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llCanes hosted 40 kids from various groups, including the Boys & Girls Club of Kendall, the Brian Pata Memorial Fund, City of South Miami Recreation, Miami Project Love and Lauryn Williams Fun4Kids Mentoring Program. Each child received a $95 gift certificate for sports gear at the 8th annual allCanes Shopping Spree for Kids, held at their store in Coral Gables. As in the past seven years, the store closed down for the special event. UHealth Sports Medicine and UM Hospital were the presenting sponsors. NBC6 and 560 WQAM were thanked for their media support leading up to the event. A number of University of Miami sports figures, including coaches, cheerleaders and players and other area celebrities also participated, providing entertainment and brightening the day for the children. Before the much appreciated shopping spree, the kids enjoyed a catered

f your holiday home décor includes a natural tree, Miami-Dade County can help you with your post-holiday

clean up. Beginning Dec. 26, residents served by the Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) can take their trees to one of 13 Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers or the South Dade Landfill.

Front row (l-r) — Harry Rothwell, GM and State Representative Julio Robaina. Back Row (l-r) — Horace Feliu, Mayor of South Miami; UM Football’s Tim Harris, TV broadcaster Tony Segreto; Jim Morris, UM Head Coach Baseball; Megan Clementi, Miss Florida USA; Vinny Scavo, UHealth Sports Medicine; Sebastian the Ibis; Hall of Famer Larry Little and Mama Pata. (Missing from photo: Hurricane broadcaster Joe Zagacki, former UM player Lamar Thomas and Edwin Pata, Photo by ALX). Left: Miss Florida USA Megan Clementi and the UM SunSations and Cheerleaders with the Crepemaker at the allCanes Holiday Shopping Spree for Kids.

meal provided by the Big Cheese, Flanigan’s, Roasters N’ Toasters and The Crepemaker. TV broadcaster Tony Segreto addressed the assembled youngsters as did speakers from the UM and other organizers. South Miami Mayor Horace Feliu was an invited guest, and Miss Florida USA Megan Clementi participated. Once again, it was a great local event that made a difference in the lives of underprivileged kids and kids at risk. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

On Jan. 7, residents served by DSWM can have their trees picked up by simply placing them at their curbside. Either way, trees that are free of any lights, tinsel and ornaments will be recycled into mulch which will be offered for free to service-area residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Here are the details: • Only residents served by MiamiDade DSWM (those who live in unin-

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Fit for Life teen weight loss program back at Alper JCC BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

Following the success of 32 teens who lost a total of 429 pounds in the Fit For Life program during 2009, the Children’s Trust Fund has decided to add its weight and fund the 2010 series of classes at the Alper Jewish Community Center in Kendall. This life-changing program targets overweight teens and teaches physical and nutritional skills in an effort to curb the trend toward excessive weight gain. The entire series of classes is open to the community and free of charge. The program’s director is Evelyn Rosenblatt, a published author, National Figure competitor, personal trainer, an exercise physiologist, and former MiamiDade County high school science teacher. “The success of the Fit For Life program can be seen in the incredible results that the teens achieved in just 15 weeks,” Rosenblatt said. “I was very proud that all of the participants completed the program, and Director Evelyn Rosenblatt (left) presents award to Carmen Gil almost all the teens decreased for the highest percent weight loss of the 32 teen participants their body fat percentages and is the 2009 program. showed an increase in both self–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– esteem and confidence. “The information they learned Carmen Gil was the “Biggest Loser” in gave them the tools and knowledge to live the initial program, having lost over 10 healthier lives,” she added. “The teens’ inches off her waist and dropping eight final measurements revealed an amazing dress sizes. total loss of 354 inches which translates “I don’t know how I could have reached into 29.5 feet.” my goals, had I not been part of it,” Gil Fit For Life is structured to include three said. “The transformations that I have seen hours per week focusing on strength train- in my body are remarkable. I still can’t ing and aerobic fitness with certified pro- believe that I fit into clothes that I hadn’t fessionals, plus a one-hour per week work- worn in years. And it wasn’t just me, but shop on nutrition, food preparation and every single one of the 32 participants lost healthy eating designed to modify existing weight and adopted a healthier lifestyle.” behavior. Another part of the program The next session of Fit For Life begins includes goal setting with personal Monday, Jan. 11. Students interested in accountability, and upon completion of the participating should call Evelyn Rosenblatt program the teens should see improvement at 305-498-7882 to register and begin the in physical fitness, self esteem and mandatory interview process. increased nutritional knowledge. The Dave and Mary Alper JCC on The Commitment and attendance are the key Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus is located at components to successful results. At the 11155 SW 112 Ave. in Kendall. For inforend of the 15 weeks, the biggest bonuses mation about additional Alper JCC fitness, are teens with enhanced self-worth, recreational and sports programs for the increased stamina and overall improved entire family visit online at <www.alperwell-being. jcc.org>.

