t. Agnes Bazaar
The 8th Annual St. Agnes Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 8.
The bazaar will be at St. Agnes Church and School grounds, 122 Harbor Drive.
Organizers say there will be something for everyone this year, with new vendors and special visits from North Pole elves. In addition to vendors, participants are welcome to sell their own unwanted gold or precious metal jewelry. There will also be a silent auction table with many items to bid on, and a variety of food.
For more information, call St. Agnes at 305-361-2351.
Coldwell Banker collecting for charity
Instead of collecting for Toys for Tots as they have in holiday years past, Coldwell Banker is accepting donations for two Miami charities.
St. Mary’s School, adjacent to St. Mary’s Cathedral, is in dire need of school supplies for its 420 underserved students in grades Pre-K through 8. Specifically, St. Mary’s needs paper, pencils, markers, crayons and composition books.
The second charity is Project Upstart, which runs a thrift shop. Homeless and near homeless are offered basic items such as socks, underwear, toiletries, shoes and clothing and feminine hygiene products and baby wipes. The items are offered at no charge to Miami-Dade County school students.
Donations may be taken to the Coldwell Banker Key Biscayne branch at 328 Crandon Boulevard, Suite 127.
For more information, call Coldwell Banker branch manager Dianne Regalado at 305-361-5722.
Taste of KB
In another example of neighbors helping neighbors, the Holiday Fair Taste of Key Biscayne at the Historical Virginia Key Holiday Fair will benefit Children’s Survival Network.
The Holiday Fair and Taste of Key Biscayne will be held December 13, 14 and 15 on Virginia Key Beach.
Children’s Survival Network is a Florida nonprofit corporation aimed at preventing child abuse. CSN partners with local communities to provide child abuse prevention programs and maintain an ongoing campaign of awareness. CSN also provides residential treatment for the most damaged and abused children.
Historic Virginia Key Holiday Fair organizers are aiming for a traditional fair atmosphere, according to organizer Nelcida Greenfield.
“We have about 32 rides including a Ferris wheel, roller coaster and merry-go-round, fair food and midway games,” she said.
Santa’s House will open and families can have their photos taken with Santa.
“Professional photographers will be on site,” said Greenfield. “Santa’s House photos will also benefit CSN.”
In the Taste of Key Biscayne area of the fair, restaurants will offer unlimited tasting and drinking from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Key Biscayne participating restaurants include Puntino, Ceviche Bay by Lixture, Novecento, Milanezza, Kantino Fresh Mexican Grill and Archie’s Pizza. The tasting event will take place in an exclusive privately secured oceanfront setting of the fair. Key Biscayne Mayor Frank Caplan, Miami City Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez are expected to be present to kick off the festivities Friday evening. Guests can buy tickets for one, two or three days for $60 for one day or $100 for all three. Tickets will allow entrance and food and drink sampling. Food, drink and entertainment will be non-stop.
Trolley service will be available back and forth from the Village.
All proceeds from the food and drink tasting will go to CSN.
The Holiday Fair will host rock and roll music by “People We Know” from 8 p.m. until midnight Friday. On Saturday, “America” will play Latin and Brazilian music from 8 p.m. until midnight, and a variety of South Florida jazz will be featured from 8 p.m. until midnight Sunday.
“We expect this to be a successful community event,” said Greenfield.
The fair opens at 3 p.m. Friday and runs until midnight. Weekend hours are noon until midnight Saturday and Sunday.
Park entrance and parking fees apply. Fair entrance is free, and unlimited ride tickets sell for $20.
Virginia Key Beach Park, established in 1945 as the only beach for the “exclusive use by Negroes” in Miami-Dade County, earned recognition on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information on the Taste of Key Biscayne, contact Greenfield at 305-458-4900. Purchase tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information on Children’s Survival Network can be found at www.helpCSN.org.