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December arrives with good weather and a plethora of fine opportunities to meet up with friends in Coral Gables. With the holidays upon us, this week's list of Great Gables Events is replete with delightful offerings.

Robert and Robin Burr

Casey Affleck Stuns in "Manchester by the Sea"
Manchester by the Sea is Kenneth Lonergan's masterpiece about a New England handyman (Casey Affleck) dealing with the death of his brother, the unexpected guardianship of his nephew and a guilt-ridden past that won't let him go. For Affleck, it's the sort of part that lets performers play the scales, and he turns in his richest, most emotionally resonant work to date -- the sort of devastating turn that doubles as a flag planted in the ground: Here stands one of the greatest actors of his generation. Expect to hear from him in the coming Oscar sweepstakes. Affleck's performance is supported by a superlative ensemble including most memorably, Lucas Hedges as Patrick, Lee's appealing, unpredictable teenaged nephew. With this film, Lonergan leaves the rank of gifted-playwright-turned-indie filmmaker to become a major American director, period. He gracefully uncovers, beneath the surface of Manchester's busy ordinariness, an intricate labyrinth of lies, secrets, misunderstandings and mysteries. Lonergan achieves an atmosphere of dispassionate calm dosed with bursts of sardonic humor, creating a world where everybody -- in the spirit of Jean Renoir -- has their reasons. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details.

Bank of America "Museums On Us" Weekend
Bank of America - Merrill Lynch cardholders get free admission to the Gables Museum when they show their credit or debit cards with proof of ID. Cardholders may take advantage of our Saturday 11am Downtown Walking Tour and Sunday 1pm "Creating the Dream" exhibit tour, included with their free admission this weekend and every first full weekend of the month. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Plan Your Holiday Parties at JohnMartins
When planning your holiday get-togethers, remember JohnMartins at 253 Miracle Mile, a favorite place for friends to gather in Coral Gables, with three private and semi-private rooms, a great catering menu of crowd favorites and all your favorite libations. Call 305-445-3777.

2016 Winter Membership Special at Gables Cinema
Celebrate with a 13-month membership to the Coral Gables Art Cinema a gift for your favorite film fanatic, or for yourself, this holiday season. During December, any and membership purchases (new or renewals) will be extended an extra month for a total of 13 months. The holidays are coming up and a Gables Cinema membership makes the perfect gift for any film lover. This holiday membership special will run through the end of the year, Saturday, Dec. 31st. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689.

Friday, December 2

Artist's Talk: Alice Aycock at the Museum
Welcome internationally renowned American artist Alice Aycock for a talk about her artwork and inspirations at 4pm. Aycock's lifelong interest in the environment, architecture, space and literature have led to successful public art installations enjoyed throughout the world. Her acclaimed installation of the Passiflora in Coral Gables is garnering world-wide attention during the Art Basel global gathering, and it's the talk-of-the-town in the City Beautiful. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

"Culinary Adventures" Exhibition by Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz
Stop by Virginia Miller's ArtSpace Galleries at 169 Madeira from 6 to 10pm for a reception celebrating the exhibition of Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz "Culinary Adventures." These magnificent patinated bronzes and paintings of fruits and vegetables by Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz remind us of the exquisite beauty of nature on our kitchen tables -- yet another reason to be thankful during this holiday season. Call 305-444-4493.

Gallery Night Live at the Museum
Celebrate Gallery Night with the public opening of Alice Aycock's exhibit to learn all about the new public artworks on Segovia Street. Enjoy free admission, a cash bar and live music every first Friday of the month in conjunction with Coral Gables Gallery Night from 6 to 10pm. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Gallery Night with Humberto Benitez
The H Benitez Fine Art Gallery presents the unveiling of "Pink Champagne" the latest work of Cuban American Artist Humberto Benitez, introducing a palette of colors that are soft to the eye and embrace a smooth and elegant feeling to the paintings subject matter of old Havana. The reception runs from 6:30 to 10pm. Also on Display: Art To Wear Collection by Holly A. Jones. The H Benitez Art Gallery is located at 305 Alcazar. Call 786-877-1045.

