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FFECTING ANYWHERE BETWEEN 20 TO 45 PERCENT OF MIDDLE-AGED AND elderly women (according to the North American Menopause Society), vaginal atrophy may be the least talked about, yet most common, problem for women of a certain age. Now there is a solution! The Mona Lisa Touch is an FDA-approved medical laser available for use in the U.S., replacing past treatment options such as hormone therapies, which are often laden with side effects or contraindications. So what is the Mona Lisa Touch and how does it work? Here’s what you need to know. WHAT IS VAGINAL ATROPHY AND WHAT CAUSES IT?

Vaginal atrophy is a condition often coinciding with menopause in which the vaginal walls thin and dry out, creating issues with urinary functions, dryness and tightening as well as pain during sexual intercourse. Though often painful and frustrating for sufferers, few women ask for help –or know it exists.

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EVENTS CALENDAR 6 March 2017 COMMUNITY CALL 8 News From Our Community 10 Around the County COMMUNITY NEWS 12 The Doral Citizens Police Academy 008 13 CityPlace Doral Announces 2017 Culinary Additions 14 Parque Trails & Tails para Perros Felices SPRING CLEANING 16 The Tools 17 Cashing In 17 Ask the Expert: Organized by Aly FEATURE 18 Preparing Students for Life Beyond College THE PHILANTHROPIST 20 Marlene Quintana: Building A Bridge

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SPOTLIGHT EVENTS 22 Ritmo Doral 23 Doral 5K Run/Walk: Diversión y Ejercicios en Familia BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 24 The Beauty of a Smile THE FLORIDA VILLAGER LISTINGS 26 Restaurants 5 QUESTIONS WITH 27 Bocas House PET OF THE MONTH 28 Meet Madeline HEALTH & WELLNESS 29 6 Tips for Facing the Flu SEEN ON SCENE 30 34th Annual MS Gala Luncheon Serves Hope and Raises Funds to Acceralate Research SEEN ON SCENE 32 Snapshot from Around Town

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK DR. SEUSS BIRTHDAY PARTY Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday, and encourage children to read! Enjoy fun activities, storytelling, fun foods, and don't forget to take a picture with the Cat in the Hat! Downtown Doral Charter Elementary; 11:00 am

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Based on the fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs, this wacky adventure takes the climb with Jack as he goes up the magical beanstalk into the world of a Giant Inventor, a tap dancing Golden Goose, and a Golden Harp that can really get down! This fanciful musical is full of surprises that are sure to entertain. Go along with Jack on his magical journey as he attempts to avoid temptation, escape the giant, and learns some important life lessons along the way. The Actors Playhouse; actorsplayhouse.org

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Implement a real, practical Social Media Marketing Strategy that provides positive Return On Investment (ROI) for Small, Medium and Large businesses, Entrepreneurs, Franchisees, and Local Business owners. Students will be able to immediately apply proprietary formulas such as G.A.S. and C.C.E., along with understanding Social Media M-Levels and how it applies to the implementation of practical Social Media Marketing strategies. 3 Hours - $97.00, Doral Chamber Members FREE; Doral Chamber of Commerce

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FLORIDA GRAND OPERA: BEFORE NIGHT FALLS HEATHERS THE MUSICAL HEATHERS is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal musical based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-outloud comedy and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, this is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique: the Heathers. Area Stage Company; areastagecompany.com

Based on the famous memoir of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, Jorge Martín’s “Before Night Falls” follows Arenas’ life from childhood poverty in the Cuban countryside to his emigration to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boatlift, and his last decade in New York City. Disillusioned by the Cuban Revolution and persecuted by the Castro regime as a dissident writer and homosexual, the opera follows his trials and tribulations as a political prisoner forced to smuggle his manuscripts abroad for publication. in English & Spanish with projected titles in both languages. arshtcenter.org

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RITMO DORAL

13TH ANNUAL DEERING SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Ritmo Doral is multinational concert in Downtown Doral Park on March 25th, bringing a rhythmic celebration in Downtown Doral’s vital urban center. A free, family-friendly festival, Ritmo Doral is a Rhythm Foundation production featuring performers from Doral’s sister cities Barranquilla, Colombia and Oranjestad, Aruba, promoting cultural, diplomatic, business and tourism ties. Downtown Doral Park.

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Get ready for a non-stop celebration at the Annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay, complete with delicious catch from the sea, celebrity chef cooking demos, fun-filled adventures for kids, Virgin Island stilt walkers, a Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade and on-going live entertainment. $15 for adults and $5 for children in advance. Deering Estate. 10am-6pm; deeringestate.org

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DORAL 5K Join us for our annual Doral 5k at Doral Meadow Park! Runners will be able to pre-register and will have the chance to pick up their race packets early. All runners will be timed and have the chance to place in their category. Winners will win fun prizes! Don't miss out! events.hakuapp. com/city-of-doral-5k

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL The South Florida Irish Community invites everyone to join in a traditional Celtic celebration at the 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival at high noon, Saturday, March 11, 2017 (the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.) The festival will be held at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables (2800 Ponce de Leon Boulevard) just five blocks south of Miracle Mile.

March 22 - April 9

ALL THE WAY 1964 was a pivotal year in American history and Lyndon Baines Johnson sat at the center of it all. A master politician with towering ambition and ruthless tactics, the conflicted Texan will do whatever it takes to get the Civil Rights bill passed and secure his re-election. Meanwhile, in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. The winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play, this gripping drama captures the critical moment that marked the end of an era and the shift to the political climate of today. The Actors Playhouse; actorsplayhouse.org

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IL VOLO UNA NOTTE MAGICA - A TRIBUTE TO THE THREE TENORS WITH FULL ORCHESTRA.

