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THE U.S. CENSUS & WHY IT MATTERS How Do Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Aventura, And Sunny Isles Beach Receive Funding?

Hallandale Beach has a 35.9 % Hispanic population while Pembroke Pines and Aventura’s Hispanic populations are 30.8% and 40.5%, respectively. Planners also use the census data to determine school district boundaries. By Austin Torres

Every 10 years the U.S Census Bureau conducts its decennial census; a comprehensive account of every person liv-

ing in the country. The data that is collected in the decennial census has a profound effect on each state as it determines how and where government funds will

be allocated. The census also determines how many U.S. congressional seats each state has. For example, the data that was collected in the census of 2010

entitled Florida to 2 extra seats in The House of Representatives. For these reasons we encourage all citizens to participate in the decennial census. By taking

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Laser Vision Correction Is Changing Lives Dr. Stanley Braverman Continues To Help Make Vision Dreams Come True Hollywood - For as long as she can remember, Irina Bashmakova has had problems with her eyes. Wearing glasses since the second grade - and contacts since her early teens, the 30year-old stay at home mother was very near sighted and was searching for laser surgery that would correct the problem and eliminate the glasses or contacts. While she had the problem, it wasn’t new to her family. Nearsightedness, or Myopia, as it is medically termed, is a vision condition in which people can see close objects clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred. People with Myopia can have difficulty clearly seeing a movie or TV screen or the white-

Dr. Stanley Braverman and patient Irina Bashmakova, who has had problems with her eyes for as long as she can remember. board while they are in school. Irina found that Myopia occurs if the eyeball is too long or the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye) is too curved.

As a result, the light entering the eye isn’t focused correctly, and distant objects look blurred. Because she realized that something needed to be done -

Irina began asking around for the best area doctor and eye center. That is how she discovered the Braverman Eye Center and Dr. Stanley Braverman.

When she came in for her consultation, Irina was blown away by the new Hollywood office as well as everyone who was involved. It was something she never expected. “I remember reading about the patients who had different procedures done,” she recalled. “The one thing that I took away from those articles in the Sun Times Newspaper was how Dr. Braverman and his staff were talked about often for the way they handled each patient. That was a huge selling point and also made me feel so much at ease.” So, last October, after consulting with Dr. Braverman, who explained every facet of the proBraverman, Page 3B

Celebrating their 10-year Anniversary: Freedom Tax Center is here to assist you with all your tax needs

The Abikarram family has operated at the same location 600 W Hallandale Beach Blvd Ste. 4 in Hallandale Beach for over 10 years, and boasts a total of 27 years working in the tax industry. They celebrated the milestone this week at a Business After Hours event they co-sponsored with the Hallandale Beach Chamber of Commerce. By Austin Torres

The Abikarram family has operated at the same location in Hallandale Beach for over 10 years, and boasts a total of 27

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(L) Artist Alejandra Estefania, “While working on this mural we had many people come up to us and thank us for creating the work. They commented on how it made their neighborhood look so beautiful and made them feel cared for. I also overheard a young latino boy asking his father as they walked by if that was him on the wall. To which the father replied, yes son I believe that is you! This made me smile so big! As a Latina, I felt proud.” (R) With the support and participation of volunteers, local businesses, and the city, the Hallandale Community Redevelopment Agency’s arts and culture initiatives will build a foundation for enrichment, engagement, and education through the arts; facilitate collaboration between artists and organizations; uplift, inspire, and positively transform the city’s residents; and successfully establish Hallandale Beach as an unparalleled destination for the arts.

Arts and Cultural Builds Communities By Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper

There are some wonderful projects being planned for our city and the CRA has been a catalyst for them. Public Art and Cultural Art may not seem to be a driver for development and redevelopment, but it has been studied and it does produce results. As President of the Florida League of Cities, I made Arts and Cultural a highlight of my presidency. During that time the state was cutting funding to agencies that supported the arts and more importantly cutting education dollars for arts and other after school activities. My initiative was Arts and Cultural Builds Communities. I was very fortunate to work with former Secretary of State Glenda Hood who also focused on this goal for our state. Over the course of my tenure, we developed a handbook of resources that would help elected officials leverage resources to encourage arts and cultural growth in their comminities. The resources were not simply financial but included case studies on how to create public

private partnerships to bring projects and people to the table. It should be noted that for every dollar spent on arts and cultural projects, four dollars come back to the community. In Hallandale Beach I had a vision to recreate the area on First Avenue and the Dixie Corridor formally known as “Schemata Row”. The CRA Board spent dollars to add on street parking. We worked with the business owners towards a vision to enhance opportunities by changing uses and we developed a mural project to spruce up the area. The concept was expanded to include NE 3rd Street. Art Square was created and built to include live work units. As part of the agreement NE 3rd Ave between Federal and 1st Avenue was redone as a complete street. In addition to Art square we negotiated with an existing culinary commissary company that outgrew their current location in the southwest section called Ice Box. This company provides healthy option foods at airports and other South Florida loca-

tions. They have been successful and even received a boost from being highlighted by Oprah Winfrey. Rather than implementing their plan to leave our city, the CRA partnered with them to build a new state of art restaurant on 3rd Street. In addition to a restaurant this will be their new production site. They are also building a greenhouse to grow fresh produce. It is such a winwin. We have retained an existing company, helped to expand it and add to the job market. I have been briefed on other plans that are on-going. The city has included public art as part of new development agreements. They have also partnered with the county on a Fire Hydrant project where individuals can paint hydrants with art designs. At our next CRA meeting we will also be considering a partnership with “HallanAle”, a new microbrewery and pub. They have leased a location on 1st Avenue within the Art and Design District. Future plans for the corridor include a container concept restaurant at the corner of

Hallandale Beach Boulevard and E 1st Avenue. There are ongoing negotiations for a possible hotel where Barnetts was located. The Foster Dixie project will add a mixed-use housing project as a catalyst for N 1st Avenue (N Dixie). The vision for NW 1st Avenue is a “Harlem Renaissance”. This will create a renewed interest in arts with a focus on Jazz and Culinary Arts. Culinary Arts are a huge draw for commerce. A prime example is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. They are expanding North and partnering with the Greater Fort Lauderdale CRAVE Series. They have partnered with Gulfstream Park and our city on “Food and Groove” at Gulfstream Saturday February 22nd from 1-4 PM in the afternoon at Pegasus Park and “Foodie Movie Night” with Valerie Bertinelle at our very Own Bluesten Park on the evening of the 22nd. The movie will be “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”. Both events are family friendly. For Tickets you can visit the SOBEWFF site at SOBEWFF.org. Ticket for adults

are 25 dollars and children are 10. It includes entertainment food and drinks. I wanted to update citizens on the water main break that took place on Monday. At 2000 Ocean Drive a water main valve broke. This shut down the water on Ocean Drive and then impacted the eastside residents’ water pressure. Until further notice residents on the beach near the break are under a boiled water notice. I would like to thank our wonderful staff at the Department of Public Works, our Assistant City Manager Kevin Klopp and City Manager Greg Chaverria who worked through the early morning hours addressing this emergency. I encourage all of our residents to sign up for our city notifications. We have The MYHB app, Facebook / CityofHallandleBeach and Instagram @mybeach. As always, I am available anytime for your questions and concerns. You can contact me at office #954457-1318, cell/text 954-632-5700 or email me at jcooper@cohb.org. Have a great safe weekend!


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Freedom Tax From Page 1A brings with it new changes to the tax industry. That is why it is absolutely imperative to file your taxes with the right business. The professionals at Freedom Tax Center are just the right people for this job. This year the tax forms have changed. “The new forms do not resemble previous tax forms,” says Lourdes. “We are experienced, well versed, and fluent in these new forms.” The new tax forms for 2020 are challenging and more complex than the tax forms we have seen in previous years. However, Jesus’ team at Freedom Tax Center are ready and able to assist clients and make their lives easier. Tax season can be a rewarding time but also one that can be highly stressful. No one wants to be on the IRS’s (Internal Revenue Service) bad side. Whether you own a small or large business, or if you are selfemployed, it’s highly important to be sure that you are filing your taxes with professionals who know what they’re doing. Many people can be susceptible to tax scams and fraud during this time of the year which can lead to major financial losses as well as trouble with the law. To ensure that you will be taken care of you must file your taxes with professionals with impeccable track records who have been in

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COMMUNITY EVENTS If you would like to submit an announcement for our “Community Events” listing in the print and digital edition, please call our office at: (954) 458-0635 or via e-mail: SFSUNTIMES @aol.com. The cost per week is: $25.00 for approximately 5 lines. For a complete listing of all Community Events, please check out our web-site at: southfloridasuntimes.com. Weekly Community Events • Casting Call 4 Snappy Seniors 50+: Dancers, Singers, Comedians, Musicians Try Out Date Feb 3rd, YMCA 3171 Taft Street Hollywood, Fl. Time: 12pm at West Studio. Call Edina (954) 296-9030. • Coin & Collectibles Show Sunday 02/02/20 at Hollywood Rotary Club, 2349 Taylor Street. 10AM - 3PM. (954) 558-5108. • American Legion Unit 92 - 211 N 21st Ave. Hollywood (954) 9232760. The Auxiliary has bingo every Thursday night starting at 6pm. with a “jackpot” and food is available. On Sat. Jan 18th The Sal will have a Clam Bake starting at 5pm, tickets are available at the Post and can be purchased from the bartender for $15 per person. The Auxiliary will have their 1st breakfast of the year on Sunday Jan 19th includes belgian waffles with strawberries and ham, eggs of your choice, fried potatoes, sausage or bacon, toast, a choice of bloody many, screwdriver or mimosa from 9am to 12pm, price $8. The post will celebrate their annual “John Crapper Day” on Monday Jan 20th from 1:00 pm5:00pm with music, prizes, and food.

• Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra - Gershwin & Jazz Vocals March 10th, 7:30pm. The performances will be held at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center 1770 Monroe St. Hollywood. For Tickets call (954) 624-6829. • Jewish Social Club for retirees and seniors - back by popular demand! The Café Chai Winter Series will take place every month from now through April, on the first Thursday. Exact dates are: February 6, March 5 and April 2. It will begin at 12:30 PM at the Hallandale Cultural Community Center – 410 SE 3rd St. Admission is free, donations are welcome. Reservations required, email reserve@united jewish generations.com or call 305-7704540. • Annual Carnival March 5th thru March 8th - Mark your calendar for the hottest spring event in Hollywood, LITTLE FLOWER CATHOLIC CHURCH & SCHOOL’S 20TH ANNUAL CARNIVAL, including Midway carnival rides for all ages, carnival games and prizes, auction tent, raffle, live entertainment and delicious international food court and bar. Free admission. Session ride bracelets and ticket sheets for

sale on-site. Little Flower Catholic Church, on US-1 just North of Hollywood Blvd. 1805 Pierce Street, Hollywood, FL 33020, (954) 922-3517. • Rotary Club of Hallandale Beach Aventura - The group meets every Wednesday at 12:00 at Blu Bar & Grill at the Hemispheres Oceanside. Please call for information and events 954-4542080 (leave a message) or email RotaryClubHallandaleAventura@ gmail.com. • Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach - The group meets the second and fourth Thursday at Noon at Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine at 1727 East Hallandale Beach Blvd. Join in their efforts to support our local youth. For more information, please call: (954) 907-2392. Ongoing Community Events Each Month • We’re Back Aging Gracefully Every Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The City of Dania Beach hosts adult coloring, art therapy, bingo, bridge, dominos, enhance fitness, movies, poker and basic computer classes. The event will take place at C.W. Thomas park 100 Northwest 8th Avenue in Dania Beach. For more information, call: (954) 924-

