Learn about the Civil War on the Indian River on Saturday near Jupiter


Richard Procyk talks about history at Riverbend Park/ Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park

History in the Park on Saturday December 10 at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park/ Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park will feature Josh Liller.

His topic will be “Civil War on the Indian River.”

The event, sponsored by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department and volunteers from the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists, is free and open to the public

Liller has been the Historian and Collections Manager at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum since 2014.

His talk will include blockade ships that patrolled offshore, blockade runners that used the inlets, and the lighthouses.

A battlefield tour will be conducted after the presentation.

Riverbend Park/ Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park is located at 9060 Indiantown Road, one mile west of the turnpike and I-95.

For information, call 561-736-7435.


Free fire truck rides and a visit from Santa in Tequesta on Saturday


Kids get rides on fire trucks (Photo/Bruce Bennett)

Santa will be stopping by the Tequesta Fire Rescue Station building, 357 Tequesta Drive, Saturday morning, December 10.

Not only that, but visitors can have a special holiday breakfast, take a station tour, enjoy a fire-truck ride for kids, watch equipment demonstrations and more at the event hosted by the Tequesta Firefighters and Police.

Visitors should bring a small gift for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program.

The event is free and open to the public between 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

For information, go to tequesta.org.




Fundraising continues for Perry Cohen Foundation project at Jupiter High


Musician Jon Bon Jovi (Courtesy: Perry Cohen Foundation)

Musician Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorethea stopped Sunday at the #PJCF booth Art Miami to benefit the Perry J. Cohen Memorial Endowment Fund at University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science #PJCF.


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The Perry Cohen Foundation is raising money to transform an existing storm water retention pond at the front of Jupiter Community High School into a wetlands habitat and outdoor classroom.

The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory will include native plants, educational information and a boardwalk to provide hands-on training for Jupiter Community High School Environmental Research & Field Studies Academy students. Other students will also have access to the area.

See story about the wetlands laboratory in The Palm Beach Post.





Jupiter kids: Send your letters to Santa


(Photo by Allen Eyestone)

Straight to the North Pole, the town of Jupiter is delivering letters from children to Santa Claus.

Santa Claus will write back to the children who send letters by Dec. 16.

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Children can drop them off in Santa’s special mailbox located in the Jupiter Community Center lobby. Drop off hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Letters can also be mailed by Dec. 16 to:

c/o Town of Jupiter
Recreation Department
200 Military Trail
Jupiter, Fl  33458

Letters must contain the child’s full name and address so Santa can write back.

For more information call the Jupiter Community Center at (561) 741-2400.



Section of Alternate A1A closed for Sunday parade in Jupiter, Tequesta


Santa will be in the parade. (File photo)

Superman, Wonder Woman and other heroes — and of course Santa Claus — will be on floats, cars and trucks for the 1 p.m. Jupiter/Tequesta Athletic Association annual Holiday Parade planned for Sunday, Dec. 11.
The parade route will be closed to vehicle traffic between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Those attending are urged to bring unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program.
Here’s the parade route (Courtesy: JTAA)
The parade starts about 1 p.m. just south of Center Street at Alt. A1A in Jupiter and heads north on Alt. A1A.
The parade route continues north over the bridge into Tequesta, and continues north on Old Dixie Highway. The route ends at Bridge Road in Tequesta.
For information, call 561-746-1722 or go to jtaa.org.