Photographs from the 2nd Annual Art of Transformation in Opa Locka on 11/15/13

2nd Annual Art of Transformation: Celebrating The New Opa-Locka at Opa-locka Executive Airport Private Hangar 51 on Friday, November 15, 2013.  The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) hosted a wonderful evening dedicated to the historic past, present and bright future of the Opa-locka community. The 2nd annual fundraising event celebrated the revitalization plan to create visual, physical, and economically-sustainable design that involves and empowers residents, while converting the city into a true “Community of Choice.”

We got to see a special preview exhibit by renowned New York-based photographer Hunter Barnes (presenting portraits from his recent residency in Opa-locka), and an architectural installation by Germane Barnes. American hip-hop duo Black Violin performed an eclectic mix of Jazz, hip-hop, funk, and blue grass with Kev Marcus on his violin and Wil B on his viola, they were absolutely amazing.

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The Art Of Transformation: Celebrating The New Opa-Locka 11/15/13

The Art Of Transformation: Celebrating The New Opa-Locka
Art of TransformationFriday, November 15, 2013, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Opa-locka Executive Airport
Private Hangar 51
14933 NW 41st Ave
Opa-Locka, FL 33054

Tickets: $75 per person.
Available Online
Attire: Cocktail chic

The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) will host an evening dedicated to the historic past, present and bright future of the Opa-locka community.

The second annual fundraising event celebrates the ambitious revitalization plan sponsored by the non-profit organization to create visual, physical, and economically-sustainable design that involves and empowers residents, while converting the city into a true “Community of Choice.”

Surrounded by private jets in the newest private hangar of the Opa-locka Executive Airport, guests will indulge in savory, delectable hors d’oeuvres, enjoy an open bar sponsored by Bacardi, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and dance to music by DJ Plan Beats. Philanthropist Tracey Wilson-Mourning will be hosting this festive evening celebrating Opa-locka.

Guests will be treated to live painting, pop-up performances by multidisciplinary artists, a special preview exhibit by renowned New York-based photographer Hunter Barnes (presenting portraits from his recent residency in Opa-locka), and an architectural installation by Germane Barnes. American hip-hop duo Black Violin will perform an eclectic mix of Jazz, hip-hop, funk, and blue grass with Kev Marcus on his violin and Wil B on his viola.

Sponsors: AT&T
Related Urban
Cornerstone Group
City of Opa-locka
Sharpton & Brunson
Room2Bloom
M & M Title
HalKeen Management Inc.
Bacardi
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
Golin Harris
Stull & Lee
One United Bank
Opa-locka Flea Market
WLRN
Jessie Trice Community Health Center

Arthritis Foundation Held Annual Walk At Amelia Earhart Park

(Miami, Florida) – The Arthritis Foundation held their annual Miami-Dade Arthritis Walk at the Amelia Earhart Park in early November.  Hundreds gathered onsite to begin the customary walk that helps raise awareness to improve the lives of those suffering from arthritis or related diseases.  Monies raised at the event are placed in programs that facilitate information and preventive care to those individuals prone to develop the disease, and to other care programs that are developed to provide assistance to those who have already been diagnosed. 

Among the honorees was Henry “Turlte” Thomas, Community Honorary Chair.  Thomas is the head coach of the FIU baseball team which was able to reach the NCAA Regionals two years in a row.  Coach Thomas very proudly accepted his title to increase community involvement at the Arthritis Walk. 

Medical Honorary Chair, Jorge L.Orbay, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hands and upper extremities.  Dr. Orbay has developed implant systems that have significantly improved the lives of his patients, and continues to make a remarkable difference through his Miami Hand and Upper Extremity Institute which provides specialized care, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation to arthritis patients. 

Kiyah Hall was the Child Honoree.  Hall was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of six.  Through the Arthritis Foundation, her family is optimistic that she will be able to lead a perfectly normal life.

Arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability with over 50 million men, women and children diagnosed.  The Arthritis Foundation organizes the nationwide Arthritis walk every year in an effort to continue raising awareness and be able to fund its fight against arthritis.

The walk featured live entertainment, refreshments, food stations, healthy activities, educational opportunities and a kid’s area for face painting, a petting zoo and pony rides. 

Members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club (CGWC) showed their support alongside President, Mireya Kilmon, who for many years has been battling arthritis.  CGWC was a bronze sponsor along with Dunkin Donuts, Interval International, Miami Party Entertainment, SeaFreight and Preferred Care Partners.

Saul & Theresa Esman Foundation was the Platinum sponsor, followed by Silver sponsors Goya, The Hand Institute, Kendall Pain Relief Center and Leon Medical Centers.

FIU also made an appearance with its students, alumni, sports teams and, one we could not have done without, Roary. 

