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Restaurant Week is coming to a close this weekend. Sunday is your last chance to take advantage of these special menus at all the best restaurants in Coral Gables. More details below.

The big 4th of July event is next weekend. Make plans now for your gathering of friends and family to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the birth of our nation. Coral Gables loves the 4th of July, with a big celebration at the Biltmore Hotel.

Enjoy your quality time with family and friends. I think you'll find this week's list of Great Gables Events full of wonderful opportunities.

Robert and Robin Burr

Anime: Japanese Gems at Gables Cinema
Enjoy a week long anime film fest of the best works: a festival celebrating the best of anime will run through Thursday, June 30. Titled Anime: Japanese Gems, the week-long festival will showcase works from a variety of directors, including Satoshi Kon, Katsuhiro Otomo, Mamoru Hosoda, and more. A film like Grave of the Fireflies exemplifies the realistic and detailed philosophy behind the famous Studio Ghibli while Metropolis harkens to the core, as the animation - done by the prolific Madhouse - based on Osamu Tezuka's work, which invented those famous anime eyes. The genres themselves vary wildly: Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira is a post-apocalyptic coming-of-age tale while Yoshiaki Kawajiri's Ninja Scroll is a violent, stylized action film set in feudal Japan. And even within one work there are multiple influences: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie features the diverse interests of creator Shinichiro Watanabe by mixing noir with westerns and jazz. For the hardcore fans, an $80 Anime Festival Series Pass will be available that grants admission to all films. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details.

Fantasy Theatre Factory: Whales, Magic & Cheese, Oh My!
Books come to life as FTF presents its new play, Whales, Magic & Cheese... Oh My! at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road with shows at 10am and 11:30am on Monday, through Friday, June 27 through July 1. The show features selections from several children's books to help children handle bullying and develop a love of reading. Call for more info: 305-284-8800. Tickets are available by phone or online: 305-667-1651.

Plan Ahead: Fourth of July at the Biltmore Hotel
A long tradition in Coral Gables is to meet up with friends and family at the Biltmore Hotel for the July 4th music and fireworks spectacular celebration. You can make plans to gather on the lawn, or get a room with a view. Special themed menus are set for Fontana and Palm d'Or restaurants, as well as a traditional BBQ meal offered at Cascade by the pool. It's best to make reservations in advance. The ultimate experience may be the VIP Stars and Stripes BBQ dinner on the upper terrace with the best view of all the action. The cost for a VIP table of 10 is $1600. Biltmore members pay $135, plus $170 for guests. The fireworks begin promptly at 9pm. Call 887-624-2830.

BBQ Catering For 4th Of July 2016
Here's a great solution for catering your special gathering this 4th of July holiday. The good folks at Whisk Gourmet make an incredible pulled pork BBQ blow-out, with all the fixings. Yum. We can heartily recommend their services. The package includes 5lb Pulled Pork Shoulder, 3lb Cider Cole Slaw, 24 Brioche Slider Buns, 1 Pint Mustard BBQ Sauce, 3lb Potato Salad, 12 slices Watermelon, 20 pieces Grilled Corn On The Cobb with Cayenne Butter and 2 Key Lime Pies -- for $200. Each order serves between 10-12 people and will be available for pick up between 11am and 2pm on Monday, July 4th. Orders must be placed no later than Monday, June 27th. Food will be packaged in oven ready containers and heating instructions will be included. Modifications to the menu may not be accepted. Contact Kristin Conner at 786-268-8350.

Restaurant Week in Coral Gables
Coral Gables Restaurant Week is presented by Johnnie Walker, Baileys Irish Cream and Chandon Rosé. Taste your way through Coral Gables with 39 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner, through June 26. Ask for the Coral Gables Restaurant Week special menu to enjoy these delightful offerings. Hashtag #CGRW. Call 305-569-0311.

Friday, June 24

Family Movie Night: The Good Dinosaur
Bring the kids to a free outdoor family film night in the Museum Loggia, starting at 7pm. The Good Dinosaur movie is set on a fictional Earth in which dinosaurs never became extinct. The film follows a young Apatosaurus named Arlo who meets an unlikely human friend while traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape. The film features the voices of Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Buckley, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, and Steve Zahn. Bring a lawn chair and snacks, or rent a chair ($1) and buy snacks ($1) to support the Museum. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Cathleen Chambless - Nec(Romantic)
Chambless is a fearless riot grrrl poet whose witchy and bewitching poems cast their spell. Her debut Nec(Romantic) is full of love and death, politics and our fragile natural world. Chambless uses the rhythms of nursery rhymes as well as traditional forms to tip over the toy box of childhood, storm through addiction, and wrestle the elegiac mode. Nec(Romantic) is a book so real it stings. Witchy, incantatory and viper smart, Nec(Romantic) is part black magic, part madcap Mother Goose, part postfeminist manifesto. Cathleen Chambless writes poems for real people living in a real world full of real problems -– like grief and addiction, love and heartbreak. Not for blockheads or poetasters, this is a knock-your-socks-off collection of poetry. Meet the poet at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Karaoke at JohnMartin's On The Mile
Every Friday evening at 10pm, sing your heart out at JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant's Karaoke Night. Enjoy drink specials as well as some of the best pub food in South Florida at this award-winning authentic Irish pub. JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777.

