I'm Not Your Boring Newspaper Vol. 5, No. 9 (December 5, 2018 to January 8, 2019)

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A Booming Coconut Grove Makes for a Busy Business Improvement District (BID)

New Coral Gables City Manager Ready to Take The Bull By the Horns By: Susan Alvarez susaalvare@aol.com

The Coconut Grove BID is a board of the City of Miami dedicated to protecting and enhancing the vitality of Coconut Grove’s commercial core. [PPhoto courtesy of Coconut Grove B.I.D. ]

By: Liz Kobak Liz@INYBN.com

From a favorite haunt for musicians, artists, and bohemians back in the 1960s to a nightlife destination drawing everyone from celebrities such as Michael Jackson to University of Miami students— Coconut Grove is sure to evoke fond memories in those who visited or grew up in the lush, historic enclave. Today, as the Grove welcomes a wave of new residential and commercial development, one agency is tasked with protecting and enhancing the vitality of neighborhood’s commercial core while keeping its quirky character intact: the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID). Formed by independent property owners and merchants in 2009, the BID has developed a variety of programs to ensure the district’s cleanliness and security, fund marketing projects, sponsor special events, undertake beautification efforts and make capital improvements to keep the Grove looking and feeling great. The BID plans on investing millions of dollars into upcoming priorities — including $1.3 million toward burying FPL utility lines, $105,000 toward Freebee services, $1.8 million for the restoration of sidewalks along Main Highway, $100,000 toward improvements at Peacock Park, and a $3 million contribution for a parking garage at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. “Coconut Grove has the distinction Continued on page 10

When Coral Gables needed to fill the available City Manager position, Commissioners did not need to look any further than their own workforce. With more than 35 years of engineering and construction experience in the private and public sectors, Peter Iglesias was a great fit and the ideal candidate for the post and as such, was unanimously appointed on the 25th of September by the City Commission. Before being named City Manager, Iglesias previously assumed the capacity of Assistant City Manager for Operations and Infrastructure/Building Official of

Coral Gables since 2016. Prior to that, he served as Senior Director of Building, Planning and Zoning, Historical and IT/Horizontal Integration at City of Miami for three and a half years. Iglesias says of his new appointment: “I am responsible for the day-to-day management of a full-service municipality, 1,100 full and part-time employees, a $195 million general operating budget and a five-year capital plan of about $220 million.” According to its website, Coral Gables or “The City

Age-Friendly Initiative Calls for Wiser Treatment of Older Adults Peter Iglesias was unanimously appointed to the position of City Manager by the City Commission. [Photo courtesy of City of Coral Gables]

treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. Along these lines, the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is aiming to make “Miami great for all ages,” says initiative manager, Isabel Rovira, MPH, “so people can age gracefully and healthfully.” Furthermore, the collaborative effort focuses “on sustainable changes in order to create a community where older adults of all ages can stay active, engaged, and healthy with dignity and enjoyment.” Within that framework, older adults would have access to outdoor spaces

Beautiful”, as it is known, serves some 51,000 residents, has more than 11 million square feet of office space and over 10,000 businesses. Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami’s main campus, which boasts more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 14,000 employees. It appears that Iglesias has leaped right into his new post and hit the ground running. When asked if there were any new initiatives, programs or projects that he might have in mind for the Gables, he explained, “We are working on several important projects, among them the construction of the Public Safety Building on Salzedo and Alcazar. Next to it, a new Garage 7 will be constructed to address the growing demand for public parking in the North Ponce area. The renovation of Fire Station 2 and the construction of a new

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Miami-Dade County supervisors set a goal of making the county age friendly. [Photo courtesy of Isabel Kilzi Rovira]

By: Liz Kobak Liz@INYBN.com

Why is it that as a person ages, a misconception falls over that individual that his or her life has less significance than someone with youth on his or her side? This common misconception is just what the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is attempting to counter. Founded by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Age-Friendly World project is focused on enabling people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and


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Editor-in-Chief / Publisher Yara Zakharia, Esq. (Key Biscayne, FL) English Language Columnists Kim Hutchinson (Gillette, Wyoming) Susan Alvarez (Miami, FL) Josie Gulliksen (North Miami, FL) Elizabeth Kobak (Miami, FL / Long Island, NY) Spanish Language Editor Saida Santana (Los Angeles/Miami; Madrid, Spain) Spanish Language Columnists Saida Santana (Los Angeles/Miami; Madrid, Spain) Guest Columnists Robert Elias, Esq. (Miami, FL) Jimmy Pozo, LMT (Miami, FL) Logo Concept Yara Zakharia, Esq. Evelyn Pacheco, PhD (York, South Carolina) Page Production

Coral Gables Community Foundation Awards over $50,000 to Non-Profits The Coral Gables Community Foundation recently awarded over $50,000 in grants to 28 deserving non-profit organizations. The Coral Gables Community Foundation and its Community Giving Committee, chaired by Foundation Board Member David Olazabal, awards grants to non-profit organizations twice a year that address issues within the Foundation’s focus areas — Education, Arts & Culture, Historic Preservation and Social & Health Services — and that serve those who live, work, learn or play in Coral Gables. “ T h e ge n e r o sit y of o u r d o nors, supporters and fundholders throughout the year make our grant making possible,” said Mary Snow, Executive Director of the

Coral Gables Community Foundation. “We are proud promoters of philanthropic efforts throughout Coral Gables and are glad to be able to support so many organizations fulfill their goals.” The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to support the great work of its Fall 2018 Grantees: Actors Playhouse, Area Stage, AUM Home Shala, Bake a Wish, Beaux Arts, Branches, Caroling Competition, Chapman Partnership, Close Up Foundation, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Coral Gables Museum, Culinary Arts Program at Coral Gables Senior High, Friendship Circle, GableStage, Gablettes, Ganley Foundation, GENES Foundation, Gifts in Golf, Little Canes at the University of Miami, Miami Children’s

Museum, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, New World School of the Arts, South Florida Digital Alliance, St. Patrick’s Day Committee/Emerald Society, Wellspring Counseling Center, Woody Foundation, WOW Center and Young Patronesses of the Opera. “Being able to support so many worthwhile organizations is a major point of pride for the Foundation,” said David Olazabal, Chair of the Community Giving Committee. “The efforts of our Community Giving initiative add to the footprint of the Foundation and enhance the quality of life in Coral Gables.” The deadline for the Foundation’s spring grant cycle is April 12th. To apply, please visit http://gablesfoundation.org/giving/grants/.

