Rotary Art Festival just around our corner

By Gloria Burns….

From left: John and Gloria Burns, Susie Sutta, Kemp Mobley, Mike Sutta, and Louis DeSouza enjoy picnic chat.

The 2011 South Miami Rotary Art Festival is almost here. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27, thousands are expected to once again enjoy our awesome hometown festival that has it all. Look for a Children’s Alley for the little ones, a petting zoo, live entertainment, and great food selections along with a fine art, plants and crafts. You can be sure this will be a great familyfriendly event you’ll not want to miss. The festival occupies Sunset Drive between US 1 and Red Road with proceeds supporting South Miami Rotary Club charitable efforts.

In other happenings around town, Valentine’s Day weekend got off to a rocky start weather-wise on an overcast Saturday, February 13, but now with youth sports being played all over town from soccer to baseball, parents are in for a busy season. Of course, Sunday was sunny and spectacular with crowds flocking to favorite restaurants for Valentine’s Day weekend brunches and dinners. Most everyone seemed to take advantage of a picture-perfect Sunday, snapping digitals and phone cameras, too!

Members of Profit, Inc., one of the oldest business networking groups in our community, gathered at Tropical Park for a family fun day of fellowship, games and a great BBQ provided by Karl Zoisi of Karl’s Catering. With members providing desserts, the incredible selection could have filled a bakery. Among the many attending the affair: Mike and Susie Sutta, bringing their boys who helped win volleyball and softball games. Among familiar faces in the crowd: Robert Beans, Kemp Mobley, Jose Alonso, Joe and Cathy Briggle, Bob Kemper, and Frank Obregon. Those interested in learning more about this dynamic group should contact Frank at 305-779- 8484.

The Gold Diggers Second Bi-Annual “Cut-a-Thon for Charity” is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, February 27 at Ugo Ri Roma Salon & Day Spa, 2801 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove. Come in for a $100 haircut for only $20 or blowouts for $25, a relaxing massage ($1 per minute) while enjoying delicious gourmet desserts from House of Frost, specialty salads from Sidewalk Salads and fresh Asian fare from CocoWok. JD TITI will be ‘in the house’ to keep the joint jumpin’ and there’ll also be a special sale of exotic orchids by The Blond Tulip. All proceeds benefit Gold-Diggers, Inc., charities: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of South Florida and the Food for Life Network.

Finally, condolences go out to the family and friends of South Miami Rotarian and civic leader, John Sorgie, whose sister, Theresa, passed away February 4 after a valiant and courageous fight with cancer. Customers at Sunset Quickprint loved Theresa’s ready smile and helpful disposition. She will be missed.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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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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