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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
HistoryMiami Museum has partnered with the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College, and Obsolete Media Miami (O.M.M) to present MemoryLab, a gallery-based “laboratory” for examining the captivating concept of memory. A fascinating experience for all ages, 16 artists/ collectives will use the vast collections from HistoryMiami Museum and the Wolfson Archives as inspiration for the individual art pieces they will exhibit at MemoryLab. HistoryMiami Museum, historymiami.org
From Nobel Prize Laureate Harold Pinter, The Caretaker is a powerful, exhilarating exploration of control, social class and the human condition. Hailed by critics as richly poetic, this tangled tale of two brothers and the mysterious stranger who enters their world crackles with absurd comedy that comes to resemble profound tragedy. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; arshtcenter.org
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This is the largest LGBT event in Miami and a three-day weekend packed with flashy, bold and spirited events. The Parade is a colossal affair and the crown jewel of the festival, with hundreds of participants and more than 35 floats showcasing the Spirit of Pride. miamibeachgaypride.com
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Check out thisFREE family-friendly program! Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for a fun evening outdoors with Fantasy Theatre Factory, who will provide an interactive & fun Dance Factory Show! Deering Estate. 530-730pm; deeringestate.org
COMIC CURE: SOUTH FLORIDA'S FUNNIEST Starring headliner Jamal Hattar, who appeared on Comedy Central and won the Mardi Gras Casino Comedy Challenge, and a troupe of our very own homegrown comedians that have the laughs and more importantly the votes to prove they are the funniest in South Florida! South Miami-Dade Arts and Cultural Center, 730 and 930pm; smdcac.org
Enter the world of Disney magic LIVE ON ICE with four of your favorite stories. Mater and the Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice! Dive into undersea fun with Ariel in The Little Mermaid’s kingdom. Experience the adventures of Buzz, Woody and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang as they race for home. Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn true love comes from within. American Airlines Arena; aaarena.com
EGGSTRAVAGANZA Calling All Kids! Be part of Miami’s most exciting day of mayhem and madness at Pinecrest Gardens’ 13th Annual Eggstravaganza presented by Williamson Automotive. It's the biggest and the best egg hunt in town with over 50,000 eggs featured at scheduled egg hunts throughout the day, prizes, face painting, balloon art, interactive games, music, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, story-telling, delicious food and even a wildlife show. It's a virtual wonderland of activities. Pinecrest Gardens, 10am-5pm; pinecrest-fl.gov
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One of opera’s most famous tragic tales, Madama Butterfly, the story of a trusting and innocent young geisha who falls disastrously in love with an American Navy lieutenant. South Miami-Dade Arts and Cultural Center; smdcac.org
Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works Along with his band The Works, Gary Mullen delivers the look, the sound, the pomp and the showmanship of arguably the greatest live band of all time. Rock out to hit after hit of Queen’s “never-to-die” anthems, including “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “A Kind of Magic,” “I Want to Break Free” and “We Are the Champions.” South Miami-Dade Arts and Cultural Center, 8pm; smdcac.org
Toba Khedoori explores the artist’s nuanced and powerful body of work. Born in Sydney, Australia in 1964, Khedoori has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1990. In recent years, she has transitioned from paper to canvas, producing smaller-scale works that hover between representation and abstraction.. The exhibition is the first major museum presentation of Khedoori’s new paintings and her first survey in fifteen years. Perez Art Museum Miami; pamm.org
Gallim Dance is one of New York’s leading contemporary dance companies. Artistic Director Andrea Miller creates works of uncompromising creative language that exert every drop of sweat, every breath, and full abandonment from a virtuosic and fearless company of dancers. South Miami-Dade Arts and Cultural Center, 8pm; smdcac.org
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April 29-May 6 The assassination of Sweden’s King Gustav III at a masked ball in 1792 provides the historical backdrop for one of Verdi’s most passionate and dramatic operas. A nobleman is humiliated when he finds reason to believe his wife is in an adulterous liaison with his best friend, the king. In his grief and anger, he joins conspirators who plot the king’s death. At the ball, the page is tricked into revealing the king’s disguise, which enables the wronged husband to strike the mortal blow. In his moving death scene, the King confesses his love for the woman, but vows that she remains chaste and magnanimously pardons his assassin as he dies. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; arshtcenter.org
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The band's new album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Sales Chart and at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release in June. The Getaway marks the Grammy Award-winning band's seventh top 10 album and third #2 on the Top 200 Chart. The album debuted at #1 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, and New Zealand and at #2 in the United Kingdom and Germany. American Airlines Arena, 8pm; aarena.com
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The Village Council approved a resolution accepting a donation from hARTvest project for artwork and design of terrazzo flooring for Pinecrest Gardens’ Cypress Hall.
