Labor Day Weekend Friday Party at Fifty featuring famous DJ Patrick M 9/4/15

Labor Day Weekend Friday Party at Fifty featuring famous DJ Patrick M
Friday, 09/04/2015 – 10:30 pm – 04:30 am
IMG_1659Fifty Ultra Lounge
485 Brickell Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33130
Eventbrite
Cost: Complimentary Admission from 10pm-12am on David Garay’s List

THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
*** Labor Day Weekend at PENTHOUSE 50 ***
On DAVID GARAY’s VIP list: Complimentary Admission from 10pm to 12am with a valid ticket (While Complimentary Tickets Last)

Sounds by:

Special Guest DJ: Patrick M

Resident: DJ Nikolas

DJ Jeff Molner

DJ Erwin

INFO & RSVP

Call/Txt 786-985-3520!

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FIFTY – BRICKELL

485 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL

(50th Floor VICEROY HOTEL)

Venue Description:

Fifty stories up, FIFTY reigns as Icon Brickell’s most exclusive lookout point: a spectacular, Asian-inflected private pool and lounge atop the hotel tower. Open Thursday through Saturday evenings, FIFTY is the ultimate downtown gathering spot for locals and guests alike to enjoy cocktails before or after dinner at Viceroy Miami’s spectacular restaurant, Eos, or as a prelude to a night on the town. Late night, the rooftop lounge plays host to an international who’s who, featuring a rotating roster of some of Miami’s top DJs and an ambiance that’s chic, sexy and quintessentially Miami.
FIFTY’s stunning interiors are layered with grained marbles and woods, Japanese woodblock-inspired prints and plants, with salt air and fresh floral blossoms scenting the sky-high atmosphere. From nearly every angle, the boundless view of Biscayne Bay below underlines FIFTY’s unparalleled perspective atop Viceroy Miami.

Third Annual Burger King Beach Run Registration Now Open 10/10/15

Third Annual Burger King Beach Run Registration Now Open
Saturday, 10/10/2015 – 06:30 am –
BKBEACHRUNLummus Park
Ocean Drive, 5th – 15th Street,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Website
Cost: Registration fees for the 5K are $30 for adults, $15 for those 18 years of age and under, and $5 for Kiddie Dash runners ages 3-8. Registration fees for the 10K are $40 for adults and $25 for those 18 years of age and under.

The BURGER KING McLAMORE Foundation announces the opening of online registration for its third annual beachside race, the BURGER KING Beach Run. This year, the Foundation has added a 10K course to welcome runners looking for an added challenge. Presented by Burger King Corp. in partnership with media sponsor WTVJ-NBC6, the race benefits South Florida high school students through the Foundation’s BURGER KING Scholars program.

All race participants will end at the finish line, where a race after-party awaits, including a Family Fun Zone with interactive play zones, a hydration station with beverages and snacks, and live music and DJ entertainment, along with on-site appearances by WTVJ-NBC6 TV personalities.

Art Days 2015 9/11/15 – 9/13/15

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Art Days 2015
Friday – Sunday, 09/11/2015 – 09/13/2015 09:00 am –
artdaysMiami Center for Architecture & Design
100 NE 1st Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
Website
Cost:

The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD) in the heart of Downtown Miami’s historic district is once again this year’s Art Days Hub. Art Days staff will be on hand to help plan your itinerary and find the best routes to travel to each venue. There are also plenty of creative activities at the hub – design your own free Art Days T-shirt, discover Miami’s Art on historic film and video, and experience Exile Books’ newest exhibition, Listen to this Building.

Free Kids Tennis Lessons 9/12/15

FREE Kids Tennis Lessons
Saturday, 09/12/2015 – 12:00 pm – 01:00 pm
TENNIS-091215Water Oaks Center (Tennis Courts)
9250 Hammocks Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33196
RSVP / Register
Cost: 0.00

Free Kids Tennis (for Kids 10 and Under)

Agility / Balance / Coordination + Cardio Fitness

The main goal of the FREE 10 & Under Kids Tennis classes are to introduce the fundamentals of athletic development at this age: agility, balance and coordination. Some kids and older players will already be developing a love of “the game”. We want children to love to play, compete and become lifelong tennis players.

With a major focus on agility, balance and coordination the children will be working in group, partner and individual settings for drills that challenge them in these three areas.

Classes are taught by USTA 10 and Under Tennis Certified instructor(s).

Free Fitness FUNdamentals 9/26/15

FREE Fitness FUNdamentals
Saturday, 09/26/2015 – 12:00 pm – 01:00 pm
Sept-TENNISWater Oaks Center (Tennis Courts)
9250 Hammocks Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33196
RSVP / Register
Cost: 0.00

Free Kids Tennis (for Kids 10 and Under)

Agility / Balance / Coordination + Cardio Fitness

The main goal of the FREE 10 & Under Kids Tennis classes are to introduce the fundamentals of athletic development at this age: agility, balance and coordination. Some kids and older players will already be developing a love of “the game”. We want children to love to play, compete and become lifelong tennis players.

With a major focus on agility, balance and coordination the children will be working in group, partner and individual settings for drills that challenge them in these three areas.

Classes are taught by USTA 10 and Under Tennis Certified instructor(s).

Free Fitness FUNdamentals 9/26/15

FREE Fitness FUNdamentals
Saturday, 09/26/2015 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sept-FITNESSWater Oaks Center (Tennis Courts)
9250 Hammocks Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33196
RSVP / Register
Cost: 0.00

FREE Fitness FUNdamentals (for Kids 10 and Under)

Agility / Balance / Coordination + Cardio Fitness

The purpose of this class is to develop a love of “physical activity”. We want children to love to play and better themselves both technically and physically.

With a major focus on agility, balance and coordination the children will be working on the following:group, partner and individual drills to challenge them in these three areas. Toward the end of the practice the children will start moderate jogging to raise the heart rates followed by cardio fitness drills.

Make sure your child gets plenty of food water 2-3 hours before this class.

Free Fitness FUNdamentals 9/12/15

FREE Fitness FUNdamentals
Saturday, 09/12/2015 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FITNESS-091215Water Oaks Center (Tennis Courts)
9250 Hammocks Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33196
RSVP / Register
Cost: 0.00

FREE Fitness FUNdamentals (for Kids 10 and Under)

Agility / Balance / Coordination + Cardio Fitness

The purpose of this class is to develop a love of “physical activity”. We want children to love to play and better themselves both technically and physically.

With a major focus on agility, balance and coordination the children will be working on the following:group, partner and individual drills to challenge them in these three areas. Toward the end of the practice the children will start moderate jogging to raise the heart rates followed by cardio fitness drills.

Make sure your child gets plenty of food water 2-3 hours before this class.

