March 21, 2016
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week
   Wednesday, March 23, 2016   11:30 a.m. -   1:00 p.m.   The Arc's Annual Award Luncheon, Dolly Hand,Belle Glade 
   Thursday, March 24, 2016        9:30 a.m. -  11:00 a.m.   Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting, Pahokee Marina
   Saturday, March 26, 2016       12:00 p.m. -    4:00 p.m.   Dem Muck Boyz RC 2nd Annual Easter Extravaganza, Cox Park, South Bay
   Tuesday,  March 29, 2016        5:30 p.m. -     7:30 p.m.  The Glades 2016 Education Forecast, Dolly Hand, Belle Glade


The Arc's Annual Awards Luncheon

You are Cordially Invited to Attend The Arc's Annual Awards Luncheon. 2016 Legacy Award Recipient - H.E. Hill Foundation, join us in honoring the H. E. Hill Foundation for its dedication to our community and its support of the people served by The Arc. Featuring Gil Bach on Piano
Tickets $35.00 per person - available at the event, or Contact Scot Kannel or Debbie Lee:  561-996-9583

WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

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Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting

We will have the pleasure of hearing from Mr. Danny Martel (President & CEO of Economic Council of Palm Beach County) and Mr. Oscar Alvarez (PBC Director of Contractor's Certification). Joining Mr. Alvarez will be one of his Field Investigators, Mr. Jeremy Dennis. This GTAC meeting will focus on business and economic development and will conclude with Mr. Alvarez and his staff sharing their input about becoming a certified County contractor.

WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 2016 9:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pahokee Campground & Marina, 190 N. Lake Avenue Pahokee, FL

For more information call Houston L. Tate: (561) 233-5303

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Dem Muck Boyz RC 2nd Annual Easter Extravaganza

Free Easter basket for kid's ages 1-12 (first come first serve) free food, drinks, music, and egg hunt bring the kids out and have a great time.

WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 2016 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cox Park, South Bay

For more information contact Dennis Hubbard (561)584-1632 or Alvin Johnson (561)261-7693

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The Glades 2016 Education Forecast

DR. ROBERT AVOSSA will share the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan: [Growing. Strong] and we will recognize community leaders who are graduates of Palm Beach County schools and their contributions

WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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

For more information call: Christina Lambert at 561-357-7659 or

Eligible Nonprofits: FPL's Helping Neighbors Program for SunFest 2016

Florida Power & Light Company is supporting the Helping Neighbors Program for SunFest of Palm Beach County. This program supports organization s like yours in offering SunFest tickets to underserved individuals in the community who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend this event. In order to qualify for the Helping Neighbors program, your Charity must be a Palm Beach County 501 (C) (3) organization. You may request up to 25 tickets, available on a first come first serve basis. Each ticket is good for 1-Day's admission to SunFest 2016, April 27-May1. With the exception of necessary staff and chaperones, only the organization's underserved clientele may use the tickets. All applications are due by March 25, 2015 and your organization may only submit one request. 

For more information call: (561) 659-5980

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Parents Meet & Greet with Palm Beach County's ESE Director In The Glades

Meet the director of exceptional student education (ESE) come meet the director of ESE, Kevin McCormick, in an informal setting. Bring your questions and ideas! Glades area hosted by the community partners, home of bridges at Pahokee & bridges at Belle Glade, Boys Town South Florida, and The Early Learning Coalition of PBC. Buffet breakfast will be offered and interpreters (Spanish/Creole) will be available.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Area 3 ESE Office (West Tech), 2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade

For more information or to register contact Marilyn Segura-Orozco: (561) 434-8740 or

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The Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL Free Legal Fair

The Palm Beach county chapter of Florida Association Women Lawyers FAWL free legal fair Attorneys will be available for a free consultation in the following areas of law: Immigration, Family Law, Domestic Violence/Stalking Workers' Compensation, Insurance/Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Foreclosure/Housing, Will Preparation, Landlord/Tenant, and Bankruptcy

WHEN: Saturday, April 09, 2016 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Belle Glade Library/Civic Center, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade

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Palm Beach State College Offers the Summer Youth College

Palm Beach State College is pleased to offer the Summer Youth College from June 13 through July 7 at the Belle Glade campus for students ages 7 to 14.  Meals will be provided at no charge. Scholarship applications are available from Palm Beach County Youth Services from February 22 through April 29.  Please go to to apply for scholarships.  Additional information is available by calling Veronica at 561-993-1187 at PBSC.

