Give Miami Day, the largest annual giving event in the Southeastern U.S., is an opportunity to make a philanthropic impact on the Greater Miami area by donating to local organizations and programs that make a difference, including Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair (MBF). To celebrate the spirit of giving, the Miami Book Fair, the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, will host a Give Miami Day block party starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, at The Porch, located at the corner of N.E. Second Ave and N.E. Third St.

Join the block party, co-sponsored by the Miami Foundation, featuring lots of entertainment and activities, including bingo, a community feast, Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream, Morgan’s Food Truck, the Biscayne Poet, #6WordsMiami improv with Villain Theater, a reading of noir novels, and much more! Events are free and open to the public.

“Hosting the Give Miami Day Community Block Party at The Porch is a perfect fit,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “The book fair always does a great job of bringing people together to celebrate our community, and that’s what Give Miami Day is all about: igniting our love for Greater Miami by investing in its future. We hope all Miamians will come out and enjoy the biggest, most exciting giving event of the year!”

The Miami Foundation and partners will provide a bonus donation to all organizations receiving between $25 and $10,000 gifts on Give Miami Day.

Give Miami Day events at The Porch:

6 p.m.
Bingo Night!
Grab a drink, pick your lucky card and play to win some Book Fair swag as Villain Theater hosts Bingo night on The Porch.

6 p.m.
Points Over Pints
Bring a board game from home, or learn a new one (we’ll have them on site) as you challenge friends and soon-to-be-friends in a friendly battle of strategy.

6 p.m.
A Man and His Typewriter
Oscar Fuentes (a.k.a The Biscayne Poet) writes improvisational poetry on his antique typewriter, at the request of those in need of literary beauty.

7 p.m.
6 Words Miami Improv
Six words, one story, all yours. WLRN and Miami Book Fair celebrate the winners of this year’s 6 Words Miami competition, with a performance by the improv masters at Villain Theater.

8 p.m.
Noir at the Bar
Alex Segura emcee’s a night with some of the best mystery and crime writers as you sit back with a drink under the moonlight. Joe Clifford, Mike Creeden, M.J. Fievre, Fabienne Josaphat, Les Standiford, John Dufresne, Vicki Hendricks, Lynne Barrett, and Neliza Drew.

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Miami Book Fair
Widely recognized as the largest and finest literary gathering in the U.S., the Miami Book Fair’s eight-day festival features readings and conversation with the world’s most renowned authors and more than 200 booksellers and exhibitors across various genres and interests. Book lovers are also treated to culinary presentations, live music, dance and theater performances, interactive art projects, fun and educational activities for children, and more! In addition to the annual festival, the Miami Book Fair builds community and promotes reading and writing throughout the year with activities open to all, including creative writing courses taught by local and visiting authors, literary gatherings and happy hours and Read to Learn Books for Free, a partnership with The Children’s Trust that distributes more than 160,000 free books a year to children in Miami-Dade County.

Miami Book Fair is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners. Miami Book Fair: Building community, one reader at a time.

Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings through its cultural affairs department, including the Miami Book Fair, the Miami Film Festival, MDC Live Arts performing arts series, the Cuban Cinema Series, and groundbreaking art exhibitions at the Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) located inside the college’s historic Freedom Tower and art galleries at each campus. With an enrollment of more than 165,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s seven campuses and two outreach centers offer more than 300 academic pathways leading to baccalaureate degrees, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. 


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