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Regenerating Your Inner Self Through Massage By: James Pozo, LMT namastejp@hotmail.com

I cannot underscore enough the significance and value of receiving a therapeutic massage from a practitioner who can deliver a wide spectrum of modalities to contribute to your overall wellbeing. It is a fact that there are many of us who have not treated ourselves with a massage, hence not reaping its countless benefits to our lives. I like to tell my patients and clients that the best medicine is preventive in nature. This entails that it be a sweet responsibility for each us to take charge of exercising, stretching and being mindful of our dietary habits. Let us respect and honor our temple. Our body is a perfect apparatus; if guided in a positive direction, it will surely respond favorably. We are the most precious commodity that exists; that being said, nourishing our spirit, mind and body will allow us to normalize all your internal organs and functions. How can massage contribute to your total well-being? Many of us will get a massage for different reasons- some to address a specific discomfort or a limited range of motion and others for mere relaxation. Here are some of the benefits induced by massage therapy: • Overall repose through the release of endorphins (chemicals in the brain that reduce pain when liberated in large amounts; can also boost your energy level and relieve tension) • Improved circulation, nourishing cells and enhancing waste elimination • Relief of compressed and tight muscles • Improved flexibility and range of motion • Enhanced vitality • Strengthened lymphatic and immune system • Oxygenation of muscle tissues, allowing the breakdown of scar tissue • Decrease in pain and improved functioning for those afflicted with whiplash, scoliosis, sciatica, tension headaches, or pregnancy-related back pain • Rehabilitation of muscle injuries • Reduced anxiety • Diminished fatigue • Enhanced athletic performance • Decreased stress levels What follows are case studies showing the reduction of pain and recovery from injury:

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Inside The Whimsical World of Art Basel By: Liz Kobak LizKobak@gmail.com

Since Art Basel’s arrival in South Florida in 2002, Miami has welcomed thousands of esteemed galleries, artists, showmen and the like from across the globe through its warm ports. The question begs, though: Why here? Out of all the places in the world, organizers thought it best to bring Switzerland’s annual tradition of showcasing the most avantgarde, forward-thinking and provocative art forms to none other than the city where the heat is always cranked up to the max – and that’s not just temperatures. People have speculated as to why Miami, but no one can pinpoint the exact reason – nor should they have to. Speculation aside, the artfueled festival that is primarily sponsored by financial institution UBS, has been dominating the South Beach and South Miami scene for the past 16 years and counting and has a lot of cultural offerings that many look forward to experiencing first-hand. Assembled by masterful curators Philipp Kaiser and Mari Spirito, the four-day festival is compartmentalized into seven so-called “sectors”: Galleries,

Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett, Survey and Magazines. When looking deeply within each particular sector, it is evident how well though-out and context ualized each sector presents itself. Within Galleries, it is pretty self-explanatory: More than “200 of the world's leading international modern and contemporary art galleries display artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art,” reads Art Basel’s website. “Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces.” From A to Z, these galleries convene in Miami over a unifying, high regard for art and its pervasive powers, with a profound impact on culture, thought, human relations, self-reflection, you name it. In short, some sort of effect is bound to happen from the interaction with the art. Gallery owners from as close as Miami, to a little further north in New York, to as far out as Rio, Brazil are setting up shop under the artsy Art Basel wings, as well as a slew of artists who these exhibitors well, exhibit. Rather than exhibiting only

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one traveling artist’s work in their gallery space, some galleries opt for showcasing multiple artists at once: “Showing works created within the last three years, the Nova sector features strong juxtapositions and never-before-seen pieces fresh from the artist's studio,” according to the curators. As for “Positions”: “This sector allows curators, critics, and collectors to discover ambitious new talents from across the globe by providing a platform for a single artist to present one major project.” Based on the exhibitors, this sector seems to present more conceptual entities rather than figurative, sculptural or painted works of art included in the aforementioned sectors. With the sector Kabinett, there is a separately delineated space within booths in which galleries present a curated exhibition by an artist of their choosing. Curatorial concepts for Kabinett include thematic group exhibitions, arthistorical showcases and solo shows for rising stars. “Survey presents precise art

historical projects,” the site continues. “These may include solo presentations by an individual artist, juxtapositions and thematic exhibits from artists representing a range of cultures, generations and artistic approaches.” And, finally, a little bit of editorial materials weaves its way onto the main stage as well, serving as a bit of an homage to the world of writing and editorials. After all, sometimes a story on a particular artist can make or break the way the public views his or her work. “Art publications from around the world display their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth,” reads the site. “Editors and publishers often attend the show and many magazines contribute presentations to Conversations, our series of lectures and discussions by prominent members of the art world.” In addition to the various sectors and showcases throughout the festival, Art Basel also hosts conversations amongst the diverse group of patrons

and professionals in attendance. Some of those panelists included in discussions are gallerists, collectors, lawyers, architects, art critics, and so on. Conversations featuring artists might prove most interesting to those who want to see the other side of the artist, behind his or her palette, hands used to create art and the mastermind. One of the Miami Beach conversations highlighted by Art Basel is with Charles Gaines. “I was trying to find a way to make art that did not rely on certain conventions of practice,” said the artist of his outlook on making art. “If you don’t think and you sort of contemplate, then you intuitively generate an idea. It doesn’t come out of a reason; it comes out of an impulse of something,” said the philosophical artist who tackles rich concepts such politics in his drawings and multi-media works. Art Basel takes over Miami Beach and its neighboring districts December 6 through 9. Check out more details on the festival by visiting www.artbasel.com/miami-beach/the-show.

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Friday December 14 6-8 p.m.

AT TROPICAL AUDUBON SOCIETY YOU’RE INVITED! On your way home or on your way out, alight at our historic Doc Thomas House for a festive Holiday Happy Hour & Open House mixer. Mingle with friends andSUNSET neighbors, TAS board and staff. Enjoy holiday 5530 DRIVE, MIAMI, FLORIDA 33143 music, complimentary punch, nibbles and donation Bird Bar libations. Bonus: Browse our bird-inspired holiday gifts — first edition John James Audubon Octavo prints, greeting and holiday cards, ceramics and jewelry — and avoid the malls! Pot Luck finger food contributions are most welcome. Bring something easy and portable. (We have a microwave.) Please be mindful and refrain from using disposable items to make, carry or serve your dish. (No plastic bags, single-use plastic or styrofoam, please.) Escape the holiday hustle-bustle and unwind beneath an “enchanted forest” of Florida live oaks; follow the twinklelit trail through the hardwood hammock to our iconic chickee. Experience unfettered Nature under the stars on our Old Florida campus. RSVP is optional; questions can be directed to events@tropicalaudubon.org. Parking options: Limited on-site parking via the 55th Avenue entry gate; nearby metered, garage and valet parking options within 1-3 blocks; Metro-rail service to South Miami Station. Tropical Audubon Society, 5530 Sunset Drive, Miami 33143 @tropicalaudubon

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New Coral Gables City Manager Ready to Take The Bull By the Horns Continued from page 1

Trolley Depot, the additional renovation of the 427 Biltmore Way building, along with the improvements for the historic City Hall are capital projects on the top of the list.” “Coral Gables is a leading Smart City nationwide,” Iglesias states. “The horizontal integration of our existing processes through the use of smart technology is improving efficiencies and productivity in several administrative areas. A new municipal services software platform will enable the City to electronically manage the plans review and improve the permitting and business licenses processes.” He goes on to say, “Later in the next year, the City will start the implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning software that will enable us to better manage all core functions including financials, procurement, HR, payroll and revenues by streamlining our procedures and eliminating duplicate data entry.” As for areas of growth and improvements, “We are tackling major projects that will move the City of Coral Gables into the next century,” notes Iglesias. “Public safety, emergency prepared-

Rendering of the new Public Safety Building on Salzedo and Alcazar. [Photo courtesy of City of Coral Gables]

ness for storms, levering the use of technology in every aspect of city services are some of the common themes that Coral Gables will continue to pursue under my administration.” When asked if there were any anticipated challenges, Iglesias remarked, “At the requests of these communities, the possible annexation of High Pines/

Ponce Davis and Little Gables into Coral Gables is ongoing. It is up to voters of these areas to decide whether to become part of Coral Gables. If they do, our challenge and commitment will be to preserve the high quality of life that our existing and new Coral Gables residents expect and deserve.” Iglesias says he considers himself a results-oriented professional who

Structures and continues to work towards a Doctorate of Science in Engineering. He would like everyone to know that they have a very active public information program through the city’s Communications Office and Coral Gables Television. Its staff continually shares important news, programs and information about the City of Coral Gables. He


Artistic and functional crosswalk by Cruz Diez. [Photo courtesy of City of Coral Gables]

Carlos Alfonzo (1950-1991), A Tongue to Utter, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 11 x 16 ft and Ballerinas, 1988, steel and paint, 115 x 45 x 48 in; 95 x 47 x 50 in; 92 x 60 x 47 in. Courtesy of private collection and LnS Gallery. Photo: Nuuris Ortiz.

