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Category: Recreation (16)

August 20, 2009

Summer fun - free or very inexpensive

USTA Summer Smash Regional Tennis Championships
8/29/2009 - 9/1/2009
Delray Beach Tennis Center
201 West Atlantic Avenue; Delray Beach, FL 33444
The Summer Smash Regional Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach is one of the largest particapatory USTA events in the country with over 500 players in the Boys & Girls 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s divisions.
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561.330.6000
Labor Day Celebration
9/7/2009 - 9/7/2009
Palm Beach Kennel Club
1111 North Congress Avenue; West Palm Beach, FL 33409
The $20,000 Labor Day Puppy Stakes features PBKC's top youngsters, highlights an afternoon of fun and excitement, plus prize drawings and young greyhounds to pet!
11:30 a.m. $1.00
For more information, call 561.683.2222

Meet a Master, Create a Masterpiece

9/12/2009 - 9/12/2009
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Mizner Park, 501 Plaza Real; Boca Raton, FL 33432
This monthly children’s program teaches about a master artist on exhibit at the Museum. Participants have an opportunity to create a masterpiece in the style of the featured artist. September’s theme is Clyde Butcher, Photography. Open to grades 3-5. Reservations required. $5.00. For more information, call 561.392.2500

Spady Living Heritage Day - Delray Beach
9/12/2009 - 9/12/2009
Making lye soap, cooking collard greens, jelly making and “putting up” seasonal foods will be on display at Spady Living Heritage Day. Visitors will also be able to enjoy live entertainment, interactive demonstrations, children’s activities, old-fashioned games and music. The Renaissance Park in Marianna will come to Delray Beach to bring the ways of the old country alive. Free 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
For more information, call 561.279.8883

Curator's Highlight Tour
9/17/2009 - 9/17/2009
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Mizner Park, 501 Plaza Real; Boca Raton
Join Museum Senior Curator, Wendy Blazier for informative gallery tours focusing on the current exhibitions. Gary T. Erbe’s Trompe l’Oeil Illusionism Examine Erbe’s realist paintings as collages of memorabilia which give historical, political and sometimes sentimental meaning to everyday objects. 2:30 p.m.
For more information, call 561.392.2500

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August 1, 2009

Schoolhouse Children's Museum -FREE family night -8/7/09

What: Free Family Night
Who: Families in the South Florida Community
Where: Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, 129 East Ocean Avenue , Boynton Beach , FL 33435
When: Friday, August 7th, 2009, 5pm – 8pm
Why: To share the Museum with families facing economic challenges.


“Mommy, can we go to the Museum to play today?” With bills and jobless rates climbing, this question can be hard for parents to hear – and even harder to answer. To meet the growing need for affordable, educational family experiences, the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum now offers a monthly Free Family Night. Children of all ages can play on the interactive exhibits while learning about Florida ’s past in the historic schoolhouse building. This month, the Museum will be hosting Primerica’s “How Money Works….for Kids” during Free Family Night – an opportunity for children and parents to start learning how to answers today’s tough questions together.

The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center makes Florida’s history come alive for children and families though hands-on activities and interactive play. A 501(c)3 organization, the Museum is located in Boynton Beach , in a 1913 schoolhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit www.schoolhousemuseum.org.

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June 21, 2009

Palm Beach County Parks

We live in a wonderful area of Florida where there are so many outdoor
activities for children of all ages. Have you been to Daggerwing Nature Center in
Boca Raton? It is located at 11200 Park Access Road, 561 488-9953. There
are boardwalks, nature trails and lots of birds and animals to see.

Visit the Green Cay Nature Center at 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach,
561 966-7000. Enjoy the boardwalk and visit the exhibits inside. There is
a lovely gift shop, too.

Don't forget the Okeeheelee Nature Center at 7715 Forest Hill Boulevard,
W.Palm Beach 561 233-1400. During the summer there is lots to see and do.

Call the numbers provided for hours and special events.

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February 24, 2009

Elderhostel - a great way to travel

Elderhostel is the world's largest educational travel organization for
senior adults. It was founded in 1975 and, today, boasts over 4 million
participants in its programs. Elderhostel offers the opportunity to travel
to countries all over the world to learn about its people, culture, food,
architecture and just about anything the country has to offer.

