Town Council Appoints Sue Ellen Loyzelle to Seat 2
The Cutler Bay town council heard from 9 candidates on Tuesday evenings special meeting before appointing Sue Ellen Loyzelle to the Council Seat 2 position. Ms. Loyzelle, who is employed as the director of grants for the YMCA of greater Miami, will serve as the council appointee until the next county-wide election.
Ernie Sochin Named as Vice Mayor
The Cutler Bay town council spent several hours at the December 6th special meeting discussing who would fill the Vice Mayors position. After numerous nominations and rounds of voting, the council agreed to appoint Ernie Sochin as the town's Vice Mayor.
Tracking Santa With NORAD
Track Santa as he makes his rounds at noradsanta.org.
Storytime With Santa at Deering
Saturday, December 18th from 10am to noon. Children of all ages are invited to listen as Santa Claus reads some classic holiday stories next to the Christmas Tree at the Deering Estate's Stone House Ballroom. After story time, children are invited to participate in an arts and crafts activity. Admission to the estate is $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-14). For more information visit deeringestate.org.
Events At Southland Mall
Saturday, December 18th. Visit the Macy's Wing of the mall at 2pm for their monthly Kids Club event. This month's activities include a holiday magic show, music, face painting, balloons, prize giveaways and more. The activities are free. Children 12 and under are welcome to participate. Then at 3pm, visit Center Court for musical performances including hand bell choirs and Christmas Caroling.
Holiday Bay Cruise at Deering
On Sunday, December 19th, from 2-4pm (arrive by 1:30). Take a cruise on the "Pelican Island Skipper", a 45-foot catamaran, as you explore the waters of Biscayne Bay. The cruise is open to all ages at a cost of $35 per person. Reservations are required. Call 305-235-1668 ext. 233. For more information, visit deeringestate.org.
Dinner with Santa at Metrozoo
Saturday, December 23rd from 7-9pm. Kids, bring your parents to meet Santa. Enjoy a holiday meal with your family at Wings of Asia, watching the aquatic birds. Children will receive a holiday plush gift and enjoy making their own holiday ornaments. Price for non-members is $42.95 for adults, $39.95 for children age 3-12. Admission includes free parking, admission to “Zoo Lights” with unlimited carousel rides, and a classic turkey and ham dinner. Space is limited so reserve your seat today. For more information, visit miamimetrozo.com.
Burglars Targeting Cutler Bay Homes
During weekday afternoons, a large group of young black and white males are going to houses in the Cutler Bay area pretending to sell cleaning products. When they find that the homes are unoccupied they later return to burglarize the homes. If you see this group going door to door, please contact the police department by calling 305-4POLICE (305-476-5423) or if the burglary is in progress call 911.
Riptides Aquatics – Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for kids ages 4 and up interested in water polo, splash ball and swimming. Water polo practice: M-F 6pm – 8pm and Sat. 1pm-4pm at Gulliver Preparatory, 6575 N. Kendall Dr. Splash ball practice: M-W 6pm-7pm, Fri. 4:30pm-6pm, Sat. 1pm-4pm at Cutler Ridge Pool, 10100 S.W. 200 St. Swimming practice: M-Th. 4:30pm-6pm at Cutler Ridge Pool. For more information, contact Coach Carroll Vaughan at MiamiRiptides@gmail.com.
Resumes Being Accepted for Council Seat Two Appointment
The town is currently accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the council as the district seat two representative. A special council meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 14th, 7pm at the South Dade Regional Library to discuss the appointment. Qualified residents interested in the position should contact the Cutler Bay Town Clerk, Esther Coulson, at 305-234-4262. A resume must be hand delivered to Ms. Coulson at town hall by 4pm, Friday, December 10th. THIS APPOINTMENT IS OPEN TO DISTRICT 2 RESIDENTS ONLY. The appointee will serve until the next countywide election. If the council is unable to come to an agreement, then the town will hold a special election within 90 days.
Bel-Aire Boat Parade
Saturday, December 11th, starting at 7pm. This annual parade takes place along the Bel-Aire Canal in Cutler Bay. Residents can get a good view of the parade from the Marlin Rd bridge (at Bel Aire Drive), or the foot bridge located at Bel Aire Drive and Cutler Ridge Drive (near Cutler Ridge Park). See the map for locations.
Storytime With Santa at Deering
Saturday, December 11th and December 18th from 10am to noon. Children of all ages are invited to listen as Santa Claus reads some classic holiday stories next to the Christmas Tree at the Deering Estate's Stone House Ballroom. After story time, children are invited to participate in an arts and crafts activity. Admission to the estate is $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-14). For more information visit deeringestate.org.
Palmetto Bay Zoning Application – Franjo Road Development
Tuesday, December 7th from 7 to 8:30 pm. The Village of Palmetto Bay will be holding a community outreach meeting regarding a proposed mixed-use development to be located on the east side of Franjo Road and north of SW 180th Street in the Franjo Triangle Island.
The project, called "Parkside at Palmetto Bay", is expected to include both retail and residential units along with a parking garage. An additional component of this project is a 3 story charter school for up to 1400 students. The meeting will take place at Ludovici Park located at 17641-A Old Cutler Road. See the flyer about the project at palmettobay-fl.gov
"What The Dickens" Holiday Festival and Gift Bazaar
Sunday, December 5th, from 10am-6pm. Visit Pinecrest Gardens for an all-day event of music, puppeteers, mimes, story tellers, and performances from the works of Charles Dickens. General Admission is $5.00, free for children 5 and under. For a schedule of events visit pinecrest-fl.gov. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 111000 Red Road. Phone 305-669-6990 or visit pinecrestgardens.org for more information.
Town Council Undecided In Appointment of Vice Mayor
Special Council Meeting Scheduled For December 6th-8th
The town council was unable to reach an agreement on the appointment of a Vice Mayor at the December 1st special council meeting. Special council meetings have been scheduled at Cutler Bay Town Hall on December 6th, 7th and 8th at 7pm for additional discussions. In the meantime, they agreed to reopen the application process. Qualified residents interested in the position should contact the Cutler Bay Town Clerk, Esther Coulson, at 305-234-4262. A resume must be hand delivered to Ms. Coulson at town hall by noon, Monday December 6th. The appointee will serve until the next countywide election. If the council is unable to come to an agreement, then the town will hold a special election in February.
Tree Lighting Ceremony at Deering
Friday, December 3rd at 7pm. Kick off the holiday season with the Deering Estate's Annual Tree Lighting ceremony in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Enjoy live performances by the Yuletide Carolers. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-14). For more information, visit deeringestate.org.
Holy Rosary Flea Market
On Saturday, December 4th, from 8am-3pm, Holy Rosary Catholic Church will be holding a flea market. This venue provides a great opportunity for residents sell their unneeded items. For booth information, call Elaine at 305-345-1683. Holy Rosary Church is located at 18455 Franjo Rd.
Christmas POPS Concert – FREE
Saturday December 4th at 7:30 pm. This Annual musical event features an array of musical performances for an evening of filled with the sights and sounds of the Christmas season. This event takes place at the Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, located at 14401 Old Cutler Rd. Call 305-238-8121 or visit ocpc.org for more information.
Pinecrest's Farmers Market Now Open
Every Sunday from 9am-2pm. Taste the very best of local and organic farm-raised seasonal produce. Also, fresh flowers, fruits, herbs, organic foods, and a sampling of eco-friendly products. The market takes place next to the parking lot at Pinecrest Gardens, located at 11000 Red Road.
Palmetto Bay Soccer Registration
This recreational soccer program for both boys and girls will be starting their winter season soon. Practices and games take place at Coral Reef Park in Palmetto Bay. Registration deadline is Saturday, Dec. 4th. Visit miamisportsclub.net for more information.
Free Admission at Fairchild Garden - December 1st
Fairchild Garden is offering free admissions on Wednesday December 1st, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Enjoy their tropical rainforest, butterfly garden, take a yoga class (9:30 am) and tram rides. All for free. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Vice Mayor To Be Appointed - December 1st
Resume Submission Deadine - November 24th
The election of Ed MacDougall as Mayor of Cutler Bay has left a vacancy in the position of Vice Mayor that must be filled by council appointment. Qualified residents interested in the position should contact the Cutler Bay Town Clerk, Esther Coulson, at 305-234-4262. A resume must be hand delivered to Ms. Coulson at town hall by 12 noon, November 24th. The council will then consider the applicants at the council meeting on December 1st. The appointee will serve until the next countywide election. Cutler Bay Town Hall is located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd.
Re-purpose Or Recycle Your Election Signs
Now that the elections are over, you can re-purpose your campaign signs by cutting them to fit the bottom of your reusable shopping bags. In addition, the cardboard signs are recyclable and can be placed in your blue recycling bin.
Free Movie Night At Cutler Ridge Park
Friday, November 19th, 6:30 pm (movie begins at 7pm). Join your friends and neighbors for a showing of the movie “How to train your Dragon” (Rated PG-13). The movie takes place at the Cutler Ridge Elementary School field at Cutler Ridge Park. Bring your lawn chairs, and blankets. Admission is FREE. Hot dogs, popcorn,candy and drinks will be available for purchase with the proceeds benefiting the Cutler ridge Elementary School PTA.
