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🍽 Fasten your napkins and open your wallets: Miami Spice is right around the corner

Plus, how Surfside has affected the local condo market and a list of 305 groups giving back.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Friday.

And beyond our excitement that the weekend is right around the corner, we were also heartened that a lot of you got in touch about Miami orgs doing great work for National Give Something Away Day yesterday. Here are a few of the responses we got, complete with links to the respective local groups:

⛑ “Junior League of Miami; Camillus House; and American Red Cross, Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter.” — Mary S.

🍴 “I volunteer with Be The Change South FL, Buddy System MIA, and Miami Community Fridge helping to keep the community fridges clean and stocked. I wrote an article about Buddy System MIA, the nonprofit that runs Miami Community Fridge; here’s a link.” — Josie G.

💚 "Urban Oasis Project." — Ana B.

🙏 “The Woody Foundation, an organization that strives to improve the quality of life for people who are paralyzed and their caregivers. Since 2011, the group has given over $1 million for individuals to show that despite not having a cure for paralysis, they can still enjoy their life today to the fullest. Check out our website or our IG @woodychatter.” — Lucy F.

💕 “What a great idea; there are so many worthwhile charities and many kind-hearted people among us. 

"There's a small, local charity that would benefit greatly from a shout-out: A Safe Haven for Newborns. Their mission is to come to the aid of newborns and save them from abandonment. Nick Silverio is the founder and the heart and soul of the foundation. To date, they have given 338 newborns a chance at life and assisted over 5,000 expectant women/girls in their time of need.

"For the past 10+ years I have volunteered my time assisting them in any way I can. It is just Nick and an office admin; the rest of us are all volunteers. The Foundation relies on donations from caring supporters and fundraising events. For more information, please visit www.asafehavenfornewborns.com or contact Nick at 786-246-1304.” — Gina P.

In addition, it also came to our attention that YWCA South Florida is also organizing a back-to-school supply drive through Monday, August 2; more information is available right here.

Thanks for being so sweet, Miami. ❤️ Now, onto today’s news...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

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🗓 Miami Spice — that wonderful time of year when local restaurants offer divine discounts and seasonal specials — is just a few weeks away. Luckily, you can start balancing your budget and mapping out your calendar ahead of the Sunday, August 1 start date now: The list of participating restaurants is out, and it’s a doozy. This year’s Miami Spice will be its 20th iteration and runs through Thursday, September 30. (Miami New Times)

📰 An apartment building's roof partially collapsed late Thursday afternoon. The residence is located in northwest Miami-Dade and there are no reported injuries as of writing. (NBC 6 South Florida)

🇨🇺 Cuba has lifted restrictions on foreign food and medicine being brought to the country in an apparent concession to demonstrators. Stateside, more shows of support with protestors have taken place across Miami-Dade while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked President Biden to intervene in the island’s goings-on. (CNN / Local 10)

🚨 For Miami’s many skincare-conscious residents: Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall of several sunscreen products. The announcement follows the discovery of low levels of benzene — a carcinogen that can cause cancer after long periods of exposure — in several Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sprays. More information on the specific products and what to do if you own them can be found at the link. ➡️ (CBS Miami)

➡️ The heat might be cooling down on Miami’s condo market following the tragedy in Surfside. According to a report by CNBC, the Champlain Towers South collapse has prompted buyers to be more cautious when navigating the 305’s real estate market. (CNBC)

🎨 Local artist, prolific muralist, and community advocate Kyle Holbrook spent yesterday morning touching up his mural honoring the Black Lives Matter movement after learning it’d been vandalized. Holbrook originally painted the work — which depicts Colin Kaepernick, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd — in Overtown following summer 2020’s nationwide reckoning with police violence and institutionalized racism. (Local 10)

Today

👸 Watch a classic story come to life during this whimsical, romantic interpretation of Cinderella (Faena Forum)

🙌 Celebrate the return of one of Miami's best parties, Extra Credit, with the 305's own Patrick Walsh and Laura of Miami plus visiting DJ-producer Baltra (Downtown)

Tomorrow

💃 Watch a multi-generational testament to the power of dance during “Generations of Genius,” a program by dynamic resident ballet troupe Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami — taking place Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 (Cutler Bay)

🎶 Get lost in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden during Mango Music Weekend(Coral Gables)

😂 Join Fantasy Theatre Factory for laugh-filled live performances at Pride Park in South Beach on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 (Miami Beach)

🌴 Learn about mango propagation With Lara Farms Nursery (Coral Gables)

🎭 Enjoy a comic chamber “coming-of-age” opera during this riveting performance of "Albert Herring" by Benjamin Britten (Faena Forum)

😮 Prepare to throw down as the titanic double-billing of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Eric Duncan take over DJing duties at Floyd (Downtown)

💿 See what Sweat Records has to offer during Record Store Day Drop #2 complete with complimentary coffee from Le Jardin, beer from Dogfish Head, tunes from DJ Le Spam, and much more (Little Haiti)

👍 Thumb through Technique Records' treasure trove of musical selections and enjoy refreshments from Gramps, Liquid Death Mountain Water, and Veza Sur along with other local treats during Record Store Day Drop #2 (Upper East Side)

Sunday

🌈 Enjoy some GirlTime with local LGBTQ+ women at Sherwood's Bistro(Little River)

👸 Watch a classic story come to life during this whimsical, romantic interpretation of Cinderella (Faena Forum)

🌶 Taste the best of what downtown institutions like Over Under, Lost Boys, and Melinda's have to offer as they square off in a chili cook-off competition — all proceeds benefit the All Day Foundation (Downtown)

🍦 Cool off with free ice cream samples during Doral Yard's National Ice Cream Day celebration (Doral)

Wednesday

👀 Immerse yourself in art during the opening night of the exhibit “Where there is power" and check out local artists' studios and creative practices during Oolite Arts' quarterly Resident Night (Miami Beach)

☝️ One more thing… 

Looking for something cool to do this weekend? The second round of this year’s Record Store Day celebrations is taking place tomorrow, and several local music hubs have put some cool programming together to mark the occasion. 

In case you missed the event listings above, here are links with more details on what Sweat Records and Technique Records have in store — both literally and figuratively — for Saturday. And if you’re a musical fiend with a wallet-punishing addiction to wax, here’s a list of other great local record stores like Lucky Records that are affiliated with RSD. Like the site says, “It's always a good idea to be BFFs with your neighborhood record store.”

Have a great weekend,

Zach at The New Tropic

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