Wednesday, April 2, 2008 activities

Sony Ericsson Open

Now through April 6

World class tennis continues at the Sony Ericsson Open through the weekend. See the women's singles final Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and the men's on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Not only is there incredible tennis with the best players in the world competing, the tournament also hosts social and fashion events. See the Blumarine runway fashion show on April 3 and the best of Village of Merrick Park on April 4. The fashion shows are free for ticket holders, and tickets for the matches are still available.

Tennis Center at Crandon Park
7300 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne

5th Annual Men's Nite Out

Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m.

Football Hall of Famer "Iron" Mike Ditka will be the special guest speaker at the Jewish Federation of Broward County's annual Men's Nite Out. Close to 400 business leaders will come together for some top-level networking, to enjoy some great food, bid on sports memorabilia and hear from renowned NFL player/coach/TV analyst Mike Ditka, who always has plenty to say. Chairing the event are Sammy Schulman, Executive VP of Business Operations and CFO of the Miami Heat, and Neal Slafsky, President of Capital Planning Group. Cost to attend is $70 and at least a $365 gift to Jewish Federation of Broward County's 2008 campaign. A VIP reception beginning at 5:30 is open to $2,500+ donors and corporate sponsors.

Hyatt Pier 66 Resort and Spa
2301 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale

"Back to Basics"

Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m.

Bourbon Steak, legendary restaurateur Michael Mina's first contemporary steakhouse in South Florida, welcomes the members of The American Institute of Wine and Food. Dinner includes for 1st Course: choice of Heirloom Tomato Soup, Lobster Grilled Cheese, or Hearts of Romaine with Black Olive Caesar Dressing and White Anchovy; 2nd Course: choice of Kobe Burger, BBQ Kurobuta Pork Short Rib, or Wood-Grilled Organic Chicken, all served with accompanying sides for the table; and Dessert: Beignets with choice of Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, Macallan Butterscotch, or Valrhona Chocolate Pot de Crème with Tea or Coffee. For members $95; guests $105. Reservations a must!

Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort
19999 W. Country Club Road, Aventura
954-396-3875 or 305-663-9641

Taste and Toast

Thursday, April 3 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

"Taste and Toast" is the first event in the 3-day-long Miami Wine and Food Festival benefiting Camillus House and United Way of Miami-Dade. You'll sample wines from more than 60 international wineries and taste scrumptious treats from 30 of South Florida's top restaurants. There is a VIP Tasting from 6 to 6:45 (tickets - $150); general admission is $100 by phone or at the door; Camillus House or United Way Young Leaders' tickets are $65.

Village of Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables

Women Of Distinction & Caring Luncheon

Friday, April 4 at 11 a.m.

The Hebrew Homes Foundation and Plaza Health Network will honor 5 remarkable women who have distinguished themselves through their leadership, volunteerism, philanthropy, and profession, and have made a difference in the lives of others. The women are: Sonja Zuckerman, founder and lifetime chair of the Love & Hope Ball, an event that has raised over $30 million for Diabetes Research; The Honorable Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; Diana Gonzalez, veteran NBC 6 Health Care Connection Reporter; Heather Rohan, 27 years of healthcare experience and CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center; and Sandy A. Spears, Sr. V.P. and Chief Administrative Officer of Jackson North Medical Center with over 34 years with Jackson Health System. Tickets are $100 and benefit Hebrew Homes Plaza Health Network, a not-for-profit that has been serving the community with rehabilitation and long term care since 1954.