The highly-anticipated event will bring the best and most buzzed about donut shops around South Florida together for a night celebrating their traditional and creative takes on America's favorite sugary confection and competing for their chance to win the Golden Donut Award. MAPS Backlot; 6-10 pm. 21+ tickets $35-$65. 342 NW 24th Street, Miami . A bite out of each donut will help United Way of Miami-Dade build a #StrongerMiami. ticketfly.com

IL VOLO announced they are performing concerts once more across North America in 2017. IL VOLO is set to pay homage to their biggest inspiration, The Three Tenors, and their tour will be very much like the concert they filmed in Florence this past July, at Italy’s famed Piazza di Santa Croce. American Airlines Arena, 8pm; aaarena.com


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M-DCPS HOSTS BOND PROJECT TOPPING-OFF EVENT AT DORAL K-8 CENTER Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho, Board Member Susie Castillo, City of Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez, and school and district staff gathered at Doral K-8 Center to celebrate the completion of the external structure of Phase I of the $1.2 billion General Obligation Bond project. The scope of work for Phase I encompasses a new 59,000 square-foot building including, administrative offices; 37 classrooms; three extended-learning areas; two resource rooms; language arts, music, and art labs; media center; and kitchen and dining area. Phase I also includes a P.E. covered shelter area, basketball courts, primary play area with a shade structure, parking and drop off areas, and other support spaces. The total value of Phase I is $15.1 million.

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DORAL RECEIVES STREET TREE GRANT The City of Doral has received a $12,500 Street Tree Matching grant from Near Streets Miami to expand Miami-Dade’s tree canopy as well as $2,500 from longtime partner Waste Management. The grant will fund trees along the medians located on N.W. 82nd Street between NW 107th Avenue and NW 116th Court and on NW 33rd Street between N.W. 87th Avenue and NW 9300 Block. The plan included 25 Live Oak trees and 34 Yellow Tabebuias.

JACKSON WEST TO BRING HEALTHCARE TO DORAL AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES Jackson Health System will begin construction on Jackson West, which, when completed, will house a 100-bed acute hospital, an adult and pediatric emergency room, a children’s ambulatory pavilion, and a medical mall that would offer diagnostic services, chemotherapy, and same-day surgeries. Jackson West, located just west of the Palmetto Expressway and on the north side of Northwest 25th Street, will be custom-tailored to meet the unique communities growing in Doral, Miami Springs, Sweetwater, West Miami and Virginia Gardens. With an anticipated opening in late 2019, José Milton Memorial Hospital will provide immediate access to medical care to more than 585,000 residents who live within 5 miles.

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Juan Carlos Bermudez has returned to his role as Mayor of Doral. Bermudez was previously mayor of the city from 2003-2012.

The City Council has approved a site plan for a new Emergency Health Care facility on 109th avenue. The outpatient clinic will be operated by Kendall Medical Centers.

Doral trolley ridership hit the halfmillion passenger mark in 2016, with an average of around 425 riders per day.

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Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Medical Center Campus has partnered with CARE Elementary School to provide dental hygiene to children at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17, as part of the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation’s Give Kids a Smile program.

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools released its 2017 graduation dates, locations and times. Graduation ceremonies this year run May 31st through June 8th.

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ITYPLACE DORAL HAS ANNOUNCED A FULL LIST OF CULINARY TENANTS scheduled to join the mixed-use complex. Developed by The Related Group and designed by Arquitectonica, CityPlace Doral features 250,000 square feet of retail space, including more than 40 dining, shopping and entertainment destinations as well as over 400 luxury residences. “CityPlace is more than a place to live, work, shop and have fun, it is a destination for serious foodies,” said Steve Patterson, President and CEO of Related Development. “We have two restaurant spaces left to lease and one is in negotiation, bringing our total restaurant count to two dozen. With a variety of cuisine from all over the world,

CityPlace Doral offers something for everyone—from breakfast to dinner, from full service dining to fast casual restaurants, and everything in between.” Joining CineBistro, The Fresh Market and Improv Comedy Club will be a wide range of culinary options that include a new offering from the Sushi Siam chain in Battosai; seasonally-inspired Brimstone Woodfire Grill; Korean barbecue staple Gyu-Kaku; and local favorite Icebox Café. Also on tap are spaces for more casual establishments such as Jamba Juice, BurgerFi and Juan Valdez Coffee as well as Martini Bar and Cabo Flats Cantina & Tequila Bar. In addition to the retail space, The Flats Apartments are now available for leasing.