On view at the Lowe Art Museum through May 2019, courtesy of LnS Gallery.



works with the public, residents, developers, design professionals, the city team and elected officials in order to find smart solutions to complex situations. “I am a proponent of using stateof-the-art technology to help reduce service turnaround, increase accuracy and ensure accountability at all levels of our organization.” A long-time resident of Coral Gables, Iglesias is a professional engineer, State of Florida general contractor, State of Florida and International Code Council Building Official, and Miami-Dade County Building Official/Structural Plans Examiner/Building Plans Examiner. Among his many accomplishments, he graduated cum laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering,

encourages everyone to subscribe to its free biweekly electronic newsletter eNews at coralgables.com. You can also follow on Facebook @cityofcoralgables or Twitter @citycoralgables. Susan Alvarez Susan Alvarez has a multifaceted background in theatre, film and newspaper production. She is a professional stills photographer whose photographs and art work are exhibited in private and public collections. Susan has written extensively on health and wellness as well as the arts, authored coffee table book Clínica Borinquen: A Legacy for the People. Her life as an artist began in the New York theatre community as an actor and dancer. A move to Los Angeles expanded her experience in the theatre and film to include directing but, through it all, she always had a camera at her side.


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Artist’s rendering: SW 2 Avenue by day [Calvin, Giordano & Associates (CGA)]

Artist’s rendering: SW 2 Avenue by night [Calvin, Giordano & Associates (CGA)]

SW 2 Avenue in DowntownFTL to Receive Facelift The For t Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is excited to announce that SW 2 Avenue, between West Broward Boulevard and SW 2 Street, will receive a major facelift in 2019 as part of the DDA’s Urban Acupuncture Program. The program is aimed at making high-impact, cost-effective improvements at strategic locations throughout DowntownFTL. Currently in poor condition, SW 2 Avenue serves as a physical and visual connection between the new Brightline station, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District, Himmarshee Village and Historic District, and the

Riverwalk in DowntownFTL. The DDA seeks to improve the safety and aesthetics of the corridor, while injecting a good dose of high-quality urban design. Expected changes include wider sidewalks, reconfigured parking stalls, upgraded lighting, landscaping, drainage, and artistic elements. The project was conceived by a group of DowntownFTL stakeholders interested in improving the experience to/from the Brightline station, and is part of a larger effort to enhance the immediate area near Broward Boulevard and the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) train tracks.

The project is being funded utilizing federal streetscape grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). These are the same grants that in 2017 helped fund the Riverwalk extension to Laura Ward Plaza, connecting the iconic Riverwalk along the edge of the New River behind the Icon apartment building and Stranahan House. The DDA is leading the project implementation through a sub-recipient agreement with Broward County, as the direct grant recipient with support from the City of Fort Lauderdale.

The project budget is approximately $750,000. Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. (CGA), based in Fort Lauderdale, was just awarded a contract to perform design services on behalf of the DDA. CGA’s vision for SW 2 Avenue is to create a flexible space that can be transformed based on the needs of the entertainment district and the evolving DowntownFTL area. Public outreach will start later this year. The design phase is expected to last approximately four months. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2019.

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Left to Right: Nelson de León, Fernando Pinto, Alirio Torrealba, Venny Torre. [Image courtesy of Antonio Figueroa]

MG Developer Celebrates Groundbreaking of Luxurious The Ponce in Coral Gables Project comes only three months after MG Developer’s another project currently under construction in The City Beautiful, Villa Blanc ollowing the successful groundbreaking of Villa Blanc, MG Developer maintains its status as Coral Gables’ most active developer with the groundbreaking of The Ponce. Offering a robust combination of English and Spanish architecture, The Ponce illustrates a soulful European resort with simple, yet timeless elegance. Located at 3400 Ponce, the fourunit development designed by Nelson de León includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and one half bathroom throughout 2,538 square feet of modern living with a touch of oldworld Caribbean personality. With an ideal location on one of the most recognized and important thoroughfares in Coral Gables, The Ponce brings residents within walking distance to Merrick Park and Miracle Mile, where they can also enjoy trolley rides through the business district. Prices start at $1.175 million. “We’re proud to begin construction of our latest contribution to Coral Gables, which is a reflection of its diversity and originality as an aesthetically conscious city,” said Alirio Torrealba, CEO of MG Developer. “The Ponce brings a luxurious style of living near the heart of Coral Gables with a bold design that complements the history

and culture of Coral Gables while enhancing its future.” The intimate afternoon event marked the fifth consecutive development for MG Developer in Coral Gables, each with its own unique architectural character. The firm’s upcoming projects, including Biltmore Row and Althea Row, will complete MG’s signature community known as Biltmore Square. Artist renderings of The Ponce. [Images courtesy of Antonio Figueroa]


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A Booming Coconut Grove Makes for a Busy Business Improvement District (BID) Continued from page 1

of being Miami’s oldest neighborhood, and today our streets are full of new energy and excitement,” says BID’s Executive Director Nicole Singletary. “Since I joined the BID in November, our Village has welcomed over a dozen new shops and restaurants, while office and condominium projects will soon open their doors to the next generation of workers and residents in the neighborhood. Against this backdrop, the Coconut Grove BID is more important than ever, serving as a vocal advocate for our business community and spearheading a range of initiatives aimed at solidifying the neighborhood as one of Miami’s top destinations.” The BID prioritizes focusing on working to reduce congestion, providing alternatives to parking in the Village at its core. Back in June, the organization’s personnel worked together to expand Freebee service to the entire Grove, which takes passengers — free of charge — into the Village center to dine al fresco at local cafes or shop the wide-range of boutiques. “This program has been widely successful, and we’re gearing up to add

canopy remains sustainable,” points out Singletary about the refreshed and environmentally friendly look. Benefiting from new leadership that includes an engaged Board of Directors, as well as close partnerships with local elected officials and city agencies, these essential contributors help shape the future of not just the organization, but the city as a whole. While the BID continues to work diligently on a range of long-term projects, such as sidewalk renovation and utility line burial, it also continues to expand its suite of critical services with regards to sanitation, security, and beautification. When asked what her most significant accomplishment has been as Executive Director, Singletary recollected on the moment when she had placed a feather in her cap — and it started with a “vroom”. “The success of the ride share service Freebee has been a big accomplishment for me personally,” she says. “Since we launched Freebee service in February, ridership has grown 250 percent. To keep up with demand, the BID has expanded the service area, hours of operation and added more electric vehicles;

