Feeling crafty? We hear from Diana Orme of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Palmetto Bay that the ladies of the church will be hosting their annual Spring Fair on Saturday April 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s definitely a special event for the church and the community. The proceeds will benefit organizations such as Habitat, Camillus House, Lutheran Services of South Florida and the Miami Bridge in Homestead. It’s the second year for the Spring Fair and now is the time for vendors of craft items and other appropriate vendors to make arrangements if they want to participate. Booths are just $30 and about 35 vendors took part in the fair last year. St. Thomas Lutheran Church is located at 17700 Old Cutler Road. For information call the church office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at 305-232- 1227 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Light the candles on the cake. Palmetto Bay Councilman Patrick Fiore’s birthday is coming up on March 17. Yes, St. Patrick’s Day. Now you know the reason behind his first name. Many happy returns, Patrick.
Good news, bad news… The good news first. Fans of the village’s circulator system, the IBus, will be pleased to know that the IBus Route-B is back in operation again as of February 25th. On the bad news side, the Village IBus Route-A has been suspended until further notice due to “staffing issues.” The system, which is designed to help folks get around the village and connect with Miami-Dade Transit routes and the busway is paid for with funding provided by the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP). You can get the route map and schedule online at www.palmettobay-fl.gov or at Village Hall. For information about the IBus, its service destinations, and connections, call Public Works at 305-969-5011.
Turn on, tune in… Don’t forget folks, that even if you can’t make it to the monthly council meetings and special meetings at Village Hall, you can still participate in the community government process by attending the meetings via the village cable channel, WBAY, or at anytime by watching the on-demand library of meetings online at the village website, www.palmettobay-fl.gov/content/streaming-media-archive. Plus, by watching meetings online, you can pause the video to create your own intermissions for a run to the kitchen or to, well, you know. The March 3 regular monthly council meeting should be posted online by the time you read this, so if you missed it in person you can still see what happened.
Active seniors, don’t forget that the Cutler Bay Senior Games take place March 17 – 22. The Games are open to any adult ages 50 and over. Events include archery, horseshoes, bag toss, Pickleball, basketball shooting, shuffleboard, billiards, swimming, bowling, table tennis and regular tennis. Plus, participants qualify for the Senior Games State Championships to be held in Lee County in December. For information call Parks & Recreation at 305-238-4166, or visit the town’s website, www.cutlerbay-fl.gov/, and download the form.
Thought of the Day: The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. — Plutarch
Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669- 7355, ext. 249, or send emails to Michael@communitynewspapers.com.