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Be A Voice Luncheon - Transform - Inspire - Love

Friday, October 21 at 11:30 a.m.

Voices For Children Foundation will host its 22nd Annual “Be A Voice Luncheon Transform – Inspire - Love,” presented by Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson P.A., along with Platinum Sponsor: Galleria Farms; and Gold Sponsors: Abigail Price-Williams, Miami Dade County Attorney, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, and Wells Fargo Insurance. The luncheon's goal is to raise funds to benefit Miami-Dade County’s foster children. Emceed by Anchor of Local 10 News Laurie Jennings, the "Be A Voice Luncheon" will bring together attorneys, judges, elected officials, community leaders, volunteers and supporters to recognize those individuals, corporations and organizations that have made a significant contribution in the area of child abuse and neglect in Miami-Dade County. Tickets are $150 per person.

Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive, Coral Gables
786-469-3856 (Carolina Alfonso)


Strong Will Benefit: A Chef Tasting

Friday, October 21 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Sarsaparilla Club will present The Strong Will Benefit, hosted by Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. It's a walk-around tasting featuring some of Miami's top restaurants - Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill & Bocce, The Dutch Miami, TALDE, The Local, STK, Beaker and Gray, Bianca at the Delano, DIRT, Cindy Lous Cookies,The Rebel House, Royal Caribbean, The Raleigh Hotel, NaiYaRa bartender Rob Ortenzio and a beer garden presented by Wynwood Brewing Co. The evening will benefit Sarsaparilla Club's dear friend, Will Orellana, who was recently a victim of a tragic cycling accident. General admission tickets are $75 for unlimited food, drinks, dancing and entertainment. Main event is from 7 to 10 p.m., and VIP admission begins at 6 with tickets at $125. 100% of the proceeds will go to Will and his family.

Sarsaparilla Club
Shelborne Wyndham Grand
1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


'Festive Fridays: 'Spooky Science'

Friday, October 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Get the whole family into the Halloween spirit and celebrate all things spooky as the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science lights up the night with their “Science in the Dark” outreach show for an interactive demonstration at Southland Mall. From getting hands-on with their plasma globe, to activating invisible gasses with a Tesla coil, to even demystifying fluorescent liquids and minerals, darkness becomes the perfect lab to explore the mysteries of the night. This spectacular science demo will feature a 10’ x 10’ tent inside the mall that creates the perfect setting for audience member viewing. “Science in the Dark,” presented by Frost Science, will take place at the mall’s Center Court. Admission is free.

Southland Mall
20505 S Dixie Highway, Miami


Red Shield ReDesign Bash with Ty Pennington

Friday, October 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Professional and amateur “re-designers” will shop thrift stores, yard sales or grandma’s attic to find a “design challenged” piece to rehab, re-purpose and donate to The Salvation Army of Broward County. Charismatic home-design guru Ty Pennington from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will judge and select the most creative pieces for live auction during the evening. Proceeds go to support The Salvation Army’s Open Door Shelter. Tickets are $100 and $150.

The Galleria Mall
2414 E Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale


Hotel Transylvania 2 Screening

Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m.

Pinecrest Gardens' Family Friday Movie Night presents Hotel Transylvania 2, featuring the crazy antics of Dracula and his family. After becoming parents Mavis and Johnny go to visit his parents while Dracula takes his new grandson on a trip to his old haunts in order to show him how to be a monster. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and there will be hotdogs, popcorn and more available for purchase. Flashlight tours through the gardens before the movie. Tickets are $5.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest


Mega Match-a-Thon Pet Adoption

Friday - Saturday from 11:59 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

For the fourth year, the popular 24-hour Mega-Match-a-Thon Pet Adoption returns to Miami. Hundreds of homeless dogs and cats of all breeds, sizes and ages will be looking for their forever families at the one-and-only petstravaganza. The Humane Society of Greater Miami, The Cat Network and local rescue groups will join host Miami-Dade Animal Services with their adoptable pets for a day filled with happy “tails.” There will be music and live entertainment from local performers and food trucks. Adoption fees start at $30.

