3 cool things to do in (and around) Lake Worth this weekend

Ice Cream social

3rd Annual Ice Cream Social: From 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery on South J Street will fill the gallery with all sorts of ice cream and toppings. You can eat your ice cream from a paper cup or buy one of  the hand-crafted bowls and eat it from there. Decisions, decisions.


Sitting inside a cool, air-conditioned movie theater: With a bunch of summer movies out, there’s plenty to choose from if you want to stay indoors and be entertained. There’s everything from Independence Day: Resurgence (kinda apropos, no?) to The Legend of Tarzan (opening Friday with beefcake “True Blood” hunk Alexander Skarsgard) to Finding Dory (an adorable Ellen DeGeneres reprising her voice role a fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds) to The Shallows (Blake Lively looking hot while trying to avoid becoming shark meat).


Evening on the Avenue: Food, music, fun. I’ll say it again. Food, music, fun from 6 to 10 p.m., Cultural Plaza, Friday night. Be there or be…..ah, I you thought I was gonna say “square,” right? But that’s sooooo 1960s. Just, well, be there, OK?

Intracoastal portion of Lake Worth raft race canceled because of algae

Raft RaceLAKE WORTH — The part of the 15th Annual Great American Raft Race that takes place in the Intracoastal — the main part of the event — has been canceled, an event organizer confirmed Thursday morning.

In a news release, Lake Worth Leisure Services Director Juan Ruiz said the water race portion of the day’s events would be canceled because of “the impacts of the blue green algae bloom.”

Scroll down to read the full news release from Ruiz, along with the updated schedule of events.

The Post had reported Wednesday that the in-water race would be canceled, citing a Facebook post by Mary Lindsey, one of the organizers of the event.

The popular race, organized by the Neighborhood Association Presidents Council, was scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m.

» RELATED: Complete coverage of the algae bloom

In her post, Lindsey called it a “painful, yet necessary decision.”

Resident Carolyn Deli this week sent an email to The Palm Beach Post expressing concern over the growing algae problem and suggested that the race — extremely popular in the city — be canceled because of health concerns.

“We have a health problem that shouldn’t be ignored,” she said.

Lindsey’s post goes on to say the NAPC Presidents Cup Kayak Race has also been pulled from the Intracoastal at Friday night’s pre-raft race party at the Beach Club.

Lindsey writes, however, that all of the pre-raft beach parties are still going on as planned.

Monday’s Raft Parade is still a go, but will now start at noon. The line-up starts at 11:30 a.m. on J Street and Lucerne Avenue.

NAPC President Jon Faust did not immediately respond to a request to comment. City Manager Michael Bornstein was also unavailable.

In her post, Lindsey notes the Great American Raft Race Celebration is still happening…just not in the Intracoastal.

Lake Worth Raft Race News Release, Updated Schedule of Events


It is with deep disappointment that the City of Lake Worth and the Lake Worth Neighborhood Association Presidents Council (NAPC) have decided that the 15th Annual Great American Raft Race normally held in the Lake Worth Lagoon will be cancelled due to the impacts of the blue green algae bloom. The fun and frolic of the Parade of the Rafts will be held – although at a later start time of noon on July 4th – with festivities and awards following at Bryant Park.

While the worst of the blue green algae bloom has not yet polluted our shores, any risk to the safety and well-being of our residents, our rafters and our raft race fans is unacceptable. The best available scientific evidence and expert assessments suggest the risk level is in the low range but our regard for our neighbors’ health is paramount.

Don’t miss out on all the 4th of July events in Lake Worth!

Splashtacular NAPC Presidential Pool Party | Sunday, July 3 | 5pm – Moonrise | Lake Worth Municipal Pool
NAPC President’s Cup Kayak Race | Sunday, July 3 | 7pm | Lake Worth Municipal Pool

Parade of the Rafts | Monday, July 4 | Noon | Downtown Lake Worth
Presentation of the Trophies | Monday, July 4 | 1pm | Bryant Park Bandshell

An Afternoon of Music | Kids Corner | Food

Music Performance Schedule
3:00 Mike Mineo
4:00 Marijah Speziale
5:00 Franscene
6:00 Raggy Monster
7:30 Odyssey Road – Journey Tribute Band
8:55 Mykal Morrison – National Anthem

The main event: Fourth of July fireworks at 9 p.m.

Lake Worth honoring National Parks and Recreation all next month

Parks and Rec MonthLAKE WORTH — The city is honoring National Parks and Recreation during the month of July in an effort to raise awareness about the value of parks, recreation and leisure services in Lake Worth.

The city is asking residents to participate in activities that will be offered throughout the month. Click here for a full list of special events.

For more information call Lauren Bennett at 561-533-7395 or Nicola Bohannon at 561-533-7363.

Algae forces Lake Worth neighborhood association to pull out of Raft Race

Water full of algae laps along the Sewell's Point shore on the St. Lucie River under an Ocean Boulevard bridge today. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Water full of algae laps along the Sewell’s Point shore on the St. Lucie River under an Ocean Boulevard bridge today. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — The Tropical Ridge Neighborhood Association has pulled out of next week’s 15th Annual Great American Raft Race because of blue-green algae plaguing the Intracoastal shoreline.

“The raft race is a glorious mixture of fun and games and I hate thinking it should be cancelled, but we have a health problem that shouldn’t be ignored,” Carolyn Deli wrote in an email to The Palm Beach Post.

