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Miami Weekend Guide: July 18 – 20, 2014


Join Style Saves on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the 4th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser to provide new back-to-school outfits for underprivileged students in South Florida. Guests will see an array of swimwear on FORD models from two distinct labels, Trina Turk and ishine365, and a capsule show featuring Miami’s latest trendsetting brands. Each attendee will receive a special gift bag. Style Saves was founded by Rachael Russell, a FORD fashion stylist who began the charity with the mission of building confidence through clothes. The organization works with local retail stores, designers and boutiques to provide South Florida students with brand new outfits for back-to-school. They have raised $71,305 to date, with a goal of $100,000.

WHEN: Friday, July 18, 2014 9 p.m. – midnight

Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Ph. 786-507-7900

TICKETS: Tickets are $130 and can be purchased here.

AAZK logo

Help conserve Rhinos in Asia and Africa at Bowling for Rhinos 2014 at Bird Bowl Bowling Center. All of the proceeds will benefit the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) in their efforts to preserve the remiaining five species of rhinos. The AAZK South Florida chapter began in 1981 and has since hosted numerous fundraisers to benefit conservation, education, and animal care. The organization has several preservation and awareness projects including tiger and manatee conservation, elephant awareness, and a savage art show of art made by animals! General admission includes bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda.

WHEN: Friday, July 18, 2014 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Bird Bowl Bowling Center
9275 SW 40th St.
Miami, FL 33165
Ph. 305-221-122

TICKETS: Basic Registration is $25 per bowler and $15 per child under 12. Premium Registration is $35 per bowler (includes an official 2014 event t-shirt). Please click here to register.


Experience a musical night to remember at the 4th Annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival. The festival honors Overtown, one of Miami’s earliest historical African-American communities. Guests will be entertained by nationally-recognized musicians, including Grammy-nominated Raheem Devaugh. Works by kocal students and artists will be displayed. The event will also provide guests with authentic BBQ, true southern-style cooking and Caribbean-inspired flavors. The festival is held annually to inspire economic growth in Overtown’s local shops and businesses. The Overtown Music and Arts Festival is also supporting Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success (T.E.E.S), a charity aimed to provide youth with developmental skills and a positive family environment so they can become self-sufficient members of the community.

WHEN: Saturday, July 19, 2014 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Overtown Business District
NW 3rd Ave. between 9th & 11th St.
Miami, FL
Ph. 786-529-4586

TICKETS: Admission to the event is free.


Join the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF) at the Walking Food Tour for an array of mouth-watering cuisine from the area’s finest restaurants. Tastings will be provided by My Ceviche, Aroma Espresso Bar, Pita Loca, and Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant. During the three-hour tour, guests will learn about lcoal historic Jewish businesses and restaurants, such as the Nemo Hotel, Goldstein & Gilbert’s, and Famous and Friedman’s. Proceeds from the event will benefit JMOF’s efforts to continue preserving Jewish history. JMOF also hosts cultural and educational programs that provide the community with information regarding Jewish history and values.

WHEN: Sunday, July 20,2014 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

301 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Ph. 305-672-5044

TICKETS: Tickets are $36 for museum members and $46 for non-members . Tickets include admission to the museum and tour of the exhibit. Advance reservations are required. There is a maximum of 20 people per tour. To register, please click here.

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