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Friday Night Movies at North Shore Park Bandshell

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

North Beach Bandshell Arial Shot

The North Shore Bandshell has been a major hub for music events and celebrations in North Beach. Centrally located at 7275 Collins Avenue, the venue will be hosting a movie night every Friday at 7:00 PM until May 2014. This event is free and open to the public. Below is the movie schedule:

Bandshell Movie Schedule 2014

Bandshell Movie Schedule (Click to download and print)

All movies are rated either G, PG, or PG-13 making it appropriate for viewers of all ages. These types of events help create a sense of community and are the reason why North Beach has the reputation it does for being more family-oriented. What makes North Beach home for you?

 

7 Ways to Prep Your Home for the Holidays

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Turkey Dinner

Yep, it’s that time already! Don’t panic – Urban Resource is here with seven cost-effective tips on how to prep your home for the holidays!

7. Make a great first impression

Bird Wind ChimeWhen your guests arrive, the first thing they will see is your entryway. Give this area a facelift by removing shoes, umbrellas, keys, and other clutter. A festive doormat always makes guests smile and can prevent dirt and scratches from appearing on your floor.

You can also brighten up your front door with a fresh coat of paint or by simply polishing the hardware to make it look brand new. If you’ve got a squeaky door, don’t forget to oil those hinges!

6. Lighten up

Make sure your entrance is bright and easy to navigate. You may know your home like the back of your hand, but your guests don’t. Replace any dead bulbs or add festive lamps or light fixtures. Prevent trips and slips by adding motion-sensor lights to hallways, bathrooms, and exterior walkways.

To conserve energy, install dimmers on dining room light fixtures. Dimming a bulb by 10% can actually double it’s lifespan. Also, installing LED lights can save energy while giving off more light.

5. Be wise. Organize!

Organized FridgeThe best way to prepare for any gathering in your home is to clean and organize first. To make room for groceries, remove or consolidate existing items in your fridge. Square and rectangular containers work best to save space, while circular containers hog space.

Did you know that ketchup, lemon juice, jam, and even mayo do not require refrigeration? Store these items in a pantry or cabinet along with produce like potatoes, onions, and tomatoes. They will get mushy if kept in the refrigerator – and, they can also add a nice, festive touch to your counters.

4. Increase your storage

 While organizing, think about what will be needed most. Install a hanging spice rack to keep cabinets free or a pot rack to avoid having to clammer through your collection. Small hooks on the side of your cabinet can serve as a place to hang cooking utensils.

For guests, keep toiletries visible in your bathrooms by storing them in open-faced shelving. Leave extra hand towels and soap nearby, as well as a plunger to avoid any emergencies.

3. Impress your guests

Pottery Barn Dough BowlSmall details will leave your guests largely impressed. Scented candles flickering throughout your home featuring holiday-inspired scents add a cozy feel. Mantels and side tables decorated with bowls of holiday-inspired things like pine-cones, chestnuts, and chocolate candies also help to set the stage.

Don’t forget to pump those classic holiday tunes. Whether it’s during dinner or while you’re cleaning, soft and festive music will definitely put you and your guests in the holiday spirit.

2. Conserve energy

We all know the holidays can be a little overbearing on the pockets. (Unfortunately, you can’t pay bills with holiday cheer). Instead, try your best to conserve energy this holiday season.

When meal planning, consider side dishes that can cook simultaneously with your main dish at the same temperature. Using glass and ceramic pans will help retain more heat and will require less work from your oven  – about 25 degrees less! Using lids on your pots also helps retain heat and will cook your food faster. Cooking with a pressure cooker? No peeking! Every time you remove the lid, you are releasing heat and adding about 20 minutes on to your cooking time.

As for cleanup, using your dishwasher can save water and energy. Scrape your dishes clean rather than rinsing them and pause your dishwasher before the dry-cycle begins. Letting your dishes air dry can save you tons! For those pots and pans with baked on food, place them in a bin filled with warm, soapy water. This will keep them out of your way and make your job easier later in the evening.

1. Don’t panic!

Thanksgiving FeastNot all of the burden has to be on the host. Invite your guests to bring a dish of their own. It gives them the opportunity to share their favorite holiday recipes and also serves as a great conversation topic during dinner.

 

We hope this was helpful. We’d love to hear your ideas on how you prep your home for the holidays!

 

Open this Sunday, February 12th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Are you interested in unique homes that offer details not easily found in neighboring homes, and are affordably priced? Well then, we hope you’ll stop by and say hello at this Mid-Century Classic home this Sunday, February 12th, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at 18320 NE 23rd Ct, near Aventura. Located along the Historic Oleta River, on over 10,000 square feet of land and 74 feet of Mangrove lined waterfront, we’re certain you won’t find a similar property in the county. Built in 1960, this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home features three bedrooms and two baths, with an open living area overlooking the courtyard & surrounding greenery, beautiful wood floors throughout, a wood beamed ceiling, open kitchen, private master bedroom, a large covered patio, and walls of windows overlooking the exotic and tranquil vistas. It’s hard to believe this home is just minutes from Aventura Mall, and the Golden Glades. It’s like being in a remote location, but still conveniently located in town.

Besides it’s unique landscape, this home is also located on a natural river, and across from Greynolds Park. You’re sure to catch a manatee, schools of fish, and scores of birds just in your backyard. Wind down the river on your canoe or kayak after a tough day, and feel the stress just slide right off. This can really be home, and you’re invited to come take a look this Sunday, February 12th, 2012 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

See a virtual tour of this home.

I hope you’ll stop by and check it out!

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

18320 NE 23rd CT, North Miami Beach, FL  33160

$549,000

2:00PM – 4:00PM

Get Ready for Art Basel Miami Beach

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Art Basel Miami Beach

Glowing Bench Art Basel Miami Beach

If you’ve been in Miami or Miami Beach recently, you’ve been one of the lucky individuals enjoying the extremely pleasant weather lately. Whether you’re just visiting or live here, it’s a great time to open up the windows, and enjoy that wonderful crisp air. In the past, our high season would start with the new year, after all the holidays. In fact, Art Basel organizers chose the beginning of December because it was not as busy, and the hotel occupancy level was low, ensuring that visitors would have plenty of options when booking their stay. However, when Art Basel Miami Beach began in 2002, we all started experiencing an earlier start of the season. With the huge success of Art Basel Miami Beach, Read more…

Season Started with a Sleepless Night in Miami Beach

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

This last Saturday was a great night to be an insomniac in Miami Beach. Sleepless Night came on November 5th, 2011 and featured 138 performances throughout the city, all free and open to the public. From an Opera at the North Shore Bandshell, to Project Bandaloop dancing on the New World Symphony glass walls, Read more…