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Rotary Club awards $17,000 in scholarships to Gables High students


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Thirteen Coral Gables High School students will be awarded scholarships totaling $17,000 at an upcoming ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Coral Gables. Terry Long, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, announced the winners are Josue Guevara, Jake Mekin, James Ziv, Maxten Geckler, Angelo Pis-Dudot, Alexandra Stack, Camila Madero, Olga Herrera, Miguel Sandoval, Andrea Jaime, William Wu, Deja Stephens and Liz Arza.

Generous donors and Rotarians make the scholarship program a success. Among the contributions are "Happy Dollars" collected from members at weekly meetings. If a Club member is celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other event he or she can make an announcement and contribute “Happy Dollars.” The Fund also receives a grant from the Rotary Foundation of Coral Gables.

Rotary’s 1.2 million members believe in helping make change through a commitment to “Service Above Self.” In clubs around world, members volunteer to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and end polio.

The award ceremony is at noon, March 28 at the Coral Gables Country Club, 927 N. Greenway Dr. For lunch details go to

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Aspiring artists are invited to learn from Agnes Nyanhongo, one of the world’s top women sculptors, who is currently artist-in-residence at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden as part of Chapungu, the world’s largest traveling exhibit of African stone sculpture.

Nyanhongo will lead several five-day workshops March 26-30, April 2-6, April 23-27, May 7-11 and May 21-25. No prior experience is required and the $500 fee, $625 for non-members, includes a sculpting stone from Zimbabwe, and a set of tools to keep. For reservations and details, call 305-667-1651, ext. 3322.

Even if you can’t attend a workshop make a plan to see the Chapungu Sculpture Park. Every piece is made by hand and the artists do not have formal training.

“We are very excited to have Agnes joining us here in Miami, especially as this is the first time we’ve exhibited on the east coast,” said Roy Guthrie, the exhibit director. “We’re so glad that she will be able to share her warm, caring personality and incredible skill with visitors to the exhibit, as well as in a more intimate setting during workshops.”

For more, visit Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children ages six to 17, and free to children five and under and Fairchild members. Information is at


Aspiring writers are invited to meet members of the Lamplighters Writers Group at noon, April 1 in the main gallery on the second floor of Art South, 240 N. Krome Ave. The Lamplighters will discuss their recent works and answer questions about how to get published. The Lamplighters are local authors who have been meeting for about 12 years.

The event is part of the Homestead Center for the Arts Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture series. A simple lunch will be available for $10 at 11:30 a.m. by reservation. Call 305-230-9185 before 2 p.m., March 29. Seating is limited. The presentation is open to the public and free of charge.


The American Red Cross honored 12 outstanding women recently for exemplifying the organization’s principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Unity, Neutrality, and Voluntary Service. The Sarah Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women were given during a luncheon at the Hotel InterContinental in downtown Miami.

Ileana Bravo served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the awards, which was chaired by Phillis Oeters. Bravo also narrated a video tribute that was produced by Josie Goytisolo. Swanee DiMare was the honorary chairman.

The 2013 honorees are: Irene Korge, Florida Blue Philanthropy Award; Jeanett Slesnick, Rosalind Ludwig Chairmen’s Award; Penny Shaffer, Cervera Real Estate Ambassador Award; Kathryn Q. Mikesell, Bank of America Cultural Award; Mary Young, White & Case LLP Education Award; Olga M. Ramudo, Mercantil Commercebank Entrepreneurial Award; Sabrina Cohen, Baptist Health South Florida Healthcare Award; Julie Grimes, Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Hospitality Award; Patricia Robbins, The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation Volunteerism Award; Janelle Patty, Barbara Nelson Red Cross Service Award; Marina Bryant, Swanee and Paul DiMare Youth Award; and Lorena Vasquez, Global Pioneer Award.


Congratulations to the staff at Elements for Women-Sunset for raising over $1,800 at the recent American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of East Kendall. Contributions came in from the health club’s members and participants at the event held at Baptist Hospital. Henry Cedeno led a Zumba class from the main stage and Club General Manager Jeannette Jarquin and other staff members sold raffles, day passes, "10 classes for $10" passes, and $5 personal training evaluations from a tent during the two-day event.

"This is the second year we’ve participated and we plan to make this a yearly event," said Jarquin. "Our club members as well as participants at the event were very generous this year. It’s great to see their energy and enthusiasm for such a great cause." Elements for Women-Sunset is located at 8758 SW 72nd St. For more on workouts, instruction, and a holistic approach to health and beauty, call 305-595-4584.

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