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Conference in Miami Beach will be highlight of Women’s History Month

There are many events going on around South Florida this month in honor of Women’s History Month. One of them you just might want to attend is the Miami Beach Women’s Conference on March 22. Presented by Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and the Women’s Exhibit, the morning session will begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the conference at 9 a.m., at Miami Beach City Hall, third floor, 1700 Convention Center Dr, in Miami Beach.

Speakers will include Patricia Ireland, Elizabeth Schwartz and Jersey Garcia. Sherry Kaplan Roberts will be the moderator.

The morning session will be followed by "Lunch in the Garden" and silent auction, at noon at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr. in Miami Beach. Lunch is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. At the luncheon, state Sen. Gwen Margolis will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information and to make your reservations for the luncheon, call Kate at 305-209-6626 or email,

Film tells story of rescue

The "Reel to Real" documentary series will continue "Nicky’s Family" at 7 p.m. Monday at The W Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. A reception will be held prior to the film and Dr. MIriam Klein Kassenoff will lead a discussion following the film.

On Tuesday the film will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Miami Beach JCC.

Nicky’s Family tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton is now 103 years old, didn’t tell anyone about his rescue efforts for nearly 50 years. It was his wife, who 50 years after the war, found a suitcase in their attic, full of documents and transport plans. Today, the story of Winton’s rescue is known throughout the world.

‘Women Worth Knowing’

You are invited to "Women Worth Knowing 2013," at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Dream South Beach Hotel, 1111 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. The event will honor Dr. Judy Schaechter; Shelley Niceley Groff; Gabrielle Redfern, and Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn.

Gertrude Arfa, Miami Beach commission for Women, and Mercedes Carlson of Women Worth Knowing are co-chairs of the event.

Opera coming to ‘Unexpected Places’

Florida Grand Opera has announced a new, three-year program, "Unexpected Operas in Unexpected Places," which is designed to bring less-known works to unique venues throughout South Florida. The idea is an effort to expose new audiences to opera. The program is made possible with the support of a grant from the John s. and James L. Knight foundation as a part of its Knights Arts Challenge.

The new program will present its first operatic production in Midtown and will feature Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Tango and Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires. the event will be at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St. in Midtown, from March 21 through 24.

Doors will open at 8 p.m. and a pre-show with live band will be from 9 to 9:30 p.m. Tango will follow from 9:30 to 10 p.m. with an intermission from 10 to 10:15 p.m. Maria de Buenos Aires will follow from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m.

General admission and standing room tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased in advance through Florida Grand Opera Box Office by calling 800-741-1010 or by going online at, Tickets will also be sold at the door the day of the event.

Beach commission candidate to speak at breakfast

Sherry Roberts, a candidate for the Miami Beach City Commission will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club at 8:30 a.m.. on March 12 at David’s Cafe 1, at the corner of Collins Avenue and 11th St. in Miami Beach.

The Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club has met since 1996, at a local Miami Beach restaurant for informal, non-partisan discussions of issues to include political and governmental.

If you go, you may order from the menu or simply just have coffee. The guest speakers range across the political, governmental, business, and social issues spectrum. The breakfast is open to everyone. To be placed on the mailing list, contact Harry Cherry at

Downtown leader to speak at lunch

Alyce Robertson, the executive director of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, will be the guest speaker Tuesday at the Miami Woman’s Club’s monthly luncheon meeting to begin at 11:30 with networking in the Ballroom of the Doubletree Grand Hotel, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr. Lunch and the program will follow at noon.

As executive director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority, Robertson directs the activities of the organization, while driving its mission to help make Miami a world class city and international center for commerce, culture and tourism. She has had over 34 years of experience in local government and was honored by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the "Most Influential Women in 2012." She has been instrumental in the development and execution of many projects countywide.

The cost of lunch is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. If you go, please make your reservations and pre-orders for vegetarian option by calling Nancy Smith at 305-891-3789 or email her at,, and please wear a touch of green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Gala to aid orphans

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation will host its first Miami gala to benefit orphaned children at 8 p.m. Friday at the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami. The event will feature Judy Reyes of "Scrubs" fame and Cuban-American Grammy nominates singer, songwriter and actress Cucu Diamantes as special guests.

According to a press release, the New York-based foundation is an internationally recognized, nonprofit organization that provides computer vocational training for orphans and disadvantaged children throughout the developing world. Friday will be its 12th anniversary, and its first fundraiser in Miami. Two young, orphaned children from the program in Cali, Colombia, are being flown in as guest honorees. The evening will feature hors d’ oeuvres, an open bar and silent auction to be followed by a three-course dinner, life auction and musical performance. Reyes will be the mistress of ceremonies.

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