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Irish community invites everyone to annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival Coco Plum Woman’s Club STUDENT T celebrates its centennial SPOTLIGHT BY GABRIELA LAMBERTUS

he South Florida Irish community invites everyone to join a traditional Celtic celebration at the 34th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 10, (the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day). The festival will take place at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables (just five blocks south of Miracle Mile). Entertainment will be provided by Avalon featuring the popular Irish singer and harpist, Tricianne Garrihy; Paddy Kelleghan Band; C.O.D. Band, and St. Andrew Bagpipe Band. In addition, Irish dancers from the Breffni Academy of Dance led by Michael O’Hara will provide plenty of fancy stepping and gravity-defying leaps. Lovely participants of the Miss Colleen Pageant will be showcased on stage. Holding to the belief that “Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” The St. Patrick’s Day Committee has combined family-oriented entertainment and a variety of palate-pleasing dishes such as traditional corned beef and cabbage and authentic Irish soda bread, as well as a wide array of spirits and other beverages including Irish whisky and Irish stout.

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Pictured during the Centennial Celebration Open House for the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club on Feb. 14 are Open House chair Maxine Bizette; Centennial Celebration co-chairs Peggy Vital and Mary Lou Winkler, and club president Heike Leibkuckler. The event featured an exhibition of historic memorabilia dating back to the early 1900s. (Photo by Gloria Burns)

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rva Moore Parks, noted South Florida historian and acting director and chief curator of the new Coral Gables Museum in Downtown Coral Gables, is the luncheon speaker for the Mar. 14 meeting of the New Neighbors Club of South Dade. Parks has been a member of the muse-

um’s board since 2004 and currently serves as curator of the first exhibit, “Creating the Dream: George Merrick and his Vision for Coral Gables.” As chair of the city’s Historic Preservation Board, she led the effort for the city to purchase the Coral Gables Merrick House and to begin restora-

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University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala has been chosen to receive the esteemed 2012 Jay Malina Award, the highest honor bestowed annually by The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic partnership. It is presented to a community executive whose leadership has contributed greatly to the prosperity of MiamiDade’s economy. The award will be presented to Shalala at the 10th Annual Beacon Awards at the new Miami Marlins Ballpark on Apr. 25. The Jay Malina Award embodies the qualities of community commitment, global leadership in education, and economic impact in the community. Shalala is the first female recipient of the prestigious award. The Beacon Awards also will recognize businesses and organizations for their significant contributions to the local economy in their respective industries — such as Aviation, Business Services, Creative Design (FashionLifestyle, Film & Entertainment), Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology/Telecommunications, International Commerce/Multinational Corporations, Life Sciences, and the Visitor Industry. More than 700 top business and community leaders will be in attendance. For tickets, visit online at <www.beaconcouncil.com>. “I am honored to be chosen as a recipient for the Beacon Council’s Jay Malina Award,” Shalala said. “Over the past decade, the University of Miami has positioned itself as an economic engine and community resource that fosters entrepreneurship, innovation, and educates thousands of young people who can succeed in our evolving global economy.” During Shalala’s tenure, UM has solidified its position among top U.S. research universities. Among her accomplishments, in her 10 years at UM, are fundraising, driving diversi-

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University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame activities scheduled BY GLORIA BURNS

The University of Miami has a very active Sports Hall of Fame program with two upcoming events. You can bowl with some of your favorite former Hurricanes at the 2012 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowling Tournament on Monday, Feb 27, at Splitsville in Sunset Place. Participants are paired with a former Canes player. Look for chance to win a 2001 Hurricanes National Championship Ring in a live auction. Teams of four bowlers are $400; individual bowlers are $125. Call 305-284-2775 or go online to UMSportsHallofFame.com for information.

Next up is the 44th Annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Thursday, Mar. 29, at Jungle Island. An impressive 2012 Class includes current Baltimore Ravens stars Ed Reed and Bryant McKinnie; former All American lineman Rich Mercier, and Ray Bellamy, the first African American football player at UM. Other inductees included track Olympian Patrina Allen, baseball All American Robbie Morrison, basketball’s Desma Thomas Bateast and women’s tennis coach Paige Yaroshuk Tews. Tickets are $100 each and tables of 10 are $1,000. They may be reserved by calling 305-284-2775. For more information, go to UMSportsHallofFame.com.

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Elks Lodge No. 1676 presents ‘Festival of Freedom!,’ Feb 26 BY ANNIE GOODRICH

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The South Miami/Coral Gables Elks Lodge No. 1676 presents a “Festival of Freedom!” on Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 6304 SW 78 St. in South Miami. The event is a celebration of life in the USA, and a chance to enjoy the nation’s freedom and liberties as well as

remember those who helped secure them. Everyone is invited to the free event with music, food and games. Free activities include a climbing wall provided by Army Reserve, displays and games by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 65 and more. For more information contact the Elks Lodge 1676 at 305-668-1676 or by email to <elks1676@bellsouth.net>.

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City to celebrate Arbor Day and present Beautification Award BY ROSIE TOBALINA

The City of Coral Gables, the Coral Gables Garden Club, and the Coral Gables Landscape Beautification Advisory Board invite the community to this year’s Arbor Day Celebration and the presentation of the 2011 Landscape Beautification Awards on Saturday, Mar. 3, at Merrick Park, 405 Biltmore Way (across from City Hall). Junior Arbor Day activities begin at noon and Arbor Day celebration begins

at 12:30 p.m. The event will take place in conjunction with the Coral Gables Farmers Market. Craig Morell, horticulturist at Pinecrest Gardens, will present a lecture on “New Tree and Palm Choices for the Modern Landscape — New Ways to Solve Old Problems.” For additional information or to RSVP for the event, contact the City of Coral Gables Public Service Department at 305460-5131.


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Recent charitable events focus on women’s issues Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The Go Red For Women Executive Leadership Breakfast at Grove Isle brought out several local celebs including CBS4 reporter Natali Zea, who emceed the breakfast, and Univision’s on air talent and author Albert Sardinias.

Pictured at Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Inaugural Wine, Women and Shoes Luncheon is its honorary event chair CBS4’s Emmy Award-winning anchor Shannon Hori (left) with event co-chairs Carola Pimental (center) and Cristelda Breene.

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Tenet physician Dr. Miguel Diaz, a heart specialist, addressed the crowd stressing the importance of not smoking among other ways to decrease your risk of heart disease. Also, featured was personal trainer M a rt a Montenegro whose father’s death from a stroke inspired her to take better care of herself by improving her diet and regular exercise routine. Among the many faces in the crowd enjoying a healthy breakfast were Tenet’s Vilma Medio, Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, Miami International Mall’s Jessie Mendoza, Tenet’s Jennifer Beard Evans, Sushi Maki’s Jenny Larson, and Halo Branded Solutions’ Norris Perez, to mention a few. Also focusing on the female gender, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Inaugural Wine, Women and Shoes Luncheon attracted more than 450 ladies who gathered at the Coral Gables Country Club on Feb. 8. The event took over the entire country club space with several areas for silent auction items amid passed hors d’oeuvres and various beverage options. Yet another area for vendors offered a selection of clothing, jewelry, shoes from Nieman Marcus and countless accessories with 20 percent of sales benefiting the foundation. Co-chairs for the event were C a rola Pimental and Cristelda Breene with CBS4’s Emmy Award-winning anchor Shannon Hori as honorary chair. All three wore outstanding designer stilettos among the many modeled during the program. Seen enjoying the affair were MCH Foundation president and CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, Meenaa Chugani, Gingi Beltran, Blair Sonville, Tanya Cazzarelli, Yolanda Nader and Patricia Cornish, to mention a very few. The event raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the foundation. Coming up this month and next are numerous opportunities to enjoy what South Florida has to offer in the way of cultural and charitable events. After enjoying two weeks

of great art shows, one in Coconut Grove and the other in South Miami, many folks may be looking for some different entertainment of which there is no shortage. On Saturday, Mar. 3, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club is holding its annual Casino Night fundraiser with a silent auction. This is definitely one of the most fun events in town and certainly the best deal with tickets priced at $25 per person. Past president Barbara Lapsley is chairing this year’s affair that has a Hollywood theme for those who like to come in costume. Lapsley and her hardworking committee, including silent auction chair Carmen Suarez, are dedicated to raising enough funds to extend the hours and days of operation for the club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic that provides more than $170,000 in free dental care annually to disadvantaged children. For tickets or more information on the dental clinic, call Dr. Iris To r res at 305-4461047. Save those Hollywood costumes for Friday, Mar. 9, and join Coral Gables Rotarians for the Club’s Annual Gala, “A Night on the Red Carpet,” at the Coral Gables Country Club. Zoo Miami’s entertaining Ron Magill will emcee this evening of fun. Club president Deborah Swain and gala chair Margarita Tonkinson promise guests great food, lively entertainment, dancing and an auction to benefit Citizens for a Better South Florida and the Rotary Foundation. Single tickets are $150 per person. The club also is selling raffle tickets for $125 for a 1 in 300 chance to win $20,000 or a new car or boat. For more information on the event and the raffle, visit <www.coralgablesrotary.org>. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <gloriagalburns@aol.com>.

