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NOVEMBER 2016 EDITION

CORAL GABLES · SOUTH MIAMI

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Gift Guide 18 EVENTS CALENDAR 8 November 2016 COMMUNITY CALL 10 News From Our Community COMMUNITY NEWS 14 Coral Gables Launches Wellness Wednesdays 16 Lotus House Breaks Ground on State of the Art Facility in Miami’s Overtown 18 UHealth MS Center For Excellence Launches #iamMS Initiative

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CUBAN ARCHITECTS AT HOME AND IN EXILE: THE MODERNIST GENERATION. This scholarly exhibit will be the first to examine the lives and work of mid-20th-century Cuban architects in both Cuba and abroad. Videos will portray the Cuban architects’ private lives, examples of Cuban architecture throughout the island, and details about the events in 1959 that affected the profession and teaching of architecture in Cuba. To schedule a group tour, please call 305.603.8067 or email education@ coralgablesmuseum.org.

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Run for a reason by joining almost 1,000 participants in the 5K run/walk and family event benefiting CancerFree KIDS Pediatric Cancer Research Alliance. On-site registration and check-in will begin at 7 a.m. Participants will also be invited to enter the Deering property for a post-race event that will include a giveaways, music, food, drinks, bounce-houses and other entertainment in the family area. reasontorun.org

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Celebrate the birthday of Vizcaya’s original owner, James Deering, as well as the publication Big Bosses: A Working Girl’s Memoir of Jazz Age America—the annotated memoirs of James Deering’s secretary, Althea McDowell Altemus. Enjoy light bites and historic cocktails, live jazz and entertainment and, of course, cake! 6:30 pm-9:30 pm.

A huge plant sale of Fairchild-grown plants and plants from vendors offering edible plants for your own fall garden, ornamentals, orchids, succulents, exotics and more. Food and more! Cooking demos by Miami's top chefs, samples, food from some of our favorite vendors and all you need to create your own spiced up dishes for fall and winter. Holiday shopping and treasure hunting. fairchildgarden.org

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30 Miami-Dade and Broward, middle and senior high, public, private and parochial schools, over 1,500 young people, compete for cash prizes. The Caroling Competition takes place over five nights on the steps of 550 Biltmore Way. Beginning on Wednesday, November 30th, performances run through Sunday afternoon, December 4th. Six different schools appear each evening.

HistoryMiami Museum will capture the spirit of the magic city during Art Basel Week while hosting one of the most popular art events in recent years: the Miami Street Photography Festival. Now in its fifth year, the Miami Street Photography Festival will take over a gallery at HistoryMiami Museum and feature the work of photographers from more than 50 countries. historymiami.org

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CHIPOTLE CULTIVATE FESTIVAL Chipotle Mexican Grill's annual family-friendly event series brings together locally and nationally renowned chefs, brewers, wine makers and musicians to create an engaging environment and inspire conversation about food and sustainability. chipotlecultivate.com

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POKEBAO TO OPEN ON GIRALDA AVENUE This fall an exciting new chef-driven, fast-casual eatery is coming to Coral Gables’ evolving Giralda Avenue: PokéBao by chef/owner Daniel Bouza. For the concept, slated to open November, Bouza – formerly of Makoto in Bal Harbour – will evoke the flavors, texture and techniques he has spent years honing. As Coral Gables undergoes the Gables Streetscape project, PokéBao adds another layer to Coral Gables’ food scene. Inspired by a tiny surf shack in Lana’i that served poké bowls to guests lining up around the block, Bouza had the idea to serve the cubed fish salad in a chef-driven, fast-casual environment. An afternoon making gua bao at a friend’s house made him further realize that bao buns would be the perfect complement to poké. “Poké and gua bao are traditional items ripe for interpretation and innovation,” says Bouza. “As a chef with a long history of making both dishes, I knew they would make a perfect pair and that a fast-casual concept was ideal for this style of cooking.”

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Gulliver Schools is set to host EdCamp Miami on Saturday, November 12, where educators from diverse backgrounds will meet to discuss topics and ideas they wish to gain and contribute knowledge to.

Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables is proud to announce the completion of an $18 million renovation, which has repositioned the hotel as an elevated, yet playful retreat on the famed Miracle Mile in the heart of Coral Gables.

Artists Ball-Nogues Studio, David Brooks, and Meejin Yoon visited Coral Gables in late October to meet with the Streetscape design team, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and members of the Business Improvement District before submitting site-specific proposals for Miracle Mile.

A new Fixit Station located in front of the Coral Gables Museum, at the corner of Salzedo Street and Giralda Avenue was donated by Bike Walk Coral Gables, a non-profit organization that promotes cycling and walking as safe and healthy forms of transportation and recreation.

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Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho announced a coordinated effort of the District’s employees and students to support relief efforts to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, led by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami and Father Reginald “Reggie” Jean-Mary of Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church.

In addition to its corporate and franchising store expansion plans, Pincho Factory, Miami’s own fast-casual success story, announces its growth in its food & beverage partnership with American Airlines Arena. The team behind Pincho will be doubling their sports arena presence, serving at a second outlet located at section 120 on the 100 level inside the popular arena.

Local project iPlay MIAMI Streets was recently announced as a winner of KaBOOM!’s “Play Everywhere Challenge,” a national competition which helps kids access innovative play spaces by promoting play in unexpected places.

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bring real change to a community. This day wouldn’t be possible without the help of our friends and sponsors. It truly takes a village. My hope is that the entire Miami community will support our cause by joining our sustainability campaign.” The start of construction marks the launch of Lotus Endowment Fund’s campaign to raise $25 million in donations, grants and corporate gifts to ensure the shelter’s long-term sustainability. Bank of America, a long-time supporter of Lotus House, announced a $250,000 pledge for operational and programmatic support at the new shelter. This gift builds on a long partnership that includes volunteerism, Board service and financial support since 2008, including a $200,000 capacity building grant awarded to Lotus House in 2011 through the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder program. “Bank of America is committed to helping create economic stability for families and thriving communities,” said Gene Schaefer, Miami market president, Bank of America. “Lotus Village will expand the reach, and related impact, doubling the number of homeless women, youth and children served as well as provide needed services to the overall Overtown community.” Once completed, Lotus Village will be home to supportive services and amenities for special needs women and children experiencing homelessness. The five-story shelter will include a wellness center where guests access primary care and restorative therapies

such as massage and acupuncture; a health and dental clinic open to the community; an arts and activity lab; a computer library; a beauty salon; a vegetable garden; a children’s center and daycare; and a working classroom kitchen. A community pavilion will host book readings, films, performances, dance workshops and inspirational speakers. The development of Lotus Village comes as MiamiDade County contends with a growing homeless population, many of whom are children. In school year 2015-2016, Miami Dade Public Schools identified 6,083 registered school age children who are homeless, up from the prior year's count of 4,592. Miami's urban core, which incorporates Lotus House’s neighborhood, is home to the County’s largest concentration of homeless, many of whom are children and families. Since opening in Overtown ten years ago, Lotus House has welcomed thousands of women and children, including 128 newborns who will someday call Lotus House their first home. Still, more than 2,000 homeless women and children are turned away annually due to lack of space. The team behind the Lotus Village project includes Robert Behar and Daniela Motta of Behar Font Architects; the legal team of John Sumberg, Vicky Leiva, Javier Aviñó and Steve Simon at law firm Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP; George Truitt and Kevin Schumacher of Cole of Scott & Kissane P.A.; and Civic Construction Company.


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list this year is a Virtual Reality Headset! But who wants to break the bank? With Tzumi’s Dream Vision VR headset, you can give the gift for under $20! The Dream Vision VR headset immerses the user in a virtual reality, bringing games, streaming content and graphics to life in 3D. Just insert a phone and start the adventure. Select Wal-Mart stores.

