Home to a vast collection of post-Art Deco buildings (yes, they're important too), North Beach recently celebrated the City of Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board's designation of the North Beach Resort District, which recognizes the sleek and fun Miami Modern (or MiMo) apartments, hotels, shops, and more between 63rd and 69th streets. Admirers of eye-catching landmarks such as the Deauville Beach Resort, the Carillon Hotel, and the Rowe Motel have always known the places exuded a quiet cool. Now it's official. During its heyday, the area attracted personalities such as the Beatles and Frank Sinatra; now it's hoping to get you to bask in its midst. Earlier this month, the North Beach Development Corporation initiated a series of events to raise awareness among the public. Today the first MiMo in May includes an 11:00 a.m. architectural tour of the area, setting off from the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Ave.) with MiMo expert Randall Robinson; a 7:00 p.m. performance of excerpts from Shakespeare plays at the very MiMo Ocean Terrace Bandshell (73rd Street and Collins Avenue); and 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. performances by the Boom Boom Pop Kids at the Normandy Village Marketplace (Rue Vendome and NE 71st Street.). The big finale will be a 1950s-style beach party, complete with food, music, classic cars, and hula hoop and dance contests. Originally set for Saturday, May 29, it has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 5. Admission to all events is free. Call 305-865-4147. -- By Nina Korman
For South Floridians irritated by the 2 Fast 2 Furious genre of car-chase movies, the second annual Miami Lakes Classic Car Cruise is an old-time change of pace. One hundred lovingly maintained vintage beauties, including some old and rare models, will participate from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Main Street (at NW 67th Avenue) will be shut down to regular automobile traffic, but stores and restaurants will remain open. At 8:00 p.m. Jim Parks and Bill Barlow will present classic comedy followed by Elvis J.'s tribute to the King. DJ Scott the Music Man will provide tunes throughout the evening. Despite the jam, count on plenty of parking. Admission is free. Call 305-214-2277. -- By Margaret Griffis
Children learn to kick butt
Bad people want to steal your dirty kids. Even though they act like pigs, make fart sounds, and constantly whine like hyenas, they're up for grabs. Admit it, you can't stand your bundles of joy. Still what are you going to say when news crews corner you for a comment after the little runts get kidnapped? Best thing is to get them to fend for themselves. Ex-cop Julio Anta trains the little hellions how to safely maneuver through dangerous abduction scenarios. Anta's Steal Proof Masters Challenge teaches kids how to trust their instincts and how to kick a would-be abductor in the nuts. The program starts at 1:00 p.m. at Anta's Fitness and Self Defense, 10721 NW 58th St. Admission is free but reservations are required. Call 305-599-3649. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Channeling the Past
All about our TVs
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Hard to believe that before 1949 there were no television sets in Miami. Back then people took part in worthwhile pursuits like reading. Not to knock TV watching entirely. It does have some benefits, but being mesmerized by eight hours a day of Lifetime programming probably isn't one of them. The Florida Moving Image Archive will recognize the importance the boob tube had on lives from 1949 through the mid-1960s with its new exhibition "Changing Styles/Changing Dials: Television Comes to Miami," opening at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida at the end of June. Archive employees want your old TVs, remotes, TV trays, and lamps to be a part of the show. They'd also like to hear from folks who had sets in the early years. Call 305-375-1505. -- By Nina Korman
The spirit of Oscar Thomas, Miami's consummate and driven muralist who painted the walls of Liberty City, is alive and well at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Gallery (6161 NW 22nd Ave.). Thomas was inspired by African culture and African-American history, from which he drew much of his work. The self-taught artist motivated others to create art despite dire circumstances. Tonight's closing exhibit, featuring Thomas's works as well as those of his protégés, marks the seventh anniversary of his death. Guests are asked to bring flowers to be placed at Thomas's grave. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-904-7620. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez