• BLAST Book Club

    Susan MacDonald's Retreat in Paradise

    Are you a bookophile? Then you're invited to this gathering to discuss forming an ongoing BLAST book club! Snacks will be provided. BOOKS WE ARE READING September 15th: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens October 13th: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields November 17th: Americanah by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie December 15th: TBA ABOUT THE BLAST BOOK CLUB • Attendees are always encouraged to bring suggestions re books by women authors that you want to submit for consideration. Fiction, nonfiction, humor, memoir, poetry, comedy, graphic novels, fantasy/SF/horror, and plays are all welcome. • No rules about acquiring the books - you can go to the library, get it on Kindle, etc. - but if you're into buying books, we strongly encourage patronizing our independent local bookstore, The Book Cellar in Lake Worth. COST: Free WHAT TO BRING • Whatever you want to drink • List of books by women (see above) • Books you'd like to give away PARKING • This is not a gated community • Park in Guest spots in lot • Since it is off season, more parking will be available. As the date approaches, Susan will list additional space numbers where you can park. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY Second floor location with elevator. PETS A small, adorable dog lives here. FOR MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT or LOCATION Susan - [masked] - (917)[masked]‬ QUESTIONS ABOUT BLAST? Toni Jr. - [masked] PLEASE TAKE OUR QUICK, ANONYMOUS POLLS https://www.meetup.com/BLASTwpb/polls

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  • Practice No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker (Tournament-Style)

    Next week is the annual BLAST Poker Tournament - get ready for it! (Details and RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/BLASTwpb/events/258965168/) TONIGHT'S GAME Tournament-style No Limit Texas Hold'em. $10 buy-in. Winner gets 75% of the pool. 2nd gets 15%. 3rd gets 10%. BRING • Whatever you want to drink • Small amount of food or snacks to share (optional) PETS Cheryl has two gorgeous Siberian cats who will be in a bedroom with the door closed. DIRECTIONS FROM I-95 (from the south) • Exit 77 Northlake Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens • East on Northlake Blvd. to US-1 N in North Palm Beach • North on US-1 to 1030 (on east side of road) • Marina Bay condo development • First floor apartment #107 DIRECTIONS FROM I-95 (from the north) • Exit 79A PGA East • East on PGA to US-1 N in North Palm Beach • South on US-1 to 1030 (on east side of road) • Marina Bay condo development • First floor apartment #107 PARKING • Marina Bay is not a gated community. • Please park in GUEST spots. • Do not back in - your license plate needs to be visible. • Look for the sidewalk leading to the building - visible when you enter the parking lot. That walkway leads you very close to Cheryl's door. IF YOU HAVE A TRUCK • NO TRUCKS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARKING LOT. • If you drive a truck, you can park behind the Cheryl’s complex (on Marina Dr.) and use the stairway just north of the parking garages. To get to Marina Dr. turn off US 1 onto Yacht Club Dr. (south of Cheryl’s complex). • Please contact Cheryl to discuss the location of nearby street parking if these instructions aren't clear enough: [masked] - (561)[masked]. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY First-floor location without stairs. Small bathrooms with narrow doors. QUESTIONS ABOUT LOCATION? Cheryl – [masked] - (561)[masked] QUESTIONS ABOUT THE QUEENS RULE POKER CLUB? Janis: (561)[masked] - [masked] QUESTIONS ABOUT BLAST? Toni Jr. - [masked] PLEASE TAKE OUR QUICK, ANONYMOUS POLLS: http://www.meetup.com/BLASTwpb/polls/

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  • House Concert: Lesbian Internet Comedian Cindy Foster

    Janis K's Indoor Women's Fest

    BLAST/Empty Closet Productions invites you to enjoy an intimate house concert with internet comedian Cindy Foster. She'll do one set and then hang out with the BLAST attendees. COST THIS IS A HOUSE CONCERT LIMITED TO 30 SEATS. The first 30 purchased tickets will attend the evening. Please be aware that your RSVP on this site is NOT a paid ticket. Sliding scale tickets $15 > $35 (more if you can, less if you can't). TICKETS - BUYING WITH CREDIT CARD • https://www.paypal.com • Send to [masked] • Choose "sending to a friend" to avoid fees • In message box, put your name, # tickets you're buying, and CINDY • Tickets will be held at the door for you TICKETS - BUYING IN ADVANCE WITH CHECK • Make out to Toni Armstrong Jr. - write CINDY in notes • Mail to Toni Armstrong Jr., 1201 Sugar Sands #6, Riviera Beach, FL 33404 • Tickets will be held at the door for you TICKETS - BUYING IN ADVANCE WITH VENMO • Use the Venmo app • Send to @Toni-ArmstrongJr • Indicate CINDY in notes TIME Door will open at 7pm; concert starts at 7:30 sharp. ABOUT CINDY FOSTER Cindy Foster is a hilarious internet sensation and stand-up comedian. Her numerous viral comedy videos have had more than 30 million views. She has a global following and her charm and wit will have you wanting more. She recently performed in L.A. along with Mayhem Miller from Ru Paul's Drag Race. She's performed at numerous colleges and Prides including Provincetown and Mohegan Sun Casino Comix Club. Her comedy opens minds and hearts, and will leave you in stitches. CINDY FOSTER LESBIAN PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCx29OcGJHw DIRECTIONS from I-95 Blue Heron exit 76 Go east about 3 miles Pass US-1 (Broadway) Go over the big Blue Heron bridge Pass Phil Foster, Lake, West Turn left at Park (PNC Bank) Park dead ends into our Sugar Sands village Look to the left - there is building 1201 Apartment 6 is downstairs PARKING PLEASE CARPOOL IF YOU CAN! Free on street parking in the cul-de-sac at the end of the block, in spot G or Guest in the lot. If you must park in front of the building, don't park in the yellow stripe. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY 1st floor location, no steps. Small bathroom, narrow doors. QUESTIONS? Text to Janis:[masked] Toni Jr.: [masked]

