5K PARK Fest 10/3/15

5K PARK Fest
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 12:00 pm – 06:00 pm
PARK-FestHistoric Virginia Key Beach Park
4020 Virginia Beach Drive,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Cost: PARK Fest is Free & Open to the Public
5K / 2.5K Registration Fee = $40
PARK Mini Run (7 and under) = $20
PARK Project donates HALF directly to YOUR CAUSE!
Contact Info – [email protected]
Phone – 786-571-7732

5k PARK Fest is the one-of-a-kind event that gives back to your cause! This is the only all day festival & 5K designed to celebrate philanthropy and raise funds and awareness for all of South Florida’s non-profits, schools, civic and faith-based organizations!

PARKticipants can support their favorite cause by running, walking, wheeling or just cheering for a cause that’s near and dear to their heart! For every PARKticipant who registers, PARK donates HALF directly back to their cause!

The bigger the team, the more cash for the cause! Teams can revolve around any nonprofit (school groups and programs are a perfect fit, too).


BE THE SPARK and PARK (Perform Acts of Random Kindness)!

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
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.

Florida Tax Free Holiday Savings at Miami Seaquarium 8/7/15

Florida Tax Free Holiday Savings at Miami Seaquarium
Friday, 08/07/2015 – 08/16/2015 12:00 am –
Seal-Swim-at-Miami-SeaquariumMiami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Cost: Save 7% on animal encounter experiences

Miami Seaquarium will be celebrating the 2015 Back to School Tax Free Holiday by offering Florida resident savings on animal encounter experiences including dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor, Seal Swim and the Sea Trek Reef Encounter. Proof of Florida residency is required and guests must redeem their animal encounter on or before October 31, 2015.

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

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.

Historic Virginia Key Bach Park Official 70th Anniversary Party Celebration 8/1/15

Historic Virginia Key Bach Park Official 70th Anniversary Party Celebration
Saturday, 08/01/2015 – 11:00 am – 07:00 pm
150801_VKBP-Official-Party-FlyerHistoric Virginia Key Park
4020 Virginia Beach Drive,
Miami, Florida 33149
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Celebrating the rich 70 year 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, Jankanoo band, retro prices on most food & beverage items, unlimited free rides on the mini train and carousel and so much more.


Winn-Dixie Invites Customers To Grand Opening of Key Biscayne Wine and Spirits Store 7/16/15

Winn-Dixie Invites Customers To Grand Opening of Key Biscayne Wine and Spirits Store
Thursday, 07/16/2015 – 05:30 pm – 07:30 pm
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624 Crandon Blvd.,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: Free

Winn-Dixie invites customers to the Grand Opening of its newest Wine & Spirits store during a ribbon cutting ceremony in partnership with the City of Key Biscayne Mayor Pena Lindsay and the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce. In honor of the grand opening, Winn-Dixie will provide donations to the Village of Key Biscayne Fire Rescue Department and Key Biscayne American Legion and Auxiliary Post 374. The event will include live entertainment and light bites from the Key Biscayne Winn-Dixie store’s prepared foods department.

The store will showcase Winn-Dixie’s newest décor concepts, while boasting an expansive selection of imported, domestic and craft beers, a variety of premium liquors, additional wine assortments and specialty items. Like the neighboring Winn-Dixie grocery store, the new Wine & Spirits store offers customers savings when they use their Winn-Dixie Customer Reward Card, including a 10 percent discount on four or more bottles, free mixers with select purchases; as well as saving even more money with bonus fuelperks! rewards at the pump.

The new Winn-Dixie Wine & Spirits store is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Splash Spectacular Summer Returns To Miami Seaquarium With a Field Of Cool Water Slides 7/1/15 – 8/23/15

Splash Spectacular Summer Returns To Miami Seaquarium With a Field Of Cool Water Slides
Sunday, 07/02/2015 – 08/23/2015 09:30 am – 06:00 pm
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4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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This summer, Miami Seaquarium will offer fun and cool alternatives to beat the heat with the return of its Splashtacular Summer celebration. Children will be able to enjoy inflatable water slides and wet slip-n-slides in the park’s Splashtacular Summer Kid’s Water Play Area. Now through August 23, 2015, the park will feature aquatic play elements for guests to enjoy.
The Water Play Area will feature seven themed water slides including: Tropical Slide, King Slide, Tsunami Slide, Ocean, Double Slide, Double Splash and Shark Escape Slide and Niagara Falls. In addition, Salty’s Pirate Playground and the park’s Spray and Play misting stations will provide wet, fun and refreshing ways to stay cool.
Miami Seaquarium offers one more way to stay cool this summer during shows at the park’s Killer Whale stadium. Just sit in one of the first rows of the stadium when Lolita the Killer Whale makes one of her incredible leaps out of the pool and sends hundreds of gallons of cool water cascading into the audience. It’s definitely the coolest fun in town.
Pick up a $10 off discount coupon at participating Subway restaurants or save $8 on park admission by purchasing advance tickets online.

Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marine-life exhibits. More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at www.miamiseaquarium.com.

