Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Social Miami Events of the Week with Christian Louboutin, Project: New Born and Weizmann Institute of Science‏

Taking Your Business to the Next Level

Wednesday, January 30 at 6 p.m.

Professionals under the age of 35 are invited to attend an evening of networking, fun, food, and spirits, with the Southeast Region of Leadership Florida's young professionals group, Connect Florida. Learn about this innovative new program created by Leadership Florida to assist in making a positive impact on Florida. This is the first statewide young professionals' organization connecting Florida's emerging leaders in the under-35 age range with the mission of connecting young professionals to each other, their local community and the community of Florida. This event is presented courtesy of Interactive Training Solutions. RSVP please. Free for members; $10 for non-members.

Christabelle's Quarter
3159 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove

A Taste of the Garden

Wednesday, January 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Chefs from fine restaurants will be offering tastes of their signature dishes and wine purveyors will open their reserves for your pleasure amid the tropical setting at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The event is organized by the Miami Beach Garden Club as a fundraiser for the Garden and includes a silent auction featuring a variety of services and dinners at local restaurants. A selection of orchids will be for sale. Tickets are $35 p/p in advance and $45 at the event; complimentary valet parking.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
305-673-4166 (Claire)

2008 Women of Vision Luncheon

Thursday, January 31 at 11 a.m.

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science will recognize 5 outstanding women at its 12th annual luncheon. The 2008 Women of Vision are: Marla Bergmann for Philanthropy; Marcy Lefton for Service to Community and Israel; Rachel Lapidot, Ph.D for Business and Finance; and Nilza Kallos, M.D. for Science and Medicine. In addition, Pennie Abramson, National President of ACWIS, will receive the 2008 Women's Leadership Award. ABC's Kristi Krueger (left, above) will emcee the luncheon and introduce guest speaker Lynn Sherr (left, below), correspondent for the 20/20 TV series, who will talk about "Women Changing the World." The luncheon supports an Endowed Master's Degree Scholarship for a female scientist at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, researching Alternative Energy. Tickets are $125.

Radisson Hotel Miami
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-940-7377 (Debra Herrmann)

Sushi, Sake and Fun

Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Join PetSet for a social evening to benefit the Humane Society of Broward County. Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for members and guests. Admission is $15 for PetSetters and $20 for guests. Admission is free for "Top Dog" and "Pick of the Litter" members. Take this opportunity to join and receive invites for exciting future events!

Umi Sushi Lounge
300 S.W. 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

2008 Kick-Off Event

Thursday, January 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Join the YPRC (Young Professionals of Red Cross) at their first networking event of 2008. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and caipirinha cocktails and great people. YPRC is open to young professionals who are service-minded and want to give back to their community. Event is free to members and $15 to non-members.

Texas de Brazil Miami Beach
300 Alton Road, Miami Beach
305-728-2517 (Edson Pires)

Project: New Born Wine Event

Project: New Born, one of South Florida's most established non-profits, teamed with Crown Wine and Spirits for the first ever “New Born at Night.” More than 400 guests attended the wine tasting held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Crown brought with them some of the most established California vineyards for this very special fund raiser. Following the tasting, many guests headed over to Pangaea Lounge, located in Seminole Paradise, for a chic and fabulous after party.

Impact Circle Party

Thursday, January 31 from 9 to 11:30 p.m.

Impact Circle is the young, fun, fabulous and philanthropic membership group of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Their super-exclusive events are typically restricted to members only, but they are kicking off the New Year by inviting fresh new faces to their Miami Vice-themed bash at SET. Email or call Ryan Roth to RSVP or if you want to learn more about Impact Circle.

320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
305-644-0066, Ext. 287 (Ryan Roth)

Musical Instrument Drive and Reception

January 31 to February 2

"Instrumental to Learning" is a program being launched nationwide by Hilton Hotels Corporation to bring awareness to the importance of music as part of education. Hilton-Miami Airport Hotel is spearheading the local drive to collect gently used musical instruments for underserved students in Miami-Dade. Residents are asked to drop off instruments in good condition at the hotel anytime between January 31 and February 2. No instrument but a desire to help? Your monetary donation ($20 suggested) will be used to purchase instruments. To kick off the drive, join Gina Martell, formerly of Love 94, at a reception at the Hilton-Miami Airport on Thursday, January 31, from 6 to 9 p.m., for complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, entertainment and a silent auction to benefit the cause. New World Symphony has joined in the drive (541 Lincoln Road), and instruments can be dropped off at their offices any week day between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning immediately. RSVP please.

