Community Voices

Friends and Neighbors: ‘Peace, shalom, Salaam’ concert celebrates those striving for peace

Usually, when we hear about unrest in the Middle East, it is the the killing and the thousands of homeless immigrants that come to mind. Yet, there are so many people who are working and praying for a peaceful solution to violence there.

At 4 p.m. on April 10, a concert entitled “Peace, shalom, Salaam” will be held to celebrate the many people who are striving for peace in the Middle East and throughout the world, said Stacy Wanerman, of Temple Emanu-El in Miami Beach, where the event will be.

The concert will be “a musical commemoration of the struggle and hardship of conflict and will promote the dream that we can bring about peace,” Wanerman said. “The music performed will offer an international flavor, representing different world regions, religions and perspectives.”

For example, Wanerman said, the Siempre Flamenco duo and the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale will perform music rooted in Spain, during a pre-Inquisition period when Christians, Jews and Muslims co-existed peacefully, their cultures flourishing.” She said other highlights will include music from various traditions such as Catholic, African-American gospel, Broadway, American folk and Palestinian.

The program will be directed by Coreen Duffy, and will also feature the University of Miami’s Frost Symphonic Women’s Ensemble, Paco and Celia Fonta, internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon and baritones Rabbi Marc Philippe of Temple Emanu-El and Rabbi Mark Kula of Bet Shira Congregation.

Tickets are free, but a suggested $10 donation will be accepted. Reserved VIP seating is $18 per person and includes an after-the-concert cocktail reception sponsored by Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost. To RSVP and for VIP seating, you may reserve online at, or contact Temple Emanu-El at 305-538-2503.

Parking is available at the 17th Street Garage at $1 per hour.

Youth For Christ fundraising banquet

Youth For Christ will have its annual fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. on April 9 and at 1:30 p.m. on April 10 at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave.

This year’s theme is, “We Are God’s Masterpiece.” The keynote speaker will be Geordon Rendle, president of Youth for Christ International.

For complimentary tickets or to host a table for 10 (adults only please), call 305-271-2442or email;

Honoring outgoing president of Miami Women’s Club

For a decade, Noreen Timoney served as the president of the Miami Woman’s Club, leading the organization through some rough waters. She will step down as head of the organization this month.

To honor her and the service she rendered, club members are inviting the community to join them in celebrating Timoney’s decade of service at a luncheon in her honor to say “Thank you” to her.

The event will be at noon on April 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand, RG Level, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr.

If you go, please RSVP at:

‘Peace, Love and Respect Overtown’

The “Peace, Love and Respect Overtown” one mile run, walk and ride event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday . The event will begin at Northwest Eight Street and Fifth Avenue and will end at Williams Park, 1717 NW 5th Ave.

The run/walk/ride event is being presented by the Office of city of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado in partnership with the city of Miami Police Department, the Overtown N.E.T. Office, and the Miami Tornadoes, Inc. It will feature the families of Richard Hallman and Marlon Eason, two young men who were killed in Overtown in 2015.

Light refreshments will be served on a first come, first served basis.

‘Where’s the Justice’ forum

The Spanish American League Against Discrimination (SALAD) invites the community to a “Where’s the Justice?” forum from 9:50 to 11:05 a.m. Tuesday at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus in the Chapman Conference Center, Bldg 3, Room 3210.

If you go, you will join a discussion addressing inequality and improving the criminal justice system. the panel will include Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez; Juan J. Perez, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department; Chief Rodolfo Llanes, Miami Police Department and a representative from the State Attorney’s office.

It’s free.

New Neighbors Club of South Dade board installation

The New Neighbors Club of South Dade will install its 2016-2017 board at noon on April 13 at its monthly luncheon. It will take place at Devon’s Seafood + Steak, 11715 Sherri Ln. in the Town and Country Mall in Kendall. Doors open at 11:15 a.m..

In addition to installing the new board, special recognition will be paid to all who have served he club in the past year.

The newly elected executive board members are:

▪ Linda Doherty, president;

▪ Susan Kershaw, first vice president;

▪ Sharalynn Torres, second vice president/membership;

▪ Suzuyo Fox, corresponding secretary;

▪ Eileen Sosna, recording secretary;

▪ Barbara Hertz, treasurer;

▪ Elaine DeLeonardis, historian.

If you go, reservations are required. To RSVP, send an email to, or call 786-250-4849. The deadline for reservations is 6 p.m. on April 10. Lunch is $23 per person and payment by check is requested.

‘A Day with Mitch Carmody’

Morning Star Renewal Centers invites the community to “A Day with Mitch Carmody” seminar to be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and/or Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 7275 SW 124th St. in Pinecrest.

The seminar is designed to help people cope and better understand all the different emotions attached to the loss of a loved one.

Carmody is the author of “Letters to My Son,” and is the founder of Proactive Grieving seminars. He is the host of his own radio show “Grief Chat” and his seminars have been presented in nearly every major city in the country.

Some highlights will include:

▪ Proactive grieving - healing body, mind, soul and spirit;

▪ The 20 faces of grief exercise and songs of sorrow music;

▪ Self car/stress relief;

▪ Who am I as a griever?;

▪ Whispers of Love (signs);

▪ The Power of Vulnerability;

▪ Turning Loss to legacy;

▪  Mindfulness, intention and prayer

Admission is free and open to any one who has suffered the tragedy of losing a loved one. Those attending must register by calling 305-238-4367, by faxing to 305-238-4766 or by emailing:

Grant writing workshops

Adriane Kreglo is back to help walk you through the grant-writing process at three locations:

▪ April 7: Advanced Grant Writing at 1 p.m. at Miami Dade College, Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, 6300 NW 7th Ave.

▪ April 8: Grant Writing 101 at 9 a.m. and Volunteer Management Boot Camp at 1 p.m. at partners for Self Employment, 3000 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 200

▪ April 9: Grant Writing 101 at 9 a.m. followed by Volunteer Management Boot Camp at 1 p.m., at Seminole Theater, 18 North Krome Ave. in Homestead.

The grant writing workshops are $35 per person with an early bird special of $25 per person. Advanced Grant Writing is $35 per person with early bird special of $25 per person. The Volunteer Management Boot Camp is $59 per person with an early bird special of $49 per person.

A package to include Grant Writing 101 and Volunteer Management Boot Camp is $80 per person with an early bird special of $70 per person. The Advanced Grant Writing and Volunteer Management Boot Camp package cost $80 per person with an early bird special of $70 per person.

Call 786-618-1447 for more information.

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