The 4th Annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance 2/19/15 – 2/22/15

The 4th Annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
grassrootsFebruary 19-22, 2015
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
4020 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149.
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Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival – An inclusive multi-cultural and family-friendly music, arts and dance festival celebrating its 4th annual winter event in Miami, FL.

What: The Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance is taking place on Virginia Key in Miami featuring Donna the Buffalo, Rubblebucket, Marco Benevento, Jim Lauderdale, Swear and Shake, Afrobeta, AJ Ghent, Big Mean Sound Machine, Telekenetic Walrus, Danay Suarez, the Spam Allstars, Suenalo, Locos Por Juana, Elastic Bond, Lanzallamas, Electric Piquete and more.

The festival kicked off with beach camping and workshops during the all-new “Culture Camp” that began February 15th. Yoga, instrument and cooking workshops happen each day through Wednesday, ending with a family-style dinner and dance. The event also features the Zen Village Healing Arts attraction, a kid’s village, a sustainability expo, the Beer Garden Vinyl Lounge, the Grassroots World Café, live art and craft vendors and more.

There will be a special Chinese New Year celebration on Thursday and a ceremony honoring Black History Month and the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park’s 70th anniversary Saturday. Tickets are half-price for anyone that arrives on bike Sunday, with proceeds to benefit Heart for Humanity.

City Theatre launches brand new Island Shorts production on Key Biscayne as part of its 20th Anniversary Season 2/6/15-2/8/15

City Theatre launches brand new Island Shorts production on Key Biscayne as part of its 20th Anniversary Season
Friday, 02/06/2015 – 02/08/2015 06:30 pm –
tango1Key Biscayne Community Center
10 Village Green Way,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: $20 – $30

City Theatre continues its 20th anniversary celebration with a brand new Key Biscayne production of ISLAND SHORTS, a special program that will comprise seven “Best of the Fest” plays from 19 previous seasons of SUMMER SHORTS, America’s Short Play Festival, and one new play selected from the company’s recent SWAMP SHORTS play reading showcase. The limited engagement of only three performances runs February 6 – 8, 2015 in the Island Room of the Key Biscayne Community Center.

Directed by City Theatre Guest Artist Gail Garrison, ISLAND SHORTS will be performed by Elizabeth Price, Andres Maldonado, Vanessa Elise, Marquis Rogers, Corina Ramirez and Michael Uribe.

The ISLAND SHORTS play line-up includes:

Feel the Tango by Susan Westfall
A boring night turns upside down when the waiter takes Sandy’s order.

DMV Tyrant by Christopher Durang
A man goes to a woman clerk at the Division of Motor Vehicles and tries to get his license renewed with infuriating results.

The Crocodile’s Bite by Vanessa Garcia
Four characters, all immigrants to the city, connect and collide one night in Miami.

Please Report Any Suspicious Activity by Rick Park
Dirk and Antonio are both in hot water when a trip to the aquarium goes wrong.

I’ll Be Theatre by Joyce Turiskylie
Sometimes in modern romance, the perfect partner can be found as close as the nearest bush.

Controlling Interest by Wayne S. Rawley
Four successful young businessmen gather for their weekly staff meeting. Two persuasive young businesswomen arrive to negotiate the ultimate deal.

Plan Day by Leslie Ayvazian
One woman plays a mother to her only child, a son, in four different stages of her life: her 30s, 40s, 50s, and 70s.

Parent Interview by Justin Warner
A New York couple might get their daughter into an elite preschool – but it will cost them more than money.

Island Shorts, an exclusive limited engagement of only three performances, will open on Friday, February 6 with a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m., and play through February 8. Performances are Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 8 at 4 p.m.

Advance tickets are $20 for Key Biscayne residents and seniors (60 and over), and $25 for non-residents. Tickets purchased the day of the performance, or after February 6, are $30. Tickets may be purchased through the Key Biscayne Community Center by calling (305) 365-8900, or online at islandshorts.org.

Miami International Dragon Boat Festival 4/11/15

Miami International Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, 04/11/2015 – 08:00 am – 05:00 pm
DB-4.11.15Miami Rowing Club
3601 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Miami, Florida 33149
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Get Ready as Dragons Invade Virginia Key

Miami Dragon Boat Festival Returns to Virginia Key, April 11th, 2015, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

Dragons will once again invade the City of Miami’s waters on Saturday, April 11th as the Miami International Dragon Boat Festival returns to the Miami Rowing Club on Virginia Key. This event is a great opportunity for groups to come together and participate in a fun-filled day of competitive racing, which will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Often dubbed as a “canoe on steroids”, dragon boats are 42’ in length and don a traditional dragon head and tail. Dating back more than 2,000 years, this ancient Chinese pastime has captured the attention of the competitive sporting world, making it the second fastest growing water sport.

The festival is currently seeking participants! No experience or gear necessary- just grab twenty (20) friends or coworkers, a paddle and go!

Teams for the Miami International Dragon Boat Festival can be formed by companies, bringing employees together for a day of fun competition and team building. Other teams can come from educational institutions, civic and community organizations, gyms, families and friends etc. This event is open to participants of all sizes and abilities, ages 13 and up. Prior experience is not necessary, practice sessions and equipment will be provided to registered teams. Dragon boat racing supports camaraderie, fitness, competition and a lesson on the ultimate goal of reaching the finish line together!

Attendance to the event is free and open to the public. Registration fees vary based on team category.

Don’t miss out on this cultural experience and a day of fun!

