Tracking Santa With NORAD
Visit this North Pole website where kids can play games and track Santa as he makes his rounds at noradsanta.org.
In The News: Questions of Ballot Fraud In Homestead Elections
In The News: Cutler Bay's State Representative Erik Fresen's Ethics Issues
According to news reports, State Representative Erik Fresen, who's district includes Cutler Bay, has admitted that he failed to properly disclose his net worth, assets and liabilities on financial disclosure forms filed between 2008 and 2011. The States ethics commission refused to accept a written agreement to end the probe citing concerns over a 2004 violation and subsequent fine which Fresen never paid. Additionally, according to Miami-Dade public records, a IRS tax lien of over $29,000, reported by the Miami new times back in 2011 remains unpaid, and his home remains in foreclosure.
Holiday Event At Deering
December 21st, 10am – 12pm. Santa Story Time and Kids Crafts. Bring the kids to meet Santa, listen to a holiday story and particpate in holiday arts and craft activities. For more information, visit deeringestate.org.
Climate Change- Action vs Inaction
Do we need to argue if climate change is real or not or should we concentrate our argument on whether we should or should not take action. Please watch this short video “One Guy With A Marker Just Made The Global Warming Debate Completely Obsolete”.
News Articles About Lynda Bell and Daughter Jenna Mendez
In case you missed it, several local news agencies and blogs are asking questions about District 8 County Commissioner Lynda Bell and her daughter Jenna Mendez. Jenna Mendez is a Sweetwater police officer and owner of “Fence Assured”, a company registered at Commissioner Bell's home address. Because Lynda Bell's district includes Cutler Bay, (see map), we are forwarding the links to the various articles. They are listed below by headline.
The questions began when several articles and supporting documents were posted by local blog Eye on Miami. Those articles are listed below by headline in the order in which they appeared. Eye on Miami allows readers to comment on the posts.
The Outsider Gallery Art Show
Saturday, December 7th, 6-10pm. The Outsider Gallery presents “Do You Believe in Make Believe”, a show reflecting life before technology and computers. The event includes an open mic for local musicians, singers, writers, poets and storytellers. Admission is free but their will be a raffle for local goods and services with 100% of the proceeds donated to “Feeding South Florida. The Gallery is located at 20412 Old Cutler Road. To learn more about the event, visit facebook.com/outsiergalleryofcutlerbay.
Holiday Festival at Pinecrest GardenspDecember 7th, 11am – 6:30pm. Enjoy this first annual Holiday Festival at Pinecrest Gardens. This family event includes food, carolers, live music, theater, Hanukkah festivities, train desplay, puppets, face painters, the lighting of the Holiday tree and Santa himself. Admission is $5.00. For more information, visit pinecrest-fl.gov.
3rd Annual OCPC Christmas Concert – FREE
Saturday December 7th at 4:00pm (Children's Choir) and 7:30pm (Orchestra). This annual musical event features an array of musical performances for an evening of filled with the sights and sounds of the Christmas season. The concert 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.
4th Annual “Holiday By The Bay”
Saturday, December 7th from 3-7pm. Enjoy student holiday performances, carnival foods, arts and crafts, and Santa Claus himself and SNOW. The event takes place at Ludovici Park in Palmetto Bay, located at 17641 Old Cutler Road.
Meeting - “Lexus Lanes” May Be Coming To South-Dade Turnpike
December 11th, open house at 5:30pm, presentation at 6:30 followed by a public comment period. Plans are being made to widen the Florida Turnpike to eight lanes from Campbell Drive to US-1 (Caribbean Blvd exit). Included in the project is a proposal to add express lanes, also referred to as “Lexus Lanes”. These lanes allow for commuters to pay an additional fee to use an express lane while those unable or unwilling to pay the extra cost travel on the remaining lanes and pay the normal toll rates. A meeting, originally planed to take place in Cutler Bay in November, has been moved to December 11th at the Hampton Inn located at 2855 N.E. 8th Street, Homestead. For more information on the project, see the following notice.
Movie at Lakes By The Bay Park
Friday, December 13th, 7pm. Join your friends and neighbors for a free outdoor viewing of the movie “Polar Express”. Admission is FREE. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food available for purchase. The event takes place at Lakes By The Bay Park, 8551 SW 216th Street (behind Whigham Elementary School). For additional information, see the flyer.
Peterson’s Annual Migrant Children’s Toy Run
Sunday, December 15th, 10am. “Help put a toy in a child’s hand and a smile on their face.” Bring a new, unwrapped toy, to Peterson's Harley Davidson and then participate in the free ride. The store is located at 19825 S. Dixie Highway. For more information, phone 305-235-4023 or visit their website at petersonsharley.com.
Messiah Sing-InDecember 15th, 4pm at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, located at 14401 Old Cutler Road. Civic Chorale will perform excerpts from Handel's masterpiece, with choir and soloists. For more information, visit alhambramusic.org.
Concerned Citizens Paella Fundraiser/ Meeting
December 3rd, 6pm (Dinner), 7pm (Meeting). The Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay will be holding an end of the year celebration, preceded by a “paella fundraiser”. Members and guests may choose either seafood or chicken paella served by Tu Paella Caterers. Included with the meal will be salad, bread and a beverage. Suggested donation is $10.00 per plate. At 7pm nominations will be taken for next years officers with elections taking place in January. Please RSVP for the fundraiser by November 24th by sending your name, choice of paella and number of plates to ConcernedCitizensofCutlerBay@yahoo.com. The event takes place at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, 20740 Old Cutler Road. All are welcome.
Miami Book Fair International
November 17th- 24th, Street Fair November 22nd- 24th. This week long event features an array of author discussing their latest books, book signings, and other events culminating in a two day street fair. For more information, go to miamibookfair.com.
17th Annual Miracle of 136th Street Parade
Saturday, November 23rd, 4pm. This annual parade at The Falls Shopping Center features marching bands, costumed characters, stilt walkers, a junkanoo band, bag pipers, a Dixieland band, and Santa himself. The festivities continue throughout the evening. For more information, visit.
Annual Harvest Festival
November 23rd and 24th. Featuring handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment, car show, kids activities, Santa and much more. The event takes place at the Miami-Dade Fair Expo, located at 10901 Coral Way. Visit miamiharvest.com for tickets and more information.
Steps for Healing – 5K Run/Walk
November 23rd, race begins at 8am registration/sign in at 7am. Zoo Miami will be holding a 5K run/walk to benefit the Childrens Bereavement Center, an organization that provides peer support groups for children, teens, and young adults grieving the death of a loved one. Early registration is $30.00 online until November 20th, and $35.00 at the event. Registration fee includes free admission to Zoo Miami and the post-race breakfast of champions. For more information and registration, visit childbereavement.org. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152nd Street.
Give Miami Day – 24 Hours Of Giving
Wednesday, November 20th, beginning at 12:01am and ending at 11.59pm. Take this opportunity to give to your favorite, local, charitable organization. The town of Cutler Bay has a non-profit foundation that is participating in the event. To find out more about the Cutler Bay Community Fund visit, miamifoundation.org. For a list of all participating non-profits, visit. To learn more about Give Miami Day, go to givemiamiday.com.
Cult Film Movie Night
November 22nd, movie begins at 8pm, happy hour begins at 6:30. Pinecrest Gardens presents “Sex and the City” (R). Come early to enjoy a stroll through the gardens or a glass of wine. For more information, visit pinecrest-fl.gov. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road, in Pinecrest.
3rd annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway
Saturday, November 23rd, 10am – 12 noon. District 8 residents (which includes Cutler Bay) with picture ID may receive a FREE turkey, fruits and vegetables, and canned goods on a first come, first serve basis. This food giveaway takes place at the Redland Fruit and Spice Park, located at 24801 SW 187th Ave. in Homestead. For more information, visit miamidade.gov.
Eye on Miami Report On Lynda Bell's Ties To Fencing Company
Lynda Bell is the County Commissioner for District 8, which includes Cutler Bay. Eye on Miami is reporting that in February, Lynda Bell proposed, and the the County Commission approved, changes to the County's chain link fence ordinance. Bell did not disclose that her daughter had started a fencing company and the company's principal address is Commissioner Bell's home address. See the video of Commissioner Bell's request for change and the supporting documents by visiting eyeonmiami.blogspot.com.For other eyeonmiami stories about Lynda Bell, visit eyeonmiami.blogspot.com.
Cutler Bay Budget 2013 -2014
The town's Budget has been approved and is available online. See adopted budget here.
Cutler Bay State Of The Town Address
Thursday, November 14th, 6pm. The Honorable Mayor Edward P. MacDougall cordially invites you to attend the 2013 State of the Town Address. The event will take place at Cutler Bay Town Hall in the Sixth Floor Penthouse Suite. Town Hall is located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd. Please RSVP by November 7th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Dade Health Fair – Free Screenings
Saturday, November 16th from 9am to 2pm (Registration ends at 1pm). South Dade residents are invited to attend a Comprehensive Free Health Fair conducted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Health Fair takes place at The Bargain Town Flea Market located at 24400 Packinghouse Road in Homestead. Read the flyer for a list of services that will be provided and contact information.
