Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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Meet the Team in Training

Wednesday, May 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Join Michael Friedman and Erika Kornik, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Michael is participating in the Alaska marathon as a member of society's Team in Training, the largest endurance sports training program in the world. Proceeds benefit the effort to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma. Admission is $25 (cash only, please) and includes 2 cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. There will also be a silent auction and an exciting "date" auction! Come out and support the Team!

Kefi Restaurant & Lounge
18851 N.E 29th Avenue, Aventura
917-723-5292 (Erika) or 305-896-5631 (Michael)

Florida Premiere of "How the Garcia Girls Spent their Summer"

Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Elizabeth Peña (The Lost City) and Steven Bauer (Scarface) at the Women's International Film Festival's advance screening of "How the Garcia Girls Spent their Summer." In her feature debut, Georgina Garcia Riedel lovingly explores the terrain of longing, loneliness, and self-realization among three generations of single women in a Mexican-American family as they grapple with romantic drought. Peña and Bauer will be available for Q&A following the screening, and will attend the post-film reception. Limited seating. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door and $45 for the screening and a one-year membership to WIFF. Guests will also receive a discount shopping pass for Macy's South Beach with free makeovers and complimentary personal shopping - just in time for Mother's Day!

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Spring Fling Luncheon & Boutique

Thursday, May 8 at 11:30 a.m.

The Greater Miami Women's Auxiliary of Douglas Gardens will host its annual luncheon to elect and install its officers and Board of Directors for the coming year. The group supports "Love on Wheels" and underwrites the salaries of 11 part-time wheelchair transporters who help the residents move around the campus.

Miami Jewish Home & Hospital Ruby Auditorium
5200 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami
305-762-1382 (Suzanne Hafkin)

2008 Faces of Hope Luncheon

Thursday, May 8 at noon

Friends of the Orphans, an organization that supports orphaned and abandoned children of Latin America and the Caribbean, are inviting you to learn about their mission and meet organization staff and supporters. The keynote speaker will be Reinhart Köhler, Family Services Director of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos International, a network of orphanages and home to over 3,100 children in Latin America and the Caribbean. This network has been supported by Friends of the Orphans for over 40 years. There is no charge for lunch; however, a free will offering will be requested. Limited Seating - please RSVP today.

Hyatt Regency
50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables
305-595-0025 (Irma Mogor)

11th Annual Cuisine for Art Fundraiser

Thursday, May 8 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Dinner is served by bigwigs in state, county and city government - all in the name of fun and fundraising by these good-natured celebrity waiters. State Senator Steve Geller, State Representatives Joseph Gibbons and Elaine Schwartz; Broward County School Board Chair Robin Bartlemen; and City of Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober are just a few of the public servants who will be wait staff for the night to benefit the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. The fun gets underway with a cocktail reception, courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits and Grolsch Beer, and an amazing silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are $95. The event always sells out so act quickly to get tickets. Event chair is Drazia Rubenstein. Pictured are Hollywood Commissioner Fran Russo, ACCH Board Chair Alan Koslow, AACH Executive Director Joy Satterlee and Hollywood Fire Chief Virgil Fernandez.

Hollywood Beach Marriott
2501 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood

Lora Drasner’s “SUNSETS”

Self-taught photographer Lora Drasner celebrated the launch of her first book, “Sunsets,” at EPIC Residences and Hotel. The sun setting on beautiful Biscayne Bay provided the perfect backdrop for the evening, as Lora was on hand to sign books while guests enjoyed Champagne, hors d'ouvres and music by DJ Shlomi.

Downtown Hollywood International Film Series

Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m.

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Downtown Hollywood will host their monthly foreign film, entitled "Lovers of the Arctic Circle." This Spanish film, subtitled in English, is the story of circular lives, with circular names, and a circular place, the Polar Circle, where the day lives on under the midnight sun. Its mission is "some things never end, and love is one of them." Foreign films are presented every second Thursday of the month. Admission is $2. The doors open at 6:30, and showtime is promptly at 7.

Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center
1770 Monroe Street at US1, Hollywood

13th Annual Summer Spree Auction

Friday, May 9 at 5:45 p.m.

Judge Marilyn Milian, host of TV's The People's Court, will be Mistress of Ceremonies at this year's Summer Spree Auction. Sponsored by American Airlines and hosted by the Association for Retarded Citizens, South Florida, this event raises money for the needs of adults and children coping with developmental and other disabilities, including them in the community through advocation, education and social programs. Now in its 13th year, the auction is well known for offering fabulous vacation packages and an array of other great items. Hors d'oeuvres, wine courtesy of Diageo, a buffet dinner, exciting raffle prizes and live entertainment by Steel Harmony. Michael Guyer will serve as the auctioneer. Tickets are $55 ($65 at the door).

Marriott Miami Airport Hotel
1201 N.W. LeJeune Road, Miami
305-759-8500, Ext. 141

The Pineapple Saute & Sip

Friday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m.

This interactive dinner is hosted by Baptist Health Foundation, and its purpose is to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

The Biltmore Hotel
1212 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
786-662-7353 (Julie Hays)

Mother's Day Preview Event

Friday, May 9 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Surround yourself with the beautiful treasures that King Jewelers has to offer and enjoy a cocktail reception to benefit League Against Cancer. Store owners Scott and Maxine King are your hosts for the evening which also features an exciting silent auction and raffles. Co-sponsors are Ebel Watches, with their new ladies' Ebel Beluga in stainless steel with graduated diamond bezel and mother-of-pearl dial defined by diamond markers making its debut in the auction, and Venue Magazine. To attend, a $25 donation is requested (must be 21 years or older), and 100% of the proceeds goes to League Against Cancer. RSVP to Barbara please.

King Jewelers
18265 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura
305-935-4900 (Barbara)

Gator Guayabera Weekend

Friday & Saturday, May 9 & 10

The Gator Guayabera Weekend, hosted by UF Association of Hispanic Alumni, has grown into three events: the Gator Golf Gathering, the Gator Academic Outreach Symposium, and the Gator Guayabera Guateque. The golf tournament will take place on Friday on the Doral's Red Course as "4-person team stroke play" beginning at 11:30 a.m. for registration and lunch, tee off at 1 p.m., followed by a BBQ dinner. A foursome is $800; individual $225. The Outreach Symposium, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, is free and open to the public and features three distinquished UF professors speaking on the subjects of business, medicine and the law. The Gator Guayabera Guateque, honoring Danny Ponce as Gran Caiman of the Year, kicks off with the Pre-Guateque cocktail and silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. with drinks by Bacardi, wines by Cavia and soft drinks by Pepsi. Dinner, awards and dancing to the music of "Orquesta America," a renowned salsa big band, follows at 8 p.m. The Mistress of Ceremonies is Local Channel 10's Kristi Krueger who was recently recognized as an alumni of distinction by the School of Journalism. Event attire is "tropical chic."

Doral Golf Resort & Spa
4400 N.W. 87th Avenue, Miami
305-588-5347 or 305-788-4128

South Florida Ideas Exchange

Friday & Saturday, May 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"Become Part of the Solution" is the theme of VisionBroward's South Florida Ideas Exchange. This free event is open to all citizens of South Florida who wish to participate in creating innovative strategies for an ever-growing and changing society. The agenda is set up to begin with where we are as a community and to have an open discussion on further programs and objectives in areas such as physical wellness, cultural diversity, education, environment and others. There will be guest-speakers, food, and entertainment. A collection will be made of hurricane emergency supplies and food if you would like to participate.

Broward Community College Central Campus, Building 10
3501 S.W. Davie Road, Davie

7th Annual Lou Gehrig's Disease 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 a.m.

