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Miami Buena Vista Biltmore Lions Club hosts 2016 Lions Centennial Walk-a-Thon

These walkers and more participated in the Miami Buena Vista Biltmore Lions Club 2016 Lions Centennial Walk-a-Thon to help persons who are blind and sight-impaired.
These walkers and more participated in the Miami Buena Vista Biltmore Lions Club 2016 Lions Centennial Walk-a-Thon to help persons who are blind and sight-impaired. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Dedicated walkers of all ages took part in the Miami Buena Vista Biltmore Lions Club 2016 Lions Centennial Walk-a-Thon recently held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park.

Daniel Pedreira and Cathy Triana, coordinators of the local club’s Oct. 22 event, organized a successful walk to mark the Lions Clubs International's 100 years of service. The group works through programs around the world that are dedicated to the preservation of sight and assistance to the blind.

“This local club is committed to monthly service projects such as eye health screenings several times a year, providing back-to-school supplies for children, and giving toys at Christmas for the children at Nicklaus Children's Hospital,” Triana said in email. “Thank you again to those who made this year's Walk-a-Thon a success!”

Global programs run continuously throughout the year. All donations go toward eye health initiatives. Lions Clubs' membership dues cover administrative expenses, allowing all donations to directly fund programs at the local, national and international levels.

You can donate at MBVB Lions Club Foundation, c/o 2801 SW Fifth Ave., Miami, FL 33129. And to learn more, visit You can also contact Triana at or Pedreira at to learn more about getting involved.


The Rotary Club of Miami Dadeland-Pinecrest sponsors Quest for Peace, a student art competition in honor of philosopher and artist Robert Horwitz, who died in Miami on July 2, 2005.

The goal is “to increase awareness for peace promotion and to provide financial assistance to students who are studying art.”

The third annual panel discussion, “Is Violence A Justifiable Method of Protest in a Democracy,” will be held 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in Room G303 at Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus.

Following the discussion will be the opening reception for the 11th annual Student Art Competition and Exhibition 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kendall Gallery M123, Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts. The student exhibition will be open until Dec. 9.

Everyone is invited to attend. To see photos from last year and to learn more go to


Bring family members and friends to the 38th season opening concert presented by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables.

Robert Longfield, music director, and Robert Carnochan, guest conductor, will be leading the band in selections including “Danzon No. 2” by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez; “Vesuvius” by Frank Ticheli; “Legacy” by Robert Longfield; “Praise Jerusalem” by Alfred Reed; and “Americans We” by Henry Fillmore; as well as other popular symphonic pieces.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children over 5. Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the concert or in advance at Cash, check and major credit cards accepted.

Did you play an instrument in high school or college? This group was started in 1979 and is comprised of volunteer musicians from the community. Check the website to learn how to donate or audition for the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, or call 305-273-7687.


It’s time once again for the very popular Villagers’ House Tour. This anticipated event will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 in Coral Gables. This year, tour co-chairs Brett Gillis, Monica Fidel, Nicole Lebon-Scagnelli and Loyda Lewis invite the community to join them in “Finding Fink,” a carefully curated architectural journey that focuses on the work of Gables visionary George Fink.

Members of The Villagers will give guided tours through the homes. A gift boutique, quilt raffle and holiday treats will also be part of the fun. Visitors walk and drive in their own vehicles between the properties. Note: Venues cannot accommodate wheelchairs or strollers, and high heels, photography and video are not permitted.

Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance by Nov. 22. Tickets are available through members, on-line at, or by sending a check and self-addressed, stamped envelope to: The Villagers, P.O. Box 141843, Coral Gables, FL 33114.

Attendees will receive tour directions with their ticket purchases. All proceeds support the preservation and protection of historic sites in Miami-Dade County.

Founded in 1966, The Villagers is Florida’s oldest historic preservation organization. Its mission is to educate, advocate, fundraise and document for the restoration and preservation of historic sites in Miami-Dade County.

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