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Christmas Eve Live Nativity Scene
The Christmas story comes alive Monday evening at 7pm and 9pm, at Kendall United Methodist Church in Pinecrest. About 60 children will reenact the nativity scene, complete with a manger and animals, at the church, located at 7600 SW 104th St.
"Green" Gets A Green Light In Cutler Bay
Several "green" additions were made to the growth master plan with discussions of more to come. Mayor Vrooman directed the town staff to draft a resolution starting the process of creating a comprehensive green plan for Cutler Bay. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters supporting a greener, more environmentally responsible community.
Miami Dolphin Player To Help Renovate Bay Point School Football Field
Jason Taylor, defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, along with associates from The Home Depot, organizers from the non-profit organization KaBOOM!, volunteers from Bay Point Schools and members of the Miami community are joining forces to completely refurbish the football field at Bay Point Schools, located at 22025 SW 87th Ave, in Cutler Bay.
The field refurbishment is part of The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP program that recognizes and celebrates NFL players for their commitment to giving back to their local communities. Taylor was one of 17 players selected league-wide for his work in founding the Jason Taylor Foundation, which supports and creates programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life. The Home Depot developed the NFL Neighborhood MVP program as part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the communities its associates live and work in.The football field refurbishment project will impact the more than 200 students who use the Bay Point Schools' field. The renovation will provide a field for the children so they can host home games.
Deering Estate Bike Tour
Saturday, December 22th, from 10am to noon. Ride along the trails exploring the scenic landscape of the Deering Estate. Meet 15 minutes prior to ride. Cost is $15.00, $10.00 if you ride your own bike. Cost includes park admission. For ages 9 and older. Smallest bike available is 16 1/2 inches for guest 60” or taller. Phone 305-235-1668 ext. 233 for additional information.
Canoe Trip At Deering
Sunday, December 23th from 8am-11am. Enjoy a leisurely, scenic canoe trip from the Deering Estate. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 305-235-1668 ext.242 for additional information. Trips are weather dependent.
Bel-Aire Boat Parade
This Saturday, December 15th , starting at 6:30pm. Join your neighbors in celebrating the 13th Annual Cutler Ridge Boat parade. The parade takes place along the Bel-Aire Canal in Cutler Bay. Residents can get a good view of the parade from the foot bridge located on Cutler Ridge Drive near Cutler Ridge Park. Residents, participants and sightseers are encouraged to donate a toy for the Toys for Tots drive at Rodbenders Raw Bar and Grill, located at 20400 Old Cutler Rd.
Palmetto Bay Park Opening
The town of Palmetto Bay will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 10am to noon Saturday December 15th to open Palmetto Bay Park. The park, located at 17535 SW 95th Ave, features a boundless playground, 4 renovated basketball courts, a walking trail and a skate park.
Christmas Concert On December 15th
Saturday December 15th at 7:30pm. Visit Old Cutler Presbyterian Church for their Christmas Pops Concert. There will be an orchestra, choir and soloists, along with Sing-A-Longs. The church is located at 14401 Old Cutler Road. Phone 305-238-8121 for additional information.
Holiday Evening at Gold Coast Railroad Museum
This Saturday, December 15th and Sunday December 16 from 6-9 pm. Santa will be arriving via train to hear your holiday requests. Enjoy a ride on their link train through the decorated forest. Food will be available as well as crafts and activities. For an additional charge, take a ride on their standard Gauge “Night Train”, which will pass through a decorated yard and out into the darkness. Admission is $8.00 per person, free for children under 2. The Gold Coast railroad Museum is located at 12450 SW 152nd Street. For more information phone 305-253-0063.
Kids Camp: Mosses Are Picky Creatures
On Saturday, December 15th from 9am-noon. Children 6-10 can participate in a hands on, site specific program that focuses on nature, archeology, arts and science at the Deering Estate. Cost is $30 per child; plus a $10. one-time annual registration fee. For additional information, call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Santa Story Telling At Deering
On Saturday, December 15th, 10am-noon at the Deering Estate. Both children and adults will enjoy listening to Santa read the story 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' next to the beautiful 15 foot Christmas tree in the Deering Estate's Stone House Ballroom. Afterward, tour the historic, elegantly decorated homes on the estate. Price is $7.00 for Adults, $5.00 for children. For additional information, phone 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Pageant and Pot Luck Supper
Sunday December 16th at 5:30 pm. Enjoy the Family Christmas Pageant "Hark and Herald, the Angels, Sang Off-Key" followed by a pot luck supper and Christmas Caroling. The church is located at 14260 Old Cutler Road, in Palmetto Bay. Phone 305-238-2161 for additional information.
December 16th Sunset Cruise
Sunday, December 16th, 4pm-6pm (arrive by 3:30). Take a relaxing trip on a pontoon boat and explore Biscayne Bay. Cost is $35.00 per person and space is limited, please call 305-235-1668 ext. 233 to reserve a spot.
Telecom Pioneers Yard Sale This Saturday
This Saturday, December 8th, from 7am to 1pm at the Old Cutler United Methodist Church. located on the corner of Old Cutler Rd and Marlin Drive. This yard sale is being held by the AT&T Telecom Pioneers, an organization of retired Bellsouth and AT&T telecommunications employees. The proceeds go towards their charitable and volunteer activities throughout the year. For more information, contact Hilda Geer at 305-343-6130.
Palmetto Bay's 3rd Annual Holiday Run
The Town of Palmetto Bay will be holding their Holiday Run on Saturday, December 8th starting at 7am at the Palmetto Bay Village Center. Registration for the 5K race is $20.00 in advance and $25 on Saturday. The registration fee for the 15 K run is $35 in advance and $35.00 on Saturday. Participants can register online at www.runmiami.com. All participants are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys for a holiday toy drive. For more information call 305-278-8668. The Palmetto Bay Village Center is located at 18001 Old Cutler Road.
Santa Story Telling
On Saturday, December 8th, 10am-noon at the Deering Estate. Both children and adults will enjoy listening to Santa read the story "Twas the Night Before Christmas" next to the beautiful 15 foot Christmas tree in the Deering Estate's Stone House Ballroom. Afterward tour the historic, elegantly decorated homes on the estate. Price is $7.00 for Adults, $5.00 for children. For additional information, phone 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Kids Camp-"Rocks & Geology" At The Deering Estate
Saturday, December 8th, 9am-noon. Children ages 6-10 will enjoy this hands on, site specific program that focuses on nature, archeology, arts and science. $30.00 per child with a $10.00 one-time annual registration fee. This event takes place at the Deering Estate. For additional information phone 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Vice Mayor MacDougall To Speak At Concerned Citizens Meeting On December 4th
The Concerned Citizens meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Cutler Ridge Park. The next meeting is scheduled for December 4th. These meetings are free and open to all Cutler Bay residents. Vice Mayor Ed MacDougall be the guest speaker and will be available to answer your questions.
Deering Estate Tree Lighting Ceremony
On Friday, November 30th from 7 to 9 pm. Visit the Deering Estate for their tree lighting ceremony and listen to the Caroling Quartet. Cost is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 4-14. For more information call 305-235-1668 ext. 233. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
This Saturday, December 1st from 10:30 to 12:30. Join the fun and excitement as Santa arrives at the Old Cutler Towne Center (10:45am). Enjoy the music of both the Centennial Middle School Band and a Dixieland Band. See the gingerbread man, jugglers, stilt walker, unicyclist, magician, Dickens carolers, puppets and balloons. There will be complimentary finger foods and gift giveaways by local merchants.
9th Annual Holiday Under The Stars Concert
At the Deering Estate on Saturday, December 1st, beginning at 7pm. Enjoy the music of saxophonist Ed Calle & The Latin Jazz Big Band. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic basket (no coolers), and enjoy the music of a "not so silent night". Explore the historic houses decorated for the holidays. Advance ticket prices are $20.00 for adults, $25.00 at the gate, children from 4-14 $10.00. For additional information call 305-235-1668 ext. 233. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave.
Arts and Crafts Show at Cauley Square
December 1st and 2nd, from 10am-4pm. Visit Cauley Square for their arts and crafts fair featuring over 35 vendors displaying hand made crafts for the holidays. Cauley Square is located at 12310 SW 224th St. For more information, visit their website or phone 305-238-3543.
Youth Summit Gives Kids A Forum For Ideas
The Town of Cutler Bay is holding a Youth Summit on Saturday, December 1st from 9am-11am at Cutler Ridge Middle School. This summit is being held to give the youth of our community a chance to share their ideas on how to make the Town of Cutler Bay a better place for them. Students will be divided into three groups, Elementary, Middle and High School. Parents are welcome to stay and wait at the "Parent Day Care" where refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Town Hall at 305-234-4262.
Vice Mayor Ed MacDougall's Letter to the Community
Read Vice mayor Ed MacDougall's letter to the community stating his position on lowering the building heights allowed in the area around Southland Mall and his support of adding green building standards to our growth master plan. We would like to thank the Vice Mayor for taking action on this very important issue of a "greener" Cutler Bay.
Summary of November 14th Council meeting
The town council voted 3-2 to transmit the growth master plan to the state for review. Voting in favor were Mayor Vrooman, Vice Mayor McDougall, and Councilmember Bell. Voting against were Councilmembers Meerbott and Sochin. Councilmembers Meerbott and Sochin unsuccessfully proposed amendments reducing the maximum building heights in the UCD (Southland Mall) area.
An ordinance sponsored by Councilmember Bell passed, giving homeowners a refund of burglar alarm registration fees if they have no false alarms in a 12 month period. Also passing was an ordinance decreasing the amount of time allowed for a homeowner to correct a violation that is considered a public nuisance (for example, a unfenced, unmaintained pool), allowing the town to correct the violation and bill the homeowner.
Cutler Ridge Park Activities For Adults
For more information, call Cutler Ridge Park at 305-238-4166.
URGENT-Your Response Is Needed Immediately
Applications To Move The UDB Will Be Heard Tomorrow
There are 4 new applications to move the Urban Development Boundary that will be heard at tomorrows County Commission meeting. Anyone who can attend and speak against moving the boundary is urged to do so. The meeting will be held at 9:30am on Tuesday November 27th at the Stephen P. Clark Center, located at 111 NW 1st Street. Those who can not attend are urged to write a letter against moving the line. A sample letter that you can customize can be found at http://www.cleanwateraction.org/fl/holdtheline.htm. Information about these applications can be found at http://www.miamidade.gov/planzone/CDMP_april07.asp
A Thanksgiving poem from a different point of view.
Deering Estate Bike Tour
Saturday, November 24th, from 10am to noon. Ride along the trails exploring the scenic landscape of the Deering Estate. Meet 15 minutes prior to ride. Cost is $15.00, $10.00 if you ride your own bike. Cost includes park admission. Smallest bike available is 161/2 inches for guest 60” or taller. Phone 305-235-1668 ext. 233 for additional information.
Santa Arrives At Southland Mall
On Saturday, November 24th from 12:30 to 2:30. Visit Southland Mall's Center Court for Santa's arrival. The event includes toy testing, carolers, face painting and music provided by Radio Disney. Also, don't miss the chance to share milk and cookies with Santa.
Canoe Trips At Deering
Sunday, November 25th from 8am-11am; or Moonlight Excursion Monday, November 26th from 7pm-11pm. Enjoy a leisurely, scenic canoe trip from the Deering Estate. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 305-235-1668 ext.242 for additional information. Trips are weather dependent.
Help Make Cutler Bay "Green"
The town is currently working on our initial Growth Management Plan, which acts as the blueprint for future development and land use. Read about the advantages of green building and find out what you can do to get Green Building Standards implemented into our Growth Management Plan and land development regulations.
Grand Opening Palmetto Bay Wayside Dog Park
Dog lovers rejoice. The neighboring Village of Palmetto Bay will have the grand opening of Wayside Dog Park on November 17th from 10am-noon. The park is located at 16425 S. Dixie Hwy. After the "leash" cutting ceremony, there will be pet adoptions and pet information. The 3 acre park is completely fenced with two sections for different sized dogs. The park features water fountains, benches, picnic tables, walking path, waste collection stations and a small gazebo. All dogs must have proof of current license and vaccinations.
Miracle On 136th Street Parade
At The Falls shopping center this Saturday, November 17th. The festival begins at 2pm, followed by the parade at 4pm. This annual parade features Santa Claus, marching bands, antique cars and costumed characters.