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Parque Trails & Tails para Perros Felices POR DANIELA GIAMPAPA-BENDAYÁN

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CUÁNTOS DE NUESTROS MEJORES AMIgos de cuatro patas no les gusta correr libremente y compartir con otros perritos de su especie? Para que su perro mueva más su colita de felicidad, llévelo a este parque doralino en el que no solo él estará contento, usted también. Este es un parque diseñado exclusivamente para nuestras mascotas en la ciudad de Doral. Tiene una extensión de 8 acres y abrió sus puertas en el verano del año 2012. Dispone de áreas separadas para perros de razas grandes y pequeñas para que puedan pasear y jugar libremente al aire sin necesidad de estar atados a sus correas. »» Trails & Tails tiene: »» Áreas grandes de juegos »» Áreas pequeñas de juegos »» Estaciones para asear a los perros »» Vereda de ladrillos donde se le rinden tributos a las mascotas »» Parque infantil techado »» Baños »» Dispensadores de agua para perros »» Pista para bicicletas con acceso al Parque Doral Meadow »» Bancos para sentarse »» Formaciones rocosas naturales »» Senderos para caminar »» Estacionamiento

“Memory Lane” Es una vereda para rendir homenaje a las mascotas que se han ido al cielo. Son ladrillos con el nombre de la mascota, un mensaje dedicado e incluso algún logo. Es una forma muy linda de rendir tributo a nuestros amigos de cuatro patas que fallecieron. También se puede comprar un ladrillo como regalo o donación para alguien.

Costos: »» Ladrillo de 8” x 8”, 6 líneas, 18 caracteres $150.00 »» Ladrillo de 4” x 8”, 3 líneas, 18 caracteres $75.00 »» Certificado de donación $16.00 »» Logo $12.00 Para mayor información visite el siguiente link: https://www. bricksrus.com/order/doraldogpark/ Estas son algunas de las reglas que se deben seguir durante la estadía en el parque Trails & Tails: »» No se permiten más de 3 perros por persona, ni perros menores de 4 meses de edad, ni perros en celo, enfermos o que tengan parásitos internos o externos (pulgas, garrapatos o parásitos). »» Los collares de asfixia y de púas no están permitidos. »» Los dueños de los perros deben recoger las necesidades de sus mascotas y depositarlas en los contenedores

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especiales para tal fin. »» No se permite comida ni recipientes de vidrio. »» Al momento de entrar y salir del parque los perros deben tener puesto su collar. »» No se permiten las excavaciones en la tierra. »» El parque es apto solo para perros, no se permite la entrada a otros animales. Constantemente se realizan controles de plagas para garantizar que el ambiente esté limpio y sea seguro. Trails & Tails abre todos los días desde las 7 de la mañana hasta la puesta del sol. Está ubicado en 11645 NW 50th St. en Doral. Para mayor información puede contactar al parque al doralparksinfo@cityofdoral.com.


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HomeZada’s online and mobile app gives users a predefined maintenance and cleaning schedule which informs users of many small but important cleaning tasks. The app has a list of more than 100 recommendations of cleaning and maintenance tasks, and users can easily personalize their own calendar to match their home and their cleaning preferences. You also won’t have to remember again what needs to get done, as the system automatically sends you reminders. homezada.com

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O NOW YOU’VE CLEANED YOUR CLOSETS like a pro… but what to do with all the, ahem, leftovers? Consign it, says Jennifer Kaloti, owner of Pinecrest’s The Recycled Closet. A longtime consignment shopper, Kaloti opened The Recycled Closet in 2008 and soon became a go-to source for South Florida fashionistas, earning accolades including AOL City’s Best, CBS 4 Miami Best Thrift Shop in South Florida 2010, and Miami New Times Best Thrift Shop 2013. “Consignment is a great way to make a little extra money without any hassles,” says Kaloti. Here are her tips for making the most of your closet. What are the best items to consign? We are a middle market store, so we take trend labels, everything from jeans, tops, jackets and formal gowns to handbags, shoes and jewelry. We like things from chain stores, department stores and boutiques. What is the criteria for a good consignment item? If you loved it at one time maybe someone will too! Just make sure it's freshly laundered or dry cleaned and free from stains and tears.We typically look at 20-50 items at a time. Just bring them neatly folded in a shopping bag. How does the consignment process work? Call or email us to make an appointment and we will look at your things on the spot and decide what we can sell. We enter everything in a database and if and when it sells you will receive 40 percent of the selling price. What items are you looking for right now? It's prom time! We are now accepting long gowns appropriate for high school girls, along with accessories such as shoes, evening bags and jewelry. We even have some men’s suits from J Crew, Zara and Calvin Klein... and will accept similar suits in perfect condition.

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LY FINKELSTEIN HAS A PASSION FOR ORGANIZATION… BUT IT’S NOT EXACTLY what you think. The New Jersey-based organizational expert isn’t just driven by the visual satisfaction of de-cluttering, she’s onto something deeper, bringing her experience and eye for order to families near and far and allowing them to live with less, while creating more time for family, friends and, well, life. Taking inspiration from her “neat freak” Dad, Finkelstein has grown her business, Organized by Aly (organizedbyaly.com), to include clients from across the Northeast as well as in South Florida, helping them with everything from room transitions and home staging to executive office organization and wardrobe storage. She even offers clients moving support via “The Organized Move.” We spoke with Finkelstein to get her take on getting started, her favorite products and the one room we all seem to ignore. What’s the best way to start spring cleaning? Pick a designated spot. The closet is oftentimes too daunting for people, so pick one category: shoes or swimwear, for example. How do you decide what to keep, what to donate and what to toss? Once you’ve decided what you are going to focus on take all of those things out so you can see them. For example, remove every pair of shoes from the closet. Then clean the shelves. Once you have done that look at each pair and be very honest with yourself about what you will truly enjoy wearing again. If it's old, dirty or beat up give it away or throw it away! What’s your best advice for clients who have a hard time parting with their “stuff?” It’s often very hard to part with expensive or sentimental things, but if you are not going to wear or use the item again it is important to part with it. Space is limited (even in the largest of closets!) and making room for the things you love should be a main priority.