DWNTWN Arts Fair 9/12/15 – 9/13/15

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Life Is Art in partnership with Buskerfest, YO Miami, Kondoit, Indiegals, Celebrate Diversity Miami, Eat Your Poem, and Elwoods GastroPub Present
DWNTWN Arts Fair
Part of DWNTWN Art Days

DwntwnArtsFairFlyer4September 12 – 13, 2015
Saturday 12:00pm – 10:00pm,
Sunday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
NE 3rd Avenue between NE 1st and 2nd StreetDowntown Miami, FL
The show is free and open to the public.
More Information
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A family-friendly street fest filled with art, music, crafts, and performance, the Dwntwn Arts Fair is truly a cultural showcase that everyone will enjoy. Brought to you by a team of grassroots organizations with strong ties throughout our local community, our goal is to foster the growth of all the different artistic elements that make up our city’s culture.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:
* An art exhibition of local artists curated by Life Is Art.
* Live music and performances organized by Buskerfest.
* Local urban artists and live painting showcase by YOMiami & Kondoit.
* Photo-voice activities by Celebrate Diversity Miami.
* Social-issues brainstorming meal with FoodSpark: Miami.
* Pop-up Artisanal Tienda of arts & handcrafted works by Indiegals.
* Pop-Up Poetry Station with Eat Your Poem.
* A skyscape installation by Elwoods Gastro Pub.
* Massages by Freshly Squeezed
* Food and drink specials by local participating restaurants.

MUSIC PERFORMANCES
At the Buskerfest stages:
Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band
GPS Quintet
Funky Serve Bots
Pocket of Lollipops
Celestial and Liam Brien
Gypsy Cat Band
Bows and Ties

ARTISTS
At the Life Is Art booths:
Geno Jaramillo
Virginia Hanley
Chris Costa
Glenda Ramos
Amanda Madrigal
Jovan Karlo Villalba
Kristen D Borrego
Midalia Rosales
Nancy Campos
Star Trauth
Gary Fonseca
Christovedo Art
Jackie Colome
GusColors
Mohammed
Arboleya-Moreno Art
Ana Rossi
At the YOMiami booths:
Rei Ramirez (live painting)
Teepop (live painting)
Jessica Schnur (display)
Claudia Labianca (live painting).

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
Miami Herald
Downtown Development Authority
DWNTWN Art Days
Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Miami Made Concert Series at Trinity Cathedral
Waste Management
Miami Parking Authority
Tropicult
Urban Tour Host
Shake 108
Downtown Miami Partnership

BIG HUG TO OUR DONORS
Patricia Lamar
Naomi Ross
Guy Hoyle
Joshua Kingston
Rochelle Berman
Michael Valdes-Fauli
Angela Terrell
Anthony Jordon
Jonathan Rose
Alessandro Abate
Alice Billman
Brittany Janes
Ted Van Cleve
Greg Romanelli
Jon Ridley

PARTNER INFORMATION

Life Is Art
Life Is Art is presenting a number of excellent local artists showcasing a wide variety of visual art styles.

Yo Miami & Kondoit
A hub for local artists, Yo Miami has grown since 2011 into an ecosystem where creatives can get access to resources & contacts to help them reach the next level of success in their careers. By working with businesses, nonprofi t & community organizations we are able to foster a network which enables us to create opportunities throughout the year for artists to demonstrate their talents in ways that add value to our neighborhoods. With several monthly events at various venues around Wynwood, we continually o ffer a platform where emerging artists can reach a wider audience. At the same time, we show business owners the benefits associated with incorporating arts programming into their operations, & help foster the growth of our local communities through this synergy. For Dwntwn Arts Fair we will be hand picking a lineup from Miami’s top artists. These artists will be live painting and displaying their work throughout the weekend. We encourage you to stop by our booth to meet these up and coming talented creatives to discover what inspires and motivates them, and watch them work live and in person.

Buskerfest
We strive for a connected, thriving urban core where the streets of Miami are active and enlivened with local performers, enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life. We envision a joyous place that is reflective of the tropical urban landscape and attractive to locals and visitors alike.

Celebrate Diversity Miami
Celebrate Diversity Miami’s 2015 Photo‐voice Exhibit focuses on celebrating the diversity of our greater Miami community with a unique array of large-scale photographs. It features 60 beautiful, vibrant images submitted by residents, schools, and organizations from across Miami-Dade County. Join us in celebrating our incredible culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Give a #DiversityMiami shout-out with a picture or postcard, and share what makes the place you call home awesome!

FoodSpark
By way of delicious food and great conversation, FoodSpark Miami will provide a fun, interactive gathering space for diverse groups of greater Miami residents to connect with one another, discuss key social issues with fellow citizens, and figure out how we can collaborate to improve the quality of life in our local neighborhoods. FoodSpark Miami is made possible in part by the 8-80 Cities Emerging City Champions 2015 Fellowship, which is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Indiegals
Every indie needs a hand, and we¹ve partnered with artists from all over to bring a uniquely curated expo of artisanal goods, earthy designs, and conscious driven showcases. We¹ve connected with the indigenous tribe from Valle de Sibundoy in the Alto Putumayo region of Colombia, to bring the tribe’s delicately handcrafted jewelry, organic essential oils, and raw incense, led by the tribe¹s artist Yolimar Loreto & the tribe-women. Also from Colombia, we present for the first time in the U.S Hagakure Home a small company based in Medellin whose home décor is derived from organic materials, raw fabrics, and designed with earthy elements. We¹re bringing goods for the home and lifestyle. Then a young, hip, and hippie indie group of artists called Gypsy Halos will be dancing around our tent expressing their love and spirit through flower crowns, leafy jewelry designs, and airy fashions. This movement is not just focused on the younger generation. We¹ve connected with our baby boomer warrior woman who¹s love for mother Earth has helped her develop an artistic eye for floral designs; Esperanza (Hope) will bring to our expo her creative orchid, succulents, air flower gardens. Last but not least, our tent will feature an art showcase called Monsterz, an Anti-bullying picturesque story created by Miami’s local Tuli. We will feature other random goodies, our farmer friends may stop by with organic goods, or maybe we¹ll have a pop-up artist color us alive! This is what Indie Gals does, we dig deep into the roots and help elevate indie creatives so that we can all break through the noise. Everyone deserves to feel the sunshine of success on their face.

Eat Your Poem Pop-Up Poetry Station
Your belly growls for a poem “to-go!” Words to feed the heart and soul! Eat Your Poem believes in the nourishing, potent power of words and this inspires us to the act of spontaneous, intuitive writing and sharing. Perched behind our vintage typewriters we create improvisational poems for you! Stop by our Pop-Up Poetry Station and take home a poem, created just for you. Yum! Poems are offered by donation and all proceeds go to Eat Your Poem’s “Poetry with a Purpose” Program. This community outreach branch of EYP brings poetic programming to women’s shelters, recovery centers and organizations that reach “at-risk” youth. Poetry with a Purpose is completing 14 sessions at Women in Distress in Broward County and we are slated to bring the program into Camillus House Shelter starting in mid-August.

Elwoods
The local public house with gastronomical food served with great beer and wine.

Walk for the Animals 2/27/16

Walk for the Animals
Saturday, 02/27/2016 – 08:30 am –
Header2016Bayfront Park
301 North Biscayne Boulevard,
Miami, Florida 33132
Website
Cost:

“Walk for the Animals” is the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s largest community fundraiser that brings thousands of animal lovers together to walk the walk and show their support for all of our four-legged friends. On Saturday, February 27, 2016, people and packs of all sizes will gather together at Bayfront Park, Miami, for a morning filled with tons of fun under the sun. Raffles, games, contests, yummy treats and pet adoptions are just a few things you can expect during this morning of merriment, where you will surely be walking on air. Visit www.walkfortheanimalsmiami.com to register today!

