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



    HOPE 4 L.Y.F.E. A Success in South Miami



    If you weren’t already aware, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Saturday, October 7, the HOPE 4 L.Y.F.E. 3K Walk Fundraiser took place at the Gibson-Bethel Community Center in South Miami.


    Volunteers and event organizers were up bright and early at 5:30 AM to assist in setting up and getting the walk underway for the 7:30 AM start time. With the help of the South Miami Police Explorers, the walk was precisely measured to 3K, which is approximately 2 and a half laps around the community center grounds, from 58th place to Red Road.





    “HOWL-O-WEEN Funday” Holiday Party and Doggie Costume Contest



    Dress you and your pup in a costume to impress in the following categories: Best Doggie and Owner, Scariest Creature and Most Creative Pooch. Winners receive prizes and treats. Registration is $10 per dog and is open now at All registration fees will be donated to the Humane Society of North Miami, a nonprofit adoption guarantee facility dedicated to placing every dog and cat in its care into a loving home.





    Community Foundation holds Gala Fashion Show Luncheon



    The Coral Gables Community Foundation held its Memories of Madrid Fashion Show Luncheon presented by Stonegate Bank at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables on Friday, Sept. 29. Some 50 of Coral Gables’ most fashionable ladies united to get inspired by the latest fall trends, just in time for the Biltmore Ball to benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Memories of Madrid presented by Paul and Swanee DiMare. Ball co-chairs and fashion show emcees Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young shared their excitement for the upcoming event, which will take place on Oct. 20 at the Biltmore Hotel.




    Biscayne Bay Kiwanis to Honor Miami Police Officer of the Year



    The Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club (, one of South Florida’s most active community service organizations, will honor one of the City of Miami’s finest as its Police Officer of The Year during a special luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Casa Juancho Restaurant, 2436 SW Eighth St. Each quarter, the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis honors an Officer of The Quarter at one of the club’s regular Wednesday luncheons and then at the end of the year a winner is selected and honored as part of the club’s annual Citizen of the Year gala. This year, however, the club decided to have a separate luncheon to honor the officer.




    Featured Restaurant: Cipriani Downtown Miami



    Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner Cipriani Downtown Miami offers also the perfect spaces for the most exclusive private events, with Harry’s Bar classic food and service. This restaurant was opened by fourth-generation Cipriani family members. With chic blue and white interiors inspired by the spectacular waterfront scenery, it offers the level of service, unique atmosphere, Venetian cuisine and exclusive private event spaces that distinguish Cipriani around the world. Total capacity is 400, group capacity is 200, with a private room for groups; Reservations Recommended; Outdoor Dining; L,D.