“Coconut Grove has the distinction of being Miami’s oldest neighborhood, and today our streets are full of new energy and excitement,” says BID’s Executive Director Nicole Singletary. [Photo courtesy of Coconut Grove B.I.D.]

additional vehicles to keep up with demand,” says Singletary about the newly implemented program. Recently, the BID also purchased two people-focused transportation trolleys for the City of Miami. This complimentary mode of transportation serves as a convenient way of getting around the neighborhood, which is an important priority for the BID. As a corollary, this winter also marks the launch of several new events, from the live music series Grove Groove (second Saturday of each month) and Movies in the Park (fourth Friday of each month), to “Yappy Hour,” (third Wednesday of each month), which are designed to showcase the best that the Grove has to offer. “With new people flocking to the Grove, we also used this opportunity to refresh the look and feel of the Village with new flowers and plants, along with regular tree trimming to ensure our

so, Freebee now operates seven days a week throughout the entire neighborhood. It’s great to see people making their way to dinner or shopping in ‘green’ golf carts instead of taking their cars into town.” In looking to the future, BID aims to find new and interesting ways to support local businesses; Singletary believes this will become increasingly important as the Grove becomes more and more competitive. “We’re looking to rev up our streetLiz Kobak Liz Kobak is a freelance writer with bases in New York and Miami. An avid tennis player and former top-ranked junior, Liz has written on various beats f r o m s p o r t s (m a i n l y t e n n i s) t o a r t ( h e r college major). I n her spare time, Liz can be found on the tennis courts, singing ‘80s songs at her local karaoke bar and volunteering.

The BID prioritizes efforts and initiatives to reduce congestion, providing alternatives to parking in the Village at its core. [Photo courtesy of Coconut Grove B.I.D.]

level services with things like ‘smart’ trash cans that make sanitation pick up more efficient and greener, while working with our local utility companies to bury electrical lines, which is one of the best ways to prevent outages caused by hurricanes and other severe weather,” says Singletary of taking preventative measures before a natural disaster occurs. “We also want to continue an edu-

cational workshop series started this year for merchants and business owners, on topics like reaching more customers through social media and marketing yourself online.” For more on the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District and the businesses participating in the program, visit www.coconutgrove.com/the-bid/ about-the-b-i-d/.

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Age-Friendly Initiative Calls for Wiser Treatment of Older Adults

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and buildings, affordable transportation and housing, as well as communication and information, obtain respect and a sense of inclusion, community support and health services, civic participation and employment and last but not least, strengthened social participation. When the project initially started seven years ago, it launched as an initiative of the Health Foundation of South Florida, with funding from Grantmakers in Aging’s Community Agenda project focused on helping age-friendly projects get on their feet. Miami-Dade was one of five communities to introduce agefriendly projects throughout the United States, which might seem fitting since

Miami-Dade County has more than 500,000 residents who are more than 65 years old. And, statisticians as well as Rovira see that number rising more than 50 percent by 2040. How will these individuals lead fulfilling lives, with the same outlook and opportunities of the younger person sitting next to them? “Miami-Dade’s elder population is growing – it’s a sign of the times,” says Rovira about the growing trend. “Today, we have this gift of living longer, but we also have to have quality of life. We need to make sure to build a community that adds life to those years.” Today, the Initiative is led by seven agencies with input from an advisory committee representing residents,

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stakeholders and other organizations. The lead agencies include AARP Florida, Alliance for the Aging, the Health Foundation of South Florida, MiamiDade County, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization, United Way of Miami-Dade, and Urban Health Partnerships. Some of the work that has

egies. It has also worked on age-friendly suggestions that were incorporated into Miami-Dade’s Comprehensive Development Master Plan and the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization’s Long Range Transportation Plan. “It’s about [viewing these issues]

transpired as a result of the collaboration is related to policy and planning in accordance with WHO suggestions, which indicate that one “needs access to housing, transportation, open space, which allow access to a whole component of the social environment related to services, connection, and engagement,” Rovira reiterates. “If we don’t have the infrastructure in place to access these needs, then they might as well not exist.” When asked how Rovira became involved in this project, she cited her involvement with the Urban Health Partnerships (UHP). “UHP is focused on healthy environments and is one of the lead agencies, and we’ve taken on the role of coordinating [the Age-Friendly Initiative] since 2014. “My background is in public health, and building a livable community is so interrelated with health. It is something that is good for the entire community. The reason we call it age-friendly is because this is a benefit everyone — for current older adults, for our future selves and for anyone who plans to stay here; it’s wonderful to see all of these partners working together to make Miami-Dade a great place to live and grow old.” Rather than viewing the process of aging as a burden, Rovira reiterates how it is an honor. “It’s a privilege to grow old and to be able to live longer, and we should be able to do that with dignity,” says Rovira of aging and the advantages of having an increased life expectancy. “We should be celebrating age instead of focusing on ‘anti-aging’.” To honor those who have more years behind them, the initiative has studied how community leaders view aging and worked to raise awareness among them as well as held workshops and a summit to highlight age-friendly strat-

with an older adult lens — for example, crosswalks, do older adults have enough time to safely cross a busy street? More time to cross may be beneficial to an older adult but also to a mother with a stroller or to a child,” observes Rovira. The Miami Dade Transportation Planning Organization has developed an Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan, which includes ways to make roads better for all users, including older pedestrians and bicyclists. This even considers how some communities use golf carts in their respective neighborhoods. Rovira says the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has also implemented age-friendly standards and programming. “The Parks Department has been a great leader in this work, having healthy aging hubs in some of the parks and agefriendly criteria; they look at things that make it easier for older people to utilize the park such as benches, lighting, and sidewalks and are focused on engaging the mind, body and spirit.” At least eight parks have special Active Older Adult programming available for visitors who are 55 years of age or more. Miami-Dade and several other communities (where WHO started a network) have signed on to make their communities more age-friendly. When joining this network, it’s about signing onto this process. Community leaders underscore that they are committed to becoming an age-friendly community, developing a plan and implementing it. Miami-Dade joined the network in 2016, and there are now six other municipalities in the County that are also participating. They join over 700 around the world committed to this work. This is one way municipalities can become involved and take steps to be more agefriendly at every level.