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HISTORIAN, from page 1 tion of the Biltmore Hotel. A lifelong Miami resident, Arva Moore Parks graduated from the University of Florida in 1960 and earned a master’s degree from the University of Miami in 1971. A former history teacher she is the author of more than a half-dozen books on South Florida, including Miami, the Magic City. She has produced films on Miami and Coconut Grove, and has received several

FESTIVAL, from page 1 The festival also will feature many children’s activities, including the Leprechaun Corner, face painting, a giant slide, and the very popular rock-climbing wall. A wide variety of Irish crafts will be available for sale by high quality vendors. This is the 13th year the festival has been held in Coral Gables at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park. The site of the festival is named for the late Fred B. Hartnett, a former Coral Gables mayor and a long-

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honors, including an Emmy from the Florida Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In addition to the service on a number of civic boards and committees, Parks chaired the Florida Endowment for the Humanities in 1982-83. The luncheon and program are on Wednesday, Mar. 14, 11 a.m., at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr. Everyone is invited to join New Neighbors for an interesting and informative afternoon. Cost of the luncheon is $25 and reservations are required. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, Mar. 8. To reserve, call Rita Casagrande 305-598-0213. time member of the Emerald Society. For the past 34 years, the St. Patrick’s Day Committee has organized a St. Patrick’s Day Parade or Festival. The event is produced by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee Inc. with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. As always, admission to the festival is free and open to all. For more information, call 305-4457550 or visit the South Florida Emerald Society’s website at <www.emeraldsocietysfl.com>.


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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

AMANDA De CANIO

CHRISTIAN ORTEGA

PAULINE SCHREIBMAIER

Coral Gables High senior Amanda De Canio is working actively to save the planet. De Canio is copresident of Gables Earth, the club that has Gables recycling and taking other steps to reduce the school’s carbon footprint. “We recycle ever week,” she said. “We recycle plastic, aluminum, glass and paper.” Teachers deposit paper in the individual bins and when those bins are full the contents are deposited in a larger bin in each hallway. “We go by every week and pick up the larger bin and take it to the recycling dumpster,” De Canio said. The Gables Earth Club also has planted an herb garden near the Cooking Academy classroom and a butterfly garden in one of the patios. “This year we had a garden maintenance day where we had to weed it,” she said. “There are some of the plants that just take over. We also released ladybugs. They go everywhere. It’s cool when I walk by the patio and there are butterflies going by.” The plan calls for turning the butterfly garden patio into an outdoor classroom and a space where students can eat their lunch. To help with the ambiance, students painted a mural featuring butterflies. The Gables Earth members have entered their projects into the Fairchild Challenge, the series of contests sponsored by Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Club members also enter the Dream In Green competition. “Every month they track the money we spend on lighting and air conditioning,” De Canio said. “We get compared to other schools in the district. Depending on how much you save every year, you get an award and recognition.” The first year they entered they scored highly because the measures they had initiated made a huge difference. Last year, they did well, but not as well as the first time they entered. De Canio also is involved in other clubs. She is in the National Honor Society and assistant vice president of Key Club, both of which do a lot of community service. Because she is in the clubs, she has collected items for

Coral Gables High senior Christian Ortega is wildly creative. He does debate and drama and marries the two by participating in the Duo Interpretation or Humorous Interpretation categories. Ortega said the rules call for participants to interpret a movie or book. Within the speech, the contestants need to bring across why they have chosen to interpret the material. For the Duo Interpretation he partnered with Joel Alvarez and switched to Humorous Interpretation this year. “My freshman year we went to nationals for the first time in 15 years,” Ortega said, adding that they interpreted The Wizard of Oz. “The point we were trying to argue is there’s no place like home. At the end of the day, everything you need is in your own backyard.” The following year they won the Sun Invitation, a tournament consisting of debate teams from four other states. “That year we interpreted The Adventures of Captain Underpants,” Ortega said. “I was Captain Underpants. The only difference is that I had hair. Last year he was not able to go to tournaments because of conflicts with drama and a need to focus on academics. But this year, he is back to competing and he has chosen to humorously interpret the movie The Emperor’s New Groove. He chose the Disney movie because it discusses political corruption. “He lived his life completely spoiled, not knowing about the life the peasants have outside the castle,” Ortega said. “He was able to learn that there are more important things than money. He learned how to feel for other people.” In drama this year, he was cast as King Claudius in the one act version of Hamlet. Ortega also competed in the Florida Thespian local competition and received two superiors, which makes him eligible to go to the state competition this spring. His humor shows up in drama as well as debate. Because the drama department does not have the funding to do full plays, the students do individual showcas-

It’s always amazing when a high school student earns more than 1,000 hours in community service, especially when the graduation requirement is for less than 100 hours. But Coral Gables High senior Pauline Schreibmaier has hit that 1,000 mark. One of her projects honored those who have been lost to cancer. “I had a family member that had passed away because of cancer and my friend’s aunt had passed away,” she said. “We had a lot of extra time and we loved doing bake sales. From seventh grade until 10th grade year I did Relay for life at Key Biscayne. A group of friends and I, we had our own team, we were called the Pink Panthers.” After 10th grade her school workload increased and she joined Gablettes and Co., the school dance team, so she couldn’t continue the Relay for Life event but she did other community service projects that didn’t take up as much time. “I found that I could give more in different area,” Schreibmaier said. “Some of my friends and younger people that I knew, I told them about it [Relay For Life].” In 10th grade, she was the sophomore class secretary. She and Armani Abreu worked together on a fundraiser that benefited the family whose son was killed in a stabbing at school. “We raised $3,000 for the family,” she said. They received donations from LA Sweets, Smoothie King and Publix, which they sold before and after school to raise the money. They also had a memorial service to honor the slain boy. Now, in her senior year, she is an officer of the dance team and she continues to be involved in student activities. She also is on the yearbook staff, which she joined this school year. “I’m the Index editor,” Schreibmaier said. “With Student Life, I’ve been helping the editor with the layout and with the writers. Index comes more at the end of the year.” Schreibmaier tutors fellow students in math on a daily

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a number of drives from books to baby supplies. They also participate in such walks as the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “In past years we’ve helped out at Halloween carnivals at David Fairchild Elementary,” she said. As a member of the International Baccalaureate Honor Society, she is involved in the Bridge for Peace Walkathon. “I’ve been on the food committee for the two years,” she said. As a member of the French Club, she helps makes crepes to sell at the event. “We learned the first year it’s hard to cook them up when it’s that windy,” she said. “We heat them up in the pan at the event.” Even summer break is a time to volunteer for De Canio. She participated in Breakthrough, a high school preparedness program for underprivileged kids. The idea is to help the students excel in high school and then go on to college. De Canio has applied to numerous colleges with the idea of taking liberal arts. “I actually want to take a range of classes,” she said. “I have considered environmental engineer or environmental architect. But, I could be anything. I don’t know.” Among the institutions of interest are Brown, Northwestern, University of Florida, University of Miami, Boston University, Boston College, University of Central Florida, New College and Florida State University.

es. This year, they did a Seussified version of Romeo and Juliet where Mercurio was the Cat in the Hat. Ortega also sings tenor in the Cavalier Singers and the school-sponsored a cappella group. One of his goals is to learn how to read music better so he can do musical theater. “The thing I want the most is Broadway and to do voices for Pixar,” he said. “I like a live audience.” However, he said he wouldn’t turn down a role in a sitcom or movie if it were offered. Over his high school career, he has done a number of events that have called on his writing, acting and directing skills. He did a play for a school Renaissance Fair about a court jester killing the king and taking over the kingdom. The fair was held in the school gym his freshman year and students would go to the fair during English class. There were tarot card readings, people dressed up and singers belting out Renaissance songs along with food and dancing. Last year at the big Bridge for Peace Walk-a-thon, Ortega was the emcee on the stage. “I did Captain Underpants there,” he said. “They loved it.” He also did the Captain Underpants piece when he was in the Mr. Coral Gables contest. That led to him being named Mr. Congeniality. Ortega hopes to continue drama in college. He planned to audition at Florida State University for their Bachelor of Fine Arts program as well as for the New World School of the Arts and possibly the University of Miami.

basis. Occasionally she will tutor in history or science and she has tutored in Spanish as well. “A lot of the money I make goes to the dance team,” she said. “We have to pay about $100 a month. We go to nationals, which may be $500. We have a lot of fundraising.” The fundraising helps the girls who can’t afford the cost for being on the team. “Our coach, she understands, some girls or guys can’t pay,” Schreibmaier said. “Normally you have to have it all paid off by the end of the year. We’re a family, we understand all the dedication and hard work. There are girls on the team that sell an extra box of candy for other people. Or tell someone, ‘buy from someone else.’” In fact, she has a friend she helps out whenever possible. As a strong scholar, she is looking forward to college. She has been chosen as a Posse Scholar and will go to the University of Pennsylvania. Even before she was a Posse finalist, U Penn was one of the top schools on her list. “I knew there was so much competition, when I got the email about the University of Pennsylvania…I’m so thankful and I’m so blessed,” Schreibmaier said. As for her major, she is undecided. “I’m really interested in math, biology and psychology,” she said, adding that she is looking forward to trying different things.

