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14 EVENTS CALENDAR 8 April 2016 COMMUNITY CALL 12 News From Our Community COMMUNITY NEWS 14 Around the County 16 Home Away From Home THE PHILANTHROPIST 18 In The Cards SCHOOL NEWS 20 A Garden That’s Out of This World 23 In Our Schools FEATURE 24 Adding Up To Success

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27-38 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 27 Choosing the Right Summer Camp 27 Summer Camp Listings IT’S THEIR BUSINESS 36 STEM Development MUSIC NEWS 39 Do You Have Musical Treasures Hiding In Your Home? DANCE SPOTLIGHT 40 For the Love of Dance GETTING TO KNOW 42 6 Things To Know About Smile Miami OUR MAYORS 45 What’s Happening in Our Communities?

FASHIONISTA 47 Denim Decoded 5 QUESTIONS 48 The Recycled Closet REAL ESTATE TALK 49 It’s The Pricing, Silly HEALTH SERVICES 51 The Truth About Hospice TRAVEL 52 Southern Comfort in Charleston, S.C. PET OF THE MONTH 54 Meet Hannah & Noah PET HEALTH 55 Dementia in Pets

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THE SUPERINTENDENT’S 5K CHALLENGE - A RACE FOR EDUCATION

The Foundation for New Education Initiatives (FNEI) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho are teaming up to host the first ever 5K Race that will benefit Miami-Dade County Schools! All participants running for a School Team will help FNEI support their school. FNEI will donate a percentage of the proceeds back to each school, based on the amount they raised. Race or walk for education and help support your local public school! 7:30 am. giveourstudentstheworld.org/ superintendentschallenge5k

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GHOST STORIES TOUR AT THE DEERING ESTATE

Step into the past, as you listen to the stories of the Deering Estate’s previous inhabitants and paranormal visitors. Hear about sightings and experiences from actual paranormal investigations of the historic estate. 7 - 9 pm $30; deeringestate.org

BROADWAY: THE BIG BAND YEARS The Great White Way was a magnificent platform for a staggering number of hit songs during the Big Band Era. Popularized by stars of radio and television, these standards included: “The Lady is a Tramp,”“My Funny Valentine,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and became part of the Great American Songbook. 8 pm $35.00.-$65.00. Table seating available; smdcac.org

BULLSEYE! ARCHERY SKILLS COURSE @ BILL SADOWSKI PARK Get an in-depth archery experience during this six-session program, where you will learn different archery styles. 4:30 - 6:30 pm; $8 per person; miamiecoadventures.com

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Royal Palm Island brings the sand and beach to Cutler Bay for brides to be. Join the top wedding vendors in Cutler Bay and sample the best the town has to offer with free food, drinks, cake samplings, giveaways and more. royalpalmbridalshow.com

SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL AND 36TH ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE Come see what’s cooking at Fairchild during their annual celebration of local foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in, then take home spectacular plants from the 35th Annual Spring Plant Sale. 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; fairchildgarden.org

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PIANO SLAM 8 Back for its 8th Season, Dranoff 2 Piano in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center, presents PIANO SLAM 8 - a classical/hip-hopmsh up featuring internationally acclaimed pianists Maarten van Veen and Bobby Mitchell, mixing up Brahms, Beethoven and Bach with the beats of DJ Brimstone 127 and the debut works of Miami’s hot young poets. Arshtcenter.org

Join great people - business, civic and change leaders who believe that the quality of life in any community begins with its commitment to a public realm made up of great parks, cultural and natural areas including greenways, waterways and complete streets that connect great public spaces. Also, learn how trees transform our open spaces. 8 am - 4 pm. http://goo.gl/CTNgkK

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The Miami Sportfishing Tournament is back for another event at the Miami Beach Marina. Fish this great event for only $500, which could win participants a Top Boat prize of $30,0000… all while benefiting Marine Education and Scholarships. Baywalk Party and Weigh-in free and open to the public. Miamisportfish.com

EARTH DAY AT PINECREST GARDENS The Village of Pinecrest invites residents to celebrate our magnificent planet on Sunday, April 17th when gates open FREE to the public for a day of activities for the entire family including workshops organized by the CLEO Institute and Plant Societies, food demos, planting activities, plant sales, an eco-fashion show, green vendors, wildlife shows, local school performances, crafts for kids, ladybug releases, and so much more. 12 - 4 pm

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EARTHFEST AT GREYNOLDS PARK BOATHOUSE Celebrate Earth Day the Eco way! Join us for free activities, seminars and interactive exhibits all day long. Free; Noon - 5 pm. miamiecoadventures.com

VIZCAYA MOONLIGHT GARDEN TOUR Experience Vizcaya’s beautiful and romantic gardens by moonlight. Enjoy live music in the Courtyard of the Main House and pretend you are a guest of James Deering. Wine and light refreshments are available for purchase. 6 pm vizcayamuseum.org

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The 6th annual festival features award winning BBQ and incredible blues & country music. A multitude of activities including a Miccosukee Indian alligator show, interactive zone by Homestead Miami Speedway, Bungee Jumping, rock climbing & pony rides will be available. Sponsored by Budweiser, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, Homestead Miami Speedway, Coca Cola, and Community Bank of South Florida. 10 am - 6 pm; fruitandspacepark.org

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MIAMI CHILDREN’S THEATER: DR. DOLITTLE THE MUSICAL Literature’s famous doctor lights up the stage in this magical tale of adventure, unlikely friendships and talking animals. The classic tale of kindness to animals trots, crawls and flies onto the stage in Doctor Dolittle, a Broadway-sized family musical. Pinecrest Gardens; pinecrest-fl.gov

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Five students from Palmetto Elementary School, each one representing grades 1 through 5, buried a time capsule on March 2nd at the Pinecrest Municipal Center. The capsule contains a myriad of items that represent the Village today and includes a PMS yearbook.

The Village Council approved a motion in March directing the Village Manager to convene an advisory group to prepare a recommendation relating to the creation of a municipal fire rescue department.

The Pinecrest Dadeland and Coral Gables Rotarians raised more than $10,000 during their February charity golf tournament at the Biltmore Hotel.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen gifted the Village a flag that had been flown over the United States Capitol in honor of its 20th anniversary.

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As part of Earth Week, on Saturday, April 23, Palmetto Bay will help bring shade to homes by giving away trees. Trees are free to residents of the Village on a first-come, first-served basis.

Miami-Dade Transit has changed the timing on the traffic lights to provide priority for buses. The traffic light sequence will change rapidly for buses approaching the busway.

Palmer Trinity School student Delaney Reynolds presented a lecture on sea level rise and global warming at TEDx Youth@Miami.

The Village participated in a countywide effort to bike to work on Friday, March 4.

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Miami International Airport and its retail stores were recognized with a total of five awards at the 2016 Airport Revenue News Conference & Exhibition in Dallas, which recognizes the best in U.S. airport concessions.

Mario Murgado, Principal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brickell Motors has been elected chair of the board of Miami Children’s Health System, the parent organization of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, was named winner of the 2016 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. Carvalho has served as Miami-Dade’s Superintendent since 2008.

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FAIRCHILD UNVEILS STEMLAB In an effort to grow one million native and endangered orchids as part of the Million Orchid Project conservation initiative, Fairchild unveiled its new STEMLab, a mobile tissue culture lab in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, on Friday, March 11 during the first day of Fairchild’s Orchid Festival. In attendance were Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who addressed the importance of making science education accessible to all South Florida students, University of Miami School of Architecture students and staff, students of BioTECH @ Richmond Heights, Fairchild staff, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials. University of Miami School of Architecture’s Design/Build students constructed the lab inside of a decommissioned school bus. The STEMLab will soon travel from school to school, giving students the opportunity to propagate their own orchids, lending to an important environmental restoration effort.

