Monday, December 12, 2016
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Mon, Dec. 12  5:30pm               Coffee with the Superintendent, Bank of Belle Glade
Tues, Dec. 13  5:30pm-7:30pm   HIV/AIDS Testing & Counseling, Bridges at Pahokee
Tues, Dec. 13  6:00pm               Sounds of the Season, Community United Methodist
Wed, Dec. 14  5:30pm-6:30pm   Toastmasters Club, Palm Beach State College
Thur, Dec. 15  9:00am-11:00am  Glades Technical Advisory Committee, South Bay City Hall
Sat, Dec 17    11:00am              Pahokee State Championship Celebration, Pahokee
Glades Area ________________________

Coffee with the Superintendent Coffee

The American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach and Martin County Chapter is pleased to announce the continuation of its popular series in Belle Glade, "Coffee with the Superintendent." Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with and personally meet with the Superintendent and discuss future plans for the school district, important upcoming events, and how the School District of Palm Beach County and the American Red Cross Palm Beach and Martin County Chapter work together in providing disaster relief and education.

WHEN: Monday, December 12, 2016  5:30pm

WHERE: Bank of Belle Glade, 108 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade, FL 33430

To reserve your space, please call Pat Lucey in the Red Cross Belle Glade Service Center at (561)996-4291

Click here for more information
World AIDS Week Testing and Counseling AIDS

WHERE: Bridges At Pahokee, 170 S. Barfield Hwy, Suite 102, Pahokee, Florida 33476
WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2016  5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Choir in the Glades: Sounds of the Season Choir

Free holiday concert open to the public!

WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2016  6:00pm

WHERE: Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for a flyer
Toastmasters Club Toast

The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback-and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, 2016   5:30pm - 6:30pm

WHERE: Palm Beach State College (room CRB224), 1977College Drive, Belle Glade, FL
For more information and how to join, call: (561)261-5043

Click here to view the website  
Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting GTAC

Guest Speakers: Mr. Keith Oswald, Chief Academic Officer of the School District of Palm Beach County and Ms. Carlene Millen, Glades Regional Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County

WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2016  9:00am - 11:00am

WHERE: South Bay City Hall, 335 SW 2nd Avenue, South Bay, Fl 33493

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Pahokee State Championship Parade and Celebration! Celebrate

WHEN: Saturday, December 17, 2016 
            Parade: 11:00am
            Community Gathering: 12:00pm

WHERE: Normal Parade Route and Anquan Boldin Stadium, 1204 Larrimore Road Pahokee, Florida 33476

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Light House Café: Christmas Hygiene Gift Bags

This holiday season we are inviting you to make a difference in the lives of others by helping us gift personal hygiene bags to those in need.

Items needed:
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath soaps
  • Lotions
  • Shampoo
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Socks
Please contact Martha Lynn Weeks (561)993-7020 to schedule a pick-up or delivery. Donations can be delivered to the Light House Café, 400 SW Avenue B, Belle Glade, FL 33430
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Pahokee Chamber of Commerce:
Discount South Florida Fair Tickets on Sale!

This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year so if you or anyone you know is planning on attending the fair this year please get your tickets from the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce!

For more information, contact Regina Bohlen at (561)924-5579

Pahokee Chamber of Commerce
115 E Main Street, Suite A, Pahokee, FL 33476
Bridges at Belle Glade December 2016 Calendar of Events

Here's what's happening at Bridges at Belle Glade in December!

Click here to view schedule
Federation of Families December 2016 Calendar of Events

Here's what's happening at The Federation of Families in December!

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New Migrant Pre-K Unit to Open at Gove Elementary

This unit will provide:
  •     Free transportation to and from school
  •     10 hours per day
  •     Bilingual staff  
Enrolling students now! Migrant Office, 2625 NW 16th St. Belle Glade, Florida
Please contact Carolyn Vickers at (561)992-2122 for more information .
Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation Public Hearing

The third and final Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation public hearing is scheduled for Monday, December 19, 2016 from 10:00am - 1:00pm at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center. At this meeting all local bills that have been submitted for consideration will be heard by the Delegation and voted on. If you would like to present at the meeting, and have not done so already, please fill out the form linked below.

WHEN: Monday, December 19, 2016  10:00am - 1:00pm

WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for a form

Form and materials for distribution due by 3:00pm on Friday, December 9th (Email completed form to [email protected])
FREE Neighborhood Revitalization Course

Palm Beach County's Office of Community Revitalization will offer a five-week, hands-on educational program providing community revitalization and civic leadership development.

The Residential Education to Action Program (REAP) will take place in Belle Glade. The course and all materials are FREE but a commitment for the entire five-week course is required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHEN: Beginning Thursday, January 26, 2017  6:00pm - 8:30pm
            - Every Thursday through February 23, 2017
            *Must be committed to attending all five sessions

WHERE: Quiet Waters Assisted Living, 306 SW 10th Street, Belle Glade, FL

Click here for more information and to register.
December 2016 and January 2017 Library Events

Here's what's happening at your local library!

