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Both in-person, and in the 10 Days Facebook group, we’ve already seen people learning a ton about our city, breaking out of their silos, and making connections through music, real talk, and some solid food and drink.
Earlier this week, there was an enlightening and emotional discussion on foster care, and a concert featuring more than 10 organizations performing everything from merengue to jazz to classical music.
Want to check something out today or this weekend? Here are a few suggestions:
Want to chart your own course? Here’s the full 10 Days of Connection calendar.
Inspire305, powered by United Way of Miami-Dade, has officially named five game-changing, innovative and inspiring nonprofit finalists eligible for its two grant awards.
The five finalists are: Food Rescue US – Miami, ICU baby, S.E.E.K Foundation, Strong Girls, Inc., and StudentsCare.
Now a public vote will decide which nonprofit will receive either the $25,000 Grand Innovator Award or the $10,000 Trailblazer Award.
The two-month legislative session in Tallahassee is set to wrap up this weekend, but even after the $91.1 billion budget is set, and bills have gotten final approval, there’s still a lot riding on the pen of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
He still has to sign off on the budget and has the power to veto several “wish list” items from state lawmakers, including millions in requests from our SoFlo elected officials.
Some of the notable items on that list include funding projects like the Underline, the 10-mile linear park under the Metrorail that broke ground last year. There’s about $1.5 million set aside in funding for the project, a far cry from the $7.5 million that the project’s developers requested.
And there are dozens of other projects that range in cost from the hundreds of thousands for things like stormwater and well improvements, to millions in funding for the SEED School of Miami.
In other news…
A bill to shut down the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, the agency that manages five of the county’s toll roads, looks like it could be approved before the state legislative session wraps up. But even if it makes it to the governor’s desk, Miami-Dade officials have already said that they plan to challenge the law in the courts. (Miami Herald)
Florida’s medical marijuana industry is growing faster than just about any other state. About 10,000 people a month are joining the state’s medical cannabis program, and despite the memes and stoner jokes, a big reason for the growth is Florida’s elderly population opting for medical marijuana as an alternative treatment for ailments like glaucoma and chronic pain. (Miami New Times)
And here’s a feel-good Friday story. Twin 16-year-old siblings at Miami Central High moved to Miami from Nigeria and have earned more than $1 million in scholarships. Their secret? Applying for literally every scholarship opportunity they saw, and determination to be the first in their family to graduate from college. (Miami Herald)
🎉 Today – Sunday: Celebrate Wynwood Yard one more time in its current space, at Yardfest (Wynwood)
🗣️Wednesday, May 8: Come hear and share stories about second chances for 10 Days of Connection (Little Havana)
✌️ Through Saturday, May 11: Take your own mindfulness challenge in the fourth annual Cushion Crawl, which includes 21 meditations in 21 spaces around Miami (Various locations)
🌴 Saturday, May 11: Check out local DJs at Life House Little Havana’s “El Vinyl” tropical party (Little Havana)
🎥 Saturday, May 11: Catch a free outdoor screening of Spike Lee’s classic “He’s Got Game,” as part of the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)
🖼️ Saturday, May 11: Check out the work of more than 250 artists across Miami-Dade in Fountainhead’s inaugural edition of “Artists Open“ (Various locations)
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🖼️ Celebrate First Fridays at the ICA Miami (Design District)
📷 Check out the closing party for this black Miami photography exhibit (Opa-locka)
🎥 Bring the fam to this outdoor screening of “Coco” (Midtown)
🎸 Catch some live music at the Normandy Fountain (North Beach)
🎨Check out the Seven Fires art exhibition — Through May 19 (Design District)
🙏 Get a little more zen with this guided meditation (Buena Vista)
👊 Get a dose of MMA fighting by FNT and dance music by III Points (Little Haiti)
🍪 Do some baking at the historic Montgomery Botanical Center (Coral Gables)
👾 Take a trip to a galaxy far away at this Star Wars” trilogy screening (Design District)
🚮 Join this zero-waste beach clean up and drink free beer (Virginia Key)
👾 Check out a Star Wars-themed roller derby showdown (Miami Springs)
🎮 Test your Super Smash Bros. skills at this tournament (Wynwood)
📷 Check out this exhibit showcasing life in Cuba during the ’30s and ’50s (Downtown)
🎥 Catch a late-night screening of “Spaceballs” (Coral Gables)
🌱 Nom on a vegan brunch at MUCE (Little Haiti)
🛍️ Shop local at the Giralda Plaza Market (Coral Gables)
📚 Bring the family to the Little Haiti Book Festival (Little Haiti)
♨️ Enjoy some BBQ by the pool at Shaker Sundays (South Beach)
💃 Party at the Yumbrella Food Hall to the sounds of PALO! (South Miami)
👯 Cheer on drag performers at this 2000s-themed showcase (Allapattah)
🤓 Test your smarts at this trivia night at Mama Tried (Downtown)
🍝 Celebrate 10 years of Joey’s with a special $10 menu (Wynwood)
🥃 Dance to R&B, dancehall and hip-hop at the Brown Liquor party (Downtown)
🎤 Unleash your inner rock star at this live band karaoke night (Miami Beach)
📖 Find out what made Dr. Seuss tick at Books & Books (Coral Gables)
💡 Dream up the next big idea for the Public Space Challenge at this workshop (Overtown)
We’re not quite done exploring Little Havana and we want to celebrate the neighborhood with you. Come to our Living in Little Havana event on Wednesday, May 15, at Futurama 1637 Art Galleries for an evening of arts, snacks, and chocolate!
Have a great weekend, Miami.
– The New Tropic