De Fabulous Fashion Networking Event at Penthouse 50 8/21/15

De Fabulous Fashion Networking Event at Penthouse 50
Friday, 08/21/2015 – 10:30 pm – 04:00 am
IMG_1433Fifty Ultra Lounge
485 Brickell Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33131
Eventbrite
Cost: Complimentary Admission from 10pm-12am on David Garay’s List

On DAVID GARAY’s VIP list: Complimentary Admission from 10pm to 12am with a valid ticket (While Complimentary Tickets Last)

Sounds by:

Resident DJ: Nikolas

INFO & RSVP

Call/Txt 786-985-3520!

http://www.DAGPROMIAMI.com/
Like us: http://www.facebook.com/DAGpro
Follow us: http://www.twitter.com/DAGPROMIAMI
FIFTY – BRICKELL

485 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL

(50th Floor VICEROY HOTEL)

Venue Description:

Fifty stories up, FIFTY reigns as Icon Brickell’s most exclusive lookout point: a spectacular, Asian-inflected private pool and lounge atop the hotel tower. Open Thursday through Saturday evenings, FIFTY is the ultimate downtown gathering spot for locals and guests alike to enjoy cocktails before or after dinner at Viceroy Miami’s spectacular restaurant, Eos, or as a prelude to a night on the town. Late night, the rooftop lounge plays host to an international who’s who, featuring a rotating roster of some of Miami’s top DJs and an ambiance that’s chic, sexy and quintessentially Miami.
FIFTY’s stunning interiors are layered with grained marbles and woods, Japanese woodblock-inspired prints and plants, with salt air and fresh floral blossoms scenting the sky-high atmosphere. From nearly every angle, the boundless view of Biscayne Bay below underlines FIFTY’s unparalleled perspective atop Viceroy Miami.

Free Fitness FUNdamentals 8/29/15

FREE Fitness FUNdamentals
Saturday, 08/29/2015 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FITNESS-082915Water Oaks Center (Tennis Courts)
9250 Hammocks Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33196
RSVP / Register
Cost: Free

FREE Fitness FUNdamentals (for Kids 10 and Under)

Agility / Balance / Coordination + Cardio Fitness

The purpose of this class is to develop a love of “physical activity”. We want children to love to play and better themselves both technically and physically.

With a major focus on agility, balance and coordination the children will be working on the following:group, partner and individual drills to challenge them in these three areas. Toward the end of the practice the children will start moderate jogging to raise the heart rates followed by cardio fitness drills.

Make sure your child gets plenty of food water 2-3 hours before this class.

Free Kids Tennis Lessons 8/29/15

FREE Kids Tennis Lessons
Saturday, 08/29/2015 – 12:00 pm – 01:00 pm
TENNIS-082915Water Oaks Center (Tennis Courts)
9250 Hammocks Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33196
RSVP / Register
Cost: Free

Free Kids Tennis (for Kids 10 and Under)

Agility / Balance / Coordination + Cardio Fitness

The main goal of the Free 10 & Under Kids Tennis classes are to introduce the fundamentals of athletic development at this age: agility, balance and coordination. Some kids and older players will already be developing a love of “the game”. We want children to love to play, compete and become lifelong tennis players.

With a major focus on agility, balance and coordination the children will be working in group, partner and individual settings for drills that challenge them in these three areas.

Classes are taught by USTA 10 and Under Tennis Certified instructors.

Jungle Island invites South Florida residents for Neighbor Days every weekend in September 9/5/15 – 9/27/15

Jungle Island invites South Florida residents for Neighbor Days every weekend in September
Saturday, 09/05/2015 – 09/27/2015 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
neighbor-daysJungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail,
Miami, Florida 33132
Website
Cost: $15 general admission

Jungle Island’s much-anticipated Neighbor Days promotion will make a grand return this September. For only $15 each, residents of Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach Counties can interact with some of the world’s most fascinating critters, enjoy three engaging animal shows, access the park’s Parrot Cove beach and much more, every weekend in September 2015. South Florida’s favorite landmark attraction will kick-off Neighbor Days with entertaining and educational performances on recycling by the Trash Monster over Labor Day weekend. To take advantage of the special offer, park visitors must provide proof of South Florida residency. Groups and schools are exempt from offer. For further updates, follow @JungleIsland on social media or visit www.jungleisland.com.

Florida Residents Dive Into Animal Encounter Deals at Miami Seaquarium 9/8/15

Florida Residents Dive Into Animal Encounter Deals at Miami Seaquarium
Tuesday, 09/08/2015 – 12/13/2015 12:00 am – 11:30 pm
Seal-Swim-at-Miami-Seaquarium_-kissMiami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Website
Cost: Seal Swim, Dolphin Odyssey, and Dolphin Encounter: $68 plus tax; Sea Trek Reef Encounter: $79 plus tax.

Sunshine state residents are in for a special dolphin, seal, and reef encounter deal. Florida residents will enjoy up to 35 percent off animal encounter programs at Miami Seaquarium including dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor, Seal Swim and the Sea Trek Reef Encounter. This Florida resident discount fee includes same day admission to the park. Proof of Florida residency is required. Advance reservations are required.

The “Seal Swim” experience includes an interactive educational segment and a 15-20 minute swim with harbor seals in the park’s seal exhibit pool. The program provides a unique in-water interaction where you’ll swim freely alongside the seals as well as receive hugs, kisses, and take part in a fun training session with these inquisitive marine mammals.

Dolphin Odyssey is a two-hour experience, which includes feeding, touching and learning about these magnificent animals plus the opportunity for a deep-water interaction with a dolphin. Guests must be at least 52 inches tall to participate in the Dolphin Odyssey program

Dolphin Encounter is the program that allows guests to wade out into the pool and have a shallow water experience meeting the dolphins. The two-hour program features an educational seminar and the chance to feed and touch a dolphin as well as learn about dolphin training techniques. Dolphin Encounter participants must be at least five years of age and for those children under 9 years, an older sibling or adult must accompany the child as a participant

The Sea Trek Reef Encounter is an underwater helmet diving experience that allows guests to dive 15 feet below the surface of the water in the 300,000 gallon reef aquarium and be eye to eye with marine life. Feels like walking on the moon, only you are submerged in a surreal underwater paradise where colorful tropical fish, large groupers, lobsters, cownose stingrays and moray eels abound. Sea Trekking can be experienced by non-divers, ages 10 and above.

Photographs of Chalk-Tacular: An Art Project to Reclaim Dan Paul Park on 8/8/15

Background: The people of Miami were promised a beautiful waterfront park 20 years ago. Today, it’s still concrete and pavement. We – young people and community groups – are reclaiming this land and creating our dream park.

Draw the Dream: Using Dan Paul Park as a 3-Acre canvas to win a Guinness World Record, the attendees are drawing their dream park with 10,000 pieces of chalk.

Join the Ride: Emerge Miami led the “Emerge Miami Second Saturday Ride: The Chalk-Tacular Ride!” from the Allapattah Metro Station (3501 NW 12th Avenue) to Dan Paul Park

Partners: Engage Miami, Emerge Miami, The New Tropic, Urban Environment League, Colony1, Dream Defenders, The New Florida Majority, Roots Collective, Catalyst Miami, Center for Social Change, Chalk Project, Celebrate Diversity Miami, Dark Matter Collective, Guitar Over Guns, Ladyfest Miami, Miami Parks Foundation, New Leaders Council – Miami, SMIA Group / Sustainable Miami, Urban Paradise Guild , Miami City Chess Club and the list is growing.

