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Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
March 2018

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

bigstock-Spring-Easter-border-or-backgr-171325685Usually the snowbirds begin their migration home in March, but with winter fiercely hanging on up North, our part-time neighbors may stick around longer this year, which is great since there are still so many events happening around Miami.

If your musical tastes are eclectic but you still demand technical virtuosity, you likely have tickets for the performance on Sunday, March 18, of the classically trained string trio Time for Three (Tf3) at the Saint Martha’s Yamaha Concert Series (Broad Performing Arts Center at Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Ave., 305-458-0111). The trio is adept at arranging music from baroque classics to modern pop to bluegrass and even their own compositions. Imagine a fiddle band that can blend Bach with Katy Perry, expertly. By the way, BizBuzz hears the specially created theme for this concert is “Bach to Blues.” The performance starts at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15 or $25; as usual, an after-concert artist reception is included.

The Fountain Terrace Concert Series at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino (100 E. 32nd St., Hialeah, 305-885-8000) had to announce the unfortunate cancellation of a three-night stint by the Havana Boys (along with their whole tour). However, the shows must go on every Friday and the line-up is still a treat: Roberto Torres on March 2, Itawe from Locos por Juana on March 9, Electric Piquete on March 16, Yusa on March 23, and Ailyn Dallera on March 30. The music begins at 8:00 p.m., and includes a set from DJ Asho. Concerts start at 9:30 p.m. The shows are free and open to all ages.

Up at Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach), plan to spend St. Patrick’s Day partaking in a $2 beer crawl from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. That doesn’t mean you’ll be placing bets on drunken leprechauns crawling around the track. Instead, participating vendors will be offering select $2 beers to patrons. There will also be live music, giveaways, and an Irish dance performance. For the more sedate readers, wait until Friday, March 30, when the park hosts the Spring Celebration at Family Fun Friday in Champions Plaza. The Easter Bunny will be there from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Nearby, at returning advertiser Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., 877-311-7469), the schedule has also shaped up beautifully. Besides the shows highlighted in this month’s BT ad, the theater is also hosting comedian Robert Klein, dance troupe Tamburitzans, Broadway stars Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie, and the Mister and Miss Pride South Florida Pageant, among others. Visit aventuracenter.org for full schedule and tickets.

March Madness is here and you’ll be rooting for your school from either the thrill of the stands or the comfort of your couch. Either location means plenty of snacks are in your future, but if you choose your kitchen, consider making waffles. Teresa Temkin at T-Squared Waffles (tsquaredwaffles.com) licensed the school logos for UM, UF, and FSU, and incorporated them onto waffle iron plates. The waffle iron and one school plate costs just $55. Extra waffle plates are $25 each. Buy all three plates and root for everybody!

Sorry to drop this on you, but March is also colorectal cancer awareness month. Colorectal cancer is the third deadliest cancer in the U.S., but it is treatable and even preventable. Call Mount Sinai Medical Center at 305-674-CARE to make an appointment with a primary care physician who can arrange a screening and advise you on reducing your risk.

The doctor may tell you that one way to avoid cancer is as simple as getting your weight under control. Easier said than done, but the staff at Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., 305-585-TRIM) can help you become a victor in the battle of the bulge. Attend a free lecture on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. to learn about their bariatric techniques and which one might be right for your case.

Surgery is a little too intensive for readers who just need to slim down a dress size or two. Inner Balance (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383-3088, innerbalancemindbody.com) offers a $59 introductory program for a month of Pilates, yoga, or barre group classes, which will trim and firm you up by bikini season. Also consider the studio’s “Sugar Blues!” lecture on Sunday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. You already know that sugar is bad for you, but do you know how bad? It’s really bad! Learn how to cut your reliance on this diet bomb for only $20.

In much happier news, Dr. Margaret Okonkwo at Kidstown Pediatrics (211 NE 89th St., 305-576-5437) wants to remind BT readers that her practice has moved from busy Buena Vista to a much quieter street in El Portal. She’s currently accepting new patients, which is great, since we are now in the middle of an aggressive flu season, and it’s not too late to bring in the children for their shots. Lack of time is no excuse. Call the office to schedule late-evening appointments on Mondays and Thursdays.

Of course, if you’re over the age of getting a lollipop with your vaccinations, you might want to head on over to HealthyMe Medical Therapies, which is located inside Medi-Station Urgent Care Center (9600 NE 2nd Ave., 786-731-4238). Dr. Carlos Sanchez is currently offering an IV therapy that will boost your immune system and energy levels. Open seven days a week.

Maybe that perpetual “flu” you’ve been fighting isn’t viral. Maybe it’s a sign that spring blooming season is here -- and here again a couple weeks later -- as each mighty tree or humble weed picks its own time to flower, without consulting your calendar. If you’ve had it with endless suffering, call Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care (1-877-4-ALLERGY) to make an appointment at any of 17 convenient centers in South Florida. Staff will test you to determine what allergen is the culprit and craft a treatment plan that will give you real relief.

Spring, however, is a great time for golf, especially when tee time is for a fantastic cause. Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, x212) is once again 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, which helps students who are encountering special financial hardships. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and the tournament includes a lunch at Outback Steakhouse. 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 on the different levels of sponsorship.

