Solar Dogs, Shell Lumber join for benefit event

Solar Dogs, Shell Lumber join for benefit event

Local artist Nancy Martini is pictured with her upcycled art.

The Solar Dogs recently teamed up with Shell Lumber for an evening of fun that featured two live bands, local artists, food trucks and more for its fourth annual Howl in the Wood.

The idea for this annual event started with a chance meeting between Solar Dogs’ Bill Kunz, a retired Pan American pilot, and Paul Naron, owner of Shell Lumber at Coconut Grove Sailing Club five years ago. Once Naron offered the site for the event, band members then looked for ways to involve the Coconut Grove community and called on artists and food vendors to participate.

From the start it was a great success and has become an event that everyone looks forward to attending every year. Kunz expressed his appreciation to Shell Lumber for generously donating the site and its president, Jesus Guzman, who helped with the logistics for this year’s event.

Wanting to find a way to give back again this year, Kunz approached Shake-A Legs’ Kathleen Harris to orchestrate a way for Shake-A-Leg to not only raise money through the sale of $500 worth of Howl in the Wood tickets but also provide space at the event for Shake-A-Leg to solicit donations and promote its many programs.

Solar Dogs, Shell Lumber join for benefit event

Solar Dogs were featured band at recent Howl in the Wood event at Shell Lumber.

It was a win-win for all. Guests not only enjoyed the music of Coconut Grove’s own Solar Dogs but a great opening act by Avocado Estate from the UM School of Music. Kunz and his band have plans to provide a free concert in the fall at Shake- A-Leg as well.

On the art scene, the Wynwood Exhibition Center held an exhibition the evening of Apr. 13 where Nancy Martini and other environmentally conscious artists explored the connection between nature and urban life as a way to inspire the concept of growing food wherever a pocket of nutrient rich soil can be found in our overbuilt and stressed communities.

Each sculpture used an upcycled item to symbolize everyday urban life and human impact on the environment and brown paper to mimic brown grocery bags, representing our relationship with store purchased food as well as to unite man, objects and nature. Viewing the art really makes one conscious of how much waste we produce that can be repurposed.

On the club scene, the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club conducted its annual bridge/card party on Mar. 20. Acrowd of 75 attended the affair all of whom enjoyed the food for the luncheon prepared by the members.The affair raised $ 2,000, which was donated to Feeding Florida Food Bank.

Finally, if you are a “Workaholic” business owner, “Ms. Biz Doctor,” Hilda Cadenas-Miller, has your formula for success. A management business consultant with 25 years of experience working with organizations such as American Express, Chase Manhattan, and the University of Miami, Hilda delivers her message every Wednesday, 8 a.m., on WIOD. Hilda welcomes input from other business leaders who want to be heard on the show and can be reached at 786-252-4134 or via email at

Those interested may view and download the 12 Steps to Business Prosperity for the Workaholic at Cardenas-Miller also plans on holding a series of get free workshops at El Carajo in Coconut Grove in the near future and invites all to attend. Until next time, keep making each day count.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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