Crime Prevention Unit Supervisor Sergeant Michael Gorsline returned to work to complete his “mission” after having an unexpected triple bypass heart surgery in July of last year. Sergeant Gorsline has been with the department for 18 years.
A new four-story Baptist Health South has opened at 131st street and South Dixie Highway. The building houses a primary care facility as well as other offices such as South Florida ENT and Kings Bay Pediatrics.
Palmetto Senior High alumni (and Emory College professor) Miriam Udel, has won the National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience for her work, “Never Better! The Modern Jewish Picaresque.” .
The Village of Palmetto Bay's Public Services Department will begin its annual village-wide sidewalk improvement project soon. For more information on the project or to report any sidewalk concerns in your area, please call Public Services at 305-969-5011.
The Florida Department of Health has confirmed a second raccoon in the Kendall area has tested positive for rabies, prompting a 60 day alert. Rabies vaccinations play a crucial role as the first defense for pets. Ensure your dogs and cats are protected by keeping rabies vaccinations up-to-date.
In collaboration with Miami-Dade County Police, initial police patrolling through the canal that runs through the village took place in late January.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools received 42 awards from the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) for the 2016-2017 award cycle. For the sixth year in a row, M-DCPS outperformed all other school districts nationwide.
Pincho Factory is announcing a revamped version of their signature craft brew, 627 Ale. 627 is now locally brewed by MIA Beer Company in Miami and will be offered on tap at all Pincho Factory locations.
“Say Yes to the Prom” arrived in Miami to provide prom dresses, shoes and accessories for nearly 200 underserved and academically highachieving young women, and for the first time ever - young men. Students from Booker T. Washington Senior High, Homestead Senior High and Hialeah Senior High were treated to a day of “shopping” and glam sessions.
Joanne Li, PhD, has been appointed dean of FIU’s College of Business.mLi comes to FIU after serving as dean and professor of finance at the Raj Soin School of Business at Wright State University
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10 Ways to Green Your Home BY ANDREA CARNEIRO
s the saying goes—it’s not easy being green. Well, not all the time. But it can be easier than you think. These days green products dominate store shelves everywhere from Fresh Market to Target and cities and counties offer homeowners multiple incentives for adding eco-friendly options to their homes. Here are 10 ways to get green today.
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One of the easiest swaps to make are in your home’s light bulbs. In fact, the EPA’s Energy Star says that if every home replaced just one incandescent bulb with an energy-saving bulb we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. Energy Star certified bulbs are easily found at most home improvement store and use about 70-90 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. In addition, they produce about 70 percent less heat, making them safer to operate.
Go meatless on Monday. The Meatless Monday movement was founded more than a decade ago and is now active in more than 44 countries. The theory behind it is that going meatless just once a week can not only reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, but also help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water. Visit meatlessmonday.com for more information and recipes.
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Take your shoes off. Many people already abide by this simple tip, thinking of it as the equivalent of washing their hands. Aside from the simple idea of not tracking bacteria into your home, removing shoes can help avoid toxins such as herbicides and lead dust from entering. Want some numbers? A study by the University of Arizona collected 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside of the shoe, including E. coli, Klebsiella pneumonia and Serratia ficaria.