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  • Golf Clinic with Ronnie Dunayer

    Delray Beach Golf Club

    Let Ronnie help you design a lesson program based on your learning style and your own goals. This golf clinic meets weekly on Friday mornings from 9am-10am. COST: $20 per one-hour clinic; $80 for a series of 5. (Private lessons also available: http://tinyurl.com/oomsgeu ) SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels enthusiastically welcomed. Wherever you are now, you will get better! WHAT TO BRING: Golf clubs, $20 (cash or check), and water. If you need to rent clubs, contact Ronnie directly in advance. PARKING: Free onsite. DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM I-95: Exit 95/Atlantic Ave. > west.... Left on Homewood (about 0.6 miles west of Congress)..... Left on Highland Ave..... Follow to parking and clubhouse. LOST? CLUBHOUSE: (561)[masked] MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT OR LOCATION: Ronnie Dunayer: (561)[masked] - [masked] MORE ABOUT BLAST: Toni Jr. - [masked] PLEASE TAKE OUR QUICK, ANONYMOUS POLLS: http://www.meetup.com/BLASTwpb/polls

  • Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House (with Ruth Berman)

    Lantana Road Branch Library

    Ruth Berman, activist and subject of the film, will be leading a Q&A discussion after the film. ABOUT THE FILM This award-winning documentary is a coming out story about love, friendship, passion, politics - and a cry for justice that resulted in a landmark LGBT civil lawsuit for domestic partnership benefits. COST: Free PREREGISTRATION REQUESTED Call[masked] - they just want to know how many chairs to set up. PARKING Free in library lot TO CON

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  • BLAST Mixer at Benny's on the Beach

    Benny's on the Beach/Front Bar

    Enjoy an evening of socializing with other women at one of Palm Beach county’s most popular beachfront restaurants. Come alone or with friends - all women welcome! OUR NIGHT The front bar and open-air patio will be available to us for mingling and dancing the night away, with access to the pier and beach for a lovely evening stroll. WHEN YOU ARRIVE Look for Susan MacDonald and Lou Ann (to get your BLAST name tag) in the front bar and on Benny's side porch FOOD & LIBATIONS Two-for-one beers and well drinks all night. Bar menu and full dinner menu also available. Price deals for women with BLAST name tags. PARKING Metered parking in lot. DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM I-95 Exit 61 Lantana Rd. > go east 13.8 miles Follow Lantana Rd > FL A1A N/S Ocean Blvd. Go to metered parking lot > walk to Benny's KIDS & PETS 21 and older. Please leave pets at home. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY First floor, no stairs, on the pier. Most areas are accessible. Contact Susan MacD for more specific details. MORE ABOUT BENNY'S http://bennysonthebeach.com - (561)[masked] - [masked] MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT Susan MacD - [masked] - (917)[masked] MORE ABOUT BLAST Toni Jr. - [masked] Janis - text to[masked] PLEASE TAKE OUR QUICK, ANONYMOUS POLLS http://www.meetup.com/BLASTwpb/polls

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  • BLAST Hearts Night (Cards) at Pizza Girls PBG