Chalk-tacular: 3-Acre Art Project to Reclaim Dan Paul Park 8/8/15

Chalk-tacular: 3-Acre Art Project to Reclaim Dan Paul Park
​August 8, 1-4PM
​Parcel B (the waterfront property due east of AA Arena)
Downtown Miami, FL
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If you draw it, it will come. On August 8th, hundreds of students, families and local artists are teaming up with Engage Miami and a growing coalition of Miami-based community groups to send a very big message to Miami Dade County commissioners and the Heat. This coalition of community groups, students, and artists will work together to create a massive 3-acre chalk drawing that will cover the entire sheet of asphalt currently sitting on top of the infamous Parcel B site (the waterfront property due east of the American Airlines Arena). They want the County and the Heat to deliver the “world-class waterfront park” that was a centerpiece of the advertising campaign the Heat used to persuade Miami-Dade county voters to pass the referendum in favor of building the AA Arena back in 1996.

Co-hosts for this event include Engage Miami and Chalk Project, Catalyst Miami, Center for Social Change, Celebrate Diversity Miami, Colony1, Dark Matter Collective, Dream Defenders, Emerge Miami, Guitars Over Guns, Guns Down Bikes Up, Instagramers Miami, Miami City Chess Club, Miami Parks Foundation, New Leaders Council Miami, The New Florida Majority, The New Tropic, Roots Collective, SMIA Group / Sustainable Miami, Urban Environment League, Urban Paradise Guild UPG and the list is growing.

“We hope this day of fun-filled community engagement will send a strong message to Miami-Dade County commissioners and to the Heat that Miami residents won’t back down until we get what we’ve been promised,”​says Maydee Martinez (19), an Engage Miami board member and current MDC student.
Miami residents’ promised park (including a mini-soccer field) remains just that, a promise. Residents have been waiting 20 years.

“When you don’t get what you want, you gotta do it yourself. And when you do it yourself you might as well go big– real big,” ​says ​Nando Jaramillo of Colony 1 urban farm in Wynwood.
To drive their message home: They’re striving to win a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of independent chalk drawings done in a single setting. The current record is 308 drawings is held by a group in Toyama, Japan.

In addition to reaching out to other community groups, coalition members will send invitations to all county and city commissioners. But, Justin Wales, an event organizer and leader of Engage Miami, says that just showing up is not enough:
“Let’s be clear. Residents, especially young people, are tired of waiting for our elected officials to act. We are claiming this park for the public, as it was promised to us, and we ask that young people across Miami join us.”

Downtown Miami Historic District Architecture Walking Tour 8/8/15

Downtown Miami Historic District Architecture Walking Tour
Saturday, 08/08/2015 – 08/08/2015 09:50 am – 12:00 pm
8.8.15Miami Center for Architecture & Design
100 NE 1st Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $15-$20

This two-hour walking tour highlights several of downtown Miami’s best historic buildings, most of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours begin with a brief introductory presentation at MCAD, itself located in the 1912 Old Post Office Building at the center of the City of Miami’s Historic District and covers a three-block area in the core of the Central Business District. Whether you are an architect or just love architecture, this tour is for you!

Tours depart from MCAD rain or shine. All are $20 or $15 for seniors and students. Each adult ticket admits one child under the age of 8 for free. Advance reservations online are required (up to 60 minutes before tour time). Tours are held on alternate Saturdays and begin promptly at 10:00 AM. All sales end at 9:30 AM. For pre-paid guests, please be at MCAD by 9:50 AM.

Free Kids Tennis Lessons 8/15/15

FREE Kids Tennis Lessons
Saturday, 08/15/2015 – 12:00 pm – 01:00 pm
10uTennis-racquetlineWater Oaks Center (Tennis Courts)
9250 Hammocks Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33196
Eventbrite Link
Cost: FREE

Free Kids Tennis (for Kids 10 and Under)

Agility / Balance / Coordination + Cardio Fitness

The main goal of the FREE 10 & Under Kids Tennis classes are to introduce the fundamentals of athletic development at this age: agility, balance and coordination. Some kids and older players will already be developing a love of “the game”. We want children to love to play, compete and become lifelong tennis players.

With a major focus on agility, balance and coordination the children will be working in group, partner and individual settings for drills that challenge them in these three areas.

Classes are taught by USTA 10 and Under Tennis Certified instructors.

Free Fitness FUNdamentals 8/15/15

FREE Fitness FUNdamentals
Saturday, 08/15/2015 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fundamentals-greenjumpingWater Oaks Center (Tennis Courts)
9250 Hammocks Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33196
Eventbrite Link
Cost: FREE

FREE Fitness FUNdamentals (for Kids 10 and Under)

Agility / Balance / Coordination + Cardio Fitness

The purpose of this class is to develop a love of “physical activity”. We want children to love to play and better themselves both technically and physically.

With a major focus on agility, balance and coordination the children will be working on the following:group, partner and individual drills to challenge them in these three areas. Toward the end of the practice the children will start moderate jogging to raise the heart rates followed by cardio fitness drills.

Make sure your child gets plenty of food water 2-3 hours before this class.

Bikini Fashion Show this Friday at Penthouse 50 featuring DJ Bonnie X Clyde 7/31/15

Bikini Fashion Show this Friday at Penthouse 50 featuring DJ Bonnie X Clyde
Friday, 07/31/2015 – 10:00 pm – 05:00 am
IMG_1146Fifty Ultra Lounge
485 Brickell Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33131
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Complimentary Admission from 10pm-12am on David Garay’s List

THIS FRIDAY
*** Bikini Fashion Show PENTHOUSE 50 ***
On DAVID GARAY’s VIP list: Complimentary Admission from 10pm to 12am with a valid ticket (While Complimentary Tickets Last)

Sounds by:

Special Guest DJ: Bonnie X Clyde

Resident DJ: Nikolas

INFO & RSVP

Call/Txt 786-985-3520!

http://www.DAGPROMIAMI.com/
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FIFTY – BRICKELL

485 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL

(50th Floor VICEROY HOTEL)

Venue Description:

Fifty stories up, FIFTY reigns as Icon Brickell’s most exclusive lookout point: a spectacular, Asian-inflected private pool and lounge atop the hotel tower. Open Thursday through Saturday evenings, FIFTY is the ultimate downtown gathering spot for locals and guests alike to enjoy cocktails before or after dinner at Viceroy Miami’s spectacular restaurant, Eos, or as a prelude to a night on the town. Late night, the rooftop lounge plays host to an international who’s who, featuring a rotating roster of some of Miami’s top DJs and an ambiance that’s chic, sexy and quintessentially Miami.
FIFTY’s stunning interiors are layered with grained marbles and woods, Japanese woodblock-inspired prints and plants, with salt air and fresh floral blossoms scenting the sky-high atmosphere. From nearly every angle, the boundless view of Biscayne Bay below underlines FIFTY’s unparalleled perspective atop Viceroy Miami.

Miami Center for Architecture and Design presents SketchMIA 9/26/15

Miami Center for Architecture and Design presents SketchMIA
Saturday, 09/26/2015 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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100 NE 1st Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $25-$30

An Urban Sketch Tour

Come explore Miami’s historic downtown like an architect! See our city’s landmark buildings through an architect’s eyes, using a sketchbook and pen. Learn to draw by sketching some of downtown Miami’s historic landmarks, like the Dade County Courthouse, the Church of Gesù and the old US Post Office Building, home of MCAD! This 2-hour course is open to beginners and novices of all ages who love architecture and want to explore it through drawing.

