Area students to sing for Operation Smile


Mission work can be done in many ways and through many people.

At 7:30 p.m. April 4, at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, students from several Miami-Dade County public and private schools will showcase their talents to benefit a wonderful cause at the Third Annual Operation Smile Talent Show. The event will be in the school’s Roca Theater at 500 SW 127th Ave.

Operation Smile is an international charity that performs free surgeries for needy children who suffer from facial deformities. The show will feature performers from Belen Jesuit, Lourdes Academy, St. Brendan, and other public and private schools.

“This is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and funds for such a great cause,” said Robert Waechter, president of Belen Operation Smile Students Club. He said that when children are born with such deformities, it causes them both physical and emotional complications.

“For every $240 we raise, Operation Smile is able to provide a child with the surgery that will change [his/her] life,” Waechter said.

According to the press release, every three minutes a child is born with a cleft, and is often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some countries, such children are shunned and rejected, and in many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them the surgeries needed to live a normal life.

Through the dedication of the medical volunteers and the generosity and spirit demonstrated by the supporters of the cause, Operation Smile heals thousands of children each year with a surgery that is simple, inexpensive and can change a child’s life forever.

With headquarters in Norfolk, Va., Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity with programs and foundations in more than 60 countries. It has a network of more than 5,000 medical volunteers from 76 countries, dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults.

So, hats off to the students who are using their talents for this special mission.

If you go (and you should, or make a donation), tickets are $5 each and will be sold at the box office on the night of the performance. Call the school at 786-621-4173 for more information.


to the World

Since last winter, First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables has presented the program, “Windows to the World,” a special program for people of all ages that has consisted of testimonials, lectures and music.

The program will continue at 7 p.m. April 4, when the church presents the program, “Battle of the Bands,” billed as “A Night of Worship,” featuring praise bands from churches throughout Miami, including the church’s own Lighthouse Band.

The community is invited to the free program that will be in the church’s Founders Hall. Call the church at 305-445-2578 for more information.

Worship Center

has Sharing Shop

Bishops Billy and Catherine Baskin and the members of New Way Praise and Worship Center are reaching out to the community in more ways than one.

In addition to its spiritual outreach, the church now has a Sharing Shop, where members of the community can “shop” free on the third Saturday of each month. This month’s shopping day will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19.

At the Sharing Shop, which is located across the street from the church at 16800 NW 22nd Ave., those who are in need will find such things as clean clothing and household items.

For additional information, call Christine Dennison, chairwoman of the operation, or co-chairman Deacon Murray at the church, 305-625-7246.

St. Basil has

spring sale

St. Basil Catholic Church at 1475 NE 199th St. in North Miami Beach, will have its annual Spring Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6.

Items for sale will include clothing, shoes, household items, and plants. Food and beverages will also be for sale.

There is still outdoor vendor space available. Call 305-651-0991 to reserve your space.

Temple hosts

Passover seder

Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shlom at 6438 SW Eighth St. in West Miami will have its annual Passover seder at 7 p.m. April 14. Rabbi Manuel Armon and Cantor Irving Resnick, will officiate and a children’s musical group will sing.

For the cost and to make reservations, call 305-205-3846, 305-279-8150, or 786-223-7757.

Beth El to have

‘Casino Royale’

Temple Beth El at 1351 S. 14th Ave. in Hollywood, will present “Casino Royale and Auction” on April 5 at the temple. The evening will include a 50/50 raffle, casino gaming, a Brazilian BBQ and bar drinks. The cost is $75 per person and will include $10 in chips.

Temple Beth El’s Passover seder will be on April 14. Call the temple office at 954-920-8225 for more details and to make reservations.

St. Andrew’s hosting

choral music event

For those of you who enjoy great choral music, there will be a concert at St. Andrew’s at 4 p.m. April 13, featuring the Chamber Singers, the Women’s Choir and the Men’s Choir from Miami Dade College Kendall Campus.

The musical groups are directed by Dr. Gene Greco and Ken Boos. St. Andrew’s is at 14260 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay.

It’s free.

Presentation to

discuss spirituality

According to a recent study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, “... more and more Americans describe themselves as ‘spiritual, but not religious.’ 

In the lecture, “Contemporary Global Spirituality,” Florida International University’s distinguished professor Nathan Katz, will explain what this claim means. He will explain what is spirituality and that it can, indeed, be separated from religion.

Katz will elaborate on these social and religious trends in his presentation at 9 a.m. April 18 in the Moye Chapel of Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd. in Coral Gables.

A committed Jew, Katz has studied with and brought the Dalai Lama to Miami three times. He is the author of 15 books, including Who Are the Jews of India?, a National Jewish Book award finalist; and his memoir, Spiritual Journey Home. He also is the recipient of four Fulbright research and teaching awards and in 1990 was selected as a delegate to the Tibetan-Jewish dialogue hosted by the Dalai Lama. He reported the experience in the best selling book, The Jew in the Lotus.

For more information, call 305-348-7266.

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Religion Notes, 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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