Hilton-Miami Airport Hotel
5101 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami

"Taste of Love"

Saturday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.

The Transplant Foundation will host its 5th Annual "Taste of Love," a wine and food festival that features spectacular food and drinks from over 20 of South Florida's premier restaurants and wineries. Browse the auction items offered in the silent and live auctions and enjoy musical entertainment, a trendsetting fashion show, and visits from some of Parrot Jungle's unique residents - all to benefit transplant patients served by the Foundation. Tickets are $100 in advance and $125 at the door. Reserved seating for tables of ten and sponsorship packages are available.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami

American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

Five outstanding women will be honored by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science at its annual luncheon. ABC’s Kristi Krueger is emcee, and special guest speaker is Lyn Sheer, correspondent for 20/20. Tickets are $125, and proceeds support an Endowed Master’s Degree Scholarship for a woman scientist at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel.

15th Annual Miami International Map Fair

Saturday & Sunday, February 2 & 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is the #1 map fair in the world with workshops and lectures and a wealth of maps offered for sale by top international dealers. Join collectors and aficionados for two full days of browsing and buying antique maps of every size, shape and color. Bring your own antique maps and get expert advice about the origin and historical value from a professional map dealer. Proceeds from the Historical Museum of Southern Florida's Map Fair go toward maintaining and improving the Museum's exhibitions, educational programming and community outreach. Tickets are available at the door - $10 for adults, $2 for children 6-12; free for younger children and Museum members. Admission includes entrance to the marketplace, access to an expert opinion on a map and the chance to win door prizes.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 W. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, February 5 from Noon to Midnight

Enjoy non-stop live music and entertainment on two stages and delicious Creole and Cajun cuisine specialties served up by area beach restaurants. Concert performances by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Marcel Anton, Marcia Ball, Oriente, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, and many more. See the Mardi Gras Fiesta website for more information.

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Saturday, February 2 at 3 p.m.

PlayGround Theatre's new adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland kicks off with a fun-filled afternoon of sweets and savories with the Mad Hatter. Children are invited to join in the costume parade dressed as their favorite character from the Lewis Carroll classic and take part in the delightful fantasy activities planned for the party. They'll make Mad Hats, take a picture with Alice, play croquet, and lots more. A fashion show will feature children's clothes from Kidding Around, and there will be a special preview of a scene from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Tickets are $100 for adults and $25 for children, and each ticket holder receives a ticket to a performance at PlayGround Theatre. Proceeds of the event benefit the theatre's Education and Outreach Program.

Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove
3300 N.W. 27th Avenue, Coconut Grove
305-751-9550, Ext. 223

2008 Gala in the Garden: Arts & Flowers

Saturday, February 2

Gala guests will be treated to a spectacular evening at Fairchild Garden overlooking the tropical landscape set with the pop-art exhibition "Roy Lichtenstein at Fairchild." The Northern Trust Ballroom in the Jean Ellen DuPont Shehan Visitor Center is the place for the cocktail reception and the Gala's silent auction. Dinner will be served on the gala pavilion, located next to majestic Pandanus Lake, and guests will enjoy dancing to the music of the renowned Peter Duchin Orchestra. Co-Chairs are Bunny Bastian and Teresa Buoniconti, joined by Jean Ellen DuPont Shehan, Honorary Chair; Brenda Nestor Castellano, Anna May Conese, Swanee DiMare and Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, Philanthropy Chairs. Proceeds support education, research and conservation at Fairchild.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami

Game Day at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

Sunday, February 3

Red Baron presents the first annual Game Day at the Playboy Mansion. Benefitting the California Police Youth Charities and hosted by the former Baywatch lovelies, Brande Roderick and Traci Bingham, this inaugural event features: Special live performance by Vince Neil of Motley Crue; one-of-a-kind performance by the world-renowned painter Garibaldi; open bar and game day-style food; exclusive Playmate-led tours of the mansion grounds; photo-ops with Playboy Bunnies; 20 body-painted models representing your favorite NFL teams; football pool with prizes including trips and autographed memorabilia; swimming in the world famous mansion grotto; and more! Email for more information to

10236 Charing Cross Road
Beverly Hills, CA

O' What A Nite - Girls Night Out

Thursday, February 7 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Cupid's calling... and here's the ticket for showing yourself some LOVE! SPLURGE is hosting another Girls Night Out promising you the hottest fashion trends, one-of-a-kind accessories, and surprises galore. And just in time for Valentine's Day! Talented designers and incredible vendors from happening places in the U.S. will be displaying a unique array of handbags, jewelry, accessories, shoes, clothing, home decorative accents and lots more for your shopping pleasure. Besides great buys on the newest styles, a leading national cosmetic company will be on hand with Spring make-up trends and how-to's for a flawless face for the new season. Grab a friend or two and make plans for a night of pampering, indulgence and unbelievable shopping! Open wine bar and hors d'oeuvres, great sounds, goodie bags - all in the luxurious setting of Vista BMW, our hosts for the evening. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online. In honor of O' What A Nite, a donation will be made to benefit breast cancer and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Vista BMW
4401 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek

Abracadabra Fundraising Raffle Event

Thursday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

More than $100,000 worth of donated works of art will be raffled off to lucky ticket holders at the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood. The exhibition, titled "Abracadabra," can be previewed now at the Center. On the evening of the fundraiser, raffle ticket holders are invited to a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. so that they can make their choices. Then when their names are randomly drawn, they select from the remaining works of art. Each ticket holder is guaranteed an artwork valued from $500 to $6,000. Raffle tickets are available now - $375 for one ticket and admission for 2; $700 for 2 tickets and admission for 4; $1,000 for 3 tickets and admission for 6. Proxy bidding available to raffle ticket holders who cannot attend. General admission is $30. Pictured: Damian Rojo, "Feeling Small" 2008, C-Print, 16" x 20".

Hollywood Art & Culture Center of Hollywood
1650 Harrison Street, Hollywood

Heart Healthy Challenge Cook-Off

Deadline: February 19

The Florida Heart Research Institute kicks off their "Heart of a Chef" Weekend with an amateur cooking competition for heart-healthy appetizer and entrée recipes. Submit your recipe online or by mail, together with a $25 processing fee, before February 19. Thirty recipes will be selected for the competition, and 16 finalists will be invited to an event at one of four Williams-Sonoma locations in South Florida. One winner from each store will be selected to compete at the Heart of a Chef Festival on April 27 at Jungle Island. Prizes to winners range from a one week stay in Orlando to cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu to a culinary gift package.

4770 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 500
Miami, FL 33137
305-674-3020, Ext. 5823


February 7
Celebrate Chinese New Year

February 8
Valentine's Day Speed Dating Bash

February 9
POP 8 ½
La Dolce Vita

Feb. 9 & 10
Miami Beach
Festival of
the Arts

Monday, February 11
International Jewelers Exchange's Grand Re-Opening with the MS Foundation

February 15
Building the Future Gala

February 16
Love & Hope Ball

February 21
Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon

February 23
HSBC Be a Voice Take the Lead Gala

Feb. 23 & 24
“Fun and Fit as a Family”

February 24
Run for Darfur

Upcoming Events

What When
Celebrate Chinese New Year Thursday, February 7
Valentine's Day Speed Dating Bash Friday, February 8
POP 8 ½ La Dolce Vita Saturday, February 9
34th Annual Miami Beach Festival of the Arts Sat. & Sun., Feb. 9 & 10
International Jewelers Exchange's Grand Re-Opening with the MS Foundation Monday, February 11
Building the Future Gala Friday, February 15
Love and Hope Ball Saturday, February 16
Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon Thursday, February 21
HSBC Be a Voice Take the Lead Gala Saturday, February 23
“Fun and Fit as a Family” February 23 & 24
Run for Darfur Saturday, February 24

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