Fall Fair – St. Thomas Lutheran Church
Saturday, November 16th, 9am – 5pm. St. Thomas Lutheran Church will be holding their Fall Fair featuring local craft vendors, a rummage sale, silent auction, baked goods, and hot dog and hamburger cafe. Proceeds from the event will benefit Camillus House, Habitat For Humanity and Lutheran Services of Florida. The church is located at 17700 Old cutler Road, Palmetto Bay. Visit stthomaslutheran.org for more information.
Fish Fry at Fruit and Spice Park
Saturday, November 16th from 10am-8pm and Sunday, November 17th from 10am-5pm. Visit the Redland Fruit & Spice Park for their annual Fish Fry. Enjoy tantalizing seafood including shrimp, grouper and crab cakes along with hush-puppies and more. Enjoy the sounds of southern rock music and kid activities. Admission is $8.00 for adults, and free for children 11and under. For more information, call 305-247-5727. The park is located at 24801 Southwest 187th Ave. Homestead.
Florida Grand Opera Free Event
Saturday, November 16th, 10am – 1:30 pm. This Family-Frendly Opera event includes a 20 minute, English comic opera, “Instrument Petting Zoo” and more. The event is free but you need to order a ticket to attend. Visit smdcac.miamidade.gov for ticket information.
4th Annual Dare Arts and Crafts Festival And Car Show
November 16th, 9am–5pm. Enjoy this annual event with over 40 vendors, local artists, a bounce house, face painting and student performances and a car show. This event takes place at Coral Reef Park , located at 7895 SW 152nd Street, in Palmetto Bay. For more information, visit palmettobay-fl.gov.
Construction Of 150 ft. Communication Monopole in Cutler Bay
Wednesday, November 13th, 7pm. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department invites residents to discuss the construction of a 150 ft high communications monopole at the Cutler Ridge Fire Department Station 34. The station is located at 10850 SW 211th Street, in Cutler Bay. The meeting takes place at Cutler Bay Town Hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Boulevard. For more information, see the flyer.
On November 8th-10th from 9:30am–4:30pm. This 73nd annual event includes more then 15,000 plants for sale, live music, antiques and collectibles, old and rare books, and art. Enjoy live music, a farmers green market, Garden of Chocolate, tea service, a science trail, lots of food vendors, and Kid Way, with face painting, live performances, games and more. The event takes place at Fairchild Tropical Garden, located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Call 305-667-1651 ext. 3344. For additional admission fees and information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Miami Greek Festival
November 8th – 10th from 11am to 11pm. Try delicious Greek food, traditional Greek dancing and music, along with rides for the kids. The fun takes place at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, located at 7901 N. Kendall Drive. Phone 305-595-1342, or visit themiamigreekfestival.com for tickets and more information.
Ribfest At Zoo Miami
November 1 - 3rd. Award winning ribbers compete for the best Ribs, Beef Brisket, Pork and Chicken. The event includes live music, cooking demonstrations, farmers market, hay rides, arts and crafts vendors, motorcycle rally and face painting for the kids. Get your tickets now. Free entry on Friday; varying costs on other days. The event takes place at Zoo Miami, located at 12400 SW 152nd Street. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit miamiribfest.com.
Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church Annual BBQ And Country Fair
November 2nd, 8am – 5pm. Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church presents their annual country fair. Enjoy cinnamon rolls in the morning, along with craft displays, baked goods, free rides for the kids and 1/4th grilled chicken dinner for $6.00 from 11am until 4pm. For more information, visit cutlerridgeumc.org.
3rd Annual Arts And Crafts Festival
November 2nd, 9am – 4pm. Old Cutler Presbyterian Church invites you to attend their 3rd annual arts and crafts festival including live music and delicious food. The church is located at 14401 Old Cutler Road. For more information, visit ocpc.org.
2nd Annual Palmetto Bay Food and Rock Festival
November 2nd, 3pm to 11:30pm (gates open at 2pm). Florida Rock Stars presents their 2nd Annual Food and Rock Festival featuring six classic rock bands, 20 gourmet food trucks, cash bars, the Miami Marlins, raffles, silent auction and much more. Proceeds from the event to benefit the “American Way Foundation” a newly formed charitable organizations helping D.A.R.E., Relay for Life, Thinking of you Services and other groups. Admission is $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door. VIP tickets are also available. The event takes place at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, located at 18001 Old Cutler Rd. Visit their website for advanced ticket sales, at floridarockstars.com/palmetto-bay-food-and-rock-festival.
Events At Zoo Miami
New this year is Halloween Fright Night on October 31st where young adults can enjoy a haunted house, DJ, live band and bloody wine, beer and tasty bits available for purchase. Find out more about all these events by visiting miamimetrozoo.com.
Howl-O-Ween At Fairchild
October 31st, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Bring your dog to Fairchild Garden for a day of four-legged fun, including a chance to show off their costumes, a doggy tram ride. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Southland Mall Trick Or Treat Event
Thursday, October 31st from 4-6pm. Visit the Fountain area near TJ Maxx where Miami Childrens' Hospital will be distributing candy-filled goodie bags. For more information, visit mysouthlandmall.com.
Monsters In The Park – Halloween Party At Coral Reef Park
October 31st, 6pm. This alternative to neighborhood trick or treating includes free candy and stickers for the kids beginning at 6pm. At 7pm, kids and adults alike will enjoy watching “Monster University” (rated G). Anyone wearing a costume will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to all members of the public. For more information, visit palmettobay-fl.gov.
House Of Horror Amusement Park
September 26th through November 3rd. Visit Miami International Mall where the dead will come to life in their 2-acre Haunted House. Enjoy carnival rides, food and games, circus acts as well as live musical performances. For more information and $2.00 off ride coupon, visit houseofhorrorpark.com.
Oktoberfest In Miami
October 25th-27th, Fridays 6pm to midnight, Saturdays 2pm to 2am, and Sundays, noon to 9pm. Join in the fun as the German American Club celebrates Oktoberfest. Enjoy German food, beer, music, dance groups and more. The event takes place at 11919 SW 56th Street. For more information, visit oktoberfestmiami.org.
Spooky Adventures At The Gold Coast Railroad Museum
October 25th – 27th, 30th and 31st from 6pm until 11pm. Join the fun as the Gold Coast Railroad presents a family fun event. Enjoy train rides, classic monster movies, grave yard dig, costume contest, trick or treat stations, food concession stand, a bounce house and a haunted train. Admission is $10.00. Train rides are an additional cost. Visit their website and pre-order your tickets at gcrm.org. The museum is located at 12450 SW 152nd Street. Donate Your Old Christmas Lights. Gold Coast Railroad Museum is looking for donations of working Christmas lights for their holiday displays. This is a great way to clean out what you don't want or need. For information on how to donate, visit their website at gcrm.org.
Cult Film Movie Nights
October 25th, movie begins at 8pm, happy hour begins at 6:30. Pinecrest Gardens presents the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Come early to enjoy a stroll through the gardens or a glass of wine. For more information, visit pinecrest-fl.gov. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest.
Halloween Howl at Old Cutler Towne Center
October 26th, 2–4pm. Kids ages 3-11 will have a spooky good time with free candy, a scavenger hunt and a cash prize costume contest. First prize - $150.00, second $100.00, and third $50.00. The shopping center is located at 20425 Old Cutler Road.
Miami Science Museum Gem And Mineral Show
October 26th and 27th from 10am to 6pm. Enjoy an array of classes, workshops and demonstrations. The event takes place at the museum, located at 3280 South Miami Ave. For more information, visit miamisci.org.
Town of Cutler Bay Haunted House And "Track or Treat"
Saturday, October 26th, 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 or read the flyer.
Edible Garden Festival And Scarecrow Contest at Fairchild
October 26th and 27th from 9:30 to 4:30. Visit Fairchild Garden for their Edible Garden Festival featuring delicious food, cooking and gardening demonstrations, lectures, educational activities and more. In addition, there will be a scarecrow competition, pumpkin patch and fall beer garden. For a schedule of events and information on how to enter the scarecrow competition, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Kids' Club Event At Southland Mall
October 26th from 5-7pm. Visit Center Court where kids can participate in a costume contest with prizes, games, crafts, and spooky tattoos. For more information, visit mysouthlandmall.com.
Trader Joe's Opening in Pinecrest
The 13,500 sq. ft. store will open on October 18th and be open from 8am-9pm daily. The store, located at 9205 S. Dixie Hwy (formerly Borders Books), is the first Trader Joe's to open in Southeast Florida. For more information, visit traderjoes.com.
“Speaking Sustainably” Lecture Series At Deering
Wednesday, October 23rd at 7pm. This Free event features Dr. Robert Burgman, Assistant Professor, FIU Department of Earth and Environment. Dr. Burgman will discuss the extreme and persistent drought taking place across the U.S. For more information, visit deeringestate.org.
Meeting To Discuss Flood Insurance Reform Act
Thursday, October 24th, from 6:30–8:30pm. Due to the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, flood insurance rates may increase for over 300 property owners in Cutler Bay. The town's newly formed Flood Mitigation Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss the changes, and is inviting public comment. In addition to the public meeting, the committee will hold their regular meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and the public is invited to attend and listen in on the discussion. The goal of the committee is to try and reduce the flood insurance rates of Cutler Bay residents. The meeting takes place at town hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Boulevard. See the flyer for more information.