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An Esther Williams-inspired performance by stunning synchronized swimmers from Aqua Firm and Fit and flapper fun by A Hot Party added to the 1920s-themed festivities. Catering was provided by a sultry selection of South Florida’s best restaurants and caterers including Smith & Wollensky, Badrutt’s Place, Catering by Alyse, Tap Tap, Jennifer’s Homemade, Cuatro Leches, Cakes by Denise and Homebaked by Tara. These gastronome favorites enticed even the most discerning foodies with their gourmet fare. Complementing the array of food was a selection of wine sponsored by Top Hat Wine and Spirits, among others. Every year hundreds of foster care children “age out” of the system and are expected to blend in to society as adults. Although the state provides them with financial aid for continuing education,

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many of them lack the necessary skills, guidance, and information needed to take advantage of these programs. Educate Tomorrow is comprised of volunteers in the community who are willing to mentor and guide these young adults and assist them in the process of completing high school and applying for college or technical school. The cost of mentoring, life skills training, and in-school support groups is approximately $2,000 per child for the first year, far less than the cost to society when a former foster child ends up homeless or incarcerated. Tickets and sponsorships purchased for the gala directly benefited Educate Tomorrow and will make a positive change in the lives of our foster care youth. For more information, visit online at <www.EducateTomorrow.org>.

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Either way, trees that are free of any lights, tinsel and ornaments will be recycled into mulch which will be offered for free to service-area residents on a first-come, firstserved basis. Here are the details: • Only residents served by Miami-Dade DSWM (those who live in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and the municipalities of Aventura, Cutler Bay, Doral, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Sunny Isles and Sweetwater) are eligible to participate. • Only trees that are undecorated and free of lights, ornaments and tinsel will be recycled into mulch. • Christmas trees will be accepted by DSWM in one of the two following ways: 1. Customer drop off at one of 14 DSWM sites as follows: Now through Jan. 17, eligible residents can drop off Christmas trees for recycling at any of the 13 Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers and at a designated area at the South Dade Landfill. Trees may be dropped off daily between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the following area locations: Sunset Kendall,

8000 SW 107 Ave.; Chapman Field, 13600 SW 60 Ave.; Richmond Heights, 14050 Boggs Dr.; West Perrine, 16651 SW 107 Ave.; Eureka Drive, 9401 SW 184 St.; South Miami Heights, 20800 SW 117 Ct.; Moody Drive, 12970 SW 268 St., and South Dade Landfill, 23707 SW 97 Ave., Gate A (open until 5 p.m.). 2. Collected at your curbside by DSWM as follows: Eligible residents must place their trees curbside on Thursday, Jan. 7. Trees placed after this date will not be collected. Trees with ornaments still on them will not be picked up. Free mulch will be available starting mid-January at the following area locations: Sunset Kendall, 8000 SW 107 Ave., and Eureka Drive, 9401 SW 184 St. For more information, call 3-1-1 or visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/dswm>.

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Food Drive a success, village heading for a new year Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Village Hall reports that the Village Food Drive was a big success, thanks to the generous support of residents who donated items. Staffers, with an assist from Mayor Flinn, boxed up the numerous Food Drive items and happily delivered them to various Community Based Organizations for distribution to local families in need. Good job, everyone, and just the right spirit of giving at this time of year. In fact, it’s a good thing to keep in mind all year long. M a r k t he s e on yo ur c a l e n d a r ! The next Regular Council Meeting is on January 11 at 7 p.m. at the Deering Estate Visitors Center, 16701 SW 72 Avenue. On January 25, also at 7 p.m., is a Zoning Hearing. It’s also at the Deering Estate Visitors Center. For more information call Village Hall at 305-259-1234 or visit the official village website at <http://www.palmettobay-fl.gov/>. A r e mi n d e r—the Palmetto Bay Village Policing Unit will be keeping an eye out for drivers who have been celebrating a little too early or too much on New Year’s Eve, so if you’re drinking, don’t drive. Coffee, juice and bagels at Mack’s Cycle helped fuel bike riders who jingled-jangled their way along the M-Path on December 19, helping purchase and deliver gifts for youngsters helped by the Miami Rescue Mission. Riders tied sleigh bells to keep Christmas cheer audible along the way as the Green Mobility Network bikers did their bit to help Santa’s elves this month. S till time for some old fashioned Christmas cheer? Take a chapter from days

