February  16, 2016
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week

   Tuesday, February 16, 2016       4:00 p.m.   PBSC District Board of Trustee Community Forum, Dolly Hand Cultural Art Center 
   Tuesday, February 16, 2016       7:30 p.m.   The Improvised Shakespeare Company,                  Dolly Hand Cultural Art Center 
   Wednesday, February 17, 2016  8:00 a.m.   Accepting Application for Director of Programs         The Glades Initiative, Inc.
   Friday, February 19, 2016          7:30 p.m.   Magician Adam Trent is the "Magician Reinvented"   Dolly Hand Cultural Art Center 
The Glades Initiative Has A Job Opening for Director of Programs

We are looking for someone who has, experience working in a health and human service organization, detail oriented, with excellent computer skills along with passion and knowledge about the Glades area. Grant writing experience preferred. Bachelor's degree required/Master's degree preferred. Bilingual candidates preferred but not required.  For a full job description click here.

To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume in pdf format to jobs@gladesinitiative.org
Deadline is Friday, March 11, 2016.  Application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis until that date.

Community Forum ~ Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees

Palm Beach State College Belle Glade invites the community to the 2016 Community Forum and regular meeting of the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 beginning with the Forum at 4:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Theater.
The Belle Glade Campus of Palm Beach State College is a source for lifelong learning for all citizens and as a valued leader of the Glades community, we hope you will take this opportunity to let us know how we can better serve your educational needs and be of service to the community.  Please feel free to share this information.

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 16, 2016         4:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade
During the February meeting members of the public will be able to address the Board directly.  Please contact me of Mrs. Heather Love at (561) 993-1126 or loveh@palmbeachstate.edu by February 9, 2016 to RSVP.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company at Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center

The Improvised Shakespeare Company (ISC) is returning to the Dolly Hand on Tuesday, February 16! Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each of the playershas brushed up on his "thee's" and "thou's" to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Any hour could be filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise and all that we've come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard. The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Nothing is planned-out, rehearsed, or written. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new! 
Founded in 2005, the troupe has been performing its critically-acclaimed show every Friday night at the world famous iO Theater in Chicago for over nine years and continues to entertain audiences around the globe with its touring company. The ISC has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, UCB's Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. It has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received a New York Nightlife Award for "Best Comedic Performance by a Group". The ISC was recently honored by the Chicago Improv Foundation as its "Ensemble of the Year". TimeOut Chicago says The Improvised Shakespeare Company is "staggeringly brilliant!" and "smart. sophisticated, downright hilarious!"

The ISC will be in Belle Glade for two days, conducting workshops and performing for Palm Beach State College's Glades Campus students in addition to the public show on Tuesday night. 

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 16, 2016                7:30 p.m.  

WHERE:  Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center,Belle Glade campus of Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade.

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org.

Magician Adam Trent Is the "Magician Reinvented" at the Dolly Hand
What comes to mind when you think of a "Magician"? Is it a guy who makes awkward dance movements and tells stale jokes while torturing women in wooden boxes? Until recently, this has been a sobering reality of people's stereotype of magicians. Adam Trent's approach to magic is a fresh and new and magic reinvented!  Adam has always thought that magic should be entertaining first and tricky second. He doesn't want people to remember just the "tricks", but also the laughs and the memories that were made. Strange? Let's say unique...he can't remember a time in his life when he wasn't performing. He began with birthday party shows at age 9 for kids that were older than he was (slightly awkward), and corporate events when he was 13 (slightly illegal). At 14 he started street performing which was the most amazing/brutal training a performer could ever have. It taught him to build a crowd and be entertaining in the worst of situations. 

Adam discovered an audience's true attention span, because they just walked away if things got boring. At 18, he went to college in Los Angeles and got a degree in Finance and Entertainment Marketing. Apart from learning that a tiger would be tax-deductible, he got a crash course in LA's music and comedy scene. He realized that the most important element in a show is the performer's connection to the audience, and without that, even amazing skill can fall as flat as a bad boy band.  So that's the way Adam approaches his performance style. Above all else, prepare to feel very different than you expected to after a "Magic Show". He'll bet his reputation on it.

