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Beaux Arts Festival of Art to mark 60th anniversary BY MARIKA LYNCH

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he 60th annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art will bring 240 fine artists to the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami campus, Jan. 8-9. Recognized as one of the top-rated outdoor exhibits of museum-quality fine art, the festival attracts thousands of people annually, offers works in 10 media for a variety of budgets. This year, artists hail from 30 states plus Canada and Israel. Proceeds benefit the Lowe Art Museum, which will be open to the public all weekend. Admission and parking are free. A signature event on the South Florida cultural circuit, the Beaux Arts Festival of Art offers visitors the opportunity to meet exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine and enjoy live entertainment. Kids too can enjoy the family zone, with special entertainment and a “Children’s Art Activity Area” where kids ages 4-12 can make arts and crafts for free.

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Barr y Manilow bringing hits to UM’s BankUnited Center BY ALLISON DOBIN

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egendary musician and performer Barry Manilow has announced a series of first-ever Florida symphony concerts backed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra of Punta Gorda in January. Stretching across five major Florida cities, Manilow will be bringing his greatest hits to the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. The Florida concert series is an entirely exclusive and distinct experience from Manilow’s current critically acclaimed Paris Las Vegas residency shows, BARRY MANILOW –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– and features the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra plus Manilow’s band and exclusive series,” Manilow said. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, cast from his Las Vegas Show. The concerts, produced in partnership with Stiletto the BankUnited Center Box Office, or by Entertainment and BRE Presents, will mark the calling 1-800-745-3000. The BankUnited Center, an 8,000-seat first time Manilow has performed with an multipurpose entertainment facility located orchestral accompaniment in Florida. Recently, Manilow wowed fans in Atlantic on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables City with a one-night-only show backed by campus, hosts concerts, family shows, trade the esteemed New York Pops to a sold-out shows, lecture series, sporting events and the crowd at Caesars Boardwalk Hall. Prior to University of Miami men’s and women’s that, he lit up the Hollywood Bowl in Los basketball teams. For information call 305-284-8686 or visit Angeles, to rave response. “I am thrilled to share the stage with such an online at <www.BankUnitedCenter.com>. The impressive collection of musicians and bring BankUnited Center is located at 1245 Dauer some of my greatest hits to Florida fans for this Dr. in Coral Gables.

GABLES GREAT Schaefer handles challenges as family, community leader BY GLORIA BURNS

For Pam Schaefer the roles of wife, mother and grandmother do not begin to tell the story of this committed community leader and volunteer. Schaefer handles challenges with such calm that working with her is a pleasure. She is a person who inspires all who have the good fortune to work at her side. While very active in the Coral Gables community, Schaefer only recently moved to the City Beautiful. Born in Oxnard, CA, into an Air Force family, Schaefer has lived in Okinawa, Japan as well as Arizona and Virginia. It was not until after her fighter pilot father was killed in 1969 after serving three tours in PAM SCHAEFER Vietnam that her mother moved her and her two brothers and one sister to Miami in 1972, in time for her senior year at Palmetto High School. After graduation, at 17 years old, Schaefer began a 10-year career with the Miami Herald as an Outside

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out the day were exciting games; handson activities; display booths; live demonstrations, and lots of outdoor fun at Camp Choee, headquarters of the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida. The event not only provided a tremendous reward for the volunteers, but also is the ultimate field trip for South Florida’s special needs students. This year, at the invitation of event chair Nancy Little, the Coral Gables Fire Department sent the Fire Safety Trailer, along with mascot Sparky, the Fire Dog. Together Sparky and the other volunteers shared the important message of fire and life safety in a fun, entertaining way with more than 1,200 children in attendance.

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In honor of the 60th anniversary, the festival will launch a children’s coloring book featuring important works from the Lowe’s world collections. For example, gracing the cover of Color the Lowe Art Museum is a work by renowned glass artist William Carlson. Children who attend the festival will receive a copy of the book to color, as will the 500 kids who visit the Lowe each year thanks to festival organizer and volunteer group Beaux Arts. “Like the festival, the coloring book is one more way to draw attention to the Lowe’s cultural importance to this community,” said Morgan Smith, Beaux Arts president. The festival originally was called the “Clothesline Sale,” as Beaux Arts volunteers used clotheslines to display the works of local artists in front of the Lowe. Nearly six decades later, the festival has evolved and is considered one of

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the top outdoor fine art shows in the country. Sponsors for the 60th anniversary festival include Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, Holtz Children’s Hospital, Lowell International Realty, Tony and Sandy Tamer, Bank of New York Mellon, Sabadell United Bank and the MiamiDade Department of Cultural Affairs. Also, the festival presents the annual Student Artist Showcase, featuring more than 300 pieces from Miami-Dade middle and high school students on display inside the Lowe. A portrait by Best in Show winner Fernando Ramos, an 11th grader from the Academy of Arts & Minds Charter School, graces the festival’s poster. A celebration honoring the student art will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Lowe. For more information, visit online at <www.beauxartsmiami.org>.

