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58TH JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL PARADE
Dec. 30, 7 p.m. Downtown Coral Gables. Marching bands, colorful floats, community groups and creative parade units. New parade theme-"A Caribbean Adventure" highlights festive tropical nights, fun under the sun, and perhaps a chance encounter with a few pirates along the way. Grandstand tickets on sale at 305-662-1210
BAYFRONT PARK'S NEW YEAR'S EVE
Dec. 31, 7 p.m. - midnight. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. A free concert at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater, arts and crafts displays and food and drink. Count down to midnight with Miami's own, "Big Orange." The icon ascends the side of The Hotel Intercontinental, with a grand display of fireworks. 305-358-7550 or www.bayfrontparkmiami.com
Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium Laser Fest Weekend
December 29th and 30th enjoy laser shows set to the music of various artists.
9:00pm - Pink Floyd: Echoes 10:00pm - The Best of the Doors 11:00pm - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon Midnight - The Best of Led Zeppelin. Admission is $7.00 adults, $4.00 children per show. The Museum is located at 3280 S. Miami Ave. Call 305-646-4200 for details.
Macy's at The Falls is now open
Macy's at the Falls reopened on November 4th after being closed due to damage last year from Hurricane Wilma.
Events at Southland Mall
Kids Hope United Holiday Toy Drive
This nonprofit organization is accepting donations to purchase gift cards for children 11-17 as well as unwrapped toy donations, through Dec. 20. Go to 10720 Caribbean Blvd, Ste. 500. For more information, call 786-712-0646
St. Richard's Christmas Concert -Free
Holiday music and the children's musical Calling All Angels, Sunday Dec. 17th at 3pm. The church is located at 7500 SW 152nd St. Call 305-233-8711 for more details.
Events at Southland Mall
Sing Hanukkah songs dance and dine with entertainer Allan Lieberman at 6:30 pm this Tuesday, December 19th at the Alper Jewish Community Center. Along with dinner, enjoy latkes, jelly doughnuts Hanukkah gelt and goody bags. Tickets are $12.00 adults $10.00 for children 2-16. Call 305-271-9000 ext 271 for details. The JCC is located at 11155 SW 112 Ave
Snow Day is December 16th in Pinecrest
At Pinecrest Gardens (11000 Red Road) on Saturday December 16th, from 11am-4pm. 30+ tons of snow, food, games, and art & crafts. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, kids 3-12, $4. For more information, call 305-669-6942 or see the flyer.
Butterfly Walk at Deering- December 16th
Explore the various habitats of the park while finding and identifying numerous butterfly species. Free with paid park admission: $7 adults; $5 children. Dec. 16th 2-3:30 pm. The estate is located at: 16701 SW 72 Ave. Call 305-235-1668, ext. 242 for more details.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum's Train Ride with Santa
Take a train ride with Santa through the Holiday Forest. December 16th-17th 6-8 pm. $8 per person The museum is located at 12450 SW 152 St. For more information call 305-253-0063, or go to www.goldcoast-railroad.org
Developer seeking variance for Cutler Bay property
Cutler Properties LC is asking for an environmental variance to fill and develop a total of 40 acres including over 30 acres of degraded wetlands in the parcel of land between Cutler Cay (Shoma Homes) and the Palmetto Bay Village Center. The public hearing with the county's Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) will be held on December 14th
“The Night Before Christmas”
On Saturday, December 9th, join Santa Claus at 10 am at the Deering Estate and listen to him read this classic tale. Be sure and bring a camera to take photos of Santa. For more information call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Black Point Sunset Canoe Trip
Saturday, Dec. 9th from 3-6 pm. $25. Enjoy the sunset of Biscayne Bay from your canoe. Enjoy a leisurely paced canoe trip through scenic mangrove creeks and along the shore of Biscayne Bay . Call 305-365-3018 to register. Meet at Black Point Marina, 24775 SW 87 Ave.
Free photo of Santa with your pet- December 9th
This Saturday from 2-5pm Old Cutler Animal Clinic will have its annual Pet Photos with Santa. These professional photographs are free. The Clinic is located at 20205 Franjo Rd. For information, call 305-251-6151
Yard Sale This Saturday at Methodist Church
There will be a yard sale benefiting an association of retired telephone employees at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church this Saturday, December 9th, from 7am to noon. The church is located at the corner of Old Cutler Road and Marlin. For information, call Hilda Geer at 305-343-6130
Starbucks Cheer Party
Join your neighbors for live music, carolers, arts and crafts, children's activities along with food and drinks. It's all happening at Starbucks at the Old Cutler Towne Center on Tues, December 5th from 6-8 pm
Deering Estate 8th Annual Holiday Under the Stars Concert
On Dec. 2nd from 7-10 pm. Enjoy an evening of classical holiday music with the Alhambra Orchestra and the choirs from New World School of the Arts and Ransom Everglades School. The beautiful front lawn and grounds of the estate serve as the background for this annual concert. Adults $15.00 in advance; $18.00 at the gate. $10.00 for children 4-14. The estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. For more information call 305-235-1668 ext. 233 or visit www.deeringestate.org.
