e-Currents Update Village of Palmetto Bay
Village Earth Week Launches                             with a Big Splash this Saturday!
Lady bugs, kayaks, bikes, and bees... all part of the week-long event, April 18-25
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A kayak and canoe tour along the shoreline of Palmetto Bay launches the Village's 2nd Annual Earth Week celebration this Saturday, April 18, starting at noon. This event is the first in a series of planned activities the Village is hosting to recognize Earth Day, officially celebrated worldwide on April 22. During the Village's Earth Week Celebration (April 18-25), residents may chose from a wide range of activities including a community clean-up, a library reading program, the release of 15,000 lady bugs at local schools, a Movie Night screening of the "Bee Movie," a family bike ride, and more.

Earth Day was established in 1970 as a celebration intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. Many countries have since decided that a global observance was needed; therefore, April 22 is recognized each year. In 2009, hundreds of millions of people in more than 180 countries are expected to participate in Earth Day activities.
Following are the Earth Week activities hosted by Palmetto Bay, and other related events, (Miami-Dade County events are denoted with an asterisk*).
Kayak/Canoe Tour to Change Your View
Then join in Miami-Dade's 'Baynanza 2009'
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Kayak & Canoe Tours: Noon, 2, and 4 p.m.
Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) volunteers will lead guided kayak/canoe
trips from Snowden's/ Deering Pt. (C-100 Canal/173rd St. & Old Cutler Road). Participants will gain a unique perspective of our mangrove areas and learn about native birds and other bay animals and plants -- and get a free T-shirt (for the first 40 to register). Excursions for novice kayakers depart at noon and 2 p.m.; a dusk trip for the more experienced will push off at 4 p.m. TAS is providing the kayaks free of charge, but donations are strongly encouraged. The distance of each tour will depend on group experience and weather. Bring your own water, snacks, and your own gear. Special thanks to Palmetto Bay resident Beth Kibler for helping to arrange this wonderful event; contact Beth (or call 786-877-6489) for reservation information. Donations collected by TAS volunteer Laura Reynolds will be directed to support Biscayne Bay and coastal wetlands restoration.

*Baynanza 2009, 9 a.m. - noon: Put on your high-water pants and sunscreen -- and be a good environmentalist by registering to participate in the Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day, sponsored by Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM). In Palmetto Bay, join the cleanup at the Deering Estate (16701 SW 72 Ave.) or just to the north at Chapman Field Park (13610 Old Cutler Road). For details and to register, visit the County website
Earth Week Events at Deering Estate
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  • *Natural Areas Tour at Deering Estate, 12:30 p.m.: Join a naturalist guide on a hike through a lush forest of tropical hardwood trees and clinging vines (free with admission to the Estate).
  • *Bay Cruise from Deering, 2 - 4 p.m.: Take a relaxing trip on the Pelican Island Skipper Pontoon Boat and discover South Florida's nature and history. Be sure to arrive at the Deering early, at 1:30 p.m. (cost is $35 per person). 
  • *Living Artist Concert Series, 7 p.m.: The founding artists of the Living Artist Concert Series will perform a new work entitled "Endangered" (cost is $35 per person).
  • *Butterfly Walk at Deering, 10 a.m. - noon: Whether you're looking to photograph the elusive Dingy Purplewing or just appreciate nature's most delicate beauties, butterflies abound at the Deering Estate (free with cost of admission to Estate).


