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Greetings,

Get a free ice cream cone at Ben & Jerry's on Tuesday, April 14, then remember to vote at your designated Coral Gables precinct. We encourage everyone to pay attention to the two races for commission seats as well as the mayoral race. Without a doubt, Mayor Cason and Commissioner Quesada have done an outstanding job as members of the most productive, civil and proactive commission in recent decades in our little city. Let's not consider upsetting this great team.

The open race for Bill Kerdyk's seat has some good candidates. While we believe Jennette Slesnick is a very capable and experienced political operative with good name recognition and a lot of important friends in the city, we're looking to the future -- not reaching back from the past -- for new leadership that might be around for a long time. Rip Holmes cares about the business climate on Miracle Mile. P.J. Mitchell is a lawyer that also cares very much for Coral Gables but has not garnered the attention of key allies in Coral Gables. Ariel Fernandez has experience in local politics, but doesn't project confidence and strong leadership in our estimation. Sandra Murado is a very competent, articulate and capable lawyer who would do an excellent job of representing the residents of Coral Gables.

For us, Tony Newell is the future of our city. He's laying down roots, operating his business and getting involved -- taking a hard look at the important issues that must be addressed in the coming months and years. We have no doubt that he will be around -- making a difference in Coral Gables -- for years to come. We trust Tony to serve on the city commission with dignity, poise and intellect. He's a leader we can look up to proudly -- representing the best of the new generation, while respecting our heritage, history and the unique identity that is Coral Gables. We think Tony Newell is the best choice for the Group V commission seat vacated by our distinguished vice mayor Bill Kerdyk.

Robert and Robin Burr


Fairchild's Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale
Join Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in celebrating the best of the season at the Spring Garden Festival featuring the 36th Annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Enjoy gardening demos, the garden marketplace, chef-led cooking demos and the Beer Tasting Garden. The Spring Garden Tea in the Baobab Courtyard offers a relaxing tea service with sweets and savories from 10am to 3pm. Enjoy live music while grabbing a bite to eat. The 36th Annual Spring Plant Sale features a spectacular array of both native and exotic plants grown by Fairchild horticulturists and local plant vendors, who will be on hand to answer any questions. Admission is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. For nonmembers, admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Paella Fest at the Bierhaus Plaza
Meet up with friends at the 12th Annual Coral Gables Paella Fest on the Bierhaus Plaza at Fritz and Franz, 60 Merrick Way. The festivities continue all weekend, April 17-19 with live music and varieties of the classic Spanish Paella. Try the Bierhaus Sangria Cocktail specialty drink. During the live music, admission is $5 per person, which does not include food or drinks. Paella is $10 to $15. Sangria is $8 beer and shots are $5. Wine is $7-9. Cocktails are $11. Call 305-774-1883. http://www.bierhaus.cc/

Gables Guitar Lesson Week
Partnering with local businesses like Coral Gables Art Cinema, Chocolate Fashion, Janette & Co. Macarons and Pummarola Pizzeria, Gables Guitar brings you a very special offer on guitar lessons. By shopping or dining at any of these businesses you earn a free introductory half-hour lesson at Gables Guitar Studio. Just bring your receipt as proof of purchase during the week of April 13 through April 19. Gables Guitar Studio is located at 2000 Ponce, in Suite 511. Call 305-582-6881. http://gablesguitar.com


Friday, April 10

Paella Fest at the Bierhaus Plaza
Meet up with friends at the 12th Annual Coral Gables Paella Fest on the Bierhaus Plaza at Fritz and Franz, 60 Merrick Way, starting at 5pm with live music and several varieties of the classic Spanish Paella. Try the Bierhaus Sangria Cocktail specialty drink. During the live music, admission is $5 per person, which does not include food or drinks. Paella is $10 to $15. Sangria is $8 beer and shots are $5. Wine is $7-9. Cocktails are $11. Call 305-774-1883. http://www.bierhaus.cc/


