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Greetings ,

Friday, February 4 is National Wear Red Day, bringing attention to the issues of heart disease in women with public outreach events to promote prevention and screening of heart disease.

Saturday, February 12 is President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. A wreath-laying ceremony and reading of the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC are traditional events.

Monday, February 14 is Valentine's Day, a time to celebrate love between couples.

Tuesday, February 15 is Susan B. Anthony Day, commemorating her pioneer achievements promoting women's rights and starting up the women's suffrage movement in the United States.

Monday, February 21 is Presidents' Day, a public holiday celebrating George Washington and founders of the republic. Many stores hold sales on Washington's Birthday weekend.

As always, make plans to enjoy the great outdoors in our little city. Walk down Miracle Mile, experience the live theatre and the best movies, browse the book stores, look into the art galleries and meet up with friends at the restaurants. Visit the parks and public spaces to appreciate the bounties of nature. 

Enjoy the best of Coral Gables in the coming days.

Robert and Robin Burr

please enjoy this image that reminds us of the beauty and serenity of our majestic city

Coral Gables Waterway homes

Coral Gables Waterway homes

Coral Gables scenic photo illustrations © Robin and Robert Burr.

Coral Gables Trolley Service Expanding Again

Public Transportation

Trolley Service Expanding Again

Currently operating Monday through Saturday from 6:30am to 8pm, the Coral Gables Trolley will be expanding its hours of operation until 10pm. https://www.coralgables.com/trolley-services

Burgerliscious Block Party

Thursday, February 3 from 5:30 to 9:30pm

Burgerliscious Block Party

The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Burgerliscious with an old-fashioned block party on Ahambra Circle between Ponce and Salzedo Street to sample South Florida’s best burgers, with live music, cold brews, and more. Participants include 109 Burger Joint, Clutch Burger, Doctors Hospital, FrshST, The Gramercy, Las Tapas Gables, Meat and Bone, and Shadow Wagyu. General admission is $50 or two for $88; 

http://www.burgerliscious.com

Dave Berry: Best. State. Ever.

Thursday, February 3 from 6 to 7:30pm

Dave Berry: Best. State. Ever.

In celebration of the Miami-Dade Public Library's 50th Anniversary, join New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry as he discusses his books Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog and Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland. After the online discussion, enjoy a Q&A session with the author. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 19 yrs. + https://mdpls.org/event/6072750

Prelude to 2100 at Deering Estate

Thursday, February 3 at 7pm

Prelude to 2100 at Deering Estate

The Deering Estate in partnership with Live Arts Miami and #ARTiculatingClimate present Prelude to 2100, a new immersive arts experience imagining a future Miami, conceived and curated by Susan Caraballo and created in collaboration with over 30 multi-disciplinary artists. Set in 2050, the Deering Estate has been converted into a residential complex made up of tenants who have been displaced from different parts of the world due to climate change. When rooms become available, they decide to host their first Open House, while re-opening partially as an art space. https://deeringestate.org/event/prelude-to-2100/2022-02-03/

The Pink Cloud

Starts Friday, February 4

The Pink Cloud

Written in 2017 and filmed in Brazil in 2019, this eerily prescient science-fiction drama predicted a pandemic world before quarantine was part of our everyday vocabulary. A toxic and mysterious pink cloud appears across the globe, forcing everyone to stay home. No one knows the cloud’s origins or when it will disperse. Giovana (Renata de Lélis) finds herself stuck at home with Yago (Eduardo Mendonça), a man she just met, while her loved ones are scattered across the country. As time passes, the two make the effort to act as a couple, for better or worse. While Yago is living in his own utopia, Giovana feels her life has changed in ways she never expected, and she resists and resents her situation. The Pink Cloud debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021, wowing audiences with its vision of lockdown life before there was a global pandemic.

https://www.gablescinema.com/events/the-pink-cloud/

Heather Monahan - Overcome Your Villains

Friday, February 4 at noon

Heather Monahan - Overcome Your Villains

This Live Lunch & Learn Event on Zoom is free for Gables Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Whether you’re facing the glass ceiling, a toxic work environment, or anything in between, limit-breaking female founder Heather Monahan’s 3-Step BAK process will help you evaluate and eliminate any outside or self-defeating blockers between where you are now and where you deserve to be. Registrants will receive login details by email the day before. Get details and register online.

