City of Coral Gables Community Recreation - January 2021
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Welcome to 2021!
The Community Recreation Department wishes you and your loved ones a Happy New Year. Enjoy the great weather outdoors and consider joining us for one of the following events or activities this month:   
Coral Gables Farmers Market Returns 
Your favorite local Farmers Market is back this year - Jan. 16 through March 27. Join us every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., for a new season of vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, baked goods, flowers, plants and more! It all happens in front of City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way.
Watch Movies Under the Gables Moonlight 
On Saturday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m. the popular Disney movie Frozen will be shown at Phillips Park, 90 Menores Ave. Bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets. Presented in collaboration with the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Cost is $10 per family pod of up to four people. 
Coming up:
  • Feb. 20: Toy Story 4 at William H. Kerdyk Jr. and Family Park  
  • March 20: Beauty and The Beast (animated) at Phillips Park 
  • April 17: Jurassic Park at War Memorial Youth Center Athletic Field. 
Take the Midwinter Challenge
You’re invited to take the Coral Gables Midwinter Challenge anytime from Jan. 16 through Feb. 15. Gather your friends and neighbors to complete a series of missions like answering trivia questions to earn points and win a fabulous prize. Simply download the free Actionbound App onto your mobile device. Winners will be notified by Feb. 19.
Join us for Fitness Fridays   
Come to Rotary Centennial Park, 512 Ponce de Leon Blvd., every Friday at 10 a.m. from Jan. 8 through 29, to enjoy a Pilates class for adults ages 50+. Be sure to bring a mat, water, towel and wear a facemask. Cost is $10 for residents; $12.50 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. Limited spots are available.
Let's Play Basketball! 
For a healthy start to the New Year, sign up your children, ages 7 to 15, to be part of an exciting Youth Basketball League. The War Memorial Youth Center is offering this program beginning Jan. 18 through April 22 to teach the fundamentals of basketball while emphasizing good sportsmanship, teamwork, and individual player development. Practice and game schedules are as follows: Ages 7-9 on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; Ages 10-12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.; and Ages 13-15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Zoom Your Way into Fitness  

The Adult Activity Center is offering a series of monthly Zoom fitness classes for adults 50+ that will help you keep your New Year’s resolution of staying fit and healthy. Free classes such as Pilates, line dance, Life in Motion, total body conditioning, Zumba, chair Tai Chi, and body & brain yoga are available daily and are just a few clicks away from your computer. Channel your positive energy and get ready to Zoom your way into fitness.   
Congrats, Maria

A heartfelt congratulations goes to our very own Fitness Coordinator Maria Fleites for being selected as Part-time Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter in 2020. Maria is an exceptional Community Recreation Department employee who goes above and beyond her duties. Her Zoom fitness classes are very popular among our active adults and her presence brings a sense of normalcy and comfort during these unprecedented times. It is a well-deserved honor.
Our Gables, Our Parks 

One of five recently acquired neighborhood parks in Coral Gables is James T. Barker Park. Located at 1047 Venetia Avenue, the park was named after the late Coral Gables Commissioner who dutifully served the city for 12 consecutive years until 2001. The 0.19-acre park is a welcomed addition to the neighborhood, where residents can enjoy a moment of reflection or watch children play at this beautifully landscaped oasis. Tropical palms, native shrubs, and flowering plants give the park an English flower garden style. The park features an inviting trellis swing structure, a bench seating area, carved stone benches made of oolite stone, as well as natural boulders and logs for kids to explore. Landscape lighting illuminates the pathways and trees, adding security and character to this unique neighborhood park.
Sign up for
Spring Camps!
Come play with us at Gables Recreation. We're here to welcome you with open arms.
Happening in February:
Romance Under the Stars
Our annual Romance under the Stars event is back! Join us on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14 for a night of fun and romance at the historic Venetian Pool. This year we will be hosting a Lover’s Luau (Polynesian) themed event. Please bring your best outfits and be ready to have a good time.

Here’s how:
  • For adults ages 21 & older (proof of age will be verified at the door). 
  • Time: 6 to 10 p.m. at Venetian Pool, 2701 De Soto Blvd.  
  • Fee: $75 per person or $150 per couple.  
  • Three-course meal in an outdoor, physically distanced dining experience around the pool.  
  • Live music and a souvenir photo. 
  • Event is limited to 70 participants. No refunds issued after Feb. 11. 

For information about food options, email VPinfo@coralgables.com. Purchase tickets at www.playgables.com or register in person at Youth Center or Venetian Pool.
Aloha! It’s a Daddy & Daughter Dinner Luau
The traditional daddy-daughter dance has been transformed this year into a Daddy & Daughter Dinner Luau. Fathers can commemorate that special bond with their little girls on Saturday, Feb. 6, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Venetian Pool, 2701 DeSoto Blvd. Early seating starts at 6 p.m.
Due to safety precautions, this popular event has been modified to limit each table to a family of up to four. Cost is $50 per person and includes a welcome and take-home gift, keepsake invitations, dinner/desert, souvenir photo, and table games and crafts. Exclusively for Coral Gables residents.
Sorry, no dancing, dessert table or mixed table seating to keep with social distancing requirements. Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advanced at www.playgables.com and are available starting Jan. 4.