Stamp Out Hunger: Largest one-day food drive in America

Leave food in a bag outside of your door or drop off at your local Post Office. Last year's drive collected more than 70 million pounds of non-perishable food. All food collected stays local and is distributed by Palm Beach County Food Bank and Feeding South Florida

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016

WHERE: Your Local Post Office

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Local News: Famed Palm Beach County Author James Patterson Provides Grant to Free Summer Camp in Glades

The award winning local children's non-profit Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is proud to announce that best selling author, philanthropist and Palm Beach County resident James Patterson and The Patterson Family Foundation have awarded a $20,000 grant to provide the funding and for a free Summer Arts & Reading Camp in the Glades region of Palm Beach County. Mr. Patterson is also donating 100 books for Young Singers to utilize for our children. The Camp is in conjunction with the after-school "Choir in the Glades" free satellite choral instruction program that Young Singers started in 2014 in the underserved Glades region. The Choir in the Glades began with several dozen elementary school children and is now planning to expand into middle school ages this fall, allowing current members to continue to grow with the Glades community children's choir as well as attracting new members to the group. Choir in the Glades is led by music professionals living in the Glades community, and provides vocal instruction, singing and life skills enrichment during after-school hours.

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The Youth Services Department Is Now Accepting Camper Applications

Camper applications are now being accepted for the Summer Camp Scholarship Program. Please visit the Youth Services for information and the links to access the Camper Application, Camp Directory, Intake Locations, Documentation needed, and 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Parent can also call our information line at:  866-728-1427 Option 1-English, Option 2-Spanish, Option 3-Creole (Will be added soon!)

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Human Trafficking An Emerging Epidemic
An interactive seminar on the psychology of trauma and engaging victims of sexual exploitation
- Acute Psychology of Multi-Dimensional Trauma
- Neurobiological Impact of Trauma in Childhood
- Training on Engaging Victims
- Law Enforcement Strategies and Mindsets
- Discussion with current Anti-Trafficking groups
- Partnership formation and Future Directions
Breakfast & Lunch Provided
WHEN: Friday, March 25, 2016 8:00am - 3:30pm
WHERE: Univ. of Miami's Donna E. Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Dr, Miami, FL
To RSVP email

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March is Ethics Awareness Month

Join us to explore the latest ethics updates in Palm Beach County! Honesty -Integrity -Character

WHEN: Monday, March 28, 2016 1:30 p.m.-300 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL

For more information call: 561-868-3545 or 

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Palm Beach International Agricultural Summit To Host Palm Beach County Students

A full-day summit and expo focused on educating the public about the business of modern agriculture and its role in advancing our quality of life and the economy. Honored guest speakers will include Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam. Discussions on the Evolution of Farming, Food Supply and Distribution, the Blue Revolution, Ag Tech and more will be covered. We are busy building our full agenda; it's going to be an informative day.  The expo floor will be filled with key stakeholders in the agriculture community, giving all attendees first-hand experience with those in the field of agriculture.

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 4, 2016 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center - 650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach

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The Junior League of Boca Raton is pleased to present our 2016 Spring Non-Profit Leadership Series

All trainings will take place at: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL  33432

For more information call (561) 620-2553 or

Leadership Palm Beach County Accepting applications until April 15th 

Clerk and Comptroller, Palm Beach County: For the Record March 2016

Monday Morning Updates March 21, 2016

Previous Postings GLADES AREA

Youth Master Plan Community Conversations

Palm Beach County wants to ensure that all of its young people have the chance to thrive as children and succeed as adults. That why the county create a Youth Master Plan. The voices of children and youth, and adults who care about them, are vital to creating a plan that can make a difference in our community. Now is your chance to help shape the future of youth in Palm Beach County by joining any of the upcoming Community Conversations being held in the different location throughout the county.   

