Bike helmet giveaway and other special events

Keep ‘em safe… Amscot Financial and the Cutler Bay Policing Unit will be hosting a free bike helmet giveaway on Saturday, October 18, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The location is the Cutler Bay Amscot Money Superstore located at 19353 South Dixie Highway. Best bet is to get there early! Amscot Financial tells us that their overall community relations focus is ‘Kids First,’ primarily supporting the needs of at-risk youth and promoting child safety. “We are reaching out to local preschools, daycares and elementary schools to participate in this event. The bike helmet giveaway demonstrates Amscot Financials’ and the Town of Cutler Bay’s commitment to child safety.”

Council meeting! This is short notice we realize but we wanted to let you know that the Cutler Bay regular council meeting is on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Cutler Bay Council Chambers, 10720 Caribbean Boulevard. This will be the last one before the election on November 4th, and the final one for outgoing Mayor Ed MacDougall. For that matter, the November council meeting has been cancelled.

You can bet on this… The EDGE’s 2nd annual Casino Night is on Saturday October 18th from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. The theme is “A Night in Casablanca” and who doesn’t remember Bogie and Bergman. Location is Fairways on the Key at the Crandon Park Golf Course on Key Biscayne. It’s the EDGE Foundation’s charity fundraiser to support “children who are homeless, unaccompanied, victims of human trafficking, domestic violence or victimized in any other way.” Pre-sale tickets are $75 or $100 per person at the door. That includes $30 in casino chips, an open bar and food. There’ll be music, a photo booth, a champagne bar (extra) and entertainment. This is for charity, folks, so the “winnings” don’t have a cash value, but it’s a great fun event with a worthwhile purpose. For tickets contact Mercy Hernandez at or call 305-298-1763.

Film buffs, take note: internationally renowned film curator Thom Powers is giving a seminar on the art of film curation Saturday, September 18, from noon to 3 p.m. It’s part of the MIFFecito programming at the Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8th Street. He’ll speak about many forms of curation, from sharing your favorite films on social media to running a local film club to working at major festivals, and provide a behind the scenes peek and answer questions. Powers told us, “Today’s cinematic landscape is diverse and plentiful with offerings from all over the world. The curator’s job is to help connect audiences to worthy films whether that’s happening at a film festival or an online site like DocClub. It’s increasingly a key role because it plays a role in what voices get heard. Indeed today we’re all curators of lists we share.

At MIFFecito, I’ll explore what it means to be a curator both as a profession and a hobby.” Powers has programmed for the Miami Film Festival for the past four years, been a curator with the Toronto International Film Festival and served as artistic director for events in New York and New Jersey.

For tickets or info on this or the other MIFFecito events, call 1-844-565-6433 or go online at

Thought of the Day:

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

— Walter Winchell

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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