WHEN: Friday, February 19, 2016            7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade

For more information call 561-993-1160

Changes Coming to SNAP Availability Dates

TALLAHASSEE - Starting in March 2016, Florida's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be making a change. Currently SNAP benefits are deposited on Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards over a 15 day period. The new schedule will spread out the deposits over a 28 day period. All dates are assigned based on the customer's case number. In March, most SNAP benefits will be split into two EBT deposits to assist with adjustment to the new dates. Customers will receive half of their benefits on the current date, and the other half on the new date. In April, and each month after that, customers will receive their full benefits on the new date.Monthly deposit totals will not be affected because of this change. The schedule is changing to 28 days so grocery stores can spread out food inventory better during the month to help keep commonly purchased items available to their customers. The Florida Department of Children and Families determines eligibility for food assistance based on federal requirements. More details on the new SNAP dates are available online at 
Early Learning Coalition's Early Head Start Program Now Accepting Applications for the Waitlist

EARLY HEAD START apply today. Please visit an Early Learning Coalition (ELC) location and or call: (561) 231-5560, (561) 231-5808. Now accepting applications in Belle Glade, Pahokee, WPB (33401, 33407), and the Riviera Beach area for our waitlist. Our program provides services to children and families 6 weeks until 3 years old. For more information please visit our website: 

Saturday Night Fever is Stayin' Alive at the Dolly Hand
Was Saturday Night Fever one of your favorite movies of the 1970's? Did you love John Travolta in that white suit and the disco craze that was spurred by the movie and its music? Then you'll be happy to know that the iconic story of Tony - the kid from Brooklyn - who wants to dance his way to a better life is back! And back in an all-new production that shares Tony's love for dancing in spectacular new ways. Fueled by vintage Bee Gee hits like "Stayin' Alive, "Night Fever", "More than a Woman" and more, this contemporary retelling of the classic story captures the energy, passion and life-changing moments that have thrilled movie audiences since 1977. Now, a new generation of dancers meets a new generation of playgoers to explore the soaring sounds and pulsating rhythms of this coming-of-age Disco fantasy. Reviews of the show include BBC's "Hit song after hit song, bright lights and dancing to blow you away." And Theatermania.com's "The show's unique blend of poignancy and perpetual optimism coupled with the brilliance of the Bee Gees score and breathtaking choreography-should provide dazzlingly delightful nights for 
years to come." Also featured that evening will be the beautiful paintings of Okeechobee artist, Kathie Papasso.

WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2016 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Dolly Cultural Arts Center, 1977 College Drive in Belle Glade

For more information call 561-993-1160

Free Beatles Tribute Concert is Coming to the Dolly Hand

The fabulous Beatles tribute band, Across the Universe, is bringing their show to the Dolly Hand for a FREE concert. Across the Universe is comprised of professional studio and touring musicians who bring the music of The Beatles and their solo careers to life on stage with an accuracy and attention to detail that can only be described as incredible. The show takes listeners on a musical journey through the careers of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr and includes selections ranging from their early careers in Hamburg, Germany through 1980 and beyond.

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2016 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Center, 1977 College Drive Belle Glade, FL

For more information call 561-993-1160

Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network, Inc.

