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Friday, April 19, 2019

Barnacle goes to the dogs this Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate at the 9th annual Woofstock hosted by The Barnacle Society in conjunction with Equipaws Pet Services as The Barnacle opens up to pups. 

Join in for food, live music from The Pitbull of Blues Band, dog adoptions, pet tricks, an animal blessing, K9 Officer demos, dog-friendly goodies and treats like doggy ice cream, and more from 11 am to 4 pm. on Sunday, May 5. Park in one of the neighborhood lots and enjoy a walk down the tree-lined path to spacious, bayfront lawn at 3485 Main Highway. 

Regular Park Admission is $2 per person, and children under 6 enter free. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Dogs must be on a hand-held leash.

Equipaws Pet Services has been providing dependable dog walking, dog running, pet sitting, and overnight services for the pets of Miami since 2011.

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Join the Lou Gehrig's Disease Run/Walk May 11

The 17th annual Lou Gehrig's Disease Run/Walk will take place in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables on Saturday, May 11 starting at 7:30 am.

The 10K and 5K Run/Walk is one of the most enjoyable courses in all of South Florida. Running through Coconut Grove and Coral Gables allows the runner to have complete shade as you pass under the giant banyon trees. The proceeds from this years race go to the ALS Recovery Fund.

The race starts at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.

Every dollar helps them to reach their goal, and they have made it easy for you to help. Please consider making a direct donation or create a fundraising page and a running team. Fundraising pages can be created for individuals or teams.

Early registration (Online only until May 10th):
$30 
$15 (14 and under)
Late registration (race day): $35 / $20 14 & under

WHATS INCLUDED?
Participant t-shirts for all registrants
Official race timing for the 10K & 5K Run categories
Awards for Top 3 Finishers as follows:
10K/5K Run: Award medals will be given to the Top 3 Overall (male/female) and Top 3 in each Age Group (male/female): 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74,75 and Over 
5K Wheelchair: Top 3 Overall

For more info, please email info@alsrecovery.org or call 305-971-5416

The registry page is here



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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Nominate a neighbor

The CBS tv show, "The Neighborhood," which stars Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield, is having a contest.

In the spirit of the show, they are asking communities to nominate a neighbor who has made a positive difference, either within their neighborhood or to you personally.

"By nominating a deserving neighbor between April 15-May 15, you, your 'Great Neighbor' nominee, and two guests could win an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to watch a live taping of "The Neighborhood's" second season this fall," says the promo.

Also, four deserving runners-up will receive a sponsored “Yard-e-que” block party for their immediate neighbors.

You can check out the show on Monday nights on CBS at 8 pm.

You can nominate a neighbor here.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Making a video at the Playhouse

Videographers will be recording everyone who would like to participate at the Playhouse on Thursday, April 18.

If you would like to be part of this, please be at the Playhouse at the corner of Main Highway and Charles Avenue at 4:30 pm on Thursday.

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The history of the Grove Rotary Club

Norman Kassoff of the Miami Rotary Club will be the guest speaker at the April 18 meeting of the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove.  Kassoff will outline how Rotary started in Miami in 1917 and what it has accomplished. Miami’s early founders.  

Its first president was Dr. James Jackson, who participated in the early development and many civic aspects of the new City of Miami.  Upon his death in 1926, the community recognized Dr. Jackson for his many outstanding contributions by establishing Jackson Memorial Hospital in his honor. 

For the first 50 years of its existence, the club had representatives of local and state government, banking, airline, business and religious establishments as part of its membership.  

This allowed the club to partner with the public and private sectors in much of the community’s early development.  The Rotary Club of Miami was active in bringing to Miami the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, Humane Society, and Lighthouse for the Blind. Several members of the club were signatories to the founding documents for the University of Miami.  

The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove meets every Thursday at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, 2990 South Bayshore Drive at 12:30 pm. The cost of the meeting is $25 with lunch or $10 without lunch. Open to the public.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Happy Hour at Woman's Club

The Woman's Club of Coconut Grove is having an open house Happy Hour on Thursday, April 18 from 5:30 to 8 pm.

There is no entry charge, it's a networking event, everyone is welcome. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Members from The Woman's Cancer Association will be attending. Part of the proceeds from the cash bar will go to their association.

They will also be honoring  Commissioner Ken Russell with a plaque for his continued support to our club and their causes.

The Woman's Club is at 2985 S. Bayshore Court.






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'Ode to Your Zip Code'

Theresa's poem
O, Miami, WLRN, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens present an evening to celebrate poetry in South Florida and the completion of the “Ode to Your Zip Code” (affectionately called Zipodes) contest.

