Doral Living Gets Better Every Year

Doral Living Gets Better Every Year

Participants at Artist’s Portfolio event show off their creations.

Doral is hopping with things to do, especially on the weekends. On Jan. 31 while folks gathered at Charlie’s Bistro in Costa de Sol for drinks, dinner and karaoke, others attended an after-hours reception at Artist’s Portfolio that offered the option of creating a piece of art to take home. Using a canvas provided with instructions on basic techniques from Sara Alfaro, the crowd created some beautiful art. It was such a success that many encouraged her to make this a monthly activity and they have already scheduled another for Friday, Feb. 28.

It looks like parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church will finally have a real church and a magnificent one at that. It will be built off N.W. 25 St. and 117 Ave. Despite not having a church building, the number of active ministries is unbelievable. Recently the Music Ministry and others gathered for a post holiday party at the parish center located above Navarro on N.W. 114 Ave. and N.W. 41 St. At the party, OLG’s hardworking pastor, Fr. Israel Mago, thanked everyone for their efforts as did Music Director Rosario ‘Charo’ Duran, whose talent and efforts have brought together beautiful music for both the English and Spanish masses held every Saturday night and Sunday at Doral Academy High School, 11110 N.W. 27 St.

Doral Living Gets Better Every Year

Juan Herrera tastes Martica’s flan at Doral Farmer’s Market.

Speaking of church, after Sunday services you’ll find folks taking advantage of some terrific shopping at Doral Farmer’s Market at N. W. 41 St. and N.W. 97 Ave. The Market is not only a great place to shop but, if you take the time to talk to the vendors, it can be very educational as well.

Every week, this writer finds something new and different to try and enjoy from gluten free products, flans, fresh product, cage-free chicken eggs, jewelry and soaps to culturally-diverse food and clothing items and even entertainment. One week, a choir from Ronald Reagan Senior High School sang followed another week by a seminar. Danny Kaskel, who has devoted countless hours to providing this wonderful community gathering place, is looking to invite more vendors and expects to offer a variety of workshops and other types of entertainment in the future. Those interested in more information, may call him at 786-553-6929.

On your visit, you’ll want to talk to the folks selling the eggs from Out of the Ashes Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to reconnect youth with nature and heighten their level of responsibility while promoting self sustainability and building leadership skills. Fresh chicken eggs are collected daily by the children at the seven-acre farm as well as assorted vegetables whose cultivating is also a great learning tool. The public is invited by appointment only to visit their Farm Store for a range of all natural products at 6009 N.W. 7 Ave., Miami, FL 33127 or tel. 305-759- 0002 for information.

Doral Living Gets Better Every Year

Father Israel Mago addresses crowd at After Christmas Party.

On the cultural scene, the FIU School of Music has announced the appointment of British born conductor James Judd as Guest Artist-in- Residence for the 2013-2014 season. During his residency, Judd will preside over a series of master classes in conducting, free and open to the public. In addition, he will conduct the FIU Symphony Orchestra as part of the Orchestral Masterworks Series in a spring performance on Friday, Apr. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

Finally, save the dates for Doral’s Relay for Life to be held at J.C. Bermudez Park April 25-26. For information and sponsorship, contact 2014 Event Chair, Jamie Fischer at or call 920- 285-1600.
…and 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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