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N THE CORNER OF 120TH STREET AND 77TH AVENUE, SITTING IN THE shadow of Palmetto Senior High is a collection of buildings that, from the outside, seem like just another Pinecrest landmark. But for many South Florida families that campus—Bet Shira Congregation and Early Childhood Center—is a true second home. “It’s a very nurturing and loving environment,” says Dr. Judi Gampel, the school’s director for the past 21 years. “We’re blessed to have a very active group of families.” That sentiment was at the heart of the synagogue’s creation when, in 1985, a group of young families split from another local temple to create their own center of worship. Today, the school accommodates about 114 children between the ages of three months and six years old. While the youngest charges reside in what’s affectionately known as “The Nest,” the rest of the preschool and Kindergarten students spend their days in what Gampel calls a “hands-on, child-centered” environment dedicated to merging academics and play with Jewish learning. “Our focus is on our preschool and our Kindergarten. The Kindergarteners are the big kids on campus,” says Gampel with a laugh. For Gampel, that means smaller class sizes and a dedication to evolving with the times…and students. “We’ve added a conscious discipline program to help the kids develop better self-esteem, we’ve changed the look of our classrooms to have interest areas to meet the children’s needs,” says Gampel of the administration’s commitment to ongoing evolution and staff education. “We are a staff that’s been together a long time and we really focus on being a learning community.” Together, the staff has taken part in a yearlong inclusion-training program taught by the University of Miami as well as two years of coursework from the University of Pennsylvania on incorporating literature into everything they do. “We can take a book that we’re reading to the kids and understand how to create math and science learning from that.” For the littlest ones, Gampel sticks to a strict one-to-three rule with her team of caregivers and has seen her daycare option (launched two years ago, it runs 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) flourish, growing from just four babies at the beginning to a full house of 12 this coming fall. “In order to be able to live in this community a lot of parents have to work full time,” says Gampel of the decision to create the program. “It’s been really special for us to be able to meet the needs of those families.” In addition to traditional preschool learning, Gampel is quick to point out that the school isn’t simply an extension of the synagogue but a true part of its everyday workings. Rabbi Mark Kula is a frequent presence in the school and programs such as the “Family Holiday Bridge” strive to tie the school families to the rest of the congregation in a seamless way. “We’ll do events once a year per grade level that tie into a Jewish holiday,” says Gampel of the program. “Say, it’s a Chanukah event. We’ll have stations set up for the kids and parents to play dreidel or make latkes, then we’ll go to an actual service on Friday night with the classes where the children perform and participate in the service. Instead of just being part of the school, they become part of the synagogue.” Gampel also hosts what she calls “Holidays to Go” for parents, where the seasoned cook teaches parents how to cook for the Jewish holidays, leaving them with a book full of recipes when they eventually graduate. For now, though, Gampel is continuing to celebrate the synagogue’s 30th Anniversary (they recently held a “Fire and Ice” gala in honor of the milestone where Gampel was recognized for her years of service) and gearing up for summer’s Camp Gilah. Says the director, “We’ve always tried to meet the needs of our community. We’re expanding as we go.

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T HE PHIL ANT HR O PIST A person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

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Tom Whitehurst UM-NSU CARD / Work For America BACKGROUND: Whitehurst became involved with UM-NSU CARD (it stands for Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) when his son, Thomas, was diagnosed with autism more than 20 years ago. “When it became apparent that CARD was not receiving adequate funding from the state budget, my wife and I were part of the initial effort to hold a fundraising event to help them,” he says. That event, Tropical Nights, celebrates its 14th anniversary this year, with the event (May 7 at The InterContinental Miami Hotel) honoring Whitehurst with its CARD Community Leadership Award. “Tropical Nights is now a signature event in our community and raises much needed monies to help CARD continue to offer the myriad of services and programs that families need,” says Whitehurst. “We’ve seen [the event] grow from a small social function to an event attended by over 500 supporters.” ABOUT UM-NSU CARD: Based in UM’s Department of Psychology (and at NSU in Broward), CARD is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families, offering services, research initiatives, social and support groups and more. In the past the Center has created everything from Project Sail at Shake a Leg in Coconut Grove to a surf camp on Miami Beach as well as social and recreational outings and conference scholarships. “In South Florida alone, CARD serves almost 10,000 individuals with ASD,” says Whitehurst. “Their services are free of charge to these individuals, their families and the professionals that support them.” NEW OPPORTUNITIES: After seeing his son complete three years of culinary training only to find himself unemployed, Whitehurst saw an opening to create employment opportunities for adults with DD. With approximately 50,000 individuals with autism turning 22 each year (the year that marks the end of most government support services), Whitehurst says unemployment among these adults is estimated to be more than 90 percent… as are rates of social isolation. Enter Work for America, the local nonprofit Whitehurst founded last year. “Our plans for Work for America are to start enterprises that will employ adults with DD and to assist families and other organizations that are doing so,” he says. “We are all about creating jobs, not just training for jobs that will never exist.”

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FUTURE PLANS: Right now Whitehurst and CARD are working hard to promote this year’s Tropical Nights event and raise much needed funds for future expansion. As for Work for America, they’ve found a partner in Miami’s OPA Works, a school/day program for people with Autism, Downs Syndrome and other DD and the first major enterprise they’re supporting. “They have 50 adults in their program and are off to a flying start.”

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While I am proud to have fought the good fight for CARD and all of the other wonderful groups in the community, I am actually most proud of the struggles that my son Thomas must overcome every day of his life to succeed at things we take for granted. He never stops trying. ”

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and compare the harvests to the other two batches to see HE GARDEN AT PALMETTO MIDDLE SCHOOL if there are differences. has all of the items one would expect in a gifted In addition to evaluating the impacts of space on tomato farmers plot: tomatoes, carrots, beets, kale, herbs, seeds, Ms. Ortiz’ class is also growing crunchy greens in peppers, and even hot jalapeños. Not only do they have the classroom… using equipment designed for use on a a variety of items, the students give a majority of their space station. The specialized equipment is designed to harvest to the school cafeteria where the staff incorporates hold soil in place under zero gravity conditions and was the fresh vegetables into the school lunches. provided through a partnership between Fairchild Tropical However, this plot is more than just for growing Botanic Garden and NASA. The reason growing greens vegetables for lunch, it is also serves as a platform for on a space station is so significant is because astronaut studying space. As lead science teacher Ms. Ortiz says, Photo by Ms. Ortiz. Students participating in the food is usually pasty; crunchy edible foods that remind TomatosphereTM initiative are standing next to their tomato “the children are learning about space by growing beds holding their batch A and batch B harvests. astronauts of Earth conditions are emotionally uplifting tomatoes and crunchy greens.” How? The seeds used to grow the tomatoes are the for them, in addition to serving as an important source of nutrients. As part of this Fairchild Challenge initiative, the students have grown highkey. Through the Tomatosphere initiative, students were given two sets of tomato seeds, one batch was normal and the other batch subjected to space-like conditions nutrition plants that contain healthy antioxidants. They have also found new ways to through simulators on Earth. The only problem is that the children, nor the teacher, germinate the seeds faster. At harvest they document the edible mass as a measure know which is which. of their success in growing greens using space station-like equipment. The team The fledgling gardeners grew seedlings from both types of seeds and then uploads their results on a web site so they can compare their results with those from transplanted the seedlings into a garden bed, documenting the plant height, shape, other schools throughout the state, thereby enhancing the learning experience. The students’ results indicate that growing plants in space is not only possible for nutrisize, taste, color and number of tomatoes from each group. They found that group tional value, it can also provide a crunchy treat that is currently not encountered A tomatoes tend to be redder and sweeter. They hope to find out soon if this was the batch subjected to space-like conditions. Ms. Ortiz recently received another in space. Overall, the garden at Palmetto Middle School has shown the students the batch of seeds. This last batch, which will be planted shortly, actually went up in impacts of space-like conditions and has provided solutions to basic food needs in space and was subjected to space atmospheric and pressure for five weeks in the ISS space. This out-of-this-world garden is a special place for learning about growing international Space Station. The plan is to plant this new true-space batch of seeds food and about overcoming some of the challenges of space travel.

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PINECREST “GREEN CLOTHING” Pinecrest Elementary was seeing more than just green clothing on St. Patrick’s Day as the school raised $1,700 for Dream in Green’s Building Student Leaders through Fundraising initiative. Students donated $1 (or more) for the opportunity to wear green clothings to school on March 17, with the winning classes awarded the honor of sliming Pinecrest Principal Lynn Zaldua and third grade teacher Sharon Altfield.

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UMMER CONJURES UP IMAGES OF MANY THINGS when it comes to school age children. Friends, sun, camp, beach and… math? It may not be at the top of every parent’s list, but here’s why they may want to think again. “Summer is a great opportunity to make sure kids have the key math skills they need to be successful in the coming year,” says Laura Hamel, co-owner (with husband Jonathan) of three Mathnasium locations in Miami. “Brain drain tends to affect those skills where a student achieved a basic proficiency or competency, but hasn’t yet mastered.” The fast pace of the school year can sometimes hide the need for deeper learning when it comes to math. According to Hamel, many students are able to glide through a school year with good (and sometimes even great) grades via memorization and face-value understanding, but find themselves lost when they return for the school year and are faced with the next level of concepts. Hamel says to watch for a marked disparity between homework grades and exam grades, particularly if a student is relying heavily on a traditional tutor to help keep up in class. “More than memorization, we emphasize understanding,” she says. “We want to sharpen each student’s mathematical thinking skills so that given any problem they have two or three ways to answer it. Then they can step back and ask themselves: ‘Does my answer make sense?’” And though it may seem a bit outside the box to think of math work when sunshine beckons, Hamel compares math training to sports, trading physical skill building for mental: “I don’t really like playing basketball,” says Hamel. “I haven’t played much, so I’m not good at it. But if I had a good coach and practiced a lot to get the basic skills down, I would enjoy it a lot more because I would feel confident. The same holds true with math: it’s much more enjoyable when you’ve mastered the

key skills so you’re prepared for what’s next.” And when math already makes sense, Hamel emphasizes that encouraging those strengths over the summer can reap big benefits in the long run. “If you have a kid who’s really good at baseball, they practice, they’re motivated… you don’t just abruptly switch that sport to another activity once they’re good at it,” she explains. “You nurture that talent, you make sure they have a good coach, you challenge them at the next level. If you see potential in math, encourage that. Let’s make sure they’re challenged, let’s take them farther!” In addition to fostering math fans, Hamel says summer is a perfect time to start looking at SAT and ACT prep, “the school year is very intense; summer break is a great time to get ready for testing in fall.” Flexible summer memberships and drop-in instruction hours make it easy for students of all ages to either preview what’s coming up in the fall or fill in any gaps. For Hamel that’s where Mathnasium’s complimentary assessment comes in. “We take a very customized approach for each student,” says Hamel. “We take a com-

prehensive look at the key skills students are expected to have when they walk into their math classroom in the fall. The last thing we want is for a student to come in and do a lot of stuff that they already know; that’s boring. We find out what they know already, then focus on what they haven’t yet mastered.” Even if parents aren’t fully committed to summer math enrichment, Hamel says the assessment is a great way to understand exactly where students are and where they need a little extra reinforcement: “It’s an incredibly useful tool for parents to get an objective and detailed insight into their student’s abilities,” she says. “We can determine not only strengths and weaknesses but also explain why some skills might be particularly challenging and point out where a parent can help.” Math and science fluency is important not just for careers in medicine, science or engineering, Hamel says, but for approaching everyday life with sharp critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability. “Mathematical and logical thinking stays with you,” she says. “From curing finger counting, to Algebra readiness, to previewing Pre-Calculus, we’ve got math covered this summer.” Mathnasium of Palmetto Bay is located at 14461 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami FL (at 144 St. and US1). For more information on Mathnasium of Palmetto Bay, please call 305-974-1747, email palmettobay@mathnasium.com, or visit mathnasium.com/palmettobay. Mathnasium of Coral Gables is located at 1560 S. Dixie Hwy, Suite 102, Coral Gables FL (in Riviera Plaza by Misha’s Cupcakes). For more information on Mathnasium of Coral Gables, please call 305-974-1542, email coralgables@mathnasium.com or visit mathnasium. com/coralgables. Mathnasium of Kendall is located at 13664 North Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33186. For more information on Mathnasium of Kendall, please call 305-274-3700, email kendall@mathnasium.com or visit mathnasium.com/kendall.

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Although weather is still cooler than usual in South Florida, spring is a hot time to sell a home. Here are some tips on how you can improve the odds that your home will “blossom” among the myriad of new listings hitting the spring-time real estate market: GET A HEAD START ON CLUTTER Since you’ll eventually be moving, why not start packing now? Starting the packing process early will help get you mentally and physically ready to move. This means getting organized by sorting through storage closets, attics, and garages to determine items you may want to keep and others you’ll want to give away or sell. Getting rid of stacks of unpaid bills, unread newspapers, refrigerator notes, and other visible items is just as important. While everyone has clutter, it can certainly be a deterrent for buyers who want to envision themselves in your home. CLEAN-UP Cleaning your house inside and out will create an inviting feeling for potential buyers. They will be drawn to spotless windows, sparkling mirrors and floors, and the scent of crisp linens. Send your window coverings to the dry cleaners, thoroughly vacuum blinds or toss into a soapy bathtub, and steam-clean all area rugs and carpets. CURB APPEAL Before potential buyers step foot into your home, the first-impressionclock starts ticking. Start with your lawn: clean out dead leaves and debris, and consider a diagonally mowed lawn to make your yard appear larger. Don’t let overgrown foliage block the windows or entrance path. Give your front door a squeaky clean-over and repaint for a fresh look. Plant colorful flowers near the entrance, especially yellow ones, which stimulate buying urges, happiness, and contentment.

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CAMP: ALPER JCC WEBSITE: alperjcc.org HOURS: 9 am to 4 pm (early care 7:30 am to 9 am and late care 4 pm to 6 pm) AGE RANGE: Infants to 3rd Grade (General Camp); 4th to 9th Grade (Adventure Camp); 2nd to 9th Grade (Specialty Camp) With highly trained professionals who instruct in nature and science, visual and performing arts, and sports including swimming, tennis, basketball, soccer football and martial arts, this camp offers many hours of endless fun, while also allowing campers to build a Jewish identity by embracing Jewish values. Older campers can enroll in robotics, sports or performing arts camp. There’s also an adventure camp option for older campers that includes numerous field trips. CAMP: BETH AM DAY CAMP WEBSITE: tbam.org HOURS: 9 am to 1 pm or 3:45 pm AGE RANGE: 2 years old - entering 2nd Grade Featuring small class size with age-appropriate programming, this general day camp includes activities like glow-in-the-dark mini golf, weird and wacky science, pony rides and carnival days. CAMP:

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WEBSITE: Biltmorehotel.com HOURS: 9 am to 2 pm AGE RANGE: 9-16 Let your children experience the magic of the kitchen with this hands-on cooking camp taught by Biltmore chef instructors (with special workshops by our acclaimed hotel chefs). Students are grouped by age in groups of 15 or less and work in our fully equipped, professional kitchen. Cirriculum includes kitchen safety, baking and pastry, International cuisine, menu planning and more. CAMP: CARROLLTON SCHOOL WEBSITE: carrollton.org HOURS: 9 am to 3 pm AGE RANGE: Pre-K3 to 9th Grade, depending on camp chosen In the Around the World Camp, campers explore diverse cultures around the world through classes in art, drama, dance, baking, swimming and language. This all-girls camp also offers an Academic SuperCamp, Summer Sports Camp, Mini Movie Makers, Debate Camp, STEM Camp and Coding Camp.

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CAMP: COCONUT GROVE BALLET WEBSITE: coconutgroveballet.com HOURS: 9 am to 12:30 pm AGE RANGE: 3 to 7 This is the perfect introductory dance camp for the child that looks forward to having a fun time in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics and hip-hop classes. Kid session themes include Nemo, Tinkerbell and Olaf, and there is an intensive for teens. CAMP:

BEAUX ART CAMP AT THE LOWE

WEBSITE: beauxartsmiami.org HOURS: 9 am to 2 pm AGE RANGE: 5 to 12 Students have fun creating various art projects while also having the opportunity to experience different mediums including ceramics, mosaics, jewelry making, printmaking, collage, oils, mixed media, drawing and painting. Beyond that, students get the opportunity to visit the Lowe Art Museum and enjoy daily outdoor play time. CAMP:

CAMP BROADWAY @ THE ARSHT

WEBSITE: arshtcenter.org HOURS: 9 am to 5 pm AGE RANGE: 10 to 17 Does your child love to act, sing and dance? Campers will be Immersed in an authentic Broadway process as they build and develop the campers’ confidence, character and presentation skills. At the end of the week-long camp, campers will get to show off everything they’ve learning in a performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on the Knight Concert Hall stage! CAMP:

CHILDREN’S RESOURCE SUMMER CAMP

WEBSITE: crfcenter.org HOURS: 8:30 am to 3 pm AGE RANGE: Toddlers to 5th Grade With more than 15 years under their belt, this program caters to children with developmental disabilities, providing a wam friendly and structured environment that included both academic and non-academic options. From cooking to music and movement, water play and weekly themes, the camp allows children to engage in exciting activities and strengthen social skills.

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CAMP: CORAL OAKS TENNIS CAMP WEBSITE: coraloakstennis.net HOURS: 9:30 am to Noon or 3 pm AGE RANGE: 5 to 16 Campers learn the game of tennis in a fun environment. The day begins with stretching and calisthenics, then competitive drills and games. Advanced/intermediate players match play while beginners learn rules, scoring and play. CAMP:

FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN

WEBSITE: fairchildgarden.org HOURS: 10 am to 1 pm (Drawn to Nature Art Camp); 9 am to 3:30 pm (Junior Naturalist Camp) AGE RANGE: 8 to 11 (Drawn to Nature Art Camp); 6 to 11 (Junior Naturalist Camp) Join naturalist and artist Hillary Parker during three one-week sessions to observe, explore, discover and create beautiful works of art that are inspired by the natural beauty of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden at the Drawn to Nature Art Camp. Or, explore nature, science and art through hands-on activities in the classroom and around the Garden at Junior Naturalist Camp.

2016 SUMMER CAMP AT FAIRCHILD DRAWN TO NATURE ART CAMP (Ages 8-11)

Observe, explore, discover and create beautiful works of art that are inspired by the natural beauty of Fairchild. THREE ONE-WEEK SESSIONS Section A: Monday-Friday, June 13-17 Section B: Monday-Friday, June 20-24 Section C: Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1

Camp Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. COST: Member child $185 per session | Non-member child $225 per session

JUNIOR NATURALIST CAMP (Ages 6-11)

Campers explore nature, science and art through exciting hands-on activities in and around the Garden. SIX ONE-WEEK SESSIONS Week 1, June 20-24: The Great Outdoors Week 2, June 27-July 1: Where the Wild Things Live Week 3, July 5-July 8: Plant-Animal Interactions Week 4, July 11-15: Earth, Sea and Sky Week 5, July 18-22: Experimenting with Nature Week 6, July 25-29: Caring for Our World Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. COST: Member child $185 per session | Non-member child $225 per session

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CAMP:

FROST YOUNG MUSICIANS’ CAMP

WEBSITE: youngmusicianscamp.com HOURS: 9 am to 2 pm (Elementary) or 3:30 pm (Intermediate/Advanced) AGE RANGE: 7 to 18 This summer music camp is split into two sessions that features faculty from the University of Miami Frost School of Music and professional musicians. The camp offers classical music, jazz, rock, songwriting, composition, musical theater, and contemporary and jazz voice. CAMP: FUNCAMPS WEBSITE: funcamps.com HOURS: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm AGE RANGE: 5 to 14 With two locations (Pinecrest Community Center and University of Miami) and six camp options (Space and Science, Drama, Dinosaurs, Magic, Video Gaming and Robotics), these camps offer a full day of fun that includes swimming or water play, special shows and outdoor fun in addition to specialty activities tailored to each camp theme. CAMP: CAMP GULLIVER WEBSITE: gulliverschools.com HOURS: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm AGE RANGE: Grades 1 to 5 Camp Gulliver offers a range of age-appropriate games on the field and in the pool. Campers can choose from a variety of specialty activities each week, ranging from on-site field trips to technology, ceramics to sports, and cooking to miniature golf.

