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Sixty-seven New World School of the Arts
students enthusiastically paraded to the beat of African drums through the streets of downtown Miami. The group, accompanied by their mentors, filled the air with their contagious laughter and unparalleled excitement, as they arrived at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
to receive their long-awaited BFA / BM diplomas.
Girl Scouts Council of Tropical Florida
recently hosted its 3rd Girl Scout Alumnae Reception
at Mai Tardi
in the Miami Design District. The event gathered alumnae to celebrate women of courage, confidence and character. The 3rd Girl Scout Alumnae Reception was organized by Chair of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida Irela Bagué and Girl Scout Program Innovation Specialist Shana Perera.
The organization is currently looking for former Girl Scouts to join their Alumnae. Pictured: Irela Bague, Kathy Imberman, Jackie Mamber and Kiki Zayas.
A refurbished parking meter donated to the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust by the Miami Parking Authority, and designed by celebrated South Florida artist Romero Britto, was installed in front of North Miami Beach City Hall on May 18, 2010. All monies collected by Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Donation Meters are used to provide shelter and indoor meal programs to people experiencing homelessness.
During the month of May, Yin Yang You! A Pop-up Art Exhibition opened at Museo Vault at Miami Arts District in Wynwood. The exhibition explored the relationship of complementary opposites in nature based off the ancient Yin/Yang symbol representing opposing, but not in opposition of each other, forces that create balance in the constant flow of the universe. Artists created dialogue on the concept with explorations of east/west, masculine/feminine, light/dark, high/low, mind/body, etc. in a contemporary fine art context in which the audience was the essential part. Pictured: Alina Rodriguez teaching Miami- Dade public school students about Yin/Yang in a fine art context using hanging works by Sam Gilliam.
Larger than life fiberglass peacocks decorated by Coconut Grove artists, sponsored by businesses and individuals and benefiting local charities and non-profit organizations are now on display throughout the Coconut Grove Village
until September 2010, ending with a charity auction and black tie Peacock Ball. Fashioned after the Cows in Chicago
, the Pig Gig in Cincinnati
and the Flamingos in Miami Beach
- the Coconut Grove Peacock Tour
was created by ling-time resident Heather Bettner
to develop and bring a unique interactive public art exhibition to Coconut Grove. Visit the tour’s Web site
for information on how to become a sponsor, peacock locations and a list of participating artists. Pictured: Local artist LEBO
, sponsored by The Miami Heat
, painted his peacock during a recent HEAT game.
Over 900 guests attended the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 88th Annual Dinner Gala honoring distinguished leaders in the community for their ongoing contributions. William D. Talbert, III was awarded the “Excellence in Tourism Award; Elsie Sterling Howard the Distinguished Service Award; The Steinberg Family the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Boucher Brothers Management, Inc. the Members of the Decade Award. A flashback to the Beach heydays of the 40’s and 50’s, had guests sipping gin martinis while viewing and bidding on more than 200 silent auction items during the cocktail reception. Michael Aller, “Mr. Miami Beach,” served as emcee for the presentations. Pictured: Aaron Perry, Gene Howard, Elsie Howard, and Jerry Libbin.
NFL All-Pro Sam Madison and his wife Saskia Madison, along with former Miami Heat player Eddie Jones, football great Cornelius Bennett and over seventy-five other prominent community notables gathered for the American Heart Association of Broward County’s first annual Men Go Red For Women event at SoLita Las Olas. Celebrating the men who advocate for the heart health of the women in their lives, the inaugural Men Go Red For Women event raised over $25,000 in support of the
American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women initiative. Pictured: Rafael and Susan George, Saskia and Sam Madison.
Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center students and volunteer's kick off a worldwide tree hug as part of Doubletree Hotels' Teaching Kids to CARE
Spring 2010 initiative in Miami Beach. Pictured: Eric Panizales, 5, left, Nicholas Kusich, 4, and Jallena Alilat, 5, right, along with Mario Casal, far right, a volunteer from the DoubleTree Surfcomber hotel. (David Adame / AP Images for Doubletree)
Voices United (VU) hosted a brunch fundraiser at the home of Patricia Woodson Weinman for over 100 residents of Key Biscayne. Attending and showing their support for the organization were Miami-Dade County Public Schools Board Member Betsy Kaplan; Lilia Garcia, former Director of Life Skills & Special Projects for the county’s public schools; and Carole Masington, retired Founding President of Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, Inc. The VU Touring Company, a dynamic group of teenagers, performed for the guests.
Pictured: Carole Masington, Patricia Woodson Weinman, Katie Christie, Dr. John Christie, M.D., and Anne Rothe.
Miami Metrozoo has once again achieved the highest standards in the world regarding zoos and aquariums and has in turn been granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA Executive Director Kris Vehrs traveled to Miami to congratulate Metrozoo on its well deserved accreditation and to present a plaque commemorating this significant achievement.
Pictured: Eric Stephens, Kris Vehrs and Zoological Society of Florida Chairman of the Board Dan Licciardi.