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A sip of summer!



Veronica Lepere EDITOR

Paige Vignola

School is over! I can’t believe that it ended so fast, another year with many great memories, learning and good times that will last forever. Summer time is here and our Kiddos are ready for fun and new adventures, no dress code for a while!


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First time at camp? Talking with your child. Sending your child away to camp for the first time is a major milestone for most families. Find out about some sample topics for discussion that will help prepare your child emotionally for his or her big adventure. “Please Don’t Leave Me Campaign” provides free rearview mirror hanging signs to remind caregivers not to leave children unattended in vehicles. Our Kiddos Kid Reporter was lucky enough to chat with Robert Irvine at Fun and Fit as


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a Family about how he got his start in cooking and he learned more about Irvine’s shows on Food Network. Read on for more!


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Embrace all the amazing things that life has to offer in the upcoming weeks. Have a great Sip of Summer Kiddos!

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“Please Don’t Leave

” Campaign

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Safe Kids of Miami-Dade County Launch Campaign to Prevent Heat Stroke WRITTEN BY: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital


eat Stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children in the United States. On average, every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Safe Kids of Miami-Dade County have teamed up to launch the “Please Don’t Leave Me” campaign which will provide parents and caregivers across Miami-Dade with a visual tool and helpful tips in an effort to prevent these tragedies. On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside of a car can rise 19 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and can continue getting hotter with each passing minute. In South Florida, temperatures can rise to 80 and even 90 degrees year round. Babies and young children can sometimes sleep so peacefully in a vehicle that a caregiver may forget they are even there. The “Please Don’t Leave Me” campaign is providing parents and caregivers across South Florida with free rearview mirror hanging tags that act as a helpful reminder that a child is in the vehicle. “Heatstroke can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere, especially in South Florida,” said Malvina Duncan, RN, Safe Kids of Miami-Dade County and Injury Prevention Coordinator at Nicklaus Children’s. “A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adults’ body, making a little one much more susceptible to heat stroke. That is why it is imperative that parents never leave a child unattended in a vehicle,” she said. Miami-Dade County School Board Member, Susie V. Castillo, who brought the idea of the initiative to the district,

M-DCPS will be distributing the hanging tags to the families of children enrolled in Head Start and Early Start programs in all of its schools. The tags can also be obtained, free-of-charge, at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department, at Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Care Centers, or at any of Nicklaus Children’s Urgent Care Centers throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. k

“Please Don’t Leave Me” campaign provides free rearview mirror hanging signs to remind caregivers not to leave children unattended in vehicles.

believes “this is such an important campaign, particularly at this time of the year when we experience record-high temperatures, to help prevent tragedies and save lives.” “Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is an advocate for all children across South Florida and beyond. Together, we can make a difference and protect our precious children and babies by sharing this message and making safety a priority,” said Dr. Narendra M. Kini, President and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

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Spend it Right!



ather’s Day is by nature a family event. Use this occasion to get everyone in the family together for a fun day. Even if you have found a great Father’s Day gift, a present and a card cannot substitute for quality time with dad. If you’re wondering how to spend Father’s Day in the best way possible, here are some tips on how you can plan the perfect day for you and your entire family:

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choose family-friendly routes that the children can manage, cycling provides a fab, low-cost day out.

Go Fishing Relaxing way to spend dad’s special day! Make the day kid- friendly by bringing fishing rods designed specifically for children. Take a break to enjoy a picnic lunch with a variety of sandwiches, dad’s favorite pasta salad, chips, fruit, and a special dessert. Surprise dad during the trip by giving him a Father’s Day present that he can use while fishing, like a new fishing rod!

It’s a delicious way to honor Dad with some of his favorite breakfast foods. Find a great brunch spot to treat dad for Father’s Day! Weather permitting, an ocean view brunch would definitely add the perfect touch to a great Father’s Day breakfast with dad!

Go Bowling

Go for a Bike Ride

Go for a Bike Ride

Dust down the bikes and head out for some active summer fun. Officebound dads will welcome to chance to get some exercise and as long as you

Enjoying the outdoors together, going for a bike ride, heading to a local park and spending the day cruising around on two wheels are fun and also healthy

Bowling provides reasonably-priced indoor fun for all ages. Lots of parents recommended this activity as a ‘Dadfriendly’ option and we agree. Plus there are many locations around South Florida - find your nearest!

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activities for Dad and the kids. As long as you’re outside and spending time with Dad, he’ll be sure to have a great Father’s Day.

Go to See a Game America’s favorite pastime! Take Dad to see his favorite team play. Purchase tickets in advance of the game and surprise dad on Father’s Day with a card with the tickets inside. Buy him a shirt to wear to the game as the second part of his present. While there, treat dad to snacks, drinks, and hot dogs galore.

Cook Dinner with Dad and Watch a Movie It’s the perfect ending to a fantastic Father’s Day. Get the whole family involved in cooking Dad’s favorite meal for a special Father’s Day dinner. Even younger kids can help. Assign them easy tasks, such as setting the table or tossing the salad. Let him to pick his favorite movie! Spend Father’s Day together and make it extraordinary! k it’s just about kids |




Bike Walk Coral Gables Bike Walk Coral Gables envisions a Coral Gables community that values cycling and walking as safe and healthy forms of transportation and recreation.


ike Walk Coral Gables (BWCG), a non-profit organization formed in 2011 was recently named the 2014 Bike Business of the Year by the Florida Bicycle Association. The award ceremony was held on February 24, 2015 in Commissions Chambers, where the Commission also proclaimed March “Bike Month”. Bike Walk Coral Gables’ annual event, Gables Bike Day, was held this year on March 1 to kickoff Bike305 Month in recognition of Florida Bicycle Month. Approximately 1500 participants attended the free family event that featured closed streets, kids activities, and bicycle tours. In partnership with the Coral Gables Museum, Bike Walk Coral Gables provides family-friendly, monthly

bicycle tours to places of interest in Coral Gables. Held on the third Sunday of every month, the tours are led by experienced bicycle leaders on safe routes to the varied destinations. Bike Walk Coral Gables holds several events throughout the year to spread awareness of this worthy cause, most notably Gables Bike Day. k

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4th of July 2015 family events and celebrations! Black Point Park and Marina

Palmetto Bay

Bayfront Park

Spend an all-American day at the park enjoying the bike and jog trails, fishing, boating, and food at Black Point Ocean Grill and top off the day with a fireworks display. Park opens at sunrise, fireworks at 9 p.m. 24775 SW 87th Ave., Cutler Bay; 305-258-4092 Free event

There will be fun for the whole family with a Zumbathon, live music, fun zone, beer garden, hot dog eating contest, vendors, and a fireworks display. 5-9:30 p.m., Franjo Triangle just east of Village Hall, along Franjo Road. Palmetto Bay; 305-259-1234 Free event

America’s Birthday Bash takes over Bayfront Park with a kids’ zone, food, live music, lawn games, giveaways, and more. Park opens at sunrise, fireworks at 9 p.m. 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-3587550 Free event

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Live entertainment, children’s Celebrate the Fourth of July in style zone, food and beverages and Enjoy the Barnacle’s Old Fashioned at this iconic hotel’s Fireworks fireworks. 5-9 p.m., fireworks Picnic and CocoWalk’s annual Hot Dog Spectacular. At 9 p.m. 1200 at 9 p.m. Palmer Park, 6100 Eating Contest, plus free ice cream, art Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. SW 67th Ave., South Miami activities for the kids, balloon animals, Just fireworks viewing on golf and more. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. picnic, course is free; 855-666-1727. 5 p.m. Hot Dog eating contest, 9 p.m. fireworks. 2820 McFarlane Rd., Key Biscayne Fourth of July Parade Coconut Grove; 305-461-5506 Be prepared for some awesome homemade floats in the Free event Key Biscayne’s 56th annual Fourth of July Parade. Takes place along Crandon Boulevard to West Enid. Parade at 11 a.m., the fireworks at Galen Drive and Crandon Boulevard after sunset. Free event

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American Camp Association®


Names Tom Holland Chief Executive Officer

fter a comprehensive search, the American Camp Association® (ACA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tom Holland has been named CEO of this national organization effective June 1, 2015. Tom replaces Peg Smith who retired on January 1, 2015. According to Tish Bolger, ACA’s Board Chair, “Tom has a track record of strong leadership both inside and outside of camp. This combined with his deep industry knowledge and institutional tenure makes Tom uniquely qualified to lead ACA successfully into the future.” Since 2013, Tom has been ACA’s chief foundation and funds development officer. He has also served as the public relations spokesperson for ACA. Tom came to ACA in order to revitalize fundraising throughout the Association, and his time on staff has been marked by growth in this area as well as the launch of the Camp Moves Me fundraising campaign.

Tom shares, “It is an honor to lead an organization with such a rich history. For over 100 years, ACA has been the voice of the camp movement, a movement whose importance continues to grow every day. ACA sets the standard for excellence in the camp experience. In my role as CEO, I am proud to lead this organization that is so committed to advancing camp

opportunities for children and youth.” Tom holds a BA in secondary education and a MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He also has completed coursework in nonprofit management from Stanford University and Harvard University. With a background in education, Tom worked as a secondary school social studies teacher in Kirkwood, Missouri, before dedicating himself to the camp profession full time in 2005. From 20052013, he worked for a private, independent nonprofit camp program in northwest Wyoming, serving for six years as the executive director from August 2007 to August 2013. During this time he served on the ACA Board of Directors. k

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Summer Camp, Kids, and Healthy Lifestyles: Run, Jump and... Eat Vegetables! WRITTEN BY: American Camp Association


ith childhood obesity affecting one in five children, camps play a vital role in turning back this national trend. Camps are important partners for parents and children who want to make positive changes that keep kids active and eating right all year long.

The Culprits Health professionals agree that numerous environmental and social factors are at play when it comes to the eating and exercise behaviors of young people. The era of “walking uphill two miles to school every day” is long-gone for most kids, and with the availability of buses and carpools, most children no longer walk to school. Playing outside is also decreasing with children spending much more time indoors than children ten or twenty years ago. It’s no surprise to concerned parents that many children spend too much time with inactive technology, devoting as much as three to five hours a day to TV or computerrelated entertainment. Almost everyone is familiar with the Food Guide Pyramid, but not many people are as familiar with the Physical Activity Pyramid. According to the Council for Physical Education for Children, sixty minutes is the minimum amount of physical activity recommended for children. Ideally, children should engage in flexibility games and exercises as well as muscular fitness activities at least three times a week; have active aerobics, active sports and recreation activities be a part of each day’s


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activities; and gather many of the sixty minutes of moderate and vigorous activities from outside play, games, walking, and other physical exercise. Camps offer an optimal environment to encourage varying levels of physical challenges, teach lifelong active recreational pursuits, and establish opportunities to learn active lifestyle behaviors.

A Healthy Attitude at Camp Camps and their staffs make sure that camp programs offer opportunities for healthy and active living. If children begin to change some of their food and activity habits at camp, they might be able to transfer some of these behaviors when they return home.

Food and Nutrition at Camp Many camps look for innovative, fun, tasty ways to provide healthy choices and decision-making skills to their campers. The following list includes some “tried-and-true” techniques found at camps:

• Teach children to alter food How do camps help? For starters, camps continue doing what they do best, which is focusing on the positive development of children. Camp is, after all, for kids.

• Camps can help children learn to like foods that are good for them by presenting good choices in a fun, safe environment.

• Camps can provide older children and young adults as mentors for the children, to support positive, healthy behavior.

preferences by giving them good choices

• Offer taste tests and expose children to new foods

• Encourage eating breakfast • Offer new exercise/activity programs • Reduce “fast food” and junk food for snacks and side dishes (chips, cookies, candy, etc.) and provide healthy options at the snack bar or camp store

• Educate children about healthy eating and knowing when to stop eating

• Camps can teach children that

Physical Activity at Camp

physical exercise is fun and can be an activity of choice over television and video games.

Most camp programs are synonymous with activity from walking to field games, and the best camps challenge themselves every year by offering fresh activities to draw in new campers and excite returning campers. What works

• Camp environments can become the safest activity-oriented learning center outside the school system by working in tandem with education and nutrition.

• Physical fitness fun with contests and games



Find the match • Active role models at camp • Physical activity that doesn’t require lots of equipment

• Activity teams or “walking buddies” programs • Positive feedback on the process of doing your best and emphasizing participation rather than winning or being the best

• A wide variety of new and traditional activities, sports, and games

• Focus on fun and gaining a healthier lifestyle Social Support If young people see peers and adults they admire, like their counselors and other campers, engaged in enjoyable active pursuits, they will likely want to model a similar behavior. If your child’s favorite counselor routinely engages in games, swimming, hiking, and other enjoyable activities, it’s easy to imagine that your child will follow suit. In the company of new and old friends, these new adventures, as well as the shared, nutritious meals are simply more rewarding. Camps can play a vital role in contributing to lifelong patterns of exercise and excellent nutrition. Camp is a great place to offer good food, great activities, a positive environment, safe and secure location, and most of all, fun. k

Adapted from the article, “Kids and Healthy Lifestyles,” by Viki Kappel Spain; M. Deborah Bialeschki, Ph.D.; Karla A. Henderson, Ph.D., published in the September/October 2005 issue of Camping Magazine; Reprinted from CAMP by permission of the American Camp Association; copyright 2006 American Camping Association, Inc. Originally printed in CAMP Magazine, reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association © 2006 American Camping Association, Inc.

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Robert Irvine, Chef & Food Network Star WRITTEN BY: Julia McCandless

Robert is best known for hosting Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible, and Restaurant: Impossible. He’s also an advocate for healthy eating, exercising, and empowering people through food and fitness.


ur Kiddos Kid Reporter was lucky enough to chat with Robert Irvine at Fun and Fit as a Family, an event affiliated with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, about how he got his start in cooking and he learned more about Irvine’s shows on Food Network. He also found out how Robert stays in such great shape, what inspires him and, what it was like skydiving with the Golden Knights! Read on for more! The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Can you tell me more about your culinary career? Robert Irvine: I started as a young man, 15 1/2 years old at the British Royal Navy. So you’re 9, right? So another 5 or 6 years or so you’d be my age when I started. I stayed in the Navy for 10 years, then I joined the Marine Corps for another four, so pretty much 14 years in the military and then I came out and I was cooking the whole time. Then I joined


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a couple of hotel groups, a cruise ship and I wrote my first TV show “Dinner: Impossible,” which was originally called “Fit For A King” in 2000. It was an instant success on Food Network and we did about 130 episodes with that. Then came “Restaurant: Impossible” and we’ve just hit 142 episodes. So, I’ve been cooking all my life. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Can you tell me more about your organization of charity for kids?

Robert Irvine: For me, kids are amazing. So I have a 501c3 that takes kids from military families, kids with cancer and Make a Wish Foundation. So everything I do and all the t-shirts and books and things that I write, the money goes into that foundation to make sure that we can take care of kids. Every year I do a big function for children called Sky Ball, which is 6,000 children and they’ve all lost a parent since 9/11. So children to me are our future, that’s why I love to cook with them. I love

to workout with them. I know you work out, right? You do jiu-jitsu? And you’ve won some competitions? I’ve heard you’re pretty good at that stuff. So I believe that every kid should eat well, should workout together, have fun and kids should cook with their parents and clean with their parents and play with their parents. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: You’re in great shape. Robert Irvine: I was in the military for many, many years and I continue to workout everyday. So these are roadmaps. They’re veins, really, but I say they’re roadmaps. You know, if you eat healthy and you workout, your body and your mind stay fresh. You feel good and you don’t get so tired. So that’s why I stay in shape. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Is this because of the workout and the diet? Robert Irvine: Yeah, I think that about 345 days a year I’m on the road. So I go home the rest of the time. So for me, diet and exercise and running around and being crazy— because I can run around and

be crazy like you, even though I’m a little older. So working out, eating well and making good choices. It’s okay to eat donuts occasionally, but it’s also good to eat nuts and fruit. So if you eat nuts and fruit and lean meats, you feel better. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: I know you like adventure. Can you tell us about your experience skydiving with the Golden Knights? Robert Irvine: You did your homework! Look at you! Yes, last year I did a show—Restaurant Impossible at Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg is one of biggest installations that the U.S. Army has worldwide—58,000 troops—that’s where the Special Forces and the Green Berets started. So I had the chance with my wife, Gail, to jump with the Golden Knights and when you get up to 14,000 feet, there’s a quick way down. They push you out of the plane and it’s the most amazing feeling. You have the Golden Knight whose done 6 or 8,000 jumps. When you get to 5,000 feet, the parachute automatically opens or you can open it and it only takes about 4 1/2 seconds. You fall at a rate of 180 feet per second. That’s pretty fast right?

It’s okay to eat donuts occasionally, but it’s also good to eat nuts and fruit.

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Can you describe Robert Irvine in three different words? Robert Irvine: Very good question! Caring, cool and baaaad. All you kiddos out there, let me tell you that this guy is the real deal. Nine years old, does Jiu-Jitsu and for someone to get in front of the camera and do what you do, that’s pretty awesome. Good job; give me knuckles! k

About The Kiddos Kid Reporter Kiddos Magazine introduced for the first time in our 2014 Back to School edition “The Kiddos Kid Reporter,” a new segment in which our 9 year old reporter, Marco, interviews celebrities, educators, and inspirational artists and personalities who have strong impacts in our community and in our Kiddos’ lives.

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ocated midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, St. Augustine’s history, Ponte Vedra’s luxury, and the coastal beauty of Florida’s Historic Coast are enjoyed, and celebrated through-out the year through hundreds of arts and culture events, festivals, and celebrations. Visitors will find great golf deals, romantic escapes, and family fun through-out the year. There’s always something new to discover on Florida’s Historic Coast where our history is not the same old story. Here are some great features to enjoy:

A Destination on the Rise - What’s New on Florida’s Historic Coast Florida’s Historic Coast has become an even more popular travel destination in recent years. Expanded visitor services, special events, tours and attractions, and improved infrastructure have attracted new hotel properties increasing the wide variety of lodging for visitors.

Hotels New hotels are opening along Florida’s Historic Coast. In October 2014, the full service DoubleTree

St.Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Shine in 2015 by Hilton St. Augustine Historic District opened its doors across the street from the historic Mission Nombre de Dios, the site where St. Augustine’s founder, Pedro Menendez came ashore and created the city’s first settlement.

Outdoor Adventure Feature Eco Tours and Thrilling Moments Nature lovers and adventure travelers will have plenty of stories to tell after a visit to Florida’s Historic Coast. Put these activities on your “must conquer” list. • Swim with dolphins at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. • Kayak the pristine estuaries and coastal waters of “real Florida” with professional guides and naturalists. • Fire a cannon at the Pirate & Treasure Museum. • Reel in the big one on one of several deep sea charter fishing boats. • Climb 219 stairs to the top of the historic St. Augustine Lighthouse.

• Take a Bi-Plan Adventure Tour for a thrilling bird’s eye view of the nation’s oldest city. • Check off some rare and hard to spot avian species at one of many nature preserves and coastal parks. • Hover over gators and crocs on the challenging Crocodile Crossing zip line course at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park. k

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SPRING CAMP MARCH 23-27, 9AM-5PM Children ages 5-12 will love our spring break camp— they can bring, decorate and ride their bikes (or scooters) all week long at the Museum. Activities include bike safety lessons, exhibit tours of “ARTcycle” and “The Underline,” artist talks, bike relay races on the Museum Plaza and a field trip 23-27, to March Montgomery Botanical9am-5pm Center. Registration required. Call (305) 603-8067 or email $225; $200 for Museum Family Members 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 305-603-8067 | 22

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Our Miami-Dade Police Explorers: “Exploring” a Future Career WRITTEN BY: Miami-Dade Schools Police Public Information Department


olice Explorers are young men and women who are part of an organization which allows them to receive career orientation and experience a program for individuals that might be interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. Our mission is to offer young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition, and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship, and patriotism. Our Police Explorers are sponsored by our Miami-Dade Schools Police. Police Explorers groups have been in existence since 1959 and are well es-

tablished and highly respected programs that have served as a platform from which countless young adults have launched a successful career with local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Many Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs, and heads of other types of law enforcement agencies credit their participation in Police Explorers groups with providing them the foundation for a successful career. Our Police Explorer group is based on certain areas which include: Career Opportunities, Life Skills, Citizenship, Character Education, and Leadership Experience, seeking to allow young people the opportunity to fulfill these areas of emphasis. It’s mission is to offer Explorers interested in a career in law enforcement the opportunity to:

1. Gain exposure to various criminal justice careers and to have positive interaction with law enforcement professionals. 2. Obtain “hands-on” experience and awareness of the criminal justice system, thereby helping Explorers to make an informed decision on a career in law enforcement or a related field. 3. Receive comprehensive career focused training that in many cases qualifies for academic credit (i.e. career education credit). 4. Benefit from interpersonal growth through self-discipline, teamwork, challenging experiences, and high standards of performance and personal conduct. 5. Enhance character development and improve physical and mental fitness. 6. Learn responsibility to self and others through leadership. 7. Serve the community by assisting the sponsoring agency in a supplementary law enforcement and liaison capacity. We require that our Explorer must be:

• Must be 14 to 18 years of age. • Must have completed the eighth grade. • Must not have a prior conviction for a criminal offense or serious traffic offense. • Must have and maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in high school or college. • Must undergo a thorough


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background review to assess character and integrity. â&#x20AC;˘ Must pass an interview showing interest and commitment to the Explorer Program. Police Explorers will learn: The importance of the rule of law in a free and democratic society and respect for diversity, human dignity, and civil rights in the application of law enforcement operations. Police Explorers will have an opportunity to participate in: Law Enforcement Conferences and Law Enforcement Exploring Academies. Police Explorers will have an opportunity to network with: Law enforcement professionals from local, county, state, federal, and military organizations; Judges, prosecutors, and other professionals involved with the criminal justice system; community leaders, representatives from private and public community organizations, and instructors and professors from educational institutions that offer criminal justice and related programs.

Law Enforcement Exploring will provide you with the following benefits: Career oriented training, practical experiences, and competitions, along with personal growth through development of interpersonal skills, leadership opportunities, and teamwork. Police Explorers will participate in community service and networking activities, with preparation for career related college degree programs and other advanced education opportunities. k

For more information about Miami-Dade Schools Police Department Explorer Program visit call: 786-505-4009 or email Mr. Bert Finale at MDS We are currently recruiting interested individuals for next school year class of explorers. We are also planning to have a couple of activities during the summer to prepare students for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s explorersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; class.

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book reviews

Suggestions for your kids to read this month

1. An Ember in the Ashes

3. The Terrible Two

5. How to Surprise a Dad

7. Stick and Stone

By Sabaa Tahir A gripping debut YA novel which involves the characters Laia and Elias caught in a savage world of rules and order. Each of the characters is simple yet complex, fighting against society and their own inner essence of right and wrong. Beautifully written and builds a great world for us to get lost in. A must read!

By Mac Barnett and Jory John Miles is not happy moving to Yawnee Valley where the only thing that makes the town great are… cows. But what Yawnee Valley doesn’t know is that it has a master prankster in its midst, Miles! But in his new school Miles may have met his prankster match, but who is it? Read and find out!

By Jean Reagan Following up on her fun series of How to Babysit Grandma and How to Babysit Grandpa, we have her fun book called How to Surprise Dad. With her great colorful illustrations, the kids try to figure out ways to surprise Dad! It is a great read and great pick for Father’s Day.

By Beth Ferry Beth Ferry ‘s debut book Stick and Stone is a great read aloud to kids with a great lesson. An adorable story about friendship, standing up for each other, and the power of words, Stick and Stone will sure make a great conversation for you and your kids.

6. Rodeo Red

8. Ms. Rapscott’s girls

By Maripat Perkins Rodeo Red is a humorous old west style story about a girl, Red, her stuffed dog, Rusty, and her newborn brother, Slick. Slick throws Red’s entire life for a loop when he becomes far too attached to Rusty for Red’s liking.

By Elise Primavera Too busy to raise your children? Ms. Rapscott has the perfect boarding school for you! Elise Primavera takes us on a great modern take of Mary Poppins full of adventure, magic and two adorable Corgis that are her assistants. You are sure to fall in love with this book. k

4. Anyone but Ivy Pocket 2. An Abundance of Katherines By John Green Best known for A Fault in Our Stars, John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines tells the story of a high school graduate on a summer trip with his best friend as he tries to get over being dumped by his girlfriend, Katherine, the 19th different girl in a row he’s dated by that name.

By Caleb Krisp Not only is Ivy Pocket the worst maid in existence, but she might be the worst delivery girl also. Follow Ivy as a simple delivery request turns into a comedy adventure full of intrigue and mishaps that only Ivy Pocket could create.

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guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear, and Disgust.


The story unfolds 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, in a fully functional resort on Isla Nublar that sees more than 20,000 visitors a day. Guests arrive by boat from Costa Rica, and the new park includes a biological preserve, a safari, a zoo, and a theme park type setting. The island also contains a luxury resort with hotels, restaurants, nightlife, and golf. And, of course, unprecedented up-close access to real, living dinosaurs - the full execution of John Hammond’s dream. But humanity’s continuing efforts to dominate nature generate unexpected, and dangerous results.

and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever super-villainess.


In Dope, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.



Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.


Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears--leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving.





Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Ethan Hunt’s highly effective but destructive Impossible Mission Force (IMF) has been disbanded by vengeful Washington bureaucrats such as the CIA chief (played by Alec Baldwin). But Hunt pulls his team together (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and newcomer Rebecca Ferguson) to battle the shadowy force known as “The Syndicate” and its elusive leader (Sean Harris). k











Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart

Pixels is an adaptation of Patrick Jean’s short film, which depicted popular ’80s videogame characters attacking New York City. The movie follows a group of videogame experts who are recruited by the government to help deal with the threat.

Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upsidedown when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions -- led by Joy (Amy Poehler) -- try to










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Lookingglass Alice The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announces its anticipated summer 2015 presentation!


he Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Lookingglass Theatre Company are proud to announce the Florida premiere of Lookingglass Alice, a spectacular journey into Alice’s magical world complete with gravity- defying thrills and breathtaking theatricality, as its marquee presentation for summer 2015. Set and experienced entirely on the Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House Lynn Wolfson stage, the show flies into Miami on July 8 after a recent critically-acclaimed and extended run in Chicago. Lookingglass Alice is a circus tribute to Lewis Caroll and was created by the Lookingglass Theater Company, founded by movie and television star David Schwimmer. The Company is a 2011 Regional Theater Tony Award-winning esemble of multi-disciplined of artists.

Adapted and directed by Lookingglass Theatre Company ensemble member David Catlin, Lookinglass Alice is a marvel for all ages, transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground for an exhilarating wonderland adventure inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories. “South Florida audiences who love the Arsht Center’s summer blockbusters will be delighted to know that Lookingglass Alice continues our seasonal tradition of inventive, transformative and engaging programming,” said Scott Shiller, Arsht Center Executive Vice President. “Our creative partners at Lookingglass Theatre Company share this passion and we’re eager to premiere their newly revamped masterpiece in Miami. Enjoyed by all ages, it is a high-flying, wondrous treat for the imagination!”

Lookingglass Theatre Company has built a national reputation for artistic excellence and ensemble-based theatrical innovation. Notable world premieres include Mary Zimmerman’s Tony Award-winning Metamorphoses, The Arabian Nights, and The Odyssey, David Schwimmer’s adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Studs Terkel’s Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel about the American Obsession, Lookingglass’ work has been produced in more than a dozen US cities. Lookingglass Alice will play Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7:30 p.m., with additional matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. k

Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling 305.949-6722, or online at Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by contacting the group sales department at 786.468.2326 or


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