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Sir Pizza announces deal as UM Athletics ‘official pizza’ BY MARI GARCIA

Rene Prats and his partners at Sir Pizza have announced that the company has signed a five-year deal to be the exclusive pizza partner of University of Miami Athletics, beginning June 2012. The agreement with UM will include integrated advertising, social media and on-campus promotion with UM’s core athletic programs, including football, basketball and baseball, and it was secured by UM Athletics’ multimedia rights holder, Hurricane Sports Properties. With this move, Sir Pizza continues its expansion and presence in South Florida. During the past year, Sir Pizza has grown to include 10 locations in Miami-Dade and Broward as well as a mobile truck. Sir Pizza will be opening restaurants in Aventura, Weston, South Beach, MidTown and Marlins Park in the coming months. “We at Sir Pizza have been big supporters and fans of University of Miami Athletics for many years,” said Rene Prats, Sir Pizza South Florida CEO. “UM has a

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distinguished legacy in sports that has brought great national exposure to South Florida. We’re proud to work with the university and we look forward to building a successful partnership.” The deal will help enhance brand awareness of Sir Pizza and increase the compa-

ny’s visibility at UM Athletic events, with signage at sports venues, advertising in event programs and increased exposure online and through the university’s social media platforms. “Sir Pizza is a South Florida institution and they truly care about bettering the local

community,” added Shawn Eichorst, UM director of athletics. “Rene Prats and Sir Pizza are also long time supporters of the Hurricanes and ideal long-term partners for our athletic department. For more information visit the website at <www.sirpizzarestaurants.com>.


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Five parcels purchased, combined for planned rental residential site BY RICHARD YAGER

Five strategic parcels immediately north of the Village of Merrick Park have been purchased to complete a 50,250-square-foot site planned for a high-end rental residential building. The new property assemblage immediately north of the fashionable shopping center sold for $4.2 million and comprised a total of 23,500 square feet fronting on Laguna Street and Altara Avenue. The latest acquisition will be combined with a 26,750-square-foot purchase by Henry Torres from Sergio Pino, president, U.S. Century Homebuilders, at 4111 LeJeune Rd., that sold for $2.5 million in 2010. Both property sales were closed by Sonia M. Blair, a prominent Coral Gables commercial real estate broker, specialist in packaging land sites for major new development projects in Coral Gables, both in the city and near downtown areas. Demolition of all buildings on the properties, including the Coral Gables Trolley Station on an adjacent parcel, is planned during the next three months, paving the way for new construction of an estimated 200 rental units with prime first floor space available for retail shops. In the new five-parcel sale, Blair represented

Torres, owner of 4111 LeJeune Rd. LLC, and Astor Development of Coconut Grove, purchaser of the five properties from MCI Laguna LLC on Jan. 18. The properties, previously occupied by the Corwil Architects, included 4110 Laguna St., 4120 Laguna St., 301 Altara Ave., and 4102-08 Laguna St., all located within one-half block of the LeJeune Road entry to the Merrick Park center. Torres, as president of Astor Development, has built the Nordica and Valencia condominiums in Coral Gables, Brickell Vista and Gateway to the Grove among major residential projects in Miami-Dade totaling more than 1,000 units. The property will be developed in a style complementary to the Village of Merrick Park that includes such world-class boutiques as Artefacto, CH Carolina Herrera, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Pottery Barn Kids, Hugo Boss, La Perla and others, located in a charming surroundings of fountains and gardens. Blair, a Coral Gables commercial real estate broker for more than 25 years, has sold in excess of $65 million of assembled land in the Merrick Park area to Sergio Pino. Blair specializes in real estate assemblages for major developers in older city areas to provide major redevelopment opportunities.


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Studio helps young patients have a picture-perfect day

Carlos Barquin shows the photo he took with his camera to one of the children. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY LEE STEPHENS

More than a dozen children at Miami Children’s Hospital benefited from a special activity presented by Barquin Photography, a professional photography studio in the Kendall area. Barquin Photography hit the road on Monday, Feb. 6, to introduce Posh Portrait Parties, a unique concept that lets boys and girls play dress up, sing karaoke, work on arts and crafts and pose in front of the camera for their very own professional photo shoot. Patients ranging from the age of 10 months to 15 years enjoyed an afternoon filled with excitement that will never be forgotten. Carlos Barquin, owner and professional photographer at Barquin Photography, created this event to offer families in the community an alternative to traditional birthday parties for kids, but now it’s also touching the lives of those that need it most. “Seeing the expressions on the faces of

these young kids was the most rewarding experience,” said Eli Barquin, marketing assistant and wife of Carlos Barquin. “We are proud to have been able to use Posh Portrait Parties to impact the lives of people in our community.” Young girls also received a light makeup application, wore feather scarves and tutus and got their nails painted. The arts and crafts activity entailed decorating a picture frame to have as a keepsake of the Posh Portrait Party. At the end of the event, participants got a glimpse of their spectacular photos. “Thanks to Miami Children’s Hospital for granting us this wonderful opportunity.” Carlos Barquin said. “As a family and children photographer, being able to capture such magical moments and uplift the spirits of these boys and girls was phenomenal. It truly helped them forget about their illnesses for a day and dream big.” Barquin Photography is located at 7192 SW 47 St.; call 305-984-8028 or visit <http://poshportraitparty.com>.

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Students of all ages benefit from tutoring programs at Huntington By Susan Smith

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he Huntington Learning Center on North Kendall Drive has been successful for so long they now welcome adult alumni students coming back to bring their own children in to benefit from the program. A holistic approach involving exhaustive academic evaluations and individual attention is why the tutoring program at Huntington has excelled since 1986. “Tutoring means different things to different people. We do not do classroom settings and we do not work in clusters where all of the students are working on the same material regardless of their level of proficiency. After exhaustive testing to determine exactly what skills the student needs to focus on, our teachers work with them on a one to one basis. We are totally dedicated to the student throughout the session,” said Huntington proprietor Robert Santana. All of the tutor/teachers at Huntington are accredited so the center is able to maintain its established accreditation status from The

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “We do not hire teachers who do not have degrees. Of our staff of 26 teachers, about 20 are Dade County public school teachers and the rest are teachers by profession in area private schools,” said Santana. The purpose of the initial academic evaluation is to hone in exactly on the area of study where the student has fallen short. “If a student is failing Algebra we do not know why until we test them. Then we may, for example, discover they never mastered fractions and decimals from fourth grade Math. So our next stop would be to fill in those gaps and make sure they understand those concepts before moving on to the next lesson,” said Santana. Filling in those educational gaps is essential to the ultimate success of the student according to Santana. Instead of a reactive approach that appears to be prevalent in the industry whereby students are essentially getting homework help, the program at Huntington Learning Center is designed to

break the tutoring chain. Learning opportunities at Huntington are not limited to Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Study Skills, Phonics and Vocabulary tutoring for ages 5 to 17 although this is a major element of the program. They also offer high school entrance exam preparation and SAT, PSAT and ACT coaching as well. “We are seeing Moms coming back to the center who received instruction from us when they were kids and they are now bringing in their own children. So while Mom is brushing up on her Math for the SAT because she plans to go back to school, her third grade daughter is working on her reading skills. We are seeing a lot of that because we have been around for so long and people know about us and know we deliver results,” said Santana. The results are derived from over 1000

pieces of curriculum utilized by the center including over 300 Math books alone. A combination of the latest resources, one to one instruction and exhaustive progress monitoring with a team of qualified professionals is why Huntington Learning Center sets the standard for successful individualized tutoring of all ages. To find out more about Huntington Learning Center call 305-598-0686 or visit huntingtonlearning.com


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Student’s summer internships lead to ‘Poster of Distinction’

Jake Radell, a Gulliver Schools senior, recently presented a poster on kidney transplantation during a national surgical symposium. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY MELISSA LICHTENHELD

Jake Radell has been learning a lot about rejection lately. But the Gulliver Schools senior isn’t referring to the omnipresent college application process. He is more interested in the processes involved in kidney transplant rejection and success in patients. Radell became so well versed on the subject during a series of summer internships that he was invited to defend a clinical research poster accepted for presentation during the American Society of Transplantation Surgeons Winter Symposium that took place, Jan. 12-15, in Miami Beach. A student in Gulliver’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, Radell researched and wrote part of the abstract appearing on the poster. To his surprise it earned a Poster of Distinction award as one of the 10 best posters presented at the annual meeting. The topic: predicting the success of organ transplants. “It was really interesting to hear the questions asked by other researchers who came around to visit the poster,” said Radell, who presented the poster alongside his grandfather, Ralph J. Graff, MD, a pioneer in the subject of transplantation and organ rejection. When Radell was 15, he started spending his summers as an intern at his grandfather’s clinical laboratory at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Always interested in biology, he added this to other activities in his busy life that include working on engineering club projects after school and playing classic rock on the bass guitar. “My grandfather always told me about his work and kept inviting me to come out and help in his lab, and I finally did,” Radell said. Summers in the lab opened his eyes to the undertaking required to match a donor organ to a patient and developed a passion for working in the area of transplantation. His most recent internship gave him the opportunity to help analyze test data from successful transplantations. The research he helped with resulted in an abstract published in the American Journal of Transplantation on “The effect of flow cytometry cross match and panelreactive antibody status on kidney transplant survival.” Radell took the subject and turned it into the topic of his Extended Essay, an arduous 4,000-word paper IB students must research and write to qualify for an IB diploma. Has the early success made a difference? “This is just the beginning of my work in research. I hope to do research at college and possibly for the rest of my life,” said Radell, who has been accepted at several prominent universities. “Jake is the perfect mixture of test tube and YouTube,” said Warren Zucker, the Gulliver Schools counselor who has been advising him during the college application process.


