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Remembering The Victims of September 11: A Survivor’s Story.

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Latin Times Top 10 Websites By: Jolie R. Gonzalez

Jolie R. Gonzalez Publisher / Editor In Chief


Letter from La Editor In Chief By: Jolie Gonzalez Meet Marti Lopez our new Senior Editor in charge of Central Florida Market. En La Comunidad


Biz Block

Marti Lopez Editor / Assistant Creative Director – Central Florida


Robert Carmichael Creative Director Sergio Sodre Hispanic Market Liaison – Tampa Bay


Relocation Central

Daisy Medina Community Liaison – Tampa Bay Julio Aviles Community Liaison – Central Florida


On The Cover Shin Do Kumaté – The most devastating warriors of all time!

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En La Cocina Grilled Spiced Chicken with Caribbean Citrus – Mango Sauce In Review: Gentry’s Fine Dining Restaurant Horoscope Highway Spanglish Horoscopes. By: La Chic A’Divina

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Rosa Mercado Editorial Assistant / Staff Writer / Reporter – Tampa Bay Sales Staff AJ Sales Director – Central Florida

Special Feature: Remembering September 11th A Story of how one Latina Survived America’s worst disaster Calle Social By: Jolie R. Gonzalez

Veronica Diaz Editorial Assistant / Reporter

Max Martin Account Executive / Special Reporter Tampa Bay Yvonne Morales Account Executive / Special Reporter – Central Florida Carmen Santiago Account Executive / Special Reporter – Central Florida Photography / Video Miguel Matos, H. Medina, Angel Luis Pagan and Eddie Perez For a one (1) year subscription (6 issues), please send a check or money order in the amount of $15.00 to: P.O. Box 262574. Tampa, FL 33685-2574 Special ThanX to God. Thank you to: Alfred Frederick for Business Photography.

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Main Office: (813) 901-5292 Central Florida Office: (321) 284-4599 Websites: + For events: No part of this publication may be copied or reproduced without the expressed written consent from Latin-Times Magazine and/or C.L.U.B. Magazine, Inc. 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. Proud Members of: Tampa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of the Gulf Coast, EWomen Network, Hispanic Professional Women Assocation, Latin ConneXions Network and HYPE.

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LettersfromtheEditors Hola Mi Gente de Bonita! Welcome to the new edition of Latin Times Magazine –it is with much pride and joy that we swing open the doors of opportunity to face new and exciting challenges on the horizons! This is a very special issue to me because we (Latin Times Magazine) have grown in distribution to include Central Florida and after a long bumpy road I believe I have officially come full circle, providing advertising and marketing services to both metropolitan areas. My very special friend y hermana Martha (Marti) Lopez has re-joined my team and this, I know, is only the beginning!

Jolie R. Gonzalez Publisher Editor In Chief

New Team Members for Central Florida Include: Julio Aviles - Community Liaison – Central Florida Yvonne Morales - Account Executive / Special Reporter Angel Luis Pagan – Special Reporter / Photography / Video Miguel Matos – Special Reporter / Photography / Video Eddie Perez – Special Reporter / Photography / Video For information and rates, please call us at (321) 284-4599. Distribution Expansion! In addition to the 500 Tampa Bay distribution locations, Latin Times will now also be available at 400 locations throughout Central Florida. Latin ConneXions Business Networking Socials! Our “infamous” Latin ConneXions Business Networking Socials are headed for Orlando, Florida. The kick-off of Latin ConneXions is scheduled for Friday, July 21st, 2006 in Orlando, FL. This

exciting event will be held at Gentry’s @ 4120 S. Orange Ave in Orlando. Exhibit spacing is available on a limited basis, more information contact: or call our office at: (321) 284-4599. Our Tampa Bay Event, 1st Friday Latin ConneXions Business Networking Socials continue to GROW and we have exciting new things lined up for you. Upcoming events include: Latin X-Pressions – A Cultural Art Exhibit, Monte Carlo Night, Taste of Latino – A Cultural Exploration of Latin Cuisines, A Latin Christmas y mucho, mucho MAS! Exhibit spacing is available on a limited basis, for information contact: JGonzalez@thelatinvill or call our office at: (813) 901-5292. Additional Event Dates: September 11, 2006 In this issue I would also like to send out a loving prayer to all those we lost on this, the tragic 5-year anniversary of September 11. As that tragic day draws near, let us remember - somos Latinos –Pero somos niños adoptivos de los Estados Unidos, therefore we are Americanos. Remember to hold a moment of silence for all those lost souls that this tragedy took from us and to pay tribute to this great nation –the good ole’ U.S. of A! Thank you to God Y Mi familia! See ya at the next Latin ConneXions! - Sigue Pa’lante, Jolie

Hola mi gente de Orlando, Kissimmee y toda la Florida

Marti Lopez Editor

I am happy to join forces with Jolie Gonzalez in introducing Latin Times Magazine to Central Florida and making our presence known to this side of town! I actually joined forces with Jolie year’s back, in Chicago, where she and I first met. Jolie relocated to Central Florida from Chicago, and embarked in realizing her dream of serving the Latin community. She had always wanted to be a means of informing and uniting the Latino community; I call her a LiaisonVehicle: she connects the community in so many different ways, and her vehicle of choice is media. I joined Jolie in 2001 when I, too, relocated to Central Florida from Chicago, and I jumped right on board assisting Jolie with the development of her publication. Well, Latin Times Magazine sure has come a • July/August 06 • Abraza El Calor De Tu Cultura!

long way, all the way from C.L.U.B. Magazine (City of Latin Urban Beats) which first hit the streets in 1999, through Latin Village Magazine, and finally arriving at our destination point: Latin Times Magazine. This publication has evolved, and through her guidance and nurturing, has matured into what it is today: a fine publication for “The Elite Latino. And with the evolution process, it has expanded, from Tampa to Orlando. I look forward to helping you grow your business through this vehicle, Latin Times Magazine. Tampa Bay and Central Florida are joining forces, Jolie and Marti are joining forces, “may the force” be with you too! Estoy a su orden, tu amiga, Marti Lopez

EnLaComunidad Access Tampa Bay Hundreds of references of how to access personal and professional rewards in Tampa. Community, social and professional associations, charities, how to find them and a summary of each. A fantastically comprehensive listing of networking resources. If you want more out of your life or your career, if you want to enjoy yourself and connect with your community this is the book to guide you. For the up-and-comers looking to find other fun people, make a mark in the community, give back, or a salesman looking to find new leads, or a native looking to rediscover and re-explore. For your friends that need to get out of the house, and anyone who want to fill their lives with rewards.

This is a treasure trove of social connectivity available for us all. Find friends, rewards and business from the 100 Black Men of Tampa to the Zone Art Lounge. $17.99. 183 Pages. Sold at About the Author: Eric Sturm, a professional purchasing agent in the Tampa Bay, area co-founded the Downtown After-Six events in Tampa, promotes networking mixers at the Tampa Club, sits on the advisory board of Creative Tampa Bay, authored the Young and Involved survey that was detailed in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and publishes a weekly e-zine of arts and cultural events in the area. Eric has and continues to lead, assist and promote efforts to improve our community. He is committed to Tampa Bay, resides in South Tampa and plans to make this his life long home. Author’s website:

Cada año, Latino Leadership organiza la Feria Anual de Información de la Comunidad de la Florida Central. Este acontecimiento reúne exitosamente a las grandes corporaciones, la pequeña empresa, el gobierno, las organizaciones no lucrativas, y agencias de fe que tienen interés en llegar a las comunidades latinas y minoritarias proporcionando programas servicios innovadores. La Feria se llevara acabo en la Oak Ridge High School, 6000 S. Winegard Rd., Orlando, FL 32809, el sábado, 29 de julio de 2006 de 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM.

Clinton Visits Orlando

Los asistentes recibirán, ademas de información valiosa, alimento, refrescos, los suministros de la escuela y recortes de pelo para niños, vacunaciones, exámenes físicos, orientacion de la salud, entretenimiento musical, y Exposición del Talento, entre otras atracciones. Todo libre de costo para los asistentes.

– Angel Pagan / News Correspondent

El año pasado más de 100 negocios y organizaciones tuvieron el beneficio de publicitar sus servicios a todos los participantes. Este acontecimiento cuenta también con la cobertura de varios medios de comunicacion (afiliadas locales de CBS y Univision, El Orlando Sentinel y otros periodicos locales.

Bill Clinton Visited Central Florida To Support The Orlando Democratic Fundraising Mission. The former President helped the democrats raise about $250,000 for the 2006 campaign.

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EnLaComunidad Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary Celebrating 10 years for any business is a milestone, but for an internet website it is something more. first went online July 17, 1996 - long before the “Dot-Com Bubble” was even beginning to inflate. The website was created by Co-founders John Kobel and Elizabeth Saldaña Kobel on a concept that was so new, no one even cared. The idea was to create an online community where Puerto Ricans living throughout the United States could find each other, locally as well as nationwide.

City Council of Avon Park Pushing for “English-Only” Law By Rosa Mercado

An ordinance making English the official language of the city of Avon Park, FL was being put up for approval by the City Council on July 10th. “English-Only” would apply to all official city business, excluding privately-owned companies. Also under the ordinance, any landlord renting property to an illegal immigrant, and any business that employs one will be fined $1,000. The controversial “English-Only” ordinance was recently introduced by Avon Park Mayor Tom Macklin and has sparked debate from both sides of the table - some call it racial profiling while others say it’s necessary. Here is what local Latin Times Spanish speaking readers had to say about the issue: “It is a very complicated issue, which is why it is handled at a federal level; this should not be handled at a state level. Every time race is an issue the matter becomes very delicate. Yes these individuals are illegal aliens, but they come here seeking an opportunity to succeed just like you and I and with the dream to become citizens of this great country.” – Noslen A. Rosario

It was a tremendous struggle in the beginning. The first month, the website had three visitors and content was hard to come by. Now Boricua. com is a well established, worldwide website that covers information about events and organizations in communities throughout the United States. We have covered the National Puerto Rican Day Parade for the past seven years and have thousands of photos from events across the country.

Don't kid yourselves…You are not accommodating us! You are NOT "trying to make us feel at home" by offering services in Spanish... It's all about the money!! You are just trying to tap into the HUGE Hispanic Buying Power!! That's right! That is why many companies do offer a "for Spanish press X button"... because they know. I say cutting Spanish is a very good idea - if you want to lose on the Hispanic power we bring to Tampa! – Daniel Caballero I cannot believe that a Spanish flyer or Spanish billboard is such a big deal. We are in the 21st century - this country is so diverse, what is a true American anyways? We have pride of where we come from, that's all! Yo soy Boricua, Pa que tu lo sepas!!!!!!!!!!” - Fralia Rosario “My grandfather worked in farm labor in the 40's and 50's. My tios and tias have worked in factories and in the textile mills of the Northeast. Today my cousins have careers in industries ranging from Computer Engineers to Taxi-cab Drivers. My hermanos and hermanas have fought in EVERY WAR this country has been in since 1889. I am a college educated, working my way through school; working overnight and sometimes three jobs at a time. I am a homeowner and have excellent credit.” - Naydelis Rivera Lebron

Adding a website store four years ago has contributed to the financial growth of Selling everything from “dulces tipicos” y café Puertorriqueño to sneakers with the Puerto Rican flag, tries to bring ‘un pedacito de la Isla” right to your desktop. Thank you, John y Liz Co-founders

The President visits Orlando! President George Bush with Latin Times Reporter Angel Pagan

BizBlock A Closer Look at By Celia Rentería Szelwach

¡Hay mucha excitación en Tampa Bay sobre el comienzo de la organización nueva, HYPE! HYPE stands for Hispanic Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs, Inc., a new community-focused organization catering to young Hispanic professionals. According to founder and co-chair, Gilberto “Gil” Sanchez, a corporate attorney with Maney & Gordon, P.A., HYPE is a nonprofit organization registered through the State of Florida which officially started in May 2006. Sanchez developed the conceptual framework and philosophy underlying HYPE with co-chair Maria Elena Elisalde, Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking with SunTrust Bank and past-President of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). Endorsed by the Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Sanchez and Elisalde formed a steering committee which has evolved into the 13-member Board of Directors. An Honorary Advisory Board comprised of five distinguished leaders also oversees HYPE’s strategic planning and offers expertise and resources as needed. Currently, HYPE serves over 60 members. Ninety percent of the members are Hispanic and fifty percent are women. Annual membership fees are $50 and members have to be 21 years or older. In

keeping with HYPE’s mission “to fuse Hispanic/Latino young professionals amongst each other and integrate them within the community,” members are expected to contribute their energy, knowledge and time to worthy causes. Says Sanchez: “From a community standpoint, HYPE members will assist students in elementary and high school through mentoring since education plays a large part in socioeconomic status. We’ll assist them as they rise through grade levels, expose them to different options for careers, colleges, or trade schools, and let them know what’s possible.” Since HYPE’s philosophy is not to reinvent the wheel, the community outreach committee intends to develop strategic community partnerships in order to leverage resources. One such partnership is already in the works with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Approached by Jose Valiente, Chairman for the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Sanchez is looking for 400 mentors to work with high school students in the Junior Achievement program. HYPE members will also reap tremendous business benefits through education, networking,

professional development, and community leadership. Members will meet like-minded professionals with a variety of experiences and have access to influential community leaders who can offer career mentoring, entrepreneurial coaching, and start-up capital for new ventures. In addition, members will enhance their skills by participating in HYPE’s four standing committees: Social and Marketing; Community Outreach; Public Relations; and Professional Development. Sanchez expects HYPE (www.hypetampabay. org) to make a big impact initially in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, eventually spreading into Pasco and Hernando counties as well. But his vision doesn’t stop there. Sanchez fervently declares, “On a grander scale, (when) HYPE is a successful community organization in Tampa Bay, we want to replicate this throughout the country!” Latin Times enthusiastically says, “¡Bien Hecho!” Celia Rentería Szelwach is a writer, speaker, and president of Creative Collaborations Consulting. Contact her at cszelwach@creative-collaborations. com or 941-795-0928.

The Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce Gulf Coast of Florida, Inc. Announces the Election of the new Board of Directors By Elizabeth Saldaña Kobel, President

The Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce Gulf Coast of Florida, Inc., founded in 1992, has reemerged with a renewed dedication to create an awareness and appreciation of Puerto Rican culture and its contributions in economics, arts, government and industry and support business opportunities for the Puerto Rican community in the Tri-county area, as well as promoting increased trade and commerce between this market and the Island of Puerto Rico. At a recent meeting, founding member and former Chamber President, Jose Ramos CPA, enthusiasti-

cally approved the renewal of the Chamber, and encouraged the new Board of Directors to continue with the Chamber’s tradition of outreach, networking, and establishment of partnerships with other community and business groups. Charged with the task of reorganizing the Chamber of Commerce are Mrs. Elizabeth Saldaña Kobel and Mr. John Kobel – owners of – a website and company offering information, goods and services to the Puerto Rican community worldwide. The members of the new Board of Directors are:

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Executive Directors: Elizabeth Saldaña Kobel – President Luis A. Lopez – Vice President Toni Cruz – Treasurer Yesenia Collazo – Esq. Directors: Awilda Castro Eric López Jolie González María A. López – Press Secretary John Kobel – Sergeant At Arms Jose Ramos – Past President

BizBlock Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando Business After-Hours @ Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Orlando, FL

Tampa’s Largest Office Party!

Held on Thursday, June 22, 2006 at the XO Club at the St. Pete Times Forum

Brazil Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce get together! L-R El Nuevo Dia Staff Con Jolie Gonzalez de Latin Times Magazine y Jerry Alicea de Ron Don Q

Carmen Santiago de Latin Times Magazine Ricardo Acosta of Presidente Beer.

Hispanic Business Executives Share Their Secrets to Career Success! By Rosa Mercado For Adriana Colina, the road to career success was long and bumpy – but worth it. Colina, a native Tampeña of Italian, Spanish and Cuban descent, oversees the City of Tampa’s Business & Housing Development budget and human resources. “I’ve been with the City of Tampa for 17 years – and I started in a clerical position,” Colina said. “Working my way up the ranks was hard because I’m Hispanic, I’m a woman, and young.” But her dedication paid off, and in addition to her post with the City of Tampa, she also serves as Producer and Host of the City’s Spanishlanguage TV show “¿Qué Pasa, Tampa?” Colina was one of three executive panelists at the National Society of Hispanic MBAs Executive Speaker Forum sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers in June. Panelists shared their insights on topics like balancing work life, diversity and career challenges with more than 60 attendees. Teodoro Mercado-Pérez, Director of Information Technology Procurement for PricewaterhouseC-

oopers, said being open to change is one of the keys to career success. Mercado-Pérez, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, also said professionals should ask themselves how their personal goals line up with what they do at work. “Keep your goals in front of you, and prioritize,” said Mercado-Pérez. “It’s all about working hard - and resting.” Robert Rios, Executive Vice President for Citigroup Business Services for Latin America and a native Tejano, encouraged attendees to follow their dreams and stressed the awareness of one’s interactions with others. “Treat people how you want to be treated – never lose the sensitivity of how to treat people,” Rios said. And for those who may not have their dream job just yet? Rio’s advice is simple: “Find that spark that makes you want to get up everyday.” For more information about the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs visit:

(L-R) Roberto Germain of Strayer University, Jefferson Michaelis, President of the Brazil Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Jolie Gonzalez of Latin Times Magazine and Andrew Meacham, Staff Writer for St. Petersburg Times. Jackie Rojas-Quiñones. Chairwoman of the Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with Elizabeth Saldana Kobel, President of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce of the Gulf Coast @ 1st Friday Latin ConneXions @ the Mirage.

BizBlock Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Pinella’s Chapter Luncheon

Keith Landry, Reporter / Anchor for Fox 35 News in Orlando with Jolie Gonzalez, Publisher of Latin Times Magazine.

@ The Belleviw Biltmore Resort. Special Guests: Tampa Bay Devil Rays!

Installation Luncheon for the Hispanic Professional Women’s Association @ The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City

RelocationCentral Title Insurance: What does your Premium really pay for? An important part of title is its emphasis on risk elimination before insuring. This gives you, as the policyholder, the best possible chance for avoiding title claim and loss. Title insuring begins with a search of public land records affecting the real estate concerned. An examination is conducted by the title agent or attorney on behalf of his underwriter to determine whether the property is insurable. The examination of evidence from a search is Respectfully submitted by: Marlene Butkus Stewart Title of Tampa 813-872-9898 Hablo Español

intended to fully report all “material objections” to the title. Frequently, documents that don’t clearly transfer title are found in the “chain”, or history that is assembled from the records in a search. Here are some examples of documents that can present concerns: • Deeds, wills and trusts that contain improper wording or incorrect names • Outstanding mortgages and judgments, or a lien against the property because the seller has not paid his taxes

• Easements that allow constructions of a road or utility line • Pending legal action against the property that could affect a purchaser • Incorrect notary acknowledgments Through the search and examination, title problems are disclosed so that they can be corrected whenever possible. However, even the most careful preventative work can not locate all hidden title hazards.