What are some of your “goto” products for organizing? The Container Store has a line of clear storage boxes called "our storage boxes." I am obsessed with how easy they stack, how clean they look and how inexpensive they are. I use them on every single one of my jobs! What’s the room most often neglected? The laundry room! It really should be home base for neatness and organization. I tell clients to start with a blank slate and try to keep only the essentials in the laundry room. What has been your most challenging job? The most challenging jobs are the ones where clients are reluctant to part with belongings but have a vision of a calm, serene space. Often, people have four-to-five times the amount of items in their home for the space they have. I never want anyone to feel like I am forcing them to part with their belongings, but I know that reduction is an essential component of organization.

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What’s your best piece of advice for clients? Don’t overstock your home; it’s not a store. Keep the things you love and part with the rest. We live in a time where you can literally have anything you need within 24 hours... having 14 bottles of shampoo clog up your closet is unnecessary and very hard to keep neat. How did your company come about? I have always been a neat freak. My favorite activity is cleaning out my closet, basement and pantry. When my second child was 18 months old I had a strong itch to go back to work, but felt compelled to only leave my kids to do something I truly loved. When I realized being a professional organizer was a real thing I was amazed at my luck! I am so fortunate to spend my days doing something that does not feel like work to me!

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Preparing Students for Life Beyond College BY DANA KIRCHOFF, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, DIVINE SAVIOR ACADEMY

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hat if high school was more than getting into a great college? What if high school was about preparing students for life? Divine Savior Academy answers these questions every day for its students in ways that are both obvious and subtle. Walking into Divine Savior’s building, you notice that student life is everywhere. Posters advertising upcoming activities line the walls, and TV screens in the large Commons area roll pictures of recent student accomplishments. It’s obvious that Divine Savior provides the opportunities needed for a high school student to get a complete education. Collegeprep academics, competitive athletics, and fine arts programs develop a student’s college resume, while Student Council, National Honor Society, student journalism and a multitude of student-led clubs are just some of the opportunities that add to that resume. "Running the botany club has helped improve my time management," says Susanna Peca, DSA student and club leader. “I know I’m learning skills now that will help me for years to come.” With alumni attending prestigious universities such as Cornell, MIT, and Vanderbilt, it would be easy to assume that college-prep academics are the heart of this private school. While the college counseling

program is robust and supportive for students and parents alike, there is something more at the heart of Divine Savior Academy. “We are a college-prep school, but we’re also a life-prep school,” says Head of Schools Tim Biesterfeld. “We want our students to not just be prepared for college, but for life beyond college. It means being prepared to be a husband or wife, a parent, a colleague, a citizen, and a friend. We want our students to have every opportunity at the college level, but we also want them to be prepared for life beyond college.” It’s this long-range view of students and their lives that is at the heart of Divine Savior Academy. It’s not just about academics, it’s about training students for life. “We know that high school is often the last four years that a student is under a parent’s roof. And there’s so much to be taught in these years of transition: independence, life skills, resilience, responsibility, and decision-making,” says High School Principal Ben Troge. “But most of all, we want our students to have the tools to lead fulfilling, meaningful lives and to know how much God loves them.” Beyond the long roster of activities and the collegeprep curriculum that drives day-to-day activities, Divine Savior Academy provides a Christian environment in which students learn life lessons. Weekly chapel services and teacher mentors encourage a student’s spiritual development. Administration focuses on creating a positive school culture that not only fosters responsibility, but also kindness, respect, and empathy. Divine Savior has developed several programs that cultivate these character traits. Every summer students may apply for Divine Savior’s annual mission trips. Students have traveled to Antigua to paint a school and rebuild a blind man’s home. Last summer, they traveled to Peru to serve as translators for a charitable organization that donates food and supplies to in-need families. “The experiences that students have on these trips are invaluable. Not only do they develop a student’s worldview, they prepare students for

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lives of service. When students experience the joy of giving, it sticks with them. They are always excited to do more,” says Pastor Carlos Leyrer, President of Divine Savior. But students don’t have to travel overseas to learn about the joy of giving; there are plenty of opportunities right in their own community, as evidenced by Divine Savior’s latest student program called “DSA Gives Back.” Each month, a group of students led by a Divine Savior teacher get together to do a random act of kindness in the city of Doral. Before Christmas they brought cookies to City Hall. In January, students gave away milkshakes to families at the local Chick-fil-A. “We can’t forget the simple things,” says DSA Gives Back Coordinator, Ginger Poulos. “Sometimes they have an impact beyond anything we can imagine and all the little things add up to so much. At the heart of this program is the realization that our children need to be given opportunities to learn this for themselves. Doing simple acts of kindness help students learn empathy, kindness, and the value of service.” Divine Savior Academy has campuses in Doral and Delray Beach, Florida. As a “Christian academy dedicated to excellence,” Divine Savior focuses on giving students college-prep academics in a Christian environment through supportive teachers. For more information or to schedule a private tour, visit DivineSaviorAcademy.com.


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Marlene Quintana: Building A Bridge

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MIAMI BRIDGE YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES BACKGROUND:

The child of immigrants, Marlene Quintana says she was taught at an early age to look beyond her own life and into the community around her, leading her to begin volunteer work in grade school. “My Father always told me, ‘Haz bien y no mires a quien,” says Quintana (it loosely translates to “Do the right thing, even when no one is looking.”). “As I became older, I realized how many needs there were in the community, and felt a responsibility to become actively engaged in service and effectuating change for those who are not blessed with some of the basic things that many of us take for granted.” A chance invitation to a Miami Bridge gala 11 years ago sparked an interest in the organization, leading Quintana, now a Shareholder at GrayRobinson, to begin working with the organization (“ I fell in love with the mission,” she says.”). When her term as President of the Cuban American Bar Association ended, she joined the board and eventually began chairing the annual gala.

