Delray Beach Under $50
By Darien Arden, Atlantic Ave magazine
Now that Delray Beach is a rising star in the art, culture and social scene, it might seem a little difficult to find affordable activities, shops or restaurants. I am here to prove you wrong. Delray Beach offers a mix of high-end boutiques with laid-back restaurants, and events for the whole family or nightclubs for night owls. Here is what you can do in Delray Beach in May for $50 or less.
Gardens make the world go round! Well, actually, my belly. The older I get the more I appreciate being able to walk to my garden (however small or makeshift it is) and pick some fresh herbs to enhance my homemade meals. May is Gifts from the Garden Month and if you opt for purchasing your tasty greens instead of growing them, the Green Market is your mecca for all things edible. And you must act fast because May 2 and 9 are the last two days for the Green Market for the season! Nooooo. I’ve got some tips for you to take full advantage of the dwindling goodness: bring more hippie recyclable bags than you think you need to carry your goods (I learned the hard way while riding my bike home with my mountain of purchases); bring your dog for some ample smell time; come early to get the best deals; and say hi to your community neighbors! The Delray Green Market brings out the best of what Delray has to offer and is the prime spot for breads, seafood, meat, paella made right in front of your eyes, fresh veggies and fruits, pickled everything, exotic flowers and more. Shop local, get some sunshine and help your body. Life is good. The Green Market is located at 50 N.E. Second Ave. at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts lawn and is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.delraycra.org for more information.
I don’t always work ouyt, but when I do, I wear all neon, listen to vintage Madonna and grunt loudly. Is that weird? May is Global Health and Fitness Month and the benefits of exercise are hard to ignore (I know, I’ve tried). Not only does exercise control weight and help combat health conditions and diabetes, getting a good sweat will improve your mood, give you more energy, and even give you the ability to last longer when it counts, wink. If your gut has you in a rut, take part in the Fitness in the Park at the Delray Marketplace where you can take advantage of free fitness classes the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. If you care to sweat on Saturday, May 2, Xtend Barre’s Joleen Samien, a certified Circuit 7 trainer, will make your “seat” sweat and cry until it’s pure muscle. WOD Farm’s Scott Lefferts, a certified CrossFit coach, will transform your body on Sunday, May 3 and will make you hate and love the workout at the same time. Both classes begin at 10 a.m. so bring your friends for some emotional support, and maybe arrange a driver for after class because you might not be able to move your arms. The Delray Marketplace is located at 14851 Lyons Road. Call (561) 865-4613 or visit www.delraymarket.com for more information.
Ay ay ay, it’s time for all things Spanish! May is National Salsa Month and salsa is, in my mind, one of the best dips ever. It can be salty, spicy or sweet, added to a seven layer dip for football parties, plays well with margaritas and guacamole, and is packed full of veggies. What’s not to love? But, the fun doesn’t stop there as the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is back again and hits our fun zone and stomach with the best that Spanish culture has to offer. Presented by the Hispano-Latino Cultural Alliance, this annual celebration includes Mariachi bands, local Hispanic bands, folkloric dancers, children’s area with arts, crafts and games, vendors dishing up Mexican and other foods, and merchandise vendors so you can leave with a little bit of Spanish with you. There’s event a Chihuahua costume contest with awards for the cutest and funniest costume, and a hot chili pepper eating contest where contestants eat their way through five varieties of peppers! The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is located at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts Outdoor Pavilion and grounds, 50 N.E. Second Ave,. and is held May 2 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $15 per person and children 10 and younger are free. Call (561) 276-3396 or visit www.delrayarts.org for more information.
Beer, beer, beer. Down in my belly. Craft beer has maneuvered its delicious way into the forefront of the drinking world and I’m not angry about it. Brewmasters, I tip my tiny hat to you. American Craft Beer Week is May 11 through 17 and in addition to having the pick of the beer litter from restaurants on the Avenue, Delray is home to Old School Beerfest so all IPA, porter, pilsner and stout lovers unite because we’re sampling fine brew till the cows come home (burp). Held May 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., you are invited to celebrate the art of a well-crafted beer with a few thousand of your local drinking buddies while you indulge in all the hoppy and malty flavors you love. You will enjoy unlimited sampling of craft brews, international beers and ciders, food stations (for purchase), wine tasting, game area, cash bar and live music. It’s like a carousel of beer and the ride is never ending. I’ll cheers to that. Admission is $35 and the proceeds support community programs and outdoor concerts, so you’re basically scratching your own future back. Just don’t drink and drive! The Delray Beach Center for the Arts Outdoor Pavilion is located at 51 N. Swinton Ave. Call (561) 243-7922 or visit www.delrayarts.org.
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you the most important thing in life is family and friends. Maybe delicious food and travel are a close second, but the close relationships you make throughout life and the people who help you up and keep you up are the best. That’s why you need to protect your peeps! May is Family Wellness Month and Spodak Dental Group is hosting a self-defense class so you can learn how to protect yourself and those with you. The Ladies FIRST Self Defense Class was created and is taught by a decorated SWAT officer who has 20 years of police experience and more than 35 years of combat training experience. The system he teaches is reality-based and the strategies and techniques are designed to work on the streets and not just in the classroom. A woman is assaulted every two minutes so it is incredibly important to protect yourself and those you love. The class is designed to prepare women of various ages, athleticism, strength, flexibility and body types to convince an attacker they have chosen the wrong victim. Put simply, it is designed to save women’s lives. The class is held May 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and is free so be sure to attend and bring all your lady friends. Spodak Dental Group is located at 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. Call (561) 498-0050 or visit www.spodakdental.com for more information or to RSVP.