Things To Do

December Social-lite Guide

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

  • Tepee Traipse at Nikki Beach

One Art Basel event that gives back is Nikki Beach’s signature art display, the “Teepee Traipse.”  This new initiative will showcase six artists, including Romero Britto, to create one-of-a- kind pieces using Nikki’s trademark canvas teepee as their base.  Each artist will be given the creative freedom to design or ornament their teepee using a medium of their choice.  The “Teepee Traipse” will be on display and up for silent auction from Thursday, December 3rd until Sunday, December 6th with all proceeds from sales benefitting the artist’s charity of choice. 

For more information, contact:  786-515-1158.

  • Fashion with a Conscience  

Shopaholics and dog lovers will delight in this shopping event. Throughout the month of December, Lilac and Lilies in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea (229 Commercial Boulevard) has partnered with Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS), to donate 10 percent of all sales the fundraising auxiliary of the Humane Society of Broward County, which provides food, shelter and medical care to local stray or abandoned animals. The store sells designer collections from Black Halo, Elizabeth & James, Jay Godfrey, Rebecca Taylor, Yoana Baraschi, Free People and Habitual, to name a few.   

Clients can participate by just mentioning the word “PAWS” at checkout.

Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

For more information, visit or call: 954.530.3109.

  • Glam for MAM

The art scene’s most fashionable supporters will converge at the annual Miami Art Museum (MAM) Ball, which takes place at the Fontainebleau Hotel (4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Saturday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m., celebrating the completion of the development of the new Miami Art Museum at Museum Park. The MAM Ball, which provides support for the programs that bring art to life for thousands of visitors every year, is the museum’s single most important fundraiser. Individual tickets cost: $750 – $1,000, tables go for: $7,500 – $25,000. 

For more information, contact or call (305) 375-5935.

  • Toy Drive

The Opium Group hosts its annual toy drive for needy children this week from Wednesday, December 16 through Sunday, December 20.  Guests who donate a new and unwrapped toy, will receive complimentary admission at SET, Louis Bar-Lounge, Cameo Theatre, and Opium Hard Rock.  The fun starts at Mansion on Wednesday, December 16th with a complimentary open bar until midnight and festive holiday delights.  For more information about the holiday party this Wednesday at Mansion and toy drive, visit: The Opium Group

  • More of “It”!

Local favorite photographer, Manny Hernandez, has extended his second Miami photo exhibit titled “This Is It” due to popular demand.  The show takes place at the Palms Hotel and Spa (3025 Collins Avenue) on Miami Beach and showcases showcase vintage images from Miami 90’s scene including shots of The Bee Gees, Martha Stewart, Madonna, Gianni Versace, Celia Cruz, and Snoop Dog to name a few.  The show started on November 7, Sleepless Night, and has been extended through January 3.  Private guided tours are available. The proceeds from this exhibit will benefit the Diabetes Research Institute.

For more information, contact: 305-753-5899, email or go to 

  • Light it Up with Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald House of Fort Lauderdale (15 SE 15th Street) kicks-off the holiday season with a lighting ceremony, house tours, entertainment, children’s activities, a silent auction, and tastings from local restaurants. It should be fun for the whole family.  The event goes from 6-8:30.  Tickets cost $25.00 for adults and children 12 and over.  Children under 12 are free.   

For more information, visit:, or call 954 828-1822.

  • Breakfast in the Park

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum’s (10975 SW 17 Street) 7th annual Breakfast in the Park, will feature a talk by internationally renowned artist Michele Oka Doner, an outdoor breakfast, and guided tours of The Sculpture Park at FIU and The Frost’s exhibitions including The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama and work by Navjot Altaf and Eduardo del Valle & Mirta Gómez. This free event takes place on Sunday, December 6 from 9:30 am to noon. Michele Oka Doner, an internationally acclaimed artist and designer, has built a career that includes public art projects, monumental sculpture, furniture and jewelry. Celebrating organic forms and fueled by an appreciation of the natural world, particularly ocean life, she has also integrated the human figure as a subject in her works using bronze, wax, silver, clay, concrete,

hand-made paper and glass.

For more information, go to: or call 305 348-2890. 

  • Winter Gone Wild at Miami Metro Zoo

Miami Metro Zoo (12400 SW 152 Street) is kicking the holiday spirit up a notch on December 10, with Winter gone Wild, when guests can enjoy wild lights, Flore de Lisa’s Winter Wonderland, holiday music, dancing, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, and cranberry-infused waters. Also being offered:  “Bites for a Buck,” cash bar with a special blend of snow-tinis, and many more surprises. Raffle winners for each holiday tree will be chosen at the event at 9 p.m.  Tickets cost: $9.95 per ZSF Member and $10.95 per non-member. 

For more information, visit: or call:  (305) 255-5551.  Tickets are only sold from 7-9:30 p.m. The event goes from 7-10 p.m.

  • Book signing for Spirit Jump

Local author and transformational life coach, Wendi Blum, is celebrating the launch of her new book entitled Your Life, Your Destiny – Uncover Yours with a holiday cocktail party and book signing on Dec. 11th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  at Allied Kitchen & Bath (616 W. Oakland Park Blvd.). Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails, passed hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction benefiting Spirit Jump. The women’s guide to inspiration, hope and courage is an eloquent collection of affirmations matched to 27 inspiring profiles of women sure to touch reader’s hearts with their individual triumphs and tribulations.  In addition, the book includes tools and exercises such as breathing, prayer and meditation to aid in destiny fulfillment.  

One chapter is devoted to Meaghan Edelstein, a local, 28-year-old cancer survivor who started a blog called, “I Kicked Cancer’s Ass”, to document her fight against Stage 3B Cervical Cancer. After recovery, Edelstein founded Spirit Jump, a local, non-profit that provides uplifting cards and gifts to men, women and children battling cancer. 

RSVP to Wendi Blum at 954-214-5649.

  • Cash for Clunkers for the Lions Club

From now until December 31, you can trade in your old specs for an upgrade and help the Lion’s club all at the same time!  Whether you are sporting last sea

son’s styles, Coke-bottle creations or just wearing the wrong frames for your face, Hollywood Eyes (2011 Harrison Street Hollywood, FL) can help with their new “Cash for Clunkers” campaign. Bring in any old or used pair of glasses and receive $25 towards the purchase of a new set of frames.  Choose from the latest styles from Oliver Peoples, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Tom Ford, Tiffany & Co., Ray Ban and even Jimmy Choo.  Prescription lenses can also be fitted to almost any frames in store. 

For more information, call:  954.923.5367.

  • Help the Toy Caravan

The 18th Annual Amigos For Kids® Holiday Toy Drive Caravan will take place on Sunday, December 13, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at various locations throughout Miami, embarking on a joy-filled journey of delivering gifts with Santa Claus, celebrities and hundreds of volunteers.   You may request to become a volunteer for the caravan by contacting the telephone number below but all are encouraged to log on and donate toys!

The Amigos For Kids®  Holiday Toy Drive, with the help of volunteers and corporate sponsors, collects and delivers special holiday wishes to disadvantaged children from several community programs, agencies and outreach programs throughout South Florida. The Toy Drive fulfills the specific wishes of each individual child, as indicated on their wish list.

Toys for the caravan may be dropped off at Ford Lincoln Mercury locations, select TotalBank locations, Dadeland Mall and any El Dorado location in South Florida throughout the entire month of December.  Visit the website for exact locations. 

To become an Amigo by donating your time or resources to children in need, or to volunteer to help with the Amigos Toy Drive, call (305) 279-1155 or visit