Saturday, April 11

Early-Bird Walks at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy a seasonal Early-Bird Walk in the garden on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30am, through April 26. The cost is included with admission. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes for this 45-minute bird appreciation walk, and bring your binoculars and/or camera. If you don't have binoculars, you can borrow them from the information desk at the Shehan Visitor Center upon arrival. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Fairchild's Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale
Join Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in celebrating the best of the season at the Spring Garden Festival featuring the 36th Annual Spring Plant Sale from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Enjoy gardening demos, the garden marketplace, chef-led cooking demos and the Beer Tasting Garden. The Spring Garden Tea in the Baobab Courtyard offers a relaxing tea service with sweets and savories from 10am to 3pm. Enjoy live music while grabbing a bite to eat. The 36th Annual Spring Plant Sale features a spectacular array of both native and exotic plants grown by Fairchild horticulturists and local plant vendors, who will be on hand to answer any questions. Admission is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. For nonmembers, admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Family Day On Aragon
Bring the kids and come out this Saturday, April 11th for Family Day on Aragon with plenty of family friendly, fun activities on the second Saturday of each month. Start at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, at 10am for story time, head to the Gables Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue, at 11am for Follow That Bird, and make your way to the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue all day long for musical performances, an appearance by Mayor Jim Cason and more as we celebrate Coral Gables' 90th anniversary.

Saturday Downtown Walking Tours
Stroll through Coral Gables' bustling business district to discover local history and architectural heritage. Starting at 11am, the 90 minute walking tour starts at the Museum at 11am and ends at Seasons 52 on Miracle Mile, where participants may enjoy a special lunch menu with complimentary signature flatbread. The cost is $10 of $5 for Museum members. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Paella Fest at the Bierhaus Plaza
Meet up with friends at the 12th Annual Coral Gables Paella Fest on the Bierhaus Plaza at Fritz and Franz, 60 Merrick Way, starting at 2pm with live music and several varieties of the classic Spanish Paella. Try the Bierhaus Sangria Cocktail specialty drink. During the live music, admission is $5 per person, which does not include food or drinks. Paella is $10 to $15. Sangria is $8 beer and shots are $5. Wine is $7-9. Cocktails are $11. Call 305-774-1883. http://www.bierhaus.cc/

Kids: Zephyronia, Celebrating Earth Day
On the distant planet of Zephyronia, wind power is the solution when Flora and Flutter teach the emperor that there is more than one way to run a planet. This magical children's tale, with music by Bruce Adolphe and story by Louise Gikow, is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day and teach your children about energy conservation and alternative energy sources. Story Time with Orchestra Miami will feature two magical musical compositions: Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears with music composed by Bruce Adolphe, arranged for woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French Horn). Perfect for the attention spans of our young audience (5 to 10), this fun and engaging program will last approximately 45 minutes.The event begins at 3:15pm. Approximate duration is 50 minutes to one hour. Free and open to the public. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Festival Of The Arts "Plus One" Exhibition
The Deering Estate will host the Festival of the Arts "Plus One" Exhibition where leading curators, gallerists and working artists have been invited to collaborate in the creation of site-specific works and performances at the Deering Estate. Events include an indoor and outdoor exhibit; a Curator's and Artists' Tour; a Literary Lounge featuring Literary Artists-in-Residence and guests from 5:30 to 8pm; a Fire Circle Forum, and interactive activities for all ages. Performance include "UnRaveled," a series of six intergenerational site-specific choreographed vignettes by Michelle Grant Murray; a contemporary Flamenco dance by Niurca E. Marquez; Ebb/Flow, a non-traditional dance duet, performed by Pioneer Winter and Marissa Alma Nick on a canoe in the Boat Basin; and mask and body art performances by FIU Honors College students, under Gretchen Scharnagl. From 3:30 to 9pm a Courtyard Café will offer a select group of food and bar choices for a healthy, fresh picnic experience. Youth and families will also have the opportunity to explore and interact with art through the Photography Competition and Artful Scavenger Hunt. Free with Estate admission. The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue. Call 305-235-1668 x233. http://www.deeringestate.org