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Shin Do Kumaté: The Most Devastating Warriors Of All Time! TAMPA BAY MEETS ORLANDO, “DING-DING,” IN THE RING

By: Marti Lopez

Professional Martial Arts & Muay Thai Fighting Event, Shin Do Kumaté, which was founded by “The Persian Warrior” Master Mehrdad Khan Moayedi of St. Petersburg, Florida, is coming to The St. Pete Times Forum on September 9, 2006. This will be a televised, Pay-Per-View event. The heavyweight title fight will feature Master Mehrdad “Persian Warrior” against Rick “The Jet” Roufus. The middleweight title fight will feature (from Tampa) Chico “The Renegade” Mendez against (from Orlando) Mikey Gomez. I sat down with The Renegade from Tampa, and picked his brain about what ex-

actly is all the “Muay Thai” hype about, and why he is in the “game.” LT: What is Muay Thai? Chico: It is a style of kickboxing where the boxers integrate the use of their legs and fists so that all four limbs are utilized in one fluid, savage, but clean style. The Muay Thai workout improves the cardiovascular system, increases strength and muscle tone, while developing balance and coordination. The combative skills developed make this fighting art the easiest and most effective form of self-defense. LT: Que Cool. What is Shin Do Kumaté? Chico: Shin Do Kumaté has been designed as the arena for fighters to prove themselves as the “The Most Devastating Warriors of All Time.” It takes a warrior with courage to get into our ring. Fighters earn ultimate respect for fighting in a Shin Do Kumaté, win or lose. These fighters go one-onone with the most advanced fighting techniques. The Shin Do

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Kumaté is hardcore, action-packed full contact martial arts and Muay Thai. We use powerful hand techniques, shin-breaking kicks, knees to the head & body, front kicks, ax kicks, spinning heel kicks, and many more devastating kicks. LT: OMG, que crazy-cool! Why are you a kick-box fighter? Chico: Because ever since I was a child, the science of the Arts intrigued me, the mere concept on mind, body and soul all-in-one is a lifetime experience to achieve. Not everyone can do it. And I strive to achieve that goal. LT: What goes through your mind on your way in to the ring? Chico: That which is closest to my heart: my family and friends. LT: How do you prepare for a fight? Chico: Mind, Body, and Soul. My mind: focusing on my opponent; My body: one word, Purity; My soul: my beliefs in God, strong faith, and the belief that my family has in me.

FIGHT STATS: Chico “The Renegade” Mendez Height: 5’8 Weight: 180 lbs Pro record: 24-0 (20 KO’s) Amateur Record: 20-0 Rankings Titles: 2001 W.O. C. Middleweight Champ 2002 NKKU Middleweight Champ 2000 Olympic Gold Medal Middleweight Division 1993/94 – Korea Middleweight Champion 1992 – Made Olympic Team for the 2nd time 1992 – Texas WeLTerweight Champion Hometown: Tampa, FL LT: If you could meet any fighter still here or departed, who would it be, and why? Chico: I would like to meet Bruce Lee and Bill “Super foot” Wallace because of their passion and their demonstrated desire in the Science of the Arts. LT: How did you get your fight name, “The Renegade?” Chico: By my 9th-Degree black belt “Kyoshi” (“Grand master”), Sinclair Thorne. He always told me, “Never limit yourself.” “Learn other styles; you only fail if you fail to try. Add everything that you have learned from other styles to your arsenal and always humble yourself.” LT: What message can you send to today’s Latino youth? Chico: Never limit yourself, set yourself realistic goals in life, and remember you only fail if you fail to try. Good Luck gentlemen. Nos vemos at ringside. ~Marti

Bio - Mikey “ el Paraguaio” Gomez Mikey Gomez moved to Orlando from Paraguay five years ago to pursue a career in martial arts and has been training for the kumate for two years under Bobby Robare and Gracie Barra in Orlando. His nickname was given to him by the people of Brazil: “el Paraguaio.” Gomez feels that the most complete “ground” martial art form is Brazilian jujitsu and the most complete “stand-up” martial art form is Muay Thai. He has won three MMA fights where he was 12-0 with nine knock-out’s, and has been approached by the AFC and the CFC for a December title fight. Gomez continues to gain exposure with his fighting and thanks Bobby Robare, Marcio Simas and all the training partners who helped him become the fighter he is today. Hometown: Orlando, FL

EnLaCocina Grilled Spiced Chicken with Caribbean Citrus-Mango Sauce By: Tita dé Cocina

“A taste of the islands!” The spices and sweettart sauce are a wonderful combinación, and just the way to start the summer grilling season. Original recipe yield: 4 servings. What To Do! In a medium bowl, mix the ginger, cinnamon, cumin, anise, and cayenne pepper. Rub the chicken with the spice mixture, and place in the bowl. Cover, and refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes. Combine 2 cups of water and basmati rice in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until tender.

In a small saucepan, mix the mango, orange juice, lime juice, and honey. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a small cup, mix cornstarch with 1 1/2 tablespoons of water until cornstarch is dissolved. Stir into mango mixture, and simmer one minute, or until sauce has thickened slightly. Stir in dark rum. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. When grill is hot, brush the grate with oil. Grill chicken 6 to 8 minutes per side, until no longer pink and juices run clear. Serve over the cooked rice, and top with the mango sauce. Buen Provecho!

Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cook Time: 45 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour 25 Minutes • 1 teaspoon ground ginger • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/4 teaspoon ground anise seed • 1 dash cayenne pepper • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves • 2 cups water • 1 cup basmati rice • 1 mango - peeled, seeded and diced • 1/2 cup orange juice • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice • 2 tablespoons honey • 2 teaspoons cornstarch • 1 1/2 tablespoons water • 2 tablespoons dark rum

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Latin Times Would like to thank our Sponsors!!! Estrella Tropical provided a huge buffet for our Casino Night fundraiser. The event was held at Mirage in order to raise funds for Florida State Representative, Democratic Candidate Karen Perez. A note from the Estrella Tropical family: We would like to take the time to thank all of you for your continued support and patronage of Estrella Tropical Latin Restaurant and Deli as we continue to grow and become a positive influence in the Puerto Rican community, as well as in the Brandon/ Valrico community. We are growing, and people like Tito Nieves and his family are talking about our "comida criolla", our family-friendly atmosphere, and our preservation of the Puerto Rican culture. Visit Estrella Tropical @ 1941 E SR 60 Valrico, FL 33594. Info: (813) 643-8700 or visit:

Cinco de Mayo Sponsors! An Incredible buffet was sponsored by:

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant 2613 Thonotosassa Rd Plant City, FL 33563 (813) 752-0057

If you missed the Cinco de Mayo, Latin ConneXions event then you missed the delicious Mexican buffet compliments of Mr. y Mrs. Guillermo Gama proprietors of Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant in Plant City, FL. We would like to thank them for their generosity; over 250 people enjoyed the buffet. The next time you are in the mood to eat authentic Mexican cooking, Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant is highly recommended!

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GENTRY’S: Great Food, Fine Wine and Noble Service!

The Perfect Place for Business Lunches, Romantic Dinners or Special Celebrations

By: Jolie R. Gonzalez

I have done many food reviews in the last few years but never have I enjoyed myself so much as when I visited Gentry’s located at 4120 S. Orange Ave in Orlando, Florida. There was a HUGE rain storm when I arrived for my review, and as I sat in my car trying to give the rain an opportunity to settle down a little, I was surprised and happy to see someone come out to greet me at my car with an open umbrella! How is that for service, I was very grateful. Once inside I was greeted by a wonderful staff of friendly faces. The décor of the Restaurant was simply beautiful as I looked around I took in the cinnamon colored walls, the welcoming lounge area and the intimate dinner booths. Fresh flowers decorated each side of the bar, where countless bottles of fine wines decorated the back wall. How charming, I thought!

We were seated and I was joined by Martin Flynn, Jr., the owner of the new restaurant, Scott A. Fender, the Executive Chef, Felix Alvarado, the General Manager, and Brenda Carter de Treville, President of Marketing Image Group. I could not have asked for better company. I listened to the group re-count of how “Gentry’s” came to be, and was so impressed by the enormous amount of passion and knowledge these individuals brought to the Orlando community. A Unique Restaurant – The name says it all! Gentry’s offers incredibly delicious food teamed with the finest wines. Their “Wine Tour” is an educational experience, as each entrée is paired by their experienced staff with the proper wine,

all this at an affordable price. Gentry’s also has a private meeting room for small to medium sized groups that are looking for a place to meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I HIGHLY recommend visiting this one-of-akind restaurant soon! My favorite part of the evening – The tour through the kitchen at which point the very considerate kitchen staff surprised me with my favorite dessert (Crème Brulee) “To-GO!”. Thank you Gentry’s, for an outstanding experience! Additional Info: Reservations: (407) 856-6640.

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HoroscopeHighway By: La Chic A’Divina

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Rams tienen un habit of pushing to the front of the line, both literally and figuratively. And while this quality has helped Aries get pa’lante, it can also compromise their relaciones. Putting an animal, child or plant in their care can correct the problem. As soon as this sign’s nurturing qualities are cultivated, their selfishness will diminish. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Bulls love clutter. Being surrounded by all their possessions gives them a sense of seguridad. It also creates headaches, confusion, y chaos. Storage systems that keep their stuff on display will prevent this sign from strewing their stuff all over the house. Stacking baskets, glass jars, and open shelving can promote organización. Gemini (May 21 – June 21) While bountifully blessed with the gift of gab, Gemini are notoriously bad listeners. A good way to become more attentive is to practice staying silent..silencio por favor! At first, Gemini will have a hard time breaking the minute mark. Eventually, however, even the biggest blabbermouth will learn how to button their lips and open their ears. Cancer (June 22 – July 22) If you’ve ever wondered how Cancers stay so sweet, take a look at their sugar intake. This sign le encanta cookies, dulces, and ice cream. An occasional indulgence is fine, but too much dessert can take a toll on waist lines and energy levels. What Crabs are really seeking is oral gratification. Sugar-free gum or dried fruit provides a healthy distraction from candy crunching.

This Latin Diva was soften this sign’s heart and born Gloria Fajardo in enable forgiveness. Havana, Cuba on September 1, 1957. Gloria Sagittarius (Nov. 22was raised primarily in Dec. 21) Miami, FL, after her Archers have a bad habit of father, a bodyguard in telling la verdad. And while the employ of Cuban these folks have the best president Fulgencio intentions, that doesn’t take Batista, was forced to flee the island following the sting out of comments the 1959 coup helmed by Fidel Castro. Today, like, “Gee, those pantalones Gloria is one of the most popular female vocalists make you look fat!” or “Were and songwriters in the world. The Miami Sound you drunk when you wrote Machine had great success overseas before gaining this report?” The best way recognition in the U.S., Gloria rose from poverty for Archers to cultivate tact to have a successful career, but she never forgot is through prodigious study. her Latin heritage. Etiquette books will definitely Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) help! These nit-pickers a veces compromise their own pleasure for the sake of perfection. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Deep down adentro, these folks are really sensualists at This sign is the original workaholic. Many Capricorns heart. They need to learn that it is better to feel good than fear that poverty will set in el momento they stop toiling. to look good. Allocating a few minutes each day for fun but Keeping a gratitude journal can break this terrible habit. messy activities like baking, painting, or sculpting can cure The more Capricorn becomes aware of their non-material Virgos of their fear of filth. blessings, the healthier their behavior will become. No more cortando las vacaciones short for the sake of work! Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 23) Libras gave birth to the term “shopaholic”. These folks Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) have every credit card known to hombre y mujeres. And Water-bearers get into the habit of creating completely while their taste is undeniably impeccable, it can get them self-sufficient lives. Desafortunadamente, this makes it en problemas at bankruptcy court. What’s really at stake difficult for them to achieve intimacy. Basically, Aquarians here is a quest for beauty. Enjoying simple but inexpensive are afraid that relationships will compromise their pleasures like nature walks and museums can quell the independence. Fortunately, these folks love to experimentar. urge to splurge. By treating intimacy as an exercise, this sign can relinquish control for the sake of loving relationships. Scorpio (Oct. 24 – Nov. 21) Nadie carries a grudge better than Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) this sign. Unfortunately, hanging on to resentments has a way of crowding Como el signo de agua, it’s only natural quet Pisces finds comfort in liquids. Cuando those liquids have a high out love, happiness, and trust. In alcohol content, problemas can ensue. Naturally, a twelveorder for Scorpios to let go of anger, step program can be of enormous benefit here. Meditation y they must first practice self-care. yoga can help, too, as they allow Pisces to achieve a healthy Getting a massage cada mes or sense of nirvana. That’s all these Fish are really seeking. writing in a journal each day will Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) El Señor who’s sitting next to you in the elegant restaurant, shouting to his personal assistant on his cell phone? Probably a Leo. It’s only natural that a sign that is blessed with creativity, charm and wit feels tempted to show off. Actually, this desire to brag is rooted in insecurity. The sooner Lions learn to compliment others, lo mas rapido they’ll receive the praise they crave.

