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Friday, February 27 at 10 a.m.

The Village of Pinecrest along with the Community Foundation of Pinecrest will host an extraordinary day where all proceeds will benefit the Public Schools of Pinecrest. Enjoy a delicious luncheon complete with a signature cognac cocktail, along with music, a market place, a silent auction, and a preview of Spring & Summer fashions courtesy of Bloomingdales. A full day of activities is planned, all for the best possible cause. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest
305-669-6990 (Julie Durstine)
Friday, February 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Join local lawyers, judges, TV personalities, fashionistas, designers and international dignitaries for Fashion Night on Brickell l featuring a fusion of fine fashion, food and friends joining together to raise awareness and funds for Dade Legal Aid. The elegant evening will kick off Dade Legal Aid's 2015 Legal Leaders Campaign for Justice. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeurves as you preview high-end designer collections. Proceeds will benefit Dade Legal Aid's efforts to provides pro bono attorneys to those at-risk women, youth and families who need civil legal aid. Valet parking available. Event hosted by Mayra Joli and Joli Law Firm PLLC. Tickets are $25 in advance; $40 at the door.

Espirito Santo Plaza
1395 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-579-5733 Ext. 2247 (Information)
http://www.DadeLegalAid.org/Fashion-Night-on-Brickell-February-27-2015/ (RSVP)

SOCIAL Manny: Episode 169

Manny gained some weight this weekend as he covered the 14th South Beach Wine and Food Festival. He also photographed opening night of 7 Year Itch at Miami Theater Center; Kevin Spacey, Adrienne Arsht, and Tony Bennett backstage at the Arsht Center after Bennett's performance; Fine Art Auctions Miami in Wynwood; Made in New York exhibit at Blueshift Project in Wynwood; Amstel Burger Bash at the 14th South Beach Wine and Food Festival; Best of the Munchies at the 14th South Beach Wine and Food Festival; Art Wynwood; the 52nd Coconut Grove Arts Festival breakfast at the Ritz Carlton; and the unveiling of the Jack Nicklaus Villa at Trump Doral.

Pictured: Miami Independent Thinkers' Sara Read, Laraine Hart
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SOCIAL Manny: Episode 169

February 28 - March 29

Jungle Island will welcome teachers to enjoy the park for free during its March Madness promotion. Every weekend in March, Miami-Dade and Broward County teachers, in both public and private schools, will receive complimentary admission to Jungle Island, plus a discount of 50% off for up to four guests. It is Jungle Island's way of giving back to our educators and thanking them. As an additional token of appreciation, teachers will enjoy a “thank you” gift and be entered into a contest to win a free field trip for their classroom. Each year, Jungle Island hosts over 60,000 kids on class field trips designed to create awareness of wildlife and conservation in an exciting and memorable way. Additionally, the park provides teachers with a number of educational tools and various programs to bring the jungle back to their classroom. The park is open every Saturday and Sunday through March for teachers' free days - just show your valid ID card or pay stub along with a picture ID.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami
Saturday, February 28 at 8:30 a.m.

For a “dog-gone” fun time, grab your family—both two legged and four— and walk for the homeless animals at the Humane Society of Greater Miami's Walk for the Animals. Presented by Pet Supermarket, the event will attract more than 3,000 people for a morning filled with fun activities, entertainment and yummy snacks for everyone. Enjoy games, doggie contests and obstacle course, a fabulous raffle. For anyone who is looking to add a new furry friend to their family, check out the Adoption Arena where local rescue groups will bring their puppies, kittens, dogs and cats to find a forever home. Avid supporter and pet lover Commissioner Sally A. Heyman will serve as Grand Marshall, and NBC6 meteorologist Ryan Phillips will emcee for the seventh year. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the one mile stroll around the park—with or without a dog—begins at 10 a.m. You can walk as an individual or form a pack. Registration fee is $50 which includes an event t-shirt, a goodie bag and doggie bandana. Go online or call to register for this fun-filled event.

Bayfront Park, Miami
301 North Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
www.HumaneSocietyMiami.org (Registration)
Saturday, February 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Dadeland Mall will welcome families to experience the magic of reading at the mall. The Simon Kidgits Club Book Blast will host its annual event for parents and children to bring books to life through special read-aloud sessions, give-aways and story-inspired activities with the help of friends from the Miami-Dade Public Library System. The mall is also teaming up with Better World Books to provide each child who attends the event a pre-loved book and bookmark to take home, while supplies last. Children are also invited to bring a new or gently used book to the event to be donated to Friends of Miami-Dade Public Library. The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.