Saturday, June 25

Open House at Coral Gables Children's Dental Clinic
The public is invited to visit the Coral Gables Woman's Club for a open house event. Come see the amazing program that provides free dental care for deserving school aged children. Applications for dental care will be accepted. Refreshments and cookies will be served from 10am to 1pm at the historic Woman's Club at 1009 East Ponce. The Coral Gables Woman's Club is proud to be the sponsor of this free dental clinic for children since 1939. Call 305-448-7080.!dentalclinic/c8k2

Kids: Yuyi Morales- Thunder Boy Jr.
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky. National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie's lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales's striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son. Meet the illustrator at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 11am. Call 305-442-4408.

The Big Photo Exhibit
Capture Coral Gables 2016 features the 60 finalists from this year's community photography contest selected by guest jurors, photographers Carl Juste, Bill Maguire and Mary Beth Koeth. Photographs are all taken within the City limits. Categories include Nature/Landscape, Photo Manipulation, Portraiture, Street Photography, and Night Photography. Museum visitors are encouraged to vote in the gallery for their favorite photos and determine this year's prize winners. Grand prize is a special edition Leica D-Lux (Type 109) Solid Gray camera. This contest is presented by the Coral Gables Museum and grand prize sponsor Leica Store Miami. The exhibits continues through August 19. An Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 20th 2016 at 11am. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Saturday Morning Downtown Walking Tour
Stroll through the bustling business district of Coral Gables starting at 11am. This thriving area began in the 1920s. Did you know the Colonnade Hotel was once the Coral Gables Sales Center? Or that electric trolleys once connected downtown Coral Gables to downtown Miami? Visit historic Mediterranean Revival buildings, including a former Ford dealership, outdoor theater, and riding club. Newer additions to the cityscape help tell the complete downtown story. This 90 minute program is generously supported by the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables. $5 for Museum members, $10 for general public. Free for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch cardholders on the first full weekend of each month. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.orgs

Last Curtain: The Royale at GableStage
This explosive play is inspired by the story of boxer Jack Johnson who, at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the most famous and notorious black man on Earth. With a combination of rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic percussion it depicts the epic journey of one man's quest for fame -- no matter the consequence. Award-winning playwright Marco Ramirez was born and raised in Miami -- and attended Miami-Dade County Public schools. He went on to New York University and then was accepted into the prestigious playwriting program at Julliard. He left Julliard to go to Hollywood to write for television. Since there, he has worked on Sons of Anarchy, Orange Is The New Black, Daredevil and Da Vinci's Demons. The play continues through June 26. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 305-445-1119.

Sunday, June 26

Gables Waterway Canoe Tour
Enjoy a day out on the Coral Gables Waterway, a man-made system of canals that added 40 miles of waterfront to the City, from Biscayne Bay through the residential section to the grand golf course at the Biltmore Hotel. This leisurely canoeing experience, led by EcoAdventure and Coral Gables Museum staff, encompasses both nature and history in a delightful blend of unique natural vistas and historic landmarks. A surprising amount of local wildlife can be seen in the water and on the shore. Registrants will meet at the Coral Gables Museum and will start with a guided tour of the exhibit "Creating the Dream: George E. Merrick and His Vision for Coral Gables," an exhibit on the Florida Land Boom, urban planning and development. After the exhibit, board a bus to the Waterway and onto your canoe for a two hour paddling adventure. $40 per person. Registration required. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Sunday SpaDay at B'Livinn
This Sunday, enjoy complimentary mimosas and healthy brunch bites with any service from 11am to 5pm at B'Livvin, 154 Giralda. B'Livinn is an urban spa and shop with one goal in mind: helping you embrace your natural beauty with manicures and hand treatments, pedicures and foot treatments, facials, blow dry, services for kids, treatments for men and more. They offer safe, all-natural beauty and wellness products in store and online. Call 786-362-6902.