WHEN: Thursday, March 31, 2016 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lois D. Lewis/Mary Evens Resource Center, 1224 SW Ave. E. Place, Belle Glade, FL

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Annual Black Gold Jubilee:Kids' Fishing Tournament

This is a free event for children ages 5-15 and each child will receive a t-shirt, tackle box and lunch.

WHEN:Saturday, April 9, 2016 7:00 a.m.

WHERE: Torry Island Marina

For more information or to register contact Chamber of Commerce:(561)-992-1623

Resolve Outstanding Warrants For Nonviolent Misdemeanor & Criminal Traffic Violations WITHOUT Being Arrested
Don't miss this one-time opportunity to:
*           Voluntarily appear in court
*           Avoid jail time for outstanding warrants
*           Establish a payment plan for fines & costs
*           Reinstate your driver's license*
*           Get a FRESH START!
Violent crimes and felonies are not eligible. APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
                Criminal Justice Complex, 3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach
Find out if you are eligible and schedule an appointment by contacting the Public Defender's Office by April 21 at: (561) 355-7655
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Lutheran Services Florida Recruitment for Year 2016 - 2017
Lutheran Services Florida Is Now Taking Application For 2016/ 2017 School Year:
Head Start: Ages 3 To 4
Early Head Start: 0 Months - 36 Months
Starting March 01, 2016 it will continue through the entire school term 2016/2017
Where: 990 Us Hwy 27 N., South Bay

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A'giza Youth Sports Inc. 4th Annual Girls Basketball / Boys Football Summer Camp

* Individual skill building
* Team sportsmanship
* Mentoring
* Increase knowledge of health and fitness
* Develop positive attitudes toward physical activity
* Improve Social Skills
* Improve academic performance
   ...and have fun!!!
Lunch provided for ages 6-17

Registration Fee: $5.00 registration Begins: May 1, 2016
For more information call Coach Dean: (561)-932-7569

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FTHB Certification Class & Palm Beach County Purchase Assistance Program Deadline Approaching

Palm Beach County's Department of Economic Sustainability (DES) hereby announces the availability of $4,961,065 in State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds through the Robert E. Pinchuck Memorial Affordable Housing Trust Fund for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Applications will be accepted on the following dates for the specified targeted groups: Elderly, Special needs and persons with Disabilities; Non-profit organizations*, including Veteran Partners*; and ALL other interested parties (general public).

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USCREEN HPV Research Study
If you are a woman: Between 25 - 65 years old Have not had a PAP Test in the last 3 years you could be eligible to participate in the USCREEN study with the University of Miami and Florida community health center. Our interest and study goals are to recruit underserved women in the Pahokee, Belle Glade, South Bay (all of the Palm Beach Area), including Clewiston, Indiantown, Moore Haven, Okeechobee, Stuart and Fort Pierce. There will be authorization forms sign, which takes approximately 5 minutes. We are hoping to enroll approximately 375 women in these areas and ultimately develop a test that women can use at home to test for HPV. The proposed study will examine the implementation of a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The study is not only to examine the efficacy of the self-sampling intervention itself, but rather to examine the implementation of this intervention in a standard setting. The study will enroll participants to receive the self-sampling intervention in-person, by the Community Health Worker (CHW). At this time the participate will self-sample and give it back in the envelope, to the CHW. The CHW will mail out the self-sample to the University of Miami - USCREEN Study.

For more information call: 772-233-8736

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Office of Community Revitalization Community Connect Newsletter

"Bet You Can't Do It Like Me" Fashion and Talent Show
Currently looking for Men, Women,  and Children of all ages to model, show their talent, or promote a product at this years Fashion /Talent Show.(Modeling/Talent Fee is $5.00 per person)  Community, let's support this fundraising event for our CITY!
WHEN: Saturday April 30, 2016 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: City of Pahokee Gymnasiums
For more information contact Mrs. Elea Dean: (561)932-7569 or 

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I Love Pahokee Day

The City of Pahokee, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Bridges at Pahokee, and the Legal aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. are inviting Glades area residents to come and participate in a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family.  Residents will receive information from various service providers about services available in the community.  There will be games, activities, music, entertainment, and raffle drawings throughout the day.  Access to the event is FREE!!! There will be a variety of food trucks and vendors for everyone to enjoy! Come out and spend the day with us.

