Beautiful images of Miami Beach are no stranger to publications and video screens worldwide. Be a part of this visual wave by submitting and showcasing your favorite Miami Beach photos in the Like2Love Miami Beach Photo Contest on September 1, 2012. The contest kicks off Miami Beach’s new civic pride campaign, Like2Love Miami Beach, which aims at highlighting everything that makes the island-city a great place to live, work and play.
“We are a dynamic community that offers a little bit of everything from our beautiful beaches to culture, entertainment, shopping, dining and a great night life so we’d like to remind ourselves and the public of what makes our city such a great place to be at,” said Acting Assistant City Manager Max Sklar.
Contestants can enter Miami Beach photos into any or all of three categories: outdoor public activities, cultural arts/festivals/events, and landscapes/places/architecture. The Like2Love Miami Beach photo contest is open to people of all ages and abilities it is free to enter by joining the contest’s group page on Flickr. Contestants have the chance to win exciting prizes and their photos can be featured in Miami Beach promotional materials.
The contest will be judged by communications and visual arts professionals who will select three first-place winners during the competition. Miami Beach’s Facebook fans will select a grand prizewinner. All photos entered in the contest must have been taken within the city limits of Miami Beach in the last three years.
Contest prizes include a grand prize for a weekend stay for two at the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club on Miami Beach, gift certificate’s for a day at the beach including two chairs, an umbrella or cabana and one-hour of wave-runner fun for one or two, courtesy of Boucher Brothers, $50.00 certificate to Five 5 Napkin Burger on South Beach, and $25.00 gift cards to receive free fruit arrangements from Edible Arrangements.
The grand prizewinner will be announced on October 17, 2012. The last day to enter is September 30, 2012. For more information, contact email@example.com or 305.673.7575.
Sushi Ceviche Combo Restaurant Opens on the Beach
SuViche, a favorite among Brickell and Downtown locals since May last year, opened its second location on August 28th. A combination of sushi and ceviche, SuViche has been offering downtowners healthy and delicious options – including eight types of ceviches, creative sushi rolls that can’t be found anywhere else, and traditional Peruvian dishes.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to open a second location of SuViche in the heart of South Beach,” says Aliosha Stern, owner & founder of SuViche. “My entire team is committed to providing our customers healthy, interesting, and tasty food in a comfortable and relaxed environment. This opening will give more people the opportunity to try, and love, our unique concept and the goal is to continue to open SuViche locations throughout South Florida.”
What started out as a college project for Aliosha Stern at the Florida International University has now turned into a reality. The 25-year-old Stern has teamed up with renowned chef, Jaime Pesaque, to create a menu that effortlessly combines Japanese and Peruvian flavors, creating a one-of-a-kind menu that includes sushi rolls, fresh ceviche, and Peruvian-inspired entrees and desserts. This unique menu will be a surefire hit in the ever-evolving South Beach restaurant scene.
The Miami Beach restaurant is located at 1119 16th St Miami Beach. Next to Yard Bird, and will be open daily from 11am-12am.
For more information suviche.com or (305)777-3555.
Limited-edition, ‘You Can’t Beat the HEAT’ specially-made dessert benefits the Mourning Family Foundation
With the Miami HEAT’s recent NBA championship win making summer in Miami hotter than ever, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is offering a way to cool down and enjoy a taste of their hometown team’s sweet victory with a limited-edition, ‘You Can’t Beat the HEAT’ dessert to benefit the Mourning Family Foundation.
Executive Pastry Chef Jason Morale carefully designed the decadent creation to best represent the HEAT’s star status and the residual excitement that continues to emanate throughout the city following their triumph. Presented in two pieces, the dessert duo features an orange-colored, mango flavored basketball on top of a thick layer of fudge cake surrounded by gold dusted mint chocolate crunchy, bite-sized pieces with a hint of mint. Accompanying the basketball is a martini glass filled with a flaming coconut crème brûlée, inspired by the HEAT’s team mascot Burnie, an anthropomorphic fireball.
