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    Albert Bentley to Host UMSHoF Celebrity Bowling Tournament



    Hurricanes football great and University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame member Albert Bentley will serve as host of the UMSHoF’s Seventh Annual Celebrity Bowling Tournament, sponsored by Canes Wear, on Monday, February 26, from 6-9 p.m., at Splitsville in the Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami.

    “I’m looking forward to hosting the upcoming UMSHoF Bowling tournament this year,” said Bentley, who scored the winning touchdown in the 1984 Orange Bowl game that secured Miami’s First National Championship. “It’s always a good thing to get together with Canes fans to support the Hall of Fame and the charities they contribute to.” This year, a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Heidi Hewes Chapter of the Women’s Cancer Association at the University of Miami.





    NFL Players to Bring A “Day of Joy” To Pediatric Patients at Holtz



    Yesterday, The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, along with Starlight Children’s Foundation and two Athletes for Hope member NFL Players – Jamal Carter of the Denver Broncos and Jeremiah McKinnon of the New York Giants for a “Day of Joy” is a designated day when the Joy in Childhood Foundation celebrates its support to organizations that share its mission to help provide the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids through special events and activities in local communities.

    In addition to delivering the Starlight Gowns to patients, as part of the event, the star-athletes worked with patients on fun-filled activities, including instructing hospital staff, Joy in Childhood Foundation and Dunkin’ Brands representatives, and families and friends how to pose, flex their muscles and fly into the air like a real superhero.




    Celebrating Black History Month: African Americans in Times of War



    The City of West Park is proud to celebrate Black History Month this February. We are in celebratory remembrance of the millions of countless contributions of African descendants whose labor and sacrifices in education, music, science/technology, arts /entertainment, politics and social consciousness add to the making of this great nation.

    During this month, the world and this city pause and absorb the tremendous plight and journey of a people, whose history begins with slavery, was devastated by segregation, and had to seek justice in a courthouse for their rights and equality. The 2018 theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918, and explores the complex meanings and implications of this international struggle and its aftermath. The First World War was initially termed by many as “The Great War,” “The War to End All Wars,” and the war “to make the world safe for democracy.”





    14th Annual Deering Seafood Festival: Non-Stop Entertainment



    Calling all Seafood Lovers! The 14th Annual Deering Seafood Festival, one of South Florida’s most highly anticipated events, will take place on Sunday, March 25th from 10 am to 6 pm at the Deering Estate,16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay.

    Consistently a sold-out event, the Deering Seafood Festival attracts more than 8,000 people to the grounds of the beautiful 450-acre Deering Estate to enjoy a non-stop celebration of nature’s beauty and bounty. The Festival is renowned for its culinary delights featuring Florida’s freshest fish and seafood from area restaurants and caterers with delicious catches from the sea, celebrity chef demos, live music and fun-filled adventures for the kids.




    Featured Restaurant: Pubbelly Sushi



    As with any Pubbelly Sushi location, Aventura will offer all of Mendin’s signature items including salads, sushi rolls, and sashimi; as well as speciality plates such as tuna pizza drizzled with garlic aioli and truffle oil; shrimp ceviche taquitos stuffed with avocado mousse and red pico de gallo; bigeye tuna or wagyu beef tartare; and the butter krab roll. Unlike the grab-and-go market, the new location will be stocked with larger dishes as well, including octopus with spicy lemongrass and crispy garlic; miso black cod with charred spring onions; pork belly with orange peel and tobanjan; and a daily selection of raw oysters. Corporate executive chef Jorge Mijango will oversee the Aventura location, as he does for all other Pubbelly outposts.