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Thursday, October 02, 2014

FAM Night is back starting October 4

Karen Deilke and Liz Gibson; integral
stars of the Coconut Grove Drum Circle
(Photo by Coconut Grove BID)
After a successful inaugural season, Fashion + Art + Music (FAM) Night returns on Saturday, October 4, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm in Coconut Grove’s business district and will continue every first Saturday until June. Visitors are invited to enjoy cultured packed nights where galleries’ open their doors, trunk shows take over the boutiques and live music fills the streets.

The full night event is free and open to the public. Enjoy the Pumpkin Patch in the day and end it with FAM Night - make it a full day and night of Coconut Grove events!

In October, art galleries such as Coconut Grove Arts Festival will present multi-genre artist and cinematographer, Carlos Llerena Aguierre, who has published drawings, illustrations and woodcuts in international journals, books, magazines, and children’s books. FrameWorks is set to host local artist, Mai Yap, who specializes in landscape paintings created intricately with palette knives.  In addition, local students from Academy of Arts & Minds High School will paint live for visitors to experience. 

Accordingly to Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, Jaclyn Segedin, of the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, “FAM Night affords visitors a broad range of unique and cultural experiences for anyone at any age.” For example, if you are looking for a family-friendly art experience, look no further than Art Box, who will be hosting a "Witch's Potion Workshop." In this special Halloween-themed activity, kids will be able to create and take home their own gooey slime!  There will also be a balloon-popping raffle, which gives the kids an opportunity to take home some fun prizes. 

Along with the art and fashion, live music will fill the sidewalks as visitors stroll from shop to shop. The Academy of Arts & Minds will perform a mix of genres and styles such as jazz and classical hits. Miami “Folk Dub” musician, Adrian Gonzalez, is set to play at Vino’s in the Grove, where visitors will enjoy a loop base performance that blends acoustic and electronic sounds.  On Commodore Plaza, Zach Jones, a one-man indie/folk band, will be making his way South from Fort Pierce to perform a soulful set of acoustics.  At CocoWalk, catch local Miami Drummer, Chris Rod, live with his take on today’s pop and yesterday’s rock.

And of course it wouldn't be FAM Night without the Coconut Grove Drum Circle. We'll announce their new location next week. New home for a new season of fun.

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Annual Halloween Howler Youth Regatta

The fourth Annual Halloween Howler Youth Regatta is back at the Sailing Club.  On Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, more than 100 young sailors from around Florida and the Caribbean, will take part on this ghostly regatta.

Sailors between 6 and 18 years of age will compete in three different categories:  Lasers and Optimists for two full days of sunny and hopefully windy weather. 

The Coconut Grove Sailing Club becomes a haunted and scary place decorated for the occasion while hosting some of the best sailing in the area.  This is an incredible and fun event created to get young children to fall in love with sailing while making good friends for life. 

Come and visit, watch the tenacious sailors at work and feel the positive energy of teamwork, sportsmanship and  friendship while having some seriously scary fun!

And on Saturday, from 7 to 9 pm, family friendly Halloween activities are part of the annual Haunted Mooring Field Celebration. Parents, bring your kids out to trick or treat on the mooring field (tender boat brings them from boat to boat).  Skippers- stock the bilge with candy, and decorate your boats for Halloween. The trick or treaters will be brought out to the mooring field on the launches and the boat owners transform their boats and dinghies into spooky Halloween venues.

For more information about participating in this year’s howler regatta visit: www.cgsc.org/halloween-howler or call 305-444-4571.

The Coconut Grove Sailing Club is located at 2990 S. Bayshore Drive. 

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Next phase of 27th Avenue project includes US1

The next phase of the SW 27th Avenue project, the US1 area was pushed back from September to around October 27, 2014. It is expected to be finished in March 2015.

Work to be performed includes upgrading the traffic signals; repaving and re-stripping the roadway; reconstruction of ramps and reconstruction and modification of traffic separators.

The Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) is spending $1.1 million on that part of the project. Lane closures will only take effect during non-peak hours which are 9 am to 3:30 pm weekdays and weekends; 10 pm to 5 am, Sunday through Thursday nights and 11 pm to 7 am, Friday and Saturday nights.