3692. Or visit: daniabeachfl.gov/ cwthomas. • The Walkers Club - Every Monday & Wednesday from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. The walks will be held at Thomas Park, 100 Northwest 8th Avenue, Frost Park, 300 Northeast 2nd Street, in Dania Beach as well as PJ Meli Park, 2998-2850 Southwest 52nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. • The Aventura – N. Miami Beach Lions Club welcomes you, your family and friends to join us, we meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 12 noon, at Duffy’s Sports Grill, 3969 NE 163rd Street, Sunny Isles Beach, Fl. 33160. Join us in food, fun, friendship, and service to others. For more information please call Carmen Gomez at (954) 850-1407”. • Volunteer Instructors Needed Do you enjoy engaging with older adults? Do you believe all people should strive as they age? Do you have experience in understanding the internet and e-mails? Want to have a positive impact on others by teaching them skills to enhance their lives? Call the South Florida Institute of Aging at: (954) 4847117 Extension: 7 for more information.

professional having worked so many years in the industry The Abikarram’s also dedicate their time to teaching tax preparation, which they have been doing for over 13 years. Jesus plans to open a tax school under the Freedom Tax logo in the fall. “We’re working on coming out with a Freedom Tax School where we teach people how to prepare tax returns as professionals.” As April 15th draws nearer it is the right time to place that call to Freedom Tax Center and have a chat with them so that you make an appointment to get your finances in order. You can reach Freedom Tax Center at 954-454-2080 or visit their location at 600 W Hallandale Beach Blvd Ste. 4, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

• Funtastic Fridays For Kids - A free event series, features Mama Clown and Friends, a bounce house, face painting, DJ & outdoor movie every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ArtsPark in Downtown Hollywood. Call: (954) 921-3404. Or visit our web-site at: www.downtownhollywood. com. • Aventura Hospital Volunteer Program Opportunities - If you are looking for a challenging volunteer position, Aventura Hospital has many to offer. Patient Escort, Surgical Waiting Room, Human Resources, Mail Room, Front Desk and Dietary. Please contact Volunteer Office: (305) 682-7391. • Toastmasters Hollywood Toastmasters Club - Become the speaker and leader you want to be. Every Monday at 7:00 p.m. at Driftwood Community Center 3000 Northwest 69th Avenue, Hollywood, Florida 33024, for info, call: (954) 309-5751. Member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. • Diabetes Support Group - Join us for a free location Diabetes support group! Learn how to use your body weight and your daily self-monitored blood sugars to check your diabetes prescription. See how to improve your blood sugar control. Handson experience will be through personal computers provided for each participant every Tuesday 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center 1301 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood. For more info: (954) 270-2662.


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Census From Page 1A major difference in the future of our community. A 10-minute long questionnaire can positively affect us for the next 10 years. The United States has conducted a census every decade since 1790, and the data that is collected in the census determines what kind of support each state and city receive from the government. $675 billion in government funding which comes from our own tax dollars is redistributed across the nation and the amount that is allocated is determined by the census data. Several institutions are affected by the census data, such as education. The data collected through the census affects the Free and Reduced Lunch, Special Education Grants, and provides services for children and adults with limited English proficiency. For South Florida this is highly significant. Hallandale Beach has a 35.9 % Hispanic population while Pembroke Pines and Aventura’s Hispanic populations are 30.8% and 40.5%, respectively. Planners also use the census data to determine school district boundaries. The U.S. Census data is additionally used by planners to build schools, hospitals, clinics, shelters, and other beneficial community services. This could be of great importance for communities which are in need of a new high school such as Sunny Isles, whose residents we had indi-

cated in an earlier article were these issues, help build a more guages with language guides, Rest assured, the data collected looking at possible options for a cohesive community, and take language glossaries, and lan- by the U.S. Census Bureau is new high school. full advantage of government guage identification cards to never released publicly, not even The senior citizen community support. facilitate the process. In Mid- to other government agencies. is also affected by the U.S. As we have already men- March the majority of households The data collected is used only Census. The data collected in tioned above, data collected in in the country will receive a letter for purposes of benefiting, and the census affects federal fund- the decennial census also deter- in the mail with instructions on providing support to our coming to Medicaid, ADRC (Aging mines how many congressional how to access the online census. munities. There is no need to and Disability Resource Center) seats in the House of If your household does not fill out worry about government officials as well as other health programs. Representatives each state is the census 3 reminders will be coming to knock at your door With over 23% of the population being over the age of 65 in Hallandale Beach, and 29% in Aventura, there are several seniors who can be affected by the data collected for the census. The data that is collected can also provide benefits for senior citizens living on fixed or low incomes. For example, King’s County, Wash., was able to use population data The senior citizen community is also affected by the U.S. Census. With over 23% of the population being to give tax breaks to over the age of 65 in Hallandale Beach, seniors can be affected by the data collected for the census. older homeowners. Population data collected through the ACS entitled to. But the Census also mailed out throughout April. because of certain answers that (American Community Survey) determines political represenIf you do not wish to partici- were provided on the questionindicated that there were 40,000 tation on the state level. Upon pate in the online version you will naire. homes eligible for a tax exemp- receival of the census data each be mailed a physical copy followAs citizens it is our civic duty tion that the state provides, but state determines and decides ing your third reminder, which to participate in the U.S. Census only 15,000 enrolled. Assessors how to redraw voting districts so you can fill out and mail back, so that we may receive all the subsequently teamed up with the that all areas have proper voter postage free. Filling out the cen- benefits it has to offer. We ACS to develop a community representation. This is of particu- sus is not only important for pur- encourage our readers to fill out outreach program to enroll sen- lar importance to areas which poses of receiving government the questionnaire and ensure iors who were eligible for the have seen a huge growth in support and funding, but it is that their neighbors do the same. exemption. population over the last decade. also a way to exercise your politi- Please take the time to fill out a These situations are common2020 will be the first time that cal rights. couple of questions that could place across the country. By the census is available online. Some people may feel reluc- truly benefit our community and submitting information to the The online version of the census tant about providing certain make the next decade a great U.S. Census, we can circumvent will be offered in 12 different lan- information to the government. one.

