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  • South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park Brings Holiday Cheer for All!

    polarEveryone is welcome to come aboard for Family Friday!

    Starting tomorrow, Friday December 13th, Pinecrest Gardens will be hosting a series of events for the next week or so.

    Tomorrow’s event is the showing of the great animated holiday film Polar Express!

    Polar Express has been said to be “the best kids holiday movie in years.”

    The evening begins with Flashlight Tours at 7:00 pm and the movie will begin at about 8:00 pm.

    Come hungry because there will be some delicious popcorn and hot dogs for everyone!

    General Admission is $5 and children under 2 years old enter for free.

    Hope to see you all there and Happy Holidays!

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    Come Celebrate this Holiday Season with The Deering Estate!

    Blog PictureWith the Holiday Season quickly approaching, the Deering Estate is going to be hosting a special event each weekend in the month of December.

    Friday December 6 from 7-9 pm there will be a special Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Located at Deering Estate at Cutler (16701 SW 72nd Avenue). There will be plenty of music performed by Yuletide Carolers throughout the evening.

    The fun does not stop there! On December 14 & 21 Santa will be there from 10 am – 12 pm for story-time and kids crafts in the historic Stone House Ballroom!

    In addition, throughout the entire month of December Deering Estate will have open a Holiday Wonderland! It will be open everyday, except Christmas Day, from 10 am – 4 pm and you shall be able to tour all the historic homes as they come alive with holiday accents.

    Each of these events are $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-14) but free for Foundation Members!

    Last but not least, for the real adventurous types this one is for you; on Sunday, December 15th from 11 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm there will be a relaxing Holiday Bay Cruise on the Pelican Island Skipper! Please arrive half an hour before and it is $35 per person.

    For any questions or to purchase advance tickets please dial 305-235-1668 ext. 233 or visit www.deeringestates.org.  Happy Holidays!

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    Is Your Miami Home Haunted?

    Haunted-houseMiami readers, are you among the 35% of homeowners who say they’ve lived in a haunted house?  Or maybe among the majority that said they’d be ok purchasing a haunted house?

    According to a survey of nearly 1,400 respondents, most people are fine purchasing a haunted house.  I can’t believe someone actually took the time to survey this. LOL  But in keeping with the upcoming holiday spirit, I thought I’d pass the info along to you.

    According to the survey results, these are some of the things that have the potential to scare buyers away however:

    • Levitating objects
    • Ghost sightings
    • Supernatural sensations
    • Flickering lights/appliances
    • Strange noises, such as footsteps and doors slamming

    If you see flickering lights / appliances, and still choose to purchase your haunted home, make sure you have a bonafide home inspector check out the electrical system.  It could be something much worse than Wailing Myrtle affecting it. =)


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    Pinecrest Trader Joe’s Busy Opening Weekend

    The Pinecrest Trader Joe's opened its doors to the public on Friday. I tried to stop by Saturday afternoon so I could check it out and report about it here. What a disappointment!

    Trader Joe's wasn't the disappointment, the traffic was. LOL I was across the street, on US1 heading south trying to turn so I could make a U-turn into their parking lot. There were about 12 cars trying to do the same. As I looked across the street at the cars already heading into the Trader Joe's lot, I saw that it was just as busy.

    Change of plans! I got out of the turning lane and headed to Kings Bay for some pastries at the French Bakery instead. I will make another attempt during the week when business should be a little slower. At least I hope so! Stay tuned.

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    Miami’s 12th Annual Wine on Harvest Moon

    Deering Estate at Cutler

    Hey Miami!  Get away this Saturday without going far at all.  Transport yourself to Australia at the 12th Annual Wine on Harvest Moon at the Deering Estate on Old Cutler, where you can experience the “fine wines, fine food, and fine art” of Australia and New Zealand without having to leave town.

    The cuisine will be provided by many of Miami’s finest, such as The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, Ana Capri, Shula’s 347, Smith & Wollensky, among quite a few other great names.

    The event is this Saturday, 10/19/13, from 7:30p – 10:30p at the Deering Estate on Old Cutler Road and SW 167th Street.

    Proceeds from the event will go towards the preservation of the beautiful Deering Estate.

    You can get full details about the event here.

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    Which Came First? Claim or Insurance Premium Hike?

    The title was my attempt to be witty.  It’s a spin on the well known “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”  For years Florida residents have had to put up with rising insurance premiums from the insurer of last resort, Citizens.  Recent data regarding claims made against policies held by the insurer made me think about the old adage.

    Are insurance rates up because of all the claims made?  Are some of the claims made, false?  I don’t know.  I can’t even venture a guess.  But I do know that the percentage of claims originating in our county of Miami-Dade far outweigh the rest of the state and yet policies held don’t mirror those numbers.

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