An Ethical Love Affair Eco Fashion Wedding Event 6/5/15

An Ethical Love Affair Eco Fashion Wedding Event
Friday, 06/05/2015 – 05:00 pm – 09:00 pm
go-green-front-biz-cardHistoric Virginia Key Beach Park
4020 Virginia Beach Drive.,
miami, Florida 33149
Cost: FREE

Friday, June 5th, 2015

“An Ethical Love Affair”


Historic Virgina Key Beach alongside Go Green Fashionista presents “An Ethical Love Affair”, an elegant runway show featuring Miami’s Top Eco-Friendly Fashion Designers showcasing couture bridal gowns, high fashion reception dresses and flower girls.

A highlight of the eras from 1940’s – Present will be recreated through vintage wedding dresses presented by Go Green Fashionista: FabVintage Collection. A blast from the past fashion is in celebration of Historic Virginia Key Beach 70th Anniversary. This event will be filled with bridal gifts, ethical fashion, cocktails & beautiful floral décor accenting the bridal imagery. Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers.

MUST RSVP: www.universe.com/ethicalaffair

About Go Green Fashionista:

“Go Green Fashionista” is a MOVEMENT honoring environmental awareness through community outreach, while introducing holistic sustainable living and eco-friendly fashion. “Go Green Fashionista” is also dedicated to giving back to our communities and around the world. There will be much insight on various eco-friendly foundations who cater to those who need shelter, clothes, food and water amongst the many bare necessities for the human race. The focus is to be informed and inspired by holistic and cost effective habits in relations to the earth.

About Historic Virginia Key Beach:

2015 marks the 70th year Anniversary of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. In the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s Virginia Key Beach located on the island of Virginia Key, was designated as a unique vacation spot strictly for blacks. Located in Dade-County, this beach was the answer (for people of color) to South Florida’s whites-only beaches pre-1960’s Civil Rights. By 1979, Virginia Key Beach had been transferred to the City of Miami and was transformed into park status. Then in 1982 the park closed and was left abandoned until 2008. During the nearly 20 years of abandonment, the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust was formed and the park saw life again! This committee of dedicated people achieved getting the park placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Florida Historic Marker. This “Paradise Renewed” is also designated as a Historic Site by the Miami Historic & Environmental Preservation Board! Today, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is an anchor in the rebirth of the beautiful natural island of Virginia Key, “Miami’s Central Park”!

Vendor and Sponsor Inquiry: Information/Media Inquiry:

Michelle Swaby-Smith Fabienne Claude

Special Events Liaison Special Events Director

Virginia Key Beach Park Trust [email protected]

4020 Virginia Beach Drive 786-953-3416 Office

Miami, Fl 33149

305-960-4618 Office

954-558-9664 Cell

4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149, United States

Miami Seaquarium Online Deal and Florida Residents Summer Discount 5/1/15 – 5/31/15

Miami Seaquarium Online Deal and Florida Residents Summer Discount
Friday, 05/01/2015 – 05/31/2015 08:00 am – 09:00 pm
MSQMiami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link

This May, Miami Seaquarium will offer ticket price deals for locals looking for savings in South Florida. Enjoy a world-class marine-life entertainment park with eight different marine animal shows and educational daily presentations. Miami Seaquarium summer deal includes a ‘Family Four Pack of Single Day Tickets’ for $120.00 (plus 7% FL sales tax), which includes a free plush valued at $10. Tickets must be redeemed by May 31, 2015. Discount offer is available on online purchases by visiting the park’s website www.miamiseaquarium.com/fourpack. Tickets purchased online must be redeemed by May 31st, 2015.

In addition, sunshine state residents are in for a special discount offer. Florida residents can purchase a single day ticket for only $29.99 (plus tax). Guests can enjoy all marine animal shows and presentations. This Florida resident discount fee includes same day admission to the park. Proof of Florida residency is required. The single day ticket offer is valid until May 31st, 2015.

Miami Seaquarium Summer Camp 6/8/15

Miami Seaquarium Summer Camp
Monday, 06/08/2015 – 08/21/2015 09:00 am – 04:30 am
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4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link

Summer Camp 2015 at Miami Seaquarium offers students from kindergarten to high school the opportunity to learn about animal senses and behavior, environmental issues, and the relationship between humans and marine animals. This year’s themes are “Fish 101”,” “Conservation Crusaders,” and “Walk on the Wild Side.” The camp will run from June 8-August 21, 2015 for campers’ ages 5 to 18 years. Curriculum for each grade level at Summer Camp 2015 at Miami Seaquarium will revolve on a one-week schedule with additional weeks optional. Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with early and late care available for an additional charge. For Summer Camp enrollment or additional information, please call 305-361-5705, ext. 298 or 207 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com.

Miracle Makers Fashion Show and Luncheon 4/30/15

Miracle Makers Fashion Show and Luncheon
Thursday, 04/30/2015 – 11:30 am – 03:30 pm
Big-Brothers-Big-SistersThe Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Cost: Individual tickets start at $175.

The Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami will serve as host to a luncheon event to honor South Florida’s most philanthropic and fashionable community members. Local notables will mix and mingle while enjoying an auction, lunch and fashion show featuring collections from some of the world’s top designers. In addition, at the event the organization will highlight its 2015 Miracle Maker Honorees as well as its 2015 Power Couple.

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


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
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!