The traffic circle at Tigertail and 27th Avenue is almost done, shown above, it's really more of an elongated shape, not really a circle. Yesterday Bird Avenue was closed at 27th Avenue, so it's really still a mess out there. But hopefully the end of the project is near.

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Ad Industry Wednesday at TK's

Now that we have a nice group of ad agencies in Coconut Grove, it only makes sense to have a happy hour for them. First Wednesdays are now Ad Industry Wednesday at TK's at the Villa Mayfair.

Each first Wednesday, from 6 to 9 pm, TK's along with AAF Miami (the American Advertising Federation of Miami), are offering extended happy hour specials and it's a great way to hang out with fellow industry types, sort of a play on our Madmen Mondays, remember those? Only it's the 2014 version.

The first drink is free with your business card and they don't want any clients, or so they say, but I suspect everyone is allowed and you can stop by and meet some of the new Grovites.

TK's is located at 2901 Florida Avenue. And tonight is the first Wednesday of the month! See you there.

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Ritz-Carlton & Wynwood Brewery's Beer Garden

Just in time for Oktoberfest, the Ritz-Carlton has created a Beer Garden.

In collaboration with Wynwood Brewery, you are invited to an exclusive beer garden filing the outdoor terrace with lively music, games, a mouthwatering German-inspired menu and let’s not forget…locally crafted beer!

Beer Garden Menu

Chicken Schnitzel Sliders, Tomato Jam, Cabbage Slaw, Warm German Fingerling Potato Salad - $9

Beer Braised Grilled Bratwurst with Sauerkraut - $9

Soft warm Pretzels served with Beer in Porter Cheddar Soup - $7

Belgium Beer Cookies with Orange Icing - $5

Apple Strudels - $5

The Beer Garden will be held for two weekends - Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5 and October 18 and 19. From 3 to 9 pm both weekends.

The Ritz-Carlton is located at 3300 SW 27 Avenue.

Complimentary valet parking. Reservations not required. For more information, please call 305-644-4680.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Craft Spirit Festival week begins Wednesday

There are so many things going on in October, it seems. Starting the month off is The Craft Spirits Festival, which is returning  for its second year. The festival is an exhibit of original craft, small batch and artisanal spirts in Miami.

The week-long series of events runs from October 1 to 9 and will focus not only on celebrating and educating the public on craft spirits, but on craft cocktails as well. Seminars, tours, parties, happy hours, cocktail dinners and industry/VIP only events are all part of the festival around Miami.

To kick off the week, there is a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation - it's called "Women, Whiskey & Wieners," it's is about having a great time, with great old and new friends, and raising awareness. during Breast Cancer Month. There are raffles and prizes. The event is Wednesday, October 1 at The Mighty at 2224 Coral Way. It starts at 7 pm.

The Grand Tasting will take place on Thursday, October 9 from 7 to 11 pm at the Cruz Building on Commodore Plaza. This event will showcase 100 plus distinct spirits including whiskies, rums, vodkas, gins and other spirits and beverages. Attendees will be able to enjoy these unlimited samples plus fine inspired hors d' oeuvres by some of the best local chefs in Miami including some Coconut Grove favorites like TK's at the Villa Mayfair, La Gamba and Strada.

Grand Tasting tickets are $75 and include admission. There is a limited number of tickets available to the general public, keep informed through their website: craftspiritsfest.com and their social media accounts.

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Grove Pumpkin Patch back this weekend

The Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, open from 10 am to 6 pm both days.

There will be over 5000 pumpkins and lots of other great family-friendly things to do. There's a kids Hay Maze, Dress Your Scarecrow, kiddie carnival rides, shows and activities, a petting zoo, a decorate your pumpkin tent, and my favorite, a pumpkin food court and a pumpkin beer garden.


Some of the pumpkin foods include pumpkin pies of course and funnel cake, quiche, crepes, curry shish-kabobs and so much more, all featuring pumpkin.

There are all the regular fair favorites too, from gyros to chicken, etc. These are not-pumpkin related.

The pumpkins range from $1.00 to $15.00, depending on size. The decorating station is just $5.00 per pumpkin.

Entrance fee is $10 for general admission and $15 for kids; babies under 24 months are free.

The entrance fee includes unlimited rides for kids, the kids hay bale maze, all shows and activities, dress-your-own scarecrow village, hillbilly hay ride and the petting zoo.

