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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Miami Dream Dog Park event

 
Earlier this week, Beneful, a Purina dog food brand,  helped fix up the Dog Park at David T. Kennedy Park. The Beneful team gifted the City of Miami $20,000 to support the popular local dog park as part of its 2016 Dream Dog Park Project. In addition to the donation, they worked side-by-side with Miami Parks & Recreation and community volunteers to install and paint new park equipment and help with beautification efforts. 

A Coconut Grove pup was excited about the spruce-up, which took place on Wednesday, July 20.



Seven-year-old, Nicky, holds his four-legged friend, Disco. Beneful is helping out the Coconut Grove dog park as part of the 2016 Dream Dog Park Project, which will support more than a dozen dog parks across the U.S. through donations and volunteerism. 



Delia Domingo Davis (left) of the Beneful team presents Deputy Director of the City of Miami Parks & Recreation Department, Lara De Souza, with a $20,000 donation for the Dog Park. The donation comes as part of the sixth Beneful Dream Dog Park Project, a year-long program by the dog food maker to support the renovation and creation of community dog parks across the country.


The volunteer crew – including local dog lovers, City of Miami employees and the Beneful team – worked together to assemble and install new seating equipment and enhance the dog park’s landscaping.

Working together, Delia Domingo Davis (left) of the Beneful team and Deputy Director of the City of Miami Parks & Recreation Department, Lara De Souza, paint a new picnic table at the Dog Park at David T. Kennedy Park.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Back where they belong

Good news.

The Coconut Grove Village Council will be holding their next meeting in City Hall. No word yet if it will be broadcast, but hoping it is and it should be since it is a sanctioned event and approved by the City.


The next meeting is Friday, September 16 from 6 to 8 pm. They are taking August off, so there is no meeting in August. We'll remind you of the September meeting when the time comes.


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Marking the history of the Coconut Grove library

The Coconut Grove library has a new historic marker outside its doors, it's a long time coming, as the Grove library began in 1896, the historic name is Cocoanut Grove Library and Gravesite of Eva Amelia Munroe. As you may know, Mrs. Eva's grave is right outside, she's one of the Grove pioneers. The library started before there was even a City of Miami.

When Glass & Vine opened across the street, a bunch of publications, lifted my story, as they do, and someone trying to make it their own, added that Glass & Vine was in the former library space, and as other publications picked up the story and so on and so on (sort of like Melania Trump in a way), they all picked up the erroneous sentence that Glass & Vine was in the former library space. But it's in the former Chamber of Commerce space, the library is across McFarlane Road, next to the Woman's Club and now there is a marker to prove it.

The current library was built in 1963 at 2875 McFarlane Road. 

The reason there is Mrs. Eva's grave on the site is because that was a stipulation of Grove Pioneer Kirk Monroe, who donated the land many years later, and asked that his wife Eva's grave be maintained on the site. She died in 1882.

The current building, built in 1963 by the firm of T. Triplett Russell and Associates, was designed so that the westernmost wing pays homage to the original 1901 building. The original structure was one story and very rustic, built with the native Miami oolite. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Demolishing part of CocoWalk to rebuild anew

A waiver notification was sent out regarding CocoWalk. The long time rumor of the new owners wanting to make structural changes is true. The waiver asks for permission "to demolish a portion of the existing three story structure and internal commercial spaces in two structures." It is now under review.

Long time talk was that the center portion would be going, where Starbucks and Tervis Tumbler are and that they would open up the space. 

I'm not sure how this would help CocoWalk as I think the problem is vendor selections - they need anchors or major draws. I was told that years ago Apple was interested but that the rent was too high. Too high for Apple? Another time I was told that they might go after H&M, which would be a draw and a desination store that would draw people.

Anyway, I don't see anyone appealing the waiver as it's private property and anything would be an enhancement to freshen up the place.

CocoWalk was sold for $87.5 million dollars in the spring of 2015. Federal Realty Investment Trust purchased the property along with Grass River Property and Michael Comras. Grass River is a Coconut Grove company, they were sort-of partners with PointeGroup at one time, but the two have parted ways.

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Women politicians featured at Happy Hour

Women's Happy Hour is Monday, July 25 from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Mayfair Hotel. Enjoy Happy Hour half priced drinks and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

There is a special program on Monday, in that it's about women running for office. This month they have invited these politicians and are looking forward to hear their political views and their journeys, challenges, experience and dreams.