The 36th Annual Harvest Festival
Saturday, November 20th from 10am-5pm and Sunday November 21st from 10am-4pm. Featuring handmade arts and crafts, live music,, children's activities, Santa, classic cars and plenty of food. The event takes place at the Miami-Dade Fair expo located at 10901 Coral Way. Visit miamiharvest.webs.com for more information.
Fall Festival at St Thomas Church
Saturday November 20th from 9am-3pm. Visit St Thomas Lutheran Church for their holiday fair featuring crafts, food and an auction. St Thomas Church is located at 17700 Old Cutler Road, in Palmetto Bay. Phone 305-232-1227 for additional information.
Miami Book Fair International Congress of Authors, November 14th-21st
Miami Book Fair International Street Fair, November 19th-21st
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 miamibookfair.com.
South Dade Regional Library Events
The following events take place at the South Dade Regional Library, located at 10750 SW 211th St. Phone 305-233-8140 for more information.
On November 12th-14th from 9:30am–4:30pm. This 70th annual event includes, more then 15,000 plants for sale, live music, antiques and collectibles, old and rare books, art. Enjoy live music, a farmers green market, lots of food vendors and Kid Way, with face painting, shows, games and more. New this year, Design Fairchild, a design and furniture show celebrating eco-innovation. The event takes place at Fairchild Tropical Garden, located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Call 305-667-1651 ext. 3344 for additional information, or visit fairchildgarden.org. Admission is $25.00 for adult non-members, $18.00 for seniors 65+, and $12.00 for children 6-17.
Cutler Bay's Forth Annual Hometown Harvest Ride
November 13th, beginning at 8am. For great family fun, join your neighbors for a 10.6 mile bike ride through the Town of Cutler Bay. Registration is from 8:00-8:30am., with a "safety rodeo" at 8:30. The ride begins for participants 10 years old and up at 9am. Younger kids will participate is a shorter, supervised ride, followed by kid friendly activities. The ride begins and ends at the clubhouse at Isles of Bayshore, 21864 SW 93rd Path. Helmets are required. For more information, phone town hall at 305-234-4262.
The Great Green Family Festival
November 13th and 14th from 10am-5pm. Visit the Redland Fruit and Spice Park for this Eco-friendly festival. The event includes a local and organic farmers market, alternative energy exhibits, herbs, oils and teas, natural foods and culinary plants. Enjoy live music, and children's activities. Take advantage of services including aromatherapy, yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki, and chair massages. For more information, call 305-247-5727. The Redland Fruit and Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave., in Homestead.
Holiday Hannukah Bazaar
November 14th, noon to 6pm. Bet Shira Congregation will be holding a holiday bazaar featuring items such as jewelry, handbags, housewares, ceramics, toys and gifts for the holiday. Bet Shira is located at 7500 SW 120 St., in Pinecrest. For more information, phone 305-238-2601.
Zoo Miami-50% Off For Veterans/Active Military
Thursday, November 11th. In honor of Veterans Day, Zoo Miami is offering a 50% discount on admission for up to six people for veterans and active duty military personnel. A valid ID must be presented to receive this discount.
Free Admission Days At Fairchild Garden
Fairchild Garden is offering free admissions on Wednesday November 3rd from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Enjoy their tropical rainforest, butterfly garden, take a yoga class (9:30 am) and tram rides. All for free. For more information, visit fairchildgearden.org.
Wine Tasting at Norman Brothers To Benefit UM/NSU CARD
Friday, November 5th, starting at 7pm. Visit Norman Brothers Produce for their annual wine tasting. Taste dozens of wines from around the world, and enjoy amazing food. Cost is $30 per person in advance, and $40 at the door. The proceeds go to UM/NSU Card (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities). Norman Brothers is located at 7621 SW 87th Ave (Galloway Rd). For more information and tickets, call 305-969-3900 or visit autismsocietymiami.org.
Country Fair at CRUMC
November 6th from 9am to 5pm. Featuring hundreds of Christmas and craft items created by church members. The fair includes a bake sale, fresh cinnamon rolls and coffee, enjoy a chicken barbecue from 11am to 4pm for only $6.00 or have a hot dog lunch. There will be free rides for the kids and free health screenings. The event takes place at Cutler Ridge Methodist Church, located at 20740 Old Cutler Rd. Admission is free. Call 305-233-7457 for more information.
"Wings Over Homestead" Air Show
November 6th , from 9am-5pm and November 7th from 8:30am-4pm (no admittance after 3pm). Come to the air show and see two days of spectacular flying feats, including the Blue Angels. The event takes place at the Homestead Air Reserve Base, located at 29050 Coral Sea Blvd, Homestead,. For more information visit, wingsoverhomestead.com.
Upcoming Cutler Bay Elections Information
Elections will be held on November 2nd for the positions of Mayor, Councilmember- District 1, and Councilmember- District 3. Get the latest information about the candidates, campaign finance reports, voting records of current council members, a breakdown of sponsored legislation and other information, visit our elections page at cutlerbay.net/elections-2010.
Before You Vote- Watch The Whispering Pines Debate
Candidates seeking election in Cutler Bay participated in a debate hosted by the Whispering Pines Civic Association. In this forum, candidates were given the opportunity to ask each other questions. It's definitely a must see before you vote. You can watch the video by visiting cutlerbay.net or cutlerbay.com.
Candidate Financial Reports Updated
Just updated. See the candidates' financial reports. How much have the candidates collected and from whom. Are the majority of the funds coming from local residents or from outside Cutler Bay? To find out more, visit our election page.
Palmetto Bay Candidate Information
For our readers in Palmetto Bay. To find out information about candidates running for office in Palmetto Bay visit palmettobay.us. Here you will find information on candidate websites, new articles about the candidates, campaign finance reports along with video of a recent mayoral debate. Be an informed voter and visit palmettobay.us before you vote.
"Home Energy Workshop"
Wednesday, October 27th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm (Registration starts at 6pm). Commissioner Katy Sorenson in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability is holding a home energy workshop. Learn how to save $750 a year, get a free compact Fluorescent light bulb, and for the first 50 residents, receive a free home energy savings toolkit worth $100. The workshop takes place at the South Dade Regional Library located at 10750 SW 211 Street.
5K Run/Walk For Pediatric Cancer Research- At Deering
Saturday, October 30th, 7am check-in, run/walk begins at 8am. Help in the fight against cancer by sponsoring or participating in this event taking place at the Deering Estate. There will be food and beverages at the end, along with live music. Kids can visit the Family Area, where they’ll find bounce houses and other attractions. Registration is on-line or on on the day of the event. For more information, visit reasontorun.org.
In The Park with Art
Saturday, October 30th-31st, from 10am-5pm. Don't miss the Cultural Council's 20th annual "In The Park With Art", at Palmetto Bay Village Center, overlooking Biscayne Bay. Enjoy the art work of over 100 international and national artists that participate in this juried, award-winning fine art show. Admission and parking is free. For more information visit culture-council.org or call 305-238-0703.
Dr. Wilde's Creepy House at Zoo Miami
October 16th-31st from noon to 5pm. Visit Zoo Miami's (formally Metrozoo) 7,000 square-foot haunted house where every fear comes to life. Admission cost is $5.00 per sonson. For more information, visit zoomiami.orgmiamimetrozoo.com/events.asp.
Gold Coast Railroad's Spooky Adventures
October 22, 23,29, and 30th, from 6:00-9:00pm. Join the fun as the Gold Coast Railroad presents a family fun event. Enjoy hay rides, classic monster movies, grave yard dig, costume contests, trick or treat stations, food concession stand, a bounce house and a haunted house train. Cost is $5.00 for all ages. Call 305-253-0063 for more information.
Spooky Zoo Nights
October 29th and 30th from 7-11pm. This after-hours family event includes entry in Dr. Wilde's Creepy House, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides and chilling story telling around a fire pit. $10.95 pp admission. There is a discount if tickets are purchased online before the event. For more information, visit miamimetrozoo.com/events.asp.
Town of Cutler Bay Haunted House and More
Saturday, October 30th, from 6-9pm at Cutler Ridge Park. Experience the terror of the haunted house, the adventure of the spider egg hunt, the costume contest, great food, and don't miss "Track or Treat" taking place around the walking path. Cutler Ridge Park is located 10100 SW 200th St. Call 305-284-4166 for more information.
Halloween at Southland Mall
Saturday, October 30th from 2-4pm. Trick or Treat at the mall. Kids 12 and under, visit the fountain area by TJ Maxx to get your Halloween goodie bag. Then from 5-7pm enjoy creepy crafts, ghoulish games, spooky tattoos along with a costume contest, prizes and more. All activities are FREE.
Town of Cutler Bay Haunted House Only
On October 31st Cutler Ridge Parks Haunted House only will be open for an additional night of terror. Cutler Ridge Park is located 10100 SW 200 St. Call 305-284-4166 for more information.
Zoo Boo (Formerly MetroBoo)
Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st from 11am-4pm. Families and kids 12 and under are invited to join the fun as Metrozoo celebrates Halloween with their annual trick-or-treat event. Participate in costume contests, make Halloween crafts and enjoy special performances. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (ages 3 – 12) Miami Metrozoo is located at 12400 SW 152 street. For more information please visit miamimetrozoo.com/events.asp.
