Miami Music Festival wraps up / Jr. Orange Bowl gears up / Rotarians meet up

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Fall events are quickly filling the calendar. The 8th Annual Miami World Music Festival, produced by the South Florida Friends of Classical Music and its Artistic Director Adolfo Vidal, began on September 10 with a lecture and a series of great concerts. The series wraps up this week September 17, 18 and 19 at the FIU Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center nightly at 8 p.m. with three great concerts: an organ recital by Elena Baquerizo on September 17; a crowd favorite show, “The Sounds of Movies,” on September 18; and, finally, Conquest & Rebellion featuring Asael Cuesta (counter tenor), Shanna Gundry (mezzasoprano) and Gordon Roberts (pianist) on September 19.

Adolfo Vidal, the creative talent behind this festival, is an accomplished pianist whose passion for music inspired him to found South Florida Friends of Classical Music. This organization is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that has multiple programs during the year to introduce great talent, with support for this concert series coming from FIU, Miami-Dade County, Culture Builds Florida, Florida Concert Flyers.com and Arts Ticketing. The Wertheim Performing Arts Center is located at 10910 SW 17 Street and provides a beautiful venue for these musical events. For information on tickets, visit www.miamiworldmusicfestival.com.

In other festival news, as the Junior Orange Bowl season kicks into gear, JOBC Past President Don Slesnick III has agreed to step in as Interim Executive Director. As Don has served in many roles as Parade Chair and President, the festival is in good hands with him, President Samantha Jones and their board and staff. Both Sam and Don were on hand as the Junior Orange Bowl held its first in-person social gathering at Bay 13 on August 25. The next one is scheduled for September 22 with the location to be announced. These socials serve to recruit new volunteers and act as a reunion of sorts for many including Past President Dr. Richard Souviron (whose son Grant is President-Elect), Past President and Basketball Chair Chuck Little, Past President Frandley DeFilie and Past President Steven Gonzalez. Another face on the scene was long time member Hank Langston who founded the JOBC Gymnastics Tournament years ago, held many offices over the years and founded the JOBC’s Scholar Athlete Program, an ongoing program that celebrates academic excellence in sports.

As things gear up for the 2021-22 season, President Samantha Jones was recently a guest on the September 7 Gloria Gab LIVE TV Show giving viewers an update to the myriad of events coming up soon. Next up is a huge competition, the JOBC’S Cross Country event on Oct. 22, at Larry and Penny Thompson Park. Registration for that event opens October 1. For Meet Information contact: Larry Wooten, Ljhawks13@aol.co, or Cell: 786-409-1869. For other events, visit www.jrorangebowl.org.

Finally, Coral Gables Rotarians are meeting weekly via Zoom with two hybrid meetings on the 2nd and 4th week of the month when they also meet in person at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. At a recent meeting at the Hyatt, members enjoyed hearing from guest speaker, Gary Powers, Jr. Gary is son of the U2 pilot who was shot down in 1960 and imprisoned in Russia. This talented writer who has authored several books, shared his dad’s story of being captured, vilified and finally, when classified documents were opened, honored as a national hero. By the way, there is a Steven Spielberg movie about the U2 missions called “Bridge of Spies” 2015 that is available on Amazon Prime Video in case you have not seen it.

Next time, look for news on the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Gringo Bingo that is directing a portion of the proceeds to Rotary relief efforts in Haiti through Ecoworks and Shelter Box USA. Kudos to so many who support this monthly event hosted by Clutch Burger as well as sponsor for the club’s upcoming Halloween Party on Oct. 30. More on that in the future.

Until next time, keep making each day count, share an act of kindness every day and stay safe.


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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel , non profit consulting and management. Before joining Miami's Community Newspapers as a columnist and marketing specialist, Gloria was the Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee (6 yrs.) and first Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (14 yrs.) and the Pinecrest Community Foundation (1 ½ yrs) . Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist for Community Newspapers writing Gloria’s Gab, that focuses on the non-profit activity, and a host of an online show, Gloria's Gab LIVE. Gloria serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables as Civic and Charity Chair, and is involved in the club's International Committee. She is an active Life Member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee and is Secretary of the Merrick Festival. She serves on the board of directors of the Coral Gables Woman' Club as Publicity Chair and also coordinates the club's monthly fundraiser for various charities with Gringo Bingo at Clutch Burger. In addition, Gloria participates in numerous other charitable events and is a member of the Business Forum Group, Profit Inc., the Greater Miami Festival & Events Association and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In other volunteer activity, Gloria helps Miami Christian School with fund-raising and PR; is an Ambassador and volunteers for events for A Safe Haven for Newborns. She is an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she enjoys singing in the choir every weekend.