Women from the BallenIsles Royal Canine Society pose for a photo with the items they collected for the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League this month. Photo courtesy of Rebecca CohenHogan, a 7-year-old miniature labradoodle, knows how to tell time.

Like clockwork at 3:30 every afternoon, he finds owner Joel Nussbaum in their BallenIsles home and starts barking. It’s Nussbaum’s cue that it’s almost time for their daily trip for Hogan to meet his friends at the fenced-in dog park just inside the Northlake Boulevard entrance to the community.

“He’s telling me it’s dog park time,” Nussbaum said. “That’s how much he loves it.”

Dozens of people from the roughly 1,600 residences and their pets meet at the dog park every afternoon at 4 p.m. Some come in the morning, too.

Marvin, a 178-pound Newfoundland who will be 8 years old next week, usually arrives on a golf cart. Owner Bernie Fink is never far away with a drool towel in hand.

Mozart, a mini Australian shepherd, wanders around with a tennis ball in his mouth. Another four-legged member of the club comes in the back seat of a Jaguar convertible, BallenIsles Royal Canine Society spokeswoman Rebecca Cohen said.

The dog lovers have been coming to the park for years, but the society is about 6 months old, she said.

“We go from Newfoundland to Chihuahua,” Cohen said as the dogs and their owners arrived Monday.

She and Susan Foley — who has two Havanese “little girls” of her own — realize their dogs are privileged, so they wanted to do something to help the four-legged companions of Palm Beach County in the care of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

The society collected about $600 and filled an SUV to the roof with dog toys, food and other supplies. They made the donation earlier this month and hope to conduct the drive annually.

“All of us here are so fortunate that it’s our duty to help people who might not have had the luck in life that we did. That includes, especially, all the innocent animals,” Foley said.

Peggy Adams Executive Director and CEO Rich Anderson said part of the league’s mission is to prevent animals from ending up in shelters.

Peggy’s Pantry provides as much as 10,000 pounds of dog and cat food each month to people who are struggling to feed their animals, he said. It depends almost completely on food donations from the public.

There’s a high demand for the help of the pantry right now, Anderson said.

“We’re hoping that people also consider the pets of our community who are also in need at this time of year,” he said. “Peggy’s Pantry is trying to fill a need in our community that is often overlooked.”

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How to give:

Drop off dog or cat food donations at any Scenthound location or the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 3100/3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. You can also donate money online: http://www.peggyadams.org/donate.

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With only a few days left until Christmas, it’s time to kick your holiday shopping up a notch. Luckily, the Palm Beaches has world class shopping for all of your gifting needs. When it’s time for a break, unwind at one of the superior restaurants. Here’s what tops our list:

Palm Beach Gardens
Shop: The Gardens Mall has anchor stores of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Macy’s. With a full-service post office onsite, shoppers can conveniently ship their treasures to friends in far places. After, take a stroll through downtown at the Gardens.  This pedestrian-only area combines sidewalk charm, boutiques, and restaurants.

Sip: Try a blackberry confiture and whipped cream crepe and wash it down with an espresso from Paris in Town. The perfect afternoon pick me up.

BallenIsles Golf Shop
Shop: Located inside the Grand Clubhouse, members enjoy the full-service golf pro shop offering apparel, shoes, bags, clubs, and balls for the golf lover on their list. They also provide custom club fittings and club repairs.

Sip: Members can meet friends at Harry’s Bar located just off the lobby. It’s the ideal place to catch up over some drinks. 

Harbourside Place
Shop: Harbourside Place offers shopping in open-air and along the water. If that isn’t enough of a reason to come, enjoy the boutique stores such as A Pink Princess and Glitzy Girl.

Sip: The Woods Jupiter belongs to local resident Tiger Woods and the cucumber smash drink is a hole-in-one.

Shop: At CityPlace you will experience dancing fountains and live music while browsing at Tommy Bahama, Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware.

Sip: Eat, drink and bowl at Revolutions Bowling. Bar. Grille. Feel free to drop husbands off at their Stadium sports amphitheater.

Worth Avenue
Shop: Ah, the grand dame of them all. When it comes to luxury, this most famous streetscape has the world’s finest brands– Tiffany, Chanel, Armani, Gucci, Ralph Lauren and the list goes on. All with an ocean backdrop.

Sip: Ta-boo’ is celebrating its 60th season hosting fashionistas and celebrities on Worth Avenue. Enjoy brunch with a mimosa and Belgian waffle with vanilla ice cream.

The Palm Beaches make checking things off your holiday list easy and the community of BallenIsles is the perfect place to drop those shopping bags. With a wide array of residences and a superb level of service, this is a private community unlike any other. BallenIsles Country Club features a newly-renovated 72,000 square foot Clubhouse with three championship golf courses and a new 62,000 sq. ft. Sports Complex which includes massage rooms, salon, and resort style pool. If you’re ready to experience the holidays at BallenIsles in beautiful sunny Florida, please click here.

Help us to celebrate our first year together at the Champagne Brunch & Polo Match to benefit the BallenIsles Wildlife Foundation. The event is scheduled for Sunday, January 10th at 1 pm and will be held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Come out and experience an elaborate champagne brunch and thrilling polo match featuring celebrity speaker, Steve Weagle, Storm Team 5 Chief Meteorologist. Guests will enjoy a brief presentation by polo player, Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, gifts, post Polo match reception, fun people watching, and celebrating sightings. There will even be a TV available for all guests to check out the football games! We hope you join us on the Field Side Pavilion Veranda to support the BallenIsles Wildlife Foundation. 

