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located at 10100 Pines Boulevard. From 10am to 2pm, Ghoulish participants will be provided art supplies and a pumpkin. There are four competition categories, including 12 and under, 12-17, 18 and Up and Special Needs (all ages). For information, call 954-961-6430.

Voting - Broward County Libraries, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, is helping to educate voters on the Florida issues through one-hour presentations of “2012 Florida Ballet Amendments Made Easy.” It will be at 10am, at the Pembroke Pines/Walter C Young Resource Center. For information, visit www.broward.org/library.

6th Teen Volunteer Expo - Need Service Hours? Meet with representatives from 25 organizations who are recruiting teens at the Southwest Regional Library, from 1 to 3pm. The event is co-sponsored by West Broward High School and Pembroke Pines Charter High School. For information, call 954-538-9956, ext. 242.

13th Festival of Chocolate - Attention Chocoholics! The Festival of Chocolate is heading to the Nova Southeastern University Arena on October 13 & 14 and there will be something for chocolate lovers of all ages. The all-chocolate shopping, interactive and educational event includes two days of creamy, dreamy, cocoa-flavored fun – all in one place. For information, visit www. festivalofchocolate.com. Voting - Broward County Libraries, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, is helping to educate voters on the Florida issues through one-hour presentations of “2012 Florida Ballet Amendments Made Easy.” It will be at 11am, at South Regional/Broward College Library. For information, visit www.broward. org/library.

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the public to “Gather Around Its Table” to raise money for the local non-profit organization The Sydney & Alexandria Cohen Foundation, Inc. for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hospital West. From 11am to 10pm, BRIO will donate 20 percent of all food sales (dine-in or carry-out). BRIO is located at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens. For information, call 954-431-1341. Voting - Broward County Libraries, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, is helping to educate voters on the Florida issues through one-hour presentations of “2012 Florida Ballet Amendments Made Easy.” It will be at 6:30pm, at the Southwest Regional Library. For information, visit www.broward.org/ library.

20th Annual Harvest Howl - Visit the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines for the Annual Harvest Howl, from 1 to 3pm. Children should come dressed in their costumes for Halloween treats, games, crafts and live entertainment. All ages are welcome. The Southwest Regional Library is located at 16835 Sheridan Street. For information, visit www.broward.org/ library or call 954-538-9996.

Contest, bounce houses, carnival games with Halloween-themed prizes, safety exhibits, a Halloween Hunt, crafts, music, various live demonstrations throughout the event and more. The Power Financial Credit Union Sheridan Branch is located at 2020 NW 150 Avenue. For information, call 800-548-5465 or visit www.powerfi.org

Golf Tournament - The 9th Annual ‘Swing for the Green” Charity Golf Tournament will be held at the Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club, 900 S. Hollybrook Drive in Pembroke Pines. The tournament Jazz Concert - Enjoy a free jazz concert, benefits the Southwest Focal Point sponsored by the City of Pembroke Pines, Senior Center. For information about the from 3 to 5pm, at the William B. Armstrong tournament, call 954-450-6960 or send an Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Road in Pembroke email to magonzalez@ppines.com. Pines. Relax to the sounds of jazz and enjoy the delicious food cooked up by the Food Truck Round Ups. For information, visit www.ppines.com.

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24th Halloween Tea - Adults 18 and over can join in the fun at the Halloween Tea at the Southwest Focal Community Center, from 2 to 4pm. There will be a spooky array of tea sandwiches, decadent desserts and assorted teas. Wear Halloween colors, costumes and/or stylish hats. Fee is $18 per person. To make a reservation, call 954-450-6888.

Halloween Party - Mickey Mouse and Spiderman will be the special guests at the Halloween party at Froggy’s Playhouse. The event includes: open play, glitter tattoos, circle play, bubble shows, trick or tricking and paint your own pumpkin. Froggy’s Playhouse is located at 10141 Pines Blvd. For information, call 954-433-7818 or visit www.froggysplayhouse.com.

