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CultureFest 305 This Weekend at HistoryMiami!Celebrate what Makes Miami, Miami at this annual festival on the plaza.From performances to demonstrations, HistoryMiami celebrates all things 305!
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It makes our heart hurt a little to think of what's happening in our gorgeous waterways right now. (📸: @indesigner1)
YOU’VE GOT ?’S, WE’VE GOT ANSWERS (PT. 2)
With tomorrow’s voter registration deadline in mind, we want to answer some burning questions you all submitted about the upcoming election.
Here’s a great one that we got from Marika Lynch:
Q: Why do we have to vote on teacher raises? Why can’t the school district raise salaries itself?
A: The school board could raise teacher salaries on its own if it had enough money to in the budget. But school board officials argue that reduced state funding and a need to bolster security has left them with no option for paying for raises other than to raise taxes, and tax increases have to be approved by voters. The Broward County school board went through a similar process in August and it was approved by voters.
You can find the full list of questions and answers about voting here. Shout out to Roshan Nebhrajani, Bob Bonham, Peter Bransden, Cami, and others who asked some super smart questions.
Stay tuned for our full voter guide a few days before early voting opens. We’ll be diving into the governor’s race, the U.S. Senate race, some U.S. congressional races, other state cabinet positions and breaking down the amendments and referenda you’ll see on your ballot.
💰Ever thought about becoming an angel investor? Aminta Ventures is cultivating the next generation of female investors in South Florida with their Female Angel Investor Bootcamp on Nov. 1. Want to know more about that? They’re having several free information sessions the next couple weeks:
⛲The 2018 Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge winners are here! Browse the 22 winning projects.
💰Give Miami Day on Nov. 15 is one of the largest annual giving events in the whole U.S., raising more than $10 million for local nonprofits last year. If you work for a nonprofit yourself, your organization could be a part of it, but the deadline to register is Oct. 15.
🛣️Downtown Miami resident Steve Dutton has planned a pedestrian-friendly zone on NE 3rd Avenue called Avenue 3, and now he needs volunteers to help him paint the street, install parklets, and break it all down as part of his pop-up project. Got a passion for a more walkable city? Find more info and sign up here.
Got an opportunity, workshop, scholarship, grant, etc. you want other curious locals to know about? Hit us up at [email protected] (subject line: “Bulletin Board”) to have it listed here.
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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305
Will the flip be a flop? When U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced she wouldn’t run again, Democrats saw a chance to gain a seat in Congress. For a while the Democrat-majority district looked like it would definitely turn blue…but that all changed when Donna Shalala entered the race and won her party’s primary in August. She hasn’t been polling so hot. Experts still think Shalala could defeat her GOP opponent, Maria Elvira Salazar, but it will be a tight race. They say Shalala overestimated her popularity and underestimated Salazar’s appeal with Latino voters. (The New York Times)
No good deed… Jesse Brody thought he was being a Good Samaritan when he attempted to find the relatives of a man who died in his Morningside home and left behind a hidden treasure. But it wasn’t that simple. After his discovery was published in the Herald, long-lost relatives came from everywhere seeking their part of the collection of cash, gold and jewelry that Brody found. Brody’s hired a legal team and now he’s hoping to let a judge make the decision on who gets the small fortune. (Miami Herald)
Way better than shark week. Want to get a solid glass of wine any day of the week? This list includes spots all over town any day of the week where you can attend a wine tasting. Want to give one a try tonight? Cooper’s Hawk in Doral has you covered. (Miami.com)
A different kind of Bay of Pigs battle. The city of Hialeah Gardens may have to come up with a different name for their memorial to the members of Brigade 2506, the CIA-supported group that attempted to invade Cuba in 1961. They’re facing a lawsuit from the brigade’s veterans association after opening the Assault Brigade 2506 Museum, which is barely different from the long-standing, well-known Brigade 2506 Museum in Little Havana. Hialeah Gardens said they meant no offense and plan to work with the veterans association to reach a solution. (Miami New Times)
Underline getting underway. After years of fundraising and discussion, Miami-Dade commissioners finally approved the construction of the northern tip of the project, bringing it one step closer to completion. The first half-mile of the 10-mile development will be built in Brickell and feature basketball courts and performance areas. The entire project will run under the Metrorail from Brickell all the way down to Dadeland South and feature bike and pedestrian paths, plenty of green space, and other recreational areas. (Miami Herald)
For the self-conscious singers. Karaoke night can be a scary idea, but thankfully these SoFlo spots welcome even the worst crooners out there. The list includes spots like Sing Sing Karaoke and Ball and Chain, but also more laidback locales like Seven Seas Bar and the Jada Coles Lounge. Just don’t be the person who tries to do an Adele song. Please. (Miami.com)
Shaken. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocked northwest Haiti on Saturday night, leaving at least 12 dead as of Sunday morning. Many more were injured, and many homes and other buildings were destroyed, although government structures are fine, officials say. Although this latest quake wasn’t disastrous, the regularity of earthquakes and other natural disasters seem to keep Haiti in a perpetual state of recovery. (Miami Herald)
OUR PARTNER EVENTS
🍹Thursday, Oct. 18: Chill at Charcoal’s Tiki Thursdays (Wynwood)
✊🏿Friday, Oct. 19: Learn how black politicians transformed Atlanta at the Black Lounge Film Series screening of MAYNARD (Overtown)
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🎶Beat the Monday blues with Purdy’s reggae night (South Beach)
🍺… Or with a little learning over some brews at FIU (Sweetwater)
🏀Catch the Heat vs the Orlando Magic (Downtown)
🌱Learn how CBD can enhance your life (Shenandoah)
🎨Embrace your inner kid with some finger painting (Wynwood)
🤣Laugh it up at a screening of Arsenic and Lace (Coral Gables)
🍎Think about education differently at this YoungArts exhibition opening (Edgewater)
☀️Learn about going solar in your own home (Palmetto Bay)
🍿Catch “Say Anything” on the big screen (Brickell)
🎲Play bingo with Miss Toto (Wynwood)
🎞️ Catch a film at the GEMS Film Festival – through Sunday (Little Havana)
🎶Immerse yourself in the music at the Listening Den (Little River)
🎻Nu Deco is back with a genre-bending performance ft. Cory Henry – through Saturday (Wynwood)
🎞️Talk film, race, and identity with Victor Jafa (Downtown)
✏️Sip an adult beverage and make adult sketches (South Beach)
🎷Catch some jazz at the Historic Hampton House (Brownsville)
🎇Watch Hocus Pocus under the stars (South Miami)
🎸Jam at a tribute to the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore (South Beach)
🧟Go to Zombie Prom (Downtown)
🤣Laugh it up at Villain’s weekly TGIF show (Little Haiti)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.
THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.
Make it a great week, Miami. ✌️
– The New Tropic