This month’s CCCB meeting features a Candidate Forum

Mark this on your calendars, folks. The Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay will have their monthly meeting on October 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, 20740 Old Cutler Road, in Cutler Bay. The featured guest speaker will be Lynda Bell, Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 8

Not only that, following the speaker there will be an open question and answer session with candidates running for local offices. Ernie Sochin, the incumbent Vice Mayor of Cutler Bay who is running for re-election, and his challenger Ed Wolmers will be in attendance so it’s a great chance to meet them and size them up. Also there will be candidates for State Representative District 114, Erik Fresen (R), the incumbent, and Ross Hancock (D), the challenger.

Steve Zarzecki tells us, “Concerned Citizens is a non-profit civic organization whose purpose is to Promote Community Awareness and Citizen Involvement. The meetings are publicly noticed, and meet all the requirements of Florida’s Sunshine Law. They are conducted in a friendly round-table format. All of the Cutler Bay Council Members are invited to meetings. All are welcome.” For more information, call Steve at 305-255-4351.

Shakespeare revisited… The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center will present Macbeth from the acclaimed Sarasotabased Asolo Repertory Theatre on Friday, October 12, at 8 p.m. The Shakespeare classic is being done in a contemporary shortened format designed to appeal to young people as well as adults and has some intriguing new twists that sound imaginative. The sixty-minute format is adapted by Stephanie Fleishmann and Dmitry Troyanovksy and directed by Troyanovsky as part of Asolo Rep’s New Stages initiative in partnership with FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

“The production will be performed with Shadow Interpreted Theater, which utilizes specially trained American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters who perform as ‘shadows’ during a live stage production alongside voiced actors. Shadow Actors are integrated into the performance by mirroring the Macbeth voiced actors, while interpreting the character they are shadowing in ASL. In this way, all audience members can enjoy the full richness of the theater experience rather than having to watch a single interpreter located off stage, and thereby missing much of the action taking place on stage.”

Don’t know the story? “Tempted by the prophecies of three witches, Macbeth’s ambition to be King of Scotland leads him into a world of evil, deceit, and murder.” Hmmm, styles and clothing may change, but people are still remarkably the same.

The Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay. Free parking is available. Tickets are $15-$10 ($5 tickets available through www.cultureshockmiami.com for ages 13- 22). Buy tickets online at www.smdcac.orgor call the Box Office at 786-573-5300.

Zoo’s who in art? “Colors of the Wild” is a special event by the Zoological Society of Florida in conjunction with the Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors on Thursday, September 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. The fundraising program is designed to give the gift of wildlife to families who live in communities that generally cannot afford an outing to the zoo. There’s a festive wine tasting, animal inspired art by talented local artist Janet Mokher, and a chance to meet wildlife ambassador Ron Magill and encounter some of Zoo Miami’s amazing animals.

$10.00 donation per person, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from the evening’s sales to be used to purchase annual Zoo Miami membership passes for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. By invitation only, so for information regarding the event, call Karlyn M. Lang, Special Events Manager, Zoological Society of Florida at 305-255- 5551 Ext. 138 or email her at KLang@zsf.org

Sponsors are The Fresh Market (providing various cheese selections and canapés),

Gardner’s Market (providing cheese and fruit selections) and Happy Wine The Grove (providing regional red and white wines). Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors is located at 2884 Bird Avenue, Coconut Grove.

Thought for the Day:

Don’t argue with a fool. The spectators can’t tell the difference.

— Charles Nalin

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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