Fairchild Ramble– A Garden Festival
November 17th and 18th from 9:30am – 4:30pm. This annual event includes over 18,000 plants for sale, live music, arts and crafts, antiques, old and rare books plus local food and activities for the kids. The event takes place at Fairchild Tropical Gardens located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Admission is $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors, and $10.00 for kids 6-17. phone 305-667-1651 for information or visit www.fairchildgarden.org.
32nd Annual Harvest
Saturday & Sunday, November 17-18, 2007 from 10am-5pm. Visit the Historical Museum of Southern Florida's annual fund raiser. This major indoor festival features homemade crafts artwork, plants agricultural products and foods. Enjoy the living history village, model train village, historical reenactments, vintage automobile,and musical performances by local musicians. The museum is located at 101 West Flagler St. Visit their website for more information.
Bet Breira Holiday Bazaar
November 18th from noon to 5pm. Come for food and gift items. The congregation is located at 9400 SW 87th Ave, Kendall. Phone 305-595-3008 for additional information.
Bet Shira Holiday-Hanukkah Bazaar
November 18th from noon to 6pm. .Shop for jewelry, handbags, clothes, gifts and toys. The temple is located at 7500 SW 120th St. in Pinecrest. For more information, call 305-238-2601.
Hurricane Preparedness Information
Hurricane Season has started. Get hurricane preparedness information including phone numbers, websites, local shelters, preparation lists, and more.
FP&L Fluorescent Light Giveaway
Florida Power & Light is giving away free energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) to customers who complete a free online home or business energy efficiency survey. CFLs use about 1/4 the electricity of a regular light bulb. For more information, visit this FP&L website.
Town Council Meeting - November 14th, South Dade Regional Library
The next Cutler Bay Town Council meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, November 14th, at the South Dade Regional Library, 2nd floor. The library is located at 10750 SW 211th St. On the agenda is the adoption of the town's initial Growth Management Plan, which is the blueprint for the town's future development. Read the proposed NEWLY REVISED Growth Management Plan here.
Perrine-Peters Church Craft Fair
Come to this annual event for crafts, food and a silent auction on November 10th from 8am-4pm. The event takes place at Perrine-Peters United Methodist Church, located at 18301 S. Dixie Hwy. Phone 305-235-2309 for more information.
Miami Bookfair International
The Miami Bookfair International is coming in November. Author presentations are from November 4th through the 9th. The events are free however tickets are required for all evening sessions. Tickets become available beginning Oct. 24th. Visit www.miamibookfair.com/mbfi/ticketing.htm for author and ticket information.
Community Harvest Festival On November 9th
On November 9th from 5-8pm., Centro Evangelistico La Roca Church, located at 20851 Gulfstream Road, will be having a Community Harvest Festival, featuring rock climbing, jousting, bounce house with slide, and a dunk tank. There will also be FREE cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, candies, games and more for the entire community. Hamburgers, hot dogs and soda will be available for $1.00. There will also be a FREE raffle for a Nintendo Wii. For more information call 786-573-4223. This event was originally scheduled for October 31st, but was postponed due to the weather
Balere Academy Multifamily Rummage Sale
November 10th, from 8am -2pm. Visit this large rummage sale for items such as clothing, furniture, linens, collectaibles, paintings, tools and toys. The event takes place at Balere Language Academy located at 10600 Caribbean Blvd. Call 305-232-9797 for additional information or email.
Alper JCC Holiday Marketplace On November 8th
On November 8th, from 9am-6pm, visit the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center for your holiday gifts including jewelry, apparel, handicrafts, as well as games and baked goods. The center is located at 11155 SW 112th Ave. Call 305-321-9000 ext 301 for additional information, or visit their website.
Flu Shots Given At Local Stores
Area Publix, CVS, and Walgreen's stores are now administering flu shots to the public. Prices may vary. See the schedule for more information and other times.
Commissioner Sorenson To Speak At Concerned Citizens Meeting On November 6th
The Concerned Citizens meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Cutler Ridge Park. The next meeting is scheduled for November 6th. These meetings are free and open to all Cutler Bay residents. Next months speaker will be county commissioner Katy Sorenson. Commissioner Sorenson will be answering your questions regarding how the budget cuts will effect Cutler Bay residents, improvements planned for Caribbean Blvd and Old Cutler Road, as well as giving us an update on the progress of Lakes by the Bay Park.
Senior Health & Wellness Fair, November 7th
The Miami-Dade fire Rescue Department and Katy Sorenson invite you to a senior health fair at Cutler Ridge Park on November 7th from 10am-2pm. Cutler Ridge Park is located at 10100 SW 200 Street.
Ribfest 2007, November 2-4th
On November 2nd-4th, visit the Miami-Dade Parks Ribfest, a 3 day outdoor grilling extravaganza. Enjoy live music, a motorcycle rally, arts and crafts vendors and a play area for the kids complete with games, bounce house and petting zoo. Enjoy family-oriented activities such as horseshoes, horse and buggy rides, relay races and hayrides; and of course, lots of ribs. Musical guests include the rock band Grand Funk Railroad on Saturday and country star Phil Vassar on Sunday. On Friday and Saturday the hours are from 11 am-9pm. On Sunday the hours are from 11am-6pm. Admission to the event is Friday-$5.00 with free parking, Saturday and Sunday - $7.00 with an additional $5.00 charge for parking. Free for children ages 10 and under. The ribfest takes place at the Homestead Air Reserve Park, located at SW 268 Street (Moody Drive) and SW 122 Ave in Homestead. For more information visit their website or call 305-233-3150.
"Hometown Harvest Ride" Bike Tour On November 3rd
Get ready for the first "Hometown Harvest Ride", a 10.6 mile bike tour through the town of Cutler Bay on Saturday, November 3rd. Registration starts at 9am and the tour begins at 9:30. Read the flyer for additional information.
Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church Country Fair
On Saturday, November 3rd from 8am to 5pm. Join the fun at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, located at 20750 Old Cutler Road. There will be rides for kids, crafts, and a chicken dinner from 11am to 5pm. Enjoy BBQ chicken with baked beans, corn on the cob, rolls and soda. Don't forget to finish it off with a freshly baked cinnamon roll or bake sale item. For more information about the fair, call 305-235-6651.
Classic Car, Craft Bazaar Harvest Festival
On November 3rd, from 8am-3pm. Enjoy the 5th annual car show, barbecue, crafts, Christmas items and gifts. The event takes place at the First Baptist Church of Cutler Ridge, located at 10301 Caribbean Blvd. Phone 305-235-2133 for additional information.
Fall Fair On November 3rd
On November 3rd, from 9am-3pm, visit the St. Thomas-by-the-Bay Fall Fair. The church is located at 17700 Old Cutler Rd. Phone 305-232-1227 for additional information or visit their website.
Halloween is just around the corner. Here are some interesting web sites to help you make the most of the holiday. For a littler bit of everything halloween, visit. For children's games, crafts, and recipes visit
State Representative Julio Robaina and Cutler Bay Councilmember Ernie Sochin show one of the new Cutler Bay entrance signs. The signs are expected to be installed in the next couple of weeks
$5 Flashback Movies At Southland Mall Regal Cinemas
Every Wednesday through October 31st, at 4pm and 7:15pm, you can watch previously released movies for $5. For more information, visit the Regal Cinemas website.
Local Halloween Display Collecting For Food Bank
From now through Halloween, visit Alan and Tanya Rapport's big Halloween Display at 8740 SW 186th St in Cutler Bay, and bring a canned food donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank. It's a good opportunity to enjoy the holiday and do something good for others.
Community Harvest Festival On October 31st
On October 31st from 6-9 pm., Centro Evangelistico La Roca Church, located at 20851 Gulfstream Road, will be having a Community Harvest Festival, featuring rock climbing, jousting, bounce house with slide, and a dunk tank. There will also be cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, candies, games and more. All the above is free, and the whole community is invited. Hamburgers, hot dogs and soda will be available for $1.00. There will also be a FREE raffle for a Nintendo Wii. For more information call 786-573-4223.
Southland Mall Trick Or Treating
Come join in Southland Mall wide trick or treating on October 31th from 5-7pm. Call 305-235-8880 for more information.
Spooky Halloween Crafts At South Dade Regional Library
This Wednesday, October 31st, visit the South Dade Regional Library for "Spooky Halloween Crafts". From 3:30-4:30pm, ages 4 and up.
Harris Field Trunk-or-Treat
Children of all ages can enjoy activities including children's rides, games and trick or treating. October 31st starting at 6 pm. at the Harris Field Barn Pavilion, 1034 NE Eighth St. Homestead. Free admission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Special Growth Management Plan Public Meeting On October 30th
A special public meeting will be held at the East Ridge Retirement Center Auditorium, 19301 Sw 87th Ave., on Tuesday, October 30th at 6pm., to discuss the town's Growth Master Plan. Miami-Dade County's master plan allowed for buildings up to 25 stories high on portions of the property now occupied by Southland Mall. Our town's plan is allowing for heights averaging 18 stories in the core area. According to the 2002 Charette, residents envisioned heights at 5-6 stories. This VERY IMPORTANT meeting will help determine what size buildings the community finds acceptable and to discuss the legal ramifications if we decide on heights lower then previously approved by the county. Visit our forum and let us know what you think.
Things To Do This Halloween
See our list of 12 exciting events taking place this Halloween season, at local haunts including Cutler Ridge Park, Metrozoo, Southland Mall, Old Cutler Towne, and many many more.
Oktoberfest In Miami
October 19th, 20th, 21st, and 26th, 27th, 28th , Join in the fun as the German American Club celebrates Oktoberfest. Enjoy German food, beer, carnival rides, dancing and singing along with three bands from Austria. See if you will be the lucky winner of 2 free tickets to Germany. The event takes place at 11919 SW 56th Street. For details, phone 305-552-2123 or visit the German American Club website.
New Restaurant Opens In Cutler Bay
Thunder Island Seafood Bar & Grill opened for business on October 8th. The restaurant is located at 18415 S Dixie Hwy (former site of RJ Gators). The phone number is (305) 251-4651
October 26th, from 7:30 to 10pm. Visit the Fruit and Spice Park where the Southern Cross Astronomical Society will guide you through a exploration of the heavens. Enjoy music, refreshments and story telling around the campfire. Don't forget to bring a blanket. Admission is $10.00; children under 6 are free. For additional information call 305-247-5727. The park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave., in Homestead.
In The Park with Art
Saturday, October 27th and 28th, from 10am-5pm. Don't miss the Cultural Council's 17th annual "In The Park With Art", at Coral Reef Park. Enjoy the art work of over 100 artists that participate in this juried, award-winning fine art show. The event features music, face painting, crafts, plants, and great food. Take a chance at winning one of many wonderful prizes. Admission is free. The event takes place at Coral Reef Park, located at SW 152nd Street and 77th Ave. Parking is free at the park. Additional parking available across the street at St. Richards Church. Or park at St. Andrews Church on Old Cutler Road and 144th Street, and take the Ibus for free (12-5). For more information visit www.culture-council.org or call 305-238-0703, email your questions to email@example.com.
Itemized Expenses Of Cutler Bay Budget
Download this spreadsheet showing some of the itemized expenses in the 2007-2008 Cutler Bay proposed budget. Breakdowns are given of General Government, Community Development, Public Works, Parks, and other categories. This spreadsheet was provided by Councilmember Ernie Sochin, who asked that we publish it.
Councilmember Sochin Announces Reelection Bid, Gets $200,000 For Town
Cutler Bay Ernie Sochin announced his plans to run for reelection for the district 2 seat. The announcement was made at the October 9th Whispering Pines Civic Association meeting. During a recent trip to Tallahassee, he successfully lobbied for $200,000 for stormwater management that the state had previosly cut from the state budget. For more information, read this Miami Herald article.
Homeowner Insurance Update
Windstorm And Contents Coverage Can Be Waived
As of July 1st, all residential property insurance companies are required to offer policyholders the option to exclude windstorm and content coverage from their homeowners' insurance policy upon renewal. Residents must sign written statements accepting all responsibility for damages incurred. To view the legislation, click on the link and scroll down to 627.712 (Residential windstorm coverage required; availability of exclusions for windstorm or contents). Also, Citizens Insurance now sells other types of homeowners policies than just windstorm coverage. (Thank you to Representative Julio Robaina providing us with this information).
Thinking Of You Services At Southland Mall
Visit Southland Mall on Saturday, October 20th through Sunday, October 21st from noon-6pm and participate in Thinking of You Services annual Christmas card signing for our servicemen serving overseas. This non-profit organization sends our troops both cards and gift packages. Show your appreciation by helping to support this worthwhile organization.