Each dessert is $12 and all of the proceeds raised will go towards two of the foundation’s special children’s programs to benefit the Overtown Youth Center and Honey Shine.
The gourmet-style treat is offered as a special menu addition exclusively at the oceanfront hotel’s two restaurants, DiLido Beach Club and Bistro One LR, through December 31, 2012.
Floatopia: South Beach Innertube Ocean Party
Floats, boats, canoes, boards, rafts, pools….anything that floats will join Floatopia on September 8. Hundreds of partiers are expected to descend on South Beach for a fun-filled floating fest.
Welcome to Floatopia.
The event is pretty simple. Bring a float, inner tube, raft — you know, something that will keep you up on the water. Next, invite everybody you know and then bring a lot of booze. Finally, have fun.
Floatopia was originated in 2003 by UCSB students Yvonne Foletta and Christina Troutner and has since been banned in several communities along the East Coast.
That has not deterred the group putting on South Beach version of Floatopia. It was set to go off the weekend Hurricane Isaac came to town, but was postponed. It is now set for Saturday, September 8.
The party kicks off at 10 a.m. at South Pointe Park on Interested partygoers can learn more about the event at Floatopia-Miami on Facebook.
Can you say permit, anyone?
George Navarro, Director of Emergency Management Speaks at the TMBC
The Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club will meet today, Tuesday, September 4.
George Navarro, Director of Emergency Management for Miami Beach, will be our guest speaker at the September 4th meeting of the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club.
Hurricane season is here again, as we were reminded this week, but fortunately for us the storm passed us by without incident. Having the City prepared if a storm does hit us, or some other calamity occurs, is the job of Mr. Navarro’s Emergency Management Department. Learn what to do if a storm threatens, and an evacuation is ordered.
There is no charge for attending and everyone is welcome. 8:30am. David’s Café One, Corner of Collins Ave. and 11th Street, South Beach.
The Great Paul Muni Film Series
The Town of Surfside Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Film and Discussion Series on the films of Hollywood actor, Paul Muni.
Muni was an amazing actor, often referred to as the “Kingof Biopics”, referring to his acting in the role of giants of historical significance such as Louis Pasteur and Emile Zola. He was one of the greatest character actors of all time in Hollywood films, playing diverse ethnic roles. He also starred in Inherit the Wind a smash Broadway play about the Scopes Monkey Trial.
Stanley Flax, Surfside resident, will host and moderate the series. Each week will feature one film followed by participants’ discussion and critique.
Films will run every Tuesday starting September 4 through October 23. 1:00 –3:00pm. Coffee and light Refreshments will be served. Free. Surfside Community Center, 9301 Collins Avenue. For more information please call (305) 866-3635 or townofsurfsidefl.gov.
A Fun Way to Fitness!
Kidokinetics is a high energy, active class for your little ones. The class introduces children to sports and makes fitness fun and will set the pace for them in years to come. This class will help your child develop coordination, concentration, and motor skills in a safe, non-competitive environment. Every week your child will learn about a different sport. Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, T-ball, Hula Hoops, Volleyball, Golf, Football, Polo, Lacrosse, Obstacle Courses and more. Classes are every week for 7 Weeks starting Tuesday, September 4 – October 23. Ages: 2 – 4. 9:15 – 10am. Residents: $77. and Non-Resident: $119.00. Classes held at 96th Street Park in Surfside. For more information kidokinetics.com or 305-866-3635.
Pre School Ballet Classes
Dreaming of a mini-prima ballerina? Then take your little one to Pre School Ballet Classes in Surfside.
Children will learn passé, plie, skipping, first and second positions, dancing across the floor, walking on tip toes, and proper posture and grace. Classes are every week for 7 Weeks starting Tuesday, September 4 – October 23. Ages: 3 – 5. 4- 4:45 pm. Residents: $61. and Non-Resident: $117.00. Classes held at 96th Street Park in Surfside. For more information townofsurfsidefl.gov or 305) 866-3635.
