Hope for Depression Research Foundation Week of Hope 2/4/20

Hope for Depression Research Foundation Week of Hope
Tuesday, 02/04/2020 – 02/15/2020 05:00 pm –
The Royal Poinciana Plaza
340 Royal Poinciana Way,
Miami, Florida 33480
Cost: Free

Hope for Depression Research Foundation Kicks-off Awareness Raising Campaign in Palm Beach

Royal Park Bridge Lights Up Yellow for the Race of Hope
Shining Light on The Importance of Mental Health in 2020

February 4 – 15, 2020

The Hope for Depression Research Foundation is the country’s leading non-profit organization dedicated solely to fighting depression through research and education. Now in its 14th year, HDRF launched the Race of Hope in Palm Beach in 2019, expanding the event from Southampton, NY, where the Race first started in 2016. Last year the Race of Hope in Palm Beach raised over $300,000 for life-saving research.

Just after the bridge lighting and in the run-up to the Race, The Royal Poinciana Plaza will kick off the Week of Hope on Wednesday, February 5. Many storefronts at The Royal Poinciana Plaza will place a two-foot-wide, environmentally friendly and re-usable, yellow statement balloon at their front doors and hand out informational flyers about depression.

Over in the Worth Avenue shopping district, other stores along Via Bice will also display balloons and support HDRF’s mission with a percentage of sales during a Day of Hope on Wednesday, February 12.
“The bridge and the bright balloons represent a commitment to change the staggering statistics around depression,” said Audrey Gruss.

“The Royal Poinciana Plaza is thrilled to participate in this event for the second year in a row,” added Alexandra Patterson, Senior Director of Development and Interim General Manager of The Royal Poinciana Plaza. “The HOPE yellow balloons make a visual impact that will spark thousands of life-saving conversations and we are grateful to have the opportunity to support such an important cause.”

Here is a recap of the events launching the Race of Hope in Palm Beach:

· Tuesday, February 4: Bridge Lighting at sunset in HDRF signature sunshine yellow
· Wednesday, February 5: Week of Hope kicks off at The Royal Poinciana Plaza with visually-arresting HOPE balloons (environmentally friendly and re-usable).
· Wednesday, February 12, from 10am to 8pm, Worth Avenue’s Via Bice will host a shop and sip Day of Hope with music and refreshments and all stores donating a percentage of sales back to Hope for Depression Research Foundation. The day caps off with cocktails at Bice restaurant (313 Worth Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480) starting at 5 pm.
· Thursday, February 13, Audrey Gruss and Frances Valentine are hosting an invitation-only luncheon at the Frances Valentine flagship store on Worth Avenue’s Via Bice.
· Saturday, February 15, the final day of the Week of Hope, Audrey Gruss and Palm Beach resident and HDRF Board member Scott Snyder, Race Grand Marshals, will lead the Second Annual Palm Beach 5K Race of Hope along the North trail and through the scenic streets of Palm Beach at 8am. Participants have registered from all over South Florida to unite as a community and raise awareness and funds to defeat depression. All participants will receive a finisher hat, short sleeve tech shirt, lightweight jacket and a finisher medal. 100% of proceeds from the Race will fund groundbreaking research into the root causes of depression in the brain and new and better treatments. Supporters who cannot travel to the race are encouraged to have their own “virtual race” in their hometown for $29. To sign up or learn more, please visit raceofhopeseries.org.

What is HDRF, and a quick overview of their work/achievements in the past decade:

· HDRF is the leading non-profit dedicated solely to advanced depression research.
· Audrey Gruss founded the organization in 2006 in memory of her mother, Hope, who struggled with depression.
· The mission of HDRF is to fund cutting-edge neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other related mood disorders.
· In 2010, HDRF launched its Depression Task Force – a collaboration of nine leading scientists, at the frontiers of brain science, from different research institutions across the U.S. and Canada. To accelerate breakthrough research, they share ongoing results, in real-time, at the HDRF Data Center.
· HDRF has invested over 30 million dollars in advanced depression research to date.

The Adventures Of Bibi & Friends Celebrating 20 Years of Comic Book History 1/23/20

The Adventures Of Bibi & Friends Celebrating 20 Years of Comic Book History
Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 7-11 pm
Sagamore Hotel
1671 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida

Brigitte “Bibi” Andrade and “The Adventures of Bibi & Friends,” the iconic Comic Book Series, will celebrate its 20 Year Anniversary with an exclusive event for Bibi & Her Friends.

