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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blessing of the Animals

Mark your calendars for the yearly Blessing of the Animals which is back at St. Stephen's on Sunday, October 5. Most of the animals attend the full Sunday service, then proceed up to the altar for blessings. They get everything from guinea pgs to iguanas. Bring your pet by for a blessing! The event is at 10:30 am.

St. Stephen's is located at 2750 McFarlane Road.

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Park(ing) Day coming to downtown Miami

McFarlane Road turned into a Park in 2010.
Park(ing) Day is back this Friday, September 19. The Miami New Times declares that "This is Miami's second consecutive run with Park(ing) Day. Need I remind everyone that Coconut Grove took part in Park(ing) Day for a couple of years? To refresh your memory, Park(ing) Day is a day where parking spaces are turned into mini-parks for the day.

"One of the things we've been mindful of -- we don't want it to be perceived as something organized by or solely the domain of Urban Impact Lab," says Marta Viciedo of the Lab who apparently has taken ownership of the event. I guess Marta needs to be reminded that it's a world-wide thing and not the Lab's creation.

And as for the claim that Miami being up from two to 10 spots in one year, I do believe we had close to 10 spots one year.

We should bring this back to the Grove. I'm not sure why it stopped, I think it was just too big a job for just a few of us to run and I see that now they have sponsors for the event where we didn't have sponsors when we did it.

Also, Park(ing) Day is meant for urban areas where there is not much parkland and the point is to bring parkland to the city. In the Grove we have plenty of parkland and don't really need to participate in Park(ing) Day, although it was a lot of fun.

To participate in Miami's event this Friday, you can get all the info at their website here: parkingdaymiami.com.

This was Coconut Grove's Park(ing) Day: 
A Green Tableau
The Grove went very green

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All roads lead back to us

All roads seem to lead back to Coconut Grove. Seems that the guy who killed Tanya Gonzalez, her ex-boyfriend, Roy Blanco, was a bartender at GreenStreet here in the Grove! He took his own life this afternoon after being on the run with his mother in the Keys.

Story here.

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Free champagne and popcorn tasting

Vinos in the Grove is having a free Champagne and Popcorn Tasting on Thursday, September 18 from 7 to 8 pm.

They will be pouring Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon paired with specialty Popcorn. Stop by and enjoy some fizz and pop!

Celebrity Chef dinner special invitation to be held at the Biltmore on Saturday September 20 @ 8 pm, ask about it when you're there on Thursday.

Vinos in the Grove
3409 Main Highway
305/442-8840

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The crosswalks

 Those newish crosswalks on South Bayshore are a great idea, they seem to work and as people are zooming down South Bayshore Drive, they do stop and allow a biker or pedestrian to cross, but one problem I've found is actually seeing the bikers or pedestrians. I have almost hit people more than once because of the way the crosswalks are situated.

Take the one by Mary Street. It is at the north side of the crosswalk but should be at the south side, on the same side as the street as Yacht Harbour. The reasoning is that when people are coming out from Mary, making a left onto South Bayshore to go north, many times the person in the crosswalk cannot be seen. I'm not sure if it's the angle of the turn or if trees are blocking them but the driver has to first watch for oncoming traffic, make a quick turn and in doing so, make sure there is no one in the crosswalk, which is many times a last minute thing. For some reason, you don't see the person crossing right away.

May I suggest moving the crosswalk to the south side of that intersection, so that the person coming from Mary, making a right or a left will have a clear view of any bikers or pedestrians.

One other spot which has always been a tough one is at the end of South Bayshore, where it turns onto McFarlane Road. There is a crosswalk there where you can cross from the Woman's Club on the corner to the Sailing Club (or Peacock Park) across the street, but it's always been a tricky crossing since oncoming traffic cannot see people due to the turn. The crosswalk is a great idea, but I think in this instance it may give the pedestrian a false sense of security thinking that, "as long as the crosswalk is there, I'm safe." They aren't. It's a dangerous spot. Maybe there should be no crosswalk there so as not to give that false sense of hope.

Have you ever had an close incidents at the crosswalks? Riding? Driving? Biking?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Magic in the Moonlight held over

Woody Allen's movie, "Magic in the Moonlight," has been held over through September 18. Set in the south of France during the 1920s, this romantic comedy with a "supernatural twist" tells the story of a master magician trying to expose a psychic medium as a fake. Very much a play-off of Harry Houdini.