Surfside Teen Scene
The Town of Surfside Parks and Recreation Department is looking for students between the
ages of 12-15 to work together to provide fun activities and promote a friendly environment for teens.
Let your voice be known through group discussions and make new friends while earning service hours.
R e g i s t r a t ion and Program held at the Surfside Community Center, 9301 Collins Avenue.
For more information call (305) 866-3635 or townofsurfsidefl.gov
BAL HARBOUR VILLAGE
Get fit with an outside, on the beach, cool combo of yoga and Pilates. Steady flow of yoga poses infused with mat Pilates fundamentals. Tone, tighten, and salute the beautiful sunrise. All levels welcome. Complimentary fitness classes for Bal Harbour hotel guests and residents. Classes will be offered on August 31 at 8am., on the Jetty area at the northern end of Bal Harbour Beach, next to the Haulover Inlet. Bring a towel and a bottle of water.
SUNNY ISLES BEACH
Bike Helmet Giveaway
Sunny Isles Beach Residents be safe while riding your bike. Bike helmets will be properly fitted and given away at the Sunny Isles beach police Department, 18070 Collins Avenue. Wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent, according to the National Highway Safety Administration.
Adult and child size helmets are available on a first come basis as quanties are limited. By ppointment only. Please call Sandra Block at 305-792-1839.
Need A Ride?
Free rides are now running and available to and from Mount Sinai Medical Center from condominiums in Sunny Isles. Arlen House, Coastal Towers, Marina Del Mar, Winston Towers, Marion Towers and
Oceanview. The service will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations Required. Pick-up times on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday are: 8:00am & 11:00am and Returning at: 12:00pm & 3:00pm. No service on City recognized holidays. For information or to make a reservation call 305.792.1706.
From Sandbar to Sophistication: The Story of Sunny Isles Beach
Reserve your copy of From Sandbar to Sophistication: The Story of Sunny Isles Beach by Miami’s favorite noted local historian, Seth H. Bramson. With 192 pages and more than 200 photographs this collection of vintage and current images commemorates the beauty and uniqueness of the past and honors the city of Sunny Isles’ founders, developers and citizens.
The city has, through special arrangements with the publisher, purchased a limited quantity of these $21.99 cover price books to be sold through the city at a reduced price of $10. They are available for purchase at the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center, 18070 Collins Avenue during business hours.
Trips & Tours – Fall 2012
The City of Aventura announces three exciting Active Adult Program trips for the fall 2012 season. Seats are still available for the following trips: Miami City Ballet at the Adrienne Arsht Center on
Sunday, October 21, 2012 (matinee performance); Boca Museum of Art Americana
Quilts, featuring the 9/11 National Tribute Quilt on loan from the Folk Art Museum and
dinner at the Mason Jar Café on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, and the New World
Symphony Orchestra rehearsal and docent tour of the New World Center on
Wednesday, November 28, 2012. For additional information, please call 305-466-8930.
Grand Opening of BurgerFi
Gino Gargiulo, along with his partner John Rosatti, opened the doors to BurgerFi, the world’s first and fastest growing all-natural burger franchise. The VIP grand opening celebration included Aventura Mayor, Susan Gottlieb, Vice Mayor Teri Holzberg, and Commissioner Christine Ulrich who where part of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
BurgerFi features a made-to-order menu of all-natural, farm-raised beef, specialty hot dogs, fresh-cut French fries, desserts and craft beer & wine. Incorporating eco-friendly and sustainable practices into each stores’ construction, and using recycled furniture such as chairs my from recycled Coca-Cola bottles, BurgerFi is decidedly Green. BurgerFi is located at 18139 Biscayne Boulevard in Aventura.
