As you read this the King and Queen of Miami are most likely rocking themselves to a peaceful dither in new fancy recliners. A fitting throne for Ms. Marie Louis Alexis and Mr. Idelfonso Gonzalez, our respective monarchs, who at 103 years of age were named Miami's most elderly citizens. The two were honored by Mayor Manny Diaz Thursday, May 22, at the City of Miami's Older Americans Luncheon attended by nearly 2500 seniors from area day care centers and adult living facilities. Mama Marie, a native of Port-au-Prince, continues to work as a grocery retailer and dressmaker. Papa Idelfonso credits his longevity to never having smoked tobacco, drunk coffee, or gambled. The recliners were gifts, as were complimentary dinners at Monty Trainer's. The luncheon capped the city's Older Americans Month Celebration. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Your silvery leonine mane -- we call it the F-Cat -- could make Bootsy Collins jealous. Solomon Stinson, long-time Miami-Dade County Public School Board member, we need you to break out the hip boots and fuzzy sunglasses. As thousands of seniors in mostly black high schools face the possibility of not graduating this year because they can't read or write, according to the FCAT exam, it's apparent something has to change. As a symbolic gesture we suggest that you, grand master Stinson, take the first step and work your pimping look to the hilt. If you dress like Cameo and P-Funk, Gov. Jeb and his tightwad legislature buddies might pay attention. Daddy Sol, administrative godfather of cool hair, we beg you to take the lead. It's either you or we gussy up Merrett Stierheim in a catsuit. You make the call. -- Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Too late for an Easter parade, but time to dodge the sun under a new hat. Trucker caps are way over, so why not sport a saucy sombrero that expresses who you are? Bring baubles, buttons, bows, or anything small enough to wear on your head to artist Victoria DiNardo for a hat-making workshop at the Wolfsonian-FIU (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1001) at 6:30 p.m. Victoria knows hats -- her creative headwear is on display in the Bridge Tender's House outside the museum. She'll supply the hat bases and other basics, or bring your own hat and personalize it. Cost is $10. -- Judy Cantor
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