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Friends and Neighbors: Greening of the Gables Irish celebration March 12 in Coral Gables

Participants of The Miss Colleen Pageant pose for a selfie with Charlie Davis, president of the St. Patrick’s Day Committee, at the 2015 Greening of the Gables.
Participants of The Miss Colleen Pageant pose for a selfie with Charlie Davis, president of the St. Patrick’s Day Committee, at the 2015 Greening of the Gables. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

“Like the warmth of the sun and the light of the day, may the luck of the Irish shine bright on your way,” is how the saying goes by an unknown author.

Now it’s time to party at the Greening of the Gables, a big family celebration for everyone Irish or not, hosted each year by the South Florida Irish Community.

All are invited to join in a traditional Celtic celebration at the 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival from noon until 6 p.m. March 12 at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., five blocks south of Miracle Mile. Admission is free.

Holding to the belief that “Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” the St. Patrick’s Day Committee will have family entertainment and a variety of palate-pleasing delectable foods such as traditional corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Irish coffee, Irish soda bread, and whiskey cake, as well as a wide array of spirits and other beverages including Irish whisky and Irish stout.

The festival will include activities for the kids including a giant slide, rock-climbing wall, merry-go-round and bounce house. A variety of Irish crafts will be for sale.

Entertainment includes Avalon featuring Irish singer and harpist, Tricianne Garrihy; The Paddy Kelleghan Band; The Cool Old Dudes; and the St. Andrew Pipe and Drum Band. Pianist is Peter Fuchs, and the Breffni Academy of Dance led by Michael O’Hara will perform. For more, call 305-949-8400 or e-mail


The law firm of Duane Morris has been honored with the Supreme Court of Florida Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation Pro Bono Service Award for 2016.

The award recognizes a law firm that has “contributed significant hours and effort to pro bono legal services to individuals or groups that cannot otherwise afford those services and shows an extraordinary commitment to provide access to the courts for all Floridians.”

Representatives of the Miami/Boca Raton firm received the honor at a ceremony at the Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee.

“I am very pleased with the growth and development of our Pro Bono Program and on behalf of the firm very proud to see it being recognized in this way,” said John J. Soroko, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris in a release. “We have become a major contributor of legal services to some really outstanding causes and legal services organizations in Florida and nationwide.”

Karen J. Ladis, executive director of Dade Legal Aid, said the firm becomes more engaged in helping the less fortunate in our community every year.

“Duane Morris is the epitome of what every law firm should be — generous, stand-up lawyers who do not perform pro bono work for fame or recognition, but simply because it is the right thing to do,” Ladis said.


Play golf for fun or competition at the upcoming Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade 49th annual Golf Classic in Memory of Charles “Bebe” Rebozo. The tournament will be March 14 at the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club, 13610 Deering Bay Dr., Coral Gables. The event helps participants raise funds for the Clubs’ youth development programs in computers, education, cultural arts homework, educational assistance and social life competencies, as well as sports and recreation.

The daylong tournament begins with a putting contest at 11 a.m. and starts immediately at noon. Golfers will receive a gift bag; free parking, green fees, and carts; range balls; and lunch, snacks and dinner at the awards banquet and ceremony.

Former Major League Baseball player Mike Lowell will be this year’s celebrity golfer, and professional Long Driver Bobby Bradley from Charity Golf International will be on-site to raise additional funds through golfing activities.

To learn about sponsorship and underwriting, or to register to play, contact Kati Foley at 305-446-9910, ext. 30, or write to her at Registration fees are $1,600 for a foursome. The admission price for dinner is $100 per person. To see upcoming activities, visit


Guests and members of the Rotary Club of Miami Dadeland-Pinecrest will meet Wednesday to hear Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman speak on “Give People with Mental Illness Treatment, Not a Jail Cell.” On April 12, Ross Hancock will speak to the club about “Preserving Dade County Rock Pine Lands.”

Comprised of professionals and business executives who live and/or work in the Kendall/Pinecrest area, the club meets for breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday every month at the Dadeland Marriott Hotel, 9090 S. Dadeland Blvd., to discuss community projects and hear an interesting speaker. For more, contact Howard Horowitz, 786-346-6661, or Ron Lieberman, 305-613-6744,


Support your community and hear some great music at “An Afternoon at the Pops” presented by the Homestead Community Concerts Association. Performing will be the Greater Miami Youth Symphony with guest soloists Lisanne Lyons, Giselle Rios and Angelo Marchese.

The program will feature favorite Broadway songs and songs from films including selections from Wicked, Frozen and Evita. The concert also will include some favorite George Gershwin music.

The show is at 2:30 p.m. March 13 at the auditorium at South Dade Senior High School, 28401 SW 167 Ave. Adult tickets are $25 and children and student tickets are $5. To pay by credit card, go to

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Free parking.


The inaugural West End Art Fair brought out many art lovers last year and now the event is back from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 and 13 along Southwest 158th Avenue from south of Southwest 88th Street to just north of Southwest 96th Street.

The event will highlight the work of dozens of local artists, craftsmen and food vendors from around Miami-Dade County and the newly named West End community.

“Last year’s art fair was a great success, and we hope to continue making it bigger and better every year,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, who represents the West End, in a release.

Zapata’s other recent public art projects include two Gallery Nights at Kendale Lakes Library, a mural depicting the Everglades at Westwind Lakes Park, artistically painted lawn chairs in local parks, and decorating utility boxes with colorful wraps.


While South Florida may have a reputation for bad driving that doesn’t mean we can’t all learn to do better. Join The New Neighbors Club of South Florida for lunch on Wednesday at Devon’s Seafood + Steak, 11715 Sherri Ln. in the Town and Country Mall, to hear guest speaker Florida Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Jose Sanchez.

Everyone is invited to learn and lunch. Don’t miss this important program on how to navigate our roads safely and calmly. The doors open at 11:15 a.m. for socializing. Cost is $23 and reservations are required. Send email to or call 786-250-4849 by 6 p.m. Sunday.

New Neighbors provides a friendly atmosphere to make friends in South Florida. The club has been active for 67 years. Learn more on meetings and fun activities at

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