Local Social | Jupiter Florida October Events

 Welcome to the Local Social | October

Jupiter Florida October Events

Join me in supporting our local business community and enjoy all the amazing Jupiter Florida October Events!

Jupiter Florida October Events

The Palm Beach Gardens Green Market is celebrating it’s 16th year! New season starts October 1st. It is a rain or shine event featuring the freshest-of-the-fresh fruits, vegetables, fragrant herbs, honey, homemade old-fashioned breads, donuts, pies, cheeses, sauces, handmade crafts, and more. Every Sunday year round.

Don’t miss Jupiter’s Annual Fall Fest – Enjoy live music, food from local vendors, a beer garden and a kids carnival. Saturday, October 7, 2017 • Noon to 5 pm. The Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk. This is a free event.

Catch up with our favorite stuffed marshmallow creator, Milka from Dreamallows, starting October 7th (til end of April) at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket.

Enjoy the Abacoa Wines Around the World 2017 event | An evening of food, wine and entertainment, presented by Downtown Abacoa! Oct 7, 2017 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Get your tickets HERE.

Be sure and save the following dates if you love doggos!

First Annual-Lets Party For The Dogs – A benefit for the Big Dog Ranch Rescue at The Square Grouper in Jupiter. Thursday, October 19th 5:00PM-10:00PM. More details HERE.

 Brews, Bark and Beaches – Organized and hosted by Friends of Jupiter Beach, sample craft beer and great food provided and served by select area breweries and restaurants. Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Get your tickets HERE.

Time to get your pumpkin!

Get your pumpkin and support a local charity at the Pumpkin Bash. Saturday, October 22, 2017 – 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Join Harbourside Place & Little Smiles for a family-fun day filled with pumpkins, candy and all things Halloween!

Feeling Spooky?

Head a little further South and enjoy another amazing event in West Palm Beach! Halloween at The Station | Hosted By Elizabeth Ave Station | Live music, food, games, spooky decor & adult beverages! | Halloween costume contest at 9pm!

 

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope it helps you enjoy as many Jupiter Florida October Events as possible. ❤️ Nicole

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Hurricane Season Funtimes

Wow, Irma was intense!

As we enjoy our first week of normalcy, after that whole Irma incident, we’ve got Jose, Maria and Lee hanging out in the Atlantic Ocean. You guys remember 2004, right? Do the names Charlie, Francis, Ivan and Jean ring any bells? Let’s hope 2017 isn’t a repeat of 2004! So many hurricane Season funtimes to remember! (queue major eyeroll)

2017 Hurricane Names List

There’s really no need to panic. If you’re from Florida, you realize that even though the Official Hurricane Season is from June 1st – November 1st, it doesn’t really get interesting until September-ish. With that said, I’d like to give you guys a list of things you may want to consider.

Features you want to look for when shopping for a new home/ or updating your current home:

  1. Does the home have impact glass windows and garage door and/or a full set of hurricane shutters? Not only is this an investment that will keep you safe, you can also get discounts on your homeowners insurance! Win, win!
  2. Is there lots of big trees on the property? Are you prepared to keep up the landscaping on your own or will you hire a landscaping company? It’s important to keep your landscape safe by having your trees pruned regularly and keep dead branches cut.
  3. Does the home have Gutters and Downspouts? They should always be clean, especially during a storm. Blockages in these drainage systems can cause the water to back up onto your roof and into your attic, causing a lot of damage.
  4. I need to say something about the roofs here. Miami Dade building codes and what to do if the home was built before 1997.
  5. Is the home located in an evacuation area? Most homes on waterways and in low lying areas are. Be prepared to leave, and have to stay gone until the area is deemed safe again, by county officials.

Things to keep stocked, during hurricane season and year round:

  1. Water. I can’t stress enough about having water on hand during and after a bad hurricane. The suggested amount is a gallon per person, per day, for seven days. If you accumulate this over the winter months, you won’t have to worry about the stress that comes with trying to find water right before the storm hits.
  2. It is suggested that you keep at least a three-day supply of items such as candles, batteries, and foods that don’t require refrigeration. (Also, try not to eat all your hurricane snacks before the storm, like my family did. Ha!)
  3. You may be out of power for days or even weeks after a hurricane. Owning a generator can be very comforting when the power is out. There are all different types, from a whole house generator to a small generator that can run the fridge and a few fans. This is another purchase that would be better made before hurricane season. Once everyone knows a large storm is coming, generators sell out quickly! Be sure to do your homework, and get the one that’s best for you.
  4. A battery powered or hand crank radio is also a good item to have on hand, if the power goes out. It can help you stay up to date on whats happening throughout the storm.

