Somehow it’s March already and that means Festival of the Arts, Boca Bacchanal and a very, very special event we wrote about in this month’s magazine—the Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities. This daylong event allows a lot of people who don’t get out much to enjoy a barbecue, boat rides, live entertainment, therapy ponies and service dogs, exhibits and more‑‑and it’s all free. Started by Boca resident and PR guru Jay Van Vechten, who is disabled himself now due to a bad fall some years ago, it is a day many disabled people and their caregivers simply do not ever get to have—and it is drawing more and more people every year. This is the gift of lighthearted fun and freedom and beauty, and we think it’s an event that shines a real light on our community. Jay is still taking donations (did we mention this is free, entirely dependent on donations and NOT sponsored by the city?) so if you want to put your money where your heart is, call the Bash office at 561/715-2622 or mail a check to Boating Beach Bash, P.O. Box 99, Boca Raton, 33429.

Here are the event particulars:

When: Saturday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Spanish River Park, A1A, Boca Raton

Who it celebrates: Kids, adults and VIP Purple Heart recipients with physical and/or intellectual challenges

Check it out: BoatingBeachBash.com or on Facebook at Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities