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Put those resolutions into action at Health & Fitness Fair BY GARY ALAN RUSE

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almetto Bay residents who made New Year’s resolutions relating to health and fitness issues will have a chance to turn those words into positive actions at the village’s first annual Health & Fitness Fair at Coral Reef Park. A variety of information providers will participate in the free event that runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, according to Mary Shie Fernandez, village program and events coordinator, who says it’s for the whole family. “This is an event for grandparents down to young children,” Fernandez said. “There’s something for everybody.” She said that the notion of putting on an all-encompassing event for fitness and health topics was a natural development after many separate programs. “Throughout the year we hear from different health organizations, non-profit groups and others about various health and fitness issues,” Fernandez said. “We thought it would be a really neat idea to pull all those components together and provide a platform for them so the organizations could get their word out, and at

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Village to celebrate Arbor Day with poster contest, free trees BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Economic Development Council announces new chair, vice chair BY LEE STEPHENS

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n Palmetto Bay this January Arbor Day won’t just be a date on the calendar, it will be an opportunity for students to participate in a poster contest and for residents to get a free tree for their yard. Mary Shie Fernandez, village program and events coordinator, explained how they have made an effort to get everyone involved in this two-day event set for Jan. 20 and 21. “There are two components,” Fernandez said. “One is the poster contest. We reached out to all the Palmetto Bay Elementary schools, both private and public. We’re asking the fifth graders. I think fifth grade is a good age because they’re really starting Councilmember Howard Tendrich (back row, left) welcomes to understand the impact of Palmetto Bay residents Hal Feldman (back center), Feldman’s Arbor Day on their community wife Judy (back right), daughter Emma (front center), and son and trees, and it gives them an Andrew (front right) to 2011’s free tree giveaway. (Photo by Bill Kress) opportunity to be a part of –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– something special. The theme for this year is ‘Trees Are will get a visit from the council,” Terrific.’” Fernandez said. “They’ll do the tree Fernandez said that the poster entries planting there, to award the winning will be turned in by Jan. 13, will be school. We are so committed to always judged by the village’s Tree Board, and try to be greener, to be a ‘tree city.’ the winner will be announced on the village website on Tuesday, Jan. 17. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See page 6 “Then on the 20th the winning school

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Garden Club’s third holiday party draws good turnout Pictured (l-r) are Candy McDonald, Garden Club president; Georgia Bohn, special events, and Jan Gautney, publicity.

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The Palmetto Bay Garden Club celebrated its third annual holiday party on Dec. 19 with more than 67 members and guests attending. Held at the home of Guillermo and Candy Cancio-Bella, guests included Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stancyzk, Vice Mayor Brian Pariser and Councilmembers Howard Tendrich and Joan Lindsey. Club president Candy McDonald reported that the group of gardening enthusiasts has been busily at work on a special effort for the community. “The club’s current project for the village is the entrance to Coral Reef Park Tennis Center,” McDonald said. “Committee members Sharon Kujawa, Ines Mander, Henry Clifford, Bev Gerald

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and myself have been working closely with the village’s parks personnel regarding this project. The planting for this project should take place in early January.” The Palmetto Bay Garden Club is open to all gardening and non-gardening residents. “Our speaker for Jan. 24 will be Gabriele Marewski, master gardener and owner of Paradise Farms,” McDonald said. “Gabriele grows gourmet vegetables and will discuss the seasonal timing of planting as well as the ins and outs of planting successful kitchen vegetables.” The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room in the library building at Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Rd. For information contact Candy McDonald via email at <candymcdonald@bellsouth.net>.

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Free Black Violin concert set at SMDCAC, Jan. 15 BY NICOLLE NOEL UGARRIZA

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) in Cutler Bay and CultureShockMiami.com present Black Violin, a free concert on Sunday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m., sponsored in part by TD Bank. Students, ages 13-22, may get tickets through <www.cultureshockmiami.com>. The general public may obtain a voucher to exchange for up to four tickets per person. For information on vouchers contact the SMDCAC Box Office at 786-573-5300 or visit online at <www.smdcac.org> for more information. To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres. But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they are nothing but ingredients. Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists along with their deejay and drummer, are redefining the music world-one string at a time. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending

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the classical with the modern to create something rare, a sound that nobody has ever heard, but that everybody wants to feel. Miami String Project opens the show. They are a dynamic youth string chamber orchestra comprised of talented young violinists, violists, cellists and bassists between the ages of 12 and 19. This concert is meant to provide a way for students to be introduced to the new center and to participate in CultureShockMiami.com. CultureShockMiami.com is a program run by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, dedicated

to making Miami-Dade’s rich cultural life affordable and accessible to high school and college students ages 13-22. Through the site, students may buy tickets for $5 to the best dance, music, theater, film and spoken word events in MiamiDade County, and two-for-$5 tickets to museums. Tickets donated by cultural organizations are available for purchase through <www.cultureshockmiami.com> free of any taxes, fees or surcharges. A student must use the first ticket purchased, but the second ticket may be used by a person of any age. When the members of Black Violin first learned to play their signature instruments — Wil B, the viola at 14, and Kev Marcus, the violin at the tender age of 9 — neither could have foreseen that it would become their livelihood, though it was already becoming their passion. The two Florida natives first met while attending the Dillard High School of Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, a school whose exceptional music programs served to nurture their already budding talents. But it was not until the two were exposed to the work of legendary violinist Stuff Smith that the seeds that would one day become Black Violin were truly planted. Smith, born in Portsmouth, OH, in 1909, was one of preeminent jazz violinists of the swing era, who went onto perform with names like Alphonse Trent, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Sun Ra throughout a long and storied career. His final album and most soulful, titled Black Violin, so inspired and influenced the young Kev Marcus and Wil B that they eventually would name their band in honor of the man who had shown them that there were no limits to what the violin could do.


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Wrapping up the old year and beginning a new one School of Music and the Frost School of Music Wind Ensemble. This is free and open to the public, on Wednesday, January 25. At 10:00 a.m. – Conducting Students; at 2:30 p.m. – Wind Ensemble. The Cleveland Orchestra, in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center, serves more than 20,000 adults and young people each year through a variety of concerts and community outreach activities created for the Miami-Dade community. The new season opens Jan. 27. For more info email <Miami@clevelandorchestra.com> or visit online at <www.ClevelandOrchestraMiami.com>.

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AROUND TOWN Chanukah in Palmetto Bay. We hear from Rabbi Zalman Gansburg that Chabad of Palmetto Bay ushered in the holiday of Chanukah with the lighting of an innovative ice sculptured menorah on December 20. Honorable Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Vice Mayor Brian Pariser had the honor of lighting the first candle of the holiday, joined by commission members Patrick Fiore, Howard Tendrich and Joan Lindsay. The festivities were organized by Rabbi Zalman and Chani Gansburg. A DJ provided holiday music to which participants danced and sang along. “Festivities continued on Thursday, December 22 with a special Chanukah program, during which children enjoyed baking cookies, decorating donuts, and making Chanukah cards and crowns,” said Rabbi Gansburg. “The highlight of the day was when the children went to share the joy of Chanukah with the residents at Gramercy Park nursing home. They sang Chanukah songs for the residents and distributed donuts and cards. The smiles and happiness that the children brought to the faces of the residents was truly a sight to see!” For further information about Chabad of Palmetto Bay visit <JewishPalmettoBay.org> or call 786-282-0413. Music to our ears... We hear from music teacher extraordinaire Tinder Burris, who recently left Southwood Middle School after a number of years to take on some new challenges, about one of them that’s close to her heart. “This year I took on a new project to reinstate the All-County Middle School Honor Orchestra, except it will not be sponsored

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or supported through the school system,” she tells us. “I won a national grant through the American String Teachers Association and was able to secure the University of Miami Gusman Hall free of charge through the generosity of the School of Music Dean, Shelly Berg. The orchestra will have 82 of the top middle school string students from Miami-Dade public and private schools. The Conductor will be UM Professor Brian Powell. Our concert will be on Jan. 21 at 4:00 p.m.” The tickets will be sold at the door a half hour before the concert begins. UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall is located at 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. And by the way, there’s another special event at Gusman. The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Principal Guest Conductor

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HEALTH, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– the same time provide a real nice service to our residents. “I don’t see a lot of people doing that. So we wanted to have all these groups come and set up at Coral Reef Park, and we said let’s make it free for anybody who’s interested.” And she adds, what better way to do this than right after New Year’s, knowing that all of us go through the same thing with New Year’s resolutions. “We all think about the positive changes we want to make in the coming year and start the year out with a very optimistic outlook,” Fernandez said. “I don’t think it’s a surprise to anybody that getting in shape is always at the top of people’s list.” Besides those who want to exercise more to get in better shape, find out their blood pressure or get their blood sugar checked, there are smokers who want to make an effort to quit or people who drink who want to quit. “In general, people who want to enjoy life more and spend quality time with their family,” Fernandez explained. “I have been reaching out

to different organizations and we have received very positive responses so far. Baptist Health provides a lot of the health and fitness programs at our parks — Trim and Fit After 55, Aerobics, Yoga and Tai-Chi. Jackson South Community Hospital definitely wants to be a part of it. We have private companies like boot camps and karate schools that we want to give an opportunity as well.” Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center wants to provide a free skin cancer screening for Palmetto Bay residents, which perhaps could save a life. “It’s all about empowering people and giving them knowledge in a comfortable environment,” Fernandez said. “And fitness related sports programs like soccer and baseball can give people information about what they do. We are still looking for organizations to participate.” Coral Reef Park is located at 7895 SW 152 St. For more information, contact Mary Fernandez at <mfernandez@palmettobayfl.gov> or call her office at 305-234-6383.

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Getting them to do posters, we saw so many talented kids last year. It also gives the teachers a little more opportunity to talk about Arbor Day.” The next day, Jan. 21, is “Shade Palmetto Bay,” when the village is giving away free trees to residents from 10 a.m. to noon. “That’s going to be at Ludovici Park again,” Fernandez said. “It worked out really well last year. People drive in through the parking lot where we have it set up. We verify that they are residents of Palmetto Bay, and then they get to pick what tree they want. “Public Works contacted different nurseries on donations for these trees. We asked for saplings — smaller trees so people don’t have to come out in big trucks. It will be something that will fit into a normal car.” Fernandez explained that the Tree Board will be working with them on this as well, providing care instructions and background information on the trees residents will be getting. Although Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree

E.D.C., from page 1 ––––––––––– Thomas is the CEO of Computer Systems and Software Inc. and holds a master’s and doctorate in Business Administration. At the EDC, Thomas’ position as chair will be to support the expansion and retention of existing business, to increase the overall economic vitality of the communities, and to attract new diversified business and employment to the area. Peter England has been elected to serve as the EDC vice chair. England previously served as director of government relations with Camillus

planting and care with the official day being the last Friday in April, most states designate their day of observance based on climate. In Florida, due to its wonderful year-round weather, Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday of every January. Councilmember Howard J. Tendrich said he is looking forward to the event because he has a long-standing commitment to the environment. “As a proud participant in the Tree City USA program, Palmetto Bay is excited to host this two-day Arbor Day celebration,” Tendrich said. “Our celebration not only offers a fun, educational component for village youth, but the event also involves parents and other adults by motivating them to plant free trees throughout our community.” For updated information on the event residents are asked to check the village website at <www.palmettobay-fl.gov> or call 305-259-1234. “So please be sure to join us at ‘Shade Palmetto Bay’ for a free tree,” Tendrich said. “It’s a great way to spend a Saturday with the family and neighbors, helps to raise awareness of the importance of trees, and further beautifies our village.”

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SEC looking into Marlins’ ballpark, garage financing R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY How the Miami Marlins convinced the management of our county government to finance approximately 80 percent of the cost of building a new baseball park has made headlines for the past two years. Now it is the subject of an SEC investigation. Basically, the cost of the ballpark and the adjacent four parking garages is being financed by the taxpayers of Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami with the financial benefits accruing, almost exclusively to Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Marlins. Most of us, including the management of Miami-Dade County, knew that if the question of government financing had been put before the voters for approval the deal would have died a sudden death. Therefore the county hierarchy proceeded under the concept that the voters put them in office to run our county and that is just what they were going to do. A short history: Jeffrey Loria, tired of

playing baseball on a modified football field, suggested that if the team couldn’t have a new ballpark with a roof to keep the rain and the hot sun off the field and the fans, he might well move the team to another city that would accommodate their needs. Our county administrators and elected county officials panicked. What would Miami do without a Major League Baseball team? It would be a disaster! What can we do to appease the team owner? Offer to help finance a new ballpark? No, said Loria, we don’t have the money. You build it or we move! The then mayor and county manager asked to see the financial statements of the Marlins. No, we were told, they will not share their financials. Take our word for it we don’t make enough money to build a ballpark. You do it or we will move! Also, we want the City of Miami to build parking garages, lease them to us so we can make more money from parking fees. And, just so you know, we will not share the revenue from selling hot dogs and beer to the hungry and thirsty fans! Okay, okay, we’ll do it — so what if the county and the city have dozens of pressing needs to fill? We can’t house the indigents that live on the streets. We can’t feed the

VIEWPOINT hungry. We can’t afford to give tax breaks to new industries thinking of relocating to Miami. But we sure can borrow millions to build a ballpark. I, like most in the press, thought the whole idea stunk. But there is a difference between a stinky deal and an illegal deal. I didn’t like the whole idea but being legal, let it go and move on to the next issue. Now, the City of Miami finds that it might have to pay county real estate taxes on the four parking garages inasmuch as they were built to lease to a for-profit organization and therefore taxable to the tune of a million and a half dollars a year. Remember, the City of Miami is almost broke. They have had to fire employees in critical positions as well as reduce salaries. They don’t need a $1.5 million tax bill on top of everything else. Remember when you applied for a mortgage to buy your home you had to prove that you were in good financial health and that you had sufficient, reliable income to

make your payments? Well, Loria didn’t have to answer these questions. After the deal was signed and sealed we learned that the team was in far better financial shape than they told our county management. The SEC could be examining, as reported in the Miami Herald, whether the county failed to exercise due diligence by not demanding to see the team’s financials. The county leaders acknowledged that they had not reviewed the Marlins’ books before reaching an agreement that so heavily favored Loria. The SEC also is looking into whether anyone who championed the Marlin’s agreement benefited personally. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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Best car deals going to people who have best credit ratings

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH Those in the market for a new car have seen deeper discounts and cheaper financing around South Florida Car dealerships recently, buoyed by those recent “End of the Year” deals that hit during the holidays. However, as it turns out, the best deals are still going to the people with the best credit ratings I spoke to one such individual who recently was looking for the best deal possible on a new car, and he told me he found lots of cheap financing and extra incentives to tempt him to buy sooner rather than later. He also told me it still takes a little extra work to find a dealer with the best price, best financing and a good number of available vehicles all ready to sell. “We found a couple of places that didn’t seem that interested in dealing with us,” he told me. “So we just went to some other dealerships.” His lesson is: If the first dealers you visit don’t want to make you any good deals, keep looking for one who can make it happen for you. The end of the year traditionally is the time for car dealers to do whatever it takes to get extra inventory off their lots. And

they still face that same predicament in January. One longtime Miami car dealer said December capped off an especially rough year for South Florida’s dealerships. But he also added, “There’s lot of deals, great financing, better than ever.” According to bankrate.com, lenders have been offering five-year loans as low as 2.74 percent. That’s more than two full points lower than the same loan two years ago. That also means lower monthly payments. In fact, it’s also not hard to find carmakers offering limited, zero-percent deals on shorter-term loans. Still, credit experts warn, the best rates are still aimed at consumers with the best credit reports. An official from the Dade County Federal Credit Union told me, “To get those great deals, you’ve got to have topnotch credit scores. If not, you’ll get higher rates, which makes the cost of financing more expensive.” That said, interest rates are expected to remain low through at least the first half of next year. That means you should not only shop around for the best deal on a new car or truck, you also can shop around for the lowest rate financing to get the best deal as possible. Watch Al Sunshine’s “Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at cbs4.com/4yourmoney.

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Redland Heritage Festival returns to Fruit & Spice Park, Jan. 21-22 BY CATHY GUERRA

forming traditional Irish music; Natural Selections of South Florida with host Joseph Celebrate the New Year at the 37th annu- Wasilewski conducting live animal shows, al Redland Heritage Festival, Jan. 21-22, at and an educational discussion of native the Fruit & Spice Park Florida wildlife. Animals located at 24801 SW 187 featured include alligators, Ave. in Homestead. crocodiles, venomous and The Redland Heritage non-venomous snakes, Festival, a Fruit & Spice snapping turtles, and other Park-staple event, celeexotic creatures. brates the unique heritage Admission is $8 per person and children under age and history of the Redland 12 are admitted free. Doors drawing crowds in the open at 10 a.m. and close at thousands. Participating 5 p.m. For more informavendors will showcase tration, call the Fruit & Spice ditional natural arts and Park at 305-247-5727. crafts; nurseries selling The Fruit & Spice Park, native plants and tropical operated by Miami-Dade fruit trees; a children’s area (Photo courtesy of Fruit & Spice Park) Park and Recreation featuring pony rides, face Department, grows more painting, and “Water Walking,” as well as a variety of entertain- than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts from around the ment for the young and old alike. Featured entertainment performing both world on 39 lush acres in the agricultural onstage and impromptu throughout the park Redland. The park offers daily botanical tours, include: Renowned fiddler James Kelly per- fruit tasting and naturalist led workshops.

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Severe stroke cannot keep dancer Tammy Farris down BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Tammy Farris, who had been dancing most of her life, suffered a severe stroke in October 2011 that left the professional dance instructor wheel chair-bound, unemployed, and minus insurance. The South Florida Dance Showcase on Jan. 20 at Broward College is dedicated to help get her and other stroke victims back on their feet. “My mother was told to get my things in order because they did not think I was going to make it,” Farris said. “I was found hours after passing out and immediately rushed to the hospital for surgery. They drained the blood out of my brain and performed a tracheotomy to clear my lungs. I don’t remember my first month in intensive care.” Farris experienced the classic stroke symptoms of numbness on her left side and dizziness prior to passing out and attributes the stroke itself to high blood pressure and stress. In just a few months since the October stroke, she has regained partial use of her left arm and is attempting to learn to walk. Like millions of Americans, Farris did not have insurance at the time of the stroke. She was teaching at Dance Gallery in the South Miami area after giving up her own studio to enable her to teach fulltime. Dance Gallery has sponsored several fundraisers on Farris’ behalf and they sell “Hope You Can Dance” bracelets for her, but more help is needed. “I applied for Medicaid and finally did receive it but they do not cover occupational therapy so I started doing it on my own to continue to improve. I made so many calls to so many organizations but as soon as they found out I was a stroke victim they would say ‘oh, we don’t take stroke victims.’” A branch of Medicaid called Medica offers limited occupational therapy which

“When something tragic and unexpected happens in life you have to fight. I believe you can achieve anything you desire if you work hard enough and believe in yourself.” — Tammy Farris

Tammy Farris (center right) is surrounded by former students and friends at Dance Gallery. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

apparently Farris already has used up and so she continues to make calls to find a way to get help while doing what she can on her own — a risky gamble. “I am living with my mom now and we have modified the house so I can take a shower in the wheelchair but there are so many things you cannot do with only one arm. I can’t cook; I can’t fold laundry. I have fallen four times already and, thank

God, I have not split my head open because one time I landed on my face on the ceramic tile. This is why so many stroke victims end up back in the hospital,” Farris said. A life of immobility to a lifelong dancer brought up in the studio of her mother, Virginia Harris, is not a proposition Farris is willing to accept. “When something tragic and unexpected

happens in life you have to fight. I believe you can achieve anything you desire if you work hard enough and believe in yourself,” Farris said. Apparently this is the style of leadership she taught her nearly 500 students during the course of her career thus far. “Her students love her and want to do more for her,” said Rosemary Baker, Dance Gallery director. “She has been in the dance community a long time and is very well known. She really relates to the students. “Tammy is able to get on their level and explain things in a unique and effective way. If she is teaching ballet, for example, she makes it fun. Ballet is not fun for a lot of students but Tammy could make it fun for everybody.” Many of Farris’ alumni have gone on to dance for the Miami Heat, the Miami Dolphins, and performed on national and international stages such as on the television program So You Think You Can Dance. Some have left travel engagements to come back to town and teach master classes to benefit Farris. Recently a group of students at Dance Gallery decided to post messages about the difference she has made in their lives. “You are my motivation,” Alexis Browning said. “You not only inspired me to dance but also to stay strong and always keep your head up,” Stephanie Pujol said. “You are one of the best teachers I have ever had, not only an inspiration but also a role model,” Casey Ruiz said. The First Annual South Florida Dance Showcase to Benefit Stroke Victims is Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., in the Omni Auditorium at Broward College North Campus, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd. Call Tammy at 305-323-9041 or send email to <distinctiondance@aol.com> for more information.


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overprotective.” In college, Maggie wasn’t sleeping enough and had a tonic-clonic seizure that frightened her. It also caused her to lose two years of memory. She vowed to eat healthier and get more sleep. She kept her promise to herself and graduated from Florida International University with a degree in psychology. Along the way, she discovered a great resource, the Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida. “I found out about the Epilepsy of Florida in college,” Degrossi said. “I finally went there. I never knew there were a lot of people who go through what I go through. Once or twice a week, I would go there.” Now, with her degree and the knowledge she gained from the Epilepsy Foundation, she is able to help others. “That’s exactly why I love doing this. I know exactly how they feel,” Degrossi said. “You can live when you have epilepsy. It’s not a disability. I tell them my story and tell them where to go. I tell them it’s okay to have epilepsy; it’s okay to talk about it. I tell people who haven’t found the medication, not to give up, to always maintain a positive attitude.” She and her doctors found the right medication in 2002. She’s now seizure free. For more information, go online to <www.epilepsyadvocates.com>.


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Karen-Eileen Gordon returns to Miami for new TV series BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Actress Karen-Eileen Gordon, who grew up in South Florida and lived and worked here for awhile before heading out to Los Angeles, has traveled back to the area for work in a new TV series titled Magic City. The series, which debuts on the Starz network in the spring, has the talented screen and voice-over actress feeling as if she also traveled back in time. Written entirely by Mitch Glazer, executive producer, the show is set on Miami Beach in 1959 in the fictional Miramar Playa Hotel. “Working in this story setting, on those sets designed to transport you right back to 1959 Miami Beach, was mind-bending,” Gordon said. “A wormhole whisked me 50 years into the past. My acting teachers and coaches really drilled into me that as an actor, I’m responsible for seeing the setting internally. Having an authentic drop-dead gorgeous set to back up the inner vision is like performance rocket fuel.” The first episode opens on New Years Eve 1958-59, amid the glitter and glamour of a beach hotel like the Fontainebleau or Eden Roc, run by hotel king Ike Evans, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. “My character is Florence, Ike’s longtime executive secretary,” Gordon said. “Bringing her to life was a fabulous adventure. To fund his expensive hotel vision, Ike involves himself with a mob boss. His three kids and former-showgirl wife, Vera, believe he’s an above-board guy. None of them has any idea how hard he’s struggling to break his pact with the devil.” Gordon, who attended public schools in Broward, got a degree in economics at Harvard and did her post-grad work at the University of Bristol in England, lived in South Miami, Coral Gables and Miami Lakes for about nine years, working at

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Tinsley Advertising, the Miami Herald, Miami Dade College, and Venture Productions where she was a radio writer/producer for the Armed Forces Radio Network. She recently made a movie in the panhandle, called A Free Bird, a comedy feature now in the final stages of postproduction. “I’d never been to Panama City,” Gordon said. “I had the honor of filming the female lead, Tammy. She’s a Southern whirlwind with a heart the size of an ocean, scheming to get her common-law husband to step up to the ‘relationship plate.’” Gordon thinks that local viewers especially will enjoy the new Magic City series, although she admits to being completely biased because she loves both the show and South Florida.

“It’s astoundingly faithful to the history of the time period, both in the authenticity of the visuals and in the storylines,”

Gordon said. “Mr. Glazer grew up on Miami Beach in those years, so he knows the people and surroundings from the inside, and it’s a delicious view. The New Years Eve that launches the first episode was the evening that Havana fell to Castro’s rebels. The Kennedys, the mob, the CIA, Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack all held court. All of the celebrities of that day wanted to perform and stay here.” As someone who grew up, lived and worked in South Florida before, to be here working on a series set in Miami’s past is, in Gordon’s words, “like hitting the actor lottery.” “To be able to return to the place that I consider my true hometown, the place where I grew up and where I got my creative start, is heaven,” Gordon said. “And for an added helping of amazingness, to be here working on a series set in Miami’s past is an extraordinary gift. To explore the seismic shift of Florida’s social and psychic landscape at the 1958/1959 junction, and to time travel and feel what that era was like for everyone living there. Delicious.”


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Celine Dion draws a sellout crowd to fundraiser concert

Celine Dion holds up a crystal pineapple she received after performing a benefit concert Friday, Dec. 16, in Miami Beach. Dion entertained a sellout crowd in gratitude to the Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, whose physicians led by Dr. Barry Katzen saved the life of her husband, René Angélil (left). ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY MELISSA LICHTENHELD

Celine Dion donated a private concert on Friday, Dec. 16, to a sellout audience to benefit the expansion of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami. Dion gave her performance in gratitude to the Institute for the lifesaving procedure carried out on her husband, René Angélil, under the leadership of Dr. Barry Katzen, the Institute’s founder and medical director. Dion gave details in a video presented with her husband at the event. “It started a little over two and a half years ago. We had quite a scare,” she said. “Our family doctors discovered that René had a critical narrowing of the artery to his brain, the carotid artery, putting him at a high risk for stroke.” Angélil said he wasn’t a candidate for surgery so his doctors looked for a less invasive approach. “They had heard about [Dr. Katzen’s] work with non-invasive treatments and they basically told me he was the best person to take care of me,” Angélil said. The audience of 1,700 enjoyed a reception before the 8 p.m. concert at

The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. The presenting sponsor for the event, Audemars Piguet, official timekeeper of Baptist Hospital, hosted an exclusive dinner after the show. The expansion will include the development of a national Center for Aneurysm Therapy, Center for Advanced Endovascular and Structural Heart Therapy and other specialty centers. The concert raised $6 million, including campaign-related contributions. Event benefactor Victor E. Clarke, an honorary board member of the Baptist Health Foundation, will match all contributions up to $5 million for the capital campaign. “Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute has been ahead of its time for the past 25 years, and this expansion will allow its leadership team to take the Institute to the next level in cardiovascular excellence,” said Brian Keeley, CEO and president of Baptist Health South Florida. The event’s chairs were Armando and Margarita Codina and James and Susan Carr, and co-chairs were Micky and Madeleine Arison. Honorary chairs were Dr. Barry and Judith Katzen.


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Zoological Society of Florida to host Beastkeeper party BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO

The Zoological Society of Florida, Host Committee and Zoo Miami, as a prelude to the legendary “Feast With The Beasts” dining event at the zoo, has scheduled the Beastkeeper VIP Party, a wild evening of tantalizing tastes from fine South Florida restaurants, open bars, exotic animal encounters from Zoo Miami, and cool music. The event is Saturday, Jan. 28, 7-11 p.m., at the residence of Chris and Irene Korge (event co-chair), 10355 SW 67 Ave. in Pinecrest. The funds raised will help support the Zoological Society of Florida’s wildlife education and conservation programs on behalf of Zoo Miami. Complimentary valet parking will be provided. Exquisite fare will be served from the following excellent restaurants: Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House, Caffé Abbracci, Zucchero Ristorante-Bistro,

and Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar. The Office Cake and Wicked Confections will be satiating sweet cravings with delectable desserts. An extravagant silent auction will include items like jewelry, trips, handbags and art. The $500 Beastkeeper VIP Party Passport tickets include admission to Feast With The Beasts (8 p.m. to midnight) and the VIP cocktail reception (7 p.m.) on Friday, Mar. 2, at Zoo Miami. Tickets to Feast With The Beasts are $175. For tickets, sponsorship and more information, visit online at <www.fwtb.org> or call 305-255-5551. The Zoological Society of Florida is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports Zoo Miami through education, conservation and outreach programs; marketing and public relations; volunteer services, and financial support for the construction of new exhibits.


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School’s Spirit Week winners donate to Running With Sole

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Riviera Day School recently celebrated the end of its annual Spirit Week with a trophy presentation to the winning class and a check to a local charity. Nellie Tassy’s fourth-grade class, winners of the Spirit Week trophy, got to help local children in need by donating their $500 winnings to Running With Sole, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide shoes to all in need, sports shoes to inner city and homeless children from ages 3 to 18, and promote physical activity and prevent childhood obesity. “Engaging and educating children on the benefits of an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits is what Running With Sole is all about,” said Nada Sater, CEO and co-founder of Running

With Sole. “Riviera Day School’s donations will help us continue our programs so that inner city and homeless children feel empowered with self confidence and self respect,” she added.? “It was a nail-biting competition but my class won this whole thing against the rest of the school and I am so proud of them. But the best part was that we got to help others.” Tassy said. “When it was time to select a charity, I told my students about Running With Sole and the great work they do with children. They all loved the idea and agreed it was the best choice,” she added. This is the second time Riviera Day School has donated to Running With Sole. Last year the school donated $500 to the organization.

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Resolve to Move Forward - Your Decisions Will Give You (and yours) Peace of Mind BY HELEN SHAHAM Q. My husband and I have lived in our home for over 45 years. We’re both in our mid-80s and have been discussing the option of moving to a senior living community for the last several months. It’s been years since we’ve made such a significant life change. How do we know when the time is right to move? A. Older adults who have lived in their homes for decades are especially hesitant to move to a senior living community as even the thought of a change, and of being in a new environment, seems overwhelming and to some even terrifying. You probably have asked yourself: “Why do I really need all this commotion?”. Well, the true answer is: For your peace of mind! For the peace of mind of your children. For the peace of mind of your husband. And there has never been a more ideal time to resolve to move forward with such a decision. It’s a new year; why not start this year with the peace of mind that a new, comfortable and carefree lifestyle can give you? Senior living communities can provide the perfect balance between the desired peace of mind for the future (and even for the present) while giving you the opportunity to continue to be engaged in your personal lives, interests and lifestyles. Look at the potential move as an opportunity for a new beginning. The beginning of a new lifestyle, without the hassles of the day-today duties and chores, where both you and your husband will find that now you have time to spend each day as you wish. Often, seniors incorrectly believe that a move to a senior living community means giving up their independence. It’s quite the opposite. Once seniors move to such a community, they find that their horizon is expanded and life can be enjoyed more than before—not less. For example, at our independent living community, The Palace Suites, resident Marjorie Bonien has traded in the hassles of coordinating and scheduling lawn maintenance and delivery men for the luxury of being able to plan her day around her own interests. She recently devoted her Saturdays to creating and designing holiday cards for the military, veterans and their families. Mrs. Bonien’s story is typical of residents at senior living communities. As one resident pointed out, “moving to a senior living community doesn’t mean we’ve left the mainstream of life”. Most communities have a full-time Social & Entertainment Director on staff whose main focus is to create enriching and rewarding opportunities for cultural, educational, spiritu-

al, physical and mental growth and development. From volunteering at hospitals or a local school to outings, to theatrical productions, senior living communities usually open a new world of possibilities for their residents. Ask any resident at a senior living community and you’ll inevitably hear that they wished they’d made the move sooner. In addition to not having to worry about home maintenance, they no longer are concerned about grocery shopping, meal preparation, house cleaning, general repairs, transportation and safety. Senior living communities also make sense financially. Most offer an all-inclusive monthly fee (at least two meals a day, a clinic, entertainment, housekeeping, utilities, etc.). Our website, www.ThePalace.org, offers a simple ‘Compare the Value’ checklist which can be used to assess the costs of home ownership vs. living at The Palace. For seniors who think they are too healthy for a move to a senior living community, think again! With activities such as college-level courses provided by the local universities, social media tutorials (Twitter and Facebook) and Olympic-styled competitions, seniors across the country are enjoying active lifestyles every day. Besides, you’ve planned ahead your whole life. Why not make the decision now, while it’s still yours to make? Don’t wait until you or your husband is threatened by a health crisis which can lead to rash decisions. Do it today, while you’re able to select the community that best suits your needs. Moving at any age can be a significant life change. But, it’s important to weigh the advantages and benefits provided by a senior living community. Begin embracing the possibilities of a new life in a new environment with new friends. The New Year is the perfect time to move forward with such a decision! Make it this year’s New Year Resolution!

Helen Shaham and her husband, Jacob, have been operating Senior Living Communities for more than 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two latest projects are The Palace at Weston – Luxury Living for Those 55 and Over and Palace Tel-Aviv, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Israel. Currently under construction is The Palace at Coral Gables, which is now taking reservations at the Information Center located at 16 Miracle Mile. See it at www.PalaceCoralGables.com. The Palace at Weston Senior Living, an independent, assisted and memory support community, is the next in line. More information can be obtained by calling 305-271-2220 or by visiting The Palace website at www.ThePalace.org.


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OB Paddle Championship largest East Coast paddleboarding event BY KEN RUSSELL

The largest Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) event on the East Coast will take place in Miami on Jan. 15. An official World Paddle Association event, the Orange Bowl Paddle Championship powered by Jimmy Lewis will feature competitive and amateur paddleboarders, including more than 100 Big Brothers and Big Sisters with their “Littles.” Navigating a course that will start in Biscayne Bay and run up the Miami River against the backdrop of downtown Miami’s skyline, participants will compete for the largest purse on the East Coast

while supporting a good cause — positive adult mentor relationships for at-risk children. Men’s and Women’s Elite winners will each receive a $5,000 cash prize. All proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Legendary surf and standup paddleboard shaper Jimmy Lewis is arriving from Hawaii and will be on hand to welcome racers and sign autographs. Race begins at 11 a.m. with first-ever paddle clinic at 1 p.m. and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. The event starts at Bayside Marketplace Marina, 401 Biscayne Blvd. For additional information or details, visit online at <www.orangebowlpaddle.com>.

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Amarylli Fridegotto masters the keys of piano and life BY YARA ZAKHARIA, ESQ.

