Calendar Of Events Events
Written by Miami Today on April 1, 2009
The 58th annual Miami-Dade County fair offers food, live entertainment and more than 90 heart-stopping rides. It also includes 50,000 student and adult exhibits covering education, art, horticulture, agriculture, livestock and entertainment. 3-10 p.m. weekdays. Noon-10 p.m. weekends. Ends April 12. Coral Way and 112th Avenue, Sweetwater. Details: (305) 223-7060 or www.fairexpo.com.
The fifth annual "Inspire Greatness Awards," benefiting the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County, raises funds for more than 3,000 intellectually disabled athletes. The event will host humor columnist Dave Barry and CBS4 anchor Jawan Strader as guests of honor. Live entertainment by DJ Irie and the Les Haber Band. 6-11 p.m. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 406-9467 or www.somdc.org.
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden presents the seminar "Palms, Incredible and Edible." Attendees will tour the garden’s palm collection and be treated to a sampling of palm fruits with South Florida Palm Society President Bill Olson. 10 a.m.-Noon. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Details: www.mbgarden.org.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts hosts its monthly "Family Fest" featuring face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling, theater classes and outdoor performances. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
Friends of the Everglades, founded in 1969 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, hosts its 40th Founder’s Day Celebration and Annual Meeting. The event will honor Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez with the "Defender of the Everglades" award. Jack Davis, author of Ms. Douglas’ biography "An Everglades Providence," will be on hand to sign his book and discuss her life. 2-4 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Road, The Garden House Room, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 669-0858 or www.everglades.org.
The City of Miami’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives hosts the first annual "Gateway to Green." The event features about 50 vendors offering such green products as energy efficient lighting, water conserving plumbing fixtures and eco-friendly flooring, third-party certification organizations, community leaders and networking opportunities. Ends April 8. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. $35. Details: (305) 416-1546 or www.miamigov.com/gatewaytogreen.
Azul, the Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning restaurant, presents its "Wine and Women" seminar. Azul’s Sommelier Cynthia Betancourt will lead a women-oriented wine seminar that will cover everything from sake and Asian fare to port wine and sherry. 6:30-8 p.m. Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami. $52. Details: (305) 913-8358 or www.mandarinoriental.com.