|Family Fun Events for Easter |
Bunnypalooza at the
Fri., Sat. & Sun. April 6-8Time:
10am - 4pmPlace:
4400 Rickenbacker CwyCost:
The Miami Seaquarium is hosting Bunnypalooza this year with continous Easter egg hunts, bounce houses, rides and parades. Download a discount coupon by clicking here. For more information please call 305-361-5705 or visit miamiseaquarium.com
Spring Fling at the
Miami Children's Museum
Sun., April 8Time:
12pm - 4pmPlace:
980 Macarthur CausewayCost:
Free with admission
The Miami Children's Museum is holding its annual Spring Fling complete with arts and crafts, an Easter egg hunt and bunny hop races on Easter Sunday. The event is free with admission and residents of the City of Miami get a discount on admission. For more information call (305) 373-5437 or visit miamichildrensmuseum.org
|Taste of the Grove |
Food & Wine Festival
April 14 - 15
Sat., April 14 -
Sun. April 15Time:
11:00am - 7:00pmPlace:
$5 per person/day
Children under 12 FREE
The 22nd annual Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival is back and better than ever! The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce invites you and your family to come and enjoy our annual event, where sun and fun are paired with a cultural blend of food and wine from around Miami. Enjoy an amazing line-up of musical entertainment and a children's adventure park. Come join us April 14-15 for an event that brings together the entire Miami community for a day of food, wine, music and fun in the beautiful waterfront setting of Peacock Park. Admission is $5.00 for adults and children under 12 are FREE. Participating restaurants and vendors will be providing food and drinks averaging between $2-$8 each. For more information call (305) 444-7270 or visit thegreattasteofthegrove.com
. To volunteer for this event email email@example.com
Sat., April 14Time:
12pm - 6pmPlace:
Midtown Miami Greenspace
110 NE 36 St.Price:
Want to give back or get more involved in your community but don't know your options? Come to PhilanthroFest, a festival celebrating the South Florida philanthropic and cultural arts community. During the free outdoor event, South Florida residents of all ages have the opportunity to learn about more than 75 philanthropic and cultural organizations and resources in a family-friendly atmosphere while enjoying musical performances, an art show, fashion shows, kids activities, delicious food and live entertainment. For more information visit philanthrofest.com
or the event's Facebook page at facebook.com/PhilanthroFest
|The Writers Institute Coming to Downtown Miami|
May 2 - 5
Wed., May 2 -
Sat., May 5Time:
Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami
401 N.E. 2nd Ave.Price:
Working on a novel? Is poetry your thing? Register for the Miami Writers Institute, a creative writing conference in the heart of DWNTWN Miami featuring bestselling authors from all over the U.S. Workshops include: Crime Fiction, Writing for Book Deals: From Pitch to Proposal, How to Get Published Successfully, Memoir, Poetry and more.Plus one-on-one meetings with literary agents. The best part? DWNTWNers get a discount on registration. Click here
to register and use code dwntwn33132
to get 10% off!
I want to tell you about two recent issues that are of great concern to me and that have a direct impact on the safety of our streets and the lives of everyone in the City of Miami.
Right around the holidays last December, we first heard that the Florida Department of Corrections was systematically dumping jailed sex offenders on a street corner in the Shorecrest neighborhood. We immediately sprang into action and asked the State to stop. In cooperation with the Homeless Trust, shelter was found for many of those who had nowhere else to go. But State officials have denied any wrongdoing despite the fact that many of the sexual predators said they were directed to that corner by State officials after being released from prison. I then sponsored a Resolution, which my fellow Commissioners approved, asking the courts for injunctive relief to stop the State's heinous practice of dumping sexual predators on our streets.
But we haven't stopped there. The City Attorney and the Miami Police Department are examining every legal avenue at our disposal to make sure that sexual predators are taken off our streets. We will no longer stand by and allow our neighborhoods to be held hostage by outdated and ineffective laws that give more rights to criminals than law-abiding citizens. We plan to take our fight to the courts, Tallahassee, and Washington.
Also recently, our District 2 community suffered the devastating loss of Aaron Cohen. He was a husband and father as well as a friend to many in Miami's cycling community. After he was struck and killed by a car while riding in February with fellow bicyclist Enda Walsh (who was severely injured in the accident) we saw an outpouring of grief and anger over the lack of safety on our roads.
During the Safe Streets Miami forum last month (www.safestreetsmiami.org
) I heard the many concerns that constituents have about the challenges of safely biking, walking and running on our City streets and I pledged to support Safe Streets Miami as a long-term advocacy and education initiative.
Very soon, you will begin to see public service announcements spring up on bus shelters throughout Miami reminding people that Florida State law requires all motorists to keep at least three feet away from bicyclists at all times. Along with the PSAs, the District 2 office and its community partners will be distributing bumper stickers about the 3-ft. law. This is just the start. We won't stop until our streets are safe for everyone.
As always, if you have questions or concerns you'd like to share, you can always call our office at (305) 250-5333 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paralympics to Train in the Grove!
The U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, has selected Team Paradise, in Coconut Grove, as an official paralympic sports club. That means that people with physical and visual disabilities will be able to train here and possibly compete internationally. Right now the facility is only equipped for sailing training.
Through education, sports programs and partnerships with community organizations, medical facilities and government agencies, U.S. Paralympics is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people with physical and visual disabilities every day.
The exciting news for us is that the Coconut Grove facility will be serving returning veterans who have been injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan. The paralympic movement is focusing a lot of attention on helping men and women with combat injuries get back into sports and other activities.
Team Paradise sent teams to the 2008 Paralympic Games and came back with gold medals. They now have two people in training who qualified for the 2012 games later this summer.
If you want to get involved or help, please contact Magnus Liljedahl at Team Paradise (305) 776-8778 or visit teamparadise.org.
Pocket Park Springs Up in the
The City of Miami Parks and Recreation Dept. is putting the finishing touches on the Little River Pocket Park. The City's newest small park is located at N.E. 10th Ave. and Little River Dr. (78th St.).
This is a "soft opening" for the pocket park, so-called because of it is designed to be a small green space in an urban setting. A temporary fence was installed and the Parks Dept. is continuing park improvements including grading, sodding, and site furnishings, which should be completed in the next few weeks.
For more information about this and all of our City of Miami parks, send an email to email@example.com or visit miamigov.com/Parks/pages/.