Seasonal happenings to mark on your calendar

Safety is Golden Mobility Fair… The Safety is Golden Mobility Fair takes place on December 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 Street, Miami. This is an event with state and local vendors sharing transportation safety, mobility resources and information. For location and additional information about the event, visit the Town’s website at

The Rib Tickler’s Ball. It’s the 4th annual event of the BBQ challenge and it takes place on Saturday December 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cutler Ridge Park, which is located at 10100 SW 200th Street in Cutler Bay. “Fire up your grills and smokers and show everyone that your BBQ is the best in town!” they tell us. This highly popular yearly get together features brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs, as well as other goodies. To register as a chef or for additional information send an email to Fred Bobson at or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 305-238-4166.

Miami Children’s Chorus is having their annual holiday concert, called “Voices of Angels,” on Saturday December 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, located at 536 Coral Way in Coral Gables. General Admission cost for this popular yearly event is $25, $10 for children (age 5 to 18) MCC Alumni and Senior Citizens (available through the Golden Ticket Program). For additional information call 305-662-7494 or visit their website at

Something else to mark on your calendar if it interests you is the Town of Cutler Bay Red Light Camera Special Magistrate Hearing on December 15 at 9:00 a.m. It’s going to be at the Town of Cutler Bay Community Room, 10720 Caribbean Blvd., Suite 220, in Cutler Bay

Be careful! Every year we hear reports on the news about people’s shopping purchases being stolen out of cars and muggings in parking lots, as well as increased burglaries at homes. Unfortunately, the season that brings out the best in people also tends to bring out the crooks as well. And each year, the county police department issues Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers, with recommendations we’d all be wise to take heed of. “Be aware of your surroundings, be alert to suspicious people and vehicles and avoid dangerous situations,” they tell us. Also, when shopping at the malls and other places, don’t leave packages in your vehicles where they’re in plain sight and a temptation to thieves. Ladies, keep your purses zippered or closed and hang onto them, don’t leave them unattended in shopping carts. Don’t use ATM’s in secluded areas, especially after dark. If a suspicious vehicle has followed you home after shopping, don’t pull in and get out of the car, go to the nearest safe location or an area where there are people and call the police. Municipal and county websites have additional tips to help you avoid being a victim of crime.

Thought of the Day:
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.
— Sir James M. Barrie

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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Michael Miller
Michael co-owns Community Newspapers with his brother Grant and serves as Executive Editor of the group of newspapers. He enjoys writing about local politics and area businesses. Michael can be reached at

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