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20 25 EVENTS CALENDAR 6 January 2016 COMMUNITY CALL 8 News From Our Community COMMUNITY NEWS 10 Around the County 12 2016 Tour of Kitchens Open For Registration INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 14 Miami Beach Senior Finds Big Business in Bikinis FROM THE MAYOR 16 What’s Happening in Our Communities? SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION 19 Game-Based Learning: Taking Minecraft from Toy to Tool A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU 20 Your Healthiest Year: 2016

HEALTH & FITNESS 29 Pilates: A 360 Degree Approach to Health & Wellness A MODERN EDUCATION 31 Principles for Cultivating Student Excellence Today ASK THE PLASTIC SURGEON 32 ResultsMD Weight Loss Strikes Again in the Fight Against Obesity PET OF THE MONTH 36 Meet Mokii PET HEALTH 37 State of the Art Management of Arthritis in Pets SEEN ON SCENE 40 Snapshot from Around Town

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC A brand new production of the spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family that will thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score. Arshtcenter.org

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RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PRESENTS CIRCUS XTREME It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth. Aaarena.com

LOSTON HARRIS SINGS THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK For more than a decade Loston has headlined at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side along with cabaret and jazz greats that include Bobby Short, Eartha Kitt, Elaine Stritch and John Pizzarelli. His list of CDs have all launched with rave reviews and his fifth release “Swingfully Yours,” features swinging arrangements of timeless standards from the Great American Songbook. 8 pm; Pinecrest-fl.gov

THE WIZARD OF OZ EDUCATIONAL EXHIBIT Visit the Wagon of Professor Marvel and create your own tornado in Dorothy’s bedroom. Explore Munchkin houses and meet Dorothy and her friends, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man. This exhibit is a marvelous adventure of self-discovery for the whole family. Miamichildrensmuseum.org

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GARTH BROOKS RETURNS TO SOUTH FLORIDA Garth Brooks has broken his South Florida record. The previous record was set April 18-20, 1996, when Garth was at the Miami Arena. He sold 46,665 tickets. Currently he has sold over 46,670 tickets for the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL and tickets are still selling. The concerts will be: Jan. 14th 7:30 pm, Jan. 15th 7 pm, & Jan.16th 7 pm. Official tickets can only be purchased at ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks

WODAPOLOOZA Wodapalooza is a three-day festival at Bayfront Park that brings the world of fitness and the love of life to South Florida. What started as a primarily local event 4 years ago with 500 spectators and 125 athletes has blossomed into a worldwide competitive bonanza with 20,000 spectators and 1,500 athletes, representing 16 countries. Friday Noon – 8 pm; Saturday 8 am – 8 pm; Sunday 8 am – 5 pm Free admission. thewodapalooza.com

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING PRESENTED BY SHAKESPEARE MIAMI While the villainous Don John devises a scheme to shatter the nuptials of Claudio and Hero, the young lovers conspire to trick Beatrice and Benedick into admitting their much-denied love. In this powerful comedy full of sparkling wit, Shakespeare gives us the joy of love won and the ache of love lost. Free Admission. Friday & Saturday, 15 & 16 at 8:00 pm, Sunday, 17 at 7:30 pm; shakespearemiami.com

INSIDE VISCAYA: A DAY AT THE RACES On 16, 1915, James Deering’s boat - a cabin cruiser - won a race against Carl Fisher in the Miami Regatta. What better way to celebrate the fun of a historic race than with a toy boat race at Vizcaya? We’re encouraging teams made up of children and adults ... and, just like Fisher when Deering took home the trophy, sportsman-like conduct required. 10 am - noon. https://boatracingatvizcaya.eventbrite.com THAI YOGA MASSAGE WORKSHOP WITH ARI OM Heal using your hands, feet, arms and legs through fluid movements, gentle pressure and stretching from the ancient healing traditions of Ayurveda, yoga and Thai Buddhism. 4 - 7 pm. $50, Discount $10 until Jan 13th. justomyogastudio.com

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BEAUX ARTS FESTIVAL This show features art, crafts and a variety of media from more than 300 exhibitors on the University of Miami campus. There is live music and other free entertainment, children’s art experiences, fabulous dining options, and free admission all weekend to the Lowe Art Museum. Beauxartsmiami.org

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ARLO GUTHRIE AT SMDCAC Nearly 50 years ago, Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody Guthrie, debuted a clever, rambling tirade of a song called Alice’s Restaurant at the Newport Folk Festival that seemed to sum up all the sentiments of the 1960s counter culture. Join Arlo Guthrie on the Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour and celebrate the song that changed a generation. smdcac.org . 7 pm

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SCIENCE UP CLOSE: CREATING THE NEXT CENTURY OF MUSIC In partnership with University of Miami Frost School of Music, join Frost Science and Professor Colby Leider, PhD as they discuss how musicians are breaking ground with new technologies that will forever change the music landscape. 7:00 pm at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been a federal holiday in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and civil rights leader dedicated to nonviolence.

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CORAL GABLES FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS This is a fine art event with over 125 artist and also features Culinary, Performance and Musical Arts. The festival will take place in Downtown Coral Gables on Giralda Ave from Ponce De Leon to Le Jeune Road and on Salazdo Street from Alhambra Circle to Aragon Ave. B oth days 10 am - 6 pm. Free to the entire fine art show except the Art of Wine & Spirits area. Tickets for this area are $59. coralgablesartfestival.com

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WWE RAW The Superstars of WWE Monday Night RAW return to South Florida for the first time in two years! Who will arrive in Miami as WWE World Heavyweight Champion just 1 day after the Royal Rumble? 7 pm AAAarena.com

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WEST SIDE STORY The classic musical returns to Actors’ Playhouse almost 20 years after it won Regional Theatre’s Carbonell Award for “Best Production of a Musical”, this time in an all-new exciting 21st Century Production. The Jets and the Sharks are back, along with the incomparable Bernstein score, Romeo and Juliet style romance, and the infamous Jerome Robbins’ based choreography. actorsplayhouse.org

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PLACIDO DOMINGO The living legend will be performing a selection of wellknown songs from his repertoire, hits from Broadway musicals as well as all-time audience favorites including “Granada” and “Bésame Mucho”. 8 pm For tickets visit: AAAarena.com PERMANENT MAKE UP CONSULTATION Take this opportunity to meet with Gladys Rosado, accomplished cosmetologist who specializes in permanent makeup. She will be providing one on one 15 minutes consults to respond to your questions about this process to enhance colors to the skin of the face, lips, and eyelids. Free, by appointment only. Zenzations, 7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite K. South Miami, 305-740-7800, 10:30 am-2:30 pm

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Ponce de Leon Middle School added new benches and tables to the school’s courtyard via a $5,000 grant that the school was awarded earlier this year from the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

COMMUNITY AWARD

The Coral Gables Community Foundation received the Outstanding Small Non-Profit Award at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce’s annual Diamond Awards.

The Dade County Police Benevolent Association and South Miami Police Department handed out more than 300 holiday turkey meals to South Miami families in need at St. John’s AME Church.

Update The United States Census Bureau has updated the City of Coral Gables population to surpass the 50K mark.

POOL CLOSURE

The Venetian Pool is closed for renovations during the winter season and will remain closed in December and January. The pool is expected to reopen in February 2016.

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St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School has named Lillian Issa as the new permanent Head of Schools. She comes to Miami from Marymount School of New York.

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According to a study from website Apartment List, one in three Miami renters pay more than half their income in rent, making it one of the toughest cities to rent in the U.S.

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In a simulated test-run of proposed cut scores used to calculate Florida’s 2014-2015 School Performance Grades, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has outperformed the State.

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Around the County M-DCPS BUSINESS FAIR Miami-Dade County Public Schools held its first-ever, All-in-One, All Around Business Fair at Miami Central Senior High School on Monday, December 7th. The all-inclusive free event included employment opportunities for job seekers, technical training for employment, information on how to do business with M-DCPS and certification opportunities for small and minority women business enterprises. More than 25 local employers (prime contractors and subcontractors) as well as the District’s Transportation and Maintenance departments were on hand to interview and offer jobs to qualified applicants. Staff from the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Office of Procurement Management Services was on hand to provide current and potential school district vendors with vital information on acquiring certification as a Small and Minority Women Business, upcoming goods and services bids, and how to become a vendor in order to do business with the District.

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A truck full of canned goods and dry foods collected by Coral Gables City Employees over the past two months was donated to Grove Outreach, a mission of St. Hugh Catholic Church that feeds families in need every Saturday of the year. These arrangements were coordinated through the Coral Gables Community Foundation. “Thanks to the good hearts of your employees, we will be able to feed about 300 families in the West Grove, MacFarlane Homestead and Golden Gates neighborhoods,” said Lazaro Villamil, Director of Operations of St. Hugh Catholic Church. The donations were part of the Golden Can Award competition, a challenge made by City Manager Cathy SwansonRivenbark to all City employees to collect as many cans as possible to help others during the holidays. The City departments that collected the most cans will enjoy a homemade holiday breakfast, courtesy of the City leader.

GABLES CITY PERMIT CHANGES Good news if you’re doing a home renovation that is less than $500 in value: The City of Coral Gables has reduced the cost of homeowners’ renovation to a flat fee of $25. This is a 90 percent reduction of the previous fee typically charged for this type of home renovation. In addition, the City has eliminated the following five zoning permits: awning repairs, chain link fence repairs, pool resurfacing, single family and duplex residential flooring, and kitchen cabinets. The City has also waived all fees to senior homeowners who have received code citations for expired permits or for work done without a permit. This applies to any homesteaded property owner who is 65 years or older and has owned the residence continuously for the past five years. As part of the expansion of the City’s Victim Assistance Program, all city permit fees have been waived for work to repair damage caused during a crime, such as broken windows and doors. These damages must be documented by the Police Department with a police case number.

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all the Tour stops. After breakfast, coffee and mimosas, tour stops will open their doors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where each stop will contain a free food sampling from a local restaurant, kitchen-related items for purchase and a table-setting display by a local store for dining room inspiration.Post-tour a closing event will celebrate at Ferguson Bath & Lighting Gallery featuring bites from local dessert shops and bakeries and complimentary champagne. For those looking to up the ante, this year’s event will offer a VIP Limo experience via Majestic Limousines featuring 10 percent off any vehicle complete with driver and complimentary champagne. Another option? Participants can use a special code to receive a free ride up to $20 with Uber. Exercise enthusiasts can also jump in on the fun as part of Bike Walk Coral Gables’ group tour on bikes as experienced bicycle tour leader’s guide Tour participants on safe routes to the Tour stops. Last year’s pop-up included selections from Books & Books, Misha’s, The Local, Aragon 101 and La Taberna Giralda.

