Lantern Festival attracts 6,000 at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

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Thousands gathered at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach for the 2015 Lantern Festival: in the Spirit of Obon. The event sold out in 13 days! It brought visitors young and old to the museum for a day of Japanese folk-dancing, drumming, an Ennichi street fair, and of course, the iconic lantern floating ceremony.

This annual festival aims to promote stewardship of natural and cultural sites.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is located in Morikami Park at 4000 Morikami Park Road and is owned and operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. It has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. For more natural, archaeological and cultural opportunities, visit www.pbcparks.com.

Watch this short video to get a glimpse of 2015’s Lantern Festival!

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation awards check to local organization

It was an exciting day for one local organization as they accepted a check for more than $19,000 from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.DSC_9442

Endless Possibilities for the Disabled is a local non-profit group that provides social experiences through sports and recreation to improve the quality of life for persons living with disabilities. Their sports include boccia, goalball, handcycling, power soccer, sitting volleyball, sled hockey, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, and are often played at Palm Beach County’s Therapeutic Recreation Complex in Lake Worth.

On October 20, the group was awarded a grant check in the amount of $19,500 from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The night included a speech from Alan T. Brown, the Director of Public Impact with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a check presentation, and a photo shoot with athletes from Endless Possibilities. After the presentation, the athletes wheeled around the court showing off their basketball skills in the wheelchairs.

“We just want to make sure that Chris and Dana’s dream of what they wanted for this community stays alive… and I’m honored to be here to give this check to Endless Possibilities and to make sure that there’s sports going on in Palm Beach County that weren’t normally here,” said Alan Brown.

DSC_9446By purchasing the basketball wheelchairs, the organization will now be able to start a basketball program. “To do the program before, we had to take money out of our own pockets, which is very minimal. This allows us to do so much more, to reach more people, to provide more programs,” said Endless Possibilities’ secretary, Charlie Brown.

The money will also be used to pay for ice time for the Sled Hockey team. “They reach so many people with paralysis on a daily basis, and that’s what we want to do, we want to make sure that this equipment is getting used and the ice time is getting used, that people are going to have a better quality of life.”

The county’s Therapeutic Recreation Complex has been beneficial in helping to fulfill the goals of Endless Possibilities. It provides the services and equipment necessary to provide adaptive sports to everyone, regardless of ability. “When the county built this property, it opened the lives for so many more people… they get active and they become part of society,” Charlie Brown said about the TR Complex.

The CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex is located at 2728 Lake Worth Road, and is owned and operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. For more leisure opportunities, visit www.pbcparks.com.

Endless Possibilities meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Therapeutic Recreation Center.

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“Waggin’ at the Waterpark”: Furry Friends frolick at Calypso Bay Waterpark

DSC_9270For one day only, Palm Beach County’s Calypso Bay Waterpark opened up for our residents’ four-legged companions. On October 10, Calypso Bay remained open for residents to bring their dogs – small, medium and large – to cool off from the heat and play in the water. The dogs loved splashing around, playing fetch and chasing their furry friends around! By the end of the event, there were some pretty tired pooches. Staff at Calypso Bay say they plan to hold another similar event at the end of the season next year, which will be advertised beginning in the summer.DSC_9305

Calypso Bay Waterpark is owned and operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department and is located in Seminole Palms Park at 151 Lamstein Lane in Royal Palm Beach.

Watch the video below for a glimpse of the event (and to see what happens when you put a GoPro on a very happy dog!)

Glades residents dance, bounce and run their way to an active lifestyle at free Family Fun Fest

On October 3, Western Palm Beach County residents – including those living in Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee – enjoyed free activities at the Glades Family Fun Fest at Glades Pioneer Park. The four-hour event allowed residents and kids to get out and get active through dance, bounce houses, rock climbing, oversized hamster balls, and team sports like soccer. A “Health and Wellness Village” also gave residents a chance to get important information regarding their health and wellness, as well as free health screenings and giveaways.

This event was not possible without the support of our partners, who donated their time and resources to help us facilitate health and wellness opportunities for our residents.

Thank you to our sponsors & co-sponsors:

  • 5210 Let’s Go!
  • Florida Health – Palm Beach County
  • Nisbet Enterprises
  • Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
  • Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization
  • Palm Beach County Youth Services
  • Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office
  • Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
  • RC Hatton
  • The City of Belle Glade
  • Winn Dixie

We create opportunities for happy, healthy living!

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