Caribbean Blvd Roadway Improvements Begin October 14th
Detours Between Blue Water Rd and Marlin Rd
Beginning Monday, October 14th. The town will begin construction on Caribbean Blvd from Coral Sea Road to Marlin Road. This is the first of five work zones. Work in this zone is expected to continue through January 30th, 2014. Drivers will be detoured onto Dominican Drive and Bahama Drive. For more information, see the flyer.
Road Detours- SW 216TH Street and 97th Avenue Traffic Circle
Phase 2 Detour - From October 9th to October 23rd. Eastbound travel lanes from SW 97 Place to SW 92 Avenue will be closed due to planned work for the South Section of the SW 216th Street and 97th Avenue Traffic Circle. Westbound travel lanes will remain open. See the flyer for more information.
October 19th and 20th, 11am–7pm. Visit Cauley Square for their first time Angel Festival benefiting the Sonny Foundation, a nonprofit helping children from other countries receive needed medical care within the U.S. The event includes music, food, art, face painting, pony rides and games. Cauley Square is located at 22400 S. Dixie Hwy. For additional information, visit cauleysquare.com.
The Rib Ticklers Ball – BBQ ChallengeSaturday, October 19th, 2pm until 7pm. Here's your chance to brag that you make the best ribs, chicken, pulled pork or brisket in town. Sign up for the Second Annual Cutler Bay BBQ Challenge. Great fun for the whole family. For more information, call 305-238-4166. See the flyer for more information.
Wine On Harvest Moon
Saturday, October 19th, 7:30 – 10:30pm. The Deering Estate presents fine wines and food at their Annual Wine on Harvest Moon celebrating the land down under. Enjoy fine food and wine along with artwork from Australia and New Zeland. Tickets can be purchased online. For additional information, visit deeringestate.org.
Free Bicycle Helmets Available On October 19th
Saturday, October 19th, 9am to noon. Amscot Financial will be handing out free bike helmets for pre-school through elementary school aged children. The give-away will be in the parking lot of Amscot Financial, located at 19353 S. Dixie Hwy, in Cutler Bay. For more information, visit.
Christ The King White Elephant Sale and Bazaar
October 19th, 9am–5pm. Just in time for the Holidays. Visit Christ The King Church for their White Elephant Sale and Bazaar featuring housewares, collectibles, jewelry, toys, books, clothes, holiday items along with lunch and bake sale. The church is located at 11295 SW 57th Ave., in Pinecrest. For more information, visit ctkmiami.org.
Redland Grow Festival
October 19th and 20th, 9am–5pm. This two day event features starter plants and trees, gardening supplies, workshops, cooking demonstrations, and more. Entrance fee is $10 per person, children under 12 admitted free. For more information, visit fruitandspicepark.org. The event takes place at the Redland Fruit And Spice Park, located at 24801 SW 197th Avenue.
Holy Rosary – St. Richards 37th Annual Fall Crafts Festival
Saturday, October 19th, 9am–5pm. The 37th Annual Fall Crafts Festival is back featuring homemade crafts, rides for all ages, DJ booth and great food. The event takes place at 18455 Franjo Road.
Road Detours- SW 216TH Street and 97th Avenue Traffic Circle
Phase 1 Detour - From September 24th to October 8th. Westbound travel lanes from SW 92 Avenue to SW 97 place will be closed due to planned work for the North Section of the SW 216th Street and 97th Avenue Traffic Circle. Eastbound travel lanes will remain open. See the flyer for more information.
Family Movie Night At Pinecrest Gardens
October 11th, gates open at 6:30 pm, flashlight tour at 7:30 and 7:45; the movie begins at 8pm. Bring the family for an evening of fun beginning with flashlight tours and concluding with the perfect film for pre-halloween fun, “Hotel Transylvania”. Popcorn, soft drinks, hot dogs and other snacks will be available. Admission is $5.00. For more information, visit their website at http://www.pinecrest-fl.gov.
Fairchild Garden Bird Festival
Thursday October 10th through Sunday, October 13th, 9:30am to 4:30 pm. Visit Fairchild Tropical Garden for their Bird Festival and birding field trips to South Florida bird habitats. The Thursday and Friday events takes place off-site with birding tours around South Florida led by the Tropical Audubon Society. Saturday and Sunday's events at Fairchild include presentations by experts, bird walks, and a bird attracting plant sale. For more information including lecture dates and times, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Cutler Ridge Woman's Club Bunco Fall Flurry
Saturday, October 12th, 10am for Bunco, noon for lunch. The Cutler Ridge Woman’s club is holding a fundraiser with the profits going to the club's charitable projects. Enjoy Bunco, a treasure table, baked goods, books, auction, door prizes and lunch. The cost is $15.00. See the flyer for more information.
The Outsider Gallery Art Show
Saturday, October 5th, 6pm until 10pm. Join your friends and neighbors for a meet and greet artist reception at The Outsider Gallery opening her in Cutler Bay. The opening includes a raffle for goods and services with proceeds donated to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.org. The Outsider Gallery is located at 20412 Old Cutler Road. To learn more about the event, see the flier.
TAS Environmental Leadership Workshop
October 5th and 6th. Tropical Audubon invites you to attend an environmental workshop providing local residents with the tools to become agents of change in our community. The event takes place at the Deering Estate. Register before October 1st for discounted rates. See the flyer or visit tropicalaudubon.org for more information.
Cutler Bay Budget Second Hearing
On September 24th, 7pm, the town will conduct the second of two budget hearings. The public may comment at the hearing. You can download the agenda for this meeting, which includes the full budget. This proposed budget is based on last year's millage rate of 2.5702 mils. The town council may raise this rate to a maximum rate of 2.8351. The budget hearings take place at town hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd.
Fall Movie Night at Cutler Ridge Park
Friday, September 27, beginning at 7pm. Kids of all ages will enjoy a night out at the park enjoying the animated movie “Wreck-It Ralph”. Admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Concession food and drinks will be available for sale. See flier for more information. Cutler Ridge Park is located at 10100 SW 200th Street.
Safe Homes Program
Friday, September 27th, from 2-4pm. The Department of Elder Affairs and the Communities for a Lifetime Committee will present home-related safety tips and products to show how to create a safer, accessible, more comfortable environment as you age. See the flier for registration and additional information. The event takes place at Town Hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd.
A Day In The Waldorf Kindergarten
Saturday, September 28th, 10am until noon. The Green Hammock Initiative would like to invite you and your child (3 to 6 years old) to spend a day experiencing the unique learning environment of a Waldorf school. The school is located at Perrine-Peters United Methodist Church, located at 18301 South Dixie Highway, Palmetto Bay. For more information about the school, see the flier. For more general information about Waldorf Schools, visit whywaldorfworks.org.
Concerned Citizens Meeting- Caribbean Blvd Improvements
Tuesday, October 1st, from 7-9 pm. The Town of Cutler Bay's Caribbean Boulevard Team will give a status and outlook report to residents at the Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay's monthly meeting. The organization will be featuring “Cupcakes by Marla” for refreshments at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting takes place at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, 20740 Old Cutler Road.
Introduction To Photovoltaics Training
September 23rd through September 27th. This comprehensive workshop provides training on photovoltaic technology and its applications, includes hands-on experience installing a small photovoltaic array. Open to contractors, home owners, businesses, educators, and anyone interested in learning more about solar electricity. Cost for the five day course is $1,295.00. The training takes place at 900 Perrine Ave. For more information call 305-378-1880 or E-mail email@example.com . See the flier for additional information.
Adult Kickball League
Tuesday nights, beginning September 24th. Registration has begun for the adult, co-ed Kickball League. The coaches are meeting September 19th at Cutler Ridge Park. See the flier for more information.
Petersons Poker Run
Thursday, September 19th through Sunday September 22nd. This 41st annual event boast a “winner takes all” prize of a new Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Iron or $5,000 in cash. Preregister for the event at their Pre-Poker Run Party on Sept. 14th and 15th and enjoy free food and music. To find out more about these events visit petersonsharley.com or see the flier.
Free Admission To The Deering Estate
September 21st from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy free admission along with numerous activities including hands on Eco-art activities, science discovery programs and historic house tours. For more information, call 305-235-1668 or visit deeringestate.com. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave.
Community Health Fair
Saturday, September 21st, from 9am to 1pm. Health South Rehabilitation Hospital will conduct a Health Fair for the whole family. Free screenings include Blood Pressure, Bone density, Diabetes, BMI and more. Kids activities include a bounce house, face painting, pony rides, and “The Fun Bus”, popcorn and cotton candy. The whole family will enjoy art and jewelry displays choir performances, massages and wellness experts. Health South is located at 20601 Old Cutler Road. Phone 305-251-3800 for more information, or visit healthsouthmiami.com.
Fairchild Garden Plant Show and Sale
Saturday, September 21st, and Sunday, September 22nd from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Add a touch of the tropics to your garden. The International Aroid Society will present some of the most beautiful plants for your South Florida garden. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Miami-Dade Coastal CleanUp
Saturday, September 21st. Help keep Miami-Dade beaches and park areas clean. The closest clean up locations to Cutler Bay are Blackpoint Marina and the Deering Estate. For more information, and to register as a volunteer, visit miamidadecoastalcleanup.org.
Council Changes 2014 Qualifying Date – In Our Opinion, A Self-Serving Move
The town charter mandates when qualifying dates for elections must take place. They can only be moved by request of the Supervisor of Elections. He made such a request giving the town a deadline of one week earlier than allowed by the town's charter. Rather than move the qualifying date back one week, four members of the Council took this opportunity to move the qualifying period back four weeks (July 25th – August 8th).
Their vote assures that our current Mayor, Ed MacDougall, cannot change his mind and run again for Mayor should he lose his primary bid for US congress, which, in our opinion, was their goal. However, in doing this they have moved the qualifying period into the summer when kids are out of school and potential candidates are on vacation and unlikely to be aware that it is taking place. Unless well advertised, this likely will result in fewer candidates for the public to choose from. This is an advantage to incumbents running for re-election and not in the best interest of the public.
County Budget Effects On Local Libraries
After several weeks of community meetings and threats to library operations, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted to dig into library reserves to keep them operating at the same level of service. No libraries will be closed, no hours cut, and no personnel laid off.
Communities for a Lifetime Committee Vacancy
The "Communities for a Lifetime" citizen advisory committee has a vacancy. If you are interested in joining this committee, read the announcement for more details. Applications for this committee must be provided to the town clerk by September 20th.
Zoning Workshop – Saga Bay Homes
Monday, September 9th, 6:30 pm. The town will conduct a zoning workshop to discuss site plans for ten (10) single-family LEED certified residential units. See the agenda for additional information. The workshop takes place at Town Hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd.
The “Dog Day” of Summer Pet Adoption Event
Saturday, September 14th from noon to 2pm. Friends Forever Rescue will be at the Old Cutler Towne Center where you can adopt a furry friend. Attendees can enter a raffle to win a flat screen TV with proceeds benefiting the organization. Old Cutler Towne Center is located at 20425 Old Cutler Road.
Cauley Square Antiques and Classic Car Show
September 15th, from 11am to 4pm. Enjoy music, food, arts and crafts, and cars from 1980 and earlier. For more information, visit cauleysquare.com. Cauley Square is located at 22400 Old Dixie Highway.
Zoo Miami ZooRun and ZooKids Dash
September 15th, 7am for ZooRun 5K, Cost is $25.00 in advance, $35.00 on race day. ZooKids Dash is for kids from 2 - 9 years of age, taking part in races from 100 meters to 525 meters depending on age. Parents must be in attendance during race. Cost for ZooKids Dash beginning at 8:20 am is $10.00 in advance, $15.00 on race day. Fees includes race shirts, entry to Zoo Miami, post-race festival with music and refreshments, and 50% discount for friends and family members. For more information, visit run.zoomiami.org or call 305-255-5551. Proceeds from the race benefits both Zoo Miami and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Seeking Input on Syria
Congressional Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is asking her constituents to weigh in on the conflict in Syria. To find out more read her letter at ros-lehtinen.com. We saw this in former Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugenr Flinn's website at eugeneflinn.blogspot.com.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum Dog Adoption Day
Saturday, September 7th from 10am - 5pm. This event takes place during the museum's monthly “First Free Saturday” event, admission is free for you and your dog. Along with dog adoption opportunities, enjoy a variety of fun events for you and your kids. There will be food trucks on hand, a bounce house, train rides tours, craft vendors and much more. For additional information including requirements for having your dog attend, and list of costs for some events, visit gcrm.org.
Pinecrest Trader Joe's Soon Hiring
Trader Joe's is coming to Pinecrest and will be accepting applications for crew members on Monday, September 9th, at 10am. The 13,500 sq. ft. store will open on October 18th and be open from 8am - 9pm daily. The store, located at 9205 S. Dixie Hwy, is the first Trader Joe's to open in Southeast Florida. For more information, visit.
County Budget Effects On Local Libraries
According to a Miami-Herald article, no Miami-Dade County Library will be closed down due to budget cuts. Libraries located near Cutler Bay will not have hours changed but the number of employees will be cut. South Dade Regional Library will drop from 17 to 12 employees, Palmetto Bay will drop from 4 to 3, Pinecrest from 8 employees to 5, Coral reef will drop from 9 employees down to 6. See the Miami Herald Article for additional information.
Concerned Citizens Of Cutler Bay
Tuesday, September 3rd, at 7pm. The Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay will host an open discussion about lobbyists and our Town Government. The meeting takes place at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, 20740 Old Cutler Road.
Campaign Skills Seminar
Wednesday, September 4th, 6:30pm. The Commission on Ethics will be holding a seminar for potential candidates to learn the rules of campaigning. Three seats on the Cutler Bay Council will be decided in the November 2014 election, Mayor, District 1, and District 3 (see map). The seminar takes place at the William F. Bill Dickinson Community Center, located at 1601 N. Krome Avenue. Homestead, Florida. For further information or to find out how to reserve at seat, see the flier.
Hurricane Preparedness Training Session
Wednesday, August 28th, 5:30 pm. The Town of Cutler Bay and the Red Cross will be holding a hurricane preparedness session at Cutler Bay Town Hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd. See the flier for more information.
Summer Cabaret Concert Series
August 31st, at 8pm. The Deering Estate Cabaret Concert Series will feature Ariel Pocock, Jazz pianist, composer and vocalist. Tickets are $20. Limited seating available so buy your tickets early. Arrive early for preferred seating. The event takes place at the Deering estate. For more information, visit deeringestate.com or phone 305-235-1668, ext. 233.
Silver Surfers Computer Classes
Thursdays at 9:30am begining August 22nd. Adults 60 and older can learn the basics of using a computer. Classes meet at Cutler Ridge park. See the flier for more information.
Caribbean Blvd Road Improvements Public Information Session
Thursday, August 15th, 6:30 pm. Improvements to Caribbean Blvd are expected to begin later this month. The town is hosting a public information session regarding these improvements. The meeting takes place at Cutler Bay Town Hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd. For more information, see the flier.
Financing Hurricane and Home Energy Improvements
Local residents and commercial building owners wishing to finance hurricane and home energy improvements can now finance these improvements through the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program. This program allows homeowners to finance these improvements and pay back the costs over a period of up to 20 years as part of your property tax bill. Eligible improvements include: Insulation, Renewable energy systems, Window and Door replacements, HVAC Systems, Lighting systems and wind resistance. Visit ygrene.us for more information or see the following brochures for Homeowners, Commercial Properties, and Contractors.
Miami Dade Paint and Shutter Program
Residents of Single family homes in Miami-Dade County may qualify to have the exterior of their homes painted and/or accordion hurricane shutters installed. For additional information, visit miamidade.gov. For other low income assistance programs, visit.
Local Libraries Offers Free Summer Meals For Children
Beginning June 10th through August 16th, children ages 18 and under can receive a free lunch at their local library on select days. Meals are served on a first come, first served basis. For more information including participating locations, days and times lunch is served and menu, visit mdpls.org.
“Ride It To Win It” Poker Run
August 18th. Come out to support our troops. This event benefits the Detherapy Upper Keys Wounded Warrior Dive. For more information, read the flier.
75 years for $7.50 at Fairchild Garden
Sunday, August 25th, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Celebrate Fairchild's 75th anniversary with reduced admission. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Miami-Dade County Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, August 8th from 6 to 8pm. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez will host a Budget town hall meeting to discuss the proposed 2013-14 fiscal year county budget. The meeting closest to Cutler Bay takes place at Palmetto Bay Village Hall, located at 9705 East Hibiscus Street. To view the upcoming county budget, visit miamidade.gov/budget.
“Back 2 School With Your Board Member”
August 12th, 2:30 to 4:00 pm. Come meet your District 9 school board member, Dr. Larry Feldman at this information session. The meeting takes place at Cutler Bay Town Hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd. See the flier for more information.
CBT College Backpack Giveaway
Friday, August 9th from 10am - 2pm. CBT College in Cutler Bay will be hosting a backpack giveaway. The event includes free food, drinks and music. There is a limit of 2 bags per family, while supplies last. For more information, visit cbt.edu.
District 8 Backpack Giveaway
On Saturday, August 10th, from 10am-1pm, District 8 residents with photo I.D. are invited to a Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway with free food at Camp Owaissa Bauer. A maximum of 2 backpacks per household will be given away on a first come, first served basis. The park is located at 17001 SW 264th Street. For more information, visit miamidade.gov/district08.
Free Admission To The Deering Estate
August 17th from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy free admission along with numerous activities including hands on Eco-art activities, science discovery programs and historic house tours. For more information, visit deeringestate.com.
Kids Club Event at Southland Mall
Saturday, August 17th, from 1-3pm. Visit Southland Mall for their Kids Club Event. Kids 12 and under are invited to participate in this event that features carnival games, face painting, tattoos, hair beading, arts and crafts, and “Curious George”. The event takes place at Center Court. For more information, visit mysouthlandmall.com.
Back to School Sales Tax Holiday
August 2nd – 4th. Florida residents can purchase clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers and other items tax free during the state's tax free holiday. See the following fliers for more information
Gold Coast Railroad Museum Free Admission
Saturday August 3rd. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers free admission on the first Saturday of the month. The museum is located at 12450 SW 152nd Street. For more information, visit gcrm.org.
Back-To-School Splash at The Falls- Free
August 3rd and 4th, from noon to 5pm. This annual event takes place during the tax-free weekend, allowing parents an opportunity to shop for back-to-school bargains while the kids enjoy the fun. The event includes a pirate treasure hunt, train rides, music and entertainment, magic show, carnival games and more. For more information, visit simon.com.
75 years for $7.50 at Fairchild Garden
Sundays August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. Celebrate Fairchild's 75th anniversary with reduced admission. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Free Day At Fairchild Garden
Wednesday, August 7th, Fairchild Garden is offering free admission to the park on the first Wednesday of every month, from June until November. Fairchild Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. For more information, call 305-667-1651.
Free Summer Meals For Children
Children 18 years old or younger can receive a free breakfast and/or lunch this summer at participating schools throughout South Florida. For children in Cutler Bay, meals are available at the following locations:
Southland Malls Annual Kids Week
Monday July 22nd through Saturday July 27th, Various times and activities. Southland Mall will host a weeks worth of fun activities for kids including a “Dino Island” exhibit by the Miami Children's Museum, game show trivia, “The Pied Piper of Percussion" music show and sing along, Miami Marlins Street team, magic show, and live animal show by Zoo Miami. To see the complete schedule of events, visit mysouthlandmall.com.
Adopt-A-Tree Event On July 27th
On Saturday, July 27th, from 9am-noon, the Miami-Dade Adopt-A-Tree program will be having a tree give-a-way at the Harris Field Pavillion in Homestead. Participants may adopt 2 free trees per year and must bring a valid picture ID. Tree species available are: Mango, Sugar Apple, Paradise Tree, Mulberry, Inkwood For more information, call 305-372-6784, 311, or visit miamidade.gov. Harris Field is located at 1034 NE 8th street, in Homestead.
$1.00 Movies at Southland Mall
Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting June 11th at 10am. Regal Cinema at Southland Mall presents their Regal Summer Movie Express. Come enjoy rated G and PG movies for only $1.00. Upcoming movie titles for June are:
To find other participating theaters, visit regmovies.com.
Miami Dade Transit Changes To Effect Saga Bay Route 70Miami Dade Transit is making service adjustments effective June 23rd. Route 70 Weekday service to Saga Bay will be discontinued. Saturday and Sunday trips to Saga Bay will remain as scheduled. To read about this and other service adjustments, visit miamidade.gov.
Free Admission To The Deering Estate
July 20th. Enjoy free admission along with numerous activities including tours, and presentations. For more information, visit deeringestate.com.
Help Cutler Bay Park Win a $100,000 Grant
Now through July 14th. Coca Cola is giving away grants for park improvements with prizes up to $100,000. You can help Cutler Bay Park win by logging on and voting, and by forwarding this information to everyone on your email list and encouraging them to vote. Votes are limited to one vote per day and site registration is required. Visit parks.livepositively.com.
21th International Mango Festival
Saturday, July 13th and Sunday July 14th, from 9:30am-4:30pm. Fairchild Garden presents their International Mango Festival, this year featuring the mangoes of Mexico. The event includes samplings, chef demonstrations, and numerous other activities throughout the event. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Summer Concert at Ludovici Park
Sunday, July 14th, from noon to 5pm. The Village of Palmetto Bay will be holding a summer concert featuring the music of “The Fire Brigade”, a high energy rock & roll band consisting of Miami Dade Fire fighters. The event includes an antique car show, rides for the kids, a Beer Garden, and a variety of food and drinks for purchase. Admission and parking is free. For more information visit palmettobay-fl.gov or see the flier. The event takes place at Ludovici Park, located at 17641 Old Cutler Rd.
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet at Deering
Sunday, July 14th, 7:30 pm. The Deering Estate will host a special event performance of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by the young artists of the Tandem Theatre Project. A Monday performance has sold out so anyone wishing to attend this performance is advised to purchase your tickets today. Admission is $20 for adults, and $10 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit deeringestate.com.
Business Expo at Southland Mall
July 5–7th, from noon to 6pm. This three day business expo features exhibitors from local area businesses.
Free Admission To Fairchild Garden
Wednesday, July 3rd from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Enjoy your day at Fairchild Garden with FREE admission on the July 3rd and every first Wednesday of the month until November. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
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 46th 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 9:00 am. This event is free and open to all residents of Cutler Bay. For more information, call 305- 238-4166 or see the flier.
Independence Day Fire Works at Black Point
July 4th, beginning at 9pm sharp. Celebrate our independence with a free fireworks show at Black Point Marina. Bring your lawn chairs, and picnic baskets or visit the Ocean Grill Restaurant on site. Don't forget the mosquito repellent. Come early as there will be no entering or exiting during the show and there is sure to be a crowd. The Marina is located at 24775 SW 87th Ave. For a map of the location and more information about the marina, visit miamidade.gov/parks.
$5.00 Days at Zoo Miami
July 4th - 7th, enjoy $5.00 admission to Zoo Miami. To find out more or to purchase tickets, visit miamimetrozoo.com.
4th of July Parade and Picnic Planning Meeting
Monday, June 24th, 6pm. Be a part of a 40 year old community tradition. Help make the 4th of July Annual Parade and Picnic, a day to remember. Volunteers are being sought for parade registration, drink station and as judges for the floats. The next planning meeting takes place at 6pm in the Rec Room at Cutler Ridge Park. For additional information, contact Fidelma Farinas-Cobas at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 305-496-4980.
Transportation Plan Meeting For The Future
Wednesday, June 26th, 6pm to 8pm. Share your ideas about the future of Miami Dade transit. Provide feedback for a safer, more efficient transportation system. The meeting takes place at Cutler Bay Town Hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd. For more information, call 305-375-4507. For additional meeting times and locations see the flier.
Community Meeting – Protecting Our Coral Reefs
June 26th, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A series of public workshops will allow residents to give their ideas on how to protect our reefs, and marine ecosystems. Cutler Bay residents can weigh in at either 2pm or 6pm at the South Dade Regional Library 2nd Floor Conference Room. Visit ourfloridareefs.org for more information.
Informational Meeting – Turnpike Widening, Sound Walls, and Express Lanes
June 27th, 5:30 and 7:30. The Florida Department of Transportation will hold an informational meeting to discuss turnpike widening in the Cutler Bay area. The meeting takes place at Cutler Bay Town Hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd. See the flier for more information.
Elder Financial Abuse Workshop
Thursday, June 27th, from 2-3pm. Learn how to recognize and prevent the financial abuse and exploitation of senior citizens. The workshop takes place at Cutler Bay Town Hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Boulevard. See the flier for additional information.
2013 Estimated Property Values
On June first of every year, the Miami-Dade property appraiser releases an estimate of property values throughout Miami-Dade County. On July first, the actual tax roll is released. If these estimates hold, Cutler Bay property values have increased by an estimated 2.1% over the past one year period. If you include new construction in the estimate, the increase is 3.1%. View the tax estimate for all of Miami-Dade County here. To compare millage rates, visit.
Potential Toll Increases
At a recent Concerned Citizens meeting, representatives for the organization, rollbacktolls.com stated that toll-by-plate collections will double for cars traveling on the following expressways: 874 Don Shula, 878 Snapper Creek, 836 Dolphin, 112 Airport, and 924 Gratigny Highway. This increase is only for drivers who do not use Sunpass. In addition, the organization has an online petition to stop other potential toll increases. Visit rollbacktolls.com to find out more. View a presentation of potential changes to roadways, toll collections, and other information.
Meeting Today - Miami Dade Expressway Authority (MDX)
June 18th, 4pm, at MDX headquarters, 3790 NW 21 Street. The Miami Dade Expressway Authority will hold a meeting today to discuss potential toll increases, including a 100% increase to drivers not using sunpass on local roadways. Visit rollbacktolls.com for more information or read Mayor MacDougall's letter in the Miami Herald.
Governor Scott's Veto List
$400,000 slated for a Cutler Bay Stormwater/Pollutant Elimination Project has been vetoed by Governor Rick Scott. Also vetoed, $250,000 for Palmetto Bay's Sub-Basin 10 drainage improvements. See the complete list here.
Lynda Bell's Travel Expenses To Hong Kong and Singapore
From April 4th to April 13th, District 8 County Commissioner, Lynda Bell and her Chief of Staff, traveled to Hong Kong and Singapore. Cost to taxpayers, almost $10,000. See the expense reports and additional information by visiting eyeonmiami.com.
Tropical Storm Business Preparation and Recovery Workshop
Thursday, June 13th, 11:30am – 1pm. Business owners are invited to attend a hurricane workshop taking place at Cutler Bay Town Hall. RSVP is required. You can RSVP at the following link. Cutler Bay Town Hall is located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd.
American Bougainvillea Society Sale
On Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th, 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.
Fathers Day at Fairchild Garden
Sunday, June 16th, 10:30am-2:30pm. Treat Dad to a Texas Bar-B-Que Brunch at Fairchild Garden. Enjoy great food and a great setting. For a look at the menu and for cost information, visit fairchildgarden.org. For reservations or more information, call 305-256-8399.