Christmas POPS Concert – FREE
Saturday December 2nd at 7:30 pm. Enjoy a full orchestra, choir, drumline, sing-a-longs, ethnic music and selections from “the Messiah” This event takes place at the Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, located at 14401 Old Cutler Rd. Call 305-238-8121 or visit www.ocpc.org for details.
December 3rd- Cauley Square's 5th Annual Arts and Craft Show
Over 50 vendors will be displaying hand made crafts for the holidays. Find great gift ideas. Cauley square is located at 22400 Old Dixie Highway. Call 305-258-3543 or visit www.cauleysquare.com for more information
Breakfast & Crafts with Santa
Dec. 2, 8:30-10 am. Southland Mall, Food Court, Join Santa for a Holiday breakfast and receive a free Santa photo. There will also be holiday crafts. Register by Nov. 29 at 5:30 pm. Ages 12 and under, $5 per child. 305-235-8880
Santa Arrives at Old Cutler Towne Center
On Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 10:30am -12:30pm, join in the festivities as Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to visit Cutler Bay. The fun begins with a parade at 10:45. see ribbon dancers, jugglers, stilt walkers, Dickens carolers, unicyclists and a Dixieland Band. Enjoy complimentary finger foods and gift give-aways at participating merchants.
Antique, Jewelry and Collectible Show and Sale
Nov. 25th from 11am -6pm and 26th from 12-5 at the sunshine pavilion, Miami Fair Expo Grounds (109th Ave and 24th St.).
Flu shots given at area stores
There is still time to get your flu shot. Until November 18th, area Publix, CVS, and Walgreen's stores will administer flu shots to the public. Prices may vary. For more information and schedules.
Miami Book Fair International Congress of Authors, Nov. 12 th - 19th
Miami Book Fair International Street Fair, Nov. 17th - 19th
This huge week long event features an array of author discussing their latest books, book signings, and other events culminating in a 2 day street fair. For more information go to www.miamibookfair.com
Cutler Bay Police To Give Shopper Safety Tips at Southland Mall
On November 18th, from noon - 4pm, Cutler Bay police will be at Southland Mall, Center Court, to give shoppers safety tips for the holiday season. There will also be child fingerprinting and information and discount coupons for LoJack, The Club, and car alarm systems. There will also be car VIN etching kits and other related items.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!!
At the Center Court of Southland Mall, Saturday November 18th, from noon - 2pm.
Local Barbershop Harmony Group Performs On Saturday
The Singing Miamians of Pinecrest, a barbershop harmony group, present a look back in time through song to the roaring 20's. See and hear local high school quartets. The Performance is this Saturday, November 18th at 7:30 pm at Robert Morgan Educational Center Auditorium, 18181 SW 122 Ave.The money raised is used to supplement music programs at Miami Dade high schools. For additional information call 305-274-7464 or see the flyer for this event.
Adoption Awareness Day Celebration on November 18th
On Saturday, November 18th, at Dodge City (16630 SW 147th Ave, just west of Metrozoo) Kids Hope United is sponsoring an afternoon of games, prizes, food, bounce houses, and more to celebrate families who are finalizing adoptions. The event to open to the public. For more information.
Miami Metrozoo's Cornucopia of the Arts
This 25th annual event showcases the artistic and creative talents of Miami-Dade's youth, with music, dance, theater and visual arts exhibitions. Sat. Nov. 18th from 10am-5pm Cost is $11.50 for adults,$6.50 for children 3-12. The zoo is located at:12400 SW 152nd Street. Call 305-693-6236
The Harvest Festival
This 2 day festival running Nov. 18th and 19th features,handmade arts and crafts, live music,historical reenactments, children's activities,antique cars and plenty of food. From 10am to 5pm at the fair expo center. Cost is $6.00 for adults $2.00 for children 5-12. Visit http://www.hmsf.org/programs-Harvest.htm for more information and to download a $1 off coupon. You can also call 305-375-1492.
