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    Simbad’s Birds & Pets 31st Anniversary Celebration, May 5

     

     

    Simbad’s Birds & Pets has been in business for 31 years – which is certainly something worth shakin’ a tail feather at. To celebrate, the store is hosting an all-day anniversary party, May 5 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Billing the event as a way to give back to its dedicated customers, Simbad’s has invited manufacturer representatives to flock in from all across the U.S. with generous giveaways for customers – along with attractive promotions, fun raffles, and never-before-seen offers. For several years, prior to opening Simbad’s owner Alfredo Oña specialized in importing baby birds from the jungles of Bolivia. At the time, no one was daring enough to engage in such a practice due to the business risks that came with the required 31-day quarantine process. Nonetheless, Alfredo was able to dominate the field.

     

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    Town’s ‘Wings Over The Bay’ Cook-off Draws Large Crowd

     

     

    The Town of Cutler Bay conducted its third annual “Wings Over the Bay” chicken wing cook-off competition at Cutler Ridge Park on Saturday, Apr. 7, with more than 1,000 people attending. Officials representing the town were Vice Mayor Sue Loyzelle and Council members Michael P. Callahan and Roger Coriat. Coriat helped judge the wing competition. There were 10 teams competing for the best chicken wings, ranging from local restaurants to small businesses to individual residents. Cash prizes and trophies were awarded in the following five categories: Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan, Special Grilled, Best Decorated Booth, and People’s Choice for Best Buffalo Wing.

     

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    Brickell Energy Now Introducing Electric-vehicle Charging Stations

     

     

    Brickell Energy hosted an energetic – and informative – ribbon cutting event April 26 starting at 6 p.m., to celebrate installation of a dual port smart-charging station for electric vehicles at Wynwood’s “Emerge Miami” building at 1951 NW 7th Ave., Miami, FL 33136. The dual-port charging station, located in the south parking lot of the facility, also known as the UM Life Science & Technology Park, is the newest addition to the aFLoat Charging Service Program, provided by Brickell Energy and OBE Power Networks. This cutting-edge workplace bordering Wynwood, hosts the CIC Miami offices, as well as other firms in the technology and biomedical sectors. The property is managed by Cushman and Wakefield.

     

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    The Miami Web Fest Celebrates 4th Annual Festival

     

     

    The Miami Web Fest is proud to celebrate its 4th anniversary this year from Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29. A new type of film festival for a new type of filmmaker, The Miami Web Fest showcases the best web series content from around the world. Web series are TV pilots, divided into segments and shown on the Internet. Miami Web Fest finds the best of these programs and presents them in Miami theaters. Along with screenings, the event also includes master classes with celebrities and industry experts, informative discussions, exclusive themed parties at some of the hottest nightclubs in South Florida and an elaborate Red Carpet Academy Awards styled awards ceremony.

     

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    Featured Restaurant: A Taste Of The Quartier Latin

     

     

    Just the thought of a trip to the Quartier Latin is enough to get the imagination going, thoughts of bohemian Paris at it’s height, coffee shops, art, history, an electric energy that comes from being the intellectual center of the left bank, it’s almost enough to make you pack your bags and go! Of course, it’s much easier to just head over to La Boulangerie Boul‘Mich. This artisan French bakery with a Latin twist is currently serving Miami in four locations: Key Biscayne, Aventura, Coral Way and Pinecrest. Something about La Boulangerie hits you the moment you walk in. Although the decor is simple, its subtle elegance lets you know that you’re in for a culinary experience unlike any other. Benigno Armas, one of La Boulangerie Boul‘Mich’s founding partners, takes great pride in making everything they serve in house, from scratch. All the goods are baked fresh, made for that day, and you can taste the difference.

     

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