Join all the Zipode finalist for a reading and reception at Vizcaya, on Wednesday, April 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased here.

Our friend Theresa Calluori had a poem accepted. She lives in West Kendall and has a friend in the Grove who she always asks to come over, but her friend declines, saying that West Kendall is too far. That's her poem.

“Ode to Your Zip Code” is a South Florida-wide poetry call created by WLRN and O, Miami, a Knight Foundation-funded poetry festival, that turns the least lyrical designation of one’s home, a zip code, into an occasion for poetry.


Theresa Calluori
Beginning in March, WLRN and O, Miami accepted odes to South Florida zip codes in the form of the code itself: five lines, with each line containing the number of words designated by the zip numbers.  (For example, if you live in 33139, your poem would be 3 words, 3 words, 1 word, 3 words, 9 words.)

Every Friday in April, WLRN will announce the top ten poems of the week. All forty poets are invited to read their Zip Odes at Vizcaya. Submit your own here. To submit your own original poems and find out more about the contest, visit the O Miami website. Submissions are due by April 19.

Additionally, to round out the evening, O, Miami and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center will award the 2019 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Poetry Award. A brief ceremony and reading will kick off Zipodes. 

Light Bites will be provided by Dade County Food Group.

Vizcaya is at 3251 S. Miami Avenue.



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Monday, April 15, 2019

Change of venue for Carollton meeting

Coconut Grove neighbors who have expressed interest in participating in open discussion on Carrollton’s proposed boys school  grades Pre K through 5. 

The meeting, previously scheduled for the Coral Reef Yacht Club has been moved to Hotel Aria (the former Sonesta). 

Carrollton has plans for a 350 student/50 faculty new school at the location where Villa Woodbine has operated as an event venue for the last 40 years at 2167 S. Bayshore Drive.

Please join  the discussion Monday, April 15 from 5:00 to 6:30, when committee members will be assigned for a covered community event, hopefully held before schools in the Grove start their summer break that commences Friday May 31.

The Aria Hotel is at 2889 McFarlane Road.

Please RSVP via text to 305-431-0336 or 305-785-8013.

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Scooting around town


I guess the scooters aren't a new idea. This is 1916. 

English socialite and activist Florence Priscilla, Lady Norman, CBE was given this Autoped as a birthday present by her husband, Sir Henry Norman. She used it to travel to her office in central London.

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Mass transit is not agreeing with me

This is a first world problem and I think it's important because we are trying to encourage public transportation, but when things like this happen the whole effort takes a back seat to us using our own private cars because we can depend on our cars. 

I had posted the NY Times story recently called, "Owning a car will soon be as quaint as owning a horse," but not at the rate our public transportation is going.

The last few times I tried to take mass transit, it hasn't worked out. It think the problem is that there aren't enough trolleys, Ubers or Freebees on the streets during peak times and it defeats the whole purpose.

During the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and Boat Show it was near impossible to get a Freebee and that's when you need it because it's near impossible to find parking during that time.

They changed the trolley route, making wait times double, so I have not taken it since. I like Freebee but it's not reliable and Uber is iffy.

On Saturday night I was headed to the Opera at Regatta Park. I didn't think I would find parking, so I decided to take Freebee. I summoned the app and it told me the driver would be by to pick me up in five minutes, then it went down to 4, 3, 2 and 1 minute and .... nothing. So I canceled the ride and started over. I did this about four times when finally a driver responded, but he told me there would be a 45 minute wait! 45 minutes! No. That wasn't going to work.

I then called Uber who arrived fast, and that was great.

I didn't stay for the full opera event because I had to be somewhere else, so I summoned Freebee after a bit and I got the same thing as before - no response. I could understand if everyone was leaving at once, but this was an odd time and there should not have been such a long wait. So I walked over to City Hall and summoned Uber because I felt it would be easy for the driver to find me there.

By mistake I summoned a pool car, that's when you share a ride, but I didn't want a pool. Pricing was basically the same for a private ride so I would have chosen that. I didn't know how to cancel the ride, so I went with it. It was a long wait and with the pool, you have to walk to locations to be picked up, they don't come right to you. I was at City Hall and the app told me to go to the southwest corner of Pan American Drive and S. Bayshore Drive, which isn't a thing. There is no such corner, it is the entrance to Grove at Grand Bay condo and the bank next door. 