Important Links To Help Keep You Up To Date During Hurricane Season:

  1. NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  2. FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
  3. American Red Cross – Hurricane Prep & Safety
  4. Town Of Jupiter Website
  5. City of Palm Beach Gardens Website
  6. Village of Tequesta Website
  7. Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide
  8. Palm Beach County – Public Safety & Emergency Management
  9. Mike’s Weather Page – My Personal Fave Storm Season Facebook Page

Please let me know what your favorite information resources are as well. I’d love to keep this list current & updated.

Myself and the entire Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would love to answer any questions you may have about purchasing or selling a home in Palm Beach County. We have all lived here our whole lives and are proud to call ourselves locals. We’ve weathered many hurricanes and are happy to share what we’ve learned over the years with you. Please reach out to us, we are here to help!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you have a wonderful week! ❤ Nicole

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Awesome Local Instagram Accounts

Happy Friday, Friends! ☀️

I hope you all have had a lovely week. I wanted to highlight some other locals on the blog today. So, I’ve put together a list for you of some awesome local Instagram accounts.

Follow these awesome local Instagram accounts and enjoy some amazing photos in your feed, every day!

www.instagram.com/jupitersupmermaid – A local featuring manatees, turtles, SUP and more in her awesome feed!

www.instagram.com/surfzach – Florida photographer showing off the gorgeous creatures living just off the coast in Jupiter.

www.instagram.com/tewkibear – This furry local gives us an inside look at a dog’s life in Jupiter, Florida.

www.instagram.com/southflpaddle – Making me jealous daily of her time spent with local manatees, dolphins and our gorgeous South Florida sunsets!

www.instagram.com/thelocalninja – A variety of local images underwater & above ground, mixed with travel photos from around the globe.

www.instagram.com/jackbatesphotography – Beautiful South Florida imagery from the ocean, the air and on the shore.

www.instagram.com/tulasendlesssummer – Two adventurous locals sharing their summers on a boat.

www.instagram.com/localgypsies – A newer account with some lovely, local photos.

www.instagram.com/jupiteroutdoorcenter – Featuring photos of turtles, manatees and lots of happy locals.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends!

Do you have a favorite local you follow on Instagram? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking to connect with awesome locals!

You can follow me on Instagram too, www.instagram.com/nikolina100 – Let’s be insta buddies!

Please Keep Me In Mind

If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Northern Palm Beach County area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

Welcome June

Holy cow, you guys! June has arrived!!

The official start of summer is right around the corner. Welcome June! It’s Friday and there is so much going on around town.

First up, it’s the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

for all our Palm Beach County Students! As a parent, I’m pretty stoked about this! Maybe even more excited than my kids! LOL! Welcome June! We’re so glad you’re finally here!

Tonight, Friday June 2nd: After being dark in May, for $150,000 in repairs, our beautiful Jupiter Lighthouse will be re-lit! Lighting is expected to be about 8:20 p.m., about 10 minutes after sunset.

With the start of June comes the beginning of Hurricane Season.

Starting today, Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4, hurricane supplies will be tax-free in the state of Florida. This means you will not be charged sales tax for the many items. See the full list HERE.

Sunday, June 4th: Our favorite local Beekeeper, Brooke Linn’s Bees, will have her very own Pop-Up Shop in the West Elm Palm Beach. Swing by between 12PM-4PM to chat with Allison and purchase some locally harvested, (without chemicals or treatments), honey and honey products.

Starting Monday, June 5th: Check out the CANstruction® Exhibit at The Gardens Mall. It’s an international project to benefit and raise awareness for the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Architects, designers, builders and other teams compete to create giant works of sculptural art, made entirely out of non-perishable foods.

Lastly, but certainly not least, today is National Donut Day! Get your donut fix at my fave local donut shop, the Jupiter Donut Factory! You can get a FREE DONUT today as well!!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I’m planning lots of fun stories and features over the summer. Stay tuned!

