Summer Fun Galore for kids and parents alike

Summer Fun Galore for kids and parents alike

Former Coral Gables MayorDon Slesnick, Gloria Burns, Senator ReneGarcia and Cathie Burns.

Laughter, food and drink were the order of the night at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre on July 12, opening night for Rated P for Parenthood. This fun filled evening kicked off with a lovely dinner buffet provided by Catering by Lovables and the customary open bar courtesy of Bacardi. While guests were already having a great time, the evening improved dramatically as Barbara Stein announced during the curtain speech the State Senator Rene García confirmed that Actors’ Playhouse will receive a $200,000 grant award from the State of Florida to help support the company’s 2013-2014 Season. This grant will allow Actors’ Playhouse to continue its mission to enrich South Florida’s cultural vitality with the highest caliber of theatre programming and educational enrichment. Having set a happy mood, the fun continues with the show. You will not want to miss this musical comedy that keeps the audience laughing from beginning to end. The show manages to touch the heart and then bring on hilarity in the blink of an eye. Directed by David Arisco, the multi talented cast includes Julie Kleiner, Jim Ballard, Henry Gainza and Amy Miller Brennan. An appreciative audience also gave them an enthusiastic standing ovation. Among the crowd seen enjoying the evening were Senator Rene Garcia, Miami Dade County School Board member Ma rta Perez, Roy Gonas, Ruth and Jack Admire, Former Mayor Don and Jeannett Slesnick, Cathie Burns and Marti Bueso, to mention a few.

Summer Fun Galore for kids and parents alike

Coral Gables Rotarians at July 11 meeting: Past PresidentWalter Alvarez; guest Leah Stern, of (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos) NPH USA;Dan Scipione, and PresidentDon Trombly, at his firstmeeting as president.

By the way, the Pied Piper is playing in the Children’s Theatre and offers a great show for the kids this summer. For tickets to either show, visit www.actorsplayhouse. org or call 305 444-9293. Rated P for Parenthood runs through Aug. 11th and Pied Piper through Aug. 3rd.

Speaking of children, if you have children in dance, you are in luck. There is a new store in South Miami just south of Sunset on Red Road that caters to dancers and anyone who enjoys high quality leotards and exercise apparel at a reasonable price. The store, Ballet Boutique, specializes in expert fittings for toe shoes and has tap shoes that are ready to wear… no need to have taps and rubber soles affixed. The owner, Gaby Martinez, a ballet dancer herself, owns stores in Mexico and now brings her knowledge and inventory of fine dance wear, fittings and accessories to South Florida.

Yet another new kid in town is a mini golf offering at a museum. Just when you think the folks at the Coral Gables Museum have done it all, they come up with ever more creative ideas that are sure to please. Imagine playing miniature golf in air conditioned bliss. You can do just that at the Coral Gables Museum. Play on a one-of-a-kind mini-golf course designed and built by some of the leading architects, landscape architects, and contractors in the Miami area for the next three months in the Museum’s Fewell Gallery. Designed for ages 4 and up, this course promises to be a hit at only $3 per player! Also a great idea for business or after work parties with a concession stand with a full bar available as well. For additional information, contact Christine Rupp, Director of the Coral Gables Museum at 305-603-8067 or via e-mail,

Summer Fun Galore for kids and parents alike

Florida Senator Rene Garcia seen here with Barbara Stein, Executive Producing Director, and Dr. Lawrence Stein, Founding Chairman at opening night for Actors’Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.

Finally, look for the next High Heels in Left Field at the Clevelander at Marlins Park to be held July 31, 6:30 p.m. This month’s event will benefit Footprints Foundation whose mission is to improve mortality rates of mothers and infants by training skilled midwives and traditional birth attendants in the essentials of maternal and newborn care and to provide access to emergency obstetric care. The Foundation seeks to make global health a reality for women in the poorest countries in the world and provide surgery and psychological help for women who have been raped. Tickets are $30 and include one drink, food, giveaways, entertainment and a Marlins vs Mets baseball game as well. Ladies can enjoy free makeovers and more while guys eat drink and enjoy the game.

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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

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