Community Voices

‘Miami Music Box’ to be displayed in old race-divided Burdines changing rooms

Photo provided by KoDA.

Much has changed in Miami since the days of segregated fitting rooms in department stores.

An important exhibit, “Miami Music Box,” will be on display at the former Burdines in downtown Miami from Tuesday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 9, during Art Basel Week. The pop-up art experience will take place in what used to be the dressing rooms, divided by race, in the popular store.

Organizers said it is a conceptualization of how far our community has progressed. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Miami Music Project’s mission to impact student lives through the power of music.

Designed by architecture and interior design firm KoDA, the multi-sensory experience, sponsored by Greenspoon Marder LLP, will combine sound, shapes and light in a 300-square-foot interactive exhibit.

“We wanted to create a space where someone who has never heard of Miami Music Project would walk away with some understanding of who they are, what they do and the power of music,” said Wesley Kean, KoDA’s principal and founder.

KoDA is one of 80 local and international creators, performers and musicians showcasing at this year’s RAW POP UP.

The exhibit was created for the Miami Music Project, “a nonprofit organization that uses classical music as an instrument for social change, transforming the lives of children from Miami’s most under-served communities.”

“Miami Music Box” will be on display at 1 SW First Ave. For more and to buy tickets, visit

Remembering beloved children

The Compassionate Friends Miami Chapter will host its annual Candle Lighting, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center, Goode Building, 10901 SW 24th St.

Parents, grandparents, siblings, children, aunts and uncles all bring photos and join the worldwide remembrance ceremony of bringing light where there is darkness.

There will be music and special readings, and refreshments after the ceremony. The event also offers grieving families the chance to talk with others who are experiencing the death of a child of any age from any cause.

There is no charge, but donations are accepted to help the group. Call 305-460-5762 for more. To join in the international candle lighting, go to

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Look for boxes like this in Coconut Grove to donate sweaters, jackets and raincoats for pre-K to fifth grade Grove children in need. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Cold days, warm hearts

The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove announced its year-end program called Heartwarming Holidays, a clothing drive to collect new or “like new” sweaters, jackets and raincoats for pre-K to fifth grade Grove children in need.

“As winter approaches, we want to make sure that all the children in our community will stay warm and dry,” said Rotarian Kathy Kesler, who started the initiative.

Kesler said Rotary has placed collection boxes at key locations in the Grove, including Coconut Grove Laundry and Dry Cleaners, CVS, the post office, the Sailing Club, and Milam’s. There is also a collection box at the city of Miami Riverside Center, 444 SW Second Ave. For more information, email program coordinator Jeff Timmons at

Women in Jazz concert

The role of women instrumentalists and their musical achievements in jazz are often overlooked by history. Check out the “Artemis: Great Women in Jazz” concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd.

The event will feature an all-star ensemble of seven of the finest performers in jazz today as part of its internationally acclaimed 11th season of the Jazz Roots series.

The band of women from the United States, Canada, France, Chile, Israel and Japan features vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, clarinetist Anat Cohen, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Allison Miller.

Tickets are $45 to $125. To purchase, call 305-949-6722, visit, or go to the center’s box office.

“This is truly one of the most anticipated concerts of this season,” said Shelly Berg, Jazz Roots’ artistic advisor. “Artemis is a supergroup of some of the most talented musicians performing in jazz today. We are excited to present them to our Miami audience and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of women in jazz.”

Free health fair

Those in our community needing help with their health checks can visit the free, student-run Liberty City Health Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at Holmes Elementary School, 1175 NW 67th St.

This annual event is organized through UHealth and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Kids will be given toys and books. The health fair is completely free, regardless of insurance or immigration status.

Medical student Christina Lee said attendees can be screened for a variety of conditions. Testing stations include Hep C/HIV, colorectal cancer, dental health, vision and hearing, skin cancer, bone density, memory issues and pediatric checks.

For glucose or cholesterol tests, do not eat or drink anything besides water and your medications for eight hours before the fair.

A free hot lunch and a bag of groceries to take home also will be provided. If you need special assistance, or have questions, call 305-243-4898 or visit

Good deeds

About 130 families were provided with Thanksgiving meals and extra food for a week by the members of the Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay and members of the InterAct Clubs from Robert Morgan High School and Cutler Bay Academy.

The groups packaged the food, including a turkey and sides, and distributed it to families in West Perrine during Thanksgiving week.

“Our Club Members enjoy providing the food to those in need every year,” Rotary Club president Todd Lary said. “And teaming up for this annual event with the members of the local InterAct Clubs that we sponsor is a bonus.”

Tayloe Perry, the club’s past president and chair of the Rotary Club Thanksgiving Food Week Distribution, said, “Providing for those in need in our community is what we do. Our Club Members look forward to this day every year!”

Visit to learn more about this Rotary Club and its local projects. For more on Rotary International visit

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