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FOR THE WORKAHOLIC Study after study shows sitting all day can be hazardous to your health – contributing to obesity, diabetes and cancer – not to mention wreaking havoc on your posture! Vary your position throughout the day with the innovative and versatile Posture Shop Standing Desk. It sits on top of your existing work surface, transforming your desk into an ergonomic sitstand workstation in seconds. No assembly required. backpainhelp.com

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THE LABEL LOVER 9 FOR Forget department stores. Head over to The Recycled Closet in Pinecrest for everything from Tory Burch and Free People to Prada and Michael Kors. The Recycled Closet 8867 SW 132nd St therecycledcloset.com

run with a stylish, Italian-made pet stroller (which is also fully collapsible for airplane usage!). For the more indoorsy pet parent, try a set of hand made blown glass or Mexican-style hand painted bowls. The Dog from Ipanema 7230 SW 57th Ave thedogfromipanema.com THE ENTERTAINER 11 FOR What’s more luxe than a fabulous lighter? Living Alfresco’s Social Light Lighters are as decorative as the candles and fireplaces they light. Plus, the innovative line of butane refillable lighters are eco-friendly! Living Alfresco 7291 SW 57th Ave living-alfresco.com


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ful memories with a photography session with Katheleen Ballard as well as keepsakes such as a Holiday Image Box (an imaginative treasure chest, which brings your photographs to appear as actual art works or All Day Book. Kathleen Ballard Photography kathleenballard-photographycom THE ONE WHO 15 FOR NEEDS A FREEZE Cryo Miami we want to give you the opportunity to feel all the benefits of Whole Body Cryo Therapy so we are offering a 3 session mini membership! For $99 the mini membership gives you 3 session over any 10 day period. Cryo Miami 430 S. Dixie Hwy #8 cryo-miami.com

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wine lovers,” the Pinecrest location of Vintage Liquors boasts a temperature controlled wine cellar with rare-hard-to-find wines, more than 1,500 labels and private wine lockers for that special wine lover. Vintage Liquors 11753 S. Dixie Hwy THE GRILLMASTER 20 FOR Give your favorite outdoor chef the gift of an upgrade… just in time to enjoy the beautiful South Florida weather. Go all out with this stainless steel Napoleon beauty, complete with beverage holders, 10 burners and ice/marinade bucket with cutting board. Evenings Delight 9621 S Dixie Hwy eveningsdelight.com

procedure in town, with CoolSculpting at Laser Center of Miami and Spa. The well-known medical spa can freeze whatever you can squeeze in just 30 minutes. Laser Center of Miami and Spa 9280 SW 72nd St #102 lasercenterofmiami.com

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Sean Bunce BY ANDREA CARNEIRO

BRIDGE TO ENGLISH BACKGROUND Palmetto Senior High School senior Bunce and his older sister, Lauren, have seen firsthand the language struggles many people work through when they first arrive in the US. In fact, it was their mother’s own journey that inspired the creation of the Bridge to English project in 2012. “One day when my sister and I commented on how many books we had, my mother mentioned that she didn’t have books at home to read when she was young, and that she had to learn to read English on her own, since her parents had just immigrated to the US,” says Sean. “We wondered what would happen to the new children who immigrate to this country and who they would have to help them.” ABOUT BRIDGE TO ENGLISH Working in partnership with Pinecrest Elementary’s then Assistant Principal (and now Principal) Lynn Zaldua, Lauren and Sean created the Bridge to English program, recruiting tutors from Palmetto Senior High School to tutor ESOL students from Pinecrest who speak various languages, including Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese, among others. “The presence of this program is important to the Pinecrest community, being that we are an international community, culturally rich and diverse, with people moving to Pinecrest from all over the world,” says Sean. “Although our area schools may have programs and teachers that speak Spanish, there is a need for instructors in other world languages to bridge the language barrier and to help facilitate communication and reinforce English learning in these elementary school children, hence the name of the program.”

A STUDENT CONNECTION At the start of each school year Sean meets with Pinecrest Assistant Principal Yamberli Cruz to identify ESOL students who might benefit from the Bridge to English program. At the same time, Sean recruits volunteers at the high school as well as contacting all the new and existing volunteers with the steps they have to take to renew their school volunteer status prior to the beginning of each academic year, and providing an orientation to the program. “At this time we have students paired up with tutors that speak Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese,” says Sean. “In prior years, we have had Hindi, Japanese, Hungarian, Arabic and Korean-speaking ESOL students and tutors. The languages offered are a direct result of the languages needed at the elementary school, so they may change each year.”