Joaquim Perez (University of Miami) and David Rifkind (FIU), local architects and educators, will introduce you to basic drawing techniques and lead you on the urban adventure brief sketching tour of downtown Miami. A good pair of walking shoes, maybe a hat and certainly a sketchbook and drawing implements will come in handy!

Tours depart from MCAD rain or shine. Tours are limited to 12 participants and sell out quickly. Tickets are $20 for AIA & AIAS members, $25 for seniors and students, $30 for all others. Advance reservations online are required(up to 60 minutes before tour time). Tours are held on the last Saturday of each month and begin promptly at 10:00 AM. All sales end at 9:30 AM. Please be at MCAD before 9:50 AM.

SketchMIA: An Urban Sketch Tour 8/29/15

SketchMIA: An Urban Sketch Tour
Saturday, 08/29/2015 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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100 NE 1st Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $25-$30

An Urban Sketch Tour
Come explore Miami’s historic downtown like an architect! See our city’s landmark buildings through an architect’s eyes, using a sketchbook and pen. Learn to draw by sketching some of downtown Miami’s historic landmarks, like the Dade County Courthouse, the Church of Gesù and the old US Post Office Building, home of MCAD! This 2-hour course is open to beginners and novices of all ages who love architecture and want to explore it through drawing.

Joaquim Perez (University of Miami) and David Rifkind (FIU), local architects and educators, will introduce you to basic drawing techniques and lead you on the urban adventure brief sketching tour of downtown Miami. A good pair of walking shoes, maybe a hat and certainly a sketchbook and drawing implements will come in handy!

Tours depart from MCAD rain or shine. Tours are limited to 12 participants and sell out quickly. Tickets are $20 for AIA & AIAS members, $25 for seniors and students, $30 for all others. Advance reservations online are required(up to 60 minutes before tour time). Tours are held on the last Saturday of each month and begin promptly at 10:00 AM. All sales end at 9:30 AM. Please be at MCAD before 9:50 AM.

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park official 70th Anniversary Party Celebration 8/1/15

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park official 70th Anniversary Party Celebration
Saturday – August 1, 2015 from 11am to 7pm
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
4020 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
www.virginiakeybeachpark.net

To celebrate the rich 70 years of history of this once segregated “colored only” beach & park. Festivities include exciting time-line exhibits from the 1940’s to present day, classic car show, live music performances, 60’s Motown review featuring “Maryel Epps”, Latin retro music, disco dancers, Junkanoo band, retro prices on most food & beverage items, unlimited free rides on the mini train and carousel and so much more.

August 1, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, this special beach located on Virginia Key, known as “Bears Cut” became an official “colored only” recreation site as a direct response to a bold protest, led by the late Judge Thomas. The community is invited to attend a day of celebrations, music, a classic car show, live performances, prizes and giveaways. Activities start at 11am. This is a free event for the community with an $8 vehicle entry charge.

“South Florida is in a new renaissance period of expansion and continued population growth,” shared Guy Forchion, Executive Director for the park. “It’s important that we share the rich cultural history, contributions and historic locations that are the building blocks of our great diverse city. African-American pioneers and Bahamian settlers played a vitally important role in the creation of Miami and building the communities and neighborhoods we live in today. For Forchion, those achievements, contributions, struggles and successes must be recognized and honored. “We’re celebrating the 70th anniversary of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, a cherished, sacred place for Miami’s people of color and a symbol of segregation in the past that now welcomes everyone.”

Throughout the day there will be a variety of entertainment with something for everyone. Community members who can remember the fun times they spent at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in the 40’s thru 70’s are encouraged to bring copies of pictures to the event and post them on the “Memory Board” for all to see. For those who have stories to tell of their experience during the “segregated years”, they are invited to visit the “Time Tunnel Video Booth” and record their stories for the park’s historic archives.

In addition to a Classic Car Show and Motown Review, there will also be a (best dressed) contest for those who can replicate the fashion of their favorite era in the 40’s through 90’s, winning prizes for originality.

Grand Opening of Penthouse 50 at the Viceroy featuring F4ST 7/24/15

Grand Opening of Penthouse 50 at the Viceroy featuring F4ST
Friday, 07/24/2015 – 10:00 pm – 05:00 am
IMG_1044Fifty Ultra Lounge
485 Brickell Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33131
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Complimentary Admission from 10pm-12am on David Garay’s List

On DAVID GARAY’s VIP list: Complimentary Admission from 10pm to 12am with a valid ticket (While Complimentary Tickets Last)

Sounds by: Special Guest DJ: F4ST (Fainal and Sara Tunes)
DJ Dolly Roll (House music)

INFO & RSVP Call/Txt 786-985-3520! http://www.DAGPROMIAMI.com/, Like us: http://www.facebook.com/DAGpro Follow us: http://www.twitter.com/DAGPROMIAMI

Venue Description:
Fifty stories up, FIFTY reigns as Icon Brickell’s most exclusive lookout point: a spectacular, Asian-inflected private pool and lounge atop the hotel tower. Open Thursday through Saturday evenings, FIFTY is the ultimate downtown gathering spot for locals and guests alike to enjoy cocktails before or after dinner at Viceroy Miami’s spectacular restaurant, Eos, or as a prelude to a night on the town. Late night, the rooftop lounge plays host to an international who’s who, featuring a rotating roster of some of Miami’s top DJs and an ambiance that’s chic, sexy and quintessentially Miami.

FIFTY’s stunning interiors are layered with grained marbles and woods, Japanese woodblock-inspired prints and plants, with salt air and fresh floral blossoms scenting the sky-high atmosphere. From nearly every angle, the boundless view of Biscayne Bay below underlines FIFTY’s unparalleled perspective atop Viceroy Miami.

Exclusivo Fridays at Dolores Lolita Brickell 7/24/15

Exclusivo Fridays at Dolores Lolita Brickell
Friday, 07/24/2015 – 09:00 pm – 03:00 am
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1000 South Miami Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33130
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List Before 1am

Exclusivo Fridays

Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List

For more Information Please Call 786.985.3520
DOLORES, BUT YOU CAN CALL ME LOLITA
1000 South Miami Avenue

Healthy Start Back to School Extravaganza 2015 8/15/15

Healthy Start Back to School Extravaganza 2015
Saturday, 08/15/2015 – 08/15/2015 12:00 pm – 03:00 pm
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13100 NW 12th Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33168
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

Global Image Foundation, Inc. is a hosting a FREE Healthy Start Back to School Extravaganza featuring a school supply giveaway, Miami Dolphins Junior Training Camp activities, interactive games by The P.E. X-Games, dance performances by BE Dance Studios and Next Generation Dance, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Demonstration Truck, FPL Demonstration Truck, blood pressure/HIV testing by Jesse Trice Community Health Center, services by Career Source South Florida, bounce house, motivational speakers, competitions, teaching aids, and a health/academic fair including youth/family, transportation, and child care assistance.

