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Miracle Makers Luncheon

Friday, April 29 at 11 a.m.

The Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami will host its annual Miracle Makers Luncheon & Fashion Show at The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. This eventful day will honor the 2016 Miracle Makers and feature a VIP cocktail reception, an exquisite silent auction, gourmet luncheon and a fabulous fashion show. Co-Chairs for the luncheon are Alexis Calleja, Irene Korge, Bronwyn Miller and Migna Sanchez-Llorens. Tickets start at $200 per person, and tables of ten are available starting at $2,000.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
305-644-7060 Tickets and Tables


Catalyst Miami 20th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, April 29 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Catalyst Miami, an organization dedicated to developing and supporting individual leadership and strong organizations to work together to improve health, education and economic opportunity, will celebrate its 20th anniversary! Keynote Speaker for the event is Rip Rapson, CEO, Kresge Foundation. Individual tickets are $150 per person.

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
1633 N Bayshore Drive, Miami
786-414-1292 Carla Strickland


Carl Hiaasen and Tim Chapman at Opening Night of “Newsman” Exhibition

Carl Hiaasen and Tim Chapman at Opening Night of “Newsman” Exhibition
It was a night full of incredible storytelling at the HistoryMiami Museum as legendary author Carl Hiaasen joined famed photojournalist Tim Chapman on stage for the opening night of Newsman: The Photojournalism of Tim Chapman. A sold out crowd, including Senator Bob Graham, former Newspaper editors, and influential journalists from across the globe, packed into the theatre of the Museum in downtown Miami to hear the two newsman tell tales of covering the Magic City. Director and Producer Billy Corbin sat in the front row, and joined Chapman and Hiaasen on stage as they discussed the wild days of the Cocaine Cowboys era of Miami.

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Youth Poets at Pairings at Ted's

Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 at 7 p.m.

At this month's Pairings at Ted’s you'll see an array of O, Miami's powerful spoken-word artists and poets alongside some of YoungArts' noted literary arts alums and some of the best young poets in South Florida. This all-new series pairs world-class performances with a themed culinary experience hosted by National YoungArts Foundation. It's a contemporary take on the traditional dinner and a show format - supper club-inspired evenings set atop the YoungArts Tower. Prix fixe dinner and show are $95 p/p; general admission is $35 p/p with a $25 minimum on food and beverage.

National YoungArts Foundation, 7th Floor
2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


Meet the Stars of Viva

Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

Meet the stars of Viva, Héctor Medina and Luis Alberto García, at a special screening presented by the Miami International Film Festival. Shot in Havana Medina (Camionero) plays Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down as father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family. Executive produced by Benicio Del Toro, Viva was a hit at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival.

MDC’s Tower Theater Miami
1508 S.W. 8th Street, Miami


Summer Camp Guide

Summer Camp Guide
Summer's right around the corner, and SocialMiami's 2016 Summer Camp Guide is loaded with unique and fun ideas for kids of all ages. From sports to science, exploring nature to performing arts, modeling to music - you'll find just the right camp for your child!

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21st Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

Friday, April 29 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The Las Olas Wine and Food Festival will offer a fun-filled evening with food and beverage samples from more than 60 restaurants and 45 wineries. Enjoy live entertainment and the new Culinary Kitchen Demo Stage. Tickets are $100 general admission or $200 for VIP tickets, which include entrance at 6:30 p.m., a private pavilion and full bars. Benefits American Lung Association.

Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale


Islands of Biscayne Bay Boat Tour

Saturday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy a cruise of Biscayne Bay from Key Biscayne to sizzling Star and Palm Islands, passing by homes of celebrities. Along the way see exclusive Fisher Island, which boasts the highest per capita income in the United States. For HistoryMiami Museum members the cost is $50; non-members $60; and children 12 and under $25. Advance reservations and payment required.

Depart from Bayside Marketplace
401 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Save the Date for Camillus The Auction

Miami City Ballet Charity Ride

Saturday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Hop on a bike and support Miami City Ballet's Charity Ride. You'll have a chance to win exciting raffle prizes like gift cards to Red the Steakhouse, BDry Blowdry Bar, and Flywheel, as well as tickets for the upcoming 2016-2017 Miami City Ballet season. Proceeds from the ride will provide students with bus transportation, ballet clothing, snacks, and a spot in one of Miami City Ballet School’s classes. Tickets range from $45 to $360 and can be purchased online. Can't come but want to support? Make a Gift!