Tropical Park
7900 Bird Road, South Miami


JAX Celebrity Roast of DJ Irie

Saturday, October 22 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

TV host and courtside reporter for Miami HEAT telecasts, Jason Jackson, will host the first annual JAX Celebrity Roast with DJ Irie as the inaugural Roastee. Celebrity "roasters" will take center stage for an uncensored denunciation of Miami’s hometown hero, presenting their until now classified personal knowledge and a willingness to uncover Irie's greatest misfortunes. The hand-picked group of roasters include former SNL cast member, Finesse Mitchell; comedian, creator and executive producer of BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” Chris Spencer; entertainment anchor and host of VH1's “Dating Naked,” Rocsi Diaz; and Miami’s own HITS 97.3 radio host, DJ Laz. Tickets start at $75 and will benefit Irie Foundation, empowering at-risk youth to lead productive lives through cultural experiences, educational initiatives, mentorship programs and scholarship opportunities.

EPIC Hotel
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami


3th Annual 'Imagine' Charity Gala

Saturday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

His House Children's Home, a faith-based non-profit organization, will celebrate its 13th Annual "Imagine" Charity Gala, a production of ‘A Touch of Class Events’ and sponsored by Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International, along with signature sponsors Bacardi; Edgewater Construction; PNC Bank; SeaLand; Goldstein Schechter Koch, Public Transportation Specialist; Advanced Contractors of Florida, Inc.; and Discovery Latin America. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on luxurious items in the renowned Silent Auction, which include cruises, unique sought-after sports memorabilia, vacation getaways, exquisite jewelry, fine art, high-end restaurants and hotels, beauty products and lots more. This special evening will be hosted by Myriam Masihy, an investigative reporter for WSCV/Telemundo-51, who has received seven Emmy Awards and 14 Emmy nominations. Myriam and her husband are co-founders of Kakes 4 Kids, a charity that celebrates the birthdays of underprivileged and foster children in South Florida, including those at His House. Join Myriam and give the His House children not only a home but renewed hope for a brighter future. Gala tickets are $200 per person. (The gala was postponed from October 8 to October 22 due to Hurricane Matthew).

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-430-0085, Ext 225 (Sandra Sanchez)


Havana Nights Dinner & Auction

Saturday, October 22 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Kristi House, Inc.'s annual gala is taking on a timely theme this year - “Havana Nights,”, featuring everything Miamians love about our island neighbor, including great cuisine, libations, music and dancing. This sizzling chic evening will have all the hallmark features of Kristi House’s long-running, signature Dinner and Auction – superb Four Seasons gastronomy, fine wines and a luxury auction – complete with live orchestra music, dancing, brandy and cigars to cap off the evening. The law firm of Marin, Eljaiek & Lopez will again be lead sponsor with major support from Four Seasons and Republic National Distributing Company. Maria Maloof and Kara Zeder are heading up the Host Committee for another spectacular event! Tickets are $500 per person; $5,000 for a table of ten.

Four Seasons Hotel Miami
1435 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-547-6832 (Natalie Brown)


Casino RoyALS Gala Cruise

Saturday, October 22 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Support the ALS Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Department of Neurology and make a difference in the lives of those afflicted with this terrible disease. Step aboard the Grand Floridian for the CasinoRoyALS Gala Cruise for a night to remember. Try your luck at the casino tables and enjoy an open bar, dinner, dancing and more - all for a great cause. Black tie optional, but encouraged. Event is being planned by an enthusiastic and hand-working committee consisting of Rose McVeigh, Thalia Puente, Ginna Gonzalez, Victor Rivera, Marlene May, Daldo Romano, Richard Lawrence, Vanessa Romano, Ramon Antelo and Lillian May. Tickets are $150 per person, and space is limited.

The Grand Floridian Yacht
Embark at the Diplomat Resort and Spa
3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood
305-243-5198 (Tickets)


Hour of the Ox Book Launch Party

Saturday, October 22 from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Come celebrate the launch of Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello debut collection of poetry, Hour of the Ox, winner of the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Contest judge Crystal Ann Williams called it "a timeless collection written by a poet of exceptional talent and grace, a voice as tough as it is tender." Special introduction by Campbell McGrath. Books will be available for purchase, with refreshments to follow.