Get your tix here or at the gate.

Entrance fee includes unlimited kiddie carnival rides for paid children. 

Great news is that Paradise Parking and the Coconut Grove Bank are offering $6 parking for the Pumpkin Patch attendees. The lot is just a few blocks away on Mary and Tigertail, It's $6 for the whole day.

The Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch is in Peacock Park.

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Sarnoff addresses Grove Rotary Club

From left: Phil Everingham, Rotary Club of Coconut Grove treasurer; Paul Van Puffelen,
Commodore
 of Coconut Grove Sailing Club; City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff;
Don Kesler, Rotary Club of Coconut Grove president.
Commissioner Marc Sarnoff recently addressed the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove.  After bringing the Rotarians up-to-date on recent and future developments in Coconut Grove, Commissioner Sarnoff announced that his office is providing funds for 10 middle-school and 10 high-school students to go to Washington D.C. for a week to participate in a program called Close Up Washington.  

The students will have an opportunity to meet other youngsters from across the country, learn about the federal government, and visit monuments and the Smithsonian Museum. The goal of Close Up Washington is to help young people develop the skills and attitudes necessary to become informed and engaged citizens. While Commissioner Sarnoff's office is arranging for 20 students to take part in Up Close Washington, his goal is to double that number, and he is seeking community support.

The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove meets every Thursday at 12:30 pm at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. For more information, contact Phil Everingham, pbemsdd@hotmail.com.

Photo credit: Adriana Gonzalez

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Annual Bird Festival returns to Fairchild Garden

Make friends with owls, parrots and more avian creatures when Fairchild teams up with the Tropical Audubon Society (TAS), for the annual Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Bird Festival.  The event features bird walks, a photo contest, lectures by birding experts, and the 76th Annual Members' Day Plant Sale all at

Two days of off-site TAS-led birding field trips are on October 2-3, and the on-site festival is at Fairchild on October 4-5 from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm. October 3 is actually sold out, but there is still room for October 2nd - $50 for members / $60 for non-members for full day and half day adventures is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Register here.

Meet colorful macaws and parrots from Zoo Miami and amazing owls and raptors from the Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center. Several bird watching walks will be held throughout the weekend, including early morning walks at 7:30 am. and a special walk for children and families in the afternoon. "Birds of Fairchild," a stunning new book written by Dr. James A. Kushlan with photography by Kirsten Hines, will be on sale and available for signing. The book contains more than 200 pages of images highlighting the diversity of birds found in the garden.

The event welcomes two James A. Kushlan Keynote Speakers - James Currie and Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu. Currie has traveled all over the world conducting birding tours. He created the television series "Birding Adventures TV" and hosted National Geographic's "Aerial Assassins" show. Dr. Sekercioglu is an award-winning ornithologist and researcher from Turkey who investigates the factors that cause bird extinctions. He is a professor at the University of Utah Department of Biology, where he teaches conservation biology.

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.

For more info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit the Bird Festival webpage.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Village Council meeting is Tuesday

The Cocoanut Grove Village Council meets on Tuesday, September 30 at it's new location: Coconut Grove Elementary School, in the auditorium. The meeting starts at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome, the auditorium is quite large and comfortable.

On the agenda:
Krona gallery resolution proposal
Trolley Barn update
Grove 2030
Playhouse update
FPL expansion project

The school is located at 3351 Matilda Street.

Limited free parking in back in teachers' lot.

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My favorite thing of the week

I love the tuna salad at Blonde Bistro, but I stopped ordering it because it had way too much mayonnaise. It was too heavy. 

I suggested to Pearl and her crew that it might be better if made the way my mother does it - with olive oil and lemon, that along with onions, tomatoes, olives and a few other ingredients on those lush greens is now light and perfect.

You can get the tuna in this salad form or in a pita. That one little change made it my favorite thing of the week.

The pita is $$6.95, the salad comes in two sizes: small is $4.95, large is $6.95.

The Blonde Bistro is at the Mayfair Atrium, right off of Florida Avenue.

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Regatta Park work ready to go out for bid

Expo Center being torn down in January. Photo by Bill Brothers
Regatta Park was discussed at the last Waterfront Implementation Committee meeting. The City's Capital Improvement Projects department deputy director Jeovanny Rodriquez gave the committee an update on the progress of the park work.