Flywheel Sports in Miami Beach
1919 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach
305-929-7000, Ext. 1402


Through the Looking Glass - The Cushman Gala

Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

The Cushman School's Gala this year is Alice in Wonderland-inspired Through the Looking Glass. Tickets (starting at $295) include cocktails and an elegant dinner presented by two renowned chefs: author, restaurant owner, and James Beard and Emmy Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein; and nationally acclaimed Chef Dena Marino, chef/partner at MC Kitchen in Miami’s Design District. FJ and Abigail Pollak are being honored for their leadership with the Play to Learn campaign, bringing a performing arts and athletic center to the school and the community. Key sponsors include TracFone and Royal Caribbean, who will bring the magical wonderland theme to life with performances by aerialists and Alice in Wonderland characters. Guests can get in on the fun by coming in costume - 1800s Victorian aristocratic and Steampunk fashion is encouraged. Pictured: Lina Eusse-Feliz, Michelle Petock Werner, Maky Hinson.

Mana Wynwood
318 N.W. 23rd Street, Miami
305-751-6363 Tiffany Cannava


5th Annual Claws for Kids

Sunday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m.

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s 5th Annual Claws for Kids fundraising brunch you'll have the chance to enjoy delicious stone crabs and other signature dishes at Joe’s without the wait. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by brunch at noon with a special performance by Frank Sinatra impersonator Jeff Grainger. Florida Power & Light Company will receive the “From the Heart Award.” Raffle tickets for prizes include a chance to win a 7-day Caribbean cruise for two aboard one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s beautiful ships. All event proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s newly renovated South Beach location. Individual tickets are $250, and tables, sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $7,500.

Joe’s Stone Crabs
11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
305-446-9910, Ext. 30 (Kati Foley)


Family Day at the Miami Design District

Sunday, May 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Join the Miami Design District and ICA Miami for a free art-filled Family Day! Activites include The Book Book Project with a hands-on coloring project and presentation from artist Oliver Sanchez from Swampspace; build your own native garden and your own decorated mini flower pot alongside the Frost Science Museum team; create a large-scale art piece combining fabrics in different colors and textures with designer Amandine Buisson; make unique masks and one-of-a-kind origami sculptures with ICA teaching artists Morel Doucet and Shahla Nikpour; and more! Complimentary parking is available at City View and Palm Court Garages located on N.E. 38th Street between North Miami and N.E. 2nd Avenues. Vouchers available at the event.

The Moore Building
4040 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District


Yom HaShoah Observance: From Holocaust to Homeland

Sunday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Take part in a very special Yom HaShoah Observance: From Holocaust to Homeland, hosted by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The program will honor those who survived the Holocaust, remember the six million who perished, stand with the people of Israel, and recognize the Israel Defense Forces and U.S. military who serve and protect the US and Israel every day. By remembering the lessons of the Holocaust, we are all guardians of “Never Again.” Event seating provided at the memorial. Free parking in front of the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach
1933-1945 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach


Celebration of Life

Sunday & Monday, May 1 & 2

Alpha-1 Foundation will host a Celebration of Life, a two-day event dedicated to finding a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and to improving the lives of people affected by Alpha-1 worldwide. The two-day event kicks off on Sunday at 7 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Dinner Reception, followed on Monday, beginning at 11 a.m., with the Alpha-1 Annual Golf Classic. Registration and Lunch begin at 11, with tee-off set for 1 p.m. An Awards Reception concludes the day of golf at 6 p.m. Presenting Sponsors: AlphaNet, Baxalta, CSL Behring and Grifols.

Indian Creek Country Club
55 Indian Creek Village, Miami Beach
1-877-228-7321, Ext. 204 (Jeanne Kushner)


Music Under the Stars!

Wednesday, May 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Miami Lighthouse will make magical music once again to benefit and celebrate our Heiken Children's Vision Program, now in its 24th year of providing free eye care for disadvantaged children. Music Under the Stars year will take place at the historic Koubek Center, with its elegant on-site theater and beautiful Spanish-style villa. It will be emceed by radio and TV icon Jade Alexander and will feature performances by Charles "Mr. Casual" DeChant of Hall & Oates saxophonist and keyboardist fame as well as our very own Miami Lighthouse Music Program Musicians. Great wine bar and delicious hors d'oeuvres and a fabulous silent auction. Donation is $75 per ticket, $140 per pair. Space is limited. Please call to RSVP.

Koubek Center
2705 S.W. 3rd Street, Miami


2016 Golf Fiesta

Thursday, May 5 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Join friends and supporters of Easter Seals South Florida for a festive day on the links. The 2016 Golf Fiesta will kick off with lunch, followed by the shotgun start at 1 p.m. Player fees are $250 or $1,000 for a foursome, and sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available ranging from $3,000 to $10,000.

The Club at Emerald Hills
4100 N. Hills Drive, Hollywood
305-547-4719 Sponsorship information


Footy's 17th Annual World Championship of Golf Classic

Friday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m.

