Community Voices

Friends and Neighbors: Boys and Girls Club of Miami Dade to brunch at Joe’s Stone Crab

Although it seems that school just opened a minute ago, it is almost school-closing time again. That means parents must start thinking about a safe place to leave their children while they are at work.

One such place is the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade County, and there is probably one in your neighborhood. At the club, children meet new friends, are nurtured and are taught good citizenship, sportsmanship and other good morals.

On May 3, the fourth annual “Claws for Kids” private brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with a kick-off cocktail reception, followed by brunch at 12:30 p.m. at Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach. Funds raised will benefit the Boys and Girls Club’s newly renovated South Beach location.

The event is open only to supporters of Boys and Girl Club of Miami-Dade and guests will be able to enjoy delicious stone crabs and other signature Joe’s cuisine. In addition to stone crabs, the items will include cole slaw, hash brown potatoes, creamed spinach and Key lime pie. Other main course options will be available for those who don’t eat stone crabs.

The event will also honor The Collection, a long-standing supporter of Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade and a sponsor of the annual golf classic since 2011. The Collection will be presented with the “From the Heart” Award, which honors a person, family or organization that has shown “overwhelming” support and constant dedication to the children of the community and beyond. Ken Gorin, president and CEO of The Collection will accept the award.

Entertainment will be provided by Jeff Grainger, a Frank Sinatra impersonator of Sinatra Sounds Entertainent.

Judy Kramer, a retired Miami-Dade County Public Schools executive, and Ruth Jimenez, vice president of Coconut Grove Bank and a board member of Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade, are co-chairwomen of the event.

“We are happy to present ‘Claws for Kids’ for the fourth consecutive year, Kramer said. “The funds raised from this event will play a huge part in the future of the South Beach location.”

Individual tickets are $250, with table sponsorships ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Underwriting opportunities are also available.

For information about sponsorships, underwriting or tickets, contact Kati Foley at 305-446-9910, ext. 30, or email her at

To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade and how to become a supporter, go to

Local authors to discuss being published

The Lamplighters Group of local authors will discuss their experiences in being published noon May 4 at the Woman’s Club of Homestead Clubhouse, 17905 292nd St. in Homestead.

The writers, who have been meeting for more than a dozen years, will discuss their recent works and will answer questions about the various aspects and challenges of becoming a published author.

Originally known as the Loose Feathers, the group was renamed Lamplighters by Miguel Perez, one of its organizers, who died of cancer.

The presentation is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Homestead Center for the Arts.

If you go, a simple lunch will be available for $10 beginning at 11:30 a.m. by reservation only. Call Barbara at 305-230-9185 before 2 p.m. on May 1. You may also bring your own lunch.

The event is a part of the Bea Peskoe Lecture Series. Call Bob Jensen at 305-248-0976 for more information.

Free Mother’s Day concert at Ransom-Everglades School

The Alhambra Orchestra will honor all mothers with a free concert entitled, “Tour De Musique” 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Ransom-Everglades School, 3575 Main Hwy. in Coconut Grove.

The concert will conclude the orchestra’s 25th anniversary season and feature music that spans the European continent and ends in America, covering four centuries along the way.

The featured major work will be Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, built on Russian folk themes.

Carol Naveira-Nicholson, flute soloist and a longtime member of the Miami Symphony and Alhambra Orchestra, will perform Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor.

The wind section will be featured in English composer Gustav Holst’s Suite No. 1, and there will be an original piece by local clarinetist and composer Javier Albornoz, who is a masters’ degree student at the University of Miami. Zoe Zeniodi is artistic director/conductor of the orchestra.

This is a great way to conclude a great Mother’s Day observance.

Women’s Breast and Heart Initiative dinner

You are invited to the eighth annual Open the Door awards dinner and auction, “Oh What A Night!,” presented by the Women’s Breast and Heart Initiative.

The event will be 6:30 p.m. May 1 at Turnberry Isle Miami, 19999 W. Country Club Dr. in Aventura. Don and Michele Soffer are the honorary chairpersons.

Tickets are $150 per person and the attire is business/cocktail. To purchase tickets, go to

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 Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.