Here are some spring special events that may interest you

The Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club is having their Springtime Bunco Party at Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200 Street in Cutler Bay on April 18. “Come and join us for fun and friendship,” they tell us. The twice a year fund-raising event features door prizes, an auction table, baked good sale, a “treasure table” and more. It’s a fun event and a great group of ladies, and it’s for a good cause. The bunco begins at 10:00 a.m. and lunch is at 12:00 noon. Cost is $17. To make reservations or for additional info call Carol Ponzini at 305-233-3965.

“Show me the Bunny!”… The Cutler Bay Parks and Recreation Department is hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200 Street. It’s for kids nine and under and there’ll be music, The Miami Balloon Guy, games for the children and a bounce house. “Parents are welcome to bring a camera to take a free picture of their child or children with the Easter Bunny,” they tell us. Also, there’ll be a drawing and three Easter Baskets will be given away in different age groups.

For more info call the Parks and Recreation Department at 305-238-4166

Educational programming… Palmetto Bay’s Parks & Recreation Dept. has an Educational Workshop Series created by The Institute for Regional Conservation. The workshops take place at Thalatta Estate Park, 17301 Old Cutler Road. First up: “Restoring the Link between People & Nature,” presented by Dr. Craig van der Heiden. It takes place on April 9 at 6:00 p.m., and you need to sign up for it by April 6! RSVP to or call for info at 305-259-1234, or visit

Their second workshop is called “Natives for Your Neighborhood,” an introduction to native landscaping, and is presented by Lindsey Roland Nieratka. That one is on May 21, 2015 and the deadline for registering for it is May 18. Again, RSVP to or call for info at 305-259-1234, or visit

On your toes! This spring, Miami Dance Festival celebrates its 12th anniversary, kicking off Saturday, April 4, with two performances (at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) by Momentum Dance Company at the Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, in Miami Beach. General Admission $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Students and Seniors $15. Groups of 10 or more $12 each.

Established by the Founder & Artistic Director of Momentum Dance Company, Delma Iles, the Festival announces this year’s artistic works to be a joint effort of her company and other dance companies such as Carolyn Dorfman Dance from New York City and Ballet Flamenco La Rosa from Miami. Their combined mission is to move and inspire attendees with newly choreographed performances in addition to the classics. This season’s Festival promises an intriguing selection of dance companies and dance styles including modern dance, water ballet, a family day, a community dance event, as well as panel discussions and a film screening, and, a Festival staple and audience favorite, Flamenco dance. All age groups can participate and many events offer complimentary admission. On April 14 at 6:00 p.m. there’s a Lecture and Performance by the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, co-sponsored by Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Department of Arts and Philosophy, titled Art and Legacy/The Power of Art to Transform Lives. That’s located at 300 NE Second Avenue, Miami, in Building 6, 4th floor, and it’s Free Admission.

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Thought of the Day:
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
— Calvin Coolidge

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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