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OR MAYA FREI BUSINESS INSPIRATION STRUCK WITHIN A FAMILIAR ENVIronment… her own home. The daughter of a Brazilian mother, Frei (along with older sister Shellie) knew exactly how to make her entrepreneurial dreams come true via one of the country’s most in-demand exports. “Whenever we would go to Brazil we would come back with a bag of bikinis for us and for our friends,” says Frei, a senior at Miami Beach Senior High School. “Nowadays, Brazilian bikinis are becoming more popular in America, but they are very expensive. With the help of our mom, we decided to sell them here in Miami and promote the message of empowering women with our swimsuits.” So, in December of 2014, Frei launched Killer Ivy swimwear, a line dedicated to giving all customers swimsuits that inspire confidence on and off the beach. “Killer Ivy is different from other swimwear lines because we try to not only add a wide range of suits to choose from, but we also keep in touch with all of our customers through social media in order to make sure that they wear their swimwear with confidence,” says Frei, who plans to study business at Cornell University in the fall (Shellie is currently a communications student at the University of Florida). “Our ideal customer would probably be one who would want a unique bathing suit-- one that you wouldn’t find in typical stores. We sell bathing suits with intricate details and straps, so our customers definitely look for original and unique suits to wear in Miami. Though the line takes inspiration from the Frei’s own preferred swim designers (she cites Mara Hoffman as a favorite) and both say they love the “innovative and creative aspects of fashion,” it was the business of the industry that truly captured their attention. “My sister and I have always adored fashion and we were mostly interested in the behind-thescenes action like the designing and adding personal touches, rather than the modeling of them,” she says. And it’s exactly those decisions that Frei has found to be both challenging and empowering. “At first, there were countless things to be done concerning the website and making sure that our products will appeal to all sorts of tastes,” she says. “It’s challenging to figure out which swimsuit will attract the most customers because so many women have various styles. My sister and I had to set aside our own tastes and ask ourselves, ‘What do other women look for?’” Balancing the daily demands of running a company and being a full-time student in the school’s International Baccalaureate Program can be demanding, says Frei but she admits it’s also given her the tools to improve her time management and become a better multi-tasker. Adding to the list is Frei’s dedication to UNICEF, a cause she has supported and promoted even before launching the company. “When my sister and I created Killer Ivy, I wanted to add my UNICEF fundraiser to the company website to add an incentive for people to not only buy the bathing suits for themselves, but also donate to the cause,” she said. “By adding discounts with donations to UNICEF, I promote numerous UNICEF projects while marketing Killer Ivy.”


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Homeowners and their real estate agents connect at the beginning of the year to discuss sale options, typically for the spring. Naturally, there is planning that needs to take place in order to prep and market the home for a successful sale. Yet, with a proactive approach in early January, hitting the market in the New Year can yield great results. Here’s why: HOLIDAY CONVERSATIONS SPARK OUTCOMES Family holiday gatherings oftentimes lead to conversations around situational changes. Discussions surface about marriage, a growing family, end of year bonuses, salary shifts, inheritances, etc. These conversations trigger buyers to rethink their current situations, including homeownership vs. renting and related tax implications, upgrading, relocation, or even downsizing. Sellers have an opportunity to leverage these holiday conversations. Whether it’s a new buyer or an experienced one back in the game, they are ready to house hunt in January. If your home is for sale, it will likely pop up on their radar. TODAY’S BUYERS ARE OUT AND ABOUT, EVERY DAY Ringing in the New Year for buyers means they are off holiday mode and in the house hunting mood. Some buyers put their house hunting efforts on pause during the holidays, and are ready to resume their search in January. The desire to move into a new home early in the year is very real for them.

Today’s buyers have tech tools at their fingertips 24/7/365 they’re constantly being app-fed, texted, and emailed up-tothe-minute information on listings. Because of this, buyers are searching for available inventory every day, and are ready to dive in well before the spring. BEAT THE COMPETITION If you’re like most sellers who begin the process of prepping your home in January for a spring sale, you will be up against some considerable competition. That means there might be similar houses for sale in your neighborhood and price range, which affects the supply-and-demand scale. Buyers who are taking up house hunting again in the New Year after months of searching may have grown tired, frustrated and eager to find the right house now. Seize the moment with this ideal target buyer. Rosie Cruz-Sotero is a Realtor® and Certified Luxury Agent with The Keyes Company, part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. With over 15 years of marketing experience, Rosie is committed to exceeding client expectations through an unparalleled level of service, strategic marketing tactics, strong negotiation skills, and local market expertise. Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of The Keyes Company or The Florida Villager.

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F YOU’RE THE PARENT OF A CHILD SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE AGES OF FIVE and 14, chances are you’ve heard of Minecraft. The wildly popular game has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, earning the adoration of kids and adults alike in the process. It has also earned the ire of millions of concerned parents who are worried that their kids’ ever-increasing screen time is doing more harm than good. Minecraft, at its core, is a sandbox game centered around the combining of individual elemental blocks to construct, or craft, anything from a simple structure to a functioning virtual circuit. While the game can be played in “survival mode,” where the player fends off ill-meaning “creepers” (read: zombies) who are bent on destruction, the true value of the game lies in its “creative mode”: an open-world, online playground where creativity and collaboration flourish. It is this creative mode that makes Minecraft a favorite tool of educators in the newly emergent game-based learning movement. In fact, Minecraft has developed a version of the game designed specifically for educators called MinecraftEdu.

Rather than rely on memorization or inelastic, linear worksheets, game-based learning leverages mechanics that are an inherent part of what makes playing games fun in the first place: creativity, trial and error, and the ability to personalize the problem solving process. Game players are used to observational analysis of gameplay, defining the needed skills for a desired outcome, and developing the skills needed to achieve that outcome. Game-based learning is incredibly powerful because it doesn’t just teach students the subject matter, it teaches students how to learn effectively through critical thinking, regardless of subject. These benefits are wrapped up in an experience that, for the child, still feels just like everyday play. With a properly crafted (no pun intended) curriculum like what we use at Zaniac, Minecraft can be used to teach concepts like biology, environmental science, physics, rocket science, and more, all using a game that kids already know and love. Students learn to apply the lessons learned through game-based learning to situations that they consistently encounter in the real world. Once a peer-based learning model is introduced via a safe, monitored server, students also cultivate social skills through collaboration and teamwork. Being able to play and solve challenges with their friends and peers makes for an experience that engages, excites, and builds confidence in a way simply not possible with traditional teaching methods. Unlocking the potential that games bring to the world of education is a great leap forward in preparing the next generation of critical thinkers, makers, and effective learners. Our mission at Zaniac is to bring this model to kids in South Miami and beyond, and empower them to do great things. The next time you see your child vehemently excited to play Minecraft, instead of feeling mystified or worried about the potential damage done by a dissociating toy, consider the good that could be done by channeling their desire toward the development of real-world, 21st century skills. All it takes is the right approach. Zaniac is located at 8322 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33143. For more information, please call 305.668.0605 or visit zaniaclearning.com.