Holy Rosary Arts and Crafts Fair
On Saturday, October 20th from 9am-5pm. Come to the oldest church craft festival in South Dade. Enjoy arts and crafts, food and kiddie land rides. Holy Rosary Church is located at the corner of Franjo Road and 14th Street.
4th Annual Rotary Casino Night
Saturday October 20th from 7pm-11 pm. The Rotary club will host it's Rotary Casino Night at the Palmetto Bay Village Center. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, live and silent auctions, a raffle, door prizes and the excitement of casino gaming. Tickets are $40.00 each, redeemable for 20 gaming fun chips. Palmetto Bay Village Center is located at SW 184th St. and Old Cutler Road. Proceeds benefit the Perrine Cutler Ridge Rotary Foundation. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 305-323-1530.
Affair En Plein Air, At The Deering Estate
October 20th from 10am-4pm, and October 21st from 10am-1pm. Art judging, Sunday from 1:30-2:30. The Deering Estate will host a two day painting event. Artists will be painting on the grounds of the estate where guests can admire their work in progress. Children 4-14 can participate in arts and crafts activities for an additional $5.00. Admission to the estate is $7.00 for Adults, $5.00 for children under 14. Phone 305-235-1668 ext. 233 for additional information.
Deering Estate Sunset Cruise
Sunday, October 21st. Arrive at 3:30 to begin a 4-6 pm relaxing trip on a pontoon boat. Discover South Florida's nature and history while exploring Biscayne Bay. Cost is $35.00 per person. Call 305-235-1668 ext 233 for additional information. (Trips subject to cancellation due to weather).
Bonsai Show and Sale This Weekend
Fairchild Tropical Gardens will be holding a Bonsai Show and Sale on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Fairchild Tropcal Gardens is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road.
Candle Light Walk & Stand Against Crime To Honor Miami-Dade Police Officers
On Friday, October 12th, at 7pm, there will be a candle light walk to recognize and benefit wounded officer Jody Wright and the family of slain police officer Jose Somohano. The Candle Light Walk begins at the busway and SW 112 Avenue (adjacent to the Target store parking lot). Read the flyer for more information.
A memorial fund has been established for the family of slain Miami-Dade police officer Jose Somohano, 37, who left behind a wife and two children. Donations are accepted through the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT) website or by visiting any BankUnited branch in South Florida or by calling 1-877-779-BANK (2265) .
Museum of Science- CSI Camp In
On October 12th, the Museum of Science will be hosting a night of mystery and intrigue. Bring your flashlight and participate in this whodunit camp-in. Test your ability to solve mysteries and process crime scenes. For more information or to register, call 305-646-4380 or email. The event begins at 6:30pm and continues through 9am the next day.
Whigham Art Night Extravaganza This Wednesday
On Wednesday, October 10th, from 6pm-9pm, the Whigham Elementary School PTA and art department invite you to join them in their first ever Art Night Extravaganza. The evening will feature local talent from the school and community, showcasing their talents at this special event. Enjoy the variety of entertainment, art show, raffles and refreshments. Whigham Elementary is located at 21545 SW 87th Ave.
Councilman Sochin To Speak At Civic Association
All Cutler Bay residents are invited to attend the Whispering Pines Civic Association meeting at 7pm on Tuesday, October 9th at Whispering Pines Elementary School. The guest speakers will be Cutler Bay councilman Ernie Sochin along with State Representative Julio Robaina. Councilman Sochin recently returned from a trip to Tallahassee and has "lots to talk about" including a special announcement.
Events Committee Volunteers Needed
The town is looking for volunteers to serve on the events commitee. This committee will help determine and plan future events for the town. Persons interested in serving on this commitee should contact a member of the town council or the Town Clerk. For contact information, visit.
October 4th- National Conversation On Climate Action
October 4th, be a part of this nationwide event intended to encourage discussion of local climate policy options, Discuss the issues and science of climate change with experts and policy makers. The event takes place at the Miami Science Museum located at 3280 S. Miami Ave. Call 305-646-4200 or visit their website for more information.
Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue Benefit Car Wash- October 6th
Saturday, October 6th from 10am-4pm. Get your car washed and contribute to a worthy cause. Proceeds benefit the Somohano family and officer Jody Wright. The car wash takes place at the Peterson Harley-Davidson dealership located at 19825 S. Dixie Hwy.
Concerned Citizens Meeting On October 2nd
The Concerned Citizens meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Cutler Ridge Park. The next meeting is scheduled for October 2nd. These meetings are free and open to all Cutler Bay residents. The guest speaker will be Cutler Bay finance director Robert Daddario.
Job Fair For Workers 50 And Older
October 8th, Some of Miami's largest businesses come together with potential workers 50 and older. Some of the industries being represented, health care, customer service, hospitality, finance, sales, insurance,skilled trades, transportation, security and more. The fair takes place at Homestead Job Corp Recreation Center, located at 12350 SW 285th St. Homestead . For more information call 888-606-7896 or email.
Visit Vizcaya For Free On September 30th
Visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens free on Sunday, September 30th. The museum will be open from 9:30am - 4:30pm for a day of free programs and activities for all ages. The museum is located at 3251 S. Miami Ave. Phone 305-250-9133 for additional information.
Sept 28 & 29th- Flea Market At CRUMC
Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church will hold a flea market on Friday, September 28th from 8am-noon and Saturday, September 29th from 8am to 2 pm. Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Old Cutler Road and Marlin Drive.
Miami Science Museum - Free Nights For Teens
On Saturday, Sept 29th from 6:30-9:30pm, the Miami Science Museum will hold a free teen night for kids ages 10- 18. The event includes a special planetarium show "Alien Light" and admission to the exhibit, the Dinosaurs of China. Parents are welcome to attend but must pay full admission. For more information call 305-646-4236 or visit their website. The museum is located at 3280 S. Miami Ave.
Adopt-A-Pet On September 29th
Saturday, September 29th from 1pm-4pm. Visit the Southland Mall Center Court for their Adopt-A-Pet Event. Come meet some furry little friends who are looking for a good home.
Cutler Bay State of the Town Address on Sept 25th
Cutler Bay mayor Paul Vrooman will give a State of the Town address on Tuesday, September 25, 7:00pm, at the Southland Mall Regal Cinemas, Auditorium 7. For more information, see the flyer.
Press Release from Commissioner Sorenson's Office
"The Miami-Dade County Commission, at the urging of Commissioner Katy Sorenson, gave approval to a new County program that will help farmers stay farming and protect agricultural land from development. The program was included as part of the "Building Better Communities" bond plan that was approved by voters in 2004. Now the County will work with willing farmers to draw up conservation easements that will protect eligible properties from development for at least 25 years. The County will offer to purchase the agricultural business’ available development rights in exchange for the guarantee that the land cannot be used for anything other than farming."
How Will The Town Spend Your Tax Dollars??? Attend the 2nd Town Budget Hearings To Find Out - September 24th, South Dade Regional Library
The town of Cutler Bay is required to hold public hearings to establish the town budget and the town's tax rate. The 2nd hearing will be at the South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St (map) on September 24th at 7pm. Download the proposed budget.
Art Classes at the Deering Estate
The Deering Estate will be holding a series of art classes starting this week including: Introduction to Pastels, Introduction to Acrylics and Oriental Brush Painting. The cost is $150.00 for the six week session. For additional information visit their website.
Error In Miami Herald Neighbors Article
The Miami Herald reported in Thursdays Neighbors section that the former Steering Committee "questioned the benefits of incorporating". This is absolutely NOT true. The former committee, which includes both myself and Tom, stood together asking for a more detailed budget, opposing the Town managers raise, and asking that they consider a tax roll back.
Sept 22nd- Open House Pool Party at Cutler Ridge Pool
The Cutler Bay Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite all Cutler Bay residents to an Open House Pool Party at Cutler Ridge Pool on Saturday, September 22nd from noon until 3:00 PM. There will be fun and games, food and drinks. For more information, call 305-238-5344
September 20th- Deadline For Appealing Property Tax Assessment
If you believe the assessed value of your property is incorrect, you can file an appeal. The deadline to appeal is September 20th. For more information, visit this county website.
Town Council Meeting - September 19th, South Dade Government Center
The next Cutler Bay Town Council meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, September 19th, at the South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St (map). On the agenda is an ordinance adopting the town's first growth management plan. The Growth Management Plan is the blueprint for the town's future development and land use. Read the proposed Growth Management Plan here.
Final Decision On Cutler Properties- NO DEVELOPMENT
Back in November, we asked you to write letters to stop a housing development from being built in Cutler Bay, on vacant land at 184th Street and Old Cutler Road, just north of Cutler Cay. This 140 acre site included over 30 acres of degraded wetlands that Cutler Properties LC wanted to fill and develop. The development was temporarily stopped when Cutler Properties was forced to withdraw their petition for a variance before the EQCB.
We are pleased to announce that the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Committee on Projects and Lands voted today to deny giving Cutler Properties the Environmental Resource Permit they were seeking. Without this permit, the owner will not be able to develop the property.
Hundreds of acres of Biscayne Bay coastal wetlands will be preserved and everglades restoration projects enabled as a direct result of this decision. Closer to home, our coast and green spaces will be preserved and over-development kept at bay. The District has the funds in place to purchase the 140 acre property at 184th and Old Cutler.
Public serving groups and agencies from the Governor down to our local residents have been involved in making this happen but we would personally like to thank all of you that participated in the grass roots effort that contributed to this outcome.
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Economic Development Council
The Economic Development council (EDC), which just celebrated it's 15th year helping area businesses, is itself facing an economic predicament. The Miami-Dade County Commission has, due to property tax roll-backs, had to decrease the EDC's funding by $45,000.00. the council is requesting that the Towns of Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay find room in their budget to make up for this upcoming shortfall in revenue. Visit the community newspaper's website for more information about the EDC.
Budget hearings for the Town of Cutler Bay and the Village of Palmetto Bay take place this month. If you believe that the EDC deserves our town's support, contact your council members, or attend the town's budget hearings on September 17th and 24th.
$8.36 Sunpass Transponder Sale on September 18
Commissioner Katy Sorenson and State Representative JC Planas are hosting a special MDX Sunpass sale. Transponders which are regularly $25.00 will be available for $8.36. Sale starts at 9am until supplies last at the South Dade Regional Library Auditorium, located at 10750 SW 211th Street. Limit 2 per customer. Only cash will be accepted. For additional information or for dates and other locations, visit
Aroid Show and Sale at Fairchild Gardens
September 15th and 16th from 9:30am - 4:30pm. Featuring a large display with on-site experts to help you in your selection. The Aroid family includes Alocasia, Anthurium, Caladium, Philodendron, spathaphyllum and others. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. For additional information, visit fairchildgarden.org
Sunset Cruise at the Deering Estate
Sunday, September 16th at 4pm - 6pm. Explore Biscayne Bay, while learning about birds, sea mamals, Native Americans and our early pioneers. Space is limited so purchase your tickets early. For more information call 305-235-1668 ext. 233 or visit deeringestate.org. The estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave.
Student Essay Contest
Open to grades 9-12, complete an essay ad entitled "Being an American: Explore the Values That Unite Us". Prizes up to $5,000 will be awarded. For more information, visit beinganamerican.org.
Is Your Child's Teacher a Bad Apple?
Want to find out if your child's teacher has been arrested or accused of an ethics violation? Visit the Florida Department of Education's new website. This website just debuted this week and contains only information available from January 1st 2007. Violations from past years will be added in the future. For now, just search for the Miami- Dade district not individual teachers and hope that your child's teacher didn't make the list.
Business Assistance Workshop
A business assistance workshop will be held from 8 am to 12 noon, September 14th. This free workshop will include information about the charettes in South Dade, enterprise zone incentives and small buisness administration. To RSVP, phone 305-378-9470 or visit edcsouthdade.com. The event takes place at the South Dade Government Center, 2nd floor conference room. The Government Center is located at 10710 SW 211th St.
If your child attends any of the following schools, and is eligible for the free school lunch program, he/she may be eligible for supplemental educational services (tutoring) from Miami- Dade county. Schools in Cutler Bay include Bel-Aire and Whigham Elementary schools, & Cutler Ridge and Centennial Middle schools. See a complete list of schools here
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day
Commissioner Katy Sorenson and local organizations will host a Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day event on Friday, September 14th from 2 to 5 pm at Southland Mall. Participants can sign up to have detectors installed in their homes for free, pending eligibility requirements. Southland Mall is located at 20505 S. Dixie Hwy.
