Insider Newsletter February 2, 2020

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WPB Celebrates Black History Month 2020

In celebration of Black History Month in February, departments throughout the City have planned various events to commemorate African American culture throughout the City’s history while looking ahead to a promising future. 


Literature in Protest

Tuesdays, February 4 & 11(6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)

Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis Street, Clematis Room, 3rd Floor

Come join Professor Africa Fine, Duke University Alumna and Professor of Literature at Palm Beach State College, as she illustrates the power of literature in cultural movements. Professor Fine’s lecture will highlight the contributions of Black men and women in literature and how they have affected social change. 


Graven Images Book Talk

Thursday, February 6 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)

Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis Street, Clematis Room, 3rd Floor

Join Gail Tanzer, author of Graven Images: The Tumultuous Life and Times of Augusta Savage, for a presentation about this important African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. 


African Drumming

Saturday, February 1 (1:00 PM – 1:30 PM, For children in grades K-2,

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM, For children in grades 3-5)

Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis Street, KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Afrique Ngozi Dance and Drum Inc. will present a lively African Drumming class for elementary age children. Explore basic drumming techniques while learning about the history of the instruments. 


Norton’s 3rd Annual “Celebrating Black Florida" Community Day - Pop-up exhibition: A Look Back at the Sunset Lounge

Saturday, February 22 (12:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m)

Norton Museum of Art (Maurer Lobby)

A historic exhibition showcasing the Sunset Lounge along with stories of several pioneers from the historic northwest part of West Palm Beach. The event is free and open to the public, and will include an afternoon of special tours, family workshops, talks, performances and more.


Bourbon & Bowties, Friday, February 28; 501 Rosemary Avenue

An opportunity to learn about the rich, black history of the historic Northwest neighborhood as well as opportunities for real estate and development. The event is a chance to network with influential pioneers from the community.


Community Crab Boil, Saturday, February 29; 600 4th Street

Guests will be treated to food and dessert menus from Trindy Gourmet featuring Lala’s Seafood House as well as performances by Abasi Hanif – “Livin The Rhythm,” The Special Formula Band featuring the Horny Horns and more!

For more information, please call the CRA at (561) 822-1550 (TTY: 800-955-8771)


Flooding Can Happen to Anyone

Learn about the updated Palm Beach County flood maps and your flood risk by attending a Flood Risk Open House hosted by FEMA!


"Take the Leap, Get Certified"

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis Street

Join us for "Take the Leap, Get Certified" and come learn Learn about upcoming business opportunities in the area and talk one-on-one with representatives of various organizations.

The City of West Palm Beach "Take the Leap" event is designed to provide Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and Minority/Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE) with much needed introductions to Big Business. Hear about details on bid-ready projects. Don't miss this opportunity to network and market your firm. Get your SBE and M/WBE certification paperwork on-site!


Public Meetings

The public is invited and encouraged to attend WPB public meetings. 

***Meetings held in the Commission Chambers, Mayors' Board Room,and Flagler Gallery are located at City Hall, which is located at 401 Clematis Street***

MONDAY, February 3, 2020

  • 10:00 a.m., Mayor/Commission Work Session (Flagler Gallery)

TUESDAY, February 4

  • No Meetings

WEDNESDAY, February 5

  • 9:00 a.m., Evaluation Committee Review for RFP No. 19-20-203 Security Guard Services (City Center, 5th Floor, Room # 519)
  • 9:00 a.m., Special Magistrate Code Compliance Hearings (Commission Chambers)
  • 3:30 p.m., Sales Surtax Oversight Committee (Mayors' Board Room)
  • 4:00 p.m., Art in Public Places (Mayors' Board Room)
  • 4:30 p.m., Mayor’s Western Neighborhoods Meeting (Flagler Gallery) 

THURSDAY, February 6

  • 9:00 a.m., Audit Committee Meeting (Flagler Gallery)
  • 11:00 a.m., City Commission/CRA Agenda Review (Mayors' Board Room)
  • 1:30 p.m., WPB Firefighters Pension Fund (Fire Station #1, 500 N. Dixie Hwy, 3rd Floor Conference Room) 

FRIDAY, February 7

  • No Meetings

WPB TV Headlines

City of West Palm Beach Celebrates Black History Month

VIDEO: WPB Celebrates 125 Exciting Years


Department Spotlight: Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach


City Commission Meeting (January 27, 2020)


Special Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting (January 27, 2020)


Spotlight on Parks: Jose Marti Park


Spotlight on Parks: Lincoln Park


Mayor James: Complete the 2020 Census



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