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LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENT
At-risk Students A Musical Chance
Suzette Rochester, Manager, Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) -
Florida Representative Office (2nd R; 2nd Row) encourages and educates
60 at-risk students at the Lauderdale Lakes Educational Complex's Smart
School Charter Middle and Eagle Charter Academy during a motivational
talk held recently at the Complex. Under the tutelage of re-knowned
musical legend of third-world band, Willie Stewart, 60 at-risk students
have begun learning the history and musical significance of percussion
instruments from around the world and will participate in a world-class
musical odyssey, themed: Rhythms of Africa on Saturday, October 15,
2011, at the Parker Play House in Ft. Lauderdale. The Rhythms of Africa
Musical Odyssey featuring these at-risk students is one of the many ways
in which Victoria Mutual continues to impact the youth and community
development in South Florida.
COMMISSIONER LYNDA BELL HOSTS “FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – HALLOWEEN UNDER THE
STARS” AT THE JOSE SOMOHANO COMMUNITY CENTER IN NARANJA
(MIAMI, FL) – Bring the kids and the entire
family for a “not too spooky” but fun-filled evening under the stars as
County Commissioner Lynda Bell, the Miami-Dade Police Department’s South
District, and the Naranja Lakes Community Redevelopment Agency present a
“spooktacular” family friendly motion picture at the Jose Somohano
Community Center in Naranja on Friday, October 21, 2011 from
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
fresh popcorn, hot dogs, candy and cool refreshments will be available
(while supplies last)
DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR CHAIRS AND BLANKETS!
COUNCILWOMAN LISA DAVIS AND MISS MIAMI
GARDENS JANEY TATE SCHEDULED TO SPEAK TO STUDENTS AT NORLAND
ELEMENTARY IN THE EFFORT TO "STOP BULLYING"
Girls Summit – For the
Future of Girls
Live Healthy / Lead Healthy
September 1, 2011 – Miami, Fla. – The
Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, Inc. will host a Girl Summit for
The Future of Girls on October 15, 2011 from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm at
Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132. The Girl
Summit will feature Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, Dr. Donna
Shalala, President of the University of Miami, and other prominent
speakers and panelists who are focused on the message – Live Healthy /
Lead Healthy. Nine in ten girls say the fashion industry and/or the
media place a lot of pressure on teenage girls to be thin. The roles
that girls are being prepared to accept in every walk of life have a
deliberate focus on girls as leaders. The Summit will deal with this
focus and on the evolving media images of girls.
311 SERVICE CENTERS
September 29, 2011) –
On October 3,
2011, Miami-Dade County is unveiling 311 Service Centers at three
locations that will provide residents with a convenient way to continue
to access County services and information at nearby locations.
Centers will operate weekdays from 9:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. closing one
hour at lunchtime. A staff member from
the Department of Community Information &
Outreach’s 311 Answer Center will be on hand to assist residents
with general information, referrals and the purchase of items such as
baby stroller permits, dog tags, transit passes and more.
Residents will have self-service options including a touch screen
kiosk for making payments to the
County, schedule service or search public records and maps, as well as a
phone that connects directly to the 311 Answer
Center. The South Dade location will
have a full service transit vending machine that accepts all
forms of payment.
Service Centers came about as a result of Miami-Dade County Commissioner
Lynda Bell’s request to provide the residents of South
Miami-Dade better access to County
services. Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
added two more centers in an effort to reach residents throughout the
A Matter of Balance
Increase Activity, Increase Flexibility and Increase
MIAMI GARDENS, FL. –October 21, 2011--The
City of Miami Gardens has partnered with Independent Living
Community Services to provide a series of healthy aging
initiatives. One of the healthy aging initiatives is the
Matter of Balance workshop (MOB). The Matter of Balance
workshop will take place at Miami Carol City Park Recreation
Center (18500 NW 32nd avenue) starting October 27, 2011 from
10am – 12pm. This is an 8 week class once per week every
Thursday. The Matter of Balance workshop provides
participants (older adults) that have experienced falls or a
decrease in activity with strategies to improve overall
balance and tips to reduce fall risks at home.