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Pumpkin Carving - Participate in the first Ghoulish Guardians Pumpkin Carving Contest, at the City’s Community Garden,

TeaCups Halloween Party - Join us with your pet for an afternoon of Halloween fun - and a chance to win up to $500 in prizes! This year’s event will feature pet photos, a charity raffle and bake sale, and as always... our infamous pet costume contest! Contest begins at 3pm and will be judged based upon 3 categories: cutest, funniest, and most unique pet costumes! 9003 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, For more information, call 954-985-8848

. Halloween Family Fun Day - Attend Power Financial Credit Union’s 4th Annual Halloween Family Fun Day, from 10am to 1pm. This free event features the Annual Rocky Raccoon Halloween Costume

Boo-ville - Families will have a “FANG” tastic time at the 10th Annual City of Pembroke Pines Boo-ville for children 17 and under, at the Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Boulevard, from 6 to 9pm. Tickets are $2 per child resident and $4 per child non-resident. There will be Moonlight Movies, Food Truck Round Ups, a costume contest, rides, a pumpkin patch, Trick or Treat stations and other spooky holiday activities. For information, call 954-435-6525 or visit www.ppines.com.

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Residents Search for Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate Halloween By Debby Teich

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s Halloween approaches, children

are eager to put on their costumes and parents are looking for a safe place for them to “Trickor-Treat.” Many adults are also in search of their own Halloween fun. There are a variety of ways to celebrate the holiday in Pembroke Pines. Some of them include:

▸  On October 20, from 10am to 1pm, attend Power Financial Credit Union’s 4th Annual Halloween Family Fun Day. This free event features the Annual Rocky Raccoon Halloween Costume Contest, bounce houses, carnival games with Halloween-themed prizes, safety exhibits, a Halloween Hunt, crafts, music, various live demonstrations throughout the event and more. It will be held at the Power Financial Credit Union Sheridan Branch, 2020 NW 150 Avenue. For information, call 800-548-5465 or visit www.powerfi.org. ▸  On October 20, from 1 to 3pm, visit the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines for the Annual Harvest Howl. Children should come dressed in their costumes for Halloween treats, games, crafts and live entertainment. All ages are welcome. The Southwest Regional Library is located at 16835 Sheridan Street. For information, visit www.browardlibrary.org or call 954-538-9996. ▸  On October 24, from 2 to 4pm, adults 18 and over can join in the fun at the Halloween

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Tea at the Southwest Focal Community Center. There will be a spooky array of tea sandwiches, decadent desserts and assorted teas. Wear Halloween colors, costumes and/or stylish hats. Fee is $18 per person. To make a reservation, call 954-450-6888. ▸  On October 26, from 2 to 4pm, adults 18 and over can attend the Halloween Dinner Dance with live entertainment at the SWFCC. There will be a buffet dinner, followed by dancing to music and entertainment, plus prizes for the best costumes. Fee is $9 per person. To make a reservation, call 954-450-6888. ▸  On October 27, from 10am to 2pm, participate in the first Ghoulish Guardians Pumpkin Carving Contest, at the City’s Community Garden, located at 10100 Pines Boulevard. Ghoulish participants will be provided art supplies and a pumpkin. There are four competition categories, including 12 and under, 12-17, 18 and Up and Special Needs (all ages). For information, call 954-961-6430. ▸  On October 27, from 6 to 9pm, families will have a “FANG” tastic time at the 10th Annual City of Pembroke Pines Boo-ville for children 17 and under, at the Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Boulevard. Tickets are $2 per child resident and $4 per child non-resident. There will be Moonlight Movies, Food Truck Round Ups, a costume contest, rides, a pumpkin patch, Trick or Treat stations and other spooky holiday activities. For information, call 954-435-6525 or visit www.ppines.com.

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Miami Heat Selects Golden Oldies Dance Team By Debby Teich

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Shechter has been busy preparing for the 9th Annual Swing for the Green Golf Tournament, which benefits the City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Senior Center. He will be hosting the event on October 27, at the Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club, with an 8am tee off. “This event is always a sellout,” said Shechter. “We host over 120 golfers. The sun shines. The breezes are cool. The food is always good. The raffle prizes are fantastic. The day is always perfect!” Since its inception, the Swing for the Green has raised over $250,000 for the SWFP Senior Center. Now 85, Shechter has always had a soft spot for the SWFP Senior Center. The non-profit Pembroke Pines Vice Mayor Carl Shechter (far left) with golfers Danny Ricco, Bob Henry and Larry Klur at the 2011 organization has been in operation for the past 8th Annual Swing For the Green Golf Tournament. 26 years, providing programs and services that enhance the quality of life for the senior population. The Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club is located at 900 S. Hollybrook Dr. in Pembroke It offers adult day care services, health support services, social services, transportation, Pines. For information about the tournament, call 954-450-6960 or send an email to counseling, recreational activities, nutrition programs and much more. magonzalez@ppines.com. For information about the Southwest Focal Point Senior Nine years ago, the avid golfer offered to organize a tournament to help raise funds Center, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com and click on “Departments” and to support programs at the SWFP Senior Center. This was before he was elected select “Community Services.” Commissioner in 2006 and then again in 2010. It was also before his son, Jay Shechter,

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volunteer opportunities to earn service hours for school or simply to give back to the community. The 7th Annual Teen Volunteer Expo offers them a way to connect with a wide variety of local organizations that need their help. Over 500 students are expected to attend the event, which will be held on October 6, from 1 to 3pm, at the Broward County Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines. It is cosponsored by Pembroke Pines Charter High School and West Broward High School. “On one day, in one place, students will be able to match their interests with an organization,” said Susan Hill, Youth Services Supervisor. The Expo will include both small and large organizations. The students will have an opportunity to talk to the people who manage the organizations’ volunteer programs, as well as other teens who have volunteered for the organizations. “The Expo provides valuable life experience and career exposure to young people and also inspires volunteerism as a lifelong commitment,” said Lynn Morrison, Teen Services Supervisor.

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Some of the organizations that have participated in the past include: Ambitious Kids, American Red Cross, Best Buddies, Broward County Parks, Can-Teens, Children’s Harbor, Civil Air Patrol, Eco-Action Days, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Ranch, Joshua’s Heart, Keep Broward Beautiful, Kids Ecology Corps, Kids in Distress, Make-AWish Foundation, Operation Christmas Child, Stand Up for Kids, Teen Court of Broward County, Treasure Box Project, Wildlife Care Center, Women in Distress and many more. The event will also include a food drive, which will benefit local food pantries. Fourteen-year-old Kaitlin Daniels of Pembroke Pines plans to attend the event. She is hoping to find an organization that deals with animals. “Now that I am a freshman in high school I have to earn service hours,” said Kaitlin. “If I am going to spend a lot of time volunteering, I want to make sure it is doing something that I like. The Expo is a great way to find out about opportunities in the area.” The Southwest Regional Library is located at 16835 Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines. For information about the Teen Volunteer Expo, call 954-538-9956, ext. 242.

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High School Students Win American Legion Awards By Debby Teich

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tudents are often awarded for their academic achieve-

ments, but The American Legion believes they should also be praised when they demonstrate strong qualities of character and good citizenship. Since 1926, the Legion has recognized students who display the six qualities that define character: courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service. American Legion Bruckenthal-Cann Post 385 selected candidates at Flanagan High School and West Broward High School based on recommendations from students and faculty. Each awardee received a certificate and a medal with the six qualities listed on the face of the medal, as the back bares the Marine Corps motto, “Semper Fidelis” (“always faithful”). Winners from Flanagan included: Nicholas Albarracin, Mitchell Gordon and Alez Gutierrez. Winners from West Broward included: Brittany Vokaty, Lucas Pooran, Elkin Howard and Santiago Cruz. “The School Medal is the highest honor awarded American youth by The American Legion,” said Yolanda L Santos, American Legion Post 385 Public Relations Officer. “It is a medal that proclaims to the world that this boy or girl is the kind of young person we believe worthy of such an honor.” To win the Military Excellence Award, each cadet must rank in the top 25% of the high school class, rank in the top 25% of their ROTC class and display outstanding qualities of military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship. For the Scholastic Excellence Award, each cadet must rank in the top 10% of the high school class, rank in the top 25% of their ROTC class, have demonstrated leadership qualities, and have actively participated in related student activities such as student organizations, constructive activities or sports.

