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Santa Claus is Coming to Town: December 17 & 18 

Get a glimpse of the most popular man of the season, as Santa Claus will be riding on a fire truck through the streets of Coral Gables on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 before heading back to the North Pole. Coral Gables firefighters will transport Santa and other special guests around the City where he will pass by as many homes as possible, giving out candy canes to all the boys and girls along the route who have been extra good this year.  Read more...
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No Garbage Pickup on December 25

The Coral Gables Sanitation Division will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Sunday, December 25, so that our employees can spend the day with their families. The schedule for the collection of garbage, trash and recyclables from single-family residences in Coral Gables will be changed as follows:
  • There will be no service on Christmas Day, December 25.
  • The substitute garbage, trash and recyclables collection day for the Christmas Day holiday will be provided on Monday, December 26.
All other collections will be made according to the regular schedule. Collections from duplex and multifamily properties in the City will not have service on December 25, however a substitute collection day will not be provided. These properties will be serviced on the next regularly scheduled collection day. Read more...
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Festival of Lights Lighting Ceremony: December 26

The 14th annual Coral Gables Menorah Lighting Ceremony hosted by the Chabad of Downtown Coral Gables will take place on Monday, December 26, 2016, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fred B. Harnett/Ponce Circle Park, 2851 Ponce De Leon Blvd. The holiday affair will feature family fun including bounce houses, craft activities and more. Guests will enjoy traditional holiday treats along with delicious Kosher ice cream donated by Ben & Jerry's. Read more...
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Venetian Pool is Closed for Winter Season

Coral Gables' signature pool is taking a break during the winter season for scheduled renovations. The Venetian Pool, located at 2701 DeSoto Boulevard, is closed through February 2017. Save your swim wear until March when the pool is scheduled to reopen. Read more... 

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County to Upgrade Water Service in Coral Gables 

Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is doing utility work this week during the hours of 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. to upgrade the City's water service. Work will be done until Thursday at the intersection of Galiano Street and Miracle Mile. Work is scheduled for the weeks of December 18 and January 8 at the intersection of Salzedo Street and Miracle Mile, from Sunday to Thursday only. County work will begin on January 17 on the north side of the median on Miracle Mile. Read more... 
Around Town
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Buy the Arts in Coral Gables

From client gifts to something special for family and friends, the arts have unique opportunities for the perfect present. Coral Gables has many art venues that can inspire a special gift giving for the holidays.  Buy the arts in Coral Gables and support your local art venue. We suggest a few ideas if you're looking to give the gift of a memorable experience. Read more...
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Latte Art Competition on Giralda Avenue

Have you ordered a latte that comes so pretty you feel almost guilty drinking it? Feel guilt-ridden this Saturday, December 17, starting at 3 p.m. as you watch talented baristas work their magic with milk and coffee at the Latte Art Competition to take place at Threefold Café, 141 Giralda Avenue. Baristas from all over Florida will participate in this creative competition, hoping to win a $2,000 prize. The event will raise funds for Touching Miami with Love, a nonprofit that provides hope, opportunities, and resources for the Overtown community.  
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Recycle Dos and Don'ts For The Holidays

Don't quite know what items you can and cannot recycle this time of the year? We listed the most common items that you'll use during the holidays, with a simple list of what goes on the recycling bin and what stays out. 
Recyclable:
* Calendars
* Cardboard and paper boxes
(remember to break down and flatten all cardboard boxes and place inside the recycling bins)
* Gift bags
* Paper cards and envelopes
* Catalogs and magazines
* Tissue paper and gift wrap
* Newspaper
* Empty Glass Containers 
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Before you go out to enjoy the holiday season, know that Coral Gables Police will be out looking for impaired drivers over the holiday season. Why? Because over a five-year period, almost 4,000 people died in drunk driving cases nationwide during the month of December. In December 2015, fatal crashes involving drunk drivers were almost four times higher at night than during the day. Please don't drive drunk. 
Tips
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Preventing Tree Fires

Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Combined with faulty holiday lights or open flames from candles, dry Christmas trees can quickly ignite and burn down a home. The Coral Gables Fire Department recommends keeping Christmas trees away from heat sources and exits. Watering your tree daily will help prevent it from becoming dry and hazardous. Use non-flammable decorations and LED lights, and don't leave burning candles unattended or link more than three strands of holiday lights. Read more...
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Beautiful Coral Gables
This is a painting of the City-owned H. George Fink Studio by artist A. Bell. Do you have a favorite image or photo of Coral Gables to share? Send us your pictures and we'll include them in our next issue of e-News. 
Jazz in the Gables
Movies on the Mile
Featuring: "Elf"
Thursday, December 15
Grounds open at 6 p.m.
Free Movie starts at 7 p.m. 
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Jazz in the Gables
December 20: Holiday Concert, Brenda Alford
December 27: Greg Diaz
6-7:30 p.m.
Free concert.
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Miracle Mile & Giralda Ave Streetscape Update
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Traffic:
FDOT is doing roadway construction along LeJeune Road from Almeria Avenue to Majorca Avenue. This project will last until June of next year. Lane closures may occur during non-peak hours on nights and weekends. Please obey all posted signs and speed limits. 
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