City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City Program

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4 740x300 MPA Summer in the City MPA Web BannerThe City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City series promises a line-up of great concerts, movies and events through Friday, August 19 at Downtown Boca’s Mizner Park Amphitheater at 590 Plaza Real.

“We are celebrating Summer in the City with a line-up of favorite tribute bands to attract music lovers of every era,” said Amy DiNorscio, Amphitheater manager for the City of Boca Raton.  “Added to the series are two free family movie nights, exciting ticketed concerts by Cyndi Lauper, Shawn Mendes, and Flight of the Conchords, a ticketed 80s themed event night featuring the movie Sixteen Candles, and of course, performances by our own Florida Atlantic University Orchestra and Symphonia Boca Raton.”

CROPPED-15-066_RSTOLPE_464-E_tmSummer in the Series Schedule

rewind logoJune 3              6:30 p.m.         Rewind:  80’s movie night featuring live music and Sixteen Candles (ticketed)

MPA web Summer in the City Logo NavyJune 10            7:30 p.m.         Summer Enchanted Evening with the Symphonia Boca Raton (free)

The Symphonia Strings and violin soloist Mei Mei Luo will delight with movements from Serenades by masters such as Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Dvorak and Mozart’s famous Eine Kleine Nacht Music.  In addition, works by Aaron Copeland, Leroy Anderson and Strauss & Radetzky will be in the mix. 

web size Cyndi Lauper - Boca admatJune 11            8 p.m.              Cyndi Lauper (ticketed)

June 17            7:30 p.m.         Turnstiles – Billy Joel tribute (free)

FAU web SummerBandPoster2016June 19            7 p.m.              FAU Old Time Concert in the Park (free)

compressedwebJune 21            5 p.m.              International Yoga Day Event (ticketed)

June 24            7:30 p.m.         Zoso – Led Zeppelin tribute (free)

July 8               8:00 p.m.         Minions Movie (free)

photo3July 15             7:30 p.m.         Shawn Mendes (ticketed)

web size Flight-of-the-Conchords---Boca-admatJuly 16             8 p.m.              Flight of the Conchords (ticketed)

July 22             7:30 p.m.         Stardust Memories – The David Bowie Tribute (free)

July 29             7:30 p.m.         Ruffhouse – Bob Marley tribute (free)

August 5         8:00 p.m.         Star Wars:  The Force Awakens (free)

August 12       7:30 p.m.         The Long Run – Eagles tribute (free)

August 19       7:30 p.m.         Symphonia Sizzles – Symphonia Boca Raton (free)

The Symphonia will dazzle with popular favorites that will delight those of all ages.  The eclectic program will feature a brilliant solo performance by conductor and trumpeter Jeff Kaye.

Tribute concert attendees ages 21 and over can sample a variety of craft beers, learn how to make brews and meet experts from Hollywood Brewery at the Beer Garden starting at 6:30 p.m.

For all free events, blankets and chairs are welcome, but for your convenience, chairs will also be available to rent for $5.00.

Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, car pool and use free parking at City Hall and the Boca Raton Library.  Food and beverages will be available to purchase inside the venue.   No outside food or beverages are allowed.  All shows are rain or shine.

For more information visit For recorded information call (561) 544-8600.
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Fused Glass Art Classes for Kids in Boca Raton at BANG Glass

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11143343_808900262541772_7611047412153163383_o (1)Last week my girls had the opportunity to take a class and create their own fused glass masterpieces at BANG Glass, a new fused glass art studio in Boca Raton, FL.  BANG Glass classes are taught by BANG Glass designer and instructor, Scott Avidon, a graduate of Pratt Institute with more than 15 years of experience in the industry working with such brands as Steuben, Bvlgari, Waterford, Kenneth Cole and Versace.  That’s A LOT of experience so he knows what he’s talking about.  My girls loved learning all about fused glass making from Scott.  20150728_102235 (1024x576)He showed the class examples of things he had made as well as examples made by other children.  20150728_102253 (1024x576)We all toured his studio where we learned how glass is broken, polished with a special machine, and also how it is melted in a kiln.  20150728_103309 (1024x576)The kids were all fascinated and asked Scott lots of questions.

I had always been afraid of my girls doing fused glass art because was worried that they would get burned.  That was probably not the best assumption on my part.  I guess I had always pictured it being something like the glass artists that make the glass figures at Disney and I thought there was flame involved.   You know what they say about assuming……so I want to make sure other parents knew exactly what this fun art style involves.  The kids get no where near the hot glass.  To create the fused glass art the children are given a piece of glass to use as their “canvas” and a bunch of different pieces of glass to create their design with.  20150728_110650 (576x1024)The kids can design their artwork on paper first or just play around right on the piece of glass.

20150728_110717 (576x1024)Once they decide how they want their design to look they use special glue gel to place the small pieces of glass where they will be.  20150728_113601 (576x1024) (2)After the pieces are finished and the children leave, Scott puts the pieces in the kiln, does his magic, and the pieces are ready for to be picked up a few days later.

Here’s what the pieces looked like before they were put in the kiln.

And here’s the final results-

My kids loved it and are begging to go back!  Are you looking for a unique activity for the kids before school starts?  BANG Glass is offering classes for children ages 8 and up on August 4, 6, 11 & 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. BANG Glass art studio and showroom located at 2600 N.W. 1st Avenue in Boca Raton.

The cost is $35 per child, per class and includes up to two completed projects that will be ready for pick up in a week’s time.  Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.   Space is limited so reserve your space, call 561-430-5179 or email

bang glass2Adults can get in on the action, too!  BANG glass offers three-hour classes for adults for $65 throughout the week for beginners as well as professional artists, where you can create a project such as a custom glass tray or bowl.  I can’t wait to make something myself, too!

bang glassBANG Glass also produces custom fused glass dinnerware, bars, tables, sinks wall panels and lighting fixtures.  Scott does some amazing work so if you are looking for some fused glass for your home or office, check it it out.  For more information and class schedule, visit

Disclosure- We received a free class to facilitate our review but all opinions are 100% our own.

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Halloween Fun at the Peter Blum Family YMCA in Boca Raton October 26th 6:30-9:30

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Halloween (Photo credit: Rhubarble)

Enjoy Halloween with your family at the YMCA in Boca Raton, FL on October 26, 2013 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm!
Activities will include: Haunted House, Magician, Hay Rides, Fire Dancers, Kids Journey Through Oz Adventure, Trick or Treating and much more!

Peter Blum Family YMCA
6631 Palmetto Circle S.
Boca Raton, FL 33433

PRE-SALE TICKETS (October 12th-25th)

Y Members:
FREE with a bag of individually wrapped candy per person

Non Members:
Children 2 & older- $15
Adults- $5


Y Members:
Children 2 & older- $15
Adults- $5

Non Members:
Children 2 & older- $20
Adults- $5

Questions? Contact the Y at (561) 395-3622.

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