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Ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel is fabulously decorated for the annual gala of Young Patronesses of the Opera. [Photos courtesy of Patricia Scerpella]

Patricia Scerpella, Nuria Lawson, Robert Comperatone, Ernesto Scerpella and Lori Thomas

“The Wonderland Ball” Benefits Young Patronesses of the Opera More than 250 opera lovers and philanthropists walked through the looking glass with the Young Patronesses of the Opera for their 63rd annual gala, “The Wonderland Ball” at the Four Seasons Hotel. After entering through a 12 foot tall story book, guests were met by living flowers and a towering queen of hearts on stilts and were treated to cocktails donated by Bacardi as they bid on exquisite silent auction items. As they made their way to the ballroom, they went down the rabbit hole or entered through the queens gate to their tables that were adorned with candelabras wrapped with florals or branches dripping in purple orchids, and were greeted by the a mad hatter who made his way through the maze of tables on stilts. A special surprise operatic performance by KahLee Productions wowed the crowd with the renditions of several popular arias set to techno music. The fantastical décor was imagined by gala chairs Violeta Cepeda, Michele Reese, Patricia Scerpella, Barbara Waters, Nicole Unternaehrer, and YPO President Lise-Marie Wertanzl, and was brought to life by Fantasy Designers. The funds raised for the gala support YPO’s opera educational programs that reach 20,000 school children every year in South Florida through YPO’s in-school opera program. The event’s gracious benefactors included Swanee and Paul DiMare, Trish and Dan Bell, The Wilder Foundation, and The Dunspaugh Dalton Foundation. For more information on YPO visit www.ypo-miami.org

Patricia Scerpella, Nicole Unternaehrer, , Violeta Cepeda, Lise-Marie Wertanzl, Barbara Waters, & Michele Reese.

Dan & Trish Bell, Swanee DiMare, Rita & Dan Wilder, and Lise-Marie Wertanzl.

Dan and Trish Bell.

Susan and Jeff Feldman.

Lesli Brown, Bronwyn Miller, Julian Chang, Patricia Scerpella, and Michele Reese.

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Downtown Coral Gables Set To Celebrate the Holidays It’s the most magical time of year and Downtown Coral Gables is the place to be this holiday season! Throughout the month of December, the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables will be hosting a variety of holiday-themed events and activities that are sure to spread holiday cheer and remind everyone what the giving season is all about. Over the next few weeks, visitors to the City Beautiful will be able to enjoy: • Caroling on the Mile — Local high schools students will create the perfect musical backdrop to holiday alfresco dining with holiday carols throughout Downtown Coral Gables. The caroling will take place from 7:00-9:00pm on December 6-8, 13-15 and 20-21. • The Coral Express at McBride Plaza — On Saturday, December 15th, don’t miss a free, family-friendly event inspired by the famous holiday book, The Polar Express. Taking place at McBride Plaza, 150 Miracle Mile, from 5:00-9:00pm, guests are encouraged to come in pajamas and hop aboard a stationary Coral Gables Trolley while sipping complimentary hot chocolate and enjoying sweet treats for purchase. Holiday-inspired photo opportunities will also be placed throughout the Plaza and a formal reading of The Polar Express will take place at 6:30pm. • Holiday Storefront Window Contest — This holiday season, local downtown businesses will also be spreading holiday cheer with decorative storefront windows. Shoppers will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite displays by visiting the Holiday Storefront Window Contest photo album on http:// facebook.com/ShopCoralGables and voting for their favorite display by December 17. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 19. [Photo courtesy of Christine Siervo]

The Lowe Gears Up for Miami Art Week with Rich Programs and Exhibitions The Lowe Art Museum joins in celebrating Miami Art Week with a rich offering of special programs and exhibitions – including free guided tours – that will appeal to Miami art enthusiasts, revelers, and visitors alike. LOWE AFTER HOURS — Thursday, December 6, 7-9 p.m. The Lowe’s signature after-hours art and social event, the Lowe After Hours, will be free and open to the public during Miami Art Week. Guests will enjoy food from favorite Coral Gables restaurants; drinks courtesy of Bacardi; and musical entertainment while exploring the Lowe’s galleries and exhibitions in a fun and engaging after-hours atmosphere. FREE GUIDED TOURS — Saturday, December 8 at 12 noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. The Lowe is offering visitors free docent-guided tours of its two stunning

glass art exhibitions, Dialogues: Studio Glass from the Florence and Robert Werner Collection and Giampaolo Seguso: My Page is Glass. BUBBLES & BRUNCH and ARNOLD AND AUGUSTA NEWMAN LECTURE Bubbles & Brunch is the Lowe’s annual Miami Art Week culminating event, featuring a lavish brunch in the galleries followed by a guest artist lecture. This year, Hank Willis Thomas is the featured lecturer of the Arnold and Augusta Newman Lecture series in photography. The brunch is at 10 am; the lecture is at 12 pm in the adjacent Storer Auditorium. Thomas will also be doing a book signing during the brunch and after his lecture; a book sale will take place courtesy of Books & Books. Tickets to Bubbles & Brunch are $12.50, free for Lowe members and Art Week VIP cardholders.


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CultureScapes at YAA Museum celebrates and brings new understanding of our culturally diverse world through the eyes and art of contemporary artists exhibition areas.

[Photos courtesy of Maria Pierson ]

Young At Art Museum Presents Sensory Friendly Programs and Events YAA for ALL: Access to Lifelong Learning launched in partnership with University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Autism and Related Diseases In partnership with University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), Young At Art Museum has launched a new initiative, YAA for ALL: Access to Lifelong Learning, with special programs and events for children and adults with autism or other sensory integra-

tion sensitivities. “Our staff has been trained by CARD and each museum program has been carefully planned and structured to provide the best possible museum experience for all visitors,” said Mindy Shrago, CEO and founder of Young At Art Museum. “We are so excited to welcome children and adults with

GreenScapes at YAA Museum encourages children and adults to reconnect with nature by discovering the potential of art to call attention to environmental issues.

sensory integration sensitivities into the museum to explore all we have to offer.” Kicking off on Sunday, Dec. 16, Young At Art will host a monthly Sensory Sunday when the museum will open one hour early at 10 a.m. exclusively for families with children and adults with autism or other sensory integration sensitivities. Guests will explore the museum and enjoy a new theme-based art activity each month in addition to other sensory-friendly activities in a safe and welcoming environment. Scheduled dates for Sensory Sunday in 2019 are the following with more dates to come: • January 13: New Year’s Around the World

• February 10: Love & Happiness • March 10: Beautiful Spring • April 14: YAA for Autism: Celebrating Autism Awareness Month As part of this initiative, the museum is providing “YAA for ALL Tool Bags” to assist visitors. In each bag are adaptive art tools for use in the museum, including special grip scissors, weighted pencils and brushes, textured paints and noise-reducing headphones. In addition, during the December 16th kick-off of Sensory Sunday @ YAA, the museum is offering a $10 discount on family membership plus a FREE caregiver/therapist pass (value $50). More information about YAA for ALL can be found at: www.youngatartmuseum.org/yaaforall.php.