From concert pianist and piano master teacher to entrepreneur and founder of the new “Family Enrichment and Therapy Center” (The Family ETC) on Key Biscayne, island resident Amarylli Fridegotto has mastered the art of hitting the right keys both on her baby grand and in everyday life. Versatility, perseverance, boldness, and zealous determination define this accomplished musician and exuberant businesswoman. After earning a degree in languages at the Sacred Heart high school in Padova, Italy, she graduated with honors in piano from the Venice Music Conservatory “B. Marcello.” Fridegotto, who stepped into a piano career at the tender age of 9, later completed several master’s, including one in piano interpretation from “Hochschule fur Musik” in Salzburg, Austria; one in the prestigious “Fundazione Cini” in San George Island (Venice, Italy), and another in “Applied Music Education” in Paris, France. “My mother is an opera singer, and my father was an industrialist who spent each day creating and building,” Fridegotto said. Endowed with a talent for the piano, she devoted her life to the study of music and has performed in illustrious venues, such as the Teatro Regio di Parma in Italy and Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as royal palaces throughout Europe. Adept at “Russian technique” in piano interpretation, she collaborated with Russian master and Tchaikovsky Piano Trio pianist K. Boghino in Paris. Driven by a humanitarian dedication to underprivileged children, she also has spearheaded numerous musical programs and participated in several concerts for nonprofit foundations such as UNICEF and the European “Red Cross.” Fridegotto’s entrepreneurial side

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emerged upon the death of her father, who she describes as “a source of constant inspiration” and “my role model.” Her concerts and teaching curriculum overseas came to a sudden halt when she left Italy to oversee her late father’s manufacturing industries in Venezuela. “It was both a trauma and a challenge,” recalled Fridegotto who began her hands-on business training there. Determined to succeed, she learned the ropes and mastered the entire manufacturing process involved in each of the industries, from raw material to the finished product and human resource management. “I managed the company for three years until two attempted kidnappings and chronic fatigue syndrome forced me to leave Venezuela,” Fridegotto said. “A woman who fights for her passions and for her ideals —freedom, respect, and justice — who is uncompromising, and

who, whenever she falls under the blows of life, rises even stronger from the ashes, like a phoenix” is how Fridegotto describes herself. In 2006, she and her then-husband settled in Key Biscayne, which she said reminded her of her “beloved Venice.” It did not take long for the enterprising and energetic mother of two children, Maximilian and Alexandra, to make her cultural mark on the city by founding two children’s and youth orchestras and the Key Biscayne Piano Academy, which offers piano classes for children and adults from beginners to professionals. In October, Fridegotto launched on Key Biscayne the Family Enrichment and Therapy Center,” an establishment offering a panoply of unique cultural activities and events, diverse clinical and alternative therapies, as well as intellectual activities in collaboration with

European Cultural Centers. “An all-in-one center,” she notes with pride. Perceived by her peers as incisive, brilliant, passionate and altruistic, Fridegotto explains how she “expanded the concept from one that was child-centric to one also focused on the world around the child or adolescent — namely, his or her family and society.” Open to the public, recent socio-cultural mixers at the Family ETC (www.thefamilyetc.com) have included “Venice in History, Architecture and Art” featuring guest speakers, as well as works by an international artist, a local photographer, and Venetian pastries with wines. A native of Veneto, a region in Northern Italy where she said “entire families work in the family business, even on Sundays,” Fridegotto has hard work and the desire to excel running through her ancestral blood. A sense of gratitude is never far behind, as she thanks God for her two children and the U.S. for welcoming her with open arms. “In this country, if you love what you do and have a devotion to work, you can still make your dreams come true,” she said. “I am someone who achieves her goals, or at the very least, always gives 100 percent of herself.” Earlier in 2011, the gifted pianist released Essence of Chopin, a compilation of sublime interpretations of the legendary composer’s masterpieces such as Andante Spianato. The CD, which is available online, received critical acclaim from the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, among others. “It is not the need to go to work every day to support myself and my family financially which gets me out of bed every morning, but the passion for what I do,” Fridegotto emphasizes. “The Family ETC is my mission now.”


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Expect the unexpected on menu at Scully’s Tavern

Food Network’s Guy Fieri (left) visits Scully’s Tavern and owners Cass and Chris Hirsh each year when he comes to South Florida for the Wine and Food Festival. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY NANCY EAGLETON

“What you don’t expect, you’ll get here. And man it’s good,” said Food Network’s Guy Fieri of the Scully’s Tavern experience. Those words have helped put Scully’s on the map in Kendall and beyond. Fieri touted Scully’s as “something different” during his show and featured one of owner and chef Chris Hirsh’s famous recipes in his book Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. So what does Fieri, and everyone else who visits Scully’s Tavern, love about this unassuming neighborhood tavern run by Hirsh and wife Cass? “It’s some legit food. It’s a sports bar that serves escargot,” Fieri said. “Travelers who watch Guy’s show or have his book will stop by, have a meal and then cross us off their list of places to visit,” Chris said. “The good news is that they all say they will definitely come back. We’ve sold about 500 copies of Guy’s book at Scully’s and I’ve autographed about 400 of them.” The Hirsh’s opened Scully’s Tavern in March 1989 with a plan in mind — to open a cozy, friendly spot that served better food than your average sports bar. Mission accomplished — 23 years and counting. Chris, who started working in the restaurant business at the age of 14, lends his French restaurant training to dishes such as Oysters Benville — oysters with jalapenos and melted provolone — and Scampi Style Chicken Wings and Mussels Provencal, both cooked with Chris’ famous garlic butter. Even the usual fare is hardly usual at all. Cass points out that Chris smokes the fish for Scully’s famous fish dip and the pork for the pulled pork sandwiches on the large outdoor smoker. Chris’ most famous creation is the

Incrusted Dolphin Sandwich, a mahi mahi fillet battered in a crushed potato chip crust and served on a Kaiser roll. The recipe for this one-of-a-kind sandwich is the one featured in Fieri’s book and he writes, “If anybody ever says they want a fish sandwich, this should be it.” Do as the locals do — pick any of Scully’s daily and nightly specials and make it a weekly tradition. All you can eat barbecue ribs are the Sunday and Monday special — a perfect companion to football on the flat screens. Prime rib is offered on Wednesday, fish and chips is the Thursday favorite and New York Strip and Pork Shank with Rosemary sauce are popular entrées served every night. It’s not just the good food that keeps folks coming back to the “Cheers-esque” neighborhood spot. Cold beer and double shot drinks are flowing during Scully’s happy hour, 3-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and a free buffet at 5 p.m. satisfies the munchies. Cass runs the “front of the house” and the action she has planned at Scully’s is sure to make everyone happy. College students, families and sports fans gather to watch the big game, play pool or listen to the band play classic rock on Friday and Saturday nights, with no cover charge. Scully’s comes alive on Wednesdays during Karaoke Night and bikers rev it up on Thursdays during Biker Night. “We’re all about good friends and good times,” Chris said. “Scully’s is a way of life. There’s a really good vibe in here.” Become a regular at Scully’s Tavern, located at 9809 Sunset Dr. Scully’s opens for lunch at 11 a.m., Monday-Friday, and at noon on the weekends. For more information, call 305-271-7404 or visit online at <www.scullystavern.com>.