Remembering September 11th. A story of how one Latina survived America’s worst disaster. LT: What is your name and where are you from? My name is Judith Victoria and I’m originally from The Bronx, New York. LT: How long have you lived in Florida? What made you move here? Judith: I’ve lived in Tampa, FL for two years. I moved here because I wanted to escape from the stressful life and some terrible memories I experienced in New York. LT: Tell us about what the date September 11th means to you, what you remember about that day. Judith: September 11th to me means the end of many lives, but to me it’s also “my second birthday”. I remember the day being the one of the most beautiful days I have ever seen in New York with the clearest blue-sky, warm, crisp air; just a perfect day. I bought my coffee not knowing what the day would be like and just enjoying the walk into WTC 1. I was at my desk on the 29th floor, bringing up a document on the computer when I heard a loud noise that sounded like a lion’s roar and the floor moved back and forth under my seat. I looked out towards the office windows and saw fiery debris falling. My boss was screaming from the top of his lungs, “Get away from the windows! Everybody get out of here.” I was in shock. I took my purse and my cell phone and ran towards where the rest of the people were running. When I got to the stairwell it was already full of an eerie green smoke that burned your eyes and nostrils. My friend was screaming and crying in Spanish, “It exploded! It exploded!” I grabbed her by the arm and asked her, “What exploded?” She told me, “The freight elevator exploded behind me and Tony was in it”! I said, “What?!” She kept repeating the same sentence and cried all the way down the stairs. On the 27th floor, I saw two co-workers. One was in a wheelchair. I asked him, “What are you

still doing here”? He said he was waiting for the flow of people to ease up. The wheelchair would take up the whole stairway”. I told him to hurry up and get out.” Later I found out, they didn’t survive. I tried to contact my husband who worked a few blocks away, it was a miracle that the call went through, but I got his voicemail. I said, “Honey, I’m on the 22nd floor. Something really bad has happened. I don’t know exactly what, but I’m trying to get out.” With a bit of doubt I ended my message with, “I hope to see you again. I love you.” As we got to the down escalator, we could look out to the fountain area. I saw the most horrific site of blood, flesh and bones splattered all over the windows and people lying there lifeless. I was running out of hope. I was convinced this was my last day so I said to God, “I thank you for everything you have given me. Please have my family take good care of my children. Thank you for all the blessings.” We went down the escalator and got to an exit door leading outside. There, cops gave evacuees food trays to cover our heads as we ran out of the building. By the time it was my time to exit, they had run out of food trays and I ran with my hands covering my head. I lost my balance and fell, twisting my right ankle. I looked up at the Towers and saw both of them burning. I said, “God, you gave me the strength to get out the building, please don’t stop helping me now.” I got up and ran towards Battery Park. Miraculously another call came through to my cell phone, it was my husband. I told him I was OK. He asked that I go to his job. He was waiting for me in front of his building and when I saw him I collapsed in his arms. He took me to his desk and sat me on a chair with my foot up. Then we heard a loud boom. It was the collapse of WTC 2. We looked out his window and saw Chase Plaza disappear in the cloud of dust. There was another evacuation; total chaos. When we got outside, there was a deadly silence, one

I’ve never heard in New York City in all my life. No cars, no people, no noise. We walked through the cloud of dust holding hands, but we couldn’t see each other. We could only hear each other. LT: Tell us about the people that you knew that were lost in this tragedy. Judith: My Company lost 9 people. But I really only knew one of them, Vivian Casalduc. When I had started at Empire BlueCross BlueShield, she was the only one that really helped me out. Every time I had a question, Vivian could answer it. Every time you saw Vivian, she had a new hair-do and/or hair color. She was full of life and she always had a smile. I last saw Vivian on September 10th at 4:30 pm LT: How do you feel now –as the 5th year anniversary approaches? Has the memory faded –or does it feel just as painful today, as it did 5 years ago? Judith: I still continue to feel very sad. I still have nightmares. I just had one about a bomb in Madison Square Garden. Every time I have these dreams, in the end I always survive. However, in this dream, my daughter had perished. The memory will never fade. It hurts everyday. I was hoping my move to Florida would ease it, but it hasn’t. Moving to Florida has eased the stress of riding on the buses and trains and not feeling terrorized, but it’s always in the front of my mind, not the back of my mind. And maybe, that’s the way it should be, because all those people that lost their lives should never be forgotten.

1st. Fridays R 4 Networking Socials! • July/August 06 •


CalleSocial Latin ConneXions Business Networking Socials by Latin Times! Over 250 Business Professionals! Complimentary Buffet & LIVE Entertainment! Great Networking Opportunities! Central Florida Event Details:

The 1st. 2 hours of these events are a business card exchange. Latin ConneXions offers you a unique opportunity to meet and greet other local business professionals. Latin ConneXions guests include Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, Community Leaders, Corporate Professionals, Doctors, Attorneys, Real Estate Professionals, and MORE!

Tampa Bay Event Details: 1st. Friday of every month! Latin ConneXions @ Mirage, 3605 W. Hillsborough Ave in Tampa, FL. 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM.

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3rd Friday of each month! Premiering on Friday, July 21st @ Gentry’s Fine Dining @ 4120 S. Orange Avenue in Orlando, FL. Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. For future event locations please visit our website at:

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet your next potential client, business associate or friend! Free Parking. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are available. If you are interested in participating as an exhibitor at the next Latin ConneXions Business Networking Social, contact our office at (813) 901-5292 (Tampa) or (321) 284-4599 (Orlando).

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BochincheBlvd Meet Yamel Christina Arronte – Candidate for Hillsborough County Commissioner, District # 5. No Party Affiliation – A bi-lingual Latina! Yamel Christina Arronte is a candidate for Hillsborough County Commissioner, Districtwide # 5. She is not affiliated with a party. Yamel es una nuestra, she represents the people not the party. Florida born, Tampa raised and bi-lingual. Yamel attended Webb MS and Leto HS c/o 88. In 1986, Yamel hand-delivered the key of the city of Tampa to the Governor of Hawaii on a good will trip with Latin Fiesta Court! She also attended USF on a Latino Scholarship and graduated with a Masters from Troy with a 4.0 GPA. Yamel is married to Brent whom she met while serving overseas in the Army during the first Gulf War. They have two children, Aaron 12 and Sabrina 9. Yamel works as a public school teacher, mentor and guidance counselor. She

has worked at Progress Village, Pierce, Ben Franklin, Town and Country and is assigned to Farnell next year. Yamel also participates with grants such as ENLACE and the College Board. She was an ambassador for the Hispanic Colleges and Universities Conference and is trained by the Humanities Council in Asian Religions. Yamel even hosted an exchange student from Spain and was a foster care provider. Her kids keep her busy with Boy Scouts, Tae Kwon Do, and animal rescue. She loves to attend all the local beaches, theme parks, and historical venues. Yamel also stays politically involved with the

In an incredible tribute to “El Cantante” Hector Lavoe, Van

Lester performed to a full house at Green Iguana. The event was produced and promoted by Johnny Rivera of Vaya DJ. Great JOB Vaya DJ!

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model United Nations, the Veterans associations, and grass roots elections. For more information about Yamel Christina Arronte, visit her website at: or call 813-385-1220.

Magazine Release Fiesta

@ Mirage Restaurant and Lounge!

BochincheBlvd Grand Opening!

Pearl’s Steakhouse, located at 135 Church Street in Orlando, FL celebrated its Grand Opening on Tuesday, June 27th. Fabulous looking place, great food and delicious frozen Mojitos!