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[Photos courtesy of Sharon Kersten]

î şe Deering Estate Celebrates the Holidays with Mistletoe & Martinis, Festival of Trees and Historic Holiday Decor The Deering Estate will come alive with historic accents and holiday decor during the annual Festival of Trees, providing a festive showcase of the grounds and historic houses through January 4, 2019. A highlight of the celebration of the season is the 2nd Annual Mistletoe & Martinis event, an enchanting evening of holiday cheer to benefit the Deering Estate Foundation. The event takes place on Friday, December 14 at 7:30 pm at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Avenue, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157. As the Deering Estate comes alive with the sights, sounds and libations of the holiday season, guests will enjoy festive music, flavorful samplings of martinis, and lavish hors d'oeuvres and desserts from some of South Florida's finest, including Brio Tuscan Grille, Chef David Schwadron, Chill-N Nitrogen ice cream, Coquito by Things to Nibble, Delicious Catering, Catering by Les, Joy Wallace and Zyr Russian Vodka. This year, the Deering Estate will feature some of South Florida's top interior designers, led by Designer

in Residence, Alfredo Brito, who will create spectacular, historic holiday displays throughout the grounds and historic houses. Based in Miami, Brito is an awardwinning designer whose talents have been recognized in various publications, including Architectural Digest, Casa & Estilo and Florida Design. In keeping with the historic significance of the Deering Estate, Brito will recreate the glory of Christmas Eve in the Richmond Cottage in 1903, replete with the sounds, aromas and decorations from that era. Guests will travel back in time to the when the Richmonds operated the only hotel between Coconut Grove and Key West, and experience the holidays as winter guests of the innkeeper, Ms. Edith Richmond The Stone House will be transformed with historic holiday decor, instilling in each room the grandeur and iconic beauty of the Gilded Age when Charles Deering was amassing his international art and antiques collection. Alongside the holiday decor, visitors will also find new permanent features of the Estate's historical furnishing plan. Complementing the restored historic paint scheme and recently acquired antique furniture pieces, several rooms are now dressed with new textiles including drapes and bedding for the Deerings' bedrooms. These custom designs, fashioned to replicate the rich embellished layers described in the historic homes'

1920's inventories, give the rooms a luxurious Old World elegance not seen since the Deering's family days at Cutler. All proceeds from Mistletoe & Martinis will benefit the Deering Estate Foundation, to be used for environmental education, preservation and programming. The Deering Estate Foundation is especially grateful for the support of its valued sponsors, including EWM Realty International, McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes, PA, Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, Morris & Reynolds Insurance, Palmer Trinity School, Pantropic Power, the Szaro Family and ZYR Russian Vodka. Mistletoe & Martinis is made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, MiamiDade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Tickets for Mistletoe & Martinis are $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Space is limited, and tickets may be purchased at www.deeringestate.org/holidayseason/, or by calling (305) 235-1668, ext. 263.


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Renoir, “Tamaris France” [Photos courtesy of Tina Koenig ]

Glackens, “Nude Dressing Hair”

William J. Glackens and Renoir Affinities and Distinctions at NSU Art Museum through May 19, 2019

Renoir, “The Young Soldier”

One of America’s leading modern artists, painter William Glackens (18701938) had a keen interest in the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir that has long been recognized. He saw the French Impressionist's works in New York galleries as early as 1908 and had unique access to the growing collection of his friend and colleague, Albert C. Barnes. However, Glackens’ specific debt to the art of this important French modernist has never been fully explored. William

Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions fills this void by bringing together 25 works by each artist that illuminate Renoir’s influence on Glackens’ artistic development. It also reveals how changes in Glackens' work after 1920 illustrate his response to Renoir's late work, as well as that of other important European modernists in Barnes' collection in order to forge his own distinctive American modernism. On view at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale from October 21, 2018 through May 19, 2019, the exhibition defines Glackens’ late style for the first time (c.1920 to 1938), and also sheds light on the history of taste in American collecting from the late-19th to the mid20th century. William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions is organized by NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and is curated by Barbara Buhler Lynes, Ph.D., Sunny Kaufman Senior Curator. Following its presentation in Fort Lauderdale, the exhibition will also travel to other venues to be announced. The exhibition demonstrates Glackens’ response to Renoir’s Impressionistic work from 1860 to the mid-1880s, which was avidly purchased by a wide variety of American collectors. Renoir’s late work from the mid-1880s to 1919 appealed to other influential collectors

such as Leo Stein and Barnes. Glackens, who traveled to Paris in 1912 on behalf of Barnes, purchased works for his then fledgling collection. Glackens was the only American artist who subsequently had nearly carte blanche access to Barnes’ increasingly important collection of American and European modernist art, which consequently had a profound influence on Glackens' painting as demonstrated by Dr. Lynes in this exhibition. Glackens presumably became aware of Renoir’s art as early as 1895, when he first visited Paris. However, his knowledge of Renoir did not play a role in the development of his work until after he attended the 1908 exhibition of 41 Renoir paintings at the Durand-Ruel

Glackens, “Lenna Painting”

Gallery, New York. When he was sent to Paris by Barnes in 1912, Glackens’ purchases included works by Renoir, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and others. These acquisitions sparked Barnes' growing interest in modem European art as well as his enthusiasm for the late work of Renoir. Glackens’ study of the late Renoirs and the other works in Barnes’ collection by Cezanne, Matisse and Charles and Maurice Prendergast, shaped his continuing realization of his own conception of the modern. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is located at One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL. For additional information, please visit nsuartmuseum. org or call 954-525-5500.

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Renato Meziat, “Fruits,” Still Life, 2015, oil on canvas, 35 3/8" x 47 3/8"

Renato Meziat, “Vegetables,” 2008, oil on canvas, 43 1/4" x 55"

Brazilian Hyperrealist Exhibit Open at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries Renato Meziat, a Brazilian painter whose still lifes are so realistic viewers reach out to touch their fruit and other objects, will open his first one-person exhibition at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries on Friday, Dec. 7th. “Meziat shares the ability of the best hyperrealists to render ordinary objects in such exquisite detail as to make each so precious that we look at it in a different, more appreciative manner, transcending actuality,” notes Virginia Miller, owner and director of greater Miami’s longest-established contemporary fine art gallery. Largely self-taught, the artist paints in the tradition of such leading Latin American realists as Claudio Bravo of Chile, Miller says. “His paintings have a magical quality that defy description.” According to Carol Damian, former director of the

Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, “Meziat creates a successful illusion without compromising the aesthetic qualities associated with artistic innovation.” Along with still lifes, the artist’s favorite subjects include “windows” with thin curtains framing scenes of beaches and the ocean. His figurative works often feature female models in outdoor attire. “I am looking for colors and shapes and how they work together,” he states, adding: “I want to make paintings so beautiful that when people see them they just can’t think of anything else.” Meziat first came to the United States in the 1970s to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Back home in Brazil, where his father painted on weekends as a hobby, Meziat began to experiment with his father’s brushes and paints and realized he had a natural aptitude as a visual artist.

Shifting his focus from music to painting, Meziat began years of self-study, reaching back to such great Spanish realists as Diego Velázquez. Eventually his study and painting resulted in his mastery of the medium. Among other prestigious venues, his work has been auctioned at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York City. Meziat has exhibited in such other leading venues as the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Hammer Galleries in New York City, and art fairs in Chicago, Houston, and Palm Beach. The opening reception for “A Decade of Realism, Paintings by Renato Meziat” will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeira Ave. in the Coral Gables restaurant and business district. The exhibition continues until Feb. 22, 2019. For more information, call 305-444-4493.

