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Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
September 2017

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

Tbigstock-Students-Standing-In-Classroom-6742340he snowbirds will soon take over our roads, our markets, our museums...everything. But we still have a few weeks of fun to ourselves. Let’s enjoy them!

First, Biscayne Times is a proud sponsor of Copper Fest (, a series of cultural and educational performances, exhibits, lectures, and workshops that promote interaction and understanding in our diverse community. The event, which runs September 7-12, takes place in and around North Miami and Little Haiti. Most of the events are free to the public, but you must RSVP ( to ensure your attendance. See their ad for the extensive list, which includes performances from DanzAbierta, Síntesis, and Locos por Juana.

Over at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722), September 9 is Arts Launch, a free event that kicks off the Arsht’s 2017-2018 season. Events range from activities for the kids to mixology demonstrations just for the adults. Visit for a seemingly endless list of participants. While downtown, you’ll also have the opportunity to buy tickets to some of the Arsht’s regular events at a discount -- it looks like another great season is shaping up.

When it rains, it pours. The Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St., 305-576-2828) is holding its ART+HACK+DATA that same weekend, September 8-10. This free colloquium brings media creators and hackers together to address issues surrounding digital media and the internet. Panels, workshops, and lectures on preventing “oppression, censorship, or surveillance” in new media will take place at the Bakehouse and at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Visit for a list of events and tickets. Later, on September 26, at 5:30 p.m., the Bakehouse is hosting an artists’ talk and reception, featuring Tory Simmons and Tom Scicluna discussing their current exhibit, “The Open House: Living Space Exposed.”

Although the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami is now three months shy of launching its new home, the museum has not ceased operations. Come see the Miami-based artist Mark Handforth speak on his recent pieces, including a sculpture commissioned for the new site. The presentation takes place September 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Design District’s Palm Court plaza (140 NE 39th St., 305-901-5272).

Whether you’re attending a fun family event or a more cerebral affair, you’ll want to arrive in style. Finish your look with adornments from Bozkurt Jewelry and Accessories (2365 Biscayne Blvd., 305-269-3100, Since 1998, the company has been producing original sterling silver and gold-filled jewelry. Think about adding a brand-new handbag or tote to your collection while you’re there.

Summer may be over up north, but this is Miami, and Morningside Watersports at Morningside Park (5215 NE 7th Ave., 786-587-6149) is open for business. You can rent paddleboards, kayaks, pedal boats, and canoes to go on your own adventure -- or make use of the facility’s instructors and guided tours to make your watery journey memorable and safe.

Want to turn any drab weekend into three days of luxury at an excellent price? Turnberry Isle Miami (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-932-6200) has a fabulous offer. Stay two nights, and you’ll get a third night free. Rates start at $199 and include a complimentary shuttle to Aventura Mall and the beach. Enjoy fine dining, spa services, and everything the resort has to offer.

Or you can turn every day into a luxury stay at your new townhome at Parc View Villas, next to the Arch Creek East Environmental Preserve on NE 135th, east of Biscayne Boulevard. Call the Jack Coden Group (305-704-5402) to arrange a private viewing of the models. The units will come with garages and large gardens, along with ten-foot-high ceilings, security, insulated walls, elegant details, porcelain flooring, quartz counters, wood cabinetry, hurricane-resistant roofing, appliances, and more. All offered at an affordable pre-construction price in an up-and-coming neighborhood near the water and with a park view!

Hello again to the team of Enrique Garcia and Ines Hegedus-Garcia (305-758-2323, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The husband-and-wife duo has several appealing properties listed this month, including some affordably priced but still noteworthy residences. Because their focus is on historic and architecturally significant real estate, you’ll have access to some of Miami’s most interesting buildings.

Speaking of interesting but also new, Dean B. Lewis, principal architect at DB Lewis Architect (305-456-7252) wants BT readers to know that one of his commercial projects, MiMo Centre, is now accepting tenants. The property, at the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 64th Street, is still under construction but already seems destined to be one of the star assets in the historic MiMo District. The two-story retail bays will include off-street parking and a green space to attract pedestrians, all wrapped in a fresh, eye-catching design.

Whatever your real estate needs, returning advertiser and Realtor Laura Graves (700 NE 90th St., 786-457-8001) is ready to find the property you’re looking for. She seems to have a matchless ability to locate off-market units for her most demanding clients, and her experience as an investor gives her a unique advantage for those looking to make a profit. Call today to see what she can do for you.

A hearty welcome to Kevin A. Burns (305-710-3306, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), who is returning to the BT pages this month with One Sotheby’s International Realty. Many readers will recognize Kevin not only as the former mayor of North Miami but also as the proprietor behind KB’s Christmas Trees. If you’re in the market for a new home to decorate during the winter holidays, now is the perfect time to contact Kevin, so you’ll have plenty of time to settle in.

“Settling in” doesn’t just mean toothbrushes by the sink and slippers by the bed. It includes getting your legal life in order. Call Donald Kahn and his son, David, at Green and Khan Law Firm (317 71st St., Miami Beach, 305-865-4311) to handle all your real estate issues, including closings and title searches, as well as wills, trusts, estate planning, and more.