Adjutant Joe Motes, who is also the district 9 Vice Commander, presents the JROTC Scholastic Excellence & Military Excellence medals to Mitchell Gordon and Alez Gutierrez.

Adjutant Joe Motes, who is also the district 9 Vice Commander, presents the School Medal Award to Nicholas Albarracin.

Adjutant Joe Motes, who is also the district 9 Vice Commander, and Chaplain Bob Nagle present the JROTC Awards, Scholastic Excellence & Military Excellence medals to Elkin Howard and Santiago Cruz.

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Market hosts community giving days, where five percent of the day’s net sales are donated to a local community nonprofit or educational organization. On September 12, the Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation benefited from the store’s generosity. By the end of the day, the Whole Foods Market in Pembroke Pines raised $3,000 for the Foundation. “Whole Foods Market Pembroke Pines is proud to contribute to the growth of the Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation,” said Jennifer Garvin, Marketing Team Leader Whole Foods Market Pembroke Pines. “Being part of a community means being an active neighbor. And we believe true community transcends the boundaries of our towns and cities. “ Throughout the day, celebrity baggers stopped by the store to help. They were careful to keep the cold foods away from the hot foods and to separate the bread from the cans. Some

of the celebrity baggers included: Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis; Pembroke Pines Commissioners Angelo Castillo, Iris Siple and Jay Schwartz; Assistant City Manager Aner Gonzalez; principals and teachers from each of the five Pembroke Pines Charter School Campuses and many more. “It felt as though the entire community came out to Whole Foods to support our City-run school system,” said Mary Jordan, Development Director City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools. The Pembroke Pines Charter School System is municipally-managed and provides education for 6,000 student residents from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The PPCS provides students a challenging public education combining academics, athletics and social awareness. It is home to five campuses strategically located to meet the population demands of the community and minimize transportation issues.

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ntil recently, the only way a homeowner could wipe out a

second mortgage or line of credit on his/her home was through the use of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition and plan that may require monthly payments for as long as 60 months. However, now a Homeowner may also wipe out second mortgages and lines of credit through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy which does not require monthly payments. According to an important bankruptcy appellate court decision, a homeowner who has taken out a second mortgage or line of credit against their home would be able to extinguish that lien by filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and demonstrating that the amount owed on the first mortgage exceeds the value of the property. When a judge removes mortgage liens from a property during bankruptcy proceedings it is referred to as “lien stripping.” Bankruptcy courts must now follow a “bright line” rule in all Chapter 7 cases, which makes a second mortgage totally unsecured if the first mortgage exceeds the value of the personal residence. To qualify, the court will require proof that the home is appraised for less than the value of the first mortgage, which can be established through a certified property appraisal that is accepted by the court. In an environment where home prices in most markets have fallen at least 40% or more, many South Florida homeowners qualify for this option, and should take full advantage of this major change in bankruptcy law. There are several key benefits from this critical change in bankruptcy law for the homeowner stifled with debt. First, the time required to complete a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and get a “fresh start” can be as little as four months, whereas a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case may take as long as five (5) years. Second, the costs and fees of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is only a fraction of those associated with a Chapter 13 plan and petition. Third, unlike a Chapter 13, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows you to wipe out an unlimited amount of credit card and other unsecured debt, like medical debt and outstanding mortgage debt from a prior short sale or foreclosure. Most importantly, none of your creditors will be able to contact you, harass you with annoying phone calls, or proceed with any foreclosure during the bankruptcy protection period. The Arcia Law Firm is privileged to successfully represent dozens of homeowners in our community in both Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy cases, as well as, foreclosure defense, homeowner’s association defense, short sales, and loan modifications. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in a new instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine you will receive a FREE copy when you make an appointment to discuss your case in detail with a member of our qualified legal team.

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International Dance Academy is Simply the Best By Stacey Bomser

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composed and played by Deborah’s brother, Greg Buttner, and danced by International Dance Academy pupils.