Historic Biltmore Hotel Walking Tour
Meet in the hotel's main lobby of the Biltmore Hotel at 1200 Anastasia at 1:30pm to join a Dade Heritage Trust guide for a free hour long walking tour of the famed National Landmark Biltmore Hotel. Your guide will the history, architecture and culture of this beautifully restored 1926 building -- the most striking structure in the City Beautiful. Call 305-445-8066.

Mainly Mozart concert moved to Congregational Church
The Mainly Mozart Festival performance will take place at 4pm at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, not the Biltmore Hotel. From Classical To Disco: Festival artistic director Marina Radiushina and members of Decoda, the only chamber music group named an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, perform a program of classical masterworks by Mozart, Brahms as well as work by the contemporary French composer Connesson, who draws his inspiration from classical, pop and jazz to create a dilightful mix. he Mainly Mozart Festival, presented by the Miami Chamber Music Society, brings an exceptional lineup of local and visiting artists to our community to perform great works of classical music. Call 786-556-1715.

Sally Mann - Hold Still: A Memoir in Photographs
Here is a revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann. In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her. Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land...racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder." In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life. A feature film about her work, What Remains, debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 4pm. Call 305-442-4408.

This Place Matters: The Historic Miami River Inn
Explore "This Place Matters" with the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables, hosted by Arva Parks and Avra Jain from 5 to 7pm at at the newly renovated Miami River Inn, 437 SW 2nd Street. This unique site tour educational program benefits historic resource preservation in Coral Gables and beyond, featuring a private guided tour and talk along with cocktails and light fare. Arva Parks is a local historian and author. Avra Jain is a respected developer and a pioneer of Miami's MiMo district rebirth. The price is free for Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables members, $30 for others. Join HPACG now to attend the event free. Reservation and advanced payment required. RSVP via email: or vist the web site.

Sunday Funday @ Books & Books: Karaoke Party
Attention singers. On your mark. Get set. Go to Books & Books for the big Sunday Funday Karaoke party starting at 7:30pm. This new series of weekly gatherings at the world's greatest little book store was created with fun in mind, so...let your hair down, loosen that tie and prepare to let it all hang out, lyrically and musically speaking, of course at Books & Books, 265 Aragon. Call 305-442-4408.

Monday, June 27

Learn Italian, French and German at SDA
The Societa Dante Alighieri at 300 Aragon, Suite 100, presents an opportunity to increase your foreign language skills at one of Europe's oldest and most prestigious language and cultural institutes. Learn Italian, French and German for expert instructors. The next session begins on June 27th. Following the long and prestigious tradition of this organization founded in Rome in 1889, the Societa Dante Alighieri in Miami was created in 1997 to serve the interests of Italy and Italians in our city. The Societa Dante Alighieri has become a vibrant cultural and academic institution with ongoing Italian language courses, wine tasting and cooking programs, with a rich agenda supported by more than 2,000 active members and students. Call 305-529-6633.

Anthuriums and Philodendrons: Marie and Steve Nock of Ree Gardens
Guest speakers Marie and Steve Nock of Ree Gardens present a talk on growing and propagating anthuriums and philodendrons at 7:30pm at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Dramatic and beautiful flowering plants, Anthuriums are a genus of herbs often growing as epiphytes on other plants. Some are terrestrial. The leaves are often clustered and are variable in shape with bright red spadix and spathe, sometimes called the flamingo flower. The popular Philodendron are grown as ornamental and indoor plants, as well as gaden favorites. The name is derived form the Greek words for love and tree. Philodendrons have extrafloral nectaries, glands that secrete nectar to attract ants. The philodendron obtains nutrients from the surrounding ant nest and the aggressive nature of the ants serves to protect the plant from other insects which would eat it. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651.

Mad Men Mondays at Christy's Bar
For those that enjoy the classic cocktails like the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned -- made famous again by the Mad Men TV series -- visit the Bar at Christy's Restaurant, 3101 Ponce every Monday from 5 to 10pm to enjoy these iconic cocktails. Call 305-446-1400.

Happy Hour at Miller's Ale House
Enjoy craft beers, handcrafted cocktails and $5 appetizers from 4 to 7pm at Miller's Ale House at 101 Miracle Mile. Meet up with friends to enjoy good times on the Mile, with indoor and outdoor seating, a great menu and plenty of big screens to watch your favorite sporting events. Call 305-444-3600.

