Commemoration of the International Day of Peace to be held in Miami Beach on September 21


“We Americans have been blessed to see yet another day without the sound of bombs going off around us.  This is not the case with many other human beings on this planet Earth.

“We Americans have been blessed to see yet another day without the sound of bombs going off around us. This is not the case with many other human beings on this planet Earth.

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Peace. To like. Two words that are often thrown around without much thought. But it’s more common now than at any other time in my life that what the world needs right now is more peace and love.

Today, on the 21st anniversary of September 11, 2001, we Americans were blessed to see yet another day without the sound of bombs going off around us. That was not the case that day. Even now, I can still hear the devilish sounds of explosions as we watched, via television, the planes fly into the twin towers of New York.

Who among us can forget this September morning? what we were doing, where we were going… I remember thinking, when we heard that the third plane was flying towards the Pentagon, “Well, Lord, this is it. We are at war. Then I entered the room where my invalid mother was lying to hold her hand and pray. There was nowhere to hide.

So it is today with many other human beings on this planet Earth. People fight. Bombs are falling from the sky and people are dying. And there’s nowhere to hide.

The peace that I and many other Americans enjoy has given me the ability to get out of bed, take a hot shower with clean running water in the privacy of my own home, and then be able to go into my refrigerator to eat something. So many others in the world do not have this privilege. They are too busy dodging bullets and bombs.

While today many in the world are not living peacefully among their neighbors, we here in America, with all the turmoil and bad politics going on, continue to live as peacefully as possible. We must not take the peace we have for granted.

I am thinking so much about peace today because in a few days, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 21, the Ayuda organization will be spearheading a commemoration of the International Day of Peace, with a ceremony to be held at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr. in Miami Beach.

According to information from Ayuda board member and community activist Marjorie York, who first came up with the idea of ​​having a permanent venue to hold peace-related events, the International Day of Peace was launched in 1981 by the United Nations to enhance the image of peace among nations.

York enlisted the help of art teachers Winsome Bolt and Denise Marlow to create the “Peace Pole” in the Botanical Garden, where this year’s attendees will speak on the theme “End Racism.” Build peace. Miami Beach Mayor Don Gelber will be the keynote speaker.

Other activities will include presentations of city and county proclamations, a peace march led by school board member Lucia Baez-Geller, youth dialogue, musical performances by Miami Beach High School students. , a display of peace drawings by students at eight Miami Beach-area school food groups and lunch.

Ayuda, the organizations that sponsor the observance of the International Day of Peace, were established in 1977 by Diane Susi to help improve the lives of children and families who are underserved and in need of education, life skills life and training, and programs that support self-sufficiency. Deanne Connolly Graham is Chair of the Board.

The event is free and open to the public.

2 events at Chabad in the Gables

To prepare the congregation for the Jewish New Year, Chabad in Coral Gables at 1827 Ponce de Leon Blvd. will host two events over the coming week:

At 7:30 p.m. on September 13, Chabad will host a women’s “Pre-Rosh Hashanah Challah Bake” with Chef Chany. Participants will learn how to roll, knead and shape challah dough and learn tips on braiding techniques. Participants will also learn the meaning of traditional foods that are eaten on New Years and will also be able to taste them.

Then at 11 a.m. on September 18, Chabad will launch CKids Club, a new Jewish club for children. The club’s first meeting is called “Rosh Hashanah Road Trip”. Open to children aged 4 to 11, the club offers children the opportunity to discover their Jewish heritage in a fun and interactive way.

Stops on the “road trip” will include a visit to an apple orchard, a honey farm, and a stop at a visitor center to make Shana Tova postcards and New Year’s resolution car air fresheners. There will also be a stop at the Rosh Hashanah mini market to make pomegranate seeds drizzled with gourmet chocolate, and a stop at a tashlich pond for a fun fishing game.

Young participants will be able to pick up a road map and souvenirs at each stop. The cost is $20 per club meeting; $16 for members. To RSVP, go to or call 305-301-9460.

Mass in honor of the 60th anniversary of the independence of Trinidad and Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago community at Christ the King Catholic Church at 16000 SW 12th Ave. à Perrine invites the community to Thanksgiving Mass and healing services to be held September 18 and 19, respectively.

Thanksgiving Mass will be at 10 a.m. on September 18 and the healing service will be at 7:30 p.m. on September 19. The services are in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Twin Islands nation’s independence, which took place on August 1. 31.

Reverend Ako Walker, priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, will be the celebrant. Walker is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and currently serves as pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Patrick parishes in Baltimore, Maryland.

The community is invited to this Diamond Jubilee celebration.

Hialeah Woman’s Club celebrates 100 years

Congratulations to the women of the Hialeah Woman’s Club on its 100th anniversary. The organization celebrated with a brunch held Aug. 27 at the historic Hialeah Park Track, which also turned 100 years old. The club’s theme was “vintage” and guests showed up dressed in outfits dating back to the 1920s.

Barbara Hassall is president of the organization.

Miami Women’s Club Installs Leaders

Congratulations also to the Miami Woman’s Club, which held its board and officers on August 24 at its newly renovated clubhouse at 1737 N. Bayshore Dr. Built in 1925, the stately clubhouse has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. from 1974.

The installed officers were Shirley Pardon, president; Metris Batts-Coley, first vice president; Clora Adkins, second vice president; Lynn Montero, Recording Secretary; Sharon Thompson, Treasurer; Dr. Rose Martin, Director of Finance; Noreen Timoney, house director; and Diane Stieber, Library Manager.

Elizabeth Fisher, Florida State Board Member of the Greater Federation of Woman’s Club, installed the officers and new President Pardon addressed the audience which included members of Miami-Dade GFWC clubs and Broward.

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Bea L. Hines can be contacted at [email protected]


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