Committee members were concerned about the size of the boat launch area, claiming it was smaller than the Master Plan documents. There is a road that separates the launch area from the big lawn. They were also concerned about the soccer fields, but it turns out that the soccer fields won't be in that area, but they will be the ones in Peacock Park, next to St. Stephen's. So those are scheduled to finally be open to the public. 

The one large area at Regatta Park, which was thought to be a soccer field is actually an area where events will be held.


The current state of the park. Photo by Bill Brothers
The City Commission approved approximately $5 million available for the park construction, as well as 200 donated trees from tree permit development projects. 

If it seems as if the 12-acres site is at a standstill, it is. The Expo Center was demolished and the land was then determined to contain toxinsarsenic, chromium and benzopyrene - all known carcinogens - at levels above what county environmental regulators consider safe for human exposure. The ground water had been effected, too. That along with the rubble from the Expo Center has been removed  and the plan to build the park is going out to bid in the next few weeks, and then construction should begin by the end of the year. The Regatta Park plan will go before the Waterfront Advisory Board on October 14, and comments and concerns can also be addressed at that meeting, which is at City Hall at 6:30 pm.

The next Waterfront Implementation Committee meeting is Wednesday, October 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at City Hall in the staff room.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

In the Nick of Time celebrates new album

The Parents' Choice Award winning duo of Nick Deysher and Tracey Freitag, is thrilled to return home for a family show celebrating the release of their new album, "Fun O'Clock," on Sunday, October 19 at 3:00 pm, at Frost School of Music's Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables.

Highlighting In The Nick of Time's Festival Miami show will be a bunch of new songs from Fun O'Clock, along with classic hits from the duo's previous releases, Making Silly Faces; People, Places and Things and Coconut Groove. With Nick and Tracey's tight vocal harmonies, Nick's skillful guitar work, and Tracey's excellence on percussion and ukulele, this will be a fun family event.

They're noted for songs that draw on a large expanse of musical influences. Fun O''Clock is a trip through the decades of more than 100 years of popular music and a bit of a journey around the globe, with musical styles ranging from classic rock and roll, jazz, country, and '80s hip-hop to ska/reggae, Celtic, indie rock, and even a little Renaissance.

Nick and Tracey will lead the crowd in hand motions, teach everyone some amazing dance moves, and introduce their puppet friends to kids. In The Nick of Time's motto is "Music is for all, big and small!" Their shows are ideal for children between the ages of 2 and 8, but the grown-ups in the audience are often the ones who shout for more!

The Festival Miami show will be extra special for Nick and Tracey, as it will mark a reunion with many of the friends and fans the husband and wife team made when they lived and performed in the Miami area during and after Nick's graduate studies at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Nick and Tracey are excited about returning to the place where their adventures in kids' music really took off and where Nick earned the affectionate nickname "The Toddler Whisperer" for his ability to connect with young children.

Tickets are $15 adults; $10 children from 2-12 years and for children under 2, it's free.  You may purchase tickets here.
Call 305-284-4940.

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Wine Tasting on the Bay at Vizcaya

The Vizcayans are holding a Wine Tasting on the Bay featuring award-winning Deering Wine. The event is Friday, October 10 from 7 to 9 pm, check-in is at 6:45 pm.

Meet the wine makers, co-proprietors Blair and Todd Maus, descendants of the Deering McCormick family. Taste their gold-medal Sonoma County wine, while enjoying magnificent views of Biscayne Bay. 

Tickets to the event include:
- Tasting of four Deering Wines
- A limited-edition Vizcaya Museum and Gardens keepsake crystal wine glass
- Light hors d'oeuvres
- 10% discount on all wine and gift shop purchases.

All guests will be entered into a raffle for:
- Two free tickets to Vizcaya's Halloween Sundowner
- Lunch for two at the Vizcaya Cafe and Shop
- An autographed bottle of Deering Wine
- A copy of the book, "Vizcaya: An American Villa and its Makers," and a cpy of the DVD "Vizcaya" produced by WPBT.

Tickes are $30 per person for members and $50 per person for non-members.

Get the tickets here.