Participants may log on to their web site or receive huge catalogs by
mail with offers of lectures, trips, excursions and transportation.
Over the past several years, my husband and I have enjoyed learning
about the cities of New Orleans and San Franscisco, through the
Elderhostel Signature City series. We have also traveled to New Mexico,
where we enjoyed bus excursions (with excellent motel accomodations)
to Taos, Sante Fe, and Alburquerque. Our meals were included and we
had excellent tour guides and instructors.

Each program falls under one of six activity levels, from limited physical ability
to being able to climb stairs and to walk long distances. Travel is often by bus,
train and sometimes boat.
For more information: www.elderhostel.org
1-877-426-8056

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November 30, 2008

Golden Age Pass - new name

Formerly known as the Golden Age Passport, the America the Beautiful National
Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows many people to enjoy traveling,
camping, and sight seeing at our national parks and recreation areas.
The lifetime senior pass is for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62
or over. The senior pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation
sites that charge an entrance fee.

The senior pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial
vehicle at “per vehicle” fee areas and pass holder plus 3 adults, not to exceed
4 adults (children under 16 are admitted free).

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The senior pass can only be obtained in person at a national park, recreational
area, or monument where an entrance fee is charged and at forestry ranger stations.

The senior pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity
Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch,
and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity
Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction.

The senior pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce
special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

You must show proof of age such as a driver’s license, birth certificate,
or similar document. There is an $10 processing charge to obtain the senior pass.

In Palm Beach County, you can go to Loxahatchee Preserve. It is a National
Recreation Park and part of America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal
Recreational Lands Pass Program.


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September 27, 2008

Free places to visit in the United States

What to see for free in the U.S.A.:

* Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah
* Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
* Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas
* Central Park, New York City
* Freedom Trail, Boston
* Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
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* Highway 1, California coast
* Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C.
* USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
* Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii
* Lake Tahoe
* Grant Park, Chicago
* French Quarter, New Orleans
* Key West Causeway
* Washington, D.C., Smithsonian
Although government monuments and memorials are always free, some sites
ask for donations or charge for guides.
Natural wonders and scenic drives are free, although, you do have to pay to
use the facilities of our national parks, such as picnic areas and camping sites.

Source: TripAdvisor, an online reader-derived travel information and
sister site of SmarterTravel.com

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June 4, 2008

Daggerwing Nature Center - Boca Raton


The new Daggerwing Nature Center's exhibit hall takes visitors on a journey that begins under the ground, continues under water, and rises above the surface up to the canopy of a swamp. Interactive exhibits, live animals, sloped flooring and over sized features create a storybook-like experience to help understand the swamp habitat.

Following the exhibit, you can take a walk on the boardwalk through 40 acres
of real swamp to test out what you learned in the exhibit hall.

Daggerwing offers programs for school groups as well as private gatherings
for birthday parties, scout troops, camps, nature clubs, church groups,
“mommy and me” groups, senior adult centers and libraries. For all programs,
educators use a hands-on approach with live animals, models, interesting
facts and other fun materials to teach about conservation and what’s
native to Florida.

The new astronomical observatory, which will have a dome that opens and
a telescope for viewing celestial objects/events, is yet to be built on the
very site where the grand opening took place on April 26. He promised it
would be open for business within a year’s time.

Daggerwing is located in South County Regional Park just west of the
Tennis Center and just north of Coconut Cove Waterpark. It is open six
days a week from Tuesday to Sunday, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, except for
Saturday, when the facility opens at 8:15 am.
Admission is free.

For more information, go to www.pbcparks.com/nature and
click on the Daggerwing link.

Thanks to Alan Kellock, W. Boca Blogger

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April 10, 2008

Earth Day event - April 22, 2008


Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
is located two miles south of Boynton Beach Boulevard, off U.S. 441. Their
Cypress boardwalk is newly reopened, so that you can get a close-up swamp
experience. Their Earth Day program includes a roving bird naturalist
and other interesting wildlife experiences.
In total, the refuge includes
over 221 square miles of Everglades habitat, and is home to the
American alligator and as many as 257 species of birds may use the
refuge's wetland habitats.
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In addition to being a home to wildlife, the refuge offers many recreational
opportunities: Walking trails, a canoe trail, bike trail, boat ramps,
fishing platform, observation towers, butterfly garden, and a visitor center.
Daily Schedule: Refuge opens at 5:00 A.M. and closes at 6:00 P.M.
Visitors Center: Open Wed - Fri 9:00 - 4:00; Sat and Sun 9:00 to 4:30.
Golden Age Passport gives you free admission.
$5.00 per vehicle.


