Resplendent with creatively displayed, informative exhibits and beaming with an array of interactive events, Sandoway House Nature Center delights visitors eager to engage with wildlife and local ecosystems. Meander through the popular shark exhibit, taking thrilling ganders at now-harmless jaws from more than 80 different species, including a replica of the world-record-holding great white jaw and pictures of it earning its other world record in hot-dog eating. The Florida reptile room showcases a plethora of native slitherers along with a variety of invasive species, and daily shark feedings display the predator's ravenous ferocity. Groupon guests spend their $5 credit at the gift store, and members take advantage of a blanket discount of 15% off goods, stocking up on crack-your-own geodes ($3.50), or grabbing handfuls of mixed fossil shark teeth to create edgy jewelry or exciting dentures ($2/bag). Members also receive free admission to the center for one year, as well as a newsletter and invitations to special events.
Since its founding in 1967, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) has sought the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The National Institutes of Health commended the CCFA for its work "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research." The CCFA established the precedent for research in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by forming its own scientific journal and educational symposiums and funding cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions. It has helped discover chromosomal regions with IBD-related genes and NOD2, the first gene for Crohn’s disease.
In addition to medical research, the CCFA runs a wide range of educational programs and support services to improve the quality of life for people affected by IBD. With awareness campaigns, webcasts, and periodicals, such as Take Charge and Under the Microscope, the organization reaches out to more than one million patients and caregivers. Nationwide chapters further this work by conducting more than 300 support groups for patients and summer camps for children every year.
Self-made industry guru Alicia Sanchez, whose Favala Designs has been featured in fashion-week events in New York, Trinidad and Tobago, and Europe, shares her expertise with kids and adults at La Sewing Café. Her children’s classes fuel creativity by introducing wee ones to the notion of haute couture and teaching them sewing basics both by hand and on a machine before they start designing patterns of their own. Elsewhere in the studio, adults can be found making outfits and organic treats for their dogs or creating holiday-themed home projects.
New York Comedy Club showcases both upcoming and established comedians during its weekend night performances. Entertain your senses while guffawing at humor dazzlers; as there is a minimum two beverage or food item requirement, parch your thirst nodules in advance and partake of comforting American fare and adult beverages. Featured performers have played the joker in a variety of mediums, from Late Show with David Letterman to closing argument courtroom jester. Chosen as one of the top five for Best Comedy Club in the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast vicinity, New York Comedy Club strives to bring riotous showpersons to laughter enthusiasts.
The Delray Beach Garlic Fest promotes the culinary, creative, and health possibilities of garlic. In Garlic Chef Stadium, seasoned experts vie for the chance to become the Garlic Chef winner. The competition requires chefs to prepare a unique three-course gourmet meal in one hour, complete with pre-selected ingredients including garlic and one mystery ingredient in each course. After watching chefs transform garlic cloves into tantalizing meals that are too far away to snatch and devour, patrons can sate any residual cravings with a trip to Gourmet Alley. The Gourmet Alley features samples of more than two dozen garlic-themed items, such as blackened garlic mahi mahi, garlic gator, and garlic marinated vegetable paninis.
A group of locals founded the Garlic Fest to help raise money for local organizations dedicated to promoting youth arts and education and helping people with a natural garlic odor feel less alone. Through the nonprofit organization Delray Beach Arts, Inc., the festival has raised more than $390,000 in charitable donations.
DeLux Nightclub is a swanky escape for night prowlers, who can dance to energetic music amid dim twinkles of color or sip cocktails in an eclectic outdoor lounge. The sleek bar attracts guests with beer ($5–$6) and refreshing mixed drinks ($7–$10), which ease mingling and enhance tongues' abilities to activate postage-stamp adhesive.
Oftentimes after people quit drinking, they find themselves with large chunks of free time on their hands. Golf In Recovery combines the game of golf with addiction support to fill that time and help keep people sober. It offers recovering addicts and those who wish to stop drinking high-tech golf instruction, 18-hole golf games with golf pro Jamie Frith, and a fellowship support group. Golf In Recovery also encourages clients to work privately with its recovery coach, Ann Frith, who has worked as a substance abuse counselor and clinical therapist at several treatment facilities.