Artist J. Steven Manolis "Key West: Changing Colors"
Books & Books presents a special Gallery Night Event. J. Steven Manolis (born July 2, 1948) is an abstract expressionist painter, philanthropist, and investor/businessman. He will be awarded the Books & Books Art Basel Miami "Artist of the Year Award" and will have a Solo Artist Exhibition at the Coral Springs Museum of Art from December 3 to February 28. He is publishing his third art book "Key West: Changing Colors" in the fourth quarter of 2016. His art has been publicized in numerous magazines since his public debut in September 2014. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Alhambra Orchestra Holidays in the Garden
Alhambra Orchestra returns to beautiful Pinecrest Gardens with a delightful family concert of holiday favorites to get you in the mood for December, starting at 8pm at Pinecrest Gardens. Selections include Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, portions of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet, and arrangements of beloved Chanukah and Christmas tunes. Special guest vocalist Lisanne Lyons and guest conductor Robert Keating are featured. Bring your whole family. Alhambra Orchestra is Miami's community orchestra, with a mission of supporting classical music and music education. Call 305-668-9260.

Noche de Coplas at Bellmont Restaurant
Brought directly from Spain, "Noche de Coplas" is a unique live performance where Ingrid Reino, Spaniard singer, and May Barreto, Cuban master guitarist, perform the best of Spanish ballads "Copla" and "Rumba Flamenca." Enjoy two 45 minute shows every Friday night starting at 8pm. There is no cover charge. The minimum dinner check is $35 per guest. Exclusions may apply. RSVP to 786-502-4684.

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, December 3

Annual Villagers' House Tour
The Villagers' Annual House Tour will take place from 10am to 3pm at beautiful locations in Coral Gables. This year's tour "Finding Fink" is a carefully curated architectural journey featuring the work of Coral Gables visionary, George Fink. A first cousin of Coral Gables founder George Merrick, Fink was instrumental in the Old Spanish design implemented throughout the city's early homes and buildings. His architectural work continued in the area to include modern homes in the post-war period. Members of The Villagers will be on-hand giving guided tours through the homes pointing out significant features of these very special structures. A gift boutique, quilt raffle and holiday treats will also be available. Visitors walk and drive in their own vehicles between the properties. The venues cannot accommodate wheelchairs or strollers, and high heels, photography and video are not permitted. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. Ticket holders will receive tour directions with their ticket purchase. All proceeds support the preservation and protection of historic sites in Miami-Dade County.

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

A Christmas Carol, the Musical
This kid-friendly Charles Dickens classic takes a musical turn in this festive holiday favorite. Tiny Tim and the entire Cratchit family join three unearthly "Spirits" in trying to convince Ebenezer Scrooge to change his "Bah-Humbug" ways. A fabulous musical adaptation written especially for family audiences that will warm your heart as it reveals the true meaning of the holidays. To encourage the "Spirit of Giving" during the theatre's production of A Christmas Carol, the Musical, Actors' Playhouse will give every child who brings a new, unwrapped toy to donate during a performance, one free Flexible Anytime Ticket good for any remaining show in the Musical Theatre for Young Audiences 2016 – 2017 Season. Last day to donate toys will be on Saturday, December 17. All donations will be delivered that evening to Neighbors 4 Neighbors for distribution to families in need. The play begins at 2pm Saturdays through Devcember 24. Call 305-444-9293.

Million Dollar Quartet at Miracle Theatre
Enjoy this high voltage Tony Award-winning Broadway musical -- Million Dollar Quartet -- inspired by the famous photo and phenomenal true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time in their careers. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the most electrifying jam and storytelling sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings the heart and soul of that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of excitement and passion, featuring 21 timeless hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "Fever," "Hound Dog" and more. The musical continues through January 1. 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.

Sunday, December 4

Sunday Sounds at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy live music performed by student ensembles from the Frost School of Music, starting at 10am in the Glasshouse Cafe. Music ranges from classic to contemporary to jazz favorites. Concerts are free with Garden admissions. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651.

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.

Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society
Were you born in Miami? Has you family lived in South Florida for a long time? Everyone is invited to enjoy a delightful presentation on the history of Miami and South Florida by leading historians and authors at the monthly meeting of MP/NOD (Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade). The event starts at 2:30pm sharp at the Community Meeting Room of the Central Christian Church (rear entrance) at 222 Menores Avenue, just off Ponce. The presentation is free and open to the public. Call (305) 667-5733.

Yoga for Parkinson's Classes
Participate in Yoga classes meant to help Parkinson's patients on Sundays from 4 to 5pm. These complimentary programs are designed for those living with early onset Parkinson's and their care partners. Have fun and increase your muscle strength, power, balance and flexibility while working to reduce rigidity and bradykinesia. Green Monkey is located at 1430 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 116. Call 786-953-7709.

Cully Perlman - The Losses
For decades, Julianne Beasley lived under the heavy hand of her alcoholic husband, Jo Beasley, a.k.a. "Measly Beasley," raising their daughters as best she could. That is, until Jo left. Rising from the ashes of the marriage her ex destroyed, good things begin happening for Julianne and her girls, especially after they move to Georgia. One day, while attending a sexuality conference in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Julianne meets Harvey Lipscomb, a kind, considerate, and thoughtful professor, who Julianne knows is the love of her life. Ten years into their seemingly perfect marriage, during a Christmas family reunion, and with the music of her grandchildren's laughter ringing in Julianne's ears, Harvey, in a moment of confusion, divulges a secret. While she can handle the first surprise, the subsequent ones rock Julianne to her core, setting her and their family on a dizzying spiral that spans generations. Written with clever prose and evocative details, THE LOSSES is a powerful journey through the pain and consequences of deception, and the permanent damage it leaves in its wake. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 4pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Words & Wine at Books & Books
Enjoy the Sunday Funday Open Mic Night at Books & Books starting at 7pm with Words & Wine -- where uncorked local talent is tap for your enjoyment. Words flow freely, from fresh music and artful poetry, spoken word and acoustic acts to drums, stand up comedy and a variety of other genres, accompanied by Bacchanalian delights in the erudite setting of America's finest book shop and gathering place. Words & Wine is not your typical sit down, snap-your-fingers kind of open mic. It's a relaxed evening where you can wind down, where beatniks and lost souls come together to express themselves and have fun. Books & Books, is located at 265 Aragon. Call 305-442-4408.

Chopin for All presents Chopin laureate Rachel Kudo
The Chopin for All Free Concert Series will present a Chopin Laureate, Rachel Kudo and an internationally renowned local pianist Marina Radiushina in a dazzling piano performance of both solo and four-hand repertoire. Rachel Kudo has been hailed for her "stunning virtuosity" and "miracle of flawless technique and expressive versatility." She made her orchestral debut with the Chicago and Fort Worth Symphonies at 16 and has since concertized around the globe. Highlights include recitals at the Salle Cortot in Paris, Chopin's birth house in Żelazowa Wola in Poland and the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel. This free Chopin For All concert takes place at 3pm at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Drive. Call 305-868-0624.

Monday, December 5

Repeal of Prohibition Day
On January 16th, 1919, Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment, outlawing alcohol and ostensibly putting an end to drunkenness, crime, mental illness, and poverty. Ironically, America's thirst for alcohol increased during Prohibition, and organized crime rose up to replace formerly legal methods of production and distribution. Proponents of prohibition promised less drunkenness in the Republic, but there was more. They predicted less crime, but crime increased. The assumed a lower level of insanity, but mental issues were on the rise. The cost of government was expected to decrease, but vastly increased. Respect for law was greatly diminished. On December 5th, 1933, Utah, the final state needed for a three quarters majority, ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition and restoring the American right to a celebratory drink. Cheers!

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.

Schnitzel Fiesta at the Bierhaus
Enjoy the famous Wienerschnitzel (pork) or Jaegrschnitzel (chicken) with roasted potatoes or potato salad -- two for the price of one -- at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way every Monday 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.

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, December 6

Gables Cultural Development Board Meeting
The Historical Resources and Cultural Arts Department will host the monthly meeting of the Gables Cultural Development Board from 8:15 to 11am at 2327 Salzedo, 2nd Floor. The board assists in distributing cultural monies to worthy nonprofit groups who produce meaningful cultural and community experiences for the betterment of the Coral Gables community. To that end, the Board is responsible for the development and oversight of grants programs that support cultural activities and special events that take place in Coral Gables. Call 305-460-5094.