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MORE THAN WORDS Not surprisingly, the students in the program benefit from more than just language skills… they form a bond with their tutors that can go on for years. “Not only do these children learn English, we provide mentorship through pairing children with high school students that serve as role models, and instruction that will make those children better students and ultimately more successful in life,” says Sean, who hopes to expand the program to other local schools in the future. “The program has been shown to increase the ESOL students’ FCAT scores, and it continues to help the children become more proficient in English, provide them with support and mentorship, and provide role models to inspire them to want to achieve more in their futures.” And, of course, it’s not just a win for the children, Sean says the high schoolers, too, come away with positive gains. “For the volunteer students and myself, there is great satisfaction in knowing that we have made a difference in the lives of these children, and that… we are bringing together people from different cultures and lifting them up to be at their best. It has brought out the best in all of us.”


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You went on to study in Paris and Boston, how has your photography evolved over the years? Life takes you along unexpected paths, which makes you take risks and make decisions constantly about your life. That is how you evolve and mature. It’s the same way, I feel, with my work. I began as an adolescent with my analog camera, then ventured into black and white, color, dark room, different types of film, cameras and formats and, of course, different materials. I also made the shift from analog to digital, accelerating the traditional photographic process and theoretically disrupting the previous notions of the indexical connection between photographic image and “reality”. Digital photography questions the notion that photography is representative of reality. How would you describe your approach to your work? My work has always been my passion. I have always been moved by mysticism and spirituality. I am come from more of an emotional place than of the rational and the intellect, which I think is clearly reflected in the subjective nature of my work. It is a very intimate work, experiential and very distanced from the documentary. My work is experimental and very uniquely me.

Renowned photographer Corina Hernandez Thermiotis found a passion for photography at the age of 15 and hasn’t stopped creating and evolving since then. This year she once again partners with Miami Children’s Health Foundation for an exhibit at ART MIAMI. “Hope illuminates the eye of a child and in the same way, I search to capture the light through my lens,” says the artist. “MCH Foundation is a remarkable institution helping thousands of children and I am proud of adding to that incredible project.” We spoke with Hernandez Thermiotis about creative inspiration, the evolution of her work and her partnership with MCH Foundation.

Tell us a little about your background and how you first became interested in photography? I grew up in Caracas and moved to Miami 8 years ago. My evolution in the world of photography in my early years was always an uphill battle for me and I began that path, breaking all the barriers of my traditional home and family where the role of a woman was very clearly defined. There were no artists in my family, nor in my inner circle. My uncle gave me a manual camera when I was 15 years old for a trip to Europe, and that sparked my passion for photography. Upon my return, all my friends and I shared our photos and albums and when I saw mine, I saw that mine was very well done. Something awoke in me; I think it was the first time that I felt that I had done something that I was truly proud of. From then on, I began to explore the world of photography.

Photography has changed so much over the past two decades, how has the introduction of digital figured into your work? To me, digital photography today is an aperture, the amplification of analog photography, since it opens endless options. It is undoubtedly a great evolution. I’ve worked with digital photography since 2002, but I keep my analog principles as my foundation. All of my equipment is now digital, I equally use different materials as mirrors, water, home-made lenses, studio creations or mock ups to achieve the effects that I want and take my formless ideas to reality. I paint with light, using my camera as a first resource. I then use the digital tools to develop my images. How did you connect with the Miami Children’s Health Foundation and how are you working with them? In 2012, I created a project with Miami Children’s Health Foundation for Art Miami, where the proceeds of my Art Work were allocated to the Foundation. I have been working with my series of Spirals that was inspired during my first year of this project. I created the series, Echoes of the Future, using the eyes of children in the center of the spiral, looking onto the future of a better world. It was an installation of 55 photos and more than 80 percent were sold in the four days of Art Miami. This success inspired me to continue with this project with greater impetus. For this next season of Art Miami 2016 I am going to exhibit my series called SPIRALS


