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HOLIDAY JOY DRIVE

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation is again collecting toys for the annual Police and Fire Joy Drive, which started 16 years ago to help families in need. Each year, the foundation is especially in need of toys for children under the age of 15.

The non-profit organization also accepts money and gift cards. Checks should be made out to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation with “Joy Drive” in the notes section. They can be mailed to 10500 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 33410. Drop-off sites and gift suggestions are listed online at pbgpf.org/joydrive. The drive runs until Dec. 24.

If you’re hosting a holiday event, the foundation suggests asking guests to bring a new, unwrapped gift for the drive. Then call the Joy Drive coordinator at 561-799-4488 to arrange a pickup from your home or office. Business owners also can request a collection box, which the volunteers will pick up when it’s full.

Police officers, firefighters, City Council members, corporate volunteers and residents wrap gifts, organize packages and deliver the gifts to children and families. In 2016, about 1,500 children and families received gifts as a result of the drive.

SAFE BOATING CLASS

Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron will host its safe boating course Saturday and Sunday at its headquarters, 1125 Old Dixie Highway, a half-mile south of Northlake Boulevard. Registration is 8:15 a.m. Saturday, and class runs 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break for lunch. The class covers knowing your boat, fueling procedures, navigation rules, anchoring, emergencies and other topics.

There will be a review and 60-question exam starting 2 p.m. Sunday. Passing the test earns a Florida Boating Safety Education ID card, which the state requires for everyone born after Jan. 1, 1988, operating a vessel with a motor of 10 hp or more. The course is $30 per person, but those 12 to 19 years old will be admitted free when accompanied by a parent.

For more information, call Bill Eldridge at 561-254-5609.

HEALTHY COOKING DEMO

A cardiologist and a chef will host a Heart-Healthy Cooking Demo from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, 3360 Burns Road. Steven Malosky, an interventional cardiologist, will give a lecture and a hospital chef will prepare the healthy food. Participants will get to sample the food afterward. The class is free, but registration is required. Visit www.pbgmc.com or call 561-622-1411.



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