Bond For MOCA Expansion Does Not get the Vote
City Will Continue to Seek Funding Alternatives for the Museum Expansion
Following the results of the August 14th election, the voters of North Miami have chosen not to institute a bond for the expansion of the City’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The North Miami City Council, City Administration, as well as the staff and volunteers of MOCA remain optimistic that the expansion of the museum will become a reality, as alternative funding options will now be sought. MOCA continues to provide an environment that fosters creativity for people of all ages and generating economic growth in the City’s downtown district.
North Miami Mayor Andre D. Pierre Esq. explained, “although we hear the voters of North Miami and understand that the additional cost of funding the City’s Museum of Contemporary Art is not the option preferred by our residents, we urge everyone to remember that “MOCA is Ours” and hope that the election has exposed MOCA to even more people in our community who will now visit and explore what the museum has to offer. The expansion plan does not stop here. The City of North Miami will continue to look for funding alternatives to make the dream a reality.”
Director and Chief Curator of MOCA, Bonnie Clearwater expressed, “we greatly appreciate the longstanding support of the City of North Miami, Mayor Andre Pierre and the entire City Council and the community of North Miami. We were optimistic that the referendum would pass so that MOCA can increase our programming and outreach for the community, while also providing a dedicated space for our permanent collection. We now look forward to working with the City to pursue other financing measures to make the expansion a reality.”
MOCA Art Institute Offers More After School Programs for Teens
A new season of after-school programs for middle and high school students at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami will begin September 4th and this year, MOC A has more ways than ever for young people to experience the vibrant world of contemporary art. Every weekday afternoon, at least one free program for high school students is offered.
“MOCA Art Institute has great opportunities for young people to learn more about art, and build their skills,” said Bonnie Clearwater, Executive Director and Chief Curator. “Thanks to a challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and other funding sources, we are able to offer these programs free which allows us to reach a wider audience.”
Courses like Fashion Design, Photography and Portfolio Development, Drawing and Photography are just a few of the fun courses offered.
Community Service Credit Hours are available to participating students.
MOCA’s free weekly classes start September 4 and continue through May. Materials are provided and an application is required. Space is limited in each program. Early registration is encouraged. The application is available online or by calling the museum. For registration and information, please call 305 893 6211 or visit mocanomi.org. The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 770 NE 125th Street in North Miami.
NORTH MIAMI BEACH
Northeast Miami-Dade Service Center NOW OPEN to assist residents
North Dade residents won’t have to travel downtown for assistance with basic County services with the new Service Center now open at the North Dade Justice Center.
Some of the services available are: Passport new applications and renewals, Homestead exemptions, Auto tags renewals, Property Tax and Local Business Tax payments, Sale of dog tags, Baby stroller permits and Contractor licensing.
“It’s not always easy for residents living at the north end of the county to travel downtown or even further south for service,” said Commissioner Sally A. Heyman. “Miami-Dade is in the business of customer service and it makes a difference when residents and businesses feel like we are accessible to them.”
A Miami-Dade staff person will be available to assist residents, as well as an automated computer touch screen that will allow residents to pay their bills and access other services online. North Dade Justice Center, 15555 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach. Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closed noon – 1:00 p.m.) Residents can call 3-1-1 for additional information on services provided at this Service Center.
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida Receives Grant from Target for 2012-2013 Program: Arts Ballet Goes to School.
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida announced that its 2012-2013 Arts Ballet Goes To School program was awarded a grant from Target Corporation for the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s free outreach educational cultural programs, Arts Ballet Goes to School. These programs are for children in Elementary public schools in Miami Dade County, engaging them in ballet and music experiences, increasing their knowledge of and interest in both types of artistic expression. The grant will support an in-school curriculum for elementary schools in Miami-Dade County and at the Arts Ballet studios in North Miami Beach . The program runs for four weeks prior to each of Arts Ballet’s professional productions of the season.
The children participate by interacting with dancers, learning steps on stage and participating in musical exercises. A supplementary guide is given to the children to encourage them to read about the activity they just experienced, giving them a better understanding of ballet and music.