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GH, THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING. THE HOLIDAYS ARE expensive and stressful with the requisite traveling, parties, and worst of all, GIFTS. Do you have a particularly picky person in your life? Maybe a son with his first job out of college, or a newlywed daughter (with an even pickier new husband)? What about your aging parents, plagued by their empty nest and even harder to please than usual? Perhaps you should consider purchasing, or contributing towards the purchase of, a new home. There are multiple ways – other than outright buying it - to make a new home a true holiday miracle. Of course, an easy way to give the gift of a home this holiday season is to contribute cash towards either the purchase price or the closing costs. However, in my opinion, a more useful gift would be paying for legal services during the closing process. Buying a new home is complicated. For the holidays, give the gift of uncomplicating it. Hire an attorney as the perfect present for your gift receiver. First, there’s the sales contract – which makes no sense to the average person. As a holiday gift for your beloved relative, you could pay for a lawyer to review the contract and ensure that he or she is not taken advantage of and that both parties comply with the contract. When buying a home, there are sets of very important milestones on a timeline that, if not met, can determine not only if the sale closes, but whether or not the buyer loses his or her deposit. The importance of having a lawyer available to pay attention to the details of the contract cannot be overstated – thousands of dollars are at stake. Therefore, consider taking a little of the stress and financial burden off the buyers by retaining the lawyer for them. This is both a thoughtful and practical gift (and it can’t be returned!). Note that certain law firms, including our own, offer legal services gift cards that make great stocking stuffers. If professional review of the contract is not necessary, consider hiring a lawyer to be present and review all documents at closing. The careful eye of an attorney is the most important at the closing, where money is being exchanged. Oftentimes, title companies accidentally charge the buyer for a cost that should be covered by the seller, and no one catches the error. The assistance of an attorney in catching these errors can easily make up for the cost of hiring the attorney. Truly, regardless of where you are in the purchase process, an attorney can act as a watchdog to ensure that the sale goes through smoothly and handle any conflicts as they arise. Perhaps your relative isn’t ready to take the plunge yet and commit to a new home. A fun idea to consider is starting a “house trust fund.” Nothing says “I love you” more than donating a hundred dollars or two to a trust established specifically for the purpose of purchasing a home each Christmas. Trusts sound complicated, but trust me (very bad pun intended) they are not so difficult to pull off. With the right language in your trust document, a trust can be a safe way for you to contribute the money for a house to your friend or relative without the worry that the money will be spent on other purposes. Furthermore, other relatives or friends can also contribute to the fund each year, during not only the winter holidays but on birthdays and other special occasions as well. An attorney can help you establish and maintain the trust, and ensure that the money is being handled and accounted for properly. Everybody wants to spend their holidays with a roof over their heads – especially a roof they can call their own. Let’s make that happen together this holiday season.

Angela Bousalis has been an Associate Attorney at the Law Office of Omaida Delgado, P.A. since her graduation cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. Ms. Bousalis practices in the areas of Family law, Real Estate matters, Landlord-Tenant Law, Collections, and Criminal Defense, to name a few. The Law Office of Omaida Delgado, P.A. is a general practice firm based in Doral, FL that represents corporate and individual clients in transactional and litigation matters thoughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. For more information, please visit www.lawyermeup.com or call 305.888.8896.

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Inside STEPS: A Q & A with St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School

Head of School Lillian Issa, student ambassadors, CFO Idanet Gonzalez, and Director of Admission Debby Lichtner welcome families to a school tour.

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STABLISHED IN 1953, ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL Parish School has been around a long time and has touched countless members of our community. But, what makes St. Thomas truly special? We sat down with St. Thomas’s new head of school, Lillian Issa, and Director of Admission and Enrollment Management, Debby Lichtner to talk campus, curriculum and what makes a school a community.

HOW WOULD YOU SUMMARIZE ST. THOMAS IN A COUPLE OF SENTENCES? Ms. Lichtner: Now in its 63rd year, St. Thomas, a culturally diverse community, offers preschool through 5th grade with 425 students focused on learning 21st century skills. It operates with a foundation and focus based on our Episcopal identity, and there is a true partnership between parents, church, and school, so that we raise students to be good citizens of the world. This means that we are a community whose mission integrates spiritual formation into all aspects of the educational experience in a graceful and inclusive manner. As a school with this identity, we “strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.”