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In addition to swapping in water-saving showerheads and low-flow faucet aerators (available for some through the city of Pembroke Pines), there are simple ways to ease your water usage: check faucets and pipes for leaks; insulate your water pipes; take shorter showers; turn off the water while you brush your teeth; plant drought-resistant shrubs and plants; and water your lawn early in the day.
Did you know that keeping your refrigerator in the shade could help it keep cool easier? You can also save energy by avoiding the fridge-graze, peeking inside the fridge can cost more than you think when it comes to your energy bills. It goes without saying that appliances should meet Energy Star standards but you can save energy on the dishwashing side by always running a full load and air-drying dishes at the end of the cycle.
Bring your own bags. Most stores (including Publix and Whole Foods) offer reusable bags to customers, as traditional paper and plastic have been shown to take a big toll on our natural resources. In the same vein, look for ways to eliminate waste even when packing lunches- there are loads of affordable options in BPA-free plastic as well as the ever-popular Bento boxes for kids and adults alike.
Look around; almost everything in your home can be put to good use. Ideas? Try rinsing large plastic containers of sour cream or yogurt after use for storage and travel snacks; toss used coffee grounds over flower beds of acid-craving plants; or place foam packing peanuts in the base of potted plants to help with drainage.
It’s hot in South Florida, but we can still go green when it comes to being cool. Change your air filters regularly to avoid issues and, if possible, switch to a programmable thermostat to help keep energy costs down. Also- make sure equipment is serviced and up to date and set back the thermostat five-to-eight degrees when not at home.
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N FEBRUARY 26TH THE SYMPHONETTES held their annual fashion show celebrating their graduating seniors. More than 200 members, parents, and friends showed their support by attending the 2017 Symphonettes White Party Fashion Show. The Symphonettes, longstanding Miami institution, is a non-profit organization with a goal to raise money for local music and arts related charities and is made up of young women from various local High Schools. The Coral Gables Community Foundation, serves as the Symphonettes fiscal sponsor, enabling the group to function as a nonprofit organization. Celebrating the 11 graduating seniors, the event included a silent auction, brunch and fashion show Seniors Daniela Jaguan, Jeannie Szomstein, Caroline Symphonettes President, Florence Hawkins with casual and formal wear generously provided Symphonettes Rowland, Lily Chang, Alexis Godoy, Natalie Fredman, Claire Landon, and Fashion Show Coordinator, Alicia Stuart by Bella Quince and Fab’rik of Miami. Under the Arianna Dumenigo, Katarine Birnberg, Kristen Coy, Sophia Esquenazi leadership of Florence Hawkins, Symphonettes President and a junior at Ransom Everglades High thank them along with the very generous donations from many local businesses,” School, the ballroom was transformed into a fashion runway and decor emphasizing the white party theme. “No event like this could take place without a strong team said Alicia Stuart. to make it all happen” said Hawkins. “The event coordinators Alicia Stuart, Susi Membership and participation in the Symphonettes teaches about leadership, Capello, and Jeannie Szomstein worked tirelessly to make this event such a success.” teamwork, responsibility and, most importantly, giving back. This year’s event raised A significant contribution to the money raised came from the silent auction which a total of $34,000 and, along with other monies raised during the year, less direct was headed up by Briana Pottinger, Sloane Cole and Olivia Kayes. “I would like to expenses, will be donated to a range of music and arts causes in the Miami area.
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OING FROM BEING AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT TO BEING IN middle school can seem scary, but in reality there is almost no difference at all. The only major differences are a bell schedule, multiple teachers, and a new campus. Here are some tips for surviving your three years in middle school: »» See if any of your elementary school friends are going to your school so you can start off the year with a friendly face. This will help you get used to your new environment, and this way you can have someone to sit with at lunch. »» Make sure you know your schedule. If you have it printed out and memorize it, you’ll always know which classes or lunch period you have. A friend of mine went to the wrong lunch and ended up being a half hour late to her class! »» Get to know your way around
school as quickly as possible. Knowing where your classes are, especially if you are at a large school, can be a big help, especially since you only have a few minutes to get to them. »» Try to branch out and make
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2017 Ask the Expert: Samantha Durso Summer Camp Listings BY ANDREA CARNEIRO
HOOSING A SUMMER CAMP CAN BE TRICKY. BALANCING YOUR CHILD’S interests with safety, friends and geography can make for a tough choice whether it be a specialized program, day camp or sleepaway option. We sat down with Samantha Durso, a camp advisor with Camp Experts & Teen Summers, a free and personalized summer camp and teen program advisory service, to get the lowdown on matching the kid with the camp.
WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A SUMMER PROGRAM? With so many factors involved it can certainly be an overwhelming process. Making the right choice is so important and many parents end up either sending their child to the camp they went to (and why not, it was the best camp ever!) or to a camp where their friends are going. The biggest factor to think about is, "Is it the right fit for my child?" Things to consider: 1. What is the programming structure and philosophy of the camp? 2. What measures does the camp take to ensure the safety of campers? 3. What is the geographic diversity like? A child from South Florida might feel more comfortable at a camp where they are not the only one from Florida.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CHILD IS READY TO GO TO A SLEEPAWAY CAMP OR TRAVEL PROGRAM? Finding out the right time to attend sleepaway camp can be tricky. Don't judge entirely on the basis of age. Take cues directly from your child and be sure not to project your own fears on them. Too often, the child is ready but the parent is not. Projecting fear onto your child only cripples their future independence. Some questions to ask yourself: Are they showing interest in going to camp? Have they successfully spent the night away from home? Are they comfortable telling adults about their needs? Are they able to take care of their own hygiene? i.e. Shower?
WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE QUESTION TO ASK OF A CAMP WHEN YOU'RE COMPARING VARIOUS OPTIONS? What is the camp's philosophy? The camp director will set the tone. It starts from the top down. The philosophy of the director will be the direction of the staff. What is the philosophy on competition, sportsmanship, rules, bunk relationships, etc.? Make sure this matches your parenting style and your child's personality.
WHAT'S NEW ON THE CAMP SCENE THAT WASN'T AROUND (OR POPULAR?) 10 YEARS AGO? Ropes courses, zip lines and rock climbing walls are now very common. Your little ninja warrior in training will have a blast. Waterfront activities have also evolved from just waterskiing and canoeing. You can now find windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, even some that have lake front "water amusement parks" with slides & trampolines. Exercise rooms with spinning bikes can also be found in some camps. But more importantly, there is a return to the basics. Just about every camp should be unplugged.
CAMP: ALEXANDER CAMP WEBSITE: alexandermontessori.com HOURS: 9 am to 3:30 pm AGE RANGE: 18 months to 12 years With four locations, these camps are designed to be age-appropriate, allowing themselves to be directed by the energy and interests of the campers. Elementary-age campers can choose between an all-around camp with a variety of activities or a sports track with an assortment of sports in the mornings and a focus on instruction in two sports (choices are soccer, basketball, flag football) in the afternoons. CAMP: BIZNOVATOR CAMP WEBSITE: biznovator.com/camps AGE RANGE: 8-12 (June 4-9); 13-15 (June 12-16); 16-20 (June 18-July 1 & July 9-22) The BizNovator Camp offers hands-on learning, experiences that focus on the creation, evaluation, development, and launch of new businesses or social ventures. Whether it’s a solo-preneur or partnerships, participants are taught and guided through the startup fundamentals of new venture creation. CAMP: CARROLLTON SCHOOL WEBSITE: carrollton.org HOURS: 9 am to 3 pm (extended day available 3 pm to 5 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. CAMP:
CITY TREKKER CAMP AT CORAL GABLES MUSEUM
WEBSITE: coralgablesmuseum.org/learn AGE RANGE: 5-12 Children ages 5-12 explore Coral Gables through a variety of disciplines and take advantage of the cultural destinations and activities offered by The City Beautiful and the Museum. Learn about art, architecture, history and more!
