.

A Steely Dan tribute band will close out the weekend with a show that starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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

Waste Management donates backpacks to Boys and Girls Club children

A couple hundred students took new backpacks home from the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys and Girls Club this week thanks to Waste Management.

The company donated 240 backpacks to the children at the club to help them prepare for the new school year.

Representatives spent time with the kids and allowed them to take time in picking which backpack they wanted.

Waste Management Territory Manager Pat Eboli (left), Government and Community Affairs Manager Ellen Smith (white top), and Route Manager Miguel Rosario (right) along with Club youth sporting their new backpacks (Photo: Sheila Zayas).

Fitness Center challenges Wellington to get in shape

A Wellington fitness center is challenging locals to get in shape.

Get Fit Wellington is hosting the 2017 Get Fit Wellington 90 day health and fitness contest.  Locals can win prize money by making the biggest transformation.

Judging is based on “overall body fat lost, lean mass gain, health improvements, before and after photos, transformation video and a personal testimonial short essay,” according to the news release.

Contestants will take before and after photos and a 2-3 minute transformation video that tracks their progress.

The entry is $30. That money goes into the prize pool that goes to the top three winners.  There are also kids and team competitions. Participants do not have to be members of Get Fit Wellington to enter.

The final day to enroll is Nov. 29, and each competitor has 90 days from the day he or she registers.

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

Magic shows to be held at Hoffman’s Chocolates this weekend

GREENACRES — Hoffman’s Chocolates will feature magic shows and face painting on Saturday at its 5190 Lake Worth Road store.

Master Magician Gary will perform two 45-minute shows at 1 and 3 p.m.

Guests can also have their faces painted with creative designs and glitter.

The chocolate store will feature the same show at its Palm Beach Gardens store on Sunday at the same time. That store is on 10957 North Military Highway.

The event is free.


Wellington Art Society to hold reception

The Wellington Art Society is bringing people together at the Wellington Community Center Thursday for an artist reception.

The event will feature the works of several artists, and it goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited.

All of the artwork and books are original creations.


Wellington neighborhood slated for sewer maintenance

Wellington residents will have to deal with sewer maintenance for the next month in the South Sugar Pond area.

Crews will be working during the weekdays and there may be some noise. Residents also are asked to put their toilet lids down as a precaution if they see workers in the area.

Maintenance trucks may block some roads during the work, but there are no plans to close roads during the month. The work is scheduled to be finished on Aug. 18.

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

Who will fill the District I council seat in Greenacres?

GREENACRES — Three candidates will be interviewed at tonight’s city council meeting about Lisa Rivera‘s District I council seat vacancy.

They are: John Tharp, Carole Portillia and Lori Ross.

Rivera was suspended last month by Gov. Rick Scott after she was charged with stealing more than $23,000 while she was treasurer at Boca Raton High School.

Rivera has denied the accusations.

The council is expected to name the new council person tonight.

The term expires in 2019.


Wellington Vice Mayor will seek re-election in 2018

Wellington’s Vice Mayor has already announced that he will be looking to keep his seat next year.

John McGovern was appointed to the village council in early 2015, serving for about a year before being re-elected unopposed in 2016 for the final two years of former councilman Howard Coates’s term.

The 2018 run will be for the standard four-year term. He was voted to the Vice Mayor position by the council as he was the second most senior member of the board after the 2016 election.

“Increasing property values, lowering property taxes, partnering with the School District to ensure we have “A” rated schools, keeping Wellington one of the safest places in Palm Beach County, making strategic infrastructure improvements and committing to policies that serve all of Wellington, are and always will be my primary focus,” McGovern said in an announcement email.

John McGovern