An Ancient Sacred Village in Pinecrest 5/16/15

An Ancient Sacred Village in Pinecrest
Saturday, 05/16/2015 – 06/15/2015 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Banyan-in-the-Park-1200Pinecrest Gardens Hibiscus Room
11000 Red Road,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
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Cost: Free

Pinecrest Gardens is the home of a wonderful display of flowers, trees, rock formations and gardens.  In the Garden, there is a large Banyan Tree that is the heart of the Park.  Having grown up in South Miami, Parrot Jungle was one of my favorite parks and remember being able to play among the roots of then a young Banyan.  It is an honor to be able to reflect the beauty of this park through my paintings.

Banyans are considered sacred and it is amazing how these ancient trees are figured so prominently in many cultures. They have used these massive trees as homes and small communities. Even the leaves are considered the resting place of Krishna.  

Banyans have a wonderful way of catching the light and there is so much movement of the roots.  They are all so connected it is reminiscent the way life is so connected and intertwined.

All the paintings in this exhibit are specific to Pinecrest Gardens highlighting the Banyan Tree.  Also included are some solution holes, (one 30,000 years old) exotic and tropical plants, flowers and some animals.  

Please come to see the park through my eyes in these paintings.

Gulliver Hosts Special Olympics Sponsor An Athlete 5k Run/Walk 5/3/15

Gulliver Hosts Special Olympics Sponsor An Athlete 5k Run/Walk
Sunday, 05/03/2015 – 08:00 am –
Gulliver Preparatory School
6575 North Kendall Drive,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
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Cost: Registration for this event is priced at $25.00 per participant in advance or $30.00 on the day of the race

Gulliver, in partnership with Special Olympics Florida, is set to host its annual
“Special Olympics Sponsor an Athlete 5k Run/ Walk” on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

The open-to-the-public, charitable event, presented by Pure Formula’s, will feature a certified 5K run/walk course, family activities and live entertainment. Funds raised will go towards the mission of the Miami-Dade chapter of Special Olympics Florida, an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The start line is set for Gulliver Preparatory School, and the finish line for the school’s Sean Taylor Memorial Field, where participants will get a chance to wind down at the event’s “Olympic Village,” featuring live musical entertainment, complimentary food and beverages and a slew of not-to-be-missed activities.

Expected attendees include Pinecrest Councilman Doug Kraft; inspirational athlete Doctor Dribble; Alyson Venti, a local runner who will be on the US 24 Hour National Team in Italy this April; and former baseball pitcher Danys Báez González, among other community influencers and notable personalities. The 5K is proudly supported by local running icon Frankie Ruiz with packet pick-ups available at Sole Runners.

Registration for this event is priced at $25.00 per participant in advance or $30.00 on the day of the race.

To make a donation, volunteer or participate in Gulliver’s “Special Olympics Sponsor an Athlete” visit http://www.firstgiving.com/sofl/sponsor-an-athlete-5k-2015.

Summer Chess and Game Camp 6/5/15

Summer Chess and Game Camp
Friday, 06/05/2015 – 06/26/2015 09:00 am – 01:00 pm
chessThe Stormont Kings Chess Program
8353 SW 124 St, Suite 201-A,
Miami, Florida 33156
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Cost: $149 per week, $39 per day

We will have different Chess and Game activities throughout the day! They will also learn different chess strategies and tactics, do some chess puzzles and more. Other games are available.

Free Raffles throughout the day! Children will have time to socialize with their friends and make new ones too! Please pack your own lunch on Monday – Thursday, and Friday is Pizza day, free water, juice, and snacks will be provided daily. Complimentary coffee while you drop the kids off too.

Pitman Photo Darkroom Solo Exhibit 4/1/15

Pitman Photo Darkroom Solo Exhibit
Wednesday, 04/01/2015 – 04/30/2015 12:00 pm – 07:00 pm
PITMANPHOTOPitman Photo Supply
13911 South Dixie Highway,
Miami, Florida 33176
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Cost: Free

A photography exhibition of Miami’s award-winning photographer/visual artist Jonathan Brooks

KCC Productions presents the Will Calhoun Quartet at Pinecrest Gardens 3/14/15

KCC Productions presents the Will Calhoun Quartet at Pinecrest Gardens
Saturday, 03/14/2015 – 03/14/2015 08:00 pm – 10:30 pm
5"x7" Post Card TemplatePinecrest Gardens
11000 SW Red Rd,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
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Cost: $25-30

