Snow, ice hockey and ‘Here Comes the Sun’

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I have to say, 2018 was not a year to re­mem­ber fondly. I ac­cept most of the blame. Clearly change is called for. I’m not one for New Year’s res­o­lu­tions, but I think I will use this week­end to set the stage for liv­ing a more self-ac­tu­al­ized ex­is­tence. Here’s my plan …

Do more sled­ding: On Sun­day the Hilton West Palm Beach hosts its in­au­gu­ral Snow Place Like Hilton, with a snow-cov­ered hill, sleds, soups and sand­wiches, choco­late-dipped chur­ros, hot choco­late, hot ap­ple cider and cof­fee (all avail­able in spiked ver­sions, too), beer and cock­tails. Open to the pub­lic, fam­ily sled­ding times are 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with adults-only sled­ding 5-8 p.m. Visit: Face­­tonWestPalmBeach.

Drink more beer ac­cord­ing to their names: South­ern Get daily up­dates on South Florida en­ter­tain­ment and things to do at South and on Twit­ter at @Ben Crandell Cal­i­for­nia’s Stone Brew­ing re­cently re­leased a de­li­ciously pine-y IPA called Sanc­ti­mo­nious. My To­tal Wine was out of it this week, but said more would be com­ing in. We should be able to find it at Whole Foods, ABC Fine Wine & Spir­its and else­where in South Florida. Visit StoneBrew­

Think more about na­ture: I do try to pon­der the fate of in­sects and birds, and by ex­ten­sion, hu­mans. At 6:30 p.m. Fri­day at Books & Books in Coral Gables, artist and ed­u­ca­tor (and for­mer Mi­ami res­i­dent) Al­berto Rey will talk about “Ex­tinct Birds Pro­ject,” a cat­a­log, in prose and art­fully ren­dered im­ages, of 17 birds that have van­ished from the face of the Earth. Jen­nifer Ack­er­man, au­thor of the best seller “The Ge­nius of Birds,” calls Rey’s pho­to­graphs and paint­ings “so full of feel­ing they take your breath away. This is a book to keep around and to give to oth­ers, to re­mind us all of the dis­ap­pear­ance of beloved bird species oc­cur­ring all around us.” Visit Book­, Ex­tinc­tBird­sPro­

See a show at the Arts Garage: Great spot near Del­ray Beach’s At­lantic Av­enue, one of the hottest scenes in South Florida. And it’s been too long since my last


You’ll find dog-friendly beaches up and down the South Florida coast, in­clud­ing the one steps away from the World Fa­mous Par­rot Lounge in Fort Lauderdale, which hosts the Dog­gie Happy Hour ben­e­fit on Fri­day.

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