Ana Maria Polo, Geraldine Bazan and Arap Bethke meet, greet and wow the crowd at Telemundo’s Feria de la Familia presented by CarePlus and the Florida Lottery

Ana Maria Polo surprises the crowd by singing an original song! Over two hundred fans eager to meet Ana Maria Polo, Geraldine Bazan, and Arap Bethke at Telemundo’s 2nd annual La Feria de la Familia, started lining up outside of A La Carte Event Pavilion by 10am, even though doors were not scheduled to open until noon on Sunday the 21st of May.

Fundraiser for local Latina Karen Perez, Democratic Candidate for Florida State Representative

Lorena Rivas, Hispanic Neighborhood Liaison for the City of Tampa and Arlene Segovia, General Manager of Telemundo greeted the anxious crowd.” We are proud to bring our community a first-class event filled with entertainment and education,” greeted Ms. Segovia prior to opening the doors. The visitors rushed in waving to the cameras and walked into the venue where a live band, Los Cheveres del Son Band played while they visited booths offering information on several topics of key interest for the Hispanic community.

took place on Thursday, May 25, 2006 @ Mirage Restaurant and Lounge.

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CruisinLaCalle Saludos a la Reunion Dominicana!

Estrella Tropical Restaurant Domino Tournament

Forever Amor: Our Love Affair with Freestyle Music

The tournament took place on Saturday, June 24. It was a huge success, and 24 teams from Tampa, Orlando, Sol Vita, Valrico/ Brandon, and Kissimmee participated in the day-long event. A special "thank you" to Johnnie Rivera of Vaya DJ and John Kobel of for their support for our event. For more information on Estrella Tropical Restaurant, please visit them at: 1941 E SR 60 Valrico, FL 33594. For info: (813) 643-8700 or visit:

By: Marti Lopez

Saturday, May 13, 2006. There was a thunderous invasion at the UCF Arena in Orlando, Florida. Approximately 5,000 people invaded the UCF arena -- full to capacity, all in the name of Freestyle. The turnout of fans proved that this music has survived the test of time, which has spanned a good 20 years, and counting! All of our favorites showed up to perform: Judy Torres, Cynthia, Lisa Lisa, The Cover Girls, Lizette Melendez, Johnny-O, George Lamond, Coro, TK7, and Stevie B. All of the performances were outstanding, not to mention the host, Joey Vega, a Latino comedian who had us rolling, the man was too funny! Las Ladies de Freestyle all looked lovely. I am a straight Latina, but let me just say, Damn, those Cover Girls looked HOT! And as for the men of Freestyle, aye Paaapii! That goes for George Lamond, K7 - - all 4 of them, Coro and Johnny-O and Stevie

B… I love them all. Yes, we 30 and 40 something’s still love our freestyle, we are loyal and we will always love you, Freestyle. Here’s to 20 more years, Forever Amor. It was a memorable event for me, in more ways than one… Thanks to Sal Abbatiello of Fever Enterprises who brought the event to UCF Arena in Orlando, and to Chad Baransky with UCF for his hospitality. Enjoy the Pics!

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CruisinLaCalle HYPE Networking Social @ Sangria’s!

Re-Encuentro Menudiando En Orlando El Re-Encuentro hizo historia al presentarse en la Arena de la Universidad Central de la Florida con su excelente espetaculo musical! Esta ves fueron adultos y no ninos (menudos) los que asistieron al concierto. El tema a volar interpretado por Ricky, Johnny, Charlie, Miguel, Rene y Rey, sirvio de apertura al maravilloso concierto que puso al publico a gozar de lo lindo! No hay duda de que los muchachos que originaron el fenomeno de Menudo, hoy por hoy continuan cautivando la admiracion de su publico. Durante el concierto se anuncio oficialmente el lanzamiento del DVD que estara Disponible a partir del mes de Agosto en su tienda musical favorita. Concierto por Unforgettable Events. Angel Pagan – News Correspondent, Latin Times Magazine

Stormy Bay Concert @ The A’la Carte Pavilion! Great Job Ismael!

HYPE Networking Social

@ Tina Tapas

A Night out with “MAMMA MIA” By: Veronica “Vee” Diaz

I loved Mamma Mia, which appeared at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts! Hilarious, nonstop laughing, bring some tissues for you sensitive ones. Put on your dancing shoes for you 70's retro lovers. A great show to see with your girlfriends or your mom, Mamma Mia was such a unique musical, the entire show is based on all the ABBA hit songs. Every act was centered around an ABBA hit. All of the performers were incredible. I truly found myself so into it that I felt as though I was actually involved in the story line. I highly recommend Mamma Mia, it is truly a "MAMMA MIA" experience.

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JVYLaFarandula En la musica, lo menos que podemos hacer es derrumbar esas fronteras y limitaciones que el negocio de la industria discografico ha dictado y marcado. Pero dejemos aparte esos protagonistas y hablemos de los artistas activos en la comunidad. Este mes es bien activo en el cual topamos con el dueño de Mango Biche - el unico lugar mas lujoso colonbiano. (como dije “COLONBIANO”) donde disfrutaremos de artistas de salsa y musica latina donde la conga, las luces, y el sabor estaran combinados. Todos nosotros los latinos disfrutaremos de este lugar VIP.

En esta temporada estamos combinando los colores de la moda pero hay una verdadera lider. Esa es nada menos que ELVI LAMPING de Mary Kay cosmetics. Esta señora con su elegancia que la distingue ha ayudado a las mujeres sin distincion a superar y lograr sus aspiraciones, ayudando a la mujer latina a crecer y desarollarse en este negocio. Me despido… JV - Besos

EntertainmentGuide Tampa Clubs Anjali Restaurant - Tampa 8725 N. Himes Ave 813-933-4403 Latin Nights; Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Don Leoncio - Downtown St. Petersburg 340 1st. Avenue North 727-895-3402 * Upscale NY Style Cigar Lounge. Live Music. Call for schedule

Black Beans Cuban Bar & Grill – Tampa 8218 Hanley Road (813)884-2080 Latin Nights: Friday & Saturday

Green Iguana Bar & Grill – Tampa 9202 Anderson Rd (813)288-9076 Fabulous Latin Night on Thursdays by Vaya DJ!

Caliente Casino @ The Gulfport Casino Info: Latin Nights; Thursdays - Gorgeous Location!

Hyde Park Café - Tampa 1806 W. Platt St Latin Nights on Thursday Nights @ 10:30 PM. Great looking club!

Club Mirage - Tampa 3605 W. Hillsborough Ave.* (813) 673-8835 * Latin Nights on Wednesdays & Fridays 9:00 PM. Gorgeous, upscale club. Home of 1st. Fridays, Latin ConneXions, the Biggest Latin Business Networking in Tampa Bay! 5:45 PM - 10:00 PM. Free Parking, Complimentary Buffet, LIVE Entertainment! Call: (813) 901-5292. Coco Bongo - Tampa 4235 Armenia Ave., Tampa 813-873-7776 * Latin Nights on Fridays and Saturdays @ 9:00 PM.