CAMP: HURRICANE AQUATICS WEBSITE: hurricaneaquatics.net HOURS: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm AGE RANGE: 7-12 years Hurricane Aquatics Summer Camp is back for 2016! The brand new pool serves as an amazing location to host a fun filled educational summer full of camp.This celebrated day camp, based at the beautiful outdoor pool at the Whitten University Center on the Coral Gables campus, provides instruction in the areas of swimming in a group setting and stroke technique. Our staff includes energetic and knowledgeable coaches and instructors who are eager to share their passion for the sport of swimming. CAMP:

JANE FORMAN TENNIS CAMP @ THE JCC

WEBSITE: janeformansports.com HOURS: Half day 9 am to Noon; Full day 9 am to 3 pm AGE RANGE: 3 to 16 Tennis instruction in the morning is followed by camp-provided lunch and then afternoon games and match play in the afternoons. For younger campers, the day is broken up with arts and crafts, as well as other activities. CAMP: JIM MORRIS BASEBALL CAMP WEBSITE: jimmorrisbaseballcamp.com HOURS: 9 am to 4 pm AGE RANGE: 6 to 13 Jim Morris Baseball Camp at the University of Miami aims to make every individual a better ball player. The daily schedule consists of a half-day of instruction and a half-day of games. CAMP: KLA - PALMETTO BAY WEBSITE: miamisummercamp.net HOURS: 9 am to Noon or 3 pm AGE RANGE: 12 months to 5 years Offering three different sessions, these camps allow their campers to explore the city of Miami like tourists, in captivating places like the Everglades, and to enjoy amlange of diversity as they are encouraged to express themselves and where they come from. CAMP: LEAP SOUTH FLORIDA WEBSITE: LEAPSouthFL.com HOURS: Half Day: 9 am-12 pm or 12 pm- 3 pm; Full Day: 9 am- 3 pm As a leading sport program dedicated to the total development and inclusion of special needs individuals in Miami, this camp provides Learning Enriched Athletic Programs that are designed to promote fun and exercise in which special needs and typical functioning athletes can learn and develop their athletic skills. The coaching staff is highly trained to work with special needs individuals and create programs that everyone can enjoy while maintaining a 5:1 athlete to coach ratio.


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SummerCamp at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC on the Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus

General Day Camp & Specialty Camps Including robotics, sports, performing arts & special needs.

June 20 to August 12 2, 4, 6, and 8-week sessions Weekly options available Infants through Grade 9 Inclusion program K-9

Contact Us 305-271-9000 x271 alperjcc.org 11155 SW 112th Ave.

*For new campers & members who have been inactive for 12 months. Does not include camp fees.

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CAMP: MATH MONKEY WEBSITE: mathmonkeymiami.com HOURS: 9 am to Noon or 3 pm AGE RANGE: 1st Grade to 6th Grade At Math & Science Experience, campers will engage in computer games and simulations, hands-on experiments, reading, art, and “Real Life Excursions” to places like Dream Dinners or Edible Arrangements, all related to the topic of the week. Math is covered in the mornings, with topics like data analysis, geometry and money, while science is covered after lunch, with topics including solar system, weather and human body. Half-day mathonly camps also are available. CAMP: MATHNASIUM WEBSITE: mathnasium.com AGE RANGE: 2nd grade - 12th grade Mathnasium is a math learning center where students can go to boost their math skills. Gifted students come for challenging enrichment and students who are behind come to catch up and improve their confidence. Year-round and summer programs fill in skill gaps and preview upcoming concepts, including SAT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, curing finger counting, mastering fractions and word problems, and Algebra readiness. CAMP:

Jim Morris

BASEBALL CAMP SUMMER 2016 The purpose of Jim Morris Baseball Camps at the University of Miami is to make every individual a better ball player. Come join us for a great Miami baseball camp. We successfully accomplish this by building on strengths as well as recognizing and improving areas of weakness. Our Miami baseball camps help players grow in sportsmanship, leadership, and citizenship skills. ALL CAMPS University of Miami-Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field Ages 6-13 • 9am - 4pm JULY 2016 Camp 1 Camp 2 Camp 3 Camp 4

7/05 – 7/08 : Tuesday to Friday 7/11 – 7/15 : Monday to Friday 7/18 – 7/22 : Monday to Friday 7/25 – 7/29 : Monday to Friday

AUGUST 2016 Camp 5 8/01 – 8/05 : Monday to Friday Raffle Giveaways 3x per week! University of Miami Head Baseball Coach Jim Morris

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Our camps are open to any and all participants.

MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM EXPLORERS SUMMER CAMP

WEBSITE: miamichildrensmuseum.org HOURS: 9 am to 3 pm AGE RANGE: 4 to 10 The camp uses eight areas to teach children about different aspects of life around the globe: food, world crafts and art, music, dance and performance, language, literacy, geography, and games and sports. Each week campers will discover a new sport and explore the countries where it is most popular. Campers will work closely with a sports coach, a visual artist and the museum’s team of professional actors, the MCM Players. CAMP:

MIAMI CHILDREN’S THEATER CREATIVE CAMP

WEBSITE: miamichildrenstheater.com HOURS: 10 am to 4 pm AGE RANGE: 5 to 12 Miami Children’s Theater enters its 20th year of summer camp. Operating at two locations (Kendall and Coral Gables), children train for end-of-session shows with industry professionals. This year, it’s Disney’s Aladdin Jr. and My Son Pinocchio.

CAMP: MIAMI DANCE PROJECT WEBSITE: miamidanceproject.com HOURS: 9 a.m - 4 pm AGE RANGE: 3-15 years Don’t miss out on this amazing camp. With more than 15 years experience, and known for producing dancers that have been showcased on “You Think you Can Dance,” Miami Dance Project offers a fun filled camp with first class, trend setting instruction in Hip-Hop. Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Field Trips, Water Slides, Performances, Themed Sessions and more. CAMP: MIAMI ROYAL BALLET WEBSITE: miamiroyalballet.com HOURS: 9 am to 3:30 pm AGE RANGE: 5 and up Bring your children to Miami Royal Ballet for five exciting weeks of dance, games, and new friends. No matter what the experience level, at MRB, kids learn from the best teachers in Coral Gables and make new friends while dancing and performing a wide variety of activities. CAMP:

MINI-CANES RECREATIONAL SPORTS CAMP

WEBSITE: miami.edu HOURS: 9 am to 4 pm AGE RANGE: 6 to 12 Campers play a variety of sports during four twoweek sessions. In addition to the “Sport of the Week,” and special events, campers can swim and take part in indoor games and activities. Educational emphasis is placed on developing a lifestyle with health, fitness and safety in mind. CAMP: MLC CAMPS WEBSITE: miamilearningcenter.net mlcprepacademy.com HOURS: Half-Day Camps (9am to 12pm); Full-Day Camps (9am to 4pm) *Early drop off/late pick up available AGE RANGE: Kinder to 12th grade (5 to 17) Two locations (Coral Gables and South Miami of this academic-based camp allow students to advance academically and prepare for the upcoming school year by either taking virtual courses or advance preparation for a class. Half-Day camps are designed to assist students with summer packages and readings, as well as earning credit on summer courses. Full-Day camps are designed to include the academic component as well as indoor/outdoor activities, and fieldtrips. Indoor activities include STEM projects such as Robotics and Engineering. Outdoor activities and fieldtrips include sports, kayaking, swimming, biking, and much more.


Tennis & Golf

Summer Camps June 13 – August 19, 2016 (10 1-week sessions) Boys & Girls, Ages 3–16

Tennis instruction in the morning, followed by afternoon games & matchplay. Ages 3–16, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, $240/week.

10% discount for JCC members. 10% discount for siblings after first child’s registration paid in full. 10% discount for 4–7 weeks, 20% discount for 8–10 weeks. Before/after-care (7:30am–6pm) available at $5 per hour per family. We provide transportation from Killian Greens to the JCC. We offer optional weekly field trips & swimming, as well as FREE LUNCH for all registered full-day campers!

Half-Day Golf Camp

One discount allowed per child. One-time $25 registration fee per family.

Half-Day Tennis Camp Professional tennis instruction & action-packed games at the Alper JCC Tennis Center. Ages 3–16, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, $140/week.

Full-Day Tennis Camp

Professional golf instruction & fun games for all levels at Killian Greens Golf Club. Ages 4–16, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, $175/week.

Full-Day Golf & Tennis Camp Golf instruction in the morning, followed by afternoon tennis at the Alper JCC. Ages 4–16, 9:00 am–3:00 pm, $275/week.

Counselors in Training Play golf or tennis in the morning. Assist our coaches & earn community service in the afternoon. Ages 15+, 9:00 am–3:00 pm, $140/week tennis, $175/week golf.

