Spring brings some changes…and special events, too

Michael Miller, Publisher
Michael Miller, Publisher

Well folks, Spring is here, in case you haven’t noticed, although it would be hard not to notice after the change to Daylight Saving Time and all the rain last week. At any rate, mark your calendars for these events that are happening…

“Havana Nights”… The Town of Cutler Bay and the Cutler Bay Business Association is hosting a special event called “Havana Nights” on Thursday, March 28, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Cutler Bay Town Center, 10700 Caribbean Blvd., in the Penthouse Suite. This free event is a Broker Open House networking social hosted by SiME Realty Corporation. Organizers tell us, “Meet new people. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Get additional exposure by bringing a door prize to be given away in your name. Win exciting door prizes and raffles.” NOTE: You must be registered to attend. Do so at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-havana-nights-social-networking-happy-hour-tickets-57989597447.

In Palmetto Bay, the next Regular Council Meeting is on Monday, April 1 (no, we’re not fooling…) at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Center, 9705 East Hibiscus Street in Palmetto Bay. “Proclamations, Awards, and Presentations commence at approx. 6:30 p.m.”

Senior Game Day in Palmetto Bay is on April 4 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Ludovici Park – Edward & Arlene Feller Community Room, 17641 Old Cutler Road.

Feeling bookish…? The Palmetto Bay Branch Library at 17641 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay, will be offering “Family Storytime” on Wednesday, March 27, from 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. “Stories, songs and activities for children and their families.” Then on Thursday, March 28, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. it’s “Color Your Cares Away.” On Friday, March 29, from 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. it’s “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing for Toddlers.” Stories, songs and activities for toddlers and their caregivers. For info call 305-232-1771.

Grants for Kids (and parents)… We hear from Heidi Donato that Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is offering some special grants, but the deadline for applying is April 5 for schools and parents, so better hurry. “We can all agree, our schools want what’s best for student health and academic success. Yet many lack the necessary resources to implement high quality programs and activities to improve our students’ physical and emotional health and their preparedness to learn. Since 2009 has provided $8.7 million in grants and technical support to help schools achieve their student wellness goals,” says Donato. They’re offering:

Game On Grants – Secure funding and resources for your school to introduce or improve nutrition and physical activity programs. With a grant of $1,000 or more utilizing AFHK’s flagship program, Game On, you can build a school garden, jump-start active recess, purchase physical education equipment, host taste tests, kick-off an after-school activity club, and so much more.

Parents for Healthy Kids Grants – Parents: Here’s your chance to make your mark on school health! Parents and parent-led groups (PTAs, PTOs) can apply for a $1,000 school grant to provide funds and resources to introduce or improve fitness or nutrition programs and engage families in health at school and at home. Help ensure all students have access to healthy choices.

School Breakfast Grants – Expand access to school breakfast for hungry and undernourished kids. Grants from $1,000 to $3,000 can support equipment and other resources needed to implement or expand Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab-and-Go Breakfast, or other alternative breakfast programs that help students start their day right.

Visit www.actionforhealthykids.org/grants for more information and to learn how to apply.

Thought of the Day:

Always be a little kinder than necessary. – James M. Barrie

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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