Increase In Reported Vehicle Break-Ins
The police have reported an increase in the number of cars being broken into in Cutler Bay. Do not store valuables in your car especially within sight of people passing by. Also remember to lock your cars. Recently stolen items include iPods, a camera, a cellphone, wallets and a GPS.
Zoning Workshop On September 10th
There will be a zoning workshop on Monday, September 10th, 7pm at the South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St (map). Discussions will be held concerning the site plan for a shopping center on SW 216th St. in Lakes by the Bay. See the application for the shopping center here.
Found in Lakes by The Bay's Windy Pointe, a white female Boxer with a brown spot on her back. She's very young and has a sweet disposition. If this is your dog, or you know the owner of this dog, please call (786) 413-7129.
Concerned Citizens Meeting on September 4th
The Concerned Citizens meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Cutler Ridge Park. The next meeting is scheduled for September 4th. These meetings are free and open to all Cutler Bay residents. The guest speaker, from FP&L, will give a presentation about building a new reactor at the Turkey Point nuclear power plant.
Fire at Cutler Bay Mercedes Dealership
September 2007On Thursday morning, Sept 6th, a small fire started at the Mercedes Benz dealership undergoing construction next to the Southland Mall. The fire started due to a spark during welding and was quickly extinguished. No injuries have been reported.
Vegetable Growing Workshop - September 8th
At the Fruit and Spice Park on September 8th, from 10am-4pm. Learn all aspects of vegetable growing including container gardening, How to grow both conventional and exotic ones, planting techniques and practices. Cost is $35.00 and seating is limited. for reservations call 305-247-5727. The park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave.
Get Emergency Alerts On Your Cell Phone, Pager, Or By Email
Subscribe to the County's pilot program to receive text alerts to cell phones or other mobile devices with emergency information about severe thunderstorm, tornado, tropical storm and hurricane warnings!
School and District Profiles and Demographics
Want to know more about your child's school? Look at your child's school demographics or achievement scores. Visit dadeschools.net for details.
Another Cutler Bay Restaurant Closes
Support our local restaurants. Shipwreck Restaurant has recently closed. In addition to OCs Bar and Grill and RJ Gators, this is the third Cutler Bay restaurant to close in the last year.
Publix Pharmacy Offers FREE Oral Antibiotics
Publix pharmacies have started a free prescription drug program for some of the most commonly prescribed generic oral antibiotics. New and current customers can get up to a 14 day supply at no charge. For more information, read the news release on Publix's website.
Receive Event Notifications By Phone
Cutler Bay residents may now receive phone bank messages about upcoming events in our town. To be added to the list, call Mike Schuler at 305-238-6453.
Cutler Bay 2nd Quarter Budget
Click here to view the Town of Cutler Bay's 2006-2007 2nd quarter budget.
Reduced Admission at Jungle Island - Labor Day Weekend
On September 1-3rd, visit Jungle Island for the reduced admission of $10.00 per person with proof of Miami-Dade residency. Come early and enjoy their Brunch special for just $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids 3-10. For more information call 305-400-7203 or visit their website.
Fairchild Gardens Free Admission Sundays in August
Fairchild Botanical Gardens is offering free admission to all visitors on Sundays throughout the month of August. The garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Phone 305-667-1651 for additional information.
Informational fairs will be held at various locations around Dade County from August 21st - Aug. 30th. See the flier.
Perseid Meteor Shower Visible on August 12th
The annual Perseid meteor shower occurs this month peaking in mid-August. The night of August 12 through dawn of August 13th will have dark, moon-less, skies making for a great night to see the display of shooting stars, weather permitting. For the best viewing, try to get away from local lights and look to the northeast horizon. As many as 90 or 100 meteors per hour are expected, and should be visible to the naked eye.
Miami-Dade County Charter Review Workshop and Public Hearing
Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 6 pm
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211th Street
Cutler Bay, FL, 33189
Conference Room 203
Matheson Hammock Wading Tour
Saturday, August 18th from 9 - 10 am. Learn about the role the tidal flats and mangroves play in the survival of the many plants and animals that inhabit the bay. The event takes place at Matheson Hammock Park Sailing club, 9610 Old Cutler Road. Cost is $5.00. Reservations are required, call 305-662-4124
Council Considers Pay Increase at August 13th Workshop
The Town Council will be holding a workshop at Town Hall on Monday, August 13th at 4:00 pm, to discuss the proposed 16% ($21,000.00) pay increase for Town Manager Steven Alexander. Anyone wishing to comment should email the council members. Read the Miami Herald article about the proposed increase. Town hall is located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd., Suite 105.
Back To School Tax Free Week, August 4th-13th
From August 4th through the 13th, the State of Florida will exempt from sales tax, books and clothing under $50.00 and school supplies under $10.00. To see a list of what items are exempt and not exempt, view this Florida Department of Revenue flyer.
Summer Cabaret Series
Saturday, August 11 at 8pm. Enjoy classical, modern, jazz and Latin music as "String Theory" performs at The Deering Estate. Feel free to bring your own refreshments. Tickets are $20.00 general admission. Call 305-235-1668 ext. 233 for additional information and advanced ticket sales. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave.
Back to School Festival- August 11th
Back to School Health & Cultural Awareness Festival on Saturday, August 11th, from 10am - 2pm. Receive complimentary health tips and screenings. Enjoy live entertainment with music and giveaways. The event is located at Southland Mall in the Center Court.
Parks and Recreation Department Meeting On August 6th
The Parks and Recreation department will hold a meeting from 6-8pm, on Monday, August 6th at Cutler Ridge Park, located at 10100 SW 200 St. (map). Discussions will include aquisition of new park land and proposed improvements to Saga Bay Park.
Flag Football Season, Cheerleading Registration Open
Registration is open through August 10th for the upcoming flag football season starting September 9th, at Cutler Ridge Park. Kids 5-14 can learn basic athletic skills, sportsmanship, and build friendships. All skill levels are accepted, and every child plays in every game. In addition, i9 sports offers a cheerleading program for children 5-10, with an emphasis on fun and sportsmanship, not technical skill development. For more information or to register, visit their website or call 305-254-3215. Registration is $145.00.
28th Annual Palmetto Junior Golf Open
Tuesday, August 7th through Aug. 9th. Tee time at approximately 9 am. 54- Hole Medal Play. Age Division: Boys 12-13, 14-15, 16-17; Girls 13 - 17. The event takes place at Palmetto Golf Course, 9300 SW 152nd St. Phone Susi Walker at 305- 235- 1069 ext. 21 for information. Cost $60.00 per player.
Free Movies at Southland Mall
Take advantage of the free movies at Southland Mall, every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am, until August 8th. Movies for August 7th and 8th - Everyone's Hero, and Racing Stripes.
Golf Open Junior Division
Friday, August 10th Children 12 and Under. Cost $4 - $11.00. Call Susi Walker at 305-235-1069 ext. 21 for information and starting times. The event takes place at Briar Bay Golf Course, 9373 SW 136th St.
Police Open House August 4th
August 4th from 11am - 4pm. Join the Miami-Dade Police Department Cutler Ridge district at their open house/back to school bash. Enjoy complimentary Food, and music by DJ Flash- Mega 94.9. Highlights include a kids program, finger printing, Police Explorers, Kiddy Land (bounce houses), McGruff, a raffle, police helicopter, mounted patrol, K-9 unit, bomb squad, underwater recovery and special response team, along with Social Services and Employment opportunities. The event takes place at the Cutler Ridge substation, located at 10800 SW 211St (map).
Bamboo Workshop at Fruit and Spice Park
Saturday, August 4th from 10 am - 1pm. Learn to grow and cultivate different varieties of bamboo. Includes a tour of the park's 70 varieties of bamboo. The event takes place at the Fruit and Spice Park, located at 24801 SW 187th Ave, Homestead. Cost is $25.00. Call 305-247-5727 for information.
Town Council Workshop August 2nd
A workshop will be held on on Thursday, August 2nd beginning at 8:30am, at the Cutler Bay Town Hall, located at 20720 Caribbean Blvd, suite 105. (South Dade 2 Bldg) (map)
Parks Committee Meeting On July 31st
The parks citizen advisory committee will hold a meeting at 7pm, Monday, July 31st at Cutler Ridge Park, located at 10100 SW 200 St. (map)
Gold Coast Railroad Museum – Free Wednesdays
Celebrate Gold Coast Railroad Museum’s 50th Anniversary with free admission on Wednesdays throughout the month of July. The cost to ride the train is $2.25 per person. The museum is located at 12450 S.W. 152nd Street, Phone, 305-253-0063
Evening Sky Viewings
Every Saturday from 8-11pm at Bill Sadowski Park. Join the Southern Astronomical Society and learn about the night sky while viewing it through high-tech telescopes. The park is located at 17555 SW 79th Ave. Call 305-661-1375 for additional information.
Chicken Key Canoe Tour
Experience the beauty of Biscayne Bay as you make your way to Chicken Key. Sundays at the Deering Estate, located at 16701 SW. 72nd Ave. Phone 305-235-1668, ext 233 for details.
Town Council Budget Workshop July 30th
The budget workshop will be held on on Monday, July 30th from 10am-noon at Cutler Bay Town Hall, located at 20720 Caribbean Blvd, suite 105. (South Dade 2 Bldg) (map)
Back to School Splash at The Falls - Free
On July 28th and 29th, noon to 6 pm. Get information about after school programs, college planning, insurance and heathcare during the Falls Back-To-School splash. Enjoy free outdoor activities including paddle boats, the Sabertooth slide, motorized bumper boats, bumper cars, and an ocean bounce house. See the Miami Dolphins mascot 'TD', cheerleaders and alumni player autographs opportunities. Try your skill at the quarterback toss. Take part in hands-on crafts, face painting, balloon art, a treasure hunt and stage entertainment. The Falls is located at the corner of US-1 and SW 136th Street.
Visit Vizcaya For Free On July 29th
Visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens free on Sunday, July 29th. The museum will be open from 9:30am – 4:30pm for a day of free programs and activities for all ages. Additional free days include August 26th and September 30th. The museum is located at 3251 S. Miami Ave. Phone 305-250-9133 for additional information.
The Dinosaurs of China
Opening June 16th at the Miami Science Museum. Come see the premiere of the finest collection of Chinese dinosaur fossils ever seen in the U.S.. The museum is located at, 3280 South Miami Ave. Phone(305) 646-4200 for additional information or visit.
Hurricane Preparedness Information
Get hurricane preparedness information including phone numbers, websites, local shelters, preparation lists, and more.
South Florida Under Phase 2 Water Restrictions
ONLY landscape irrigation is restricted. Other outside uses (car / boat washing, pressure cleaning, sports fields, etc) are not. Odd numbered addresses are allowed to water on Wednesday and Saturday from 4am to 8am, even numbered addresses on Thursdays and Sundays from 4am to 8am. For more information.
Cultural Arts Center In Cutler Bay Update
The new Cultural Arts Center is expected to open next year. The center has 966 seats and will include a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces (box office, lobby, restrooms, concessions etc.), back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage and work areas, administrative offices, etc.) and a multi-purpose rehearsal space.
The separate activities building will house an informal performance space and smaller spaces for lectures,classes or community gatherings. The center's two building will be joined by an outdoor promenade leading to a gently sloping lawn for outdoor concerts and festivals along Black Creek Canal.
Cutler Bay Soccer Club Registration Open
Soccer season begins July 21st. Cutler Bay Soccer Club registration is open for men and women 18 and older. Whether you are in your 20's or 40's, a first timer or a competive player, CBSC has room for you. For more information, visit their website.
Noise Ordinance Upheld
If you are sleep deprived due to a noisy neighbor please note, The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued a ruling upholding Commissioner Javier D. Souto’s 1996 noise ordinance. It is a violation of the law if, during the hours between 11pm and 7 am, noise is audible within a distance of 100 feet from the building from where it is generated. To read the news release about this ruling visit.
Does your local public school make the grade? See the grades for local schools using this Florida Department of Education report.
Cutler Bay Town Hall Meeting
– Please Attend!!!
On Monday, July 16th at 7pm, the Town of Cutler Bay will be holding it's first Town Hall Meeting. We encourage everyone reading this to attend this very important meeting. If you have questions regarding how the new tax legislation will affect our town, questions about police coverage, code enforcement concerns, or any other questions, now is the time to get answers. The meeting will take place at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of East Ridge Retirement Village located at 19301 SW 87th Ave (map).