For the after school programs, Arts Ballet provides one hour-long activity
per week for four weeks at their studios, introducing the children to classical ballet appreciation. Since last season, Arts Ballet has added a music appreciation component, as both art expressions are fundamental in the development of youth.
Vladimir Issaev, Artistic Director and Ballet Maestro states “We have already benefitted more than 8,000 students since the creation of the program, and thanks to the generosity of Target, as well as the local resources from Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and the Miami Children’s Trust, we will continue to bring the classics to new generations.”
For more information on the performance schedule or educational opportunities of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, please visit www.artsballettheatre.org , or call (305) 948-4777
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Green Business Forum
Miami-Dade County, along with its partner Dream in Green, are celebrating our local green economy by hosting a series of workshops and events in September to encourage and support businesses wanting to “go green” through the County’s Green Business Certification (GBC) program. This free and voluntary program recognizes and verifies County green businesses, and also provides businesses wanting to green their operations with step-by-step, how-to guidance.
“With the Green Business Certification Program, we are doing our part to protect the environment, and we’re also helping stimulate our local economy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I’m proud that our County government is helping local businesses operate more efficiently.”
The program is offered at no cost to Miami-Dade County businesses in the office, retail, restaurant, garment cleaning and dental health sectors. Hotels that have received the State of Florida’s Florida Green Lodging Program (FGLP) designation are also pre-qualified for the County’s Green Business Certification program. Once certified, participating businesses in the GBC Program receive marketing support as a Miami-Dade County-Certified Green Business on the County’s website, http:green.miamidade.gov and other program benefits.
To date, over 560 businesses submitted preliminary information, 315 businesses completed the Application Checklist, 83 are currently going through the process, and 15 local businesses have achieved certification. This certification program is an initiative of the Vibrant Economy goal area in GreenPrint, the County’s community-wide sustainability plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut energy, water and fuel consumption, and develop a more sustainable community.
Miami-Dade County businesses can start the 3-step certification process by visiting green.miamidade.gov and completing the Application Checklist provided for their appropriate business sector. The Application Checklist is a self-guided survey that businesses take to assess their current state of green operations. If businesses are just starting to green their operations, Green Guidelines are provided on the website to help businesses create green business initiatives in four areas: 1) Energy Conservation, 2) Toxic Materials & Pollution Prevention, 3) Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling, and 4) Water Conservation. Dream in Green will be providing GBC Application Assistance at Brickell Eco-Library, Monday-Friday, 9am. 4pm.
“Becoming a County-certified green business has many advantages that contribute to a business’ bottom line and long-term profitability,” said Gabriole Van Bryce, Executive Director of Dream in Green. “Our County’s no-cost program provides verification to businesses seeking 3rd-party recognition for being truly sustainable or ‘green.’ The program provides profitable operating strategies that encourage the efficient use of natural resources in order to preserve environmental and human health. The program lays the foundation for our community’s long-term economic prosperity, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency.”
Miami-Dade County is encouraging businesses to ‘go green’ because green business practices: 1) Conserve resources and prevent pollution; 2) Protect the environment and public health; 3) Strengthen a business’ bottom line through operating efficiencies; 4) Improve employee morale, health and performance; 5) Help businesses hold a marketing edge during a changing economy and attract the fastest-growing consumer market – green purchasers; 6) Help establish and promote our region as a business community that supports economic prosperity through environmental responsibility, community health, durability and long-term sustainability.
Events scheduled to date are listed below. For more information on the Green Business workshops and events please contact Gabriole Van Bryce at 305-576-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miami Marlins Adopt-O-Mania Step up to the plate!