THE MATTER OF BALANCE WORKSHOP IS AN AWARD WINNING PROGRAM
DESIGNED TO MANAGE FALLS AND INCREASE ACTIVITY LEVELS. IF
YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT FALLING, LOSS OF STRENGTH, BALANCE
AND FLEXIBILITY, THE MATTER OF BALANCE WORKSHOP IS THE PLACE
CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS PARKS AND RECREATION DEPT IN
CONJUNCTION WITH INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITY SERVICES
MATTER OF BALANCE WORKSHOP
STARTING THURSDAY (AND EACH THURSDAY FOLLOWING) OCTOBER 27,
2011 FROM 10AM – 12PM
MIAMI CAROL CITY PARK RECREATION CENTER
JOSHUA RHODES, (305) 622-8080,
Thursday, October 27th, 2011
Registration and Networking starting at 6:30pm
Meeting at 7pm
Calder Casino & Race Course Serves as
Venue for “Girl Power” and “R.A.V.E” (Real Artist Vibe Experience)
During Busy Weekend
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2011) – As first announced on Sept. 13,
Calder Casino & Race Course is proud to be the venue of choice
for Islands United/Absolute Adventure’s events “Girl Power” on Thursday,
October 6 and “R.A.V.E” (Real Artist Vibe Experience) on Saturday,
October 8. The events will entertain thousands of concert and
party-goers coming to the City of Miami Gardens to celebrate the music
and culture of the islands.
SMALL CLAIMS COURT MAY BE YOUR
TICKET TO RIGHTING A CIVIL INJUSTICE
(MIAMI, October 12, 2011)
The Miami-Dade County Business Affairs and Consumer
Protection will host a FREE
Small Claims Court Clinic on Wednesday,
October 26, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the
auditorium of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue headquarters
in Doral, Florida. Attendees
will receive hands-on help for filing their cases in Small
The Small Claims Court process
will be led by Miami-Dade Consumer Advocate, Leonard Elias,
who will explain the County’s Small Claims Court system. In
addition, Elias will provide a detailed explanation of how
the Small Claims Court works and will answer questions from
The Small Claims Court process is used by individuals to
address disputes involving $5,000 or less, without the
costly assistance of an attorney.
Miami-Dade County's Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
formerly Consumer Services Department for
instructions in English and
Spanish on how to file in Small Claims Court as well as
collect on a judgment. Legal forms are available for
download from the website free of charge, or at the clinic
For questions regarding the clinics or additional
information, call the Department at (305) 375-3677.
LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENT
Monday, October 31st, 2011
“Antioch’s 8th Family Fall Festival”
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens, October 2011 –
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens along with The
Children’s Trust, Sun-Life Stadium, Calder Race Course and Casino, 99
JAMZ, and HOT 105 are sponsoring the 8th Annual Family Fall
This fun-filled, family event will be held Monday, October 31, 2011 from
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Sun Life Stadium located at 2269 Dan Marino Blvd.,
Miami Gardens, Florida 33056.
Halloween Night At Town Center
Monday, October 31, 6:30 PM–9 PM—Miramar Town Center,
2300 Civic Center Place
Treats and Fun await all children at The City of Miramar’s
Halloween at Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Place.
Children and their parents are invited to come dressed in
costume for a howling good time. Local businesses will be
participating in the safe Trick or Treat event by giving out
the treats. Entertainment for children will include music,
games, rides, and an interactive show
For more information call 954-602-3319 or visit
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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
B Side Entertainment
presents Tyler Perry’s
FL- When great Poets speak audiences are called to action. It is
sometimes a therapeutic experience that changes lives and mindsets in an
instance. The Bohemia Room pride themselves in bringing the best Spoken
Word artist to South Florida to evoke such an experience. On Wednesday,
October 27th 2010, 7 Amazing Female Poets will channel the characters of
Ntozake Shongae's "FOR COLORED GIRLS" in conjunction with the national
promotion of the movie adaptation by Tyler Perry at Vlada Lounge 3215 NE
2nd Ave, Midtown Miami at 7pm $10 Cover before 9pm.
"FOR COLORED GIRLS"
The Movie National Poetry Slam Series
Monday, October 25, 2010
C.O.P.E. Center North PTSA Hosts
“Parents Meet Your School Board Candidates”
Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle to Host
Creole-language Home Buyers Workshop
in N. Miami Beach
– Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle is inviting residents to participate
in a special Creole-language Home Buyers Workshop on Saturday,
October 23, 2010 at the McDonald Center in North Miami Beach, 17051
NE 19th Avenue, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The free workshop
is ideal for residents who are first-time homebuyers, or would like
a better understanding of how to purchase a home. Commissioner Rolle,
the Miami-Dade Affordable Housing Foundation, Inc., and the Housing
Finance Authority of Miami-Dade County will be hosting the event.
will feature numerous guest speakers, including realtors, creditors,
and more who will explain each step of the home buying process.
“It’s a buyer’s market nowadays since real estate in Miami-Dade has
become more affordable than ever,” said Commissioner Rolle.
“However, an informed buyer is an empowered buyer, and one that will
be prepared on what to look for and how to budget.”
