Once a widowed senior has moved beyond the initial stages of loss, they enter a new, unfamiliar phase of life living alone and socializing. Dating and a variety of other topics are now part of this new challenge of being solo and finding support for this transitional period has not always been easy. Recognizing this void, the Faulk Center for Counseling has introduced, Moving Forward: A Discussion and Support Group for Widows and Widowers, every Wednesday, from 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.
“There is dearth of support groups available in the community for widows and widowers who have moved beyond the bereavement stage,” said Holly Katz, Ph. D, Program and Training Director at the Faulk Center. “During their transition to a new life phase, these people would benefit from the support of others dealing with similar issues such as living independently and dating.” The group was initiated in January, with a special presentation by Hal Spielman, author of Suddenly Solo, A Lifestyle Road Map for the Mature Widowed or Divorced Man, speak to the Center’s educators, students and volunteers about the research he did for his book and the lessons learned from his surveys of 1600 widowed men and women age 55 and over. The group has been very well received, and is currently accepting new participants. The cost of the group is $5 per session. Call the Center at (561) 483-5300 for more information.
The Faulk Center for Counseling also offers individual, family, and group counseling to children, teens, adults, and seniors through a variety of free and low cost mental health programs. Other weekly support groups are offered for seniors, young adults, and to address women’s issues and men’s issues, including discussion of topics which are particularly relevant to their lives. For more information and to schedule an initial evaluation session, please contact the Faulk Center at (561) 483-5300.
About the Faulk Center for Counseling
The Faulk Center for Counseling, formerly the Center for Group Counseling, has been providing free and low-cost mental health services since 1973 to people of all ages. The Faulk Center provides psychological and mental health counseling to everyone from children to the elderly, including individual, couples and families plus support groups for specific concerns including caregivers, divorce and separation, men’s, women’s and senior’s issues. Groups are led by graduate students pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees and are co-led by volunteer group leaders. All volunteers and graduate students are trained and supervised by the Faulk Center for Counseling’s staff of licensed clinical professionals.
For more information, visit www.faulkcenterforcounseling.org or call 561-483-5300.
Evening features Grammy-winning percussionist “Chino” Nuñez with 13-piece band, and encore screening of the fascinating documentary, Mambo Man!
Let’s mambo!The March sneak-peak screening of the documentary, Mambo Man, produced by Miami-based dancer and choreographer Barbara Craddock, and the accompanying performance by Grammy-winning Latin percussionist Pablo “Chino” Nuñez,was so popular the Museum is reprising the screening and performance on a grander scale during a Mambo Night-themed Art After Dark on July 17. The screening is set for 6 p.m. with the concert following at 7 p.m. Thursdays are free for Florida residents through Sept. 4. Regular admission applies for non-residents.
The documentary focuses on dancer Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar and how he popularized the mambo in post-WWII New York, especially at the Palladium dance hall at 53rd Street and Broadway. While distinctions in class and race were the norm at the time, teenagers from all backgrounds were drawn to The Palladium, the epicenter of the Latin dance craze called the mambo.Ask anyone who grew up in that area at that time and they’ll tell you their tales of sneaking out of the house to mambo late into the night led by dance legend “Cuban Pete.” (Desi Arnaz gave him the “Cuban Pete” moniker even though Aguilar was Puerto Rican.)
Miami-based dancer and choreographer Barbara Craddock, nationally known for her talent and passion for the mambo genre and clave-based Latin dance and music, was a longtime dance partner of “Cuban Pete’s” and vowed to carry on the late dancer’s legacy.
As executive producer of Mambo Man, she teamed with Luis Rosario Albert, second assistant director of Armistad (1997), Under Suspicion (2000), and El Cantante (2006), and Alan Tomlinson, an Emmy-award-winning television producer and documentary filmmaker.
Renowned percussionist (and Palm Beach County resident) Pablo “Chino” Nuñez, who served as a music consultant for the documentary, and produced and arranged all the original music for the film, has assembled a 13-piece band to capture and convey the dynamism of the mambo. Nunez has worked with legendary figures such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Marc Anthony, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, and Ruben Blades.
The special exhibition Living Legends: The Montage Portraits Robert Weingarten, also opens on July 17, with Tim B. Wride, the Norton’s William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography leading a Curator’s Conversation about the exhibition at 6:30 p.m.