For more information about the Arthritis Foundation Walk, please visit http://www.miamiwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1022462  ■

OLCDC Art of Transformation 10/19/12

OLCDC "Art of Transformation"
238Friday, October 19, 2012, 7:00PM – 11:00PM
Opa-locka Executive Airport
15001 Northwest 42nd Avenue
Opa-Locka, FL 33054
Buy Tickets Online

Stand Up! You’re being Transformed!

Be a part of the revitalization of one of South Florida’s most beloved neighborhoods Opa-locka. The Art of Transformation will be a fun event and party that will launch Opa-locka’s "Community Gateways" project- a public arts project financed by the National Endowment of the Arts that will revitalize Opa-Locka with an award-winning team of national artists. The festivities will take place at the Opa-locka Executive Airport on the tarmac, under the breezeway, surrounded by private jets.

National recording artists En Vogue will perform.

Full open bar sponsored by Bacardi and featuring delectable passed hors d’oeuvres and staffed gourmet buffet.

The Art of Transformation with En Vogue 10/19/12

The Art of Transformation with En Vogue
231Friday 10.19.12, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Opa Locka Exeutive Airport
14201 NW 42nd Ave
Opa-Locka, FL 33054
Tickets $100, Buy Tickets Online or call 305-576-3790
www.olcdc.org

Hosted by the Opa Locka Community Development Corporation: Celebrating the Revitalization of Historic Opa-locka!

The Opa-locka Development Corporation hosts an evening dedicated to "The Art of Transformation," a celebration of the historic past, present and bright future of the Opa-locka community. The event marks the kick off of the Opa-locka "Community Gateways" program, a revitalization in collaboration with Miami- Dade County Art in Public Places, to remove the barricades formerly known as the "Triangle"and to create visual, physical and economically-sustainable design that involves and empowers the community, while converting the city into a true "Community of Choice."

Surrounded by private jets on the runway of the Opa-locka Executive Airport, guests will indulge in savory, delectable hors d’oeuvres, enjoy a full bar sponsored by Bacardi and dance to the music of soulful, pop and R&B group, En Vogue. For more information and tickets call 305-576-3790

Mothers March on Starvation 5/12/12

Mothers March on Starvation
Saturday May 12, 2012., 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
The march will circle around the Historical City Hall and Sherbondy Park blocks
777 Sharazad Boulevard
Opa Locka, Florida. 33054
marchonstarvation@gmail.com

The event will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with entertainment to provide ample time for people to come and go at will. The actual march will commence at 10:00 pm,

The Coalition of African Queen Mothers in America will present the Mothers March on Starvation and we are inviting your organization to participate with banners or flags and most importantly donations. This is a much needed alert and the Coalition has partnered with other groups to bring the awareness of children and families suffering the pains of hunger.

Hunger should not be a problem in our rich country. To bring this issue to our community we will March on Starvation, Saturday May 12, 2012. The event will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with entertainment to provide ample time for people to come and go at will. The actual march will commence at 10:00 pm, we ask that everyone wear all white to show solidarity. The march will circle around the Historical City Hall and Sherbondy Park blocks address 777 Sharazad Boulevard, Opa Locka Florida. 33054

Don’t miss this event it will be a big day and we want you to help make a difference in the lives of many indigent people that need assistance in our communities. Most importantly this is a march to give until it helps, donations of checks, money orders must be made out to the charitable organization participating in the march a list is enclosed with this letter. Also, dry goods are accepted. NO CASH. We would greatly appreciate you and others joining us with your donations.

Please send your tax deductible donation to Rising Son & Star Sisters HG&D, addressed to Chase Bank 5800 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127 memo corner: Mothers March on Starvation it will help us serve our community. Yes, your donations are tax deductible.

For more infor: call Q.M. Nana Boatenmaa @ tele: 786-553-5126 or Mr. Lorenzo Laidler Jr. @ tele: 786-348-4489. Thank you for your consideration; if you are interested in being a group leader please register at email: marchonstarvation@gmail.com

Universoul Circus coming to Sun Life Stadium 3/23-28/10


Let some fun shine in at Universoul Circus, with high-flying performances by acrobatic aerialists, dancing in the aisles to a love concert of songs spanning from Motown hits to today¹s chart-toppers, acrodunk stunt b-ballers, contortionists, a daring tiger act and more. The talented performers come from all corners of the globe, making this circus one of the most entertaining, eclectic and colorful events in live entertainment. The UniverSoul Circus is the most interactive circus in the world!

Visit http://www.universoulcircus.com, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/universoulcircus) or follow us on Twitter (@usoulcircus) for info and full schedule. March 23-28, Sun Life Stadium.

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