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Dear Mama

She birthed you, raised you, and, for better or worse, made you who you are today. Mother’s Day is a perfect opportunity to show appreciation to the woman who knows you better than anyone and loves you like no one else will. For such an occasion, the typical bouquet of roadside-stand flowers and Whitman’s Sampler simply will not do. Steer clear of JC Penney and begin thinking about what your mother really wants. Spend some time with the lady, get her a cool gift for a change, and try to make amends for all the hell you raised as a kid. Fabulous events taking place all over town offer fun bonding opportunities for every kind of mom.

For the film-buff mom, nothing is more fun than curling up in front of the tube and watching Gone with the Wind for the 50th time. Make today special by taking her to Vita (1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-7855 or for an evening of fabulous food and classic films under the stars. The sumptuous meal costs $40 per person and includes an appetizer, main course, and delectable strawberry tiramisu for dessert. Fittingly, Fellini’s La Dolce Vita will be screened during the meal.

World-traveler mom has racked up more frequent-flyer miles than she knows what to do with, and her home is overflowing with exotic baubles accumulated on her far-flung trips. She’ll enjoy a lesson in Eastern culture at Doraku (1104 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-695-8383 or For $40 per person, learn how to roll sushi like an expert while feasting on a sumptuous four-course meal. Each participant can take home a sushi-rolling kit housed in an anime lunch box. Or buy your mama something worldly at Indo-Chic Designs (701 Brickell Key, Miami; 786-553-4788 or At this by-appointment-only store, you can receive ten percent off your purchase of any hand-embroidered tunics, kaftans, skirts, and dresses. This sweet deal will last from May 8 to 14.

Hippie mom likes getting her hands dirty. Nothing makes this earth mother happier than spending time in the great outdoors, appreciating nature in all its magnificence. Explore the beauty of South Florida at the Mother’s Day wildflower walk today at 9:00 a.m. Pre-register and head down to the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center (4001 State Rd. 9336, Homestead; 305-242-7688; Naturalists from Castellow Hammock will lead a leisurely stroll through the Everglades National Park on Long Pine Key. The outdoorsy fun costs $15, plus the $10 park admission fee. For the mother who loves plants and animals, there’s no better gift than a sea cow. For $35 you can adopt an endangered pet from the nonprofit Save the Manatee Club. Mom will receive an adoption certificate, photo, biography, membership handbook, a subscription to the newsletter The Manatee Zone, and a très chic 25th-anniversary tee. Visit For other equally fantastic Mother’s Day suggestions, check out our online listings at
Sun., May 14


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