About the Norton Museum
The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for members and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton.org.
Throughout the day, patrons of Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour & Gardens in Greenacresand Downtown Lake Worth location can enjoy BUY ONE ICE CREAM CONE, CUP, OR AS A SPECIAL TREAT, A SUNDAE, AND GET ONE FREE CONE, CUP, OR SUNDAE FREE, that day.
National Ice Cream Month was created in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to celebrate the popularity of ice cream among Americans. Today, National Ice Cream Month takes place every July and National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of the month. Celebrate an American tradition and indulge in this sweet refreshing treat from Hoffman’s Chocolate!
Hoffman’s Chocolate offers a wide array of tasty flavors that will delight any appetite. The variety of flavors differs at each store, but all locations have classics such as Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry and Mint. Some of the other flavors you may find are Butterscotch Bomb, Stellar Coffee, Purple Haze, Birthday Cake, Superman and Kahlua Almond Fudge.
Please visit www.Hoffmans.com for individual store locations and hours of operation.
Every year more than 60 children under the age of 5 drown in Florida — enough kids to fill an entire school bus. This year there already have been 28 reported cases of children drowning in the state and we haven’t even reached summer. Within just the last 20 days, there have been five reported near-drownings in Palm Beach County alone.
As part of the ongoing “What If?” child safety campaign, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and Safe Kids Palm Beach County will be distributing about 500 free door alarms to Palm Beach County families with pools. An alarm easily can be attached to a sliding glass door and will buzz any time the door is opened.
A Florida Department of Health grant funded the door alarms.
While there is no substitute to supervising your children around water, the door alarms act as a barrier to keep children safe, said Kelly Powell, program director of Safe Kids Palm Beach County.
“Even a near-drowning incident can have lifelong consequences,” Powell said. “Kids who survive a near-drowning may have brain damage, and after four to six minutes under water the damage is usually irreversible.”
The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, a “What If?” campaign partner, urges caregivers to always remember the ABCs of water safety: A- Adult Supervision, B- Barriers, beach safety and boating safety and C- Classes to teach children how to swim and adults CPR.
“We strongly recommend that everyone utilize layers of protections/barriers such as door/window/gate alarms and locked, properly working isolation pool fencing and pool alarms,” said Anna Stewart, manager of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County. “If one mechanism fails there is another to hopefully prevent a tragedy from occurring.”
To qualify for a free door alarm, a family must fill out a six-question survey by going to www.whatifpbc.org, scrolling down and clicking on the water icon. Families then will be contacted about where they can pick up their free door alarms.
To talk to local Safe Kids director Kelly Powell on camera and get a demonstration of the pool alarm, please contact Jon Burstein at 561-374-7616 (office) or 561-703-2192 (cell).
The What If? campaign is a child safety initiative by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County to provide parents and caregivers vital, life-saving information that protects children in the home and in the community. What If? campaign partners include: Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Children & Families, Palm Beach County Government, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Palm Beach County Health Department, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Safe Kids Palm Beach County, Safety Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County School District and many other child safety advocates.
Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County provides leadership, funding and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.
T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society (TLJMS) will host a community health and wellness fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2 at FoundCare Health Center at 2330 S. Congress Avenue. The event, titled “Start This School Year with Clean Air, Nutritious Meals, Exercise and Preventive Check-Ups for the Entire Family,” will allow the underserved, uninsured and at-risk members of our community to access health care services and health education.
The health fair is free and open to the public. Offerings will include: back-to-school immunizations, dental screenings, vision testing, pap smears, breast exams, diabetic testing, blood glucose and cholesterol level checks, HIV testing, and breathing capacity checks. The event will also include presentations on living healthier lifestyles and health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), HIV, diabetes, and heart disease. There will also be presentations on smoking cessation, physical fitness, nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, and fire safety. Infant car seat education/training and free backpacks will be available. Free transportation will be available from Washington Elementary in Riviera Beach and from the Urban League in West Palm Beach every half hour during the event.
“T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society and our community partners are very pleased to offer access to health care to those who might otherwise go without it,” states Dr. Dudley Brown, who is the TLJMS Health Committee Co-Chair along with Dr. Seth Crapp. Event sponsors include Children’s Medical Services, FoundCare, Florida Health Department, Palm Beach County Immunization Coalition and the Palm Beach County Safety Council.
