Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Deering Estate Foundation's 11th annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay will be held Sunday, March 29, 2015, from 10 am to 6 pm. Will we see you there?

This is a true class “A” not to be missed event. CLICK HERE or HERE to view past photos and coverage of this wonderful event. Once again, Alexandra and I will again be again traveling the green route, via bike and using the FREE BIKE VALET SERVICE at the Main Gate courtesy again of Green Mobility Network! (Including Palmetto Bay bike advocate Eric Tullberg). Free car park and ride is also available at satellite locations with shuttle service to the Estate.

Cost: $15 for adults in advance online OR $25 at the gate;
$5 for children ages 4-14; Children under 4 are FREE.

Admission includes park entrance and all activities excluding, food, drink, pontoon boat rides and rock climbing.
Official information can be found on the Deering Estate website:

Information below taken from the official website (CLICK HERE to view):
Florida’s freshest fish and seafood are always the main event with South Florida’s area restaurants and caterers lining Seafood Alley including Devon Seafood + Steak, Whole Foods Market Coral Gables, Golden Rule Seafood, Rodbenders, Asian Fusion, Paella Party, Fancy Loaf and more. Acclaimed Executive Chefs Dean Max, Cindy Hutson, Paula DaSilva and Damian Gilchristhost the much anticipated cooking demonstrations presented by Whole Foods Market Coral Gables under the big top tent, while Sommelier Veronica Litton of Crown Wine & Spirits presents limited seminars on pairing wine and seafood, in Charles Deering’s Prohibition Era Wine Cellar in the historic Stone House.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Andrew Korge for State Senate - Campaign Kickoff event - March 31, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

I have a good friend running for State Senate.  Please make plans to attend this campaign kickoff March 31, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Andrew is a 3rd generation Miamian who grew up in south Dade, a dedicated husband, and father of two young children who wants to build a 21st century Florida that provides a strong and modern public education so everyone has an opportunity to succeed. He wants to foster a culture of entrepreneurship so the next google can be built in our backyard. He has forward thinking ideas to improve our mind numbing traffic problems, protect our clean drinking water, and begin to protect us from sea level rise, which is already destroying the fabric of Miami.

I want you to meet him so you too can be impressed with his vision, energy and passion, which he will use to advocate for families in Pinecrest, Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay - all across Miami.

Learn more about Andrew at

Please RSVP to and she will provide the location.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring 2015 - Solar eclipse, supermoon, spring equinox: Friday will see 3 majo - WFLA News Channel 8

Solar eclipse, supermoon, spring equinox: Friday will see 3 majo - WFLA News Channel 8

The spring equinox is the time of year when day and night are of equal duration. It marks the in-between point of the year's shortest and longest days.

Today, March 20, the Earth's axis will be perpendicular to the sun's rays, which only happens twice a year at each of the two equinoxes. After that, earth will continue moving, making for longer days in the northern hemisphere.

Because of the symbolism, the equinox has long been celebrated as a new chapter or renewal. It's also linked to Easter and Passover, The Independent reports.

The equinox will happen at the same time as a solar eclipse in 2053 and 2072, though it doesn't always appear as close together as that.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ides of March

Ides of March

Read the complete post by clicking the link above.

The soothsayer's warning to Julius Caesar, "Beware the Ides of March," has forever imbued that date with a sense of foreboding. But in Roman times the expression "Ides of March" did not necessarily evoke a dark mood—it was simply the standard way of saying "March 15." Surely such a fanciful expression must signify something more than merely another day of the year? Not so. Even in Shakespeare's time, sixteen centuries later, audiences attending his play Julius Caesar wouldn't have blinked twice upon hearing the date called the Ides.

The term Ides comes from the earliest Roman calendar, which is said to have been devised by Romulus, the mythical founder of Rome.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Food and Country Music Festival - April 4, 2015

Here is another great event to attend right here in Palmetto Bay: April 4, 2015 - from 3:00 to 11:00 PM at Ludovici Park.  Tickets are available online. This is a Florida Rock Stars event.

The Food and Country Music Festival features the bands JADE SANDERS, CUTLER STEW, ROUGH SHOT, GRAYSONE ROGERS BAND and COUNTY LINE ROAD.

Part of the proceeds from this event benefits Parker-Haar Charities.  

Check out or call 305-951-3156 for more information.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Community bike ride - pre-Village Celebration Picnic March 7, Coral Reef Park - 8:30 AM.

Let's get a few friends together and work up an appetite. Join me for what should be a great bike ride.  Palmetto Bay/Old Cutler is an outstanding place to bike, jog, walk and enjoy outdoor activities.

We are introducing a new feature of this year's Celebration Picnic. I am hosting "a Bike Ride with the Mayor" or perhaps my opportunity to "Bike Ride with Palmetto Bay families": Saturday morning, March 7 at Coral Reef Park -- site of the 13th Annual Celebration Picnic.

Register for the Mayor's Bike Ride at 8:30 a.m.

