Community Voices

Neighbors in Religion: Pinecrest church to host annual Festival for the Poor

Bea L. Hines
Bea L. Hines

For 40 years, St. Louis Catholic Church in Pinecrest has presented a Festival for the Poor, a three-day event to help feed, clothe, counsel and house the needy in the Miami-Dade community. So far, the annual event has raised more than $1.9 million.

This year the Festival for the Poor will be March 11-13 at the church, 7270 SW 120th St. The hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 11; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 12; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 13. The arts and crafts vendors will open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Parishioners and friends work at the festival, which includes rides, game booths, international food booths, raffles, auctions, live entertainment and arts-and-crafts vendors. A 5K walk/run event was held on March 5.

For more information, call Betty Quinn, festival co-chairwoman, at 305-281-3014.


The Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida will present the Shades of Yale University a capella group in concert at 7 p.m. March 19 at the historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave., Overtown.

Shades of Yale, a nonprofit, co-educational group, was founded to celebrate music of the African diaspora. The group is composed of multicultural students of Yale University and its objective is to offer a “unique, musically excellent and spiritually enriching performance at Yale and beyond.”

The group has toured throughout the United States as well as internationally. Shades has also sung alongside black music icons such as Lenny Kravitz, Angelique Kidjo and Sweet Honey in the Rock. The group has performed for the late Nelson Mandela, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

Tickets for the performance will be on sale March 18 and range from $10 to $20. Students are admitted free with student ID.

For more information, call 786-708-4610.


Temple Beth Sholom will have a “Legacy Shabbat” at 6 p.m. Friday, March 11. The special Shabbat service features world-renowned musicians Josh Nelson and Neshama Carlebach.

The musicians will combine two very different Jewish journeys and traditions into a “meaningful and uplifting musical experience,” said Jennifer Lamden, cantorial assistant at the temple, 4144 Chase Ave., Miami Beach.

“Their voices and soulful message come together to bring new-found unity to the Jewish people, both in the diaspora and Israel,” she said.

Nelson is a classically trained musician, equally versed in rock, jazz, and world music. He combines his broad range of influences into a musical style that is accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. He recently starred as Shlomo Carlebach in the off-Broadway revival of Soul Doctor.

Carlebach is a superstar in Jewish entertainment and is continuing the legacy established by her father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Like her father, Carlebach’s talent and charisma captivate and endear her to people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. She has taught and performed in cities worldwide and has sung on Broadway. She has sold more than a million records and was one of the creators of Soul Doctor. She is currently touring with a new band and gospel choir. She has two sons, Rafael and Micah.

The community is welcome.


You are invited to an A Capella Gospel Concert featuring Harmony of Hope, Majestic Voices for Christ, and Majestic Voices for Christ Juniors, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12 in the Booker T. Washington Senior High School Auditorium, 1200 NW Sixth Ave., Overtown. The entrance to the school is at 14th Street.

The concert is presented by the Booker T. Washington Alumni Association in partnership with the Booker T. Washington Alumni Foundation.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the students attending the school. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

To purchase tickets, call Dee Roberson at 786-285-5414; Johnnie Fields, 305-310-0855; or Madelyn Atwell, 305-336-3318.


The South Dade Community Choir will celebrate its 25th anniversary year with two Easter concerts. The first will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Homestead Mennonite Church, 30695 SW 162nd Ave., Homestead.

The second concert will be at 7 p.m. on March 18 at Silver Palm United Methodist Church, 1585 SW 248th St.

The South Dade Community Choir is made up of singers from several local churches and is directed by Sandy Keffer.

A highlight of the choir’s concerts will be the cantata The Day He Wore My Crown. The program will also include other selections.

The concerts are free, but a goodwill offering will be taken at each concert to cover choir expenses.


First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables will present a Windows to the World community lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10. The lecture topic is “The Barnacle and the Munroe Family: Stories of a Pioneer Miami Family,” and will feature Charlie Munroe and Marlin Ebbert and will be held in the Founders Hall of the church, 836 Coral Way, Coral Gables.

Munroe attends the church and is a descendant of a prominent Miami pioneer family. His grandfather, Ralph Munroe, was an early settler in Coconut Grove. He salvaged materials from shipwrecks and built the historic house The Barnacle. The program is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

The church will also present a series on Christianity and Islam on Sundays March (excluding Easter) through June. The 15-week program, taught by Bob Ladner, compares the Quran and Bible and focuses on spiritual histories, similarities and contradictions in Christianity and Islam.

Topics include religious leadership and worship, Jesus and Muhammad, culture and the role of women, primary theological beliefs and violence and warfare.

The class on Islam will be in the Hanger Building, Room 207, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays and people may join at any time.

For more information, call 305-445-2578.


The Adult Education Ministry at Universal Truth Center will present a movie and workshop, Are You Driven by Your Emotions?, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the church, 21310 NW 37th Ave., Miami Gardens.

The workshop will focus on the emotions of anger, fear, disgust, sadness and joy. The Disney Pixar movie Inside Out will follow.

On March 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Adult Ministry will present a workshop, Get a Handle on Your Emotions, where you will learn how emotions such as anger, fear, disgust, sadness and joy effect your physical body; learn emotional intelligence skills and how to apply and explore the 12 powers of mind and practices for emotional control.

The workshop facilitators are: Dr. Glenda Hutson, retired University of Miami School of Medicine associate clinical professor; Dr. Maurice Fuller, pharmacist and certified spiritual intelligence coach; Phillipa Wilson, retired registered nurse and certified emotional intelligence coach; and the Rev. Charles M. Taylor, senior minister at Universal Truth Center, and certified life coach and certified integrative shadow coach.

It is free and open to the public. A love offering would be appreciated. For more information, call the church at 305-624-4991.

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