Friends and Neighbors

South Miami has big plans for MLK celebrations


The city of South Miami will have several events to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and its Black History commemoration.

On Jan. 11, the South Florida community is invited to the annual Prayer Breakfast, celebrating the birthday of Dr. King, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Bethel-Gibson Community Center, 5800 SW 66th St. The program will feature Garth Reeves Sr., publisher emeritus of the Miami Times as the guest speaker.

You are also invited to a “Gospel Explosion” to be at 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. John AME Church, 6461 SW 59th Pl. in South Miami.

Then, the MLK Jr. Parade and other black history events will be from 10 a. m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8.

The parade will form at South Miami City Hall, 6130 Sunset Dr., and the route will begin on 59th Place and will end at 5800 SW 66th St at the Bethel-Gibson Community Center at Murray Park.

The events are sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and the purpose of having them is to “preserve Dr. King’s dream as well as to commemorate Black History Month,” according to Valerie Price, committee chairwoman.

“Participating in this event is not only great fun. ... It also provides participants with an excellent way to promote their organizations,” Price said in a press release.

For more information, parade applications and vendor information, contact Price at 305-479-0276.

Conference on climate change

The CLEO Institute will have a Climate Leadership Training as a part of the CLEO Project on Climate from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11., at the University of Miami Cox Science Center in Room 42, 1301 Memorial Dr. in Coral Gables.

According to a press release, the CLEO Institute is a nonprofit organization located at 11000 Red Rd. in Pinecrest that focuses on bridging the gap between science and society on the issue of climate change. While the leadership training is targeted for media personnel, the event is open to the general public.

Topics to be discussed will include the basic science behind climate change; promising solutions, and communication techniques. Presenters will include Caroline Lewis, CLEO's founder and director, and Karina Castillo, CLEO’s programs manager. Panelists are: Philip Stoddard, mayor of South Miami and a biology professor at Florida International University; Harold Wanless, a professor at the University of Miami; and John Toohey-Morales, chief meteorologist at television station NBC6.

The cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Need-based scholarships are available. Light refreshments and lunch will be served. Registration is required. To make yours, call 305-284-0908 or email,

Chamber music concert

If you are reading this column early enough, there is still time to get your ticket to the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami's concert, “Three B’s, Johannes Brahms” to be at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 5, at the University of Miami's Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables.

The concert will feature three internationally recognized chamber music performers — pianist Joseph Kalichstein; clarinetist Ricardo Morales, and violist Roberto Diaz.

The program will provide two views of Brahms, the composer who lived from 1833 to 1897, and who is enshrined alongside Bach and Beethoven in classical music’s creative pantheon.

General admission is $35 per person and $10 per person for students. For tickets visit or call 305-372-2975.

‘Winter Jewish Music Concert’

You can purchase your tickets now for the annual Winter Jewish Music Concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 18, at Temple Israel of Greater Miami in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary, 137 NE 19th St. in downtown Miami.

According to Alan Mason, program director, “this year's lineup may be the most varied yet.” Mason is a prominent pianist and accompanist who has performed at the White House and Kennedy Center in Washington. He has also performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York and played for seven years with the New World Symphony.

The concert will feature musical artists from London, New York, Washington, Boston and South Florida, who will perform a wide range of Jewish music to include Yiddish, cantorial, Klezmer, Israeli, folk, pop, classical and jazz.

Tickets are $18 per person, plus service charge, and are available at the concert’s website,, or by calling 800-838-3006.

Hadassah to put on play

The Inter-American Chapter of Hadassah will present the award-winning play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, at the Miami Beach Stage Door Theater, 500 71st St. in Miami Beach.

Your reservation is your $30 per person check made out to Hadassah and mailed to: Jeanne Rosen, 1410 20th St., Suite 202, Miami Beach, FL 33139. All checks must be received in advance in order to purchase the tickets. Call 305-534-3843 for more information.

‘Day of Unity’

“A Day of Unity Miami,” sponsored by UNITE4:GOOD, a global movement for humanity, will be Jan. 20.

According to a press release, the citywide movement aims to promote acts of kindness, public service and positive community action among the community on that day, which is celebrated as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Events around Miami will include:

• The 37th Annual Miami MLK Parade in Liberty City.

• A Community paint Day at Dorsey Park hosted by Urgent Inc. and led by mentoring artist Kadir Nelson. The event will include children, their families, and hundreds of volunteers who will be painting murals to revitalize Overtown and historic Dorsey Park, known for being the only field where the Negro Baseball League was allowed to play back in the days of segregation.

• Hear Congo will have high school students at a face-painting station at Dorsey Park in support of the mural project.

• The Palace at Kendall Assisted Living will be singing and dancing with the elderly in the community.

• Amigos for Kids will launch their reading program at Jose Marti Park, which will invite volunteers to join their ongoing after-school program.

• The PARK Project will host a Flash Mob of Kindness throughout the city to Perform Acts of Random of Kindness (PARK), along with high fives, hugs, and uplifting give-a-ways.

• Miami Children’s Hospital will host volunteers who will distribute toys to children.

• Rise Up to Cure Paralysis will host an art therapy workshop at the Rise Up Gallery.

• Energy Yoga and Wellness Center will feature free wellness services throughout the day.

• STARS School for Autism will host and plant a garden with 12 children and their parents.

Day of Unity Miami activities will conclude by early evening and will lead into a free concert to feature Flo Rida — as a way to say thanks to the volunteers and supporters of the movement. The evening celebration will be from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Ice Palace Film Studios, 59 NW 14th St. Tickets are free to people who volunteered during affiliated events during the day, or may be purchased at

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