Affable August

UPDATE: August 4th Showing Canceled! Saturday August 11th, and Sunday August 26th 
10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Shakespeare Under the Sun
Ground Up & Rising, a non-profit theater and film organization with a vision "to replace the safe and already treaded with the avant-garde and risque," will be performing three plays using the garden as their natural stage.

All performances are free, and run about an hour. Th e two running for the month of August are contemporary adaptations of classic Shakespearean works, Julius Caesar, (August 11th) and Macbeth (August 26th). The producer, Arturo Fernandez, has been named as one of the Top 20 Artists Under 40 by the Miami Times, and was given the 2010 Theater Visionary Award by the Miami ArtZine, amongst other accolades.

Start your weekend off right with a refreshing reminder of the performing talent Miami is known for. Some chairs will be provided, but everyone is encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on and enjoy the zoysia grass. For more information, visit the Ground Up & Rising webpage, or call (305) 673-7256 ext. 201.

Wednesdays, July 25th, August 1st and 8th
10 a.m. to noon
Free Children’s Arts 
and Crafts
Special Edition: Disney Promo and Giveaways!
The last three sessions of our free arts and crafts summer camp for children ages 5-12 ends this month, and we're celebrating with giveaways promoting the garden-themed movie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green. At all three sessions we will be handing out posters and giving you fun ideas for outdoor activities and craft projects using recycled magazines. There is also a place to donate unused socks for needy families in colder climes (Socks are a crucial element in the movie, when Timothy Green tries to hide leaves growing from his feet). Hanes will match donations of up to 10,000 socks and donate them to the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.

We will also be giving away free tickets to the movie's pre-screening at all of the following locations:

Monday 7/30th 7PM

Wednesday, 8/8th 7PM
AMC Aventura

          Tuesday, August 14th 7PM
          Muvico Pompano

Come claim your tickets, make new friends, create environmental art, and  watch the trailer here!

Friday August 3rd
7 to 10 p.m.
Murder Mystery Evening
You'll have the "crime" of your life with this interactive murder mystery show presented by the one-woman theater Barbara Fox. Members of the audience will receive lines to read, as well as clues and information to help solve the crime.  Visit her website to learn more about these hilariously fun evenings, and call Mrs. Fox at (786) 683-6078 or email to reserve your spot. Reservations required. $21 cost includes snacks and drinks.

Thursday, August 9th
6 to 10 p.m.
Documentary Premier: Bimini to Miami Blue, with Surfrider Foundation
The environmental foundation Surfrider invites everyone to watch the free premiere of their new documentary, Bimini to Miami Blue, which follows two members of Surfrider, Bill Whiddon and Thad Foote become the first people ever to cross the Gulf Stream on paddleboards. The 60+ mile journey lasted just over 17 hours.

"It was paddle, hydrate, eat and paddle more,” Whiddon, 58, said in a press release. “We did battle with a 40-minute squall within the first hour of leaving the Bahamas, and the seas went from flat to 3-foot swells breaking into us.”
The two men met the challenge to raise awareness for Surfrider's Rise Above Plastics campaign (RAP). This campaign is to help push Florida legislature to adopt a new statewide recycling goal of 75% by 2020.  Read more about the importance of this goal here.

Sunday, August 19th
4 to 6 p.m.
Sunflower Society School Art Exhibit
To learn more about this event, contact Marjorie York, Program Coordinator of the Sunflower Society at (305) 673-5770.

Thursday, August 29th
7 to 10 p.m.
Miriam Steinberg's Embrace Life Talk
Let's stop being in automatic pilot mode. Connect with your own truth and learn tools to honor yourself as a wonderful human and spiritual being. Become aware of the options you have and learn to love yourself. The Embrace Life program uses guided imagery, movement, music, writing and drawing to create inner balance. A resident of Miami Beach, Miriam is a practitioner of Jungian psychotherapy and movement therapy. For more information, call (305) 793-8213.

Saturday, September 1st
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Toastmasters Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest
To polish your professional presentations, engage in social circles with greater ease, or champion a community cause, effective communication is essential. Toastmasters is an international non-profit organization with nearly 235,000 members. No matter what your experience, you will take something of value away from each meeting. Guests are always welcome to attend for free. Come find out what makes or breaks a great speech at this special contest meeting! To join and learn more, visit

Wednesdays in August
Noon to 5 p.m.
The Wholesome Grocer
The garden is a pick-up point for members of The Wholesome Grocer: a free-to-join program sourcing fresh, local and organic produce to city-dwellers. You can also special order grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and eggs, and assorted seasonal foods from Florida growers. Support your local community and sign up for your share today! To learn how to join this program, visit

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