We provide all golf &/or tennis equipment!

Tennis Camp at the Alper JCC 11155 SW 112 Ave, Miami, FL 33176 Golf Camp at Killian Greens 9980 SW 104 St, Miami, FL 33176 Easy Online Registration at

JaneFormanSports.com Ph 305.235.9200 Txt 305.775.4727 jane@janeformantennis.com


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MUSICIANS DISCOUNT SUMMER MUSIC LESSIONS & CLASSES

WEBSITE: musiciansdiscountcenter.net AGE RANGE: All levels Instrumental and vocal teachers provide instruction in theory, technique, and performance of many different genres. CAMP:

OLD CUTLER CHURCH SUMMER JAMZ CAMP

WEBSITE: ocpc.org HOURS: 9 am to Noon or 3 pm (extended day: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm) AGE RANGE: 2 years to 5th Grade Inspired by Vacation Bible School, Summer Jamz offers an action-packed summer with Christian counselors from the church, with its main focus being teaching about God’s love. During eight oneweek sessions, campers will engage in VBS-like games, Bible adventures and hands-on crafts. Weekly themes include Barnyard Palooza, Hawaiian Hullabaloo and Disney, and special activities include water slides, a petting zoo and a luau. CAMP:

PALMER TRINITY SUMMER EXPERIENCE

WEBSITE: palmertrinity.org HOURS: 9 am to Noon or 4 pm AGE RANGE: 2nd Grade to 12th Grade Summer Experience offers camps for athletics, arts, academics and enrichment. Athletics includes an all- sports camp, a cheer camp and football camps. Academic camps include ones for programming, science and math. Arts includes photography and orchestra camps, while enrichment has workshops on topics like organization and college essays. CAMP: PALMETTO GOLF CAMP WEBSITE: golfpalmetto.com HOURS: 9 am to 12:30 pm or 3 pm Starting with basics (think golf course orientation, rules and etiquette) this camp allows campers to become well acquainted with the world of golf. The curriculum covers full swings with video analysis, short game, mini golf and putting. CAMP: ROIG ACADEMY WEBSITE: roigacademy.com AGE RANGE: Pre-K2 to 6th Grade Camp Roig provides preschoolers with a fun learning curriculum that incorporates prereading, pre-math, fine-motor, gross-motor, sensory-related and story-related activities. The thematically-inspired program includes water days, computers, cooking and field trips. The Summer Academic Enrichment and Fast ForWord programs for older kids also encourages academic growth through the summertime.

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TEMPLE BET SHIRA CAMP GILAH

WEBSITE: betshira.org HOURS: 9 am to 12:30 pm AGE RANGE: 18 months to 2nd Grade Summer days at this camp are filled with various exciting activities such as arts and crafts, music, creative movement, sports, games, cooking, drama and much more. Other exciting activities include dress up days, amusement rides and special guests. CAMP:

VIVA EL ESPANOL BY STEP BY STEP LANGUAGES

WEBSITE: vivaelespanol.com HOURS: 9 am to 2:30 pm AGE RANGE: 3 to 9 Boasting the lowest camper/teacher ratio offered by a language camp (3:1) in town, activities include drama, culture, arts & crafts, guided conversation, pair work activities, language games and more.Campers, 3-6 and 7-9 are grouped based on age and level of linguistic competence. At Viva el Espanol, campers can experience the joy of learning a foreign language in a professional and nurturing environment. CAMP: CAMP WESTMINSTER WEBSITE: wcsmiami.org HOURS: 9 am to 3 pm AGE RANGE: 5 to 14 SUMMARY: Westminister Christian School’s summer camp offers a variety of activities including kickball, floor hockey, swimming and more, as well as field trips and a half-day afternoon option for campers who choose a specialty camp in the morning. CAMP:

WINHOLD MONTESSORI SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP

WEBSITE: winholdmontessorischool.com AGE RANGE: 1 to 6 The Palmetto Bay school offers four two-week sessions (full- and half-day options are available) for children one-to-six years of age in an “authentic Montessori environment.” CAMP: ZANIAC WEBSITE: zaniaclearning.com/southmiami HOURS: Full Day Session 9 am - 4 pm Morning Session 9 am / Noon Afternoon Session 1 pm- 4 pm AGE RANGE: K - 8th grade Zaniac Camps are the perfect combination of learning and fun, featuring many engaging programs that nurture your K-8 child’s love of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). From Zane Math, Computer Programming, Minecraft, Robotics, 3D Printing and Fashion Design to Tinkering and more, your child will be inspired and have fun. Who says you can’t learn while you play?


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SUMMER JAMZ is our church Summer Camp for kids (2 years old through 6th grade). Our camp will offer an action-packed summer in a smallgroup environment with Christian counselors from our church. Activities will include VBS-like games, Bible adventures, hands-on crafts, special guests, and much more.

JUNE 20 - AUGUST 12

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Five Days a Week 2 year olds - 6th Grade

Each week, Summer Jamz will offer a special activity or event. Below are some examples:

Camp Day 9am - 3pm Full Day 7:30am - 5:30pm Half Day 9am - 12pm 10% Discount for Siblings 10% Discount when you sign up for all 8 weeks

• Water Slides and Activities • Petting Zoo and Pony Rides • Cooking Lessons • Candy Making • Magic Shows • Bike Day • Luau

REGISTER TODAY 305-238-8121 camp@ocpc.org • ocpc.org/camp • 14401 Old Cutler Road • Miami, FL 33158

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LEAP’s unique perspective of utilizing sports to engage and enhance all areas of development creates a fun, exciting and constantly changing learning environment. With specially designed programs for every ability level, LEAP provides all athletes the opportunity to develop countless cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral and physical skills to build upon. 5:1 Athlete/Coach Ratio Half Day: 9 am-12 pm or 12 pm- 3 pm Full Day: 9 am- 3 pm 10338 SW 187 Street Miami FL 33157

305.224.5951 www.LEAPSouthFL.com

Children’s Resources

Summer Camp 2016

INCLUSION PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY

JUNE 13TH- AUGUST 5TH

OUR CAMP OFFERS THE ACADEMICS AND THE FUN CHILDREN NEED!

Does your child need to acquire or practice new skills and have fun at the same time?

Field Trips, Water Play, Cooking Art and Music Therapy Sports & Fitness, Day at the Movies & much more Literacy Enrichment Program/ Touch Math program » Skills Acquisition Software » » » »

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Raz Kids and Headsprout Online Programs Earobics Auditory Processing Program iPad Technology/STEM Education Emphasis on increasing self-esteem & social skills Differentiated Instruction to meet each child’s needs

Give your child the academics he/she needs, in a fun, well supervised, structured environment, run by teachers with Bachelor degrees in Early Childhood & Elementary Education. 1:5 adult/pupil ratio. Children’s Resources is a fully accredited inclusion school offering services to children with special needs and their typically developing peers ages 2 to fifth grade. Class sizes are kept small to create a unique program aimed at each student’s individual needs. All therapies are offered on-site along with many extra curricular activities.

Accredited by NAEYC - 5 Stars from the Early Learning Coalition McKay Scholarship - Step Up For Students - School Readiness -VPK

REGISTERING FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

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Redefining Education.

Summer at Roig.

Camp Roig

Education in disguise. Camp Roig has been carefully planned to provide Pre-school age children with a fun curriculum incorporating pre-reading, pre-math, fine-motor, gross-motor, sensory related and story-related activities. Make it an unforgettable experience where your child will be reeled into a thematically inspired program including water days, computers, cooking 9-3 P.M. and field trips. Half Day Available

Summer Academic Enrichment All things academic. And then some.

An all-inclusive summer program! Your child will continue their academic growth in reading, phonics, writing, and math. Additionally, handwriting will be developed, practiced and perfected. Children will be introduced to the interactive Handwriting Without Tears Program while exploring a myriad of themes in addition to water days, computers, cooking and field trips. All classes are taught by our certified teachers. 9-2 P.M.

Fast ForWord

Practice makes perfect. The Fast ForWord program develops and strengthens memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing-the cognitive skills essential for reading. The strengthening of these skills results in a wide range of improved critical language and reading skills such as phonological awareness phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. *Evaluation by Head of School required prior to enrollment.