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY THAT SETS ST. THOMAS APART? Mrs. Issa: Our teachers are the best! When speaking to parents about their child’s experience at St. Thomas, it seems to always be exceptional -- this is largely due to their child’s teacher. Our students’ lives are enriched by our ability to retain and hire quality teachers. We don’t just support our teachers in the classroom, we have a significant budget allotted for continued professional development.

on all of the technology at their disposal, so that we are preparing students for the future Additionally, with the involvement of our school counselor, our curriculum focuses on social/emotional learning as we understand the importance of mindfulness -- the less stress a child has, the more successful he/she will be. Finally, on their way to becoming global citizens, when St. Thomas graduates leave for middle school, they do so with exceptional leadership skills and the confidence that comes from knowing they have been adequately prepared for this next important chapter.

HOW IS ENROLLMENT RIGHT NOW? Mrs. Issa: Our school is stable and thriving. With an average class size of 19 children, we are at full capacity and can be selective with applicants to ensure the right fit. Our ability to retain students is phenomenal with a 3 percent attrition rate each year compared to the national average of 9 percent. And, our families are happy and satisfied as reflected in our 99-100 percent parent participation in Annual Giving!

HOW LARGE IS YOUR CAMPUS? Ms. Lichtner: Our vast 6+ acre campus is beautiful and, more importantly, it is safe-guarded every school day by a Coral Gables police officer and security guards. We have two large playing fields, a dedicated art studio, music room, dance room, STEM lab, technology lab, performance stage, expansive outdoor lunch area, a fence-and-gate system that enhances our security, and state of the art shade structures over our preschool

playground and lunch area. We will be completing our guardhouse, positioned where cars enter our parking lot, this summer.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO FAMILIES WHO MIGHT BE CONSIDERING ST. THOMAS. Mrs. Issa: St. Thomas is not just an education, it is a vibrant community that is an extension of family, creating friendships that last a lifetime. Being part of this community of learners and doers offers a unique opportunity for each to become part of something much bigger than themselves. We hope that they will visit us so that they can learn more about the opportunity surrounding the St. Thomas Episcopal School difference. We encourage them to visit our website, www. stepsmia.org, where we showcase the rich variety of programs available to our entire school community. About St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School: Located in Coral Gables, Florida, St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School (STEPS) was founded in 1963. Now in its 63rd year, St. Thomas has grown to include grades junior preschool through 5th grade and has 425 students. It is a secure and loving community that nurtures and challenges children and teaches them to honor God, respect others and themselves, care for their world, and develop a lasting enthusiasm for discovering and learning. St. Thomas utilizes the STEAM method of teaching, integrating the key areas of learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). For more information on St. Thomas, please call 305-665-4851 or visit www.stepsmia.org.

BRIEFLY TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CURRICULUM. Ms. Lichtner: St. Thomas utilizes the STEAM method of teaching, integrating the key areas of learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math). The program is challenging, taught by educators who cultivate the intellectual and artistic learning styles of each child. We have several specialized instructional facilitators to coach teachers

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A few St. Thomas “seniors”

Fourth grade teacher, Miss Quiñones, and a few of her students.


SCHOOL TOURS School Tours begin in the church at 9 a.m. Please come at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and sign in. Friday, October 7 Thursday, October 27 Wednesday, November 2 Friday, November 18 Thursday, December 1 Thursday, January 5, 2017 If you are interested in grade level entry, please contact Debby Lichtner in the admission ofďŹ ce for a private tour at 786-268-3304 or dlichtner@stepsmia.org.