ABOUT MIAMI BRIDGE

Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services is the only 24-hour emergency shelter in the county that provides refuge, protection and specialized care to youth in crisis via two shelters (one Downtown and one in Homestead) and various community outreach programs. They provide abused, neglected or abandoned children under the age of 18 with everything from basic needs such as food and clothing to life skills, counseling and opportunities that may not otherwise have. “They also give them things that are absolutely priceless such as love, warmth and hope,” says Quintana. “Most children are only one caring adult away from a different path.” Unlike other organizations, Miami Bridge has, sometimes, just days to form a connection with the children who come through their doors, making all the more necessary to create an inviting home.”The average length of stay for our children is about 19 days. We have just days, not months or years, to make a difference in the life of a child,” she says. “That’s why it is so important to make them feel safe and loved and create a positive environment, so that they want to stay. We have to make immediate connections with them.”

LOOKING AHEAD

In addition to the two shelters, Miami Bridge has what Quintana calls an “incredibly active” truancy program that goes out into the Miami community as well as a “First Stop for Families” to focus on prevention. Right now the organization is looking at ways to keep children who are 17+ for an extended period of time as well as a long term goal of creating transitional housing for kids who age out of foster care and are enrolled in a school--whether high school, college or vocational. “Most people don’t understand that even though we desperately want to, we simply cannot keep a child after they turn 18,“ says Quintana. “At 18, when they age out of the Bridge foster care, most of these children are still in high school. If they don’t have a place to live, how does an 18 year old finish high school and support themselves? It is a hugely unmet need in our community, and we intend to do something about it.”

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Miami Bridge’s annual gala takes place March 18 and, says Quintana, strays from the traditional model of speeches and sit-down dinners. “It's’ an interactive and unique evening with lavish food stations, cocktails and entertainment stations,” she says. “We just allow people to mingle and have a good time with old and new friends, while supporting a great cause. Once people understand what we do, it is hard to stay away.” Aside from the gala community members can make tax-deductible donations or volunteer their time as a mentor to the children who find themselves in one their programs. Says Quintana, “If you love music, come spend some time sharing that love with our children. If you are an artist, come do projects with them. Come cook meals with our children. Come play a game of kickball or a board game with them. The possibilities for giving are endless.”

For more information on Miami Bridge and their upcoming gala visit miamibridge.org.

Miami Bridge enriches my life and my soul every single day. The board, the management team, the staff, the volunteers, the children…the work they do, the kindness I see in others, the energy and dedication, and of course, the stories. I could never enumerate the emotional gifts that being a part of Miami Bridge has given to me.” 20

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RITMO DORAL What: Ritmo Doral When: Saturday, March 25 How: cityofdoral.com Where: Downtown Doral Park; 8395 NW 53rd Street Details: The City inaugurates Ritmo Doral, a multinational concert in Downtown Doral Park on March 25th, bringing a rhythmic celebration in Downtown Doral’s vital urban center. A free, family-friendly festival, Ritmo Doral is a Rhythm Foundation production featuring performers from Doral’s sister cities Barranquilla, Colombia and Oranjestad, Aruba, promoting cultural, diplomatic, business and tourism ties.

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Straight from being honored at the massive Carnaval de Barranquilla, Aníbal Velásquez, Ambassador of Colombian Music, will headline Ritmo Doral. Known affectionately by his fans as 'El Mago' (the Magician), Anibal has been one of the most prolific musicians of Colombia's Musica Tropical movement. An innovator and rule-breaker, Aníbal Velásquez and his band have been incorporating new instruments and re-inventing old rhythms,

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replacing elements of Cuban guaracha and rumba with Colombian percussion, and creating a sensation that has launched more than 300 hit albums.

Pianist Johnny Scharbaay and his seven-piece band get things jumping at Ritmo Doral with a musical fusion from the tropical island of Aruba featuring the caha di orgel and steel pan. Trained at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Johnny and his band skillfully work every musical style together in an eclectic fusion of Aruban folkloric, classical, boleros, tangos, waltzes, dances and tumbas. Johnny proudly assumes the role of musical Ambassador to the Oranjestad-Aruba and Doral-Florida Sister City partnership. Carnaval de Barranquilla USA will keep festival goers stepping to the beat by leading a procession through Downtown Doral and a variety of satisfying food and drinks will be available for visitors to sample, including gourmet coffee from Doral’s newest sister city, Armenia, Colombia.

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Doral 5K Run/Walk: Diversión y Ejercicios en Familia POR DANIELA GIAMPAPA-BENDAYÁN

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A CIUDAD DE DORAL INVITA A SUS RESIDENTES y público en general a unirse a este evento que año tras año se consolida y crece más. El sábado 18 de marzo a las 7:30 a.m. será el evento anual Doral 5K que se llevará a cabo en el Parque Doral Meadow ubicado en 11555 NW 58 St en Doral. Los corredores tendrán la oportunidad de hacer el pre registro y tendrán el chance de recoger sus bultos más temprano. Doral 5K Run/Walk es una carrera caminata que está profesionalmente temporizada en la que pueden participar atletas de todas las edades. Al culminar la carrera habrá una ceremonia de premiación para todos los participantes de las diferentes categorías en los mejores tiempos. Se estima que la asistencia sea de 600 personas. El registro se llevará desde las 5:30 a.m. hasta las 7:00 a.m. el día de la competencia y la carrera caminata está prevista que comience a las 7:30 a.m.