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Your Healthiest Year: 2016

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On January 29th, Just Om Yoga Studio will be offering a Yoga Teacher Training Certification with the guidance of Ian Darrah. The training will not only include the 200 -hour regimental Yoga Alliance, but will give students a wide array of tools, from Therapeutics & Teaching Special Population, to Ayurveda & Yoga Therapy, Methodology, Anatomy, Physiology and Yoga Philosophy. “We believe that a real yoga teacher should master a diverse set of techniques, so is better equipped to serve a variety of needs from students. This is why our approach is totally comprehensive. You will learn everything you need to be a complete Yoga Teacher,” says owner Alex Urvina. And, as a special bonus, students will receive part of the instruction in a real ashram, so they can enjoy the full experience, guided by Swami Brahmavidyananda. Open House to learn more, January 17th 4 – 6 pm. For more information on visit www.justomyogastudio.com

Corpo Yoga - Designed for kids four-to-eight- years old, Corpo’s kids class infuses yoga practice with creative and fun games. In addition to a physical activity, Yoga is a discipline that teaches children self-esteem and self-acceptance in a non-competitive environment, allowing them to explore their senses and relax. Benefits include balance of mind and body; techniques to help build focus and attention; building and maintaining a healthy and flexible spine; relaxation techniques and lessons in respect, compassion, and sharing. Corpoyogamiami.com

The Smiling Mind - Smiling Mind is a unique web and app-based program developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. Billing itself as “modern meditation for young people,” this app aims to bring a sense of calm, clarity and contentment. With offerings from ages seven to adult, the entire family is sure to find calm in the back-to-school storm. Free, iOS and Android.

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There’s nothing like a good dance class to get your pulse racing and options abound at local community centers. For those who want to embrace Latin culture there’s the king of all group fitness dance classes: Zumba (zumba. com for classes). But if you’re looking for more technique, less Pitbull try Gables’ Arthur Murray for classes like Salsa, Swing, Hustle, Samba, Merengue, Fox Trot, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Mambo and Waltz! Arthur-Murray.com

Make it a family affair at the Creativo (creativodancestudios.com), with classes including Ballet, Belly Dance, Acro, Contemporary and Brazilian Dance for all ages. For your hip-hoppers, Hip-Hop Kidz offers classes at locations across South Florida from Pee Wee to a performance troupe and recently performed at a Miami Heat game. (hiphopkidz.net)

Get your dance on without leaving your house thanks to the geniuses at Amazon and meet Alexa. For those not in the know, the Amazon Echo (who responds to the name “Alexa”) is Suri-meets-Sirius for the techno-knowledgeable family. Connecting to a cloud-based voice service it plays music, reads the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly, filling the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio. Playing all your music from Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice, it’s the perfect companion for a kitchen dance party. $179.99; amazon.com

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Stretch Zone - For too long, the stretch has been considered an appendage, a mere afterthought to the more widely heralded cardio component of a balanced workout. Further research suggests, however, that not only is the stretch an essential component of the balanced workout, but a preventative measure that ameliorates the effects of aging, prevents athletic injury, increases range of motion - even improves your golf and tennis swing. Stretch Zone Miami delivers a revitalizing professional-assisted stretch – specially designed tables utilize patented adjustable belts, pads, and straps that allow for the rapid extension of muscles further than the central nervous system would normally permit. This deep stretch produces a transformative full-body experience; not only reducing stress, stiffness, and soreness, but also delivering joint pain treatment, back pain relief, and a significant increase in range of motion. Stretchmiami.com

Forget T-ball and soccer for a few and infuse a bit of Tae Kwan Do into your life. A Korean Martial Art developed through centuries of Eastern civilization; today Tae Kwon Do has evolved into not only the most effective method of weaponless self-defense, but an intricate art, an exciting sport, and effective method of maintaining physical fitness. With an emphasis on establishing discipline, respect and courtesy in each student, Better Families Through Tae Kwon Do builds confidence and character by providing students with control over their bodies and developing their ability to stand up to peer pressure and other intimidating situations. betterfamilies.com

It’s been said that abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym so what better way to start off the New Year than with healthy cooking? Beginners can hit up the Whole Foods website (wholefoodsmarket.com) for monthly classes while more advanced cooks can head over to the Biltmore’s Culinary Academy for a variety of classes, workshops, team-building events, for both adults and children. Farmers’ Markets at both Pinecrest Gardens and Coral Gables City Hall offer local, fresh produce while apps such as Farmstand, Harvest and Locavore will help you find and pick what’s fresh and in season.

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OrangeTheory - It may not be the newest trend, but HIIT seems here to stay thanks to its energizing effect and visible results. At the top of the heap? Orangetheory, the Gables and Pinecrest studios run by local fitness phenom Mike Singer. Participants strap on a monitor before working your way through treadmills, indoor rowing and weight room/resistance training blocks. With heart rates pushed to screens around the room, the aim is to keep yours in the orange zone for maximum effect. Orange 60 sessions are open to all adults and teens, ages 16 and older. All fitness levels are welcome as our program is specifically designed for everyone from power walkers to elite performance athletes. Orangetheoryfitness.com

See those masses of families descending upon Evelyn Greer Park and Palmetto Senior High school on weekends? It’s just the Pinecrest Premier posse. Established in 2001 and boasting more than 39 teams, the competitive and recreational programs draw raves from parents and kids alike… all over the county. Fall sessions begin in mid-September with an online registration in July, while spring sessions begin in mid-February with an online registration in December. Tryouts for competitive teams are held once a year immediately following the conclusion of the Florida State Cup Tournament. Pinecrestpremier.us

Looking to get in an extra workout? With Florida’s gorgeous weather at the top of its game, the New Year is a perfect time to explore local parks. Hidden gem Salvadore Park offers a first-class tennis center as well as large playground and open field, perfect for tossing a football. Just a block south of US1 and just east of the waterway complex, Jaycee Park offers a modern assortment of youth playground equipment and facilities. The park is very popular with families in the neighborhood and children of all ages are often found enjoying the playground.