Miami Seaquarium Spring Camp 3/23/15

Miami Seaquarium Spring Camp
Sunday, 03/23/2015 – 03/27/2015 09:30 am – 04:30 pm
Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link

Springtime brings excitement to Miami Seaquarium with the return of spring camp. This year’s spring camp theme is ‘Conservation Quest.’ The park’s spring camp program offers students from kindergarten to high school the opportunity to learn about environmental issues facing our planet including pollution, invasive species, water conservation, habitat destruction, and endangered species. The week long camp includes one marine mammal show a day, at least one animal interaction a day, arts and crafts, interactive games and experiments, lunch and much more. Spring camp will run March 23-27, 2015 for campers ages 5 to 18 years. For Spring Camp enrollment or additional information, please call 305-361-5705, ext. 298 or 207 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com.

Miami Seaquarium’s Bunny Palooza 4/3/15

Miami Seaquarium’s Bunny Palooza
Friday, 04/03/2015 – 04/05/2015 12:30 pm –
Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link

Easter Weekend in Miami gets underway with BunnyPalooza 2015 at Miami Seaquarium, which hops onto the scene from Friday, April 3 to Easter Sunday, April 5. Guests will enjoy continuous Easter Egg Hunts throughout the day, and five acres of adrenaline pumping fun with bounce houses, slides, rides, Rock Climbing Wall, plus many prizes and surprises. The Easter Parade will start daily at 12:30 p.m. complete with floats, bands, strolling performers, costumed characters and of course the Easter Bunny. A discount offering of $8 off admission to BunnyPalooza is available with a receipt or coupon from participating McDonalds Restaurants. Proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida whose mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in South Florida.

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.

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
Webpage Link
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
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3601 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Miami, Florida 33149
Webpage Link

Get Ready as Dragons Invade Virginia Key

Miami Dragon Boat Festival

Dragons will once again invade the City of Miami’s waters 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.

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
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
Webpage Link
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
Facebook Link
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.

Dress for Success Miami Gala 20th Anniversary Celebration 10/11/14

Dress for Success Miami Gala 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
dressforsuccessThe Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Purchase tickets online

Dress for Success Miami will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with an over-the-top gala, “Gangstas, Gals and Glam.” Dress for Success Miami has helped 50,000 clients re-enter the workforce and, through the gala, will ensure continued support to the residents in Miami- Dade County.

Dress for Success Miami is excited to welcome Honorary Chairs Maritere and Jon Secada, as well as Honorary Chairwoman Star Jones. Emceeing the evening will be Local 10 news anchors Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes. Our “Honorary Gals” for the evening include CBS 4 entertainment reporter Lisa Petrillo; NBC 6 anchor Trina Robinson; actress, TV host and entrepreneur Adriana Cataño; and lifestyle director for Antena305.com, journalist and correspondent for CNN Español Paula Lamas.

Guests will be welcomed by a red carpet, followed by a cocktail reception with exquisite passed hors d’oeuvres, as well as wine and spirits, including signature Dress for Success Miami cocktails provided by Diageo. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on extraordinary items in the silent auction, including “staycations” from Miami’s most luxurious hotels; experiences from the best restaurants in South Florida including a 3-course pasta making class by renowned Miami Chef Nunzio of Bocce Bar; 2015 Grammy Award tickets; rock n’ roll memorabilia; exclusive jewelry and many more exciting items.

Miami based fashion designer Julian Chang has joined Dress for Success Miami in support of its gala. This talented and creative designer is providing a custom, one-of-a-kind gown for the silent auction, as well as designing evenings looks for very special guests: two Dress for Success Miami clients.

Following the cocktail hour, the festivities will officially commence! Attendees will enter the ballroom for a gourmet dinner and dancing. Throughout the ballroom Diageo will be providing a selection of its signature brands. The evening’s entertainment will be extraordinary, and features internationally renowned music group Tártara; maestro singer, pianist and entertainer Bill Campbell; and Alto Reed, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, founding and current member of Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band and recipient of a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After dinner, guests can play their luck at the casino. From blackjack to poker, from slots to roulette, guests will have the opportunity to win magnificent prizes. While at the casino, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a cigar by one of Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 brands, Oliva.

Tickets are $500 per person and sponsorship opportunities begin at $7,500. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://dfsmiami20.eventbrite.com.

The evening would not have been possible without our generous sponsors and supporters: Presenting Sponsor: Royal Caribbean International. Platinum Sponsor: Judith & Norman Fields Family Fund. Gold Sponsor: Diageo. Silver Sponsor: Hilton Bentley Miami Beach. Baptist Health South Florida, Walmart, Perry Ellis International, Kimpton Hotels, Suntrust Foundation, Julian Chang, Fantasy Farms, A Blonde Tulip, Oliva Cigars, Showroom by Phillips Frankel, The Crest Team and Comcast.

44th Grand National Dancesport Championships 10/30/14

44th Grand National Dancesport Championships
Saturday, 10/30/2014 – 11/01/2014 07:00 am – 11:30 pm
gn2014cropped-webRitz-Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Dr,,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Cost: 65

Professional and Amateur Ballroom Dancers compete for
World Renowned Title in Key Biscayne.

44th Grand National Dancesport Championships, October 30-November 2, 2014
presents the nation’s top professional competitors:

The Grand National Professional Championships.

