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Friends and Neighbors: Women with Disabilities photo exhibit coming to Miami on May 14

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I am so happy that I have lived long enough to see the time when we, as a people, can see beauty in everyone — especially those with disabilities.

I am one of the millions who watch Dancing With the Stars to see Noah Galloway, a veteran with one arm and one leg, beat out many of the contestants with his dancing ability and his winning spirit.

On May 14, we will get to see more of this kind of beauty when the Raw Beauty NYC photography exhibit of Women with Disabilities comes to town at the invitation of Shake-A-Leg Miami. The photos have been featured in O Magazine, and

You are invited to join Shake-A-Leg Miami as they spearhead a celebration of the lives of women with disabilities, redefining beauty and unleashing potential for all women.

If you go, you will be a part of the filming for a documentary about The Raw Beauty Project. Admission is $35 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drinks by Barcardi.

The event site is at Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2620 S. Bayshore Dr. in Coconut Grove. To purchase tickets, go to:, or

Jaime Tinoco to sing at New Neighbors Club luncheon

The New Neighbors Club of South Miami will have its monthly luncheon meeting and program at 11 a.m. May 13. The program will feature internationally known singer Jaime Tinoco as the entertainment.

A native of Colombia, Tinoco has performed throughout Europe and South America. He now resides in the United States and is a “unique” performer who wows his guests by singing in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French, said Kathryn Shepard, publicity chair for the club.

“He is a charming, natural entertainer with a powerful voice and diverse vocal range, which soars on standards interpreted in a unique style,” she said.

The meeting will be at the Killian Palms Country Club, 9950 SW 104th St. Reservations are required. Please email, or call 305-595-0213 by noon Friday, May 8. The cost of lunch is $26 per person.

‘Mahalia’ gospel musical May 8 and 9

The M Ensemble Company will present Mahalia a gospel musical by Tom Stolz and directed by John Pryor, 8 p.m. May 8 and 9, at Bethel Apostolic Temple, 1855 NW 119th St.

The musical commemorates “50 Years After Selma” and stars Deana Rahming, Johnny Sanders and Francine Ealey-Murphy. Elijah Gee is the featured pianist.

General admission is $25 per person and group rates are available at $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 305-893-3551.

Dance music recital at UM’s Gusman Hall

You are invited to Shall We Dance?, an event presented by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, with Lewis J. Buckley (USCG, Ret.) as guest conductor and Robert Longfield, conductor.

The concert, which will consist of music of the dance from classical to popular, will be at Gusman Hall, University of Miami, 1314 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables.

Selections will include Bernstein’s Four Dances from West Side Story and Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances, as well as music from Glenn Miller and The Music Man.

Buckley will also solo on trumpet to his arrangement A Tribute to Doc [Severinsen].

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children over 5 and are available at the box office on the day of the concert or in advance at, or by calling 305-273-7687.

‘Romeo and Juliet Reimagined’

You are invited to Outside the Box: Romeo and Juliet Reimagined, presented by YoungArts in partnership with playwright and YoungArts alumnus (1999, theater) Tarell McCraney and the Miami City Ballet from 7 to 9 p.m. May 8 at 2100 Biscayne Blvd. (outside the old Barcardi Rum Building).

McCraney and filmaker and fellow YongArts alumnus Andrew Hevia (2003, cinematic arts) will bring together some of Miami’s electric performance artists including dancers from the Miami City Ballet to create an interactive evening inspired by Romeo and Juliet.

It’s free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Go to to RSVP.

St. Thomas business school team wins competition

Warm Friends and Neighbors congratulations are being extended to the St. Thomas University’s School of Business MBA High Performance Team, which won first place at the prestigious 11th annual KeyBank Foundation Minority MBA Student Competition, held Feb. 27-March 1, in Cleveland.

The team consisted of graduate students Soledad Filgueira, Candy Sicle and Alicia Llamazares. This was the first time the St. Thomas University School of Business Graduate Program competed in the event. The team competed against other top-tier business schools and universities in the nation, including Yale. American University, Penn State, Boston College, and UC-Berkeley. The St. Thomas team was the only one from South Florida competing.

The St. Thomas Team was assigned a strategic management and business development case, relating to the competition’s main sponsor, the KeyBank Foundation. It was entitled “Realizing Growth in Public Sector Payments.” The team worked with St. Thomas faculty advisors Dr. Paul Maxwell and Dr. Jose Rocha during a six-week preparation period. During that time the team came up with alternatives and drafted the course of action and strategic decisions for the case. The solution developed by the three graduate students consisted of a search for niches where growth opportunities exist and the need to pursue strategic alternatives, such as organic growth.

The team presented its findings to a panel of judges during two, 20-minute rounds. In addition to the first place finish for the St. Thomas team, Filgueira, a Global Entrepreneurship major expected to receive an MBA in December, won the Best Presenter Award during the first round of the competition.

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.