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Barry Katzen, MD, honored with prestigious award for excellence

Barry T. Katzen, MD, founder and medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, (left) receives the Julius H. Jacobson II, MD Award presented by Robert B. McLafferty, MD, president of the Vascular Disease Foundation. (Photo credit: Gort Productions) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY BARBARA MOORE

Interventional radiologist Barry T. Katzen, MD, has been presented with the Julius H. Jacobson II, MD Award presented by the Vascular Disease Foundation. The prestigious annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to physician education, leadership or patient care in vascular disease, and is endowed through a donation from Julius H. Jacobson II, MD. Dr. Katzen is the founder and medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute. He has been a leader in advancing the science and clinical practice of vascular disease in endovascular interventions for more than 30 years. He pioneered the development of angioplasty for vessels outside of the heart, and performed the first

“peripheral” angioplasty in the United States in 1976 by using a balloon mounted on a catheter to open a blocked artery. He helped popularize the use of clot-busting drugs for vascular disease. More recently, he has been on the forefront of developing carotid artery stents and stent-grafts to repair aortic and thoracic aneurysms. Dr. Katzen graduated from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed his radiology residency at the New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. He was awarded a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York. He lives in Coral Gables with his wife, Judi. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

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3 Steps to Better Social Media Marketing By Misty Buck

Fact: social media use is growing. A few years ago most business owners labeled social media as a fad. Today, the staggering numbers prove otherwise. Social media usage is increasingly popular across all demographics with no signs of slowing down. Regardless of which website is the current favorite, it’s clear that people love socializing on the web. What does this mean for businesses? How can you have an effective social media presence? The answer is simple: You have to build it. There are basic principles that will put you ahead of your competitors if you take the time apply them correctly. Here are three easy steps to help you dramatically improve your social media efforts. Miss Ink’s Three C’s of Social Media Marketing™: 1. Content: What’s in it for me? Post information on your blogs and on your social networks that people will find useful and interesting. For example, if “Buy from Miss Ink” was the title of this article, would you read it? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Instead, you choose to read stories about information that is of value to you. The same rule applies for your network. Don’t be afraid to showcase your expertise while being creative. Photos and videos are great eye catchers. The content will keep them there. 2. Consistency: If you have a Twitter account, but are only tweeting once a week or worse,

once a month, you’re completely missing the boat. You have to be consistent. New information is posted every minute of every day. If you’re not sharing information on a regular basis, how can you expect to be seen? I’m not suggesting that you bombard your fans with status updates, blogs or emails every 5 minutes, but do find a rhythm that works for your audience. To help you stay consistent, make social media part of your daily schedule and only sign up for as many networks as you can dedicate time to daily. 3. Conversation: Last, but certainly not least, is conversation. You spend time coming up with interesting content to post so don’t ignore your fans and followers when they comment. Similarly, participate in the conversation by “listening” (i.e., reading) what others are saying and then respond. One of my top pet peeves is people who auto post everything that appears on their social networks. For one, a post on Facebook won’t necessarily translate the same way on Twitter. Secondly, those who auto post hardly ever check their networks to see if anyone has reached out to them. In other words, get involved. Of course there is much more to social media marketing than these three concepts, but if you can remember “Miss Ink’s Three C’s of Social Media Marketing™” you’ll be on your way to powerful results. Misty Buck is the president of Miss Ink, LLC, a public relations firm specializing in social media marketing. For more information, contact Misty at info@miss-ink.com or visit miss-ink.com.

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First Lady in Homestead to discuss living healthy

First Lady Michelle Obama joined an expert panel from WebMD at the Homestead YMCA on Feb. 10 to discuss how families can implement healthy changes in their daily lives. The WebMD Town Hall was a collaboration to highlight the First Lady’s Let’s Move program and WebMD’s FIT initiative, two efforts to help families maintain health and wellness.


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Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run registration has gone online

More than 20,000 runners begin the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run in Miami. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY MAYRA HERNANDEZ

After 27 years of managing loads of paper registrations, TeamFootWorks announces some big changes are coming to the 2012 Corporate Run series as the race goes green. For the first time since the race’s inception in 1985, all participants in the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run series will submit their registration paperwork online. In addition, onsite registration no longer will be available at each of the 5K runs, which begin in Fort Lauderdale on Mar. 29, wind through West Palm Beach on Apr. 18 and conclude in Miami on Apr. 26. “With 25,000 plus participants, we are always looking for ways to improve the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series experience,” said Laurie Huseby, race director. “By taking the registration process online, we are utilizing technologies that will make the process easier for all race participants. Registration is easy and can be done on our website, <www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com>.” Race dates and registration deadlines are as follows: Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run — Fort Lauderdale, Thursday, Mar. 29, 6:45 p.m., Huizenga Plaza, 32 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, $30 until Feb. 23; $35 from Feb. 24 through Mar. 8. No registrations accepted after Mar. 8. Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run — West

Palm Beach, Wednesday, Apr. 18, 7 p.m., Meyer Amphitheater, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach, $30 until Mar. 14; $35 from Mar. 15 through Mar. 28. No registrations accepted after Mar. 28. Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run — Miami, Thursday, Apr. 26, 6:45 p.m., Bayfront Park, 301 North Biscayne Blvd., Miami; $30 until Mar. 22; $35 from Mar. 23 through Apr. 5. No registrations accepted after Apr. 5. With a special competition that awards the overall men’s, women’s and co-ed teams in 20 different industries, the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run series, a 5K (3.1-mile) Run Walk, attracts more than 800 South Florida Companies and is open to employees of businesses, corporations, government agencies, financial institutions and non-profit organizations — no matter how big or small. With the goal of promoting health and fitness at all levels and provide a venue to boost company morale and encourage camaraderie in the workplace, all companies are encouraged to participate and may enter an unlimited number of employees to walk or run as a group. A portion of the proceeds from each race will benefit the South Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. For more information, contact TeamFootWorks at 305666-RACE (7223), <www.teamfootworks.org> or visit online at <www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com>.

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LIFE IN THE FAST LANE United Way Center offering BY KAREN ARONOWITZ, President, United Teachers of Dade

responses that you can use interchangeably as an instant response (a requirement of this brave new world) which allows you to take some time before you answer, while still providing an answer. Try ‘em, you’ll like ‘em! I’ll get back to you by early next week. Let me run that suggestion by the team. I see what you mean. (Ha!ha! It doesn’t mean you agree! – No, this is not part of the response! Don’t press the SEND. . .too late.)

Don’t press that button! You know which one. SEND. How many of us have pressed that button in a moment of anger, a moment that is followed by ten minutes of terror and years of living with words that can never be recalled. Heck! (OK, not heck, but this is a family paper.) I can’t believe I sent that to my boss, my manager, my sister-in-law, my kid, reply all—the list goes on and on. Some of us have even gone so far as to write a second email requesting that the first email was sent in error, prompting everyone to run to read what they might have skipped. Ah, me. Life in the connected lane. Are we really saving time? We spend more time mopping up the messes we create with our instant messages than we would have spent cooling down, composing a letter, burning the letter in a can, rewriting the letter and sticking it in a drawer for later because we are out of stamps. So, in service to my fellow interconnected, intergalatic citizens, I have provided a list of

Let me think that over. (People will puzzle over this one for days.) I’m going to consult _____on that. Have you run that by legal? And finally, the coup de grace: I’m required to report this to _____________________. I hope this helps! It’s no use replying faster if we end up undoing what can’t be undone and requires more work, or in the case of sisters-in-law, more frequent contact than ever before! Bye for now. I’m off to the post office for a stamp. The United Teachers of Dade represents 35,000 teachers and school support personnel in MDCPS. The union is committed to being a leader in creating public school reform, fostering a quality public education for all students and elevating the professional status of teachers, paraprofessionals, o f f i c e employees, and all school support personnel.

tax help, financial resources BY YANET OBARRIO SANCHEZ

United Way of Miami-Dade is launching a public awareness campaign to inform families who earn less than $49,078 annually that they can receive up to $5,751 in tax credits through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). In addition, the campaign is promoting dozens of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Miami-Dade that offer free tax services by IRS-certified volunteer preparers to those who qualify. This campaign is made possible by two separate grants — a $20,000 grant from Bank of America and a $15,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. United Way is utilizing radio and outdoor advertising to reach its target audience. The “Put more money in your pocket” message will be heard on Spanish, English and Creole radio stations and seen on Metrorail cars and stations. The campaign also combines public relations, website and social media outreach with a direct market-

ing component via United Way’s database of supporters and partner agencies. In addition to free tax preparation, working individuals and families can access year-round financial services and support — from financial coaching to benefits enrollment to employment assistance and credit counseling — at the United Way Center for Financial Stability. “Each year billions of dollars in tax refunds are not claimed by the people who most need those funds, because they don’t know they qualify or how to properly file their taxes,” said Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of MiamiDade. “We are grateful to Bank of America and Walmart for their dedication to helping our neighbors file their taxes correctly and access much needed funds.” For more information about free tax preparation sites call 2-1-1, or visit online at <www.miamifinancialstability.org>. For information on free year-round financial services, contact the United Way Center for Financial Stability at 305-688-3551.


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Waste Management collects organic material from Publix BY SAVANNAH WHALEY

Waste Management trucks are collecting and transporting organic material from 40 Publix stores in Aventura, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Doral, Hialeah, Kendall, Miami and Miami Lakes to a new Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility, the most advanced aerated composting technology to process food residuals in South Florida. The eight-acre facility, located adjacent to Waste Management’s Okeechobee Landfill, utilizes a forced aeration system with computer controls to regulate airflow and air treatment to process pre-consumer food waste from Publix stores — including produce, bakery and floral items — with yard waste into organic compost products. “As the nation’s largest environmental solutions provider, our customers are asking us to help them meet their sustainability goals,” said Tim Hawkins, area vice president for Waste Management. “We’re very pleased to partner with Publix on the first dedicated organics composting site in South Florida to serve their needs.” During the coming months, Publix plans to add additional stores in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to the program. “Publix commends Waste Management on moving the industry forward with the opening of their Organics Recycling Facility in Okeechobee,” said Kim Jaeger, Publix’s Miami media and community relations manager. “Our partnership with Waste Management presents an opportunity in fulfilling our mission to be intolerant of waste by diverting food waste that would typically be sent to local landfills. Publix’s continued success depends upon sustaining our environment, our community and our business.” The Okeechobee facility is permitted to accept up to 30,000 tons per year, including 15,000 tons of food waste and 15,000 tons of yard waste, and is part of Waste

Management’s strategy to expand organics recycling in Florida and throughout North America. Garick, a subsidiary of Waste Management and leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of organic lawn and garden products, is producing the lawn and garden products from the Okeechobee composting facility. North America generates more than 80 million tons of organic waste each year. In the United States, approximately a third of municipal solid waste is organic, including food, yard and wood waste. Approximately 65 percent of yard waste and 2.5 percent of food wasted collected in the United States is currently diverted from disposal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), converting waste into valuable raw materials through recycling creates jobs, builds more competitive manufacturing industries, and adds significantly to the U.S. economy. “As one of the nation’s largest residential recycling services provider, we’re always focused on how to improve recycling rates in our communities so that we can extract more value from the materials we manage,” Hawkins added. “Recycling is easy, good for the environment and good for our local economy, and we encourage residents in South Florida that on America Recycles Day we think about recycling every day.” Waste Management currently operates some 155 recycling facilities and processes approximately 10 million tons of recyclables per year. The company is now halfway to its goal of managing more than 20 million tons each year. In 2010, Waste Management recycled, reused, or managed enough material to fill a football field 2.11 miles high. To learn more information about Waste Management visit online at <www.wm.com> or <www.thinkgreen.com>. For information about Publix, visit the company’s website at <www.publix.com>.

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Simon Youth Foundation seeking applicants for $1M in scholarships BY DESIREE LLERENA

Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon property. Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2012 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property is eligible. The program will award a one-time scholarship of up to $1,400 to students who plan to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships are awarded through the Simon Youth Scholarships program and in partnership with local Simon properties. The application period is open through Thursday, Mar. 1. Locally, students can pick up a copy of the scholarship application at Simon Guest Services Centers in Miami-Dade County at Dadeland Mall, The Falls, Miami International Mall and The Shops at Sunset Place. Applications also can be downloaded at the SYF website at <www.syf.org/our-initiatives/scholarships/community-application>. In addition, 10 regional awards called “Award of Excellence” will be given to top

candidates in regions that include Miami. Students from these areas will have the opportunity to win a $2,500 scholarship that is renewable for up to three years. In 2011, the Simon Youth Scholarships program awarded $1.15 million to 260 students nationwide. “Our mission is to ignite hope for a brighter future in students, and our foundation is proud to partner with Simon’s South Florida Malls to award scholarships that will remove some of the financial obstacles that would otherwise prevent a student from achieving the dream of a college education,” said J. Michael Durnil, PhD, president and CEO of SYF. The 2012 SYF Community Scholarship recipients will be selected by Scholarship Management Services, a third-party administrator. Students are selected based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Those students who are the first in their family to pursue a post secondary education also will be given close consideration. The completed application, along with official school transcripts and parents’ most recently filed tax form, must be sent to Scholarship Management Services by Mar. 1.

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Miami-Dade County recognizes Jason Taylor with his own day BY ARLEEN GOMEZ

Retired Miami Dolphins player Jason Taylor received resounding applause in Miami-Dade Commission Chambers as he was honored by county officials for his 15-year football career and service to the community. Commission chair Joe A. Martinez presented Taylor a proclamation declaring Jan. 24 as “Jason Taylor Day” in MiamiDade County. He also was commended by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who gave Taylor the Key to the County, and Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, chair of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission. With a NFL career spanning 15 years, Jason Taylor spent 13 seasons in a Dolphins uniform, becoming a stellar defensive player who collected more sacks than any player in Dolphin history and a NFL record holder for career fumble-return touchdowns. Aside from his exceptional football career, Taylor is known for giving back to his community. In 2004, he established the Jason Taylor Foundation, a non-profit

organization that supports and creates programs to facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s underprivileged children. Since its inception, the Jason Taylor Foundation has contributed more than $2 million in programs and services to more than 40 different organizations, awarded 35 middle school students college scholarships, and annually gives 50 kids $300 back-to-school shopping sprees. Taylor graciously accepted the awards, thanking officials and the community for their support. He also congratulated and signed autographs for Miami Norland High School’s varsity football team, which was honored earlier in the morning for being Class 5A State Champions. “It was privilege to be able to honor Jason Taylor for everything he has contributed to our community,” Martinez said. “His dedication and hard work on and off the field are what makes him a role model. I am confident that whatever endeavor he takes on he will continue to do great things, especially for this community.” For more information, contact Martinez’s office at 305-375-5511.

Miami-Dade County Commission chair Joe A. Martinez shakes hands with retired Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Jason Taylor after presenting the athlete with a proclamation. (Photo by Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)

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Florida Board of Governors seeking applicants for FIU Board of Trustees BY KELLY LAYMAN

The Trustee Nominating Committee of the Florida Board of Governors is seeking candidates for an appointment to the Board of Trustees for Florida International University. Each of the 11 state universities has a 13-member board of trustees responsible for cost-effective policy, and for implementing and maintaining high-quality education programs consistent with the university’s mission. The boards of trustees also develop processes to meet state policy, budgeting and education standards. Individuals interested in this public service must complete an application. The term of service is through Jan. 6, 2015, and would fill an existing vacancy. Applicants do not need to live in the Miami area to serve in this capacity. “The Board of Governors is looking for individuals to serve as university trustees who are interested in higher education and

interested in taking our universities to a level of excellence that helps both the institution and the goals of the State University System,” said Morteza “Mori” Hosseini of Daytona Beach, chair of the Trustee Nominating Committee of the Florida Board of Governors. For more information and the application visit online at <www.flbog.edu/aboutsus/ubt.php>. Applications for seats appointed by the Board of Governors should be mailed to the address in Tallahassee indicated for processing, and not to the university. Also, Board of Governors’ appointments are separate from appointments that are made to university boards of trustees by the Governor of Florida. The deadline for completed applications to be received is Mar. 1. For questions, call the Board of Governors at 1-850-2450466. For more about the Board of Governors, visit <www.flbog.edu>. For more about FIU, visit <www.fiu.edu>.