Strong classical ballet training is what makes International Dance Academy a cut above the rest. Emphasis is on strong technique, which allows for greater artistic freedom. “Classical ballet provides the foundation for all other dance forms,” explains Deborah Buttner, artistic director of the International Dance Academy. “While it is the most demanding and disciplined of all dance styles, it is also the most rewarding. With a solid ballet foundation, classically trained dancers have the unique ability to transfer their skills into jazz, modern dance, or any other dance form they pursue.” International Dance Academy’s successful programs start with Tutu Cuties, a unique Mommy and Me class for two and three-year-olds. These tiny tots learn to move to delightful tunes encouraging musicality and coordination at a young and impressionable age. The little ones dress up in beautiful tulle tutus and show enormous talent as the teacher encourages them to use

From tiny tots taking their first steps to dancers learning the art of partnering, dreams come true at International Dance Academy.

their imagination and dance freely to the music. Mommies are encouraged to take part and the smiles on the students’ faces and giggles that come from the classroom are heartwarming. Dedicated ballet pupils are prepared and examined in the Royal Academy of Dance, a worldrecognized teaching organization whose patron is Queen Elizabeth II. “The Royal Academy of Dance is without doubt the largest and most respected ballet organization in the world,” explains Mary Buttner, director of the International Dance Academy. “International Dance Academy enjoys phenomenal examination results putting us on the highest measured scale of achievement worldwide.” The studio also provides students who already dance on pointe the unique opportunity to dance a “pas de deux,” doing intricate steps and breathtaking lifts with a male partner. “We only employ experienced danseurs to partner our girls. This gives our young dancers the confidence to focus on their technique and the enjoyment of their achievement,” says Deborah, who teaches partnering with Eriberto Jimenez.

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Deborah and Eriberto have danced together for more than a decade wowing audiences with their ability and artistry. Their latest masterpiece can be viewed on the International Dance Academy website (www.danceIDA.com) under “Bardo.” It is an exquisite piece of music

In addition to ballet, International Dance Academy also offers superior jazz/contemporary classes taught by Mr. Roly, of “Bailando Por Un Sueňo” fame, as well as a boy’s only class for strengthening. Yoga is offered for both children and adults. There is also an adult ballet class.

The studio’s commitment to being “Simply the Best” enables it to produce two full-length productions each year with dancers in stunning costumes and professional stage scenery. Rehearsals will soon be underway for the 13th annual performance of the Nutcracker Ballet, which runs December 14-16th at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Approximately 7,000 patrons will enjoy this performance. The studio also produces a theatrical spring show, such as Cinderella, Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. Photos from these spectacular shows line the walls of the 5,500 square-foot studio. It features three fully-equipped sprung-floored, air-conditioned studios. Parents can observe from the large foyer area. International Dance Academy also boasts its own prop and costume room, a sewing/crafts room, as well as a kitchen and homework space. The Buttners encourage the community to experience the International Dance Academy difference. “Please accept our open invitation to visit the Academy and enjoy a complimentary ballet class,” states Mary. Registration is accepted throughout the year and the annual registration fee is waived for students with proof of registration elsewhere.

International Dance Academy, founded in 2000, is located in the Broward Lakes Business Park at 825 Shotgun Road in Weston. For more information on all programs, call (954) 476-4419 or visit www.danceIDA.com.

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he KLA School of Pembroke Pines is more than a childcare learning center. It is a place where children’s abilities, competences, and natural aptitudes are nurtured in ways that develop new and inherent talents. It offers a high quality educational program combined with a modern, clean, and vibrant environment.

their own experiences.

What is the Atelier? “Atelier” is a French

word which means “studio” or “workshop.” Our Atelier is an extension of each classroom. It is a place where the children and teachers are able to access materials that the children can find in their communities and at home. We want school to reflect their lives at home, in their community, and in the world in general.

Managing Directors Cristina Muci and Patricia Monaco answered some commonly asked questions about the school.

established as an organization. They are also passionate about the Reggio Emilia approach and about early childhood education. This dedication and passion is apparent in every aspect of our school’s life. They are constantly exchanging ideas and collaborating with each other. They become co-learners with the children and educational partners with their families.