The Falls Miracle on 34th Street Parade
November 18th at 4:00 pm. The parade features marching bands, vintage cars, costumed characters and the marks the arrival of Santa. At The Falls shopping center.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum’s Family Appreciation Weekend - FREE November 18-19
Visit the museum at no charge and enjoy all the activities that will be offered during the weekend including train rides, face painting,a bounce house,and live music. 11 am-4 pm. Free. The Museum is located at 12450 SW 152 St. For more information call 305-253-0063, or visit www.goldcoast-railroad.org
Bet Shira Holiday-Hanukkah Bazaar
Nov. 19th from noon to 6pm. Features jewelry, clothing, children's gifts. 7500 SW 120th St. Pinecrest
MEMBERS NEEDED FOR SENIOR CITIZEN TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
At the October 4th town council meeting, the council agreed to create a citizen advisory committee to address senior citizens transportation needs. If you would like to become a member, please contact the town council.
Cutler Ridge Womans Club 50th Anniversary- November 14th
The Woman's Club cordially invites you to become acquainted with the personal History of Cutler Bay settlers, and to find out more about the many community and charitable projects they participate in throughout the year. Come join them for coffee at 10 am on November 14th at the Cutler Ridge Park. RSVP Dolores at 305-234-9266.
NOVEMBER 8TH UPDATE
Cutler Properties LC is expected to ask for a deferral at the EQBC hearing on Thursday, November 9th to allow them time to meet with the community. Cutlerbay.net readers sent out in excess of 100 emails in 2 days! Thank you for your response!!! We will keep you advised as additional information becomes available.
SAVE CUTLER BAY WETLANDS!!!, PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL BY WED. 5:00PM
This Thursday morning at 10am,the Environmental Quality Control Board will be meeting and may approve an environmental variance allowing Cutler Properties LC to fill in approx. 30 acres of Cutler Bay wetlands in order to build additional high density housing. This should not be allowed to happen without the residents of our community having the opportunity to voice our concerns. PLEASE, TAKE 5 MINUTES TO SEND THE ATTACHED E-MAIL OR WRITE ONE OF YOUR OWN.
VOTE ON NOVEMBER 7TH TO EXPAND METROZOO
On November 7th, Dade County residents will vote to allow Miami's Metrozoo to expand creating a water park and family entertainment center. For more information about this expansion go to:
Next Cutler Ridge Concerned Citizens meeting- November 7th
Cutler Ridge Concerned Citizens meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the community room of the Southland Mall at 7pm. The next meeting is scheduled for November 7th. These meetings are free and open to all Cutler Bay residents. The guest speaker will be Cutler Bay Town manager Steven Alexander.
EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED FOR THE NOVEMBER 7TH ELECTION
Early voting began on October 23rd for the November 7th election. Get the early voting schedule, location of Cutler Bay's precincts and the sample ballots. Get information on, candidates websites, as well as impartial websites to help you make an informed decision.
Ribfest 2006 - November 3-5
Ribfest 2006 begins Friday Nov. 3rd. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, horse shows, the little farm and a play area with bounce houses and games. On Saturday their will be a live rock concert by Kansas and Sunday country music by the Charlie Daniels Band. This event takes place at the Homestead Air reserve, located at 268th St. and SW 122 Ave. Admission is $5.00, 12 and under free. For more information call 305-233-3150 or go to www.miamiribfest.com
FALL CRAFT FAIR & BAZAAR - NOVEMBER 4TH
Nov. 4th from 9am-3pm at St Thomas by the Bay Lutheran Church. Features handmade items, baked goods and a lunch cafe. 17700 Old Cutler Rd. Free. Call 305-232-1227 for information.
CUTLER RIDGE METHODIST CHURCH CRAFT SALE - NOV 5TH
Nov. 5th from 8am to 5pm. Sale features hundreds of Christmas and craft items created by church members. 20740 Old Cutler Rd. Free admission. Call 305-235-6651 for more information.
$75 GUN BUYBACK THIS SATURDAY, NOV 4TH
This Saturday, November 4th from 9am-1pm at Goulds Park Gym, 11350 SW 216th St (map). Participants will receive a $75 gift card from Publix, BJ's, or Wal-Mart, no questions asked. For more information.
FLU SHOTS GIVEN AT AREA STORES
Beginning October 2nd, area Publix, CVS, and Walgreen's stores will begin administering flu shots to the public. Prices may vary. For more information and schedules.
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
HALLOWEEN HAUNTINGS AND SITES
There's a lot to do this weekend if you're looking for Halloween fun. See local places to go and things to do from now until Halloween. And to make Halloween safer, the Cutler Bay police will be out in force on Halloween evening.