Celebrate National Doughnut day
Friday, June 7th celebrate National Doughnut Day with a free doughnut from Krispy Kreme. No purchase necessary. The nearest Krispy Kreme is located at 16851 South Dixie Highway, Palmetto Bay. D'oh.
"A Toast To Second Chances" Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
Saturday, June 8th, 7:30pm to 10:30pm. This event includes a wine tasting and silent auction to benefit at-risk youth in Miami-Dade County. Admission to the event is $40 per person or $60 per couple. To purchase tickets, visit attsc.weebly.com. For more information about the charitable organization, visit Eckerd.org. The event takes place at the Isle at Bayshore Clubhouse, located at 21864 SW 93rd Path, Cutler Bay.
Bamboo Show and Sale
June 8th and 9th, from 9:30-4:30pm at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Visit Fairchild to learn about bamboo, an ecologically beneficial plant that grows quickly and has a high carbon dioxide absorption rate. Fairchild Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Phone 305-667-1651 for additional information or visit fairchildgarden.org.
New Publix Approved For Old Cutler Road
The town council approved the site plan for a new shopping center on Old Cutler Road and Marlin Road (potato field). The previous site plan had been rejected in February when it did not conform with the standards required in our town's Land Development Regulation.
Town planner Julian Perez' refusal to recommend the previous plan along with Mayor MacDougall and council members Bell and Mixon's steadfast refusal to approve those plans forced the hand of the developers to come back with a much improved proposal. Council members Sochin and Loyzelle had voted for the initial substandard plan.
Mentoring Volunteers Needed
Hope for Miami is looking for volunteers age 18 and older to mentor middle school students at Cutler Ridge Middle and nearby schools. Volunteers will receive training and must pass a background check. For more information about the organization, visit hopeformiami.org. If you would like to become a mentor, please contact email@example.com.
Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims
May 24th through May 30th. Resident Ed Wolmers, with support from Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall and Publix manager Bill Pacetti is accepting donations from local residents to take to the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Donations will be accepted at the Publix on Old Cutler Road on Friday, May 24th, Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th. Suggested items include non-personable goods such as: canned goods, medical/first aid supplies, clean blankets, tools such as hammers, saws and nails, flashlights and batteries. Donations will be accepted through Thursday, May 30th, with the expected date to depart for Oklahoma being May 31st. Those needing additional information or for home pick-up, can contact Ed Wolmers at 786-444-3033.
10th Annual Blue Water Fishing Classic
Thursday, May 30th through June 2nd. Join professional, amateur and junior fishing enthusiasts as they compete for $20,000 in cash prizes. The weekend event kicks off Thursday, May 30th, with dinner at the Captain's Party; the fishing competition takes place on Saturday, June 1st with the festivities concluding on Sunday, June 2nd with an awards ceremony, food and music. For more information, visit bluewaterfishingclassic.com.
The Hope Festival
June 1st, from 10am to 5pm. The non-profit organization, “Hands At Work” are inviting members to a family friendly event with live musical performances, a bounce house, face painting, games, food trucks and local vendors. Admission to the event is canned goods to be donated to the Miami Rescue Mission. For information contact Laura Derrick or visit their official website.
Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society Show and Sale
Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. This show takes place at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Phone 305-667-1651 for additional information or visit their website for more details
Wednesday, June 5th, 10am -1pm. Miami Dade College – Homestead Campus, will host the First Annual South Dade Community Jobs Fair. The college is located at 500 College Terrace, Buildings D and G. For more information, call 305-378-6677
Free Day At Fairchild Garden
Wednesday, June 5th, Fairchild Garden is offering free admission to the park on the first Wednesday of every month, from June until November. Fairchild Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. For more information, call 305-667-1651 or see their website for more details
Memorial Day Weekend At The Marina
Memorial Day weekend is one of the most popular times for boating. Residents are encouraged to contact your local marina to find out the best times to launch, updates on traffic, and parking conditions. Contact information for Black Point Marina is 305-258-4092, Matheson Hammock Marina 305-665-5475, and Crandon Park, 305-361-1281. Black Point is offering discounted rates on wet slips. Contact the marina for additional information.
Wings Over Miami Music Festival and Car Show
Saturday, May 25th, 11am until 5pm. Kick off your summer with a day of Bluegrass music, a car show and classic planes. The museum is located at 14710 SW 128th Street (Kendall-Tamiami Airport). For admission costs and additional information, see their flyer.
Mother's Eve Dinner Dance
Saturday, May 11th from 7pm -11pm. Visit Holy Rosary/St. Richard Catholic Church for an evening of dinner and drinks, music and live entertainment. This event kicks off a series of events to raise money for struggling Catholic parishes in the Miami Area. Dinner guests will have their choice of meat or seafood paella. Costs are $30.00 per person or $200.00 for a table of eight. Payment by check or cash will be accepted at the door. Please RSVP to Elena Mallo at 305.441.7400. See the flier for additional information. The event takes place at the church, located at 7500 SW 152nd St. Palmetto Bay.
Mothers Day 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, May 12th. Registration 7-8am. Race starts 8:15. Zoo Miami invites you to join the fun during their Mother's Day Run/Race. Registration includes admission to the zoo, race, snacks, drinks, DJ, children's activities and more. Visit miamimetrozoo.com for more information.
Why Is A New Building In Cutler Bay Being Named After Lynda Bell's Mother?
Is it appropriate for Lynda Bell to use her authority as a member of the Miami-Dade County commission to get a building in Cutler Bay named after her mother? Read this article on Eye on Miami to find out more. You can comment on the article, or send an email by copying and pasting the following county commissioners email addresses:
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Ralph Casals Selected As New Town Manager
On Monday, April 8th, Interim town Manager, Ralph Casals, was chosen over 62 other candidates to become the Cutler Bay's new town manager. Mr. Casals had taken over the position after the removal of former Town Manager, Steve Alexander.
7th Annual All Kids Included Family Arts Festival
Saturday, May 4th, 10am – 5pm. This fun filled event includes magic shows, musical performances, story telling, dance, book give-away, costumed characters, balloon artists, face painters rock wall, slide and much more. Admittance is FREE. The event takes place at the South Dade Cultural Arts Center. Visit smdcac.org for more information.
4th Annual Brew at the Zoo
Saturday, May 4th, from 7-11pm. Visit Zoo Miami for a chance to sample over 100 kinds of beer from around the globe. Live performance tickets are $35 pre-sale, $45 at the door. VIP tickets are also available. Tickets and more information are available at miaminewtimes.com.
Concerned Citizens Of Cutler Bay
May 7th, at 7pm at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church. The Concerned Citizens will feature Mayor Ed MacDougall at their May 7th meeting. Mayor MacDougall will discuss the upcoming Sun Life Stadium referendum and the PACE program. For more information, call Steve Zarzecki at 305-255-4351.
April 20th is clean up day as thousand of volunteers work to cleanup our shoreline. You too can show your love of the environment by registering to help. To register for this event and to find out more visit, miamidade.gov.
Blues and BBQ Festival
Saturday, April 20th from 10am to 8pm and Sunday April 21st from 10am to 6pm. Enjoy music, food, children's activities, alligator and wild life show and more during the Redland Fruit and Spice Park's Blues & BBQ festival. Admission is $8.00, free for children 10 and under. The park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave., in Homestead.
Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild
Saturday, April 20th through Sunday, April 21st, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Enjoy numerous activities including a spring beer tasting garden, tours, and much more. Visit the farmers market for fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, and baked goods. Kids will enjoy the activities in the Kidsway. Take home a plant from the 34th Annual Spring Plant Sale. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Zoo Miami's Party For The Planet
April 20th and 21st from 11am to 4pm. Enjoy “green activities” and a flowering tree plant show and sale. Turn in an old cell phone and come in free of charge. For more information, visit miamimetrozoo.com.
Picnic In The Park At Deering
Sunday, April 21st, 10am to 4pm. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the park or preorder a picnic basket to enjoy while you're there. This event includes a human chess match at 2pm, and old fashioned lawn games all within the beautiful Deering Estate. Admission is $7.00 for all ages. For more information, visit deeringestate.com.
Concert of Thanks for U.S. Military at SMDCAC
Sunday, April 21st, 4pm. The South Dade Cultural Arts Center will present a "Voices for Veterans", a Concert of Thanks to the U.S. Military. The concert is free for veterans and those currently serving. Visit smdcac.org/shows to get tickets online, or call 786-573-5300 for more information.
“Town Hall” Meeting About Sun Life Stadium
Wednesday, April 24th at 4pm at Cutler Bay Town Hall. Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall invites elected officials and the general public to attend a town hall style meeting to discuss use of additional tourist room taxes for the modernization of Sun Life Stadium. Read the press release for more information.
Silver Surfers – Computer Classes for Adults 60 and Older
Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30am, beginning April 11th. This six session class is aimed at helping adults 60 and older become more familiarized with basic computers usage including the internet, e-mail, Skype, and more. The classes take place at Cutler Ridge Park, located at 10100 SW 200th St. For more information or to apply for the program, call 305-238-4166.
Discover Biking Trails
Bike enthusiasts, discover the interconnected biking trails throughout Miami-Dade County. Visit bike305.miamidade.gov".
Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay Video
The Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay were pleased to host Andres Duany, Architect, Town Planner and the “Father of Smart Growth” at their March meeting. A video of Mr. Duany’s presentation is available for viewing here.
