newport beach hotelRomantic Weekend at Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort 

The Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort is offering a romantic weekend package for couples looking to getaway for the holiday.  Enjoy a luxurious all-inclusive 2 night/3 day escapade priced at $650. Couples will enjoy an oceanfront suite, tantric Aveda Massage under a private beachfront tiki cabana, dinner at Kitchen 305,  the resort’s onsite modern day supper club featuring American-eclectic cuisine and live entertainment, complimentary mimosas at breakfast, access to the hotel’s fitness center, steam room, swimming pool and more. For those in search of a one-day getaway, The Seven Seas Spa & Salon is offering a romantic spa package. Couples are treated to tantric Aveda Elemental Nature massages while sipping free flowing champagne and dinner at Kitchen 305 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for $100.


pulse 2.0PULSE 2.0: Late Night at the New World Symphony

On Friday, January 18, New World Symphony presents a revamping of one of its most popular series with PULSE 2.0: Late Night at the New World Symphony, featuring Miami’s DJ Sean Drake and world renowned Miami native soprano, Elaine Alvarez at 9:30 p.m. The campus will morph into a high-energy lounge and nightclub, feeding innovative performances into the crowd. DJ Drake will merge electronic beats with the American and Latin American selections performed by New World Symphony’s Fellows. NWS’ SunTrust Pavilion will transform into “Pulse Unplugged,” where Fellows will perform ensemble pieces with no amplification for a 15-minute concert. Admission is complimentary for Friends of NWS members; Non-members $25. Contact the NWS box office for more information at 305.673.3331.


gala in the gardenFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 7th Annual International Chocolate Festival

Celebrate all things chocolate at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 7th Annual International Chocolate Festival, sponsored by Whole Foods Market and AT&T U-Verse, on Friday, January 25  through Sunday, January 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Enjoy a decadent three days of cooking demonstrations, lectures, plant sales and – of course – lots of chocolate sampling. Stop by the Edible Garden to find out how to make chocolate from scratch. Take home a cacao or coffee plant at the Plant Sale and start making your own delicious treats. Relax at the Chocolate Spa with mini massages and manicures or attend a yoga class. Travel through the Rainforest, Conservatory, Tropical Fruit Pavilion, and Garden House on the Choco Walk to smell chocolate-scented orchids, taste chocolates from around the world, and participate in the interactive demonstration “From Bean to Bar” presented by the Historic Division of Mars. Don’t forget to walk through the new DiMare Science Village, which includes the Wings of the Tropics butterfly exhibit. This year’s festival is sure to delight the chocolate lover in all of us.  For nonmembers, admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. Those who walk, bike, or take public transportation receive $5 off adult admission and $2 off child admission. Those with a Military ID have free admission, with $20 for their spouses and $10 for their children.



christopherOne Split Second Event in Miami to Benefit Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation 

One Split Second Benefit will take place on Saturday, February 2 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Gibson Miami Showroom. Over 200 guests and Miami area tastemakers will join together to support the Reeve Foundation, while enjoying the music of  Ed Kowalczyk and the rock and roll photography of Alan Roth. Tickets are $50.00 and include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. To attend, register online at or call 800. 225.0292. 


Gala in the Garden 

Gala in the Garden, the annual “social event of the season, arrives at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Saturday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. Now in its 20th year, the black-tie event is one of the most sought fundraisers of the year, with all proceeds supporting programs in conservation science, education, horticulture and collection management. The theme for this year is Botanical Tapestry. The night will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction at the Shehan Visitor Center. Guests then proceed to the exquisitely lit and decorated Lakeside Marquee surrounded by a tropical paradise for an unforgettable night of first-class diningand dancing to the sounds of The Soul Survivors Orchestra. The stunning décor and delectable dinner is provided by Le Basque, cocktails provided by GREY GOOSE Vodka. Individual tickets start at $600, and tables for ten can be reserved for $6,000. To purchase tickets contact Susannah Shubin at or call 305.667.1651, extension 3375.

For more information on Gala in the Garden, visit 


Cycle for Survival 

On February 2, join the battle against rare cancers by registering to ride with your friends and family at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Cycle for Survival, which will be held at Founding Partner Equinox Fitness Club’s Coral Gables location. Cycle for Survival is the national indoor team cycling event that has raised more than $18 million in six years and is driving research led by MSKCC into rare cancers, such as sarcoma, pancreatic and ovarian cancers. Teams register to ride for a four hour shift, with a maximum of eight riders per bike. Teams may register multiple bikes. The event also features complimentary fitness classes, massages and children’s activities. To register and obtain more information please visit


MiamiWWSlogo_hires2nd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes 

On Thursday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m., Criselda Breene, Shannon Hori, and Carole Pimentel will host the 2nd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes at the Coral Gables Country Club. This fabulous event provides an opportunity for women of all generations to slip into their stilettos and join together for shopping and fun with the common purpose of supporting world-class care at Miami Children’s Hospital. While the event is sold out, we encourage you to make a donation by contacting:  Wine Women & Shoes is a highly successful national fundraising event platform that offers sponsors a unique opportunity to place businesses in front of an ideal but hard to reach demographic: affluent, savvy women. Be there. Be fabulous. For more information and ticket pricing contact Jeanne Kushner at 786.624.2986 or



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