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About Onelia Collazo Mendive

Onelia Collazo Mendive is the founder and publisher of, a news and culture website covering Coral Gables. She has covered the City of Coral Gables in print and online publications for almost a decade. She has particular interest in the Golden Gate and MacFarlane Homestead Historic District of Coral Gables. Onelia has covered the internet industry since 1999 and has worked as a web editor for various websites. She has covered the arts and cultural scene in Miami since 2007. In addition, she was awarded a National Press Foundation Fellowship for editors and writers program on E-commerce from Vanderbilt University in 1999, and was named a Fellow for the Knight Community Info Challenge Boot Camp in 2012. Onelia co-organizers a monthly Read to Learn Reading Circle and book drive in conjunction with The Children’s Trust, The Miami Book Fair and Books & Books. The Read to Learn Books for Free donates children’s books to 40 bookshelves in Miami including DCF, juvenile hall, and doctors’ offices. She graduated from Florida International University in 1995 with dual degrees with a BA English Literature and a BS in Communications.

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You Can Help Them Start the School Year Off Right

First day of school is August 21! Back-to-School supplies are needed to give disadvantaged kids basic tools to keep them focused on learning at school.

Here are some organizations that need your help...

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Foodie Find: Blue Matisse Restaurant

Fresh, Peruvian-inspired specialties are a feast for the eyes – as well as your taste buds - at Blue Matisse Restaurant in the InterContinental at Doral Miami. Offered Monday through Friday for lunch, the small-plate delicacies, featuring daily ceviche specials, are drawing a dedicated audience of those who live and work in the City of Doral.

Peruvian-born Yoel Salini, the InterContinental Doral Miami’s Food & Beverage Manager, is responsible for the the success of Blue Matisse Restaurant’s reinvented luncheon buffet...

Pictured: Peruvian Japanese Nikkei Tuna Causa
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The Art of Fundraising - A Unique Approach

What do you do when you have reached the pinnacle of career success and represented some of the biggest names in the community? For famed attorney Alan Kluger and wife, retired Judge Amy Dean, you come up with the brilliant idea to invite resource-challenged non-profits to hold fundraising events in your downtown law office - Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.

A part of the firm's 25,000 square foot space has been specially converted to host up to 40 guests and to show off an extensive group of art works from the Kluger’s coveted Contemporary Latin American art collection.

Kluger's idea is twofold: help non-profits with an interesting space to fundraise and to help them learn how to ask for donations.
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“Read to Learn Books for Free” Drive at MIFF

The 33rd Miami International Film Festival screened “The Little Prince” to a sold-out audience at Coral Gables Art Cinema. “The Little Prince,” directed by Mark Osborne, made its Florida debut at the festival. The film plays homage the classic French children’s book “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The screening served as the perfect opportunity to host a book drive benefiting the “Read to Learn Books for Free” program, an initiative of The Children’s Trust.
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Costumes, Passion and Dedication: NWSA Tackles “Evita”

Costume Designer Estela Vrancovich and Director James Samuel Randolph sat down with Social Miami over a salmon and mushroom risotto lunch on Lincoln Road during a dress rehearsal break of the New World School of the Art’s production of “Evita,” which played at the Colony Theatre, February 19-21.

Vrancovich and Randolph spoke about their commitment, passion and devotion to put on such a complex production filled with costume changes that chronicled the historical events that encompass 18 years of Evita’s life, from her early life all the way to her final moments.
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Ruth Shack Receives Miami’s Cultural Champion Award

Long-time friends, elected leaders, arts and community luminaries all gathered on a chilly night on the beautiful terrace of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust’s headquarters in Coral Gables to honor one of Miami’s cultural icons, Ruth Shack. The Miami’s Cultural Champion 2016 Award was presented by Gibraltar's Chairman and CEO Adolfo Henriques at a private event and honored Shack for her pioneering leadership that championed a cultural evolution.

Pictured: Ruth Shack with her Portrait by Martin Kreloff
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