The Mayfair Hotel & Spa is located at 3000 Florida Avenue. 

The Women's Happy Hour is the last Monday of each month.

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Update on the Regatta Park launch plans

People love the beauty and tranquility of Regatta Park and as they stroll the park or walk their dogs, they don't realize that on the waterfront, there is a little turmoil regarding launching boats and regattas.

The Regatta Park launch plans were discussed at the last Implementation Committee meeting where Francisco Alonso of Ty Lin Int., Daniel Rotenberg, Director of Facilities, and Asset Management talked about the issue of sea grass being discovered in the ramp area. Ty Lin discussed three possible ways to address the issue without slowing down the permitting process. 

Plan A is to move the ramp slightly west in between the seagrass area where it is clear of marine resources. Plan B is to reverse the ramp east of the current location, and plan C is to redesign the ramp to allow light to not impact the seagrass. Plan C will probably not be allowed as a solution. Plan A might have issues with the Army Corps permit, so the committee agreed to use whatever plan will keep the project on schedule. 

The Seminole boat ramp was discussed as a way to improve public access, both for boats on trailers and for
regatta use. There are three outfalls that contribute to silting and potential polluting of the area. The City will contact the County to try to solve the outfall problems.

The current dinghy dock can possibly be moved south of its current location with the completion of the new dinghy dock for the mooring field boaters. The current road configuration impedes boat trailers both launching and removing boats from the ramps. The circulation of the whole area as well are boat trailer parking needs to be redesigned to improve public access to the facility. Capital Improvements, Asset Management, and Miami Parking Authority will work on a new plan to improve the area. A FIND grant can help fund the design and permitting as well as construction of improvements to the Seminole boat ramp.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Virginia Key marina project voted down

Ever since Ken Russell joined the City Commission, good things have been happening. Wednesday afternoon, the City Commission voted against the RFP for the Rickenbacker Marina project which has been hotly contested. Commissioners Russell, Frank Corollo and Francis Suarez voted to have the RFP redone from scratch. Competitors felt that the RFP process was not done in the proper manner and they were contesting the current RFP. 

From Ken's Facebook page: "It's never easy to make a decision to reverse an action or process in which many people have worked very hard and invested time and money. Today I brought a motion to throw out a bidding process for the Marina on Virginia Key. After hours of discussion a majority of the Commission voted in agreement that we should start over with a process that includes the public and the boards that help us decide the best use and scale of this property. this will help us bring the Marine Stadium back to life in a cohesive plan that prioritizes public participation and the environment. We also directed the City Manager to study the feasibility of the city owning and managing the Marina as we do in other parts of the city. I'm very excited to be a part of this process and to work with the community and administration on the new Request for Proposals."

In the past, this whole issue would have gone through the motions and it would have been rubber stamped and approved. Ken is making a difference. 

The RCI Group, based in Miami Beach was pushing for themselves to build the $100 million project at Miami Marine Stadium.

According to The New Times, "Ahead of the vote, it appears the two main groups bickering for control of the project — RCI and Dallas-based group Suntex — have been posing as fake grassroots activists on Facebook to covertly attack each other."

Both pages were fronts for the developers. Who now have to go back to the drawing board.

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Music Discovery and Making Music Camps starting

Summer Camp Session Two at Miami Conservatory of Music runs from July 25-29, 9:30 am-4 pm, daily.

This is great for kids with or without musical experience.  At the end of the week each camp class puts on a concert for parents.
MUSIC DISCOVERY | Ages 5 – 12
No musical background is required to participate.  Children get to try playing a variety of instruments from violins to piano.
MAKING MUSIC | Age 8 & up
Minimum two years of instruction to participate.  Ideal for students who already play an instrument.

Please visit MCM's website at
miamiconservatoryofmusic.com for more information.

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Village Council should return to City Hall

I had a chat with Commissioner Ken Russell about getting the Coconut Grove Village Council back in City Hall and broadcast on cable tv. Back in November of 2009, the Village Council was thrown out of City Hall after meeting there for so many years. Someone felt that they should not have free speech and be seen or heard on tv. They could meet, but they could not be broadcast out into tv land.

Others felt that since there was an election coming up, opponents getting any air time was a bad thing. One evening everything was set for their usual meeting and out of nowhere,  the plug was pulled by the City Manager because they did not want election talk to be broadcast on tv, is that a case of killing the first amendment or what? They could talk at the meetings, but not on tv.

