Local singer on ‘American Idol’ and other news

Michael Miller, Publisher
Michael Miller, Publisher

Fan alert! We hear that local singer Betsy Jo will be featured in the March 6 episode of “American Idol” during the cross-country audition tour. A part time student at Miami Dade College, Betsy has a full time job and is a resident of Country Walk. She’ll be auditioning in front of all-star judging panel Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, so tune-in and cheer on this local “Idol” hopeful. The American Idol Season Premiere is on Sunday, March 3, 8:00-10:01 p.m. on ABC.

Sherlock Showdown: A Puzzle-Solving Competition will take place on Friday, March 8, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Thalatta Estate Park, 17301 Old Cutler Road in Palmetto Bay. The village’s Parks & Recreation Department is teaming up with The Great Escape Room Miami to create an event where you and your team will race against the clock to solve a challenging series of clever puzzles. For ages 21+. Cost is $35 per person which includes appetizers, beverages and valet parking. For info and tickets call 305-259-1234 or visit the village website at http://www.palmettobay-fl.gov/. Better hurry! Spots are selling out quickly.

At the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center… in the Black Box Theater Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 8:30 p.m. Americana singer-songwriter Martha Redbone drew on the story of her own Kentucky family for this theatrical song cycle exploring the fraught, hidden history of African-Americans and Native Americans in Appalachia. Created with partner Aaron Whitby for New York’s renowned Joe’s Pub and the Public Theater, Bone Hill – The Concert ranges from Cherokee chants to bluegrass, gospel to rhythm and blues, to tell a powerful tale of race, heritage, and what it means to be American. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Ticket prices range from $35-$40. All patrons entering the theater require a ticket regardless of age. This includes children and infants. Contact the SMDCAC Box Office for details at 786-573-5300, or go to https://smdcac.org/events/martha-redbone’s-bone-hill—concert

Meeting notice… on Monday, March 4, The Village of Palmetto Bay will conduct a Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Center, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street in Palmetto Bay. Proclamations, Awards, and Presentations begin at about 6:30 p.m. On the agenda are items about Parks & Recreation fees, FPL franchise fees, an invocation at the beginning of council meetings, land purchase procedures and the reducing residential building permit fees. Should be interesting!

American Idiot on stage March 8 – 24 … Green Day is an American Rock band that has been part of the soundtrack in the minds of a generation with songs like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “American Idiot.” They have sold over 85 million copies of their albums and now John Rodaz and the Area Stage Company will bring their Tony Award nominated musical American Idiot to the stage at their theater at 1560 S. Dixie Highway between March 8th and the 24th on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 5 p.m. For tickets call 305-666-2078 or online at AreaStagecompany.Com.

Active Adults Luncheon on Wednesday March 13, 11:00 a.m. at Encompass Health in Cutler Bay, 20601 Old Cutler Road. Featured is an informative presentation about Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) versus an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital. Space is limited to the first 25 RSVPs, so contact Gabriela Blaylock at mblaylock@cutlerbay-fl.gov or 786-573-5576 to RSVP as soon as possible.

Heads up!… An early alert about the upcoming Brandeis Book Sale on Sunday March 17 at the Publix at 146th and South Dixie Hwy. A popular yearly event for book lovers with great prices. More on this later.

Cutler Bay circulator bus… Need to get around? The schedule and map for the Cutler Bay Circulator can be found at http://cutlerbay-fl.gov/home/showdocument?id=6064.

Thought of the Day:

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. -Anais Nin

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669-7355, ext. 249, or send emails to Michael@communitynewspapers.com.

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