Congratulations to all the winners at the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce 46th Golden Coconut Awards. The event recognizes the individuals and businesses that make Coconut Grove a better community.
The awards, presented by Roca Gonzalez law firm, represent outstanding achievement and contributions. Michael Smith of CBS4 emceed the elegant reception held at The Kampong.
“There are so many wonderful businesses and individuals among our community who deserve to be recognized for the positive impact they’ve had locally and in their industry,” said Kathy Kesler, committee chair of the Golden Coconut Awards in an email. “We are honored to shine the spotlight on these deserving businesses and individuals, and we look forward to continuing to help them succeed thanks to the many resources the Chamber provides that support local businesses.”
The winners include: Joyce Nelson, Grove resident and owner of Cosmopolitan Jewels, Golden Coconut Award; FrameWorks, Cris Sweeny and Claire Lardner, Small Business of the Year Award; Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, Curtis Crider, general manager, Business of the Year Award; David Martin, president and co-founder of Terra, Business Leader of the Year Award; The Thelma Gibson Health Initiative, Nonprofit of the Year Award; Karl Fong Yee, assistant vice president, Regions Bank, Coconut Grove, Up & Comer of the Year Award; Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, Marlene Erven, president, Community Service Award; Manny Gonzalez, executive director, Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, Outstanding Service by an Individual Award.
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Brockway Memorial Library and the Miami Shores People of Color will host a series of events throughout February celebrating the cultural contributions of the African diaspora.
Everyone is welcome to the monthlong celebration, which begins with a reception by the MSPoC at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4,at 10021 NE Second Ave, Miami Shores. At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, there will be a community discussion of The New York Times bestselling book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a MacArthur Award-winning writer. Tameka Bradley Hobbs, a professor at Florida Memorial University, will lead the discussion. Jazz singer Shenita Hunt will present a special concert at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11.
All events are free. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/events/195620707457066/.
The Brandeis Spring Showcase and Membership Luncheon will feature the Heavy Shtetl band playing the klezmer music so beloved at weddings and bar mitzvahs. The event starts with coffee and conversation at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 4, at Temple Judea on U.S. 1 and Granada Boulevard.
The Heavy Shtetl musical group was formed in 1995 by the late guitarist Simon Salz. The band members wanted to present authentic klezmer music combined with jazz improvisations. It continues to be a popular band throughout South Florida, now led by Mike Gold, who plays the clarinet.
All proceeds of this event go to the BNC Scholarship Campaign at Brandeis University. To make a reservation to join in the fun, and to learn more, contact Barbara Bulbin, at 305-274-0206.
INTERNATIONAL MAP FAIR
Calling all map lovers. Be sure to check out the Miami International Map Fair Feb. 5-7 at the HistoryMiami Museum, 101 W. Flagler St.
This is the largest map fair in the Western Hemisphere with more than 40 dealers displaying thousands of maps from all parts of the world. The collection spans five centuries. And it is right here in our community.
Some maps will be for sale ranging in price from $25 to more than $100,000, so there is something for everyone.
One of the first printed maps of South Carolina, drawn in 1695, is valued at $95,000. Also for sale will be the scarce and important 1591 map of the Eastern Seaboard, from Cape Lookout to Florida with Cuba and the Bahamas, published by Theodore de Bry. The map was drawn by the French artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, who had accompanied French explorer René de Laudonnière to Florida in 1564.
To learn all about this special event, visit www.historymiami.org/visit/map-fair/. General admission price is $15 for museum members, $20 for nonmembers, and $10 for university and high school students with ID.
YOUTH INVITED TO FOOTBALL BOWL
On Super Bowl Sunday, kids and teens from South Florida are invited to play football with members of the University of Miami football team. The players will serve as coaches to help younger players with their athletic skills. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at Flamingo Park Football Field, 1200 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach.
Ransom Everglades Senior Jake Sokol has organized the event, called the JAFCO Bowl, for the past six years. Through the JAFCO Bowl, Jake helps raise funds for abused, neglected and developmentally disabled children. He started the JAFCO Bowl when he was 13 years old with his dad. Now, he is in charge of the entire event.
“Each year we raise more and more money with this event,” Sokol said in a news release. “It started out as my bar mitzvah project. Now, it’s grown into a fantastic event that UM players look forward to every year.”
The style of the game is “double elimination,” in which all the teams play until there is one winner. More than 40 kids are expected at this year’s JAFCO Bowl. The cost to enter is $30, and all proceeds go to the children of JAFCO.
Since 2010, Sokol has raised more than $25,000 for the organization.
“A lot of members of the community have come out in support of the JAFCO children over the years,” JAFCO Director Sarah Franco said in a release. “But when children come out to help children, I am incredibly touched.”
JAFCO is a nonprofit organization licensed by the state of Florida’s Department of Children and Family Services. It helps abused, neglected, homeless and at-risk children in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. For more about JAFCO, contact Franco at 954-749-7230 or visit www.jafco.org/.
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