Dancing with the Stars glitter & glamour comes to Miami’s Key Biscayne
In spectacular fashion

Key-Biscayne — October 30-November 2, 2014
One of the longest running Ballroom Dance Competitions in the United States, The Grand National Championships, celebrates its 44th year, October 30-November 2, 2014
This prestigious competition began in Miami Beach in 1970.

The 2014 event is sure to be South Florida’s, Miami’s & Key Biscayne’s most gala Ballroom Dance extravaganza ever, kicking off on Thursday, October 30th, with top Pro-Am dancers from across the country, with a glittering parade of 200 or more Pro- AM dancers and Professional Competitions.

In addition to its 44-year tradition of bringing together Amateur and Pro-Am competitors from across the United States to vie for the title of Grand National Champion, this year’s competition will feature The Grand National Professional Championships. The top ranked professional couples In the United States & World Championship events will compete for this Grand National Title.

“We’re very excited to launch the new championship title for professional dancers of American Ballroom, said Cassandra Schneider, co-organizer of the NDCA Sanctioned 44th Grand National Dancesport Championships.”Ours is the only Sanctioned Championship Ballroom Dance competition held in South Florida.”

The popularity of television shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” proves that ballroom dance has captured the passionate attention and the hearts of millions. The Grand National Championships, which hosts many of the top dancers in the U.S., is world famous for its exciting dance shows and hospitality.

Running the Miami event for the twelfth year, Cassandra and Peter Schneider–themselves world-class dancers, judges and promoters–expect more than 200 competitors this year. The Grand National’s judges include World Championship class adjudicators from Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Russia and the USA.

Ballroom dancing is considered both a fine art and a sport. Contestants come from all walks of life, and range from 6 to over 90 years of age. Many older dancers enjoy this discipline for health reasons as well as for the pure joy of dancing. This year’s dancers will compete in one or more events featuring various dances.

Help Us Preserve Hobie Beach 8/23/14

Help Us Preserve Hobie Beach
Saturday, 08/23/2014 – 08/23/2014 08:30 am – 11:30 am
IMG_1933Hobie Beach
Hobie Island Beach Park, off the Rickenbacker Causesway near the Rickenbacker restrooms, 2nd and/or 3rd entrances on south side,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Miami is known for its beautiful scenery and beaches. Virginia Key Beach is an oasis of lush tropical landscape, wildlife and home to various marine science explorations. With the support of volunteers, like prominent environmental activist David Doebler, and program partners like ECOMB, the community is rallying and responding to the real need for preservation of our most delicate natural resources.

In an effort to educate, empower and inspire, power publicist Frances Alban and prominent blogger Jesus Rojas Torres are organizing this volunteer beach-clean-up. All Miami residents are encouraged to participate and show their support for keeping Key Biscayne beautiful, healthy and safe for swimming and recreation.

Organizers will provide garbage bags and other materials needed to collect litter. Volunteers will receive a complimentary continental breakfast and beverages courtesy of Winn-Dixie Key Biscayne. It is recommended that volunteers wear a hat, sneakers or “aqua-shoes”, and bring sunscreen and their own refillable water bottle. This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours.

Photographs of the Miami Marine Stadium on 6/28/14

On Saturday, June 28, we were allowed to visit the Miami Marine Stadium as part of the Day of Art and Action hosted by Gloria Estefan. Did you know there is a campaign on to save and restore the stadium? Below are some hi-resolution photos of the stadium and the art there.

























































































































On Saturday, June 28, international superstar and leading Miami businesswoman Gloria Estefan will kick off a daylong celebration at Miami Marine Stadium. Estefan, a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation who was named the “Voice of Miami Marine Stadium” in May 2013, will be joined by representatives from the National Trust and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium to unveil several recent, high profile accomplishments in the campaign to restore the iconic stadium, including an announcement by Estefan herself.

A series of events will take place throughout the day following a 10:00 a.m. press conference, including:

The ART History Mural Project, for which nine world-renowned contemporary street artists will be at the stadium to create large-scale, site-specific murals. The project, curated by stencil artist and muralist Logan Hicks, features a roster of local and international street artists including Luis Berros, Doze Green, Elbow Toe, Evoca1, Ian Kuali’I, Joe Iurato, RISK, and Rone. Although closed to the general public, these incredible murals will be presented through extensive documentation, as well as an archival print release at www.arthistory2014.com. Proceeds from the sale of the prints will directly support the stadium’s restoration.

An exclusive Instagram contest hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Space for this exclusive contest is limited to only 30 registrants, who will be selected by the National Trust based on their enthusiasm for taking photos of all the things that make Miami special—including its historic icons like Miami Marine Stadium. Contest winners will get to meet Gloria Estefan, interact with the nine artists of the ART History Mural Project, and explore the stadium with its architect, Hilario Candela. Visit www.savingplaces.org/marinestadium to register. The deadline to enter is Monday, June 23, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The June 28 event comes at an important time for the stadium. In July of 2013, Miami’s City Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to give Friends of Miami Marine Stadium full control over the stadium and the surrounding site so they could develop a plan to renovate and re-open the facility. Per an agreement with the City of Miami, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium has until January 2015 to raise an estimated $30 million to restore the stadium, with $10 million of that either identified or committed.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places. In 2012, the National Trust named Miami Marine Stadium to its growing portfolio of National Treasures – historic buildings, neighborhoods, communities, and landscapes across the country that are threatened and face an uncertain future. For more information, visit www.savingplaces.org.