Howl-O-Ween at Fairchild
October 31st, from 9:30am to 4:30 pm. Bring your dog to Fairchild Garden for a day of four-legged fun, including dog activities and costume contests for both dogs and owners. Admission is $20 for non-member adults, $15 for seniors 65 and up, and $10 for children 6-17. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
House of Horror Park at International Mall
Open through October 31st. Monday – Friday 6pm to Midnight. Saturday – Sunday 5pm to Midnight. Visit what is billed as the largest Haunted House in South Florida. Ride the Shriek inducing carnival rides. See performances by musical acts, jugglers, tight rope walkers, trapeze acts and more. Includes kiddie rides. Tickets are $22 for adults, $15.00 for children 9 and under. Tickets include unlimited carnival rides and one entry through the haunted house. Miami International Mall is located at 1455 NW 107th Ave. Doral. For information call 305-639-6000 or visit houseofhorrorpark.com.
Monster Splash at Miami Seaquarium
October 29th-31st, from 5-11pm. Visit Miami's Seaquarium for their annual Monster Splash Nightime Bash. For their younger visitors, there will be trick or treating, A Pirate Skeleton Walk, The “Frightening Forest” and the Little Monster Play Area. Older visitors will enjoy unlimited carnival rides, 2 haunted houses including "Buried Alive" along with a live DJ, games and food. Also included are Halloween-themed shows for everyone. Tickets are $24.95 for ages 10 and up, $19.95 for younger visitors. The Miami Seaquarium is located at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami. Phone 305-361-5705 for more information, or visit miamiseaquarium.com.
Wine on Harvest Moon at Deering
Saturday, October 23rd from 7:30-10:30pm. The Deering Estate presents their 9th annual Wine on Harvest Moon Event. General admission tickets are $75 for members and $90 for non-members. VIP Tickets are $150 for members and $175 for non-members. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call 305-235-1668 ext 263.
Edible Garden Festival and Scarecrow Contest
October 23rd and 24th from 9:30 to 4:30. Visit Fairchild Garden for their Edible Garden Festival featuring talks, workshops and demonstrations on creating a vegetable garden of your own. In addition, they will host a scarecrow contest. For much more information and to learn how to enter the contest, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Cutler Bay Candidate Debate at Whispering Pines Elementary
Thursday, October 21st at 7pm. Come see the candidates at the last scheduled debate/forum before the election. The debate is hosted by the Whispering Pines Civic Association and will be held at the Whispering Pines Elementary School cafetorium. Whispering Pines Elementary is located at 19829 SW 89th Road (map).
On October 22nd, from 6-9pm. Visit the Redland Fruit and Spice Park where the Southern Cross Astronomical Society will guide you through a exploration of the heavens. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a campfire and tour of the park under the stars. Food and refreshments will be available for sale. Admission is FREE. For additional information, call 305-247-5727. The park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave., in Homestead.
Zoo Miami Monster Masquerade
Saturday, October 23rd from 8pm – midnight. Costumed adults age 21 and over are invited to join the party in the dark, with cocktails, savory treats, music, dancing and entry into Dr. Wilde's creepy House. There will be an award for the best costume. For more information and ticket information, visit zoomiami.org.
Oktoberfest In Miami
October 15th-17th, and 22nd-24th, Fridays 6pm to midnight, Saturdays, noon to midnight and Sundays, noon to 10pm. Join in the fun as the German American Club celebrates Oktoberfest. Enjoy German food, beer, carnival rides, German dance groups and youth entertainment and activities. Register to win 2 tickets to Germany. The event takes place at 11919 SW 56th Street. For details, phone 305-552-5123 or visit the German American Club website.
Holy Rosary Fall Crafts Festival
Saturday, October 16th. The 34th annual Fall Crafts Festival is back featuring homemade crafts from artists all across the country. Enjoy family-friendly events, music by local bands, a car show, and of course lots of delicious food. Admission is free. Rosary Catholic Church is located at the corner of Franjo Road and 184th Street.
7th Annual Rotary Club Casino Night
Saturday October 16th from 7pm-11 pm. The Rotary Club will host it's 7th Annual Casino Night Mardi Gras Masquerade at the Palmetto Bay Village Center 3rd floor. Enjoy appetizers, an open bar, live and silent auctions, raffles, and door prizes all while experiencing the excitement of casino gaming. Prizes include vacation trips, hotel stays, dinners, sports memorabilia and more. Money raised goes to provide college scholarships for students in our local community. Tickets are $50 each. Palmetto Bay Village Center is located at SW 184th St. and Old Cutler Road. Proceeds benefit the Perrine Cutler Ridge Rotary Foundation. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit pcrprotary.org, or call 305-897-6827.
Cutler Bay State of the Town Address
Tuesday, October 12 at 7pm. Find out what that past year has brought and what's in cutler Bay's future. The event takes place at the Cutler Bay Mercedes-Benz dealership, located at 10701 SW 211th Street.
Bonsai Show and Sale
October 9th and 10th, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Fairchild Tropical Garden will be holding a Bonsai Show and Sale. Award wining bonsai trees will be on display. Visitors will be able to purchase plants and the materials needed to create your own bonsai.
Specialty Tours At The Deering Estate
The Deering Estate offers specialty tours and programs, free after paying for general admissions of $12 for adults and $7 for children 4-14. Upcoming tours and programs include:
Miami Science Museum-Free Admission Days
The Miami Science museum is offering free admission to residents of Miami-Dade County on weekdays from 3-6pm through September 30th. Proof of residency is required (drivers license, voter ID, or electric bill) and is valid for up to 4 immediate family members. Visit miamisci.org for more information or call 305-646-4200. The museum is located at 3280 S. Miami Avenue.
Deli Opens in Cutler Bay
Bay Meat and Deli, a neighborhood butcher shop, has opened in Cutler Bay at 20230 Old Cutler Road (map). Along with reasonably priced cuts of meat, and fresh fish, they feature a variety of freshly made sandwiches to eat there or to take with you. For more information, visit their website at baymeat.com.
Free Chicken – Good Cause
Thursday, October 7th, Pollo Campero will be giving away one free piece of chicken to anyone visiting their Cutler Bay restaurant. The free chicken is being held in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. For every piece of free chicken they distribute, the will donate an equal amount of chicken to Camillus House. So, drive-through, dine in, or take-out a free piece of chicken and help out a good cause. Pollo Campero is located at 18660 South Dixie Highway.
Lakes by the Bay Park – Groundbreaking Ceremony
Saturday, October 9th at 10am. Cutler Bay is on its way to getting a new park. A groundbreaking ceremony for Lakes By The Bay Park will take place at 8551 SW 216th Street, behind Whigham Elementary School. Construction will begin on three lighted baseball/softball fields, two lighted football/soccer fields, a center building with restrooms and concession stand, along with an exercise trail and parking area. For more information, call 305-238-4166.
Hispanic Read-in Session
Saturday, October 9th, from 12:30 to 2:20. Visit Center Court at Southland Mall where the Dade Reading Council will be holding a children's read-in session in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Come pick up a free book and learn more about Hispanic culture.
Growing Food In Your Backyard
October 9th from 10am to 1pm. Learn how to grow food in your own backyard throughout the year. Emphasis is on low maintenance tropical plants that can be introduced into your existing landscape. Seeds and cuttings will be distributed to class members. Cost is $25. For reservations or additional information, call 305-247-5727. The Redlands Fruit and Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave.
Political Debate at Cutler Ridge Park
On Tuesday, October 5th, the Cutler Bay Concerned Citizens is sponsoring a forum for the candidates for mayor and Council Seat 1 of Cutler Bay. All five candidates have been asked to participate. The event starts at 7:00 pm at the Community Room in Cutler Ridge Park, located at 10100 SW 200th St. All area residents are welcome.
Free Days At Fairchild Garden
Fairchild Garden is offering free admissions on Wednesday October 6th from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Enjoy their tropical rainforest, butterfly garden, take a yoga class (9:30 am) and tram rides. All for free. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Propagation Class at Redland Fruit and Spice Park
October 2nd from 10am to 5 pm. Learn how to plant, seed, air layer, and graft tropical fruit trees. After, receive a tree to graft and take home. Cost is $40.00. For reservations or additional information, call 305-247-5727. The Fruit and Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave.
Bird Day at Fairchild
Sunday, October 3rd starting at 7am. Visit Fairchild Tropical Gardens for their second annual bird day. Start early with a 7am Bird walk, learn about Bird gardening, photography, art, kids activities, a plant sale and so much more. For the days schedule of events, pricing information and more information visit fairchildgarden.org.
Vote for Perrine Elementary School To Win Sun Shade Cover
Perrine Elementary School has reached the semi-finals in the Neutrogena SunProof Your Community Contest. They are asking the community to help them win by visiting http://facebook.com/ChooseSkinHealth. Voting ends September 22nd.
Florida Tax Amnesty Days
July 1st through September 30th 2010. Taxpayers will be able to pay overdue taxes with no penalty and reduced interest during Florida's Tax Amnesty Days. All taxes administered by the Department of Revenue are eligible, except unemployment tax and Miami-Dade County Lake Belt Fees. Taxpayers must sign an amnesty agreement to participate. To apply or to get more information, visit dor.myflorida.com.