Creative iPhoneography at Fairchild Garden
Instructor Shirley Drevich leads a class to explore various ways to capture and process images with your iPhone, from 10am to 1pm. Learn to create stunning results using a variety of apps. There are over 10,000 photography apps available and you will be introduced to some of the more popular ones. You will also learn how to save your images on your camera phone in the highest resolution possible; a skill that will enable you to develop quality prints. Students will spend time capturing images in the Garden (weather permitting) and processing those images in the classroom as they learn how to use various applications. Students are required to have an iPhone 5/5s or later as well as an active iTunes account. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651.

Tasty Tapas for Your Holiday Gatherings
Instructor Christopher Bulgarin shows how to impress your guests and add tapas to your usual fare for a new twist to your seasonal gatherings from 10am to 1pm. Chef Chris will demonstrate the preparation of miniature Spanish tortilla and chorizo bites finished with a garlic aioli, grilled Spanish smoked shrimp with roasted red pepper rouille sauce, grilled baby octopus on a smoked paprika fried potato and olives a la madrilene. Member fee is $50; Non-member, $65. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651.

Jazz In The Gables
The ever-popular "Jazz in the Gables" series presents its 7th season at McBride Plaza, 150 Miracle Mile from 6 to 7:30pm. Jazz In The Gables is a free community event every Tuesday through March 28 featuring the best local musical talent from South Florida.

William Dunlap - Short Mean Fiction
Like tales from the Old Testament, these stories are mean, rampant with sex, violence, and death. All are figments of an active, if not fertile, imagination, and brevity may be their greatest charm. They are fictions through and through. The drawings scattered throughout this volume are not illustrations, but live in the same place the sketchbooks where Dunlap first wrote the stories, forgot them, then found them again. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Orchid Society of Coral Gables
The Orchid Society of Coral Gables invites you to join them and educate yourself about orchids. OSCG is an affiliate of the American Orchid Society. Their goal is to educate members in the finer points of good orchid culture, exhibition and orchid conservation. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month in the Garden House. Arrive before the meeting at 6:45pm for the Beginners Class taught by OSCG President Jim Davison. Each meeting features a guest speaker, show-and-tell, a raffle and a theme that carries over into the always impressive food buffet. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651.

Schnitzel Fiesta at the Bierhaus
Enjoy the famous Wienerschnitzel (pork) or Jaegrschnitzel (chicken) with roasted potatoes or potato salad -- two for the price of one -- 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, December 7

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Today we honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Many citizens of Coral Gables participated in the war effort, and those that bravely made the ultimate sacrifice are honored appropriately in memorium at the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center.

Tropical Trees – A Drawing Workshop at Fairchild
Instructor Donna Torres explains there is so much more to tropical trees than just a romantic palm tree; tropical trees come in all shapes, sizes, textures and colors. Donna will take you on a short tour of Fairchild's most interesting tropical trees, looking at growth and branch patterns, changes in leaf color and shape, plus inform you about their diverse uses. Basic instruction in graphite will be given for the rendering of these beautiful trees, with special attention to their textural elements. Ink and color tools are welcome. The class runs from 10am to 1pm. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651.

Wellness Wednesdays on the Mile
Grab your yoga mat and water bottle. The City of Coral Gables is happy to present Wellness Wednesdays in the Gables, a weekly fitness series offering free Yoga, Boot Camp and Zumba classes every Wednesday starting at 6pm, hosted in partnership with Green Monkey. The classes take place at the open-air plaza at 150 Miracle Mile, courtesy of the McBride Family. Reservations are not required and classes will be held on a weather-permitting basis. Call Green Monkey at 786-953-7709.