Please keep me in mind

if you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Northern Palm Beach County area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

The Chocolate Spectrum in Jupiter Florida

It’s almost Mother’s Day,

so I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you all to a very hardworking, Jupiter Mom! Valerie Herskowitz is the owner of the Chocolate Spectrum in Jupiter Florida. She works very hard to help her son and others, with developmental disabilities, through chocolate. Read the interview below and get to know her and her mission.

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Valerie Herskowitz and I am the owner and founder of The Chocolate Spectrum in Jupiter Florida, an artisan chocolate company and store. Our mission is to employ and  train adults with developmental disabilities. I’ve lived in South Florida my entire life (I will not tell you how many years that is!). I did have a brief two-year time where I lived in Massachusetts, but it was way too cold for a southern girl like myself. I have two children named Hunter and Blake. Hunter, it is a 27-year-old man who lives in Orlando, Florida. He is a behavior analyst and works in the autism field. Blake, is a chocolatier in our business. He is 26 and has severe autism. I also have two amazing step kids name Seth and Daniel. And a terrific little grandson named Samuel. And I’m also blessed with an amazing daughter-in-law name Poom. We don’t have nay pets. Blake, like many other individuals with autism, has allergies to all animals.

When did you start your business?

The Chocolate Spectrum started in 2013. Two forces in the universe came together. First one was the fact that my son Blake had absolutely nothing to do after high school. Although I looked for programs for him for two years before, I came up with nothing. Coincidentally, at the same time, I had gotten involved in pastry arts and chocolate making, as I had semi retired from my speech therapy practice. We started making pastries and chocolates for friends and family but soon the word got out and we developed an online business as well as a business selling at shows. Other young men and women with similar issues that my son had joined us in the kitchen and in the business. Eventually two of them were hired as employees. Then in the middle of 2016, we moved into our own brick and mortar shop in Jupiter Florida.

What are the major influences for your business? What made you choose chocolate?

As we are a social enterprise and the major influence of our business is our mission, which is to train individuals with autism. We do serve the rest of the community as we have training and classes for everyone as well as the opportunity for people to have parties at our shop. I picked chocolate, as I mentioned before, because it was just a coincidence and Blake seem to really enjoy working with it.

What do you find most challenging about running your own business?

This business presents many challenges, especially for an individual like myself who is older. Also I have many other responsibilities in my life such as teaching at the University, taking care of my father, and of course taking care of Blake. Therefore the biggest challenge I have is time, which I absolutely do not have enough of!

What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?

There are many rewarding factors about this business first of all, most importantly, my son, Blake, has a job six days a week. Without this business, he would be sitting at home watching TV. But it is also just as rewarding to be able to offer the same opportunities in the form of paid employment to the other individuals that work here as well as  recreational activities for many others who have autism and other related developmental disabilities.

Can you share a little bit with us about your involvement with Autism Community?

I have and continue to be extremely involved in the autism community. In 1999 My husband and I started a nonprofit called National Autism Registry. Through the years, we have offered many community activities for individuals with autism as well as for the family. My business itself is a community activity. I do not take a salary or any form of compensation and therefore it is also part of my community involvement.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I seriously do not have any days off yet, as this is a seven day a week business. If I do have a couple of hours on the weekend. I hope to share it with my family and to take care of my father who is quite elderly. I do hope as the years go on that I will get some time off, LOL.

What living person, other than family members, do you most admire?

I have two groups of individuals that I admire the first one is the D’Eri Family at Rising Tide Carwash down in Broward County. They are the individuals that started the ball rolling on employment options for adults with autism and they have been amazing mentors toward me. In addition, my dear friend Bonnie Schmidt, The founder of ScentsAbility Candles is also someone I admire greatly. She is doing a similar venture with candles also down in Broward.

 

Where can we find The Chocolate Spectrum online?

Our website at www.thechocolatespectrum.com. You can shop on our website at shop.TheChocolateSpectrum.com. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.
Facebook.com/TheChocolateSpectrum/
twitter.com/thechocspectrum
Instagram.com/thechocspectrum

Upcoming events:

Book a private party with us.
Make chocolate every Thursday 2-5.
Contact us about summer camp.

 

Thank you for sharing your story and your images, Valerie!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please shop locally for Mother’s Day this year!

Don’t forget,

if you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Northern Palm Beach County area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole