Events For July 4th: Jupiter Florida

Celebrate America’s Birthday – July 4th: Jupiter Florida

There are actually quite a few things going on around town. Here’s a handy list of local events, to help you get the most out of America’s birthday!

Sunday, July 2nd

  • Paddle With Sea Turtles in the Wild – Jupiter Outdoor Center has created a new experience that will practically guarantee guests an unforgettable wildlife adventure. Turtle Time will send guests on a paddle experience to the best spot in town for viewing turtles in their natural habitat. Grab you tickets HERE and head out to enjoy our beautiful waterways.
  • Head to the top of the Jupiter Lighthouse – Allow 2 hours to visit site and trail. Tours leave approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day at the top and bottom of the hour. The last lighthouse tour begins at 4pm. Plan your trip HERE.

Monday, July 3rd

  • Mega Bash – Roger Dean Stadium: Featuring fireworks, a MEGA Kids’ Area and great minor league baseball action! Click HERE for tickets.
  • Live Music At Harbourside Place – 6PM:  Enjoy a live, 45-piece orchestra from the Air National Guard Band of the South. Enjoy this FREE event, down by the water at the amphitheater.More details HERE.

Tuesday, July 4th

  • 4th of July Block Party – 4PM – 9PM: Featuring live music by local band, The People Upstairs, kids activities, food and a Cornhole tournament. The celebration takes place at Downtown Abacoa, Town Center Drive, Jupiter. Free.

  • Mega Bash – Roger Dean Stadium: Featuring fireworks, a MEGA Kids’ Area and great minor league baseball action! Click HERE for tickets.

A Little Local Love

One of my favorite locals (and one of the Jupiter Local’s original featured local) is celebrating the 2nd anniversary of her amazing lettering business. Please visit Ink Letter Love to get to know Corey and grab yourself some of her amazing goods!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope it helps you get the most out of Celebrating July 4th in Jupiter Florida.

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

Jupiter Florida News And Events

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you’ve had an amazing week! My days have been full of meeting clients, showing houses and running my kids to all their activities. I did however, get a chance to make you guys a list of Jupiter Florida News and Events, happening this week! Enjoy.

Jupiter Florida Events

Saturday, April 8th, 6:00PM-9:30PM: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals in North America being hosted in our own backyard.Tickets are required and can be purchased online HERE.

Saturday, April 8th, 7:30PM: Free Family Movie Night – featuring ‘Moana’. Bring your own chairs and blankets, arrive early for good seats, and settle in for a family-friendly movie on a 2 story-inflatable screen! Abacoa Community Park • 1501 W. Frederick Small Road

Sunday, April 9th, 9:00AM-1:00PM: Jupiter Farmers Market at El Sol – At the corner of Military Trail and Indiantown Road.

There is always so many fun things to do in Jupiter Florida. Did I miss something awesome? Do you know of any Jupiter Florida News and Events I should post about? Let me know in the comments.

Jupiter Florida News

The Town of Jupiter is planning to purchase a vacant piece of land near Jupiter High School. This will be huge in making the area safer for our students that come and go to school through Daniel’s Way. Jupiter will offer about $3Million for the vacant land. Read more about the town’s plans for this space HERE.

Jupiter takes home winnings from Philanthropy Tank – A total of $100,000 in prize money was awarded to the finalists to implement their programs over the next year. Each student also receives a year of mentoring from their Philanthropist-Investors. Read more about the local winners HERE.

Construction Begins on Phase 1 of Cinquez Park. Beginning Monday, March 27, 2017, construction activities for Phase I commenced on Cinquez Park property. Phase I is an open space park which includes on street parking, site lighting, a small restroom/storage building, sidewalks, gazebos, a lake, and a dog park. Read more about the project HERE.

Jupiter Florida Real Estate

While you’re here, check out our newest Single Family Home, for sale in Jupiter Florida!

6304 Garrett St. – Heights Of Jupiter | $ 339,900

Come enjoy this freshly renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2-car garage single family home. This CBS home has an amazing layout and design. This gem is set inside The Heights of Jupiter. Known as one of Jupiter’s most desired communities in Jupiter without the cost of HOA fees.

If you would like more information on this wonderful, Jupiter Florida home or any others in the North County area, please contact me today.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you all have some amazing, South Florida weekend!

Are you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the Jupiter area? Have questions on how to even begin? I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

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Jupiter Florida News

There is so much going on in our beautiful community right now.

Here is this week’s Jupiter Florida News Brief to help you keep up.

One of the most amazing places in Jupiter Florida is expanding!

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center opened in 2007. Since then they have saved countless endangered seaturtles and helped educate the public on the importance of our local marine life. They are now setting their sites on an expansion that will include expanding their sea turtle hospital and sea turtle hospital tanks, expanding their research laboratory, providing new classroom space, providing presentation spaces for guest lecturers and visiting scientists and expanding their exhibit spaces! Visit their site to see more details on the project and find out how you can help them reach their goal: https://www.marinelife.org/about/expansion/

Tuesday, March 14th is Election Day in Jupiter Florida!

Get to know the candidates running for Town Council here. Teri Grooms has got my vote!

There is always so many fun things to do in Jupiter Florida.

Did I miss something awesome? Do you know of a future event I should post about? Let me know in the comments.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you all have some amazing, South Florida weekend!

Are you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the Jupiter area? Have questions on how to even begin? I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

 

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