Andrew Blitman - The Blitman Anthology
A paperback compilation of poems, essays, articles, and other writings by Andrew Blitman, this book is geared toward high school and college students. The Blitman Anthology is designed to be quick and hard-hitting; its lessons originated from the author's personal college experiences. A must-read for Millennials. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 5pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

The Importance of American Opera
In partnership with Books & Books and the University of Miami, Florida Grand Opera will present a discussion and performance looking at contemporary American opera from Menotti to the present. The panelists will be joined by students from the University of Miami and by Florida Grand Opera's Young Artists to present an interactive performance as the audience journeys from 1950 to 2015. Presenters Include: Alan O. Johnson, Associate Professor, Vocal Performance, and Program Director, University of Miami's Frost Opera Theater; Karen Henson, Associate Professor, Musicology, at University of Miami's Frost School of Music; Dr. Julie Maykowski, FGO's Director of Artistic Administration and Head of the Young Artist Program. This event is free but reservations are required. The panel discussion and performance takes place at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Moonlight Paddle Out
Discover South Florida from a different point of view and get a first-hand look at the environment Tropical Audubon fights so hard to protect. Enjoy a fun moonlit kayaking adventure along the bay. Gather at Chapman Field at 7:30pm and start paddling at 8pm. Participants must be at least 9 years old and accompanied by an adult. Wear closed-toe water-shoes and long sleeves. Please bring dinner and water. Swimwear is recommended. Current Tropical Audubon Society Members: $25 per paddler, per trip. Non-Members: $50 (Includes TAS annual Membership). All paddlers receive a Paddle Out guide and sticker. Please RSVP to paddleout@outlook.com

Last Weekend for First Date at Miracle Theatre
Enjoy this hysterical and hopeful new Broadway musical about the chances we take to find love with Actors' Playhouse production of First Date at the Miracle Theatre. When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple finds that they are not alone. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into their best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? The play continues through April 12. Tickets range from $35 to $52. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, plus Sunday at 3pm. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org

Frost Plays: Video Game Music
The Frost School of Music's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra will perform Frost Plays: Video Game Music in collaboration with the Frost Concert Jazz Band, Frost Jazz Vocal, beginning at 8pm. The concert features music from the history of video games ranging from "Super Mario, Pong" and "Final Fantasy" to "BioShock, Halo, Warcraft" and many more, with arrangements by students and faculty. The program will include two never-before-heard suites written for HMI by Trevor Morris and Garry Schyman. The concert will be hosted by voiceover artist Gene Farber and will feature immersive multimedia elements throughout the show. Before and after the show and at intermission, swing by the interactive installations in the lobby. On loan from a private collector, there will be old school video game consoles for you to play, challenge your friends, or just get nostalgic for the nineties. We will also have some newer consoles for those of you that prefer higher resolution and frame rates. And don't miss the photo booth, where a professional photographer will be waiting to catch you at your most heroic. You may even have a character or two photo bomb you. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for kids 2 to 12 and free for UM students with ID (subject to availability). Gusman Concert Hall at University of Miami is located at 1314 Miller Road. Call 305-284-2400. http://www.FrostPlays.com

New Jerusalem at GableStage
GableStage presents New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation, Amsterdam July 27, 1656. As the Inquisition bears down on them, a small Jewish community flees Portugal to find a tenuous peace in seemingly liberal Amsterdam. But Spinoza, a favorite son of the community and the rabbi's heir apparent, is a revolutionary thinker. When the boldness of his ideas strains the bounds of Amsterdam's professed tolerance, it leads to a dangerous confrontation between powerful political forces and his own beloved community. Based on true events in the life of one of the greatest philosophers in history, David Ives' engaging drama challenges traditional political and religious thinking with conviction, passion, and wit. Ives opens the temple doors and lets us listen to a dispute whose philosophical and political echoes still reverberate today. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 305-445-1119. http://www.gablestage.org