LOOKING FOR A MIND/BODY EXPERIENCE

Pilates in the Grove - Now with two locations to choose from (Grove and South Miami), Pilates in the Grove will bring athletes and beginners a sense of mind/body health via everything from barre classes to pre-natal to physical therapy and corporate wellness. In addition to longer, leaner muscles, by emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, Pilates allows students to become acutely in tune with their bodies. Pilatesinthegrove.com

Zaniac - Growing kids need a lot of physical exercise, but what about mental? South Miami’s Zaniac is a place where K-8 kids can master foundation skills, learn about math and technology, and become scientists — all while making new friends and having the time of their lives. Think everything from Lego robotics to Minecraft classes (yes, they’re educational!) to Tinkering (student work through electrical engineering projects.) zaniaclearning.com

Zenzations - Treat mom and dad (or sisters, brothers, grandparents?) at this holistic center where the menu includes everything from relaxing therapeutic massage to facials, reiki, acupuncture, detox programs and Bach Flower therapy among others. “When we avoid conditions that are known to hamper our health we strengthen our defenses,” says Zenzations owner Roberto Echevarria. “Our holistic healing center is dedicated to providing crucial knowledge to our community.” That means free lectures and open conversation on daily choices and lifestyle choices. Zenzations.com

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OR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, TUTTI BAMBINI WILL PRESENT MIAMI’S Ultimate Baby Affair in 2016, at the Miami Airport Convention Center. In past years, the event has featured a unique collection of more than 50 national luxury baby gear brands and local trend-setting vendors along with experts, bloggers, and instructors who expose couples planning to conceive, expecting families, and new parents to services and products available to assist them in the wonderful journey of parenthood in a unique and exclusive way. 2016’s event promises to be the biggest one yet, with a full morning of workshops and classes followed by an afternoon of meeting with representatives from some of the best baby gear brands in the US. Attendees will have the chance to test out everything they will need for their growing families from car seats and strollers to carriers and mattresses. Tutti Bambini is the vision and creation of Lourdes Leon-Vega. The daughter of

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Cuban immigrants, Leon-Vega grew up working alongside her parents and siblings establishing one of the most recognizable brands in the South Florida community. “I am definitely a product of witnessing and partaking in hard work, devotion, excellence and loyalty,” she says. Ten years after having her first daughter, Leon-Vega found herself expecting a second child. Much had evolved in her life between her two pregnancies – she had greater demands as a mother, a wife, and as an executive in her family business. Eventually confined to bedrest due to pregnancy complications, Leon-Vega began looking to eliminate as much of the stress and time-consuming guesswork as she could to prepare herself for the arrival of her baby. She presumed she would easily find a company that would provide her with the products and services she needed. “I was amazed that none existed,” says Leon-Vega.


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OR MANY YEARS, DEATH HAS BEEN A DISTANT, FRIGHTENING AND SOMEtimes mystical event. The notion of dying at home was foreign as hospice care was first introduced as late as the 1970s. Ill patients have often felt that staying at the hospital or at an inpatient facility is the only way to treat the disease. However, this pattern is changing. Ann Neuman of The New York Times wrote, “Hospice programs now care for 60 percent of all dying patients each year, at a total of 1.5 million.” Hospice care is a specialized care that provides support to the patient and their family during a serious illness. Hospice care focuses on quality of life rather than a cure to the illness. Now, as Hospice programs are more prevalent, patients and their families are sharing the death experience in the comfort of the same home where they have shared their cherished living experiences. One of the main goals of hospice is to care for patients so that they live comfortably and with dignity until they pass away. Another goal is to help the patient’s family feel comfortable and be with them in their final moments. There is still, however, a stigma against hospice care as there is misinformation and continued lack of trust toward hospice programs. Many do not know that hospice requires patients to have a prognosis of six months or less to live. Patients and their families often do not take advantage of the full six months because they are fearful; most patients enter hospice in the last four weeks of life. Hospice programs, like Hospice Care of South Florida, are available to support the patient and their loved ones with the care they need. Just as each person’s life is unique, so is his or her passing. It is important to acknowledge the patient’s wishes and have him or her feel comfortable when they need it the most. Although it may be difficult for the patient and their family to discuss pre-death arrangements, it is another way of acknowledging the patient’s approaching passing while also providing the family comfort that the decisions that will be made are the patient’s wishes. Hospice care programs often include platforms such as “Five Wishes,” which gives the patient a chance to explain how they want to be treated if they become seriously ill. It is the first living will that specifies the patient’s position about their personal, emotional, spiritual AND medical wishes. It allows the patient choose the person they wish to make healthcare decisions if they are unable to make it themselves. It also helps explain to the patient’s family, friends and doctor exactly how they wish to be treated if they are very ill. Most importantly, it provides comfort for the patient and their family during a very difficult time. The family will not have to make hard choices if the patient is unable to communicate, providing ease during this time. An advanced illness affects the entire family, not just the person who is ill. Those affected need and deserve ongoing support before and after a loved one’s death. Hospice programs, like Hospice Care of South Florida, have interdisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, and pastoral guides and volunteers that are available to take care of the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient. Social Services personnel are available to assist, when requested, with the process of completing advanced directives. Making funeral plans before a patient’s death can also be helpful to the family in carrying out the patient’s wishes. If you have any questions about hospice care, please call Hospice Care of South Florida at 305-591-1606 for more details. You can also visit Hospice Care of South Florida at hospicesouthflorida.org for more information.

