Gardens Mall event raises about $15,000 for Loggerhead Center


(Left to right) Michael Brown, winner of this year’s Juno Beach Pier Photo Contest, Loggerhead mascot Fletch and Loggerhead President and CEO Jack Lighton at Aug. 19 event (Photos contributed)

More than $15,000 was raised Aug. 19 for the Loggerhead Marinelife Center at the The Gardens Mall event attended by about 4,000 people.

Events for children and families included hands-on science activities, including Junior Vet Labs and conservation demonstrations.

The Gardens Mall and its retailers hosted various Shop and Support events to raise money for LMC, located in Juno Beach.


Adrian Farmer and stuffed sea turtle at The Garden Mall fundraiser


Calling artists for 2018 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

Artist Anthony Gargiulo, Stuart touches up a concrete sandhill crane sculpture at The 32nd Annual Artigras Fine Arts Festival held at Abacoa in Jupiter. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is accepting artists’ applications online for the 2018 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival scheduled for February 17-19, 2018 in Jupiter.

Artists can email, call (561) 748-3942 or visit for more information.

ArtiGras showcases a juried exhibition of 300 nationwide artists.  Featured are interactive art exhibits, children’s activities, live music, and art demonstrations.

ArtiGras is produced by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce and is presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

Artists’ applications are being accepted for jury selection in 13 fine art categories including ceramics, digital art, drawing and printmaking, fiber (wearable and non-wearable), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival offers the “Emerging Artist” category for local artists.

Artists who have never exhibited in a show and reside in the Palm Beach County area can apply.

Deadline for artists to apply online is Monday, September 11, 2017.


Cool art in a cool place in Lake Worth


Looking for a cool place to relax?

Take in the display of Guatemalan art at the OneJupiter project at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth.

The exhibit ends Friday.

With about 55,000 former residents of Guatemala now living in Palm Beach County — about 7,000 in Jupiter and about 8,000 in the Lake Worth/Greenacres area — there is a growing cultural connection.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.


Can you shoot the best photo of the Juno Beach Pier?


Sunrise at the Juno Beach Pier (Photo/Rich Graulich)

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is calling photographers of all ages and experiences to submit their best photo of the Juno Beach Pier for the Center’s 3rd annual Juno Beach Pier Photo Contest.

Submissions are open open Monday, July 3 – Aug. 11.

The 990-foot-long pier may not be the longest or showiest, but locals love their pier. See story in the Palm Beach Post.

LMC will showcase and announce the grand prize winner and additional winners at Marinelife Day at The Gardens Mall on Aug. 19.

The grand prize winner’s photo will be featured as the official Juno Beach Pier Facebook profile picture and will win a $200-value LMC gift basket, including a personalized sea turtle adoption.

The annual Easter sunrise service at Juno Beach Pier draws hundreds. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Select photos will also appear on the official Juno Beach Pier Instagram.

Last year, contestants from across Palm Beach County participated, with over 65 photo submissions and over 30,000 views of the Facebook album.

Photos must reveal one’s “pier-spective” of the iconic Juno Beach Pier in some way.

All submissions will be uploaded to Facebook for an independent panel of judges to review and identify the winners.

The most “liked” photo will be named the Facebook fan favorite.

Contestants may submit one high-resolution photo (iPhone photos are accepted) via email to Hannah Deadman, LMC public relations & communications coordinator, at by Aug. 11 to be entered in the contest.

For more information, visit, or call 561-627-8280.


Juno Beach Pier is managed by Loggerhead Marinelife Center and is 990-feet long. (Photo/Rich Graulich)




Art, culture of Guatemala on display in Lake Worth


With about 55,000 former residents of Guatemala now living in Palm Beach County —  about 7,000 in Jupiter and about 8,000 in the Lake Worth/Greenacres area — there is a growing cultural connection.

The OneJupiter project is celebrating that connection through art at an exhibition at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.




Serious, whimsical children’s artwork to be on display in Tequesta

Layne Johnson

Illustration of attack on Pearl Harbor

Ask someone about the art that appeals to kids, and they’ll likely describe rainbows, animals and cartoons.

A different display the art is planned at next month’s “Drawn To The Arts” exhibit in Tequesta’s Lighthouse ArtCenter. Provoking thinking and sparking feeling is the goal, say some of the artists, who are children’s book authors and illustrators.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Mark Teague

Illustration of dinosaur

Here’s a list of Easter brunch spots in north county

Another Broken Egg Cafe, Harbourside Place, Jupiter. 561-406-6556. 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Guanabanas, 960 North U.S. 1, Jupiter. 561-747-8878. 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 561-747-8878.

Jupiter Beach Resort. 5 A1A, Jupiter. 11a.m. 2 p.m. 561-277-3001.

Lazy Loggerhead Cafe in Carlin Park. 401 S.R. A1A, Jupiter.  561-747-1134. Open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Sailfish Marina. 98 Lake Dr., Singer Island. 561-844-1724. Open 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tommy Bahama, Harbourside Place, Jupiter. Regular hours. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 561-406-6631.



Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is lit up blue for autism

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is lit up blue through Thursday for autism awareness.

A Light it up Blue fundraiser is planned Thursday, April 6th at the Jupiter’s Square Grouper from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Square Grouper will be donating a portion of proceeds from the evening to Els for Autism.

For an optional $20 donation, guests will be offered a blue glow stick, autism awareness pin, and one drink ticket.

There will also be a raffle and putting contest.

For information, go to the events facebook page.


STAR WARS night is Saturday in Jupiter’s Abacoa!


(Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Roger Dean Stadium is hosting STAR WARS night starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

STAR WARS characters will be there at the ballpark. Fireworks are planned.

And, by the way, a baseball game is planned between the St. Lucie Mets and Palm Beach Cardinals.


Cash coming in for Perry J. Cohen wetlands project in Jupiter


Fundraising, boosted by a $25,000 pledge from the Miami Dolphins Foundation,  is continuing for the Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter High School.

The plan calls for raising about $400,000 to transform an existing storm water retention pond at the front of the school into a wetlands habitat and outdoor classroom.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.