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Sales Rep. Visiting clients who were car dealers, she met and, in 1980, married husband John, whose family owned and operated Coral Gables Lincoln Mercury (That dealership was sold five years ago after being in business for more than 54 years). Soon after, the couple had three children — two boys and a girl. While volunteering for school and church activities over the years, Schaefer really became immersed in community service when she joined the Coral Gables Woman’s Club in 2000. She was impressed with the great work the club was doing to support a free children’s dental clinic and a variety of other great outreach efforts and wanted to make a difference. She immediately became a star receiving the 2000-01 Best New Member Award and earning a few times over the years the Member of the Year Award. In 2001, she became recording secretary and danced in her first Cabaret show, an annual event the club conducts to raise funds for the clinic, and also chaired an annual Casino Night. Schaefer went on to tackle greater and greater responsibilities co-chairing the 2003-04 Cabaret and then becoming president of the GFWC Coral Gables Jr. Woman’s Club from 2004 to 2007. As president, she focused on a “Spotlight on Bright Smiles” theme focusing on the club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic that provides more than $150,000 in free dental care to Miami-Dade County

children in need. Carrying this a step farther, Schaefer represented the Juniors having won an Operation Smile trip to Fortaleza, Brazil accompanying a group of “Volunteer” doctors, nurses and lay people who go to different countries correcting cleft lip and/or palate (a congenital birth defect of the upper part of the mouth). Her job was to take before and after pictures of the children for their records. She even went into the operating room and took pictures after certain procedures were done. “To see all the children along with their parents hoping desperately to be picked was very heart wrenching,” Schaefer said. In 2006, she took on the dual presidencies of both the GFWC Coral Gables Jr. Woman’s Club and the Coral Gables Woman’s Club as they worked to merge the two clubs into one. In 2007, on Schaefer’s official last day of her presidency, the Coral Gables Woman’s Club and the Junior Woman’s Club officially merged and became one club, now known as the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club Inc. During that time she also served as a tireless volunteer and secretary of the newly formed Community Foundation of Pinecrest before moving to the Gables. She is one of those people who fearlessly takes on more than most people ever consider and does it all with a smile.


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Woman’s Club finishes year with directors party Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club finished off the year with a party for the board of directors at the new Gables home of John Schaefer and club past president P a m Schaefer. It was a night that featured a gift exchange and an amazing gourmet dinner prepared by Sandy Schaefer, whose culinary school training certainly paid off well. Among the many enjoying the evening were club president Linda Hartwell, Carmen Suarez, Barbara Lapsley, Susie Tilson, Sabrina Perez-King, Patricia Hendon, Dorothy Thomson, Nancy DesMangles, and Sandra Rodriguez, to mention a few.

Gables Rotary president Sally Baumgartner presents featured luncheon speaker, football great Dick Anderson, with a thank you gift at the Dec. 23 meeting.

Members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Board of Directors are seen here at the board’s holiday party hosted by past president Pam and John Schaefer in their new Coral Gables home.

In the spirit of the season, the Miami Dolphins teamed with Feeding South Florida (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) to conduct two food drives to fight hunger at the Dec. 19 and Dec. 26 games. Kudos to the Dolphins and all those other organizations and businesses helping those less fortunate in these difficult times for so many. Speaking of the Miami Dolphins, fans who recall the 1972 “Perfect Season” will want to be at Jungle Island on Jan. 12 for the Roast and Tribute honoring Manny Fernandez. This fundraising event will benefit the Touchdown Club’s charitable foundation’s Operation Scholarship programs and other charitable activities. Co-chairing the event will be Dick Anderson, also a member of the perfect season team, with one of this writer’s favorite Gators and former Dolphin receiver,

Nat Moore. Touchdown Club president John Steinbauer promises a great event with guests flying in to attend including NFL Hall of Fame member L a r ry Csonka, the fullback who along with Jim Kick was the team’s Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid. L a r ry Little, another Hall of Famer, also is scheduled to be on the dais to roast his friend Manny. The fun starts with cocktails at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. Those wanting to sit with one of the numerous celebrities may do so with a table sponsorship starting at $2,500. For more information, contact John R. Steinbauer by email at <John@steinbauer.com>, 305-477-1815 or go online to <www.mannyroast.com>. Most recently, Dick Anderson was the guest speaker for the Dec. 23 meeting of the

Rotary Club of Coral Gables during which he covered a variety of football and stadium related topics to a captivated audience. Anderson is one of many notable speakers featured at this club’s weekly Thursday luncheon meetings held at the Westin Colonnade Hotel in the Gables. A big round of applause for Mario Cristobal and the FIU football team on their first bowl game appearance and spectacular last-second 34-32 win over Toledo on Dec. 26 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. What a great way to end the season for this hometown team. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <gloriagalburns@aol.com>.

