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Kendall Networkers thrive during ‘economic downturn’ PR executive has her eyes “O on ‘World’s Best Job’

BY RICHARD YAGER

Festival of Arts and Games at Indian Hammocks Park

ur business is your business,” proclaims Kendall Networkers where exchanging ideas and services has become a vital resource during today’s economic downturn. “Changing names, locations and new leads has made membership in the area’s oldest network a vital part of staying up to date in business today,” said Marvin P. Stein, an accountant who founded the organization 18 years ago. As a partner with the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA), members meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at La Carreta, 11740 SW 88 St., where breakfast sessions involve more than an exchange of business cards. “Networkers supports business interests throughout the community while KFHA represents homeowner associations in public affairs,” Stein explained.

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BY RICHARD YAGER opping into her sporty black GTO, Sarah Soccaras, 22, says she is determined to go places — hopefully to Australia if she wins an international contest. Titled “The Best Job in the World,” the position for which the FIU graduate would happily head to the Great Barrier Reef is to represent Queensland’s Tourism Department,

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Pictured (l-r) are Kendall Networkers president Rene J. Garcia Jr., Robin Korth of Miami’s Community Newspapers, and Networkers founder Marvin P. Stein.

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iami-Dade Park and Recreation’s Leisure Access Services is hosting the Sixth Annual Family Festival of Arts and Games for children of all abilities, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (near Shelters Nos. 3-5). The free one-day festival will provide children and their families with an opportunity to interact, have fun and experience creative expression through a variety of activities. There will be live musical entertainment by local children’s groups including the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, American Children’s Orchestra, Belen Jazz Band, School of Rock Band and more. Other entertainment provided throughout the day includes puppet shows by RAICES Hispanic Heritage Cultural Arts Center, and dramatizations by local groups such as Creative Children’s Therapy and Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department’s Leisure Access program participants. The festival also will feature a variety of accessible games and sports, such as sack races, wheelchair and walker races, walk/run races, bicycling, athletic games, carnival booth games, and hulahoop, to name a few. Parents will have the opportunity to browse through the “Resource Fair” featuring over 20 agencies that provide services to children in the community. For more information about the Family Festival of Arts and Games, or about Miami-Dade Parks’ Leisure Access Services, call Yani Rubio at 305-412-4177 or Arlene Bouza-Jou at 305-222-2128.

extolling the territory’s Hamilton Island skin-diving, exotic landscapes and similar eye-opening attractions. “I’m just one of thousands of people who entered worldwide,” she laughed. “So my chances to be among 50 finalists are slim. Only 11 will be picked to visit Australia, but that’s all right. It’s the kind of thing you just have to try once in a lifetime. “Especially if you want to travel and ––––––––––––––––– See

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Hammocks District police officer recognized for valor, lifesaving BY SANDRA G. KRAMER The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced that Officer Thomas Kennedy has been awarded the departmental Bronze Medal of Valor and Lifesaving Awards, and selected Distinguished Officer of the Month for February 2009. Officer Kennedy has been a member of the department since 1995, and is assigned to the Hammocks District. On Nov. 7, 2008, at 10:56 a.m., Officer Kennedy was dispatched to 8745 SW 152 Ave. in reference to a female who had been shot. Upon arrival, he found the front door to the residence unlocked and, upon cracking open the door, found Carolina Deoleo lying on the floor in a pool of blood. Officer Kennedy called to her and she said that her husband had shot her. In response

to Officer Kennedy’s query as to her husband’s whereabouts, she said, “He is upstairs.” After assessing the situation, Officer Kennedy entered the residence and dragged Ms. Deoleo to safety. He then took a tactical position between the front door and Ms. Deoleo, and administered first aid until it was safe for Fire Rescue to remove her. Backup Officers Juan Aenlle, Carlos Rodriguez and Raymond Hernandez arrived and took a tactical position behind Officer Kennedy. Noticing children’s pictures on the wall and fearing that there might be additional victims inside, Officer Kennedy re-entered the home with Officers Aenlle, Rodriguez, and Hernandez. They located the subject in the master bathroom, deceased due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Tire Kingdom and Uniroyal Tire support local soccer program BY KRISTY KENNEDY Tire Kingdom and Uniroyal Tire have raised donations of over $1,228 in both funds and equipment for KendallHammocks Soccer. This is thanks to the Uniroyal Soccer Program, a grassroots initiative that annually supports youth soccer all over the country. The program has been a major supporter of youth soccer for the past nine years. Alongside its tire dealers, Uniroyal Tire has donated nearly $11 million in funds, including over 818,000 soccer balls, since 2000. “We were excited to be a part of the soccer program,” said Jose David, store manager of Tire Kingdom in Kendall, 6500 SW 117 Ave. “It’s been a great way to do our part for the community. “It’s a wonderful feeling to support our youth, especially through an organization such as Kendall-Hammocks Soccer. I love seeing everyone who comes in, and the kids are ecstatic when they get the soccer ball,” he added. “We started this program to give some-

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NETWORKERS, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– No two Networkers hold the same occupation or provide identical services, separating the organization from other chamber or community business groups, which do not maintain exclusivity by profession, Stein added. As an example, attorney Ronald P. Romeo, who counsels clients on copyright and patents, joined Andrea T. Grant, senior vice president at Executive National Bank on N. Kendall Drive, to relate service specialties at a Feb. 18 session. “I’m an attorney who makes house calls,” Romeo emphasized. “I like to visit clients where they prefer to meet.” Grant, commercial relationship manager, described the newest wrinkles in remote computerized deposit capabilities to eliminate back-and-forth trips to a banking branch. Each member rose at the meeting’s outset to relate how network contacts help solve business or occasional homefront or personal problems, including five different contacts “that solved difficult problems in a single month,” related businessman Michael Wild.

The Networkers cheered introduction of the newest member, Jose Torres, managing partner of Frannet, a franchise advising and development corporation based in Miami and Puerto Rico with a new Kendall location. Kendall Networkers also boosts its own economies. “A six-month membership at $150 includes a one-time application fee and 12 breakfast meetings at $10 each,” Stein added. Breakfast included a tall orange juice, scrambled eggs and ham with home fries, Cuban bread and coffee with unlimited breakfast bar trips. Rene J. Garcia Jr., president, underscored the value, announcing the Networkers will conduct its annual initiation of officer’s dinner at the Sunset Drive Elks Club on Friday, Mar. 20, at 7 p.m. Cost per member or guest is $5, including bar service, dinner and dancing, adding, “You can’t beat that for a night on the town.” For membership details, visit online at <www.KendallNetworkers.com> or telephone 305-860-1008.

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Lago Mar area of Kendall. Transferring her early interest in teaching to sociology and then public affairs now seems to be a natural progression, Sarah said. “It all gets back to enjoying working with people. At first, I thought I wanted to be a teacher, then turned to sociology. “After graduation, I attended Salamanca University, northwest of Madrid, the oldest University in Spain. With communications majors from FIU and UM as my classmates, public relations grew very strong with me as a new career. “I thought the Australian post sounded like the perfect opportunity,” she declared. “I first thought of going to Canada, but that’s too cold, and I’ve been dreaming of living in Australia for over a year — maybe because it’s so far away and uniquely different. “Then, when this contest presented itself, it seemed too good to be true,” she added, writing her own press release titled “Miami Local Applies for Best Job in the World.” “That’s exactly what I put in my contest video entry,” she said. “I’ve a passion for being an adventurous person who needs to experience the most from life.”


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Does CSX Rail have a role to play in Kendall roadways? Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN The MDX (Miami-Dade Expressway Authority) is exploring creation of new transportation corridors that could be designated for a future expansion of SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway). One parallels the CSX freight route extending from West Dade rock pits east to the southerly side of Miami International Airport. By using its right-of-way, the door could open for extension of SR 836 all the way to Krome Avenue and south to a point near Metrozoo which would help break grid locking traffic patterns stifling ordinary travel throughout the southwest area. Says one knowledgeable observer: “It’s all a ploy to play into the hands of Lennar and other big developers who want to break the UDB in southwest Dade. Watch how the Commission handles the next vote on Parkland!” CSX Rail system continues to be a factor along the west side of SR 874 (Shula Expressway) where construction is underway to expand the Killian Parkway interchange (SW 104th Street). Folks in that area are awaiting word to see if a buffer for their back yards can be erected on the adjoining CSX right-of-way to reduce traffic grit, noise, and pollution, much like new 12-foot walls will protect east side homeowners.

