A town hall meeting, but this one’s for the kids

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Let’s hear it from the kids… On March 20th, Village of Palmetto Bay Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham will host her 2nd Annual Kids Town Hall. “This initiative is designed to involve and incorporate the vision of the village’s youth in the planning of the parks and recreation system,” says Councilwoman Cunningham. This year’s Kids Town Hall theme is promotion of the arts in the parks and is being held at Southwood Middle School. Students in 5th-12th grade (and their parents) are invited to attend and participate in the Town Hall. Ideas from the Town Hall will be shared at the upcoming Parks Master Plan meetings to be held during April and early May. The event begins at 4 pm in the school’s Media Center. Pizza and snacks will be served. Please RSVP by contacting Yvonne at ypicado@palmettobay-fl.gov.

Mark this on your calendar… Don’t forget that the 13th Annual Deering Seafood Festival takes place on March 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is always a very popular event each year with fresh fish and seafood Florida’s prepared by area restaurants and caterers lining Seafood Alley. Some of the restaurants usually participating are Golden Rule Seafood, Devon Seafood + Steak, Whole Foods Market, Rodbenders, Asian Fusion, Bistro Foly, Paella Party, Fancy Loaf, Incredible Fish and others. There’ll be executive chefs presenting cooking demonstrations hosted by Whole Foods Market under the big top tent in the courtyard, and fun-filled adventures for kids, Virgin Island stilt walkers, a Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade and on-going live entertainment. The Estate also has on-going activities like the Pelican Skipper pontoon boat rides to Chicken Key, natural areas tours, and an Artist Lane with local artisans’ unique creations. Are you riding a bike there? A courtesy bike valet is offered through Green Mobility Network. Free car Park and Ride is also available at satellite locations with continuous shuttle-bus service to the Estate. Advance tickets are now available, and you can save $10 when you purchase your tickets in advance online. $15 for adults in advance / $25 for adults at the gate; $5 for children (ages 4-14). Go to tix.extremetix.com/webtix/2084.

Theater lovers, take note: Miami New Drama (MiND) at Colony Theatre is presenting A Special Day, an award-winning play co-starring and co-directed by Ana Graham and Antonio Vega. Based on Ettore Scola’s 1977 Oscar-winning Italian film Una Giornata Particolare, the play tackles the rise of Fascism in Europe and the resilience of the human spirit with whimsical humor and hope. Graham and Vega share the story of a political dissident in Mussolini’s Italy who meets an overworked housewife in a fascist family on the same day Hitler visits Rome, on May 8, 1938. With the help of a piece of chalk, Graham and Vega create a whole new universe in an empty space creating windows and other scenic elements painted directly onto the walls.

A Special Day will have a two-week extended run at Colony Theatre’s stage from March 16 – 26.

Michel Hausmann, co-founder of Miami New Drama at Colony Theatre says, “Together the imagination of the two actors brings magic to the political landscape of intolerance.” In their review of the play, The New York Times called it “fast pace, crack timing and almost whimsical inventiveness . . . So engaging.” The play will run Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. with Sunday matinee performances at 3:00 p.m. All tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, visit www.colonymb.org/aspecialday. The Colony Theatre is located at 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

Thought of the Day:
One person with courage is a majority. – Thomas Jefferson

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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