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Masquerade Ball — an evening of glitter, glamour, entertainment

Masquerade Ball will feature gourmet food, excitement and many surprises.

Masquerade Ball will feature gourmet food, excitement and many surprises.

Pinecrest Gardens marks the return of the Masquerade Ball, Saturday, Nov. 23, from 7- 11 p.m., this year celebrating the passion of Brazil’s Carnival complete with Batucada Drums and Samba Dancer!

Experience a breath-taking ambience and a magical backdrop for an evening filled with gourmet food, excitement and too many surprises to describe. Enter on a red carpet while serenaded by the music of the Carlos Alabaci Jazz Trio. Indulge in cocktails by Bacardi, fine wines and passed appetizers while listening to renowned jazz diva Thania Sans. Feast on a buffet of gourmet entrees and dessert, and dance the night away to the music of The Continental Brass Band.

Be a part of a captivating evening you will not soon forget. Proceeds from this charitable event provide support for historical Pinecrest Gardens. Tickets are $75 in advance (all inclusive) and $100 at the door (all inclusive). Dress is resort formal and your favorite mask. Purchase tickets at <pinecrestgardens.org> or by calling 877- 496-8499. For information on special table discounts, call 305-669-6990.

SOUTH MOTORS JAZZ SERIES —

Sammy Figueroa; Sally’s Tomato, Atribute to the Music of Cal Tjader; Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m. “Sammy has played with everyone from Miles Davis to Mariah Carey. He advances the bright ideal of Latin Jazz.” – New York Times. This legendary percussionist once again takes the stage performing his audience favorite Tribute to the Music of Cal Tjader. Sammy is a Grammy-nominated musician whose albums and singles have topped the charts for years. Sally’s Tomato will replicate Tjader’s music from the ’60s and ’70s and make it soar with exciting vibraphone cadences and percussion breaks from the man who has been hailed by Larry Rosen as “the best percussionist in the world.” Tickets are $20 & $25. Go to <pinecrestgardens. org>.

VIVA VERDI! —

Sunday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.; In honor of Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday, Orchestra Miami presents an evening of opera rarities and popular favorites. Our special guests include the Delray String Quartet performing Verdi’s only string quartet and young artists from the Florida Grand Opera performing a variety of songs and arias accompanied by Orchestra Miami Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi. Reserved seating; tickets are $20 & $30; $20 for seniors, $5 for students. Call 305-669-6990 for more information.

FAMILY FRIDAY AT THE GARDENS

FRIDAY, NOV. 8, “DESPICABLE ME” —

“A consistent stream of chuckles and a lot of convincing heart.” — Michael Dequina, <TheMovieReport.com>. Our wonderful line-up of Family Fridays continues with the celebrated animated feature film Despicable Me. This wonderful animated film features the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews and Kristen Wig. Flashlight Tours begin at 7 p.m. and the movie begins about 8 p.m. and don’t forget to bring your appetite for the best hot dogs and popcorn in town. General admission is $5. Children under 2 enter free.

CULT FILM FRIDAY, NOV 22 AT 8 P.M.,

“SEX AND THE CITY” —

“This celebration with Carrie & Co. seems precisely the Sex and the City reunion the show’s fans had hoped for.” — Bob Mondello, NPR. Carry Bradshaw, New York writer/columnist on sex and love, is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. But her three best girlfriends must console her after one of them inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her. Join these iconic ladies as they continue their New York City escapades that touch on heartbreak, adventure and love rekindled. Our Cult Film Fridays begin with cocktails and snacks (with Sex and the City I’m sure there will be Cosmopolitans on the menu!). Join us for a relaxing evening with your BFFs or significant other for our cafe under the stars followed by this iconic film.

GARDENS GALLERY OPENING,

SATURDAY, NOV. 9 AT 6 P.M. —

The Center for Great Apes will celebrate with friends, donors, members, sponsors, special guests and more to commemorate the 20 years that the sanctuary has provided an enriching, cruel-free life for chimpanzees and orangutans. The celebration takes place at the location where founder and director Patti Ragan first came to care for these primates, right here at the Gardens. The special Gallery opening will include a presentation in the Banyan Bowl that will include special guest speakers, live entertainment, the art exhibit and more. This very special evening starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are a donation of $50 and the Gallery Exhibit will continue free following opening night for the rest of the year.

KRAFTS-4-KIDS,

SATURDAY, NOV. 9 AT 2 P.M. —

Our wonderfully creative and educational arts and crafts series. November event is entitled The Three Sisters which refers to The Three Sisters of the Iroquois Nation, the story of the first Thanksgiving. Your child will learn all about the food that was harvested as they create a work of art to bring home. Classes are limited to 20 children and the cost is $5 with all materials included. Call for reservations at 305-669- 6990.

PLANTING WITH CRAIG,

A HORTICULTURE WORKSHOP, NOV. 13 —

Get in touch with your inner “green thumb” when horticulturist Craig Morell hosts his monthly workshop at 10 a.m. in the Hibiscus Room-Gardens Gallery. Our topic this month is Butterfly Garden Installation and, yes, you will build your own butterfly garden! We’ll supply you with butterfly attracting plants to take home and plant in your backyard. Our workshop sessions are limited to 10 people, so call for a reservation early as these classes fill up quickly. The $10 fee includes all supplies and your take home project. Call 305-669-6990.

FARMERS MARKET, OPEN EVERY

SUNDAY FROM 9 A.M.-2 P.M. —

Enjoy the fresh air while selecting your fresh produce, spices, home-baked breads, hand-made pastas, organic products and much more at the Gardens’ Farmers Market,. Each week you can sample, browse and buy the best local produce and organic products from our local farmers, bakers and candle-stick makers. Admission is free. While there, enjoy the purchases you make at one of our many picnic areas in the Gardens or on Lakeview Terrace for a magnificent view overlooking the lake.

SOUTH MOTORS GEN-NEXT JAZZ SERIES,

SUNDAY, NOV. 17 AT 6 P.M. —

Featuring Zach Larmer and the Clifton Heights Project; join us for our newest jazz series celebrating the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. Clifton Heights Project is a conglomerate of eight talented musicians from across the country. Led by guitarist Zach Larmer, these young jazz virtuosos have joined to bring you fresh material, from original compositions to standard jazz turned upside down, drawing from the classic American songbook, bluegrass, funk, classical and modern jazz. These concerts are free.

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