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4th July 4th Celebration - Join the City at the July 4th Celebration, located at 7400 Pines Blvd. There will be plenty of free activities, from 7 to 9pm, including a concert and fireworks show. The Food Truck Round Ups will also be available. Gates open at 6pm. For information, visit www.ppines.com or call 954-435-6525.

6th Sincerity Project – The 2012 Sincerity Project showcases the work of original artists, as interpreted by artists from ten special needs organizations. The public is invited to a Salon Studio, from 7 to 9pm, where they will meet the artists, who will speak about their work. Guests can participate in a question and answer session, enjoy refreshments and entertainment. The Project is on display at Studio 18 in the Pines, 1101 Poinciana Drive, until July 27. For information, call 954-961-6067 or visit www.ppines.com.

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20th Best Man - If you have always dreamed of seeing a Broadway show, the Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts can give you a taste of what it is like. From July 20 to August 12, Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” will be on stage for 16 performances, at the Susan B. Katz Theatre, 17195 Sheridan Street, in the River of Grass Artspark. For information, call 954-437-4884 or visit www.pptopa.com.

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29th Coin and Stamp Show – Find some collector’s items at the Coin and Stamp Show, from 8am to 6pm, at the City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave. Free and open to the public. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com.

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Art Contest - The Pembroke Pines Arts and Culture Advisory Board is currently accepting applications for the City of Pembroke Pines Eighth Annual Art Competition. Artists may enter up to 3 pieces before Sept. 3, including paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography and other mediums for a chance to win cash prizes. One winner’s artwork will be used to create the poster for the 15th Annual Art Festival in the Pines. For information, call 954- 961-6067 or visit www.ppines.com.

Hooray for USA - The public is invited to view the “Hooray for USA” Art Exhibit, on display through July 16, at the Glass Gallery City of Pembroke Pines, 10100 Pines Blvd. Created by local artists, the exhibit is a celebration of American greatness. It features a patriotic theme, with art based on Americana artistry and creativity. It showcases a triptic from 19th century, watercolors, photography, stained glass, quilts, and sculptures. For information, call 954-986-5027.

14th Mural – The City of Pembroke Pines and Studio 18 in the Pines are sponsoring Imagination Squared. One thousand residents will have an opportunity to design small wooden squares that will be part of a giant mural. Learn more about the concept and how to get started at Imagination Squared Day, from 11am to 1pm, at the Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-538-9956, ext. 242 or visit www. broward.org/library.

Dinner Dance – Put on your dancing shoes for the City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center’s Dinner Dance with live entertainment. Cost is $8 per person and includes a buffet dinner at 5:30pm. Reservations required. Dance starts at 7pm. The Center is located at 301 NW 103rd Ave. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com.

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One Thousand Residents Invited to Participate in Mural Project By Debby Teich

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first-served basis at several locations in Pembroke Pines. A small $1 donation to the project is requested. Once the squares are decorated, they will be assembled into a mural which will hang permanently at Studio 18 in the Pines. The mural will be unveiled at a public reception on September 7, at Studio 18. Participants can take their inspiration from the world around them, Mural from the Jacksonville from within their imagination – or project completed in 2010. anywhere in between. They can use any arts and crafts supplies they like, even photographs or found objects. They are only limited by their imagination and a few simple guidelines. Anyone who needs help can attend the Imagination Squared Day presentation at the Southwest Regional Library on July 14, from 11am to 1pm. Local artists will demonstrate how to use a variety of materials and techniques to get started. The project was originally implemented in Jacksonville, Florida in 2010. As the definition of “artist” grew, over 900 people submitted entries which became a snapshot of the community’s imagination in Jacksonville. The mural was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in September, 2010 and later became part of the permanent collection on exhibit at the main branch of the Jacksonville Public Library. Studio 18 in the Pines is located at 1101 Poinciana Drive. For more information, visit www.ppines.com/studio18 or call 954-961-6067.

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celebrate. On June 4, she turned 100 years young. The Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center hosted a birthday party in her honor. She has celebrated her birthday at the Center for the past 20 years. Gurine wanted a big “hoop la” for her 100th birthday and she got it. There were balloons, a big sign and a large birthday cake. Several local celebrities joined birthday girl Gurine at her celebration, including Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis; Angela Aracena, Vice President of Easter Seals; Martha Castilleja, Center Director of Easter Seals in Pembroke Pines; Sandra Suarez-Rinaldi, SWFP Human Services Administrator, and Jay Shechter, Director of Community Services and Housing for the City of Pembroke Pines. Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Gurine. “It was a great time,” said Mayor Ortis. “Gurine was overwhelmed and enjoyed her day immensely.”  Gurine, a native of Jamaica, was a teacher and married to husband Hugh for 34 years. Gurine was a teacher in Jamaica and has four children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is a very active member of the Easter Seals Adult Day Care program. She is currently taking a Spanish class and teaches a yarn class to other members of the Adult Day Care. She enjoys discussing politics and world affairs.   

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productions at Stage Door, Curtain Call, New Vista, Tamarac, Caldwell and Actors Theaters. They have been f you have always dreamed of seeing a Broadway on national Broadway tours, starred in Hollywood films, show, the Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts GORE VIDAL'S and written and produced their own plays. Many have (PPTOPA) can give you a taste of what it is like. From July been nominated and selected as recipients of South 20 to August 12, Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” will be on stage Florida’s Carbonell awards. for 16 performances. PPTOPA presents three shows annually and many of Directed by Peter Librach, this hilarious political satire shows them have attracted as many as 4,000 people. Typically, just what can develop at a nominating convention. Like real there is a musical in the fall and winter and a non-musical life, current events, Vidal contrasts the minds, emotions, and in the summer. Productions have included The Producers, fighting spirits of the two candidates in a morality play that Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music and many explores what makes people tick and just what people will, more. With a full orchestra, as well as professional sets, and will not do, on their way to the political top. backdrops and costumes, the plays are expensive to produce. PPTOPA is the oldest continuously operating Community Some cost as much as $60,000. The theater raises money Theater in Broward County. It was founded in 1993 by a group THE through donations and ticket sales, which range from $10 of dedicated individuals whose goal was to provide low cost, to $21. “Many people cannot afford to see a Broadway high quality live theater for the community, as well as to proshow,” said Mandel. “We bring Broadway-quality theater vide opportunities for anyone interested in assisting in the July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 to Pembroke Pines at very reasonable prices.” On Opening creation of theater. The goal of the company has not changed August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 AND 12 night, Family p.m. night and Seniors night, all ticket prices are reduced to $14. Friday &Mandel, Saturday Evenings since it opened 19 years ago. “It is community theater at its finest,” said Mina AT 8:00 Saturday & Sunday Matinees AT 2:00 p.m. The next three shows include Annie in the fall, West Side Story in the spring and executive vice president. “The production teams and talent are superior. It is one of H.M.S Pinafore in the summer of 2013. the best kept cultural secrets in Pembroke Pines.” The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts @ The Katz Theatre – River of Grass Arts Park While technically an “amateur” company, PPTOPA productions routinely feature 17195 Sheridan Street – Pembroke Pines some of the finest actors and actresses in South Florida. They are teachers, attorneys, (Located in the FIU/AcademicPerformances Village – 1 mile west ofare I-75) held at the Susan B. Katz Theatre, 17195 Sheridan Street, in the River of Grass Artspark. For information, to order tickets or to volunteer, call 954doctors, business owners and others who volunteer their time to immerse themselves 437-4884 or visit www.pptopa.com. in something they love. Recent casts have included performers who have headlined

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Pines will begin showcasing the work of eleven international artists who have not previously shown there. “The Plus Factor” exhibit includes the work of Liliane Gerardi, Cristina Keller, Maya Schonenburger, Alex Altidor, Jean Desimots, Vaughn Tucker, Corinne Wakeland, Louis Toussaint, Karl Jerry Craig, Judith Schwab, and Karl Kelly. “It is a diverse and talented group of artists,” said Benoit Menasche, Pembroke Pines art curator. “Each of the artists has that something extra in their work which grabs the viewer’s attention. At the Glass Gallery, we call it The Plus Factor.” The exhibit will run through September 17. All of the artists are well known and have exhibited their works in numerous galleries and museums in the United States and around the world. They are from Switzerland, Argentina, Haiti, Jamaica, and the United States. The style of the collection ranges from impressionism to realism and includes oil, acrylic, watercolor, wood block printing, and sculpture. “It is an absolute feast for art lovers,” stated Menasche. On July 31, from 7 to 9pm, the public is invited to meet the artists at a welcome reception. Guests will also enjoy entertainment by jazz group Nana Rock and

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they received counted as a vote. The goal for the Relay was $165,000; however, the abbreviated event left a shortfall of $43,328. Frank C. Ortis, Mayor of Pembroke Pines, encouraged residents to donate a dollar to help meet the fundraising goal. “If 43,328 people would donate just a dollar, we can meet our goal to help fight cancer,” said Mayor Ortis. “Our City continues to be one of the most successful Relay events in the state of Florida and I am proud to support the American Cancer Society. With everyone’s help, a cure will be found.”     To help Mayor Ortis reach the 15th Annual Relay for Life fundraising goal, make a donation at: http://main.acsevents.org/ site/R?pg=team&fr_id=37601&team_ id=1142180. To become involved with the Pembroke Pines Relay for Life or for more information on the American Cancer Society, call 954-564-0880, ext. 7518, or visit www.RelayForLife.org.