La Rumba Restaurant and Bar - Tampa 3409 W. Columbus Dr (813) 876-3191 * Latin Nights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 10:00 PM. Paracas Nightclub – Tampa 3602 N. Armenia Ave 813-348-4806 * Friday Nights: Lots of Great Salsa! Latin Format Thursdays –Sundays.

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Park Place - Clearwater 420 Park Place Blvd. (SR 60/Gulf to Bay and US 19) 727-791-6114 * Latin Nights on Wednesday, 9:30 PM. Free salsa dance classes. Recuerdos Bar - Tampa 6416 North Florida Ave (813) 234-1267 * Latin Nights on Tuesdays thru Sundays @ 9:00 PM. Recuerdos Bar II - Tampa 4347 West Waters Avenue, Tampa (813) 887-3065 * Latin Nights on Tuesdays thru Sundays @ 9:00 PM. Salsa Fridays at the Pier, downtown St. Petersburg 727 515-1086 * Latin on Fridays @ 7:00 PM. No cover charge, Free dance class. Salsa Saturdays @ Baywalk - St. Petersburg Info: * Latin Night on Saturdays @ 7:00 PM/ Skye – Ybor City 1509 8th Ave 813-247-6606 * Latin Night on Fridays @ 10:00 PM

EntertainmentGuide Storman’s Nightclub Ulmerton Road - Clearwater Latin Night on Saturdays. Studio Inc. - Tampa 3603 Waters Ave. 813-935-5339 * Latin Nights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 9:00 PM. Velvet Room – Tampa 615 Channelside Dr (inside Margarita’s Mama) (813(228-7300 Latin Nights: Friday @ 9:00 Pm, Very Nice! Orlando Clubs Club Mambo - Orlando 2368 W. Oakridge Road 407-761-8903 Latin Nights; Friday, Saturday The Club @ Firestone - Orlando 578 N. Orange Avenue 407-872-0066 Latin Nights: Fridays

Club Paris - Orlando 122 W. Church St. (Cnr of S. Garland & Church St .) 407-832-7409 Latin Nights: Wednesdays Club Element – Orlando 39 W. Pine Street Orlando, FL 407-841-1556 Latin Nights: Saturdays Club Whispers – Orlando 4732 Kirkman Road 407-290-9896 Latin Nights: Fridays Coco Bongos - Orlando 1350 S. Orange Blossom Trail 407-859-7225 Latin Nights on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays Glo Lounge – Orlando 8967 International Drive 407-351-0361 Latin Nights: Saturdays

Latin Quarter - Orlando Located in City Walk Universal Studios @ Universal Boulevard 407-224-2800 Latin Nights: Fridays, Saturdays Roxy Night Club - Orlando 740 Bennett Rd. next to Colonial Dr. 407-898-4004 Latin Nights: Wednesdays, Sundays Salsa Latina Night Club – Orlando/Kissimmee 2783 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee 407-870-0600 Latin Nights: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays Samba Room - Orlando 7468 W. Sand Lake Rd. 407-226-0550 Latin Nights: Fridays, Saturdays Tabu - Orlando 46 N. Orange Avenue 407-648-8363 Latin Nights: Sundays

Mirage – 3605 W. Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, FL

ActionAvenue Friday, July 28th, 2006 Willie Colon – LIVE @ Hard Rock LIVE (Orlando) Universal Studios CityWalk 6050 Universal Blvd. 407-351-LIVE (5483) Friday, August 4th, 2006 1st Fridays Latin ConneXions – Business Networking Social in Tampa, FL. Presents “The 2nd Annual Latin Xpressions – A Cultural Art Exhibit” @Mirage – 3605 Hillsborough Avenue, (Tampa). Held on the 1st Friday of every month, this is the biggest, most exciting business networking social in Tampa Bay! Bring plenty of business cards and your dancing shoes. Free parking & buffet, giveaways and much more! Price: Free, Time: 5:45pm – 10:00pm. Exhibit or Info: (813)901-5292. Visit: Monday, August 7, 2006, Mariah Carey & Sean Paul @ St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL. Tickets: $17.75-123.25 Time: 7:30pm. Info: (813) 301-2500. Wednesday, August 16, 2006 Shelton Quarles’ Bowling in the Tropics II @ Head down to Splitsville Lanes, Channelside. All-Pro, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Linebacker, Mr. Shelton Quarles, in a celebrity-bowling tournament. Information or to purchase tickets: 813.239.1179, ext. 219 or

Saturday, August 26, 2006, Mary J. Blige with Jaheim @ Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 US 301 North, Tampa, FL. Tickets: $45.50-65.50 Time: 8:00pm.Info: Friday, September 1st, 2006 1st Fridays Latin ConneXions – Business Networking Social in Tampa, FL. @Mirage – 3605 Hillsborough Avenue, (Tampa). Held on the 1st Friday of every month, this is the biggest, most exciting business networking social in Tampa Bay! Bring plenty of business cards and your dancing shoes. Free parking and buffet, giveaways and much more! Price: Free, Time: 5:45pm – 10:00pm. Exhibit or Info: (813)901-5292. Visit: Saturday, September 9th, 2006

Sunday, September 3, 2006, Earth, Wind & Fire @ the Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 US 301 North, Tampa, FL. Tickets: $35.00-60.00. Time: 7:30pm Info: www. Friday, September 29, 2006, Santana with Los Lonely Boys & the Salvador Santana Band @ Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 US 301 North, Tampa, FL. Tickets: $55.00-65.00. Info: Wednesday, August 9, 2006, Al Jareau & George Benson @ Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL. Tickets: $49.00-100.00. Time: 8:00pm. Info: 727-791-7400. September 12th – 15th, 2006. Tampa Bay MEDWeek 2006 @ Radisson Hotel in St. Pete. Minority Enterprise Development Week. www.

On the cover! Shin Do Kumate X – Tampa Bay takes on Orlando! @ St. Pete Times Forum. 401 Channelside Drive in Tampa, FL. To order tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 813.287.8844 or 727.898.2100. Saturday & Sunday, Sept 9-10 2006 Rent @ Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (Carol Morsani Hall) Tampa, FL. Tickets $25.5058.50. Info: 813-2297827.

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Saturday, September 23, 2006, We Are the 80’s featuring Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Eddie Money & Scandal @ Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL. Tickets: $48.80-100.00. Time: 7:00 pm. Info: 727-791-7400 Monday-Thursday, September 25-28, 2006, YBOR City Bike Fest. For more info call: 813-248-0721

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