For more info, please email: membership@vizcaya.org

Vizcaya is at 3251 South Miami Avenue.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Free Woodstock concert at Peacock Park


Woodystock is back for it's second year today, September 27. The free benefit concert scheduled is from 2 to 8 pm at Peacock Park. Gates open at 2 pm; the Fritz & Franz Beer Garden opens and the DJ starts, the live music is from 4 to 8 pm.

DJ Brett Beats Bailey; cutting-edge Chicago based violinist, Katarina Visnevska; Colombian reggae/Latin group, Magical Beat featuring Mara Prada; adored Miami locals, Robby Hunter Band; Vancouver based indie soul band, The Booms Booms and South Florida reggae legends, are all performing; Fourth Dimension will headline the show. The event’s title sponsor is Coral Gables-based CFH Group.

Woodystock is a grassroots event for music and art lovers. Along with the concert, local artists and food vendors will round out the event. Proceeds from the concert will benefit The Woody Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to raise funds for the recovery of people with spinal cord injuries. The concert is free; $20 donations are appreciated.


The Woody Foundation’s current major initiative is The Woody Pack, which is a collection of assistive devices for people who have sustained spinal cord injuries or are living with paralysis. Woody Pack backpacks are free and are designed to help regain a sense of independence. The included devices are used to aid during certain tasks such as eating or talking on the phone. All items in The Woody Pack are included to help improve quality of life – such items are not covered by insurance. 

“We’re looking forward to our second edition of Woodystock, it’s an incredible opportunity for us to raise money and spread awareness about the Woody Foundation and the free Woody Pack. I want more people to know about our foundation and the Woody Pack. I have eliminated the need for help from others in various situations, it’s helped me a lot and it can help others," said James "Woody" Beckham.

For more information about Woodystock, please call Woody Beckham, of The Woody Foundation at 305-469-2408, visit woodyfoundation.org.

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Learn self defense from a black belt master

Grand Master Larry Tatum is hosting a two hour interactive seminars in practical self defense today, September 26, at The White Tiger and Drago Martial Arts Academy. The session is between 11 am and 1 pm.

Larry, a 10th Degree Black Belt, began his study of Kenpo Karate in Pasadena, California in 1966, and has become one of this style's most prominent figures. Recognized for his captivating seminars and articulate explanations of his art, he enjoys a reputation as a gifted instructor and "teacher of Black Belts.”

Participants will not only be treated to a demonstration of Kenpo Karate by one of the discipline’s greatest living practitioners, but will also learn practical self techniques which, hopefully, you will never have to use. This once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Martial arts as taught by a true legend is open to anyone thirteen and older, no experience necessary. 

The cost for the two hour interactive seminar is $75. For more information, please call sensei Carol White, 305-505-4919, or email her at  whitetigermia@gmail.com. The White Tiger and Dragon Martial Arts Academy is located down the block down from Shell Lumber, at 2460 SW 28th Lane.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Send us your news

Two people emailed me today asking how much it was to have a press release or article published. It costs nothing. The Grapevine does not charge for this. We do charge for ads and advertorials (like real estate listings, personal business profiles or gift guide items), but if you have an event or something you would like publicized that is newsworthy and/or interesting, please feel free to send that and photos.

Send us your news. If we don't know the news, we can't publish the news. Are you having a special bake sale or school event? Did you win an award? Having a special event or performance? Share it with us.

Also, send us your thoughts on anything and we'll make it a "Postcard from a Friend" feature.

The email address it to the right.


Thanks.

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"Happiest Hours in the Grove"

The Grove Spot has something going on all week at Happy Hour, they call their Happy Hour the "Happiest Hours in the Grove."

The Happy Hours are like this:

Salmon Monday
Choose from 5 different Salmon options

Sing-Along Tuesday
From 6:30 to 10 pm

Acoustic Wednesday
Relaxing Jazz & Blues on “Break of the Week” Night

Pint & Go Dutch Night @ The Spot
Buy our own Pint Glass & get it filled the whole night
every Thursday for peanuts on the dollar!

Social Friday
Enjoy the start of the weekend.

Neighbors and Friends Saturday
Enjoy local talent and fun

Come and watch your team play
$3 Bud Light &
Yeungling Drafts during game time.

The Grove Spot is at 3324 Virginia Street.

