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LEISURE Members Exhibit lasts until August 31, and highlights award-winning pieces from the annual Affair on Plein Air event, a two day juried on- site painting experience held at Deering Estate. Information about special events and classes offered daily from August-October go to: Some of these include FEE-FREE "P.L.A.Y." DAYS, August 18th & September 15th, 10 am – 4 pm; Summer Cabaret Concert, August 25, 8 pm; Summer Butterfly Walk, August 25th, 10:30 am, free with admission; Historic House Tours, Daily, 10:30 am & 3:00 pm, free with admission; 11th annual "Wine on Harvest Moon" now in its 11th year, October 27th; 2012-2013 Living Artist Monthly Concert Series kicks-off October 19th at 7:15 pm with "The Circle" featuring a world premier by Composer-in-Residence, Jurai Kojs; Ghost Tours, in partnership with the League of Paranormal Investigators a variety of ghost tours are available: "VOICES OF THE PAST", October 18, 2012, third Thursday of each month, October through May, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, $15 per person - "BE YOUR OWN INVESTIGATOR", October 25th, 2012, January 17, 2013, and April 18, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm, $25 per person; contains mature subject matter - DEERING ESTATE SPOOKOVERS, October 26th, 2012; Saturday, March 23th, 2013; and Saturday, May 18th, 11 pm to 4 am, $65 per person, contains mature subject matter. VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK This barrier island is located on the southeastern side of Virginia Key. The park's northern end has exceptional views of the downtown Miami skyline, and offers windsurfing and seaplane rentals; while its southern area is more secluded featuring fishing, walking, biking trails, a 10- station nature trail and a nearby bird sanctuary. The park is packed during the season, especially on the weekends, so try to arrive early for a good parking space. Virginia Key Beach Beach is located at 4020 Virginia Beach, at Arthur Lamb Jr. Road. Just look for the huge wooden sign across from Miami Seaquarium. Opened daily from 7 am – sunset; admission is $5.00 per vehicle/$2 for pedestrians/bicyclists during weekends, holidays, special events but no entry fee is charged during weekdays. Lifeguards are on hand 365 days a year at the portion of the beach managed by the City of Miami. AMUSEMENT PRICES: Biscayne Virginia Rickenbacker Central Virginia Key Beach Park, once accessible only by boat, was established in 1945 on an unequal, separate basis as a recreational space where the black community at-large was allowed to gather, commune and create the conditions for solidarity necessary for a civil rights movement to flourish. Previously, it had been used by African Americans during World War II where the Navy trained servicemen who were not permitted to train in the waters along the "whites-only" beaches. The beach and its recreational facilities became accessible via the Rickenbacker Causeway in 1949. In 2008, local citizens formed the Virginia Key Beach Park Task Force in response to plans for private development of the property. In 2002, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This beautifully renovated venue celebrates distinct cultural, recreational and ecological experiences found in this tropical paradise. The task force was the winner of the Office Depot/Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's Office Depot "Green Office Makeover Contest," which allowed for the restoration of the 82-acre site —its historic structures and features, the return of acres of land to their original habitat, utilization of efficient ecosystem development to reuse, recycle and be cost-effective with natural materials during the park's exotic plant removal and ecosystem restoration project, and construction of a professional staff and volunteer board –all of which are making the park one of Miami's premier green attractions and educational venues. MIAMI LIVING 91 Miniature Train Ride $1.00; 'Allan Herschell' Vintage Carousel $1.00; rides open weekends, holidays and special events Noon - 5PM. The Historic Concession Stand serves seaside sandwiches, salads, beverages and treats during weekends, holidays and special events. There are hot water showers with stalls (a rare find in a Miami park) and decent bathroom facilities. For more information visit:

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