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'Sweet: Photography by Andy Sweet' Opening Reception

Tuesday, September 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Andrew John Sweet was a young photographer living and working in Miami Beach in the late 1970s. His life and his art were cut tragically short when he was murdered on October 16, 1982. Andy left an extensive body of work that exhibits a level of creative maturity far beyond his years. His photographs are a testimony to a rich but often overlooked period of Miami Beach’s cultural heritage. Andy Sweet returned home to Miami Beach after receiving a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1977, to photograph the old world Jewish culture that then distinguished South Beach. Andy’s aesthetic vision was as fresh as his colors. He rejected formalist theory and idea-driven imagery in favor of immediate and unmediated responses, of living it up and aligning himself with the people he knew he was privileged to photograph. Andy's photos captured the era of 1970's Miami Beach before its transformation.

Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avnue, Miami Beach
305-673-4567 (RSVP)


VeritageMiami - Craft Beer Tasting

Wednesday, October 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

United Way of Miami-Dade's VeritageMiami kicks off with a Craft Beer Tasting. Enjoy tasting more than 100 craft beers and micro-brews complimented by delicious bites from dozens of local restaurants amidst the eclectic and vibrant backdrop of Wynwoods Walls. Admission is $55 for general admission and $75 for VIP tickets. The Tasting begins at 6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and runs from 7 to 9 p.m. for the main event.

Wynwood Walls
2520 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Wynwood Art District
305-646-7029 (Mercedes Garcia)


VeritageMiami - Fine Wine Tasting

Thursday, October 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.

United Way of Miami-Dade's VeritageMiami hosts a Fine Wine Tasting, an evening of unparalleled wine and food pairings. Enjoy more than 65 wine producers and importers pouring 300 wines from around the globe and culinary treats from top dining spots. This year Evan S. Benn, editor-in-chief of INDULGE magazine is helping to bring the best of South Florida’s restaurants to the Tastings, as VeritageMiami’s first Culinary Curator. Admission is $75 for general admission and $150 for VIP tickets. The Tasting begins at 6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and runs from 7 to 9 p.m. for the main event.

Shops at Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables
305-646-7029 Information


VeritageMiami - Interactive Dinner

Friday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m.

United Way of Miami-Dade's VeritageMiami hosts the Interactive Dinner at the InterContinental Miami, one of the year's most unique culinary experiences. Dinner guests will team up and cook a three-course meal under the tutelage of Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 13 winner, Jeremy Ford, who also serves as the chef de cuisine at The Miami Beach EDITION'S Matador Room by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The dinner is accompanied by Best in Glass gold and silver medal wines, which were previously selected by some of South Florida’s top sommeliers. Tickets are $500 per person.

InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami
305-646-7029 Information


Sounds of Motown

Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Don't miss “Sounds of Motown”: An Electrifying Concert Dinner Starring The Four Tops, a benefit for Project: New Born, hosted by Magic City Casino. Begin with a Craft Cocktail Reception at Stage 305, enjoy the genius of saxophonist Joe Donato, passed hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction featuring collectible wines, vacation packages, art, dining experiences, jewelry and fashions. Dinner is next, a four-course epicurean delight by Thierry Isambert, paired with select wines, top shelf open bar and dancing to the music of “The Clique.” Next, Motown’s iconic The Four Tops will entertain, followed by signature desserts created by 15 of South Florida’s finest chefs! Tables of ten are available at the $2,500, $3,750 and $5,000 levels; and individual dinner seats may be reserved for $250 or $375. Corporate sponsorships and underwriting opportunities also are available at the $10,000 and $25,000 level.

Magic City Casino at Stage 305
450 N.W. 37th Avenue, Miami
305-585-6408 Maria Valles


Arsht Center’s 10th Birthday

Saturday, October 8 at 11 a.m.

This October, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County turns 10. To commemorate this milestone, Miami’s home for the performing arts is inviting the entire community for an all-day birthday party with free performances, fun activities and family-friendly programming begin at 11 a.m. and continue through the late evening. Performances on the Center’s numerous stages will feature local talent spotlighting Miami’s vibrant, ever-growing artistic power. The day culminates with a memorable concert in the Center’s beautiful Ziff Ballet Opera House (the headliner and prices for the concert will be announced later this summer). Immediately following the concert, everyone is invited to cap off the celebration with a free outdoor party on the Center’s Thomson Plaza for the Arts. Tickets for the concert will first be made publicly available for purchase in person at ArtsLaunch 2016, on Saturday, September 10, at 10 a.m.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


National LGBTQ Task Force Gala - Miami

Saturday, October 8 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala - Miami at the beautiful Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Join fellow LGBTQ champions and come together for one of the most important South Florida fundraising traditions that honors everyday heroes dedicated to achieving equality. This year honorees include husband-and-husband power duo Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley along with Miami Herald columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Rothaus. Rudetsky and Wesley will receive the National Leadership Award for their unifying response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. Rothaus will be recognized with the Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award for his tireless reporting on behalf of the LGBTQ community in South Florida. The gala is co-chaired by Charles Million and Bill Hahne. It kicks off with a cocktail reception featuring a lively silent auction followed by dinner, the awards presentation and live entertainment. Funds raised will benefit many LGBTQ-serving organizations. Single tickets are $450, The Fontainebleau has a limited number of rooms available at discounted rates starting at $289; reserve by September 8.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


13th Annual "Imagine" Charity Gala

Saturday, October 8 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

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


VeritageMiami - Interactive Dinner

Sunday, October 9 at 11 a.m.