Click here to view December schedule
Click here to view January schedule
Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
Monday Morning Update

See how the Children's Services Council is working for our children:

Click here to view
Career Source Job Opportunities in the Glades Career 

Are you 17-24 years old?
Not employed?
Out of school?
Ready to work?

Find out if you are eligible to participate in a five-week, paid work readiness program.

Click here for a flyer

Looking to get into a Geriatric Healthcare career? Click here for more information

Job Opportunities

In Other Areas

Grant Writer ~ Caridad Center, Boynton Beach, FL
Administrative Assistant ~ Caridad Center, Boynton Beach, FL
Executive Assistant ~ Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Jupiter, FL
Office Manager ~ Jack The Bike Man, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Development Associate ~ Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL
Job Developer ~ Youth Co-Op Inc., Miami, FL
Program Assistant I ~ Youth Co-Op Inc., Miami, FL

Other Areas________________________

Oakton Preserve Workforce Housing Program

Combined with a Builder incentive program that includes all buyer closing costs , the City of  West Palm Beach is also providing funds up to $20,000  for down payment assistance for qualified buyers.  Interested buyers must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 140% Area Median Income limits for the jurisdiction of Palm Beach County, FL

Click here for more information
Sean Gaskell: Music of the West African Kora

Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstrations on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires' founding. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2016  6:30pm

WHERE: Wellington Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington 33414

Admission is free to the public. Call for more information: (561)790-6070

Affordable Lending Workshop

Are you up to date on affordable lending products and assistance available to help your buyers purchase homes?  Learn about NEW and UPDATED products and sources of assistance. Plan to attend this FREE training workshop. Please RSVP by December 12th; seats are limited!

WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, 2016   9:30am - 12:00pm

WHERE: Regions Bank Conference Room, 650 N Congress Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33445

Click here for more information

Click here to register

Upcoming Junior League of Boca Raton Event

Are Government Grants Right For You?, Presented by Liz Locke, JLBR                                                                                         
  WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2016  9:00am - 10:00am

  WHERE: 261 NW 13th St, Boca Raton, FL 33432

New to the federal grant process? This workshop will help you assess your readiness for government grants. We'll discuss how grants are reviewed and how to make your grant proposal more competitive. Audience: Those new to the government grant process.

Click here to register
Spirit of Giving Complimentary Tickets for Boca Raton Bowl

As the Official Charity Partner for the Boca Raton Bowl scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Spirit of Giving is coordinating the distribution of game day tickets to qualified non-profit organizations and their clients as well as Veteran's Groups and their families. Tickets will ONLY be available for pickup on game day; a time will be announced as to when tickets may be picked up.

Click here to request tickets

Leading & Loving: Faith Based Parenting Seminar

Pre-registration required. Leading & Loving is a new adult-only program for any parent, grandparent, or guardian of a child from birth to 11 years old.

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017   8:00am - 3:30pm

WHERE: St. Juliana Catholic Church, 4500 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Click here for more information and how to register.

Stop Human Trafficking Adult/Teen Workshop

Brought to you by I Am Who I Am, Inc. & FRCWC
Led by a representative of the Department of Justice

     WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2017  11:00am - 2:00pm

     WHERE: 2708 N. Australian Avenue, Suite 13, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Click here for a flyer

To register, email [email protected]
STEAM 2017: A Conversation with PITBULL

On February 1st, the Palm Beach State College Foundation welcomes PITBULL (Armando Christian Perez) as the keynote speaker for the Foundation's 2017 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) luncheon presented by Bank of America. PITBULL, who is first generation Cuban American is a Grammy award winning music icon and global entrepreneur. He will discuss his life story and the importance of education, which he is passionate about, and the relationship between music, math and science.Net proceeds support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs and student scholarships. Help prepare students for high tech, high demand careers to fulfill the workforce needs of local companies.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2017  11:30am

WHERE: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Cohen Pavilion, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Purchase individual seats, tables, an ad in the event program book, or sponsor this event! Call the Foundation office at 561-868-3450 or visit:

Tickets are $175 if purchased by Dec. 15 and $200 after that date. A table of 10 is $1,700.

I Am Royal:
2nd Annual Girls Empowerment Workshop & Banquet

FREE for girls grades 4-12!


     WHEN: Friday, July 28, 2017  8:00am - 4:00pm

     WHERE: 2708 N. Australian Avenue, Suite 13, West Palm Beach, FL 33407


      WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 2017  6:00pm - 10:00pm

     WHERE: The Plaza Ball Room, 111 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Click here for a flyer

To register, email [email protected].

Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___

FREE Legal Services at The Glades Initiative, Inc. Legal

Need legal services? (Child Support, Fair Housing, Immigration, etc.)

Services will be provided by attorney working through the Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Division, Richard Abedon. All services are offered in
English, Spanish, and Creole.

Call the Glades Initiative, Inc. to make an appointment and find out if you are eligible:

Click here to learn more
Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network  
Newsletter: November 2016 

Funding opportunities and more!

