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It's a great month for enjoying fine cuisine in this town. With Miami Spice special menus, plus a few seasonal specials listed here, take some time off with family and friends for a tasty meal.

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Vote Yes 4 Solar for Florida's future
We're the Sunshine State. We need to be a world leader in the development and implementation of sustainable solar energy. On August 30, join Floridians For Solar Choice -- vote yes on Amendment 4 to remove taxes on solar power and empower the positive movement toward smart solar energy. This is not an campaign lead by power companies. This is a grassroots consumer effort working to help more homes and businesses generate electricity by harnessing the power of the sun.

Little Men at Gables Cinema
When the grandfather of 13-year-old Jake (Theo Taplitz) dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father's old Brooklyn home. There, Jake meets the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single mother Leonor (Paulina García), a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon Jake's parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) -- one, a struggling actor, the other a psychotherapist -- ask Leonor to sign a new lease on her store, one she cannot afford. At first Jake and Tony don't seem to notice storm clouds looming overhead, but soon enough, the adult tension intrudes upon the borders of their friendship. Directed by Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange, Keep The Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue) with his trademark humanism and insight, Little Men highlights the New York City landscape with a story of life-defining friendships in the midst of familial turmoil. It's a little movie brimming with little truths about modern life. It won't change the world, but it does understand it -- far more insightfully than the formula blockbusters at the mall. Little Men continues through August 25. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details.

Morton's 2 Pound Lobster Special - Friday Only
Attention lobster lovers. Now hear this: Make your RSVP in advance for the great One-Day Lobster Special at Morton's, starting at 5pm Friday. Order a 2 pound steamed Maine Lobster for only $35. Morton's The Steakhouse is located on the corner of Miracle Mile and Ponce in the heart of downtown Coral Gables. Call 305-442-1662.

Get It While It's Hot: Seasonal Entree at Benihana
Benihana on Miracle Mile is now featuring their seasonal entrée for a limited time: Spicy Hibachi Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Yuzu Chili Colossal Shrimp. Talented chefs and showmen combine pork tenderloin blackened with chili spices, paprika, thyme, black pepper and salt, finished with garlic butter. The tenderloin is paired with colossal shrimp grilled alongside the sweet, citrus flavors of yuzu and lemon. Guests will also want to try Benihana's latest limited-time drink offerings while available. The Sparkling Strawberry Sangria combines fresh muddled strawberries, Absolut Citron vodka, Combier Liqueur D'Orange and lemon juice, topped with Rose Regale. The Fuji Apple Punch Bowl is a sweet combination of Skyy Vodka Honeycrisp vodka, Hana Fuji Apple Sake, Licor 43, apple cider and a cinnamon-sugar rim. The bowl is perfect for sharing with two or more people. Enjoy.

Spicing it up in the Gables
Are you finding those great Miami Spice fixed price meals at your favorite restaurants? $23 lunches and $39 dinners are available all over town at the best restaurants through the end of September, including Angelique Euro Café, Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant, Bulla Gastrobar, Caffe Vialetto, Christy's, Morton's the Steakhouse, Obba Suhi & More, Ortanique on the Mile, Swine Southern Table & Bar, Trust & Co., BrickTop's, Cibo Wine Bar, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, MesaMar Seafood Table, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Seasons 52 and Talavera. Enjoy.

John Allen leading Gables Foundation
Coral Gables Community Foundation Board Member John Allen will begin his role as Chairman of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 term. As Vice President of Operations at Home Financing Center, John has also served on the Foundation Board for many years. John proudly served as the Chairman of the Community Giving Committee in 2015 and co-chaired the Foundation's 2012 Club Monaco gala. In addition to John's role as Chamber Chairman, he also serves as Vice Chairman of the Coral Gables Museum Board of Directors and on the Coral Gables Art Cinema Board from 2012-2015.

Friday, August 19

Morton's 2 Pound Lobster Special - On Day Only
Attention lobster lovers. Now hear this: Make your RSVP in advance for the great One-Day Lobster Special at Morton's, starting at 5pm. Order a 2 pound steamed Maine Lobster for only $35. Morton's The Steakhouse is located on the corner of Miracle Mile and Ponce in the heart of downtown Coral Gables. Call 305-442-1662.

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.

Milos Forman's Taking Off at Gables Cinema
Czech director Milos Forman essential film from the 60s is back for a single showing. When the Prague Spring is shattered by the Soviets in 1968, the New Wave came to an end and Forman left for America where he thrived making high-profile Hollywood blockbusters like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Ragtime and Amadeus. Lost in the shuffle is Forman's American debut, a lustrous indie gem, Taking Off, produced by Michael Hausman for a paltry $800K. In it, we find the same acute social observation that made Forman's initial comedies landmarks of world cinema. Buck Henry and Lynn Carlin are distraught parents of runaway teenager Linnea Heacock who join SPFC, the Society for Parents of Fugitive Children, in order to cope with their situation. Among the movie's many joys are rubber-faced Paul Benedict and ditzy blonde Georgia Engel as natural born swingers. Unknown Carly Simon and Kathy Bates appear in a record label audition. Forman regular Vincent Schiavelli coaches elders on the art of smoking marijuana... It's all brought into sharp focus by Forman's inseparable director of photography, Miroslav Ondricek, who passed away last year. The movie begins at 11:45pm. Tickets to late-night F For Friday screenings are $7 general admission and include a free popcorn and 2-for-1 beer and wine. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details.

Saturday, August 20

Celebrate Beekeeping: National Honey Bee Day
Bee-cause it's important. National Honey Bee Day is an awareness day started by beekeepers in the United States to build community awareness of the bee industry, through education and promotion. On the third Saturday of August, beekeepers across the United States celebrate the critical importance that honey bees play in the pollination of plants to sustain our modern food system. Bee populations are under attach and suffering in many regions. The Tropical Audubon Society meets at the historic Doc Thomas House at 5530 Sunset Drive. On-site parking available via 55th Avenue gate. Call 305-666-2842.

Eco-Restoration Day at TAS's Steinberg Nature Center
Learn about indigenous plants and help the Tropical Audubon Society maintain their near-native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center on the TAS campus. It's a wonderful group effort by people who really care about the local environment. Restoration Days are held on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Show up when you can, between 8:30am and noon -- you will find a host of conservationists, birders, plant lovers and gardeners just like you lending a hand. They provide gloves. The Tropical Audubon Society meets at the historic Doc Thomas House at 5530 Sunset Drive. On-site parking available via 55th Avenue gate. Call 305-666-2842.

Sidewalk Sale on Miracle Mile
Walk the Miracle Mile and enjoy savings at participating shops from 10am to 6pm as Coral Gables celebrates the summer with an annual Sidewalk Sale. Participating shops include Bijou Bridal, Bloom Boutique, Cattiva Boutique, Cherry Blow Dry Bar. Emporium, Morays Jewelers, Conde Contemporary, Dominique, GBS The Beauty Store, J. Del Olmo Bridal Gallery, Jae's Jewelers, Melissa Shoes, Retro City Collectibles, Sesderma, and Well Groomed Gentleman.

Capture Coral Gables Awards at the Museum
The Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony of the fifth annual Capture Coral Gables take place at the museum starting at 11am. The Coral Gables Museum will announce the 12 category winners and present them with prize packages donated by Capture Coral Gables partners and sponsors. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a total of 12 category winners for the following categories: Digital photo manipulation Adult Category, Digital photo manipulation Teen Category, Portraiture Adult Category, Portraiture Teen Category, Street Photography Adult Category, Street Photography Teen Category, Nature/Landscape Adult Category, Nature/Landscape Teen Category, Night Photography Adult Category, Night Photography Teen Category, Juror's Pick, People's Choice Awards. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Junior Orange Bowl Queen's Dynasty Ball
Enjoy a night of fun, glamour, and royalty as The Queen's Dynasty honors the Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court -- past and present -- with a night of dinner and dancing at the luxurious Biltmore Hotel starting at 7pm. One Queen and 2 Princesses along with a "little Sister" are selected to represent the Junior Orange Bowl and reign as the Goodwill Ambassadors at festival events. They embark on a year long journey which includes community service and leadership skills. These four young ladies ride in their own Royal Court Float in the annual Junior Orange Bowl Parade. Call 305-662-1210.

