Gran Fondo Italia and KIDS to KIDS Re-Cycling Project to Host Awards Ceremony this Saturday at Ironside Pizza; Proceeds to Benefit Miami Children’s Health Foundation. A CME event. 10/25/14

Gran Fondo Italia and KIDS to KIDS Re-Cycling Project to Host Awards Ceremony this Saturday at Ironside Pizza; Proceeds to Benefit Miami Children’s Health Foundation. A CME event.
Saturday, 10/25/2014 – 05:00 pm – 07:00 pm
Kids-to-Kids-eventIronside Pizza
7610 NE 4th Court,
Miami, Florida 33138
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Art students from 15 Miami-Dade Schools who created sculptures from junk bicycles will compete this Saturday for the prize of “Best Recycling Project” in a charity benefit contest hosted by Gran Fondo Italia.

Circo Massimo Entertainment (CME), with the help of the City of Miami Beach, collected junk bicycles from the streets and gave them to 15 schools of the Miami-Dade district, selected by ODLI, Inc. (Organization for the Development of the Italian Language) and IIPA (Italian International Parent Association) under the Italian Consulate patronage. Students have disassembled, attached, painted and glued parts of the bikes to create a unique piece of art, as a free expression of kids’ creativity.

Artworks will be available to purchase at auction with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the MCH Foundation (Miami Children’s Health Foundation).

The three winning artworks will be on display in the “History of Italian Cycling” exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum, from Oct. 28th to Nov. 7th, and all the fifteen artworks will be at the EXPO of the 2014 GRAN FONDO ITALIA in the weekend of Nov. 8th & 9th in Coconut Grove, at 2500, Pan American Drive.

9th Annual Claws for Kids Luncheon 11/3/14

9th Annual Claws for Kids Luncheon
Monday, 11/03/2014 – 11:30 am – 02:00 pm
Claws-for-Kids-1Joe’s Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave.,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: $200.00 per person (sponsorship packages available)

Now in its 25th year, Florida Foster Care Review will host its 9th Annual Claws for Kids Luncheon. Attended by more than 300 guests, this signature event is expected to help raise more than $60,000 in crucial funds to help protect and advocate for children in Miami-Dade County foster care. Highlights include a wine reception with top Miami civic and community leaders, as well as a raffle featuring a seven (7) night cruise to the Caribbean courtesy of Royal Caribbean (terms and conditions apply). Raffle prizes also include travel, leisure, restaurant and cultural experiences. Two members of the foster care community will share their experiences with luncheon attendees.

Established in 1989 by a United Way committee, Florida Foster Care Review promotes the safety, well-being and long-term success of abused and neglected children in our community. Through special recruitment and training, volunteers review cases of youth in foster care to ensure they are safe and receiving needed services, intensively promoting positive outcomes. Together with child welfare professionals, Florida Foster Care Review also works to ensure that children and youth leaving the foster care system have someone they can call family. Through all its programs, Florida Foster Care Review tracks and analyzes outcomes in order to advocate for system changes that improve children’s lives.

To learn more about Florida Foster Care Review or to purchase tickets, please visit, Tickets are $200 per person and are still available. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Adriana Oliva at 786-252-9920 or Event sponsors include: White & Case as a Platinum Sponsor and Peggy and Doug Hudson along with Fridababy as Gold Sponsors.

Photographs of Pause for A Cause: Party with a Purpose at Kukaramakara on 10/16/14

Pause for A Cause: Party with a Purpose at Kukaramakara on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Pause for a Cause and “Party with a Purpose” is an annual event where local young professionals raise a glass and unite to raise money for 16 important causes in our community, 10% of every drink went directly to your favorite nonprofits! All proceeds will be split among the participating organizations including:

Coral Gables Museum Young Associates, Hands on Miami, Bakehouse Art Complex, YMCA, Miami Children’s Museum, HistoryMiami, The Sails Institute, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Woody Foundation, Casa Valentina, Monica Bruguera Foundation, Everglades Foundation, City Year MiamiRebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Switchboard Miami, and NextGen of Chapman Partnership

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SAVE Dade 20th Annual Halloween Ball: Once Upon a Midnight Scary 10/25/14

savedade20th Annual Halloween Ball: Once Upon a Midnight Scary
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:00pp – 3:00am
The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building
169 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131
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This year’s event will be held at Downtown Miami’s spectacular Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, truly one of South Florida’s premiere event spaces.

