By: Maryanne Salvat 

Oberle Opticians and Ocean Drive Present Maybach Eyewear 

Oberle Opticians, a South Florida institution in fine optics and designer eyewear for more than two decades, has teamed up with Ocean Drive Magazine to present the latest collection from Maybach Eyewear. The event will take place Thursday, February 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Oberle’s surfside showroom, located one half block south of the Bal Harbour Shops. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Rand Eye Foundation. To reserve your spot on the guest list, visit




Terrace at Rik Rak and Varelli Designs 

To coincide with the debut of The Terrace at Rik Rak, an al fresco dining addition to Rik Rak’s existing indoor bar, Rik Rak will host trunk show for Varelli Designs on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  This two day event will feature the perfect combination of chic and cuisine. Browse through the dazzling assortment of jewelry and step outside to the charming Terrace at Rik Rak to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and savor light bites, while enjoying the backdrop of Brickell Avenue’s sleek skyline. For more information, visit




Be My Valentine: A Pop-Up Burlesque

Local Fitness Expert Janette Janero is thrilled to bring South Florida an open-to-the-public session of her “back by popular demand” Burlesque Fitness class. Traditionally only available to those with gym memberships at Florida International University’s Recreation Center, the special class, titled “Be My Valentine: A Pop-Up Burlesque Fitness Event,” will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via attendee donations and an on-site decorating station to make Valentine’s Day cards for the children at St. Jude’s. The class will be held on Saturday, February 11, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at FIU Recreation Center’s Room RC101. RSVP by calling 305.348.2575, or email


Classic Soul Symphony After Hours 

On Saturday, February 11, join the New World Symphony for the Classic Soul Symphony After Hours; the Symphony After Hours is a series of chic late-night parties featuring intriguing musical performances at beautiful and unique locations around town. Enjoy complimentary libations courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka, light bites, with tunes by Ike and Valerie Wood, and wonderful company at Maxine’s Pool Lounge at the Catalina Hotel. The party is free for all Friends of New World Symphony Members. Non-Members can purchase tickets for $40 each. For membership inquiries or After Hour Tickets, please contact Nathalie Cadet-James at< or call 305.428.6733.



Dine with the Dolphins

“Dine with the Dolphins” at Miami Seaquarium offers couples looking for a unique yet memorable Valentine’s Day experience, the opportunity to enjoy a delicious candlelight dinner under the stars in the company of some very special dolphins. From 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., this Valentine’s Day, Miami Seaquarium invites sweethearts to take a break from the ordinary and enjoy their Valentine’s Dinner overlooking the dolphins at Dolphin Harbor. And as an added bonus to the spectacular four course dinner that will be featured, for only $398 plus tax, the unique Valentine’s Day package includes two Sea Trek Reef Encounter and Dolphin Odyssey experience certificates, plus two annual passes to the park – a value of $695. The Sea Trek and Dolphin Odyssey gift certificates are good for up to one year from the time of purchase, while the annual passes are good until December 31, 2012. Space is limited. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. To make reservations call 305-365-2501 or for more information visit




Jungle Island’s Valentine VIP Safari Tour

The search is over with Jungle Island’s Valentine VIP Safari Tour from February 11 through February 14. Embark on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Jungle that brings you closer than ever to some of the world’s most rare and fascinating animals. The Safari Tour includes one-on-one encounters with the animals in the jungle including red-ruffed lemurs, Aldabra tortoises, kangaroos, capuchin monkeys, Andean condors and even the most lethal bird on the planet, the cassowary. For the animal lover and the adventurous, this is a once-in-lifetime experience. Also a part of the Valentine VIP Safari tour is a romantic lunch overlooking Flamingo Lake that includes hearts of love salad, a gourmet entrée, strawberry shortcake or key lime pie and a glass of sparkling champagne or a refreshing soft drink. And just for the special occasion, Valentine’s VIP Safari Tour is available for just $185 per person and includes all of the above plus a special souvenir t-shirt, a discount in the Island Treasures Gift Shop and admission to Jungle Island. Space is limited and must be booked in advanced. To make a reservation, call 305.400.7222 or visit our web site for additional information

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