Photographs of Key Biscayne Wine and Food Fest by Mr Q 305

The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation hosted the 10th Annual Rotary Club Key Biscayne Wine and Food Fest.
The primary beneficiaries included the ARC of South Florida and the Fundacion Manos del Sur. Founded in 1953 by a group of concerned parents, the ARC, South Florida serves the over 60,000 Miami-Dade County citizens with  developmental disabilities. Fundacion Manos del Sur is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to underprivileged children in Latin America in the areas of education, health and nutrition.
This year’s event was again themed after “New World vs. Old World. Wines from some of the top wine producing regions in the world competed to earn coveted awards for “Best Varietal”, “Best in Show-White Wine” and “Best in Show-Red Wine”. Please scroll to the last image to see the winner’s board

Guess also savored delicacies prepared by 14 participating restaurants from the Key Biscayne and general Miami area.
In collaboration with the ARC of South Florida a silent auction took place during the tasting. Auction lots consisted of more than 100 items, which included travel, restaurant, sports memorabilia and other goods and services, with an estimated market value of more than $40,000.

 

Kiwanis Of Little Havana Foundation 38th Annual Christmas Gala 12/6/14

Kiwanis Of Little Havana Foundation 38th Annual Christmas Gala
Saturday, 12/06/2014 – 08:00 pm –
100evite2Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: Individual Ticket – $125; Reserved Table (10 Guests) – $1,500; VIP Lounge (10 Guests) – $2,500

The Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation is set to host its 38th Annual Christmas Gala, with support from BMW, Bacardi and Coca-Cola. Proceeds from the annual fundraising event will benefit various Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation projects, including “A Toy for Every Child” and “Adopt-a-Family” holiday initiatives.

“For more than three decades, our Annual Christmas Gala has afforded the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana the opportunity to touch the lives of those less fortunate by distributing thousands of cherished gifts and warm meals during the holidays,” said Henry Jimenez, chairman of the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation. “With the help of our corporate and community partners, as well as numerous volunteers, we can continue to further our mission to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of thousands of South Florida children and their families.”

Beginning at 8 p.m., guests will dance to the rhythm of live performances by internationally renowned artists Grupo Niche, Hansel Y Raul, and Lime. Attendees will also enjoy an open bar and buffet stations featuring local cuisine. Formal attire will be strictly enforced.

Additional benefiting foundation projects include the annual Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Christmas Fair, Future Leaders through Education Scholarship Fund, and many more community goodwill youth initiatives.

TechBar Key Biscayne Grand Opening 11/13/14

TechBar Key Biscayne Grand Opening
Thursday, 11/13/2014 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
10669114_766652316729789_8258153620931414195_oTechBar Key Biscayne
328 Crandon Blvd,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: Free

Join us for an evening of cocktails, light bites, and fun as we celebrate the grand opening of our second TechBar location in Key Biscayne.

The EDGE Charitable Foundation Presents the 2nd Annual Casino Night 10/18/14

The EDGE Charitable Foundation Presents the 2nd Annual Casino Night
Saturday, 10/18/2014 – 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
Image: FILE PHOTO: 70 Years Since The Casablanca World Premiere CasablancaFairways on the Key
6700 Crandon Blvd.,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: $75 pre-sale, $100 at the door

The Early Development of Global Education (EDGE) Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, invites the South Florida community to their second annual Casino Night. The Hispanic Police Officers Association of Miami-Dade (HPOA) is the presenting sponsor of “A Night in Casablanca.” The themed event will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at The Fairways on the Key – Crandon Park Golf Course (located at 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL. 33149).

As of today, The EDGE Charitable Foundation has helped more than 12,000 children in the United States, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. The organization raises funds to benefit children who are homeless, unaccompanied, and victims of human trafficking, domestic violence or victimized in any other way. Last year’s event raised money to fund various projects locally and globally. Ninety percent of funds raised impacted children on a local level.

“The EDGE set a goal during last year’s Casino Night to double the number of children to be impacted by the 2013 Casino Night event, and they not only achieved their aggressive goal, they surpassed it,” said Mercy Hernandez, founder and president of the EDGE Charitable Foundation.

The Casino Night’s lounge-style setting promises to become the EDGE Charitable Foundation’s humanitarian event of the year. CBS4 Miami reporter, MaryAnn Martinez, will be the Master of Ceremonies for this year’s gala which attracts a vibrant group of local business executives, community leaders and local celebrities. The evening will also feature two special celebrity guest hosts, Marysol Patton, President of The Patton Group Public Relations and star of Bravo Network’s hit reality show “Real Housewives of Miami,” and Alexia Echevarria, Executive Editor of Venue Magazine and television personality on Bravo Networks’s “Real Housewives of Miami.” During the evening, guests will enjoy classic cars, gaming tables, a VIP champagne bar, a Funclick photo booth, food provided by Sal’s Italian Restaurant, a dessert station courtesy of Azucar Ice Cream and Bindi Italian Desserts, a coffee station courtesy of Starbucks, cigars and cocktails. Attire for the event will be black and white chic.

If purchased in advance, tickets for the second annual Casino Night start at $75 per person and include an open bar, food, cocktails and $30 in chips. Tickets will cost $100 at the door and are limited to the first 500 players (must be 21 years of age). Winnings have no actual cash value but guests will receive prizes and raffle items. To purchase tickets for the event online, visit www.EventBrite.com and search “The EDGE Casino Night.” For more information on the EDGE Charitable Foundation, visit www.TheEdgeEducation.com. For sponsorship opportunities, email Mercy Hernandez at [email protected] or call 305-298-1763.