Community Action Advisory Board Meeting

The Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's (CAA) mission is to collaborate with other organizations to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income individuals and families that will enable them to become more self-sufficient.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 16 2016 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

WHERE: 810 Datura Street (Basement Conference Room), West Palm Beach, Florida 33410

For more information contact Kelvin Bledsoe: (561) 355-4208 or kbledsoe@pbcgov.org
Senior Services Public Forum & Economic Stability/Poverty Public Forum

The County is inviting providers, consumers and the general public to join us for a discussion on what they believe the gaps, unmet needs and priorities are in Palm Beach County.  The results will be used to support our Financially Assisted Agencies (FAA) in the upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

The Senior Services Public Forum

WHEN: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mid County Senior Center, 3680 Lake Worth Road, Palm Springs

The Economic Stability/Poverty Public Forum

WHEN: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mayme Frederick Building, 1440 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riviera Beach
For more information call David Martin Rafaidus: (561) 355-4705 or drafaidu@pbcgov.org
Fearless Caregiver Conference

Overwhelmed by caregiving challenges? My family members won't help! My adult child will never be independent, I can't balance family, work & caregiving, Dad won't stop driving Mom doesn't listen to me... Bring your questions to the experts

Sponsorship Opportunities Available.     Limited FREE Tickets

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 17, 2016       11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Lunch Included

WHERE: West Palm Beach Marriott. 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

Questions? 954-362-8126                      Register at Caregiver.com
Pink Shirt Day Walk Against Bullying 2016

Stand up and walk against bullying at Prime Time Palm Beach County's Pink Shirt Day Walk 2016. With your support, we can make bullying a thing of the past. Pink Shirt Day began when two high school seniors in Canada witnessed a freshman being bullied on his first day of school for wearing a pink shirt. Friends and classmates united to create a sea of pink shirts on the following day. Join your colleagues in raising your voices against bullying for a walk to stomp out bullying. 

Pink shirts are being made available through the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. For more information, go to www.literacypbc.org.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WHERE: DeVos-Blum Family YMCA, 9600 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach
Click here  for flyer

"The Gospel Whirlwind" Pastor Helen Miller Live in Concert

Save the date ~  live in concert Pastor Helen Miller.  Admission is free. A free-will offering will benefit children and families affected by Sickle Cell Disease and Trait.

WHEN: Sunday, February 21, 2016    5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hill Top Missionary Baptist Church, 1273 West 30th Street, Riviera Beach

For more information call: (561) 833-3113              Click here for flyer

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2016 Let's Move! Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge Begins March

The Let's Move Physical Activity Challenge, held from March 1 to March 31, focuses on physical activity, nutrition, and healthy behavior.  
Any Palm Beach County resident who wants to live a healthy lifestyles.   
A central part of the campaign is inspiring residents to complete 30 minutes of physical activity every day and to log their minutes through the Let's Move microsite: CBS12.com/LETSMOVE.

It's easy, just complete 30 minutes of sustained physical activity each day and log-in your minutes. You can log-in every day or you can keep track of your activity and log-in at your convenience.  

Become a member of a team! Teams consist of two people or more. You must register your team by March 15,2016.  The team to beat is the City of Pahokee, the reigning champs.  Last year, thousands of Palm Beach County residents logged 2.8 million minutes of physical activity with more than 30 teams participating! 

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 1 to Thursday, March 31, 2016

WHERE:  Log-in at CBS12.com/LETSMOVE to log-in your minutes.  

Call Palm Healthcare Foundation to register at 561-837-2282.
PEPPI Head Start Lutheran Service Florida Recruitment

"Give your child a Head Start" PEPPI HEAD START is now accepting applications for 3 and 4 year olds to be added to our wait list. Child must be 3 on or before September 1st of the current school year. Services Available: Preschool Education, School Supplies, Field Trips, Nutritional Meals and Snacks, Health and Disability Services, Family Advocacy. (Spaces are limited so don't delay)

To apply today, please visit PEPPI Head Start at:

301 SW 8301 8th Street, Belle Glade  or call (561) 996-1718
Click here for flyer

2nd Annual Glades Area Community Connection

Florida Rural Legal Services will be hosting its 2nd Annual Glades Area Community Connection Event in conjunction with Pahokee Housing Authority. The goal of this event is to provide information and resources to families in Pahokee. We will have presentations, prizes, food, bounce house, music, and much more. This event is a great opportunity for the Glades.

