water-parkMiami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources -  Division of Environmental Resources Management (RER-DERM) and Biscayne National Park will celebrate the official opening of Baynanza 2014 during a full-moon reception for the exhibit “Biscayne Bay’s Wild Western Shoreline” featuring photographs taken from a canoe by local artist Constance Mier.  

This free event will take place at the Biscayne National Park Dante Fascell Visitor Center located at 9700 SW 328 Street, 9 miles east of Homestead, on Sunday, March 16th from 6pm to 8pm. Enjoy beautiful art, the rise of the full moon (cloud cover permitting) and a wine-and-cheese reception overlooking the water as we gather to commemorate the official kick-off of Miami-Dade County’s Baynanza 2014.

Miami-Dade County’s annual cattle show extravaganza is returning this April with more attractions, entertainment and excitement than ever before. The 7th annual Miami International Agriculture, Horse & Cattle (MIAHCS) show, hosted by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto, will run from Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 at Tropical Park’s Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center, 7900 SW 40th Street.

The event, which attracts more than 60,000 visitors a year from over 24 countries, features a cattle auction, equestrian shows and local agriculture vendors. This year’s show, which promises to be the biggest and best ever, also will feature jousting and sword fighting on horseback by Medieval Times Spectacular Knights, leaping Spanish Andalusian horses, 10 bands performing live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, farm animals for sale, plant and flowers sellers, and the largest-ever Kids Fun Zone.  Admission, activities and parking are all free, and all proceeds from the event will go to the nonprofit South Florida Autism Charter School.

4hclubCome join the fun as Miami-Dade County Extension’s 4-H Youth Development/Family and Consumer Science proudly host their first Open House: “Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices.”

This event will be heldSaturday, March 22, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 4-H’s new headquarters, The Farm Village at Amelia Earhart Park located at 401 E. 65 Street in Hialeah, FL.

JacksVolunteers from UPS will take part in a volunteer tree-planting project on March 8, from 9 a.m. – noon, at Highland Oaks Park, 20300 NE 24 Avenue in North Miami, FL.  Volunteers will plant 75 native trees as part of the long-term Upland Restoration Project at Highland Oaks Park.  

The project is made possible thanks to a $25,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS), to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.  UPS Americas Region President of Latin American Operations & Public Affairs Jose A. Acosta presented the check during the Community Image Advisory Board (CIAB) meeting to CIAB Chairman and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.