Sunny Isles Beach offers a variety of Senior Programs


By Stephanie Dethomas….

AARP Driving Safety Class

The following City-sponsored services, classes, and activities are offered by the Cultural & Human Services Department. For dates, times, and more information check the quarterly Calendar of Programs and Events. Most classes are offered in 4 week sessions. You may pick up a copy of the Calendar of Programs and Events at the Government Center, 18070 Collins Avenue, or Pelican Community Park, 18115 North Bay Road.

AARP Tax Preparation Services (Free) Tax preparation services offered by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) each year on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm from February 2 to April 13th for taxpayers with low and middle incomes with special attention to ages 60+. It is held in the SIB Government Center, First Floor Meeting Room. No reservation is required.

AARP Driving Safety Course (Fee-based) Offered once or twice yearly in the winter season at the 1st Floor Meeting Room in the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Brush up your driving skills and apply for an insurance discount with successful completion of the class. Call 305.792.1706 for details.

Annual Anniversary Party (Free) A City celebration held annually in June at Samson Oceanfront Park with fun, games, offshore boat races and entertainment for the entire family. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, June 19th from 12 to 4pm at Samson Oceanfront Park.

Bingo ($2 per person)

Bingo held on the first and fourth Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Join your neighbors for fun and cash prizes and merchandise. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Location is the SIB Commission Chambers. Call 305.792.1706 to reserve your spot.

Classes and programs (Fee-based)

Offered year round are programs including, ballroom dance, bocce league, yoga, English as a second language, Fine art for adults, Intro to Computer & Internet, MS Office, and Spanish. To see what programs are being offered visit the friendly and courteous staff at Pelican Community Park. They will be happy to tell you the new schedule of programs.

Community Shuttle Bus Service (Free)

Easy, clean, comfortable, and handicap accessible bus service offered 7 days a week around town and to Aventura and Intracoastal Malls. This service also connects to North Miami Beach and Aventura shuttle buses at the Bus2Bus signs. Community Shuttle Bus schedules are available for pick up at Sunny Isles Beach Government Center, 18070 Collins Avenue or at Pelican Community Park, 18115 North Bay Road or on-line.

Cultural Event Trips (Fee-based)

Discounted tickets with transportation included to a variety of events: plays, operas, major league sports, etc. Reservations are required and may be made in person at the Pelican Community Park, 18115 North Bay Road, M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; or at the SIB Government Center, 18070 Collins Avenue, M – Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Damira Feldman Piano and Educational Concert Series Saturday, April 2, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, Pelican Community Park, First floor activity room, (18115 North Bay Road).

Russian pianist Damira Feldman invites all music aficionados and piano lovers to a special educational piano concert. This concert is the third in her education series and focuses on music from the Baroque era. Ticket price is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Price includes post-concert reception with the artist.

Four Seasons Cultural Series (Fee-based)

The best-kept secret in town! Classical music, jazz and dance performances four times a year. Brought to your City in an intimate setting at very affordable prices.

Individual and series tickets are available.

Dance of the Flamenco

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sunny Isles Beach Community School

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Summer Concert Strings Program

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sunny Isles Beach Community School

7:30pm – 9:00pm

$10 per concert (resident) and $15 per concert (non-residents)

Parking will be available in the Sunny Isles Beach Community School parking garage, along 181st drive, and the Government Center parking lot. For more information about these events, please call the Cultural & Human Services Department at 305.792.1706.

Free Amplified Phone Give-away for Hearing Impaired Florida residents. Program sponsored by FTRI-Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc., Monday, April 11, 2011, 10:00 am – Noon, Pelican Community Park, First Floor Meeting Room, (18115 North Bay Road) Free – hearing loss verification required. Reservation required. Call 305.271.7343.

Hearing Screening for Seniors, provided by National Balance and Hearing Centers, Monday, April 11, 2011, 11:00 am – Noon, Pelican Community Park, First Floor Meeting Room, (18115 North Bay Road)

Free – Reservation required. Call 305.792.1706.