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2016        10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Padgett Island Development, 899 Padgett Circle, Pahokee 
Click here for more details  

Free Tax Services at Bridges of Belle Glade

If your staff or client's household income was $62,000 or less in 2015 they can get their taxes filed for free.
The United Way of Palm Beach County's Free Tax Services program gives taxpayers with low-to-moderate incomes several in-person and online options to prepare and file their return for free. The program which will enter its thirteenth year on January 19, 2016 is an invaluable service to the community. Visitwww.TaxesFiledFree.org to learn more about the Free Tax Services program, the services offered and where our sites are located throughout Palm Beach County.

WHEN:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Bridges of Belle Glade, 816 West Canal Street South, Belle Glade
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Sandy Pines Spring Training Series for Dialectical Behavior Therapy 

Sandy Pines is excited to welcome back Nancy Gordon, LCSW of the Tampa Bay Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  Nancy will be presenting the Spring Series for Dialectical Behavior Therapy in two 2-day sessions.  28 total Continuing Education Credits for LMHC, LCSW, LMFT, LPN, RN, ARNP, Psy.D. & Ph.D.  

Registration is limited to the first 60 attendees,  All training materials included,  Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks included, On-site Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged, Early Bird Discounted Registration until January 22nd.

WHEN:  Session 2 Skills Practice for Dialectical Behavior Therapy Tuesday, March 8-9, 2016       8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  SandyPines Gymnasium, 11301 SE Tequesta Terrace, Tequesta

Click hereto register or for more information
Save The Date Diabetes Symposium

Continuing medical education event joint sponsored conference: preventing, controlling and managing diabetes channeling research & knowledge into action - Improving the Health & Well-being of Individuals at Risk for or Affected by Diabetes the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County, in collaboration with Palm Healthcare Foundation and Jupiter Medical Center, is hosting its inaugural diabetes education symposium for health care providers and professionals.

WHEN:  Friday, April 22, 2016            8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Scripps Jupiter

Click here for more details
Diabetes Prevention Program Coach Training

Bring the diabetes prevention program to your community or organization! Become a 
lifestyle coach free lifestyle coach training prepare
to lead the CDC's national diabetes prevention program preregistration is required!

WHEN: Thursday, April 28-29, 2016  (time varies)

WHERE: Keiser University, 2085 Vista Pkwy, West Palm Beach

For more information and to register contact Ashley Wingert: (727) 290-2548 or  

Click here for flyer
Free Smoking Cessation Classes County Wide

Quit Smoking Now classes run one hour for six consecutive weeks and Tools-To-Quit classes are one-time 2 hour seminars designed for those unable to commit to the six week program. FREE nicotine replacement patch, Gum and lozenges* FREE community, worksite, and clinic group offered.

WHEN:  February                                   5:30 p.m. (date and time varies)

WHERE: Location varies
2016 Sapphire Symposium and Awards

Register today and enjoy early registration rates. The early registration discount ends on April 1, 2016 We look forward to seeing you in Orlando. The Symposium will feature nearly two days of information sessions, roundtable discussions and networking. Presenters will include national, regional and Florida-based experts on a variety of issues including health, health care reform, child obesity and philanthropy. The Sapphire Award is Florida's only statewide event that recognizes organizations, programs and individuals that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in addressing community health needs. Honorees will share approximately $360,000 in award funds.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20-21, 2016

WHERE: Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando

For more information contact Savannah Kelly:  850-523-4200 or savannah@akconsultinggroup.org

Click here for more details

Infants at Risk of Developmental Delays: Early Behavior-Analytic Interventions

This presentation will: Illustrate several experiments conducted by Dr. Pelaez and collaborators to identify indicators of an "infant at risk" of developmental delays. Present several successful behavioral interventions using their mothers during face-to-face interactions. Present and review results from experiments that show improved social learning and infant development. 

