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Volunteers clean up women’s shelter

Volunteers Yvette Armenteros, Jeannette Garafalo, Esperanza Lopez-Virtue, Juan Cento, Elizabeth Baker and Merida Pelier worked to beautify Safespace North for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
Volunteers Yvette Armenteros, Jeannette Garafalo, Esperanza Lopez-Virtue, Juan Cento, Elizabeth Baker and Merida Pelier worked to beautify Safespace North for victims of domestic abuse and their children.

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More than 100 FedEx employees donated their time to paint, clean, landscape and make beautiful the Safespace North in Miami, the home and shelter for survivors of domestic abuse.

Safespace North was the recipient of the annual FedEx Cares Day, and the volunteers made it a mission to create a nicer environment for the victims and their children as they work to start new lives.

In the United States, four persons die each day as a result of domestic abuse, according to the Domestic Violence Resource Center. FedEx also made a $12,000 donation to Safespace North.

Helping out was Safespace Foundation volunteer board member Elizabeth Baker, a family-law attorney and partner at the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, who worked alongside the FedEx volunteers painting, cleaning, landscaping, and doing interior decorating. Baker has devoted her career to helping victims of domestic violence and has handled many cases on a pro bono basis.


Gary Bremen will present an informative story of Biscayne Bay and Biscayne National Park at noon Monday at the Biscayne National Park Visitor Center. The talk is presented by the Homestead Center for the Arts as part of its Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture Series.

Bremen is a native of South Florida. As a boy, his parents took him to national parks like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Carlsbad, and set him on a path to be a park ranger. He has been at Biscayne National Park for 18 years.

He is the recipient of the National Park Service’s Freeman Tilden award for excellence in interpretation, and the Crystal Owl award for training excellence, as well as a special award from the United States Coral Reef Task Force for his efforts to educate South Floridians about the park and its inhabitants.

For more call Barbara Millenbruch at 305-230-9185.


Take a look up at the next AeroFest annual giant-scale model airplane show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Aero Modelers of Perrine Silver Field, 20044 SW 168th St., about two miles west of Krome Avenue on SW 168th Street. Sponsored by AMPS, the show is free family fun. Pilots from around South Florida gather at Silver Field each year to celebrate aviation from all eras. You can talk to the pilots and walk around their models. When the planes are in the air you will be amazed at how fast some of them can fly, all controlled by radio-control pilots on the ground.

At noon there is a candy drop to commemorate the Berlin Airlift of WWII when pilots from the Allied Forces dropped candy to kids behind the Berlin Wall. Children of all ages are invited to go out to the Silver Field runways to gather candy.

Food is available for sale. There is a $5 per car donation requested for parking. AMPS awards scholarship funds each year to students of aviation and aeronautical science. For more visit or look on Facebook. Nicholas Capone at is coordinating this event.


What seems an annoyance to most of us driving to work, school or elsewhere in South Florida is actually beautiful to Silvia Lizama, Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Professor of Photography at Barry University.

Equipped with her hard hat, and with camera in hand, Lizama created a series of photographs that challenges our perception. Her “Sights of Construction” will open at 7 p.m., Nov. 9 at the Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep ACND Gallery of Art, 4949 NE 2nd Ave.

The show is the second photography exhibit presented as part of the school’s 60th Anniversary Alumni Artist Series titled, “Through the Lens.” Lizama graduated from Notre Dame Academy, the girls’ high school before it merged to become Archbishop Curley Notre Dame, in 1975.

The photos will remain on view through Jan. 24, 2014002C with additional gallery hours offered during Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week 2013. Regular hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 305-751-8367 or e-mail The exhibit is free.


The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 21st annual UMSHoF Celebrity Golf Tournament Nov. 22 at Miami International Links/Melreese Country Club. The tournament, one of the group’s signature events, will benefit the Hall of Fame, and this year, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Tournament golfers will begin the day with registration at 11 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. Participants will enjoy a goody bag, 18 holes of golf, an awards dinner, and live and silent auctions. Foursomes are $800 and individual golfers are $200. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 305-284-2775.

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