About the ART History Mural Project
Miami Marine Stadium has unknowingly reinvented itself as an iconic venue for street artists, who have flocked to the site from around the world to paint it. These artists, who saw Miami Marine Stadium as a muse, are responsible for breathing life back into this architectural gem. The ART History Mural Project was created to acknowledge artists’ role in the story of Miami Marine Stadium. Existing murals have already been painted by Axel Void, Hox, Pixel Pancho, Stinkfish, Abstrk, and Tatiana Suarez. Artists will continue to paint over the summer of 2014, with another group of renowned international artists coming together on September 6, 2014. The ART History Mural Project will culminate in a print show at Miami’s Gregg Sheinbaum Gallery in September, and a final art show of original works in December during Art Basel. Support for the project has been provided by Liquitex, 1xRun, Crescent Cardboard, and the National Trust. For more information and to purchase prints benefiting the stadium’s restoration, visit www.arthistory2014.com.

Miami New Times Hosts Best Of Miami(R) Release Party 6/19/14

Miami New Times Hosts Best Of Miami(R) Release Party
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
BOM14-LOGOThe Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

New Times’ 27th-annual Best of Miami® issue celebrates the best of absolutely everything the area has to offer. Best of Miami® is the most comprehensive guide to the top people, places, goods and services, dining, nightlife, and entertainment found only in this region. With hundreds of pages of information, more than 300 choices, and a readership in the millions, it is the most anticipated issue of the year.

On Thursday, June 19, Miami New Times will host the Best Of Miami® Release Party to celebrate this year’s well-deserved winners. Attendees will enjoy culinary delights provided by the Rusty Pelican, and sip on specially crafted cocktails by Voli Vodka, Purity Vodka, Miami Club Rum, Souverain Wine, Castello di Gabbiano, Veuve de Vernay, Zignum Mezcal, Barbancourt Rhum, Vizcaya Rum, Tanduay Asian Rum, Hierbas Ibicencas, Barton & Guestier, and many more!

In addition, guests will get to show off their gaming skills with retro-themed videogames provided by 8bitLexicon, and enjoy live music from one of our very own Best Of 2014 winners, all while enjoying the gorgeous views of the downtown Miami skyline.

Best of Miami® will be published Thursday, June 19, with the full list of Readers’ Poll winners, along with editorial picks. It will be available on newsstands throughout the area and online at MiamiNewTimes.com as well as our Best Of mobile app.

If you are interested in ad placements in our Best of Miami® issue, please call us at (305) 571-7699.

Peru Gourmet 2014 at Rusty Pelican Key Biscayne 6/3/14

Peru Gourmet 2014 @ Rusty Pelican Key Biscayne
perugourmetTuesday, June 3rd 2014, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
$60 per Person, Includes All drinks & Food Tasting
To buy tickets click here
Valet Parking: $6.00
Dress Code: Casual

The Peruvian American Chamber of Commerce is proud to invite everyone to the 2014 Peru Gourmet. It will held Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

City Theatre Summer Shorts 2014 Preview 4/4/14

City Theatre Summer Shorts 2014 Preview
Friday, 04/04/2014 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
13_medKey Biscayne Community Center
10 Village Green Way,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

City Reads for CityWrights are fun and informal evenings of new play readings, presented by City Theatre and its acting company, that give audiences a first-hand role in the process that scripts go from page to stage. Audiences serve as critic and supporter, or even as an actor, while having a peek at what makes City Theatre a center for fresh, new works.

These evenings are an entertaining way for audiences to help City Theatre find great plays among the hundreds of submissions that the company receives for its annual Summer Shorts Festival. Summer Shorts is America’s Short Play Festival that will take place from June 12 – July 6, 2014 at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, with an incredible line-up of scripts penned by the country’s best writers including City Theatre National Short Play Competition winners.

2014 ADDY’s Masquerade Ball 3/12/14

2014 ADDY’s Masquerade Ball
Wednesday, 03/12/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
AAF_MAsquerade_Ball_20143Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Cost: 85

Who/What: The American Advertising Federation of Miami (AAF Miami) 2014 ADDY’s Masquerade Ball
When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, Florida
Tickets: $85 a person; Appetizers, Cocktails & Award Show
Theme: “Unmask this year’s award winning advertising”

City Theatre presents Shorts 4 Kids 3/2/14

City Theatre presents Shorts 4 Kids
Sunday, 03/02/2014 – 04:00 pm –
Shorts4KidssssssssssssssssKey Biscayne Community Center
10 Village Green Way,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

City Theatre has packed up its shorts and hit the road for the 2014 Shorts 4 Kids Tour. This unique educational outreach program introduces children to the art of theatre through age appropriate, socially relevant, entertaining and exciting short plays that appeal to young audiences in bite-size portions.

City Theatre’s Shorts 4 Kids features a selection of three 10-minute short plays that focus on important issues such as bullying, self-esteem and acceptance. The City Theatre Acting Company, comprised of talented young artists from across South Florida, will engage the audience in a lively question and answer period after each performance. The plays and talk back periods act as a spring board for further discussion of relevant issues that challenge today’s youth. Online study guides are available on City Theatre’s website to help introduce students to the short play format and subject matter of the performances: www.citytheatre.com.