International Mango Festival This Weekend
Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th, from 9:30am – 4:30pm. Free with admission, adults $20, children 6-17 $10 and free to Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Enjoy everything mango at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden including mango tree sales, mango tastings, crafts for kids and cooking demonstrations and much more. For more information, visit the Fairchild Tropical Garden website.
Get A FREE Showerhead
Help conserve water and save money by exchanging your existing shower head with a cost effective, high efficiency one. Just bring your old shower head to the South Dade Government Center, 1st floor on M-F from 8am – 4:30pm, and get a new one for FREE.
Superhero Summer Celebration
From June through August at the Miami Seaquarium. This summer celebration features a different superhero every weekend. Visit the new Superhero Play Zone from 11am -4 pm each weekend. Kids in superhero costume receive a special gift.
In addition, they are holding a web essay contest, with weekly winners receiving a swim with the dolphins gift certificate. For additional information go to the website. $6.00 off coupons are available from Burger King.
June 20th Town Council Meeting Summary
The Town of Cutler Bay is in the process of replacing missing street signs that have not yet been replaced by the county after past hurricanes. A new town newsletter has been mailed out. Several items were approved on second reading, an ordinance creating a senior citizen homestead tax exemption, and an ordinance limiting wireless towers. Also approved was a request from SIRE USA Corp for a rezoning of land. And final plat approval was given to MGP 216th Street Limited for a shopping area in Lakes By The Bay, with a new Publix expected to be built on the site. A resolution in support of resending discriminatory immigration policies against Haitian immigrants failed to be seconded.
Growth Management Plan Meeting on July 12th
The 3rd public workshop to develop the town's Growth Management Plan (Development Master Plan) will be held from 7pm to 8pm on Thursday, July 12th, on the 2nd floor of the South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St (map). The Growth Management Plan will be the blueprint guiding the town's current and future development.
Summer Cabaret At Deering - July 14th
At 8pm on Saturday, July 14th, the Deering Estate hosts the 4th Annual Summer Cabaret Series. The second of three cabaret-syle concerts will feature guitarist Eric Hansen. The Stone House Ballroom will come alive with the sounds of Flamenco, Jazz & Classical Guitar, accompanied by the exotic rhythms of Latin American and Middle-Eastern Percussion. Limited seating. Advance tickets recommended. Guests can bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 305-235-1668 ext. 233 or visit.
July 4th Celebration at Whispering Pines Park
Celebrate the 4th at Whispering Pines Park from 9am-1pm. The parade starts at 9am, followed by hamburgers, hot dogs, cold drinks, sno-cones, popcorn, games, raffle and more. This 40th annual parade and celebration is organized by the Whispering Pines Civic Association and the Whispering Pines Womens Club. Whispering Pines Park is located at Ridgeland Drive and SW 88th Ct. (map). See the flyer for details. See photos of last year's celebration.
Fireworks Display at Black Point Marina
There will also be a July 4th fireworks display at Blackpoint Marina beginning at 9pm. The fireworks display is presented though the efforts of Commissioner Sorenson and local businesses.
Belly Dancing Performance at Southland Mall
Saturday, June 30th from 1pm -3pm.
Grease, the Musical at Dave and Mary Alper JCC
The Miami Children's Theater presents the musical "Grease" on June 30th at 8pm and again on July 1st at 2 pm. The event takes place at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC located at 11155 SW 112th Ave. Advanced tickets are available online at, http://tickets.miamichildrenstheater.com/
Sunpass Transponders on Sale for $8.36 This Week
To coincide with the new SR836 Dolphin Expressway extension, the Miami-Dade expressway authority will be selling Sunpass transponders for $8.36 instead of the regular price of $25.00. Limit is two per customer, cash only. The will be available Thursday, June 28th from noon – 5pm at the South Dade Government Center, room 203. They are available at other locations throughout the week of June 22nd – June 29th. Read the press release for additional locations.
Growth Management Plan Meeting on June 26th
There will be a 2nd public workshop to develop the town's Growth Management Plan (Development Master Plan). The Growth Management Plan will be the blueprint guiding the town's current and future development. The workshop will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, June 26th, on the 2nd floor of the South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St (map).
Truth or Fiction?
A lot of misinformation gets passed along through emails (such as electronic hotel keys being encoded with personal information, Cell phones being able to remotely unlock your car, etc.). Before passing these emails along, check out whether or not its true. Go to www.snopes.com
Cutler Bay To Get Town-Wide Wireless Internet Access
Cutler Bay will be the first municipality to get complete town-wide low cost wireless service under Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez's 2-year plan to bring wireless Internet access throughout Dade county. The pilot area also includes portions of Palmetto Bay and unincorporated Miami-Dade county. The service is expected to begin in this summer. For more information, read the FAQs from the Mayor's office, and see a coverage map of the pilot area.
Ways To Get Better Gas Mileage
Check and replace your air filters regularly, Keep your engine properly tuned, Check your tire pressure regularly to insure they are properly inflated, Keep your engine properly tuned, Slow down to under 60mph on the highway (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas), Use your cruise control, Avoid keeping unnecessary heavy items in your car, Use the proper weight motor oil for your car.
SunPass – Half Price Sale On June 19th
On Tuesday, June 19th, you can get a SunPass for half price. The promotion starts at 12:01 am and last until the end of the day or until the supply of 13,000 transponders have sold out. Cost is $12.50 and are limited to 2 per customer. It costs $25.00 to activate the transponder and set up the initial account. Visit www.sunpass.com to purchase and get more information
Adopt-A-Tree In Cutler Bay- June 23rd
The Town of Cutler Bay will be hosting it's first ever Adopt-A-Tree event on Saturday June 23rd, from 9am-noon, at Cutler Ridge Park. Each homeowner attending can choose two trees to take home. The tentative selection of trees are:Vera Wood, White Geiger, Green Buttonwood, and Jackfruit. Cutler Bay residents may elect to donate one or both of their trees to help beautify our town. For additional information visit the adopt-a-tree website.
Mango Mania At Fruit and Spice Park
Saturday, June 23rd from 10 am – 1 pm at the Fruit and Spice Park. Everything you ever wanted to know about mangos from growing them to eating them. Sample fruits and take home a free mango tree. The cost is $50.00. The park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave. Phone 305-247-5727 for additional information.
Taste of the Tropics
Saturday, June 23rd from 7 – 11pm at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Enjoy an envening of tropical food and entertainment. The cost is $45.00 in advance, $60.00 at the door. The garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Phone 305-667-1651 ext. 3377 for details.
Deering Bike Tour
Saturday, June 23rd from 10 am – 12 noon. Meet at the visitors center by 9:45. ride along the trail and learn about the park's history. Cost is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 if you ride your own bike. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave. Phone 305-235-1668 ext. 233 for additional information.
Gold Coast Railroad 50th Anniversary
Sunday, June 24th . In honor of the museum's 50th Anniversary they will hold “high five salutes” a celebration honoring the military, veterans, retirees and their families. The museum is located at 12450 SW 152 St. Call 305-253-0063 for additional information.
Boat and Recreation Show at Southland Mall
Friday, June 15th – Sunday, June 17th, visit Southland Mall's Boat & Recreation Show. See the hottest water crafts and boating, fishing, diving, and boarding accessories.
Summer Cabaret Series at Deering - June 16th
Othello Molinueax will entertain you with an evening of steel pan music. The event takes place on Saturday, June 16th , 8 pm at the Deering estate Stone house ballroom. Guests may bring food and drinks. Cost is $20.00 or $55.00 for the three-concert series. The estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave. Phone 235-1668 ext. 233 for more information.
Fruit and Spice Park - Tropical AG Fiesta
June 16th and 17 from 10 am – 5pm. Enjoy over 50 vendors featuring local wines, foods and rare fruit samples. Cost is $6.00. While you're there participate in the lychee and longan workshop from 10 am -1 pm for $25.00 or the hurricane pruning workshop from 10 am – 1 pm for $25.00. Phone 305-247-5727 for additional information. The park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave.
One Million Dollars In Grants For Cutler Bay
The Town of Cutler Bay has been awarded or has pending, grants in excess of one million dollars. Included is a recently awarded grant of $111,000 per year for 3 years for Cutler Ridge Park's after-school program. Click here for the complete list of the grants.
Hurricane Tax Break, June 1st - 12th
From June 1st through June 12th, Floridians will be able to purchase hurricane supplies such as batteries, weather radios, fuel tanks, portable generators etc free of state taxes. Read the Department of Revenue flyer for more information and a complete list of tax exempt items.
Summer Time at the Library
Gold Coast Railroad Museum - FREE
Wednesday, June 13th, See historic trains. Take a ride on the railroad. Free admission on Wednesday from 11am – 4 pm. The museum is located at 12450 SW 152 St., Miami, Call 305-253-0063 for additional information
4th Annual Blue Water Fishing Classic
Saturday, June 9th from 7am -3 pm. Join professional, amateur and junior fishing enthusiasts as they compete for $30,000 in cash and prizes. Call Kathey Haley at 305-755-7939 to register, or pick up an application at one of the six Miami-Dade County marinas.
Rain Barrel Class at Deering
A rain barrel can save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the summer months. Learn more about the advantages of having a rain barrel by attending the Deering Estate workshop on Saturday, June 9th from 10am-noon. Cost is $10.00 for workshop only, $35.00 for workshop and barrel. Preregistration is necessary. For additional information or to register call 305-248-3311.
Bamboo Show and Sale - June 9th and 10th
June 9th and 10th , from 9:30 – 4:30pm at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. Cost of admission is $20.00 for adults; $15.00 for seniors; and $10 for ages 5-17. The garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Phone 305-667-1651 for additional information.
Enjoy Barbershop Music At Evelyn Greer Park
On Tuesday, June 5th, at 7pm, join the Singing Miamians, a local Barbershop music quartet at Evelyn Greer Park, located at SW 124th St & US-1. For more information, visit their website.
Hurricane Preparedness Event at Cutler Ridge Park
This Saturday, June 2nd, from 10am-2pm, the Cutler Bay police are hosting an informative hurricane event at Cutler Ridge Park. Other participating organizations include FP&L, Miami-Dade Water & Sewer, Miami-Dade Emergency Management, and Home Depot. For more information contact officer Gigi Ortiz at 305-234-4262.
Geocaching 101 At Larry and Penny Thompson Park
Saturday, June 2nd, beginning at 10 am. Join in the fun and learn all about the exciting sport of geocaching, in which participants use a GPS to find hidden items. This event takes place at Larry and Penny Thompson Park located just off Eureka Drive and the Turnpike. A picnic lunch will be provided. The event winds down at 4pm with a raffle.The event is free. Bring your own chairs, sunscreen and please wear closed toed shoes. If you have access to a GPS unit, please bring that as well. For more information, visit.
My Safe Florida Home Grant Program
The State of Florida is now offering matching grants to homeowners wishing to protect their homes from hurricane damage. Homeowners start by requesting a home inspection. After their home is evaluated, the homeowner can receive up to $5,000.00 in matching grant money for improvements made to fortify their homes. For additional information, visit.
2006-2007 Quarterly Budget Report
Read the Town of Cutler Bay's quarterly budget report for the period ending December 31, 2006. The report shows a $3.8 million surplus for the quarter.
May 21st Town Council Meeting Summary
There were several items on the May 21st special town council meeting agenda. The first item was to pick a permanent town attorney. Three firms made presentations. With concerns about the changes in revenue due to pending state legislation, the council chose to retain the firm of Weiss/Serota, who offered the lowest hourly rate to the Town.
In addition the council approved the parks inter-local agreement between the Town of Cutler Bay and Miami Dade County. The agreement moves on to the county for their approval. The council also gave the go ahead to the manager to apply for grants for park improvements.
Also mentioned was the July 23rd, Adopt-A-Tree program. Residents are allowed up to two free trees per household. Cutler Bay residents may elect to give one or both of their trees to the town to help beautify our parks and public spaces.
May 16th Town Council Meeting Summary
The swale parking ordinance was the first item presented. After two months of public input, the council voted to remove the item and promised that it would not be revisited. Also passed was an emergency ordinance granting an additional $25,000 in homestead exemption for low income seniors. Mayor Vrooman announced his desire to revisit the garage sale ordinance next month to allow the posting of up to 4 signs per sale.
The council acknowledged the more then one million dollars in grants coming to our town, $500,000 in state appropriations, and their confidence that the county will go along with their request to allow them to reallocate approximately $22 million dollars of county funds from an unneeded 87th Ave widening project; to be used instead for improvements to Old Cutler Road and Caribbean Blvd.