Golden Era Film Series (Free)

Classic movies on a week day morning in a comfortable indoor setting. The next movie is Anchors Aweigh, at Pelican Community Park from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Enjoy coffee and popcorn before the movie and one boxed lunch per person after the movie. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Call 305.792.1706.


Get a new, duplicate or renewal for your Florida ID Card or a duplicate or renewal of your Florida Driver’s License. This service will be offered on Friday, May 6th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and is conveniently located in the 1st Floor Meeting Room at the Government Center. There are no reservations required and standard state licensing fees apply.

Mobile Library Services from Miami- Dade County (Free)

The mobile library comes to your neighborhood in Sunny Isles Beach:

Tuesdays, Noon – 1:00 p.m. at Winston Towers 100, 250 -174 Street.

Wednesdays, Noon – 1:00 p.m. at Arlen House, 100 Bayview Drive (158 Street).

Fridays, Noon – 1:00 p.m. at Ocean View, 19390 Collins Avenue.

Mount Sinai Blood Pressure, Cholesterol & Glucose Screening (Free)

A service provided on April 14th and May 12th, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the 1st Floor Meeting Room in the Government Center. No reservations required.

Mount Sinai Lecture Series (Free) An educational lecture series presented by experts from Mt. Sinai held on April 7th and May 5th. Pre-registration is required with Mt. Sinai at 305.674.2600.

Mount Sinai Memory Screening for Seniors (Free)

A free service provided on April 28th and May 26th, at 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am at the 1st Floor Meeting Room at Pelican Community Park. Pre-registration is required with Mt. Sinai at 305.674.2435.

Mount Sinai Transportation Services (Free)

Transportation provided to and from Mount Sinai Medical Center at 4300 Alton Road on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays pick up at 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. and returning Noon and 3:00 p.m. Reservations required at 305.792.1706.

SIB Helpers Program (Free)

The SIB Helpers program is a free service intended to add to the quality of life of seniors in our community with “friends helping friends” finding solutions to problems. This service offers opportunities for seniors to sit down with a City employee to get the kind of help expected from a friend or favorite nephew or niece.

Appointments with a Helper are available Tuesday afternoons beginning February 9, 2010 at the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center, 18070 Collins Avenue.

To make an appointment, call M – F, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 305.947.0606. Press 0 and ask to speak with a Helper.

Seniors who need referral information can stop by the Information Center in the 1st Floor Lobby of the SIB Government Center at 18070 Collins Avenue.

Sunny Serenade Concerts (Free)

Good music and good company under the stars at Samson Oceanfront Park on designated Wednesday evenings during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Next concert is April 13th featuring The Orange Sunshine Band.

Walking Club. (Free.)

During the winter season. Open to all ages, the club meets at 8:00 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Town Center Park and walks for an hour. Must register at Pelican Community Park, 18115 North Bay Road. Direct questions to 305.792.1706.

NEW Addition – The Mayor’s City Advisory Committee has created a Senior Citizens Sub Committee. This group will be hosting a variety of events for the city’s senior citizens. Refer to the SIB SUN, SIB TV – Channel 77, and the city website for more information on their meetings.

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  1. I am a senior lady (82 years of age) coming to Sunny Isles for a weeks vacation from the UK, in May and would love to meet other seniors during my stay. My hope is that on my return to the UK, I could have established one or two like minded seniors to contact via Skype and the Internet in order to exchange views on interesting topics. I am a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and continue to work in private practice. I play golf, attend philosophy workshops, love theatre and dining out.
    Any help you can give me in this direction would be most appreciated.
    Warmest good wishes

  2. Iam a senior my name is Clara that lives in Aventura Florida and like to befriend other lady senior for friendship to go to movies dinners or lunching out if interested e-mail me and we can start a good friendship.

  3. I’m sent coming for 2-3 weeks in Nov i hobbies. Working with pastels. Looking for and caps in art..painting..sketching using pastel!
    Or jewelry making


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