Dadeland Mall
7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami
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Saturday, February 28 at 6 p.m.

Big Brothers Big Sisters will host the agency gala, The Big Event with over 750 of South Florida’s most influential business leaders and philanthropists expected to attend. Enjoy a Bacardi-hosted cocktail reception and auction village featuring travel, wines, and fine dining experiences, followed by dinner and dancing. Matt Gorson (pictured with family) will serve as the gala’s Honorary Chair. The Big Event is presented by The Carnival Foundation and Carnival Corporation & PLC. Table sponsorships range from $7,500 to $75,000 for this unforgettable, uplifting evening. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami is one of the country’s largest Big Brother Big Sister affiliate agencies, transforming young lives in this community for over 50 years with a reputation for being the “gold standard” of mentoring service providers. For sponsorships, tickets and information, please contact Shaunte Young.

JW Marriot Marquis
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-644-0066 (Information/Tickets)
SYoung@BBBSMiami.org (Shaunte Young)
Saturday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Always a sell-out, Miami Children's Museum's Be A Kid Again Gala is considered by many to be the most fun event of the South Florida social season. This year's Gala will feature unique live entertainment, a luxurious auction and a culinary experience unlike any other. Join the more than 600 guests and enjoy being a kid again for a night as you help support MCM’s important mission of ensuring that world-class educational programming is accessible to ALL children in our community. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Kendall Salb for more information.

Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami
305-373-5437 Ext. 142 (Kendall Salb)
Saturday, February 28 at 7 p.m.

Miami Jewish Health Systems' 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Gala will celebrate its rich history and vision for the future. Award-winning actor, director and comedian Hank Azaria will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and Ellen and Louis Wolfson, III will serve as Chairs. With its 75th anniversary rapidly approaching and many exciting projects unfolding, Miami Jewish Health Systems is introducing a new initiative. The “Friends of the Home” donor recognition society has been established to recognize donors and express gratitude to those who have offered generous support of “The Home” through their ongoing and significant gifts. Cocktails at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 8 p.m. Tickets are $600 and $2,500 for VIP tickets.

Douglas Gardens Campus
5200 N.E. Second Avenue, Miami
305-762-1382 (Information and Tickets - Jennifer Ray)
Saturday, February 28 at 9 p.m.

Don't miss After Hours: The Disco Box at Basement Miami, an evening of funk, soul and disco with Friends of NWS! Members and guests will gather at Miami Beach's hottest new club, Basement Miami, as a modern day version of the legendary Studio 54, located inside the Miami Beach Edition. Enjoy amazing beats, live jams by NWS Fellows, delicious cocktails courtesy of Bacardi, U.S.A. and light bites by Basement Miami. You will also have the opportunity to try out Basement's amazing ice-skating rink and bowling alley (equipment is available for rent on location). Tickets for the After Hours event are complimentary for After Hours, VIP and Young Patron members.

Basement Miami
2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-673-3331 (Tickets)
www.NWS.edu/Friends (Information to Join Friends)
Sunday, March 1 at 7:30 a.m.

The Kiwanis of Little Havana will host the Carnaval Miami Run, a 5K Run/Walk and a Kiddie Dash to benefit Liga Contra el Cancer. The course will take you through Little Havana with the race beginning promptly at 7:30 a.m. and the Kiddie Dash at approximately 8:30. Entry fees are $10 for 18 and under and $35 for adults in the 5K. The Kiddie Dash for ages to 8 years is free, and each child will receive a t-shirt. The first 1000 5K participants will receive an official race t-shirt so register today! Overall male and female winners and top three in each age category will receive awards. There will also be a 5K High School Challenge open to teams of five same-gender athletes. Immediately following the race, enjoy post-race arroz con pollo and cerveza - just show your bib number. Registration begins at 6:15 a.m., and race packets can be picket up race day before 7:15. Plan to arrive early!

S.W. 8th Street and 27th Avenue, Miami
305-666-7223 (Registration at Foot Works)
Sunday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trendy Wynwood, a neighborhood in transition, will open a community farmer's market to provide residents of the surrounding community fresh and affordable food. The Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC) will launch the Wynwood Green & Art Market with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. with community leaders. The Wynwood Green & Art Market will feature South Florida grown-or-created farm-to-table produce, craft foods and products, curated art, handcrafts, and artisanal goods. Throughout the year, the market will also host community activities such as artist booths, performances, hands-on crafts for kids and free yoga classes. Market dates will be Sundays, March 1, 15, 22, 29, April 12 and 26; May 10 and 24; and June 14 and 28. Entrance is free of charge.

Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC)
561 N.W. 32nd Street, Wynwood Art District
www.BACFL.org/MarketVendors (Vendor Booth Info)
Sunday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coral Gables Bike Day is a day when all cyclists, skaters, families and children of all ages can enjoy a day in the Gables promoting health, physical activity and bike safety throughout Coral Gables, healthy food and drink vendors, Bike Rodeo (teaching kids safety), live music, art bike exhibit, scavenger hunt, giveaways, fitness classes, kids entertainment and much more. Get limbered up with a free 1-hour Zumba class courtesy of the Coral Gables Youth Center for ages 15 and up or a morning warm-up courtesy of Iron Tribe Fitness. Throughout the day there will be guided bike tours, a scavenger hunt, give-aways, live music, children's bike rodeo, healthy food and drink vendors and all kinds of activities for the whole family to enjoy! It's all free and open to the public.

Merrick Park in front of City Hall
405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables
Monday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Join Miami Children’s Museum and The Children's Trust for a celebration of literacy and Dr. Seuss' 111th Birthday! Seussical fun awaits you with celebrity readers, live performances, appearances by Seuss characters, Seuss-filled activities, birthday cake and more! To pay tribute to one of the world's greatest children's book authors, admission to the Museum will be free for all, courtesy of The Children's Trust. So hang on to your hats and watch out for the Cat as you play, learn, imagine, and create together.

Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Downtown Miami.
305-373-KIDS (5437)
Tuesday, March 3 at 8 p.m.

South Beach Battioke 2015 is an annual event that raises funds and awareness for The Battier Take Charge Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Shane and his wife Heidi that awards college scholarships to underprivileged high school students in Miami, Houston and Detroit. The foundation partners locally with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, empowering future young leaders to “Do Well, Do Good,” the phrase that serves as the motto of the foundation and the Battier family. Enjoy delicious delectables from some of South Florida’s top restaurants, an open bar and, of course, a chance to watch your favorite celebrities take the stage and belt out your favorite tunes. Tickets are available for purchase online, and the first 100 general admission tickets sold will receive a personalized Shane Battier autograph. Advance purchased tickets are significantly discounted at $175 per person, and admission at the door will be $250. In addition, information about table sponsorship packages is available by email

The Fillmore Miami Beach Theatre
1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
785-615-5200 (Ailys Toledo)
www.TakeChargeFoundation.org (Tickets)
Info@TakechargeFoundation.org (Sponsorships)
Thursday, March 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Experience a chic twist on happy hour and lounge poolside under the moonlight while enjoying great drink specials, sounds from a live DJ, freshly-rolled cigars by Turnberry Isle's resident cigar roller and complimentary lite bites as you gaze at the beautiful full moon and the stars. Have dinner at Bourbon Steak after enjoying the Cascata Onyx Bar, and you will receive 20% off total dining charges (except alcoholic beverages) at the restaurant. For more information, please contact the Concierge team.

Turnberry Isle Miami
Cascata Pool Onyx Bar
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura
785-279-6524 Concierge
Friday, March 6 at 6 p.m.

Americans for Immigrant Justice will host its 19th Annual Awards Dinner, a tradition in our community that will be attended by leaders from the business, philanthropic, civic and legal arenas. Keith and Paulina Askins are chairing the signature event which features a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., dinner and keynote speech by The Honorable Rosemary Barkett, Judge, Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal (pictured), at 7, dessert lounge with live entertainment at 9:30 p.m. This year's honorees are Edwidge Danticat, the recipient of the Holly Skolnick Human Rights Award, and Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, who will receive the Immigrant Spirit Award. The theme of the evening, “Upholding the American Dream,” celebrates Americans for Immigrant Justice’s work on behalf of those who value justice and believe in defending the rights of those who can least defend themselves. Tickets are $250 p/p, and sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $3500 to $25000.

InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami
786-454-8550 (Lillian Abreu)
Saturday, March 7 at 8 a.m.

Live Like Bella will present its inaugural Superhero 5K Walk / Run in honor of the REAL superheroes, "The Kids Battling Cancer." Sign up or, better yet, get together a team to participate. You will join thousands of kids and their families dressed up as their favorite Superheroes, running and walking to honor the children and this cause! Sponsorship packages are available too. Cost is $40 for adults (13 and up), $30 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and under. Parking is free.

Zoo Miami
12400 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami
www.LiveLikeBella5k.org (Registration and Info)
Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m.