New “Welcome to Cutler Bay” signs will be appearing shortly at many of our town's entrances as will banners celebrating our citizens, as well as kiosks that will allow better notification of upcoming meetings, issues, and agenda items. Also, the council voted on and approved a request to have a minimum of one town hall meeting a year, along with a statement of having individual meetings within districts.
On a personal note, the person responsible for placing “tickets” on cars identified himself and made a public apology to us.
Cactus & Succulent Show and Sale
May 25th – May 27th, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. This event takes place at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Phone 305-667-1651 for additional information.
Fruit Carving Class
May 26th from 10am – 1pm. Learn how to carve spectacular fruit garnishes and presentations. The class takes place at the Fruit & Spice Park located at 24801 SW 187th Ave. Homestead. $25.00. For additional information phone 305-247- 5727
Butterfly Walk - May 26th
Saturday, May 26th from 2 – 3:30 pm at the Deering Estate, located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave. Explore the park while finding and identifying numerous butterfly species. For more information phone 305-235-1668 Ext. 242. The cost of admission is $7.00 for adults, and $5.00 for children.
Hurricane Preparedness Information and News
Visit our Emergency Preparedness Page for information regarding Katy Sorenson, Cutler Bay and neighboring villages upcoming Mayors Hurricane Preparedness Workshop on May 19th. Find out how you can apply for a grant of up to $5,000.00 to fortify your home. Read about the Hurricane Tax break in June. See the names of 2007 storms.
Parks Department Public Workshop
Thursday, May 24th from 6 – 7 pm, the Miami-Dade County Parks Department will be having a workshop to create a greener, healthier county through a new vision for parks, recreation and natural areas. The workshop takes place at the South Dade Government Center auditorium. For further information contact Mark Heinicke at 305-775-11.
Special Town Council Meeting on May 21st At Cutler Ridge Park
There will be a special Cutler Bay Town Council meeting at 5:30pm on Monday, May 21st, at Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200th St. Among the items on the agenda will be the appointment of a permanent town attorney, a resolution to approve the parks interlocal agreement, and a resolution authorizing the Town Manager to apply for grant funding from the safe neighborhood parks bond program. Read the agenda for the meeting.
Get Up To $5000 Matching Grant - My Safe Florida Home
The State of Florida is now offering matching grants to homeowners wishing to protect their homes from hurricane damage. Homeowners start by requesting a home inspection. After their home is evaluated, the homeowner can receive up to $5,000.00 in matching grant money for improvements made to fortify their homes. For additional information, visit.
Late Mayor Cosgrove Honored
The Florida legislature has passed a bill that will dedicate a portion of the Homestead Extension, between SW 152nd St and SW 216th St, to our late Mayor, John Cosgrove. For more information, read the Miami Herald article. Also, the Cutler Ridge Middle School Auditorium was recently dedicated in memory of John.
Zoo Inn At Metrozoo
Get a behind-the-scenes walking tour of the zoo after dark, spend the night at the park and enjoy a special morning activity. For youth groups, scout troops, school or adult groups. This event takes place Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9am at Miami Metrozoo. For more information call 305-255-5551.
International Orchid Show
May 18th, 19th and 20th from 9am -5pm. The largest annual orchid show in the US with over 50 booths and vendors. Various types of orchids, plants and supplies for sale, lectures, raffles and international food. The event takes place at the Fruit and Spice park. Admission is $5.00. Call 305-247-5727 for additional information or go to the Fruit and Spice website.
Mayors Hurricane Preparedness Workshop - May 19th
On Saturday, May 19th, from 9am- 12pm. Commissioner Katy Sorenson, the Town of Cutler Bay, and the Villages of Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest will present a morning of valuable information to help you prepare for hurricane season. Speaking at the workshop will be Don Noe and Max Mayfield. Commissioner Katie Sorenson will be there along with representatives from the State Attorneys office, FP&L, South Florida Water Management District as well as 19 other Miami-Dade County departments. Sofisa Bank will be providing food and beverages. The workshop takes place at the Deering Estate Visitors Center, located at 16701 SW 72nd ave. Call 305-234-4262 for more information.
Relay For Life - May 19th & 20th
The local Relay For Life event will be held on May 19-20th at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, located at 18001 Old Cutler Rd. The Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivorship and raises money for the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit the RFL website.
Fishing Tournament - May 19th
The 7th Annual Dolphin Fishing Tournament will be held on May 19th. Call Kevin (305) 256-4205 for details.
Saturday May 19th from 10 am – 1pm. Learn the fundamentals of canoing including basic strokes, steering, and safety skills. $20.00 adults; $15.00 children 14 and younger. The event takes place at Bill Sadowski Park located at 17555 SW 79th Ave. Call 305-255-4767 to register.
Postage Rate Increase
Beginning on Monday, March 14th, the cost of postage for a first class letter increases 2 cents to 41 cents. For more information.
Automated Garbage Collection Service Has Come To Cutler Bay
New garbage cans are now being delivered to Cutler Bay residents. Each household will receive one large 96 gallon can. An additional can may be purchased for $50. Smaller 64 and 35 gallons cans are available upon request. See the Solid Waste Management FAQs for more information.
Councilmember Meerbott To Hold Meeting This Evening
On Monday, May 14th, District 1 Councilman Tim Meerbott will be holding an informal town meeting at Cutler Ridge Park at 7:00pm. This meeting will be an open forum allowing for questions and answers. Please make plans to attend.
Flowering Tree Sale
May 12th and 13th from 9:30am – 4:30pm at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.
Mothers Day Brunch at Deering
Sunday May 13th from 10:30 -1:30. Enjoy appetizing dishes and desserts prepared by Macy’s Catering. Tour the grounds and enjoy the beautiful estate. Cost is $65.00 for adults; $55.00 children 4-12. Call 305-235-1668 ext 233 for reservations and additional information
Mother’s Day Butterfly Walk and Picnic
Sunday, May 13th, from 10 am.-12 pm.at Bill Sadowski Park. Learn about the native butterflies of South Florida and how to attract them to your yard. Take a short hike through the hammock, then create a butterfly to take home. Bring your own picnic to share with mom after the program. Cost is $10. Call 305-255-4767 to register. The park is located at 17555 SW 79 Ave.
Classes at The Deering Estate
Both Classes run for six weeks . Cost is $60.00. For reservations or information 305-235-1668 ext. 233
Crafts For Mom
Wednesday, May 9th from 3:30 – 4:30 at the South Dade Regional Library. Children 4 and up can make a special gift for mom for Mothers Day.
Saturday, May 12th from 1pm -3pm. Make your mom something special for Mothers day. Center Court at Southland Mall.
Help Create the Town's Comprehensive Master Plan
The Town of Cutler Bay is creating it's first Comprehensive Development Master Plan, which will be the Town's blueprint for existing and future development. Let the Town know what you want by filling out their survey and mailing or taking it to town hall.
Cutler Bay Slated To Receive $500,000 From State Budget
If the new state budget is adopted, Cutler Bay is slated to receive:
The complete list of Miami Dade projects in the state budget can be found here.
View the Boat Storage Ordinance
At the April 11th town council meeting, a boat storage ordinance was adopted which allows Cutler Bay residents to store 2 boats at their homes. The size of the first boat was increased from 30 to 31 feet. A second boat up to 17 feet may also be stored after receiving a permit from the town. Other restrictions and procedures apply. View the ordinance here.
Chicken Key Canoe Tour
Sunday, May 6th, from 8 am- 11am. Experience the beauty of Biscayne Bay as you make your way to Chicken Key Island, a seven-acre bird rookery. $25.00 adults, $15.00 children 9-14. The event takes place at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave. For additional information phone 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Future High School in Cutler Bay?
“The Miami-Dade County Public Schools has entered into discussions with Miami-Dade County to locate a new High School for the Performing Arts at the South Dade Cultural Center under construction at 216th Street in the City of Cutler Bay. The County has offered to provide a site on which the School Board could build a small high school, which in turn could use the facilities at the Cultural Center . The project is not yet budgeted as no agreement has been reached, but both the School Board and the County are enthusiastic about the new high school.” - Email quote by District 9 School Board Member Evelyn Greer. Published with her permission.
More Everglades Water May Be Needed Because Of Drought
State water managers want permission from the federal government to use more Everglades water than usually allowed to restock drinking water supplies. For more information.
Concerned Citizens to Have Speaker on Wireless Initiative
The Concerned Citizens meet this Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00pm, at Cutler Ridge Park. Guest speaker will be Ira Feuer, from Miami-Dade Mayor Alvarez's office. Mr. Feuer is the program director for the county's wireless initiative. See the article below for more information.
Whispering Pines Civic Association Meeting
The Whispering Pines Civic Association will meet and vote for new officers. The meeting will be held at 7pm, Tuesday May 1st, at the Whispering Pines Elementary School cafetorium. Guest speaker will be Councilman Ernie Sochin.
Sunset Cruise at Deering
Friday, April 27th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Discover South Florida's nature and history during this relaxing trip on a pontoon boat. The boat departs from the Deering Estate. Cost is $35.00 per person and includes park admission. Call 305-235-1668 ext.233 for additional information.
Biscayne Bay Flats Kayak Fishing
April 28th, 8am-1pm. Join a fishing kayak expert for a shallow water fishing expedition in Biscayne Bay. Participants must provide their own fishing gear and have a salt-water fishing license. A kayak, life vest and paddle will be provided. The event takes place at Homestead Bayfront Park, 9698 SW 328 St. Homestead. Cost is $75.00 for additional information and registration call 305-365-3018.
Deering Estate Bike Tour
Saturday, April 28th from 10am – noon. Ride along the trails and explore the scenic landscape while learning about the park's history. Meet at the visitor center at 9:45. Cost is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children 9-14. Ride your own bike $7.50. park admission is included. Call 305-235-1668 ext 233 for details
Spring Plant Sale at Fairchild
April 28th 9am – 4:30 pm. Sale includes a variety of plants from numerous plant societies as well as butterfly attracting plants. For additional information and a list of plants for sale, visit.
Back Country Fishing Competition
The Eighth Annual Lucerne-Gossman Memorial Fishing Competition is scheduled for April 20-22. The tournament benefits children's services at the soon to open Homestead Hospital. $325.00. For more information call Tom Schramm at 786-243-8531 or register online.
Bromeliad Show and Sale
Saturday, April 21 & 22nd, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. This event takes place at Fairchild Tropical gardens. The gardens are located at 10901 Old Cutler Road Phone 305-667-1651 for details.
Celebrate Earth Day At Metrozoo
On Earth day, April 22nd , recycle an old cellphone by taking it with you to Metrozoo and receive free admission. The first 500 children entering will receive a small pouch containing milkweed seeds to start their own butterfly garden. Learn about the environment and conservation through the ECO-CELL program.
Classic Car Show
April 22nd, 11am -4pm at Homestead Bayfront Park and Marina. Enjoy a huge collection of classic cars all displayed in a tropical beach setting. Event includes live music, food, face painting, bounce house, and mini arts & crafts festival and swimming in the Atoll pool. A motorcycle rally will be taking place simultaneously at the park. The park is located at 9698 SW 328 St. cost is $4.00 per car. For more information call 305-230-3033 or visit.
Pride In The Park
Saturday, April 21, from 10am – 3pm. Visit Larry & Penny Thompson Park Shelter #2 and enjoy live entertainment and activities for the entire family. Event includes free food and drinks, including paella; a petting zoo, face painting, balloons sculptures, bounce house, nature walks, race car display, music and educational presentations. The park is located at 12451 SW 184th Street.
Home Chemical And Electronics Disposal
On Saturday, April 21st bring your home chemicals and used electronics for proper disposal and recycling. For a location near you and additional information, visit.
Sunrise Balloon Race and Festival
April 14th and 15th, more than 40 hot air balloons will participate in a spectacular display of color. Enjoy entertainment including Music, kid's games and activities, tours, and balloon races. A huge outdoor pancake breakfast is served both days. This event takes place at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, 12800 SW 137th Ave. Donations will be accepted to benefit S. Florida Citizens with Disabilities. For more information and schedule of events call 305-596-9040 or visit.
Youth Flag Football Season Begins April 15th
Youth flag football season begins on April 15th at Cutler Ridge Park. For boys and girls ages 5-15 of all skill levels. Coaches screened and certified. For easy registration go on line www.i9sports.com or call 305-254-3215.
