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Big Weekend #OnlyInMiami: ePrix, Medical Marijuana Benefit, and Calle Ocho

13 March 2015

Big Weekend #OnlyInMiami: ePrix, Medical Marijuana Benefit, and Calle Ocho

It’s a big weekend of events in Miami. Here are some highlights:

Miami ePrix

In the 1980s, the city streets of Miami hosted a number of auto races. However, with the construction of the Homestead Miami Speedway, the races travelled south out of the city of Miami.  However, auto racing is returning to the streets of downtown Miami on Saturday, March 14 with the inaugural presentation of the Miami ePrix, a motorsports race featuring Indy-style race cars. The twist is that the cars are powered by electricity instead of gasoline. Bea Garcia of race-sponsor DHL stopped by the show to talk about the race and how it works. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit miami.fiaformulae.com/

17th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit at Grand Central

In the past election, Amendment 2 would have amended the Florida Constitution to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes. While it received 58% of the vote, it failed to reach to 60% needed to pass. However, the push to legalize medical marijuana continues. Flash from Ploppy Palace Productions stopped by the show to talk about the 17th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit event taking place Saturday, March 14. The event will feature live music, special speakers, and live art demonstrations. There will also be political action activities, including a signature drive for the petition to include a referendum on the 2016 ballot that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. There will be a voter registration drive as well. For more information and to purchase discounted advance tickets, visit www.ploppypalace.com.

Calle Ocho Festival

The largest block party in Miami (and maybe the country), the Calle Ocho festival, happens this Sunday in Little Havana. In this clip from the #OnlyInMiami show, Tony Lorenzo talks about the festival sponsored by the Kiwanis of Little Havana. The event features music and food, and is a fundraiser for the year-round activities of the Kiwanis, which include full scholarships for deserving college students and summer camps for children, among others. For more information about the #CalleOcho2015 festival, visit http://www.carnavalmiami.com. You can also download the Calle Ocho app from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store. Finally, you can follow @Carnaval_Miami on Twitter for festival updates.

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Interview with Kiwanis of Little Havana president Tony Lawrence

2 December 2014

On Episode 53 of the Only In Miami Show, the president of the Kiwanis of Little Havana, Tony Lawrence, called in to discuss some of the club’s activities, such as the Calle Ocho festival, which draws over one million people annually, and the Carnival on the Mile, which draws half a million people. The Kiwanis Club is hosting a Christmas party at the Miami Seaquarium on December 6, 2014. This annual party helps to raise funds to present these festivals and for other projects throughout the year to benefit the Miami community. For more information about this event, visit http://www.kiwanischristmasparty.com/. To purchase tickets, please call the Kiwanis office at 305.644.8888.

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Only In Miami Show, Ep. 53 – Art Basel Preview

2 December 2014

Only In Miami Show, Ep. 53 – Art Basel Preview

Episode 53 marked the first anniversary of the Only In Miami Show! The episode featured studio interviews with the artists @aholsniffsglue and Notorious Nasty, who each talked about their exhibits for the Art Basel festival. Also featured on the show was a telephone interview with the president of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Tony Lawrence, who spoke about some of the events that that organization is involved with, including their annual Christmas party at the Miami Seaquarium. Finally, Drastic Fanatic joined host Grant Stern in the second hour to talk Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, and the rest of the goings-on in the world of sports.

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