gone by, says reader JW who offers free ideas, including a printed IOU: “I owe you a cup of coffee and a good long visit to catch up on old times.” (Total cost:$0.00); A telephone call (if local, charge it off to your good will); or hand-picked fruit from your backyard tropical tree with the wish for a Happy New Year of positive growth in 2010!

by choreographing sun salutations and other yoga moves to the hypnotic beat of Papaloko’s drums. After class, students have the opportunity to make their own music so everyone is encouraged to bring with them their own drums or other instruments. Rina says this is a perfect way to kick-off the year, live a healthier life and have fun. The class is only $20. Rina Yoga is located at 2490 Coral Way, 2nd Floor, and free parking is available. To sign up and for more information, please visit <http://www.rinayoga.com> or call 305-856-YOGA (9642). C o m i s h J o e M a r ti n ez reminds that Thursday, January 7, is the day that Christmas trees can be picked up by simply placing them at curbside by the county’s waste management trucks. Of course, you must strip lights, tinsel, ornaments down to the bare branches, first. Trees will be recycled into mulch which will be offered free to service-area residents on a first-come, first-served basis, starting in mid-January. ...aand a Happy 2010 to all! T ho u gh t f o r t he D ay: Never flinch, never weary, never despair. — Winston Churchill

Gary Alan Ruse and Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

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You c an’t beat thi s…drums and yoga. We hear that Rina Jakubowicz, Owner & Founder of Rina Yoga, has decided to welcome the New Year with a bang…literally. To help her students get on track with their New Year’s resolutions, Rina has decided to bring back her popular Yoga With Live Drums class on Friday, January 1st from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at her studio located in the heart of Miami. Together with local Haitian artist and musician, Jude Papaloko, Rina transforms regular yoga practice into a transcendental experience

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Maybe all political corruption coming at one time is good R. Kenneth Bluh ––– VIEWPOINT ––– KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Editor’s Note: This column, R. Kenneth Bluh’s final one of 2009, marks a milestone for him as a columnist with Miami’s Community Newspapers. This is his 600th weekly column published since he began in 1998. Corruption, it’s everywhere! The federal government is again demanding to see the “cooked” books of the City of Miami. County Mayor Carlos Alvarez gives out gigantic pay raises to a few insiders while eliminating jobs and cutting the salaries of those county employees still fortunate enough to keep their jobs. County execs pull down big pay to work outside the country while still on the county payroll. Voters approve a half-cent sales tax increase to improve our public transportation, and the end result is less public transportation than before we approved the

increase. Indicted and removed elected officials are running for reelection. The City of Miami is establishing an ethics course for newly elected officials where they will learn that they were not elected to public office to steal the public’s money. Is this who we are electing? How can elected county officials make backroom deals while they function in a state that has one of the best transparency laws in the nation? What is happening? Who is to blame? One reason is voter apathy. Come election time, few go to the polls to vote. The majority who vote in county elections are those that have a “personal” interest in the outcome of the election. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier Souto, a former member of the Florida Senate, reminds me of Howard Beale, the TV newscaster in the movie Network. Remember him? He couldn’t stand reporting on murders and break-ins by the dozens everyday, as if it was normal and expected. In anger, he told his listeners to mimic him as he stuck his head out of the studio window and shouted, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” Souto can’t take it any more and is proposing legislation against corruption in

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Wall Street investors appearing more confortable with market Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY Wall Street’s investors look like they’re trying to feel comfortable putting more money back into the markets. It also is obvious that they are cautiously holding back until they get more signs of a stronger recovery. If the trend continues, trading could see more of the same mixed messages that have boosted Wall Street since earlier this fall, but stalled recent trading. What has been boosting trading? There are signs of a slowly improving economy. Yet, there also are continuing signs of the same old problems, which have not seen any real improvements, including tight credit markets and unemployment. Some of Wall Street’s biggest banks are paying off their federal bailouts much sooner than expected. Many are doing better than expected and want to pay off their government funds to avoid more government regulations aimed at limiting their profits and executive pay. The United States Treasury Department reports that the initial cost of the federal bailout could be $200 billion “less” than originally expected. Even so, expect a fight during the coming months. What should be done with the extra $200 billion? Should it be used to expand stimulus funding to struggling families or use it to pay down the growing federal deficit. As the economy improves ever so slightly, the dollar is starting to pick up strength on world markets. The rise is helping stabilize wholesale oil prices. Ben Bernanke, chair of the Federal

