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Tobacco Road: Drink Cocktails, Keep Kids in School

With its chill atmosphere, killer music, and stiff drinks, it's not like you need yet another reason to imbibe at Miami's oldest (and arguably most charming) dive bar. But here's one anyway: For $20, you can toss a few back, listen to live tunes, and feel morally upright about your drinking decisions.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, Tobacco Road will host Cocktails for a Cause, a charity event to benefit Communities in Schools of Miami (CIS), a nonprofit designed to help keep kids in the classroom.

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Attendees will listen to live tunes and sip cocktails and beer from the Road's bartending team.

The fundraising event is the third for the CIS Young Professionals Network, where like-minded folks gather to give back to the community. They work with students in elementary, middle, and high schools across Miami-Dade.

"Could be tutoring, could be personal resources or family resources. Something as simple as back-to-school supplies to something as intensive as referrals for counseling services," says Elyssa Linares, project director for CIS.

"So just making sure that they have what they need to really focus on school when they're in school and removing those barriers so that when they're in school, they can focus."

Quitting = bad. Particularly when you're a teenager and clueless about the consequences. Luckily, CIS serves 10,000-plus students each year, and it's an affiliate of the nation's leading dropout-prevention organization.

"Schools are seeing a lot of budget cuts. A lot of the incentive programs are being cut, so we help with the resources that maybe the school can't necessarily pay for. We all look back on our education and remember all these incentives and parties and the fun things that are being cut. We can kind of bring those in and make sure our students are motivated to stay in school," Linares adds.

You can score tickets at the door. So stop by the 100-plus-year-old landmark and get your good karma on. Cuz school is cool, kids.

The event takes place Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., and tickets cost $20 apiece.

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