I spoke with the mayor back then, who apparently lied to me at the time, claiming that he knew nothing about the Village Council being thrown out and then later claimed that there was a new policy, where different neighborhood groups and condos could have the meeting chamber once a year and the Village Council would have to give up the time and space for that. When was the policy voted on and decided upon?

Of course in seven years, not one neighborhood group or condo took up the space offered them as I doubt they want their dirty laundry and private business blasted all over cable tv. And what is the point of having them use the chamber once a year when most meet monthly?


So now it stands that the Village Council can return to City Hall, encouraged by Ken Russell, but the only open spot for them is Friday evening, which most members of the council are loathed to commit to. I can understand that, it's the end of the week, work is over, the weekend is starting, but first, let's have a meeting and hope that people watch it on tv on a Friday night. Not really prime time, is it?

But Ken thinks it is worth a try to see how the council takes to it. So they may eventually get back into City Hall where they belong. I say they belong there because City Hall is on Coconut Grove land, and just out of pure courtesy, the council should be part of the City Hall picture. I'm also thrilled to know that City Hall is broadcast on ATT Uverse cable finally. It had previously only been on Channel 77 on Comcast. But there is a menu item on the ATT cable that allows local city channels to be seen. So this will bring more viewers.

An advantage to being in City Hall and on tv is that the meetings are rebroadcast throughout the month, so the meetings can be seen live and/or seen at another time when more convenient for citizens. More people can get involved this way when they know what is going on in the village.


Now it's up to the Village Council to decide what to do. The Friday door is open. They will have this discussion at tonight's Village Council meeting.


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Village Council meets Wednesday

The Cocoanut Grove Village Council's monthly meting is Wednesday, July 20 starting at 6 pm at the Glass House in Peacock Park.

On the agenda:
- Opportunity for Members to add agenda items
- Treasury & Budget Update
- Police/Net Office Proposed Operating & Capital Budgets for Fiscal Year 2016-17 
 
Discussion Items
- 2nd Reading By Law Change (Member addition & Quorum)
- Tenant concerns / Breezeway Apt (3410 Hibiscus Ave) 
- Streamline Minutes 
- Playhouse 

Old Business
- Change of Venue (City Hall) & Date (3rd Friday of month)
- 501c4 & Operating Budget 
- Social Media 

New Business
- Introduce Louise Caro as our new CGVC Member 

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First steps in protecting over-development

The Historic and Environmental Preservation Board (HEPB) met on July 5 to consider historic designation of the property at 3701 Park Avenue but they are having trouble finding sufficient evidence that the 100 year old house qualifies as historic. Of course that makes no sense as properties that are half that age have been considered historic. The fact that the new owners want to divide the property into more than one lot is not permitted under Miami21 NCD-3 code, so that should have some bearing on this case. The subject will be brought up at a future meeting.

What's interesting about this is that while this one piece of property is in everyone's sight, other properties all over the Grove are being destroyed in the name of greed. Every time you turn around, there's an empty lot and just as fast as the old house on that property was destroyed, new houses are going up. More than one on one plat of land.

On July 14, at a City Commission meeting, residents spoke about the former Battersea Woods property at Ingraham Highway and Battersea. A 1901 house was destroyed there and much of the tree cover, which was substantial. The developer removed almost all of the trees. Plans are for a total of seven new houses on this site.

The presentation by residents had some sway with the commission. There was a discussion on the property rather than the usual rubber stamp approval. Commissioner Ken Russell addressed the issue as a violation of the code, the failure of the developer to obtain a warrant for the subdivision. With no warrant there is no process for neighbors to object to the project. There is no notification of abutting neighbors, no notice, no opportunity to appeal the decision. 

The item was deferred until a July 28 meeting, so that further investigation can be done. The developer has two houses under construction without a permanent plat. Denial of the re-plat would send a message to other developers that there is a downside to doing subdivisions which are not in accord with the code.

From Miami21: "The single family residential district is intended to protect  the low density residential and dominant tree canopy characteristics of Coconut Grove and prevent the intrusion of additional density” When developers  violate this code they are taking existing homeowners’ property: the healthy sustainable grove environment we share with our neighbors. 

Commissioner Russell says: "Grovites are suspicious that the code is not being followed with regard to lot splitting and tree removals. Large lot homes are being split into little ones for profit. Trees are being removed to make space. My team and I have walked through the process of this particular case. Lot splitting without a warrant is illegal in Coconut Grove's Neighborhood Conservation District. A warrant is a process that triggers public input and the right for neighbors to appeal once they have been notified of the application. In this case, no warrant was issued, so at this week's commission meeting I hit the brakes instead of the rubber stamp."

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Monday, July 18, 2016

The Jazz Connection performing at The Grove Spot

The Jazz Connection is performing at The Grove Spot this Thursday, July 21, for their usual Third Thursday Jazz Night.

Richard Vanderburg is on the Trumpet
Joe Yeargin, Bass
Mike Cohen, Drums
Nicholas Rousseau, Guitar

Show time is from 8 to 11 pm.

The Grove Spot is located at 3324 Virginia Street.

There is no cover charge.

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ACE Theater receives national historic designation

In 2014, the ACE Theater in Village West received local historic designation but now it's been placed on under national historic designation. The old theater, built in 1930, at 3664 Grand Avenue can now be redeveloped. 

From The Real Deal, "ACE Development Company, can now focus on its plans to renovate of the property into a multi-use entertainment venue, according to ACE attorney Mark Grafton." The theater is owned by long-time Grovites, the Wallace family.

“We are extremely excited about unlocking the development potential,” Grafton told TRD. “Being placed on the register allows us to sell transferable development rights, makes the ACE Theatre eligible for federal and some state grants, and it also unlocks a 20 percent federal tax credit which will make it more appealing to outside investors.”

"I toured the ACE theater a few months ago with the Wallace family that owns it. The potential for this building is great. Now that it's historically designated and protected it will be here for generations to come and can unlock funds to help with the redevelopment. County commissioner Xavier Suarez has also expressed his interest in seeing this gem restored and put back on the cultural map," says District Commissioner Ken Russell.

We have heard the same thing about the Coconut Grove Playhouse which has been dormant for over 10 years now. So let's see which property is developed first.


Let's start the countdown now and see how long it takes for something to happen. Ready, set, go . . .

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A very civilized way to spend a Sunday

About 20 people braved Sunday's heat and humidity to sketch images of Coconut Grove during the  Miami Urban Sketchers event. Created by Lisa Nance in September, the group has been meeting monthly in various locals around the county to spread out and capture what they see using pens, paper and even doing it digitally. Here, Pat Oblak,  Director of Sales and Art Reach at Jerry's Artarama, who is one of the founders with Lisa, addresses the crowd in front of CocoWalk at 1 pm, before the artists spread out around the village to create.  Federico Giraldo is the third founder/administrator of the Urban Sketchers Miami group


Lisa welcomes the artists before the event, this is one of many monthly events, in the past the group has met at Lincoln Road and Wynwood and they may sketch at the Perez Museum of Art Miami (PAMM) next month.
Daniel Dulitzky had a nice table and shady spot at Masa Taquerita.
Sebastian (just Sebastian) and Stuart Taft had a great space on Main Highway where they created their work.
Nadia Desjardins, a regular contributor at KROMA Gallery got into the spirit, she found a green space on Main Highway across from Lulu.
And next to Nadia were Maurizio Passariello and Sheri Friedman.
Abdon J. Romero and Katyuska Moran drew from a table at Starbucks.
Al Carro used an Ipad Pro and went digital and Elena Montijo used pad and pen. Al and I compared our Surface Pro and Ipad Pro and techniques as I use a Surface Pro 3 and a Wacom Cintiq.
Elena drawing CocoWalk.
Sheri met a busload of students from Italy, some artists who shared their work with Sheri.

The Urban Sketchers draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what they see from direct observation; their drawings tell the story of their surroundings. 


Pat at Virginia and Grand.
At the end of the day, the artists spread their work out and discuss what they saw and drew and they explain their technique.

It's a totally  upbeat, charming event which we could use a lot more of around here.


To see some of the work from Sunday, their facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/miamiurbansketchers where they are sharing their works.
They are @uskmiami on instagram

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Grove couple introduces HeroBoys

Coconut Grove couple, Crissi and Ed Boland have taken over the toy world in a big way. They have created a full line of new super heroes with a purpose. This line is to boys what American Girl dolls are to girls. The HeroBoys have values and morals that make them unlike the usual action figure.