Magic in the Moonlight has a star-studded cast that includes Academy Award-winners Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock), Academy Award-nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) and Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man). 

Tickets are $11.50 and under and are available in advance through the Cinema's website and in person at the box office during regular screening hours. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon Avenue, directly across from Books & Books. 

Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes: gablescinema.org

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Virrick Park has it all but needs a new pool

The Elizabeth Virrick Park Committee meets tonight, September 15, inside the park's computer room at 3255 Plaza Street, everyone is welcome. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm.

On the agenda:
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Last Meeting’s Minutes
III. President’s Report
IV. Treasurer’s Report
V. Park Manager’s Report
VI. City of Miami Police Report on Park Security
VII. Thelma Gibson Health Initiative’s Report (Our Partner Agency)
VIII. Old Business
a) Coconut Grove Santos FC - Our Soccer Team Report
b) Boy Scouts of America (BSA) – Our Troop 786 Report
c) Pool discussion
d) Wall of Fame Report
IX. New Business
a) Public Art in the Park 
X. Adjournment

The pool is being redone, you can see one of the ideas here of how they would like it to look when done. The plan is to add an Olympic-size pool to replace the current pool.

The committee discussed the plan with County Commissioner Xavier Suarez's office. The various schemes were discussed from refinishing the existing pool to building a new pool with kid splash areas. The project shortfalls range from about $250,000 (for the pool resurfacing with new bathroom building) to about $1.1 million for the full project with splash pool, concession building and more. The City of Miami, which runs the park could reduce shortfall by about $100,000 based on the project efficiency and savings.


The new pool would be a great enhancement for the park and the neighborhood. It's a very well-used park with lots of facilities. The park is named after Elizabeth Wilhelmina Landsberg Virrick, a pioneer in housing reform in black post-WW2 Miami. The park has some of the best indoor and outdoor basketball courts (it's home to Miami’s annual Black Top Basketball Tournament). 

They have great music and educational programs for local kids (in partnership with the University of Miami, the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative and other participants), they are going to institute new senior citizen programs (computer education and other activities); in April 2014 they instituted a new Association Football (Soccer as most know it) sports program for kids that is affiliated with the great Brazilian soccer legend Pelé (the team is called “Coconut Grove Santos FC” – Startup is in October 2014) as well as a new Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program for boys and teens.

There are nice picnic areas for the family, they have annual Music and Art Festivals, they have a modern co-located Miami-Dade County Public Library branch and upon approval, the future home of a year-round Olympic size pool (replacing the existing dated Pool). 


Also the park facilities are available to rent (via the City of Miami, Department of Parks and Recreation) for special occasions.

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The South Bayshore Drive improvements project

There is another City meeting tonight at City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive) regarding the roadway and drainage improvements to South Bayshore Drive. The meeting is from 6 to 8 pm.

The project includes road widening, bike lanes and landscaping and while everyone seems happy about the project, especially bikers who need a real bike lane, I feel that one underlying aspect of the project is the sewer and water lines.

The project extends from Mercy Hospital's entrance to Darwin Street; prime land for high rises up and down South Bayshore. I know it's not going to happen overnight, but it is something to think about. It's what they appeared to do on SW 27 Avenue to allow for larger pipes on the water's side of South Bayshore Drive, to accommodate that Grove Harbour mall on the water. And this was long before the vote or even before the subject of the project came up. Also, talk is that SW 27 Avenue will be prime for highrise development once that project is done. Bird Avenue is next.

The flooding that happens on South Bayshore Drive is usually at one section of Kennedy Park, it seems odd to redo the whole stretch of road to aleviate that one small area where water builds up in heavy rains.

One interesting thing to watch is how the Grove Isle proposed project plays out. If the developer is giving permission to add the four proposed condo, this could be the beginning of the end for North Grove which would in time become Brickell South.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Passerine performing at The Barnacle tonight

Bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs to The Barnacle tonight, September 14, for a memorable evening of folk music featuring Passerine -- "Band of the Year" at the Deland Original Music Festival in 2012 and one of SRQ Magazine's "Best of the Local Bands." 

Passerine's distinctive sound combines vocal harmonies, the crisp rhythms of an acoustic guitar, the haunting voices of the fiddle, dobro (resonator slide guitar), and the resonant lows of an acoustic bass. 

Gates open 5:30. Music starts at 6:30 pm. Admission: $10 Future Members. $8 Members. $3 Ages 6-9. Under 6 free. 

Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome during this event. Flashlights recommended. No pets, please. 

The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866 for info.

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Full weekend of culture at Downtown Art Days

Downtown Art Days is coming to the downtown Miami from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21.

Over 170 events will take part in this third annual event; it's a really packed weekend for art and culture lovers. Sort of a mini Art Basel.

There are not only exhibitions and art projects, but there are walking and bike tours, art parties and family events all in and around Downtown Miami.

Venues include the Adrienne Arsht Center, Bayfront Park, Brickell Metrorail Station, the Freedom Tower, Museum Park, the Perez Art Museum and lots of smaller galleries and venues.

Start at "the Hub" at A1A Miami Center for Architecture & Design at 100 NE 1st Avenue and make your way around. 

We're lucky in the Grove that we have two Metrorail stations, so that's the easiest way to avoid parking nightmares downtown. 

The Art Days Bicyling Events are a big part of the weekend and lots of riders are excited about the History on Wheels tours and the Cultural Trail, also BeachedMiami has a Bike Tour where you'll take a bike tour to downtown Miami's finest art spaces. Enjoy a private tour of the CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals private collection) and take in a "sensory scent experience" created by artist Nick Lobo. Harnessed dancers will be up and down the walls of Miami-Dade College. Meet at the CIFO's bamboo-lined courtyard (1018 N. Miami Avenue).


For more info, visit their the here: dwntwnarts.com, dates and times will be listed.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Doggie Yappy Hour at LoKal on Monday

Bring your dog and head out to LoKal on Monday, September 15 for the first Yappy Hour and show your support for English Bull Terrier Rescues. For a $5 donation, you can get a pint of any local beer on tap and they will be having some special kegs for the event. First to be revealed - Funky Buddha French Oak Hop Gun. 

The event is from 5-7:30 pm and enjoy dinnner, too. As you know, LoKal has a doggie menu, too. And if you adopt a pet, you will get a $40 gift certificate for the restaurant.

As for their weekend brunch, due to extensive college football pregaming on Saturdays, they are now open for brunch only on Sundays, starting at 10 am.

LoKal is located at 3190 Commodore Plaza.

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Yesteryear

I got an email the other day:

"I tried to find this bookstore using google, and your blog came up with the I-Ching Bookstore on the search page, but I could not find it once I opened your blog.  It is not in the yellow pages, either, or any business directory I looked into. Could you please give me the address, or phone number, or email or website of this store?"

Of course I had to inform her she's 25 years too late.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Boot camp to raise money for breast health

Fitness Together Miami will be hosting a charity boot camp on Saturday, September 20 at 8:30 am in Peacock Park. The boo tcamp will be a fun, outdoor event that both adults and children can enjoy. It will be guided and supervised by Fitness Together's team of nationally certified Personal Trainers. After you are done working out, enjoy a massage or stretching session from the team at Jaguar Physical Therapy. 

Entrance to the boot camp is $20/person and all proceeds will be donated to the Women's Breast Health Initiative, a non-profit organization providing breast cancer screening to those without adequate healthcare resources. 

Generously co-sponsoring the event are local businesses, Grand Living 21 and Grove Pharmacy. 

For further information, as well as sponsorship opportunities please contact gabelamas@fitnesstogether.com 

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Fashioinably Conscious sale for Coconut Grove Cares

Once again, the Village of Merrick Park is putting its fashion foot forward in the name of charity in one week's time. The luxury retail and dining destination brings back the highly coveted Fashionably Conscious fundraising sale from Friday September 19 through Sunday September 21, 2014.

The designer sale event offers heavily reduced pricing on donated items from the most coveted closets of Miami’s respected philanthropists and community leaders. Some highlights of the collected inventory from the charity hosts include men’s Gucci and Ferragamo shoes, YSL and Diane von Furstenberg dresses, Miu Miu and Prada shoes and items from Chanel, Valentino, Phillip Lim, Chloé, Lanvin and more.  

The event kicks off Friday, September 19 with a VIP Cocktail Preview Sale Reception with catering provided by Mena Catering and bubbly from Artic Wines for an entry donation of $25.

The shopping continues on Saturday, September 20 from 11 am. to 5 pm with an all-day sale for an entry donation of $10.

It concludes on Sunday, September 21 with the Fashionably Conscious Clearance Sale, where everything must go! There will be heavily discounted prices on remaining items from 11 am. to 4 pm, with an entry donation of only $5.

The weekend sale will take place at suite 1035 on the ground floor of Village of Merrick Park, located next to Burberry. KARLA Conceptual Event Experiences is designing the space for the sale with notably stylish concepts, while Rey’s Cleaners is providing hangers and racks.

With a fundraising goal of more than $120,000, this year’s sale is set to be the most impressive yet. Already helping the organization climb to that goal, generous corporate sponsors of the sale include Village of Merrick Park, Terra Nova, and the Codina Family. Proceeds from the sale benefit Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center, providing free vital services to the children and families of the historic West Grove community. As the organization’s primary annual fundraiser, Fashionably Conscious offers essential unrestricted funds to enable the organization’s operations.

Garage parking is available at Village of Merrick Park.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Join the free Coconut Grove Bike Tour

September's Coconut Grove Bike Tour visits the shady lanes of the Grove, featuring the historic homes in the area also colorful wildlife and a spectacular collection of lush tropical foliage. 

This tour highlights the charming residences found in our neighborhood. From classic Florida Vernacular, Mediterranean Revival through the quirky cottages that are simply unique - the area's architectural splendor is a feast for the eyes.

This free bike tour is sponsored by Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID). Bring your bike and meet in front of City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive) on Saturday, September 13 at 9 am, the tour lasts until about 11:30 am. Be sure to bring sunblock and water.

Please register here.

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Film tribute to Robin Williams at the Drive-in

Coconut Grove's Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is holding Robin Williams Tribute Nights which also is part of the premiere of their second screen. Both screens will show movies simultaneously.

Featured the week of September 15 through 18 are, "Mrs. Doubtfire," "The Birdcage," "Good Morning Vietnam" and "Dead Poet's Society," all including a special "Mork and Mindy" pre-show.

All screenings start at 8 pm at the Blue Starlite which is at the Coconut Grove Playhouse lot, 3500 Main Highway.

September 15 and 17, "Good Morning Vietnam" and "Dead Poets Society," are playing, on September 16 and 18, "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Birdcage" are playing.

Tickets are $25 for one car with two passengers, each additional passenger is $5. For walk-ins, the ticket is $7 per person.

The Blue Starlite Drive-in is the world's first mini-urban drive-in movie theater, as NBC News recently referred to it, it is the "drive-in of the future." It's a "boutique" drive-in, with space for about 50 cars. There are authentic concessions, real drive-in speakers and is "hip, yet authentic."

To purchase tickets and view show times, visit: www.miamiurbandrivein.com

BTW, "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" is playing September 10 and 11. That should be a great movie outdoors at the drive-in. And "Clueless," "Godzilla" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Dirty Dancing" are all part of September's offerings. Also, "Jurrasic Park" and "Jaws" and quite a few others.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Fall Training camp at Pilates in the Grove

Pilates in the Grove has a new fall program geared to help reboot your system, activate your body’s natural healing superpowers and help you shed some of those “party pounds” that may have accumulated over summer vacations and backyard barbecues. they are up with Certified Nutrition Counselor and Health Coach Monica Spoelstra Metz to launch the Fall Training Camp, 28 days of nutrition coaching, recipes, and Pilates workouts.

The carefully designed program will help you get off the diet rollercoaster and reach a healthy weight through improved nutrition, fitness, stress management, mindfulness — and the enjoyment of simply prepared and delicious “real” food. Fall Training Camp isn’t a crash diet, it’s a hunger-free zone, and it’s not your typical detox or cleanse. 

Similar to a detox, the program was created to deliver results through the reduction and elimination of toxic foods and lifestyle habits through a gradual transition over four weeks. You’ll also complete the program equipped with meal plans, tips and strategies for helping you maintain a healthier weight and lifestyle throughout the weeks, months and years ahead.

The program takes place Monday, September 29 through Monday, October 27, 2014.

At the end of the 28 days, you’ll receive a handy eBook (PDF) of the entire program, which will include all of the meal plans, recipes, daily emails, fitness recommendations, as well as a post-program guide supporting your transition back to the real world.

There are different ways to participate, each plan includes the program eBook, which will be yours to keep long after the program has concluded. There's a digital program for $89.00 and an in-person program for $199.00

Registration is open from now through Saturday, September 27, 2014.

 For info, please call 305-446-6899.

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House tour of Eco "green" Coconut Grove house

Randall Moreland, of Moreland Artchitecture + Sustainable Design in Miami, is holding a series of educational open houses for the community about what could be the first LEED Platinum single family home in the City of Miami called MoT. It possibly uses net zero electricity according to Randall.  "This is the first house that I have worked on with the potential to reach net zero electricity, but hopefully not my last," he says.

The home is located not far from Aviation Avenue in North Grove, and his family and he will move in once it is complete. Contractor is Mark Gemignani of Dominion Builders and various engineers and vendors have contributed their products and expertise. "Originally projected to take one year to build, it has now taken nearly two years. The delays can be attributed mostly to our decision to deviate from the standard location construction of CMU walls and wood truss roofs. We wanted to do something stronger and safer," says Randall. They hope to move in by the end of October.

The exterior structure is all poured concrete – 4” thick for walls, 6” thick for roofs. The finish of the walls is Thermocromex, which is an integral color limestone based version of stucco. The roof finish is standing seam metal. All of the floors are colored and exposed concrete. Bathrooms walls are finished with porcelain and glass tiles with recycled content when available. Kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities are rapidly renewable bamboo. Paints are all low or no VOC and the closest systems are low or no formaldehyde so we can expect very healthy indoor air quality.



"There are a number of us involved with groups like the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and USGBC who are working hard to get quality information about sustainable building in front of local homeowners and builders in order to encourage and increase interest. I am also a real estate agent based in Coconut Grove and working with the Miami Association of Realtors to get listings and appraisals to reflect the added monetary value of sustainable houses with eco-friendly features. I try to implement these elements in all of the work I do, whether it be renovations or new construction, and the extent to which I am successful in incorporating sustainable elements is largely in the hands of the owner. I expect that with more knowledge and exposure there will come greater owner demand as well," said Randall.

He would love to speak with anyone interested in either renovating or designing from scratch. There are certain minimum scope criteria for renovating existing homes to obtain LEED Platinum Certification, but he believes the goal should be to conceive of the project in the most resource efficient and healthy manner possible, and then consider how any certifications may align with those priorities.

The house tours will be informal but very informative, touching on everything from selecting the location to building orientation to permitting and construction lessons learned to research and selection of fixtures and finishes. 

Some of the featured items include: rainwater collection, solar panels, Energy Star appliances, natural ventilation and recycled materials, just to name a few.

There are four dates to choose from for the tours: Sunday, September 14 from 11 to 3 pm; Wednesday, September 17 from noon to 3 pm (this is a Broker's Open tour only); Thursday, September 189 from 6 to 8:30 pm and Saturday, September 20, from 11 am to 3 pm.

To make a reservation, there is no charge, please visit the website: morelandarch.com 




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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Vote for the local favorite - the "Wake 'n Bacon"

Have you voted in the Chopped Best Bloody Mary contest yet? Our own Lulu is sitting at number 5. If you've ever had their "Wake 'n Bacon" bloody mary, shown here, now is the time to vote! On October 18, the Food Network celebrity chefs will judge the bloody mary recipes at an event in New York. 

You can get more info on the contest here and vote for the home team, too.

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"Caribbean Fusion Colors" opening at Kroma Gallery

Kroma gallery is presenting "Caribbean Fusion, Colors of Africa in America," opening Thursday, September 11. 

Featured artist is Carl Craig, "my aspiration is to explore the mystery, humility, intrigue and exoticism of the Haitian Culture through my art. The ultimate joy is to share my works with a global audience," says Carl.

Supporting artist is Nadine Anderson Cheng and resident artists will also be showing: Alan Laird, Robert McKnight, Betty Wright, Jacqueline Gopie, Rodney Jackson, Julia Poloni, Carl Juste and Glenda Ramos.

The exhibit runs through October 31. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturday from noon to 7 pm and the Thursday opening is from 6 to 9 pm.

Kroma is located at 3670 Grand Avenue.

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A gourmet food and wine showcase

The Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival Presents its 5th Annual Holiday kick-off event with a special Holiday Gourmet Showcase and Brunch series on Sunday, November 16. The festivities will be held at the ballrooms of, La Scala and The Flamingo Theatre Bar within the Four Ambassadors. The event starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm with the Brunch having two sessions between 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm.

This event is a very special occasion because 16 year old Lexi Alberts will be hosting the event in memory of her father, Barry Alberts, who passed away last April in a tragic car accident (both shown here). He was the Owner of Berries to Wine, Inc. He was the wine expert for Taste of Brickell and also a beloved wine aficionado and educator.