“The Adventures of Bibi & Friends” Comic Book Series “Where Bibi Goes, The World Follows”, will celebrate the comic book’s platinum 20th Anniversary. We will also preview our newest book featuring the life story of Overtown, Miami native, The Legendary SoulMan™ Sam Moore of the Grammy winning duo Sam & Dave.

The Adventures of Bibi & Friends Comic Book, which is produced & published by Brigitte Andrade and illustrated by Rodney Jackson of Rocko Rocket fame, has turned out to be a living history of Miami Beach, from its renaissance in the 1990’s through today and Brigitte has documented this Miami Beach history with her comic books. The books contain over hundreds of comic illustrations featuring those who built, work and play in Miami Beach, as well as celebrities such as Harrison Ford (Bibi’s first friend), Gloria & Emilio Estefan, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and other entertainers & pioneers from past decades. Bibi the character is our colorful 305 and now 786 area code historian, of the rise and fall of cultural centers, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, Miami Beach citizens, careers and the lives and deaths of some of our favorite personalities. B-roll will be filmed during the event, should the media need background B-roll for Miami Beach stories during Superbowl LIV week. Brigitte Andrade, Publisher, PR Guru, Artist, Writer and Fashionista, graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She launched her professional career as an agent and Managing Director of Beauty Bookings, an agency representing the best of Makeup, Hair and Photography in New York. She later branched out on her own with “Brigitte, Inc.” managing many international and local artists, specifically focused on beauty, photography and art.

Brigitte arrived on the shores of Miami Beach in 1993. In 1999, she created The Adventures of  Bibi & Friends Comic Book, which has been synonymous with everything cool in Miami Beach. The comic book has included some of the great international events including World Cup Soccer, the US Open, the Olympics as well as the annual Art Basel. Brigitte has been awarded countless awards for her colorful creative work including a Key to The City of Miami Beach in 2006, November 14, 2012 was proclaimed “The Adventures of Bibi & Friends Day” by The City of Miami Beach and in 2019, Brigitte received The Champion Medallion from The City of Miami Beach.

Miami Mujeres: A Musical Celebration of Miami & its Women 2/8/20

Miami Mujeres: A Musical Celebration of Miami & its Women
Saturday, 02/08/2020 – 08:00 pm – 10:30 pm
First Miami Presbyterian Church
609 Brickell Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33132
Cost: VIP: $60, General Admission: $20-$40; $5

Celebrate the History of Miami & the Women who Made it a Great City! The City of Miami is the only major US city which was founded by a woman- Julia Tuttle. Orchestra Miami celebrates this unique history and the contributions of is women with a concert of music composed by women, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving Women the right to vote.
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, 8:00 PM at the historic First Miami Presbyterian Church, located at 609 Brickell Avenue. The concert features compositions by four note-worthy women composers- Tania León, Amy Beach, Florence Price & Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The concert will be led by Orchestra Miami’s Founder & Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi & features Asiya Korepanova as the soloist on Amy Beach’s piano concerto.
In tribute to each of the composers on the concert, Orchestra Miami will honor four women who have greatly contributed to Miami’s heritage: Chairperson of U.S. Century Bank Aida Levitan, historian, author and preservationist Arva Moore Parks McCabe, Miami historian and first African-American President of the Dade Heritage Trust Enid Curtis Pinckney and former Miami-Dade County Commissioner and former President & CEO of the Miami Foundation, Ruth Shack.
The concert begins with Ácana by Afro-Cuban composer Tania León, followed by the lushly romantic Concerto for Piano in C # Minor by Amy Marcy Beach. Following intermission, the orchestra performs the Concert Overture N. 2 by Florence Price. the first black woman composer to have a symphony performed by a major US orchestra. The final piece is the Symphony N. 1 (Three Movements for Orchestra) by Miami native Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
VIP tickets, which include a post-concert reception and reserved seat, are $60 per person. General admission tickets are $20 to $40; students $5. Limited free parking is available at the church parking lot. Tickets and info at www.OrchestraMiami.org or (305) 274-2103.