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Wednesday, November 30th (Middel School) 7:00 pm Somerset City Arts 7:30 pm Renaissance Charter Middle 8:00 pm St. Timothy’s Parish School 8:30 pm 9:00 pm 9:30 pm

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Friday, December 2nd (Middel School) 7:00 pm Jack D. Gordon K-8 7:30 pm Everglades K-8 8:00 pm Avant Garde Academy 8:30 pm Forest Glen Middle 9:00 pm Florida Christian 9:30 pm South Miami Middle

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December 1st (Senior High) Coral Gables Senior High Terra Environmental Institute Arthur & Polly Mays Senior Conservatory 8:30 pm Felix Varela Senior High 9:00 pm South Miami Senior High 9:30 pm William H. Turner Technical School Saturday, 7:00 pm 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:30 pm 9:00 pm 9:30 pm

December 3rd (Senior High) New World School of the Arts St. Brendan’s Senior High Miami Senior High Florida Christian Robert Morgan Senior High Coral Reef Senior High

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Presented this year by Uhealth Jackson Urgent Care Centers, for 2016, 30 MiamiDade and Broward, middle and senior high, public, private and parochial schools, over 1,500 young people, compete for cash prizes. The Competition is a showcase for the extraordinarily talented young people in our community. Today, music programs in our schools have taken a back seat to other agendas. But nothing can ever stop the music! Such talent can’t be hidden, or hushed. We celebrate that music and the children who perform it. Since 1987, the Caroling Competition has given more than $250,000 in cash prize money to support the music programs in our schools. The Caroling Competition takes place over five nights on the steps of the 550 Building. Beginning on Wednesday, November 30th, performances run through Sunday afternoon, December 4th. Six different schools appear each night. Middle Schools perform on Wednesday and Friday. Senior High performances are on Thursday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon from 3 until 6 pm. All evening performances are from 7 until 10 p.m. The concerts are free. The Grand Prize Winners return on Tuesday, December 6th to perform their award winning program and accept their checks, at the Awards Show, beginning at 7 p.m.


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GULLIVER SENIOR RECIEVES GAME JERSEY

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South Florida’s inaugural Business Excellence Forum & Awards Conference was held Tuesday, September 20th at the beautiful Coral Gables Country Club. This conference highlighted our local small business community and honored the bright and courageous leaders of those businesses. This conference, business expo, and awards event was hosted by ActionCOACH.

Robert Burns '17, a senior Gulliver Preparatory running back was presented with an honorary game jersey at the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2017 Under Armour AllAmerica High School Football Game during a ceremony on October 14, which will be attended by his friends, family and the entire Gulliver Prep student body. This event is part of a three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game. Burns is one of more than 100 players selected to compete in the tenth annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country's top high school seniors.

ALOFT MIAMI DADELAND RIBBON CUTTING

Following the completion of a property-wide transformation of the Miami Dadeland hotel, the property celebrated the grand opening of the Aloft Miami Dadeland with an official ribbon cutting. From left to right: Mary Scott Russell, President, Chamber South; Kenneth Fearn – Managing Partner, Integrated Capital, LLC; Donna Candreva – General Manager, Aloft Miami Dadeland; Diane Rodriguez – Director of Sales, Aloft Miami Dadeland; Rebecca Johnston - Investor; and Dan Kurz – Partner, Integrated Capital, LLC.

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Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books Bookstore and co-founder, with Dr. Eduardo Padrón, of the Miami Book Fair International, received the prestigious ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award on Friday, October 14, 2016, at a luncheon presented by U.S. Century Bank, one of the top ten Hispanic-owned community banks in the U.S. The award, named in memory of Lydia Cabrera, world-renowned writer and expert in Afro-Cuban culture, honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the cultural development of South Florida.

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CABA Pro Bono Legal Services recently held a bar crawl across the City of Coral Gables to kick off their upcoming 12TH Annual Art in the Tropics fundraising event taking place on Saturday, October 15. “Our coming together to celebrate the anticipation of our Art in the Tropics fundraiser proved to be a fantastic night surrounded by close friends and supporters of legal advocacy,” said Lesley Mendoza, Executive Director at CABA Pro Bono.

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Kaufman Rossin, one of the largest independent CPA and advisory firms in Florida, has donated $100,000 to the FIU Foundation in support of the University’s College of Business. The gift will be recognized with the naming of a classroom in the College’s MANGO building as the “Kaufman Rossin Classroom.”


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