To register for this event, please call 305-471-9750.
of Miami’s Most Historic Parks is Set to Receive a Complete Makeover
---Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA sponsored Project will be
largest Park Renovation and Construction in the History of Overtown
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA
Chairman Richard P. Dunn, Omni CRA Chairman Marc D. Sarnoff, and
Midtown CRA Chairman Francis Suarez will join CRA Executive Director
Pieter Bockweg, City of Miami Capital Improvement Projects Director
Alice Bravo, and members of the Homeland Defense Neighborhood
Improvement Bond board for the groundbreaking of a massive makeover
of Overtown’s historic Gibson Park. The event is set for
Friday October 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Gibson
Park entrance located at 350 NW 13th Street.
Jose “Pepe” Diaz Announces A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Mark the
of the Completion of NW 74th Street
from 84th to 107th Avenue
Vice-Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz announces a ribbon cutting ceremony
to mark the opening of the completion of NW 74th Street
from NW 84th Avenue to 107th Avenue. The
ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 18, 2010 at
NW 107th Avenue and NW 74th Street, Doral,
very pleased Miami-Dade County and Doral residents will be able to
access this street that has convenient and direct access from NW 74th
Street Turnpike interchange to the Palmetto Expressway,” said
Vice-Chairman Diaz. “For many years NW 74th Street has
been opened but there was no point of entry after NW 84th
Avenue and residents had to drive south to NW 58th Street
or north to 106th Street in order to make it to NW 107th
Avenue. This completion will provide commuters with another
traveling option in the morning and afternoon when traffic is
information, please contact the Office of Vice-Chairman Diaz at
MIAMI-DADE TRANSIT CELEBRATES
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH FREE TOURS
(MIAMI, October, 2010)
– For the 10th consecutive year, Miami-Dade Transit will
celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with its award-winning Hispanic
Heritage Tours, showcasing Miami’s rich Hispanic legacy.
The free, narrated three-hour tours are offered in comfortable MDT
buses that visit such sites as the Miami Sanctuary of Our Lady of
Charity and Miami’s historic Little Havana.
The tours will take place on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Tours will
depart from downtown Miami’s Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. First
St., at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. To reserve a seat,
call 786-469-5415. Tour participants can request the tour be
narrated in English or Spanish.
Men of South Florida, Inc. Commemorate Its 20th
Year as Leaders of Change with their Golf Classic October 1,
2010 and “Preserving the Legacy in Paradise” Gala October 2,
Men of South Florida, Inc. Energizes their moniker “Real Men
Giving Real Time” as they celebrate 20 Years of Positive
Leadership and Service throughout South Florida.
If you are a small business, don't pass up this opportunity to get
the information you need.
Join us for a free business forum and
event this evening.
This is your last chance to register for tonight's exclusive
business gathering. You have been cordially invited to join
Commissioner Francis Suarez in a "Business & Network Forum" to help
You'll receive important information regarding:
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR INTERNET PRESENCE
Find out what's available to help promote your business and increase
your sales. Let someone else promote you for FREE.
SECURITY & SAFETY
Learn about proper security, available devices and safety. Local
experts and police will show you how.
LICENSES & PERMITS
Understand the process and how to expedite permits. Let the City of
Miami work for you.
MEET AND NETWORK
Get to know your business neighbors and other important local
Come and join Commissioner Suarez in a "Business & Network Forum"
just for local businesses on:
Monday, October 18th, 2010
from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
St. Michael's Church School
2987 West Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33125
This valuable information will assist you and address some important
business issues. For further information please call: 305-250-5420.
Please register below.
Golf Classic and Awards Dinner
Benefitting the Greater Miami Service Corps
OCTOBER 15, 2010
Shotgun start 1:00pm (Registration 11:00 a.m.)
Country Club of Miami
6801 Miami Gardens Drive, Miami, FL 33015
$80.00 per person fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, shirt,
brunch, beverage service on the course and awards/dinner banquet.
Dinner only is $40.00 at 5:00 p.m.
A portion of the entry fee will be contributed to the
Greater Miami Service Corps.
Entry deadline: October 13, 2010
Entry is based on a first come first serve basis.
Contact: John Miller at 305-829-8456 Ext. 278
REGISTER YOUR FOURSOME TODAY
Pre-register your foursome by going to:
Trophies will be awarded for the top three places.
Special award contests include longest drive and closest to pin
and raffle prizes galore!
Friday, October 15th, 2010
Miami-Dade County Cultural Grants BUDGET 100%....
DAC MAKES ITS VOICE HEARD!!!
As you already know, Miami Dade County Commissioners voted
to restore The Department of Cultural Affairs Grants Budget
on Friday Morning @ 3:20 a.m. Throughout the meeting on
Thursday evening, the commission was bombarded by artists,
arts leaders, parents and children appealing to the
commission to save arts and culture in Miami Dade, asking
them to restore funding to the Department of Cultural
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