Sponsor Bacardi will supply their repertoire of brands including Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire at double the bars of last year’s event (to help keep lines short — we heard your requests!). Prices at cash bars will range from $4 for nonalcoholic beverages, to $6 for well drinks or Hatuey Beer, and $8 for drinks mixed with top-shelf spirits.

On top of it all, this year’s VIP section will be set up inside the building’s spooky vacant bank vault complete with OPEN BAR, and for everyone else there will be undead “bank tellers” serving up your favorite drinks! AND, TRACY YOUNG is back by popular demand this year spinning your favorite dance and electronic tunes with the assist from retro-flavored DJ Bill James along with three DJs new to the Halloween Ball: Alex Ramos, Carlos Rojas, and Maximus 3000!

For your convenience, we are happy to offer valet parking at the event for $15. If the valet isn’t for you, there are parking lots for $5-$7 surrounding the venue. And of course, if you want to skip driving altogether, the event is located very close to Metrorail and Metromover connections (but remember, the Metro stops running at midnight and doesn’t reopen til 5AM — so if you come this way, plan to get a ride home!).

In 2014 we’ve given it all for equality, and that goes for the Halloween Ball, too. We’ve revamped and reloaded — and the only thing we’re missing to make the night truly terrifying is YOU!

Where To Be: 16/10 – 23/10

Here at In The Loop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami! Have something coming up that you’d like to see here? Tweet us @Loop305 using #WhereToBe hash tag!

Friday, October 17, 2014 8:00pm – 12:00am

Monster Masquerade

Miami Zoo

12400 SW 152nd St

Miami, FL

Cost: $60 (for members) | $65 (for nonmembers)

Tickets here!

Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:30pm – 7:00pm


Peacock Park 

2820 McFariane Road,

Coconut Grove, Florida

Cost: $40­­

Eventbrite Link

Sunday, ­­October 19, 2014 10:30am – 11:30am

Yogamusic Master Class Fundraiser for Buzzy Kids 

Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park (Community Center)

1725 NE 135th St,

North Miami, FL 33181

Cost: $15 – $60

Eventbrite Link

Monday, October 20, 2014 5:00pm

Insanity Live

Ocean Fitness LLC – Margaret Pace Park

1775 North Bayshore Drive

Miami, FL 33132

Cost: $10

Eventbrite Link

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:00pm

Inaugural Exhibition, “Amerika”

David Castillo Gallery

420 Lincoln Road

Miami Beach, FL

Cost: Free

Miami News Times 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Effective Presentation Skills Workshop

TALK Miami Language Center

1390 Brickell Ave, Suite 105

Miami, FL 33131

Cost: Free


Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Wine Class: Rediscover Bordeaux, World’s Famous Wine Region

Total Wine & More

1470 Biscayne Boulevard

North Miami, FL 33181

Cost: $20



Wild About Kids Gala 11/8/14

Wild About Kids Gala
Saturday, 11/08/2014 – 06:30 pm –
BGC_MI_WildAboutKids_EVITE_Page_1JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: Individual tickets are $500

Longtime supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and local philanthropists, Dr. Robert H. Thomas and Eris Thomas (Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Executive Board member), along with honorary co-chairs, Dr. Michael S. Gordon and Lynda Gordon, will chair the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s black-tie 8th Annual “Wild About Kids” Gala and After Party. The event, produced by Chad Everett and Galaxy Productions, will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis. Based on a theme surrounding a “night of stars,” it will kick off with the Miami Magazine cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, the program, dancing and live entertainment from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. A fun-filled after party including entertainment, D.J. music, dancing, an open bar and small bites, also at the JW Marriott Marquis, will take place from 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. South Florida’s top community leaders, philanthropists and socialites will be among the over 450 anticipated guests who will enjoy a themed evening full of surprises, luxurious and unique raffle and auction items and much more.

Rik Rak Salon Boutique and Bar hosts The Pink Corset Project 10/22/14

Rik Rak Salon Boutique and Bar hosts The Pink Corset Project
Wednesday, 10/22/2014 – 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
1428 Brickell Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33131
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Rik Rak is hosting a special event with The Pink Corset Project in honor of BCA month. Try on The Pink Corset for donations & share photos to spread inspiration to others. The corset is made of 100% recycled materials & symbolizes “protection” for women. This “Art to Wear” piece will go around the globe in an effort to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

Raffle featuring salon & spa services, jewelry & more! Lite bites + “pink” drinks will be served.

Special guests:
– Marysol Patton
-Alexia Echevarria
-Luis Valenzuela, designer and founder of The Pink Corset Project



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