The Big Heart Paddle challenges philanthropic paddleboarders with 3- and 5-mile races, the proceeds of which benefit Bravery Beads, an organization dedicated to serving children with cancer. A sprawling 3-mile course welcomes any type of standup board, which racers steer through the water using standard paddles or inflatable pool noodles. The competitive 5-mile race allows only 12.5-inch stock boards, supplying loaners to those who need them, and putting entrants of all experience levels on an even playing field in order to show off refined paddling techniques or the ability to leap from board to dolphin back. Kicking off with a prerace coffee and breakfast, the event extends into a party, boasting an array of energy boosters such as a DJ, photo booth, and free beer, with event sponsors including Kona Brewery, Fratelli La Bufala, Lime Fresh Mexican, Zico, and more. All participants and spectators can attend, taking the opportunity to witness the Most Stylish Paddle award and to swap anecdotes about besting Poseidon.
Recently featured on HGTV's Mission Organization and WSVN-7 News, professional organizer Beth Levin of Closet Queen helps restructure spaces and de-stress her clutter-clogged clients' lives. Closets are purged or rooms redesigned with Closet Queen's proven stuff-scrubbing system, which begins upon Beth's arrival with a ritual junk cleansing and routine exorcism. After dated clothing, unwanted accessories, stuffed bison teeth, excess boxes, and more are removed, Beth will consult with the customer about storing, selling, or donating the overflow and will help homeowners implement solutions to better utilize the newly minted space. Carve out a closet niche for frequently misplaced purses, or find a more convenient spot for space-sucking moist-towelette collections. Throughout the painless process, Beth will provide patrons with tips on how to continue the rubbish removal and maintain their freshly tidied turfs.
As part of the organization's overall goals to bolster these youths' life skills, young people in the mentoring program can attend a daylong event hosted by Playing the Game of Life. Throughout the day, young people participate in a series of healthful-living sessions incorporating cooking lessons, yoga classes, guided meditation, nutritional education, and stress-reduction techniques. Playing the Game of Life's professional instructors use holistic teaching methods to demonstrate and encourage healthful-living habits to participants, and, ideally, will spark ongoing conversations between the youths and their mentors about healthful-living and healthful-eating habits. Mentors will also attend the event, but will cover their own costs.
Miami Design Preservation League stokes all sectors of the cerebrum with nonprofit cultural and educational programs, each designed to preserve, protect, and promote Miami's rich environmental and architectural integrity. During the 90-minute Art Deco District walking tour, local historians and architects will introduce artistically inclined walkers and lapsed ergonomists to the many structural styles found within the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District.
Volunteers are currently working on a project to beautify the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami with the goals of helping to instill local pride and revitalize the area. Young people will paint houses, plant flowers, and provide fresh soil and mulch to residents so they can maintain the new landscaping. Many of the Young Heroes volunteers live in the Little Haiti neighborhood themselves, and will be able to see the positive results of their action on a daily basis. Young Heroes needs additional funding to provide supplies for the project, including paint, soil, mulch, and flowers, as well as transportation to and from the service site for volunteers.
HistoryMiami celebrates Miami's unique legacy with rotating exhibits tracing the area’s history from prehistoric times to the modern day. On the first Wednesday of every month, HistoryMiami throws down an open smorgasbord of live jams, fine wine, and tempting tidbits to flutter the wings of local social butterflies. July's Wine Down Wednesday celebrates the new Aviation in Miami exhibit with a special performance by the Oscar Fuentes Combo, whose poetic, Latin-fused rhythms evoke the history of Florida's skies, from Howard Gill's cardinal flight a century ago to today's majestic herds of domesticated clouds. Imbibe from the open wine and food bar while enjoying access to the museum galleries, outdoor courtyard, and spectral Crockett and Tubbs. Free parking is available at Cultural Parking Garage at 50 Northwest Second Avenue.