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💉 In case you missed it, Jackson Memorial Hospital will be one of the first Florida hospitals to receive a promising COVID-19 vaccine. The Miami medical center could receive the vaccine developed by Pfizer as soon as next month — the plan is to give it to health care workers, first responders, and long-term residents first. (NBC 6 South Florida)
😷 While the prospect of an effective coronavirus vaccine is comforting, Florida’s lack of action around the pandemic is, uh, decidedly not! Some local officials evidently agree: Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber was among the bipartisan coalition of Florida mayors who asked Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday to step up the state’s response and allow municipalities to reinstate restrictions. (Miami Herald)
👾 Club Space is harnessing the limitless capacity for love and positive vibes of the dance floor and channeling it all into a good, collegiate cause. The downtown Miami institution is accepting applications for the Space Scholarship program, which will provide three $4,000 academic awards each school year to BIPOC and undocumented students in South Florida. The scholarship is available to folks hoping to work in the arts or the hospitality industry. You can donate to the scholarship fund now as well as submit an application of your own — the deadline is December 31. (Club Space)
✍️ Miami blogger and muckraker Al Crespo has announced he’s retiring from journalism and closing the book on his site the Crespogram. Despite having no formal training as a journalist, Crespo spent the last decade digging into public records and dutifully documenting Magic City corruption in his inimitable style. If you’ve read an absurd, shocking story about Miami officials behaving badly since 2010, there’s a very strong chance you’re familiar with his work. If you have a drink this weekend, we invite you to raise one to him 🍻. (Miami New Times)
Congrats to Club New Tropic member Maria V. for winning a one-night staycation at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura! Ready to book your own staycation? This month, a one night’s stay includes admission for four to Tidal Cove, a state of the art waterpark which won a USA Today Readers’ Choice award in 2020. The park also features a 60-foot tower with seven water slides, a 4,000-square-foot kids pool with an aquatic play structure, the first-ever FlowRider Triple surf simulation pool in the nation, and a VIP pool area.
If you want your chance at winning a courtesy staycation of your own, join Club New Tropic today and be on the lookout for our next members-only raffle very soon 👀.
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🎟 George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® in the Park
Miami City Ballet’s iconic production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is heading outdoors, live in Downtown Doral Park in the heart of Miami-Dade.
From a socially distanced pod on the lawn, watch this magical holiday classic come to life through live performance and innovative multimedia. This open-air event follows CDC guidelines while delivering the joy of this holiday classic.
The season opens on Dec 18 with a free performance for first responders and essential workers who have served as front-line heroes of the pandemic. See website for details.
December 19 - 31. Tickets sold as 4-person pod from $120 ($30 pp).
✊ Tune in to Young People Big Dreams, a livestream concert benefiting Power U Center for Social Change (Online)
🌳 Local artist Barbara Fernandez and light artist Javier Riera present "A Growing Transparency" (Deering Estate) (sponsored)
🎥 Watch a screening of Almost Christmas! at the Sandrell Rivers Theater (Little River)
😻 Tune in to watch The Whiskars Pet Awards Show to benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami (Online)
😋 Groove and munch at the Soul Brunch featuring a live performance by R&B songstress, Yoli Mayor, at the Doral Yard (Doral)
🎥 Get weird with director Alex Winter's documentary about iconic and experimental rocker Frank Zappa (Coral Gables)
🍺 Sip rare craft beers at this guided tasting with the experts at BXLDER Miami (Wynwood)
🎨 Learn about Raúl De Nieves's sculptural work and musical collaborations at the Eternal Return and the Obsidian Heart exhibit at MOCA (North Miami)
And so is today’s newsletter. We’ll see you back here on Monday — in the meantime, please, please be safe out there.
— Zach & The New Tropic