Costo: »» Inscripción temprana hasta el 8 de marzo: $ 20.00 por adulto / $ 15.00 por niños hasta 12 años. »» Inscripción regular desde el 9 hasta el 15 de marzo: $ 25.00 / $ 20.00

»» Inscripción en el día de la competencia: $ 30.00 / $ 25.00 El registro se puede hacer en línea en https://events.hakuapp. com/city-of-doral-5k (se cobrará una cuota extra) o en persona en el Centro Comunitario del Parque Morgan Levy en 5300 NW 102nd Ave. (se cobrará una cuota extra por pagos con tarjetas de crédito) o en la tienda Runner’s Co. ubicada en 10365 NW 41 St. Habrá un descuento de $ 10.00 para grupos de 5 o más personas que se inscriban juntas. A los primeros 550 participantes que se registren se les obsequiará una franela del evento, sin embargo, no se garantiza la franela para quienes se inscriban el mismo día de la competencia. Parte de las ganancias de esta competencia se destinarán a Parks & Police 4 Kids Foundation.

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HEY SAY A SMILE IS WORTH A THOUSAND words, but for some the journey to a beautiful smile isn’t so easy. Boasting decades of experience and more than 5,000 smiles created, the doctors and staff of Miami Center for Orthodontics and Doral Center for Orthodontics are dedicated to make a lasting, positive impression on patients and ensuring the process is as easy and enjoyable as possible. The centers dedicate themselves to creating a warm and relaxing family-oriented practice, while embracing the latest technology and holding themselves to the highest standards of sterilization and sanitation. That means on-site digital panoramic and cephalometric X-ray machines and an iTero intraoral digital scanner. State-of-the-art technology offers multiple benefits to patients, including faster, more accurate diagnoses and faster, more comfortable treatment. The staff is led by Drs. Enrique Gallo

and Carlos Fernandez-Feo, who both bring experience and expertise beyond orthodontics to their practice. “My engineering training has helped me understand quite well the mechanics of tooth movement and facial orthopedics, which gives me an advantage in treating patients with more complex conditions,” says Dr. Gallo, who applies his training complex and challenging cases like patients with cleft lip and palate, as well as treatment of patients with major dentofacial deformities as well as traditional orthodontics. Dr. Feo, as well, brings ongoing knowledge via continuing education and involvement in professional organizations. In addition to offering patients everything from traditional braces to In-Ovation self-ligating braces,

clear braces, and Invisalign (and Invisalign Teen), the Centers work to create a patientcentric atmosphere with Saturday hours and late evening appointments. “We strive for excellence and are passionate about helping our patients achieve the smile they have always dreamed of,” says Dr. Gallo. The Doral Center for Orthodontics is located at 10830 NW 58th St., Doral, FL (in the Sedano's Shopping Center). The office can be reached at 786-845-0800. The Miami Center for Orthodontics is located at 14660 SW 16th St., Miami, FL (in the Publix Shopping Center). The office can be reached 305-223-0110. You can also learn more online at www.doralbraces.com.

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E KNOW YOU LOVE TO GATHER AROUND THE TABLE, BUT YOU CAN also gather some family and friends and get together for some really good eats at any of these local dining establishments. If you’re in the mood for good food, try one of the restaurants listed here.

AMERICAN DORAL BILLIARDS & SPORTS BAR 7800 NW 25th St (305) 592-8486 doralbilliards.com

THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE 9903 NW 41st St (786) 507-0564 originalpancakehouseflorida.com

BAKERY DORAL BAKERY & CAFE 2737 NW 79th Ave (305) 392-9900

VIA VENETO BAKERY & ITALIAN DELI 10740 NW 58th St (305) 406-1606

XICA MARIA BRAZILIAN BAKERY 4237 NW 107th Ave (305) 629-8938 xicamaria.com

BAR-B-QUE

10740 NW 74th St (305) 594-6610

TRE PAZZI RISTORANTE

11920 SW 8th St (305) 553-4644 longgongchinese.com

2600 NW 87th Ave, trepazzi.us (305) 477-6868

QIAN LONG

LATIN

8726 NW 26th St (305) 477-8188 qianlongchineserestaurantdoral.com

AMAIZE

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BOCAS HOUSE

GRACE'S DELICATESSEN

10200 NW 25th St (786) 401-7071 bocashouse.com

7372 NW 72nd Ave (305) 888-1550 gracesdeli.com

3887 NW 107th Ave (786) 542-1559 amaizeyou.com

CANAIMA GRAZIANO'S MARKET 11421 NW 41st St (786) 475-8965 grazianosgroup.com

5401 NW 79th Ave (786) 452-9350 canaimadoral.com

IL FORNO RISTORANTE

3530 NW 83rd Ave (305) 856-9918 burgerfi.com

9350 NW 25th St (305) 599-4178 ilfornousa.com

HABIT BURGER GRILL

LA FONTANA

9971 W Flagler St (305) 229-0915 habitburger.com

10702 NW 74th St (305) 470-9614 fontanaristorante.com

MOOYAH BURGERS

MEXICAN

1400 NW 87th Ave (305) 594-8688

MONSERRATE

9739 NW 41st St (786) 616-8119 agave-tacobar.com

9545 NW 41st St (305) 436-0803 mimonserrate.com

PANNA 11402 NW 41st St (305) 477-2430 mypanna.com

AGAVE TACO BAR

FIESTA MEXICAN GRILL 10433 NW 41st St (305) 468-8736 fiestadoral.com

TACO RICO TEX 8688 NW 13th Terrace (786) 331-4100 tacoricotmc.com

2000 NW 87th Ave (305) 456-9537 mooyah.com

JAPANESE & SUSHI

CHINESE

5241 NW 87th Ave (305) 222-7447 dragonflyrestaurants.com

CHINA KING 4225 NW 107th Ave (305) 592-8899 chinakingmiami.com

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2669 NW 79th Ave (305) 599-6362 kamikosushi.com