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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 warm, 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. CAMP: DISCOVERY LAB STEAM CAMP HOURS: 9 am - 12:30 pm AGE RANGE: 4-9 Let your child explore everything from force and motion to slimey, popping, fizzing matter at this Palmetto Bay science camp that makes learning fun. CAMP: FIRST GIRLS CAMP HOURS: 9 am to 3 pm AGE RANGE: 4 to 10 First Girls Club, Inc. camp provides girls with exciting and innovative activities in the following areas: Arts and Crafts, Dance, and Reading. Our camp also offers weekly field trips, cooking, and etiquette among many other unique activities. At FGC, girls develop character and build lifetime friendships. 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:
GULLIVER SUMMER ATHLETIC CAMPS
WEBSITE: gulliverschools.org AGE RANGE: Grades 1 and up These weekly, full-day camps include: Basketball, Flag Football, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, Lacrosse, and Baseball. Afternoon combinations with all morning programs are available at an additional charge and include transportation to the Prep and lunch.
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2017 CAMP: HOLY ROSARY-ST. RICHARD WEBSITE: hrsrschool.org HOURS: 7 am to 6 pm AGE RANGE: PreK to 8th Grade Two locations (one on 152nd and one on Franjo Road) offer nine- and seven-week options for students in PreK through 8th grade. Days are spent in everything from morning prayer to sports, language Arts, cooking, dance and field trips with “friends and family” discounts available. 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. CAMP:
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:
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WEBSITE: miamidade.gov/summercamps DATES: June 12- August 11 HOURS: varies AGE RANGE: 6-18 Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camp programs lets kids, 18 and under, discover their dreams – no matter how bold they may be! Whether they have an interest in nature or a talent for the arts, or prefer to test their golf skills there is something for everyone. Make this summer the one they never forget – register today! For more information, visit miamidade.gov/summercamps or call 786.315.5410.
MIAMI DANCE PROJECT CAMP: WEBSITE: miamidanceproject.com HOURS: 9 am- 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: MINI-CANES 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:
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:
PALMER TRINITY SUMMER EXPERIENCE
WEBSITE: palmertrinity.org HOURS: 9 am to Noon or 4 pm (drop off and pick up from the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m) 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: PINEVIEW PRESCHOOL WEBSITE: pineviewpreschools.com HOURS: 7 am to 6 pm AGE RANGE; 12 months to 5 years Pineview schools offer a summer camp program during June and July, for both toddlers and preschoolers. The Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum is intended to engage children in experiences that foster the development of the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. The camp provides fun, creative daily activities and experiences in a safe environment with a professional and caring staff.
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Avoiding the Summer Slide
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Something is waiting for many children each summer and their parents don't even know it's out there. It's called the "summer slide," and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. As parents approach the summer break, many are thinking about the family vacation, trips to the pool, how to keep children engaged in activities at home, the abrupt changes to everyone's schedule-and how to juggle it all. What they might not be focusing on is how much educational ground their children could lose during the three-month break from school, particularly when it comes to reading. Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: "A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year.... It's common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills."
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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, and cooking.
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WEBSITE: pinecrestdanceproject.com Hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Age range: 5 to 15 Dance the summer away at Pure Dance Camp! This camp allows young dancers to experience ballet, flamenco, jazz, tap, salsa, hip hop, samba and elegant ballroom styles. It also offers instruction to campers in the associated art forms of makeup, scene painting and costume design. CAMP: RANSOM EVERGLADES WEBSITE: ransomeverglades.org HOURS: 9 am to 4 pm AGE RANGE: 4 to 12 This general day camp is organized to give each camper opportunities for individual growth, forming new friendships, developing teamwork and learning new skills. Activities include swimming, archery and tennis. Located on Biscayne Bay, the camp has its own waterfront facility for sailing and canoeing.
CAMP: ROIG ACADEMY WEBSITE: roigacademy.com HOURS: 9 am to Noon or 3 pm, with before and after care available (Camp Roig); 9 am to 2 pm (Summer Academic Enrichment); 9 am to 12:30 pm (Fast ForWord) AGE RANGE: Pre-K2 to 6th Grade, depending on camp chosen Camp Roig provides preschoolers with a fun learning curriculum that incorporates pre-reading, premath, fine-motor, gross-motor, sensory-related and story-related activities. The thematicallyinspired 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.