Bromeliad Show and Sale at Fairchild
April 13th and 14th from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Visit Fairchild Garden for the Bromeliad Show and Sale. Visit fairchildgarden.org for more information. Fairchild Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road.
Pinecrest Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 14th, 11am-4pm at Pinecrest Gardens. This free event includes the weekly farmer's market along with wildlife shows, plant exhibitions, green vendor boots, eco-friendly workshops, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony concert, school talent shows, and great food. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11100 Red Rd. For more information, call 305-669-6990 or visit pinecrest-fl.gov.
Tallahassee Lawmaker Files Bill That Threatens Local Rights
Florida Senator Alan Hays has filed a bill that would restricts state, county and city governments purchase of land for conservation. SB 584 is a threat to conservation efforts as well as or economy. Read more about this bill and what you can do to stand up against this proposal by visiting tropicalaudubon.org.
Students Wanted To Serve On Youth Council
Cutler Bay is seeking ten students, age 13 to 18, to serve on the newly formed Youth Council Committee. Interested residents must fill out an application and return it to town hall by April 5th at 5pm. See the flier for more information and the application.
Stop The Stadium Madness
Find out more about why Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall and other Miami-Dade County municipal leaders and residents oppose the proposed plan to use tax dollars to fund over $400 million dollars of improvements to Sun Life Stadium. Visit stopthestadiummadness.org for more information.
Tai Chi at Cutler Ridge Park
Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 10am. Focus you mind and reduce stress by attending these free classes at Cutler Ridge Park, located at 10100 SW 200th Street. For more information, call 305-238-4166 or read the flier.
Adult Kickball League at Cutler Ridge Park
Starting April 2nd, with games taking place on Tuesday nights at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Cost is $300.00 per team with a maximum of 15 players per team. For players 21 and older. To sign up a team, call 305-238-4166. Coaches meeting is on Tuesday March 26th. See the flier for more information.
Zoning Workshop – Shoppes of Cutler Bay-(Publix)
Monday, April 8th, (6:30 – 7:00pm: Public viewing, 7:00 – 8:30pm: Town council review). In January, by a vote of 3 to 2, the council rejected plans for a new shopping center on Old Cutler Road, which include a Publix supermarket. Voting against the original plans were Mayor MacDougall, Council members Bell, and Mixon. Voting for the original plans were Vice Mayor Sochin and Council member Loyzelle.
The applicants have since made some important changes to the site plan and will present them to the public and council at this meeting, which takes place at town hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd. View the agenda for this meeting. You can also view the new site plans.
Changes made between this new site plan and the former one include the addition of more foliage, a trellised walkway, natural storm water runoff areas, removal of drive-throughs in front buildings, turf block parking areas, and landscaping between parking rows. The plans do not include building to LEED standards.
Walk With Ease Program For Adults Over 55
Introductory meeting March 18th at 10am. This FREE six week program is designed to help reduce pain and improve health. To register, visit Cutler Ridge Park at 10100 SW 200th Street. The program runs through April 29th. For more information, see the flier.
Family Movie Night at Pinecrest Gardens
March 29th, gates open at 6:30 pm, flashlight tour at 7:00 and 7:30 movie starting at 8:00pm. Parents and kids alike will have a great time watching “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (PG) at Pinecrest Gardens family movie night. Admission is $5 per person. Fresh popped popcorn, soft drinks, hot dogs, and other snacks available for purchase. For additional information, visit pinecrestgardens.com.
Easter Egg Hunt at Cutler Ridge Park
Saturday, March 30th, 10am. Kids 9 and under are invited join the fun of hunting for eggs, including special eggs for special prizes. There will be a bounce house, Ivan the DJ, and The Miami Balloon Guy. The first 100 children will receive a framed 4x6 picture with the Easter Bunny himself. Bring your camera. Cutler Ridge park is located at 10100 SW 200th Street. For more information, see the flyer.
Egg Safari at Zoo Miami
March 30th and 31st, from 11am-4pm. Kids 12 and under will enjoy visiting Zoo Miami for a day filled with continuous egg safaris, activities and the Easter Bunny. For more information, visit zoomiami.com.
Easter Brunch at Fairchild Garden
March 31st, from 10:30 to 2:30 pm. Come celebrate Easter and the magic of springtime at the garden. $46.00 for adults (plus an additional 18% service charge and 7% tax) Children 5-12 half price. Free for under age 5. For reservations, call 305-256-8399. Visit fairchildgarden.org for full menu and more information.
Chick Flick Night at Pincrest Gardens
March 22nd, 6:30pm Music Lounge, 8pm movie. Visit Pinecrest Gardens for this months Chick Flick Movie Night featuring the movie “Made of Honor (PG-13). Admission is $5.00. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road. For more information, visit pinecrestgardens.com.
Spring Star Party
Friday, March 22nd, from 7-10pm. The Redland Fruit & Spice Park invites you to view the skies as they focus hi-tech eqipment on Jupiter, various star clusters, the moon, and more. Kids can pet the tame Arctic Wolf and take a tram ride through the moonlit park. Bring marshmallows to roast on the campfire. Admission is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase. The park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave. Homestead. For additional information, phone 305-247-5727 or 305-661-1375.
Earth Hour 2013
On Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Join millions of people across the world as they turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. The goal is to encourage people to commit to actions that go beyond the hour. For more information, visit earthhour.org.
Native Plant Day
Saturday, March 23rd, 9am–4pm. Celebrate Native Plant Day by learning how to attract birds and butterflies to your yard. The event takes place at Bill Sadowski park, located at 17555 SW 79th Ave. Palmetto Bay. For more information, visit fnpschapters.org.
9th Annual Deering Seafood Festival
Sunday, March 24th 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, celebrity cooking demonstrations, and a special discovery zone for the kids. Cost is $25 for adults ($15 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. 266, or visit deeringestate.org.
Nominations Taking Place For Senior Volunteer Of The Year
The Town of Cutler Bay wants to recognize senior citizens, age 60 and older, who have made a significant contribution to the community through volunteering. Nominations are due by Friday, March 22nd at 5pm., for recognition at the April 17th town council meeting. For information about who is eligible to be nominated and for a nomination form, see the flier.
U-S 1 Express Lane Workshop
Wednesday, March 20th from 6 to 9pm. The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority has scheduled a workshop to discuss the concept of allowing the busway to include a toll road for private vehicles. The workshop takes place at the South Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th Street. For more information, email email@example.com or visit mdxway.com.
Distict 8 Senior Center Groundbreaking
Thursday, March 21st at 10am. Vice Chair Lynda Bell invites you to the groundbreaking ceremony of the District 8 Senior Center, located at 1100 SW 211th St (behind the Continucare Medical Center). Parking is available at the west lot of the Cultural Arts Center. RSVP by Friday, March 15th to 305.378.6677 or RSVP@miamidade.gov.
Limited Access To SW 92nd Ave
As part of the Old Cutler Road Improvements, access will be limited at SW 92nd Ave beginning February 20th through March 7th. For detailed detour information or to find out who to contact for additional information about the Old Cutler Road improvement project, please read the flier.
Neighborhood Yard Sale To Benefit The Jackman Family
Saturday, March 2nd, 7am until sold out. This neighborhood yard sale is to benefit the family of Mr. Ray Jackman, who lost his life to a drunk driver on August 26th of last year. Mr. Jackman left behind a wife and daughter. Your help in making this yard sale a success will be greatly appreciated. The yard sale takes place at 19284 SW 92nd Road, Cutler Bay.
Asian Culture Festival at Fruit and Spice Park
March 2nd and 3rd from 10am-5pm. This annual festival features Asian crafts, art, exotic music and dance, as well as authentic Far Eastern cuisine. Admission is $10 for adults, children 6-11 $5, with free admission for children 5 and under. The Redland Fruit and Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave., in Homestead.
Concerned Citizens Meeting
7pm on Tuesday, March 5th, at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, located at 20740 Old Cutler Road. The Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay are pleased to host Andres Duany, SAIA - renowned Architect, Town Planner, and widely recognized as the Father of New Urbanism as their featured guest speaker at their March meeting. Mr. Duany will sign copies of his books after the presentation - books will be available for purchase courtesy of Books and Books of Coral Gables. All are welcome - Admission is free.
Fairchild Gardens 11th Annual International Orchid Festival
March 8th-10th, from 9:30am - 4:30pm. This event features more than 10,000 orchids, walking tours, workshops, great food and entertainment. Fairchild Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. For more information, visit fairchildgarden.org.
Pinecrest Gardens Fine Chocolates and Food Show
March 9th and 10th from 10am - 10pm. Enjoy the fun of live cooking and chocolate making demonstrations, live music, a pairing pavilion highlighting fine chocolates, cheese, beer, wine and spirits, along with over 150 vendors offering samples and specialty items for sale. Admission is $25.00 for adults, $10 for children 3-12. For more information, visit pinecrest-fl.gov.
Rotary Club Wing Ding Cook Off
March 10th, from noon-6pm at the Palmetto Bay Village Center. Local restaurants and individuals compete to make the best chicken wings. There will be music, vendors, and a raffle to win one of several prizes including a new golf cart. Admission is $10 per carload, or $5to walk or bike in. Proceeds from the event will help support the service initiatives of the Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Bay/Palmetto Bay. For more information, visit pcrpbrotary.org.