Baptist Health South Florida Foundation will present the 55th Annual Mercury Ball, chaired by Raquel Hickey and Dr. Jorge and Kerry Perez. “Nautical Nights” is the theme of this year’s South Miami Hospital Ball with an evening that blends the excitement and romance of nights at sea. The reception will be paired with a silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing to live music by The Culture Band. During the evening, South Miami Hospital and Baptist Health Foundation will honor an admired member of the medical staff as “Person of the Year,” and a dedicated volunteer as “Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year.” This 55th annual gala – enhanced with a generous gift of $100,000 from Kidz Medical Services – will benefit the expansion of the South Miami Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where a full range of specialists provide around-the-clock care for babies requiring specialized attention, including those weighing less than 2.2 pounds. In addition to Kidz Medical Services, event sponsors include First National Bank of South Miami and Bacardi. Tables are available at the $12,000, $10,000, $8,000 and $5,000 levels. Sponsorship and philanthropic opportunities ranging from $15,000 to $60,000 also are available, as are underwriting opportunities. A limited number of individual seats are available at $500 per person.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8

Join Miami Youth for Christ for food and fun and to learn how the group is partnering with others who love sharing the gospel! There are two opportunities to attend - either Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. or Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are complimentary for adults only please. Business casual attire is requested. This year's banquet goal is $300,000 so if you cannot attend, feel free to donate to help meet the goal.

Doubletree by Hilton Miami Hotel Ballroom
711 N.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami
www.MiamiYFC.com/RSVP (Donations and RSVP)
Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

Win big at the Victory Center's Monte Carlo Casino Night and support children and families affected with autism in South Florida. The annual gala will benefit The Victory Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, a non-profit organization that works to provide education and services to children and families with autism and similar disorders in a secure and stimulating learning environment in South Florida. Marking its 15th year, The Victory Center will honor Dr. Peter Gerhardt for over 30 years of leadership in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder in educational, employment, and residential and community-based settings. He has authored or co-written many articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Live Entertainment will be provided by Liz Loughrey and Adrian “X” Eccleston. Sponsorship opportunities, ranging from $500 to $10,000, and tickets are available. Individual tickets are $195 per person. Supporters include prominent members of the banking, real estate, building and legal communities, and the event draws from the diverse South Florida community. To learn more or to purchase tickets, go online or call Jaime Aybar.

The Diplomat Resort and Spa
3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood
305-466-1142, Ext. 212 (Jaime Aybar)
Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

The Women of Tomorrow's Annual Gala will be attended by more than 500 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists, celebrities and politicians. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception featuring lavish hors d’oeuvre stations created by the Mandarin Oriental’s executive chef, complemented by the always popular silent auction which will include hundreds of items from top luxury retail, hospitality and restaurant brands. The gala will recognize the 2015 honorees: Empowerment Award Honorees: Carol & Marc Iacovelli; Leadership Award Honoree: Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Mentor of the Year: Pam Giganti, Anchor, NBC6 South Florida; Excellence Honorees: Publix Super Markets abd Publix Super Markets Charities. Following the reception, the festivities move to the ballroom where a four-course dinner will be served amid the musical talents of South Florida’s Soul Survivors. Tickets are $400, $600, $1,000 and $2,000, and proceeds benefit Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program.

Mandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Downtown Miami
Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

MCCJ will celebrate its 80th year in the South Florida community at the 2015 Humanitarian Gala Awards Dinner. Hosted by the Dinner Chairs Sheldon and Florence Anderson, along with WPLG Local 10's Calvin Hughes and Glenna Milberg and Honorary Chairs Al and Earlene Dotson, Sr. and Tony and Conchi Argiz, the evening will honor Silver Medallion recipients. This year's "pop-up" gala, themed "Building a More Inclusive Community," mirrors the organization's mission. It will highlight the efforts of five individuals who have helped to build a more welcoming, inclusive, just and cooperative society. Awards will be presented to Maria C. Alonso, Corporate Responsibility and Market Manager of Bank of America; Dr. Doured Daghistrani, Vice President of the Baptist Hospital medical staff and Chairman of Baptist Children's Hospital's Executive Board; and Joseph T. Natoli, who provides leadership of the finance and business functions of the University of Miami. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Arthur Hertz, Chairman and CEO of Wometco Enterprises, Inc.; and the Clergy Medallion will go to Eduardo Diaz, long-standing member of the MCCJ Clergy Dialogue, past President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, and past President and Life Member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. The black-tie optional event will include a reception, seated dinner and after-party with bowling, billiards, champagne and chocolate. Opportunities for sponsorships and tribute ads are available.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-755-6096, Ext. 16

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