“Japanese Vase,” 2008, oil on canvas, 15 5/8" x 19 5/8"

“The Girl and The Ocean,” 2018, oil on canvas, 46" x 34 5/8"

“Red Painting,” 2008, oil on canvas, 35 3/8" x 49 1/8"


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Give Back for Special Equestrians Lassoes in $15,000 for Disabled Children and Veterans at Coral Gables Museum Give Back for Special Equestrians is riding high after lassoing in $15,000 for disabled children and veterans at the non-profit’s first Miami event, held ahead of the important GiveMiami Day. Co-hosted by equine enthusiasts and philanthropists Christy Powell and Nancy Batchelor, along with Give Back for Special Equestrians’ co-founder Sissy DeMaria Koehne, the event held at the Coral Gables Museum featured an informative discussion about the history of horses in Coral Gables by noted historians Arva Moore Parks McCabe and Malcolm Lauredo. Proceeds from the event benefitted Give Back for Special Equestrians, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization which provides therapeutic horseback riding scholarships for disabled children and veterans in Florida and New York. During the event, Give Back for Special Equestrians presented the $15,000 check to Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, its stable partner that provides equine-assisted therapy programs. More than 100 guests, including local history buffs and horse lovers, enjoyed a nostalgic journey back in time to the 1920’s. A series of historic photos and newspaper articles depicted the City Beautiful’s rich equestrian legacy: elaborate fox hunting parties at the Biltmore

Dr. Peggy Bass, Sissy DeMaria Koehne, and Dr. Heather Kuhl of Good Hope Equestrian Center receive a $15,000 donation from Give Back for Special Equestrians. [Photo courtesy of Cristina Bermudez]

Hotel, show jumping at the Coral Gables Riding Academy and scenic trail riding and picnics along the city’s many dedicated bridle paths. Event goers enjoyed decadent passed hors d'oeuvres from one of Miami’s top catering companies, Blue Mustard, as they learned about Coral Gables founder George Merrick’s vision for the city in the 1920s, his interest in horses and their importance in the well-rounded social and sporting lifestyle he envisioned for the city. Following the presentation by Parks McCabe and Lauredo, Dr. Peggy Bass,

the Executive Director of Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, took the stage to speak about the history of Hippotherapy, a technique to help wounded soldiers recover from their injuries that dates back to the Ancient Greeks. Special Equestrian Natalia C. Cercone, a Give Back for Special Equestrians therapeutic horseback riding scholarship recipient, joined Dr. Bass and shared her heartwarming personal story of how she has benefitted from equine therapy following brain surgery. “Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and co-hosts, we were able to pres-

ent a check to Good Hope Equestrian Training Center for $15,000 and can continue our mission of sharing our love and the joy of horses and horsemanship with those facing some of life’s most difficult hurdles,” said Dr. Heather Kuhl, co-founder of Give Back for Special Equestrians. “We are touched to have the ongoing support of Give Back for Special Equestrians and are humbled by their significant contributions that will change the lives of so many children and veterans,” added Dr. Bass. “The organization has been a strong supporter and their commitment has allowed us to provide scholarships for some very deserving special needs riders facing some of life’s most difficult emotional challenges.” Sponsors and co-hosts include Nancy Batchelor and Christy Powell, John Allen, Director of the Coral Gables Museum, historians Arva Moore Parks McCabe and Malcolm Lauredo, presenting sponsor MG Developer, the Coral Gables Museum, The Batchelor Foundation, The Peebles Corporation, Coral Gables Trust Company, Coral Gables Community Foundation, Sunset Feed, Miami Modern Luxury and Kreps DeMaria. For more infor mation about Give Back for Special Equestrians, please call 305.608.5350 or visit giveabuckeq.org.

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$11.5 million Raised by The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day 2018 24-hour online giving campaign benefits 758 local nonprofits, giving nearly 21,000 thousand Miamians the chance to be a philanthropist The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day set another annual fundraising record, once again showing Miamian’s tremendous support for area nonprofits and solidifying the day as one of the most active 24-hour charitable giving events in the U.S. On November 15, 20,795 donors invested $11.5 million into 758 local nonprofits participating in Give Miami Day 2018. Now in its seventh year, the event – held annually on the Thursday before Thanksgiving – has raised $47.5 million for local organizations in every nonprofit sector, from arts and housing to science and technology. “Every year this event gets bigger and the momentum grows,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “This year we had a record number of nonprofits come on board and a record number of donors, which speaks volumes about the generosity of the people living in MiamiDade County. Give Miami Day continues be a transformational vehicle to help tackle the issues and concerns that matter most to Miamians.”

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation was at the top of the Give Miami Day Leaderboard, raising the largest amount with donations totaling $743,831. The Community Arts Program received the highest number of individual gifts, an impressive 673 donations. Among the medium-sized organizations that participated, The Children’s Movement of Florida topped their fundraising category with $142,674 while among small-sized organizations, Gene Spotlight, Inc. raised the largest amount at $264,300 with 311 gifts. The Miami Film Festival received the largest individual gift of $58,230 to help them raise a total of $64,255. By category, the most gifts and dollars raised was in the area of Education & Youth Development, where 10,955 gifts were received totaling $3.5 million. Thanks to the support of The William R. Watts Foundation, Knight Foundation, SEI, Mitchell Wolfson, Sr. Foundation, Stearns Weaver Miller, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, IMPAC Fund, The Ortega Foundation and Bank of America, The Miami Foundation and its partners

Holidays Around the Globe

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Volunteers stand by for pledges to Give Miami Day 2018. [Photo courtesy of Adrienna Sotomayor]

maximized the community's generosity by making a bonus gift for every donation between $25 and $10,000 received on November 15. Match Minutes at 10:40 a.m. and 4 p.m. were sponsored by Berkowitz Pollack Brant and Bank of America, respectively. Their sponsorship al-

lowed all donations that came in during those 60-second periods to be matched 100 percent until each of the $15,000 pools were completely used. For more information about the nonprofits that participated in Give Miami Day, as well as total gift amounts, please visit GiveMiamiDay.org.


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“Stay, Play & Ride” Package Entices You to Visit Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District A stay at one of Fort Lauderdale’s most iconic hotels; exciting cultural opportunities; riding the Sun Trolley ― the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District has combined all of these funfilled activities and more in its special “Stay, Play & Ride” package, available Dec. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2019. With rates starting at only $199 per room, per night, the package includes a stay at the renowned Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard, admission to some of The District’s fascinating cultural attractions, complimentary passes for the Sun Trolley, an option to ride the Brightline train and see a performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts or Parker Playhouse, shopping and dining, and much more. The “Stay, Play & Ride” package includes: • Two nights’/three days’ deluxe accommodations at the Riverside Hotel, located on the world-famous Las Olas Boulevard, based on double occupancy. Automatic upgrade to next room category based on projected availability. • Daily breakfast for two at Indigo restaurant (up to a $20 credit, per person, per day) • Complimentary glass of wine or cocktail with entrée at Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grill • Guest’s choice of any two of four Riv-

erwalk Arts & Entertainment District venues, any day of their stay (based on a 2-night stay; for 3-night stays guest’s choice of three cultural venues; and for 4-night stays or longer, all four cultural venues are included).* • Complimentary passes to ride the Sun Trolley • A voucher to receive a savings book ― containing more than 40 offers, valued at over $300 in savings ― from The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall • Complimentary valet parking for one vehicle per room • Add on a day trip to ride the Brightline train to either West Palm Beach or Miami. • Add a performance at either the Broward Center for the Performing Arts or Parker Playhouse

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*Riverwalk A&E District cultural venues include: NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Historic Stranahan House Museum, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, and History Fort Lauderdale. Rate is per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy, exclusive of taxes, gratuities, fees and other charges. Does not apply to groups; cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations are required. No refund or credit for unused portion. Void where prohibited. Breakfast credit will apply to number of occupants registered in

the room. For more information about the “Stay, Play & Ride” package, visit www.riverwalkae.com/specials. “The ‘Stay, Play & Ride’ package offers the best of everything for those wishing to explore the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District,” said Carmen Ackerman, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District project manager. “We are pleased to present this package ― which is great for locals and visitors alike ― from December 2018 through September 2019.”