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April 8, 2008

Gumbo Limbo Excursion

Date: April 17, 2008
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Cost: $6.00 per person
Gumbo Limbo Preserve is offering this outing to discover wildlife
and dune plantings along the trails at one of the barrier islands.
Meet at the nature center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., to caravan with other
interested nature-lovers.
For more information, call 561-338-1473.

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March 19, 2008

Wetlands Day at Green Cay, Boynton Beach

Saturday, March 29th: Wetlands Dayto be held at:
The Green Cay Wetlands 12800 Hagen Ranch Road,
Boynton Beach . FREE

On Saturday, March 29th, a collection of local nature center experts, wetland
birds and animals, environmental volunteers, naturalists and photographers
will be there to celebrate Wetlands Day 2008. P.B. CountyWater Utilities
Department sponsors this event to promote awareness of water
conservation and environmental issues.
At 10 a.m. Karen Milstein and Arlene Spagna, nationally-published nature
photographers, will speak, followed by a presentation from the South Florida Water Management District on the role of man-made wetlands in Everglades restoration
at 11 a.m. At noon, Busch wildlife will give a presentation on the animals of the
wetlands featuring baby alligators and birds of prey. The day will conclude with a rehabilitated wildlife release.
Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management will hand out native
saplings and information on reforestation. Nature Center volunteers will give
boardwalk tours and provide story telling at the chickee hut every hour on the
half hour.

The Green Cay and Wakodahatchee Wetlands were built by the P.B.C. Water
Utilities Department as an important component in its Reclaimed Water Program.
In addition to providing valuable wildlife habitat to more than 150 bird species,
turtles, fish, bobcats, foxes and otters, the wetlands also receive and help clean
treated wastewater that is piped underground from the nearby Southern Region
Water Reclamation Facility. This wastewater treatment plant also supplies the
surrounding community with reclaimed water, a cost savings for consumers
while conserving fresh drinking water that would otherwise be used to
quench thirsty South Florida lawns and golf courses.

This information supplied by Robert Nelton, Senior Public Relations
Specialist for P.B. County Water utilities Dept.


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March 11, 2008

What's happening at the W.Boynton Rec, in March?

The West Boynton Park and Recreation Center is located at 6000 Northtree
Boulevard, Lake Worth - directly behind the Park Vista High School. For
more information, call Ellen Gilmer, 561 355-1125. Tell her you saw this
BLOG.

Every second Friday of the month, there is FREE Family Skate Night, from
6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Why not go there on March 14th and try it out
with your family?

There is music and food and fun for all. Spend time with your kids and
exercise at the same time!! Everyone benefits!

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March 3, 2008

America The Beautiful Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Pass)

Formerly known as the Golden Age Passport, the America the Beautiful National
Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows many people to enjoy traveling,
camping, and sight seeing at our national parks and recreation areas.
The lifetime senior pass is for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62
or over. The senior pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation
sites that charge an entrance fee.

The senior pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial
vehicle at “per vehicle” fee areas and pass holder plus 3 adults, not to exceed
4 adults, at “per person” fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).

The senior pass can only be obtained in person at a national park, recreational
area, or monument where an entrance fee is charged and at forestry ranger stations.

The senior pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity
Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch,
and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity
Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction.

The senior pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce
special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

You must show proof of age such as a driver’s license, birth certificate,
or similar document. There is an $10 processing charge to obtain the senior pass.

Comments are welcomed! Did you like this article? Readers: Would you
like more postings about senior programs in our area? Let me know. Your
comments are always private. Your e-mail address is never made public.


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February 20, 2008

Children's Activities - Gumbo Limbo Nature Center



Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
is located in Boca Raton, Florida at
Red Reef Park, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.
1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton
561-338-1473 - Volunteer Line 561-338-1588
gumbo@gumbolimbo.org OR www.gumbolimbo.org
Twenty acres of Boca Raton's Red Reef Park include a nature center and sabal palm
hammock, coastal dunes, and mangrove wetlands. There are a variety of mammals,
birds, reptiles and fish. Rare and endangered species such as the manatee, the
brown pelican, the osprey and sea turtles can sometimes be observed. A beautiful
butterfly garden and a boardwalk offer tranquil settings for a lovely stroll. Climb the
40 foot observation tower and look out over the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal.
This center aims to make visitors aware of the need to preserve and protect nature.