Stalking the Bogeyman at GableStage
A powerful thriller based on a true story that aired on NPR's This American Life, it follows renowned journalist David Holthouse's secret pursuit of justice for a horrific crime hidden for 25 years. When he was seven David was abused by a 17-year-old acquaintance. Twenty five years later, David can no longer remain silent, when he learns that the man who destroyed his childhood has moved into his new neighborhood. The play explores the dangers of vengeance, the power of forgiveness, the strength of family -- and the bogeymen that lurks inside us all. The play continues through August 28. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 305-445-1119.

Comedian Ken Miller at Open Stage Club
Ken Miller will put his comedic spin on topics such as weight, divorce, kids and more. In just a few short years Ken Miller has stormed though the ranks of comedy. From MCing events and appearing as a featured comedian to headlining big events. Along the way, he has become one of the funniest comics in the state of Florida, winning the 2009 Comedy Central South Beach Comedy Festival. After finishing second two years in a row, Ken Miller finally won the 2013 Florida's Funniest Comedy Competition beating out over 200 comics. Tickets are $15. Call 305-753-5077.

In the Heights at Area Stage
"In the Heights" tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. This musical is presented by The Area Stage Company and Theatre Conservatory. The play begins at 8pm. Performances continue through August 27. The theatre is at 1560 S. Dixie Hwy. Call 305-666-2078.

Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing at Gables Cinema
Bed-Stuy is about to explode as tensions rise during the hottest day of the summer. Especially pertinent in light of recent events around the country, Spike Lee's examination of race relations in late 80s New York City was the film that solidified him as a singular auteur and a pioneer of the new black cinema. From Rosie Perez's iconic opening dance number set to Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" to Lee's own portrayal of 25-year old Mookie, Do the Right Thing is one of the all-time classic summer movies. But the film is also an indictment of the violence endemic to not just New York but the entire United States. Nominated for two Academy Awards, Lee's colorful tale is not to be missed. Come listen to the story of the Right Hand, Left Hand. Tickets to After Hours screenings are $7 general admission and include a free popcorn and 2-for-1 beer and wine. The movie begins at 11:45pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details.

Sunday, August 21

Free Brunch for Kids at Bellmónt
A gift for the kids before they go back to school: Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant at 339 Miracle Mile is offer kids under 12 a free Sunday Brunch from 10:30 to 3pm, as well as facepainting, balloons and more fun activities. Call 786-502-4684.

Historic Biltmore Hotel Walking Tour
Meet in the hotel's main lobby of the Biltmore Hotel Sundays 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.

Monday, August 22

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.

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.

Jennifer Grace - Directing Your Destiny
In this groundbreaking new book, author Jennifer Grace shares insights from her experience as a SAG actress, screenwriter, and filmmaker that give everyone the opportunity to write, produce, and direct the movie of their life. By following her easy-to-understand practices, you'll learn to rewrite scenes in order to align yourself with self-love, creativity, peace, and empowerment, and recast your story with people who are in sync with their highest selves. By utilizing the Authenticity Frequency Method (AFM) that Jennifer has developed, countless business leaders, artists, and students of all ages and backgrounds have already manifested new horizons, new careers and all-new lives. In just four weeks, with a little discipline and diligence, you'll discover how to bring your own story to life. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408.