Wine Reception for the Exhibition ‘Three Artists, Three Visions’ at Commenoz Gallery

Adriana Silva, Mary Giese [Photos courtesy of Naydu Commenoz]

Mitzi Hsia, artist Santiago Medina and James Hsia

David and Beth Hicks, Elsa Dominguez and Horacio Ravera

Michael Khan, artist Jorge Cavelier, Naydu Commenoz, Gloria Kahn

Gabriela Benaroum and Patricia Baldocchi

Dr. Mauricio Tijerino and Adriana Guillen Tijerino

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Toni Silver-Delerive

Toni Silver-Delerive — “County Cross Roads” acrylic on canvas, 24” x 24"

Santiago Medina

Santiago Medina — “Peace” Italian stainless steel, 12' tall

Jorge Cavelier

Jorge Cavelier — "River of Grass,” oil on gold gilded wood, 20” x 20”

‘Three Artists, Three Visions’ Exhibit Now at Commenoz Gallery What’s not to miss this December is the much anticipated exhibition at Commenoz Gallery in Key Biscayne. “Three Artists, Three Visions” showcases paintings on canvas and silk of Jorge Cavelier (Bogota, Colombia), the stainless steel sculptures of Santiago Medina (Medellin, Colombia) and the acrylics on canvas by Toni Silber-Delerive (Philadelphia, USA). Born in Philadelphia and residing in Manhattan, Toni Silver-Delerive is exhibiting her work for the first time at the Gallery. She studied painting at the Philadelphia College of Art and graphic design as well as silkscreen printing at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. “Color is my World” she says, and you find it very vibrant and full of energy in all of her paintings, where

The other landscapes painted on silk are a surprise. They are soft, delicate, hanging from the ceiling all the way to the floor; they move back and forth as if the wind were present. They are installed in sets of two, about and inch apart to give the illusion that the forest continues and space is created. Sculptor Santiago Medina, whose work Commenoz Gallery has showcased since 2012, introduces us to his latest creations of geometric and organic forms, a combination of rusted stainless steel with highly polished concave spaces, as in the piece titled “Meltdown”. Another sculpture that will captivate the visitor is “Seduction” in blue cobalt and matte steel with soft rounded lines, as if the piece were in movement. His sculptures grace the campuses of many American universties such as Harvard, Stanford, Tufts and Washington University, among others. His latest installation, "PEACE", which is 12 feet high, graces one of the roundabouts of the the Village of Pinecrest at 72nd ave. and 98th St.

Santiago Medina — “Seduction” Italian stainless steel with blue aerospatial metallic paint, 20” x 16” x 8"

Toni Silver-Delerive — “Open Field Cultivation” acrylic on canvas, 30” x 30"

she takes us on an aerial trip of summer terraces, rooftop pools or cultivated fields in many parts of this world. Jorge Cavelier is known for his landscapes of Andean forests that are so dear to him, those tall trees with the fog, cascades, and silence which are palpable. But in this instance, he has also paid tribute to “The River of Grass” by creating a beautiful triptych on wood that has been gold leaf gilded first and then painting over with the chosen oil colors that give it life. The viewer can almost feel the heat and the dampness under a pink sunset.

Jorge Cavelier — “River of Grass Pink I,” Triptych, oil on gold gilded wood, 24” x 42"


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Ride into the Holiday Season with Dade Heritage Trust’s ‘Holiday Roads’ Bike Tour You can get into the Christmas spirit, while seeing the beauty and history of some of the Magic City’s Neighborhoods, during Dade Heritage Trust’s “Holiday Roads” Bike Tour on Sunday, Dec. 9. The Dade Heritage Trust’s “Holiday Roads” Tour will take participants all around urban Miami to find the most festive decorations to get everyone into the holiday spirit, before finally coming to an end at DHT’s headquarters. “Miami’s neighborhoods have so many wonderful places to explore, and this is especially true during the holiday season,” said Dade Heritage



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Trust Executive Director Christine Rupp. This 10-mile ride (round trip) starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 from Dade Heritage Trust headquarters, 190 SE 12 Terrace, Miami. Tickets are $5 for DHT members and $10 for non-members, and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ dade-heritage-tr usts-holiday-roads-bike-tourtickets-52512757070. Ride leaders will provide safety guidelines as cyclists make their way through the tour. Participants must provide their own bikes, but if they don’t happen to own one there are Citibike kiosks located nearby.

Dec. 5, 2018 – Jan. 8, 2019

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Miami Art Week in Flagler District D OW NTOW N M I A M I HE A R TB E AT

Oodles of art within walking distance

Miami Art Week is hitting the Flagler District in Downtown Miami. From December 03 to December 09, Miami’s historic Downtown core will host a myriad of events during the annual celebration of art that coincides with Art Basel • Miami Beach. For the first time, more than 10 independent events will be held within blocks of each other, activating historic Downtown architectural treasures such as the Alfred I. duPont Building (1939), Olympia Theater (1926), Walgreens (1936), Burdines (Macy’s), and MDC Freedom Tower (1925). “The events are independent, but the proximity offers a more urban approach to art than the large art fairs,” says Terrell Fritz, Executive Director for the new Flagler Business Improvement District (BID). The BID’s role is to promote and celebrate that the art intervention is taking place this year in a commercial area on the cusp of urban revitalization. Last year the Flagler District BID championed a change in zoning that has led to new entertainment establishments opening, including the bars Lost

“Mana” [Photo courtesy of Terrell N. Fritz]

Boy Dry Goods, Mama Tried, and the just open Jaguar Sun. Coming soon will be Over Under featuring experimental cocktail recipes, a new location of Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, and a new restaurant and entertainment “complex” at the historic Wal-

greens building, 200 E. Flagler Street. Art Week events will include: RAW POP UP, activation of an “abandoned” department store (Burdines); Ping Pong, a program of exhibitions, regularly held in Basel, Miami and Los Angeles; a full week of exhibitions, performances, and other happenings at Mana Contemporary; an Olympia Theater screening of an examination of the role of money in art – HBO’s “The Price of Everything”; HistoryMiami Museum’s Miami Street Photography Festival 2018: a private brunch and showing of current exhibits at the Museum of Art and Design at MDC; and

many others. Dade Heritage Trust (DHT), MiamiDade County’s lead advocate for historic preservation, is co-hosting the Art Week promotion with the BID. “The Downtown Miami Historic District offers the most exciting opportunity for historic preservation in South Florida”, says Christine Rupp, DHT Executive Director. “To have so many of these spaces activated for Miami Art Week is a unique way to raise public awareness of the importance of Miami’s original Main Street. You can experience all this art where Miami began.”


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DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, BE AN “ORIGINAL” AND GIVE ONE! Commenoz Gallery invites you to visit its Art Space and get acquainted with the artists and their different styles.

328 Crandon Boulevard, #218 Key Biscayne 33149 • 305-361-7052 www.commenozgallery.com RELIABILIT Y.



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