Art Exhibition - Work In Progress

Friday, February 4 at 6pm

Art Exhibition - Work In Progress

Enjoy an exhibition at the Americas Collection that seeks to showcase the talent of three young artists from the Miami Area. Selected for the vigorous nature of their work, their passion for art, and thriving artistic practice, this exhibition promises a refreshing look and an inspirational outlook that is much needed in our time and day. The Americas Collection is located at 4213 Ponce. Call 305-446-5578. https://americascollection.com

Moonfall at Landmark Theatre

Starts Friday, February 4

Moonfall at Landmark Theatre

In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Academy Award winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all -- but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, Midway) and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley, "Game of Thrones") believes her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is. Get details online.

Saturday Farmers' Market At City Hall

Saturdays from 8am to 2pm

Farmers' Market At City Hall

Enjoy Coral Gables' iconic farmers market from 8am to 2pm every Saturday through March 26 featuring fresh fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, baked goods, flowers and plants, free tai chi classes, gardening workshops, cooking demos, and activities for children. https://www.coralgables.com/farmers-market-at-merrick-park

Garden Talk - Red Mangroves

Saturday, February 5 at 9am

Garden Talk - Red Mangroves

Enjoy a free seminar at the Saturday Coral Gables Farmers Market entitled Red Mangroves: Coastal Barrier And Nursery For Fish And Butterflies. Commissioner Rhonda Anderson will be discussing red mangroves, a keystone species in our coastal habitat -- according to the Nature Conservancy, one that has a disproportionately large effect on its environment. The Commissioner will be discussing a joint project with the Coral Gables Garden Club, the City and the Scouts to foster mangrove pups and then replant them on our shoreline. https://www.coralgablesgardenclub.org/red-mangrove/

Tour the Historic Doc Thomas House

Saturday, February 5 at 1 and 3pm

Tour the Historic Doc Thomas House

Tropical Audubon Society invites you to tour our historic Doc Thomas House headquarters. This charming 1932 cottage has recently undergone extensive structural repair. Enjoy a captivating, 45-minute guided tour led by a Tropical Audubon docent. Learn about TAS patron and area pioneer Arden Hayes "Doc" Thomas and Robert Fitch Smith, the architect commissioned to design the charming Florida vernacular cottage, distinguished by its native woods and oolitic limestone features. Bonus: Explore the society’s Bird-friendly pollinator gardens and near-native Steinberg Nature Center campus. Doc Thomas House is located at 5530 Sunset Drive. Registration required. https://support.tropicalaudubon.org/a/historic-doc-thomas-house-tour-1

Genealogical Society - Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Saturday, February 5 from 3 to 5pm

Genealogical Society - Freedmen’s Bureau Records

For genealogy enthusiasts, The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands records are a goldmine of fascinating details. Enjoy a special presentation by Sharon Batiste Gillins Freedmen’s Bureau Records - A Rich Resource for Black and White Southern Ancestors online on 3pm. She will discuss the value of this record group in informing Southern research during the Reconstruction era with examples of records for both freedmen and refugees. She will include resources to access the records and the most recent developments in researching them. Please register online in advance. https://www.gsgmfl.org

Frost Percussion Group Performance - Online

Saturday, February 5 at 7:30pm

Frost Percussion Group Performance - Online

Join this professional-grade collective led by Svet Stoyanov for an evening of modern immersive solo and chamber music performances, featuring a specially curated collaboration with Frost classical pianists -- on YouTube Livestream. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIDtqkWw0Jg

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Saturday, February 5 at 9pm

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father, leader of the dangerous Ten Rings organization. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861. https://cosfordcinema.com/event/shang-chi-and-the-legend-of-the-ten-rings-2/