Late Night Movie: Batman Begins
Gotham City is dark and dangerous -- and protected by a mostly corrupt police department. That is until the Dark Knight begins his war on crime. The Secret Celluloid Society presents Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster Batman as part of the After Hours series at the Gables Cinema in 35mm. Michael Keaton proves to be the ideal Bruce Wane (a.k.a Batman), remaining true to the dark figure from the original comics. Jack Nicholson shines in the role of the psychotic, unpredictable Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker. The movie starts at 11:30pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon, directly across from Books & Books. Call 786-385-9689. http://www.gablescinema.org


Sunday, April 12

Early-Bird Walks at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy a seasonal Early-Bird Walk in the garden on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30am, through April 26. The cost is included with admission. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes for this 45-minute bird appreciation walk, and bring your binoculars and/or camera. If you don't have binoculars, you can borrow them from the information desk at the Shehan Visitor Center upon arrival. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Fairchild's Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale
Join Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in celebrating the best of the season at the Spring Garden Festival featuring the 36th Annual Spring Plant Sale from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Enjoy gardening demos, the garden marketplace, chef-led cooking demos and the Beer Tasting Garden. The Spring Garden Tea in the Baobab Courtyard offers a relaxing tea service with sweets and savories from 10am to 3pm. Enjoy live music while grabbing a bite to eat. The 36th Annual Spring Plant Sale features a spectacular array of both native and exotic plants grown by Fairchild horticulturists and local plant vendors, who will be on hand to answer any questions. Admission is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. For nonmembers, admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Paella Fest at the Bierhaus Plaza
Meet up with friends at the 12th Annual Coral Gables Paella Fest on the Bierhaus Plaza at Fritz and Franz, 60 Merrick Way, starting at noon with live music and several varieties of the classic Spanish Paella. Try the Bierhaus Sangria Cocktail specialty drink. During the live music, admission is $5 per person, which does not include food or drinks. Paella is $10 to $15. Sangria is $8 beer and shots are $5. Wine is $7-9. Cocktails are $11. Call 305-774-1883. http://www.bierhaus.cc/

Theresa Murphy - Success Doesn't Sleep
One woman's story of how she empowered herself to overcome domestic violence, rebuild her life for herself and her children and ultimately start a successful business that teaches others to the do the same when they re ready to leave corporate America to take the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 2pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Barnacle Under Moonlight Concert
Bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs to The Barnacle for an evening of great music under the moonlight with Beth Wood, a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Beth began her musical career in Lubbock, Texas, and she later studied voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina. A detour from her classical studies led her to Austin, Texas, where she picked up a degree in literature and a guitar. Beth began writing her own songs and quickly discovered a feeling of musical freedom that she has been hooked on ever since. Sixteen years, thousands of shows, nine albums, three cars, and numerous awards later, Beth has never looked back. She currently lives in Oregon, where she has immersed herself in the northwest music scene, including working on staff with the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy for three years as an instructor and host of the Sunday Community Celebration. Gates open 5:30. Music: 6:30-8:30 pm. $10 Future Members. $8 Members. $3 Ages 6-9. Under 6 free. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866. http://www.thebarnacle.org

Reading & Eating at Ortanique
Bring a friend along for the Reading & Eating Book Club at Ortanique on the Mile, 278 Miracle Mile, this Sunday, April 12th 6pm. This month's event will pay tribute to Chef Cindy's brand new cookbook, From the Tip of My Tongue, preparing some of her signature dishes from the book, along with insight on her career. Cost is $70 and includes a signed copy of the book. Spaces are limited. Call 305-446-7710 or email Ashley: Ashley@ortaniquerestaurants.com

Tropical Chihuly Nights At Fairchild Garden
On Thursdays and Sundays from 6 to 9pm, see all of Dale Chihuly's exquisite glass forms under the stars at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Stroll through the Garden to see this most extraordinary exhibition, dine at The Glasshouse Cafe, or stretch out on a blanket and watch the moon rise over the lush 83-acre tropical oasis. The Chihuly Day/Night Combo tickets include full access to the Garden and exhibitions from 7:30am to 9pm. The cost is $50 for adults, $35 seniors and $22 for children 6 to 17. Day or night tickets are $25 for adult Fairchild members and $12 for member children ages 6 to 17; non-members $35 for adults, $25 seniors and $16 for children. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org


