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It’s summertime at East Ridge at Cutler Bay, and residents are enjoying many of the life plan community’s well-known traditions.

The July activity calendar includes two special events that are widely anticipated: the community’s annual July 4th golf cart parade and the Christmas in July craft sale.

This year, the July 4th parade had a record-setting number of entries as residents competed for bragging rights.  The time-honored tradition dates back to 1968 and continues to involve residents and families and staff. Children and grandchildren of residents and staff eagerly anticipate the event as well.

Resident judges included Debbie Handler, Sylvia Foy and Annie Gonzalez.  Parade participants rode their golf carts, bicycles and other modes of transportation pass the judges’ table and then continued along the parade route which snakes along the meandering roads of the community and makes several loops.  Those who choose not to ride in the parade enjoyed lining the streets and cheering on the parade participants.

Judges awarded “Most with July 4th Spirit” to Delores Lovin for her decorated tricycle, “Most Creative Golf Cart” to Jackie Meyer and her son and “Funniest Golf Cart” to Bonnie Massey and her family.

The festivities also included popcorn and cotton candy, vintage-inspired circus performers who enthralled the audience with their acrobatics, magical acts and dancing and a delicious BBQ luncheon.


On July 17, the community hosted the annual “Christmas in July” craft sale in the Peacock Bistro. Handmade crafts that have been made by residents who are the “Village Crafters” were sold. Merchandise includes holiday pillows, Christmas ornaments and wreaths, beaded jewelry, and decorated magnets, placemats and more.

The “Christmas in July” sale is one of the major fundraising efforts organized by residents and proceeds are used to benefit the community. Resident Fran Plummer is the event chairperson.

“Many of the items we sell have been recycled from the East Ridge Thrift store,” she explained. “We keep an eye out for things that are donated and see how something can be repurposed into something special.”

Fran is well known for her peacock feather wreaths that quickly sell out. Since many peacocks wander around East Ridge, her neighbors help her collect their feathers. She’ll make 20-25 wreaths each season and residents want her creations for their front doors and to give as gifts.

The crafters at East Ridge make use of the Lifestyles Center’s ample craft room as well as take their projects home to complete.

In addition to these annual events at East Ridge, the life plan community has also initiated new recurring monthly events including a monthly Cuisine Night featuring a delicious themed menu prepared by the East Ridge culinary team and Dining Services Director Miguel Parks. For July, the cuisine of Louisiana has been selected as the theme and residents will be treated to the style of cooking named for the French-speaking Acadian people deported by the British from Acadia in Canada to what is now called the Acadian region of Louisiana.

To visit East Ridge and enjoy Christmas shopping at the Christmas in July sale, please call 305-256-3564 or visit