City of Hollywood Teams Up With Broward County for One-Stop ePermits Process Save time and avoid the lines, traffic and paper trail with the new one-stop online permitting service. The City of Hollywood and Broward County have teamed up to launch ePermitsOneStop, a centralized website that allows customers to submit their application and have their plans reviewed online for permits, licenses and approvals. Using ePermitsOneStop, Hollywood customers can now apply and receive approval for both Hollywood building permits

and associated Broward County permits in a quicker, more seamless process, eliminating the need to travel to Broward’s Government Center West in Plantation. Earlier this week, Hollywood officially launched the online service when they joined with Broward County at a Ribbon Tying Event at Hollywood City Hall. For more information, please visit www.hollywoodfl.org and search for ePermitsOneStop.

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Is Your Life Full Of Headaches? Maybe You Should Rethink Popping Painkillers Headaches remain a common source of pain in the U.S., but the frequency and severity differ widely among sufferers, and how to avoid headaches altogether is still a head-scratcher. The first remedy for most people is to take a painkiller. But this may not always be the best or safest option, says Dr. Suhyun (www.drsuhyunan.com), an expert on regenerative medicine and co-author of Demystifying Stem Cells: A Real-Life Approach To Regenerative Medicine. “Whether it’s aspirin, acetaminophen, naproxen, ibuprofen, or another medicine, these can work well — if you don’t use them too often,” she says. “Using too much pain medicine can make your headache worse

and cause other problems as well. And you may also have headaches more often as a result.” Dr. An reviews why you might want to rethink popping a painkiller every time you get a headache, and she suggests other ways to deal with or reduce the frequency of headaches: Problems with painkiller overuse Side effects. Non-prescription analgesics, commonly taken for headaches, can have serious side effects if taken too often. “For example, if you regularly take acetaminophen (paracetamol) for several days, you could damage your liver,” Dr. An says. “These drugs can also cause kidney problems. Aspirin and ibuprofen sometimes cause gastric

bleeding.” Rebound headache. An additional problem you may encounter if you take pain relievers regularly is a medication overuse headache, also known as a rebound headache. “This is caused by regular, long-term use of medication to treat headaches, such as migraines,” Dr. An says. “It becomes less effective and your headache comes back as soon as the medicine wears off. If you choose to take a pain reliever, always follow the dosage recommendations on the label.” Non-drug solutions Make lifestyle changes. Headaches occur for many reasons: lack of sleep, poor diet,

stress, excessive computer or phone screen time, etc. Tweaks in your daily routine can reduce the number of headaches or migraines you have. Dr. An suggests drinking plenty of water, monitoring your caffeine and alcohol intake, having a consistent sleep schedule, getting exercise, and having a healthy diet. “Tracking your headaches can help you devise lifestyle changes,” Dr. An says. “Write down when you get one and what you were doing beforehand.” See a doctor. If your headaches get in the way of daily life, it’s time to talk to a doctor. Dr. An says, the following occurrences should cause someone to seek medical advice: severe head-

aches that come on quickly; a headache accompanied by fever, stiff neck, rash, confusion, seizure, double vision, weakness, numbness or difficulty speaking; a headache increasing in severity despite rest and pain medication; taking pain relievers more than twice a week; certain actions like bending over or coughing that bring on a headache. “Your primary care physician is a good place to start, but headaches can be complex, and neurologists and headache specialists have special training to help them figure out the type of headache you have and its causes,” Dr. An says. Use natural therapies. “Many natural therapies can be useful,” Dr. An says. “Your headache specialist may suggest stress management such as relaxation exercises and meditation, physical therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, biofeedback, massage or acupuncture.” “Whether or not you suffer from frequent, severe headaches, migraines, or just the occasional tension headache, you should try to limit the use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs,” Dr. An says. “Meanwhile, you should always be vigilant about your lifestyle habits.” About Dr. Suhyun An, DC, MSN, NP-C Dr. Suhyun An (www.dr suhyunan.com) is the clinic director at Campbell Medical Group in Houston and an expert on regenerative medicine. She is co-author of Demystifying Stem Cells: A Real-Life Approach To Regenerative Medicine and travels the nation speaking on those topics. Dr. An received a BS in Biochemistry and Biophysical Science from the University of Houston, graduated cum laude from Parker College of Chiropractic, and got her master’s in nursing science from Samford University.


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ister it to themselves on their time, where they are most comfortable, is a game changer.” How does immunotherapy treatment work? The largest provider of immunotherapy services, United Allergy Services, has been working with physicians to create and administer custom treatments for patients since 2009. More than 500 primary care providers offer UAS testing and treatment right in their offices. • First, an onsite allergy specialist tests patients for the 48 most common allergens. • After specific triggers are identified, specific doses of the allergen are mixed for the patient to gradually expose him or her to very small amounts of the allergens.

The largest provider of immunotherapy services, United Allergy Services, has been working with physicians to create and administer custom treatments for patients since 2009. More than 500 primary care providers offer UAS testing and treatment right in their offices.

