Read about some of the most exciting new occurrences in Miami in our OPTIMAR Observer.



    Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition 2018 A Success



    For the eighth consecutive year, energetic and passionate future pharmacists came together at the Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC) to face off in a series of challenges that tested both their compounding technical skills and scientific knowledge in an enthusiastic and collaborative atmosphere.

    The competition, cosponsored by MEDISCA, MEDISCA Network, and LP3 Network, took place from March 17 to 18 in Aventura at LP3 Network’s modern learning facility and gathered student teams of 3 from 19 colleges across the nation to compete in stimulating and high-intensity events, including a practical lab, a gameshow challenge and an innovation challenge.





    Cirque Du Soleil’s Soda Stereo IS Coming To Miami!



    Cirque du Soleil returns to the City of Miami in 2018 with its highly acclaimed touring show SEP7IMO DIA – No Descansaré, the show inspired by the musical legacy of the iconic Latin rock band Soda Stereo. SEP7IMO DIA will premiere at Watsco Center in Coral Gables on April 18th through April 22nd . This will be the show´s first time in the USA, having entertained more than 1 million people in 5 countries of Latin America in 2017.

    Written and directed by Michel Laprise (also director of Cirque du Soleil´s KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities as well as Madonna´s MDNA tour), SEP7IMO DIA conjures a world outside of time – a place where emotions ebb and flow like the tide, pulsing to the rhythm of the band’s emblematic songs.




    The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade’s The Power of the Purse 2018



    The annual luncheon event of The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade, The Power of the Purse, is one of Miami’s most anticipated events. For over two decades, the luncheon has been recognized as one of the largest gatherings of “who’s who” of Miami-Dade County’s executives, business owners, community leaders, public officials, and philanthropic-minded women and men. Last year’s attendance exceeded 800 guests, and we anticipate a similar crowd this year.

    At this year’s event, attendees can look forward to the legendary Power of the Purse Silent Auction; a celebration of our past grantees and supporters over 25 years; the Presentation of The Marilynn Gladstone Lifetime Achievement Award to the late former United States Attorney General Janet Reno, posthumously, by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, accepted by Hunter Reno; A “Thriver” Story: Beyond Human Trafficking, and so much more.





    TERRA wins 2018 State High School Mock Trial Championship



    The TERRA Environmental Research Institute mock trial team won the Florida State Mock Trial Championship on March 18 in Orlando, Florida. The team went undefeated in the preliminary rounds before defeating Lakeland Christian 4-3 in the championship round. Before taking home the state championship trophy, the TERRA team had won the county championship 5 years in a row! The team is getting ready to compete in the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Reno, Nevada, May 9th through the 12th. TERRA Environmental Research Institute is committed to becoming a nationally recognized leader, not only in the academic disciplines and creative arts, but also in educating the awareness of global concerns and initiatives through three academies: Environmental Research and Field Studies, Biomedical Research, and Robotics and Engineering Technology.




    Sunset Harbour’s Stiltsville Is Creative and Consistent



    Before Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis were Miami restaurant royalty, they set sail on a fishing trip from South Beach late one sunny afternoon in fall 2013. The day went brilliantly. After laying anchor a mile south of Key Biscayne, McInnis hauled in a hefty snapper and a small grouper. The restaurant, a partnership with Grove Bay Hospitality Group’s Francesco Balli and Ignacio Garcia-Menocal, is housed in the former Joe Allen space. The couple’s approach is both basic and groundbreaking. In a time when billows of smoke and whimsical tableware are de rigueur, McInnis and Booth offer approachable and consistent food. It’s similar to the concept that made Joe Allen an icon for more than a decade.