CAMP: SKC MIAMI WEBSITE: skcmiami.com HOURS: 7:30 am - 6 pm AGE RANGE: 5-12 KC's now famous Super Kid Summer Camp has the best coaches and activities a parent and child can ask for. SKC offers fun activities throughout the day like dance competitions, acting, karate, brain games, Lego build-offs, minecraft video games, sports, karaoke and a number of kid-fun activities for your child to choose from.
CAMP: SAME TAG TV WEBSITE: sametagtv.com AGE RANGE: All Come spend the summer at Same Tag and learn about acting. Your child will learn about performance technique and production. Camp will also help students get ready for actual auditions by the time summer is over.
CAMP: ST. THOMAS WEBSITE: stepsmia.org Hours: 9 am - 3 pm or 9 am - noon AGE RANGE: Jr. PreK - 5th grade At St. Thomas's Summer Quest, students of all ages get into the spirit by probing, investigating, and discovering. The beautiful campus provides the perfect setting for a wide variety of enriching programs ranging from sports, to academics to the arts. With Quest Summer Camp, children embark on a new adventure everyday!
ST. BRENDAN HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ENRICHMENT
WEBSITE: stbrendanhigh.org SBHS offers enrichment courses during the summer to its students. In addition, Math & English summer workshops are offered to incoming freshmen.
STARS ON THE RISE BASKETBALL CAMP
WEBSITE: starsontherisebasketballcamp.com HOURS: 8 am to 3 pm AGE RANGE: 5 to 14 The Stars on the Rise Camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of basketball in a fun and positive atmosphere. The children have fun learning the game during fast paced weeks of physical exercise including running, jumping and playing while they develop individual basketball skills and work together in an atmosphere of communication, cooperation and teamwork. The camp is designed to help players of all skill levels and abilities. CAMP:
STARS ON THE RISE SUMMER CAMP
WEBSITE: starsontherisecamp.com HOURS: 8 am to 3 pm Stars on the Rise's professionally trained and experienced staff utilizes group instruction and positive reinforcement for skill acquisition. Campers will experience a well balanced, diverse sports and camp program that encourages interaction with others and allows for the mastery of new skills. Each camper will be afforded the opportunity to learn at their own pace and develop friendships that continue year after year.
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REGISTERING FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS YOUR CHILD HAVING DIFFICULTIES IN SCHOOL? MAKE A CHANGE! Children’s Resources is a fully accredited inclusion school offering services to children with special needs and their typically developing peers from age 2 through fifth grade. Class sizes are kept small to create a unique program aimed at each student’s individual needs. All therapies, including speech, occupational and behavior are offered on-site, along with many extracurricular activities. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL • Differentiated instruction to meet each child’s needs • Reading A-Z Program • Super Kids Reading Curriculum • iPad technology/STEM Education • Development of organizational skills • Increase self-esteem - Improve social skills • Accomplish educational milestones • Before/after school care extracurricular activities • 1:5 teacher to student ratio • Individual Educational Plans (IEP)
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2017 CAMP: THE ART SHACK WEBSITE: theartshackmiami.com/summer-camp HOURS: Morning 9:30 am-12:30 pm / Afternoon: 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm AGE RANGE: 5 to 12 Choose the week you would like, they all have different activities that campers love. Highly personalized, with a ratio of one coordinator for every five campers, students create and learn about different fun themes, and are always ready to explore new materials. With a maximum of 16 campers, groups are just the right size to create an exceptional experience. CAMP: THE BALLET SPACE WEBSITE: theballetspace.com HOURS: 10 am - 3 pm The Ballet Space’s Ballet Xtreme week invites all intermediate and advanced level dancers to spend the day perfecting their ballet technique, pointe variations and stretch and strengthening as well as learning music theory, dance history, pilates, modern dance and more.
