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Photo Contest! The Village of Palmetto Bay has announced a photo contest Village for students. Got a young shutterbug in the family? The Parks & Recreation staff say,”We want to see the ‘Village of Parks’ through YOUR eyes.” The theme of the contest is Health. “The Village of Parks encourages healthy, active lifestyles and social development.” Photos with this theme may be submitted for the contest beginning September 1 and the deadline for entering is September 27, so start thinking about it now.

There will be cash prizes. The contest is open to high school students residing in Palmetto Bay. The winners will be recognized during the Mayor’s State of the Village Address. For more information call Village Hall at 305-259-1234, or visit the official website at

Also coming up soon… The village’s annual Bridal Expo at Thalatta Estate will take place on Sunday September 22 from 5 – 8 p.m. This is always a popular event, so it’s advised that those interested RSVP at as soon as possible.

Coming up at Perrine Community house… The next artist to be featured at the newly remodeled facility and hosted by ArtSouth will be Alexander Porto. His opening night will be August 17, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The exhibit will run about a month. Porto was born in Bayamo, Cuba in 1973 and began dabbling in sketching and drawing at an early age and he gradually realized that Art would be his world and life’s work. Porto earned a bachelor’s degree in Art from Santiago de Cuba University at the age of 22 years old. He worked as an Art and

Graphics professor, then immigrated to the United States in 2004. He is a member of the Portrait Society of America, and the Figurative Art Convention &Expo. Working alongside with the Editorial Portavoz, he illustrates books helping at-risk youths in schools, minority communities, and detention centers in the US and Latin America. You can get an advance look at his work at his website: Be sure and visit the exhibit in August, and come on August 17 to meet him. Perrine Community House is located at 900 Perrine Avenue in Palmetto Bay.

In Cutler Bay… we hear that the Rain Barrel and Water Conservation Workshop is on August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Cutler Ridge Park Recreation Room, 10100 SW 200 Street

Cutler Bay. “Learn how harvesting rainwater can help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff and provide a supply of free, non-chlorinated water for your garden, prize orchids, potted plants, and much more!” At the workshop, residents may exchange up to:

Three old light bulbs for energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs. Two old showerheads for water-efficient models

To register for the workshop go to: Workshop is FREE. Buying a 55-gallon rain barrel costs $40. For more information, dial 3-1-1 or contact Barbara McAdam at

Cutler Bay announces that the “Active Adults Tri-City Event: Breakfast & Bingo” will be on August 6 at 10:30 a.m. Where? At the ABC Adult Day Care center, 11150 SW 211 Street

Cutler Bay, Florida 33189. It’s for Active Adults (Town residents aged 55). “Join us at our next Tri-City event for Breakfast & Bingo. The event is FREE! There will be food, drinks and prizes!” Please RSVP to Gabriela Blaylock at or call 786-573-5502.

Thought of the Day:
To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle. – Walt Whitman

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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