The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society is a West Palm Beach-based 501(c)3 organization. TLJMS is comprised of a group of dedicated health care professionals united to improve the health and wellness, access to medical care, academic and career opportunities, and the quality of life for underserved populations through the provision of health care, education and youth development services. For its members, TLJMS seeks to elevate the professional success of members through information, education and networking opportunities.
The Norton’s weekly Art After Dark series – Where Culture and Entertainment Meet – is theme-filled this summer. Many themes are in conjunction with the Museum’s summer exhibition, Wheels and Heels: The Big Noise Around Little Toys, a broad, playful look at the enduring influence of the Barbie doll and Matchbox car.
Art After Dark, sponsored by the Addison Hines Charitable Trust,is held Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Norton, and, like last summer, the Norton is reprising its “Free Thursdays for Florida Residents” through Sept. 4, 2014. (As part of the national Blue Star Museum initiative, the Norton also offers free admission daily to active military and their families through Labor Day weekend. Please note: The Museum is closed on Mondays.)
On July 3, Art After Dark celebrates Independence Day with a curator’s talk about a Norman Rockwell painting (the July Masterpiece of the Month), tours of the American Art Collection, and performances by barbershop quartet Cameo, and country musician Tom Jackson.
Throughout the summer, curators are providing insight into remarkable works featured in the Masterpiece of the Month series, including an encore discussion of the Norman Rockwell masterpiece on July 10 as well as a Picasso masterpiece on Aug. 7 and 28, and a rare ceramic work from China on Sept. 4. Photographer Robert Weingarten’s unique “portraits” of famous individuals, including Don Shula, Buzz Aldrin, Jane Goodall, Colin Powell, and Sonia Sotomayor are featured in a Curator’s Conversation on July 17, the opening day of Living Legends: The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten.
Some of South Florida’s most popular music acts, including Jackson, Crazy Fingers, percussionist Chino Nuñez, the Natalie Jackson Trio, and others are also scheduled to perform at the Norton during the summer. French singer Thierry Khalfa provides the musical ambiance for the Norton’s annual Bastille Day activities on July 10, hosted in conjunction with the Multilingual Language and Culture Society again this year. Other partners involved in Art After Dark programs this summer include Mounts Botanical Garden and Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Families can also enjoy DIY (Do It Yourself) Art Projects related to Wheels and Heels and Sketchbook Thursdays, which are held on the third Thursday of every month.
Art After Dark summer themes and highlights are as follows:
July 3 “Go All-American” with a Masterpiece of the Month talk on Norman Rockwell’s Hometown News (1942), and country music by Tom Jackson.
July 10 Learn a little French during Bastille Day festivities, featuring French art, film, music, wines, and crepes.
July 17 Enjoy the exhibition opening and Curator’s Conversation about Living Legends: The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten; draw a live model during Sketchbook Thursday. Catch the documentary, Mambo Man, before dancing to the music of Chino Nuñez – a Latin music “living legend” – and his band.
July 24 Celebrate The Great Outdoors, observing plein air painters Dennis Aufiery and Hope Ries in the Museum courtyard accompanied by guitarists playing soft rock music; create a cool collage; join Mounts Botanical Garden Director Allen Sistrunk for a talk on gardens around the globe. Savor free Blue Bell Ice Cream.
July 31 Attend the Norton Summer Interns’ talk at the opening of their exhibition, PLAY! Enjoy the jazz of the Natalie Jackson Trio; join the Trivia Night Challenge.
Aug. 7 Experience “The Genius of Picasso” during a discussion of August’s Masterpiece of the Month, Picasso’s Tête de Femme (Head of a Woman) from 1952.
Aug. 14 Compete during “Family Game Night;” learn to draw awesome cars at a DIY Art workshop; take a tour about Kids in Art; and play classic board games.
Aug. 21 Put on your dancing shoes for a “DJ Dance Party;” take in the Living Legends Curator’s Conversation; Sketchbook Thursday, and DIY portrait collages.
Aug. 28 Sway to the sounds of popular Grateful Dead tribute band Crazy Fingers. PBC Classics Car Club motors in with vintage cars from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
Sept. 4 Visit the treasures in the Museum’s Chinese Collection and attend the final Masterpiece of the Month discussion.
About the Norton Museum
The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton.org.