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ELEVATION BURGER FINALLY ARRIVES IN SOUTH MIAMI THE FIRST100% USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC NATIONAL BURGER CHAIN OPENS NEW LOCATION IN DOWNTOWN DADELAND

Elevation Burger, the rapidly growing, fast-casual restaurant serving great-tasting 100% USDA-certified organic, 100% grassfed, free range burgers, opened its first-ever location in South Miami last week. Recognized as the nation’s first organic hamburger chain since opening in Falls Church, VA in 2005, Elevation Burger offers a healthier, delicious alternative to the usual fast-food burger. Elevation Burger is re-thinking an American-classic and redefining the fast food

gestalt with its focus on offering quality food that is better for customers and for the environment. In addition to amazing organic hamburgers, Elevation Burger offers two kinds of veggie burgers, fries cooked in hearthealthy olive oil and hand-scooped shakes. The chain’s warm, welcoming, and well-appointed restaurants provide an elevated dining experience for families and kids, health-conscious consumers and on-the-go urbanites. The entrepreneurs behind the new Downtown Dadeland location are French transplants Magali and Stephane Vannier de Langre, who purchased the Miami-Dade franchise rights and have plans to open 5 locations by 2015. After hearing about the Elevation Burger concept and its healthy and environmental focus, the Vannier’s were immediately interested in coming on board to

bring the chain to Miami. “We have lived all over the world, in places where eating Organic is the norm. With Elevation Burger we found an opportunity to do what we love and provide a healthy food alternative that is often hard to find at affordable prices for the entire family,” said Magali. “We also really liked the fact that Elevation Burger is committed to environmentally sustainable practices and to being part of the communities it serves,” added Stephane. The new Dadeland location features monthly and weekly specials including Teacher Tuesdays, Uniformed Officer Days, Senior Citizen Discounts, Little League/Sports Days, College Days and “Fun” Raising Wednesdays where they will donate 10% of the days sales to a different local charity each week. In addition, they will be sponsoring and participating in activities around the community to promote sustainability in schools. South Miami’s Elevation Burger is located at 8975 SW 72nd Place. The Franchise is the second in Miami-Dade and first in South Miami. Both are managed and operated by Magali and Stephane Vannier de Langre and

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Deering Estate at Cutler to host One-Minute Play Festival, Feb. 26 BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

The One-Minute Play Festival, Deering Estate at Cutler and South Florida Theatre League present the South Florida OneMinute Play Festival on Sunday, Feb. 26, 4:30 and 8 p.m., at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave. The South Florida One-Minute Play Festival wraps up the SoBay Festival of the Arts, a two-week celebration of literary, visual and performance art at the Deering Estate at Cutler. The South Florida One-Minute Play Festival will feature 40-plus new oneminute plays by writers connected to the South Florida Community, including: Michael McKeever, Michael Yawney, Juan Sanchez, Gene Excaliber, David Sirois, Mark Della Ventura, Vanessa Garcia, Kimberly Patterson, Marj O’NeillButler, Andrew Rosendorf, Kenny Finkle, Sheri Wilner, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Andie Arthur, Carmen Pelaez, David Caudle, Stacy O’Neill, Neena Beber, Edith Freni, Jorge Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, and more.

The plays will be directed by Steven Chambers, Elizabeth Price, Nicole Stoddard, and Ricky J. Martinez. The South Florida One-Minute Play Festival is curated by One-Minute Play Festival producing artistic director and founder Dominic D’Andrea, One-Minute Play Festival director Tessa LaNeve (Primary Stages), and co-produced by Andie Arthur (South Florida Theatre League) and Jennifer Tisthammer (Deering Estate at Cutler). Tickets are $25 per show and can be purchased online or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Theatre Lab, a yearlong series of playwright workshops presented by the South Florida Theatre League and the Deering Estate at Cutler. The next Theatre Lab will be on Sunday, Mar. 18, at 2:30 p.m. at the Deering Estate at Cutler. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.

Asian Culture Festival returning to Fruit and Spice Park, Mar. 3 and 4 BY CATHY GUERRA

The Miami-Dade County AsianAmerican Advisory Board, the Fruit and Spice Park and the Thai-American Association present the 22nd annual Asian Culture Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead. The fun-filled family event offers a virtual day trip to Asia where festival-goers will enjoy a variety of Asian arts, crafts, exotic music and dance, and authentic Far Eastern cuisine. Activities include a Malaysian no-hands volleyball tournament known as Sepak Takraw, Chinese Lion Dances, performances by Japanese Taiko drummers, and demonstrations of Thai fruit and vegetable carving. Children can participate in the Asian passport activity, storyteller, show and more.

New to the festival this year is the Traditional Thai Wedding, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday at noon. Other highlights include Iranian, Persian, Thai, Bangladeshi and Indian folk and classical music and dance as well as demonstrations of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements) and Origami (Japanese techniques by folding papers into decorative shapes such as flowers, animals, etc.). Admission is $10; Children ages 10 and under are free. Located 35 miles south of Miami, in the historic Redland community, the Fruit and Spice Park is a 35-acre park filled with more than 500 varieties of fruits, herbs, spices, nuts, and other exotics. The park is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the park’s website at <www.fruitandspicepark.org>.

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Second annual ‘Vintage Day’ at Everglades National Park BY LINDA FRIAR

Experience Everglades history during the second annual “Vintage Day” celebration on Saturday, Mar. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Park admission at the Homestead entrance will be waived for the day and all activities are free of charge. Events include historical re-enactors, an old fashioned ice cream social and the Guardians of the Everglades exhibit. This is a great opportunity for young and old to interact with the characters that molded Everglades National Park into one of the most biologically and culturally diverse parks in the world. At the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center celebrate the opening of Nicholas Petrucci’s multi-media exhibition featuring life-size oil portraits of Everglades advocates and heroes. Portraits of Miccosukee Chairman Buffalo Tiger, Gladesman Franklin Adams, photographer Clyde Butcher and statesman Nathaniel Reed will be on display against a backdrop of Connie Bransilver’s paintings of endangered native orchids. At Royal Palm, interact with historical re-enactors portraying Calusa and Seminole people, Gladesmen, plume hunters, early park wardens, botanists, artists, gator hunters, women conservationists, and political activists. Their stories will bring you back to the days of old.

Collect a limited edition vintage character trading card from each re-enactor. Guided tours of the old Royal Palm State Park also are available. This historical area was owned and protected by the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs members. These genteel women activists provided the vision while the Civilian Conservation Corps supplied the muscle to develop a world-class tourist destination that became the nucleus of Everglades National Park. A Civilian Conservation Corps enrollee will reveal remnants of this old Florida paradise. Cool down at an old-fashioned ice cream social, compliments of the Everglades Association. Don’t forget to bring your camera. This is a fee free day at the Homestead entrance of Everglades National Park. Fees will be collected at the other park fee station at Shark Valley. Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north should take Florida’s Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends merging with US1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive (State Road 9336/SW 344th Street) and follow the signs to the park. Visitors driving north from the Florida Keys should turn left on Palm Drive in Florida City and follow the signs to the park. General park information is available by calling 305-242-7700.

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Miami-Dade County Extension Civic Chorale of Greater Miami to perform in concert, Mar. 3 to host 2nd open house event BY ROBERT HAMILTON

BY ALEJANDRA CASTRO-NUÑEZ

The Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension will host its second open house event on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the John D. Campbell Agricultural Center, 18710 SW 288 St. in Homestead. Make plans for a fun-filled day for the entire family. Come and interact with the county’s Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers, including 4-H/Youth Development Program members and leaders. Master Gardeners will be on site to discuss gardening problems and answer questions. The event will feature interactive demonstrations, including grafting (in English and Spanish), and making a rain barrel. There also will be educational displays on gardening, tree pruning, healthy eating, new pest and plant problems, a plant diagnostic clinic, and much more.

“We encourage residents to join us, learn more about what County Extension is, and have a fun-filled educational day with us,” said county Extension director Teresa Olczyk. In addition, there will be fun and educational activities for the entire family, including a “Fun and Learn 4-H Zone” for kids, and seminars on the following topics: • Vegetable gardening made easy; • Colorful landscape plants for waterwise yards, and • Florida-friendly plants for your landscape. Participants will be able to purchase fresh, locally grown vegetables, orchids, and other plants for their gardens. They also will have the opportunity to exchange up to two old showerheads and three incandescent light bulbs for new ones that are more efficient as part of the water conservation effort by the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department.

Miami Dade College Kendall Campus presents the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami in a program titled “The Language of Love” on Saturday, Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 14260 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay. The program features music of Rogers & Hammerstein, Brahms and more — something for everyone to enjoy. The chorale is under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Boos, artistic director; Dr. Robert Gower, associate conductor, with William James, accompanist. Featured special guests are “Good Blend,” a four-part vocal a cappella harmony quartet with Mike Verdesca, Tom Ball, Roberto Masson and Chris Moore. There will be a post-concert dessert reception prepared by Master Chef

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County seeking qualified parties to provide Head Start services BY W. DAVID ALLISON

Miami-Dade County is seeking Requests of Expressions of Interest (REOI) from qualified parties to provide Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) Program services. As part of the 2012 budget approved by county commissioners, the county is seeking to contract out Head Start/Early Head Start services currently provided by the MiamiDade County Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD).

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Steve Tangredi. Under the direction of Kenneth Boos, the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami has been a vital part of the South Florida musical community since 1970. Founded by Lee Kjelson, the group is comprised of students and adult members of the community who share a love for singing and musical excellence. The Civic Chorale is housed at Miami Dade College’s Music, Theater and Dance Department, Kendall Campus; Rodester Brandon, chair. Tickets available at the door are $25, including concert and reception. Concertonly tickets are $10, adult; $8, senior, and $5, student. For more information, call 305-4905930 or send email to <kboos@mdc.edu> or <pheeprice@gmail.com>. Visit the Civic Chorale’s website at <www.civicchorale.info>.

Parties interested in providing these services must complete and submit the REOI documents by Feb. 29, 2 p.m., in order to be considered for a county (HS/EHS) contract. The REOI documents are available online at <www.miamidade.gov/dpm>. Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive child development program, serving low-income families. In Miami-Dade County, the Head Start/Early Head Start Program serves 6,756 children and families.

