Walk and bike for wellness in the City Beautiful

Season’s 52 executive chef/partner Rolando Centonzio displays fall-inspired flat bread during dinner for special guests to introduce the new seasonal menu.


Westin’s new general manager, Michael McMahon, is encouraging everyone to get in shape for the holidays with a new health conscious “Wellness Walk” program. This healthy, holistic approach to hospitality will occur Monday through Friday. All hotel guests, Westin Colonnade Team members and local residents and businesses are welcomed to walk with McMahon through the beautiful Coral Gables neighborhood.

To participate, come to the ground floor in front of the escalator at 6:45 a.m. for a 40- minute walk after which walkers can enjoy complimentary coffee and cold water.

Cyclists are in for another day of family fun at the upcoming second annual Gables Bike Day to take place on Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is presented by Miracle Mile Downtown Coral Gables. Organized by Bike Walk Coral Gables, the group promotes a safe and friendly environment for cyclists and pedestrians. They encourage programs and events to educate the community and promote accessibility of streets and trails for cyclists and pedestrians.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BikeWalkCoralGables.

More than 10,000 gathered at FIU’s Maidique Campus on Saturday, Oct. 6, for the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk. Participants and attendees enjoyed socializing, checking out the sponsor booths, free Subway sandwiches, health screenings and picking up their local hometown newspaper at the Community Newspapers tent.

After warmups, the walk started at 9 a.m. If you missed the walk and still want to support the cause, visit www.miamidadeheartwalk.org.

A series of gourmet wine dinners to benefit the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and other selected charities is in the works, replacing the club’s annual gala event. The first in the series will be on Monday, Nov. 12, at Season’s 52 on Miracle Mile. Event chair Rod Langer explained this is great news for longtime gala sponsors who will now get five to six months of exposure for the same donation they previously made for the one-night affair.

For more information on how to participate, contact Rod at <rodney.langer@yahoo.com>. Gables Rotarians had a chance to check out Season’s 52 new fall menu when the club gathered there on Oct. 9 for a membership social as did several other notables the prior week including food editor and author Linda Gassenheimer and her hubby who were wined and dined by Season’s 52 executive chef/partner Rolando Centonzio and managing partner Gary Marcoe. GFWC Woman’s Club members, just back from a state convention in Orlando, met on Oct. 3 for a great program on Canine Companions. The canines were adorable and provided a great show with their ability to read commands. At that same meeting, club president Mireya Kilmon announced that the club’s International Department had received recognition from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs for its international projects. Thus, International Department chair Mitzi Jenner was crowned Volunteer of the Month with tiara and banner to match.

Finally, Godspell, updated and better than ever, is now playing at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. The musical will run through Nov. 4 and promises to be a real crowd pleaser. For tickets, call 305-444- 9293.

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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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