8000 SW 112st. Miami, FL 33156 • 305.235.1313 • roigacademy.com


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SK ANY EDUCATOR OR EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL WHAT THE BUZZWORD of the day is and STEM will most likely be the first word out of their mouth. The acronym, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, has been drawing attention for its growing importance in preparing students not just for traditional STEM careers but for all future paths in today’s business world. “The world is completely different – students have to have a great understanding of technology, even in liberal arts,” says Neydy Gomez, who, along with partner Claudia Machado, co-owns South Miami’s Zaniac, an afterschool enrichment program that uses game-based learning to engage kids in creative, conceptual problem solving. While Gomez says the majority of students fall in the first-to-fifth grade age group, the program “really is for everyone,” offering up everything from LEGO Robotics courses to those on Minecraft, Tinkering, Fashion Design (complete with 3D printing) and more. “The thing that was so great [about Zaniac] was that there wasn’t anything here offering such a diverse variety of STEM programs under one roof,” says Gomez, who opened the franchise last year. “It really reinforces science and math concepts in a different way. Students find a way to apply them to the real world.” The Zaniac program originated in Park City, Utah with Paul Zane Pilzer, a longtime economics professor and noted economic advisor. Gomez, always on the lookout for innovative educational ideas, stumbled upon Pilzer’s ideas while looking for a new way to teach her daughter math. Pilzer’s game-based teaching style appealed to the mom, but, after realizing the center was in Utah, she backed off of the idea. Months later Machado mentioned that a friend of hers in Connecticut was opening a Zaniac franchise and Gomez had a Eureka moment. “I told her ‘This is the program I was looking at,’” she says. Gomez says it’s not just the educational benefits that keep her passionate about the program, but the ideas behind the teaching. “The other thing that drew me to Zaniac was that the approach is to learn through peer-to-peer learning,” she says. “It allows students to think they’re playing During the school year, Zaniac After-School Programs while learning and sharing their knowledge with others. It builds self-confidence, it’s meet for 90 minutes, once a week for six weeks. During empowering.” summer and vacation breaks, Zaniac Camps meet for This summer, Zaniac will condense it’s usual six-week programs into one-week camps, 3 hours, every day for five days (M-F). broken down into morning and afternoon sessions that merge specific programs with other fun and games (think paper airplane races and balloon cars built from scratch). “We teach with hands-on activities. They’re not sitting in a room listening to a teacher,” says Gomez, “We want them to understand that everything they’re learning has a real life application. We let them experiment… it’s part of the game. They’re able to find new ideas and make mistakes without feeling like failure.” In the end though, it’s preparation for the future that Zaniac hopes to leave students with… no matter what they’re chosen field or interest. “Even if you want to be a chef you have to understand technology,” says Gomez. “Careers that you would never think… this is something you need. It’s really a different world.” 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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Mind-training-challenging-engaging-blowing-inspiring-summer camps. This summer bring your kids to Zaniac. Our summer camps are designed to keep their minds active while they have the time of their life.

HURRY, OUR SUMMER CAMPS FILL UP FAST! 305 239 9484 K-8 After-School Programs and Camps

Zaniac South Miami • 8322 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33143 • Dadeland Station • www.ZaniacLearning.com/SouthMiami

Summer Experience at Palmer Trinity welcomes all rising 2nd — 12th grade students to participate in athletic, academic, art and enrichment camps.

Enroll today at

www.palmertrinity.org/summer 7900 S.W. 176TH STREET, MIAMI, FLORIDA 33157 | (305) 259-1104

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S YOUR OLD GUITAR COLLECTING DUST IN THE CLOSET? WHAT ABOUT THOSE vinyl records you just came across in your spring-cleaning? And how about that old clarinet you played in the high school marching band, does it still work? Are these musical treasures “worth” anything? Who knows, they may be worth their weight in gold. A musical instrument is more than just a piece of wood or metal–it’s an investment. But they are not valuable just because they’re old. Manufacturing technology has enabled companies to produce masses of musical instruments at one time. For example, the old Sears, Roebuck and Montgomery Ward mail order catalogs going back to the late 19th century offered complete violin outfits as well pianos, guitars, banjos, and brasses for a minimum cost. These instruments may not be worth anything other than a sentimental value. And those old vinyl records you found. Gosh, the memories that comes to mind when you look at the old album covers. Is your music collection insured? Is the collection worth money? Only a professional appraiser can answer that question. But before seeking an appraisal, make a list of your albums and include the following information: List if the vinyl is a 45, 33 or 78 LP. List the artist, album title and the condition it is in. After you have a list, now it’s time to have them assessed by a professional. It is recommended that you do not take your musical “treasures” to an antique appraiser who does not specialize in musical instruments. The instrument market is highly specialized. Only an expert appraiser can carefully evaluate the condition and research the origin or source of every musical instrument to ensure the appraisal is fair to current market value. You may wish to get a written appraisal on your musical “treasures” for the following reasons: »» To sell the instrument or records »» Estate evaluations »» Legal proceedings »» Tax credits for donations to non-profit organizations »» Insurance replacement valuation »» Other situations that require a professional determination of value A written appraisal of that old guitar, vinyl records or musical instruments protects your investment by establishing the current market value. This information will prove to be invaluable to your insurance company, estate sale and your peace of mind.. Musicians Discount Center in South Florida help you find the instrument that suits you and fits your budget, too. They are the one stop music shop that has been sharing their expertise with others for many years. They offer new and used instruments, instrument rentals, rent to own programs and music lessons. Stop in and let the sounds of music begin in your house today. Contact Musicians Discount Center at 305-255-9466 or visit them online at www.musiciansdiscountcenter.net.

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In fact, her competition students often help out with another of Acosta’s passions— a special needs program that she launched in 2005 (“I want them to realize that trophies are not the end all,” she says.). After learning of a woman in California who developed Autism Movement Therapy, Acosta flew to the west coast to become certified before beginning the program in Miami, the first studio to do so. Today she not only works with between 10 and 15 special needs students at MDP, but also with the Be Unique Academy at the JCC where they run the school’s dance program. The studio also works closely with Autism Speaks, taking care of the entertainment at the annual walk and populating the stage with performances from special needs children. Looking ahead, Acosta hopes to continue to foster

Miami dance talent and watch them grow from toddlers to shining stars in schools such as New World, NYU and other elite dance programs and companies around the world. And far from missing them when they eventually move onward, Acosta says she now gets the pleasure of seeing former students directing and choreographing around South Florida…and the entire country. Says Acosta with a laugh, “We’re raising our own competition.” Providing Exceptional Dance Training & Results in Miami since 1999, come and visit our State of The Art Dance Studio at 6840 SW 81ST Terrace, Miami, FL 33143. For more information, please visit miamidanceproject.com or call us to schedule an appointment at 305.595.1115.


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to have been exposed to different ideas throughout their dental education,” says Cookie. “The doctors enjoy discussing different dental cases and often help each other come to a consensus for treatment.” They truly enjoy working together. “Life often flies by at times and you don’t always make time to see your loved ones,” says Cookie. “Working together affords us the opportunity to spend more time together.” They get rave reviews. Watching their father build his practice on the principles of high quality patient care and a trusting patient/ doctor relationship gave Adam and Aaron a solid commitment to those same principles, something they continue to work for on a daily basis. That dedication shows. Online reviews are peppered with words like “professional,” “attentive,” ”friendly,” and the boast “I could never go anywhere else.”

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SIDE FROM APPLE PIE, WHAT CAN BE MORE ICONICALLY AMERICAN THAN blue jeans? Originally invented during the gold rush era in 1853 by Levi Strauss and Jacob W. Davis, jeans are quintessentially American and have a permanent place in all of our wardrobes. So why do so many of us struggle to find the perfect pair? As it turns out, when shopping for jeans, most women focus too much on sizes and labels instead of the overall fit. Follow these simple tips to find the the right jeans for YOUR body type. »» Athletic Build/Flat Butt: There is nothing more depressing than when “baby got no back.” Add more volume to your butt by opting for tighter fitting jeans with back flap pockets that sit higher on the top part of your butt. Super skinny or tapered legs with a low to medium rise are your best fit. The object is to create a curvier shape from head to toe. Avoid the boyfriend cut and jeans with low back pockets which can cause the dreaded pancake butt (Try: Hudson Signature Bootcut or DL1961 Florence). »» Hourglass Build/Curvy: With a more narrow waist than your bust and lower half, your goal is to create a more balanced silhouette. Opt for jeans specifically cut for curvy bodies in a medium to dark wash which are most flattering. Read the labels and choose a pair with at least 2 percent elastane (AKA spandex and lycra) in the fabric. Be careful when wearing distressed or faded jeans with “whiskering” as they tend to draw unwanted attention to those areas. Stay away from jeans with embellished back pockets that can inadvertently highlight your butt (Try: Frame Denim Le High Flare or Joe’s Jeans Honey Skinny). »» Long Legs: Luckily for you, you can rock almost any style of jeans. Your biggest challenge is usually finding a pair that is long enough for your legs. However, most designers now make jeans in longer lengths with 36” inseams. Look your best in a mid-rise waist with a bootcut or straight leg. Skinny jeans will also work on your body type just be wary of cropped or ankle cuts. Buy the wrong pair and it will look like you shrunk your jeans in the dryer (Try: 7 for Mankind Kimmie Straight Leg and Paige Skyline Skinny). »» Petite Build/Short Legs: A wide leg, trouser jean with a slightly fitted thigh is your best fit to create a long and lean look. Pair your jeans with heels or have them professionally tailored so they don’t drag or touch the floor. The idea is to visually elongate the lower half of your body so jeans that drag on the floor, apart from being gross, will make you look like a shrinking Tom Hanks in the movie Big. Skinny jeans will also look great on you, just make sure you buy the right length. Try ankle length skinnies as these are usually the perfect length for women with shorter legs. (Try: AG Petite Bootcut Jeans or Paige Verdugo Ankle). Jeans last several years so make the investment and buy a good pair that you feel comfortable in. Do splurge and buy a more premium pair of jeans. Designer jeans are usually made out of higher quality fabrics that won’t sag and will look better on you! Don’t get discouraged by sizes but, instead, embrace your body and accentuate your best ASSets. After all, style is about the mix, not the trend. Tennille Gutierrez and Stephanie Hagan are the owners of Threads Boutique, specializing in women, girls, and tween clothing. Located at 13843 S. Dixie Highway, Palmetto Bay, FL 33176. For more information, visit their website at www.miamithreads.com or contact them via phone (786) 713-5393.