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ITH SO MANY UNFORTUNATE EPISODES OF massive violence both abroad and domestically, a prudent person would stop to consider their level of readiness in case of an urban disaster. Even when we live in a civilized society and are safeguarded by laws and enforcement powers, a proverbial match to a powder keg may change the dynamics of our otherwise civil environment, leaving us (and our families) to our own devices. How prepared would we be for such an eventuality? This is a review of South Florida author, attorney, and lecturer Richard Duarte’s “Surviving an Urban Disaster - A Quick Start Guide.” (Heritage Press). Even at a “trim” 100 pages, readers will find this glossy-cover tome complete and relevant. Eleven chapters cover elements of survival ranging from sustenance to sanitation. Graphics and color-tabbed pages make for easy reference, and the book is easy to carry and to enjoy as a light read at a park, or while chatting with friends and family. Clearly, Duarte structured the book to be used in any order, making discreet sections that provide information independently of the others. But he does emphasize that “no matter how you choose to proceed, [when preparing for an urban disaster] the important thing is to get started.”

First chapter “Urban Survival Basics” lists the “Core Survival Elements” which include, among others, water, food, personal defense, and hygiene. At the onset, the author indicates how we tend to “vastly underestimate the risks and to overestimate [our] abilities”, so we’d best pause to consider his “Steps to Urban Preparedness.” Here are the first five: 1. Expand Your Options 2. Focus on the Core Survival Elements 3. Don’t Focus on or Prepare for Specific Threats 4. Security and Self-Defense 5. Redundancy is King Even though this guide is not meant to be your only consult, it easily serves as a starting point in the right direction, so that you can make reasonable decisions based on knowledge and not fear. Let’s see some examples. Did you know that ... »» The very first priority in any survival situation is security and self-defense. No amount of food, water, or other supplies will do any good if you’re dead or seriously injured. »» You should formulate a food plan that provides at least 2,000 calories per person, per day, for no less than 90 days. Rice with beans is the ultimate

survival food because of their combined content of antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and protein. »» Clear water can be made safe to drink by heat, bleach, iodine, solar radiation, filtering, and UV light. Details on each of those methods are on page 30. »» Sanitation is probably one of the most neglected areas in survival planning. Mismanaging the removal of solid human waste will render an urban area completely unlivable. The rest of this useful book covers “bugging out” (leaving quickly), building a shelter, emergency vehicle kits, and legal preparations. Richard has painstakingly included basic tips and do’s and don’ts in each instance, providing us readers confidence in our ability to prepare for an urban disaster. This book and his “Surviving Doomsday” are available on Amazon and Kindle in English and Spanish, and in local stores, including Security Arms International. For the latest news and updates, you can connect with Duarte online: www. survivingdoomsdaythebook.com Luis E. Ortega owns Security Arms International, a disaster preparation outfitter in Palmetto Bay, FL. For further discussion, you may connect with him via his Doomsday Hotline via ceo@saiops.com.

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R. OR MS. GENERAL CONTRACTOR, WHILE YOU’RE here why don’t you…?” The perils of great taste in remodeling a home can be very expensive and end up with you owning the castle on your street. If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, you may want to balance between your enjoyment of the upgrades and increasing the market value of the property. The flow of buyers that come to our community is constant, thank goodness. They generally are looking for little to no work in their new home... at least until they move in. The basic needs for buyers include a roof with a remaining life span that allows them to obtain homeowners insurance, a septic tank system and drainfield that are functional and serviced. County approved protection for windows and doors against high-speed windstorms. And of course, they don’t want pests (especially not termites). Once past those thresholds the comfort and convenience of the home is paramount. A floor plan that works for their lifestyle is probably number one on the list. The floor plan in your home will work for some of the buyers, not all. For example, some want a split bedroom plan with the master bedroom on one side and the remaining bedrooms on the opposite side. While other buyers want a stacked plan where all the bedrooms are on the same side. Not much that a home seller can do about that, within reason. “Certain upgrades and remodels can be beneficial to get more buyer eyes on a property, potentially bring in more offers or gain more equity from a home,” said National Association of Realtors (NAR) President Tom Salomone. In our community the upgrades and remodels that are attracting buyers are primarily the kitchen, the flooring, and updated bathrooms. Also, that the washer and dryer be in an airconditioned room and that there be generous closet space throughout the home. The new kitchens are now part of the family room, or vice-versa. You can gather around to make breakfast and spend a moment with your loved ones that are sipping their favorite morning beverage while sitting in the family room. Then off to school and work we go, comforted and grateful for the moment enjoyed together. When friends come over to share an evening, where do we always end up? It’s fun to see and share with each other the “goodies” that will be served, discuss recipes, favorite beverages, grab a cold one from the refrigerator or just plain hang out with friends in a not-so-formal setting. If you’re thinking about selling your home, please consider what really has to be done that will yield a positive return on investment. Or, would you rather account for the costs of the upgrades and remodels in the sales price, without dipping into your capital? There is some food for thought. Consult with your realtor, who is in and out of homes daily and very active in the market. It’s free and will help you gather important information to help in your decision. Frank DeValdivielso, a member the Miami FL Team and The Keyes Company, is based out of 2423 Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables, FL 33134. For more information you can reach Frank at his office, 786 378 8450, or cell, 786 273 8507. You can also email him at RealEstate@MiamiFLTeam.com and please be sure to visit www.MiamiFLTeam.com for the latest listing and news regarding real estate. Call to sign up for a free monthly market report of your zip code.

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HERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CHRONIC PAIN; IT IS SIMPLY acute pain that has been handled poorly for months or years.”