So I walked there, actually I ran because the freaking app told me that the driver would be there in a minute, so I ran from City Hall to the Grove at Grand Bay condo. Only to wait, and wait, and wait in the dark. After about 20 minutes, the app cut off and and said something like, "Start your trip again." So I had to start from scratch.

And they charged me a $6.00 cancellation fee on top of that. This happened to me before, the drivers just apparently get flustered and dump the call, leaving people stranded in the middle of the night.

I ended up calling another Uber,  a private car this time, and it arrived fast and got me home.

I don't think Miami will ever get mass transit right. 

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

It was a beautiful night for Opera in the Park



Davina Rdriguez and Vincenzo Costanzo

Saturday night was perfect for an open-air opera performance at Regatta Park. Opera Italiana made a stop in Miami on their national tour. They have performed in New York but never Miami, this was their first time.

President and Music Maestro Alvise Casellati presented two great names in Italian Opera,  Davinia Rodriguez (soprano) and Vincenzo Costanzo (tenor), who sang for the first time together. The orchestra was composed of Miami’s top professionals in the first roles, leading local students and new graduates from the city’s major conservatories.

The concert was presented by the City of Miami, the Italian Consul General and Board Members of the Key Biscayne Piano Festival.


The performers were dressed in gown and suit, I had expected them in some sort of Opera dress and I was expecting a stage, but they performed at ground level next to the conductor and orchestra. The acoustics were perfect.

The park was crowded, I was told that there were 1000 seats and all were full and there was a lot of people standing around. It was very well attended and beautiful. People passing by or riding by on bicycles, even scooters, stopped in their tracks and surrounded the performers.

I'm sorry the photos are not so great, it was dark and I was not near the stage! In the past, I would have performers pose for me before the performance, but I started talking to a friend who I ran into and before you knew it, the sun was down and the show started.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Tea with Mr. Shakespeare

Celebrate the Bard of Avon at The Barnacle on Saturday, April 20 from noon to 2 pm. Join in the fun as the Florida Shakespeare Theater presents Tea with Mr. Shakespeare. 

Come in costume or try on one of theirs. Meet fairies in the Fairy Garden. Enjoy scenes and sonnets, and participate in arts and crafts, Renaissance dancing, rat pucking, sword fighting and more. Picnics and well-behaved pets on hand-held leashes no longer than six feet are welcome. 

Walk or bike over, or park nearby and use the Freebee app to request a ride to the park. The festivities are included with the regular park admission of $2 per person, and children under age 6 are free. 

The Barnacle is at 3485 Main Highway.

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Chug on over to Chug's

Chug's, the new Cuban diner is open at Florentine Plaza.They opened right on schedule, Friday morning at 7 am. Above is Michael Beltran, chef and owner, in the kitchen.

The place was crowded at lunchtime and I passed by again at night and it was still crowded. It looks to be the new hang out spot in town.
The food is delicious and very fairly priced. A Cuban sandwich is $6.99! A friend and I had pie and coffee - a slice of berry pie, a cupcake, a cordadito and a Cuban coffee, it was $11.00. At other places in the village, that would be $18.00 to $20.00. I have a few more of the items and prices at a story I posted here last week.


The staff is young and nice and Michael is quite patient, I've stopped by often to get a story and on Friday, when it was all hectic and crazy on opening day, he was still calm, nice and pleasant. The whole place has an energy, a good vibe, about it, "It's electric!" is how a friend described it.


Florentine Plaza (3444 Main Highway), is full of life now. It's really enjoyable.

Chug's is open daily from 7 am to 11 pm. Breakfast will be available all day with a selection of breakfast only specialty dishes served from 7 to 11 am and lunch and dinner will be served 11 am to 11 pm.


A pan con lechon sandwich made with added duck confit, and a minuto fried fish sandwich, are part of the extensive menu.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Grove BID presents free movies in the park

The Coconut Grove BID is presenting free movies in the park on selected Fridays.

This free event is hosted at The Barnacle Historic State Park. Bring your blankets and chairs for an evening of movie watching under the stars along beautiful Biscayne Bay. Enjoy a family favorite or comedic classic movie, and enter the contest(s) to win prizes!

The current dates are as follows:

April 26  – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
May 31  – Spider-Man into the Spiderverse
Jun 28  – 101 Dalmations (1961)
July 26 – Captain Marvel
Aug 23 – How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Sept 27 – Dumbo (2019)

Gates open at 8PM with movie beginning at 8:30 pm.

The Barnacle Historic State Park is located at 3485 Main Hwy.