Monday, April 13

Les Standiford - Water to the Angels
The author of Last Train to Paradise tells the story of the largest public water project ever created -- William Mulholland's Los Angeles aqueduct -- a story of Gilded Age ambition, hubris, greed, and one determined man who's vision shaped the future and continues to impact us today. In 1907, Irish immigrant William Mulholland conceived and built one of the greatest civil engineering feats in history: the aqueduct that carried water 223 miles from the Sierra Nevada mountains to Los Angeles -- allowing this small, resource-challenged desert city to grow into a modern global metropolis. Drawing on new research, Les Standiford vividly captures the larger-then-life engineer and the breathtaking scope of his six-year, $23 million project that would transform a region, a state, and a nation at the dawn of its greatest century. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Miami Jazz Coop Rent Party
Come out and enjoy local Jazz at Open Stage Club, 2325 Galiano starting at 8pm to benefit the Miami Jazz Cooperative non-profit organization. The MJC is committed to supporting the appreciation of jazz in the South Florida community through education and outreach. Admission is $10. MJC Members and students with ID are admitted free. Call 305-356-7676. http://www.miamijazz.org/


Tuesday, April 14

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
April 14th is free cone day at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream shop at 80 Aragon. It's their way to celebrate and say thanks for another year of support. Thirty-five years ago Ben & Jerry's founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield had just survived their first year of running a business. Surprised and grateful for their accomplishment, they wanted to thank the community that had supported them with a free cone of their famous ice cream. And, they've kept it up every year, spreading the peace, love and ice cream around the globe. Call 305-442-1800. http://www.benjerry.com/coralgables

Col. Chris Hadfield - An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. In his bestselling book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories, his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth -- especially your own. Col. Hadfield will gladly pose for pictures, personalize books and sign other paraphernalia, with the purchase of a book. Meet the astronaut at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

James O. Born - Scent of a Murder
Two years after being tossed from the detective bureau for using questionable tactics while catching a child molester, deputy Tim Hallett's life is finally on track. Assigned to a special K-9 unit with the best partner in the world, a Belgian Malinois named Rocky, Hallett has finally learned to balance police work with his family life. But that all changes in the heat of a Florida sugarcane field. While searching for a kidnapper, Rocky locks onto the scent of a predator unlike anyone has ever seen. Or have they? The more Hallett digs, the closer he comes to his old issues when the case that ended his career as a detective appears to be the key to a series of kidnappings. When the trail turns to murder, Hallett risks everything to catch the killer, even if it means clearing the child molester who drove him to violence and ruined his career. Along the way, Hallett and his partners learn the true meaning of loyalty and courage as their canine companions take police work to a new level and show that instinct means more than training. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Wednesday, April 15

Jazz in the Gables every Wednesday at noon
On the Coral Gables Museum plaza on Salzedo, Jazz in the Gables offers a musical respite for lunch goers in the Gables. Each Wednesday, take a break from work and stop by the Museum plaza for free lunchtime jazz concerts, featuring some delightful offerings from Catering By Lovables and dessert options by Häagen-Dazs available for purchase. Jazz in the Gables is made possible thanks to the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Jazz Coop, Coral Gables Museum, Business Improvement District, Chamber of Commerce and corporate sponsors Coral Gables Hospital and Zyscovich Architects. Call 305-460- 5311. http://jazzinthegables.org

General Carlos Julio Peñaloza - Fidel's Dauphin
The career military man and retired general Carlos Julio Peñaloza saw combat against the Castro-Communist urban and rural guerrillas in the 1960s in Venezuela. In his first book El Imperio de Fidel, the author relates the meddling of Fidel Castro in Venezuela until 1968, and in this his second book, the narratives takes us up to the failed coup attempt of February 4, 1992. This coup was a product of the "Foro de Sao Paulo" conspiracy hatched by Lula Da Silva and Fidel Castro. Chávez was made-to-order by Fidel Castro and by other communist artisans such as Douglas Bravo and Alí Rodríguez Araque who collaborated together with Venezuelan politicians and military chiefs who created, protected and developed his public persona. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