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S THE END OF SCHOOL APPROACHES (YES, ALREADY), ALONG WITH IT comes a plethora of end-of-the-year events: graduation, pool parties and, of course, prom. All of which have their own unique dress code… and shopping trips. So what to do when you’re on a budget and what to do post-event? We spoke with Recycled Closet owner Jennifer Kaloti to get the lowdown on the buying and selling of consignment.

HOW COMMON IS IT TO FIND CURRENT TRENDS (ESPECIALLY IN FORMAL WEAR) IN A CONSIGNMENT STORE AND WHAT ARE YOU SEEING RIGHT NOW? At a consignment store you will find many unique styles as well as current trends in formal wear. This is desirable for prom-goers because everyone is looking for an individual style on their special day. There are a variety of trends in formal wear such as ‘old Hollywood glamour’, ‘simple and sleek’ gowns, and gowns embellished with lace, sequins and beads, or print.

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When buying from a consignment store, feel confident that your selection is one of a kind and will stand out among the many other dresses that are likely to be purchased at a common retail store. It is important to keep in mind that some high schools may have guidelines for the attire (i.e. bare midriff, open back, low cut) to be worn on prom night. At our store, we work with each girl and will be happy to hold a dress for a few days to make sure it is exactly what she wants.

FOR CONSIGNORS, WHAT TYPES OF DRESSES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FOR YOUR STORE? We are always looking for evening gowns in excellent condition such as the styles listed above and especially in a variety of sizes.

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Post-prom consignment is a great idea if you’re sure you won’t wear it again to another event. If you loved it, chances are someone else will too. And you can recover a percentage of your money! It is also essential to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in any way possible.

ANYTHING ELSE PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CONSIGNING ITEMS FROM THEIR CLOSET? When consigning items from your closet, items must be in great condition and should be laundered or dry cleaned. All styles can apply depending on what the store is looking for at the time. Also accepted are shoes, handbags and jewelry. This method of shopping strengthens the concept of reusable clothing and individuality.


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It’s The Pricing, Silly BY FRANK DEVALDIVIELSO

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HE SPRING BUYING SEASON IS HERE! HOMEOWNERS ARE getting ready for market and buyers are studying the conditions. According to The Florida Association of Realtors 39 percent of the total yearly sales take place between April and July. This generates a frenzy of activity in the market. The end of the school year is around the corner and it’s time for families to move. Inventory levels are rising and buyer demand is, too. Ready, set, go! The homes that will sell this spring will do so because the sellers are motivated, the buyers see the value and they are both ready, willing and able to close the deal. Now is a good time to get real and sell your home because there will be more eyes looking at it than in other months. The eyes of the buyers are very well trained. They get to used the services of realtors to help them navigate and understand the market. Also, the internet offers excellent information about the homes, the neighborhoods, schools, crime rate, demographics, transit times for commuting and, of course, the price for which other similar homes have sold. In many cases, buyers do more homework than sellers when it comes to research on the properties. They certainly see more homes as part of the selection process. Sellers have the same resources available at their fingertips, including knowledgeable realtors and the option to go see open houses that are similar to their home. Once a homeowner decides to sell, it’s time to call all the resources in and get detailed information on what is going on in the market now. Motivated sellers want real intel, not pie in the sky. With that information the homeowner has to pick a pricing strategy: list high to leave room to negotiate; list at fair market value; price below market value. All three are used regularly and the length of time that it takes to sell the home is a clear indicator of which one it was. The longer on the market, the more time the homeowner spent “chasing the market”. If it sells fast it’s because they nailed the pricing. The reasoning to price below market is often used when homes are in need of repair or remodeling. It’s very difficult to find those deals, just ask anyone who “flips” houses for a living and you’ll see. The real estate market in our community is a benevolent one. If you bought property in 1996 it’s probably doubled or tripled in value. Few other markets in the nation perform that well. This may be one reason that some buyers are willing to pay above the current fair market value in anticipation of living in the home for a long time. There is also an emotional component in that decision, as you may know. Such as, the spouse loves the house and makes it very clear to the other. As we all know a happy spouse equals a happy life! The challenge again in this selling season for homeowners will be to find someone that is trustworthy to tell them the truth about the market and their home. One of the more difficult moments during the listing period is when the seller and realtor have to discuss pricing the home to sell. It’s a conversation that will happen at the beginning of the listing or sometime thereafter. The market is the market. If you’re priced too high, wait and one day the home will be worth what you want. In that case it’s not a matter of price it’s a matter of time in the market. Or, take your head out of the sand, look at what’s going on around you and make the adjustment. If you want to move, now’s a great time to start living in your new home! 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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DMITTING A PATIENT TO HOSPICE DOES NOT MEAN GIVING UP HOPE. Hospice care provides pain and symptom management and appropriate palliative care when curative medical treatments no longer enhance the patient’s quality of life. The focus of care shifts toward helping the patient achieve maximum quality of life from a physical, emotional and spiritual perspective. Hospice programs provide medication to manage symptoms related to the primary illness. Each patient receives the medical equipment and supplies necessary to enhance overall comfort and safety including, but not limited to, hospital beds, bedside commode, an over bed table, oxygen, and dressing supplies. When finding a Hospice program for you or a family member, it is important to ask about the levels of care that particular Hospice program offers.

Hospice Care of South Florida, for example, provides four levels of care: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Routine Home Care Continuous Care at Home General Inpatient Care Respite Care

Routine home care provides patient care availability wherever the patient considers home, including a residence, skilled nursing facility or assisted living community. New generations often opt for the option of staying at home during their final moments or when seriously ill, with their family by their side. “Everybody agrees that they don’t want to be in the emergency room and they don’t want to come into

the hospital,” says Amy Kelley, MD, associate professor in the department of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Hospice provides the opportunity for a person to spend their last moments where they feel most comfortable. Continuous care at home means hospice provides medical management at the home 24 hours a day. During times of crisis, when death is impending or the patient has worsened, hospice provides additional services to allow the patient to remain at home. A patient may also be admitted to general inpatient care if there are certain medical needs that cannot be managed at home. Finally, respite care is when a hospice program provides a short-term accommodation of the patient in order to provide temporary relief to caregivers. Oftentimes, the caregiver’s own health declines due to stress and lack of time to care for himself. When a family needs a “break” some hospice programs will offer respite care to give them an opportunity to rest. Breaks are necessary for the caregiver to refresh and return to the patient with a stronger and revitalized ability to care for him or her. In hospice care, the caregiver/hospice aid is in constant communication with the rest of the team to identify physical and emotional changes. The program also teaches families how to meet the physical and emotional needs of the patient, as well as to provide ongoing support and education. For more information on Hospice of South Florida, please call the 24-hour phone line at 305-591-1606 or visit www.hospicesouthflorida.org.

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KNOW IT SOUNDS ODD FOR A YANKEE (I’M ORIGINALLY FROM BOSTON) TO BE craving some true southern hospitality, but such was the case a few months back. After just a short flight I disembarked to explore all things southern in Charleston, S.C. I made it just in time to catch breakfast at Andrew Pickney Inn where I was staying. The buffet was chugged full (southern for full & overflowing) of mini quiche, pastries, fresh fruit, and eggs, and nothing says southern more than good biscuits and gravy. I sat on their enclosed balcony and let the sun warm me as I planned out the next couple of days. When I think of the good ole South, I think plantations, so my first trip was to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. With more than 390 acres of natural beauty and chosen as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens,” it must be on your to do list. From there I headed to Boone Hall Plantation where I had heard about its Avenue of Oaks. I think I stood there for 15 minutes staring down this spectacular entrance of canopied oaks with their moss hanging like muslin drapes.

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I decided I wanted to get settled in at the inn, but was dying to sit on a porch with a glass of sweet tea in true southern form. What better stop off place than Poogan’s Porch, a wonderfully restored Victorian house on Queens Street named after a neighborhood dog that ensconced himself on the porch as official greeter. “Now, Honey, what can I get you?” After a couple of days here I realized people call everyone Honey and the word “now” attaches itself to every conversation. “How you doin’ now?” “Now y’all come back.” Back at the inn I met my new best friend, concierge extraordinaire, Sandy. Decked out in a dapper bow tie, Sandy gave me the ins and outs of Charleston. As we talked, I grabbed some more tea and a cookie from the sideboard, settled in by the fireplace and picked Sandy’s brain. Being that Andrew Pickney Inn is in the middle of the historic district and one block from the city market, I took off on foot the next morning. I browsed the market and then took a carriage ride through the streets of Charleston, learning all the little secrets one would not pick up just walking around. Sandy’s recommendation for lunch was Cru Café and he was spot on. The front steps creaked as I approached the porch of this 1886 home converted into (what I was soon to find out) an exceptional restaurant. I had the fried green tomatoes, which have to be the best in Charleston, and their homemade mac & cheese, which was pure decadence. The afternoon called for a nice long walk to head off the weight gain, so I took the two-hour Shem Creek History Tour where I learned about the Lowcountry and got up close and personal with the shrimping boats on the creek. I guess I missed the part about the shrimp boil afterwards (more food), but what a pleasant surprise. The street lamps were coming on as I strolled along The Battery - such beautiful, antebellum homes looking out over the water. A ghost tour was assembling as I passed, and I wondered how many southern belles and gentlemen of years gone by walked along with them on this night recounting their memories as I was making mine. Debbie Martinez is a Miami Dade resident and Travel Editor for The Florida Villager. She can be reached at debbiemartinez1@mac.com.