Immunotherapy Is Changing Lives (BPT) - Every year, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and as pollen production grows in intensity and duration due to longer freeze-free periods, that number is only expected to rise. For chronic allergy sufferers, this can mean battling symptoms around the calendar, year after year. Allergies pose a genuine health risk beyond stuffy noses and itchy, watery eyes. Those with intense allergic symptoms find their quality of life drastically affected, leading to missed school and work days, or even emergency room visits. Severe allergy sufferers may experience intense congestion, sneezing, hives or eczema, plus difficulty breathing. Of the 26 million Americans who suffer from

asthma, around 60% have allergic asthma, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, meaning that the serious, life-threatening respiratory distress of asthma is triggered by allergic reactions to pollen and other substances. Over-the-counter antihistamines and other allergy medications can provide temporary relief, but long-term relief requires finding a specialist for inconvenient office treatments often multiple times a week for several years in a row. Or does it? Immunotherapy at home The standard of care for allergy treatment, immunotherapy, was introduced in 1911 based on the positive results of

vaccines that produced protection against infectious diseases such as smallpox. Scientists recognized that they could induce immunity and build tolerance to allergens by injecting hay fever patients with the pollen to which they were allergic. More than a century later, only 20% of allergy sufferers see an allergy specialist. And those that do must stick to a regimented schedule of frequent in-office visits for treatment for it to be effective. Now, innovation in allergy immunotherapy means patients can be tested by their general practitioner instead of seeking out a specialist, and then conduct their own treatment at home. That makes it more convenient to not only seek treatment but also stay committed to

the immunotherapy protocol as it helps their bodies build up resistance to the allergens that impact their lives. At-home immunotherapy allows allergy sufferers to treat themselves over time. “The biggest challenge is getting a patient to stay consistent with treatment. With the traditional method, it’s a huge inconvenience and time commitment to have to go to an allergist’s office sometimes hundreds of times over the course of years to make a difference,” says Hormazd Sanjana, M.D. of Castle Hills Family Practice in San Antonio, who has incorporated allergy immunotherapy treatment into his practice. “To be able to provide better access to treatment to my patients, and a way for them to conveniently admin-

• The physician and Clinical Allergy Specialist guide the patient through at-home immunotherapy administration and UAS’s myAllergyPal app helps patients see test results, track doses and receive helpful tips between check-in visits. • With exposure to increasing amounts at regular intervals over the course of treatment, the body is gradually desensitized to those triggers that once caused uncomfortable or debilitating symptoms. Up to 85% of patients on United Allergy Services’ treatment program start seeing results within 12 months, some in half that time. With continued treatment for up to three years, patients can then discontinue doses and experience long-term relief. Tiffany Conner of North Carolina says “I have lived with allergies my entire life and now I have almost no symptoms. Going through at-home immunotherapy treatment was the best decision I could have made.” For help finding a primary physician in your area that offers United Allergy Services testing and treatment, visit unitedallergyservices.com.


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“All I could remember, after the surgery, when I had no problem seeing, that I started to cry. It was the first time in my life that I could ever remember seeing so clearly. It was indeed life-changing.” Irina Bashmakova - Patient

The state-of-the-art Braverman Eye Center is located at: 1050 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood, Florida 33020.

Braverman From Page 1A cedure, Irina embarked on a journey that would eliminate the blurry vision and replace it with clear eyesight. It truly left her speechless. “All I could remember, after the surgery, when I had no problem seeing, that I started to cry,” she recalled. “It was the first time in my life that I could ever remember seeing so clearly. It was indeed life-changing.” As she recovered from the Laser Vision Correction (PRK) and felt better and better every day, Irina was ready to recommend the procedure, Dr. Braverman, the professional staff and the state-of-the-art facility, to anyone and everyone who would listen. “I can understand how people would be apprehensive about anything to do with their eyes,” she said. “But after everything I experienced, I would tell eve-

ryone to check it out. It has really made a difference in my life. What To Expect With Z-lasik Surgery All Laser Z-Lasik surgery is performed on a patient’s cornea, which provides most of the focusing power when light enters the eye. Topical anesthetic drops are applied to the eye. The surgeon first uses a special Ziemer LDV femtosecond laser to create a thin layer of corneal tissue that can be folded back (a corneal flap). Then, another type of laser (an Allegretto Eye-Q excimer laser) is used to reshape the underlying cornea, painlessly. After the excimer laser treatment, the corneal flap is repositioned and bonds back into place naturally. The corneal reshaping improves the focusing power of the cornea. Although no one can promise patients “perfect” vision, most Laser Vision Correction patients with mild to moderate prescriptions with or without astigmatism, do achieve 20/20 or better vision.

About Dr. Stanley Braverman Dr. Stanley Braverman is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital/ Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is also an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the Nova Southeastern School of Optometry and the official LASIK and Cataract Surgeon for the Florida Panthers. Along with treating patients, Dr. Braverman, a board certified ophthalmologist, has been a medical researcher, and is the inventor of several eye surgical instruments, and author of many articles for medical journals. Dr. Braverman’s newly trademarked LACE™ procedure (Laser Assisted Cataract Extraction) provides the best possible cataract surgical results. He has lectured at professional meetings about upgraded lens implants, advanced cataract surgery and LASIK, both nationally and internationally. He has been rec-

ognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the Fifteen Leaders in Laser Eye Surgery in 2011, and recently co-authored a book on Z-Lasik that is being distributed internationally. You can find it on Amazon.com. An initial cataract, LASIK or Collagen Cross Linking consultation can be scheduled by calling the Braverman Eye Center at: (954) 458-2112 or (305) 374-8694. For additional information please contact Regina Vasquez, Surgical Coordinator for cataract surgery, or Rosemary Hartford, LASIK and Corneal Collagen Cross-linking Surgical Coordinator, or visit the Braverman Eye Center website at www.bravermaneyecenter.com where you can watch a video of cataract or LASIK surgery and learn more about all of the latest advances in cataract surgery and upgraded lens implants, as well as LASIK Surgery, including Near-Far Multifocal PresbyLASIK, for patients over 40 years old who require glasses

for both distance and near vision. There is plenty of information on Collagen Cross Linking too. In addition to Dr. Stanley Braverman, a Refractive Cataract and LASIK Laser Vision Correction surgeon, your other subspecialty eye care needs can also be evaluated and treated. On staff at the Braverman Eye Center are Rashid Taher MD FACS and Tirso Lara MD FACS, Vitreo-Retinal surgeons; Andre Sarraga MD FACS, Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon; Aarup Kubal MD FACS, Complex Glaucoma Specialist and Corneal Surgeon; Eric Ciliberti MD, NeuroOphthalmologist; Alan Lane MD FACS, General Ophthalmology and Glaucoma Care; Jonathan Leon-Rosen MD FACS, Glaucoma Surgery and Oculoplastics; and Ryan Y. Hargreaves OD, Shalonda McCallum OD and Youssef Choucair OD. All sub-specialist surgeons at the Braverman Eye Center are Board Certified.