New to United Way of Miami-Dade's VeritageMiami this year is an Auction with Bubbly Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Led by the king of southern fare John Kunkel and his 50 Eggs Inc. team of James Beard-nominated and award-winning restaurants Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and the newly opened Spring Chicken. Enjoy 50 Eggs-inspired craft cocktails and plenty of champagne paired with the three-course brunch as one-of-a-kind experiences will be auctioned off. Tickets are $500 per person.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
305-646-7029 Information


9th Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show

Friday, October 14 at 11 a.m.

Join friends and supporters of the American Cancer Society to honor dedicated local philanthropists for their commitment to our community at the 9th Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show. The twelve honorees are: Lesli Brown, Ana Hernandez, Elsie Howard, Carol Iacovelli, Cristina Isabel Mas, Jacquelyn Munilla, Aura Reinhardt, Silvia Trinidad, Nicole Valls, Maggie Villacampa, Dr. Diane Walder, Dr. Grace Wang and Philanthropic Chair Cathy Jones. Also in attendance at the luncheon will be Dr. Felicia Knaul as the event’s guest survivor speaker. Fashion presentation will be "The Best of Neiman’s" from Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on the silent auction featuring everything from jewelry and accessories, fashion, hotel stays, spa packages and more. Event Chairs are Remedios Diaz-Oliver, Brenda Nestor Castellano, Sonia Gibson, Lilliam S. Machado, James “Jim” Murphy and Dorothy St. Jean; Auction Chairs are Yury Rossi and Linda Levy Goldberg; and Program Book Chairs are Raquel Kaufler and Maribel Alvarado. Tickets are $250 per person.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-779-2879 (Karla Pascua)


Coral Gables Community Foundation: 'A Passage to India Gala'

Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m.

The Coral Gables Community Foundation will host its milestone 25th Anniversary gala, “A Passage to India,”, and everyone is making preparations to embark on an enchanting evening to Mumbai, New Delhi and Agra, influenced by centuries-old designs - from the elaborate palaces of Mughal empresses to the stately columns and archways of British colonial architecture. Traditional Indian folk musicians will trumpet guests' arrivals, and artists will apply intricate henna, or “mehndi,” designs to the hands and palms of eager attendees while they are treated to the tastes, sounds and raw beauty of India. In addition to silent and live auctions and live entertainment, guests will enjoy a dazzling gastronomic experience – appropriately enhanced with curries and spices by chef Richard Hutton of the Coral Gables Country Club. The evening will pay tribute to distinguished honorees: Armando Codina (pictured), Roberto Martinez, Rick and Margarita Tonkinson, former Mayor Dorothy Thomson, and Nat Moore. Co-Chairs are Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young. Attire: Black tie or saris and Nehru jackets.

Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive, Miami
305-446-9670 Mary Snow


Illuminations Gala

Saturday, October 15 at 7 p.m.

Chapman Partnership's Illuminations Gala is an evening of dining, dancing and entertainment in support of the men, women and children who reside at Chapman's homeless assistance centers. A 54 member Gala Committee is led by event Co-Chairs Trish & Dan Bell and Lani & Gene Drody. The evening’s theme represents the shining light in the lives of the 5,000 men, women and families with children that Chapman Partnership serves annually. This year the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Humanitarian Award will be presented to Mrs. Sash A. Spencer (pictured). Cocktail reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 8 with special live entertainment. Black Tie.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami


Deering Estate's 15th Annual Wine on Harvest Moon

Saturday, October 15 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Now in its 15th year, Wine on Harvest Moon, caters to South Florida’s connoisseurs of fine wines and delicious foods by bringing fine wine, fine food and fine art together under the golden light of the Harvest Moon over Biscayne Bay. This year the event will focus on the flavors of South Africa. Auction Master of Ceremonies is golfer Wayne Gary Player, co-creator of The Disney Institute Golf Experience, co-host of the Golf Channel’s “On the Range” and son of world champion golfer, South African Gary Player. The auction will include an online opportunity for a once-in- a-lifetime golf experience with Wayne and Gary Player in South Africa. Proceeds benefit the Deering Estate Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the Deering Estate for this and future generations. Tickets are $150 for Deering Estate Foundation members and $175 general admission. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Deering Estate
16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami


Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash

Sunday, October 16 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Miami Children’s Museum’s annual Not So Scary Halloween Family Bash, co-chaired by Scott and Alexis Wagner and Jack and Jessica Collins, has become one of the signature events of the Halloween calendar in Miami. Get ready to be SPOOKED as you trick-or-treat your way around the Museum’s galleries, enjoy bites by Pollo Tropical, brave the Haunted House sponsored by The Collins Family, test your knowledge in the Mad Scientist Lab, or create crazed crafts. You and your family are bound to have a BEWITCHING time! All funds raised from the event will directly support MCM’s educational programs.

Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway
Watson Island, Miami
305-373-KIDS (5437), Ext. 142 (Hannah Hausman)


22nd Annual “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)


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)


Havana Nights Dinner & Auction

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

Kristi House’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)


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