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Live music, drink specials and more at Grove Groove

Grove Groove is the second Saturday of the month where Grove restaurants offer happy hour specials around the village. The next event is April 13 from 7 to 10 pm.

The Coconut Grove BID sponsors the monthly event, they invite you to experience the Grove’s restaurants and cafes, shop at its boutiques, and listen to the sounds of live music as you walk its tree-lined streets.

Enjoy live musical performances by University of Miami's Frost School of Music students and live art demonstrations by local artists along Coconut Grove's most iconic streets. 

Be sure to take advantage of the discounts available at the following participating businesses:

Mayfair Kitchen Grove
2 pizzas for $20 

Next Generation Pizza
$5 discount on a Combo Meal of: Three Cheese Pizza & Two Organic Beers for $21

Pineda Covalin
Take off 15% on all silk products (open until 9:00 PM)

Alma Miami
30% off on all bottles of wine

Le Bouchon du Grove
Offering a glass of “Kir Royal” to customers upon arrival

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Champagne Tasting at Vinos in the Grove

Vinos in the Grove has a Champagne tasting on Sunday, April 14, Champagne owner/winemaker Jean-Michel Lagneau is pouring from 5 to 7 pm.

Growing the berst Grand Cru Champagne has been in the Lagneau family for generations. Historically these grapes were sold to the world's biggest houses to make countless other champagnes. Today most of the Lagneau vineyard holdings are used to produce their family's proprietary Champagnes.

The cost is $10 per person.

Vinos is at 2889 McFarlane Road.

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Lokal's Earth Day Celebration for kids

Lokal is having an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 am to noon.

It's a special morning of earth-friendly fun for kids ages 3 and up who are welcome to participate in their mindful activities, including seed planting, yoga, and eating delicious gluten-free snacks. 

Once your child is checked in, they will receive a popsicle stick with their name on it to be used when they plant seedlings into mini pots. First on the agenda will be kid-friendly yoga for 30 minutes from 10 to 10:30 and then they will move on to planting their own seedling to take home. They recommend planting the seedling into the ground or a bigger pot once growth has begun. Once the seeds are planted they will be enjoying a table full of free homemade snacks for the kids to enjoy.

Tools provided: Seeds, pots, mini shovels, and popsicle sticks. 

What to bring: Each child should bring a yoga mat or a towel.

The snack table will be set up with gluten-free chocolate cupcakes frosted and topped with crumbled Oreo cookies, Fruity Pebble crispy treats shaped like flowers, gummy worms, popcorn, as well as a fruit and veggie platter.

Please RSVP at their Facebook page here.

Lokal is at 3190 Commodore Plaza. 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A medium spiritual journey at Books & Books

Laura G
Books & Books is presenting Laura G, a medium spiritual journey, on Thursday, April 11, from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Lauras' new book, "You Are Not Alone," is a heartfelt and earnest reminder that you have the unconditional love of God, the Blessed Mother and an army of angels guiding your steps every day, illuminating the path destined for you, and assisting your calls. Laura G opens a window into her own spiritual life and invites you to see how this divine presence is there for you always. She also shares the profound experiences of people like you, proving the existence of miracles in everyday life. 

Laura G (PhD in Metaphysical Psychology) is a Medium, Certified Spiritual Counselor and Author. From an early age she has experienced communication with the spirits, a gift she has developed over the years, to dedicate herself to help people. With the help of her spirits, specially Archangel Michael, and through her gifts of mediumship and counseling Laura G heals, motivate, uplift and transform the lives of people. She tells her journey as a medium as well as testimonies from people spiritual experiences in “You Are Not Alone." 

Books & Books is located at 3409 Main Highway.

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Florida bill would nullify tree protections

From an article in the Daily Commercial, a newspapers which covers Lake and Sumpter counties near Orlando:

"Local regulations protecting trees on residential properties would be nullified for the three months preceding the start of hurricane season — allowing property owners to trim and remove trees without a permit — under legislation that advanced Monday in the Florida Senate."

In other words, it's a free for all  when it comes to tree removal. A dream come true for developers who feel they are being inhibited when it comes to construction.

The legislation (SB 1400) preempts local government tree ordinances between March 1 and June 1, which is recognized as the official start of hurricane season. But what if a hurricane comes in October, does the homeowner have the right to cut everything down before the storm approaches then? 

The idea is to prevent fallen trees which block traffic after a storm and also disrupt electricity. Such a less than smart and reckless idea.

How about a bill that forces FPL to bury the lines instead of destroying trees? That would be a big help.

Here is the whole article in the Daily Commercial.


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