Cutler Bay Taxes - No Millage Rate Increase Expected
The Cutler Bay town council held a budget workshop on Wednesday. Despite an anticipated 1.1 million dollar shortfall in ad valorum taxes next year, the council tentatively agreed 4 to 1 to find a way to keep the millage rate at last years level of 2.58. The town may take money out of reserves and make modest cuts where possible to make up the shortfall. More discussion will take place at the budget hearings. Read the proposed budget here.
*- Because of the Rosh Hashanah holiday, The September 8th meeting will reconvene on the 14th. Public imput will take place at all 3 meetings.
9th Annual Worlds Largest Ice Cream Social
On Sept 30th, 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 3 oz sample of "Kate's Creation" ice cream and while you are there please make a donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation. For more information, visit coldstonecreamery.com.
38th Annual Phil Peterson's Key West Poker Run
September 16th-19th. Trek from Miami to Key West, stopping along the way to hopefully draw a winning poker hand. Then spend the rest of the weekend on Duval Street in Key West enjoying a variety of food, drinks, contests and custom bike show. This fun filled weekend benefits the Diabetes Research Institute. Sign-up begins September 1st. Pre-registration is $35. For more information, visit petersonsharley.com.
Kid's Club At Southland Mall
Saturday, September 18th at 2pm. Visit Southland Mall, in the Sears wing, for a fun-filled day of magic tricks, games, face painting, balloons, music and prizes. This free event is for children 12 and under.
Aroid Show and Sale at Fairchild Garden
September 18th and 19th from 9:30am-4:30pm. The plant show and sale features a large display of Aroids with on-site experts to help you in your selection. The Aroid family includes Alocasia, Anthurium, Caladium, Philodendron, spathaphyllum and others. Fairchild Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. For additional information, and to get a $2.00 off admission coupon, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Vegetable and Container Gardening
September 25th from 10am to 4pm. The Fruit and Spice Park will hold a class on how to grow vegetables in raised beds and containers. Learn how to simplify planting, irrigation, pest control and planting bed construction. A tour of the garden is included. Cost is $35.00. For reservations or additional information, call 305-247-5727. The Fruit and Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave.
Miami-Dade Coastal CleanUp
Saturday, September 25th, from 9:00am to noon. (arrive by 8:30) . The Ocean Conservancy is sponsoring a coastal clean-up. Help keep Miami-Dade beaches and park areas clean. Closest clean up locations to Cutler Bay are Blackpoint marina and the Deering Estate. Immediately after the Cleanup, all volunteers are invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Miami Seaquarium. For more information, and to register as a volunteer, visit miamidadecoastalcleanup.org.
Butterfly Days at Fairchild
September 25th-26th, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Learn to identify South Florida's butterfly species and the plants that attract them. Take a butterfly walk through the garden with an expert. Enjoy engaging kid activities. For additional information, and to get a $2.00 off admission coupon, visit fairchildgarden.org. All memberships purchased or renewed on Butterfly Day include a complimentary Butterfly Adoption, a $25.00 value.
Classic and Antique Car Show At Cauley Square
September 26th , from 10am-4pm. Featuring Cars 25 years old or older. Fun for the whole family. Music, food and much more. Parking and admission are FREE. For more information, contact Gerry at (786)344-4228
Protect Yourself From The Sun
Not all sunscreens are alike. Some sunscreens contain questionable ingredients. Find out the truth about SPF, red-flag ingredients to avoid, and which sunscreens deliver on their promises. Visit ewg.org.
Find Local Yard Sales
Like yard sales. Visit yardsaletreasuremap.com for a weekly listing of yard sales in our area.
Is Your Child's Teacher a Bad Apple?
Want to find out if your child's teacher has been arrested or accused of an ethics violation? Visit this Florida Department of Education website.
Student Essay Contest
Open to grades 9-12. Complete an essay that answers the question: What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American? Prizes up to $5,000 will be awarded. For more information, visit beinganamerican.org.
Concerned Citizens Meeting
Tuesday, September 7th at 7pm. The Concerned Citizens of Cutler Ridge will be featuring Vice Mayor Ed MacDougall as their first guest speaker. Vice Mayor MacDougall is running for Mayor of Cutler Bay in the upcoming November election. The meeting takes place at the community room at Cutler Ridge Park, 10010 SW 200th Street. As always, these meetings are free and open to all residents of Cutler Bay.
Holy Rosary Flea Market
On Saturday, September 11th, from 8am-3pm, Holy Rosary Catholic Church will be holding a flea market. This venue provides a great opportunity for residents sell their unneeded items. For booth information, call 305-345-1683. Holy Rosary Church is located at 18455 Franjo Rd.
"Nabor" Day Weekend at Jungle Island
September 4th, 5th and 6th. Jungle Island is celebrating Labor Day with $10.00 admission for all Miami-Dade and Broward county residents. Enjoy exotic animal shows or swim and relax on their private beach.
Labor Day Blues Picnic at The Deering Estate
Sunday, September 5th from 11am-5pm. (gate opens at 10am). Join the fun as your friends and neighbors celebrate Labor Day with great food and music by the Blackstar Blues Band. General Admission without food is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. General Admission with food is $30 for adults and $20 for kids. The menu includes pulled pork, BBQ chicken, Potato Salad, Corn on the Cob, Garden Salad, Grilled Hot Dog and Chips. For more information, visit deeringestate.com.
Free Sundays in August at Fairchild Garden
Fairchild Garden is offering free admissions every Sunday throughout August from 9:30am to 4:30pm. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Carl Hiaasen at Fairchild Garden
Monday, August 30th, at 7pm. South Florida author and columnist Carl Hiaasen will be visiting Fairchild Garden for a reading from his new book, Star Island, and will be available to sign your copy. Tickets are $10 for Fairchild members, and $15 for non-members. Purchase a copy of "Star Island" at Books & Books prior to the event and receive free tickets. For more information, call 305-667-1651 ext. 3358.
Cutler Bay Sets Maximum Tax Rate
At the July 21st meeting, the town council voted to set the town's MAXIMUM tax millage rate at 3.23. If adopted, this would be a substantial rate increase over the present millage rate of 2.58. The final tax rate will be discussed and set at 2 upcoming budget meetings.
Summer Cabaret At Deering
Saturday August 28th, starting at 8pm (gate opens at 7). The Deering Estate hosts its Annual Summer Cabaret Series with Folk Singer Bob Ingram. Guests can bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 305-235-1668 ext. 233, or visit deeringestate.org.
Deering Estate "P.L.A.Y." Day
Saturday, August 21st from 10am-5pm. The Deering Estate will host their Fee-Free "P.L.A.Y." Days. Enjoy complimentary admission, hands on eco-art activities, science discovery programs and tours, all for free. There will be art exhibits to view and food available for an additional fee. For more information, call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Back-To-School Splash at The Falls-Free
August 7th and 8th from noon to 5pm. Enjoy free outdoor activities including paddle boats, face painting, live entertainment, costumed characters, magic shows, crafts, dunk tank, and more. The event takes place at the Falls Shopping Center.
Back to School Health Fair
Saturday, August 14th from 10am-2pm. Southland Mall will be having a health fair featuring FREE health screenings including blood pressure, glucose, dental and cholesterol checks. There will be information on breast cancer, bike safety and kids finger printing. In addition, attendees will enjoy balloon sculptures, face painting, door prizes, live entertainment by multicultural musical groups, and more.
$5.00 Movies on Tuesdays at Regal Cinemas
Visit Regal cinemas at Southland Mall for their "Big Flix $5tix". Every movie, every showtime, on every Tuesday is just $5.00. The $5.00 Tuesday movies exclude holidays and 3D shows.
Free Movies at Southland Mall
Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting June 15th at 10am. Regal Cinema at Southland Mall presents their Free Family Film Festival for both kids and their parents. The rated G and PG movies are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some of the upcoming movie titles are:
For more movie times, visit or call 305-251-7448.
Portion of Old Cutler Road to be Closed For 2 Weeks
The installation of a water pipe under Old Cutler Road will cause the closure of Old Cutler Road between SW 156th St and SW 162nd St for a 2 week period from approximately July 29th-August 11th. The pipeline is part of the SFWMD's Deering Estate Flow-Way Project, which will improve freshwater flows into Biscayne Bay and enhance the surrounding coastal wetlands. For more information about the road closure, see the detour details, drawings, and press release from the Village of Palmetto Bay website. For more information about the Deering Estate Flow-way project, visit sfwmd.gov.
Back To School Tax Free Week, August 4th-13th
From August 13th-15th, the State of Florida will exempt from sales tax, books and clothing under $50.00 and school supplies under $10.00. To see a list of what items are exempt and not exempt, view the Florida Department of Revenue flyer.
Indoor Flea Market at CRUMC
Friday, July 30th, from 8am-noon and Saturday July31st from 8am-2pm. The Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, 20740 Old Cutler Road, will hold an indoor Flea Market at the Fellowship Center. Early morning coffee and a hot dog lunch will be available both days. For information, please call 305-235-6651 or 305-235-0561.