Cara Black - Murder on the Quai
The world knows Aimée Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in this New York Timesbestselling series, as a très chic, no-nonsense private investigator -- the toughest and most relentless in Paris. Now, author Cara Black dips back in time to reveal how Aimée first became a detective. November 1989: Aimée Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris's preeminent medical school. She lives in a 17th-century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father, who runs the family detective agency. But the week the Berlin Wall crumbles, so does Aimée's life as she knows it. First, someone has sabotaged her lab work, putting her at risk of failing out of the program. Then, she finds out her aristo boyfriend is getting engaged to another woman. And finally, Aimée's father takes off to Berlin on a mysterious errand. He asks Aimée to help out at the detective agency while he's gone -- as if she doesn't already have enough to do. But the case Aimée finds herself investigating -- a murder linked to a transport truck of Nazi gold that disappeared in the French countryside during the height of World War II -- has gotten under her skin. Her heart may not lie in medicine after all -- maybe it's time to think harder about the family business. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Jazz It Up Mondays at Open Stage
The MJC Monday Night Rent Party starting at 8pm is South Florida's highest caliber weekly jazz event, with great musicians every week, a great piano, a great sound system, and a great audience which is there for the music. Your $10 donation at the door support this fine community arts program. Admission is free for MJC members and students with ID.

Tuesday, June 28

Two For One Schnitzel Night at the Bierhaus
Enjoy two Wiener (pork) or Chicken Schnitzel with potato salad at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way every Tuesday evening. In-house orders only. The Bierhaus is well known in Coral Gables for casual, authentic Bavarian cuisine, live music and a great selection of international beers, with a full bar. Call 305-774-1883.

Alma de Tango at the Biltmore
Enjoy authentic Argentine Tango and Milonga classes at the Biltmore Hotel with IDO World Tango Champion Monica Llobet. It's dance instruction, it's a social club, it's a performance venue, all in one. If you love tango and Milonga, this is the place. Advanced at 8pm, beginners' class at 9pm and milonga at 10pm. The price is $20. Call 305-431-7727.

Wednesday, June 29

PRSA Miami Coffee & Conversation with Ron Magill
Ron Magill, American wildlife expert and photographer, communications director of ZooMiami and 2015 recipient of the Public Relations Society of America Miami Chapter Royal Palm Award, will be the speaker at PRSA Miami Coffee and Conversation breakfast roundtable. The event takes place at Miami Children's Health Foundation, 2525 Ponce, Suite 1100 at 8:30am. Price: $25; $20 members, reservations required. Call 305-710-3773.

Brasserie Central Champagne & Pearls Ladies Night
Come to Brasserie Central's Champagne & Pearls Ladies Night, featuring free Champagne and $1 oysters for ladies from 5 to 7pm. This event features local jewelry designer Jacqueline Grieco of revered Lani Vincoli, who will showcase stunning jewelry from her latest line. Brasserie Central is located at the Village of Merrick Park at 320 San Lorenzo. Call 786-536-9388.

Abbi Glines - Up in Flames
Number One New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines returns to Rosemary Beach one last time in this highly-anticipated finale. Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villain. Slut. As the Prada-clad bad girl of Rosemary Beach, Nan Dillon has been called every vile name under the hot summer sun. Some of her reputation is deserved -- she's never had to worry about anything but maintaining her perfect figure and splitting Daddy's private jet with her brother, Rush. But Nan is far from happy. Rush has another kid on the way and doesn't have time to catch up with his sister. Grant, the last guy she truly cared about, chose to be with her half-sister, Harlow, instead of her. And Harlow, who has never gotten over the way Nan treated her when she first moved to town, remains distant. So when Major asks her out, she jumps at the chance to date the gorgeous charmer. Though she doesn't know much about the sweet-talking Texan, and though it's clear he doesn't want to be exclusive, dating him beats hanging out with vapid socialites or watching Netflix alone at home. For a while, Nan deals with Major's playboy ways, but after he burns her one too many times, she takes off for an impromptu wild weekend in Vegas. There, she meets Gannon, a darkly seductive and oh-so-dangerous businessman who knows exactly how to handle her. With Major asking for a second chance and Gannon haunting her dreams, Nan has to decide who to give her heart to. But what she doesn't realize is that these players are involved in a much bigger game -- and they're already two moves ahead of her. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Thursday, June 30

Mojito Madness Thursdays At Tarpon Bend
Stop into Tarpon Bend Thursday for $3.50 Mojitos all day, including Watermelon, Blackberry, Grapefruit, Pineapple and Cantaloupe. In addition, the happy hour runs from 3 to 10pm with 2 for 1 drinks. Tarpon Bend offers an award-winning menu of fresh seafood appetizers and entrees, daily meal specials, with a fine selection of beer and drinks in a lively, casual atmosphere directly on Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-3210.

VONA/Voices Faculty Readings
Join Books & Books and VONA at 7:30pm for an evening of readings with some of the most innovative and talented authors working today. The VONA/Voices workshop is hosted by the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences Creative Writing Program. Now in its 17th year, VONA is the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the country. It's completely free and open to the public, but please RSVP online.

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