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2016 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

WHERE: Pahokee Recreation Center and Field, Pahokee, FL

Contact for more information:  Carlton Smith - (561) 655-8944 ext. 250 or Tammy Jackson-Moore - (561) 924-5534 or Cylenthia Mann - (561) 983-5682
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City of Pahokee Baseball & Softball Sign Up 
Sign up now!!...For youth baseball and softball AGES: 5-12YRS come knock one out the park for your city...
COST: $50.00
For more information call Johnathan Johnson: (561) 924-2976

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Local News: Community Works Together To Help Man In Need Of Ramp Access
When Jelena Curtis, a family nurse consultant for Alzheimer's Community Care in Pahokee, visited a man referred to her daycare program, it set into motion the work of a number of different community members and organizations to help the man. Although he had just moved into a new trailer, the man had been unable to leave his house. Requiring a wheelchair to get around, he relied on friends to come to his home and help him maneuver the simple steps leading into his home. Today, the man is able to leave freely, with a sturdy, beautiful new ramp allowing him to come and go as he pleases. Most importantly, he will now be able to catch the bus to visit Ms. Curtis at her Pahokee location.

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Project Cradle Care
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Bridges present Project Cradle Care; Prenatal Educational Fair, Ha: It's all about ME! Healthy choices, healthy lifestyles, healthy generations, free food and door prizes RSVP by March 15, 2016
WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2016 10:00 a.m.           

WHERE: Bridges at Belle Glade, 816 W. Canal Street South, Belle Glade
For more information call Bridges at Pahokee (561) 924-9224 or Bridges at Belle Glade (561) 992-8210

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One Month Left to Register & Great Give Donor Engagement Workshop Announced
Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is a 24-hour online giving event led by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach County, United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. This community-wide event celebrates the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community by raising critical funds for local nonprofits. Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is part of the largest online giving event in history. We are joining more than 100 community foundations across the country in partnership with Give Local America to raise millions of dollars for the greater good - all on a single day. Last year's event raised more than $53 million nationally, and we're planning to make an even greater impact this year! Every local gift will be multiplied with additional dollars from a bonus pool raised by the Community Foundation. Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties will make every hour May 3 meaningful by providing this unique opportunity for our community to raise significant funds that will make a direct, positive impact on the lives of our neediest residents. Cash prizes will be awarded to participating nonprofit organizations throughout the day will keep things fast-paced and exciting!

Donor Engagement Fundraising Events Workshop

WHEN: Thursday, March 31, 2016 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach State College (Public Safety Training Complex - Room PSD 108), 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth

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Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches: A Path Appears Film

A Path Appears,  from the creative team that brought you the groundbreaking series Half of the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, is a three-part series which aired on PBS as part pf the highly  regarded Women and Girls Lead initiative. The Department of Justice estimates that there are 300,000 children at risk of being trafficked into sexual slavery in the U.S. In the first episode of A Path Appears, we meet the survivors behind these shocking numbers, and illuminate the widespread existence of this violent crime taking place across America. After the film, there will be a guest speaker from the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches followed by a brief Q&A session that will address the human trafficking issue here in South Florida.

WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 2016 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 4200 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth

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Resolve Outstanding Warrants For Nonviolent Misdemeanor & Criminal Traffic Violations WITHOUT Being Arrested
Don't miss this one-time opportunity to:
*           Voluntarily appear in court
*           Avoid jail time for outstanding warrants
*           Establish a payment plan for fines & costs
*           Reinstate your driver's license*
*           Get a FRESH START!
Violent crimes and felonies are not eligible. APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
                Criminal Justice Complex, 3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach
Find out if you are eligible and schedule an appointment by contacting the Public Defender's Office by April 21 at: (561) 355-7655
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Monday Morning Updates March 14, 2016

Justice Department Releases Human Trafficking Resources to Raise Awareness and Serve Victims

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

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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 
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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
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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 symposium 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. 

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.

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