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West Lab’s Food Drive benefits local charities

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The students of Henry S. West Laboratory Elementary School conducted a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the CHARLEE Homes for Children and the St. Alban Child Enrichment Center. The culminating event took place on Nov. 18 when all the classes created decorated baskets that were delivered to the organizations for distribution. West Lab’s dedicated teachers, along with PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) headed

by presidents Jana Hertz and Vicki Berg as well as vice president Lucy Paine, had been organizing the event as part of the school’s annual community service projects. “Our annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive is my favorite school-wide activity because it gives our students an opportunity to experience giving to those who are less fortunate,” said school principal Barbara Soto-Pujadas. More than 50 baskets were created and distributed for the families to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Somerset Academy Gables students donate books for patients at MCH BY SUZANNE SCHMIDT

The students of Somerset Academy Gables public charter school in Coral Gables performed an act of kindness to

help children in need during November by donating more than 75 books to Miami Children’s Hospital’s Michael Fux Family Center Library. Five Somerset students from grades

Pre-K-3 to Second Grade were selected by their peers to make the donation in person following a book drive held by the school throughout a week in September. The participating students, who were chosen to make the official donation based on being named the “kindest and most helpful” in their classrooms, enjoyed a tour of the facility and library, and learned about the importance of helping the children in their community. The books, which were donated generously by parents and students of Somerset Gables, included Fancy Nancy, Goodnight Moon, Clifford and Nursery Rhymes, among others. “It is very important for us to teach children about helping others,” said Suzette

Ruiz, principal of Somerset Academy Gables. “There is a strong message in providing children with the gift of reading, and our school is very proud to have contributed to giving back to our community.” The Miami Children’s Hospital’s Michael Fux Family Center, which opened in October 2009, makes families feel more at home while their children are hospitalized. The 4,560-square-foot facility provides basic comforts such as showers and laundry facilities, to stress relievers including a small workout gym and massage room, a movie theater, children’s library and family entertainment facilities. For more information about Somerset Academy Coral Gables, visit online at <www.somersetgables.com>.

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Judge Robert L. DubĂŠ has been named as the new chair of the board of trustees of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based not for-profit healthcare organization in the region. Judge DubĂŠ is a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Judge DubĂŠ is a respected leader who has served Baptist Health for many years in a variety of board positions,â&#x20AC;? said Brian E. Keeley, Baptist Health president and CEO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He stands for everything that is the culture of quality at Baptist Health and is uniquely qualified to work with other volunteer board members to guide our mission of caring for the community.â&#x20AC;? Judge DubĂŠ has been a member of the Baptist Health Board for 15 years. In addition, he served as chairman of the South Miami Hospital Board for 18 years. He first joined the South Miami Hospital Board in 1974. Judge DubĂŠ also was a director of Baptist Health Enterprises and Baptist Outpatient Services boards, and served on a wide range of committees. A graduate of the University of Miami Law School, he started his legal career with the firm of Dixon DeJarnette Bradford Williams McKay and Kimbrell. He later served as corporate counsel for Avis RentA-Car System before starting his own firm, DubĂŠ and Wright. Members of all Baptist Health Boards serve voluntarily and without compensation and comply with a rigorous conflict of interest policy.

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14th Jewish Film Festival coming to Cosford Cinema BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

Can an ex-con find redemption by coaching an upstart Orthodox Jewish baseball team? Humor hits a home run over bigotry and self-doubt in The Yankles, a heart-warming film that opens the CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the University of Miami’s Bill Cosford Cinema. A washed-up former pro player is sentenced to mandatory community service, and soon discovers that the only people willing to give him a second chance are equally desperate yeshiva students on a quest to start their own baseball team. “The lineup of films scheduled for the opening weekend at the Cosford, have a thread of commonality that reveals modern history as seen through the eyes of young people,” said Ellen Wedner, festival director. “The feel-good comedy, The Yankles, uses humor to challenge tradition, while other films balance tolerance, identity and family issues to create powerful and poignant stories.” Inside Hana’s Suitcase is a mystery told through the voices of children from Japan,

Canada and Czechoslovakia. It begins with the delivery of a battered suitcase to the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center, and follows the center’s quest to find out about Hana Brady, a name painted on the case. As the information unfolds, the young storytellers chronicle 60 years of history, and weave the past to the present. The film is recommended for age 10 and up. A special discussion follows the screening. The Israeli film Eli and Ben tells the story of a mischievous 12-year-old who is preoccupied with playing tricks on his teachers and on his crush, who is the most popular girl in class. His life abruptly changes when his father, Ben (actor Lior Ashkenazi, Late Marriage, Walk On Water), the city architect, is arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes. Eli is certain of his father’s innocence and sets out to convince the police inspector in charge of the investigation, that his father is wrongly accused. “An Arab, a Jew, a Chinese and a Philippine walk to school…” — sounds like the beginning of an old joke, but that is not the case. In the Israeli documentary, World Class Kids, these are some of the

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they conspire to replace her with an überathlete, who years later is revealed to be a man. The film explores the tenuous friendship between two outsiders who find themselves in unimaginable circumstances. The festival continues through Sunday, Jan. 30, with films screenings at the Regal Cinema South Beach and the Sunrise Cinema Intracoastal Mall. Tickets for the CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival, except for opening and closing nights, are $11, general admission; $9, seniors/ students, and $7, Film Society members. A $118 Fast Pass provides entry into all films. Film Society members receive discounts on tickets and Fast Passes and advance festival ordering. This program is presented with the support of the City of Coral Gables. For complete movie listings and to purchase tickets, log on to <www.miamijewishfilmfestival.com> or call 1-888-585FILM (3456).