Detecting the Subtle Signs of Pain In Your Pet The first step in caring for a sick or injured animal is being able to recognize the signs of pain that indicate something is wrong. Acute pain tends to be easier to identify, but chronic pain can have a variety of lessnoticeable symptoms. To help pet owners recognize these symptoms, Dr. Daniel Eckman, a veterinarian at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, discusses the most common indicators of pain in cats and dogs. “Signs of chronic pain in cats may include a reluctance to

jump or a change in jumping, a change in overall mobility, a change in sleeping locations or positions, and the inability to get comfortable when laying down,” Eckman said. Chronic pain may cause cats to have changes in appetite or thirst and to use the litter box less often, especially if it has a high rim to climb over. Odd grooming behavior, such as excessive licking, biting and scratching at one spot, or lack of grooming, can also indicate that a cat is in pain. Cat owners may notice more

subtle behavioral changes, as well, such as odd facial expressions, increased vocalization, or a reluctance to be petted. Similarly, dogs also tend to be more withdrawn while in pain and may even show aggression when approached or touched. “Signs of chronic pain in dogs may include limping, difficulty getting up or down from a lying position, changes in jumping ability, restlessness, and difficulty walking on a slippery floor or going up and down stairs,” Eckman said. Like cats, dogs may also

exhibit odd grooming behaviors or facial expressions, and may even pant or tremble when in pain. “Determining the cause of pain may be difficult, so it is best to team with your veterinarian to identify the sources of pain and the best ways of treating it,” Eckman said. Dogs and cats often have the natural instinct to hide signs of pain, as this would keep them alive in the wild, so it is very important that pet owners know the subtle signs of pain and take pets to a veterinarian if they

exhibit any signs. Eckman recommends visiting the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management blog (https://ivapm.org/petowner-blog/) for more information on recognizing signs of pain in cats, dogs, large animals, and exotic pets. Our pets may not be able to verbally communicate with us, but they do have their own ways of telling us when they need help. As pet owners, it is our job to recognize those behavioral changes and do what we can to keep our animals free from pain.

Numbering You Won’t Stop the Opioid Crisis By: Jane M. Orient, M.D.

People are dying all over the country from opioid overdoses. There’s a movement to have the antidote naloxone available in all ambulances and even over the counter. This temporarily reverses the fatal effect of opioids, which stop the patient’s breathing. First responders themselves may need a dose because of contact with a tiny amount of fentanyl, an extremely potent narcotic, while attending a patient. No, the fentanyl does not come from the patient’s bottle of legal prescription drugs. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) introduced a proposal that he claims would “go a long way to fight the practice of doctor shopping for more prescription pain pills amid a deadly opioid crisis.” Doctor shopping “involves visiting multiple doctors.” Hardly new, this proposal, now passed by the House of Representatives as an amendment to a $99.4 billion Health and Human Services appropriations bill, lifts the ban on funding a Unique Patient Identifier (UPI). The UPI is part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. You don’t have one yet because former congressman Ron Paul, M.D., (R-Tex,) sponsored a prohibition on funding it as part of a 1999 appropriations bill. Rep. Foster’s amendment repeals Dr. Paul’s prohibition.

So how is this 1996 idea supposed to work? And why would it be better than the Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) now in effect in nearly every state? Every prescription for a controlled substance must be reported to the PDMP, and the doctor must check it before writing a prescription, to be sure the patient is not lying about having prescriptions from other doctors. This costly program that creates time-consuming hassles for doctors has not prevented opioid deaths. PDMPs are ineffective because doctor shopping is not the cause of the problem. Only 2.5 percent of misused prescription pain medicine was

obtained by doctor shopping. And this small percentage apparently increased after PDMPs. More than 97% of misused medications are obtained from a single physician—or from an illicit source. The spike in opioid deaths after 2013 was caused by illicit fentanyl, as Dr. John Lilly concludes from painstaking analysis of official data. If Rep. Foster’s amendment is not removed, you might have to have a UPI to get legitimate medical care—“no card, no care”—but the drug cartel won’t mind. You can shop drug dealers as much as you like. There is a flood of fentanyl, mostly from Mexico or China, coming across

our borders. Rep. Foster is apparently unaware of the armed lookouts protecting the smuggling routes in the Tucson sector. And once here, the drugs go to distributors—such as illegal aliens protected in sanctuary cities. So, what about the other touted benefits of the UPI (Unique Patient Identifier)? “Specifically, assigning a unique number to a patient would give doctors a way to immediately identify a patient’s medical history,” said Rep. Mike Kelly (RPa.). He says it “would lower the cost of medical mix-ups due to misidentification.” His elderly father was nearly given the wrong medication.

To prevent medical errors, you need alert nurses and doctors— and the UPI (Unique Patient Identifier) is not going to fix the hazards of the electronic health record. The EHR, touted as the solution that will bring efficient, quality care, has created its own type of errors. There is no guarantee that a UPI will improve access to the record, and critical information will still be buried in voluminous, repetitious data of dubious reliability, some of which may have been cut-and-pasted from another patient’s record. There may be critical gaps as patients withhold information they don’t want in a federal database. The new problem that brings the patient to the hospital won’t be in the old record—but may be the result of an old misdiagnosis that should be corrected instead of copied. Patients need to be able to shop for doctors, especially if the one they have has not solved their problems. Some of them desperately need opioids, which are increasingly difficult to obtain. They do not need a UPI, and neither does their doctor. The UPI is ideally suited for government tracking and control of all citizens. People like J. Edgar Hoover or Lois Lerner might find it very useful. But it would be the end of privacy, and the foundation for a national health data system.