Click here to view


FRAC Weekly Digest

This periodical e-newsletter focuses on nutrition, anti-obesity, and anti-hunger efforts.

Click here to view


Non-Profit Legal Assistance Project - Newsletter 2016

Dealing with the Stay of the December 1st Salary Increase

Click here for information on the subject

Street Beat's 20 Year Anniversary Gala

WHEN: Friday, December 23, 2016  6:00pm

WHERE: Riviera Beach Marina Event Center, 200 E 13th St, Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Click here for more information

Fall 2016 Economic Development and Housing & Community Redevelopment Newsletters

Palm Beach County's Department of Economic Sustainability (DES) administers programs for business development, housing, and community initiatives. This department's mission is:
To advance community sustainability by increasing economic competitiveness and improving the elements that create a high quality of life for Palm Beach County's residents.

Click here for the Economic Development Newsletter

Click here for the Housing & Community Redevelopment Newsletter

Free Eye Care for the Rest of 2016

The Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, in coordination with Community Health Center of West Palm Beach (2100 W 45th Street, Suite A-8, West Palm Beach, FL) will be offering free eye care to eligible residents for the rest of the year. Call (561)840-8681 for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual Glades Family Fun Fest

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the date of our 2nd Annual Family Fun Fest!

WHEN: Saturday, February 25th, 2017   Times TBA

WHERE: Pioneer Park, 866 SR 715, Belle Glade, FL

If you are intereste in becoming a vendor at this event, call: (561)355-1125
Affordable Care Open Enrollment OPEN

Do you have Health Insurance?  Affordable Care Open Enrollment 2017 is November 1, 2016 to January 31 st, 2017. A certified Healthcare will be at the Belle Glade and Pahokee Library. The epilepsy foundation of Florida (EFOF) provides FREE assistance to consumers to sign for affordable healthcare on the Federal Marketplace. EFOF is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated or paid by any insurance company. EFOF offers consumers trusted unbiased advice regarding their Health insurance needs

Belle Glade Library
WHEN: Monday - Wednesday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL
Pahokee Library

WHEN: Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pahokee Library, 525 Bacom Point Rd, Pahokee, FL
For more information or to schedule an appointment call: 1(877) 553-7453

Click here for more details
Previous Postings - Other Areas___
Two-Day Grant Writing Seminar

Learn how to seek out and write grants! ($175 for one day or $300 for both days)

WHEN: December 15-16, 2016  10:30am - 4:30pm

WHERE: Compass Community Center, 201 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL

Click here for a flyer

Leadership Aspire Series

Leadership Aspire is a series of quarterly 4 hour workshops of themes including communication, strategic planning, leading change, and
maximizing leadership.

WHEN:    Leading Change ~ February 24, 2017    8:00am -  12:00pm
               Maximizing Leadership ~ April 28, 2017    8:00am -  12:00pm

WHERE: 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461
Click here to learn more
Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County  
Upcoming Events

Click here for a flyer and to register for the events listed below

Be Merge and Be Merge for Infants and Children Online Training

Sign up today for our Be Merge and Be Merge for Infants and Children Online Training. 6 CMEs available through USF Health for doctors, 6 CEUs for nurse practitioners and mental health professionals.561-832-3755

WHEN: December 20, 2016   8:00am

WHERE: Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County,
              909 Fern St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401


In an Age of Violence: Helping Children and Families Cope

This conference will examine ways to decrease the effects of toxic stress, depression, and anxiety resulting from violence in their neighborhoods, homes, and in the media.

WHEN: April 20 - 21, 2017

WHERE: Hilton Palm Beach Airport, 150 Australian Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Leadership Focus

Leadership Focus is our program for those interested in deepening their knowledge about Palm Beach County, but who just don't have the time or experience to participate in our nine-month Leadership Program.  It's a 2 ½ day program for executives and professionals who want to broaden their understanding of our community, connect with people of influence, and explore Palm Beach County's strengths, challenges and initiatives.

WHEN: January 18, 19, and 26, 2017

Click here to learn more

1HTC Consortium Summit

This summit will bring together Florida's SE Region (Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami
Dade, and Monroe counties), Anti Human Trafficking Coalitions, and the communities to
coordinate, collaborate, and cooperate in the fight against Human Trafficking.

WHEN: January 24-25, 2017

WHERE: Broward College Bailey Hall, 3501 Davie Rd, Davie, FL 33314

Registration is due by October 1, 2016
Click here to learn more

Save the Date:
23rd Annual FRHA Rural Health Educational Summit

Summit Topics:
  • Drugs, Heroin, and Opiods in Rural Florida
  • Florida Legislative Panel
  • POLST and the Legislature
  • Billing and Coding
  • Physician Workforce Trends
  • Florida Surgeon General
  • Medicaid Managed Care and Rural Providers
  • What Rural Health Care Leaders are Saying
  • Healthcare Workforce

WHEN: February 28 - March 1, 2017 (Times TBD)

WHERE: Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Click here for more information

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for additional activities scheduled in
the Glades area
Check out Volunteer Opportunities at the Glades Initiative or opportunities with our Partners in the Glades
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