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Good prices, selection define Treehouse Wine and Spirits BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Treehouse Wine and Spirits has a broad selection of wine and spirits at a good price. Store manager Austin Peters takes care when selecting wines and spirits to ensure that his prices are competitive. He also personally selects the wines and spirits to guarantee the best quality and best tasting wines and spirits are available in the store. Peters is a wine lover who hails from Annapolis, MD. He was a literature major in college who worked in the restaurant industry. He worked with a chef who sparked his interest in wines. “I’d always loved beer,” Peters said. “I had done a lot of home brewing.” He found wine fascinating and began studying it, including reading as much as he could and learning through wine tastings. “When I graduated school I couldn’t take the cold anymore,” he said. “I happened across this wine and spirits store. It was on Lejeune and Ponce de Leon.” Peters became the manager and was given carte blanche to organize the store as he saw fit. “In two and a half years, we’ve brought in more wines,” he said. “We’ve paid very close attention to what wine we have in here. We go through the steps of tasting and compar-

Treehouse Wine and Spirits manager Austin Peters is pictured in front of the store.

ing prices. I’ve tasted just about every bottle we have in the store.” The store later moved to 233 Aragon Ave., just east of Books and Books. Peters instituted a policy of not buying something he knows can be gotten significantly cheaper elsewhere. So if the distributor is giving stores a discount to buy 60 cases, he passes by that deal. “I’m very aggressive and specific about what I’m carrying,” he said. “We have really

good prices.” The advantage he has at a smaller shop such as Treehouse is that the shop can be a bit more focused in what it carries. That means he does not have to carry high production wines. He believes that the taste on high production wines can be inconsistent and taste is of paramount importance. “The only wines you’ll find here are small production wines,” he said. Still, there are plenty of reasonably priced

wines that he can recommend. “I have a pretty large selection of excellent table wines, $7 to $10 a bottle,” he said. He checks wine rating services to learn about wines, using only those services that don’t accept advertising, believing that the ratings from those services are unbiased since they aren’t reliant on the ad revenue from wine companies. “I really only carry wines that have a good rating from them, a 90 or better,” he said. He also only carries wines that he likes, finding it easier to talk about wines that he considers good instead of just trying to make a sale. As far as spirits, Treehouse has the wellestablished liquors such as Grey Goose, Johnny Walker Black and Bacardi. “But then I also make it a point to carry a bit harder to find labels,” Peters said. “Like Tuthilltown Spirits. They make small batch whiskeys out of New York State. I carry a good representation of both sides of the market from lesser known brands to more established brands.” Treehouse has an email club to let customers know about events at the store, including bi-weekly tastings. Information also is posted on Twitter. They recently did a tasting of single malt whiskey, and a rum tasting is planned. For information call 305-461-1873.


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The Shops at Sunset Place, one of South Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading retail and entertainment destinations, continues to improve its retail mix by providing more great options, including the addition of CasaIdeasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first U.S. location. Specializing in stylish and affordable home dĂŠcor, CasaIdeas stocks more than 500 new items every three weeks or more than 10,000 original products, yearly. From festive dinner plates to cozy rugs and blankets, CasaIdeas offers shoppers everything that they could want and more, helping them to create a space that is fun, creative and uniquely theirs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to welcome CasaIdeasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first location in the United States to our popular collection of retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues,â&#x20AC;? said Alein Cadalso, mall manager at the Shops at Sunset Place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shops at Sunset Place continues to be a vibrant part of the Miami community offering great shopping, dining and a place to meet.â&#x20AC;?

For more information about Casaideas, visit online at <www.casaideas.com>. The Shops at Sunset Place is an open-air shopping venue that features a majestic waterfall and cascading fountain amidst a dramatic grand staircase. The mall is located at the intersection of S. Dixie Highway (US1) and Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) in South Miami and is managed by Simon Property Group Inc. The Shops at Sunset Place offers a lineup of dining and entertainment venues, including AMC 24 Sunset Place with IMAX, Color Me Mine, Cool-de-Sac Play CafĂŠ, Dan Marinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Gameworks, and Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge. In addition, the Shops at Sunset Place is home to leading retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters, Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble Superstore, Forever 21, Hollister Co., Gap/Gap Kids, Niketown, Pottery Barn, Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret, Urban Outfitters, and Z-Gallerie. Additional information is available at <www.simon.com>.