A Collector's Legacy: Highlights from the Ruwitch Family Collections
The Lowe Art Museum is pleased to present the first public exhibition of works from the Francien C. Ruwitch and the Ruwitch Family Collections as a tribute to the wonderful woman who catalyzed their very existence. THe reception is from 7 to 9pm. Francien "Fran" Ruwitch was known for her energy, her panache, and her love of art. She enjoyed a stellar reputation as one of Miami's most committed connoisseurs who, over the course of several decades, built a remarkable collection of contemporary art. The Francien C. Ruwitch and the Ruwitch Family Collections comprise a rich, intergenerational assortment of art in all media. Fran first became a member of the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum in 1954. She later served as President of the Lowe's "Friends of Art" for two years, in addition to leading tours as an engaging museum docent. The Lowe Art Museum is located at 1301 Stanford Drive on UM Campus. Call 305-284-3535. http://loweartmuseum.org

Johnny Dwyer - American Warlord
Chucky Taylor is the American son of the infamous African dictator Charles Taylor. Raised by his mother in the Florida suburbs, at the age of 17 he followed his father to Liberia, where he ended up leading a murderous militia. Chucky is now in a federal penitentiary, the only American ever convicted of torture. This shocking and essential work of reportage tells his tragic and terrifying story for the first time. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Thursday, April 16

InTown Development opens Coral Gables Sales Center
The Astor Companies has relocated the sales center for its latest development, InTown, to a convenient Coral Gables location at 21 Almeria. To celebrate the grand opening with residents of Coral Gables, InTown will host a reception for the new sales center from 5 to 8pm at the new location. The two, 14-story residential towers in the heart of Little Havana are minutes away from Downtown Brickell, Coconut Grove, Vizcaya, American Airlines Arena, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Miami International Airport. The building will include more than 19,000 square feet of ground floor retail, six high speed elevators, a 14,000 square foot open-air pool deck, 62-foot long swimming pool, state of the art fitness center, business center, club room with billiard and theater, valet service, 24 hour reception attendant and onsite security. Call 305-779 -5672
Email: sales@astorcompanies.com

Tropical Chihuly Nights At Fairchild Garden
On Thursdays and Sundays from 6 to 9pm, see all of Dale Chihuly's exquisite glass forms under the stars at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Stroll through the Garden to see this most extraordinary exhibition, dine at The Glasshouse Cafe, or stretch out on a blanket and watch the moon rise over the lush 83-acre tropical oasis. The Chihuly Day/Night Combo tickets include full access to the Garden and exhibitions from 7:30am to 9pm. The cost is $50 for adults, $35 seniors and $22 for children 6 to 17. Day or night tickets are $25 for adult Fairchild members and $12 for member children ages 6 to 17; non-members $35 for adults, $25 seniors and $16 for children. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Chantel Acevedo - The Distant Marvels
Maria Sirena tells stories. She does it for money -- she was a favorite in the cigar factory where she worked as a lettora -- and for love, spinning gossamer tales out of her own past for the benefit of friends, neighbors, and family. But now, like a modern-day Scheherazade, she will be asked to tell one last story so that eight women can keep both hope and themselves alive. Maria Sirena begins to tell the incredible story of her childhood during Cuba's Third War of Independence; of her father Augustin, a ferocious rebel; of her mother, Lulu, an astonishing woman who fought, loved, dreamed, and suffered as fiercely as her husband. Stories, however, have a way of taking on a life of their own, and transported by her story's momentum, Maria Sirena will reveal more about herself than she or anyone ever expected. Chantel Acevedo's The Distant Marvels is an epic adventure tale, a family saga, a love story, a stunning historical account of armed struggle against oppressors, and a long tender plea for forgiveness. It is, finally, a life-affirming novel about the kind of love that lasts a lifetime and the very art of storytelling itself. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


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