Ganja & Hess

Saturday, February 5 at 9pm

Ganja & Hess

This film is part of Strong Black Leads, a celebration of talented filmmakers and performers who, despite the odds, have made remarkable contributions to cinema through their respective crafts. Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film Ganja & Hess is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Duane Jones stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant, bestowing upon him the blessing of immortality... and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant’s beautiful and outspoken wife Ganja comes searching for her missing husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership. Together, they explore just how much power blood holds. https://www.gablescinema.com/events/ganja-and-hess/

Goldfinger 1964 - Commissioner's Special Treat

Sunday, February 6 at 1pm

Goldfinger 1964 - Commissioner's Special Treat

Commissioner Kirk Menendez brings 007 and "Goldfinger" to the Coral Gables Art Cinema and invites residents 50+ to a free showing of this 1964 spy film. "This is a great way to kick-off the new year and meet others in the community," said Menendez. "My goal is to bring people together in a fun and relaxing manner. See you at the movies!" Tickets can be picked up at the Adult Activity Center. Call 305-461-6764. Get details online.

Bonnie Ciolino - Opening the Closed Doors: National Park Service Museum and Archival Collections in South Florida.

Sunday, February 6 at 2pm

MPNOD - National Park Service Museum and Archive

Enjoy an interactive program by Bonnie Ciolino, archivist for the South Florida Collections Management Center in Everglades National Park with "Opening the Closed Doors: National Park Service Museum and Archival Collections in South Florida." Presented by the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society.  https://www.mpnod.org/events/mpnod-national-park-service-museum-and-archive/

Brendan Slocumb - The Violin Conspiracy

Monday, February 7 at 7pm

Brendan Slocumb - The Violin Conspiracy

A riveting page-turner about a Black classical musician’s desperate quest to recover his lost violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world. With the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-great-grandfather asserting that the instrument is rightfully theirs, and with his family staking their own claim, Ray doesn’t know who he can trust -- or whether he will ever see his beloved violin again. Get details online

Celebration of Black Composers and Arrangers

Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30pm

Celebration of Black Composers and Arrangers

Frost Concert Jazz Band, directed by John Daversa, and Frost Studio Jazz Band, directed by Etienne Charles, celebrate the work of black composers and arrangers, including Thad Jones, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Cedar Walton, Mary Lou Williams and more. Pre-registration and payment required. Get details and tickets online. https://ci.ovationtix.com/1811/performance/10829992

Robin Dunbar - Why We Love

Wednesday, February 9 at 1pm

Robin Dunbar - Why We Love

What can the social and life sciences tell us about the most fundamental and unquantifiable human experience -- love? With her new book, Why We Love: The New Science Behind Our Closest Relationships, Anna Manchin is interested in the most inclusive possible answer, one that, unlike previous books on the subject, considers friendship and family on par with romantic love, as well as polyamory, chosen families, queer love, and touchingly, the love we feel for pets, celebrities, and deities. Get details online.

On Your Feet Musical at Miracle Theatre

February 9 to March 6

On Your Feet Musical Debuts February 9

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre presents its production of On Your Feet! -- the inspiring true story about heart, heritage, and two people who believed in their talent to become an international sensation: Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The Miami engagement of the hit Broadway musical will run from February 9 to March 6 at the Miracle Theatre -- here in the couple’s hometown -- in an original production that celebrates its South Florida Regional Premiere. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org

Pierre Cavalan - Amuletum, Totems

Friday, February 11 at 5:30pm

Pierre Cavalan - Amuletum, Totems 

Join the Lowe Art Museum online for an exhibit from Force of Nature: highlights from the Myrna B. Palley Art Jewelry Collection. Pierre  Cavalan broke new boundaries within the jewelry trade, mixing old and new materials in a baroque style that remains unique to his artistic style. His works have been collected by National institutions around the world. Get details online.

