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Apr 20th
BizBuzz April 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
April 2018

Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

Wbigstock--165646223ith Miami enjoying an actual spring this year, it’s easy to remember why so many folks move here. The climate, however, isn’t the only thing we’ve got going.

One of the Upper Eastside’s most charming annual affairs is Pelican Harbor Seabird Station’s Pelican Party, being held Saturday, April 14, at the Miami Shores Country Club (10000 Biscayne Blvd.). Besides the great food and refreshments (of an enlivening nature), expect to be greeted by an animal ambassador or two. Channel 10’s Jacey Birch will emcee the affair, which includes live music, a silent auction, and a wonderful opportunity to meet other animal advocates and allies. Tickets are $150 and go to supporting the station’s rescue work.

Another is the 28th annual Morningside Historic Home Tour. Thanks to Morningside’s numerous Mediterranean, Revival, and Art Deco architectural gems, over 700 hundred people are expected to attend the excursion Sunday, April 29, for a rare chance to see these privately owned beauties up close. For only $25 (at or $35 at the door), you too can join the fun. This year the tour is introducing “Gardens of Morningside,” which will allow guests to enjoy springtime delights in some of the neighborhood’s finest gardens. Another feature is “Art Morningside,” focusing on artists who live, work, or exhibit in the area. The tour runs from noon to 5:00 p.m., so the addition of a number of food trucks and Upper Eastside eateries will be a welcome way to charge your batteries.

The Friday night Fountain Terrace Concert Series at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino (100 E. 32nd St., Hialeah, 305-885-8000) wraps up in spectacular fashion this month. On April 6, enjoy the spirit-raising Afro-Cuban drumbeat with Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos. Hialeah’s own Ricky Valido performs his take on country music on April 13. Bring your favorite viejitos on April 20 to listen to José Fajardo Jr.­, who along with his sister, has inherited the charanga spirit directly from their famous father. Finally, on April 27, America’s Got Talent semifinalist Yoli Mayor fills the park with her strong, beautiful voice. The music begins at 8:00 p.m. every Friday with a set from DJ Asho. Concerts start at 9:30 p.m. The shows are free and open to all ages.

Saint Martha’s Yamaha Concert Series (Broad Performing Arts Center at Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Ave., 305-458-0111) concludes its 2017-2018 season on Sunday, April 22, with a performance of Olivier Messiaen’s masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time, which he developed as a POW in Germany during World War II. The quartet formed by New York-based master musicians -- pianist Daniel Epstein, violinist Sheng-Ching Hsu, clarinetist Eric Umble, and cellist Ben Larsen -- will also present Tasveer by award-winning Indian-American composer Reena Esmail. Tickets are $25. Music begins at 3:00 p.m.

If you recognize the names Carl Payne, Reginald Ballard, Christopher Reid, and Juan Villareal, then you likely laughed with them back when they were all regulars on sitcoms and comedy specials. Catch them together Saturday, April 21, at 9:00 p.m. in the Sports of Kings theater at Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach). The “Back to the 90s Comedy Show” will be filmed for posterity, and tickets ($35-$60) are available online only ( Call 786-438-1509 for info.

(15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, x212) presents Bring It On: The Musical featuring songs by award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. The story follows the travails of the new girl at school whose goal is to win a cheerleading championship. Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 25, 26, and 27. Tickets are $12; $15 at the door. Don’t forget that the school is hosting its annual Spartan Golf Classic at the Country Club of Miami (6801 NW 186th St., Hialeah) on Friday, April 27. The tournament supports the Spartans-4-Spartans program. Call the school or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Seeking a creative outlet of your own? Artsy Hive Studio (211 NE 95th St., Miami Shores, 305-456-1059) provides all the basic tools you and your family need to paint and seal a pre-fired pottery item. Wait up! On April 14 at 6:00 p.m., the studio is hosting a special macramé workshop, where for $60 you’ll learn the basics of macramé design and take home a finished piece. Also the kids will love you forever if you take them on April 20 at 7:00 p.m. to the Cookie Dance Party sponsored by Cindy Lou’s cookies. There’s a decorating station for the kids, and then it’s time to dance off that sugar rush. Cost is $20 per child with up to two attending adults.

Here’s a heads-up on May. The Miami Writers Institute is an annual creative writing conference produced by the Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College. Participate in craft talks, publishing seminars, and manuscript consultations with a literary agent, and happy hour events. The big draws are the intensive workshops led by notable authors, including Min Jin Lee, Cornelius Eady, Samuel G. Freedman, Sara Benincasa, Ada Calhoun, and Lesley Nneka Arimah. However, the workshops are limited to 15 people, so you must register early at to ensure your spot. The institute is open May 9-12 and held at the Wolfson Campus (300 NE 2nd Ave.) Costs vary.

Take a break from the workshop at nearby Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344), and enjoy musicians at the Marina Stage daily from noon to 11:00 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays until 1:00 a.m. Some of the area’s best talent will be performing in a wide variety of genres. Always free.

BizBuzz welcomes back the Shops at Midtown Miami. Fortunately, the outdoor mall is still offering its “Lunch Crunch” parking deal. Spend $10 at any participating restaurant and you’ll receive two hours of parking for free. You need to park in the north or south block parking garages, and eat between noon and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to score the deal.