3500 NW 87th Ave (305) 718-4977 mondongos.com.co

MONDONGO'S RESTAURANTE

BURGERFI

MARFIL BISTRO

KAMIKO SUSHI BAR

UMAMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

9551 NW 41st St (305) 764-3750 capriccioitalian.com

Flagler Park Plaza 8353 W Flagler St (305) 264-0500 karlabakery.com

10738 NW 74th St, (305) 629-8059 shawarmamiami.wix.com

1450 NW 87th Ave (305) 418-9464 ricehouseofkabob.com

CAPRICCIO

BURGERS

KABBAB GRILL

RICE HOUSE OF KABOB

8210 NW 36th St (305) 403-7919 famousdavesdoral.com

10650 NW 41st St divietoristorante.com (305) 470-8038

MEDITERRANEAN

2475 NW 95th Ave (305) 599-7722 tiradtoss.com

8391 NW 12th St (305) 477-6222

DIVIETO

8552 NW 53 St (786) 805-4713 lasvegascubancuisine.com

EL TROPICO

ITALIAN

2255 NW 87th Ave (305) 471-5554 shortys.com

LAS VEGAS CUBAN CUISINE

8347 NW 36th St (305) 960-7054 marfilbistro.com

FAMOUS DAVE'S DORAL

KARLA BAKERY

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11402 NW 41st St (305) 470-9262 spizzigo.com

LONG GONG

SHORTY'S BBQ EL TRIGAL BAKERY

SPIZZIGO

DRAGONFLY IZAKAYA & FISH MARKET

TIRADTOSS RESTAURANT

PIZZA JERRY & JOE'S PIZZA 1755 NW 79th Ave (305) 436-9669 jerryandjoes.com

LA FORTUNA PIZZERIA 10783 NW 58th St (305) 468-1885 lafortunapizzeria.com

SEAFOOD DORAL SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 9743 NW 41st St (305) 594-9921 doralseafood.com

STEAKHOUSE BRAZAVIVA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE 7910 NW 25th St, (305) 513-6373 brazaviva.com


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Bocas House BY ANDREA CARNEIRO

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T SEEMS YOU CAN’T SCROLL THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA FOR MORE THAN A minute these days without diners from across South Florida posting images of the amazing (and gravity-defying) milkshakes being served up at local favorite Bocas House. The restaurant, which draws equal crowds for it’s made-from-scratch Venezuelan and Peruvian cuisine, has become somewhat of a phenomenon… and for good reason. We sat down with the restaurant’s Executive Chef and Founding Partner César González to talk shakes, social media and the importance of home cooking.

YOU’VE GOTTEN FAMOUS ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA FOR YOUR AMAZING MILKSHAKES! HOW DID THEY COME TO BE? Innovation defines us, the creative presentation of our milkshakes is fundamental for us and for that we have a pastry specialist, Wilfredo Ulacio, who makes them not only delicious but super attractive. Likewise, we put a lot of effort into our social media outlets to stay connected with our community. The social media accounts of Bocas House (and Bocas Grill) have become a point of reference in customer service. Our community is constantly growing and interacting and we are continually telling them about our creations.

I READ THAT YOU SELL SOMETHING LIKE 1,800 SHAKES EACH WEEKWHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE SO INTRIGUED AND HOW HAS IT IMPACTED BUSINESS SINCE YOUR OPENING LAST FEBRUARY? We attribute it to our position as the pioneer restaurant in Miami known for establishing a new style of milkshakes without having to compromise the taste and quality of the ingredients we use... and also creating special editions of our milkshakes now and then!

MILKSHAKES ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT YOUR ONLY OFFERING, TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT THE FOOD THAT YOU SERVE. We offer a fusion of Venezuelan and Peruvian cuisine following the gastronomic line of Bocas Grill, our predecessor restaurant; this time through an evolved, more elaborate experience to create flavors that feel like home. We have unique dishes inspired by typical Venezuelan and Peruvian food, grills, ceviches, specials and sangrias, all made with fresh and organic ingredients.

YOU STRESS A STRONG DEDICATION TO QUALITY, FRESH INGREDIENTS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOUR DINERS AND WHY DO YOU PLACE SUCH AN EMPHASIS ON THAT? It all has to do with our mission, we want to offer those who visit us the taste of home, a warm feeling and comfort food, and we understand that this is only possible using the best ingredients. We are genuinely committed to offering the best quality and achieving the best dishes, which is why we work with fresh, organic ingredients that are endorsed as Premium (the best quality in the market) by the USDA.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR BOCAS HOUSE? ANYTHING NEW OR EXCITING COMING UP? A lot of new and exciting things! We do not stop exploring, which means we are constantly including new creations and reinterpretations of traditional Peruvian and Venezuelan dishes in our menu. Every month we have special editions of our milkshakes to celebrate special dates and events. Innovation is the key to Bocas House. Also, we have a new Bocas House coming soon in Weston!

