Festival frenzy continues with Gardens’ Chili Cook-Off

Festival frenzy continues with Gardens’ Chili Cook-OffThere’s another “Chili in the Village” event coming your way this weekend. Pinecrest Gardens is going “a little bit country” on Feb. 7 at our third annual Chili Cook-Off!

It’s a country hoe-down Pinecrest-style from Noon ‘til 5 p.m. Live music performed by country group The 18 Wheelers, line dancing, mechanical bull riding, Heat Dancers, a delicious selection of food, chili sampling and so much more! You can even enter an old fashioned handsbehind- your-back, pie-eating contest. So don’t miss this lip-smackin’, thigh-slappin’, cookin’-up-a-batch-of-fun event for the whole family. Though this event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the primary competition is for professional chili cooks, we will host an amateur cook-off as well. So if you happen to be a home-grown chili master with a family recipe, dust off that apron and grab your cast iron pot, it’s not too late to enter.

Call the Gardens administrative offices at 305-669-6990 for information or visit pinecrestgardens.org and download an application.

Mark your calendars for two wonderful upcoming movies – one animated feature that just received the Golden Globe for the best animated film, and a nature film night, part educational, part recreational and all family fun.
Family Friday at the Gardens presents Rio 2, Friday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m. “A frantic, family-friendly, musical adventure that’s filled with familiar feathered friends!”

Festival frenzy continues with Gardens’ Chili Cook-Off

Having fun at the Cook-off

Susan Granger – SSG Syndicate; It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all — his father-in-law. All our favorite RIO characters are back and they’re joined by Oscar (R) nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy (R) winner Bruno Mars, Tony (R) winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy (R)/Tony winner Rita Moreno. Remember that the gates open at 6:30 p.m., Flashlight Tours run 7-7:45 p.m. and we serve up the best hot dogs and popcorn in town. The film begins at 8 p.m. Admission $5, children under two enter free.

Nature Film Night presents Disney’s Bears, Friday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. “An engaging, vividly shot entry in the successful Disney wildlife series.” — Michael Rechtshaffer, Hollywood Reporter; DisneyNature’s “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons.

DisneyNature was launched on Earth day 2008 with the mission of bringing the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen to engage, inspire and entertain theatrical audiences. Each film night begins at 6:30 p.m. with a fun and interactive educational display inspired by the night’s film. Movie-goers can visit special exhibits from Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Sierra Club, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and Friends of the Everglades. For details, contact Lisa Toy, Educational Program Coordinator, at 305-669-6990. At 8 p.m. General admission is $5.

Join us Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. for the Dance Theater of Alma. Choreographer / Dancer Marissa Alma Nick brings her unique style of contemporary dance to the Banyan Bowl in a show that celebrates themes of Valentine’s Day. Her classical training can be seen in her style of choreography that celebrates the female body fusing strength, power and athleticism with movement that is equally as fluid, gentle and expressive. Tickets are $10 general admissions. To inquire, call phone 305- 669-6990.

Community Foundation of Pinecrest will host their fourth annual Benefit Jazz Concert on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. This year’s event will feature a wonderful integration of professionals and students. The professional band, organized and led by singer-songwriter Dani Driggs, will be joined by world renowned jazz saxophonist and educator Dr. Ed Calle, along with young musicians from Palmetto Elementary School led by maestro Oliver Diez. There will also be a special appearance by jazz vocalist and actress Brenda Alford. All proceeds will benefit Palmetto Elementary School’s music program.

The funds raised by last year’s performance enabled the school to purchase a music lab for the children. Ticket prices are $40 for adults and $30 for children. The event features a pre-event cocktail hour beginning at 7 p.m. Concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Banyan Bowl. Contact Paul Sasso of the Community Foundation of Pinecrest at 305-662-1066 for ticket information Greater Miami Symphonic Band performs another crowd-pleasing March Madness, Sunday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m. Bring the entire family to a fun-filled family concert. As in the day of John Philip Sousa’s fabled bands, this concert will have music for everyone to enjoy including show tunes, overtures and, of course, marches. The whole family will enjoy an afternoon concert in the beautiful Banyan Bowl right here at the Gardens.

The Greater Miami Symphonic Band began in 1979 and has grown to 85 members. The band performs publicly on a regular basis at various indoor and outdoor locations, giving Miami audiences an opportunity to hear all the beauty and diversity of the symphonic band repertoire.

Get in the spirit and join us at this wonderful Sunday afternoon concert; adults $15, students $5, tickets at the gate.

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