Mangrove-Kayak adventures return to Thalatta Estate

Row, row, row your boat… The Village’s Parks & Recreation Department is continuing its “Family Mangrove-Kayak Adventure” at Thalatta Estate, located at 17301 Old Cutler Road in Palmetto Bay.

The Eco-Adventure Kayak Tour is a 3- hour guided kayak tour by Nature Postings instructors and an informative session at Thalatta Estate prior to kayak launch. All levels from beginners to experienced kayakers are welcome. Kayaks, paddles, kayaking equipment, floatation devices (lifejackets) are all included. The adventures are all on Sundays at 8 a.m., with the next dates set for Mar. 29, Apr. 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27. It’s FREE, but you must register via email at There’s limited space available and a refundable security deposit must be provided in order to confirm reservations, which are on a first-come, first-serve and weather permitting basis. For more information, call 305-259-1234 or visit

“Show me the Bunny!”… The Cutler Bay Parks and Recreation Department is hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, Apr. 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 with Ivan the DJ. The Miami Balloon Guy will be there to entertain everyone with his balloon creations and there’ll be 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 information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 305-238-4166.

What’s cooking? Now we know. Remember that cooking contest we told you about some weeks back, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and Winn- Dixie, called the Winn-Dixie Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest? Well, the results are in and in the finals held on Thursday, March 5 at the Winn-Dixie on Coral Way and 32nd Avenue, First Prize winners were chosen in three categories:

The Middle/High School Winner was Kristin McGrane of Robert Morgan Educational Center.

The Vocational Student Winner was Bianca Moise of South Dade Technical College.

The General Public Winner was Yana Yarosh of Aventura.

Each won $400 and all went head to head in the final round and the Judge’s Panel tallied the votes and selected Yana Yarosh as the Grand Prize winner of $1,000. Don’t you wish you entered, now? Yarosh’s winning recipe was for Super Juicy Meatloaf Mini’s. Along with event emcee Chef Pepin, the 33rd Annual Winn-Dixie Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest featured additional celebrity judges, including Miss Carnaval Miami 2015 Kassandra Montandon, Diario Las Americas Director of Digital Layla Caballero, WSVN’s Bellkys Nerey, WFOR’s Marybel Rodriguez and WTVJ’s Roxy Vargas.

Thought of the Day:

Every noble work is at first impossible.
—Thomas Carlyle

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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Michael Miller
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