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Plaid Blazer (Dave owns a few) will rock the Elizabeth Wesley Pavilion tonight.

Plaid Blazer (Dave owns a few) will rock the Elizabeth Wesley Pavilion tonight.

On the Ave “Back to Cool”

Date: August 21

What: “On The Ave”

When: 6-10pm

Cost: Free

Where: SW 5th Ave & W Atlantic Ave

On the Ave welcomes you “Back to Cool” by bringing the ever popular event to West Atlantic this time. The August 21st event will feature entertainment that is both Old School and New Cool. The event will bring back classic childhood games such a duck-duck-goose, tug-of-war and musical chairs. There will be a Kid’s Corner, Splash Zone and a backpack giveaway from Florida Kid Care. Bands on two stages will take you “back to cool” with songs from a mix of artists such as James Brown, Whitney Houston, The Roots and more.

Art School Open House

For all of you aspiring artists, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Open House at the Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School.

This free annual event will be held Saturday, August 23, from 1-4 p.m. at the school located at 801 West Palmetto Park Road, one mile east of 1-95.

Visitors will be able to view the faculty exhibit and meet  the artists/teachers in the art studios and discuss their classes.

“We have, perhaps, the finest faculty in South Florida,” said Walter O’Neill, director. “Potential students will be able to visit with these teachers to get a preview of the classes and to see some of the outstanding artwork being produced by the faculty.”

The Art School offers a wide range of classes in virtually every medium and discipline for beginners to experienced artists. Classes are offered in portraiture, still life and landscape painting, as well as photography, pottery, collage, jewelry making and sculpture, among many others.   Award-winning teachers lead classes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and drawing, to name just a few.

“This is a perfect time to meet the teachers and learn more about the adult art classes,” added O’Neill. “Visitors will be able to visit the studios and see short demonstrations on making pottery, stone carving, print making, and other techniques.”

There will be a free raffle to win $100 discount on an art course. Each person who signs up for a class during Open House receives a one-day pass for two at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

For more information call 561-392-2503

 Visit www.bocamuseum.org/theartschool for information about upcoming art classes.

 Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool

Delray Events Sweep Awards

The one and only Mr. Garlic.

The one and only Mr. Garlic.

Delray Beach has earned a reputation as America’s Most Fun Small City.

A large part of that distinction is due to the vast array of events that make Delray a vibrant place year round.

It takes a lot of effort to pull off those events but the hard work culminated in an award-winning day for Delray Beach at the recent convention of the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA). Stephanie Immelman, Executive Director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC),  announced that the organization has been named the winner of 11 prestigious SUNsational Awards, while Nancy Stewart, president of the Festival Management Group, is pleased about winning another 9 awards.

“Everyone at the DBMC, FMG and the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce is excited and honored to win these awards,” said Immelman, “because they recognize our track record for producing high-quality, year-round events and activities that support our local business community, while also promoting the image of Delray Beach as a great place to live, work and play.”

The DBMC received four awards for producing the annual July 4th Celebration, three awards for the popular On The Ave series, and two each for two different headline-grabbing promotions: Spin the Vote On the Ave and the Delray Beach Dinner in the Sky.

At the same time, Delray Beach-based Festival Management Group won seven awards for events produced by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce two more two awards for their Delray Beach Garlic Fest.

“These awards show that Delray Beach continues to set the bar for other communities,” said Stewart. “We’re proud that our organizations were able to ‘bring it home’ for Delray Beach.”

“Working together, the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, the Chamber and Festival Management Group are able to generate an enormous amount of publicity about Delray Beach, resulting in an increased awareness of the area,” Immelman agreed. “Certainly, that has a direct positive economic impact on the entire city.”