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LIFESTYLE Aventura Branch Library Happenings Learn to Code with CoderDojo, The Avengers Drawing Workshop, Author Series & More The Aventura Branch Library has a wide variety of events for the New Year. There will be meditation and exercises classes, an author series, ESOL classes, a book discussion group, chess club and much more. Some events may require you to RSVP, so please call prior to attending the event. Basic Computers with Generation Technology Thu, Jan 16 & 30, 4:30pm - 5:30pm Members of the Generation Technology student organization provide individual and small group instruction on laptops, tablets, smart cellphones and e-book readers. Please bring your personal device. Assistance is available in English and Spanish. Ages 18 yrs. and up. Realize Your American Dream: Citizenship Classes Thu, Jan 16, 23 & 30, 6:30pm - 8:00pm Hosted by Hispanic Unity of Florida, these classes are designed to help qualified individuals prepare for the U.S. citizenship test. You’ll learn about citizenship eligibility requirements, U.S. history and government, learn interview tips and more. For more information, call 954-964-8884, ext. 266 or ext. 216 or email ynechyparenka @hispanicunity.org. Discover Your Inner Rhythm - Fri, Jan 17, 2:00 - 3:00pm Join us for a hands-on workshop using evidence-based techniques designed to help you manage and reduce stress, improve your physical and mental health and help you live a more joyful life. Drums will be provided. Prior experience not necessary. Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Ages 18 yrs. and up. The Avengers Drawing Workshop Fri, Jan 17, 3:00pm - 5:00pm You’ve seen the movies, now learn how to draw your favorite characters during this workshop led by professional comic book illustrator Ralph Cabrera. All skill levels welcome. Materials provided. Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Ages 8 yrs. and up. Homework Help & Tutoring Program - Sat, Jan 18 & 25, 10:00am - 1:00pm & 2:00pm - 4:00pm Certified teachers meet with small groups of students in one-hour sessions to provide homework help and tutoring in reading, math and science. Students are encouraged to bring homework material or school assignments for assistance in specific subject areas. This free service is available to all students in grades K-12. Please visit https:// www.mdpls.org/tutor/tutoring.asp for course offerings and location information. The Homework Help & Tutoring Program is funded in part by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami Dade County. The Aventura Branch library is located at 2930 Aventura Boulevard in Aventura, Florida 33180. For more information, feel free to contact them at: (305) 931-5512.

“The Diary of Anne Frank” The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center The City of Aventura presents a Smart Stage Matinee performance of The Diary of Anne Frank on Friday, February 7 at 10:30 a.m. In 1941 Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank goes into hiding with her family from the Nazis. For the next two years, she never leaves the attic where her family is concealed. With fear of discovery ever present, she finds solace writing in her diary, capturing the daily lives of the secret annex’s inhabitants – from the horrors of war to the excitement of first love – with wit, determination, and idealism. With a multicultural cast,

National Players brings the true story of this incredibly insightful young girl, that is often read in school, to the stage in hopes of inspiring the next generation to stand up for justice rather than sit back in apathy. Recommended grade levels: 7-10. For group sales, please call 954.660.6307 or email groups@BrowardCenter.org. Tickets are $10. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at aventura center.org, by phone at 877.311.7469 or 954.462.0222, or in person at the

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call 954.660.6307. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 N.E. 188 Street in Aventura. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts manages the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, a 14,864-square-foot, 330-seat waterfront complex that hosts performing arts, cultural and educational programming for all ages.

“Latrice Royale: Here’s to Life” Two Performances on February 1 Latrice Royale: Here’s to Life is a one woman show which combines her love of story-telling and music on Saturday, February 1 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Born Timothy Wilcots in Compton, California, Latrice Royale is large and in charge, chunky yet funky, bold and beautiful! After 20 years in the business of female impersonation, Latrice’s unique talent came to the attention of the world on RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2012 as well as during her return to RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars in 2019. Accompanied by her husband Christopher Hamblin, they take the audience on an incredible journey

through her life story of growing up gay in Compton, the circumstances surrounding her “unfortunate incarceration” and how her positive perspective helped her get through it all. Tickets are $40 - $45 with $70 VIP tickets that include a meet and greet and photo opportunity. Ticketmaster is the only official tick-

eting service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at aventuracenter.org, by phone at 877.311.7469 or 954.462.0222, or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call 954.660.6307. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 N.E. 188 Street in Aventura. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts manages the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, a 14,864-square-foot, 330-seat waterfront complex that hosts performing arts, cultural and educational programming for all ages.

“America’s Sweethearts” A Special Valentine’s Day Performance Celebrate Valentine’s Day with America’s Sweethearts on Friday, February 14 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. These talented New York Citybased ladies will take the stage in a fresh and vibrant show, performing the swinging sounds of female closeharmony groups. The group has performed across the country getting crowds tapping their feet to hits like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” as they celebrate history through their crystal-clear harmony and colorful costumes. With selections from the Great American Songbook, classic Broadway, pop tunes from the ‘50s and jazz, America’s Sweethearts charm audiences of all ages with a variety of trios, duets and solos. Tickets are $45-$50 with a $140 “Sweetheart” package which includes a pair of premium seats, two splits of champagne, chocolates and two roses. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at aventuracenter.org, by phone at 877.311.7469 or 954.462.0222, or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call 954.660.6307.

