Miraculous March

11 a.m. to Sunset

The Garden Market
The Garden Market is a weekly farmers market that takes place rain or shine every Wednesday. Vendors from The Market Company will be selling local fruits and veggies, pastries and breads, candles and soaps, and much more. The Market is not just for shopping however. Weekly yoga classes are held at 12:30 p.m. These 45 minute sessions are FREE for members with a suggested $10 donation for non-members. Click here for the instructor's bio. Weekly gardening workshops will also be on the agenda, at 11 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. The March 13 workshop is on basic pruning and tree trimming with Benoit Jonckheere, our very own horticulturist. Lastly, the Garden hosts a plant sale and an orchid exchange all day: Trade in your current orchid for $5 off your purchase of a new one in bloom.

Sunday, March 3
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Frozen Music-Picnic 3, by Subtropics
The Garden transforms into a soundscape for experimental music played throughout the grounds. You are invited to bring a blanket and some food, sit in the lawn, and enjoy the sonic activation of the space. Live audio samples are improvised upon to reflect the unique properties of the garden, and explore otherwise hidden sound sources, resonances, and auditory history. Click here for more info and the history of this unique project. This event is FREE!

Thursdays, March 7 and 14
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WordSpeak Poetry Slam
Tigertail productions hosts this open mic and poetry slam. WordSpeak is a project designed for teens by Dasha Kelly, a writer, artist and entrepreneur who knows that words are powerful tools for self-expression and for changing the world. Kelly will host the March 7 open mic at the Garden, and Teo Castellanos will host the March 14 event.  All Miami-Dade teens are invited. The slam is the first in a series of competitions to win a place on the Miami Wordspeak team that will travel this summer to the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Chicago this August. These events are FREE!
"This team has helped me grow spiritually and intellectually. I'm surrounded by geniuses with diverse personalities and they all have a way with pushing you to be greater than you already are. I am forever grateful," says Giovanni Garced, a 2011 WordSpeak team member.

Dasha Kelly will also give a reading and perform free for the general public at the Coral Gables Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, on Friday, March 8 at 8:00 pm. This event is FREE!

Tuesday, March 12
Noon to 2 p.m.
Green Book Club-A Walk in the Woods 
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. March's read is A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson (1911). Meetings are the second Tuesday of every month. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, contact Benjia Morgenstern at  benjiamo@the-beach.net

Saturday, March 16
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
12th Annual Tour of Miami Beach Gardens
Join us for exclusive tours through the private gardens and hidden oases of Miami Beach. This opportunity to see behind the gates and into the backyards of the Beach's most intriguing landscapes will inspire and astound. The tour is a wonderful way to learn what grows best in our coastal, sub-tropical climate, and to see what you can try in your garden this season (or what you wish you could try if you're a northern neighbor). Each homeowner's landscape and gardening style is distinct and personal, offering refreshing respite from the hustle and bustle of daily activities here on the Beach.

During the tour and until 5 p.m. the Garden will host auxiliary events at 2000 Convention Center Drive, including the traditional Jems & Junque rummage sale, food trucks, a silent auction, and live music. Come discover the city from a gardener's perspective, at the one and only Miami Beach Garden Tour! Click here to register for the event. ($25/members, $30/non-members).

Tuesday, March 19
9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
AARP Driver Safety Course
This 6 hour class is accredited with AARP as a refresher course specifically designed for drivers 50 and older. Why take the course? One word: Discount. Save valuable money on your insurance by learning how the roads and drivers on it have changed over the years. Click here to read the top reasons why you should take the course. The course will be held at the Garden at 2000 Convention Center Drive, and is only $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. To reserve your spot at this one-day-only course, call 305-466-5725.

Thursday, March 21
7:30 p.m.
New Music Miami ISCM Festival Concert 5
Music for electric viola: Featuring guest virtuoso violist Martha Mooke. Also performing the FIU FLEA Laptop Ensemble; Music by Leon, Singleton, Mooke, Garcia, others. This event is FREE!

Friday, March 22
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Miami Beach Women’s Conference: “Lunch in the Garden”This event is the second half of the Miami Beach Women’s conference: Lunch! After the free morning session from 8:30-11 at the Convention Center, come across the street for food, friends, and a silent auction. For more info and for tickets, visit the women's exhibit website.  $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

Saturday, March 23
10 a.m. to Noon
Beginning Beekeeping
We have a new speaker for this lecture! Inese Bunch of Bunch Farm in Kendall will be answering all your questions pertaining to beekeeping on the Beach. The Bunch's are committed to keeping their apiary as green as possible, and will teach you their tips and tricks to raising your own colony of bees. Inese is involved in the University of Florida's Master Beekeeping Program, and has practice speaking to audiences through her beekeeping socials that she holds to educate others on this interesting hobby. Beekeeping is a homesteading skill that can provide you with your own honey and wax. Even if you do not plan on ever owning your own hive, this talk will answer questions about why bees are disappearing, and what you can plant in your garden to bring them back. This event is FREE!

Tuesday, March 26
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Floral Design Class-Horizontal Designs and Table Settings
Spend the day learning from accredited floral designers from the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, who combine lectures, demos, and critiqued hands-on workshops to develop an understanding of the art of flower arranging. This class is the fourth unit of a six-part floral design study hosted by the Miami Beach Garden Club. The unit focuses on horizontal arrangements and displaying functional and exhibition table settings coordinated with these arrangements for flower shows. Class costs $28. To register, email Nina Worth at ninanevanu@gmail.com, or call (305) 532-9987.


Sunday, March 31 (Easter!)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Japanese Spring Festival 
This free family event celebrates the Easter holiday, and the culture that inspired our Japanese Garden. Come listen to the deep beats of the Fushu Daiko Taiko drummers (performance times at 12:00, 1:30, and 3:00 p.m.) taste traditional Japanese cuisine, learn calligraphy and origami, decorate kites and fans, and release your own “koi” fish into the pond! We will also give a water lily and lotus planting demo at 2 p.m. for anyone looking to put a little zen in their garden. Sara Sheffman of Sarah Sheffman Photo Art will be offering a  family photo opportunity just in time for Easter. Check this event's facebook page for updates and let your friends know you're going. This event is FREE!

Every Thursday
6:30 p.m.

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 www.miamibeachtoastmasters.com 

 Every Tuesday
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 www.swsg.org or contact Program Coordinator Meryl Leventon at 305-606-0513 / mleventon@swsg.org.


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