This year’s Shorts 4 Kids is directed by City Theatre’s Assistant Artistic Director Mcley LaFrance, and includes three new short plays by Jason Edelstein and Mary Sansone:

Sword Fate Online
by Jason Edelstein
Riza is enthusiastic about joining an online game called Sword Fate Online, when she runs into the most popular team called Heroes of the Hand. She is eager to impress them but is surprised that they are less than friendly. Will she falter in the face of adversity or will this be a story for the ages?

Mr. Nomis
by Mary Sansone
The last place Beau wants to be after school is playing with his buddy Robert’s little sister in the front yard. But Robert insists that having a ceremony for his little sister’s pet is more important than playing Madden. Will Beau help Robert or will he be the reason for a disastrous occasion?

Art Basil Basel
by Mary Sansone
Erik’s been waiting all year to go to Art Basel but what happens when he discovers that rumors are being spread about him that may jeopardize the trip.

The Shorts 4 Kids acting company and creative team features Andre Russell (Musical Director/Sound Designer/Sound Engineer), Jason Edelstein (Actor/Playwright), Mary Sanson (Actor/Playwright/Set Designer), Stephanie White (Actor/Dance Choreographer), Jovon Jacobs (Actor), Kaitlin Sarnacki (Costume and Prop Design), Georgina Delgado (Production Stage Manager) and David Diaz (Sound Technician).

The Shorts 4 Kids tour is made possible with the support of our Season Sponsors: Carnival Corporation & PLC and Key Biscayne Community Foundation,The Miami-Dade School Board Members Dr. Lawrence Feldman, Dr. Marta Perez, Dr. Martin Karp, Ms. Raquel Regalado and Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, along with The Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Coral Gables, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., Wille Family Foundation, Citizens Interested in Arts.

For more information about Shorts 4 Kids, please contact Melody Fakhourie at [email protected] or call 305-755-9401 ext. 12.

Photographs of Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance at Virginia Key on 2/20-23/14

Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance at Virginia Key on Thursday – Sunday, February 20-23, 2014.

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Miami Seaquarium Camp 6/9/14

Miami Seaquarium Camp
Monday, 06/09/2014 – 09:30 am –
Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Cost: $180- $200

Students from kindergarten to high school can learn about animal senses and behavior, environmental issues, and the relationship between humans and marine animals. Curriculum for each grade level will revolve on a one-week schedule with additional weeks optional. This year’s themes are “Flipper and Friends,” “Oceans in Motions,” and “Ocean Rangers.” Special pricing at Dolphin Harbor is available for campers to experience a Dolphin Interaction program. Parents who have campers registered in grades six through high school can enroll their campers in a Reef Encounter (Sea Trek).

12th Annual Beacon Awards 4/9/14

beacon12th Annual Beacon Awards
April 9, 2014, 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive
Key Biscayne FL

Ticket Price: $300.00-$350.00
Register Online
Early Bird price until February 28.

BACCF 2014 Doubles Tournament – Register Today! 4/16/14

BACCF 2014 Doubles Tournament – Register Today!
Sunday, 03/16/2014 – 12:00 pm –
BACCF_flyer_tennisThe Ocean Club
795 Crandon Boulevard,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Cost: $60 per player $40 per person for award luncheon $20 Children 8 & younger for award luncheon Cancelation fees apply – all reservations must be canceled 72 hours in advance. A $15.00 fee will be applied to all credit card cancelations.

This great tennis tournament brings Chamber athletes, friends and family members together for a day of fun games and networking. Celebrate with all the players at a delightful awards ceremony. You don’t want to miss it!!
Sunday, March 16, 2014

Registration Opens 10:30 am
At The Ocean Club, Key Biscayne
$60 per player
Sum of ages of both players must be at least 70 – rules apply, see bellow!
If tennis is your sport, join us at THE BACCF 2013 Open!

Family and Guests can register for the Sunday award ceremony luncheon!!!
The luncheon will start at 4:00PM and the cost is $40.00 per person, $20.00 Children 8 & younger.

Rules and Regulations
1. Due to time and court restrictions, teams will forfeit a match by failing to appear in the designated court within 15 minutes after the end of the preceding match.
2. Warm-up practice is allowed only before match and shall not exceed 10 minutes.
3. Sum of ages of both players must be at least 70
4. One team player must be a member of the BACCF in good standing or a resident of the Ocean Club
5. First round losers will automatically play in the SILVER CUP tournament.
6. Players must consult the tournament organization at all times, concerning the scheduling of the matches.
7. The BACCF OPEN and BACCF SILVER CUP finals will be played best two out of three sets, regular scoring. A 12-point tiebreaker to be played at six games all.
8. No current or past teaching pros, touring pros, ranked junior players, college and tennis players ranked above 4.5 in the NTRP rating categories will be allowed to play in the tournament. The Organization reserves the right to disqualify any player(s) who belong to any of these categories and have registered to play or have already started to play, during the course of the tournament.
9. In case of a rain delay, match will continue the next day. Sides and the score play must resume exactly where it was stopped.
10. No activated beepers or cellular phones will be allowed in court.
11. The tournament will provide tennis balls, which must be left in the court after the match is finished. The Tournament will not provide referees or linesman.
12. All other USTA rules will apply. All decisions made by the Organizational Committee are final.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne Reveals $2 Million Makeover

Featuring Renovated Wet Areas, Fitness Center and Debut of Contemporary Spa Menu With Vegan Services

MIAMI, FL – The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne reveals a $2 million makeover this season, further enhancing the tropical oasis destination spa.