Reserve Board, said that, “The United States economy still faces major challenges through 2010, including near-record unemployment.” While he doesn’t think inflation will be a problem through the first half of 2010, he is predicting that the Federal Reserve may have to consider raising interest rates again sometime next year. The latest official job numbers are getting a lot of attention. Private companies laid off an additional 169,000 workers in November. That’s the lowest number since July 2008. It is also the 22nd straight month of private job losses. On the upside, mortgage applications are rising as home loans remain at record lows. Rock bottom bargains, tax incentives and cheap financing are helping the battered real estate markets see more solid gains. On Wall Street, some of the strongest stocks have been in the airline industry. Analysts forecast improved air travel and improved airline profits during the holidays. We will keep a close watch on Wall Street to see what the investors think about the latest employment plans. Will they put more money into the market or start taking it back out again? We’ll just have to wait and see. HAPPY HOLIDAYS This has been a difficult year for many people and as a result, the holidays may not be as bright as we would wish. Yet despite that, we can only hope that 2010 will bring better news on all fronts. I would like to take this opportunity to send you all my very best wishes for this holiday and for the new year. Keep on persevering; there is still hope on the horizon.

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Columbus High School teacher goes on Earthwatch expedition BY LEE STEPHENS

Mary T. McCullagh, a history and government teacher at Christopher Columbus High School, started her class from an unusual location on Nov. 29 — the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD. As part of her educator fellowship, sponsored by HSBC in the Community, McCullagh used satellite and Internet technology to connect “Live from the Field” to her classroom and community. She joined Earthwatch Institute’s Climate Change and Fragmented Forests expedition as a member of a research team consisting of scientists and volunteers determined to collect data and answer the most pressing issues related to climate change. The research team was led by principal investigator Dr. Geoffrey (Jess) Parker of the Forest Ecology Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). The volunteer teachers assisted the researchers by “investigating the effects of climate change on forests and the ecosystems therein.” Volunteers took tree measure-

ments, examined leaf material, and observed the forest’s wildlife population. McCullagh returned to her classroom with so many new experiences to share with her students. “The Earthwatch Expedition was extraordinary. The Internet and Web blog allowed me to involve the students in my daily experiences with commentary, photos and video,” she said. “Along with important inquiry and research skills, they benefited from the 21st Century skills of videoconferencing, collaboration and Internet investigation. The students enjoyed the live Web video conference with permanent researcher Nancy Kahn.” Students and teachers can still follow McCullagh’s expedition adventure on the “Live from the Field” website at <www.earthwatch2.org/LFF/McCullagh/>. In addition to this fellowship experience, HSBC in the Community will provide a $250 grant to implement a community conservation project designed by McCullagh and her students to further engage them in their classroom and in their community. Visit <www.earthwatch.org> or call 1800-776-0188 for more information.


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Police teamwork helps clear 34 burglaries in Kendall area BY RICHARD YAGER

A rash of 34 neighborhood burglaries plaguing Kendall homeowners in recent months was solved by two Miami-Dade Police Kendall District officers with the assistance of four department units. The two were named as Officers of the Month during a Citizens Advisory Committee meeting on Dec. 9. Det. Joshua Klurman and Officer Christopher Alfonso gained indivudal honors for questioning and their continuing followup of tips and latent fingerprints that eventually led to the identity of an admitted burglar. The suspect’s Sweetwater apartment, when entered by the officers on Sept. 23, also revealed a juvenile, later charged with

two thefts, and $5,000 worth of stolen goods that were recovered. Interviews by the officers of the original suspect resulted in admitting to nine other Kendall area burglaries, as well as “additional cases” being handled in the Hammocks District. On Oct. 7, Det. Michael Zambrana and Officer Klurman, using a fingerprint taken at a new burglary scene, again questioned the subject who admitted to the additional crime and confession to 22 others in Kendall during the summer months, besides the first 10. The Kendall officers were aided by Police Crime Analyst Carol Malec as well as team members from four special teams that included the Crime Prevention and Gang Units, Burglary

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Squad and Crime Suppression Team. Apprehension of the two suspects was the result of outstanding investigative abilities and superior teamwork, according to Maj. Michael Herrera, district commander, and Citizens Advisory Committee chair Barry White. The citations covered both October and November awards for exceptional police work.

Pictured (l-r) are CAC chair Barry White; Giovanni Intriago, who was award “Citizen of the Month” for his role in a Killian Greens Golf Course shooting, and Maj. Michael Herrera. (Photo by Bella Mompierre)

GIOVANNI INTRIAGO EARNS ‘CITIZEN OF MONTH’ HONOR Giovanni Intriago, who initially spotted a rifle-carrying suspect on Killian Greens Golf Course in July, was honored as “Citizen of the Month” at Miami-Dade

Police Kendall District on Dec. 9. It was Intriago who observed a suspect carrying a Winchester lever-action .30-30 later used to fire into area homes, at motorists on the Shula Expressway (SR 874), and wound one female golfer. The offender was later arrested on multiple charges, including attempted first degree murder. Quick response to the police call for observing suspicious activity in the area was crucial to the search and arrest of the charged shooter, according to Maj. Michael Herrera who commended Intriago for his alert assistance to police.

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Author of Galway Bay to discuss her novel, Jan. 3 Mary Pat Kelly, the author of Galway Bay, a novel of Irish-Americans, will discuss her book and the history of these people at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, in the Upstairs Room of JohnMartin’s Restaurant, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Galway Bay is an epic novel of an Irish family who left Ireland during the time of the Great Famine to settle in Chicago. Kelly’s novel is the result of 35 years of research in Ireland and the United States and is heavily influenced by the recorded recollections of her great-great grandmother, who is cast as the narrator in the novel. For more information, call John Kane at 305-273-0118. HOMESTEAD HOSPITAL SLATES 5K WALK/RUN FOR WELLNESS Start the new year with fun and fitness at Homestead Hospital’s 5K Walk/Run for Wellness, Saturday, Jan. 9. The 3.1-mile race begins at 8 a.m. in the hospital parking lot, Campbell Drive (SW 312th Street) and SW 147th Avenue, and travels through surrounding neighborhoods.

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Program proves young kids benefit from learning music BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

The earlier you introduce children to music, the better. That’s one of the concepts behind Musikgarten, an early childhood music education company that helps foster a love of music for the very young. The program trains teachers in music and movement for children. In the Kendall/Pinecrest area, the Musikgarten franchise is owned by Janet Kirsten, PhD, a National Board Certified public school music teacher, who currently is on sabbatical. Although she has been trained in the system for 10 years, she has become serious about giving classes since having her children, 19-month-old Jolie and 3-yearold JeriRose. She now teaches Musikgarten classes at Wayside Baptist Church. “Musikgarten is built on the premise of parental involvement,” Dr. Kirsten said. She has classes at Wayside on Mondays and Thursdays starting at 5 p.m. “It’s open to the community,” she said. Dr. Kirsten said the classes are developed to be age appropriate. “I guide the parents to help the parents be the child’s teacher,” she said. “I’m providing an example of how to create music in the child’s environment. They are feeling the love and security of their parent and making music with them and that’s a bonding experience.” Parents also are encouraged to continue the class experiences at home during the week. “It helps them cognitively,” she said. “It helps them with language, and social and emotional development. I teach the parents to feel more comfortable with their voices and try to sing in a range with their children’s voices. Some parents just don’t know that they can control their voices and their modeling can make such a difference in their children’s music development.” The children also learn how to use instru-

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ments. The younger ones use little wooden sticks and rattles while the older kids have more advanced instruments. “We do a lot of rhythmic patterning,” she said. “They learn how to handle the instruments, how to be quiet, soft and loud, fast and slow, all these concepts that are going to be revisited when they enter school. It’s all done in a playful environment.” The classes Dr. Kirsten offers now are for babies up to 18 months, toddlers and for preschoolers up to age 5, although she is trained to offer classes for children through age 7. “For all of these classes parents are participants,” she said. At Wayside, she also teaches all the children enrolled in the pre-school program, including the infants. The community classes are $10 a class paid for at the beginning of a semester. Those enrolled receives a packet of materials includes a parent book and a CD of the songs they will sing. The packet also contains instructions on how to coordinate a game with the song. The babies get their own instruments but older children share. Dr. Kirsten is expanding her scope and is now teaching Musikgarten classes at The Fun Club, a new daycare in South Miami, where she is giving weekly classes to toddlers. Along with her Musikgarten classes, Dr. Kirsten gives private flute lessons, to both individuals and groups. She is a professional flute player who plays at events including weddings. She also has a business called Bravo Musicians. The business organizes bands or ensembles for events, from big bands to jazz quartets. For more information, call 305-5982963.

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Cavalia to open on Jan. 19 at Miami’s Bicentennial Park BY JOSE BOSA

Miami will experience on Jan. 19 what already has astounded 2.5 million people in Europe; Canada, and U.S. cities including Washington, DC; Chicago; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Boston, and most recently Atlanta — the extravagant multimedia equestrian celebration for the eyes and ears that is Cavalia. Guests who attend the show will “ooh” and “ahh” in amazement at the beauty of the more than 60 four-legged artists in this eclectic cast. Crowds will cheer and rise in their seats during the incredible performances of some 40 two-legged artists, including acrobats, aerialists, riders, musicians and dancers. From Jan. 19 to Jan. 31, under the White Big Top at Bicentennial Park in Downtown Miami, an exquisite, fast-paced, unforgettable 120-minute performance featuring the harmony between horse and man will find its home. Cavalia marks the Adrienne Arsht Center’s first off-site production, and underlines the center’s commitment to provide world-class, diverse programming to the South Florida community. This spectacular production was created by Cirque du Soleil co-founder, Normand Latourelle, and often is compared to Cirque for the way it revolutionizes equestrian and performing arts, much like Cirque revolutionized the circus. Following its two-year European tour, Cavalia will stop in Miami, as it makes the rounds to major cities on its North American tour. “I had the opportunity to bring Cirque du Soleil’s Cirque Réinventé to Miami in 1989,” Latourelle said. “I am extremely proud to introduce a new type of show to Miami on the 20th anniversary of this milestone. I hope that the people will embrace Cavalia’s magic.” “We are honored to co-present such a beautiful performance such as Cavalia,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “South Florida will fall in love with this highly acclaimed, artistic demonstration of the unique bond between humans and horses.” Cavalia is not just a show for horselovers. Nor is it a show just for Cirquefanatics. It is a lavish orchestration of multimedia, equestrian and performing arts designed to astound and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds. Under the world’s largest touring Big Top, which rises 100 feet above the ground and spans more than 26,264 square feet, 60 of the most magnificent creatures on the planet will express themselves in all their beauty, grace and

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strength on a 160-foot wide stage. While the horses gallop and cavort and, at times, run free completely unbridled, the show will incorporate unbelievable acrobatics, original live music and stunning special and lighting effects to create a dreamlike setting, making it apparent to see why this show has become a global sensation. Cavalia features 12 different breeds of horses including Arabians, Lusitanos, Spanish Pure Breed, Quarter Horses, and Paint horses from France, Canada, Spain and the United States. The featured twolegged artists represent the nations of the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Portugal and Russia. For its exclusive run in Miami, Cavalia will be presented under the White Big Top pitched in Bicentennial Park in Downtown Miami. Regular tickets are priced from $34 to $89.50. And, if just sitting in the stands is not enough for you, the show can be customized for the complete VIP experience from $129 to $180, including a Horse Lovers Package that lets patrons tour Cavalia’s stables, and the Rendez-Vous Package that includes a tour of the stables, a cocktail/dinner reception and much more. Special pricing available for children, students, and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at <www.cavalia.net> or via the Adrienne Arsht Center online at <www.arshtcenter.org>. Opening night will be Tuesday, Jan. 19. During Cavalia’s Miami run, there will be nightly shows except Mondays, matinee and evening shows on Saturdays and early shows on Sundays. For more information, a detailed list of show dates and reservations, call 1-866-999-8111 or visit online at <www.cavalia.net>.