The wildly popular race, scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on July 4 in the Lake Worth Lagoon, is organized by the Neighborhood Association Presidents Council.

Deli said she would hate to see the race canceled, adding that perhaps the NAPC could come with an imaginative game like pickle ball to save the day.

Mary Lindsey, one of the event organizers, declined to comment.

Jon Faust, NAPC president, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Officials in Martin and St. Lucie counties have urged people to avoid swimming at local beaches due to the presence of potentially harmful algae in the water. Algae could be harmful if exposed to skin.

Deli said it’s a shame the issue could impact the event.

“The Raft Race is very popular and a favorite in Lake Worth and I feel very bad that this is happening but the fact is there is a health issue” Deli said.




Needy kids receive a different — and nutritious — type of happy meal

Three girls (l-r), Lynn Exantus, Stephanie Gelin Azucena Rosario, received backpacks filled with nutritious food Thursday morning at Lake Worth's Sunlight Community Church on North A Street. (Contributed)
Three girls (l-r), Lynn Exantus, Stephanie Gelin Azucena Rosario, received backpacks filled with nutritious food Thursday morning at Lake Worth’s Sunlight Community Church on North A Street. (Contributed)

LAKE WORTH — People normally associate Happy Meals with McDonald’s. But there are other types.

Take, for instance, the 100 needy children who on Thursday received backpacks full of nutritious food at CROS Ministries Summer Day Camp at Sunlight Community Church on North A Street as part of the Food4OurKids program.

Some of the items in the backpacks included canned tuna, white rice, macaroni and cheese, applesauce and dry pinto beans.

The kids were among the 2,500 children and their families who each weekend benefit from the program, run by the Palm Beach County Food Bank at 30 county day camps operated by various agencies, including CROS Ministries.

Weekends are often a critical time for kids, many of whom who often have nothing to eat when they’re not in school.



3 fun things to do in Lake Worth this weekend

GoosebumpsScreen on the Green, the city’s free outdoor movie series starts Friday at the Cultural Plaza with “Goosebumps.” There will be music, food, arts and craft. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m., with the movie beginning about 8 p.m. So, spread out your blanket, pop open that lawn chair, get some popcorn and enjoy a free movie!


Yvette Norwood-Tiger croons the best of Ella Fitzgerald on Saturday
Yvette Norwood-Tiger croons the best of Ella Fitzgerald on Saturday.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, the late jazz great on Saturday. Yvette Norwood-Tiger croons the songs with her jazz ensemble. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. Cash or credit cards accepted at the door. For advance tickets, call Marlon Foster, 561-472-3338.

April and the Extraordinatry World

April and the Extraordinary World: An animated film released earlier this year about a teen and her talking cat looking for her missing parents in 1941 Paris. This film is playing at the Stonzek Theater, 713 Lake Avenue, Friday through Thursday. Check out the trailer here.


Troubling number of heroin overdoses in Lake Worth

Heroin overdoseLAKE WORTH — Since Jan. 1. there were 88 heroin overdoses in the city — 18 of them fatal — Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office Captain Todd Baer told the City Commission at Tuesday’s meeting.

“We’re cruising to almost 200 overdoses this year, with 36 of them fatal,” Baer said. “That’s unbelievable and triple the amount of homicides or car wrecks.”

In his 20-minute presentation, Baer showed a bunch of dots representing the reported overdoses. The blue dots were those who survived while the red dots were those who died.

“Those dots are people,” Baer stressed. “That’s some scary math.”

Lake Worth is ready to talk potholes…are you?

LW potholesLAKE WORTH — Are you ready to talk potholes?

You’ll get your chance. The city has set a tentative date of July 7 for a special workshop to discuss how Lake Worth can wrap its arms around one of the city’s most challenging — and frustrating — problems.

City Manager Michael Bornstein said the original date for the workshop was June 28, but that date presented a conflict for some city commissioners.

The meeting on July 7 will be the first in a series of special pothole workshops, Bornstein said.



Free admission for all dads on Father’s Day at Lake Worth’s pool

Lake Worth poolLAKE WORTH — Looking to stay cool on Father’s Day?

In honor of Dad’s Day, all fathers will receive free admission to the Lake Worth Municipal Pool on Sunday.

The pool is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 561-585-6858.

No PBSC tuition increase for fifth straight year

PBSCPalm Beach State College students will not pay a penny more for their tuition and course fees next school year.

The District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to freeze the cost of classes for all degree and certificate programs for the 2016-2017 academic year. For college credit courses, in-state tuition and fees will remain at $101 (including $76.92 for tuition) per credit hour or $303 for a three-credit hour course.

Tuition and fees for postsecondary adult vocational program courses are fixed at $83.40 per credit hour and $2.78 per contact hour. The cost of bachelor’s degree courses, which is regulated by the Florida Legislature, remain at $122.85 per credit hour or $368.55 for a three-credit hour class.

This marks the fifth consecutive year in which tuition has not increased at PBSC, although the college said technology and capital improvement fees rose slightly twice, and the student activity fee rose once during that time. In 2012-2013, students paid $98.25 per credit hour or $294.75 for a three-credit hour course.

Tuition and fees were part of the $126.7 million 2016-2017 general fund budget approved by trustees, which includes a 6.1 percent increase in state appropriations. PBSC received $61,814,175 this year compared to $58,239,334 last year, the college said.