Welcome to Miami’s Updated Destination Spa
Led by internationally recognized, Coral Gables design firm Gettys, the 20,000 square foot luxury spa welcomes guests to an updated arrival experience with a mosaic waterfall feature, modern gold fixtures and contemporary art displays. Wet areas, including Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room received the largest refresh incorporating a contrast of natural tones of custom mosaic murals, greeting sunlight in the new, expanded relaxation area. Salon and treatment rooms complement with a refresh of hues and furnishings.

Expanded Fitness Center with Innovative Classes
As a full service spa and wellness center, the fitness center expands to include reception area with private day lockers, all new state-of-the-art cardiovascular/weight equipment and a core/stretching action station. Monthly fitness calendar offers indoor and outdoor classes for both guests and local. On the nights of the Full Moon, guests can spin under the stars for an intense cardio workout or relax with yoga on the resort’s Grand Lawn with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop. Classes begin as the sun sets and the moon rises over the Atlantic Ocean, as the evening’s “Spin Stars” provide ice cold towels, refresh water and cool down spinners with spritzes of water. Prefer a morning workout? Sunrise Swim classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at the resort’s Adult Pool for all levels. $18 per person. Reservations required for all classes by calling (305) 365-4197.

New Contemporary Spa Menu features Vegan Nail Services
Enhancing the relaxation experience, Spa Director David Bremer debuts a contemporary new spa menu. Boasting the lush tropical surrounding, the menu caters to men, women and expectant mothers, with treatments such as the Signature Tropical Paradise Hydrating Wrap, Piña Colada Body Polisher and Island Escape package. Fresh signature nails services allow guests to create a unique and personalized experience from a menu of scents, ingredients and new vegan nail polish, making The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne the first spa in South Florida to offer the vegan product. Offering a variety of colors, wHet nail colors are not tested on animals and “three free” — void of the harmful chemicals, formaldehyde, toluene and DBP (dibutyl phthalate).

Locals may enjoy spa facility access with a spa treatment or fitness center when participating in a class. For those looking for a relaxing getaway, book the Miami resort’s Spa-Cation package including overnight accommodations and daily $100 spa credit. Rates starting from $299 USD. Call for availability. For reservations, contact (305) 365-4500 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/keybiscayne.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne is located at 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, FL 33149. To book an appointment or for additional information, contact (305) 365- 4197.

About The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, Miami is just minutes from the city’s cosmopolitan center, yet feels like a secluded island getaway with its lush tropical gardens, infinity ocean views and the only South Florida beach on Dr. Beach’s Top Ten Beaches in the U.S. list. Connected to Miami by a picturesque causeway, the luxury resort is a renowned spa destination, has four globally-inspired dining venues, which take guests on culinary journeys to Tuscany, Coastal Mexico and St. Tropez, and has the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton in the world. The award-winning resort is recognized by Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Forbes, Tennis magazine and Golf Digest as among the world’s best hotels. For additional information or reservations, call The Ritz-Carlton toll free at (800) 241-3333, the resort directly at (305) 365-4500, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at: www.ritzcarlton.com.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 84 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR).

Tatiana Lora
Public Relations Manager
455 Grand Bay Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Tel: (305) 365-4208
Fax: (305) 365-4509
Email: Email Contact


Check out these event photographs by Daniella Veras. See more images and reviews at HedonistShedonist.com 

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance 2/20/14-2/23/14

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance
Thursday, 02/20/2014 – 02/23/2014 09:00 am – 02:00 am
miami-logo-final-4Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
4020 Virginia Beach Dr,
Miami, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Facebook, Twitter & Instragram: @GrassRootsMiami.
Tickets are very moderately priced, with day passes ranging from $25-$40.
Adult 4-Day Tickets are $100 in advance, $120 at the gate.
Youth ages 13-15 are just $20 per day or $50 for 4-Days, with Kids 12 & under Free.
Tent Camping Passes are $25 per night or $50 for 4-Nights. Vehicle Camping Passes, which include a tent pass are $50 per night or $100 for 4 Nights. Any vehicle larger than 21ft and cars towing campers are considered RVs and priced at $150.
Volunteer opportunities are still available in trade for free tickets.

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music, Art & Dance has unveiled this year’s line up! The GrassRoots Festival will be returning to Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami, Florida, February 20th – 23rd, 2014. The festival will be celebrating its third anniversary with the most impressive and diverse lineup to date. The Festival will also feature a Sustainability Fair, Yoga, Tai Chi, Live Art, Music Workshops, Dance Workshops, and Children’s Activities .

4 days, 4 stages, and over 50 bands.

Onsite camping is available.
A limited number of tickets are available now for $90. See website for camping options.
Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival Artist Announcement:
The Del McCoury Band
Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits
Donna The Buffalo
MC Yogi
John Brown’s Body
Monsieur Periné
Locos Por Juana
Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band
Spam Allstars
Toubab Krewe
…and many more!

