A ‘Gold Rush,’ music and meditation this week’s highlights

With social services stretched to their max, organizations providing those services are in greater need than ever. One such group, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club has had to cut down on the hours of service at their free children’s dental clinic because of finances, but hopes their upcoming Casino Night fundraiser on March 6 will alleviate the strain on their budget and allow them to make services available to more children than ever.

Club President, Pam Schaefer, is chairing this annual “Gold Rush” themed night of good food, music, games, silent and live auction, and cash bar. Proceeds will benefit the May Van Sickle Dental Clinic, which provides more than $160,000 in free dental care annually to disadvantaged children. Sensitive to the economic situation of many, tickets this year have been reduced to a very affordable $25 per person. For more information on sponsorships, donations of items or tickets, call 305-968-3090.

The Guardians of Hope Walk to benefit the Wellness Community—Greater Miami, Saturday, February 27, at MetroZoo, 12400 SW 152 Street. Enjoy a great morning at the Zoo with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. and the walk at 8:30 a.m. If you have never done a walk at MetroZoo, you are in for a treat. Entry is $25 per individual and $75 for a family or group of four for those registering prior to event date. For more information go online to www.twcmiami.org.

University of Miami’s renowned Shelton “Shelly” Berg, Dean of the School of Music, was invited to speak once again to Rotary Club of Coral Gables with an update on the many exciting things happening in UM. Among the highlights, his talk centered on the Henry Mancini Institute (HMI) that moved here after ten years from Los Angeles. Berg was very familiar with HMI and the Mancini Family during his tenure as head of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California; so, when HMI announced its plans to close, several leading music organizations from across the United States vied for the opportunity to host it and the Mancini family chose Dean Berg and the Frost School of Music…an impressive coup for UM, Dean Berg and South Florida.

Temple Beth Orr invites those interested to join Rabbi Jeff Roth for an introduction to the purpose and practices of contemporary Jewish meditation on March 9, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the Temple located at 11715 SW 87th Avenue. Roth will incorporate into his talk his newly published book, Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life (Jewish Lights, 2009), demonstrating how Jewish meditation can help people uncover the obstacles to clear seeing that result in greed, a judgmental nature and unskillful behavior.

The evening will include some meditation, teaching and a question and answer time for questions. There is no charge. To reserve space, call 305-235-1419 or email BethOrTemple@aol.com Until next week, keep making each day count.

Gloria Burns is Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Pinecrest, a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, as well as a columnist for Community Newspapers.

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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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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