Sultry Shorts at Books & Books

Friday, February 11 at 7pm

Sultry Shorts at Books & Books

In partnership with Books & Books, City Theatre will close this season’s City Reads series with a steamy favorite: Sultry Shorts. This free live reading of four sizzling shorts will have you blushing from excitement and giggling with delight. Reservations required. Get details online. https://www.booksandbooks.com/event/in-person-sultry-shorts-with-city-theatre/

Commodore Trail Secret Garden Bike Tour

Saturday, February 12 from 1 to 5pm

Commodore Trail Secret Garden Bike Tour

Spend an afternoon with friends and family enjoying this self-guided tour that gives you access to explore six of the most beautiful gardens in Coconut Grove. You can take the tour on bikes, scooters, or by car (but limited driving tickets are available due to limited street parking). End the day on a high-note at an intimate Garden After Party. Just 40 tickets offered for this special finale, raising funds for Friends Of The Commodore Trail. Get details online.

Strauss, Ravel, and Debussy - Frost Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, February 12 at 7:30pm

Strauss, Ravel, and Debussy

Frost Symphony Orchestra presents a tone poem in a single-movement of descriptive orchestral music from the Romantic era. Strauss’ Don Juan, composed when he was twenty-four, became an international success and established his reputation as an important exponent of modernism. Ravel’s Bolero was originally written as a ballet. Debussy’s La Mer is considered one of the supreme achievements in symphonic literature. A student soloist competition winner performs Chausson’s Poème. Gerard Schwarz conducts. Pre-registration and payment required. https://ci.ovationtix.com/1811/performance/10829993

Carnival - Orchestra Miami Family Fun Concert Series

Sunday, February 13 at 3pm

Carnival - Orchestra Miami Family Fun Concert Series

Orchestra Miami’s Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Family Fun Series continues with Carnival at Pinecrest Gardens. Learn about the music and traditions of Brazilian Carnival and the traditions of Capoiera. Created by Brazilian slaves in the state of Bahia, Capoiera is a Brazilian cultural expression which combines martial arts, sport, popular culture, dance and music and is considered one of the greatest symbols of Brazilian culture. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for kids, and $39 for a family pack (2 kids and two adults). https://www.orchestramiami.org/carnival

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Luca Osteria

Monday, February 14 starting at 5:45pm

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Luca Osteria

Luca Osteria is opening on a Monday for its very first Valentine’s Day dinner. The seven course prix fixe menu highlights truffles and chocolate in every dish and is meant to be shared. Price is $149 per person and includes two glasses of rosé. Reservations are required. Luca Osteria is located at 116 Giralda Avenue. Call 305-381-5097. https://lucamiami.com

Romance Under The Stars At the Venetian Pool

Monday, February 14 at 6pm

Romance Under The Stars At the Venetian Pool

The annual Romance under the Stars event at Venetian Pool features a night of fun, dancing and romance -- with buffet-style dinner, group dancing, and a souvenir photo to take home. Tickets are $75 per person. For complete details, email VPinfo@coralgables.com

An Italian Valentine - Chamber Ensemble

Monday, February 14 at 7:30pm

An Italian Valentine - Chamber Ensemble

Miami’s newest chamber ensemble, I Solisti di Miami, takes us on a romantic musical journey to Vivaldi’s Venice at UM Gusman Concert Hall. Led by Frost faculty Bettina Mussumeli, Jodi Levitz, and Ross Harbaugh, the ensemble also features Frost alumni and current students. Pre-registration and payment required. https://ci.ovationtix.com/1811/performance/10829995

Outdoor Concert on Valentine's Day

Monday, February 14 at 8pm

Outdoor Concert on Valentine's Day

The Moonlight & Music Valentine's Day Concert at the Deering Estate offers couples and friends the opportunity to celebrate their love at an outdoor concert under the stars in this delightful romantic setting. Pack a picnic, or preorder food through Joanna’s Marketplace, or purchase food when you arrive. Settle into your lawn chair or cozy up on a blanket to enjoy the sounds of this year’s featured artist, Keba, with an opening performance by The French Horn Collective. The concert starts at 8pm on the lawn of the Deering Estate. Guests can choose General Admission or Private Balcony seating. Purchase tickets online only. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue. https://deeringestate.org/event/valentines-day-concert-miami/