 

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens seeking Volunteer Guides Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami’s extraordinary European-inspired estate on Biscayne Bay, will be hosting an open house on Jan. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., for volunteers interested in providing meaningful and interactive experiences for visitors by leading tours. Vizcaya is located at 3251 S. Miami Ave. New Volunteer Guides training is scheduled for every Tuesday, Jan. 18-Mar. 1, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and attendance at all seven sessions is required to become a Volunteer Guide. Benefits of being a Volunteer Guide include complimentary daytime admission to the museum, discounts on select Vizcaya public programs and in the Café and Shop, on-going training opportunities and materials, and camaraderie. Volunteer Guides will be selected based on an application and interview process during this open house. A completed application should be received no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 4. For more information, send email to <VolunteerGuides@vizcayamuseum.org>. TEMPLE BETH TOV-AHAVAT SHALOM WELCOMES ROSH CHODESH SHEVAT Enjoy a delicious catered dinner on

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS Jan.7, 7 p.m., as the Temple Beth TovAhavat Shalom, 6438 SW Eighth St., welcomes Rosh Chodesh Shevat (beginning of the new month of Shevat). The cost for the dinner is $18 per person and there is no charge for children. Following dinner is the Friday night service beginning at 8:15 p.m. For RSVP information, call Benno at 786-223-7757. THE FALLS STARTS NEW YEAR WITH ‘FAMILY FRIDAYS’ MUSIC SERIES A series of free performances dedicated to celebrating music from around the world will take place on Friday, Jan. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St. The first in the “Family Fridays” music series is Dyanna, a talented and entertaining Latin pop singer with unique vocals. Call The Falls at 305-255-4571 or

visit online at <www.simon.com> for more event information. MIAMI-DADE PARK’S DEPARTMENT TO HOST FREE KITE-MAKING EVENT Learn the art of kite making from kite crafters representing Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad on Jan. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave. This free event, presented by Skyward Kites will include music and demonstrations of stunning artistry. The kite workshop is open to all ages and kite-building kits will be available for a nominal fee of $5. Participants also have the option of bringing along their own kitebuilding materials — paper, dowel sticks, bamboo and hardware are suggested. For information about the kite workshop and other Skyward Kite activities at Haulover Park, contact Dan Ward at Skyward Kites at 1-303-893-0906. For directions and information about Haulover Park, call 305-947-3525. DR. SIDNEY INDGIN, MD TO PRESENT ‘FROM KENDALL TO KENYA’ AT CLUB The New Neighbors Club of South Dade, a 60-year-old social club that originated with Welcome Wagon, will present the program “From Kendall to Kenya,” featuring local board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sidney Indgin, MD, on Jan. 12 at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr., beginning at 11:30 a.m. This program will be presented at the monthly luncheon. Cost of the luncheon is $24 and reservations are required. Call Barbara Richards at 305-595-8631.

LIBRARY SEEKING VOLUNTEER TUTORS FOR PROJECT L.E.A.D. The Miami-Dade Public Library System is seeking volunteer adult-literacy tutors for Project LEAD (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade) during a free workshop on Jan.15, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St. This free, confidential one-on-one tutoring program will assist adult learners in basic reading and writing. Attendees must bring a picture ID for required fingerprinting and background check. For more information, or to register, send email to <projectlead@mdpls.org> or call 305-375-5323. CHINESE ACROBATS COMING TO HOMESTEAD ON JAN. 7 The famous Golden Dragon Acrobats from China will perform in Homestead on Friday, Jan. 7, as part of the Homestead Community Concerts 2010-11 season. The 35-40 acrobats, direct from Hebei, China will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the new South Dade High auditorium. Their tradition began more than 27 centuries ago, and they have appeared in all 50 states and 65 different countries on five continents. This is an opportunity to see these world famous performers for the cost of a season ticket at $50 for this and the next two performances or for the single ticket price of $25. Lots of free parking is available and there is handicap access. For more information, call 305-235-8818 or 305-253-6620, or visit online at <www.homesteadconcerts.com>.


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FNBSM celebrates opening of new office in The Falls

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First National Bank of South Miami (FNBSM) recently conducted an office warming party to celebrate the opening of its new Falls Office, located at 8941 SW 136 St. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is really a special event for our bank, this is our third office in Miami-Dade County,â&#x20AC;? said Bruce Wirtz MacArthur, chair of the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The shareholders and the board of directors look forward to the great opportunities that this additional location brings to us.â&#x20AC;? The bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president, Drew A. Dammeier, addressed the group and expressed heartfelt thanks for the efforts of the many people whose hard work made the opening a reality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are extremely fortunate to have a team like the one we have at FNBSM,â&#x20AC;?

Dammeier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vast experience of our officers is invaluable in helping to guide the bank as we fulfill our mission of providing superior financial services to the community with an emphasis on professionalism.â&#x20AC;? First National Bank of South Miami was able to take possession of the space on Nov. 1, 2010 and open its doors for business just seven days later with everything newly renovated. With assets of $370 million, First National Bank of South Miami offers a wide variety of personal and commercial banking services, including investment, trust, and estate planning, as well as a complete suite of cash management services. For more information and to speak to one of the professionally trained bankers, visit the website at <www.fnbsm.com> or call 305-667-5511.