“Penny Wise” Campaign Rally- July 19th
Miami-Dade County Mayor Alvarez has recently presented his Proposed budget to the Board of County Commissioners. The proposal is to reduce funding for community organizations, rather then increase taxes. If you disagree, a rally to preserve funding for services and jobs will take place on July 19th from 5-7 pm at the Government Center in downtown Miami, located at 111 NW 1 St. An online petition is also available for supporters, at ipetitions.com.
FPL Update at the EDC
Tuesday, July 20th at 8am. The Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade will feature representatives from FPL updating residents on projects that affect South Dade residents. For more information, visit edcsouthdade.com or call 305-378-9470.
Kids Week at Southland Mall
July 19th-24th. Celebrate Kids Week at Southland Mall with a variety of educational and entertaining activities. Win prizes and gift cards. Meet the Miami Heat mascot, participate in activities from the Miami Children's Museum and Radio Disney. Sign up for Buffalo Wild Wings "Wing Eating" Contest on July 22nd from 5-7pm. All events take place at Center Court. For more information, call 305-235-8880.
Summer Cabaret At Deering
July 24th, 8pm (doors open at 7pm). The Deering Estate hosts its Annual Summer Cabaret Series. Guests can bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show. Single tickets are $20, or $55 for the three-concert series. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 305-235-1668 ext. 233, or visit deeringestate.org. Artist line-up for the 3 shows are:
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Bike Path Improvements
Friday, July 16th at 4pm. County Commissioner Katy Sorenson will host the groundbreaking for improvements to the Old Cutler Bike Path. The event takes place at the southeast corner of Old Cutler Road and SW 168th Street. This project includes reconstructing and improving approximately 6 miles of bike paths from 136th Street down to 216th Street in Cutler Bay. For more information on the improvements, contact the county’s public works department at 305-375-2550.
Free Admission to the Deering Estate
Saturday, July 17th and Saturday, August 21st from 10am to 5pm. The Deering Estate will host their Fee-Free "P.L.A.Y." Days. Enjoy complimentary admission, hands on eco-art activities, science discovery programs and tours, all for free. There will be art exhibits to view and food available for an additional fee. For more information, call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, July 17th from 1-3pm at the Redland Fruit and Spice Park. Help the environment and save money on your water bills by using a rain barrel. The cost is $45 for the rain barrel and workshop. You must register to participate. Phone 305-248-3311 ext. 242 for additional information. For additional information, visit.
Turkey Point Expansion Plan – Public Meeting
July 15th, from 1-4pm and from 7-10pm. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NCR) will be hosting Public meetings regarding FPL's application to add two more nuclear reactors to their Turkey Point facility. Each meeting will be preceded by a one hour open house to allow the public an opportunity to talk informally with the agency's staff. To register in advance to speak, contact the NCR's representative Andrew Kugler at 301-415-2828 or email TurkeyPoint.COLEIS@nrc.gov. The meeting takes place at the Homestead YMCA Harris Center, located at 1034 NE 8th Street.
Cutler Bay Schools-FCAT Results
Third grade FCAT scores for reading and math have just been released. Test scores range from 1 to 5 with "3" considered to be at grade level. Shown below are the percentage of students in each school scoring at a level "3" or higher. Scores for Cutler Bay schools are shown below along with a sampling of scores from neighboring communities. Scores for other Florida schools can be found at http://fcat.fldoe.org/results/.
|THIRD GRADE FCAT RESULTS|
|Cutler Bay Schools||2010 Reading / Math||2009 Reading / Math||2008 Reading / Math|
|Cutler Ridge Elementary||76/83||78/83||70/75|
|Whispering Pines Elementary||82/90||69/72||73/71|
|Other Area Schools|
|Coral Reef Elementary||84/84||90/84||82/83|
|Howard Drive Elementary||74/77||72/79||72/66|
A Patriotic Celebration
Saturday, July 3rd, beginning at 7 pm. Holy Rosary Catholic Church invites you to share an evening as they journey through time performing some of the country's most patriotic songs. Bring a blanket and chairs. Holy Rosary Church is located at 18455 Franjo Road. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase.
Metrozoo Celebrates It's 30th Birthday
July 3rd-5th, from 11am to 4pm. Visitors can celebrate Metrozoo's birthday with $5.00 admission, music, and giveaways. Enjoy 80's music throughout the weekend. There will be free lapel pins and collectable cups to the first 1,000 visitors on the 3rd, and a best 80's outfit contest on the 3rd and 4th at 1pm. July 4th brings free t-shirts and cupcakes to the first 1,000 guests and a BBQ for one low price, along with free ice cream from 11 am to 2pm. For more information visit miamimetrozoo.com.
July 4th Celebration at Whispering Pines Park
The Whispering Pines Civic Association and the Whispering Pines Woman's Club along with the Town of Cutler Bay will sponsor the 43rd annual Fourth of July Celebration at Whispering Pines Park, located at SW 88th Court and Ridgeland Drive (map). A parade featuring decorated floats and bicycles begins at 9:00am. Participants must report to the Elementary School parking lot, 18929 S.W. 89th Road by 8:15am. Along with patriotic music, there will be a bounce house, water slide, karate demonstration and Humble Hearts Puppet Show for children, hamburgers, hot dogs, snowcones, popcorn, cold drinks, prizes, U.S. Air Force flyover (weather permitting), and free watermelon after the parade. This event is free and open to all residents of Cutler Bay and South Dade County. For more information, read the flyer or call 305-235-6709 or 305-235-0561.
July 4th Fireworks Display at Black Point Marina
There will be a July 4th fireworks display at Black Point beginning at 9pm. The fireworks display is presented though the efforts of Commissioner Katy Sorenson, several municipalities, and local businesses. For more information, read the flyer.
Old Cutler Roadway 2nd Public Involvement Meeting
Monday, June 28th, 6pm at the South Dade Regional Library. The Town of Cutler Bay received $7.5 million for roadway improvements on Old Cutler Road between SW 97th Ave. and SW 87th Ave. Improvements include roadway reconstruction, curbs, gutters, crosswalks, sidewalks, traffic circles, paths, drainage, lighting, landscaping, bus shelters and bays and more. Attend the meeting to get more information and give your input.
Sustainability Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, June 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson is hosting a town hall meeting. Residents are asked to share their ideas on energy, recycling, transportation, land use, agriculture, green building, and water supplies. The meeting takes place at the South Dade Regional Library. The library is located at 10750 SW 211 Street. For more information call 305-378-6677 or visit miamidade.gov/greenprint.
Public Workshop-Tamiami Trail Modifications
June 24th from 6-9pm. There will be a public workshop to discuss the construction of bridges on Tamiami Trail to improve water flow. National Park Servoce staff will provide a presentation on the plan at 7pm with time before and after for public comments. The workshop takes place at the South Dade Regional Library, 1st floor. For additional information, visit nps.gov.
Kid's Club At Southland Mall
Saturday, June 19th at 2pm. Visit Southland Mall, in the Macy's wing, for a fun-filled day of magic tricks, games, face painting, balloons, music and prizes. This free event is for children 12 and under.
Hurricane Day at Miami Science Museum
June 19th, 10am to 6pm. The International Hurricane Research Center along with Miami-Dade Emergency Management will present a day of informative speakers, and activities to help you prepare and protect your family and house. Experience hurricane force winds. For more information, visit miamisci.org.
Fathers Day Event at Pinecrest Gardens
Sunday, June 20th, 12:30 to 3pm. Treat dad to a Summer Bar-B-Que. Enjoy music and activities for the whole family. Reservations are required. Phone 305-669-6990 for more information, full menu, prices and reservations.
Fathers Day at Southland Mall
Sunday, June 20th. Treat dad to dinner at any of the malls restaurants, and receive 2 free movie tickets. The offer begins at 3pm, while supplies last. Diners must spend $40.00 to be eligible for the free tickets.
Redland Summer Fruit Festival
June 19th and 20th from 10am-5pm. Visit the Redland Fruit and Spice Park for this annual event showcasing local agriculture, tropical fruits, local wines, foods and rare fruit samplings. Enjoy ice-cold fruit smoothies and chocolate-dipped strawberries, a watermelon-eating contest, sack races and water-balloon tossing. The kids corner includes the little farm, face painting and pony rides. The Park is located at 24801 SW 187 Ave. Admission is $8 for adults, free for children under 11. Phone 305-247-5727 for additional information.
Fathers Day "Bay Cruise" at Deering
June 20th, from 2-4pm at the Deering Estate. Celebrate Father's Day with a cruise on the Bay. Bay Cruises are offered on the "Pelican Island Skipper," a 45-foot Corinthian Catamaran. The boat will depart from the Deering Estate and will explore the waters of Biscayne Bay. A Deering Education and Interpretive Staff Member will educate passengers on birds, sea mammals, Native Americans, and early pioneers. Make plans to arrive at 1:30pm. The cost is $35 per person.
South Dade Regional Library Events
The following events take place at the South Dade Regional Library, located at 10750 SW 211th St. Phone 305-233-8140 for more information.
Fruit and Spice Park Classes
The Following classes take place at the Fruit and Spice Park. Advanced reservations are required. Call 305-247-5727.