Famed Drummer Brings Jazz from New York March 14

Two-time Grammy winner Will Calhoun brings his jazz project to the South Motors Jazz Series at Pinecrest Gardens March 14 at 8 PM. Will is promoting his critically acclaimed CD “Life In This World” (Motéma Music). “Life…” features such notables as Ron Carter, Donald Harrison, Wallace Roney, and John Benitez, supplementing the trio of Will, Marc Cary, and Charnett Moffett. “Life In This World is a spiritual title,” Calhoun says, “which to me just means the sonic world of my experiences. It’s Will Calhoun in the sense of what influences me and what inspires me, but aimed more towards a jazz audience.” Says Carol Banks Weber of examiner.com, “Will Calhoun’s latest breakthrough jazz album, “Life In This World,” has it all. It deserves more than five stars. It deserves a Grammy.”

He is currently working on a recording, to be released in the Fall of 2015, celebrating the music of Elvin Jones. The album will feature Sonny Fortune and other alumni of The Jazz Machine. In addition, he is a featured artist in Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s paean to the living Earth, “The Way of the Rain,” performed at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Also in the works is an exciting project from West Africa. Will is a new breed of ethnomusicologist, combining his ancestral research with many years of commercial success in jazz, rock, urban, alternative, ambient, and other musical forms of the world into a beautiful swirling expression of life.

Will Calhoun has composed, produced, and toured with Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Oumou Sangaré, Marcus Miller, and Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD, High Life), Pharoah Sanders, The Rolling Stones, Lauryn Hill, Herb Alpert, Public Enemy, Paul Simon, Stanley Jordan, Jaron Lanier, and many more. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Composer Lab Program. He has recently broadened his artistic expression to film scores, photography, and a collection of artwork crafted from rhythm titled “AZA”. You can visit his on line gallery at: www.willcalhounart.com. He spends most of his limited down town time in West and North Africa researching ancient rhythms and musical styles.

Accompanying Will at Pinecrest will be Orrin Evans on piano, Luques Curtis on bass, and Marcus Strickland on sax. This is a first-class quartet specially flown in from New York for this show.

Pinecrest Gardens are located at 11000 SW 57th Ave (Red Road) in Pinecrest. Tickets are $25 and $30, ($15 students; promo code “cool”) available at pinecrestgardens.org.

6th Annual Bike Day 3/14/15

6th Annual Bike Day
Saturday, 03/14/2015 – 09:00 am – 11:30 am
2015-Bike-day-JPEGPinecrest Community Center
5855 Killian Drive,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
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Cost: FREE

Bicyclists of all ages and abilities will take part in the Village of Pinecrest’s Sixth Annual Bike Ride Day hosted in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools Vice-Chair Dr. Lawrence Feldman. All types of bicycles are welcome including stroller, tandem and recumbent styles. The goal of Bike Ride Day is to encourage student and family participation in activities geared toward healthy and active lifestyles. A Safety and Information Fair with a Bicycle Rodeo where children will ride through an obstacle course that will teach them about bicycle safety will kick-off the event. Sponsors will also be fitting and giving away bicycle helmets, while supplies last. At 10:00 a.m. participants will have their choice of a two, three or four-mile loop where bicyclists will ride through Pinecrest’s scenic streets while flanked by police personnel to ensure safety. All loops will be closed to traffic. The fun doesn’t end there, at 11:30 a.m. sponsors will raffle gym memberships, major league sports tickets and other family-friendly items.

Closing Party for “The Writing on the Wall” Art Show 2/27/15

Closing Party for “The Writing on the Wall” Art Show
Friday, 02/27/2015 – 06:00 pm – 10:00 pm
logo-cmyk_resizedPyramid Studios Miami
8890 SW 129th Terrace,
Miami, Florida 33176
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Cost: Free

Just My Height Art Shows, which brings professional-quality, fine art to young children’s eye level by displaying it at just 36 inches high, is celebrating its debut show, “The Writing on the Wall,” with a closing party!

Join us for wonderful artwork as well as fun and games, including a scavenger hunt and art “stations,” designed to engage the children with the art. There will also be a raffle with arts-related prizes.

“The Writing on the Wall” features 20 artists from South Florida and around the U.S., with all pieces centered around the theme of letters and numbers. Proceeds from the sale of any artwork in the show and the raffle tickets will be donated to the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library, in support of Miami-Dade Public Library’s Project L.E.A.D. (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade).

Our opening reception in January was a huge success! Don’t miss this last chance to catch this unique show, and bring along the children, so they, too, can enjoy fine art … at their level!