Now is also a great time to contact returning advertiser attorney Steve Polisar (407 Lincoln Rd., Suite 2A, Miami Beach; 305-672-7772, x206) if you’re looking for a liquor license or other libationary legal advice before the snowbirds return. A pioneer of the South Beach bar scene back in the 1980s, Polisar knows all the legal pathways you’ll need to navigate in order to acquire and keep that license.

Need to change locks and upgrade security at your new or old home or business? Call AAA Miami Locksmith Security Solutions (1601 NW 54th St., 305-576-9320) to resolve any safety concerns you may have. Owner Maria Guadamuz recently let BizBuzz know that they moved to a new shop. Good luck at the new location!

Did somebody say new location? Congratulations go out to the Metropolitan International School of Miami (3465 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6070), which is expanding into a new preschool campus at 3621 NE Miami Ct., just across the street from Midtown Miami. Maria Padovan Kindell strives to turn all her students into critical but compassionate thinkers, and it’s never too early to set your kids on this stellar academic course. Classes at the new campus begin in January.

The Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966) also expanded recently -- not only onto a new campus, but an entirely new high school program! Their seasoned educators instruct the kids at the completely renovated, state-of-the-art facility at 4700 Biscayne Blvd. The courses were designed with leading colleges (such as MIT) in mind, so your kids can succeed now and beyond their high school experience.

Does your child chatter on about acquisition capital? Profit margins? Launching an IPO? It’s not too late to call Allison Academy (1881 NE 164th St., 305-940-3922) and ask about the school’s entrepreneurial shark tank project. The academy is holding an open house September 12 at 7:00 p.m., and everyone is welcome to attend. Also, on September 19, the city of North Miami is honoring current winner, senior Yehuda Solomon, for his work on the project, along with program developer Adam Horowitz.

Nor is it too late to enroll your étudiants, pre-K to 5th grade, at the L’Ecole Franco-Américaine de Miami (650 NE 88th Terr., 786-268-1914, x26, The students are taught an American curriculum while remaining immersed in French. It really is the best way to make sure they become fluent.

Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, x342) wishes its new and returning students a successful 2017-2018 school year. So does Biscayne Times! Good luck, Spartans! And to all our students in the area!

Wait! Don’t forget that Inner Balance (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383-3088) is offering an 11-week course beginning September 29 for experienced yoga students who want to advance into instruction. The Yoga Alliance-approved, 200-hour teacher training program touches on all aspects of instruction: anatomy, physiology, yogic diet and lifestyle, teaching special populations, class structure, business, ethics, and more.

Can we take a moment to discuss one of life’s annoyances? It seems, on some days, that every phone call is unwanted -- either a dreaded collection agency or a robocall. Some of these unscrupulous callers are relentless, but there is a way out. Call Isaac C. Spragg at new advertiser Spragg Law Firm (7300 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 200, 786-773-1502) to mount a counterattack that could even earn you a nice check. Have another consumer complaint issue? Call him up and see what the firm can do for you.

What constitutes “real pizza” seems to be a favorite topic of discussion in some gourmand circles. What isn’t up for debate is how delicious the pies are at Paulie Gee’s Miami (8001 Biscayne Blvd. 786-558-8315). Owner Jason Weisberg interned under the original Paulie Gee (Paul Giannone) in New York to learn the craft before bringing these wood-fired Neapolitan masterpieces to Shorecrest. But the location in the former China Palace building is more than just an oven. Every Tuesday is live music night, and the bar is a great after-work hangout.

This month Laurenzo’s Italian Market (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381) has a great deal on a full Italian dinner for only $12.99. That’s $11 off the regular price, but you have to take advantage of it on Sundays between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The meal includes spaghetti or rigatoni with sauce, meatball, sweet sausage, salad, mini pastry, wine or soda, coffee, and bread. You can take it home -- or avoid cleaning up after yourself by enjoying it in the café.

Cooking outdoors on Labor Day has its charms, but it doesn’t mean you won’t get burned at the grill or trip over a tree root or get hit in the face by an errant Frisbee. For these minor health scares, Jackson Urgent Care (13120 Biscayne Blvd. 305-585-9210) is quick, convenient, and economical. Meanwhile, Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., 305-585-TRIM) offers a free weight-loss seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 14. Obesity is medical condition that is best resolved with a doctor’s direction. Learn how you can look and feel better by next summer.

Bariatric surgeon Dr. Fernando Bayron at North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 844-319-6838) is also conducting a weight-loss seminar. He wants you to recover your health and avoid diabetes, sleep apnea, or even death. Find out how he can help you by attending a monthly weight-loss seminar at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26.

Are your medical needs a little more ordinary? Call 305-674-CARE to set up an appointment with a cardiologist or urologist at the recently opened Mount Sinai Primary and Specialty Care center in Miami Shores (10920 Biscayne Blvd.). As the name points out, the center also handles primary services, should you need a doctor for all your routine healthcare needs.

Recent heavy rains have made obvious the number of sofas and mattresses littering our streets. Miami-Dade County wants you to call 311 to report illegal dumping anywhere in town. Besides being unattractive, illegal dumping can affect our water supply, as rains leach chemicals out of this trash and into the aquifer. Fortunately, Miami-Dade has been investing in new projects to keep the water clean, while still maintaining low prices. Drink a toast to that...from the tap.


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