OCTOBER 31ST DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR $5000 GRANT PROGRAM FOR HURRICANE RELATED IMPROVEMENTS
The Florida Department of Financial Services has started a program providing up to $5000 in matching funds for home improvements to help protect homes from hurricane damage. For more information.
IN THE PARK WITH ART, OCTOBER 28-29TH
The Cultural Council presents their 16th Annual Art show On October 28th and 29th from 10:00am-5:00 pm at Coral Reef Park in Palmetto Bay. Both local and national artists will be presenting their original work. There will be music, food, and special activities for children. They will also be raffling off $5,000 worth of prizes. Admission and parking is free. Call 305-238-0703 or email for more details
Watch the live General Senate Debate at 8pm Monday, October 23rd and the Gubernatorial Debate at 8pm Tuesday, October 24th on PBS. For more information on these 2 debates or to submit a question for inclusion in the debates go to: www.beforeyouvote.org
THIS WEEKEND, THANK OUR TROOPS SERVING OVERSEAS
On October 21st and 22nd, "Thinking of you Services" will be inviting people to express their gratitude to our troops overseas by taking a few minutes to sign a Christmas Card. This event takes place at Southland Mall between 12 noon and 6:00 pm near the Food court. If you need more information, wish to make a donation, volunteer your services, or if you know someone serving overseas, call Freddie Ambrose at 786-252-2798.
OKTOBERFEST MIAMI - THIS WEEKEND
Friday, October 20 from 6 p.m. to midnight. Saturday, October 21 from noon to midnight, Sunday, October 22 from noon to 10 p.m. At the German American Club, 11919 SW 56 St (map). Enjoy authentic food, live entertainment, carnival rides, and of course BEER. Grand prize: 2 tickets to Germany. Tickets prices: 12 & under:free, 13-20:$1.00, adults:$10. For more information.
OCT 21- 3RD ANNUAL ROTARY CLUB CASINO NIGHT
This Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7pm - 11pm. Join in for an evening of casino style gaming, hors d'hourves, an auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Foundation's supporting Childrens charities. Tickets are $45.00 and include 30 Casino "fun" chips. This event takes place at the Palmetto Bay Village Center (184th Street and Old Cutler Rd.). For more information call Maria Kesti at 305-323-1520.
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Register for the Susan G. Komen 2006 Race For The Cure, which will take place on October 21 at Bayfront Park, or donate online. For more information, or call (305) 666-RACE.
OCT 21- HOLY ROSARY ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
On Saturday,October 21. This annual event features artists, food, music and kiddie rides. The Church is located at 18455 Franjo Rd. Call 305-235-5442 for details.
CUTLER BAY TOWN LOGO CONTEST WINNER SELECTED
The grand prize winner of the Cutler Bay town logo contest is Palmetto Bay resident Cathy Gibbs Thornton. See the winners and all of the finalist's entries and photos of the winner at the Oct 4th town council meeting. The winning entry was modified for use as the official town logo.
SOUTH DADE REGIONAL LIBRARY, TEEN READ-A-THON
On Wednesday, October 18th at 10 am, meet Award-winning author Sharon Draper, author of Copper Sun. Visit www.mdpls.org or call 305-375-book for more details.
OCTOBER 14-15, FAIRY FESTIVAL AT CORAL CASTLE
Coral Castle will host a fairy festival this Saturday and Sunday. There will be a costume contest, arts and crafts, games, live entertainment and a juried Art Exhibition. For more information go to tropicalfairy.com or call 305-297-5516
SATURDAY-57TH ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER AND FUNDRAISER
This Saturday from 4:30 - 7:00 pm, enjoy a homemade spaghetti dinner with salad, garlic bread and desert for just $6.00 ($3.00 children) and help out a good cause. Proceeds benefit Princeton-based Boy Scout troop #69. The dinner takes place at the Boy Scout Hut, 15415 SW 256th St. Call 305-245-2883 for more information.
CUTLER BAY GETS NEWPLANNING DIRECTOR AND PARKS RECREATION DIRECTOR
2 officials, both formerly with the City of South Miami, are among the officials who have joined Cutler Bay's administrative staff. Don O'Donniley is the new Planning and Zoning director and Alan Ricke is the new Parks and Recreation director. Read more in this article from the Miami Herald.
FIREFIGHTERS HOST FUNDRAISER OCTOBER 13TH
Miami firefighters are hosting a golf tournament to raise college funds for the children of Alex Hevia, the Palmetto Bay firefighter who recently lost his life while working in his Palmetto Bay home. The tournament is scheduled for October 13th at the Palmetto Golf Course, 9300 SW 152nd St. Tickets are $300 for a foursome. Lunch will provided free of charge by OutBack Steakhouse. To register, visit www.mffba.org/index.html
TAX FREE HOLIDAY FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES
From October 5-11th, you can purchase energy efficient appliances costing less than $1500 and pay no tax. For more information.