Yoga on the Lawn at the Village of Merrick Park 7/25/15

Yoga on the Lawn at the Village of Merrick Park
Saturday, 07/25/2015 – 09:00 am – 10:00 am
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350 San Lorenzo Avenue,
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
None Link
Cost: $20.00

Calling all yogi’s! Come join us on Saturday, July 25th at 9am for yoga on the lawn at the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables! All for only a $20 donation to the National Parkinson Foundation. Athleta will be having a raffle for a yoga mat and gift card and all participants will receive a goodie bag! Go to www.teammindynpf.com for more information and to make your donation today! Or you can RSVP to [email protected] , 305.779.8943.

Colombia Independence Day at Dolores Lolita Brickell 7/17/15

Colombia Independence Day at Dolores Lolita Brickell
Friday, 07/17/2015 – 07/18/2015 06:00 pm – 05:00 am
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1000 South Miami Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33130
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List Before 1am

Exclusivo Fridays

Colombia Independence Day – Friday, July 17th, 2015

Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List

For more Information Please Call 786.985.3520
DOLORES, BUT YOU CAN CALL ME LOLITA
1000 South Miami Avenue

Miami Childrens Health Foundation 5k Run/Walk 9/19/15

Miami Childrens Health Foundation 5k Run/Walk
Saturday, 09/19/2015 – 07:30 am –
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405 Biltmore Way,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: $10-$30

Join us for the 5th Annual MCHF 5K Run/Walk! As our largest annual community event, the MCHF5K is designed to increase awareness of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and its pediatric sub-specialties, showcase our cutting-edge research, work, talent and the dedication of our physicians and staff.

Fort Vintage Flea Market 7/18/15

Fort Vintage Flea Market
Saturday, 07/18/2015 – 09:00 am – 02:00 pm
FortVintageFleaC&I Studios Garden
516 NW 1st Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Facebook Link
Cost: Vendor Fees are $50 for a 10×10 area, $75 for a 10×20 area and $50 for a Food Tent. These vendor fees will directly benefit HOPE South Florida.

South Florida locals will have the opportunity to shop for a cause at Shoppe Hope and C&I Studio’s Fort Vintage Flea Market from 9am to 2pm at the C&I Studios Garden located at 516 NW 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. This market, inspired by markets like the iconic Brooklyn Flea, will provide a venue for anyone in the community to sell their collectables, relics, and hard to find vintage items. A portion of the proceeds from Fort Vintage Flea will directly benefit Hope South Florida, a 501(c) 3 non-profit that has been helping the homeless community throughout South Florida for over 20 years.

Fourth of July at Clevelander South Beach 7/4/15

Fourth of July at Clevelander South Beach
Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 06/07/2015 11:00 am – 05:00 am
july4_flyerClevelander South Beach
1020 Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: Free Pool Party, Rooftop tickets starting at $130

Clevelander South Beach is doing Fourth of July like only we can. Kicking things off with our famous Splash pool party and a patriotic-themed model showcase, guests will enjoy drink specials all day. Leading into the evening, two rooftop parties will offer the best views of the Miami Beach and surrounding area fireworks shows. Open bar and food packages are available, so go to Clevelander.Wantickets.com for ticket information!

Free Kids Fitness FUNdamentals 8/1/15

FREE Kids Fitness FUNdamentals
Saturday, 08/01/2015 – 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Fundamentals-kidsstretchingSouthern Estates Park
12199 SW 34 ST,
Miami, Florida 33175
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Kid Fit FUNdamentals + Cardio (for Kids 10 and Under)

Agility / Balance / Coordination + Cardio Fitness

The purpose of this class is to develop a love of “physical activity”. We want children to love to play and better themselves both technically and physically.

With a major focus on agility, balance and coordination the children will be working on the following:group, partner and individual drills to challenge them in these three areas. Toward the end of the practice the children will start moderate jogging to raise the heart rates followed by cardio fitness drills.

Make sure your child gets plenty of food water 2-3 hours before this class.

RAW Artists Miami Presents Glimpse 7/2/15

RAW Artists Miami Presents Glimpse
Thursday, 07/02/2015 – 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
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59 NW 36th St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

RAW is an indie arts organization for artists, by artists. It focuses on spotlighting indie underground talent to the public. Every other month, our 60+ locations worldwide hand-select 40 emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, accessories, performing art, hair, and makeup. They are able to sell their work, showcase their work, and network with the local community.

On July 2nd, we’ll be hosting our summer showcase! We’ll have 3 musicians including a performance by Peezy and Lala, fashion and accessory vendors including handbag designer Claire Jean-Gilles of Classy Lady Creations, an art gallery of 30+ visual artists and photographers including gMozel and Jasmin Alex, as well as a live makeup installation by Alicia Coke, and 6 fashion shows including RAW Hollywood designer Weird Folks apparel, and a swimwear fashion show by GSaints Swimwear.

The event is 21+, cocktail attire, street parking or there is a parking ramp at Midtown off of N.Miami Ave and 36th St., Valet parking is $15, Doors open at 7pm, 7-8pm cocktail hour with half priced drinks and small bites menu all night!

Tickets are on sale for $15 through a showcasing artist at RAWartists.org/Miami/Glimpse. Tickets go up to $20 at the door the day of (cash).

Volunteer Information Days at Fairchild 6/13/15

Volunteer Information Days at Fairchild
Thursday, 06/13/2015 – 10:00 am – 01:00 pm
Garden-Groomers-at-Pinerockland-Summer-2012-CopyFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road,
Coral Gables, Florida 33156
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Have you ever wanted to beautify a tropical garden, document plant specimens, or guide walking tours surrounded by butterflies? Become a volunteer at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and you can do just that. Attend the free Volunteer Information Days to learn about exciting opportunities available in programs like visitor services, education, horticulture, and more. Volunteering will open many doors – doors to new experiences, new knowledge, and new friends.

Information sessions are offered on Thursday, June 11 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Must be at least 16 years old. Please RSVP to Volunteer Services at 305-667-1651, ext. 3360.

Cinco de Cleve-o 5/1/15 – 5/5/15

Cinco de Cleve-o
Sunday, 05/01/2015 – 05/05/2015 11:00 am – 11:59 pm
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1020 Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost:

Cinco de Clev-o is back-o! Looking for the biggest party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Look no further than Clevelander South Beach as we bring you five days of non-stop partying! From May 1st through 5th, join us for $5 drink specials all day, every day on 1800 Tequila, Perfect Margaritas, Deco Peach Famous Frozen Margarita, Corona bottles and Corona Light draft! Play all day and dance all night on our world-famous POOL+PATIO with Cinco de Mayo themed dancers, stilt walkers, games and contests!

Downtown Recess with The New Tropic 4/29/15

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

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Downtown Recess with The New Tropic
Wednesday, 04/29/2015 – 12:00 pm – 02:00 pm
DowntownRecess-4BannerBayfront Park (at Flagler St Entrance)
301 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Come out and join us for an afternoon of food, play, and community!

We’re inviting some of your favorite food trucks to join us for lunch so you can eat in the park without missing a moment of play. We’ll have our standard four square games, parachute fun, bocce ball, giant jenga & connect-4, ladder ball, and other fun activities though feel free to come out and just sit in the shade and enjoy the views of Bayfront park.

Join us at Bayfront Park on Wednesday April 29th from 12:00pm-2:00pm!

Check out the pictures from last recess on facebook!

Downtown Recess is made possible by The New Tropic, National Parkinson Foundation, Downtown Miami Partnership, and Urban Impact Lab.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Emerging City Bike Tour on 4/11/15

Photographs taken by Anthony Jordon of Emerging City Bike Tour on Saturday, April 10, 2015.