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HIS IS WHERE PEOPLE OF THE FEMALE PERSUASION FIND themselves in a quagmire. Here is a typical scenario: You go out with a guy, have a good time, text multiple times, go out again, sleep with the guy and start acting like the girlfriend. There is one problem here; the guy doesn’t see you as the GF. He’s been having a fun time and sex was great but a GF? Ah, no. The problem? The two of you have been working in two different dimensions due to the way women are wired. Women are nurturers, relationship-driven individuals; you can see that even in their female relationships. Men on the other hand aren’t so quick to establish the GF-BF status. This is particularly true as you re-enter the dating world in your 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The advice I’m going to give will help both sides of this dating misalignment. As my mom always said, “Ladies first,” so ladies listen up. I get that you have an innate need to connect and be a nurturer and what better venue to fill that need than in a relationship but men are not always on the same page... and that is when you get hurt and disappointed. Here is some sage advice: 1. Realize this trait about yourself. This is what drives you and be mindful of it so you can keep it in check. 2. Slow down. As hard as it may be, don’t go on your first date and come home writing a romantic novel in your head. See it for what it was, a date. Keep it simple. No, “Oh my God, Oh my God, this is the one.” 3. I have been told many times by guys and gals that the dating world has changed and I’m too old fashioned but for me, once again, my mom’s advice rings in my ear, “Don’t call guys, let them call you.” A guy’s ego loves to be chased but at the end of the day, the guy needs to be the hunter. I have found, much to my chagrin, women today do all the chasing and then wind up in my office wondering why the guy has gone MIA. 4. Keep in mind what a man wants, a man will go after. I hate to use this example, but when a guy is having an affair, look at the lengths and planning and determination he will go through to see the other woman. If he really wants to see you, he will. However, a word of caution. Dating someone in their 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s is quite a bit different than dating in your 20’s and 30’s. They have full time jobs, children, social responsibilities, elderly parents they care for and a life they have established before they met you. Take all that into consideration. Your gut knows when something is legit and when he’s not that into you. 5. Listen to what he tells you, exactly what he tells you. If he says he doesn’t know what he wants, doesn’t want a relationship right now or doesn’t want anyone to have expectations of him and vice versa, that is exactly what he means. Don’t take it personally and don’t be mad, instead give him credit for being honest (provided of course he had this conversation with you before he bedded you). 6. If the GF/BF relationship has not been established, don’t act like his girlfriend. Don’t have expectations that only come with a bona fide relationship. It is not fair to either of you and you are only setting yourself up for hurt and disappointment.

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HAMBERSOUTH IS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR GREATER SOUTH Miami-Dade County, providing leadership and vision in our communities, including South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, and Greater Kendall. Since its creation in 1931, ChamberSOUTH has been an effective voice for local business. ChamberSOUTH is rolling out the 6th Annual Excellence Awards presented by Baptist Health South Florida to recognize businesses that excel in overall business achievement, ChamberSOUTH also APRIL EVENTS honors volunteers who selflessly devote TH 6 ANNUAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS their time to help others. The honorWednesday, April 13th, 2016 ees will be recognized at a luncheon Registration/ Reception 11:00 am ceremony hosted at the Coral Gables Lunch & Awards 12:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Eddie Montalvo, CEO and Country Club on Wednesday, April Founder of Silverwings Aeroespacial 13th, with a reception beginning at Master of Ceremonies: Grant 11AM. We have a wonderful speaker Miller of Community News Coral Gables Country Club in Eddie Montalvo CEO and Founder 997 North Greenway Drive of Silverwings Aeroespace and our Sponsored by: Baptist Health South Florida local celebrity Master of Ceremonies WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP: BUILDING YOUR BRAND Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 will be Grant Miller of Community Presented by: SCORE Miami News. Registration now open. The 3:00 – 5:00 pm Excellence Awards 2016 is hosted by ChamberSOUTH 6410 SW 80th Street, South Miami ChamberSOUTH Gavel Club, Small GENERAL MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST: Business and Not for Profit Committees. ChamberSOUTH Military Affairs In April to help our small busiCommittee Breakfast ness community prosper, we host Friday, April 22nd, 2016 Registration 7:15 am the Building Your Brand workshop Speaker: Rear Admiral Scott Buchman where the speakers will share advanced Miami Marriott Dadeland skills to acquire new customers, pre9090 South Dadeland Boulevard, Miami Sponsored by: First National Bank of South Florida sented by Score Miami on Wednesday, SAVE THE DATES April 20th, 3-5PM. The workshops 17TH ANNUAL CHAMBERSOUTH BUSINESS EXPO are presented in partnership with Presented by: The Small Business Committee the ChamberSOUTH Small Business Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Committee. University of Miami, Fieldhouse The General Membership Breakfast at the Bank United Center is ChamberSOUTH’s official monthly 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables Sponsored by: U Health - University meeting. It’s the area’s place to see and of Miami Health System be seen if you’re a businessperson With Support of: Mercedes-Benz of and of course, a great place to garner Cutler Bayupcoming events exposure for your company! In the month of April, Rear Admiral Scott Buchman will address our membership sponsored by First National Bank of South Miami. Gulliver Middle School Band will provide music for this special breakfast presented by ChamberSOUTH Military Affairs Committee at the Miami Marriott Dadeland on Friday, April 22nd, at 7:15 am. And don’t miss the 17th Annual ChamberSOUTH Business EXPO sponsored by U-Health. It will be held on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, from 4-8:00PM. The venue is the Fieldhouse at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami located at 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables. Attendance is free to the community, this event offers local businesses the opportunity to exhibit and promote their wares while reminding residents to “keep it local” and support our community businesses. Check out the newest Mercedes models from Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay and sample delicious food and cocktails from our exhibitors. The Business EXPO 2016 is hosted by the Small Business Committee. In addition to serving the business community by providing monthly networking opportunities, ChamberSOUTH is also a resource to the community at large. ChamberSOUTH is THE SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION. For more information on any of these events, contact ChamberSOUTH by visiting www.chambersouth.com or calling 305-661-1621.


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SEEN O N S CENE 12TH ANNUAL DEERING SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Thousands of South Florida residents headed over to the Deering Estate for the 12th annual Deering Seafood Festival. The event (which sold out this year) benefited from cooperative skies as the culinary celebration spotlighted Seafood Alley (presented by Golden Rule Seafood) where a dizzying array of the most delicious catch from the sea could be found. Additionally, six of Miami’s best-known chefs took turns demonstrating their favorite recipes presented by Whole Foods Market. Three bands entertained the crowds and a Lil Shrimp Kids Zone kept families busy with inflatables, activities and the Deering Discovery Cove Adventure. Proceeds from the Deering Seafood Festival benefit the Deering Estate Foundation and are used for environmental education, preservation and programming.

MIAMI BEACH COMMISSIONER MICHAEL GRIECO HOSTS SUCCESSFUL BEACH CLEAN-UP Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco, in partnership with VolunteerCleanUp.org, Clean Up Miami Beach, and the Miami Beach Rotary Club, hosted a 10-block beach, dune and jetty clean up earlier today. The event drew hundreds of volunteers from the community to help rid the beach of debris and litter left behind by Spring Break crowds.

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CHILI IN THE VILLAGE For the first time “Chili in the Village” in Pinecrest Gardens was the venue for the Florida State Championship Cook-off. The winners advanced to the World Championship Chili Cook-off. More than a dozen chili pros and novices dusted off their aprons, grabbed their spices and flexed their chili-making muscle in three categories: chili, chili verde and salsa.

Village officials unveiled a historical marker commemorating the former site of the Miami Serpentarium at the Pinecrest Town Center, 12651 Pinecrest Parkway, on US 1 just south of the municipal center. The Miami Serpentarium was founded in 1946 by Bill Haast and was one of Florida’s first tourist attractions with 50,000 visitors each year.

MARLINS CHARITY PARTNERS The Marlins Foundation selected its four 2016 Charity Partners and presented each charity with a check for $25,000. Marlins President David Samson, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, and Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton participated in the check presentation ceremony. The 2016 Marlins Charity Partners are: After-School AllStars South Florida, 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, Miami Children’s Museum and Up2Us Sports.

WALK IN STYLE FOR THE ANIMALS Fashionistas and animal lovers alike visited Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour to celebrate the launch of Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2016 Handbag Collection. Guests enjoyed an evening of fun and shopping to help support the dogs and cats of the Humane Society of Greater Miami and the 2016 Walk for the Animals.

VIZCAYA’S HAT LUNCHEON South Florida’s boldest fashion-forward supporters donned elegant headwear at Vizcaya Museum and Garden’s 8th Annual Preservation Luncheon, known informally as “The Hat Luncheon.” Three hundred guests enjoyed a beautiful, stylish day in the gardens including a luncheon in Vizcaya’s European-style grounds.

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