    Pizza Girls PGA

    Come play Hearts at Pizza Girls (Palm Beach Gardens) - no previous experience required! Have a nosh - sample the selection of Florida craft beers, wine, and of course non-alcoholic drinks - and enjoy starting your week off laughing in the company of happy women. ABOUT PIZZA GIRLS RESTAURANT Pizza Girls is owned by BLAST members Jennifer and Phoebe - "together in life and all things pizza." This location has a dining room and bar with 73 seats inside and out on the patio. Women can have a sit-down meal, or stand and mingle on the bar side. See food menu here: http://www.pizzagirls.com/palm_beach_gardens.html COST No cover charge or to attend. Bring $$ to order your food and/or drinks. IMPORTANT: Bring money for tips. Plan to leave the standard 15%-20% please. We don't want to cheap out on our servers! ABOUT HEARTS It's a simple card game. Four players per table. Each woman is playing for her own individual score. Your goal is to take the fewest points possible. Each heart is worth 1 point, and the queen of spades is worth 13. If you manage to take all 26 points in a round, this is called "shooting the moon," and you get to subtract 26 points from your total instead, or ::: evil chuckle ::: add 26 points to everyone else's score. TIME & WHAT TO EXPECT Gathering at 6:30pm. Name tags will be given out, so don't be shy. Lesson on how to play Hearts for those who are new to the game. Games will begin whenever four women are available and ready to play. BLAST hosts will be there until at least 8:30. If you want to meet the owners, ask for Jen and/or Phoebe. IF YOU'RE A FAN of HAPPY HOUR Pizza Girls offers Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 3pm-6pm. We encourage everyone to come back and check this out on another day. WHAT TO WEAR Casual - dress to be comfortable PARKING Free in large lot DRIVING DIRECTIONS from I-95 PGA Exit 79B, Military Trail > Merge onto PGA > Turn right onto Military Trail > Turn left onto Garden Lakes > Make a U-turn > Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Military Trail > 10965 North Military Trail DRIVING DIRECTIONS from TURNPIKE PGA Exit 109 > Go east on PGA > Military Trail > 10965 North Military Trail QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS LOCATION? Contact owner Jen - [masked] QUESTIONS ABOUT BLAST Contact Toni Jr. - [masked] PLEASE TAKE OUR QUICK, ANONYMOUS POLLS https://www.meetup.com/BLAST (https://www.meetup.com/BLASTwpb/polls)wpb/polls (https://www.meetup.com/BLASTwpb/polls)

  • BLAST Pie Fest!

    Janis K's Indoor Women's Fest

    Fruit pie, pot pie, ice cream pie, shepherd's pie, pizza pie, calzone, quiche, turtle pie, moon pie ... any kind of pie! We meet for the sheer joy of enjoying pies and conversation together. COST: Free WHAT TO BRING • Whatever you want to drink • Some kind of pie • Write what you're bringing in the comments below PETS None live here WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY First floor, no stairs, small bathroom with narrow door DIRECTIONS from I-95 Blue Heron exit 76 Go east about 3 miles Pass US-1/Federal/Broadway Go over the big Blue Heron bridge Pass Phil Foster, Lake, West Turn left at Park (PNC Bank on corner) Park deadends into our Sugar Sands village Look to the left for building 1201 Come to unit #6 downstairs PARKING PLEASE CARPOOL IF YOU CAN! Sugar Sands is not a gated community. Please park in the cul-de-sac just down the street, or in spots J, A, G, L (remember: "Janis - Always Greetings Lesbians"), or any GUEST spot in the lot next to our building. If you must park at the curb in front of the building, please do not be in the yellow stripe. (We are trying to minimize traffic jams at the front curb. Our elderly neighbors thank you!) QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS EVENT, LOCATION, or BLAST? Contact Toni Jr. at [masked] Or text to Janis at (561)[masked] PLEASE TAKE OUR QUICK, ANONYMOUS POLLS http://www.meetup.com/BLASTwpb/polls

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  • Anti-Racism Workshop: Lessons From the Central Park Five

    Janis K's Indoor Women's Fest

    Anti-racism work: "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." TODAY'S PROGRAM We will watch the Oprah Winfrey/Ava DuVernay special that focuses on the series When They See Us. This will be a springboard for discussing the life-destroying problems people of color have within the justice system, institutional racism, and the critical concerns/fears experienced by women of color compared to white women. WHEN THEY SEE US When They See Us (originally Central Park Five) is a 2019 American drama web television miniseries created, co-written, and directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix, that premiered on May 31, 2019. The series was based on events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case and explores the lives of the five suspects who were prosecuted on charges related to her assault, and on their families. The five juvenile males of color were convicted by juries of various charges of rape, assault, and related crimes in 1990. They were sentenced to maximum terms. After the assailant was identified in 2002 by confession, DNA evidence, and other evidence, the DA's office requested that the court vacate the convictions of the five men (a legal position in which the parties are treated as though no trial has taken place). By that time, all the men had served their sentences. The state withdrew all charges against them from the 1989 case. They filed a suit against the city for wrongful conviction and were awarded a settlement in 2014. COST: Free WHAT TO BRING Whatever you want to drink, and willingness to discuss this difficult subject openly. NOTE ABOUT SEATING If the group is very large, we’ll get cozy - some women may be sitting on the floor on pillows (leaning against furniture) due to limited couch and chair space. KIDS Up to mom. Older girls might understand the themes and politics. PETS None live here. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY First floor, no stairs, small bathroom with narrow door. DIRECTIONS from I-95 Blue Heron exit 76 Go east about 3 miles Pass US-1 (Broadway) Go over the big Blue Heron bridge Pass Phil Foster, Lake, and West Turn left at Park (PNC Bank on corner) Park deadends into our Sugar Sands village Look to the left for building 1201 Come to unit #6 downstairs - first floor PARKING PLEASE CARPOOL IF YOU CAN! Sugar Sands is not a gated community. Park free in the cul-de-sac down the block, or in spots A, G, J, K, L or any GUEST spot (parking lot). We're trying to minimize congestion at the front curb. QUESTIONS ABOUT BLAST? Toni Jr: [masked] PLEASE TAKE OUR QUICK, ANONYMOUS POLLS http://www.meetup.com/BLASTwpb/polls

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