The BallenIsles Wildlife Foundation's goals are to: 

  • Aid and assist with injured animals, stray animals and lost pets found in BallenIsles
  • Maintain a TNVR (trap, neuter, vaccinate, return) program for the BallenIsles community cats to avoid overpopulation
  • Educate and inform BallenIsles residents about wildlife, animal, and flora
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with, assist, and endorse wildlife and animal organizations that help BallenIsles Wildlife Foundation achieve our mission and our foundation goals

To learn more about BallenIsles, click here to schedule your own private tour today. 

As you rush around this holiday season buying gifts and feasting on meals, it’s important to remember that not everyone is as fortunate. Donating to charities not only makes a huge difference in someone else’s life but also your own. From supporting a cause, to an increase sense of well being giving this season is a win all around.

The BallenIsles Charities Foundation believes in helping others to make the community a better place. It was established in 2011 with the goal of making a difference in not-for-profit organizations surrounding Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The donors recognized that by working together they could make a significant positive impact providing financial and in-kind support to the community in these areas: Civic, Health & Human Services, Environment, and Education. In four years, the BallenIsles Charities Foundation has awarded over $865,000 to 42 local area organizations.

Palm Beach Gardens High School, The Center for Family Services of the Palm Beaches, Loggerhead Marine Life Center, and Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue are just a few of the featured grants. The BallenIsles Foundation recently announced their major fundraising events of 2016:

  • Sunday, January 24 – Book & Author Brunch
  • Friday, January 29 – Cards & Tiles Party
  • Friday, January 29 – “Turnstiles”: The Ultimate Tribute to Billy Joel
  • Saturday, January 30 – Runway Fashion Show
  • Sunday, January 31 – Fifth Annual Golf Tournament
  • Sunday, January 31 – Sundowner Cocktails & Dinner Party with Silent Auction
  • Sunday, February 28 – Home Art Tour

At BallenIsles members are passionate about where they live and the lifestyle they lead. Philanthropy- as much as the excellent facilities, the genuine friendships and the gracious lifestyle- is a true hallmark of BallenIsles. The relaxing yet active social ambiance is one of the main reasons why so many members enjoy calling BallenIsles their home. For more information on the BallenIsles lifestyle, click here.

Imagine a holiday destination where you dig your toes in the sand instead of shoveling snow. Where you watch the parade, literally float by on the water. A place where “Christmas Past” isn’t just fantasy to read about, but ready to enjoy once again. Stop imagining, and book your travel to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to enjoy these dazzling holiday festivities.

Sparkling Trees
Every year cities and towns across the U.S. hold tree lighting ceremonies, but there are two here in The Palm Beaches that would - quite literally - be hard to top. On December 4th the Giant Holiday Sand Tree made up of 400 pounds of sand will light up Downtown West Palm Beach. A few miles down the road in Delray Beach the 100-Foot Tree will flip its switches on December 3rd. Located at Old School Square, this massive tree allows you to walk inside, around and under its many branches. The setting also includes a holiday carousel, outdoor ice-skating rink, toy train and more.

Holiday Parades…On the Water
For a seasonal celebration Florida style, take in the Palm Beach Boat Parade December 5th on the Intracoastal Waterway. Boats of all sizes are decorated to show their holiday spirit. Led by a traveling fireworks display, the Palm Beach Boat Parade casts off from North Palm Beach and goes north to the Jupiter Lighthouse. Viewing sites include the North Palm Beach Country Club, Juno Park, Sawfish Bay Park, Jetty's and the famous Square Grouper Tiki Bar.

A Holiday Classic
Take a step back in time at the Flagler Museum, the former Palm Beach estate of oil magnate Henry Flagler and now a National Historic Landmark, and enjoy Christmas at Whitehall. Throughout December, the first floor of the museum is decorated in traditional Gilded Age splendor. The focal point is a 16-foot-tall tree, which stands in the Grand Hall and is adorned with Gilded Age-style ornaments. Holiday Tours go on after-hours by the glow of the original 1902 light fixtures. Visitors will hear tales of the origin of American Christmas Traditions and enjoy holiday-inspired refreshments.

BallenIsles Holiday Happenings
Members of BallenIsles will kick off the holidays with a Chanukah Dinner Buffet on December 6th. Then the Holiday Cocktail Reception is December 12th in the main dining room. The fun continues with a Family Holiday Breakfast on December 24th with special appearances by Santa Claus and Rudolph. Christmas Day dinner will be held from 2pm-6pm. Then the Junior Golf Holiday Camp starts December 26th and finally ring in the New Year with your friends and neighbors at the BallenIsles New Years Eve Celebration. Bring your dancing shoes for the live entertainment.

Palm Beach Gardens is ready to spread holiday cheer this winter season! The community of BallenIsles spreads cheer all year long with a wide array of residences including patio homes, golf villas, courtyard homes, luxury condominiums and elegant estate homes. Renowned for a superb level of service, BallenIsles Country Club features a newly-renovated 72,000 square foot Clubhouse with three championship golf courses and a new 62,000 sq. ft. Sports Complex which includes a spa and salon, fitness center, world-class tennis facilities and swimming pools.  If you’re ready to experience the holidays at BallenIsles in beautiful sunny Florida, please click here.