Jovial January

January 8th
 Noon to 2 p.m.
Green Book Club
Meet new people, become a better reader/writer, and experience books in a whole new way. This group reads and discusses environmentally-themed books chosen and read during the month preceding each meeting. January's read is My First Summer in the Sierra, by John Muir (1911). Meetings are the second Tuesday of every month. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, contact Benjia Morgenstern at

Tuesdays beginning January 8th
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Pastels & Petals with Art Center/South FL
Join nationally recognized, award-winning pastel artist, Jacqueline Roch, for this dynamic class. The course will focus on fundamental pastel techniques, developing good compositions, concentrating on contrast, color, and proportion. Enjoy demonstrations as well as individual easel-side comments and critiques. Classes will be conducted both en-plein-aire and indoors. Register here.

January 11th
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Nature: An Art Show
Experience beautiful paintings, graphics, and assemblages by the Artist Colony, a Miami-based artist collaborative with roots as varied as their experience. This reception will celebrate their work. All are welcome to this free event. Art will be on display through January 15th. 


January 15th
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
S.A.L.A. (Social Action, Local Arts) 
Arts Social and Silent Art Auction
The SALA Arts Social celebrates 12 years of work by Art at St. Johns (ASJ) with music, dance, the visual arts, refreshments, drinks, interactive DJ music, networking and a silent arts auction. The music and dance includes performances by many artists who have performed at ASJ, including a Middle Eastern dance by Tiffany hanan Madera. The visual arts include a group show by the Artist Colony (a Miami artist collaborative), and art had-selected for the silent auction by ASJ founding director, Carol Hoffman-Guzmán and her husband Roberto Guzmán, who have been collecting art from local and emerging artists for over 40 years. The auction includes works by Florida and Colorado artists Ed King, Debra Cortese, Ignacio Font, Chloe Firetto-Toomey, Paula Turk, Louis Recchia, Zoa Ace, and more. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 pm and includes the new "Chris-tini" cocktail created by Chris Peña, ASJ's past Board President. Tickets are $75 at the door, or purchase online at


January 15th 
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Floral Design Class – Curved Designs, Elements and Principles 
Spend the day learning from accredited floral designers, who combine lectures, demos, and critiqued hands-on workshops to develop an understanding of the art of flower arranging. This class is the third unit of a six-part floral design study hosted by the Miami Beach Garden Club. The unit focuses on curved designs and the use of fruit in designs. Check out this pic from our first class on vertical designs! Class costs $28 to attend; lunch is included! To register, email Nina Worth at, or call (305) 532-9987. 
This class covers:
  • Care, cutting and grooming of plant materials for curves
  • Geometrically-based line designs
  • Usage of fruit and vegetables in designs
  • A demonstration and critique of crescent and Hogarth designs

January 17th
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
SpeakOut! Tigertail Productions Poetry Slam 

Tigertail productions hosts this open mic and poetry slam. Free! 

January 24th
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Create Your Intention for the New Year Workshop

Cindy Hill of Once Upon a Carrot hosts this workshop based on Weston A. Price's healthy food principles. This local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation has a mission to educate the local community on the importance of eating nutrient-dense foods, supporting sustainable agriculture, and preparing food in traditional ways. We can all achieve radiant health through the wise principles practiced by non-industrialized primitive cultures, as presented in the research of Dr. Price. Admission is free! There will be a lecture, open forum, and traditional food demonstration. 

January 26th
10 a.m. to Noon 
Free Educational Lecture: Growing Roses in South Florida 
This presenter was so popular last year, we had to bring him back! Roger Stone of Stone’s Rose Gardening (Davie, FL) will explain the basics of maintaining rose plants for our particular climate (it is possible!) Mr. Stone will talk about proper species selection, environmental requirements, pruning techniques, tips on pests and disease, and tricks for obtaining the perfect blooms. The lecture will end with answers to all your questions and a raffle on sample rose plants to take home.

January 30th
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Get Stoked: Winter Party Festival Kickoff Fashion Show
Prepare for the hottest winter in the world at this WPF kick-off event at the Garden. This is one event you can't miss, especially if you're craving an open bar with Grey Goose cocktails, catering by Chili's Bar and Grill, and the sexiest models the Beach has to offer. The night gets even hotter as the runway opens up with beats by DJ Miik and swimwear fashions from Creative Male and Macy's.  The evening will conclude with a raffle featuring amazing prizes such as Elizabeth Arden gift sets and Kiehl's products.

GA tickets are $25 online or $35 at the door. Purchase general admission tickets here.
VIP tickets are $35 online or $45 at the door. VIP's enjoy front row seating at the runway, three free raffle tickets, and  VIP bar service. Purchase VIP tickets here.

January 31st 
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Taste of the Garden

This outdoor dining soiree showcases plates from more than 20 of South Florida’s premiere chefs, restaurants, and spirit vendors. Limited to 350 guests, this exclusive foodie party raises funds for the Garden and the Miami Beach Garden Club. Enjoy fine wine, live music, fabulous auction items, and a tropical dining experience you won’t forget. RSVP here. Buy early! Price increases after January 25th.

Tuesdays starting January 22
3 p.m.
Strong Women Strong Girls Afterschool Programming
This free, national mentoring program empowers 3rd through 5th grade girls by connecting them with college women. For more information, visit or contact Program Coordinator Meryl Leventon at 305-606-0513 /

Thursdays in January
6:30 p.m. in the Butterfly Room
Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
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 these weekly meetings! To join and learn more, visit 

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