CAMP: TEMPLE BET SHIRA CAMP GILAH WEBSITE: betshira.org HOURS: 9 am to 12:30 pm or 3:30 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: YMCA WEBSITE: ymcasouthflorida.org HOURS: Varied AGE RANGE: Varied The Y believe all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Summer Camp at the Y provides children with supervised activities that cultivate values, develop skills and nurture relationships. Options include day camp, teen camp, aquatics and more.
CAMP: ZANIAC WEBSITE: zaniaclearning.com/southmiami HOURS: Full Day Session 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Morning Session 9:00 am - Noon Afternoon Session 1:00 pm- 4:00 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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If you are tired of hearing, “I’m bored” then make Miami-Dade Parks a part of your child’s summer plans. With the assortment of activities from arts to sports to sleep away, parents can make this summer and unforgettable one. An easy way to make sure your child has a rich, fulfilling and memorable summer break is to plan ahead. Sitting down with your child and asking them what interests them or what they would like to try for the first time gets them involved in the planning process and helps point you towards a program that satisfies their curiosity. Does your child need to blow off some extra energy, or do they prefer to step onto the stage? Whatever their tastes it’s important to have the conversation now rather than later. While there is no question the school year is jam-packed with homework, afterschool activities and deadlines, it’s important to use the time off from school to not only take a break from assignments, but to give the time off purpose. Putting your child into a fun, educational or creative program will help develop healthy emotional and social skills that will help them grow into strong, considerate and competent adults. Learn how a Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camp program can give your child a summer they won’t ever forget! For more information, visit miamidade.gov/summercamps or call 786.315.5410.
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Summer Fun, Aquatics, Sailing, Innovation and Learning at Ransom Everglades Summer Explorations An academic-themed Summer Explorations camp oﬀers exciting courses in robotics, speech and debate, ﬁlm production, musical theater and crime scene investigation as well as foundational courses in math and English during morning and afternoon sessions. Rising 6th through 12th graders.
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inventing,” says Del Valle. “What’s available and what can I make? It’s about using tech and different things around us to create solutions for problems.” More traditional camps are also on the menu, including sports, drama, debate and academics. They also offer a “Fairytales from Around the World” option that places focus on Sacred Heart’s worldwide presence and the importance of learning about other cultures via legends, traditions and tales. “We invite girls from all faiths and ethnicities to participate” explains Del Valle. “Sacred Heart is about embracing all cultures and faith traditions. Our campers come from South America, Europe and other parts of the world.” Another reason Carrollton draws a diverse summer crowd is the dedication to a personal experience via
hands-on staff and administration and small groups of girls. “It’s about creating new friendships and memories,” says Del Valle. “There’s a lot of camaraderie and bonding.” For more information on Carrollton’s all-girls summer programs visit carrollton.org.
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Do You Have Musical Treasures Hiding In Your Home? BY PENNY DANIELS
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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WISE TEACHER ONCE TOLD ME THE FOLLOWING, “IF you miss one class, then you know; if you miss two classes, then the teacher knows; if you miss three classes, then everyone knows.” These words are completely and utterly true for any athlete, and a dancer is no exception. First, as a teacher, I spend hours and hours over the course of the school year trying to make each individual student the best dancer she can be. That includes the following: stretching her to her maximum potential; strengthening the newly stretched muscles so they can hold higher and better lines; and mastering the technical and artistic nuances that make every student look as if dancing on the tips of her toes is effortless. Every ballet class builds on the one before it and when a dancer misses one class, she slides backwards instead of moving forward. Now imagine if a dancer is dancing ten hours a week and has made remarkable changes to her flexibility and strength -- what would happen if she all of a sudden stopped dancing for even one week? A very important part of a ballet dancer’s body is, of course, her feet. There are hundreds of muscles, tendons and ligaments in your foot and ankle, and we use all of them! Dancers have to not only stand on the tips of their toes without falling off, but they also have to twirl, balance and jump on those toes as well. Every class a dancer takes strengthens those muscles in her feet, even if she is not on pointe. This enables her to point her toes harder, jump higher and shape her feet to the proper positions