25th Annual Baynanza Biscayne Bay Cleanup
Help clean up the Deering Estate or Black Point Marina during this annual countywide cleanup day. This event takes place April 14th from 9am -12 pm. Boaters are needed to take participants to nearby islands. To register for the cleanup visit www.miamidade.gov/derm/Baynanza/registration.asp
Rain Barrel Class at Deering
A rain barrel can save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the summer months. Learn more about the advantages of having a rain barrel by attending the Deering Estate workshop on Saturday, April 14th from 10am-noon. Cost is $10.00 for workshop only, $35.00 for workshop and barrel. For additional information or to register call 305-248-3311 or email.
Horticultural Workshop On April 14th
Saturday, April 14th from 1pm -2:30 pm at The Deering Estate Visitor Center. Attend this free seminar that reviews the nine environmental horticulture principles of Florida yards and learn how native plants can preserve bird and butterfly populations. Call 305-235-1668 ext. 233 or email them for additional information.
New at the Zoo
Every weekend through April 30th enjoy African drummers and dancers at the Lakeside Grille. Show times are 12:30 and 1:30. And while you are at the zoo don't miss a chance to feed the giraffes at the Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station. Also through May 13th visitors can explore the Remarkable World of Jane Goodall. This exhibit transports you to the jungles of Tanzania with a close-up look at chimpanzees hunting, playing and communicating with each other. Climb into a chimp nest and learn to walk and talk like a chimp. The Zoo is open daily from 9:30 – 5:30. admission is $11.50 Adults, $6.50 for children 3-12. Call 305-255-5551 for more information or visit www.miamimetrozoo.com
South Florida Now Under Phase I Water Restrictions
For houses ending with on odd number, watering days are restricted to Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4am-8am. Even numbered houses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 4am - 8am. For more information, go to the SFWMD Info & Education page.
South Dade Small Business Capitalization Initiative
Wednesday, April 11th from 8:30 – 4:00pm at Miami Dade College- Kendall Campus. This free program is comprised of business seminars geared to improve the growth and development of small business. Free exhibit space is available for the event. The South Dade Small Business Capitalization Initiative will award 10 grants for $5,000.00. For more information, call Miami-Metro Action Plan at 305-372-7600 or visit www.miamidade.gov/mmap
1st Zoning Workshop to be Held on April 10th
The Town of Cutler Bay will be holding it's first zoning workshop on Tuesday, April 10th at 7pm at Cutler Ridge Park. The purpose of these unique workshops is to allow residents, council members and applicants (such as developers) to discuss upcoming zoning applications.
Regal Cinemas At Southland Mall Is Now Open
From March 30 – April 8th receive free popcorn and soft drink with every paid admission. Get movie times and listings.
Miami Metrozoo Egg Safari
April 7th and 8th, from 11 am – 4pm. This event features a continuous egg safari for kids 12 and under, face painting, crafts, a bounce house, rock climbing, water tag and of course, the Easter Bunny himself. The event is included with zoo admission of $11.50 for adults; $6.75 for ages 3-12. The zoo is located at 12400 SW 152nd St. Phone 305-251-0400 for information.
The Town of Cutler Bay is holding a public workshop at Cutler Ridge Park on Thursday, April 5th, at 7pm, to start the creation of the first Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan will be the town's blueprint for existing and future development. The plan will reflect the town's vision for the future, and how it will meet the needs of residents, visitors and businesses.
Activities for People with Physical Disabilities
Chihuly Back at Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Dale Chihuly's beautiful glass art exhibit is back from December 9th - May 31, 2007. Visit during Chihuly nights for an even more dazzling display. Go to www.fairchildgarden.org for more information and night time schedule.
Cutler Bay's 1st Annual Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 7th, at 10am. Hop over to Cutler Ridge Park for the Town of Cutler Bay's 1st annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 9 and under. The park is located at 10100 SW 200 Street. Call 305-238-4166 for details
Homestead Annual Moonlit Egg Hunt
Friday, April 6th . The fun begins at 7pm with rides, face painting and Nick's Kid's Show. The hunt begins at 8:30. Bring a basket and flashlight for the hunt. Music provided by WMKL (91.9). This event takes place at Harris Field located at Southwest 312 Street and US 1. For Children 9 and under. See the flier for details.
Cutler Properties Update -The Next Step
Please take the time to write a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) protesting the proposed high density development on 184th and Old Cutler Rd (in Cutler Bay, just south of the Palmetto Bay Center). Your efforts can make a huge impact as we have seen in the past. We have written some points grouped by topic that you can use as a starting point. To send a letter, click here. To learn more about this development.
Spring Break at Cutler Ridge Park
Register now for Cutler Ridge Park's spring break program. From April 2nd through April 6th. Drop off time after 7:30 am. Pick up by 6:00 pm. The park will provide both active and quiet games as well as arts and crafts. Call 305- 238-4166 for more information and registration. Cost is $50.00 per child.
After School Program At Cutler Ridge Park
Cutler Ridge Park provides after school care for students. They offer homework assistance, games, arts and crafts, swimming and field trips. Call 305-238-4166 for more information.
The Miami Dade County Fair Runs Through April 1st
Opening day for the Fair is Thursday, March 15th and runs through April 1st. Discount admission tickets for other days are available at some Winn-Dixie stores. The Fair Expo Center is located at SW 24th Street and 112th Ave. Call 305-223-7060 for more information or visit www.fairexpo.com
Aromatherapy at The Fruit and Spice Park
Friday, March 30th. Learn how to use aromatherapy as preventive medicine. Find out how to use essential oils and related herbs to alleviate the symptoms of colds and sinus problems, headaches and stress, skin problems and blood pressure. 10Am- 1pm. Cost is $25.00
International Orchid Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden
March 30th – April 1st. Enjoy educational orchid lectures and how-to demonstrations. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Cost is $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors, and $10.00 for children 6-17. While you are there, don't forget to enjoy the Chihuly glass art exhibit.
Friday March 30th – Sunday April 1st. Celebrate Paella Fest, a family- oriented street fair with the traditional Spanish paella. Enjoy live music by the Grammy nominated group conjunto Progreso and Flamenco Dancers. This free event takes place on the plaza in front of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus at 60 Merrick Way in coral Gables. Times are Friday 5pm – midnight, Sat. 4pm – midnight, and Sunday 2pm – 10 pm. For information call 305-774-1883 or visit www.bierhaus.cc
Adult Tennis Lessons
The Town of Cutler Bay Parks and Recreation Department will be providing adult tennis lessons for beginners at Cutler Ridge Park from March 13th to April 12th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 11 am. Cost is $100.00 for 10 lessons. For additional information and registration call Fred at 305- 238-4166. The park is located at 10100 SW 200 Street.
Adult Soccer Season Begins March 17th
A new adult soccer league is being formed for men and women over the age of 18. The season begins on March 17th. For more information or to register and pay on line, go to the Cutler Bay Soccer Club website or call 786-299-1542
The Easter Bunny Arrives at Southland Mall
March 24th from 7pm-11pm. Hop on over to the mall for the Easter Bunny's big arrival. Enjoy face painting, balloon art, and don't forget to get your picture taken. Phone 305-235-8880, ext. 105 for more information.
South Dade Library – Job Preparation for Teens
On Saturday, March 24th at 2pm., the South Dade Regional Library presents “Mascara, and lipstick, and blush... OH MY! How to prepare for job interviews". This event is open to teens 15 and up.
Fairchild Gardens 6th Annual Crawfish Boil
Saturday, March 24th from 7pm-11pm. Enjoy the music of Will Thomas and the Redneck Orchestra while indulging in a dinner of fried catfish, chicken and sausage jambalaya, a crawfish boil, among other delights. Complimentary bar. Proceeds benefit Fairchild's educational outreach program. Reservations recommended. For more information call 305-667-1651 ext. 3357
Pinecrest Gardens 4th Annual Backyard Paradise
March 24th and 25th, from 10 am - 5pm. Find great ideas for transforming your backyard into a tropical paradise. This event features exhibits, workshops and lectures. See ponds, plants, furniture and fountains. Food is available. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road. Cost is $5.00, Kids 12 and under free. Call 305-669-6942 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride for the Animals
Sunday, March 25th, starting at 10 am. Join a motorcycle ride to benefit the Giraffe Project at Miami's Metrozoo. Event starts at Fuddruckers at US1 and 104th Street and proceeds by police escort to Metrozoo, located at 12400 SW 152nd Street. There will be special shows, food and fun. Cost is $20.00 donation per bike. Free T-shirt to the first 200 registered motorcycles. Call,daytime only, 305-905-1860 for more information or view the flyer.
Biscayne Bay Flats Kayak Fishing
Saturday, March 17th from 8 am – 1pm. Sharpen your fishing skills alongside a fishing kayak expert during this shallow water fishing expedition in Biscayne Bay. You mush have a salt-water fishing license and provide your own gear. Call 305-365-3018 to register. Cost is $75.00. Kayak, life vest and paddle provided. Participants will meet in the parking lot of Homestead Bayfront Park, located at 9698 SW 328 St. Homestead.
Native Plant Day
Saturday, March 17th from 9am – 5pm. Learn about native plants, enjoy nature walks, children’s activities, plant and book sale. Event takes place at Bill Sadowski Park, located in Palmetto Bay at 17555 SW 79th Ave.
Deering Seafood Festival - March 18th
Sunday, March 18th from 11 am – 6pm. Enjoy an outstanding array of fresh fish and seafood including lobster, fried conch, grilled dolphin, garlic blue crabs and mountains of shrimp. Listen to caribbean music, take a canoe trip, boat ride, or visit the kids zone with hands-on activities such as a rock wall, bounce house, giant slide and face painting. Cost is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 4-12 and includes entrance to the park, entertainment and all activities excluding rock wall, pontoon boat ride, food and beverage. For more information call 305-235-1668 x 266. Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave.
Antique Fair Saturday and Classic Car Showcase Sunday
Visit Cauley Square on Saturday March 10th from 8 am – 4pm for an event featuring antiques and collectibles. Then come back again on Sunday, March 11th from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy music food and classic cars 25 years old or older. Admission is free. Call 786-344-4228 or visit www.cauleysquare.com for details. Cauley Square is located at 22400 Old Dixie Highway.
Everglades Wildflower Bike Hike
Adult Soccer League Starting
An adult soccer league is being formed for men and women over the age of 18. There will be open registration Saturday, March 10th from 8am - 4pm outside Publix on Old Cutler Rd. The season begins on March 17th. For more information or to register and pay on line, go to the Cutler Bay Soccer Club website or call 786-299-1542
Coral Gables Annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Festival
March 10th (St.Patrick's Day is actually March 17th) from noon to sunset. Enjoy traditional Irish foods and music, A full service Bar, Irish crafts and fun for the kids with clowns, face painting, playground, giant slide, rock climbing and more. The event takes place at Fred B. Harnett Park, is 4 blocks south of Coral Way in the center of Ponce de Leon Blvd. Admission to the festival is free. For a map and driving directions, call 305-949-8400 or visit the Emerald Society's website for more information.
Registered Your Burglar Alarm System Twice?
If you previously registered your burglar alarm with the county and then registered with the Town of Cutler Bay, you may be entitled to a refund by the county. Please contact:
Miami Dade Police Department
False Alarm Enforcement Unit
7617 SW 117th Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33183
or email Sgt. Carmen Diaz
Changes at Marlin Road and US-1 Intersection
The right hand turn only lane at US-1 and Marlin road will soon be changed to allow cars to proceed straight or turn right. This will allow 2 lanes to cross the highway instead of one.
Automated Garbage Service Coming To Cutler Bay
New garbage cans will be delivered to Cutler Bay resident's homes in mid-March, one large 96 gallon can per resident. However, an additional can may be purchased for $50. Smaller 64 and 35 gallons cans are available upon request. See the Solid Waste Management FAQs for more information.
Link Emergency Contact Information To Your Drivers License
You can now go online at the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles website and have two emergency contacts linked to your Florida Drivers License. This information can only be retrieved by a police officer.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum – Day out with Thomas
March 2, 3,& 4th. Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into Miami. This event offers a 25 minute ride with Thomas, and a chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt. There will be storytelling, arts & crafts along with live music. For tickets and more information call 305-253-0063 or visit www.goldcoast-railroad.org. The museum is located at: 12450 SW 152nd St.
Fruit and Spice Park Asian Cultural Festival
March 3rd & 4th, The festival features Asian crafts, art, music and dance. Enjoy a wide selection of authentic Far Eastern cuisine.10 am – 6pm. Admission $6.00, free for children under 12.
International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild
March 3-4 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Learn how to make chocolate, tour the rain forest to see how it grows and sample savory chocolate delights. For more information, visit.