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Local bartender in finals of bartender competition

Megan Bardoe (left), one of the bartenders at Lulu in the Grove, has been selected as one of six finalists in the 2014 Bärenjäger "Bee Original Bartender Competition." She had to enter a unique Bärenjäger cocktail and it caught the judges' attention. The Bärenjäger types drinks had to consist of Bärenjäger brands of Honey Liqueur, Honey Liqueur and Bourbon Whiskey, Honey Liqueur and William Pear Brandy, and/or Honey and Tea Liqueur as one of the principal ingredients.

Megan came up with her special recipe and sent the recipe into the contest, not the actual drink. But at the final mix off, she'll be flown to New York to actually make the drink in front of a panel of judges on October 6, who will then decide on the spot who the winner is.

She thanks you all for voting and supporting her in this exciting chance for her to win $1000 and a trip for two to Berlin. 

Good luck, Megan!

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Sip & Savor food and wine event at St. Hughs

St. Hugh Church and School is hosting their first food and wine tasting event on October 2. It's a night of live music, delicious food and great wine at the Sip & Savor Event.  The music will be performed by Son Cubano.

Guests attending will have the opportunity to sample fine wines and foods from local restaurants and caterers. There are approximately 20 signed up so far, which includeCrave, Edge Steak and Bar, La Taberna Giralda, Casa Mofongo, Divino Ceviche, TK's, Berries in the Grove, Randazzo's, Aromas del Peru, Goya, Misha's Cupcakes, Catalina's Bake Shop.  Wine has been donated by various vendors, including 
Carnaval Brazilian Wine and IBESC Wines.

The proceeds will go to purchasing educational resources for the students and will help with tuition assistance for families in financial hardship.

Tickets are $60 per person, $100 per couple.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 pm at St. Hugh (3460 Royal Road). It will be held outside in the courtyard and if it rains, it will be moved inside. It will happen rain or shine.

Tickets are now on sale a ticketriver.com/event/12512.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Live art at Blu Moon's Art with Soul event

Blu Moon Studio is having an evening of art, wine and beauty tonight, September 25.

Artist Akim Hoste will be painting live at the closing reception of ART with SOUL from 7-10 pm. Stop by, enjoy the live art and visit with friends.

Blue Moon is at 3444 Main Highway, #7.

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In the name of progress

They can't be too thrilled at Mr. Moe's, their sidewalk rocking tables are now firewood. The City removed them and looks like they destroyed them, in the name of progress. The tables were in the way, holding up the sidewalk renovation and I guess the City got tired of waiting for Moe's to remove them, so they took it upon themselves, not in a very neighborly way. But as you walk on the sidewalk, I think it looks better. It appears so much larger with out the large tables there and maybe regular bistro tables with umbrellas might work better. Maybe not. 


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Halloween Sundowner tickets now on sale

It's time for one of Miami's most popular events - the 28th Annual Vizcaya Halloween Sundowner.

This year, the party is on Saturday, October 25.

Put on your most creative and outlandish costume, and enjoy a memorable night of food, drinks, music and a breathtaking view of Biscayne Bay. 

Tickets are all-inclusive and 100% of the proceeds benefit the promotion, protection and preservation of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. 

The party is from 8 pm to midnight (VIPs enter at 7 pm).

Early bird tickets are on sale now at $115 for members and $130 for non-members (while supplies last); standard tickets go on sale October 1st ($140 for members and $160 for non-members). Get your tickets here.

Must be 21 and over to attend. The event will go on, rain or shine. 

For more information contact Miriam Barcia at 305-860-8420 or via email at miriam.barcia@vizcaya.org. For group discounts, contact Danny Lafuente at danny.lafuente@vizcaya.org.

Vizcaya is located at 3251 South Miami Avenue.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's all about that bass; no treble

Come see the talent that's behind the talent as professors from the Miami Conservatory of Music perform classical and contemporary music.

The performance features the works of Beethoven, Liszt, Prokofiev, Cuban composers and more!  You'll hear Opera arias, Spanish Guitar, Russian orchestral renderings, violin soloists and piano duets.

The concert is Saturday, September 27, starting at 5 pm. It's free and open to the public.

Call 305-442-2283 to reserve tickets.  It's free but the folks at the conservatory need to have RSVP's. They also have a nice intermission with wine and goodies.

The conservatory is at 2911 Grand Avenue, right off of Florida Avenue, at the Mayfair Promenade (by the fountain).