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Greater Miami Symphonic Band to present Sousa-style concert BY ALLAN TAVSS

Join the 85-member Greater Miami Symphonic Band, celebrating 33 years of musical excellence, as it presents a re-creation of the style of concert that John Philip Sousa presented at the turn of the 20th Century. The concert will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., in Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl 11000 Red Rd. Sousa, the “March King” traveled the

world with his band and this concert will showcase the style and music that Sousa presented to his audiences. There will be plenty of marches. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/children (5 years and older). Advance tickets are available at <www.gmsb.org>. Box Office opens an hour before the concert. For additional information regarding concerts or tickets visit <www.gmsb.org> or call 305-273-SOUSA (7687).


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Program to honor Jack Meyer, Columbus, Belen to compete Miami Marine Stadium engineer at new Marlins Park, Mar. 5 BY ALEX I. MADEJA

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BY DON WORTH

Join Friends of Miami Marine Stadium in honoring Jack Meyer, engineer of the Marine Stadium, during a program and dinner on Feb. 29 at the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club in Miami. Tickets are $40 (price includes a full buffet dinner). The event is open to the public but space is limited. Meyer, now 88, performed this amazing body of engineering work while at Norman Dignum Engineers in 1962. He was responsible all of the engineering work on the Marine Stadium and collaborated with architect Hilario Candela. When the stadium was completed in 1963, it was considered an engineering marvel. Its roof, consisting of a series of hyperbolic parabolas, was the longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world. Meyer said that it was by far the most difficult project in his 60-plus-year career. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and at 7 p.m. a multi-course buffet dinner will be served. The program will include an array of speakers honoring Meyer. The event is sponsored by Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, (www.marinestadi-

um.org) a not-for-profit organization devoted to restoring the Marine Stadium. Since its inception in 2008, the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium has succeeded in achieving historic designation locally from the City of Miami. The Marine Stadium was included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “11 Most Endangered List” (2009) and was internationally recognized in the World Monuments Fund Watch List (2010). The stadium’s restoration is a key priority of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Friends of Miami Marine Stadium will present its much anticipated restoration plan to the City of Miami in the near future. Biscayne Bay Yacht Club not only provides a stunning location for the dinner, it also plays an important role in the story of the Miami Marine Stadium. The oldest organization in Miami, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club was founded by Miami Pioneer Ralph Middleton Munroe. The Marine Stadium was named for Ralph Munroe. Meyer is a long-time member of Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and is a past Commodore of the Club. For tickets, call 1-800-838-3006 and ask for “The Jack Meyer Dinner.”

All eyes will be on the new Marlins Park when the first baseball players take to the field on Mar. 5 to begin the second annual Selective Recruiting/Sir Pizza Invitational. The tournament, to be played at various locations throughout South Florida from Mar. 12 to 17, invites top regional high school baseball teams for a week of intense competition aimed at increasing exposure for the participating players. The tournament’s first match-up will create history as Christopher Columbus High and Belen Jesuit open the gates at Marlins Park for the facility’s inaugural baseball game. The previous year’s opening event was named one of the top-five tournaments in the country by Baseball America and included five teams ranked in the top 100 by Rivals.com. This year, 32 high school teams from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will be competing, including Class4A National Champions Archbishop McCarthy (2009, 2010), 2A State Champions Westminster Christian, last year’s tournament champions, and 2008 National Champions American Heritage, as well as a host of other top baseball programs in South Florida. Teams include: American, Archbishop Carroll, Belen Jesuit, Braddock High, Christopher Columbus, Coral Park, Coral Springs, Doral Academy, Dwyer, Ferguson, Hialeah, Killian, La Salle, Mater Academy, Mater Lakes, Miami Senior, Monsignor Pace, North Broward Prep, Pompano Beach, South Dade, South Miami, Southridge, Southwest Miami, St. Brendan, Stoneman Douglas, Terra and Trinity Christian. “Sir Pizza recognizes the talent and commitment shown by our high school ath-

letes,” said Rene Prats, CEO of Sir Pizza of South Florida. “We feel it is very important to help these students realize their potential to play baseball on the collegiate and even professional level. That’s why we help sponsor this great event.” Sir Pizza has sponsored various scholastic sporting events over the years and is the official pizza vendor of the new Marlins Park. Created six years ago by former Archbishop Carroll baseball coach Lazaro Llanes, the mission of Selective Recruiting is to assist talented players in South Florida to realize their dreams of playing in college and beyond. “I felt that the hard work of high school coaches in South Florida, and the need to help student athletes fulfill their dreams, would receive a boost by having a local tournament with national implications,” Coach Llanes said. “Selective Recruiting is now one of top-ranked tournaments in the country. There could be as many as 15 players drafted in the 2012 Major League draft and dozens of players have committed to major college programs. “This year’s event will again be among the top tournaments and the expectations are that we will continue to amass attention from recruiters and media around the country,” Llanes added. For more information about the tournament, visit online at <www.sirpizzarestaurants.com>. La Ley Sports will televise live both the Columbus vs. Belen game at Marlins Park on Mar. 5 and the championship game at the University of Miami on Mar. 17. Visit <www.layleysports.com> for more information. Both games also will air on CSS Sports. Visit <www.css-sports.com> for broadcast scheduling.


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S. Florida animal shelters offer spay/neuter surgeries for cats BY KATHLEEN LABRADA

In an effort to help reduce the pet overpopulation problem in Southeast Florida, six animal shelters have joined forces to provide spay and neuter surgeries for all owned, feral and free-roaming cats. The weeklong event is taking place from Feb. 21 through Feb. 25. The service is available to all residents of MiamiDade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Surgeries can be scheduled at any one of six convenient locations. There is no limit to the number of cats that any individual can present for sterilization. The cost is the same at all six locations — $15 per cat, which includes the sterilization surgery, rabies and FVRCP vaccines and a microchip. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling the desired location.

“The goal is to sterilize 1,650 cats over the course of the five-day event,” said Alex Muñoz, director, Miami-Dade County Animal Services. “This is a critical step to reducing the number of cats and kittens received in shelters throughout the spring. While kittens are cute, the sad truth is that there are often more kittens than there are homes for them.” Southeast Florida Region Spay/Neuter Coalition Members: • Broward County Animal Care and Adoption, 1-954-359-1313 ext. 9271; • Humane Society of Broward County, 1-954-895-3605; • Humane Society of Greater Miami, 305-696-0800; • Miami-Dade Animal Services, 3-1-1 • Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, 1-561-233-1261, and • Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 1-561-686-3663.

East Ridge Hosts First Olympic Challenge On February 4, East Ridge Retirement Village, known for its camaraderie and sense of community among residents and staff was divided. Neighbor competed against each other and employees battled for bragging rights. The friendly competition was part of the life care community’s first annual East Ridge Olympic Challenge. Teams of residents representing six nations competed in five grueling events which included Equestrian Irons, Bocce Ball, Golf, Bowling and Ball Vaulting. Each of the community’s departments then rooted for their respective resident teams. “The athletes who participated should be especially proud of themselves,” said Wellness Coordinator Suzana Delgado, who organized the event. “They trained very hard and continue to take advantage of the host of health and wellness programs available at East Ridge.” The East Ridge Olympic Challenge— complete with torch lighting ceremony— was attended by 500 guests including residents, families, community supporters and vendors/sponsors.

Winston Park Middle School’s cheerleaders and Quartet + One hyped the crowd and players from Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club served as referees for the Challenge. Author and long-time Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry officially commenced the competition with “Let the games begin!”. For residents Jay and Louise Lockwood, 58 years of marriage was put to the test when the two squared off against each other on opposing teams. She represented the United States while he was on Team Brazil. The Lockwoods joined two other competing couples—George and Nancy Fehr and Barrie and Sandra Reed. Judy Mangasarian could be seen (and heard) cheering her mother, Betty White, and Team Armenia onto victory. “She’s playing hard and having a great time,” she said. “It’s all in such good fun. The good times never end at East Ridge.” Cutler Bay VIPs also attended the event to show support to the Olympians. Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin and Councilmembers Sue Loyzelle and Peggy Bell praised the community’s commitment to seniors. Guests were treated to a special appear-

ance by Essie Faria, a 20-time gold medalist in the Florida Senior Games State Championships. The 77 year old, who began competing at age 70, addressed the audience and assisted in the event’s closing ceremony and award presentation. “The Olympic Challenge is a wonderful activity,” she said. “I encourage everyone to continue being active. Everyone can do something, regardless of age or physical limitations.” The Gold medal was awarded to Team Libya, comprised of George Fehr, Carole Bell, Bonnie Massey and Skippy Rossi. Team USA’s Barrie Reed, Tag Marvel, Elise Henline and Louise Lockwood came in second place and received the Silver award. Bronze went to Team England’s Nancy Fehr, Keith Phillips, Grace Ganser and Gwen North. Team Bolivia (Bob Parkerson, Jackie Smith, Margie Brown and Helen Berner); Team Armenia (Art North Betty White, Ann Burdin and Fran Plummer); and Team Brazil (Carolyn Carter, Jay Lockwood, Sandra Reed and Elaine Koch) finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Community VIPs – Cutler Bay’s Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin and Councilmember Sue Loyzelle joined Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry in supporting the East Ridge Olympians.