Bocas House is located at 10200 NW 25th St # 101 in Doral. Sun-Thu: 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. For more information, please call (786) 401-7071 or visit bocashouse.com.

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S EEN O N S C EN E : M S GA L A LU N C H EO N

34th Annual MS Gala Luncheon Serves Hope and Raises Funds to Acceralate Research The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter hosted its 34th Annual MS Gala Luncheon on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Broward County Convention Center. Money raised from the event will fund cutting-edge research and provide programs and services for more than 8,500 South Floridians living with multiple sclerosis. More than 700 guests were in attendance from the tri-county area who attended the prestigious philanthropic event were treated to a cocktail reception and fashion show. Mayda Cisneros, one of Miami’s most renowned designers and supporter of the NMSS delighted guests with her pop-up shop at the luncheon where she introduced new additions to her 2017 collection and donated ten percent of purchases made to the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter.

Members of the University of Miami: John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics along with Honoree Karen Schneier Dresbach.

During the luncheon, the Society presented the MS Hope Award – the National MS Society’s highest volunteer award – to Karen Schneier Dresbach. “Karen Schneier Dresbach is one of the most dedicated hard-working professionals in the entire world of MS,” said David Schulman, Vice Chair, National MS Society, South Florida Chapter Board of Trustees. “Through her efforts, the South Florida Chapter has improved the lives of literally thousands and thousands of people with MS. I can't think of another individual who would be more deserving than Karen to receive this year's Hope Award.” Karen Schneier Dresbach has served as the President of the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter for the past 17 years. An experienced leader in the field of non-profit and health related services, her expertise lies in all phases of running multiple organizations. Under her leadership at the National MS Society, Karen has raised more than $50 million dollars, designating $10 million to MS research.

Honoree Karen Schneier Dresbach celebrates her special day with family and close friends.

p (L to R) New Chairman of the Board of the National MS Society South Florida Chapter Marcy Hahn-Saperstein, Fred Zuckerman, and Honoree Karen Schneier Dresbach

Generous sponsors for this year’s Gala included: The Logan Family Foundation, Elite Patron Carrie and David Schulman, Philanthropic Patrons John S and James L. Knight Foundation and Ultimate Software. Platinum level Patrons included Hotwire Communications, The Jordan Zimmerman Family Foundation, Terra Group and The Rothman Family.

p Honoree Karen Schneier Dresbach q Mayda Cisneros Fashion Show

p Fort Lauderdale Firefighters show their support to the National MS Society p (Left to Right) Dr. Ivonne Vicente, Dr. Angel Chinea, Honoree Karen Schneier Dresbach, Rick Sostre

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On Saturday, February 4th, the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Eighth Annual Tour of Kitchens broke attendance record. Over 500 foodies, home-design enthusiasts and architecture admirers ‘toured’ the City Beautiful’s finest kitchens and homes.

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The Coral Gables Bar Association held a fabulous evening of networking at its annual Judicial Reception on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Becker & Poliakoff in Coral Gables. Attendees included Fernando Prego, Jorge L. Fors, Sr., Jorge L. Fors, Jr., Kayla Riera-Gomez and Isis Pacheco Velasco as well as John O’Rourke, Perry Adair and Augusto Perera.

STREET ART FOR MANKIND

Street Art for Mankind brings over 30 street artists from around the world together to create a two-story masterpiece maze made of 65 murals. Through this tenday art exhibition, SAM aims to shed light on the tragic reality of child labor and child slavery. Funds raised will benefit Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyrthi’s foundation, “raid and rescue” activities and the creation of “child friendly villages”.

CUBAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE AT CORAL GABLES MUSEUM

The Coral Gables Museum honored Cuban visionaries Hilario F. Candela, FAIA and Juan A. Martínez, Ph.D. at their fifth annual fundraiser on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Over 150 patrons came out to support the Coral Gables Museum, celebrate the honorees, and enjoy an evening full of Cuban food, music, art and architecture.

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Housing Works, a leading AIDS-service and advocacy organization, hosted its highlyanticipated fundraising event, Design on a Dime, in Miami on February 4-5th at the Moore Building in the heart of the city’s Design District. The two-day, star-studded benefit raised $320,000 in support of the organization’s mission to end AIDS. For the second year in a row, participating interior designers and influential tastemakers created over 25 one-of-a-kind room vignettes with designer furniture, art and home décor merchandise, which was donated directly from top brands and sold for up to 80% off retail during the ticketed “VIP Cocktail Hour & Sale” on Saturday, February 4th.

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U.S. Century Bank came out to lend support for a good cause on February 4th at the 7th Annual Christopher Columbus High School Colin Myrtetus & Irene Culmo 5K Race & Fun Walk. The race began at 7:00 a.m. at Tropical Park.

MARGAUX INTERIORS CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY

Hundreds showed up for the launch of the new Margaux Interiors on Sunset Drive in South Miami. Margaux Interiors has been a staple home & design company in South Florida for the last 30 years offering full design, remodeling and renovations along with luxury home furnishings and accessories. To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, the mother/daughter design duo (Margarita Courtney and Cristina Courtney Boland) kicked off their new design studio and retail showroom on Thursday evening, February 9, 2017 at 5805 Sunset Dr., South Miami among wine, champagne and light bites.


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