Fruit & Spice Park Luau on March 2nd
Help support the Fruit & Spice Park. Enjoy an enchanted evening exploring the customs and cultures of the South Seas. Live authentic Polynesian music, dancers and bountiful buffet showcasing the cuisine of the Pacific Rim. $50.00 per person, $450.00 for a table for 10. The event takes place at 6:30 pm for hors d'oeuvre and wine tasting followed by dinner at 7:30. The park is located at 24801 SW 187 Ave., Homestead, Phone 305-247-5727 for more information.
Family Campfire and Night Walk - March 2nd
Join park naturalists on Friday, March 2nd, from 7-9:30pm at Bill Sadowski Park as they talk about scary night-time critters and then search for them on the trail after dark. Afterwards, enjoy a campfire and marshmallow roast and star viewing. The park which is located at 17555 SW 79th Ave, Palmetto Bay. Cost is $5.00. Call 305-255-4767 for reservations and additional information.
Deering Estate Sunset Cruise
Sunday, February 25th from 4 – 6pm. Take a relaxing boat trip and discover Florida's nature and history. Cost is $35.00 visit the Deering Estate website for more information or call 305-235-1668 ext.233
Tax Help for Seniors
AARP will be providing tax assistance at the South Dade Regional Library. Monday, February 26 from 9:30am- noon.
Cutler Bay Founders Day Celebration - Free
Saturday, February 24th from noon – 4:00pm at Cutler Ridge Park. Join your neighbors as our town celebrates it's 1st anniversary! The fun begins at 12:00 with musical performances from area schools, food will be served beginning at 1:00. Enjoy games, bounce house, trackless train, and contests. Dress casually, there will be an auction to throw a pie at each of the councilmembers, with the proceeds used for a new senior citizens program at Cutler Ridge Park. There will also be a food fight at the end of the celebration.
Metrozoo's - A Night for Croc's
February 24th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. This event includes a Caribbean style dinner with a cash bar followed by a special guest appearance and media presentation by National Geographic’s resident herpetologist Dr. Brady Barr, and an auction. Proceeds benefit Crodilian conservation. Tickets are $30.00 for Adults, $20.00 for children and can be purchased online at: www.tomistoma.org or call 305-255- 5551. For more information visit: www.metrozoo.com
Plant Propagation Class at Fruit & Spice Park
Saturday, Feb. 24th ,10 am.-5 pm. at the Fruit & Spice Park. Learn how to reproduce tropical trees. The class covers planting seeds, root cuttings and air layer and graft. Receive a tree to graft and take home. Cost is $40.00 The park is located at 24801 SW 187 Ave., Homestead, Call 305-247-5727 for more information.
Southland Mall Karate Showcase
Saturday,February 24th from 1-3pm. Come see an exciting performance of children's martial arts. Event is located at the Macy's wing of the mall.
Fairchild Tropical Gardens Rose Show and Sale
Saturday, February 24 – Sunday, February 25, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Fairchild Gardens is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651 for more information
School Workshop on February 20th
There will be an annual meeting and community workshop with Miami-Dade School superintendent Rudy Crew. The meeting takes place on Tuesday, February 20th from 6pm to 8:30 at Cutler Ridge Middle School. Workshop topics include: Student Career Preparation, educational pathways and school district budget and legislative affairs. The middle school is located at 19400 Gulfstream Rd. phone 305-235-4761 for more information.
TJ Maxx to Open February 18th
TJ Maxx will have their grand opening at Southland Mall on February 18th.
Coconut Grove 44th Annual Arts Festival
February 17th, 18th and 19th from 9am – 6pm. This outdoor event features mixed media by more than 330 artists, culinary events, live music and children's activities. Cost is $5.00 per day, free for children 11 and under. Located in downtown Coconut Grove. For more information call 305-447-0401 or go to www.coconutgroveartsfest.com
SoBay Art Exhibits, January 25th – April 30th
Local South Florida artists will display their works at the Deering Estate at Cutler’s Richmond Cottage (Cost of admission to the Deering estate $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 14 and under), and additional displays at Palmetto Bay Village Center (Free). Visit http://www.sobayfestival.com or call 305-233-5858
Events at Southland Mall
Saturday, February 17th, from 1:00 -3:00 pm. Come to the Macy's Wing at the mall for a fun-filled day of painting & crafts.
Palmetto Bay - 1st Annual SoBay Festival
February 2nd – 14th at various locations in Palmetto Bay. Enjoy literary, performing and visual arts from around the country as well as local artists. There is something for everyone so be sure to visit their website for more information and pricing.
Eighth Annual Moonlight and Music Concert
February 14th at the Deering Estate. Listen to local jazz pianist Laurence Elder. Gates open at 7pm with music starting at 8:00. Cost is $15.00. Visit http://www.sobayfestival.com or call 305-233-5858.
Walk for Autism - February 11 at Crandon Park
The 2007 Miami Dade Walk for Autism Research will be held on February 11th at Crandon Park. Sign in starts at 9am and the walk begins at 10am. To sponsor an individual, join a team, make a donation or get more information, visit the Autism Speaks website.
7th Annual International Festival
Palmer Trinity will be showcasing their school on February 10th. Savor food choices at more than 30 unique booths, along with an array of worldwide crafts. Enjoy musical and dance performances, foreign language sessions, and creative arts activities. The event is from 12:30 pm to 5:30. Cost is 5.00. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or by calling 305-969-4242.
SoBay Edge Theatre Performance
February 10th, at the Palmetto Bay Village Center. Enjoy a presentation of “In the Garden” Doors open at 7:00, show begins at 8:00. Cost is $35.00. May not be suitable for children under 17. For more information Visit:http://www.sobayfestival.com or call 305-233-5858
Chili in The Village - Pincrest Gardens
Saturday, February 10th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Pinecrest Gardens. Enjoy music, craft and food vendors,a kids zone, raffles and of course all the chili you care to taste. Admission is $5, tasting kits are $15 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. The garden is located at 11000 Red Road. See the flyer for this event.
SoBay Screen on the Green- A short Film Festival
February 8th at the Deering Estate. Enjoy a presentation of the Miami Short Film Festival's winners out on the Lawn of the Estate. Guest are invited to bring along blankets and lawn chairs. The gates open at 7:00 films begin at 8:00. The cost is $10.00. May not be suitable for children under 17.
SoBay Book Reading By the Bay
Feb. 6th, Books & Books presents an evening of book reading in the historic setting of the Deering Estate. The gates open at 7;00, the readings begin at 8:00. Free. For more information visit:http://www.sobayfestival.com or call 305-233-5858
SoBay Youth Arts Event
February 7th. Students from Coral Reef Senior High, Southwood and Mays Middle Schools will present choral, dance and dramatic performances at Palmetto Bay Village Center. Doors open at 7:00 with performances beginning at 8:00. Cost is $5.00, free to students with proper I.D. For more information, visit http://www.sobayfestival.com or call 305-233-5858
Holy Rosary Carnevale - This Weekend
The event takes place Friday, February 2nd, from 6-11pm. Saturday from noon to 11pm and Sunday from 1pm to 9pm. The church will be having a carnival with midway rides, international foods and American favorites. Enjoy D.J.'s, and live music. There will be a live auction Sunday at 3:00 pm, followed by a raffle at 5:30 for a chance to win a 2006 Harley motorcycle, 20” TV, or a DVD player. For more information call 305-235-5135.
School Boundary Changes- Upcoming Meeting
Miami-Dade Public Schools are planning the largest school boundary changes in decades in order to comply with Florida's class size amendment. Officials have announced a series of informational meetings next week. For more information call 305-995-7626 or .
January 17th Town Council Meeting Summary
Several ordinances were approved at the town council meeting including ordinances concerning the: 1) zoning overlay for Old Cutler Rd, 2) more stringent lobbyist registration and disclosure, and 3) an ordinance about the disclosure of payments in exchange for support or non-opposition of matters under consideration by the town council.
There was also a first reading on an ordinance concerning chain link and other fencing.
Deering Estate - Volunteer Workshop
Saturday, January 27th, 8:45am - noon
Help protect and restore native habitats by removing exotic vegetation, restore native vegetation, enhance trails and conduct clean-up activities. Come prepared for outside work. Closed-toed shoes required, long sleeved shirts and long pants, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent recommended. No small children or pets. Call 305-235-1668 ext. 225 for more information.
Womans Health Day at Baptist Hospital – Free
Baptist Hospital is having their 16th Annual Health Day, Saturday, January 27th, from 12:30-4:00pm. Take advantage of free health screenings,mini lectures,fitness demonstrations,and chair massages. Health screenings take place inside the medical arts building between 2:00 and 4:00 and include: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar,body fat analysis, and bone density tests. From 1 – 2 pm come listen to humorist Karyn Buxmans presentation “Wit Happens”. The hospital is located at: 8900 North Kendall Drive. For more information, visit.
Rodeo Parade - Free
The annual Rodeo parade takes place Saturday January 27th starting at 11:00 in downtown Homestead at Krome Ave. & 8th Street. The parade features the rodeo queen, floats, marching bands horses, and clowns.
Quilt Making Workshop
The South Dade Regional Library will be holding a quilt making workshop this Saturday January 27th from 1:30 pm until 6:00 pm.
Homestead Rodeo Kids Day - Free
Thursday, January 25th from 3-5pm This free event features rodeo clowns, bull fighters and a cowboy poet, along with pony rides, mechanical bull rides, face painting and photo opportunity with a real Brahma bull. See address below. Also on Thursday at 6:30 pm, Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Complimentary tickets available at Sonny's BBQ
Sunpass Transponders Half Price - January 25th Only
To celebrate the Turnpike's 50th Anniversary, SunPass transponders are being sold at a discounted rate of $12.50 instead of the usual $25.00! This offer is only valid on-line on January 25th, To purchase a transponder, visit the SunPass website.
Miami Dade Strong Mayor Charter Amendment Passes
The Miami Dade strong mayor charter amendment passed with 56.48% voting YES and 43.52% voting NO. See the election results here.
Early Voting Has Started For The Miami Dade Strong Mayor Special Election
Early voting has begun for the January 23rd Miami Dade strong mayor charter amendment. See the sample ballot, early voting times and polling locations in Cutler Bay.
Pinecrest Gardens 4th Annual Fine Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday January 20 - 21st,10am - 5pm. The park is located at 11000 Red Road. For more information.
Miami Improv Festival
The Miami Museum of Science will be hosting a four day festival featuring live comedy by troupes from around the country. January 11 – 14th. Price varies from $8.00 to $25.00. Call 305-646-4200 for more information. The museum is located at 3280 S. Miami Ave.
Redland Festival- Fruit & Spice Park
January 13th & 14th from 10am -5pm. A tradition at the Fruit and spice Park since 1976, this annual festival features local arts and crafts, a large selection of tropical plants and great food. Children’s activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, an interactive puppet & magic show, and a wild Everglades reptile show. Admission is $6.00 (children under 12 free) The park is located at: 24801 S.W. 187th Avenue Homestead call 305-247-57-27, 10am to 5pm for more information, You can also visit their website.
Deering Estate Landscape Workshop
Saturday, January 13th, 1.00 pm. Learn about low-maintenance principles for sustainable South Florida landscapes. Call 305-235-1668 ext. 225 for more information.
Regal Cinemas Grand Opening At Southland Mall
Regal cinemas will have their grand opening on Friday, January 26th. Preview events will take place on January 22nd - 24th with $2.00 admission and $1.00 popcorn & soft drinks. More details coming soon. Proceeds to benefit local charities.
Regal Cinemas Job Fair - This Weekend
Regal Cinemas will also be holding a job fair at the Southland Mall on Jan 6 & 7th from 11 am – 6pm.
Winter Nights & Lights Celebration
Dec. 21 through Jan. 6, 2007, 5:30–8:30 pm. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. Magical snow falls every 15 minutes; a Winter Village with thousands of holiday lights; the Kid's Winter Express Train; Holidays Around the World display; extended park hours; fireworks and much more. The evening is closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 31. 305-361-5705, ext. 225 or www.miamiseaquarium.com.
THE OFFICIAL CUTLER BAY TOWN LOGO
The official town logo, which was modified from the winning entry in the logo contest. See the winners and all of the finalist's entries and photos of the winner at the Oct 4th town council meeting. The winning entry was modified for use as the official town logo.
Metrozoo's #2 Exhibit
From October 13-January 2nd, see Metrozoo's exhibit, "The Scoop On Poop". Get the straight poop on this exhibit here.