POLICE & FIRE DEPARTMENT OUTREACH DAY- SUNDAY
Join the Miami Dade police and fire departments at Best Buy (19191 S. Dixie Hwy), this Sunday, October 8th, from 11am-4pm. Meet the mounted police and the K9 police along with the fire department. There will be child fingerprinting / DNA registration, fire safety and child car seat safety. There will also be a raffle every hour for a $50 Best Buy gift card.
FISHING & BOAT SHOW - OCTOBER 7TH AND 8TH
The Florida Fisherman Fishing and Boat Show will be held at the Fair Expo Center of the Miami Dade County Fair and Exposition Center (10901 Coral Way) this Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, 12 and under are free. For more information.
MIAMI DADE COLLEGE EXPO THIS SATURDAY
Representatives from Miami Dade College will be at Southland Mall, Center Court on Saturday, October 7, from 10:00am - 3:00pm
'WINE ON HARVEST MOON' AT DEERING ESTATE THIS FRIDAY
Celebrate the harvest moon with a selection of wines, fine food, jazz, and a natural photograghy exhibit this Friday, October 6th from 7-9:30pm at the Deering Estate (16701 SW 72nd Ave). Tickets prices are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. For more information,see the flyer. For tickets or to RSVP, email or call 305-233-5858.
2 NEW ORDINANCES PASSED AT LAST TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
At last Tuesday's town council meeting, 2 ordinances were passed. The first ordinance limits the amount of days a POD (storage container) can be left at a residence to 14 consecutive days. The second ordinance bars streetside vendors from selling merchandise in nonresidential areas.
Among the items on the agenda is the creation of a citizen advisory committee to address senior citizens transportation needs.
NEXT TOWN COUNCIL MEETING ON OCTOBER 4TH
The next Cutler Bay Town Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4th, 7pm, at the South Dade Regional Library (map), 2nd floor. Read the agendas for the council meetings. Among the items on the agenda is the creation of a citizen advisory committee to address senior citizens transportation needs.
TONIGHT- FP&L TO SPEAK AT CUTLER RIDGE CONCERNED CITIZENS MEETING
Cutler Ridge Concerned Citizens meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the community room of the Southland Mall at 7pm. The next meeting is scheduled for October 3rd. These meetings are free and open to all Cutler Bay residents. The guest speakers will be representatives from FP&L discussing vegetation management in Cutler Bay. Also speaking will be Seat 3 Councilmember Ernie Sochin.
FP&L links relating to vegetation management:
SPORTS EQUIPMENT DRIVE AT CORAL REEF PARK THIS SATURDAY
Drop off your new or used sports equipment to benefit needy kids in the Dominican Republic. The charity drive, held this Saturday, Sept 30, from 9am-noon is sponsered by Patriot's Outreach, a group primarily made up of students in local schools. For more information, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture of Vice Mayor Ed MacDougall, who was officially sworn in during the September 19th town council meeting.
On Friday, September 15th, the body of a male newborn infant was discovered floating in a canal located at approximately 208th street and SW 103rd place. Anyone with information regarding the above incident is requested to contact Miami-Dade police detective D. Aiken at (305) 471-2400 or Crimestoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).
Florida law allows for a newborn child to be left at any fire station or hospital. You do NOT have to give your name. Please spread the word concerning this life saving option.
FREE ICE CREAM SOCIAL SEPT 28TH SUPPORTS THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION
On Sept 28th, from 5pm-8pm, Cold Stone Creamery stores (including the store in the Old Cutler Town Center), are having an ice cream social. Get a free sample of "Cole's Creation" ice cream, enjoy family activities, and please make a donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation. For more information.
FREE ADMISSION TO VISCAYA - SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH
There will be free admission to Viscaya (map) to all visitors this Sunday, September 24th, from 9:30-4:30pm. Enjoy performing arts, art activities, lectures, and tours. Contact 305-250-9133 for more information.
SOCCER SEASON OPENING DAY, DEDICATION OF TREE TO JOHN COSGROVE
View pictures of the Cutler Ridge Soccer Club 2006-2007 season opening day and the dedication of a tree to John Cosgrove.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Humility is the only certain defense against humiliation"
- Anonymous (Sept 24, 2006)
A 1987 Chevrolet El camino (picture) was stolen from a Cutler Bay residence last Thursday, Sept 14th, between the hours of 1:00am and 6:00am. If you see this car, please contact the police at 305-4-POLICE (476-5423).