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From the brilliant Jasper Fforde comes Shades of Grey (Dec. 29, 2009; $25.95; 352 pages), a novel that’s part social satire, part romance, and part revolutionary thriller. In Shades of Grey, the first in his new series, Fforde transports readers to a dark, wild world where black and white moral certainty has been reduced to shades of grey. Welcome to the color-obsessed world of Shades of Grey, which is set at least two world orders into the future. Visual color has become commodified, the social pecking order and levels of authority are not based on intellect, cash, ability, or who’s the best liar, but on which color you can see. Purples are at the top of the heap and Reds at the bottom, with the Greys who see no color at all as the lowly drones of the collective. Power is decentralized — Village Prefects mete out local punishment, and national collections have been dispersed — every village holds at least one Picasso, and often a Vermeer and a Chagall, too. The land is lush and semi-tropical, teeming with wandering Jasper Fforde megafauna, antelope, (Photo credit: Mari Fforde) and Bouncing Goat — –––––––––––––––––––– but not many humans. The trappings of the previous civilization are now covered in a soft blanket of leaf mold, soil, and the annoyingly invasive rhododendron. The occasional building still stands, wrapped tightly in ivy, but for the most part only the iron postboxes, street lamps and telephone boxes serve to remind that there was someone here before. But echoes of the gone-away civilization do still linger on, such as strictly mandated politeness, compulsory dance lessons, postcodes, and tea at four o’clock sharp. As the story begins, Eddie Russett arrives with his father at the village known as East Carmine. It is a temporary assignment and at first Eddie finds it all horribly unsophisticated. There is little synthetic color, and only a linoleum factory for income. Intending to marry the upmarket Constance Oxblood back home and inherit the family stringworks, Eddie wants to leave just as soon as he can. But there is something about the quirky Grey named Jane that intrigues him. Perhaps it is her

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contempt for the strict order of their world, or perhaps it is because she is everything Constance isn’t. In any event, Eddie soon finds himself drawn into a sequence of events that lead to the one place the citizenry were never intended to go — the truth. In 2002 Fforde took the literary world by storm when he launched his bestselling series The Eyre Affair, introducing Swindon’s sharp, sometimes vulnerable but always no-nonsense literary detective Thursday Next to scores of devoted readers. In Shades of Grey a fragmented society struggles to survive in a color-obsessed post-apocalyptic landscape — but don’t worry, it’s not that serious. Jasper Fforde is the bestselling author of the Thursday Next and Nursery Crimes series. He lives in Wales. Fforde will be visiting Books and Books in Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., on Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. Visit Jasper Fforde online at <www.jasperfforde.com> and Penguin at <www.penguin.com>.

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Paul Borden elected president of automotive media group BY LEE STEPHENS

Veteran journalist Paul Borden has been elected president of the Miami-based Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA). Borden, 68, is a founding member of SAMA and previously was the association’s vice president. He succeeds Ron Beasley, who served three terms as president of SAMA. “I want to give credit to Ron, who laid a firm foundation for the organization, and the hope is to continue the progress that we’ve had over the last three years,” Borden said. “We’ve certainly experienced some rapid growth and we’ve had two very successful Rides ’n Smiles benefit events with Baptist Hospital and the HomesteadMiami Speedway; our annual breakfast/lunch at the South Florida International Auto Show has evolved into a much anticipated event. And, of course, our program of monthly luncheons has been ongoing for three years and every one has been sponsored by one of the auto manufacturers or an industry-related entity. “So, we have established a track record with the auto industry and the goal is to continue on that path and even move into new territory, such as the ‘Green Vehicle’ ride-and-drive we have tentatively scheduled for mid-2010.” Borden, a West Kendall resident, was born and raised in Indiana and got his first newspaper job with his hometown paper, the Vincennes Sun-Commercial. He went to junior college at Vincennes University, and then earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University. He was assistant sports editor of the Bloomington HeraldTelephone before entering the service in 1965 and serving four-plus years on active

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Shelby GT500 Mustang has more power, new transmission Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Got an extra 50 grand to plunk down on a super high-performance Muscle Car that will run with just about anything on the highway? Check out Ford’s new 2010 Shelby GT500 Mustang. It’s a very nice combination of power, performance and design. Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) and Shelby America used the previous generation King of the Road Mustang technology to deliver a more powerful Shelby GT500. They jacked the engine to 540 hp and 510 foot-pounds of torque, added a new six-speed manual gearbox and made various design changes to increase downforce and reduce drag. It all adds up to greater acceleration and more miles per gallon on the highway. The 2010 Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged and intercooled dual overhead cam 5.4-liter V-8 with a red line of 6,250 rpm. To say that this car screams on

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Shelby GT500 Mustang has aluminum power dome hood that adds to Muscle Car appearance and helps cool the engine through a hood extractor.

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