3rd Annual Taste Of The Bay
Sunday, February 24th from 11 am to 6pm.. Enjoy music, food from local restaurants, visit a petting zoo, and much more. Admission is $5.00 entrance fee at the gate, or free if you pick up tickets beforehand at participating local restaurants. Find out more at thetasteofthebay.com.
Classic and Antique Car Show
February 24th from 10am to 4pm. Visit Cauley Square for a family fun event including collector cars, Music, face painting, pony rides, arts and crafts. For more information, visit cauleysquare.com.
Old Cutler Town Center Renovation Presentation
At the January 2nd Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay meeting, Kathy Mulkern from the Old Cutler Towne Center presented plans for the renovation of the shopping center on Old Cutler Road - including the Publix Supermarket. You can view a video of the meeting along with the presentation that was used at the meeting at cutlerbay.com. Comments are permitted pending approval of the site admin.
Old Cutler Road Detour at Marlin Road
Beginning on December 2012 the following traffic changes will take effect. See the flyer for more information
Detour 87th Ave and Old Cutler Road
November, 2012 through February, 2013. Traffic on 87th Ave. between Old Cutler Road and SW 208th will be limited to local traffic only. See the map for detour information.
Deering Estate Sunrise Canoe Tour
Sunday, February 10th, 8am-11pm. Enjoy a guided canoe tour of beautiful Biscayne Bay. $30 for adults, and $20 for children 9-14. For more information, visit deeringestate.com.
Concerned Citizens Meeting
Tuesday, February 5th from 7-9 pm. The guest speaker will be Cutler Bay Interim Public Works Director, Alfredo Qunitero, discussing various projects taking place here in Cutler Bay. Additionally, the Concerned Citizens will vote for officers. Anyone is welcome to attend meetings without becoming a member, however, those wishing to become members are encouraged to pay their yearly dues of $10 per person or $20 per family. Dues help to meet expenses such as the advertising of meetings, coffee, and monthly room rental. The meeting takes place at the Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, located at 20740 Old Cutler Road.
Deering Estates Winter Wednesdays
Wednesday, February 6th from 4-8:30pm. Visit the Deering Estate for a reduced admission fee of only $5.00. enjoy a glass of wine or a picnic on the lawn of the estate. Preordered meals are available for purchase. Visit deeringestate.com for additional information.
Movie Night At Lakes By The Bay Park
Friday, February 8th at 7pm. Cutler Bay's Parks and Recreation Department presents “Madagascar 3 - Europe's Most Wanted”. Admission is free. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, concession food and drinks will be available for purchase. Call 305-238-4166 for more information. Lakes by the Bay Park is located at 8551 SW 216th Street, behind Whigham Elementary School.
Runwild 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, February 9th, registration at 7am, event begins at 8am. Visit Zoo Miami for this family event benefiting Chapman Partnership Homeless Assistance Centers in Miami and Homestead. Cost is $25 per person and includes zoo admission, T-shirt, medal, food, a bounce house, and other entertainment. For more information, visit chapmanpartnership.org.
Friday, February 1st from noon to 8pm and Saturday, February 2nd, from 8am to 6pm. Find all your electronic, radio and computer needs at this once a year event. Includes items for alternative energy and software. The event takes place at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo. For more information, visit miamihamfest.net.
SEED School Seeking to Locate in Cutler Bay
A new 5 days a week boarding school for under-served students is being considered for the former Baypoint schools property on 87th Ave. View a VIDEO of a recent Concerned Citizens meeting with guest speaker Tia Diaz-Balart, South Florida Director of the SEED foundation at cutlerbay.com. Included at this site is additional information and links. Comments are permitted pending approval of the site admin.
Redland Riot Road Rallye
Saturday, January 19th. Starting time is 10-11am 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 and ends at Schnebly Redland's Winery. The cost is $10.00 per car team. For more information, visit redlandriot.com.
Homestead Rodeo And Parade
January 25th through the 27th. This annual event takes place at the Doc DeMilly Rodeo Arena at Harris Field located at US-1 and Campbell Dr.,Homestead. Advanced Tickets are $15.00 for Adults, $5.00 children. For times and additional information visit homesteadrodeo.com.
Chocolate Festival At Fairchild
Friday, January 25th through Sunday, January 27th, from 9:30am-4:30pm. Visit Fairchild Garden for their 6th Annual International Chocolate Festival. This event will feature chocolate treats, cooking demonstrations, informative lectures, tree sales and more. The event takes place at Fairchild Tropical Garden, located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. For a schedule of events, visit fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651 ext. 3344.
10th Annual Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival
January 26th and 27th , from 10am-5pm. Visit Pinecrest Gardens for their Fine Arts Festival. This juried art show features origion art from national and international artists. There will be live music, great food and a “Little Sprouts Zone” for the kids. Free admission for all. For more information, visit http://www.pinecrest-fl.gov.
Meeting- FP&L Land-Use Permit To Build Two New Nuclear Reactors
Thursday, January 10th at 9:30 am. The Miami-Dade County Commission is expected to vote on FP&L's request to build two additional nuclear reactors in South Dade. These reactors will increase water demand by over 90 million gallons per day. This issue was on the agenda for last month but was deferred when many commissioners did not show up, and some that did left during the meeting, forcing a delay. The Miami-Dade County Commission Chambers are located at 111 NW 1st ST (map). For more information about this meeting, visit tropicalaudubon.org. You can also contact Laura Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cutler Bay Music and Art Festival
Saturday, January 12th, 2pm-2am. Twelve hours of live music, with arts & crafts. Family friendly entertainment until 10 pm, adults 21 and over from 10pm to 2am. $5.00 cover, kids under 12 free. The fun takes place at the Cutler Bay Sports Bar, located at 20305 Old Cutler Rd. For more information, visit cutlerbaymusicandartfestival.com or call 305-303-3976.
38th Annual Redland Heritage Festival
January 12th and 13th, from 10am-5pm. Visit the Redland Fruit and Spice Park for this annual festival featuring live entertainment, old fashioned music, native and tropical fruit trees and “Archibaldo” the living statue. The event includes a wildlife show and other kids activities. Admission is $8.00 for adults, free for children under 11. The park is located at 24801 S.W. 187th Avenue, in Homestead. Phone 305-247-5727 for more information. View the flier for this event.
US-1 Roadway Project Meeting
Tuesday, January 15th, 6pm–8pm at the South Dade Government Center, suite 203. The Florida Department of Transportation will be holding a meeting to discuss upcoming construction planned for US-1 in Cutler Bay between Eureka Drive and S.W. 112Th Ave. Attendees may arrive anytime between 6 and 8pm to view the project and speak with FDOT representatives. Improvements include repaving, upgrading signage, pavement markings, pedestrian signals and crossings, along with closing some unused driveways. Construction is expected to begin in June 2014 and continue for approximately 200 days. For more information, read the meeting notification.
Deering Estate Sunrise Canoe Tour
Sunday, January 13th, 8am-11pm. Enjoy a guided canoe tour of beautiful Biscayne Bay. For more information, visit deeringestate.com.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas Trees can be recycled by taking them to any of the County’s 13 recycling centers. The nearest centers for Cutler Bay residents are located at 9401 SW 184th Street or 23707 SW 97th Ave., Gate B. Trees must be free of tinsel and other decorations. Mulch from these recycled trees will be available from mid-January, while supplies last at the 184th Street location. Bring a bag or container to collect mulch. For curbside pickup, your tree must be placed at the curb by Monday, January 7th or cut up and placed in your green trash container. For more information, visit miamidade.gov/publicworks.
4th Annual Chili Day in Cutler Bay
Saturday, January 5th, at Cutler Ridge Park from 11am to 3pm. Cutler Bay will be holding their 4th Annual chili cook-off with prizes awarded for the best chili, salsa and corn bread in Cutler Bay. Chili tastings and entertainment for the whole family. To participate in the contest or for more information, contact Fred Bobson at 305-238-4166 and read the flyer. Cutler Ridge Park is located at 10100 SW 200th Street (map).
Concerned Citizens MeetingThe Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay are meeting on Wednesday, January 2 from 7-9pm at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, 20740 Old Cutler Road. (usually meetings are the first Tuesday of every month, but in January the meeting is Wednesday, January 2). The first guest speaker will be Tia Diaz-Balart, who will discuss the SEED Foundation, a school hoping to locate on the old Baypoint School property on 87th Ave. Then, Kathy Mulkern from the Old Cutler Towne Center will present plans for renovation of the shopping center on Old Cutler Road - including the Publix Supermarket.
Winter Wednesdays At The Deering Estate
Wednesday, January 2nd from 4-8pm. The Deering Estate will offer $5.00 after-hour admission. Enjoy a glass of wine or picnic on the main lawn or simply enjoy the outdoors. For more information, visit deeringestate.com.
Chick Flick Night at Pincrest Gardens
Friday, January 4th - 6:30pm Music Lounge, 8pm movie. Visit Pinecrest Gardens for this months Chick Flick Movie Night featuring the movie “Music and Lyrics” (PG-13). Admission is $5.00. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road. For more information, visit pinecrest-fl.gov.