Monday, October 14, 2019
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~~~ This Week ~~~  
Tue, Oct 15  9:00 am         PATCH Meeting, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Wed, Oct 16  11:00 am      English Exchange, Pahokee Library
Wed, Oct 16  5:30 pm       Open Mic Night, Pahokee Library 
Sat, Oct 19  9:00 am         Get Your Driver's License Back, West County Courthouse, Belle Glade
Glades Area
The Glades PATCH (Planned Approach To Community Health) is a program designed to help the community evaluate, plan and implement health education and disease prevention and intervention programs. PATCH helps promote the health of the community to include the social, emotional and physical well-being of its citizens. PATCH is a partnership of concerned citizens and organizations. This partnership provides a forum for identifying health problems affecting the community and mobilizing the community to plan, conduct and evaluate intervention services. The meeting is open to all who wish to join.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019   | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Ave C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
English Exchange at Glades Area Libraries EXCHANGE
Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. (2 hr.)

WHEN:  Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30, 2019   | 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Loula V York Library, 525 Bacom Point Rd, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT: Call 561-924-5928 to preregister

WHEN:  Thursdays, October 17, 24, 31, 2019   | 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Call 561-996-3453 to preregister
Open Mic Night at Pahokee Library OPENMIC
Teens and adults are invited to share a poem or a song at a family-friendly gathering. Refreshments provided. Ages 12 and up. 
WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Loula V York Branch, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee, FL 33476
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Get Your Driver's License Back and Save on Fees LICENSE
On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Clerk's office is authorized to waive collection agency fees - some as high as 40 percent - for anyone who pays off their court obligations in full or signs up for a monthly payment plan. Those who pay their debts or go on a monthly payment plan will also be able to reinstate their suspended driver's license in most cases.
WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: West County Courthouse 2950 State Road 15, Room S-100, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT : For further information, please call 561-355-2996
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Mayhem Poets Return to Dolly Hand CAC
The Mayhem Poets will be doing a three-day residency in Belle Glade that will include four poetry-writing workshops for Palm Beach State English classes and a poetry slam on campus. The residency will conclude with a performance at the Dolly Hand on Thursday, November 7. Students from Palm Beach State will be invited to share their poetry during the show!
WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT : For tickets, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit
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Attend Training Workshop to Host Your Own Table for the On the Table Conversation

Thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life will gather throughout the area to discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. At community centers, local restaurants, libraries, private homes, offices - literally anywhere a host chooses. Conversations can be sit-down, catered, picnic, or potluck - completely up to each host. Attend a training workshop in October to learn how you can host your own event for On the Table. 

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RFP: Rising Leaders Service Learning Projects

The purpose of this Rising Leaders Service Learning Project RFP is to solicit proposals from nonprofit organizations in Broward and Palm Beach counties who need assistance with mitigating or solving a present challenge within their organization. This is an excellent opportunity for an organization to address a need or complete a project for which there are limited resources available.

Submission Deadline
WHEN: Friday, November 1, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Other Areas
FREE: Intro to Business Ownership Workshop
Are you thinking about starting your own business? Do you know if you have what it takes to be a successful business owner? This workshop will help you decide if you are ready to take the plunge to become a business owner or if you may be better off keeping your day job.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: SCORE Learning Center, 500 S Australian Ave-Suite 115, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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Nonprofits First Membership Orientation
Becoming a member of Nonprofits First provides you with a wealth of resources and tools. Nonprofit organizations who are interested in learning more about the benefits of membership are invited to attend this introduction to learn all about the benefits of membership.
WHEN: Friday, October 18, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Nonprofits First, 1818 S Australian Avenue #450, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
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Catholic Charities Community Tours
From Catholic Charities: Are you a social service provider that is interested in learning more about our programs and services? Join us for a lunch and tour of our Riviera Beach operation center. 
WHEN: Friday, October 18, 2019 | 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Francis Center, 100 W 20th St, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
CONTACT: To register or for more information, contact Sara Haas, 561-360-3329
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Panel Discussion and Workshop: Amendment 4
Join a panel discussion and community workshop on: A Voteless People is a Hopeless People: Amendment 4, Now What? 
WHEN: Friday, October 18, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CONTACT: 561-627-3089 ext 201 or
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Legal Aid Society's Dinner and a Movie
The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County would like to invite you to 'Dinner & A Movie.' at the Mandel Public Library Theatre to watch the move OWNED: A Tale of Two Americas, and enjoy a little food. It's FREE!

WHEN:  Saturday, October 19, 2019   | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
WHERE:  Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CONTACT: Contact 561-655-8944 ext 324 for any questions, RSVP at

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Mindfulness & Self-Awareness in the Work You Do
Please join for a valuable information session with Shandra Stringer, from Grassroots Consulting, Inc. who will highlight the benefits of mindfulness and self-awareness.

WHEN:  Friday, October 25, 2019   | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. 
WHERE:  Quantum Foundation Community Room, 2701 N Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

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Public Speaking Series for Nonprofit Professionals
This four-part training series will guide participants through issues related to speech construction and delivery. Cost starts at $169.99 for members. 