Thank you Palmetto Bay Parks & Recreation, Fanny Carmona Director, Eric Tullberg and the County's "Bike 305 Connecting Communities" program. Call for details: 305-259-1234.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mangowood Estates Citizens Association - Annual Neighborhood Garage sale – Palmetto Bay Garden Club Annual Plant Sale - same day- Sat, Feb 21

Garage salers will have a nice cool Saturday for bargain hunting.  This weekend features one of the best target-rich environments: Mangowood's annual Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 from 8:00 AM until ???

No early birds please.

Well over 50 homes routinely participate in this highly anticipated event for bargain hunters. 

Mangowood Estates are located between S.W. 144 Street (Mitchel Drive) and 152 street (Coral Reef Drive) on the east side of US#1 between 80 Avenue and 84 Court. This is the biggest one, and it's not to be missed!

Review past Community Newspapers coverage of this event: Mangowood garage sales result in bargains for hunters, by Hal Feldman


Don't miss the Palmetto Bay Garden Club Annual Plant Sale - same day, Saturday, Feb 21.  This sale will be held nearby to the Mangowood Garage Sale at 15203 S.W. 84th Court beginning at 9:00 AM until 1 PM

Things to do this weekend: Art Show season continues - South Miami Rotary Art Festival - Feb 21, 22

Things to do this weekend (info taken from official website):

The Rotary Club of South Miami proudly presents its 32nd annual festival during the last weekend of February. The South Miami Rotary Art Festival takes place in the vibrant downtown area of South Miami on Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street) from US 1 to Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) adjacent to The Shops at Sunset Place. The area is filled with historic buildings, restaurants and unique shops. Just three miles south of Miami's Coconut Grove, South Miami borders the University of Miami and the upscale neighborhoods of Coral Gables and Pinecrest.

There is free admission for patrons with ample nearby parking on-street and in garages. The festival features 150 outstanding artists, a fine expanded food court and beer garden and live jazz onstage.

For online or GPS directions search for 5750 SW 72 St., South Miami, FL 33143. You can reach them at or by telephone at 305-769-5977. Please be advised that volunteers periodically check messages and reply or return calls 

Check out the Community Newspapers coverage of this event (CLICK HERE): Its time for the South Miami Rotary Art Festival, by Jose Bowles: The festival was started in 1984 by John Sorgie, Karen Dorfman, Lydia White, and other members of the Red Sunset Merchant’s Association. It started as a small show with only 25 booths; it has grown into one of Miami-Dade’s most anticipated events.

And you should be there!  Weather will be cool.  Fun times.  We are in the midst of area Art Festival season.  Pinecrest, Beaux Arts, Coconut Grove, Wynwood and now South Miami.  Alexandra and I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Photo of the day - Perrine Elem. has No place for Hate.

There is "No place for Hate" at the Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts.  It was my privilege to attend the Third Annual Banner Reception on Wednesday, February 18, where it's once again, a "Banner Day" for students, teachers and administrators. Congratulations and thank you for participating in this Anti-Defamation League program.

Kudos to those involved and in attendance, the students, administrators including School Board Vice Chair Dr. Larry Feldman; Principal Maileen Ferrer, Sonia Cruz, Assistant Principle and Dr. A.J. Major Dean, School Counselor. 

No Place for Hate is an outstanding program and I want to personally thank Lilian Medina, Anti-Defamation League Director. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Helen Marie Witty Memorial Scholarship Gala this weekend Feb 20 at Fairchild Tropical Gardens

Please join Alexandra and me at the Helen Marie Witty Memorial Scholarship Gala this weekend February 20, 2015.

CLICK HERE to view the official website.  There is information on Helen Marie Witty and how her life was tragically cut short by Carla Wagner, an intoxicated and distracted driver. The money raised by this event is for a memorial scholarship in Helen Witty's name, awarded to theatre students who embody Helen's love of theatre and passion for life as well as their academic and community service achievements.

Now, in 2015, the Helen Marie Witty Memorial Scholarship will receive its funding by hosting a charity gala at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. The scholarship not only benefits Miami Palmetto students, but has grown to include theatre students all across the Miami area who lead by example and steer away from destructive decisions in all aspects of their lives. 25% of the money we raise will be appropriated for a permanent memorial to Helen in upcoming renovation of the Miami Palmetto Senior High School Auditorium.

The goal is to have 100-150 people in attendance and raise $20,000 to keep the scholarship running for the next four years. The event will take place on February 20, 2015 from 7-11 pm at the Garden House in Fairchild Tropical Gardens. This Gala will include a silent auction and entertainment with live cabaret-style student performances from the most talented students in the Miami-area, as well as honor past recipients of the Helen Marie Witty scholarship.

We hope you can attend and participate.  You can also donate to the Helen Marie Witty Memorial Scholarship:  CLICK HERE.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Movie Night - This Sat 2-14-15 - and note new location - Ludovici Park.

from the official Palmetto Bay website

Join us for "Love is in the Park," a movie-night showing of "The Proposal," a PG-13 film, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., at Ludovici Park. Please bring your a picnic basket and big warm blankets out to enjoy this PG-13 rated romantic comedy on a two-story screen starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. (Click images for a movie trailer and event details.) Weather-wise, it could be a bit nippy -- but what better reason to snuggle up under the stars!
Event Location: Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Rd
This movie was chosen through the Palmetto Bay survey. I look forward to the movie and time with our Palmetto Bay community.