Gumbo Limbo is open from Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 4PM and
Sunday: 12PM to 4PM. They are closed on New Year's Day, 4th of July,
Thanksgiving and Christmas day. There is no charge but a “suggested ”donation
of $ 3.00 per person. Their nature-themed gift shop has imaginative gifts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count - February 16th - 9:00 A.M.
Free - Must Register
Naturalist Rick Newman plans a 2 hours walk around
the grounds of Gumbo Limbo to search for birds and count them for the 11th
Annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Bring binoculars and field guides if you
have them. Open to beginners and experts alike! Space is limited so register
today! Supervision Required: An adult must participate with children - all ages.

Third Annual Sea Turtle Day - Saturday March 8th -
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sea turtle nesting season kickoff, exhibits,
educational talks, games, crafts for kids, food, and more. Must register.
Call for further information. Children must be accompanied by adult.

Would you like to see more articles like this about places to visit nearby?
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February 7, 2008

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is located
two miles south of Boynton Beach Boulevard, off U.S. 441. It is one of 538 refuges
in the National Wildlife system. There are many activities to enjoy and lots of wildlife
and nature to see. The refuge was established in 1951. In total, the refuge includes
over 221 square miles of Everglades habitat, and is home to the American alligator
and as many as 257 species of birds may use the refuge's wetland habitats.
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In addition to being a home to wildlife, the refuge offers many recreational opportunities:
Walking trails, a canoe trail, bike trail, boat ramps, fishing platform,
observation towers, butterfly garden, and a visitor center.

There is a 400 acre cypress swamp. A boardwalk into the swamp even gives the visitor
a chance for an up-close swamp experience, without any danger.
Daily Schedule: Refuge opens at 5:00 A.M. and closes at 6:00 P.M.
Visitors Center: Open Wed - Fri 9:00 - 4:00; Sat and Sun 9:00 to 4:30.
Golden Age Passport gives you free admission.
$5.00 per vehicle.

Saturday, February 9, 2008. Ninth Annual Everglades Day.
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Cost: FREE - For more information: (561) 734-8303
What's Happening: Canoe trips, animal presentations, walking tours.
Brazilian music. Storytelling at 2:00 and at 3:00. Sign up for tours when
you arrive. Wear hats and sunscreen and walking shoes.


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January 31, 2008

What's happening at the W.Boynton Rec?

The West Boynton Park and Recreation Center is located at 6000 Northtree
Boulevard, Lake Worth - directly behind the Park Vista High School.
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Ground Hog Day Celebration 2008 - will be held on Saturday,
February 2nd from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. for pre-school aged children. Program
is free. No pre-registration is required. Parents are invited to bring their children
to enjoy an educational morning with ground hog tales, dancing with their mascot
ground hog and outdoor games and music. Bring your camera!

Spring "Egg"stravaganza 2008 will be held on Friday,
March 21st from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Bring your children and your
camera to record photos with the bunny. Children will enjoy a great egg hunt!
Program is appropriate for children under 11. Rain or shine.

For more programs and information, log on to www.pbcparks.com

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January 28, 2008

Green Cay Nature Center - West Boynton Beach

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Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center is located at 12800 Hagen Ranch Road,
west of Boynton Beach between Boynton Beach Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue.
The wetlands are open seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset. Nature center
hours are 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Tuesday through Friday; 8:15 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Saturdays and 1:00 to 4:30 P.M. on Sundays.
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On Tuesdays at 4:00 P.M., and on Saturdays at 9:00 and 11:00 A.M.
and 1:00 and 3:00 P.M., free guided half-mile tours are offered to visitors.
There are no reservations required.

For more information, call 561 966-7000. OR www.pbcparks.com/nature

If you are looking for a lovely morning or afternoon walk with visiting relatives or if you
need a destination to take your grandchildren, Green Cay Nature Center is a great refuge
for the eyes and the soul. Bring your camera and your binoculars. There is a lot to see!

The Nature Center has indoor exhibits, restrooms, and a lovely gift shop. Volunteers
are friendly and knowledgeable.

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