Wild & Free 5/3/14

Wild & Free
Saturday, 05/03/2014 – 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
3196 Commodore Plaza,
Miami, Florida 33133
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Art exhibition featuring new drawings by Gianna DiBartolomeo and South Florida photographs by Ana Garcia.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science Celebrates What’s “NEXT” – From Nano to Macro, Innovation at Every Scale 4/5/14

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science Celebrates What’s “NEXT” – From Nano to Macro, Innovation at Every Scale
Saturday, 04/05/2014 – 04/07/2014 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Next-FestivalPatricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
3280 South Miami Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33129
Webpage Link
Cost: Free with Museum admission

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and the Ryder Charitable Foundation are excited and proud to host a new two-day festival, NEXT: From Nano to Macro, Innovation at Every Scale. At NEXT, science and techie fans of all ages can learn about how technology is rapidly adapting to accommodate society’s growing demand for “the NEXT big thing.” During the weekend, visitors will discover that innovation is everywhere – from the obvious to the discreet. Activities include the following:

•Explore the journey of new ideas from concept to reality through The NEXT Big Thing Innovation Showcase by University of Miami’s The Launch Pad, and be inspired to create from inventors of a variety of ages and interests.
•Climb in a big “green” truck from Ryder and electric cars from Tesla to learn about the latest technology in sustainable transportation.
•Learn how current technological developments are leading to improvements for individuals and the environment, from better repairs for the human body to more sustainable transportation with the “nano” talk series including prominent innovators, scientists and engineers from Ryder, BioNIUM, and UM’s Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering.
•Dive into the “Maker” movement through two challenges. At the Mutants Maker Challenge, artist and designer Ernesto Oroza demonstrates how to repurpose the old to become new. During the Belly of the Beast Maker Activity, artist Kerry Phillips uses old and found objects to create a new community art project.*
•Become the NEXT “Maker” with the Make Me a Maker activities series for kids led by REM Learning Center South
•Get animated by altering your surroundings through a visually striking projection mapping experience in the planetarium led by Phenomenal Experience Agency.
•Discover how the very small can impact the very big with nano interactives provided by NISE Network’s Nano Days, BioNIUM, and Materials Advantage FIU Chapter.
•Stimulate your musical side with sound demos and activities with Arduino Musical Hopstotch by DCR Arduino Brigade.
•Join The LAB Miami in its weekend long Hackathon Challenge with an app showcase on Sunday at 1pm. Pre-selected programming teams will have 24 hours to complete the challenge! (The public is welcome to attend the brainstorming kick-off event on Friday, April 4th at the Museum.)
•Design your own app at The App Challenge Workshop by TECKpert.
•Learn the basics of coding with a special Coderdojo workshop on Sunday from 2pm-5pm. The workshop is free, but advanced RSVP is required. Please see the Museum website for more details.

Sprung Beer Festival 2014

Sprung Beer Fest Unleashes the Fun


When March rolls around and the rest of the country is still wallowing in their miserable frozen tundra existence, Miami is having one of its most festive months. While most Miamians are enthralled by “molly-fied” Ultra Music Fest & Winter Music Conference, debaucherous Spring Break, and March Madness tourney brackets, we actually get the most amped up about Sprung! This past Saturday, March 8th on a literal gorgeous f*cking day, the unlimited beer tasting was packed with lively people getting drunk in such blissful harmony. In a land laden with $500 bottles of $30 vodka surrounded by bottle whores and douchebags, Sprung brings out the coolest, funnest and most laidback South Florida peeps.

We got way too Sprung way too early to sample all of the beers and compose a best of list. But one beer really made syrupy delectable love with our discerning palates which we affectionately call Waffle Cider. The unimaginative marketing department at Woodchuck Hard Cider for some reason decided to call it Spring Cider and, unfortunately, made it a limited release. Make no mistake, this bottle contains a magical cider that tastes like an exquisite brown sugared, maple syrup liquid waffle goodness. Part of the reason we write is because we love to share things we love, as evidenced by the close to 50 people we rounded up to sample it.  ’Twas the best cider we ever tasted and it was adored by almost all. If they change its name to Waffle Cider and throw some marketing money behind it, this could become one of the most popular ciders ever. We are still waiting on our free Keg of it for being the best free brand ambassadors Woodchuck has ever had.