Animal Services in collaboration with the Miami Marlins Ball Park Organization will be celebrating its First Annual Adopt-O-Mania Event! Onsite, Animal Services along with the Miami-Marlins will host several services including: Pet Adoptions, Spay & Neuter (Call 3-1-1 to make an appointment) and Vaccination & Microchip. If you are interested in volunteering, by showcasing all our adoptable pets on site. September 02, 2012 from11am – 5pm. 501 Marlins Way, Miami. For info email@example.com
Miami Art Museum names Six New members to Its Board of Trustees
Miami Art Museum, reopening as Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in downtown Miami’s Museum Park in 2013, has elected six new members to its board of trustees: Tony Argiz, Greg Ferrero, Marcella Novela, Luke Palacio, Lee Brian Schrager and Padma Raj Vattikuti. The appointments come as the Museum prepares to move to a new Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility, now under construction alongside Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami. The new facility, Miami’s first major, central art museum, will provide nearly three times the exhibition space, room to showcase the Museum’s growing permanent collection, and an education complex.
The announcement was made by Miami Art Museum board of trustees’ Chairman Aaron Podhurst and President Gail Meyers. “These individuals’ diverse expertise are a major asset to the Museum as final preparations are made for the Museum’s move,” said Meyers. “We are so fortunate to have their expertise and support during this critical time for the Museum and Miami’s cultural future.” MAM’s new trustees are: Tony Argiz, Greg Ferrero, Marcella Novela, Luke Palacio, Lee Brian Schrager and Padma Raj Vattikuti lend vast expertise to Miami’s first, major art museum in preparation for fall 2013 opening
For more information about Miami Art Museum, visit miamiartmuseum.org or call 305.375.3000.
Call For Films For the 8th Annual Women’s International Film & Arts Festival
Celebrate Women’s History Month and Miami Film Month, March 20-24, 2013 with five days of films, music, workshops, parties, and much more. Don’t miss the festival village and special programs including, “Classic Conversations” featuring actors from the classic film era, “Books to Film” where we look at the connection of books and films, and a special day for “Music on Film.” Actors, authors, musicians, filmmakers and film lovers should be there.
Submission Requirements: Narrative, documentary, animated films made by or about women will be accepted for consideration: Official Deadline: September 30, 2012 and Late Deadline: October 31, 2012. womensfilmfest.com for complete submission info.
Miami Science Museum Receives $300,000 Grant
AT&T recently awarded the Miami Science Museum a $300,000 grant through its ASPIRE program, one of the largest corporate commitments ever to address high school success and workforce readiness. The grant will support the development of the Museum’s Upward Bound Math and Science college readiness program from October 2012 through September 2014. The program is for low-income, first generation college-bound students in grades 9-12.
There are several key elements of the Museum’s college readiness program: ongoing college counseling services, a week-long overnight college tour, entrance exam preparation, application assistance and sustained encouragement and support.
During the school year, students will participate in Saturday sessions at the Museum, including a wide variety of workshops withhands-on science activities, tutoring and homework help, college preparation, computer lab access and internship experiences. Optional after school activities will include tutoring in all subjects, conducted by college level mentors. In the summertime, students will participate in an intensive 6-week program that provides them with further insight into college curriculums.
“We are very thankful to AT&T for this generous grant,” said Miami Science Museum President & CEO Gillian Thomas. “With these funds, we can continue to aid students’ beliefs in their abilities and help motivate them to stay on track for college and during their college careers.”
Miami Science Museum’s Upward Bound program engages underprivileged local youth in the sciences by encouraging them to stay in school and pursue post-secondary education in science and math. Since the program’s inception, 100 percent of students enrolled have graduated from high school and over 90 percent have sought college education. Currently, Miami Science Museum is the only museum in the country operating an Upward Bound Math & Science Center. All others are university-based. The Museum’s program has received many accolades, including National Award for Museum Service for Excellence in Youth Programming in 2001, and the coveted NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2005.
For additional information on Miami Science Museum’s Upward Bound Math & Science Center 305-646-4209 or miamisci.org.
