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    Grab Your Capes and Join Forces with Live Like Bella



    The Live Like Bella® Childhood Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce their 4th annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk. Dress up as your favorite Superhero and join in the fight against childhood cancer. Come for a day of fun and family activities, food, drinks, music, and a beautiful 5K course through the zoo where superheroes will fight for a cure. After they are done, every participant will get free entry into Zoo Miami for the rest of the day. Registered runners will be timed and chipped. Bring someone you love or create a team to benefit Live Like Bella® Foundation in its commitment to ensure childhood cancer become a treatable and curable disease. Kids battling cancer…the REAL superheroes!





    Meet the City of South Miami Mayoral Candidates



    Dr. Philip Stoddard is running for City of South Miami Mayor. Now completing his fourth term as Mayor, Dr. Stoddard was named by Miami New Times as the “Best Politician of 2017” and by Politico Magazine to the Politico-50 “Guide to the Thinkers, Doers & Visionaries Transforming American Politics in 2016.”

    Horace Feliu is running for City of South Miami Mayor. Born at Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables, Feliu owned and directed a biomedical equipment business since 1992. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of math and algebra at a nursing college.




    ‘Hamlet’ at The Barnacle Historic State Park Jan. 19-21



    Be you a Shakespeare aficionado or novice, most everyone knows this famed opening line of a soliloquy spoken by Prince Hamlet: “To be or not to be…” But if you really want to wow your lover, take a minute to memorize these other lines – in celebration of this weekend’s Shakespeare Miami event, “Hamlet at The Barnacle” – and then report back on how that went for you on The Barnacle Facebook. Or better yet, pack a picnic and join your friends for an evening under the stars as Shakespeare Miami presents “Hamlet” at The Barnacle Historic State Park – and mouth your lines along with the show: Jan. 19 and 20 at 8 p.m.; and Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

    Starring Seth Trucks as Hamlet, and Shalia Sakona as Ophelia, Shakespeare Miami’s 2018 mainstage production features a full cast of professional actors, live music and period costumes.





    Weinfeld Presents Eviction Law to Association of Realtors



    Roy L. Weinfeld, a highly regarded lease litigation attorney for over 20 years, shall present “Residential Evictions and Pitfalls in the Law” to the Miami Association of Realtors on Wednesday, February 21 and Wednesday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. The first presentation will be given at the Association’s Headquarters, 700 S Royal Poinciana Blvd #400, Miami Springs, FL 33166. In addition to his distinguished legal career, Weinfeld, a 3-year commercial leasing associate at Fortune International Realty, has closed transactions resulting in nearly $5 million in sales/gross lease revenues.




    Featured Restaurant: Empanada Harry’s Bakery & Café



    Harry and Michelle Coleman have a simple mission for Empanada Harry’s, which opened in April 2017: Offer gourmet versions of the Venezuelan pastries they’ve loved for years. The couple’s baking career began in 2008, when the Great Recession stifled their goals of becoming journalists. Instead, they took over Harry’s grandmother’s South Beach bakery, Charlotte, which specializes in Venezuelan pastries and breads. They spent the next decade running the popular spot. The couple offers 22 original empanada varieties that represent their take on the flavors of Venezuela, Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Try the Venezuelan pabellón, deep-fried and filled with the national dish of shredded beef, black beans, cheese, and plantains; or the Peruvian, a slightly sweet dough that’s filled with ground beef, egg, and spicy ají amarillo, baked, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.