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Need a New Year’s Resolution? Consider Finding a Financial Advisor. I wantt to o startt shopping forr a financiall advisor.. What should d I bee looking g for? Someone you can trust and feel comfortable with. A person who has several years of experience in both good and bad times. A well educated person. Someone who really listens to both the husband and the wife. Someone who provides objective advise to you and who is legally and morally obligated to serve your best interest at all times. Someone who does not have a sales quota of investment products to sell to you. Someone who has malpractice insurance for your protection. Someone who is regulated and supervised by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). Someone who is not a sales rep but an actual money manager. How w manyy financiaal advisorss should dI interview? The more the better, but make sure you ask the same questions to each one. Ask for their credentials, experience, investment process, references and code of ethics. I suggest that you talk to each advisor one on one. Consider talking to at least 3 advisors before you decide.

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Special Christmas party brings holiday cheer to Haitian kids Miami Jewish Health Systems (MJHS), one of South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest providers of comprehensive healthcare, helped spread Christmas cheer to a group of children affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti by hosting a special Christmas party for them on Dec. 22, 2010. At the party, which marked the first Christmas since the January 2010 tragedy, MJHS staff/residents joined Miami Heat mascot Burnie and City of Miami Mayor TomĂĄs Regalado in handing out dozens of toys, including bicycles, to a group of more than 25 children who were evacuated from the island nation after the disaster.


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Secret passion for fashion becomes her lingerie line BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Coral Gables resident Priscilla Codinach, now better known as Priscilla Jade, is an innovative lingerie designer who has a line of smart and sexy garments available in several area boutiques and online as well. Codinach, who attended St. Brendan Catholic High School, which has a fairly conservative dress code, has just launched her latest collection called “Noir,” which is a line of mix and match pieces — all in black. At one point she thought she might become a medical professional, but she followed her heart and ended up with a surprising and creative business. Although she surprised everyone, including herself, the roots of her interest in feminine fashion reach back to her childhood. “My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was 8,” Jade said. “I wanted to make my Halloween costumes every year. I created projects from anything I could find in the house. When I started college I originally wanted to do something in the healthcare field, but something triggered when I left for fashion school.” The lingerie angle also was a natural

Priscilla Jade is pictured in her workshop with some of her projects. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– extension of her childhood experiences and formed in these costumes with ruffles and was shaped by her early observations. bows,” Jade said. “I found a similarity “When I was young I danced and per- between my costumes and the things I found in my mother’s lingerie drawer. I put two and two together and realized the sassy coy attitude women had when wearing these outfits. I couldn’t wait to wear lingerie.” Born in Alabama, there is a trace of Southern Belle in her personality and in her approach to life and fashion design, but she also is all about women’s empowerment and feeling great in lingerie on its own merits, not just to please a man. While some of her pieces are very sexy, others are aimed more at the perfect amount of sexiness for women’s everyday wear. Jade also does custom bridal lingerie by appointment. “Being sexy is timeless,” Jade said. “A Priscilla Jade woman is classic and confident. Some can consider fancy lingerie a lux-

ury, as it should feel on the skin. However, I believe that over the years, with the struggle to maintain a lifestyle, that what I create is accessible and affordable for every woman.” Having come a long way from her high school days, Jade works hard on her creative venture, and has even gotten interest from Vogue magazine and Ocean Drive based on her latest collection. But that hasn’t kept her from being a big supporter of the community, working closely with the Get Styled Give Smiles Holiday Campaign, Toys for Tots, Hands on Miami and other worthwhile causes. Besides her current designs, Jade keeps trying out new ideas and hopes to expand her collections to include other members of the family. “I design with all elements of getting a good night’s sleep,” Jade said. “My collections include comfortable loungewear items and corsets with tie-side panties. I will be designing a men’s line in the near future and creating a sleepwear line for children. “I have built amazing relationships with boutiques all over Miami. I have learned so much from the women who dress real women with real budgets. You can visit the website and find a listing once the new collection is available at retail stores.” Jade said she is enjoying the ride on which her passion for fashion is taking her. Even interviews are more fun than she thought. “I thought I would freeze up with interview questions,” she said. “When the interviews are over, whether they are in person or though email, I surprise myself with my answers. I have been designing for many years and love being able to talk about what I do. Relating to my customers about my passion and drive means so much to me. It’s made me who I am today and pushed me to where I want to be.” For more information visit her website at <www.LingeriebyPJ.com>. She’s also on Facebook and Twitter.

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Red Cross names winners of 2010 Spectrum Awards

Pictured are (l-r) Phillis Oeters, Spectrum Awards Luncheon chair with eight of the 11 spectrum awards winners: Debra Scholl, Mona Adams, Cristina L. Hernandez, Bella Goldstein, Mayda Cisneros, Kimberly Wilson, Andrea Ivory and Rochelle Baer. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY CHRYSTIAN TEJEDOR

The American Red Cross announced the winners of 2011 American Red Cross Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women during a November cocktail reception at the Kelley Roy Gallery. Eleven women were honored for their exceptional work in improving our community in many ways. They serve as examples of the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Unity, Neutrality, Universality and Voluntary Service. The ladies will receive the 18th Annual Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards during a luncheon in their honor on Feb. 3 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami. The 2011 Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women Honorees are: BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Philanthropy Award, Tracy Mourning; Rosalind Ludwig Chairmen’s Award, Yolanda Berkowitz;

Cervera Real Estate Ambassador Award, Alex Villoch; Bank of America Cultural Award, Debra Scholl; J.N. McArthur Foundation Education Award, Rochelle Baer; Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra Entrepreneurial Award, Mayda Cisneros; Baptist Health of South Florida Healthcare Award, Andrea Ivory; Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Hospitality Award, Kimberly Wilson; The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation Volunteerism Award, Bella Goldstein; Barbara Nelson Red Cross Service Award, Mona Adams, and Swanee and Paul DiMare Youth Award, Cristina Hernandez. For more information about the Spectrum Award and the luncheon, go online to <www.southfloridaredcross.org/events>. For more information about the Red Cross, visit online at <www.southfloridaredcross.org>.

