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A 2019-2020 Season Recap

Thanks to you, our valued Friends Members and supporters, we are proud to have brought you a most succes 2019-20 season. Here are some of the highlights we enjoyed together: Under the supervision of Krista Maki, Program Chairperson and longtime Board Member and thanks to the help of our amazing team of volunteers, here are the free public Sunday Speaker and Sunday Matinee events we brought to you this past season:

SUNDAY SPEAKERS (Speaker Series Manager, Faith Batt)

In September, we kicked off our season with Anne Goldberg, better known as "The Savvy Senior," a lifestyle consultant, writer, videographer and storyteller. Ann spoke about The Art of Living Longer, a wellness program for successful aging. If you'd like more information about Ann's inspiring services, see

In October, we brought you Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA, Author and her husband and partner, Joel, who discussed their book "Rabbit in the Moon", an international thriller set in the weeks leading up to the massacre in Tiananmen Square. For more information on her books, check out

In November, the Friends welcomed world-renowned, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, a Pediatrician, Scientist, Activist and Author of "What the Eyes Don't See." Dr. Attisha is one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis and leading recovery efforts. To learn more about Dr. Attisha's work or her book, go to

Friends Speaker Series Manager, Faith Batt, witih Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha

In December, we had a special evening presentation by Robert Macomber, Maritime Author, Lecturer and TV Commentator who discussed the unique subject of "Yachts That Went To War." For more information on Robert Macomber's books, go to

In January, we had two presentations by Florida's History Detective, Author, Speaker and Historian, Sally Ling. Sally presented documentaries she co-produced with WLRN, "Prohibition and the South Florida Connection" and "Boca Raton: The Secret Weapon That Won WWII." For more information on Sally's work, go to

In February, we enjoyed learning about Mindfulness Strategies to reduce stress and enhance quality of life with Dr. Debra Howard, PhD, LCSW, a mental health professional in Boca Raton. To contact Debra, go to

Also in February we were dazzled by Mind Odyssey's Educator and Speaker, Geoff Kashdan who presented the history of the last of the Romanov tsars and their fabulous Faberge eggs. Check out our article about this event here.

SUNDAY MUSIC MATINEES (Sunday Matinee Music Series Manager, Emily Lilly)

October: Randi Fishenfeld, Violinist with The Wildfire Band

November: Preservation Road, Band members: Robert Watson, Donny Paulson, John Grillo, and Chris Reynolds

January: It Takes Two - USA Show - Pompano Beach variety duo 

February: Celtic Mayhem, Band members: Ty Billings (Minstels of Mayhem), Martyn Wylde (Wyldefyre), and Jack Stamates (Generica, Avalon and more)

March: Jimmy Stowe Band, American pop with a tropical twist

Violinist, Randi Fishenfeld, with Krista Maki, Program Chair, and Emily Lilly, Music Series Manager

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