To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the 1968 opening of Vanguard School of Coconut Grove, current students recently unveiled a tile mural to honor their school and its beloved founder, John R. Havrilla, who died Aug. 5 after spending 44 years as director and then executive director at Vanguard.
The students and many alumni personally created their tribute tiles.
Vanguard School’s mission is to educate children in grades one through eight who have a specific learning disability.
When Havrilla moved to Coconut Grove in the summer of 1968 to form a sister school for Vanguard School in Paoli, Pa., the new campus had just 13 students learning with five teachers. Havrilla became known to all for his motto, “The sky’s the limit,” and for encouraging his students to become self-sufficient.
Vanguard has successfully mainstreamed over 2,000 students into traditional classroom settings. Alumni or current students may purchase tiles to add to the mural in this ongoing memorial celebration by calling the school at 305-445-7992 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHWEST HIGH REUNION
Alumni and friends of the Southwest Miami Senior High Class of 1963 will get together for fun and memories at events Nov. 7-10. The 50-year reunion will feature attendance at the homecoming football game, classroom visits, networking events and even a sock hop in the gym.
Southwest, at 8855 SW 50th Terr., is one of the oldest high schools in Miami.
For more on attending the game, Southwest vs. Coral Gables at Tropical Park, the dinner dance at The Rusty Pelican, breakfast at Miami Marriott Dadeland, and the networking events and sock hop go to sweagles1963.com/index.html.
Most Homestead residents have seen Bonnie King-Moran one time or another dressed up as a historical character or photographing a community event. Moran was honored with the Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award by the Homestead City Council for her commitment to volunteering and her ongoing involvement in the community.
“I am honored to present this award to a very special resident here in Homestead,” said Councilman Elvis Maldonado in a statement. “Mrs. King-Moran is an example of selfless service, always giving her time and talents to help others and asking for nothing in return. The City of Homestead and I are truly thankful for her.”
King-Moran is always more than willing to offer her time to her community. She has volunteered to teach residents about Homestead’s rich history dressed as historical characters during the City’s Centennial celebration events. And she has played the famous Lily Lawrence Bow, after whom Homestead’s first library was named. She also becomes Mrs. Claus at Christmas Tree Lightings at Losner Park and volunteers her photography skills to document events around Homestead.
This is the first year Maldonado has given a Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award. Plans are to continue giving the award each year to a Homestead citizen for community service.
Crescendo community chorus for adults with developmental disabilities is now in its second month of rehearsals. New members, 18 years and over, are welcome to join. All individuals with a desire to sing are welcome as are caregivers and volunteers.
The chorus meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m., on Mondays, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 Sunset Dr. Rehearsals are held in the Parish Hall. There is a monthly member fee of $25.
This new singing group is hoping to gain new members to plan for future community concerts. Music Therapist Claire Gentry started Crescendo with her music teacher mother, Karen Gentry, to honor her brother.
“My brother is developmentally disabled and we have discovered there are no such groups that exist in Miami that adults with developmental disabilities can join to sing and perform no matter their musical ability. So, we decided to create a group ourselves,” Claire Gentry said. “Our ultimate goal is to enrich the lives of our members as well as help them grow musically in a positive social environment.”
To find out more and get involved, write to email@example.com or check out www.facebook.com/crescendomiami.
FLY A KITE
The fifth annual Lily’s Light: Kites for a Cure will be from noon to 3 p.m., Nov. 2 at Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. in Miami. The group that helps to get grants for lung cancer research will meet at Pavilion 10 next to the hill. Memorial Cancer Institute is the new title sponsor of this year’s events with funds benefiting Uniting Against Lung Cancer.
Started by Anna Plaza in memory of her mom, Lily’s Light is working on funding its third research grant. The kite-flying event will have raffle prizes, music and fun for all. Spend a few hours decorating kites with messages of hope, honor and survivorship. You can register to a fly a kite or form a team online at www.lilyslight.kintera.org.
International business consultant and award-winning author Bethe Lee Moulton will talk to members and guests of the South Florida Writers Association from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 2 at the Pinecrest Library, 5835 SW 111th St. Cost is $10 for SFWA members and $12 for guests. Brunch is included. RSVP by Oct. 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moulton will discuss her novel Until Brazil about a woman’s journey of self-discovery and transformation to a different environment from what she has known. The book is a humorous and face-paced look at the business world in the 1980s. The novel has four and a half stars out of five on Amazon reviews.
Go out with your family and friends to “A Spooky Symphony” presented at 4 p.m., Oct. 27 at The Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St. Organizers and musicians are promising you will experience some of the most beautiful scary music ever written.
Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. This is a free family event presented by The Children’s Trust and performed by The Greater Miami Youth Symphony and the Alhambra Orchestra.
Make your Halloween even more fun with this multimedia presentation and thrilling excerpts from Star Wars, Phantom of the Opera, Night on Bald Mountain, Symphonie Fantastique, Totentanz, and more. The orchestras will be conducted by Huifang Chen and Zoe Zeniodi with piano soloist Asiya Korepanova.
No tickets are required and seating is open. Large groups should call in advance. Parking for $5 is in College Station Garage, 190 NE Third St. (corner of Northeast Second Ave). For more call 305-667-4069 or visit www.gmys.org or www.alhambramusic.org.
LIGHT THE NIGHT
Walk for someone you love at the annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Fort Lauderdale and Miami Walks. Organized by the Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter, the events raise funds for blood cancer research and provide support to patients and their families.
The Ft. Lauderdale walk is from 5-8 p.m., Nov. 9 at Huizenga Plaza, One E. Las Olas Blvd., and the Miami walk is from 5 to 8 p.m., Nov. 16, at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
During the inspiring one-mile walks participants carry illuminated balloons--white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Thousands of men, women and children, in communities across the U.S. and Canada, walk each year to raise funds and hope to those battling blood cancer. Consumers also help by making donations at retail outlets.