To see more of Anthony Jordon‘s work go to his Instagram page or check out his portfolio.

National Public Gardens Day at Fairchild 5/8/15

National Public Gardens Day at Fairchild
Friday, 05/08/2015 – 07:30 am – 04:30 pm
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10901 Old Cutler Road,
Coral Gables, Florida 33156
Webpage Link
Cost: $20 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and up, and $7 for kids 6-17

Created by the American Public Gardens Association, National Public Gardens Day is a countrywide celebration that invites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaces while raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education, and environmental preservation.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will mark this special day by offering reduced admission, inviting everyone to enjoy 83 acres of lush landscaping, including the Wings of the Tropics butterfly exhibit, Rainforest, Succulent Garden, Palmetum, Edible Garden, and more. Food is available in the Glasshouse Café and Lakeside Café.

Red Lips Fridays at RUBI – Brickell 4/10/15

Red Lips Fridays at RUBI – Brickell
Friday, 04/10/2015 – 10:00 pm – 05:00 am
IMG_8150Rubi Lounge
141 SW 7th St,
Miami, Florida 33130
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List

RUBI
On DAVID GARAY’s VIP list: Complimentary Admission for Gentlemen until 12am

Dress to Impress
INFO & RSVP

Call/Txt 786-985-3520

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RUBI- Brickell

141 SW 7 Street, Miami, FL

Venue Description:

The new lounge in Brickell. Come and see this beautiful place that everybody is talking about.

Emerging New City Tour 4/11/15

Emerging New City Tour
Saturday, 04/11/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
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301 Biscayne Boulevard,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The New Tropic is proud to partner on a community bike ride to discuss a variety of local issues from transit to gentrification while visiting the diverse and fascinating neighborhoods of Coconut Grove and Little Havana. You’ll get to meet with community leaders from incredible organizations like Emerge Miami, Diversity Miami, Coconut Grove’s Collaborative Development Corp. and Little Havana Tours.

The tour’s pace will be leisurely enough so our group stays together during the entire excursion, which is approximately 15 miles long with multiple stops scheduled for every few miles. Required gear is close-toed shoes (e.g. sneakers), while sun protection is recommended (e.g. hat, sunscreen, etc.). The tour will culminate back at museum park for the annual Philanthrofest Festival.

ROUTE:

First stop: The fountain at Bayfront Park
Coconut Grove stops: Historical emphasis will take place along Charles Ave. next to the Mariah Brown House and Odd Fellows Hall. Current/Future Development emphasis will take place just outside the Collaborative Development Corp.’s office along Grand Ave.
Little Havana stops: Historical emphasis will take place at the Los Pinarenos Fruiteria along 8th Street across the way from Cuban Memorial Park. Current/Future Development emphasis will take place near intersection of SW 12th Ave. and 6th Street by Con Sabor a Mexico.
Last stop: PhilanthroFest at Museum Park

The event is BYOBike but you can also rent a Citi Bike for $18 for the day.

Space is limited so we ask that you get an RSVP below. For any questions or comment please contact [email protected]

ECOMB’s 4th Annual Miami & the Beaches Environmental Film Festival 5/15/15

ECOMB’s 4th Annual Miami & the Beaches Environmental Film Festival
Wednesday, 04/15/2015 – 04/19/2015 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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Lincoln Road Mall, 1040 Lincoln,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
More Info Link
Cost: 0

Join the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches (ECOMB) for the upcoming 4th annual Miami and Beaches Environmental Film Festival.

This years event will be held April 14-19th, 2015 and will highlight its overarching theme climate change awareness. Showcasing a compelling array of films based on environmental issues of local and global concern, this year’s Festival also coincides with important milestones, namely the Centennial of Miami Beach and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, which has been at the forefront of raising awareness globally about sustainable development and climate change.

In addition to screenings of feature length documentary films, fiction, short films, and animation, this year’s Festival will also include interactive workshops and complementary exhibits and other activities for people of all ages.

Wynwood Life 4/24/15 – 4/26/15

Wynwood Life
Friday, April 24: 5:00pm – Midnight
Saturday, April 25: 12:00pm – Midnight
Sunday, April 26: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

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NW 2nd Avenue and 23rd Street
Wynwood, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Tickets start at $15. Pre-purchase tickets online, or by calling (305)461-2700.

Street Festival Brings The Best of Wynwood to Life!

Wynwood Life is back and packed with everything that Miami loves. The colorful, annual event is all about art, music, fashion and food. This year’s new location will feature more artists, fashion shows, art displays, musical bands, interactive features and a new collaborative cooking showcase that will highlight popular Wynwood restaurants and chefs.

A wide selection of featured artists will be organized by world renowned painter Alexander Mijares, who will also design the festival’s 2015 collective poster. For the first time ever, Mijares will have a pop-up gallery showcasing his unique style of art, which finds inspiration in the colorful energy of both this city and heritage. “It’s unusual to have an artist of his caliber showcasing at a festival. Wynwood Life is a great place to see him in action, and while you’re there, be sure to pick up an original work of art,” said Javi Zayas, co-founder of SWARM, the organizer behind the festival.

The Peroni Style Lounge will once again feature fashionistas at their pop-up boutique, and during the event, it will showcase multiple fashion shows with local boutiques, fashion bloggers and stylists.

It wouldn’t be Wynwood without Food Trucks, so the festival will have the biggest food truck rally ever with over 50 favorites and a number of food vendors ready to please all taste buds. In addition, the event has partnered with Wynwood neighbor, Miami Club Rum. Several bars will be equipped with the hand-crafted rum made in Miami’s first distillery by artisans with a family history of rum production that dates back five generations. Beer lovers rejoice! The Blue Moon Brew Pub will be back with a fully stocked selection of cold brews and mixed drinks. New this year is the Wynwood Culinary Showcase, which will feature top restaurants and chefs from the area showcasing their cuisine. Wynwood Life is sponsored by Miami Club Rum

This year’s musical line-up is bigger and better, featuring many local favorites including Problem Kidz, Spam Allstar, Suenalo, The Tremends, Danger Flow and Elastic Bond to name a few. For a complete schedule of performances, click on Live Music at www.WynwoodLife.com.

Reef Guard – Adopt A Buoy Event – Lecture on the Wreck of the Half Moon / Germaina 4/9/15

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Reef Guard – Adopt A Buoy Event – Lecture on the Wreck of the Half Moon / Germaina
Thursday, 04/09/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Sailing-yacht-Germania-Nova-SailingUniversity of Miami – RSMAS Campus
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
RSVP Link
Cost: $10

Miami-Dade Reef Guard is a local non-profit charged with protecting the reef by placing mooring buoys for use by the boating public in hopes of reducing anchor damage.

We have an “Adopt-A-Buoy” program and are celebrating our two newest sponsors 1-800 Yacht Charters / 1-800 Bare Boat & The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

A happy hour with drinks provided by Wicked Dolphin Rum / Mako Vodka and food by Salt Waterfront Restaurant will precede a talk by Reef Guard President, Professor Michael J. Beach, on the wreck of the Half Moon, formerly known as the Germania. This ship has a very interesting and storied past. The site is made more unique by the fact that our sponsor, 1-800 Yacht Charters, has a replica of the vessel within its fleet. Hence the title of the talk “History Comes To Life”!