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Join the Gables walking tour

Courtesy City of Coral Gables
Historical Resources Dept.
Every Saturday at 11 am, there's a walking tour of Coral Gables. 

Stroll through Coral Gables' bustling business district to discover local history and architectural heritage. Visit the 1920s Mediterranean style hotels, the first car dealership and an outdoor theater. Did you know that pink electric trolley cars ran throughout the city from 1926 to 1935? Tour starts at the Museum and ends at Seasons 52 on Miracle Mile, where participants may enjoy a special lunch menu with complimentary signature flatbread. The tour is about an hour and a half.    

$10 per person; Coral Gables Museum members: $5 

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Woodystock; first of a long season of park events

The Boom Booms
Woodstock is back at Peacock Park on Saturday, September 27. This is the second year for the free benefit concert. Lots of events are coming up this fall/winter in the park, Woodystock will start the season off.

Woodystock is a grassroots event for music and art lovers. Along with the concert, local artists and food vendors will round out the event. Proceeds from the concert will benefit The Woody Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to raise funds for the recovery of people with spinal cord injuries. The concert is free; $20 donations are appreciated.

The event is from 2 – 8:00 pm. At 2 pm the gates open, the Fritz & Franz Bierhaus Beer Garden opens and the DJ starts, live music is from 4 – 8 pm.

On the stage will be DJ Brett Beats Bailey; cutting-edge Chicago based violinist, Katarina Visnevska; Colombian reggae/Latin group, Magical Beat featuring Mara Prada; adored Miami locals, Robby Hunter Band; Vancouver based indie soul band, The Boom Booms and South Florida reggae legends, Fourth Dimension will headline the show. The event’s title sponsor is Coral Gables-based CFH Group.

The Boom Booms in particular, have a huge following. This Vancouver-based indie-soul band has been working on a new album entitled, "Love is Overdue," over the past year and are ready to perform it live.

The Boom Booms have been called, "Some of the tightest, smoothest, sexiest soul and funk produced in the city right now comes courtesy of six guys who all grew up within a few blocks of each other on Vancouver’s East Side." 
- The Georgia Straight

“We’re looking forward to our second edition of Woodystock, it’s an incredible opportunity for us to raise money and spread awareness about the Woody Foundation and the free Woody Pack. I want more people to know about our foundation and the Woody Pack. I have eliminated the need for help from others in various situations, it’s helped me a lot and it can help others," said James "Woody" Beckham.

So bring your friends and family, bring lawn chairs, frisbees, blankets and even your dog! It's Woodystock Time!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cabaret Night features Blackstar Band

The third of the Woman's Club's Cabaret Nights is Friday, September 26. This is the final of three, but the public's reaction has been so great that they should just keep on going with this as a regular monthly event.

Hear the sounds of the Blackstar Band, shown here, (Featuring the Smoking Section). Grovite Bruce Turkel is among the talented musicians of the group. There will be Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. The event is from 7:30 to 10:30 pm.

Tickets: $20 in advance $25 at the Door $200 Reserved Table of 10 Purchase Online at womansclubofcoconutgrove.com   

Parking $5 at St. Stephen's Church and Sonesta Garage. Proceeds benefits Woman's Club of Coconut Grove. The Woman's Club is at 2985 S. Bayshore Drive.

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Security issues we don't think about

I read an article in the InMan News about realtors and open houses. I never thought about it before but realtors are sitting ducks. There have been thefts, assaults and worse.

As you drive through Coconut Grove on weekends, you can see so many open house signs. In this day and age do they need body guards at open houses?  

There was a report on the Today Show about a new app that makes keys for you, which sounds great, especially since I've had to return new keys to Shell Lumber and Home Depot many times since they don't fit. This new app called Keys Perfect, is supposed to be laser perfect. You take a photo of the key you would like duplicated and send them the image, they are then able to make the key for you. It costs $6.00 per key.

They say the problem with this is that anyone can snap a photo of your keys if they're laying out on a table or something and then they would have access to your house. The company doesn't do Medco keys or car keys.

How many times have we given keys to the valet or a workman or carwash guy. Makes you think twice now.

I recently wrote a story about lost keys and I showed a photo of my keys in the lock. A friend told me at the time to remove the photo for security reasons. I did.

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