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“Mutts Gone Nuts” Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Mutts Gone Nuts performs on Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Expect the unexpected, as canines and comedy collide in a smash hit performance, that’s leaving audiences everywhere howling for more. From shelters to showbiz, these amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action packed,

comedy dog spectacular, featuring some of the world’s most talented 4 legged performers. Deemed ‘A Must See’ by the Washington Post, the dogs are sure to steal your heart, and then your socks! Tickets are $35, $60 VIP tickets includes a complimentary beverage and a meet-and-greet with a photo opportunity with the “Mutts” after the show.

Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at aventuracenter.org, by phone at 877.311.7469 or 954.462.0222, or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call 954.660.6307.

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 N.E. 188 Street in Aventura. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts manages the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, a 14,864-square-foot, 330-seat waterfront complex that hosts performing arts, cultural and educational programming for all ages.

Jazz Vocal Virtuoso Kenny Washington and Much More At the ArtsPark in Downtown Hollywood The week ahead is full of family fun at the ArtsPark at Young Circle. Check out these events coming up and make plans to enjoy your week in Downtown Hollywood.

a.m. at the Oak Lake Park Community Garden, 3190 N 56th Avenue in west Hollywood. Classes will take place the first and last Saturday of each month through September. Space is limited and open to gardeners ages 16 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP your attendance by calling 954.921.3404.

Jazz vocal virtuoso Kenny Washington will perform a concert with his soulful interpretations Saturday, January 18.

Funtastic Friday Friday, January 17 Funtastic Friday is a weekly event at the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Downtown Hollywood featuring a rocking DJ spinning the tunes while kids kick-off their shoes and bounce the night away in inflatable bounce houses. Kids can also take part in guided activities including games and arts and crafts projects. Funtastic Friday is free and runs from 5 to 8 p.m. each Friday at the ArtsPark at Young Circle, located at US-1 and Hollywood Boulevard, weather permitting. MLK Celebrations Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend with a number of free, family-friendly events in the City of Hollywood. Basketball Tournament Saturday, January 18 & Sunday, January 19 The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department will host the 6th annual MLK Basketball Tournament at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Gymnasium, 2400 Charleston Street, Hollywood. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 18th when approximately 60 teams with 400-500 school-aged children from all over South Florida will compete in full-regulation games. During the two-day tournament, each team is guaranteed to play at least three games with the winning teams moving on to bracket play. Winning teams will compete in 5-6 additional games to determine the Champion. Medals for the MVP, the All-Tournament player, and the Hustle Award will be presented along with the

Championship Team Trophy following the championship game. Fun Day Saturday, January 18 MLK Family Fun Day takes place on Saturday, January 18th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2400 Charleston Street with activities to include games and art activities, face painting, and bounce houses for the kids. The Hollywood Institute will also be providing barber, salon and spa services and area barbers will offer free haircuts. ArtsPark Live Concert Saturday, January 18 Jazz vocal virtuoso Kenny Washington will perform a concert with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Washington emulates the classic styles of Ella Fitzgerald and

Sarah Vaughan and infuses colors of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. The free concert takes place on Saturday, January 18th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the ArtsPark Amphitheater at US-1 and Hollywood Boulevard. For information, please call 954.921.3500.

up shops, artist showcases, handmade items, local purveyors, vintage shopping and fun! Special live performances by the Flyers at 7:30 p.m., and twotime Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience at 9 p.m. at Harrison Street and 21st Avenue. At 8 p.m. artist Daniel Pontet, accompanied by Jeff Lee of Resurrection Drums, entertains the crowds at 2001 Van Buren Street with Impulse Art, a fusion of music and foot painting. For additional information, please contact the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency at 954.924.2980 or visit www.FloridasHollywood.org/ ArtWalk.

Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk Saturday, January 18 Do some shopping, grab a bite to eat, or pop into an art gallery while enjoying art, cultural entertainment, live music and the murals at the Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. A FREE Guided Mural Tour begins at 6 p.m. at the Visitor Center Information Booth at the corner of 20th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. Learn the stories behind the art and artists! The Downtown Hollywood Artisan Market at ArtWalk on Harrison Street between 20th and 21st Avenue, features pop-

Free Gardening Classes Saturdays, beginning January 25 Join your neighbors to learn how to grow your own fruits and vegetables. Classes begin on Saturday, January 25th at 10

Commission in the Community Wednesday, January 29 The Hollywood City Commission invites Hollywood residents to an open forum where they can ask questions and share suggestions or concerns. This edition of the “Commission in the Community” will take place on Wednesday, January 29th at 6 p.m. at the Driftwood Community Center, 3000 N 69th Avenue. Residents wishing to speak will be asked to fill out a speaker’s card by 7 p.m. Each forum begins with a welcome from Mayor Josh Levy followed by an open forum facilitated by the hosting District Commissioner. This meeting is being hosted by Vice Mayor Kevin Biederman, District 5 Commissioner. • 6 - 6:30 p.m. Informal meet and greet with Mayor and Commissioners • Information on Hispanic Unity’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program • Food, snacks and beverages will be provided 6:30 - 8 p.m. • City of Hollywood Honor Guard Presentation of Colors followed by a moment of silence • Presentation by Census representative on Census 2020 • Open forum with Mayor and Commissioners For more information on the Commission in the Community Open Forum, please call the Office of the Mayor and Commissioners at 954.921.3211.

“Steve Trash Science - LIVE!” The City of Aventura presents Smart Stage Matinee performances of Steve Trash Science- LIVE! on Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. The show answers the questions: Science versus magic? What is science? What’s the scientific method? Students will learn this and more with the

curriculum focused science questions in this new rockin’ good show from Steve Trash. Based on his successful PBS Kids TV science show, Trash uses real science, kid comedy, music and amazing magic tricks to create what many teachers and kids have called “The Best Field Trip Ever!” Tickets are $10 with $3 lap seats for children 12 months and

under. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at aventuracenter.org, by phone at 877.311.7469 or 954.462.0222, or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call






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