Attendees will be able to sip wine from many wineries from across the globe and also sample gourmet food from some of world’s finest suppliers and chefs. You will also have the opportunity to purchase a ticket for a delicious brunch which will have 2 sessions. 
   
You will have an opportunity to sample, and purchase, from over 200 different food and spirits labels. Food pairings will include gourmet items of an extensive nature, chocolates, pastries and other assorted desserts for after hours. We will also have a cheese showcase with cheeses from around the world.

There will be an opportunity to shop and take your products to our Gift Basket Area where you can create and design your own Holiday gift basket to give to your clients, family and friends for the Holidays.

After the showcase shuts down they will have entertainment and a dance floor where you can enjoy the rest of your experience at La Scala. The Expo will feature new chefs in the area, wine tastings, featuring several reserve wines that will only be available that night.

Please make sure you bid on the Silent auction which will held in La Scala there will be lots of great prizes, trips, dinners, and more - great for holiday gifts.

This Holiday event is the kick off to The 5th Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival to be held March 14, 2015. For more information and participation contact 786-355-4800 or c-bettner@yahoo.com or go to our website at www.tasteofbrickell.com.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

City to maybe add police; your presence requested

There is a City Budget Hearing on Tuesday, September 9, at City Hall, where Coconut Grove residents plan on asking City leaders for the addition of 100 new police officers, you are encouraged to attend. 

It's believed that bodies at the meeting will make a difference.

The Grove has experienced an eight year low in crime due to more police on the streets, thanks to the addition in 2013.

The City Commission voted unanimously to direct the City Manager to present them with a budget this month that adds 100 additional police officers to the Department.

The 100 new officers will be spread throughout the City of Miami, but the Grove will get its share.

The meeting is at 5:05 pm at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.

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All-Grove Crime Watch meets Wednesday

All-Grove Crime Watch will meet Wednesday, September 10 at 7 pm at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 2750 McFarlane Street in the Great Room located at the rear of the church grounds.

Come join Grove neighbors, Miami Police and others to learn about recent Grove crime activity and how to best prevent future crime.

Free parking is available in the surface parking lot next to the church. Just let the attendant know you are there for the Crime Watch meeting.

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Chamber luncheon to be held at Peacock Garden Cafe

Dr. Eldredge Biff Bermingham (left), chief science officer of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will be the featured speaker at the next Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce luncheon. 

Biff will give a sneak preview of the new museum which is being located in downtown Miami. The luncheon is Friday, September 12 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Peacock Garden Cafe.

Enjoy a delicious lunch, a great presentation  and unlimited networking - all for just $30 for Chamber members or $35 for future members.

RSVP to 305-444-7270 or grovechamber@coconutgrove.com

Peacock Garden Cafe is located at 2889 McFarlan Road.

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It's the Jackfruit Jubilee!

Sweet, fragrant, and delicious are all words used to describe the jackfruit, a tropical fruit tree that is about to get its time in the spotlight at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. What’s most intriguing is its size – one fruit can weigh more than 60 pounds.  Fairchild’s curator of tropical fruit, Noris Ledesma, poses next to a jackfruit tree here.

Join Fairchild in celebrating and sampling this fascinating fruit at the Jackfruit Jubilee, on Saturday, September 13 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Whether you're are familiar with the jackfruit or have never tried it, the festival will offer opportunities to learn how to grow it, cook it, and taste it. Chefs will perform live cooking demos, and Fairchild experts will present lectures and gardening demos to show how to care for the trees. Several varieties of jackfruit are available for sampling so visitors can experience the different textures and tastes. Curator’s Choice jackfruit trees have been selected by Noris Ledesma and Richard Campbell, Fairchild’s curators of tropical fruit, who have grown a new generation of hybrid jackfruit well suited for South Florida’s climate. All trees are available for purchase. For children, the interactive LEAF: Let’s Explore at Fairchild program invites families to learn about edible gardening through crafts, games, and planting activities. 

The jackfruit, scientifically known as Artocarpus heterophyllus, is a member of the mulberry family. It is native to South and Southeast Asia, where several jackfruit fairs are held throughout the year. David Fairchild, the garden’s namesake, collected it from Sri Lanka to plant in Florida. It is regarded as an important food source, and a single fruit can feed many people. 

Admission is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under, $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. Eco discounts are available for anyone who walks, bikes or takes public transportation to the festival. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. 

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