South Florida Cactus & Succulent Society Show and Sale
May 28th,through May 30th, 9:30 am to 4:30pm. Visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for this annual show and sale. Experts and enthusiasts alike will display and discuss this drought tolerant plant. Presented by the South Florida Cactus & Succulent Society. For more information and a $5 admission coupon, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Jungle Island Memorial Day Deal
May 29th–31st. Visitors to Jungle Island who buy a one day ticket ($32.95 adults, $24.95 children under 10) will get a free BBQ lunch and a free 2010 pass. For more information, visit jungleisland.com.
Military Visit Fairchild Free
Saturday, May 29th-Monday, May 31st, from 9:30am to 4:30 pm. Fairchild Tropical Garden is waiving admission for all present and former military personnel on Memorial Day weekend. They will also offer 50% membership fees to military personnel.
May 29th – 31st, 10am to 6pm. Discover the important role the wetlands play in our environment and the benefits they provide. This event takes place at the Miami Science Museum located at 3280 S. Miami Ave. For information contact Kate Walker at email@example.com, phone 305-646-4264, or visit miamisci.org.
American Bougainvillea Society Sale
On Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd, from 9:30am to 4:30pm, visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for their sale of this hearty plant. Fairchild Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Call 305-667-1651 or visit fairchildgarden.org for more information and a $5.00 off admission coupon.
Thursday, May 13th at 7pm. There will be a zoning workshop to discuss the site plan for City Furniture to erect a 57,721 sq. foot furniture store near their current store on US-1. The workshop takes place at Cutler Ridge Park.
Charter School Committee Meeting
Friday, May 21st at 9am. This recently formed committee is looking into bringing a Charter High School into Cutler Bay. The meeting takes place at Cutler Bay Town Hall, 10720 Caribbean Blvd., Suite 105
Old Cutler Roadway Public Involvement Meeting
Monday, May 24th, 6pm at the South Dade Regional Library. The Town of Cutler Bay received $7.5 million for roadway improvements on Old Cutler Road between SW 97th Ave. and SW 87th Ave. Improvements include roadway reconstruction, curbs, gutters, crosswalks, sidewalks, traffic circles, paths, drainage, lighting, landscaping, bus shelters and bays and more. Attend the meeting to get more information and give your input. For more information, read the flyer.
UPDATE:SFWMD Purchases 130 Acres of Cutler Bay Wetlands
On Thursday, March 11th, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board signed a contract to acquire approximately 130 acres of wetlands from Cutler Properties LC. This property, located SE of 184th Street and Old Cutler Road, will be used in the implementation of the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project(BBCW). BBCW is a plan to rehydrate the coastal wetlands and restore a more natural flow of fresh water to Biscayne Bay, and is one of the components of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). For 3 years local residents and environmental groups have fought to stop this property from development and save the wetlands. The property owners and the district finally agreed on a price of $24.5 million. Cutler Properties LC will maintain ownership of 8 acres of land adjacent to Old Cutler Road.
Fairchild "Artists in Bloom"
May 14 through May 16, from 9:30am-4:30pm. Fairchild Art instructors and students will showcase more then 150 original paintings. For more infortmation, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Redland International Orchid Show
May 14th-16th from 9am-5pm. Visit the largest annual orchid show in the US with over 50 booths and vendors. Various types of orchids, plants, and supplies are for sale, as well as lectures by experts, raffles, and international food. The event takes place at the Redland Fruit and Spice Park. Admission is $7.
Holiday Bay Cruise at Deering
On Sunday, May 16th, from 2-4pm (arrive by 1:30). Take a cruise on the "Pelican Island Skipper", a 45-foot catamaran, as you explore the waters of Biscayne Bay. Learn about birds, sea mammals, Native Americans and early pioneers. The cruise is open to all ages at a cost of $35.00 per person. To reserve your space, call 305-235-1668 ext. 233. For more information visit deeringestate.org.
7th Annual Greynolds Park Love In
May 16th in Greynolds Park. Celebrate the 1960's with music, vintage clothing and approximately 5,000 other groovy visitors. This years event features music from "The Grass Roots". There is a 60's costume contest, kids zone, arts and crafts, Hula-Hoop contest, Frisbee throwing contest, Tie-dying tee shirts, sidewalk chalk drawing for children and much more. Greynolds Park is located at 17530 W. Dixie Highway, N. Miami Beach. For more groovy information, visit www.miamidade.gov/greynoldslovein/home.asp.
Additional Funding For Lakes By The Bay Park
The County Commission has allocated an additional $344,000 for development of interpretive nature trails at Lakes By The Bay Park. The county recently transferred 49.3 acres of Lakes By the Bay Park to the town of Cutler Bay to develop into playing fields and other recreational uses. The nature trails will be located in the remaining 55.24 acres of natural preserve area retained by the county. For more information, contact Commissioner Sorenson's office at 305-378-6677.
Deering Flow-Way Groundbreaking on May 7th
Friday, May 7th,10:30am, at the Deering Estate. Show your support for Everglades Restoration by attending the groundbreaking for the Deering Estate flow-way, a component of Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands, an important step towards healthier coastal wetlands. See the map of the flow-way project.
Palmer Trinity Final Zoning Hearings
May 4th at 7pm at Christ Fellowship Church, 8900 SW 168th Street. This is the second and final zoning hearing and your last chance to express your opinion concerning the Palmer Trinity school expansion.
Cutler Bay, Miami-Dade County's First "Green City"
The town of Cutler Bay was recently designated as Miami-Dade County's first "green city", having been awarded silver status by the Florida Green Building coalition for outstanding environmental stewardship. You can find out more about this designation by visiting floridagreenbuilding.org/local-governments.
"Dogs In The Parks" Survey Results
In response to our informal survey regarding whether or not the town of Cutler Bay should vote to allow dogs our parks, the results are as follows:
Thanks to all who responded. As always, we encourage you to voice your opinions to the town council.
Brew at the Zoo
May 1st from 5pm to 11pm. Visit the zoo for a chance to sample over 100 kinds of beer from around the globe. Live perforance by "The Dan Band" along with local bands Juke and King Bee. Tickets $25 pre-sale, $35 at the door, or $65 for VIP. Visit miamimetrozoo.com for more information.
In addition, residents are urged to attend the 2 upcoming zoning hearings. The first is on April 29th at 7 pm at the Deering Estate Visitors Center. The second, and most important, takes place on May 4th at 7pm at Christ Fellowship Church, 8900 SW 168th Street. For more information, contact the Concerned Citizens of Old Cutler Inc., at CCOCIBoard@bellsouth.net.
Earth Day 20% Rebate On ENERGY STAR® Appliances
The state of Florida will offer a 20 percent rebate off the retail price of a new qualified ENERGY STAR® appliances, including clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, room air conditioners and freezers. This program is available to all Florida residents through a mail-in rebate application. It will launch on the state's Web site April 16, 2010, and conclude April 25, 2010.
Purchases must be made during that timeframe in order to qualify. No guarantee of a rebate is given; rebates to consumers will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as the money lasts. View frequently asked questions ot MyFloridaClimate.com.
Town Considering Property Purchase
Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 pm. The town council is holding a special council meeting to discuss and vote on the potential purchase of property at 10720 Caribbean Blvd (South Dade 2 Building). The meeting will take place at the South Dade Regional Library. Read the agenda for more information
Pinecrest Gardens 7th Annual Backyard Paradise
April 17th and 18th from 10am-5pm. Find great ideas for transforming your backyard into a tropical paradise. This event features exhibits, workshops and lectures, and a green market. Cost is $5.00, kids 12 and under free. For more information, call 305-284-0900 or visit pinecrestgardens.com or call 305-284-0900. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road.
Bromeliad Sale at Fairchilds
April 17th and 18th from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Visit Fairchild Gardens for the Bromeliad Show and Sale. Visit fairchildgarden.org for more information and a coupon for $5.00 off your admission ticket.
Sunday, April 18th, noon to sundown. Visit Crandon Park (North Beach entrance) on Key Biscayne for an Earth Day celebration of the Earth, the Everglades and the promise of a sustainable South Florida. Enjoy musical performances and workshops on organic gardening, raw food preparation, yoga and much more. Bring a blanket or chair, your own water bottle (free refills), drum or instrument for the drum circle. You can also drop off any electronic or computer equipment to recycle. Visit earth-learning.org for more information.
Earth Day at the Miami Science Museum
April 18th from 10 am to 6pm. Join the fun at this Earth Day event featuring recyclable paper making, solar cooking demonstration, interactive stage shows, face painting and more. For more information, visit miamisci.org.
Earth Day Event at Jungle Island
April 17th and 18th. Jungle Island presents "Earth Miami" a two-day event commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth day. There will be shows, activities and exhibits geared towards living green. Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, in Miami. For further information, visit parrotjungle.com.
Biscayne Bay Restoration Meeting at Deering
On April 21st, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a public meeting at Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave. An open house will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the public meeting at 7. This is an opportunity to discuss concerns related to Biscayne Bay restoration, part of the larger Everglades restoration plan.
Free Admission To Fairchild Gardens
Thursday, April 22nd, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Come celebrate Earth Day at the Gardens, and enjoy free admissions.
Movie Night in Palmetto Bay
April 23rd at 7:30 pm. Join our neighborers to the north for Movie Night at Coral Reef Park. The event is free. The featured movie is Planet 51.
