Cookout for Kids: Raising funds for neglected children


For more than 38 years, Christian Homes for Children have been a kind of “ram in the bush” for children in the foster care system who might need more specialized care, said Mary Menzies, associate director of Christian Homes for Children.

“We get the children, that maybe other foster parents won’t take ... the ones with HIV/AIDS or those with emotional problems. But when we get them, we try to keep them through adulthood,” Menzies said.

And that, my friends, takes more than love and commitment. It also takes money. So on March 29, at Topeekeegee Yugnee (TY) Park at 3300 N. Park Rd. in Hollywood, Christian Homes for Children will have a day of “food, fun and activities” at its Cookout for Kids event.

The event will start at 11 a.m. and all funds raised will help abused and neglected children throughout the South Florida community.

Some highlights are food and drinks, face painting, crafts, games, cotton candy, bounce houses and a competitive volleyball tournament with the admission of $12 for ages 13 and up; $8 for ages 5 through 12; and $3 for children ages 2-4.

The Cookout for Kids event will be in Pavilions 2 and 3 at the park. If you come, Menzies said you will be doing your part to “give hope, healing and comfort to abused children.”

For more information, call Menzies at 305-825-0517 or email the organization at

Celebrate Lent

at St. Andrew’s

You are invited to celebrate Lent at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay with Holy Eucharist at 7 a.m. every Wednesday though April 9 at the church, 14260 Old Cutler Rd. The Holy Eucharist will be followed by coffee and at 10 a.m. there will be a Bible study.

During Lent, parishioners are asked to “take on the discipline of intentionally building the community by taking the time to be with each other and getting to know each other.”

The church will also have a Friday Eucharist at 6:30 p.m. Bingo Night will be at 7 p.m. Friday to support the food pantry. One bingo card per one canned good.

Other events at the church will include a night out on the church lawn on March 21, with “good food and fellowship” at a 7 p.m. picnic; Game Night at 7 p.m. March 28; a nickel social at 5:30 p.m. April 5; and a Wine and Cheese event at 7 p.m. April 11. Admission at this event is $5 per person and will include light hors d’oeuvres.

For more information, call 305-238-2161.

Church, FIU

bring assistance

Palm Springs United Methodist Church at 5700 W. 12th Ave. in Hialeah has partnered with Florida International University to bring health, counseling and social worker benefits to those who are in need of assistance.

The package of resources will, hopefully, meet the different needs in a household and it’s free, whether you have insurance or not.

A mobile clinic will be at the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday. To take part in the program, you must sign up through a program called Neighborhood Help by calling 305-919-4594.

A representative from Affordable Care will assist those with health insurance on how to fill out the application, providing information and answering questions.

For more information, call the church office at 305-821-3232.

Temple getting

a little disco fever

If you are in the mood for a little “Friday Night Fever,” Temple Beth Or at 11715 SW 87th Ave., Miami, will focus on a tribute to music as a part of the worship experience at 7:30 p.m. Friday. As the congregation celebrates the festive holiday of Purim, world-renowned choir leader Nicholas Bright will bring eight vocalists to the temple to perform special, uplifting songs associated with the disco era.

Bright is the co-founder of the Group of Four, which three years ago started bringing uplifting choir-style music to sites and venues throughout the world. The original foursome included Teri DeSario, soprano; Dr. Julie Silvera, alto; Raeford Melton, baritone; and Bright as tenor.

Among the selections on Friday’s program are The Prayer, Love Train, Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now, Everybody Rejoice, and We Are Family.

Then on Saturday, Michael Henry, the temple’s musical director, will be honored for his years of dedication and innovation.

For more on the temple’s special musical weekend, contact Annette Katz at 305-542-8573.

• Beth David Congregation will celebrate its 102nd birthday as the oldest synagogue in Miami by having a gala fundraising masquerade party, “Come As You Aren’t,” which will also commemorate Purim.

The good times start at 8 p.m. Saturday at the synagogue, 2625 SW Third Ave.

Those attending the event are asked to wear festive masks and costumes becoming Esther or Mordecai for Purim, as well as period costumes representing other historical eras and famous people. The event is being held to raise funds for programs at both Beth David Congregation and its Gordon Day Schools.

The program will include a silent auction of innovative items including having chef Michelle Bernstein and her staff cook dinner at a home for a party of eight. Other items include bidding for dinner at the Palm d’Or or the Capital Grille or a stay at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

“We are looking forward to sharing our Beth David with the community,” said Daniel Fajuta, temple president. “We will have music for dancing in a supper club atmosphere that will encourage everyone to mingle while bidding on the silent auction.”

Melody Torrens, chairwoman of the event, said what is so exciting is that there will be “five generations of our Beth David community coming together in support of the congregation for another century.”

The traditional reading of the Megillah will take place at the synagogue at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Tickets to the “Come As You Aren’t” event cost $150 in advance or $175 at the door. To make reservations, go to or call 305-854-3911.

• Purim will be celebrated at Temple Beth El, 1351 S. 14th Ave., Hollywood, at 10 a.m. Sunday with the Megillah reading, followed at 11:30 a.m. by the Purim Festival, which will include free activities and fun for all ages. For more information, call the temple at 954-920-8225.

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