Are you terrified by tax season? What about the rest of your life? You really don’t have to be anxious if you contact Treece Financial Group (9999 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 203, 305-751-8855) to get their expert advice on all matters of financial planning. But if you really want to defeat your fears, knowledge is the best remedy. Sign up for the group’s free educational workshop “Retirement for the Rest of Us” to learn how to skillfully avoid the eight mistakes of retirement and replace them with successful strategies instead. The workshop takes place at the Lambda Living Center (7275 NE 4th Ave. #110) on Wednesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m.

For those who are unburdened by their financial outlook and are seeking great views, premium finishes, and a private marina in north Miami-Dade, The Reserve at Marina Palms condominium (17111 Biscayne Blvd., 786-629-9670) is the perfect direction to shift your gaze. Residences start at $950K and feature upgraded amenities and outstanding personal services, including a Rolls-Royce Ghost house car that you can borrow for a quick trip to the market, stock and otherwise. These are going fast, so don’t miss out.

If you’re looking for commercial real estate across the county line to pad your business portfolio, call Scott Schoenlank at Sawgrass Commerce Realty (954-735-5429, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Scott’s a licensed real estate broker specializing in warehouse spaces.

Sometimes you can bypass buying a new home by updating the small features in your current one. Check out the large selection of lighting and bath fixtures at Farrey’s Lighting and Bath (1850 NE 146th St., 305-947-5451), where many innovative designs are often found at great prices and even on sale. Closer to Coconut Grove, visit the company’s other showroom (3000 SW 28th Ln., 305-445-2244) for the same great service and selection.

Or wait until April, when the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center (1900 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). For more than 40 years, this show has been the premier home improvement event in South Florida. Not only can you purchase items for your home, you can also participate in workshops that will help you decide what items you should be buying. Save a little scratch by purchasing tickets online (www.homeshows.net) for only $7. The show runs from April 6 through April 8.

Whether your home is old or new, plants and accessories from Pebble and Vine (216 NE 98th St., 786-636-8664) will liven it up, literally. Have the staff select a living arrangement that harmonizes with your lifestyle, and enjoy the company of your new, laconic companions. It’s nice to have non-judgmental friends around! Ask about gift arrangements and delivery options.

Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344), which has added several new vendors in recent months, is offering guests a passport savings booklet and leather passport holder if they spend $100 at one or more of the center’s retailers. Redeem the offer (with proof of purchases) at the Island Queen Café. Don’t forget that Bayside now has a farmers market on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Artist’s Square.

Valentine’s Day comes once a year, sure, but romance isn’t limited to one cold day in February. Bring a date any night to Soyka Restaurant (5556 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-3117) or Mark Soyka’s Café Roval (5808 NE 4th Ct., 786-953-7850) to enjoy delicious comfort food, fantastic cocktails, and great ambiance.

But first, treat yourself and/or your date to a day at GUYandGIRL Spa (1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1950). This full-service spa is located on the third floor of the Mondrian South Beach. As well as the obvious day spa and beauty treatments, treat yourself to shopping at The Boutique, where you can pick up flattering bikinis and cute sunglasses that will make you look chic all over the Beach. With a 55-minute session purchase, you’ll also gain access to the hotel’s fitness, sauna, and pool facilities.

Dr. Valeria Soltanik at Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) is offering a whopping $350 discount to patients who need orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign. Straight teeth aren’t just pretty. Misaligned teeth can contribute to a whole host of problems like periodontal disease and grinding.

For Catholics, Lent is the time of penance and abstinence that precedes Easter. One of the distinctive traits has been the rejection of meat on Fridays and its replacement with seafood or vegetarian dishes. When Thomas Aquinas was alive in the 13th century, fish and vegetables must not have been as sensually prepared as they are today, or he would have likely argued for complete fasting. Drop by Milam’s Market (17100 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-945-1890) not just to gather fish and vegetables, but also to pick up several recipes that completely defeat the idea of denial.

Whole Foods Market (Aventura, North Miami, downtown Miami) is also gearing up for Easter and Passover. Next time you’re at your local store, ask staff about catering your family meal for the important holiday. Call 844-936-2428, or visit shop.wfm.com for more information.

Every once in awhile, you’ll hear a crazy story about a consumer dialing 911 because his pizza came without anchovies, the all-you-can-eat cut her off, his pot dealer cheated him...or some other comical weirdness. If only there were someplace for these folks to call and complain to. Actually, there is! The Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources’ Office of Consumer Protection is the perfect place to call and register your customer-service problems or to ask about regulations, wage theft, and any other business-related questions. Call 786-469-2333 (but don’t mention that pot dealer).

And please remember that Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is holding its annual Pelican Party on April 14 at the Miami Shores Country Club. Sponsorships are still available, but at least consider purchasing a ticket or two to support this marvelous institution. If you can’t make the party, consider a smaller donation. BizBuzz heard on the “fishline” that the station is currently raising money to buy a high-powered, handheld laser system that will speed up healing for wounded creatures.

 

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