Books and Books
265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables


Big Brothers Big Sisters: Jazz at Joe's

Sunday, October 23 at 11 a.m.

Each October when stone crab season begins, South Floridians turn out for Jazz at Joe’s Stone Crab, hosted by the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Over 400 guests will enjoy a lively brunch featuring the smooth jazz sounds of Leo Casino, exciting raffle prizes and lots of stone crabs, hash browns and key lime pie - all signature Joe's fare. Tickets start at $200, and tables at $2,000.

Joe's Stone Crab
11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
305-644-7060 (Marisol Garcia)


100+ Women Who Care Miami-Dade 4th Quarter Meeting

Tuesday, October 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

100+ Women Who Care Miami-Dade will host its 4th quarter meeting for members who have a passion for giving back to their community. Each member donates $400 annually and then meet four times a year to meet representatives of local non-profit organizations that are doing great work in South Florida. They choose one each quarter to receive a grant. Attend as a guest and learn more about the organization. The meeting is free, and dinner options are available ranging from $19.99 to $32.99. RSVP please.

Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Avenue, Miami


Rebecca Taylor Opening Celebration

Tuesday, October 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Join hosts Dr. Margo Brilliant, Eileen Youtie, Jayne Weintraub Sale at Rebecca Taylor's new Miami store for an event to benefit Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program. Enjoy exclusive shopping incentives through November 11 and mention the organization for a percentage of your purchase to benefit Women of Tomorrow.

Aventura Mall
Lower Level
19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura (RSVP) 


Holiday Bazaar Luncheon

Wednesday, October 26 from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc. will host a luncheon for its members and guests featuring a trio of soporanos singing Broadway show tunes. CIA provides grants to qualified members of the South Florida artistic community. Cost of luncheon is $60 per person.

Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle & Resort
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura
305-936-0500 (Lenore Toby-Simmons)


7th Annual Think Pink Masquerade Ball

Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.

The Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort will host its seventh annual “Think Pink” masquerade ball fundraiser on Wednesday, October 26th at Kitchen 305 in Sunny Isles Beach. The event will benefit the Memorial Cancer Institute – Breast Cancer Center in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. For $49, guests will enjoy an “All You Can Eat Lobster” dinner, pink desserts and pink cocktails. The “Pink and Black Masquerade” themed celebration will feature a pink carpet arrival with special performances by the Debbie Taylor Band and DJ Angelo.

Kitchen 305 at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort
16701 Collins Ave, North Miami Beach
Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort


Swinging FORE Charity Golf Tournament

Friday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Swinging FORE Charity Golf Tournament is the signature event to raise funds to support programs of Catholic Hospice. This year the funds from the tournament and dinner will go to fund Camp Erin, a children's grief camp. Individual player fee is $225; foursome $800.

Shula's Golf Club
7601 Miami Lakes Drive, Miami Lakes


Halloween Trick or Treat Pop-Up

Friday, October 28 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Bring the family to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center for a spooky and fun-filled evening featuring: Kids Costume Parade, Haunted House, Boo-licious Candy Giveaway, Creepy-crawly performances, Scary movies, Food trucks and bars (including kid-friendly specialty drinks). Back Yard Concert Lawn & Plaza. Admission is free. No ticket required.

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


2016 Spooky Night!

Friday, October 28 from 6 to 10 p.m.

South Pointe Elementary Spooky Night will feature tween and small children haunted houses, food, DJ music, games and prizes throughout the evening. Last year over 1000 people came to show their support. Open to the public and will be free for adults and $20 per child.

South Pointe Elementary
1050 4th Street, Miami Beach


Something's Brewing After Dark 21+

Friday, October 28 at 9 p.m.

Co-chaired by Terese Ingram and Keith Saunders, Miami Children's Museum's Playmakers will host their Something's Brewing After Dark event. Enjoy a costume contest, taste different local brews by Florida Distributing Co., bites and a night of play, all benefitting MCM's Very Important Potential Program. The evening features Bacardi, DJ Laz, Shake Shack, Yardhouse, My Ceviche, Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream and much more. General admission tickets are $35 each and $100 for a group of four.

Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami
305-373-5437 (Tickets)


SAVE’s 22nd Halloween Ball: Disco de los Muertos

Friday, October 28 - Saturday, October 29

The spookiest and sexiest ghouls and ghosts in all of South Florida meet on the dance floor to benefit LGBTQ equality at Magic City Casino. Tickets will be sold at the door for $150, general admission; $200, VIP.


IC-Doral Together in Pink Zumbathon

Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

InterContinental at Doral Miami will host its 6th Annual Together in Pink Zumbathon where hundreds of Zumba® enthusiasts dance for 90 minutes for the purpose of raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. This year 100% of the proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, supporting local hospitals and community organizations that serve the Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties as well as funding ground-breaking breast cancer research. This year’s goal is to raise $75,000. Go online to purchase tickets or donate. Tickets: $20 in advance. $25 at the door.

InterContinental at Doral Miami
2505 N.W. 87 Avenue, Doral


10th Anniversary Diamond Ball

Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

Miami Children's Health Foundation's 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball is one of South Florida’s most anticipated galas of the year, bringing together the most influential philanthropists, community leaders and celebrities to celebrate the mission of helping the children and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The gala will also pay tribute to the grateful patients, world-class physicians and generous philanthropists who make Nicklaus Children’s a world leader and global destination for pediatric health and wellness. The Foundation will also introduce its Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame 2016 inductee. Past honorees include Beyoncé, Dwyane Wade, Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, Audrey Hepburn, Walt Disney, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and most recently, Armando Perez “Pitbull.” Serving as Co-Chairs for the Ball are Eilah & Ben Beavers, Ravneet & Anand Chowdhury, Ana & Tony Figueroa Cisneros, Heide & Jose Dans, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Vivian & JC Mas, and Andria & Andres Miyares.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 S. Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
786-624-2983 (Danielle Reales)


30th Annual Halloween Sundowner

Saturday, October 29 from 8 p.m. to midnight

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens hosts the 30th Annual Halloween Sundowner, one of Miami’s most iconic events attracting 1,000 guests each Halloween. The all-inclusive party will be emceed by NBC 6 hostess Roxy Vargas and benefits the continued preservation of Vizcaya, a National Historic Landmark. The theme is Prohibition, and guests will experience the 1920’s through spooky yet glamorous décor and lively entertainment. Come dressed for the theme or wear the costume of your choice and enter to win fabulous prizes. The Halloween extravaganza will feature five full open bars by Bacardi, including specialty themed drinks, and further supplemented by Martini Rossi and Wynwood Brewing Company, with Zico providing coconut water and a special non-alcoholic cocktail. Redbull’s street team will also be on-hand to hand out energy drinks and keep the party going. Plus, enjoy delicious treats provided by the Crepe Maker, Creative Tastes Catering & Event Production, Aaron’s Catering, Parties by Pat, Fancy Fiesta, PSC Events, Shiraz Events, Catering by Lovables and KC Healthy Cooking. Live entertainment throughout the night by DJ A Train, the UM Frost School of Music, Florida Ukulele Network, Party Animal Productions, Siren’s Dance Collective and Cheeky Belly Dancers. On the Spot Photo Magnets will host a photo booth and produce courtesy photo magnets for guests. Additional sponsors include Yelp, Edible South Florida, Creative Creative, Aver Productions, JCJ Memories, Glam Squad and Tracey Ann Jarrett Photography. General admission tickets are $165, $140 for Vizcaya Members, and $110 for Groups of 10 an more. VIP tickets are $250 and include exclusive access to a VIP area located in the courtyard of the Main House, featuring VIP bars with drinks and a catered buffet as well as an air-conditioned lounge. Must be 21 and over. Rain or shine - no refunds.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami


A Nightmare on the Beach

Saturday, October 29 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

At Nightmare on the Beach: Día de Los Muertos Lummus Park will be transformed from light to dark. Guests will enjoy everything from visual treats, electronic beats and dazzling performers. Bites and cocktails from some of Miami's best restaurants and caterers. Tickets are $175.

Lummus Park
Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
The Lighthouse Organization