Mark Oldman - How to Drink Like a Billionaire
Want to know the mysteries of how the 1 percent drink? Mark Oldman, one of America's most popular wine experts, demystifies the secrets of the wine world, so you can drink, enjoy, and savor wine better -- and cheaper. Mark Oldman distills his vast knowledge of wines into this easy-to-read, humorous guide, complete with in-depth how-tos on everything from tasting, swirling, and buying wine the same way billionaires do -- without the price tag. With his characteristic wit and charm, Oldman spills on how to imbibe like an insider while cutting through the pretension and geekiness that still surrounds wine. From detailing little-known ways to hone in on the best value bottles to the secret maneuvers you can do to master wine in restaurants, shops, and at home, How to Drink Like a Billionaire will have you approaching wine with the shrewdness, style, and unapologetic joy of the 1 percent. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Backgammon at the Biltmore
One of the oldest board games known, Backgammon is a two player game where playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of his pieces from the board before their opponent. Enjoy the local Backgammon tournaments plus live play, hosted by Leo Bueno. The Miami Backgammon Club meets each Wednesday at the Biltmore Hotel's The 19th Hole Bar & Grill at 6:30pm. It's free to join and play; $10 optional tournament entry fee. Leo will pick up the $10 tournament entry fee for the first kid (18 and under) that comes out to play. 305-669-5260.

Ethics, Medicine and Information Technology
Author Kenneth W. Goodman explains how information technology is transforming the practices of medicine, nursing, and biomedical research. Computers can now render diagnoses and prognoses more accurately than humans. The concepts of privacy and confidentiality are evolving as data moves from paper to silicon to clouds. Big data promises financial wealth, as well as riches of information and benefits to science and public health. Online access and mobile apps provide patients with an unprecedented connection to their health and health records. This transformation is as unsettling as it is exhilarating. This unique new book is essential for anyone who uses computers in health care, biomedical research or public health, and cares about the ethical issues that arise in their work. With chapters spanning issues from professionalism and quality to mobile health and bioinformatics, it establishes what will become the "core curriculum" in ethics and health informatics, a growing field which encourages truly inter- and multidisciplinary inquiry. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Keep Walking Wednesdays At JohnMartin's
It's Johnnie Walker "Keep Walking" Wednesdays from 5pm to close every Wednesday at JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant at 253 Miracle Mile. Enjoy Johnnie Walker Black for $7, Double Black for $8, Johnnie Walker Gold for $9 and a flight of all three for $20. While the restaurant naturally includes some typical Irish dishes, their selection of entrees is extensive, ranging from typical American to Continental. This iconic Gables venue has long been a favorite place for friends to meet, featuring a 20 foot mahogany bar, with large scale furniture and fixtures throughout their restaurant imported from a church in Ireland. Call 305-445-3777.

Thursday, December 8

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.

Traffic Calming Improvements Community Meeting
The City of Coral Gables Public Works Department has been working to finalize the plans for improvements to Biltmore Drive. Citizens are invited to attend a follow-up meeting at the Youth Center from 6 to 7pm to discuss the proposed improvements: Final proposed speed cushion locations;Decorative pavers at each end of the street;Proposed sign locations;Existing approved and unapproved right-of-way encroachments;Tentative sidewalk locations;Drainage impacts based on sidewalk alternatives. Call Yamilet Senespleda, City Engineer, at 305-460-5034.

A Seraphic Fire Christmas: On Winter's Night
Seraphic Fire presents three world premiere carol settings by Susan LaBarr; James K. Bass, associate conductor. The angelic voices of Seraphic Fire sing timeless carols in the absorbing experience of Seraphic Fire's traditional candlelight Christmas concerts. Surround yourself in the beauty of Gregorian chant, glorious English Christmas carols, and the audience favorite Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, as the ensemble welcomes the season with festive style. This program is made possible through a generous gift from the Meredyth Anne Dasburg Foundation. December 8, 2016, 7:30pm, St. Philip's Episcopal (Coral Gables). Call 305-692-0201.

David France - How to Survive a Plague
A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners in the race for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts. With his unparalleled access to this community David France illuminates the lives of extraordinary characters, including the closeted Wall Street trader-turned-activist, the high school dropout who found purpose battling pharmaceutical giants in New York, the South African physician who helped establish the first officially recognized buyers' club at the height of the epidemic, and the public relations executive fighting to save his own life for the sake of his young daughter. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

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