WHAT IS PROLOTHERAPY? Most joint pain, including neck and back pain is caused by damaged, unhealed ligaments and tendons. Even if there are disc problems, cartilage problems, bone spurs or other abnormalities present, pain may still be arising from damaged unhealed ligaments and tendons. Conventional treatments which include anti-inflammatory and steroid medication given either orally or as injection serve only to temporarily relieve the pain and may further reduce your ability to heal and, in the long run, will cause damage to your bones. Anti-inflammatory and steroid medication only treat the symptoms not the cause of the pain. Prolotherapy is the only therapy which successfully treats the underlying cause of most joint pain rather than treat the symptoms. Prolotherapy is used to treat arthritis, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, TMJ, sciatica and more. The treatment is based on the theory that chronic pain is often caused by laxity or looseness of the ligaments that are responsible for keeping a joint stable. When ligaments and tendons are loose, the body compensates by using muscles to stabilize the joint thus resulting in muscle spasm and pain. A lack of ligament and tendon healing leads to chronic pain. Prolotherapy treatment involves a series of injections of natural solutions into the injured area, thus stopping muscle spasms and the associated pain. It is 80 percent or more effective in curing pain caused by damaged, unhealed connective-tissue and returning the structure to full load bearing capacity.

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CELLULAR PROLOTHERAPY (STEM CELL PROLOTHERAPY) Stem cells are the body’s raw materials — cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. They can regenerate into new cell types and replace injured cells and thus heal injuries and diseases. Stem cells are harvested from your own bone marrow or your own fat (usually from around the belly), concentrated and isolated and then injected directly into the painful area. Once injected, signals are sent to the brain that can “trick” your body into thinking that there has been a new injury and so the brain starts to send growth factors, healing factors, blood vessels and platelets to the area to treat the injury, relieve the pain and tenderness and begin the healing cascade. Degenerative arthritis of the hip, spine, knee, ankle, foot shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand can be treated with stem cell injections. Meniscal and labral tears, bulging or herniated discs, and certain cartilage deteriorations, including some bone on bone, can also be treated too. Stem cells offer new hope and are viable option to treat joint and bone problems that are causing pain because they have never healed in the first place. Charles F. Mahl M.D. is a physician/surgeon who specializes in the practice of Regenerative Medicine and Prolotherapy, Preventive Aging and Interventional Pain Management. GenLife Regenerative Medicine is located at 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Ste 302, Coral Gables, Florida 33134. Please call 305-332-7234 or visit www.genliferegenerativemedicine.com for more information or to schedule a consultation.


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N LANCE ARMSTRONG’S 2001 AUTOBIOGRAPHY, “IT’S NOT About The Bike,” the pro cycler depicts his inspiring journey from cancer diagnosis to Tour De France champion. He helps us to understand how the miles on his bike led him to a state of enlightenment far more powerful than any victory ever had. His words resonated with me, particularly because throughout my many years of teaching Pilates to people of all ages and abilities, I continue to witness a similar kind of mind/body/spirit transformation in my Pilates clients. Pilates founder Joseph Pilates believed that our physical and mental health are closely connected, and as a result, centered his method on principles that provided both internal and external benefits. Initially, such benefits are generally physical. We feel more toned, more flexible, stronger and leaner. As we continue to practice the method, we notice that stretching becomes less of a chore and more of a stimulating and relaxing experience. Back pain begins to ease and physical activity outside the studio increases. As physical activity increases so does our self-esteem and self-confidence. As we learn to control our bodies on the equipment we learn to control our bodies and minds in the real world thus leading us into a positive life cycle. Pilates isn’t just about going through the motions of the exercises; it is about practicing the method through mindfulness and conscious movement. The more aware we become of our movement on the reformer (a machine we use to help us develop good alignment, core strength and flexibility), the more we will gain self-awareness of our movements off the reformer. This awareness creates a better understanding of how our bodies function…how we sit, walk, bend, lift, run, as well as how to create a more efficient and effective way of moving thereby decreasing injury and improving quality of life. When you ask your body to learn a new exercise or place your body in a posture that is foreign or outside your comfort zone, your body/fascia (the tissue enclosing a muscle) learns how to take a new shape. Learning new movements not only helps your physical body take new shape but it also helps your mind take a new shape. As you gain strength in your body you will find peace in your mind. You learn how to let go and allow yourself the opportunity to overcome obstacles, both physical and mental, that limit us from thriving in our daily lives. This type of mental focus helps us become more mindful. Mindfulness allows us to pay more attention to feelings, perceptions and judgments… all of which help us tap into our inner truth and peace. What most people try to get out of other exercise forms for decades, some can achieve with Pilates in just a few months. There is definitely a fitness activity of choice out there for everyone – one that’s enjoyable and that produces results – but what Pilates can do for you is so much more than getting you back in your skinny jeans (although it certainly helps with that too!). Knowing how to use your body and mind properly and efficiently is the basis for enjoying physical activity over the course of a lifetime and a key to loving your body no matter what. If you ask me, Mr. Pilates knew what he was doing when he so appropriately named one of his apparatuses the “reformer.” That’s because his method can truly reform you into your best self – physically, mentally and spiritually. And what could be better than that? Christa Gurka -
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ResultsMD Weight Loss Strikes Again in the Fight Against Obesity BY JOSE M. SOLER-BAILLO M.D., M.S, BOARD CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON, SOUTH MIAMI, FL