Our usual favorite Florida Beer local breweries like the Celestial Funky Buddha, Holy Mackerel, M.I.A, and Opus Ales were also on hand slinging their unique and scrumptious libations. There was also the Orange Pride Games Arena & Bar, which included Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Beer Pong, Mega Twister and Human Bowling. The following are some of our other favorites of the day:

Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale  - it’s no accident this beer was rated a whopping 99%by ratebeer.com. Poured at the tent manned by Kush, the new amazing craft beer and burger haven that just opened in Wynwood from the Lokal creators. We kept going back for more — and we don’t even like IPA’s.


Holy Mackerel’s Panic Attack – This Belgian style ale with a subtle hint of spice felt like cool, smooth silk enveloping your tongue. So smooth, in fact, we were surprised to find the ABV clocking in at 10%. 


Another fest highlight was the incredible performance by cover band Band Suo. The remarkably talented band and hot female lead singer had the crowd participating in a huge drunken dance party with their awesome covers of Pharell’s “Happy”, the Isley Brothers “Shout” and Bruno Mars’s “Treasure.”


We always have a great time at Sprung and this year kpe the fub streak alive. We are already looking forward to getting smashed at Grovetoberfest in October.




2014 Leadership Forum 3/22/14

2014 Leadership Forum
Saturday, 03/22/2014 – 03/23/2014 09:30 am – 04:00 pm
IMG_2047Frankie Shannon Rolle Center
3750 Dixie Highway,
Miami, Florida 33311
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Are you looking to become more active in your community? Do you have ideas for creating change within your community, but don’t know where to start? Do you want to meet other passionate citizens from throughout South Florida?

If so, please join us for a free two-day forum March 22-23 facilitated by local leaders & professionals! Curriculum materials, lunch, and refreshments provided.

Topics to include:
-Characteristics of a leader
-Community organizing
-Effective communication skills
-Outreach and marketing

For more info, call Eric Larger at 305-751-5511, x1152
To register, visit nhssf.org and click on the events tab!

Saturday, March 22
10 am – 4 pm *Registration opens at 9:30 am*

Sunday, March 23
1 pm – 5 pm

Sprung! Beer Festival 2014

This past weekend was the Sprung! Beer Festival in Coconut Grove. Next year make sure you are there too! Here is a little more detailed recap on DailyBeerReview.com.




Photographs of Sprung! Spring Beer Festival 2014 at Peacock Park on 3/8/14

Sprung! Spring Beer Festival 2014 at Peacock Park on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

“Sprung!, the free-spirited, sister festival of Grovetoberfest, kicked Spring into action with their craft beer festival on Saturday, March 8th. The unlimited beer tasting will feature over 150 Spring and Summer ales in the heart of Coconut Grove from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Peacock Park. “

 Featuring:  Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Brewery, Kona, Magic Hat, Shiner, Shipyard, Harpoon, Blue Moon and many others will showcase their spring and summer offerings. Sprung! will also host a complete lineup of Florida beers from Schnebley, Cigar City, Tequesta Brewing and Florida Beer along with local breweries such as Funky Buddha, Wynwood Brewing, M.I.A, and Opus Ales. Including a complete list of ciders such as Crispin Cider, Magner’s and Woodchuck. Beer enthusiasts also were treated to a selection not available in South Florida, and in keeping with tradition, the homebrew section showcased brews created by locals who are passionate about their beer. Sprung! also bought back the Orange Pride Games Arena & Bar — a dedicated game section, which includes Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Beer Pong, Mega Twister, Human Bowling and a few other surprises. In addition to Bougainvillea’s Live Music Stage, there were plenty of vendors offering a wide range of food and the Gold Coast Beverage Distributor Culinary Experience, which will pair beer with the talents of some of South Florida’s favorite chefs.”

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Back Home – Gallery Opening Reception 3/8/14

Back Home – Gallery Opening Reception
Saturday, 03/08/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
3112 Commodore Plaza,
Miami, Florida 33133
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Cost: free

Artists Reception at Boswell Mourot Fine Art
featuring the work of two young Miami artists
ANGEL LAUREN ~ Photography
7-10pm Light Refreshments will be Served


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