Saving Art Deco with Nancy Liebman

Wednesday, February 16 at noon

Saving Art Deco with Nancy Liebman

The Villagers’ free monthly Preserving Our Community webinar series presents Saving Art Deco with author Nancy Liebman. This former Miami Beach City Commissioner, Miami Design Preservation League Executive Director, and MiMo Biscayne Association Board member is perhaps best known for her book Preservation Dreams: Reflections of a Miami Beach Activist. Here contributions to the successful campaign to preserve and protect the Art Deco design movement of Miami Beach are unparalleled. The free one-hour Zoom program begins at noon. Please register in advance online. https://thevillagersinc.org/villagers-lunch-and-learn/

Coconut Grove Art Festival

February 19-21

Coconut Grove Arts Festival

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is three-day outdoor art festival with a focus on world-class art, with culinary displays, live performances, and family areas. Held every Presidents’ Day Weekend, the Arts Festival is one of the nation’s premier arts festivals with more than 360 internationally-recognized and jury-selected artists. On-site general admission tickets are $25 on-site and $20 online per person per day. Discount tickets and packages are available in advance online. https://cgaf.com

Watching Movies With: Carmen Pelaez - Saturday Night Fever

Saturday, February 19 at 5pm

Watching Movies With: Carmen Pelaez - Saturday Night Fever

Join playwright Carmen Pelaez and Cosford manager Rene Rodriguez for a screening and discussion of John Badham’s Saturday Night Fever (1977) at Cosford Cinema on the UM Campus. https://cosfordcinema.com/event/watching-movies-with-carmen-pelaez/

The White Card at GableStage

Starts February 25

The White Card at GableStage

The Florida premiere of Award-winning poet/playwright Claudia Rankine's first published play, The White Card comes to GableStage, posing the essential question: Can American society progress if whiteness remains invisible? https://www.gablestage.org/production/

Frost Opera Theatre - The Leopard

Saturday, March 5 at 3pm

Frost Opera Theatre - The Leopard

Frost Opera Theater with the Frost Symphony Orchestra present the world premiere of The Leopard at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Based on the international best-selling novel Il Gattopardo, later adapted into a film starring Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, and Alain Delon, and winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in Sicily in the year 1860, the opera is told through the eyes of Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina (also known as the Leopard). Known for his commanding personality, he is a member of an impoverished Sicilian aristocracy soon to be obsolete. Now facing a society in upheaval, he is forced to choose between decay and progress, and between the downfall of the nobility and the future of his family. Music by Michael Dellaira. Libretto by J. D. McClatchy. Starring MET Opera baritone Kim Josephson, and featuring Robynne Redmon, Frank Ragsdale, Kevin Short and students of Frost Opera Theater. The opera runs 120 minutes with intermission. Discount tickets are available online. Use code: FROSTFRIEND. The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay. https://smdcac.org/events/leopard-world-premiere

Swim Lessons for Children

Safety and Responsibility

Swim Lessons for Children

Ocaquatics Swim Lessons wants to teach your family to love swimming and become safer, more comfortable, and more responsible in and around the water -- to make a positive difference in your child's capabilities and confidence. Parents, would you know what to do in an emergency situation? If you had to, could you perform CPR on a loved one? Learn CPR and keep a phone and rescue equipment by your backyard pool at all times. Call 305-969-SWIM (7946). https://www.ocaquatics.com

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Two Computer Guys Safe Service - 305-444-1984
Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre - 2022 Season
Annual Tour Of Kitchens
Coral Gables Woman's Club Event Rentals
GableStage
Miami-Dade Public Libraries' Golden Anniversary
Solar Plus EV Facebook Group
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Many of our favorite eateries in the Gables are offering curbside takeout, as well as delivery services. Here's a handy list of choices for Gables residents and friends.

http://www.greatgables.com/CoralGables/ToGo.html

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