Latin Soap Actress Adamari Lopez at Winn Dixie Store in Miami
As part of Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives campaign, Winn-Dixie Stores will welcome Latin celebrity and soap opera star Adamari López to a local Winn-Dixie in Miami on Fri., Sept. 7, from 5pm to 7pm. Committed to educating and reinforcing the importance of early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer among the Hispanic community, López will share her personal story of breast cancer survival with shoppers. In addition, guests have the opportunity to enjoy free product samplings giveaways and meet Adamari López,.
Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives campaign raises awareness and money for breast cancer research each year during September and October by donating 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every pink lid that is sent in.
López, was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer in 2005. In remission since 2006, López is involved with Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Live campaign to encourage Hispanic women and men to learn more about the disease and become active in the fight against breast cancer.
Winn-Dixie, 11241 SW 40th Street, Miami. (305) 221-3660
Marathon’s Curry Hammock Named One of America’s Favorite Parks
Marathon’s Curry Hammock State Park has been awarded third place in the “America’s Favorite Park” 2012 contest after a six-week online challenge that involved more than 16,000 national, state and local parks.
Curry Hammock State Park garnered more than 8.2 million votes to earn the third-place slot. The park received a $25,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative to help enhance its activity areas.
“As a resident of Marathon, I have always known what a jewel we have in Curry Hammock State Park,” said Rita Irwin, chair of the Florida Keys Tourist Development Council. “Now the whole world will know and can come to enjoy this very special place.”
Located at mile marker 56.2 in the Middle Florida Keys, Curry Hammock State Park offers canoeing, kayaking, hiking and opportunities for wildlife viewing. It also is headquarters of the annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival, to be staged Sept. 25-30.
The park’s full-service campground has 28 sites and the 1,200-foot sandy beach is popular for kiteboarding and windsurfing. Picnic shelters overlooking the Atlantic Ocean are available for family and group picnics.
The “America is Your Park” campaign is a collaborative effort between Coca-Cola, the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks and the National Park and Recreation Association.
Recreation grants are provided to help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas in parks where people can play and be active outdoors.
For information: floridastateparks.org/curryhammock or 1-800-262-7284
HATUEY and the Arts Contest
HATUEY, the newly-crafted ale, announces the launch of its HATUEY and the Arts contest to find the next creative mind behind the legendary beer’s upcoming marketing campaign. Open to the public, the HATUEY beer art contest invites both experienced and aspiring artists, 21 years or older, to share their ideas, showcase their work and have their art piece appear on an HATUEY beer ad.
The iconic Cuban ale has evolved through decades of experience and refinement; however, searching for talent within the community is not new to the brand. Many of the brand’s ads from years past were designed by loyal consumers especially during the beer’s most successful period in the 1950s.
“We are excited to once again give the community the opportunity to influence the creative direction of this brand as it was done in the 50s,” said Anler Morejon, HATUEY Brand Manager. “The contest establishes an accessible platform for artists who seek recognition in both the cultural and marketing landscapes while allowing the brand to connect with consumers.”
Legal drinking age artists interested in participating in HATUEY and the Arts should submit their original artwork online via www.HATUEY.com/HatueyandtheArts or by mail, no later than September 14. The artwork will be reviewed by an expert panel of judges comprised of local advertising and art community members, who will select 10 finalists that will be granted a cash stipend to develop and refine their work.
The HATUEY beer team will showcase the finalists’ artwork at local galleries. In addition, the final pieces will also be displayed on the HATUEY beer Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/HatueyBeer, for fans to select their favorite design.
“It makes sense to involve the community in the brand’s creative process,” said Emilio Sauma, President of Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation. “Who better than the consumer to lead the future of HATUEY through an inspiring art piece.”
On December 7, the Grand Prize Winner will receive $5,000; Second Prize, $2,000; and Third Prize, $1,000. All original artwork will be included into the brand’s art collection and may be exhibited in the company museum.
For more information on the official rules, please visit: HATUEY.com