J.W. Marriott Hotel
1109 Brickell Avenue, Miami
305-917-0400 (Ilene Zweig)

Miami Tradition of Choice Luncheon

Friday, April 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America's president Cecile Richards will be the special guest speaker at the local chapter's Tradition of Choice Luncheon. Ms. Richards has more than 20 years of experience working on behalf of women and progressive causes and is a dynamic leader of PPFA and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. The chairs of the luncheon are Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson and Dawn Fine; serving as honorary chairs are Lara Murphy and Ellen Freidin. Tickets are $80.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami

Food, Friends and Fun

Friday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrity Chef Stephen Lewandowski of New York's famed Tribeca Grill will lead you through the preparation and cooking of a succulent 3-course meal at this ultimate event for foodies to benefit Camillus House and United Way of Miami-Dade. First, enjoy cocktails and browse the silent auction; then don your aprons and join Chef Lewandowski in the kitchen! Part of the Miami Wine and Food Festival, tickets are $300 p/p. Cocktails and silent auction at 6:30; interactive dinner begins at 7:30.

InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami

Spring Fling & Flower Fashion Show

Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

Broward Wishmakers hosts a fun evening where you can socialize with business professionals in an "oh so chic" atmosphere and support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers and cheer on local celebrities who will be modeling unique floral gowns created by florists and designers. It's Wishmakers' largest - and most fun - fundraiser with a silent auction full of great items. Tickets are $45 which includes 2 drinks. Cocktails are at 7 p.m., and the fashion show starts at 8. Don't miss it!

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
954-967-9474, Ext. 320 (Cynthia)

NIAF Ambassador's Ball

Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

A special treat for guests at this year's National Italian American Foundation gala will be a short performance by Eros Ramazzotti, one of Italy's most popular singers, accompanied by Luca Scarpa, his pianist from Italy. Ramazzotti will receive NIAF's Special Achievement Award in Music. He joins a distinguished group of performers that includes Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Luciano Pavarotti and Jon Bon Jovi, who have previously been awarded this prestigious award. Hosted by Italy's Ambassador to the United States H.E. Giovanni Castellaneta and Mrs. Lila Castellaneta, the gala pays tribute to prominent individuals, including the Zegna Family represented by Paolo Zegna, chairman of Ermenegildo Zegna Group who will accept a Special Achievement Award in Fashion; Joseph C. Amaturo, general partner with Amaturo Group Ltd.; Joe Natoli, Sr. V.P. and CFO for the University of Miami; Frank R. Nero, President and CEO of the Beacon Council; Camillo Ricordi, M.D., scientific director of the Diabetes Research Institute at UM; and John F. Scarpa, co-founder of American Cellular Network Corp. Tickets for the black-tie event begin at $250 p/p.

Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood
202-939-3114 (Carolyn Laurenzano)

Connect Florida Networking Event

Friday, April 4 from 9 to 11 p.m.

The Southeast Region of Leadership Florida's young professionals group, Connect Florida, is hosting an evening of networking, fun, food, and spirits for under-35 professionals. Meet the members and learn about the organization and upcoming opportunities for statewide involvement. The evening's hosts are Simone Brown, Cameron Sisser, David Suarez, Katrina Cristobal, Ricardo Garbati, Amy Goldstein , Salvador Ramirez, Danny Diaz-Leyva, Natalie Capote and Ana Maria Rodriguez. The event is free for members and $10 for non-members. RSVP required.

O Lounge
330 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Global Groove: Green Around the Globe

Saturday, April 5 from 4 to 10 p.m.

The City of Hollywood celebrates global diversity and the environment with an exciting festival at ArtsPark which is a festival in itself featuring an interactive water sculpture, colorful Romero Britto butterfly, children's playground and outdoor amphitheatre. The focus is on green with a Trash to Treasure recycled art project, awareness activities by Pelican Harbor Seabird Station and the International Game Fish Association, environment and energy demonstrations and exhibits, xeriscaping, trees for sale, electric cars and more! From 4 to 8 p.m. you'll see colorful costumes, ethnic dancing and drumming from countries around the globe, including West African rhythms, Latin American and Turkish dance performances, performing arts of India, and our local Fantasy Theatre Factory and Gold Coast Theatre performances. At 8 p.m. hear the rhythmic sounds of Calypso music from Trinidad's "Island Heat" followed by the spicy South Florida global gumbo of "The Baboons" with Afro-Caribbean funk-n-roll. There's plenty for everyone, and it's all free!