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INCE THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR, SOCIAL MEDIA posts have changed from pictures of greasy double bacon cheeseburgers and pepperoni pizzas to heaps of leafy spinach with a fist-sized portion of chicken. The wait for a treadmill at the gym has been longer than the line to get your child’s must-have’s on Black Friday. I think you catch the drift: People have started (and will quickly terminate) their New Year’s resolutions. What exactly, then, is the key to success as you try to melt away the fat that has accumulated after a year of weight loss shortcomings? At ResultsMD, we have acknowledged the requirement for close follow-up with weight loss patients in order for them to be successful in reaching their goals. As the cutting-edge leaders in weight loss by having performed the first Orbera intragastric balloon procedure in the southeastern United States, we are pleased to announce the release of a revolutionary smartphone application, ResultsMD Weight Loss. This invaluable tool will keep your doctor in your pocket, encouraging and guiding you along the road to wellness. One of the most common pitfalls in a country where almost 70 percent of the adult population is considered to be overweight or obese is reverting to old bad habits. Sure, you have lost weight, but have you kept it off? Our ResultsMD Weight Loss application will allow you to keep in touch with your expert medical weight loss physician with the touch of a screen. How is this possible? Here’s an example: The dozen chocolate-covered, cream-filled donuts sitting out at work might look tempting, but if you eat it, you must record it. Photo evidence of each meal or snack is recorded using your smartphone’s camera and is sent directly to the physician’s portal. This way, your physician is able to keep close tabs on the progress you have been making or the bumps in the road along your weight loss journey. While it is said that you become more fit in the kitchen than at the gym, frequent exercise is a quintessential piece of the puzzle. In the dawn of the smart “make-meskinny” device, there are several options available for you to track activity metrics such as your calories burned, steps taken, and heart rate. The ResultsMD Weight Loss app fully integrates your personal data from all Fitbit devices, including the Aria scale. In doing so, you and your physician have access to all of your information with real-time accessibility. In the coming months, the app will also include the capability of integrating data collected from smart blood pressure cuffs and glucometers. Our application also has a HIPAA-compliant video communication feature to securely connect you and your physician face-to-face. Before you are tempted to snap a picture of the leftover holiday cookies you are planning on demolishing, it might be time to open your browser instead and do some research on the plethora of medical weight loss services that are available to you. There are no limits to who can benefit from a medical weight loss program lead by a physician who has had years of success! From the first time dieter to the patient who is recovering from bariatric surgery, this breakthrough will change the way medical weight loss care is delivered in a way never done before. In conjunction with the ResultsMD Weight Loss app, your physician will work with you hand-inhand so that 2016 marks the beginning of a journey to forever create a new you. An International, multilingual Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jose Soler-Baillo brings to South Florida a refreshing, modern approach to Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Soler-Baillo earned his Medical Degree at the prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, trained in General Surgery at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, and received extensive training in Plastic Surgery in Miami, New York, and Texas. Dr. Soler-Baillo is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For more information please visit, resultsmd.com or email info@soler-baillo.com.


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TOYS FOR TOTS Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts held its 4th Annual Toys For Tots toy drive, collecting more than 400 toys this holiday season. Pictured here is a small representation of the students who donated to this worthy cause along with Mercedes Diaz, coordinator, Carla D. Rivas, principal, and Maria Ibanez.

FPL EMPLOYEES RAISE MONEY FOR MCH FOUNDATION As part of Florida Power & Light Company’s 2015 employee-giving campaign, more than 1,500 employees raised over $80,000 in just three months for Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation), the fundraising arm for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly Miami Children’s Hospital. On Dec. 10, 2015, Marlene Santos, vice president of customer service for FPL, joined MCH Foundation and FPL employees to present the check, while former and current Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patients were on hand to accept the gift. The funds will help the organization further its mission of providing hope through advanced care for children and families. The employee donation is part of FPL’s commitment to making South Florida a better place to work and raise a family.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS FOR THE ANIMALS

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Oh what fun was had at this year’s 4th annual Holiday Lights for the Animal at the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Soffer and Fine Adoption Center. The afternoon was filled with joyous cheer as children frolicked around the shelter completing an exciting scavenger hunt and enjoyed delicious treats and hot chocolate. Visitors enjoyed magical musical performances by the students of Fulford Elementary School, Holy Cross Lutheran School and the Voices of Cushman School choir.

On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, more than 160 high school students and teachers attended Exploring Environmental Sciences Day at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables to learn about diverse careers available in horticulture and environmental sciences. Students completed hands-on activities with environmental experts, scientists, and researchers to learn about plant propagation, conservation, arboriculture, and biodiversity.

From left to right: Robert Onsgard (Branches Inc. Board Member), Maria Alonso (Bank of America Miami Market Manager), Leanne Tellam (Branches Inc. Director of Operations), Laurie Zapletal (Branches Inc. Board Member), Isabelle Pike (Branches Inc. Director of Development), Ed Deppman (Branches Treasurer), Brent McLaughlin (Branches Inc. Executive Director), and Gene Schaefer (Bank of America Miami Market President)

THE BANK OF AMERICA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION GIVES APPROXIMATELY $1.7 MILLION TO MIAMI NONPROFITS IN 2015 The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced that more than 50 nonprofits in Miami have been awarded approximately $1.7 million in grants in 2015. Newly announced in the fourth quarter are grants to the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which received $500,000, and this year’s Neighborhood Builders recipients - Educate Tomorrow and Branches, Inc. - which will each receive $200,000 in flexible funding. “These organizations do an incredible amount, but it takes collaboration and support from both the private and public sector to help them build thriving communities that positively impact us all,” said Gene Schaefer, Bank of America Miami market president. “I’m moved by the passion and dedication of those who lead Miami’s nonprofits and see the results of their efforts on a daily basis, including the dedication of the number of committed volunteers who contribute not only funding, but their time and skills to nonprofits.”

UNITED WAY HELPS FAMILIES AT LIBERTY CITY EARLY LEARNING CENTER With a McCormick grant and the help of Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG), United Way of Miami-Dade created a food pantry to benefit the 30-40 families whose children attend Liberty City’s A New World Academy. This is the second Community Cupboard United Way has created at a local early learning facility to provide qualifying families at the center with non-perishable food, personal, household and baby items. “A hungry child cannot learn at the same rate as others,” Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade, said. “With 50 percent of households in Miami-Dade struggling to cover the basics of housing, food, transportation, child care and health care, United Way is proud to partner with volunteers and companies to help families get food on the table, have a safe place to live and are able to work and go to school.”

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