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Former Parrot Jungle gift shop now an art gallery

The gallery space at Pinecrest Gardens will feature a variety of shows. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Under the guidance of curator Tora Bueno, the Gardens Gallery at Pinecrest Gardens is running monthly art exhibits, and the space is booked tentatively through the end of 2012. Most of the shows are being curated by Tora Bueno, whose knowledge of art is extensive. She has worked both in the U.S. and internationally as an art consultant and curator. Now a Pinecrest resident, she has been tapped by the Pinecrest Gardens administration to oversee the gallery. “My dad is an art dealer since the 1980s,” she said. “I worked with a dealer until I moved here two years ago. Then I met Alana Perez [Pinecrest Gardens director] and she asked me if I would be willing to organize the gallery. I plan the exhibitions and I do the openings.” Perez said Bueno impressed her. “There is a certain something about Tora that sets her apart from the rest of the Miami’s Art Scene. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but it is for sure, a breath of fresh air. Call it her UK and Swiss upbringing; call it coming of age in New York City; call it exposure and access to artists playing in the European or New York Theater; she has her fingers on the pulse of global art trends and she brings a whole new perspective to this town,” Perez said. “We are lucky at the Gardens for her association and to have her as curator of the Gardens Gallery.” Perez said the former gift shop was available space that needed a purpose. “The Gardens Gallery was a room just waiting to happen. When I first came to work at the Gardens a year and a half ago, the

Hibiscus Room was a blank canvass,” Perez said. “It served as an indoor rental venue with stark walls, incredible beamed ceilings a floor plan that screamed out ‘fine arts gallery.’ “It was the right idea at the right time with the right person to curate it that made the Gardens Gallery come to life. Each month we have a new and exciting exhibit, and I know in time, the venture will continue to grow in popularity among Gardens’ members, visitors and lovers of fine art alike.” In December, the gallery featured the work of conceptual artist Ethan Ryman. “He flattens something that’s 3-D,” Perez said. “He’s always thinking about spatial perception, what photography does and doesn’t do.” Other shows have featured watercolors and wood carvings. “The Gallery is still a multi-usage space and by its nature a community amenity,” Bueno said. “I will facilitate a variety of shows from student/teacher shows to the very avant-garde like Ethan’s to black and white photography, textiles, sculpture. You name it.” The exhibits are not limited to professional artists. In November, the Pinecrest Gardens Gallery had a show featuring public school art teachers and their students. In January, there is another show for a nonprofit. Bueno’s goal is to include shows by local artists in addition to well-known artists. She expects to have one show per month, except for the summer months. February’s exhibit will feature local artists who do botanical paintings and photography. And Bueno has high hopes for show from artists from Haiti tentatively scheduled for June. For more information, call 305-666-6990.

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Author recounts his journey to find God in new book BY BRIAN MCLENDON

The latest studies find that nearly one in three Americans will change their religious affiliation at some point in their lives. We are, more than ever, a nation of God hoppers. For New York Times bestselling author and former NPR foreign correspondent Eric Weiner — an agnostic by default — a health scare that put him briefly in the hospital leads him on an unexpected exploration of faith. While in pain and awaiting a diagnosis, a well-meaning nurse asks him a simple, blunt question: “Have you found your God yet?” This out of the blue query nags, prods, and ultimately launches him on a far-flung journey to do just that. The result is Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine, a funny, illuminating chronicle of his globe-spanning spiritual quest to find a faith that fits. Weiner, a longtime “spiritual voyeur” and inveterate traveler, realizes that while he has been privy to a wide range of religious practices, he’s never seriously considered these concepts in his own life. Face to face with his own mortality, and spurred on by the question of what spiritual principles to impart to his young daughter, he decides to correct this omission, What happens when we die? How undertaking a worldshould we live our lives? Where do all wide exploration of the missing socks go? religions and hoping to With his trademark wit and warmth, come to a personal he leaves no stone unturned. At a time understanding of the when more Americans than ever are divine. choosing a new faith, and when spiriThe journey that tual questions loom large in the modresults is rich in ern age, Man Seeks God presents a perinsight, humor, and spective on religion that is sure to heart. Willing to do Eric Weiner (Photo credit Chuck Berman) delight, inspire, and entertain. anything to better ––––––––––––––––– Eric Weiner is author of the New understand faith, and to find the god or gods that speak to him, York Times bestseller The Geography of he travels to Nepal, where he meditates Bliss, which has been translated into 18 with Tibetan lamas and a guy named languages. A former correspondent for Wayne. He sojourns to Turkey, where he NPR and the New York Times, Weiner has whirls (not so well, as it turns out) with reported from more than three dozen counSufi dervishes. He heads to China, where tries. His work has appeared in the New he attempts to unblock his chi; to Israel, Republic, Slate, Los Angeles Times, where he studies Kabbalah, sans Madonna; Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The New to the Bronx, where he volunteers at a York Times Magazine, and the anthology homeless shelter run by Franciscan friars, Best American Travel Writing. He divides and to Las Vegas, where he has a close his time between Starbucks and Caribou. Weiner will be talking and signing his encounter with Raelians (followers of the new book on Thursday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., at world’s largest UFO-based religion). At each stop along the way, Weiner Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral keeps an open mind, leaves judgment at the Gables. For more information, visit online at door, and tackles our most pressing spiritual questions: Where do we come from? <www.ericweinerbooks.com>.

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Chocolate, Coffee and Tea Festival scheduled at Fairchild, Jan. 20-22 BY PAULA FERNÁNDEZ DE LOS MUROS

It’s that time of the year again when chocoholics from far and wide flock to Fairchild Tropical Botanic for none other than the International Chocolate Festival, featuring Coffee and Tea. Taking place Friday-Sunday, Jan. 20-22, the International Chocolate Festival, now it its sixth year, is a chocolate lover’s mustattend event and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. For three days visitors will be immersed in the wonderful and diverse world of chocolate, coffee and tea — from chocolate treats to tree sales, delicious cups of coffee and soothing cups of tea, cooking demonstrations to fun and educational kid’s activities, and so much more. So come get a taste of chocolates, coffee and tea from around the world, and join in the celebration of that divine tropical plant, Theobroma cacao, the source of chocolate! Here are some of the festival highlights: • Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers; • Take the Chocowalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in the Rainforest and more; • Watch master chefs demonstrating recipes with chocolate; • Attend lectures on chocolate making, chocolate history, science and more; • Sip coffee, tea and hot chocolate surrounded by the beauty of Fairchild, and • View video and photos of past

International Chocolate Festivals to see what makes this event so special. Green Mobility Network will be on site Saturday and Sunday offering its unique bike valet service at the South Gate. If you walk or ride your bike to Fairchild, you will receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 for children. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Admission is $25 for adults; $18, seniors; $12, children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under as well as Fairchild members. Eco-discount: If you ride your bike, walk or use public transportation, receive $5 off for adults and $2 off for children. It’s Fairchild’s way of thanking you for contributing to conservation. For more information, visit online at <www.fairchildgarden.org>.


