Friends and Neighbors

Nominees needed for senior volunteer awards


I recently celebrated another birthday and when I told someone how old I am now, she said that is the "new 50."

Ha! I wish. Anyway, I am so thankful for being here another year I am going to try to ignore all the things that go along with getting older, like arthritis pain and slower steps.

I'm just going to center my thoughts on the great things about being blessed to be another year older. I would list all those great things here, but I don't have enough time nor do I have enough space. So, I'll just say, "Thank you, Lord."

That said, there is a search going on right now to find Florida's outstanding senior volunteers, age 65 and older. Every day, senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. You must know someone who fits this description. If you do, here is your chance to give back by nominating that person in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service program.

Sponsored by Home Instead Inc., the event recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults 65 and older, who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

In a press release, Gisela DeArmas-Ramirez said, "Seniors have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily. Senior volunteerism not only benefits other, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities — important elements of healthy aging.”

DeArmas-Ramierez is a local Home Instead Senior Care franchise owner.

Nominations will be accepted through March 1, and the winner in each state will receive $500. One national winner will receive $5,000 to donate to his or her charity of choice.

To complete and submit an online nomination form for a senior age 65 or older who volunteers at least 15 hours a month, and to view the contest's official rules, visit Completed nomination forms can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P. O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

Learn about heart health

In an effort to promote women's heart health, Hadassah will host a public educational event, "Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program" from10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, University of Miami School of Medicine, Clinical Research Building, First floor, 1120 NW 14th St.

The program is a national Hadassah initiative and is designed to appeal to women of all ages, in an effort to communicate the statistic that heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women. The event will include an interactive presentation on heart diseace symptoms and risk factors and will provide guidance on how women can make prevention a priority.

If you go, you will learn about cutting-edge heart health and heart disease research currently being undertaken at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem.

The cost is $10 per person and include a light breakfast. Transportation is available upon request. Buses will leave from Aventura as well as other Miami-Dade locations. Mail your check to Hadassah 4200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137. Call 305-576-4447 for more information.

Ros-Lehtinen to receive award

Congratulations to U.S. Congresswoman IIeana Ros-Lehtinen, who will receive the EMUNAH Humanitarian Leadership Award a dinner today at the Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach.

According to a press release, the dinner will pay tribute to Holocaust Survivors "as heroes in our time for their unparalleled contribution to Jewish continuity. The diner will also recognize outstanding individuals from three generations of EMUNAH local supporters. They are, Nora Lessman; Phyllis Margolis; Sam and Rose Gurfinkel; Michael and Terry Lefkowitz; Dr. Ari and Elissa Ciment and Dovi, and Ilana Lamet.

Miami’s ‘poetic child’

A Friends and Neighbors salute goes out to Rebecca "Butterfly" Vaughns, considered to be Miami's "poetic child", who is releasing her 11th spoken-word album at 8 p.m. today at the Scandalous Sunday event at the Newport Beach Resort Hotel, 16701 Collins Ave. in Sunny Isles.

If you go, call Alisa Hamilton at 954-400-8948 for your ticket and more information.

Acting classes for kids

There is still time to enroll your child in the free acing classes for children ages 6-11. The classes are designed to teach interpersonal skills, build confidence and encourage imagination and will culminate with an original play written and performed by the children.

The classes/workshops are from 6 to 8 p.m. held Mondays through April at Artz-N-THe-Hood, inc, Carrie P. Meek Center at Hadley Park, 1350 NW 50th St. in Liberty City.

For more information contact Florene Nichols, executive director at 305-758-1577 or

Learn Tamiami Trail’s history

When the Tamiami Trail opened in 1928, it changed the face of south Florida for generations to come and its construction was a feat likened to the construction of the Panama Canal.

At noon on March 3, Bob DeGross, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs with Big Cypress National Preserve, will be the guest speaker at the Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture series. The event will be at the Homestead Campus of Miami Dade College at 500 College Terr., Room F222, which is in the Aviation Building.

If you go, you will hear all about the challenges of constructing a highway across the Everglades, using 1920s equipment and technology. DeGross will also include a discussion about Monroe Station and its purpose.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A simple lunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for $10 per person, by calling Barbara at 305-230-9185, before 2 p.m. on Feb. 28. You may also bring your won lunch.

Black history at MDC

The closing of the Black History Month celebration at Miami Dade College will include a lecture and presentation from 12:40 to 1:55 p.m. Tuesday titled "It's Been a Long Time Coming: The Long Haul Towards Racial Equality" in Room 6257 on the Kendall Campus at 11011 SW 104th St.

The program is hosted by Sandra M. Castillo, Vellisse Grimes and Deborah Powell. In her presentation, Castillo will examine the struggles for civil rights from reconstruction to the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath.

From 9:50 to 11:05 Tuesday, a presentation of "The Life and Poetry of Maya Angelou: An Example of Resilience of the Life of African American Women" will be in Room 1102 at Miami Dade College West, 3800 NW 115th Ave. The program is hosted by Professor Trinidad Arguelles, Social Studies Department.

The Medical Campus, at 950 NW 20th St. in Miami, will have its annual Black History Month Taste of Soul Food Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in Room 1175, Auditorium and Atrium

At 11 a.m. on Feb. 28, Miami Dade College North campus at 11380 NW 27th Ave., will have a reenactment of a civil rights sit-in in the Breezeway of Building 4000. The community is invited to join n this event. It will end at 11:50 a.m.

The Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center at 6300 NW Seventh Ave. in Liberty City will present a program on "Haiti's Restavek Children: The Child Servitude Crisis" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1103. Restavek children live as modern-day slaves and some of them may have been among the traumatized boys and girls seen on television after the earthquake. Beyond Borders is one organization fighting for them on several fronts.we

The Hialeah Campus at 1776 W. 49th St. will have its closing event: "Mestre Delei Kacula & Capoeira Abolicao" with traditional music and instruments at6:30 p.m. in Room 1217.

The Homestead Campus at 500 College Terr. will have its Closing Ceremony: "A Moment in Civil Rights Exhibition" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday In honor of the struggles of the civil rights era, students, clubs and organizations will in a cultural a moment in civil rights history with a table display.

Morningside Home Tour

The Historic Morningside Home Tour will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 2. The area was designated Miami's first historic district by the Miami city commission in December of 1984.

A walking pre-tour through the neighborhood will be led by historian and MDC professor Paul George from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

From 1 to 5 p.m. tour will be held and will feature seven homes of varying periods and styles. None of the homes on the tour will be open for interior viewing.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the event. A pre-walking tour with George is $15 for advance purchase only, and tickets for combined tours are $30 each and the tour is free to children under 12.

For more information on George and the home tour visit,

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Friends and Neighbors, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.

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