Their line of HeroBoys products, which includes dolls, capes, masks, comic books and t-shirts, are now in full production being sold at HeroBoys.com, Amazon.com and at Books and Books. Ed and Crissi are also currently at the Atlanta Gift Show to meet more retailers.

Crissi and Ed Boland
 HeroBoys is a collection of superhero characters that set out to empower young boys ages 3-10. The creators, parents of two young boys themselves, invented the line for all boys to inject positive messaging and meaningful, educational content into a superhero landscape dominated by movie marketing related products. The characters, Blazer, Gusto, Rocko, Stormsurge, Techno, and Thunderhawk, learn to work together and use their inherent strengths and talents (something that all children have) to help make a positive impact in the world.  The HeroBoys line is comprised of six separate 18-inch plush plastic action figures with stands, monthly comic book subscriptions and signature apparel including capes, masks and t-shirts. 
“For years the toy market for young boys has been dominated by dated characters and repackaged by corporations for PG-13 movies and TV shows they are too young to watch,” said co-creator Ed Boland.  “Our boys deserve meaningful toys that celebrate boyhood, promote values, and encourage the art of play.”


 “HeroBoys is an empowerment toy—we are the next American Girl doll,” said co-creator, Crissi Boland. “The 18-inch hero is unlike anything on the market for boys.  The comic book tells the story of a seemingly ordinary group of boys brought together to do good in a city overrun by selfish behavior. The comics provide teachable moments for parents, promotes literacy and teaches there is a hero inside every boy.”
   
Developed by Whimzy Entertainment, HeroBoys is a line of toys, comic books and apparel made foryoung boys about young boys.  HeroBoys retails online at HeroBoys.com and Amazon.com and at book, toy and gift retailers nationwide including Books and Books in Coral Gables, Miami Beach and Miami and for wholesale at the Enchanted Moments showroom in AmericasMart Atlanta. 

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Enjoy Bingo Night at the Woman's Club

It's Bingo Night at the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove on Thursday, July 21. 

Doors open at 6:30 pm and Bingo starts at 7:00 pm.

Admission $5.00 – No admission fee for Children under 12 
$ 1.00 per card minimum of 5 games 
Refreshments, snacks, gift certificates, great and exciting prizes.

Come try your luck and enjoy a fun filled evening at our Historic House, a real gem in our midst. All proceeds benefit the WCCG.

Public parking at St Stephens Church - $3.00 flat rate.

The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove is located at 2985 South Bayshore Drive.

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Your presence is requested at this meeting

As you may have read, Heineken is crowdfunding the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium. The goal is to raise $100,00 through the Indiegogo drive here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/restore-miami-marine-stadium#

But rowers, paddlers and supporters of Virginia Key have been upset over planned changes that will turn the area too commercial for the small guy. There is a City Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 20 which may decide the fate of the existing bid for the Virginia Key Marina.

On this agenda is a resolution to throw out the bid altogether, and start fresh – with input from community leaders and organizations who have a vested interest in Virginia Key, the Miami Marine Stadium, and the basin. There is growing sentiment in this regard, which has been profiled in stories in the last couple of weeks.

According to Commissioner Ken Russell, two commissioners are firmly in the camp to throw out the bid, and they need one more for a positive vote in this direction.

“Continued public pressure and a good solid case for how the RFP violates the original master plan (aside from boats in the basin) may just get us that 3rd vote," said Ken.

People are being asked to show up at the meeting – 9:00 am on July 20. 

This is a special meeting, and nothing else is on the agenda. Bodies always make an impression, so the more the better. At the last meeting on June 22, rowers, paddlers and citizens came in droves, and it made a difference. The commission was very surprised by the number of people who came to the meeting. It made a statement and they heard it.

Because of public outcry, the commission and the city, agreed to remove the wet slips in the basin at that meeting.  By starting the bid process over, the vision of the people who wrote the Virginia Key Master Plan will be upheld, thus preventing any similar conflicts of interest from happening in the future. 







Here is a form letter that can be emailed to the city commissioners. Their email addresses are at the bottom.

COPY & PASTE & PASS ON TO OTHER SYMPATHIZERS - must be received by July 19th

Email Headline:
REQUEST NEW PROPOSALS FOR VIRGINIA KEY MARINA

Dear Commissioners,

On July 20th, please vote to throw out the bid and proposals for the Virginia Key Marina expansion.   We have been asking this for months, and now is the time to act.