Kayaking Trips to Benefit Tropical Audubon Society
Saturday, April 24. As part of the Village of Palmetto Bay’s 3rd Annual Earth Week Celebration, Laura Reynolds and a team of Tropical Audubon volunteers will lead several kayak trips from People’s Dock at the Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay, on Saturday, April 24. Up to four trips are planned; two for advanced kayakers and two for novices. Advanced groups will shove off at 8am and 3pm; novice trips will take place at 10am and 1pm (following a lesson and safety discussion).
The Village is offsetting the cost of the event by providing a generous donation to the Tropical Audubon Society. As a result, this year’s registration fee has been reduced to just $10 per person, which covers the cost of a kayak rental and guided tour. (Annual membership to the TAS is available for an additional $10.) The first 50 to register will receive a promotional Earth Week Kayak Tour t-shirt, sponsored by Community Newspapers, Inc. Mileage is dependant on group experience and weather conditions. Each participant should bring their own water and snacks.
Trip space is limited. For reservations, please contact Beth Kibler via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 786-877-6489.
Earth Day Community Garden at Cutler Ridge Park
Saturday, April 24th, 11am–2pm. The town of Cutler Bay is celebrating Earth Day by establishing a community garden at Cutler Ridge Park where residents can grow their own seasonal vegetables. The first 25 residents to register as volunteers will be allowed to select their own plot. The town will provide the materials. Cutler Ridge Park is located at 10100 SW 200 Street. For additional information, call 305-238-4166.
Food and Garden Festival
April 24th and 25th from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Visit Fairchild Garden for their annual celebration of fresh foods and beautiful gardens. Watch culinary demonstrations and visit the Farmers Market featuring a variety of fresh produce. While you're there, purchase plants at the 31st annual spring plant sale. Fairchild Gardens is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. For more information, call 305-256-8399 or visit fairchildgarden.org.
Bring Your Dog To Fairchild Gardens
Thursday, April 15th, from 6 to 9pm. Mans best friend is invited to visit Fairchild Gardens for a howling good time. Enjoy beer tasting for you and dog masages and treats for your 4 legged friend. For admission fees, doggy rules and other information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Cutler Bay Community Garage Sale
Saturday, April 17th from 7am to 7pm. Cutler Bay residents are encouraged to take part in the town's first community-wide Garage Sale Day. Sales take place at your individual home. No permit is required, as this event does not count towards the 4 sales an individual is allowed per year in Cutler Bay. For more information, contact town hall at 305-234-4262.
Earth Day Events at the Falls
April 17th, from 2-4pm. Visit the Falls for two Earth Day events. First, Fairchild Gardens will be at Bloomingdales 3rd floor where you can learn how to grow your own container garden, and watch a cooking demonstration. Next, visit the Falls Center Court as Radio Disney along with the "Little Planet Helpers" celebrate Earth Day with activities that instill respect for the planet. Activities include eco-friendly arts and crafts, a recycling game, planting your own herb, and giveaways.
Cutler Bay Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 3rd at 10am. Children 9 and under can hunt for Easter eggs. Prizes will be given for special eggs found in each age group. The first 100 children will receive a “4x6” framed picture with the Easter Bunny. Parents can also take their own pictures of their child with the Easter Bunny. The event takes place at Cutler Ridge Park, located at 10100 SW 200 Street. Sponsored by TD Bank, and Rodbenders, For additional information, call 305-238-4166.
Growing Herbs in South Florida
Saturday April 3rd, 10am–noon. Learn how easy it is to grow your own herbs in South Florida. This class takes place at the Redland Fruit and Spice Park. Cost is $25 per person. The Park is located at 24801 SW 187 Ave., in Homestead. Phone 305-247-5727 for more information.
Miami Metrozoo's Great Egg Safari
Saturday and Sunday, April 3rd and 4th from 11am-4pm. Join the fun at Metrozoo during their Great Egg Safari. There will be continuous egg hunts, and games and prizes for kids 12 and under. Enjoy music, bounce houses, the Easter Bunny. and much more. The Zoo is located at 12400 SW 152nd Street. For more information, visit miamimetrozoo.com.
Jungle Island - EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
April 2, 3, & 4th. South Florida's longest-running Easter celebration returns to Jungle Island. The annual Easter Eggstravangaza is an egg-citing 3-day event benefitting the Parent Academy. The event will feature Easter Egg Hunts with over 50,000 eggs, stuffed with more than 800 pounds of candy, toys and prizes! Experience the famous pie-eating contests, arts and crafts stations, animal encounters, and bounce houses that will fulfill every child's delights. Look out for special appearances by Babar the Elephant, Pepe the Parrot and even the Easter Bunny himself! The park is open from 10am to 6pm. Easter event activities are from 11am to 5pm. For more information, visit jungleisland.com.
Green Market at Pinecrest Gardens
Sundays from 9am-2pm. The farmers market, previously located at Gardners Market, has moved to Pinecrest Gardens, located at 55 SW 111 Street.
Cutler Bay's Park Acreage to Double
On Thursday, January 21st, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted to give 49 acres of property known as Lakes-By-The-Bay Park to the town of Cutler Bay along with funds to help develop the property. This acquisition more then doubles the previous amount of park space within Cutler Bay. In anticipation of this acquisition, the town has already begun the process of finding a design/build firm with the hope of moving forward as soon as possible. Development of this park, which was first promised to the residents in the early 70's, was never built. For more information about the location of this park and a look at it's future development, see the town's Parks Master Plan.
Cutler Bay Wetlands Community Celebration and Tropical Audubon Moonlight Concert
Saturday, March 27, 7pm. (gate opens at 6pm.). Celebrate the community's efforts that resulted in the preservation of 129 acres of Cutler Bay wetlands (Old Cutler and 184th Street ). Join us at the Tropical Audubon society's moonlight concert at the Doc Thomas House. Bring a blanket, a picnic dinner and listen to the music of the 60's, 70's and 80's. There will be a cash bar with wine or beer. The $10 entrance donation is waived for Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay residents. Just say "129 acres" at the door. The Doc Thomas House is located at 5530 Sunset Drive (map). For more information, call 305-667-7337
Limited free parking is available on the TAS grounds via the 55th Avenue gate and along 56th Avenue - Metered parking is available on Sunset Drive.
Eggstravaganza at Pinecrest Gardens
March 27th, 10am-2pm at Pinecrest Gardens. Come hop through the gardens and kick off the begining of Spring. Kids ages 10 and younger are invited to find eggs during 5 different egghunt times. Festivities include spring characters, face painters, balloon artists and a wild animal show. Don’t forget to take a picture with the "Spring Bunny." Pincrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Rd.
"Battle of the Bands" at Ludovici Park
March 27th at 7pm. Bring your blanket to Ludovici Park and enjoy the great outdoors while listening to bands battle it out for a cash prize. Ludovici Park is located at 17641 Old Cutler Road, in Palmetto Bay. For more information, read the flyer.
Deering Seafood Festival
Sunday, March 28th from 11am-6pm. Savor delectable seafood and enjoy the music at the Deering Estate's Seafood Festival on the Bay. This event features food, entertainment,scenic boat rides, cooking demonstrations, and a Kids Zone. Cost is $15.00 for adults ($12 if purchased in advance on-line) and $5.00 for Children ages 4-14. The event takes place at the Deering Estate, located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave. For more information, call 305-235-1668 ext. 263, or visit deeringestate.org.
Relay for Life on March 13th
March 13th beginning at 5 pm until noon on March 14th. Join the residents of Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay as they join to raise money for cancer research. The relay will take place at Miami Childrens Hospital, South Dade Center, located at 17615 SW 97th Ave (near the intersection of US-1 and Franjo Rd). For more information visit. If you can't make it to the event but wish to make an online donation, visit.
Deering Estate Concert on March 19th
The Deering Estate Living Artist Concert Series presents "Convergence" on Friday, March 19th featuring the Bergonzi String Quartet with the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble. The concert begins at 7:00 pm in the historic Stone House Ballroom, with a Meet the Artist Reception at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for Adults and $12 for Youth (Grades K-12, Student ID requested). You can purchase tickets online for an additional fee of $2.50 per adult ticket and $1.00 per youth ticket. You can also call the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Asian Culture Festival at Fruit and Spice Park
March 6th and 7th from 10am-6pm. Celebrating its 21 year, this annual festival features Asian crafts, art, exotic music and dance, as well as authentic Far Eastern cuisine. Admission is $10, children under 11 are free. The Redland Fruit and Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave., in Homestead.
Classic and Antique Car Show At Cauley Square
March 7th, from 11am-4pm. This event features European and exotic models, along with music, arts and crafts, food, pony and horse-carriage rides, and much more. Parking and admission are FREE. For more information, contact Gerry at (786)344-4228.
Fun and Fit as a Family
February 23rd and 24th, from 10am-5pm at Jungle Island. Families from all over South Florida will get together to learn about the importance of eating healthy and staying fit. The event includes several celebrity chefs including Rachael Ray and Paula Deen. Admission is $20 in advance, or $28 for adults and $23 for children per day on the day of the event. Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. To find out more about the different chefs, and thetimes they will be in attendance, visit funandfitasafamily.com.
