Miami-Dade County

Friends and Neighbors: Don’t suffer alone with cancer

Last month, I was one of about 200 women attending the Sistah to Sistah Connection’s annual luncheon, which is a tribute to breast cancer survivors and/or victims. It was an inspiring outing, with with music to soothe the soul and words of wisdom and encouragement from Evangelist Flora Ross Beason. The event was held in banquet room decorated in shades of pink at the Signature Grand in Dania.

This was not my first time as a guest at the Sistah to Sistah Connection’s annual luncheon. But believe me, when I tell you it was an event worth attending.

The Sistah to Sistah Connection was founded by Evangelist Gigi Rolle-Holloway as a way to reach out to women who have suffered from the disease of breast cancer and who are now cancer free. It reaches out to families and friends who want to remember a mother, a sister, a loved one or a friend.

“We are spereding a message of hope and healing for women from all walks of life,” Rolle said. “That’s our mission.”

It wasn’t so long ago that just to mention a person had cancer was taboo. People didn’t talk about it because the stigma was too great. So, for the most part, many women (and men, too) suffered alone, ashamed to let anyone know of their condition. This was a very accepted stigma in the African American community. And something I never could understand.

I tell you this today because I have just returned from having my routine mammogram. It is too early yet, for me to know the results. But if it turns out that I am one of the cancer statistics, I will let you know. Why? Because I want all the prayers and well wishes out there to come my way. That’s just me.

Anyway, back to Sistah to Sistah: form 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 8, at Mishkan T’Hillah Worship Center, the organization will have a Women’s Outreach Forum. The theme is “Love Is.”

Holloway said the reason for the forum is to “equip and educate women on ways of becoming whole in all areas of their life. We have these forums ever second Saturday of each month as a safe place where women can come and find strength and hope.”

Following the forum, the women will gather at Bahama Breeze for lunch. If you are interested in joining the group or for more information about this event, go to sistahtosistahconnection.com. Or call 786-246-7578.

Walking to help kids

This is nice weather for a walk. If you agree, you can sign up for the Walk-A-Thon sponsored by the Angels from Heaven, an organization that raises funds and supplies to help the needy children at several schools in Jamaica.

Angels from Heaven is a charitable organization dedicated to the betterment of the unfortunate and the under-served in Florida and Jamaica, said Cecile Dixon, founder and president. “We strive for sustainability to empower those whom we serve,” she said.

The walk will take place at 8 a.m. in Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142nd Ave. in Davie. Registration is $20 per person, with a minimum of 20 sponsors. The participant with the most sponsors will receive a $100 gift card from Footlocker. Additional prizes will be awarded throughout the run.

For more information and to reach Angels from Heaven, call Dixon at 954-593-6520.

Celebrating change in Opa-locka

The community is invited to the Third Annual Art of Transformation (AOT) Series, which celebrates the revitalization of Opa-locka, Nov. 12 - Dec. 14. This will be a countywide series of arts events to include performance and visual art, an interactive workshop, exhibit, and an Art, Food & Music Street Festival in downtown Opa-locka.

The street festival will feature local food and entertainment, vendor; a Kid’s Zone, and the opening of the art exhibition of In Plain Sight at the recreation center, 675 Ali Baba Avenue in Oa-locka. The exhibition will go through Dec. 14.

On Nov. 16, the AOT will be celebrated at the Perez Art Museum Miami, 1130 Biscayne Blvd., and will include award-winning film by Michelange Quay, Eat, for This is My Body.

Curator for the Art of Transformation series is renowned South African curator Tumelo Mosaka, former curator of Contemporary Art at the Krannert Art Museum.

For more information about the AOT series, visit: www.opalockaart.com or call Aileen Alon at 305-687-3545, ext. 224.

‘Honest Talk about Mental Illness’

Here is something else that always seems to be lurking in the shadows of our closets: Mental illness.

The Sisterhood and Programming Department at Temple Beth Am, wants to shed some light on this disease by presenting the series, “Care for the Soul: Honest Talk About Mental Illness”.

According to information from the synagogue, the series is a new panel discussion series designed to share information regarding how we define mental illness, with a focus on understanding related issues and reducing he stigma.

The panel discussions will be held on four Wednesday in November and December. The first one will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 5 and all will be at Temple Beth Am at 5950 SW 88th St.

Other panel discussions will be from 7 - 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 and Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. It’s free and open to the public. For more information go to: www.tbam.org/mentalhealth.

‘International Shabbat’

Temple Israel of Greater Miami invites the community to an International Shabbat, and learn about the Jewish community of Brazil.

The Jews of Brazil has a history that dates back to the 15th century and today is the ninth largest Jewish community in the world. In Brazil, they enjoy an open religious life in a country where they are well integrated.

Learn more at the International Shabbat and enjoy a catered meal of Brazilian food, created by Chef Michael Meltzer.

Following the dinner all participants are invited to the Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Tom Heyn, with music by guest Cantor Daniel Gross. Gross will be accompanied by Dr. Alan mason, the temple’s director of music.

If you go, the evening starts at 6 p.m. in the synagogue’s Wolfson Auditorium at 137 NE 19th St. The cost of the program and dinner is $25 for adults, and $18 for children 12 and under. All reservations must be made by Monday (Nov. 3) by calling the temple office at 305-573-5900 or by emailing, info@templeisrael.net.

‘Sip n’ Shop’ to aid Girl Scouts

You are invited to a “Sip n’ Shop” event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Emporium Boutique, 2606 Ponce de Leon Blvd. in coral Gables.

The evening will feature wine and light bites. Twenty percent of sales will be donated to the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida.

If you go, RSVP: aross@girlscoutsfl.org.

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 bea.hines@gmail.com. Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.

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