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PPCES-FSU Students Take a Trip to the Hospital By Debby Teich

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Pines Charter Elementary FSU campus will have a good idea of what to expect if they are ever in need of medical attention at a hospital. They recently took a field trip to Memorial Hospital Miramar as part of Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW), a program designed to connect a student’s classroom learning to their future in the work place. KAPOW’s lessons help students discover different jobs, what it takes to do them, and how to be successful in work and life. The KAPOW program has been educating the children of Pembroke Pines with real life, hands-on experiences since 2001. The program introduces students to career awareness through seven one-hour professionally developed lessons taught by business volunteers in the classroom and culminates with a visit to the workplace. Volunteers reinforce the relevance of subjects like reading and math by explaining how they play a role in their jobs every day. “When students hear about the importance of school from someone special, it takes on a whole new meaning,” said John Casbarro, President of Learning for Success, Inc. who coordinates the KAPOW program in South Florida. “It gives them a better understanding of why they need to learn and motivates them to want to work harder. Volunteers have the ability to change a young person’s life forever in only seven hours.” Throughout the school year, volunteer and retired chemistry teacher Marie Shotland (aka Grand Ma Marie) met with the 2nd grade class to teach them about the importance of community involvement, leadership, communication and teamwork. She donated lesson-related books to the classroom library and often brought surprise treats for

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the children. “She was always prepared and introduced the children to work-related concepts and experiences through hands-on, engaging, and age appropriate activities,” said Lasnetski. “The kids always looked forward to seeing her and anticipated her next lesson. The impression she made will be long lasting.” Shotland says that she got just as much out of it as the children did. “I had so much fun with the children,” said Shotland. “I loved listening to their questions and answering them. I also loved seeing their eyes light up.” At the end of the year, she asked the students to write a letter telling her what they wanted to be when they grow up. “They listed all of the qualities that they learned during the year,” said Shotland. “It was nice to see how much they enjoyed the class.” For the last KAPOW lesson, students from Lasnetski’s class, along with Shotland, took a field trip to Memorial Hospital Miramar. The children toured the lab, where they looked at red and white blood cells under a microscope. In the pediatric emergency room, they discussed what they can expect if they ever have to visit, from arrival to release. In the x-ray room, a technician explained how an x-ray machine works. They also participated in a hands-on “Teddy Bear Clinic,” where they learned how to care for their sick bears. “The children saw how the people who work at the hospital use math, reading and writing every day,” said Lasnetski. “It helped them understand that the things they learn in school are important.” KAPOW is always looking for business or individual volunteers, as well as schools interested in participating in the program. For information, visit www.kapowlfs.org; send an email to john.casbarro@gmail.com or call 954-680-3916.

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a 400 percent increase in foreclosure filings, and more than one fourth of all mortgages in the United States right now are at least 60 days past due. In view of these staggering statistics, most homeowners simply give up the fight for their home before it even begins. However, a foreclosure lawsuit is just like any other lawsuit – the lender must prove its entire case before it can obtain a judgment. Just because you’ve been served with foreclosure papers does not mean you have to leave your home! The legal foreclosure process can take two years or more if the borrower is able to identify and present valid defenses to the foreclosure. Here are some suggestions on how to use foreclosure proceedings to your advantage, and possibly “beat the bank.”

Conduct a Forensic Audit of Your Loan First of all, perform a detailed audit of your loan transaction through a qualified mortgage auditing firm. A forensic audit often reveals serious violations of Federal and State laws committed by the same lenders that initiate foreclosure proceedings. An audit may also reveal fatal flaws in the transfer of your mortgage. If you don’t know a reputable mortgage audit firm in your area, please contact the Arcia Law Firm at 1-800-770-7102 or www.arcialawfirm.com, and we will gladly point you in the right direction. File a Counterclaim Against Your Lender Using the results of your forensic audit, and assuming you have identified violations of law in connection with your loan, you should file a counterclaim against your lender for those same violations. In other words, sue your lender within the same proceedings as a means to gain negotiating leverage and improve your mortgage terms. In some cases, borrowers have been able to obtain a cancellation of the mortgage altogether by taking the offensive in a foreclosure proceeding.