Magical Musical Litter Bus Tour is ... Neat!
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Magical Musical Litter Bus Tour, 1 - 3 p.m.
Do you recall the words to "This Land is Your Land?" Residents are invited to trail the Village IBus in their own cars as we transport a group of Alexander Montessori students -- armed with litter bags and a desire to clean our community -- through southeast Palmetto Bay on this unique sing-along cleanup tour. Registration is at 12: 30 p.m. at Palmetto Bay Park recreation room (17535 SW 95 Ave.). Lunch provided by Ludovici & Ludovici. Gloves and trash bags are compliments of Golden Rule Seafood. Please join us -- even if you can't carry a tune, you can carry a garbage bag!
Mayor & Council 'Read to Children' 
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*Read to Children Program (Part-1), 1- 2 p.m.
In recognition of National Library Week and Palmetto Bay's Earth Week, Mayor Eugene Flinn and Councilwoman Shelley Stanczyk will each read an environmentally-themed book to children at the Coral Reef Branch Library (9211 SW 152 St.). Additionally, they will present a Proclamation in appreciation of service provided by librarians. Other members of the Council continue this educational event on Thursday, April 23.
Get Ready for Lady Bug Release - Part 1
Village recycling program unveiled at COW meeting 
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Lady Bug Release (Part-1), 8:30, 10, & 11:30 a.m. 
A total of 9,000 lady bugs will be set free on this day by area students, as they learn about the environmental importance of lady bugs. Members of the Village Council will join Mayor Flinn as children release 3,000 live lady bugs at each of the following three locations: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Perrine Elementary School (8851 SW 168 St.); 10 - 11 a.m. at Winhold Montessori School (17555 S Dixie Hwy); and 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at Coral Reef Elementary (7955 SW 152 St.). Part-2 of t his two-day lady bug event takes place Thursday, April 23 (see below).

Environmentally Themed Discussion, 6 p.m.: At Palmetto Bay's Committee of the Whole meeting, Village staff will discuss aspects of environmental conservation and announce details of an exciting new recycling program at Village facilities. Meeting to be held at the new Community Room at the Palmetto Bay Branch Library at Ludovici Park.
6,000 More Lady Bug Released
Councilmembers again 'Read to Children' at Coral Reef Library
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Lady Bug Release (Part-2)
A total of 6,000 more lady bugs will be released on this day: 9 -10 a.m. at Howard Drive Elementary School (7750 SW 136th St.); and 10:45- 11:45 a.m. at Alexander Montessori School (17555 S Dixie Hwy). Over this two-day period 15,000 lady bugs will have been released into the schoolyards of Palmetto Bay!

*Read to Children (Part-2), 1- 2 p.m.: In recognition of National Library Week and Palmetto Bay Earth Week, Vice Mayor Brian W. Pariser and Councilman Howard J. Tendrich each will read an environmentally-themed book to kids at the Coral Reef Branch Library (9211 SW 152 Dr.).
'Bee' at Coral Reef Park for Movie Night
Special guest Willie-the-Bee-Man to share his stinging humor with the kids
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Movie Night, 7:30 p.m.
Bring your own popcorn, soda, and blanket for a showing of "Bee Movie" at Coral Reef Park (7895 SW 152 St.). Bee-fore the 90-minute film starts, meet "Willie the Bee Man," who gained recent notoriety for removing a 75-lb bee hive from a nearby home. A former Miami-Dade kindergarten teacher, Willie is now a bee removal specialist who also speaks extensively on the importance of bees to the environment. Look for Willie in his signature yellow and black outfit.
Ride the Bike Path of Old Culter Road
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Family Bike Ride, 8 a.m.
If you haven't been on your bike in a while, now's the time to dust it off and join us on a Family Bike Ride to enjoy the natural surroundings of our beautiful Village. Registration at the Deering Visitor Center is at 8 a.m., followed immediately by a safety talk and official welcome by Mayor Flinn at 8:30 a.m. Then, at 9 a.m., we will head out under the direction of the Palmetto Bay Bike Patrol and Eric Tullberg, resident and long-time enthusiast, on this one-hour family ride. The route takes us along Old Cutler Road bike path, by the Ludlam Pine Rocklands, and across Deering's Chinese Bridge. Note: a short portion of the ride in the Deering Estate is along a gravel road.
About Village of Palmetto Bay
The Village of Palmetto Bay is a vibrant community of 25,000 residents nestled between Biscayne Bay and So. Dixie Highway, about 15 miles south of downtown Miami. Incorporated in 2002, the Village is governed by a five-member Council and operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Dubbed "The Village of Parks," PalmettoBay offers an extensive system of attractive parks, unique recreational opportunities, and bay access. It also is home to several excellent public schools, and a robust commercial corridor along Dixie Highway offering a diverse range of restaurants, markets, and lodging. Specifically, the Village borders the centerline of SW 136 St., south to the centerline of SW 184 St., expanding west to the centerline of South Dixie Highway (including the center island), and east to Biscayne Bay.
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Palmetto Bay, FL 33157