Describe the facility. We have a lot of windows

How long has KLA been open? We opened

the KLA School of Pembroke Pines over a year ago, as a result of the success in our preschools in other areas, as well as the increasing demand for high quality, preschool education.

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in the classrooms and common areas, which allow crisp natural light to enter throughout the day. There is a Piazza, or central area, for encounters and communication. It is a place for children to participate in the elements of provocations that we set up for them. This space also serves as an introduction into what takes place in other areas of our school.

inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education. This Italian philosophy is based on the belief that children are capable and curious, and that this natural curiosity guides them in their process of learning. Teachers become co-learners with the children and their role is one of collaboration and of observation. We regard parents and families as the children’s first teacher and the environment as a third teacher.

What ages do you serve? We offer programs

ment is open all year long. We work with families to offer them the support they need while their children are adapting and transitioning to their new environments and new friends.

Do you offer camp? Our summer camp con-

What is Baby Nido? The word “Nido” means “nest” in Italian. Our Baby Nido program caters to the needs of children from 3 months through 12 months old.

Are the owners active at the school? Yes. The

Describe the 2’s, 3’s and 4’s classes. All of our programs cater to the needs of children in accordance to their ages. The teachers develop weekly projections for our programs. These projections are open ended, since our teachers are always gauging and analyzing what seems to interest the children. We help the children discover their aptitudes, skills, and talents through their own means and through

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early care, from 7am to 9am, and aftercare, from 3pm to 6pm. Some of our aftercare activities and enrichment programs include Spanish classes, ballet, gymnastics, and Baby Sensory. We are in the process of adding Mandarin classes, yoga, Zumbatomic and others.

Can students enroll all year long? Our enroll-

for children ages 3 months (Baby Nido class) to four years old. The 4’s class also includes students who are actually 5 years old and whose birthdays are after the September 1st cut-off.

owners actively participate in the school’s daily operations. Our main objective is to guarantee our families that their children are safe, happy, and that they are learning.

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sists of three sessions. The first two sessions are three weeks long and the third session is two weeks long. During summer camp, we offer children a myriad of fun and games, and joyful experiences.

Do you have other locations? KLA Schools Corporation has four locations in the Miami area, including: Brickell, Aventura, Coral Gables, and Doral. It is also expanding into other states, such as California, Seattle, and Texas. KLA School of Pembroke Pines is located at 18055 NW 8th St., in the Pines Professional Campus. For information, visit www.klaschools.com or call 954-443-6168. To learn more about the Reggio Emilia Approach, visit www.reggioalliance.org.

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Kenya

For a school project, 15-year-old Mackenzie Bryan of Pembroke Pines collected school supplies, computers and cash donations for a group of students in Kenya. This summer, he toured the school and spoke personally to the students in each classroom. The students asked him many questions about life in America. They are all now “friends� on FaceBook.

Beach Clean Up

The City of Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School Central Campus Builders Club members and their families participated in the 27th Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Hollywood Beach. They scoured two miles of beach and collected over 600 pieces of plastic, fishing line, and other items for a total of 21 pounds of trash. The items they collected could have sickened, injured or even killed marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds, and other animals.

Conference of Mayors

Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis was appointed Chair of the Jobs, Education and the Workforce Standing Committee for the United States Conference of Mayors. He was selected to the position based on his strong commitment to the organization.

Imagination Squared

Sharon Sammarco, Rose Colombo and Maria Wieder pose with squares from Imagination Squared. Nearly 1,000 artists of all ages and skills participated in the creative response art project, expressed on one thousand - five inch wood squares. The mural was unveiled at Studio 18 last month.

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Caribbean Beach Fest

The end of summer Caribbean Beach Fest, held at the SW Focal Point Community Center, attracted over 150 guests. They enjoyed steel drum music, a limbo contest, salsa dancing and Caribbean food. Festive decorations included swaying palm trees, sand pails, shovels, buoys, sunset backdrops and more.

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