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WHEN TO USE AN URGENT CARE CENTER? Many people are still unfamiliar with the unique service that Urgent Care Centers provide in their communities. Urgent Care Centers address the growing demand for quick access to healthcare, after-hours and weekend availability, as well as affordable prices. For sure it’s considerably less expensive to go to an Urgent Care Center than a hospital emergency room. And most times the wait times are much shorter. In fact, Urgent Care Centers are contributing to communities’ health care systems by providing immediate care for non-life threatening illnesses and freeing up emergency rooms in local hospitals. Urgent Care Centers also provide a broader scope of services than your typical primary care practice or retail pharmacy clinic. Those services include X-Ray, Laboratory, and Board certified physicians, which are not always available at some retail clinics.

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What surgical procedures do you offer for the face, body and breasts? For the face, we offer eyelid surgery, nose surgery, browlifts and facelifts. For the body, we offer liposuction, abdominoplasty, body lifts, buttock enhancements and vaginal rejuvenation. For breasts, we offer breast augmentations, breast lifts, breast reductions, breast reconstruction and breast augmentation corrections. What laser procedures do you offer? We offer fractional laser resurfacing, eMatrix skin rejuvenation, vascular laser, and laser hair removal. What types of non surgical enhancements do you offer? We provide a variety of non-surgical enhancements, including neurotoxins that are used for facial lines, like Botox and Dysport. We also offer soft tissue facial fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane and Radiesse, and fat grafting for correction of facial, body and breast contour deformities or depressions. We have a comprehensive skin care program, with two licensed and certified aestheticians who offer facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. We also offer skin care products to meet the needs of every skin type and permanent makeup.

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Patients can feel confident that they are in good hands. As Medical Director of the Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Messa has achieved Black Diamond status with Allergan Medical, placing him in the top 1% of plastic surgery practices in the country by volume. Because of his recognized excellence in aesthetic breast surgery, he serves as a consultant for Allergan Medical Breast Aesthetics and has participated in Allergan Medical’s Executive Council and the National Council for leaders in Breast Aesthetics. He has been distinguished multiple times as one of “America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. Dr. Messa provided answers to some commonly asked questions about his practice at the Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center. What can patients expect when they come to see you? My patients chose my practice, because they want exceptional results. I have extensive, specialized training and years of experience in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery. I am committed to every patient’s utmost satisfaction and I provide the highest quality of patient care to achieve each person’s individual appearance goals. I treat each patient as if he or she were going to be my first, only and last patient. My staff and I are dedicated to ensuring that each patient is treated with compassionate, attentive care that ensures their safety, well-being, and ultimate satisfaction with their results. We make sure that each patient feels special and unique.

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Describe your facility. The 7,200 square foot facility was carefully designed under my direction to promote a clear reflection of aesthetic beauty, with the look and feel of peaceful ambiance in its architectural and interior design. We offer a comfortable and relaxed setting with advanced technology in cosmetic plastic surgery. While beauty and confidence is our ultimate goal, the patient’s safety is of the utmost importance to me and my staff. That’s why I perform all surgical procedures in an accredited hospital facility or in our state-of-the-art, AAAASF certified surgical facility.

Do you offer any advanced techniques or equipment that others may not? I practice the latest techniques in surgical procedures. I caution patients on trying “new techniques” until they have been approved by the FDA and have documented benefits in controlled medical research trials. Some so-called ‘new techniques’ are not more advanced and therefore, not beneficial. They are only gimmicks that practitioners use to sell to patients. It is very important for my practice to

promote treatments that I know will benefit the patient that are safe and effective. What is your background? I have been in practice for almost 16 years. I was trained at two outstanding universities--the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts. The physicians I trained under were excellent teachers and highly skilled surgeons. I had very comprehensive training in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as general surgery, with extensive experience in cosmetic plastic surgery. I am certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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seen on scene Wine and Cheese

Whole Foods in Pembroke Pines (14956 Pines Blvd.) and The City of Miramar hosted a wine/ cheese tasting and live music event. Guests sampled the “Summer’s Top Ten” wine selection. All proceeds supported the Miramar Community Garden. Left photo: Members of the Miramar Community Garden and Jennifer Garvin of Whole Foods Market. Right photo: Pembroke Pines resident enjoys the wine and cheese at the event.

Graduates

Fifty-eight students graduated from the West Pines Preschool – VPK program during a special ceremony at the Susan B. Katz TheatreRiver of Grass ArtsPark.

Flea Market

The semi-annual Southwest Focal Point Community Center Flea Market and Bazaar attracted thousands of treasure hunters to the two day event.

Memorial Day

The City of Pembroke Pines honored United States Veterans at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony included the Presentation of Colors by the Police Honor Guard, guest speakers, and the placement of a wreath by Pembroke Pines City Officials.

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Seniors Celebrate

Seniors at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center celebrated Older Americans month with a variety of activities.

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