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Pictured at the opening of musical Soul Doctor

Pictured at the December opening of the musical Soul Doctor are (l-r) Jerry McIntyre, Soul Doctor choreographer; Palmetto Bay residents Marnie and Ron Kriss, and David Schechter, writer of Soul Doctor. Ron Kriss was installed as president of Jewish National Fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miami-Dade Region in November 2011.

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Elite Cycling & Fitness offers custom-made cycling shoes BY JOSE CASSOLA

From construction work to speed skating to running his own bike shop, KC Boutiette has always been a “Jack of all trades.” Now the four-time U.S. Olympian and cross trainer has added a new occupation to his resume — shoemaker. For the past five years, Boutiette, 41, has owned and operated his own cycling business. Elite Cycling & Fitness, located at 13108 S. Dixie Hwy. in Pinecrest, caters to everyone from the causal cyclist to the triathlon athlete, offering repairs and tuneups and selling bicycles, parts, energy supplements and clothing gear. The shop also hosts monthly group rides, spin classes and fitness training sessions. An Olympic speed skater who first rose to fame at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Trials, Boutiette had a successful career for more than a decade, winning numerous national championship titles and setting world records. Along the way, he met and married fellow speed skater Jennifer Rodriguez. The two moved from Utah to Miami in 2006 to run Elite Cycling & Fitness. “We wanted to start our own business and a cycling shop was a perfect match for us,” said Boutiette, who lives in Brickell. “As speed skaters, we came across a lot of athletes who used cycling as a cross-training tool. It just made sense.” Boutiette and Rodriguez divorced in 2008. It wasn’t until the early part of 2011 that Boutiette decided to take the business in a new direction. Enter shoemaking. In March, Boutiette partnered with Rocket7 owner and creator Brian King to learn how to make custom lightweight carbon fiber shoes for cycling, running and triathlons. Rocket7 — founded in 1999 by King, also a former professional speed skater — are shoes molded to the individual’s feet, customizing length, width, instep, arch support and heel cup shape to

maximize the cyclist’s comfort and performance in long races. The Seattle-based product earned national fame when professional cyclists Tyler Hamilton, Dave Zabriskie and Geoff Kabush were seen wearing them. In 2008, King dismantled the operation to pursue a career in software. When Boutiette called King in March to purchase the embroidery machine he used to make the shoes, the idea to relaunch Rocket7 was born. “I was considering starting another business, maybe doing T-shirts and other clothing,” Boutiette said. “I knew Brian wasn’t using his embroidery machine, so I figured I’d take it off his hands. Then he mentioned why not get Rocket7 off the ground again and I thought it was a good idea. I own a bike shop. They go well together.” Boutiette moved all the tools and materials from Seattle to a warehouse three blocks away from his bike shop and started doing custom orders for clients. When re-launching Rocket7 started to interfere with running his business, Boutiette sought help in the form of two business partners — Marcelo Penengo, 40, and Jerry Mendez, 31. Both have a background in cycling and store management. “I couldn’t do both things,” Boutiette said. “I needed more time to make shoes. Jerry and Marcelo wanted to own a bike shop. It was a great opportunity for everyone.” Penengo and Mendez, now co-owners of Elite Cycling & Fitness, worked together for five years at Bike Tech off Coral Way and SW 22nd Avenue as manager and assistant manager, respectively. In 2010, Mendez moved on to manage his own store, Top Dog Cycle in Coconut Grove, and brought on Penengo potentially to take part ownership of the shop. When the deal fell through, Boutiette offered the two a chance to be co-owners of Elite Cycling & Fitness.

Elite Cycling & Fitness co-owners KC Boutiette (left) and Marcelo Penengo look at models of Rocket7 custom-made shoes now available to order and purchase at the bike shop. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

“We’ve talked about this a long time, so it’s great to finally see the dream become a reality,” said Mendez, who lives in South Miami. Having worked in the industry for years, Penengo said he and Mendez are bringing enough cycling knowledge and experience to elevate Boutiette’s business to a new level of service. “We have the networking contacts in the community. We know most of the cycling groups, teams and trainers in the industry,” said Penengo, who lives in South Beach. “We know what it takes to cater to the entry-level cyclist just as much as the highend cyclist. And we’re familiar with how the store should flow, be organized and the selection of merchandising. This is going to

be a beneficial partnership for us all.” Penengo and Mendez officially came onboard in December. The new partnership paved the way for a small remodel of the 2,500-square-foot shop and gave Boutiette the necessary time and space to concentrate on Rocket7. So far, business has been good. And customers are enjoying the new addition to the shop. Rocket7 is available exclusively at Elite Cycling & Fitness. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sundays. For more information, call 786-242-3733 or go to <www.elitecycling.net>. For Rocket7 orders, go online to <www.rocket7.com>.


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Magic City Casino to conduct benefit Bullseye Golf Contest BY SANDRA M. RODRIGUEZ

Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, will host the Bullseye Golf Contest benefiting Voices Against Brain Cancer on Saturday, Jan. 14, and Sunday, Jan. 15. Participation in the two-day event is free and will take place Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Players will have the chance to win up to $15,000 in Free Play from Magic City Casino by participating in this event. Magic City Casino also will match any donations made to Voices Against Brain Cancer, as well as any Free Play won, up to $20,000. “We’re very excited to host this fun event and to be able to support such a worthy cause at the same time,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino. “We invite golf enthusiasts of all levels to come out and play for free and support Voices Against Brain Cancer, which is an amazing organization.” Participation in the Bullseye Golf Contest is free, with each player having the opportunity to get three shots to the green. Balls landing on the green will earn $20 in Free Play. Balls landing within 10 feet of the pin will earn $100 in Free Play, and if a golfer hits a hole in one, he or she will win $5,000 in Free Play. VIP packages are available and include two reserved tee times each day, as well as VIP seating for the evening entertainment programs. Voices Against Brain Cancer was founded in loving memory of Gary Lichtenstein, who lost his battle with brain cancer on Oct. 1, 2003, at the age of 24. Soon after his passing, his family created Voices Against Brain Cancer to raise money and awareness for the fight against this illness.

“We invite golf enthusiasts of all levels to come out and play for free and support Voices Against Brain Cancer, which is an amazing organization.” Scott Savin, CEO, Magic City Casino

“This tremendous event will allow us to honor Gary and those families who are still fighting this terrible illness,” said Mario Lichtenstein, founder of Voices Against Brain Cancer. “We appreciate Magic City Casino’s generosity and will put the money raised to urgent use.” Concluding each day’s activities, a special musical performance will be presented at Secada’s Lounge. The Chirino Sisters will perform on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9:30 p.m. Musician Stephen Bishop will perform on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Admission to both musical performances is free, with VIP tables available. For more details and official rules, visit <www.magiccitycasino.com> or call 305649-3000, ext. 3507. Magic City Casino, located at 450 NW 37 Ave., offers complimentary self parking and valet parking. Magic City Casino features 800 Las Vegas-style slot machines, 18-table Poker Room, outdoor concert amphitheater, seasonal live greyhound racing and multiple food and beverage outlets, among other state-of-the-art amenities. The casino is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.

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