East Ridge Olympic Challenge athletes, who represented six nations, competed in five grueling events including Equestrian Irons, Bocce Ball, Golf, Bowling and Ball Vaulting.

Team Libya (Carole Bell, Bonnie Massey and George Fehr) celebrate their victory with special guest Essie Faria, a 20-time gold medalist in the Florida Senior Games State Championships, and Wellness Center Coordinator Suzana Delgado, who organized the event.


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Cavalia is returning in March with an all new show, Odysseo BY GABRIELA LAMBERTUS

Cavalia, whose horse-and-human production received standing ovations and critical acclaim in Miami in 2010, has announced that, in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, it will make Miami its second U.S. tour stop for its all-new show. Set to open Mar. 13, 2012, Odysseo will be performed at the same site as in 2010 — Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami — but this time under a White Big Top more than twice the size. Tickets are available now at <www.cavalia.net> or by calling 1-866-999-8111. Surrounded by awe-inspiring projections and visual effects, some 70 horses and 55 artists embark together on a journey, traveling through amazing natural landscapes. “The horse has been a partner of humanity throughout the ages,” explained Normand Latourelle, president and artistic director of Cavalia. “It’s thanks to horses that humans imagined they could travel to the ends of the earth. “This powerful and natural wonder of an animal enabled mankind to bridge cultures, to create alliances amongst people, and thus to freely roam the planet. He has been one of the most important instruments in the evolution of humanity. This is the essence of Odysseo.”

Some 70 horses and 55 artists will perform in Cavalia’s all-new show, Odysseo. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Latourelle continued, “We had such great big top in 2010,” said M. John Richard, presisuccess in Miami last time around that we dent and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. knew it would be one of our first tour stops “This new production, Odysseo, will captivate once we finished creating our all-new show.” Miami audiences with its pristine beauty, bold Miami is the only Florida stop slated for acrobatic feats, and remarkable artistry.” Odysseo’s U.S. tour. Odysseo is presented under the world’s “The Arsht Center is proud to partner once largest touring big top. Covering an area of again with the internationally renowned cre- more than 100,000 square feet — two and a ators of Cavalia, which brought so much joy to quarter times larger than the original Cavalia Miami audiences when it debuted under the show’s tent — the new big top houses a

27,000-square-foot stage. “We’ve created an even bigger big top to put as few limits as possible on our horses and artists, allowing them to play, run, dance, jump and twirl around to their hearts’ content,” Latourelle said. Inside, an immense theater seats 2,290 people with no obstructed views. By redefining the scale and possibilities of a touring space, Odysseo can accommodate even more in the way of equestrian arts, acrobatics, music, multimedia wizardry and special effects, the signature ingredients of a Cavalia show. For its exclusive run in Miami, Odysseo will be presented under the White Big Top at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. Tickets are on sale now at the introductory price of $59.50 to $109.50 plus applicable fees for regular tickets. For guests who desire an extraordinary outing, the show can be customized for an extended experience from $144.50 to $199.50, including a Horse Lover’s Package that lets patrons tour the Cavalia stables after the show, and the VIP Rendez-Vous Package which includes a tour of the stables after the show, a cocktail/dinner reception and much more. Special pricing also is available for children (ages 2-12), juniors (13-17), and senior citizens (65-plus). For ticket information, visit <www.cavalia.net> or call 1-866-999-8111.

Why You Can’t Lose Weight BY SONIA MARTINEZ, RPH

If you have tried diet after diet without shedding pounds, it may not be your fault. In “Why You Can’t Lose Weight: Why It’s So Hard to Shed Pounds and What You Can Do About It”, Pamela Smith, MD, MPH discusses the eighteen most common reasons why you can’t lose weight, and guides you in overcoming the obstacles that stand between you and a trimmer body, including insufficient exercise and sleep, biochemical problems such as insulin resistance and depression, food allergies and thyroid hormone dysfunction. For example, when you’re under constant stress, your body remains in fight-or-flight mode and your adrenal glands pump out excess cortisol, a hormone that suppresses the thyroid’s ability to regulate your weight. The last part of the book can guide you in putting together a customized, easy-to-follow weight-loss program. If you’ve been frustrated by one-size-fits-all diet plans and medications that have not worked, contact our compounding pharmacist who can help you begin your journey to optimal health.

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Author Jen Lancaster to discuss her latest book, If You Were Here BY MELISSA BRODER

After a fall from designer handbags and spa visits to the unemployment line, Jen Lancaster began detailing her experiences on her blog at <www.jennsylvania.com>. Her acerbic wit quickly won the blog a massive following, and Bitter is the New Black, Lancaster’s first memoir, was born. Four memoirs later, Jen Lancaster is a repeat New York Times bestselling author. Bitter is the New Black was published in 2006. Since then, Lancaster has published one book a year with NAL. The first three — Bitter is the New Black; Bright Lights, Big Ass, and Such a Pretty Fat — have more than 100,000 copies each in print. Such a Pretty Fat spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Pretty in Plaid, her hardcover debut, earned a coveted spot on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list when it came out in 2009. My Fair Lazy debuted at No. 9 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list and If You Were Here (NAL Trade Paperback; $15; Mar. 6, 2012) now in paperback debuted at No. 14 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list. funny cast of supporting characters, Lancaster’s longincluding a celebutard ex-landlady. awaited fiction debut To top it all off, they end up buying is as uproariously the same exact house that the dreamy entertaining and Jen Lancaster laugh-out-loud funny (Photo credit: Jeremy Lawson) Jake Ryan “lived in” in John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles. As Mia and Mac strugas her beloved mem––––––––––––––––– gle to adapt to their new surroundings, oirs. If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen-romance they will discover whether or not their marauthor Mia and her husband, Mac, (and riage is strong enough to survive months of their pets) through the alternately frustrat- do-it-yourself renovations. A nationally syndicated monthly columing, exciting, terrifying — but always hilarious — process of buying and renovat- nist for Tribune Media Services’ Humor ing their first home. Set in the same Hotel, Jen Lancaster lives outside Chicago. Chicago suburbs as John Hughes’ 1980s Visit the author on her blog at <www.jennmovie classics like Sixteen Candles, The sylvania.com>. Lancaster will be speaking and signing Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, Mia and Mac get caught up in wars with the home- her book on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 8 p.m., at owner’s association, meet some less-than- Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral friendly neighbors, and are joined by a Gables.

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Thom Elliott, a Cutler Bay resident who has lived in South Florida since 1973, is a photographer whose celebrity photos are featured in an exhibition, which continues through Mar. 2 at Pyramid Photographic Studios in the warehouse district of the Falls. Images of Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Peter Sellers and other stars reveal a different approach to photography. “They’re not portraits,” Elliott said. “I call them ‘super candids.’” The 10 featured photos and others in smaller frames in the main room were taken when he was the film production manager of a daytime television show in the 1960s, called Dateline: Hollywood on ABC-TV, starring Rona Barrett and Joanna Barnes. Mastering the job in about a week, Elliott sought to add some interest to his routine through photography. “I picked up my camera and took casual snapshots of celebrities,” Elliott said. “The unique thing is that the stars did know I was taking their pictures because nine out of 10 times I asked their permission. One of them was George Raft, and the lighting was so low that his face was lit up by the match he was lighting his cigarette with.” Elliott’s interest in photography began in the seventh grade in junior high. An afterschool program allowed students to process their own negatives and make contact prints. “Then when I went into the Air Force I had a top-secret job I couldn’t talk about and my father had sent me a $10 box camera so I started taking pictures with that,” Elliott said. “I wanted to get a better camera so I bought a Rolleicord that was a version of a Rolleiflex, and I started taking pictures

around Germany and Europe during the four years I was stationed over there.” After Dateline went off the air, Elliott returned to the advertising field and moved to New York, doing freelance work for a number of clients. After he moved to South Florida, a chance encounter gave him new insights into the kind of work that was important to him. “I took pictures of the artist Christo when he was here at the Lowe Art Museum for three days,” Elliott said. “He said that he never used corporate sponsorship because there are too many strings attached to it, and he didn’t allow anybody to put strings on his heart, and he did this from his heart. I turned away and started to cry, and his wife came over and said, ‘Thom, what’s wrong?’ and I said I just realized that I hadn’t taken any pictures from my heart.” Since then he has tried to devote as much time as possible to creative photography, although he still does it as a business locally and keeps his New York clients by commuting monthly. He and his wife, Irene, also work as a team — she as a court reporter and he as the videographer. Elliott has taken part in Career Day at Southwood Middle School in Palmetto Bay, talking about photography to Jenifer Berse’s art students. “I love the process of photography and I’ve met a lot of fine people through photography,” Elliott said. When asked what’s next, Elliott said that a friend of his who lives in Las Vegas has broached the idea of him coming there with the same show of his celebrity pictures. Elliott’s website is <http://www.tomelliott-photography.com>. Pyramid Studios is located at 8890 SW 129 Terr. Its hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or by appointment at 305-256-6944.

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