Over in Miami Shores, the very popular Côté Gourmet (9999 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-9012) is under new ownership and offering a $15 prix fixe lunch, Tuesday through Friday starting at 11:00 a.m. If that’s too early in the workday to make your escape for French and Mediterranean specialties, remember to ask for a complimentary glass of wine with dinner instead -- but you have to mention Biscayne Times to earn it. Also, inquire about the new happy hour that will feature cheese, charcuterie, and tapas. 

Sunday brunch at the Mondrian South Beach is a great way to bounce back from getting the most out of your Saturdays. The all-you-can-eat brunch, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., features over 30 items, including sushi, barbecue, omelets, fresh salads, charcuterie, and desserts. All for a South Beach steal at $42. For those requiring more sustenance than the complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary, there’s the option of adding bottomless Mimosas for $20 and bottomless Elyx Bloody Marys for $25.

Does the key to a happy mind and spirit rest in the soul or on the sole? Foot and ankle troubles, while often unfairly labeled as some of life’s unavoidable annoyances, can have an outsized effect on your well-being if you miss out on work or fun. Welcome new advertiser Adler Podiatry Associates (1380 Miami Gardens Dr., Suite 235, 305-935-3999) into your life if you’re ready to take corrective care on a vast array of problems, including tendonitis, fractures, malformations, fasciitis, torn ligaments, stubborn fungus, and the like. Dr. Charlton Adler specializes in both medical and surgical therapies for patients of all ages.

You already know if you need braces, but are childhood memories holding you back? Braces have come a long way since then, and there are several options available that aren’t as difficult as the old-fashioned kind. What will make you even happier is the $500 discount Dr. Valeria Soltanik at Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) is offering to readers who mention the BT when signing up for orthodontic treatment.

The Treece Financial Group (9999 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 203, 305-751-8855) handles all matters of financial planning, not just tax returns. David Treece recognizes that this holistic approach is the healthiest way to take care of yourself and your loved ones. This month Treece is sponsoring the “Courage to Care: Resources and Support for the Journey: Fearless Financial Planning for LGBTQ Individuals” seminar that focuses on caring for our elders and ourselves through the difficulties of a long life. The workshop takes place at the Lambda Living Center (7275 NE 4th Ave. #110) on Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Sometimes half the battle is knowing the limits of your own abilities to care for your elders. Whenever possible, the best solution for many elderly is to remain in their own homes, where they’re most comfortable. New advertiser Always Classic Care (1380 NE Miami Gardens Dr. Suite 235, 305-403-2622) strives to help them do that by offering such services as medication management, transportation services, shopping, meal preparation, continence care, and Alzheimer’s planning. Clients can also receive help with hurricane preparation and request pet-friendly staffing if needed. Call today for free care assessment, and take advantage of a $50-off special (certain conditions apply).

Spring is a time of nourishment and starting fresh. But where does one begin? Inner Balance (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383-3088, is offering a class on April 21 at 1:15 p.m. that may set you on the right path. During “Restorative Yoga: Mindful Movement that Maximizes Peace,” instructor Diana Dalton teaches her students how to use asanas and supportive props to experience healing rest. Cost is $89.

April is Autism Awareness Month. While most of the focus seems to be on diagnosing and managing children with the condition, which can be relatively mild or heartbreakingly severe, autism is a lifelong disorder. Fortunately, Mount Sinai Medical Center is home to a sensory-friendly clinic that specializes in providing assistance for adults on the spectrum. To learn more about the clinic’s services, which include care, management, diagnostics, and resource identification, plan on attending a free discussion at South Shore Community Center (833 6th St., Miami Beach) on April 13 at 2:00 p.m.; or call 305-674-CARE for more info on the lecture.

With few cleansing rains during spring, the air can get thick with allergens, regular old filth, and even an occasional Sahara sand storm. That can all make it hard to breathe, even for people who’ve never experienced problems before. Call the Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care (1-877-4-ALLERGY) to make an appointment at any of 17 convenient centers in South Florida, and find relief soon.

With summer coming quickly, a reminder that it’s time to schedule your children’s physicals with Dr. Margaret Okonkwo at Kidstown Pediatrics (211 NE 89th St., 305-576-5437). Summer camps, sports teams, and other strenuous programs often require that children arrive with a clean bill of health and physician-signed release to ensure their safety while participating in scheduled fun.

It’s also time to order those commencement announcements from J Paper (1033 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands, 305-864-2950) if your youngster is graduating from school this spring. Check out the charming gifts while you’re there.

At any age, exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy weight and a youthful mind, but you have to find a workout routine that you’ll stick to. New advertiser Wike-up! Aquabikes (1776 Sans Souci Blvd., North Miami, 786-288-0722) introduces a new concept to the South Florida-friendly arsenal of home exercise equipment: aquabiking. Imagine a spinning routine but in the cool confines of your pool, where each rotation works efficiently to build muscle, thanks to water resistance. Visit the showroom or to see available models and prices.

Aquafitness is a great start to an exercise regimen for anyone, and for the obese, it may be the easiest on strained joints. Another great start is attending a free lecture on bariatric surgery at Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., 305-585-TRIM) on Thursday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., where you’ll learn how doctors can help you trim down quickly. Visit to RSVP.

Always reminding us of the value of their work by simply delivering fresh delicious water to our pools, homes, and businesses is the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department. While the delicious, refreshing water in the Biscayne Aquifer is right there under your feet, pumping it cleanly into water pipes and then pumping it back out again after you’ve used it takes effort -- but it makes our home a nicer place, so knock back a tall, cool glass.

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