Returning for its 3rd year, The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art & Dance presents its most ambitious and diverse program lineup yet. The 4-Day Festival offers something completely different than any other festival or event in Florida. Highlights include performances from over 50 bands from across the globe, yoga & healing arts workshops, a huge Kids Village, live art & installations, music & dance workshops, camping on the beach, and much more. From February 20th through February 23rd the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park sets the stage for an interactive event filled with participatory experiences for all ages to enjoy.

An incredibly diverse and culturally rich musical lineup creates the Festival’s foundation. The programming includes Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Colombian group ChocQuibTown, Zimbabwe’s national treasure and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits, The most awarded Bluegrass legend of all time The Del McCoury Band, Latin Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist Sie7e, Trail-Blazing Americana mainstay Donna the Buffalo, current Reggae chart toppers John Brown’s Body, plus tons of hometown heavy-hitters like Spam All-Stars, Locos Por Juana, DJ Bill Kelly, Suenalo, and Elastic Bond. A full listing of bands ranging in genre from Cajun to Electronic, Roots Rock, Latin Pop, Country, Hip-Hop and beyond can be found at http://virginiakeygrassroots.com/music-art/performer-lineup

The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival is full of activities for kids and families. The Kid’s Village offers free art projects, musical workshops, story time, kids’ yoga, a playground, games and all kinds of creative exploration all day long! Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the festival for free.

The event is in many ways a ‘lifestyle festival’ with a holistic approach to entertainment that engages all of the senses. In partnership with the Zen Village of Coconut Grove, the Festival’s Healing Arts Area offers daily workshops in various lineages of Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, traditional dance, healing drumming, and more wellness practices. Practitioners of various healing modalities such as massage, Reiki, reflexology, and more offer their services throughout the day in a lovely shaded grove along the water.

Festival-goers have the opportunity to engage with legendary musicians and instructors at numerous Music and Dance Workshops. Musical workshop highlights include; World Drumming, Banjo & Fiddle, and Native Flute. Dance workshops for all levels take place prior to performances in the 10,000 square foot wood floored Dance Tent, including Bachata, Salsa, and Zydeco instruction. At Miami’s Scratch DJ Academy Booth, participants of all ages can try their hand at DJ-ing with instruction from world-renowned DJs and teachers.

Environmental sustainability and ecological preservation are at the heart of the event. The Sustainability Fair & Expo is an interactive model of engagement between South Florida businesses and festival attendees. Over the course of the weekend Green Businesses, featuring sustainable services and products work alongside non-profits to promote a sustainable future for Miami. There will be solar demos, bio-diesel education, urban farming workshops, and more. The Festival also has a mission of creating Zero Waste, with recycling and compost stations setup throughout the event. Biking to the festival is encouraged! Half-priced Sunday tickets are available for all who arrive by bicycle and numerous bike-centric activities are offered throughout the weekend.

The GrassRoots organization is deeply committed to building relationships in the community. The cornerstone of these local partnerships is the Roots in the Schools collaborative outreach program. In the week leading up to the event, The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival brings musicians into local schools for musical performances, classroom presentations, workshops, hands on experience and cultural enrichment. The program’s goal is to promote the creative health of young people, foster arts appreciation, and provide an opportunity for them to connect with the inspiring world of music. Please take a minute to view a short highlight video from last year’s program offerings; http://youtu.be/8eTbyKStR_0

Held on the pristine sands of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, camping is available on the main festival grounds, just steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Key is a short ride from downtown Miami, but is quiet and secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city, creating the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind festival. Tent camping and Vehicle Camping are available. Campers can come stay for single nights or all 4 nights of the festival.

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

“THE KEY BISCAYNE WINE CHALLENGE” Proceeds went to benefit The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation’s charitable work in the Miami area and beyond 9th Annual Rotary Key Biscayne Wine & Food Fest. Thirteen varietal wines from the New World competed against wines from the Old World to earn recognition as “Best of Show” in each class. The categories were: Whites 1.         Champagne vs. California Sparkling 2.         Loire Sauvignon Blanc vs. Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 3.         French Burgundy vs. California Chardonnay 4.         Austrian Riesling vs. Ohio Riesling Reds 5.         Bordeaux vs. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 6.         Italian vs. California Merlot 7.         French vs. Argentinean Malbec 8.         Bordeaux vs. California Cab Franc 9.         Italian Primitivo vs. California Zinfandel 10.       Spanish vs. California Tempranillo 11.       Rhone vs. Washington State Syrah 12.       Italian vs. California Sangiovese 13.       Burgundy vs. Oregon Pinot Noir   Shari Gherman, president of the American Fine Wine Competition, was the wine director again this year.  Completing the professional judging panel were Roberto Colombi from Cielo at the Boca Raton Resort, Henry Barrow, Wine Educator, Chip Cassidy, Wine Professor at FIU, & Wendy Rosano from Terra Fiamma in Delray Beach. All presented wines were graciously supplied by Strategic Imports and were available for sale at the event through Stefano’s Wine and Liquors, the official Key Biscayne wine retailer.  Stefano’s will donate 10 percent of sale proceeds to the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation. The wine-tasting event featured a UNIQUE experience for the wine aficionado: The Rotary Challenge.  Eight guests were invited as “consumer judges” to taste both wines in each category.  The participants got to decide which wines were the best from each varietal. The best of show winners were: In the White category: Rex Deerfield Sonoma. In the Red category: Chateau Pierrail.