ALS Recovery Fund is hosting their seventh annual run, which will take runners and walkers through the streets of Coconut Grove. ALS Recovery is comprised entirely of volunteers, and every dollar raised goes toward furthering the organization's mission to find a cure and improve the quality of care for ALS patients. There are age categories for runners, and runners will be chip-timed for awards. Not a runner and want to participate? Come on out and walk the course, or if you must, stay in bed and just send a donation. There are medals for top finishers and prizes for top fundraisers. It's $25 ($30 on race day) for adults and $10 for kids 14 and under. Bring the whole family!

Dinner Key Auditorium
3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove

86th Annual Dinner Gala & Auction

Saturday, May 10 at

The Galbut family, Lee Brian Schrager and Loews Miami Beach Hotel, a triumvirate of honorees, will receive awards at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce annual dinner gala. Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels, will accept the "Corporate Citizen of the Year" Award. The Galbut family, long-time Miami Beach residents and generous contributors to the city's growth, will receive the Leonard "Doc" Baker Lifetime Achievement Award, and Lee Schrager, director of special events and media relations at Southern Wine & Spirits, will receive the Jan Pfeiffer Distinguished Service Award. Tickets are $250, and tables and sponsorships are available.

Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Fl 33139
305-695-6825 (Danielle Hirschfeld)

Tropical Flowering Tree Society Show and Sale

Saturday & Sunday, May 10 & 11

See a grand selection of tropical flowering trees, vines and shrubs that will be on display and offered for sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This 2-day event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for kids 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Drive, Coral Gables

Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Treat Mom to brunch, served in the most elegant setting at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler. There will be an endless selection of food and drinks, and after brunch guests can tour the grand Stone House and Richmond Cottage, and explore the Deering grounds. See an exhibition of artwork on display by the Miami Watercolor Society and GroveHouse Artists, a cooperative art group. Brunch ranges from $45 to $65.

Deering Estate at Cutler
16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami
305-235-1668, Ext. 223

Mother's Day Luncheon

Tuesday, May 13 at 10 a.m.

Barbara Black Goldfarb will receive the Hannah G. Solomon Award at this year's Greater Miami Section of NCJW's Mother's Day Luncheon. The event gets underway at 10 a.m. with a gift boutique, and the luncheon begins promptly at 11:30, featuring noted financial columnist Meg Green as keynote speaker. President-Elect Fran Levey will be installed along with new Board members, Leslie Rosenfeld, Joan Muss, Sharlane Packar and Janie Tate. Tickets are $60 and include complimentary valet parking. The luncheon is chaired by Betsy Singer and Leslie Sternlieb.

LaGorce Country Club
5685 Alton Road, Miami Beach

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly

Held Over!

Sssssee the largest traveling reptile exhibition in the world at Metrozoo through August 10. Venomous snakes, lizards, crocodilians and turtles from around the world can be viewed in their natural habitats in this 5000 square-foot exhibition. Check out the Gila monster, Diamond-back rattler, cobra, and the African Gaboon viper with fangs up to two inches long. Hands-on and interactive, you can touch harmless snakes, "milk" venom from a model rattlesnake, spot all kinds of different reptiles from soft-shelled turtles and chameleons to leaf-tail geckos and green tree pythons, see a 20-minute program packed with beautiful photography and informative facts and watch these creatures being fed at 11 a.m. each weekend. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is $13.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids 3 to 12, and free for members and children under 3. Tickets can be purchased online.

Metrozoo's Dr. Wilde's World
12400 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami


May 16
An Evening with Carly Simon

May 16 - 18
Red, White & Bluegrass

May 17
6th Annnual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala

May 17 & 18
“Thoroughly Modern Millie”

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Upcoming Events

What When
An Evening with Carly Simon Friday, May 16
Red, White & Bluegrass May 16 - 18
6th Annnual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala Saturday, May 17
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” May 17 & 18

The deadline for submitting event information for Events of the Week is 5 p.m. Friday.

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