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Florida Renaissance Festival returns for second conquest

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BY JOSE BOZA

After a year away from pillaging their village, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella rejoice with joy over regaining their kingdom in Miami as the Florida Renaissance Festival returns for a second conquest at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami. The Miami festival weekend dates are Jan. 15 to 23, including Monday, Jan. 17, for Martin Luther King Day. “Last year, we were welcomed with open arms by Miami,” said Bobby Rodriguez, executive producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “Now we want to continue the tradition of having the Florida Renaissance Festival in Miami for years to come at Virginia Key Beach Park by our commitment to bringing new and exciting shows every year for our event goers.” With the Florida Renaissance Festival returning to Miami, along come new and exciting acts combined with last year’s favorites to delight event attendees throughout the festival. These include: Gabriel Q — bizarre and hilarious big puppets and stilt characters that consist of Giant Butterfly, Caterpillar, Baby and The Queen of Hearts on her high white horse and many more. Faire Stories represents the blending of the magic and enchantment of traditional fairy tales, the joy and exuberance of Broadway music, and the unique interactive experience offered by Renaissance faires. Peter Suarez, aka “Manolete,” a worldrenowned dancer brings his many styles for the Miami show. He had the distinction of being the only dancer ever hired to perform

a live solo with the Gipsy Kings at Radio City Music Hall. The Tortuga Twins are a multi-talented team boasting an extensive performance background with more than 30 years of comedic audience participation and improv experience to entertain all and much more. This 16th Century production features more than 100 costumed performers, five stages with continuous entertainment and acts from around the world. During the family-themed weekends, guests will enjoy jousting tournaments three times a day, hearty food, human powered rides and games for children that include the World’s Largest Rocking Horse, Giant Chess, Barrel Rides, and games of strength and skill. The festivities will feature historical reenactments, sword fights, magical illusions and an abundance of authentic fare from freshly made kettle corn to roasted giant turkey legs, which can be washed down with a swig of mead or ale. The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the national, award winning Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural opportunity by making Renaissance history come to life for both children and adults. The event is hosted by the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The Florida Renaissance Festival at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to sunset. Prices are $20 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-11 years old; children 5 and under are free. Pre-show discount tickets are available online at <www.ren-fest.com>.

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An introduction to Judaism for children of unaffiliated families

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Local interior designer featured in new book BY LEE STEPHENS

Children from Kindergarten–8th Grade will discover the treasure of Judaism — from values to vocabulary, stories and holidays, tastes and sounds.

Five Saturdays 10:30 am–Noon beginning January 29th This program is open to all children in the community. Temple membership is not required.

For registration or information, contact Joy Schandler, 305.667.6667 ext. 123, or email jschandler@tbam.org.

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in a home located in a northern suburb of Chicago, or the coziness of a ski lodge creatSandi Samole, a Pinecrest resident, and her ed in a Florida residence. Samole and her company S&B Interiors Inc. are featured in design team have completed a long list of the 100 Florida Architects and Interior projects throughout Florida, Chicago, Boston, Designers hardcover book edited by Damir Colorado and Maine. Sinovcic with a forward by Beth Dunlop. Samole has been named a Designer of the 100 Florida Architects and Interior Year by the Interior Design Guild of South Designers is a 460-page volume with stun- Florida and awarded the Design Spectrum ning full color images that offers Award for a Transitional a fascinating insight into the curResidence over 5,000 square feet rent work of Florida’s creative by the American Society of design professionals. This is a Interior Designers. In addition, striking compendium of designer her work has been published in portfolios. numerous magazines and books Published by Design Book, the throughout the world. book presents the work of creative Samole is a past president of design professionals whose the Interior Design Guild of diverse backgrounds and design South Florida, the Interior philosophies are shaping Florida’s Design Association of Florida guilt environment. The book and has devoted countless hours showcases a vibrant cross-section to community service receiving of work that includes single-famiSandi Samole ly homes, high-rise offices, luxury –––––––––––––––– the Jerry Shane Humanitarian condominiums, hospitals, churches, muse- Award for her efforts. ums, sports arenas, college campuses, airports Interior Design and Space Planning is an and entire cities. art that takes years of experience and a wide Samole, an award-winning interior designer, variety of projects to perfect. Samole’s portfohas headed her design firm for 30 years. Two lio is not limited to residential projects as it of her projects are featured in the book. Her includes synagogues, churches, retail stores, philosophy is one of creating a living sculpture building renovations, professional offices and for her clients regardless of the style of furnish- healthcare facilities. ings they prefer. Incorporated into her design For all your home or office design needs, work are detailed accessories and art. From the her firm can take you from “Concept to blueprint stage to completion, she always is Completion.” The creation of unique yet looking for ways of bringing function to the art functional environments is the main thrust of her design philosophy. with which she enjoys working. Samole, along with her design team, proAs a designer who has worked nationwide, Samole believes interior design should not be vides great customer service to go along with limited by the location of a project. Each their design skills. This service orientation client is entitled to the surroundings and takes the stress out of the building, remodellifestyle they are comfortable with regardless ing or furnishing process. For more information or pictures of projof where their home or office is located. Through the use of textures, colors, fabrics, ects, contact S&B Interiors Inc. by calling appropriate furniture and art the feeling of the 305-661-1577 or sending email to warmth of Miami in January can be created <sandi@sandbinteriors.com>.