Many would like to see the CSX discontinue service on one of its lightlyused southwestern freight lines to help into chart a course for expressway building and managed bus routes that would not create high-cost land takings nor create new safety hazards. Palmetto X-way widening in the Bird Road area continues to be a hot potato with the Miller-Sunset Homeowners Association meeting with Florida Department of Transportation honchos to iron out differences over the ineffectiveness of a proposed 5’9” fence as a backyard barrier that would do little to screen the neighborhoods from traffic. FDOT officials have advised residents to view the area of Florida Turnpike parallel to SW 118th Avenue, ending at Kendall Regional Hospital, as a potential solution. Real estate price-watching discloses a 102-acre tract fronting portions of the south side of Kendall Drive, east from the Krome intersection. Asking price is $13 million (or $2.93 per square foot). To our knowledge, that’s the last major undeveloped parcel of land on the south side of Kendall Drive, west of Old Cutler Road. How time (and territory) flies! Thought of the day: If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under. — Ronald Reagan

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Commissioner brings some sense to stadium financing R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Feb. 13 was to be the final vote approving the building of a baseball stadium for Jeffrey Loria, millionaire owner of the Florida Marlins. Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff injected some common sense into the commission meeting when he made a simple statement and asked an even simpler question. If the building of a stadium will materially increase the value of the team franchise, shouldn’t both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County have some financial guarantee that if the franchise is sold, at an enhanced profit, the city and the county would get their money back? A baseball franchise without a stadium of its own, without all the fringe benefits, has one value. A franchise with the ability to profit from sky boxes, restaurants, naming rights, etc. will have a far greater value.

Commissioner Sarnoff’s logic is simple. If taxpayer money will make the franchise more valuable, then the taxpayer should benefit if the team is ever sold. I can’t remember anyone bringing up that thought before. It is so simple, it is so logical; not one penny of taxpayer money should go into financing the ballpark without Sarnoff’s proposed guarantees. Sarnoff said if the City of Miami spends $94 million building a parking garage for the team, and this increases the value of the franchise, he wants the city to get its money back if the franchise is sold. I like that! Obviously, that concept should be expanded to cover the taxpayers’ dollars that the county, ever so generous, is just dying to give to the Marlins franchise’s owner. Of course, the question should be expanded to ask: If the baseball franchise is so financially enhanced, why isn’t the ballpark being financed by Loria, instead of our financially strapped community? That way, he wouldn’t have to share the profits at a future date. Sarnoff is being made out to look like the “bad guy” in the whole proposition.

VIEWPOINT Stadium supporters ask, “How dare Sarnoff suggest a contract modification at the last moment, a plan that was all but approved by our elected officials?” I ask, “Why was the final game plan designed by our county administrators, only provided the county and city commissioners two days before they were to vote?” After hours of wrangling, the Miami City Commission put off the “final” vote until Mar. 12. County commissioners sat in their offices all afternoon waiting to see what the city would do. Finally, as the sun set, they ended their vigil and went home. This gives opponents of the plan, those commissioners with common sense who feel that even if it’s logical to finance the stadium with taxpayer money, that this is not the time to do it. Commissioners must find a way to end this whole idea of

spending $1.9 billion of taxpayer money to finance a building for a privately owned, for profit, business. Interestingly, the Concert Association of Florida just filed for bankruptcy and is closing its doors as ticket sales are so poor that they can’t cover the cost of bringing an array of concerts to the community. What makes Jeffrey Loria, the few thousand loyal team fans and our elected officials think that there is sufficient discretionary money in the community to increase ticket sales with a new stadium?

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Gulliver’s MS girls basketball team finishes perfect season BY BAY PROBY Gulliver’s Girls Middle School Basketball Team won 14 straight games en route to its second undefeated season in the past three years, making the 2008-09 accomplishment particularly noteworthy. “In what was supposed to be a transition year for the team — with only two starters returning — the season turned out to be very special,” said girls basketball coach Ebony Rhodes. “We want to thank the entire team for all of their hard work and their families for their support.” Gulliver opened the season with a dominating 30-13 victory at Key Largo School, a traditionally tough opponent. Team captain Stephanie Rubin scored a season high 14 points in the game. Next up was the home opener against Westminster Christian where the team escaped with a hard-fought 27-23 victory. Leading the team in scoring were cocaptain Melanie Brooks with 10 points and Denise Campbell with eight points. The game that defined the winning season was the annual rivalry where

Gulliver beat Ransom, 27-23, in double overtime. “Ransom had beaten Gulliver both times last year, so the Gulliver team wanted this win in the worst way,“ said girls basketball coach Matt Telepman. “Ransom held a 14-9 lead with less than five seconds to play when Adrienne Cassel banked a three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Daniella Fuertes won the game in the second overtime when she rebounded her missed second foul shot jumper to seal one of the most intense and exciting games in Gulliver Girls Middle School Basketball history.” The team played its best basketball of the season in the SFMSC tournament, dominating Miami Country Day School, 36-11, and then defeating Ransom in the championship game, 31-13. Melanie Brooks was the tournament MVP and was joined by teammate Stephanie Rubin as All-Tournament team members. With an undefeated season in the balance, Ransom loomed as the last game of the season. In the confines of Gulliver Prep’s “Blue Dungeon,” the teams both knew what was at stake. The

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Apoyándonos en lo que realmente nos sostiene: Dios, Espíritu, el Amor divino, infinito e inagotable Los miembros de Third Church of Christ, Scientist, Miami, lo invitan cordialmente a Ud., familia y amigos, a esta conferencia gratuita. Esta conferencia habla de la paz y la estabilidad que está al alcance de todos, cuando nos apoyamos en Dios y en Sus leyes espirituales de armonía que nos gobiernan y sostienen. Cualquiera sea el problema que enfrente --empleo, relaciones, salud-- siempre hay una respuesta, porque Dios esta aquí para guiarnos y sostenernos en toda situación. Originaria de Suiza, la conferenciante, Christiane West Little, C.S.B., se crió en Buenos Aires, Argentina. En 1950 su familia emigró a los Estados Unidos radicándose en el área de Washington, D.C. Recibió su diploma en estudios rusos de la Universidad de Maryland, y habla francés y español. En 1974, se dedicó por completo al ministerio de curación, como practicista de la Ciencia Cristiana. También es maestra de Ciencia Cristiana. Como miembro del Cuerpo de Conferenciantes de la Ciencia Cristiana, ha presentado su mensaje de esperanza y curación a audiencias de diversas partes del mundo.

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Pictured are (l-r, top row) Madeline Fine, Denise Campbell, Claire Hebb, Emily Kirsner, Tesi Zito, Adrienne Cassel, Brittany Schrager; (bottom row) Coach Matt Telepman, Captain Stephanie Rubin, Daniella Fuertes, Meaghan Sylver, Emily Deutsch, co-captain Melanie Brooks, Isa Granados, Cara Zito, manager Lauren Waldman, and Coach Ebony Rhodes. Not pictured is Rylee Hollub.

Ransom girls knew they could spoil Gulliver’s dreams of a perfect season with a win. The defensive battle was back and forth all game. With the score tied at 11-11, Melanie Brooks was fouled and went to the charity stripe for what would be her two most important foul shots of her young career. Brooks had shot just over 17 percent for the year from the foul line, but knocked down both shots, and the Raiders hung on for a 13-11 victory. Isa Granados, who did not join the team until the third game of the season, figured prominently in the team’s suc-

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UM-NSU CARD to present exposition baseball games University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD)-sponsored baseball teams will play in exposition games on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at J.D. Redd Park, 550 N. Homestead Blvd. in Homestead Four children’s baseball teams comprised entirely of children with autism spectrum disorders will play in two games. The team ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the games at 11 a.m. The entire event is open to the public. FROST OPERA THEATER PRESENTS COSI FAN TUTTE BY W.A. MOZART Cosi Fan Tutte (All Women Do the Same) with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte will be performed by the University of Miami Frost Opera Theater on Feb. 26, 27 and 28, at 8 p.m., and Mar. 1 at 3 p.m., in Gusman Concert Hall, located at 1314 Miller Dr. on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. The show will be directed by Dean Southern. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $10 for seniors, and $5 for UM students,

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FLORIDA WILDERNESS PHOTOGRAPHER TO PRESENT HIS DOCUMENTARY FILM Florida wilderness photographer Clyde Butcher will present his award-winning documentary film Living Waters~Florida’s Aquatic Preserves on Monday, Mar. 2, as part of the Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture Series at noon in room F222 in the Aviation Building on the Miami Dade College Homestead Campus, 500 College Terr. The presentation is in conjunction with the Miami International Film Festival and is presented by the Homestead Campus of Miami Dade College and the Homestead Center for the Arts. A simple lunch will be available by reservation at 11:30 a.m. for $10. Call Barbara Millenbruch at 305-230-9085 by noon on Feb. 27 to reserve a lunch.

