December Newsletter
Vol. 5 No. 24

Holiday Greetings-

We have survived yet another year of Basel. So many events to keep track of. We LOVE LOVE LOVE the stress to impress. We look forward to another amazing event next year. 

Last night the SFCA in conjunction with Live Nation, hosted 70+ concierge to a preview of Volta which opens tonight. What an AMAZING show!  Thanks to all those that mentioned us on social media. We appreciate your recognition. 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, THANK YOU for another AMAZING year. As this will be our last newsletter of 2017, we wish you and your family a joyous and safe holiday.

Warmest Regards, 
Miguel Pena 
President / CEO 


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Jump into a kid's fantasy world with the opening of Wynwood's first family entertainment center, FunDimension. Enjoy more than 15,000-sq-ft of non-stop family fun. Entrance is free and prices range starting at $8 per attraction to a $49 all-inclusive package to play for 3 hours.

The Babysitting Company is South Florida's premier babysitting service. The Babysitting Company is fully insured and requires a clear background check and drug test, valid CPR certification from an in person class and personal interview from each Sitter. 
All professional TBC Sitters come prepared with games, toys and activities to provide the most fun environment for clients. Each sitter speaks fluent English and many speak other languages as well (Russian, French, Italian, Portuguese, Hebrew, Spanish, etc.). 
Babysitters can be available with just an hours notice, even on holidays. The Babysitting Company is available 24/7 for all last minute reservations and special requests. 
Please call (888)407-7822 to make a reservation or visit www.thebabysittingcompany.com. 
The Babysitting Company is proud to offer all members of the SFCA 20 percent off of services for their own families in all cities where offices are located.  

December Birthdays
12/15 Miguel Fleites, Carillon Hotel & Spa 
12/17 Marci Fermin, Boca Raton Resort & Club 
12/17 Carol M. Curry, Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne 
12/18 Maria Miller, Hyatt Regency Miami 
12/19 Christian Gamarra, Dream Hotel 
12/19 Carlos Ayala, Mandarin Oriental Miami 
12/20 Ernest Howell, Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne
12/21 Rosa Rosario, FAENA Miami Beach
12/22 Mariana Malek, Trump International Beach Resort
12/23 James McGlaughlin, Nobu Eden Roc
12/24 Claudine Benavides, Biltmore Hotel
12/28 Fernando Garcia, Acqualina Resort & Spa
12/30 Gili Zimmerman, National Hotel
12/31 Louis Lennis, FAENA Miami Beach

Santa's Enchanted Forest

DEC 1-31
Tropical Park
7900 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33155
The largest holiday theme park in the world, Santa's Enchanted Forest is happening at Tropical Park. Enjoy carnival rides, shows, games, a 92-foot tall Christmas tree and more than three million Christmas lights. Ride the ferris wheel, race speedy cars, or risk it all on the "Mega Drop." Single day and season passes are available. The park is open until the beginning of January. 

Deering Holiday Wonderland
DEC 1-31 
Deering Estate 
16701 SW 72nd Ave
Miami, FL  33157
Tour the elegant and historic Deering Estate located on the edge of Biscayne Bay when it's festively decorated for the holidays and decked out in beautiful Christmas lights. Highlights include story time and photos with Santa Claus as well as the Holiday Bay Cruise. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 14. Special events like the Holiday Bay Cruise are $35 per person.


Miami Dolphins
vs. Buffalo
DEC 31: 1:00PM

Hard Rock Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive
Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Miami Heat  
vs. LA
DEC 16: 8:00PM

vs. Dallas
DEC 22: 8:00PM

vs. New Orleans
DEC 23: 8:00PM

vs. Orlando
DEC 26: 7:30PM

vs. Brooklyn
DEC 29: 8:00PM

American Airlines Arena 
601 Biscayne Blvd 
Miami, FL 33132  

Miami Hurricanes
vs. #6 Wisconsin
DEC 30: 8:00PM

Hard Rock Stadium 
347 Don Shula Drive 
Miami Gardens, FL 33056 
Winter Shorts 2017

DEC 7-23
Adrienne Arsht PAC
Miami, FL
Get in the spirit of the holidays with City Theatre's brand new Winter Shorts! This festive version of Summer Shorts: America's Short Play Festival features a jolly program of short plays and musicals!  Treat yourself, your friends and family to an evening of theater filled with hilarity, both naughty and nice.  Penned by the country's best playwrights and performed by a company of South Florida theater all-stars, City Theatre's Winter Shorts will sparkle this holiday season!

Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker

DEC 15-24
Adrienne Arsht PAC
Miami, FL
New Production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker! The holiday tradition you love will become even more magical, with an all-new production by Cuban-American artistic power couple, Isabel and Ruben Toledo.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

DEC 16: 8:00PM
Adrienne Arsht PAC
Miami, FL
Experience the excitement-all over again! The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is returning to Miami, with an updated orchestral adventure! The show will feature an all new movement from Skyward Sword, a much-anticipated Breath of the Wild arrangement, and the return of a classic that might just make some wishes come true!

South Florida Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Meets
Hemingway and Siudy Flamenco

DEC 17: 7:30PM
Adrienne Arsht PAC
Miami, FL
Join the South Florida Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate the opening of the 20th anniversary season!

