Calendar Of Events Events
Written by Miami Today on December 23, 2004
TWENTY DAYS OF GIVING
Van Michael Miami Salon will host a holiday food drive to benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank, a non-profit service dedicated to feeding South Florida’s less fortunate and improving their lives. Members of the community are asked to bring non-perishable items to the salon’s food drive. Through Friday at Van Michael Miami Salon, 1667 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 534-6789.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
The Festival of Trees exhibition will feature a compilation of works of dozens of South Florida design professionals. Through Sunday at One Brickell Square, 801 Brickell Ave., Miami. RSVP required. $40-$50. Details: Geisha Garcia, (305) 348-6101.
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE & FOOD BASKETS
The Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation has launched two community holiday activities. A toy drive is being held to benefit persons, newborn to age 21, at the Miami Children’s Hospital. The community is asked to drop of a new or unwrapped toy. A holiday food baskets initiative is also being held for Miami Children’s Hospital patients and families that cannot afford to have a holiday celebration. Each basket contains all the ingredients for a complete holiday dinner. Donations are welcomed. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 31 at the Miami Children’s Hospital, 3000 SW 62 Ave., Miami. Details: (786) 268-1827 or www.mchf.org.
The Miami International Mall will present a holiday village for children of all ages. The village will include rides, houses, circus, petting zoo and carolers. 5 p.m.-midnight through Jan. 2 at the Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107 Ave., Miami. $13-$20. Details: (305) 263-1413 or (305) 937-1581.
HIGH DIVE SHOW
The Miami Seaquarium, will unveil a new show, Diveworks, for the holiday season. Featuring professional divers from around the country who will take a 75-foot high dive into just 10 feet of water. Divers will show off their Olympic diving ability, along with comedic antics, during the three daily performances. Through Jan. 2 at the Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway on Virginia Key. $19.95 children 3 to 9; $24.95 others. Details: (305) 361-5705 or www.miamiseaquarium.com.
Universal Studios theme park comes to life with the Macy’s Holiday Parade. The parade kicks off at dusk each evening and features authentic Macy’s balloons and floats. The Island of Adventure theme park will feature the Grinch in the nightly Whoville Whobilation Show during the Grinchmas celebration. Through Jan. 8 at Universal Studios, 1000 Universal Studio Plaza, Orlando. Details: www.universalorlando.com.
THE POLAR EXPRESS
The Museum of Discover and Science present "The Polar Express" in high-tech animation combined with IMAX-3D. The film is based on the children’s book about a doubting young boy who takes an adventurous train ride to the North Pole and discovers that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Grasp at falling snowflakes and duck as the train screeches to a halt in your lap. Daily show times through Jan. 18 at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP recommended. $10 children 3-12; $11 others. Details: (954) 467-6637 or www.mods.org.
FIESTA FORT LAUDERDALE
Las Olas Riverfront presents a showcase of Hispanic culture. Event includes Latin foods, educational activities, a kids’ area, arts and crafts and live Latin music and dancing. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Las Olas Riverfront, SW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Free. Details: (954) 527-0627.
A Texas Hold’em poker tournament will be held to benefit Best Buddies International, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Event will feature drink specials and prizes including a trip to Las Vegas. 7 p.m. at Michael Collins Bar and Grill, 1233 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $20. Details: Lauren Foster, (305) 374-2233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY ANTIQUES SHOW
Dolphin Promotions Inc. presents the 39th annual holiday antiques show and sale. Featuring 75 dealers displaying a wide variety of antiques and fine arts such as furniture, crystal, porcelain, bronzes, rugs, glass, antique and estate jewelry and vintage clothing. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 30 at War Memorial Auditorium, Holiday Park, 800 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Free for children under 12; $5 others. Details: (954) 563-6747 or www.Dolphinfairs.com.
JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL
The city of Coral Gables will sponsor the Junior Orange Bowl Parade, featuring a diverse mix of floats, giant inflatable balloons and marching bands from around the country. 7 p.m. at the Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way and down Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 662-1210.
PEDAL FOR PARALYSIS
A 300-mile bike ride will be held to raise money and awareness for the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. Ride from the Lois Pope LIFE Center to Vero Beach on Saturday and return on the same route on Sunday. 5 p.m. at Lois Pope LIFE Center, 1095 NW 14 Terrace, Miami. $50-$1,000. Details: Mike Baird, (305) 278-1159 or email@example.com.
The Galestage will ring in the New Year with a special 25th anniversary performance featuring a champagne supper. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the educational programming of the Gablestage. 8:30 p.m. at Gablestage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $125. Detials: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
The Miami City Club will host a New Year’s Eve party. Event will include dinner, music, dancing, party favors, wines, champagne and a fireworks show. Private VIP rooms available. 9 p.m. at the Miami City Club, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., 55th Floor, Miami. $125. Details: (305) 373-2600.
MERCADO CALLE OCHO
The Latin Quarter Cultural Center presents an annual open air Mercado featuring 30 vendors selling fresh cut flowers, artists, fine art, plants and many artisans selling their crafts. Event includes free entertainment. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through March on Southwest Eighth Street, between 14th and 15th Avenue. Details: (305) 649-9797.
BILTMORE HISTORIC TOURS
The Dade Heritage Trust offers three free one-hour tours of the Biltmore Hotel detailing its history and architecture. If it’s vacant, the Al Capone Suite on the 13th floor could be shown. 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sundays at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: Ruth Jacobs, (305) 667-5222 or www.biltmorehotel.com.