The South Florida Emerald Society hosts their 6th Annual Irish Stew Cook-Off 1/25/20

The South Florida Emerald Society hosts their 6th Annual Irish Stew Cook-Off
Saturday, 01/25/2020 – 01:00 pm –
Miami Yacht Club
1001 MacArthur Causeway,
Miami, Florida 33132
Cost: 20.00

This year’s South Florida Emerald Society’s Irish Stew Cook-Off opens its doors to those who enjoy a hearty Irish Stew on a fun-filled day in Miami at the Miami Yacht Club with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay.
Participants will get the chance to sample a delicious variety of entries. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as to the cook with the best presentation.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children in cash or checks made payable to the South Florida Emerald Society. Members and cooks will receive 2 tickets for beer, wine, or soda.
If interested in becoming a chef or attending the “Irish Stew Cook-Off,” please RSVP to Mark Donnelly at cmd590@comcast.net or call him at 305-794-7499 for events entry rules and event information.

Mike Massé in Concert in Miami – Epic Acoustic Classic Rock 3/20/20

Mike Massé in Concert in Miami – Epic Acoustic Classic Rock
Friday, 03/20/2020 – 07:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sandrell Rivers Theater
6103 Northwest 7th Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33127
Cost: USD 30.00

Don’t miss this amazing show of Mike Massé performing some of the best classic rock songs of all time acoustically: the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, U2, Elton John… His YouTube video views are in the MILLIONS, a really unique talent.

Mike is an internationally acclaimed artist whose arrangements are praised for their originality and emotional impact. Legends of rock have expressed their love and gratitude for his renditions of their finest works.

This is an opportunity for friends and families to bond over timeless music. Whether you like to sing along or relax and enjoy, this show is for you. All ages are welcome. From the 60’s to the 90’s, there will be something in the concert from each era.

“Toto’s favorite cover of ‘Africa’” – Yahoo! Music

“Terrific!” – Dennis DeYoung (Styx)

“Love this cover!” – Sarah McLachlan

“Thank you very much! Beautiful. Great job!” – Geddy Lee (Rush)

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ Concerts Under the Stars Presented by The Haller Foundation 1/23/20

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ Concerts Under the Stars Presented by The Haller Foundation
Thursday, 01/23/2020 – 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm
Bonnet House
900 North Birch Road,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304

The sounds of sweet music will soon be flowing under balmy starlit skies at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens during its Concerts Under the Stars, presented by The Haller Foundation. Taking place on Thursdays, Jan. 23, Feb. 13, March 12 and March 26, 2020 from 6:30–8 p.m., the concerts will showcase some of South Florida’s finest talent.

The magical evenings’ activities happen in and around the house, with the concert performance on the tent-covered veranda beneath the moon and stars, rain or shine (seating is provided.) A wonderful way to start off the evening, guests will enjoy delicious complimentary wine and cheese from 6:30–7 p.m. The parking lot opens at 6 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concerts take place from 7–8 p.m.

Following is the concert schedule:
• Jan. 23: Michael Masci Quartet with Danny Bacher, featuring relaxing jazz music.
• Feb. 13: University of Miami Frost Opera Theater, whose performances reflect the broad range of programming in the 21st century, from Baroque opera to the most progressive works of the current time.
• March 12: Lynn University String Quartet, playing a broad and diverse range of repertoire that mixes contemporary music with the traditional.
• March 26: SOSOS, an acoustic band that bases its music around root instruments such as upright bass, pump organ, banjo, mandolin, djembe, acoustic guitars, drums, and melodica.

The concert series is happening during Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ 100th anniversary year. One of the oldest homes in South Florida and a popular tourist destination for locals and worldwide visitors alike, the fanciful 35-acre Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is celebrating its 100th anniversary through 2020.

A part of Florida’s unique history, the home was built in 1920 as the winter retreat of the Birch/Bartlett family, and is a delightful blend of art, architecture, history and ecology. The 35-acre subtropical estate and historic house museum preserves the natural setting of South Florida, situated on what is one of the last examples of a native barrier island habitat in the region.

To purchase tickets, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2614. Tickets start at $40 for members and $45 for non-members. For more information, visit www.bonnethouse.org/events/category/concerts/list/.

About the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens:
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a 35-acre subtropical estate and historic house museum located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Bonnet House, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501c3, whose mission is to preserve this unique historic estate of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. Through enjoyable and enriching cultural experiences, the Museum connects today’s community to the Bartletts’ architectural, artistic and environmental legacy. Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 and is open for tours Tuesday–Sunday from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information, visit www.bonnethouse.org.
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a partner of the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District’s Consortium, a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations in Fort Lauderdale with the express mission of promoting cultural tourism in South Florida.

Photo attached – Photo Credit: Adept Studios