The TEN Tenors

DEC 22: 8:00PM
Adrienne Arsht PAC
Miami, FL
Join Australia's rock stars of the opera The TEN Tenors as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of Joy to the World, White Christmas, Amazing Grace, Winter Wonderland, Feliz Navidad and more, Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season.

Finding Neverland

DEC 26-31
Adrienne Arsht PAC
Miami, FL
Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name and directed by visionary Tony® winner Diane Paulus, this innovative new musical is packed with mesmerizing visuals, enchanting adventures and plenty of laughs.

Rhythmic Atlantic

DEC 29-31
Adrienne Arsht PAC
Miami, FL
The program celebrates the influence of the African drum and instruments on new world music.

Concerts in South Florida
Veza Sur Brewing Co.

55 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
Wynwood has as many breweries as it does hipsters but the latest newcomer, Veza Sur gives off a distinct Miami vibe. With 18 different beers on draft, a colorful patio complete with a Pubbelly Boys run Bao Bun taco truck, and beer cocktails created by Bar Lab, it's quickly become the beer darling of the neighborhood.


250 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov and his business partner Steven Cook have brought their second concept to Wynwood, right next door to Federal Donuts. Hummus is the star of the Dizengoff menu, which is topped with rotating garnishes like corn masabacha with chickpeas and tehina and lamb merguez with cabbage, served alongside hearth-baked pita, chopped Israeli salad, and pickles. A few sides are offered like Israeli-style vegetable salads, plus Lemonnana, a Israeli frozen mint lemonade, draft beer and Israeli wine. And on Sundays, Dizengoff serves shakshuka, the North African dish of eggs baked in a spicy tomato and pepper stew.

Roberta's Pizza
Miami Design District
Like most New Yorkers, popular Brooklyn pizza jointRoberta'sis heading to South Florida for the winter. The eatery has officially set up shop on its Miami Design District pop-up restaurant housed inside Jungle Plaza. The outdoor space features a small, graffiti painted kiosk serving up a select few pies including the Margherita, Bee Sting, and the "Famous Original," available in two sizes, along with soda, beer, and other beverages.
Wild Lime Adventures

Led by two former university professors, one of which a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor, Wild Lime Adventures is an eco-tour and cultural tour company, providing round-trip day-tours in South Florida.
Fly a Fighter Jet

A fantastic L-39, sun and fun - that's what's waiting for you in Tampa, Florida. Get ready to take a Florida Fighter Jet Instruction Flight in the L-39 Albatros military jet right above the gulf of Mexico. This L-39 jet is also used by the Russian cosmonauts and fighter pilots for training. It is a perfect trainer. Students will get the opportunity to fly this exciting and responsive jet under the close supervision of flight instructors. No flight experience is needed to take part in a fighter jet training flight.

Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing

Miami Wake Academy was born from a love of watersports and Miami's lack of quality watersports coaching. We have experience teaching five-year-olds to 65-year-olds and everyone in between. Our small owner operated company brings you the personal touch that makes a huge difference compared to waterpark style companies that treat their riders impersonally due to the corporations disconnect from riders.

Personal Speedboat Tour

Experience the adventure of a lifetime on our Speed Boat Adventure Tour. A guided and narrated Tour of Biscayne Bay with a twist. You are able to navigate and captain your own speedboat for the entirety of the tour while following our trained and knowledgeable guides to experience the best of both worlds - the THRILL of driving your own speedboat, and the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the beauty of Miami's Biscayne Bay.

Mountain Biking on beautiful Virginia Key

Located on the north end of Virginia Key, the mountain trail was built by hand through volunteers from the Virginia Key Bike Club (VKBC) with resources provided by the City of Miami. The trails have been built to allow all levels of bicyclists access to the opportunity to be surrounded by nature and water (Biscayne Bay) in the heart of Miami while getting the thrills of mountain biking.
Opera Max Data Booster
A fun app that lets you act out scenes with friends. Each "actor" gets a line and time limit. They need to record their best reading with their phone and send out their scenes. When everyone is ready, the app stitches the clips together and makes all the takes play together in a coherent scene!  
Patch: Smart Portrait Editor
A way to mimic the iPhone 8 portrait mode, without an iPhone 8. Patch is great for automagically creating the background blur, no matter what the object is (it doesn't have to be a face). It pretty much never gets it exactly right, but you can mask out the parts that you do or don't want blurred after it automatically applies the effect.

A speech-to-text engine that transcribes spoken word fairly well and lets you edit the text afterwards. You can open the transcript on a mobile device or even on PC via a web version and navigating around it is easy, as the text is synced to the original audio.
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The Miami Beach EDITION 
Jessica, the concierge, was amazing at helping us choose the city's best Farm to Table restaurants who could handle some food allergies that I have.

Rosa, at the concierge desk, a total asset. She got us a reservation at a restaurant totally booked for days.  

1 Hotel
Keston, the concierge, saved our vacation last time. American airlines lost my bags and weren't being receptive and were very hard to get in touch with. He saw I had a dilemma and offered to help. I looked at him like " good luck ", not expecting him to get anywhere . within minutes he had them on the phone and the problem was resolved .

The Setai 
Ask everything to Maïte, the Clef d'Or Chef Concierge and she will find the hidden jewels of the City for you. 
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