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



    Mind Body Social & City of Doral announce WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS



    The City of Doral and Mind Body Social have partnered up for WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS, a year-round series taking place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Events will be free to all, focused on health and wellness and hosted across the city’s parks and properties.


    “Mind Body Social was created with the sole purpose of making our lives, and the lives of the people around us better; providing opportunities to be mindful while having fun and connecting with our community through unique experiences” said co-founders Jose Antonio & Luis Sanabria.





    Bal Harbour Shops Hosts Inaugural Weekend To Benefit Holtz Hospital



    Bal Harbour Shops, the top selling retail center in the country according to Women’s Wear Daily, is partnering with leading local and national ice cream makers to bring a fun-filled philanthropic weekend to South Florida to benefit Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

    The luxury shopping and dining destination, located just north of Miami Beach, will welcome locals and visitors of all ages to an over-the- top ice cream festival. Attendees can expect to sample creative confections from 18 unique ice cream vendors on Saturday, January 13, and Sunday January 14, 2018, with plans to make the event a sweet annual tradition.




    Jerzy Kedziora presents ‘The Art of Balance’ at Fairchild Garden



    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden currently is presenting an outdoor exhibition, “The Art of Balance,” a series of gravity-defying sculptures by Polish artist Jerzy Kędziora. The newest installation is part of Art at Fairchild, the seasonal program that invites international artists to display their works throughout the 83-acre tropical oasis. Nine of Kędziora’s pieces are on view through Mar. 31. The balancing sculptures are the only statues in the world that can keep their balance and defy gravity while being attached in only one or two places. Perched high above the ground between trees, these whimsical figures conceal the serious origin of the art form.

    Kędziora was born in Poland in the aftermath of the destruction of World War II and draws inspiration from having witnessed the rise and success of the Solidarity movement.





    Ring In The New Year With Festive Fridays At Southland Mall



    “Festive Fridays” lineup of entertainers for the month of January at Southland Mall is full of exciting performances that will inspire, motivate and get the little ones moving and grooving. Just like every Friday, families are invited to experience a memorable time at the mall’s Center Court from 6 – 8 p.m. where performers and artists come together on a weekly basis to offer exciting and engaging performances. From adults to children, everyone will enjoy “Festive Fridays”. Start off your weekend with a little culture!”




    Local Whole Foods stores donating five percent of sales to StartUP FIU



    Whole Foods Market Miami locations and FIU will team up to support food entrepreneurs in South Florida by donating 5% of Jan. 11 net sales to StartUP FIU FOOD. Whole Foods Market 5% Days give back to local communities by providing support to nonprofit and educational organizations whose programs directly benefit the communities surrounding Whole Foods Market stores. “We selected StartUP FIU FOOD because of its alignment with our core value to serve and support our local communities,” said Carlye Wisliceny, Marketing and Community Manager, Whole Foods Market Miami. “We recognize their commitment to support local food entrepreneurs, giving them the tools to take their innovative and unique products to market”