Dr. Martha Pelaez is a Frost Professor at the College of Education, Florida International University. She received her Ph.D. in 1992 in developmental psychology, winning the International Dissertation Award from the International Society for Infant Studies. Dr. Pelaez has published more than 70 articles in refereed journals co-authored 13 chapters, one textbook on child development and several monographs. Dr. Pelaez is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and also the founder of the Behavior Development Bulletin, where she has served as editor since 1990.

WHEN: Friday, February 26, 2016          9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Florida Atlantic University (ADM Auditorium) 5353 Parkside Dr, Jupiter

Click here for more details and how to register
Free Workshop: Proposal Writing Basics

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover how the proposal fits into the overall grant-seeking process, what is included in a standard proposal to a foundation, tips for making each section of your proposal stronger, tips for communicating with funders during the grant process, and additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 1, 2016             9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
WHERE: Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach

The workshop will be held at the Main branch of the library at 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Preregistration is required; by calling the Main Branch of the Palm Beach County Library System at 561.233.2600 or email;  lockee@pbclibrary.org
Three Part Ethical Empowerment Series - Palm Beach State College

The Ethics Connections Program is a three-part ethical empowerment series designed to connect you with the comprehensive knowledge, skills and abilities to live and work with integrity in today's  rapidly emerging "ethical frontier". Dynamic changes in technology, science, and an increasingly global society are creating an expanding "gray area" of complex ethical dilemmas beyond our existing laws and policies, or even our own basic understanding! 

Navigating this "New Normal" successfully will require a finely tuned moral compass that is intentionally developed and consistently maintained on a regular basis. The Ethics Connections Program offers you a path to understanding the role of ethical values in action and developing strategies to apply them effectively to your personal and professional life through awareness, approaches, and action. *Participants who complete each of the three sessions will be awarded a Certificate of Completion following the final session.

Ethical Lens Inventory™ Seminar APPROACHES: Combine a powerful personal assessment survey with this interactive seminar to help you understand the values that influence ethical reasoning and choices, as well as how you and others prioritize values when making ethical decisions. (4 hours)  *Registration begins Monday, February 8, 2016 

WHEN: Friday, February 26, 2016     8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Continuing Education Building, CE118, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth

Giving Voice to Values Seminar ACTION: We often believe we know what is right and want to do it, but experience external pressures to do otherwise. Learn practical approaches to recognize, clarify, speak, and effectively act on your values when those conflicts arise. (4 hours)
*Registration begins Monday, February 29, 2016 

Friday, March 18, 2016      
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Continuing Education Building, CE118, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth

For more information on future sessions and to register click here 
Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Meeting

The 10th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium and 39th National Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Meeting is the premier Sickle Cell Disease Conference, offering an unbeatable combination of benefits: attend leg ulcer and investigational drug symposia and specialty tracks; participate in interactive educational workshops; peruse the exhibit hall.

The Conference provides attendees and companies from around the world a unique opportunity to come together and discuss sickle cell disease.

Text "2016SYMPOSIUM" to 41411 to receive updates.  ABSTRACT SUBMISSION CLOSES FEBRUARY 26, 2016

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 15 - Friday, April 18, 2016  

WHERE: Greater Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Click here to register or for more information.

Receive hotel link upon registration:  Hyatt Regency Pier 66 ($179 per night)- Official Conference Hotel | Sickle Cell Research Society of America (SCRSA) Membership guarantees stay at the Official Conference Hotel | Transportation bus service will be provided to the venue. 

For information about sponsorship, exhibiting, and advertising, visit our Corporate Opportunities page.

Posting Information to our Eblast & Volunteering

Anyone wishing to add their local announcements or events is welcome to submit their information by Friday to be posted the following week. Please include a brief summary of the information to be posted with your contact name, phone number and/or flyer. If you want to submit a posting please email us at updates@gladesinitiative.org or (561) 996-3310.


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