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Cruise on Allure of the Seas raises $1.3M for United Way BY YANET OBARRIO SANCHEZ

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Authors to discuss latest in Magic Tree House series BY ELIZABETH ZAJAC

In the newest addition to the perennially bestselling and trusted Magic Tree House series, Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House Books for Young Readers on sale Jan. 11, $12.99), the beloved brother-sister duo Jack and Annie are transported to India to complete their new mission. Releasing simultaneously is the nonfiction companion research guide, Magic Tree House Research Guide #23: Snakes and Other Reptiles by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (Random House Books for Young Readers on sale Jan. 11, $4.99), with illustrations in both by Sal Murdocca. In support of the books’ publication,

A Crazy Day with Cobras

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the bestselling Magic Tree House Research Guides and a seasoned traveler. She lived in Ireland and Germany for several years before moving to Mexico, where she lived for 10 years. She now lives in Stockbridge, MA, in a 175-yearold house where she spends her time reading, writing, gardening, listening to music, and visiting with her sister, Mary, who lives nearby. Sal Murdocca has illustrated more than 200 children’s trade and textbooks. He also is a librettist for children’s opera, a video artist, and an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, as well as a children’s illustration teacher at the Parsons School of Design. He lives in New York.

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sion for reading. With the recent launch of the entire Magic Tree House series in ebook form (June 2010), the series is available in the now-customary three platforms—print, audio, and digital. Teachers and kids can experience even more of the Magic Tree House fun on the all-new comprehensive website MagicTreeHouse.com, which launched in November 2010. Mary Pope Osborne is the critically acclaimed author of all the Magic Tree House books and numerous other novels, picture books, and nonfiction titles. She currently works with her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce, on the nonfiction companion titles to the Magic Tree House books. Mary lives in Goshen, CT, with her husband. Will. Natalie Pope Boyce is the coauthor of

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Celtic Cultural Series presents Tales from the Irish Club author BY JOHN KANE

“almost really happened.” He developed the curriculum for the The Celtic Cultural Series presents Tales Creative Writing Department at the from the Irish Club, a discussion by the University of Miami and in honor of his 50 author, Lester Goran, on Sunday afternoon, years of teaching the university developed Jan. 9, 4 p.m., in the the Goran Writing Series, Upstairs Room of which includes some of the JohnMartin’s Irish great authors he has taught. Restaurant, 253 Miracle All Celtic Cultural Mile in Coral Gables. Series events are free and Goran grew up in an Irish open to all. Ample parking neighborhood of Pittsburgh. is available on Miracle Although he is not of Celtic Mile and in the city parking ancestry, his colleagues garage behind describe him as “more Irish JohnMartin’s, accessible than the Irish.” from Aragon Avenue. Tales from the Irish Club The Celtic Cultural Series is a collection of short stois produced by the St. ries that the New York Times Patrick’s Day Committee described as some of the Inc. with the support of the Lester Goran, author liveliest fiction in the counCity of Coral Gables, try. The club in the title Miami-Dade County refers to a lodge of the Ancient Order of Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Hibernians in his neighborhood and Goran Affairs Council, Mayor and Miami-Dade claims that the things he wrote about Board of County Commissioners.

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Chris Dean’s 3D exhibit making debut at Harold Golen Gallery

Black Cherry Grenadine, 36by 46-inch, 3D lenticular (2010)

BY LEE STEPHENS

Harold Golen Gallery has announced the latest solo exhibition featuring the work of artist Chris Dean. “Transylvania” is a series of 3D lenticular images that reflect on ideas of transformation and acceptance in the context of Detroit’s troubled landscape. The show opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 8, with a live musical performance by the Gold Dust Lounge. ”Transylvania” is an exhibit that uses the unusual medium of lenticular holography to create multi-layered, hypercolor images with stunning depth and motion qualities. Dean uses this process to create illusions that make objects appear to levitate from the surface of the image and shimmer and move as viewers walk by. Although lenticular images have a 50-year history of kitsch and commercialism, the technology is used by Dean in an exciting way that takes full advantage of the medium’s potential. The content focuses on Dean’s relationship with the troubled city of Detroit and the

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