The RFP violates the original master plan in many ways, as those who have worked on the master plan can attest.

It was already agreed at the commission meeting on June 22nd that a marina in the historic basin is not in keeping with the plan.  This should constitute a material change in the bid, and grounds to start over.  And it’s not the only concern.

Starting over will allow organizations like Dade Heritage Trust and the Virginia Key Advisory Board to input on the bid, to make sure that the plans submitted will be embraced by the entire community.   

Thank you for your time and consideration,

(sign your name)
(full address)
(phone number)
Save our basin
Redo the bids

khardemon@miamigov.com

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ordering food is getting easier

I was excited to see UberEATS, Uber's new service in Miami, where they deliver food from various restaurants. Only, sadly, they are not in the Grove yet. They are in the Brickell area, so hopefully soon.

I did have a great experience with DeliveryDudes the other day. I had come home from a long trip and had nothing in the house, so I pulled their website up and ordered online, no talking to anyone, which I like, just doing it all online. I have seen them all over the Grove picking up and taking the food out, but I had never tried them before.

I ordered from Duffy's. Not sure why, but they had shrimp scampi that looked good, I also ordered a salad and a slice of key lime pie. It arrived fast, although the driver had the wrong address at first, and the food was hot and cold respectively, and delicious. The scampi had huge shrimp with angel hair pasta, the salad was good and the pie was perfectly fixed in a dish with raspberry sauce and whipped cream that you put on yourself.

The service fee was $5.00, plus, of course I tipped the driver. 

With the UberEATS service, there is no service fee for awhile but it will go up to $4.99. You can sign up for it here and get $10 off your first order; they'll notify you when they hit Coconut Grove.

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Sprucing up the dog park at Kennedy Park

Beneful, a Purina dog food brand, is headed to Miami next Wednesday, July 20, to lend a paw at the Dog Park at David T. Kennedy Park. The Beneful team is gifting the City of Miami $20,000 to support the popular local dog park as part of its 2016 Dream Dog Park Project. In addition to the donation, they will be working side-by-side with Miami Parks & Recreation and community volunteers to install and paint new park equipment and help with beautification efforts. 

Beneful is helping out the Coconut Grove dog park as part of the 2016 Dream Dog Park Project, which will support more than a dozen dog parks across the U.S. through donations and volunteerism. Miami is the second stop of the season. More than a dozen volunteers will do the sprucing up.

“We’re thrilled to join the Beneful team and our dog-loving community to spruce up one of our city’s most popular dog parks,” said Kevin Kirwin, Director, City of Miami Parks & Recreation. “The improvements and additions we have planned will benefit dogs and their owners for years to come.” 

The event is from 8:30 to 11 am.

For more information, please visit DreamDogPark.com and follow the team on Facebook via Facebook.com/Beneful or Twitter via @Beneful and #DreamDogPark.

Kennedy Park is at 2400 South Bayshore Drive.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Blast from the past



A reader just sent me this. Looks like the Coconut Grove Arts Festival back in the 1960s on Main Highway.


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Uban Sketchers coming to the Grove on Sunday

There's an En Plain Air-type event taking place in Coconut Grove on Sunday, July 17.  Our friend Pat Oblak, Director of Sales and Art Reach at Jerry's Artarama is one of the founders of Miami Urban Sketchers, part of the international Urban Sketchers.

Many of you may remember Pat from Regus Office at Mayfair. Pat and her sketchers (or maybe her Keds or Reeboks)  are going to "spread out and sketch the Grove."

They have a manifesto that pretty much spells out what they are all about:

- We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
- Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
- Our drawings are a record of time and place.
- We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
- We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
- We support each other and draw together.
- We share our drawings online.
- We show the world, one drawing at a time.

Pat says, "This Sunday, they will be meeting at the Fountain in front of CocoWalk at 1:00 pm and from there will split up, run around sketching and then meet back at the fountain at 4 pm to show each other what we’ve drawn and to take pictures of our sketches for posting online. There is no charge, ever, and no negativity, it’s a safe place to just create and have fun showing the world our beautiful Miami."

"Of course, dragging everyone to the Grove was my idea, because I miss my Grove peeps and want to show off how glorious the Grove is, we’ll be walking, and so won’t be able to range much farther than the Business District in the time we have," says Pat.

Their facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/miamiurbansketchersThey are @uskmiami on instagram

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