City of Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle
Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1, Hollywood

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

Saturday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Sean "P.Diddy" Combs joins Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons to host the first Art for Life Miami Beach gala to honor Grammy® Award winning artist John Legend, financial expert and TV personality Suze Orman and real estate developer R. Donahue Peebles for their efforts in helping to improve the lives of others and in support of youth arts education. The evening will be hosted by Nia Long. Event chairs are Chip and Allison Brady, Tracy Wilson Mourning and Loren Ridinger. Tables are $15,000. Individual tickets are $1,000 each. Each ticket includes admission to the cocktail reception and silent auction, and the dinner and live auction. Tickets for the after party from 9:00 p.m. to midnight start at $350. Please note change of venue.

The Bath Club
5937 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Bubbles, Bids and Bites Auction and Dinner

Saturday, April 5 at 6 p.m.

The final event for the Miami Wine and Food Festival is Bubbles, Bids and Bites beginning at 6 p.m. with the Champagne Lanson Reception. Elaborate silent and live auctions of rare wine and exotic travel packages will coincide with a casual dinner. Tickets are $500 p/p and benefit Camillus House and United Way of Miami-Dade. The champagne reception gets underway at 6 p.m. and the auction and dinner at 7.

InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami

Palm & Cycad Festival

Saturday & Sunday, April 5 & 6

Bring the whole family to Fairchild Garden's Palm & Cycad Festival. A special area is set up for kids to enjoy crafts and games while the adults are learning about palms from expert horticulturists, attending palm-inspired cooking demonstrations or just kicking back with a pina colada from the Coconut Booth. A large assortment of palms will be available for sale, and the Festival will have live music and food vendors too. Admission to the garden is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6 to 17, and free for Fairchild members and kids 5 and under. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami

14th Annual Bali Hai

Sunday, April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Spend a glorious afternoon sipping fine wines, champagnes and libations and savoring tempting culinary samplings from more than 20 top South Florida restaurants at The Kampong, an exotic botanical oasis. Created by the South Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF), the event is co-chaired by Cynthia Seaman and Jocelyn Tennille and produced by Lasso the Moon. Proceeds, including those from the silent auction, will raise funds for culinary scholarships for needy students and supports The Kampong's renowned and diverse botanical living collection. Tickets are $135 for the main event and $200 for the VIP Preview Party from 4 to 5 p.m. with cocktails, a featured restaurant and special gift. There is free parking and shuttle service available from Plymouth Congregational Church, 3400 Devon Road. The event is always a sell-out so make plans to attend today!

The Kampong
4013 S. Douglas Road, Coconut Grove

5th Annual Girls' Night Out

Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m.

Join friends and supporters of the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida for cocktails and a silent auction in the historic Vanderbilt Mansion before dinner and dessert at the homes of Maureen Collins, Marcia Dunn, Gerri LeBow, Susan Sacks and Diane Siegel. Organized by the Girl Scout Women's Advisory Group, the event is co-chaired by Veranda Dickens and Sharon King. The cost is $250 p/p.

Vanderbilt Mansion
Fisher Island
305-253-4841, Ext. 233


April 10
22nd Annual Luncheon to Remember

April 10
15th Annual “Twelve Good Men” Luncheon

April 10
“The Art of Education”

April 11-13
Bead Fest

April 12
Women of Tomorrow’s Annual Gala

April 18
Miami Stories

April 19 and 20
Inside In Style

April 26 & 27
Heart of a Chef Weekend

May 1
Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

Upcoming Events

What When
22nd Annual Luncheon to Remember Thursday, April 10
15th Annual “Twelve Good Men” Luncheon Thursday, April 10
“The Art of Education” Thursday, April 10
Bead Fest Fri. - Sun., April 11 - 13
Women of Tomorrow’s Annual Gala Saturday, April 12
Miami Stories Friday, April 18
Inside In Style Sat. & Sun., April 19 & 20
Heart of a Chef Weekend Sat. & Sun., April 26 & 27
Las Olas Wine and Food Festival Thursday, May 1

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