Suggested donation is $10 and, with it, you are entitled to free food and drinks and entered into a raffle for great door prizes!

The auditorium, graciously donated by the University of Miami, holds 300 people. Lets pack the place!

Fairchild Palms 5K 4/4/15

Fairchild Palms 5K
Saturday, 04/04/2015 – 07:30 am –
5K-imageFarichild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road,
Coral Gables, Florida 33156
Facebook Link
Cost: $35

Join the Fairchild Palms at the Inaugural “Fairchild Palms 5K” race in one of Miami’s most unique settings set amid 83 acres – Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.

Be one of the first to run the course through stunning garden collections and exhibits, in addition to the botanical ambience of a tropical rainforest, dry desert, and the Palmetum, a grove of 1,000 palms. Whether you’re an advanced runner or want to stroll with friends for a cause, experience the artwork of Dale Chihuly and his larger-than-life glass sculptures.

Race timed by Split Second Timing.To register, visit www.fairchildpalms.org

Books and BBQ 3/28/15

Books and BBQ
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
BOOKS-BBQ-v2Magnolia North Community Park
2123 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

OLCDC & Bookleggers Library are hosting a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon at the park, complete with FREE books and $5 BBQ plates! Everyone’s invited!

Bookleggers is a community mobile library based out of South Florida, setting up at rotating venues once a month and giving away free books to the public. As of 2015, Bookleggers Library operates with the generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For those who are new to Bookleggers, the rules are simple:
1) Everyone gets one book for free;
2) We accept trades, a book for a book;
3) Each additional book is $2.

Luciano & Friends Pool Party 3/25/15

Luciano & Friends Pool Party
Wednesday, 03/25/2015 – 03/25/2015 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
MMW_InstaLucianoSLS Hotel / Hyde Beach
1701 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $55

VIP tickets are still only $80, general admission is just $55!

Featuring the one and only LUCIANO plus (in alphabetical order): Argy, D’Julz, Hash Hendrex, Michel Cleis, Valentino Kanzyani, and secret special guests!

Last year’s party also featured Dyed Soundorom, Daniel Sanchez, and more!

MIAMI MUSIC WEEK
Luciano & Friends Pool Party
SLS Hotel Day Time
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Doors open at 12PM
21 & over event, no exceptions!
(must have ID upon entrance)

Nervo Nation & Friends Pool Party 3/27/15

Nervo Nation & Friends Pool Party
Friday, 03/27/2015 – 12:00 pm –
MMW_InstaNervoSLS Hotel South Beach / Hyde Beach
1701 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: 130

Pool party featuring NERVO and friends, including (in alphabetical order) Armand Van Helden, Chuckie, Deorro & Panda Funk, Kaz James, Tchami, and Ummet Ozcan… Plus secret special guests!

Special guest DJs last year included Gareth Emery, AutoErotique, Chris Lake, D4NI3L, Diego Miranda, HookNSling, Michael Brun, and Oliver Heldens!

Don’t miss out this year!

MIAMI MUSIC WEEK
SLS Hotel / Hyde Beach Day Time
Friday, March 27, 2015
Doors open at 12PM
21 & over event, no exceptions!
(must have ID upon entrance)

Foxtail Pool Club Las Vegas Presents 3/28/15

Foxtail Pool Club Las Vegas Presents
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 12:00 pm –
MMW_InstaFoxtailSLS Hotel South Beach / Hyde Beach
1701 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: 100

SLS South Beach & Foxtail Pool Club Las Vegas Present (in alphabetical order): Bynon, Danny Avila, ECTWINS, EDX, Gareth Emery, Michael Woods, Rebecca & Fiona, and R3HAB!

MIAMI MUSIC WEEK Pool Party
SLS Hotel Day Time
Saturday March 28th, 2015
Doors open at 12PM
21 & over event, no exceptions!
(must have ID upon entrance)

SOBEWFF Amstel Light Burger Bash 2015

Friday night, a friend and I had the chance to attend the SOBEWFF Amstel Light Burger Bash. Of course, being allergic to sub-par beer, we decided to check out the newest brewery in Wynwood, J Wakefield Brewing for some pre-gaming. Seriously, check that place out!

And while J Wakefield had what looked to be a pretty awesome food truck outside, what it didn’t have was a Ritz-Carlton beach full of awesome chefs preparing gourmet burgers! Oh, or the hot chicks, spectacular band, celebrities (yeah, I got my picture taken with Al Roker and Morimoto!), and thousands of people.

Honestly, you can see who won here. I was a little disappointed with the star power that I and other people love to meet (though not burger quality) compared to when I went in 2013. That year, Morimoto was there but was joined by Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Scott Conant, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, Andrew, Zimmern, Anne Burrell, The Sandwich King, and more.

My favorite and the one I cast my vote for was Prime One Twelve (Prime 112). That burger was so juicy and cheesy and delicious! I also enjoyed Red Robin’s burger and Shake Shack too among a handful of others.

Anyway, here are some pictures! I hope to go again next year!

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Fairchild’s 9th Annual Chocolate Festival Feeds Miami’s Mind and Soul

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This weekend Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden lured us to Coral Gables with chocolate – their 9th Annual Chocolate Festival to be exact. Despite the overcast skies, the Garden came alive with live music, international eats, educational programming, and more chocolate than the eye could see. The two-day festival gave Miami families the perfect excuse to enjoy the beautiful grounds, indulge in chocolate delicacies, and learn about the cacao plant. During our visit, we did all these and more. Check out our five favorite moments from this year’s event:

1. Sampling a hot chocolate recipe from the 1750s. American Heritage, an authentic historic line of products from leading food manufacturer Mars, had a tent where we learned how hot chocolate was made from scratch in the 1750s and had the opportunity to sample the recipe. The demonstration included actual recreations of the ingredients and kitchen tools used back then, like the spices and chunk of sugar (wrapped in blue paper) shown below. Did you know that in the 1700s that amount of sugar would last one family approximately 6 months?

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2. Learning about the history of cacao. “The Living History of Cacao and Chocolate” tent, which held presentations every hour on the chronology of cacao from ancient seed to modern candy bar, was the most notable addition to this year’s program. Our timing was off so we missed most of the speakers, but the friendly volunteers at the tent gave us a delicious consolation prize: a banana chocolate smoothie sample!

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3. Exploring the greenhouse. We headed to the greenhouse with the mission of finding and witnessing Fairchild’s cacao tree first-hand. However, the lush vegetation and water features kept us in there for a good hour as we explored the many natural wonders the greenhouse had to offer.

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4. Discovering the Wings of the Tropics exhibition. As we concluded our stroll in the greenhouse, we spotted the conservatory that houses Fairchild’s colorful butterflies and we knew we had to go inside. The exhibition was well-worth the detour – the butterflies were awe-inspiring despite the limited sunshine. Did you know that butterflies are more active on sunny days? They rely on the sun to raise their body temperatures so they can fly.

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5. Enjoying the festival ambiance. Once we had our fill of chocolate, we grabbed a roasted corn on the cob and sat down on the grass to enjoy the harmonious sounds of Solar Dogs, a Coconut Grove-based string band that was our favorite part of last year’s chocolate festival. Sitting there, watching families spending time together, couples dancing, and savoring our delicious corn, we were in absolute festival bliss. Fairchild, you really know how to make us happy!

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