Spring Cabaret Concert Series at Deering
Thursday, February 25th. Enjoy a cabaret-style concert at the Deering Estate's Stone House Ballroom featuring Folk Singer and Coconut Grove native Bob Ingram. The concert begins at 8 pm and the main gate opens at 7 pm. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show. Single Tickets are $20 and the three-concert series is $55. Limited seating is available. Advance tickets are recommended. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit www.deeringestate.org. To purchase tickets, please contact the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Movie Night at Fairchild
Thursday, February 25th from 6-9pm. Fairchild Gardens will host a romantic movie night featuring the film "When Harry Met Sally". Shown outside on the Garden House lawn, you are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic basket. Adult admission is $15.00 for non-members. For more information visit their website at fairchildgarden.org.
Womens Heart Health Fair
Saturday, February 27th from 10am-2pm. This event for women features a fashion presentation followed by a heart healthy fair. There will be free health screenings, resources and referral information. Healthcare professionsls and service providers will be on site. This free event takes place at Dadeland Mall's Center Court. For more information, call 305-665-6226.
Events at the South Dade Regional Library
The following events take place at the South Dade Regional Library, located at 10750 SW 211th St. Call 305-233-8140 for more information.
Cutler Bay's Founders Day Celebration
On Saturday, February 20th from 11am-3pm at Cutler Ridge Park. Join your friends and neighbors to celebrate Cutler Bay's 4th anniversary. Enjoy: food, entertainment, rides, games, and more. Come prepared to participate in the Cutler Bay food fight and bid to throw a pie in the face of your "favorite" council member. Cutler Ridge Park is located at 10100 SW 200th St. For more information, call 305-238-4166. (map).
Tropical Audubon Concert
Saturday, February 20th at 8pm (Doors open at 7).Bring your blanket and picnic basket to the Doc Thomas House and enjoy an outdoor concert featuring acoustic duo Jennings and Keller. Addmission is a $10 donation. A cash bar and appetizers will be available. Monies collected will be used to help in replacing the chikee roof where educational workshops and events take place. For more information visit, tropicalaudubon.org.
Coral Reef High School 2nd Annual Rib Fest
Saturday February 20th, from 10am-4pm. Enjoy music and entertainment, ribs, petting zoo, carnival activities, fun and games, and more. Admission is $1 and proceeds benefit the schools athletic department. Coral Reef High School is located at 10101 SW 152nd St.
Holy Rosary Flea Market
Saturday, February 6th, from 8am-3pm, Holy Rosary Catholic Church will be holding a flea market. This venue provides a great opportunity for residents sell their unneeded items. For booth information, call Elaine Rhatigan at 305-345-1683. Holy Rosary Church is located at 18455 Franjo Rd.
Non-Native Pet Amnesty Day at Metrozoo
February 6th, from 10am-2pm. You can surrender your exotic pets, free of charge with no questions asked, during Metrozoo's Non-Native Amnesty Day. For more information, visit miamimetrozoo.com.
Chocolate Festival At Fairchild
Friday, January 22nd through Sunday, January 24th, from 9:30am until 4:30pm.. Visit Fairchild Gardens for their Forth Annual International Chocolate Festival. This event will feature chocolate treats, along with coffee and tea. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, informative lectures, tree sales along with chocoKids and ChocoWalk. The event takes place at Fairchild Tropical Gardens located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd.. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651 ext. 3344.
61st Annual Homestead Championship Rodeo
January 29th, 30th, and 31st. The Homestead Rodeo is back for its 61st year. For additional information on both the rodeo and Frontier Days, visit homesteadrodeo.com.
"Get That Job!" Workshop at Cutler Ridge Park
Saturday, January 30th from 9am to noon at Cutler Ridge Park. Dr. Patricia Fulton will be presenting a free job hunting workshop. Participants will learn how to assess their job skills, write and effective resume and conduct a successful interview. For more information, contact Dr. Fulton at 305-596-2110. You can RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
Sammie Jo Day
Sunday, January 31st from noon to 7:00pm. "Sammie Jo Day", a family fun daywill take place at Cutler Ridge Park. The event will feature food from local restaurants, police, firefighters, celebrities, games, raffles, and music along with raising awareness about gun safety. The event is in honor of Cutler Bay resident Samantha Jo Meerbott, 14, who was accidentally shot and killed last November. The $5.00 admission charge will be donated to the Merrbott family. Cutler Ridge Park is located at 10100 SW 200 Street. For more information call Kim Haar at 305-321-5171, or Becky Parker at 786-863-2994. See the flyer for more information.
Free Cat Spay/Neutering – MEOW!!!
Sunday, January 31st. Commissioner Katy Sorenson along with Miami-Dade Animal Services will host this second annual event to help control the pet population. Cat owners are urged to call today to make an appointment. There is no cost for this service. Prior to sterilization, pet owners must show proof of current rabies vaccinations or agree to obtain the vaccine on the day of service at no additional cost. All cats will be ear tipped to identify them as sterilized. To make an appointment, call 305-805-1603. The animal clinic is located at 10700 SW 211 Street, in Cutler Bay.
Woman's Health Day at Baptist Hospital
Saturday, January 23rd from 1-4pm. Visit Baptist Hospital for their 19th Annual Health Day for Women. This free event includes health screenings, demonstrations, chair massages and lectures by experts. Baptist Hospital is located at 8900 N. Kendall Dr. For more information, call 786-596-5981 or visit baptisthealth.net.
Free H1N1 Vaccinations at Southland Mall
Saturday, January 16th from noon - 6pm. Visit Southland Mall for a free H1N1 Vaccine. Inoculations will take place in the JC Penney Wing. Nurses and health clearks will be available to answer your questions and provide pamphlets and related materials.
Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, January 16th and Sunday January 17th from 10am-5pm. Visit Pinecrest Gardens for their fine arts festival featuring a variety of mediums from nationally recognized artists as well as local artists. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road, in Pinecrest. For more information visit pinecrestgardens.com.
January 16th and 17th from 10am until 6pm. The Miami Science Museum will be celebrating winter with "A weekend filled with icy science experiments and cool demonstrations". For additional information about the museum, visit miamisci.org or call 305-646-4264. The Miami Science Museum is located at 3280 South Miami Avenue.
CRUMC Flea Market
Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church is having an indoor Flea Market on Friday, January 22nd from 8:00 am- noon and Saturday, January 23rd from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. Early morning coffee and a hot dog lunch will be available. The church is located at 20740 Old Cutler Road. For more information, call 305-235-0561 or 305-235-6651.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Saturday, December 26th through Sunday January 17th. You can recycle your Christmas tree by taking it to the Eureka Drive transfer station or a designated drop off location at the South Dade Landfill. To recycle, remove all decorations including tinsel. Curbside recycling is available from January 7th ONLY. Remove all decorations. Recycled Christmas tree chips will be available at the Eureka Drive station in late January. Eureka Drive Trash and Recycling Center is located at 9401 SW 184 Street. It is open daily from 7am to 5:30pm. The South Dade Landfill is located at 24000 SW 97 Avenue. Gate A. from 7 am to 5 pm. For additional information, visit miamidade.gov/dswm/recycling_trees.
Redland Riot Road Rallye
Saturday, January 9th. Starting time is between 9am and noon with the event ending at 5pm. An event for car enthusiasts, history buffs and those who enjoys a leisurely drive through rural South Miami-Dade County. Participants start at Cauley Square, located at US-1 and 224 Street where they receive a map, driving directions, and a series of questions to be answered along the way. The event moves on to other Homestead destinations. The cost is $5.00 per team. For more information visit, redlandriot.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homestead Hospital's 5K Walk/Run for Wellness
Saturday, January 9th beginning at 8am. This event begins at Homestead Hospital and proceeds through the surrounding neighborhoods. Cost is $20 pp before the day of the race, $25 on race day, and $10 for ages 18 and under. To register or for more information, call 786-243-8220, or e-mail email@example.com. For additional information, visit baptisthealth.net.
January 9th and 10th, from 10am-5pm. Visit the Redland Fruit and Spice Park for this annual festival featuring arts and crafts, tropical plants, food, and children's activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, puppet and magic show, and Everglades reptile show. Admission is $8.00 for adults, free for children under 12. The park is located at 24801 S.W. 187th Avenue, in Homestead. Phone 305-247-5727 for more information.
Backcountry Kayak Fishing
January 3rd from 7:30am until 12:30pm at Blackpoint Marina. Come along as two expert flats fishermen take you on a guided fishing trip along the shore of Biscayne Bay. Kayak, paddle and safety equipment will be provided. A valid Florida saltwater fishing license is required. Cost is $85 per person. For more information, phone 305-365-3018.
Family Funday at Fairchild
Sunday, January 3rd from noon to 4pm. Featuring the art of Yayoi Kusama along with "Polkadots and Fingerprints", which will introduce kids to art allowing them to create and take home their own art project. Volunteers will paint polka dot faces, and kids can try their hand at playing a musical instrument. The event takes place at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651 ext. 3344.
Winter Nights & Lights at the Seaquarium
December 19th-January 2nd. Visit the Miami Seaquarium for it's annual celebration. Enjoy a magical snow fall, Kid's Winterfest, illuminated sea themed sculptures, and much more. For additional information, call 305-361-5705, ext. 225 or visit miamiseaquarium.com.