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



    Discover South Florida at the Homestead Eco Fair & Film Series



    Encounter live animals, try local organic foods, enjoy live music, learn about South Florida ecosystems, take the Trolley to the National Parks, and more…all at the fourth annual Homestead Eco-Fair! The FREE event will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 12pm to 4pm at Losner Park, located at 104 N. Krome Ave. Homestead, FL 33030 and will feature the Homestead National Parks Trolley. This year’s Eco Fair will also host its first Environmental Film Series inside the Seminole Theatre just next door to Losner Park. Audiences will see a selection of influential short films showcasing Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.





    The debut of Brooklyn Fitboxing in Coral Gables



    In the heart of Downtown Coral Gables, Brooklyn Fitboxing has opened its doors and reeling in patrons from each and every corner of Coral Gables and abroad. Since its opening in December of 2017, Brooklyn Fitboxing is selling out classes and continues to add more slots to keep up with the consistent demand. This location is actually the franchise’s first in the United States.

    Brooklyn Fitboxing combines boxing, kickboxing and functional training into one full-body and fully tracked 47 minute group exercise. If given 100% max effort with an all-in mentality, participants may burn 1,000 calories in one single session.




    Gulliver Students to Participate in Earth-To-Space Call with NASA



    Eighteen Gulliver Academy 6th grade students will participate in a 20-minute, Earth-to-space call with a NASA astronaut living, working, and doing research aboard the International Space Station during their Earth and Space class.

    As a Space Exploration Educator, Gulliver’s very own middle school science faculty member Valeria Rodriguez, who’s attending the 24th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) at the Space Center Houston, will have the opportunity to speak with Expedition 54 astronaut Joe Acaba aboard the International Space Station. She will ask Acaba pre-submitted questions by her students about life aboard the space station, NASA’s deep space exploration plans and doing science in space.





    Teach-A-Thon volunteers at Taste of Education



    The Education Fund ( kicks off 2018 with Taste of Education presented by Sapoznik Insurance on Thursday, Feb. 8, an evening dedicated to celebrating volunteers and the culinary dreams of high school students. Taste of Education showcases the gastronomic talents of students in 16 culinary high school programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Students competing 30 teams will prepare gourmet bites and vy for top prizes. The culinary competition kicks off at 5 p.m. at the Double Tree by Hilton at the Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., in Miami.




    Featured Restaurant: Batch Gastropub



    Whether it’s 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 p.m., it’s always a full house at this bustling American gastropub. Equal parts sports bar, lounge, and restaurant, Batch is the place to be for soccer games, NBA playoffs, boxing matches, and football showdowns. Join the hottest crowds and fellow Gator fans as you relish in Batch’s high-quality, locally sourced pub grub, from lamb burgers to truffle fries, that pairs perfectly with the lengthy drink list highlighting wide-ranging beers, wines, and other creative cocktails, all sure to elevate your game-day experience.