July/August, 2016 – Staying Cool


July/August, 2016 – Staying Cool and Keeping Busy in the Hot Summer Months

Happy Summer!  If you are a parent with kids spending at least some of the summer at home, you are looking for things to do.  This is so basic, but maybe helpful for someone who’s new to Florida.  A good rule of thumb is that there must be a pool or water attraction, if you’re going to do anything outdoors.  As you might have noticed, Lion Country Safari has a water park and the Palm Beach Zoo has a fountain up front.

The Splash Park at Lion Country Safari. Photo: Lion Country Safari.
The Splash Park at Lion Country Safari. Photo: Lion Country Safari.

My kids, who are 11 and 9 years old, enjoy time at the pool.  It’s something that never gets old.  When the sun is going down, they also like playing kickball, practicing for baseball and yes, hunting for Pokemon characters.  We’ve been seeing a good amount of walkers, runners and Pokemon finders on the exercise trail at Okeeheelee Park at night. The bad news is that people are starting to walk around dangerously, not looking where they are going in parking lots, for example.  The good news is that this Pokemon craze is getting people, young and old, to walk more.  And walking is one of the best forms of exercise.

We highlight a couple of great businesses in our July and August “AW Spotlight” articles. Sabeen Faquir interviewed Sherri Mraz, the Cookin’ Yogi, in July.  She interviewed Patti Neri of U.S. Building Inspectors for August.

Check out “Travel with Terri” as she recommends that you “Immerse Yourself in Local Culture Throughout Europe with an Eating Europe Food Tour.”  She tag teams the story with foreign correspondent George Medina, so they can cover both Amsterdam and Italy.  Yum to both of these destinations!

If you happen to be stocking up on school supplies and school uniforms, remember that the weekend of August 5th to 7th is Florida’s tax-free, back to school shopping weekend.  You’re welcome.

Don’t miss the opening of the new Wellington Community Center.  I’m sure that Mayor Anne Gerwig will be there for the festivities.  Hope you’ll be there too.  It’s on Tuesday, August 9th at 9am in Wellington.

THANKS as always!  See you Around Wellington.

Krista Martinelli