WHEN:  Fridays, October 25, Nov 8, 22 & Dec 13 2019   | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. 
WHERE:  Nonprofits First, 1818 South Australian Avenue-Suite 450, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
CONTACT: Shari J. Hanglan,, 561-214-7435

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Community Mental Health Exchange
Educators responding to community needs - second Community Mental Health Exchange at Palm Beach State College. 

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 29, 2019   | 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
WHERE:  PBSC Lake Worth Campus PSD108, 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461
CONTACT: Rita Thrasher, Boca Raton's Promise, 561-866-1850,

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Previous Postings - The Glades Area
On the Table - Host Training at The Glades Initiative
Interested in hosting an "On the Table" event but don't quite know what is involved? Come to the training. There are four upcoming Host Training available for first-time On the Table hosts, including one at The Glades Initiative. 
WHEN: Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Stefani Kochanski, 561-659-6800
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FREE Senior Congregate Meal Sites in the Glades

Seniors can receive a hot meal for free by visiting a congregate meal site in the Glades. Any senior can attend any meal site they choose. There is also complimentary Palm Tran Connection transportation available to the Senior Center. That arrangement is made when the senior applies at the center. Requirements can be found in the form below. 

Locations of free congregate meal sites in the Glades
Quiet Waters, 306 SW 10th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430 | 11:00 a.m. 
Tanner Park Community Center, 105 E Palm Beach Road, South Bay, FL 33493 | 12:00 p.m.
Glades Pioneer Terrace, 200 Dorothy Wilford Circle, Belle Glade, FL 33430 | 11:00 a.m.
West County Senior Center, 2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade, FL 33430 | 8:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more and to view requirements
Night Out Against Crime
PBSO invites Glades residents and vendors to participate in the "Night Out Against Crime". If you would like to participate as a vendor, please contact Marcia Bahia at
WHEN: Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Glades Pioneer Park, 866 SW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here to learn more (in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole)
Click here to read vendor invitation letter
BG Chamber's 55th Annual Awards Banquet
The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend its 55th Annual Awards Banquet at the Everglades Research and Education Center. 
WHEN: Monday, October 28, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Everglades Research and Education Center, 3200 E Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade, FL 33430
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October Fest at Louis Butts Park
Come one, come all to an evening of haunted fun. Participants must register on the day of the event. Event is free, with carnival rides, games, a haunted house, and more. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Music by DJ Big Show.
WHEN: Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Louis Butts Park, 1224 SW Avenue E Place, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here to learn more
BG Chamber's 2nd Annual Fall Small Business & Craft Vendor Fair
Attend this year's Fall Small Business & Craft Vendor Fair for music, food, kids activities, and more. Those interested in being vendors should contact the Chamber. 
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Melanie at 561-996-2745 or email
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Lakeside Medical Center 10th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for a day of family fun to celebrate your community hospital's 10th anniversary! There will be games, music, prizes, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, balloon art, free hotdogs and hamburgers, and more! 
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here to learn more
Learn About PBSC's 2020-2021 Scholarships

Click on the link to learn about Palm Beach State College's 2020-2021 scholarships available to students. 

CONTACT: Apply for PBSC financial aid by visiting

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Scholarship: Finish4Free - Get Your AA at PBSC

The Palm Beach State College's Finish4Free scholarship pays for Dual Enrolled/Early Admission and/or students who have earned 30 or more college credits to complete their AA degree. Full tuition and registration fees.

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Health Officials Urge Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Awareness

Press Release: Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County (DOH-Palm Beach) officials emphasize the importance of Florida's residents and visitors protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus disease. The public should remain diligent in preventative measures like "Drain and Cover."

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Florida Department of Education Announces Florida Standards Listening Tour

Press Release: Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced the Florida Standards Listening Tour dates and locations. The department also released the second draft of the revised standards for public input.

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Belle Glade Branch Library: October 2019 Activities

Check out all of the planned activities at the Belle Glade Branch Library for the month of October!

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CareerSource October 2019 Calendar

CareerSource has a number of events and programs to aid local job seekers - see their October 2019 calendar for more information.

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Take Stock in Children - October 2019 Newsletter

Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County shares its latest newsletter. 

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The Rural Health Advocate - September 2019 Newsletter

Events, programs, information, and more in the September 2019 Rural Health Advocate newsletter. 

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Tax Talk with Anne Gannon

In the October issue of Tax Talk with Anne Gannon, PBC Tax Collector, she asks: Is REAL ID really necessary? 

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Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network - Fall Newsletter

The Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network released its Fall 2019 Newsletter. Click to read! 

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Belle Glade Chamber Chatter - October 2019

Read the latest news from the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce. 

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McKinlay Memo - September/October 2019

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay shares information about living conditions in a Belle Glade rural housing complex in the latest edition of the McKinlay Memo. 

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Previous Postings - Other Areas
Strategic Steps to Growing Your Business
Take part in this certificate program from SCORE Palm Beach.

WHEN:  Begins Wednesday, October 23, 2019   | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
WHERE:  Fire Station 5, 2080 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
CONTACT: Larry Ornstein, SCORE Palm Beach, 561-833-1672,

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