An Evening Of Original Poetry by David Kwiat
Gablestage at the Biltmore presents a poetry reading by David Kwiat, professor in the Theater Division at New World School of the Arts since 1989. He is the recipient of an Endowed Teaching Chair and his many performances in South Florida have earned him two Carbonell Awards. David authored John Barrymore: Confessions of an Actor, which he has performed at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival, The King's Head Theatre in London and throughout the United States. David's poem "Hurricane Season: The Nature of War" was included in the 10th and 11th Editions of The Art of Being Human. His book of poetry, A Traveler in Residence is available at and he is currently completing his latest book of poetry, Terminal Hotel. David lives, teaches, acts, and writes poetry in Miami. No reserved seats. No admission charge. The event begins at 7:30pm. Please come early. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 305-445-1119.

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, August 23

Gregory W. Bush - White Sand Black Beach
In May 1945, activists staged a "wade-in" at a whites-only beach in Miami, protesting the Jim Crow–era laws that denied blacks access to recreational waterfront areas. Pressured by protestors in this first postwar civil rights demonstration, the Dade County Commission ultimately designated the difficult-to-access Virginia Key as a beach for African Americans. The beach became vitally important to the community, offering a place to congregate with family and friends and to enjoy the natural wonders of the area. It was also a tangible victory in the continuing struggle for civil rights in public space. As Florida beaches were later desegregated, many viewed Virginia Key as symbolic of an oppressive past and ceased to patronize it. At the same time, white leaders responded to desegregation by decreasing attention to and funding for public spaces in general. The beach was largely ignored and eventually shut down. In White Sand Black Beach, historian and longtime Miami activist Gregory Bush recounts this unique story and the current state of the public waterfront in Miami. Recently environmentalists, community leaders, and civil rights activists have come together to revitalize the beach, and Bush highlights the potential to stimulate civic engagement in public planning processes. While local governments defer to booster and lobbying interests pushing for destination casinos and boat shows, Bush calls for a land ethic that connects people to the local environment. He seeks to shift the local political divisions beyond established interest groups and neoliberalism to a broader vision that simplifies human needs, and reconnects people to fundamental values such as health. A place of fellowship, relaxation, and interaction with nature, this beach, Bush argues, offers a common ground of hope for a better future. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

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, August 24

All About The Numbers Historic Celebration
The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables is partnering with the l00 Ladies of Deering, a fundraising committee of the Deering Estate Foundation, to host a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks, the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the 30th anniversary of the Deering Estate Foundation, and the 25th anniversary of HPACG. Following a cocktail reception, the program will feature three special speakers: Thompson Mayes, Vice President and Senior Counsel of the National Trust, who will speak on the future of preservation. Author and local historian Arva Moore Parks will address how the National Historic Preservation Act has benefited Miami. Dr.Janet Snyder Matthews, a former Keeper of the National Register who is the Director of Academics and Research for the University of Florida's Historic St. Augustine, Inc., will discuss why the Deering Estate should be designated a National Historic Landmark -- and how to make that happen. If you would like an invitation, please contact

Thursday, August 25

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.

National Park Service 100th Birthday Bash
The public is invited to attend the centennial celebration for our National Park Service at the Coral Gables Museum from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The Museum presents "This Land Is Your Land: A Second Century For America's National Parks," an exhibit endorsed and supported by NPS that features the most exciting artifacts from the collections of Everglades, Big Cypress, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas. Visitors will enjoy free admission, cake, cash bar, meeting park rangers from all four South Florida National Parks, and listening to a brief panel about the future of National Parks in our country. Panelists include representatives from National Park Service, National Park Conservation Association, South Florida National Parks Trust, and Artists in Residence in Everglades, Inc. This event is sponsored in part by The Everglades Association. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition Meeting
Those that value the local environment are working to save Miami's remaining Pine Rocklands properties from over-development. The Pine Rocklands Coalition welcomes guest speaker Janet Gil, Director of Miami-Dade's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program from 7 to 8:30pm at Tropical Audubon headquarters at the historic Doc Thomas House at 5530 Sunset Drive. On-site parking available via 55th Avenue gate. #saveitdontpaveit Call 305-666-2842.

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