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DR. JACOB NEUSNER TO DISCUSS NEW APPROACH TO INTERFAITH RELATIONS Dr. Jacob Neusner, the author of the celebrated book A Rabbi Talks with Jesus, will deliver the Jack Chester Memorial Lecture titled “From Dialogue to Trialogue in Interfaith Relations” on Thursday, Mar. 5, 8 p.m., at the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami. In this lecture, Dr. Neusner argues that it is essential in today’s world to find a single perspective to encompass the three monotheistic religions. He observes that though these three faiths share similarities, they are interpreted very differently. For more information, call the Miller Center at 305-284-6882. You also can log onto <www.miami.edu/miller-center/>. FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN OFFERING TRAM TOURS IN SPANISH Fairchld Tropical Botanic Garden at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables is offering tram tours in Spanish. The tours will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. On these days, the garden’s gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. Parking will be available at the Visitor’s

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS ANNOUNCES DATE OF INSPIRE GREATNESS AWARDS GALA The fifth annual Inspire Greatness Awards Gala, to benefit Special Olympics Miami-Dade County, will take place on Friday, Apr. 3, 6-11 p.m., at the Fontainebleau, Miami Beach. All proceeds from the event, the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics MiamiDade County, will benefit the 3,000 intellectually disabled athletes that Special Olympics supports locally. Humor columnist and bestselling author Dave Barry and CBS4 anchor Jawan Strader will be the special guest hosts for this gala; DJ Irie will be the special guest entertainer, and live entertainment will be provided by the Les Haber Band. For sponsorship and ticket information for the gala, call 305-406-9467 or visit online at <www.somdc.org>. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS AT UM BANKUNITED CENTER The Grammy-nominated New Zealand folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords will perform live on Tuesday, Apr. 7, at the BankUnited Center on the University of Miami campus. The duo’s tour, which will begin the night before in Tampa, will coincide with the conclusion of the second season of HBO’s hit show, Flight of the Conchords, and the release of the duo’s as-yet-untitled second full-length album for Sub Pop.

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 220D 94k mi, $1500, Blue, Ref#: 4400634, Phone: 305-242-5870 2001 Ford Explorer Sport 88k mi, $4150, White, Ref#: 6102887, Phone: 954-479-7006 2003 Jeep Liberty Renegade 78k mi, $7500, Black, Ref#: 6021022, Phone: 305-788-7602

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1971 Chevrolet Townman 110k mi, $1500, Yellow, Ref#: 5696104, Phone: 786-223-6925

2002 Toyota 4Runner SR5 - Reduced 105k mi, $7999, Gold, Ref#: 5473796, Phone: 305-490-3615

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1979 Volkswagen Beetle 118k mi, $12000, Silver, Ref#: 6092391, Phone: 305-979-3231

2008 Mini Cooper S Clubman 1k mi, $25950, Dark and Light Silver, Ref#: 5742276, Phone: 954-916-9444

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Mon. Tues. Wed. Fri: Florida Int’l Univ. South Campus At “The Graham Center”

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PICK-UP AND DELIVERY AVAILABLE

Evening Tango Classes

D i s c re e t • D e d i c a t e d • E x p e r i e n c e d

1 hr in-office treatment Regular fee $500.00 Exp. date: 2/28/09

0428DKM

305-378-5544 www.watsonhamiltondental.com 11373 SW 211 St., Suite 10 & 11 • Cutler Bay, FL Emergencies welcome • Most insurance accepted

invisalign® CareCredit® LUMINEERS ®

Born Free Pet Shelter email: southmiamihome@yahoo.com

or call 305-667-8205

TRADITIONAL CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE

HUI SHAO, AP, OMD

Specializing in Pain Control Acute or Chronic Pain (neck, shoulder, back, sciatic...) • Arthritis • Bursitis • Athletic Injuries • Anxiety • Sinusitis • Colitis • Weight Control • Allergies • Migraine & Headache • Hypertension • PMS & Gyn Problems • Immune Disorders • Stress & Depression • Sexual Disorder • Stop Smoking . . . Many other disorders, call to inquire. • We accept most Health Insurance & auto accident insurance

CORAL GABLES OFFICE • (305) 461-4046 3310 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Suite #250, Coral Gables, FL 33134 w w w . a c u p u n c t u r e i n m i a m i . c o m

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By Doctor from Shanghai, China. Practicing Chinese Acupuncture for Over 15 Years

Dancin' In The Streets OFFERING CLASSES 4 YEARS - ADULT

Britney Simpson - Artistic Director • 12 Yrs Teaching Exp. • Former FL Marlins Cheerleader

Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz, Voice, Acting, Broadway Dance, Hip Hop Moms, Yoga, Pilates, Ballroom & Salsa

Now Registering For Summer Camp & Jr. High School Musical Workshop

8761 SW 129th Street (Falls Warehouse Area) 786.342.1840 www.simpcityinc.com

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Come in Saturday, February 28 for our Thank You Shopping Bag and save

20% OFF anything* you can stuff inside!

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Regular colorants - Stronger unpleasant odor


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