South Florida radio legend "Footy" will host Footy's 17th Annual World Championship of Golf Classic to benefit Here's Help, Inc. a facility that helps young men live a drug-free and productive life. Teams of four or individual players can register. The $275 registration fee includes greens fees and cart, range balls during practice, lunch sponsored by Chef Jones and the Here's Help culinary students and all tournament amenities and competitions, dinner, and gifts.

Pembroke Pines Golf & Racquet Club
10500 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines
954-296-9078 Jenny Safron


13th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction

Friday, May 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Branches will celebrate its 13th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction with over 400 guests expected to attend and help raise valuable resources for Branches’ programs that provide services and life-changing opportunities to low-income children, youth and families. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing, as well as an appeal and an exciting live auction, led by Master of Ceremonies Carlos Suarez, WPLG Local 10 News Anchor, and Auctioneer Scott Howard. The event will also feature the Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award, which will be presented to the Batchelor Foundation, honoring founder George E. Batchelor. All proceeds from the appeal of that evening will support Branches’ 7 week long Summer Shade Day Camp serving 400+ children, and all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous Challenge Grant provided by Trish and Dan Bell. Nicole Krauss of Publix and Laurie Zapletal of BB&T will co-chair the event, and Trish and Dan Bell will serve as the Philanthropic Chairs.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami
305-442-8306 Ext. 1002


Open the Door Dinner Dance

Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

The Open the Door Dinner Dance, to benefit The Women's Breast & Heart Initiative, will celebrate its 10th year of going door-to-door to promote awareness about breast cancer and heart disease. Serving as Legacy Chairs of the event are Don and Michele Soffer, joined by Honorary Chairs, the Turnberry Soffer Family. Silent and live auctions will feature a trip to Hawaii and "Aventura Mall’s Luxury Lane with Bloomingdales Boulevard” providing a truly unique shopping opportunity just in time for Mother’s Day. Tickets are $175 each.

Turnberry Isle Miami
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura


All Kids Included Festival

Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The All Kids Included Family Arts Festival is a free multidisciplinary community arts festival for children and families with and without disabilities, jam-packed with interactive arts activities, live performances, giveaways, and community resources for parents. Entertainment includes sensory-friendly production of Big Bad Wolf by Australia’s award-winning Windmill Theatre; Special appearance by Alan Rabinowitz, author of A Boy and a Jaguar. Great music and performers inside and outside. Magic Morgan Magic shows and ASL storytelling with John Paul Jebian. Other activates include face painting, rock wall and fun food, free surprises and book giveaway (while they last), “Zot Artz – Arts for All” adaptive painting & printmaking, student art exhibit and awards.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 S.W. 211 Street, Cutler Bay


7th Annual Heart of Giving Gala

Saturday, May 7 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Legal Services of Greater Miami will celebrate its 50th anniversary with its 7th Annual Heart of Giving Gala. Title sponsors Bruce and Jacquelyn Rogow have set an anniversary gift challenge and will match guest contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a three-course dinner where LSGMI Executive Director Marcia K. Cypen will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Noted jazz singer Nicole Henry will perform, and film director Billy Corben will serve as emcee

JW Marriott Marquis
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, DowntownMiami
305‐438‐2531 Marcia Rabinowitz


Tropical Nights

Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

The University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) will host the 14th Annual Tropical Nights, honoring two prominent CARD parents, Mona Nasser and Tom Whitehurst. More than 500 guests are expected to join event co-chairs Blake Sando from Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. and his wife Jennifer Sando, to celebrate CARD’s excellence in serving the South Florida autism community. Ms. Nasser will receive the Cruz-Whitehurst Advocacy Award, and Mr. Whitehurst will receive the CARD Community
Leadership Award. This year’s featured artist is Rachel Olin Levy whose “Calla Lilies” will be up for live auction. The evening's focus highlights the journeys of the families of our honorees and others like them, their efforts to create innovative programming for adults with autism with significant needs, and the role CARD has played in supporting them on this journey. Enjoy a cocktail reception, a night of fine dining, live and silent auction, and dancing to the sounds from DJ1Tre.

InterContinental Hotel Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami
305-284-9126 (Michelle Costa)


Come Out to the Ballgame

Saturday, May 7 at 7:10 p.m.

Come out to the ballgame with Miami Children’s Museum to see our Miami Marlins take on the Phillies. Purchase a "Fundraising with the Fish" ticket on select Charity Partner Days, and a portion of each ticket sold will help support the Museum’s educational programming. In addition to the game with the Phillies, the offer applies for July 10 game against the Reds; August 23 against the Royals; and September 23 vs. the Braves. Tickets are $25.

Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way, Miami