that each intricate step demands. Working on strengthening and stretching in every lesson is only part of the dynamic of each ballet class. Taking classes regularly also means mastering new steps. Learning technical ballet steps is like learning the alphabet. Once those individual steps are taught then the students learn how to articulate those steps in a combination; or to finish my analogy, a sentence. As the student advances she learns how to put these complicated sentences together to make beautiful dances. Every teacher understands that the body does need rest and some time to recuperate from the harsh demands of ballet and pointe. We also understand that family vacations are important too! It is normal to take a week off or even a bit more, but any longer than that and the dancer’s body starts to deteriorate and significant muscle strength and flexibility is lost. You may be wondering to yourself, “Does my child have to dance all summer long?” The best answer I can give you is the following: If your child dances at her studio two days a week or more then, yes, she definitely needs to dance over the summer. Opening its doors in 2008, Soul Purpose Studio has become the place to train in advanced ballet thanks in part to Alison’s very well-respected name in the community. The studio offers ballet class from ages 3-18 as well as Pilates and Yoga. Alison primarily teaches the Pre-Professional program which is ages 10-18 as well as all of the Pilates classes and absolutely loves what she does every single day! For more information, please visit soulpurposestudio.net or theballetspace.com.
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Straight Talk BY DR. VICTORIA ROTHMAN, ORTHODONIST
NE OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS I GET ASKED by parents is: “What is the correct age to start braces?” which is usually accompanied by the comment “It seems that braces are put on so early these days!” And in fact you may have noticed quite a few third and fourth graders around town running about with braces on their teeth. So what is the deal? Today, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a checkup with an orthodontic specialist no later than age seven. This is not to say that every seven-year-old requires orthodontic treatment. Timing for orthodontic treatment is based on more than chronological age; it is dependent on a number of factors, including dental development, jaw development, the way a patient is biting, as well as esthetics. An early evaluation with an orthodontist allows the identification of potential problems that may require monitoring, or in other cases early treatment. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases the orthodontist will be able to achieve results at an early age that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
Some examples of situations requiring early treatment are crossbites, oral habits, severe overbite, or severe underbite. These scenarios should be corrected when there is a mix of baby and permanent teeth present, and a second phase of treatment (braces) is typically needed at a later date when the remaining baby teeth fall out. Aside from scenarios such as those mentioned, most of the time a single phase of braces is indicated once all of the baby teeth have fallen out, which is commonly somewhere between the ages of 10-12 but varies greatly from child to child. At Pinecrest Orthodontics we recommend an early orthodontic evaluation to give your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile. Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, our goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time. Above all we always maintain the philosophy to treat our patients as if they were our own family. Please call Pinecrest Orthodontics today for your complimentary initial orthodontic consultation! Pinecrest Orthodontics is located in the Dixie Belle Shops at 12197 S. Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, FL. PH: 305-423-4130. pinecrestortho.com.
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REDZONE FITNESS FINDS ITS NICHE WITH SOUTH FLORIDA WOMEN BY ANDREA CARNEIRO
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EING “IN THE ZONE” IS ABOUT MORE THAN just a heart rate at Redzone Fitness. The South Florida-based women-only fitness studio (it has locations in both Coral Gables and Pinecrest with a third on the way) takes clients through anywhere from three-to-five fitness zones per class, but for owners Glenn Greer and Luis Behar it’s the community and personal relationships that they have built within their group training that truly encapsulates what they’re trying to accomplish on a daily basis. “We have to excite our client from day one to year two or three,” says Greer. “We’re always asking our clients how we can make things better and Luis and I are very hands-on in creating homegrown workouts every day.” The method behind RedZone is simple: Each workout zone (in about nine to 16 minute blocks each) provides a unique format of cardio intervals and strength training exercises in classes of no more than 21 students. The blocks include work on treadmills, Cybex Arc Trainers, indoor rowing, weights and floor strength training and push client heart rates to peak performance before allowing for active recovery. Heart rates are monitored by Polar, letting clients see their actual heart rate feedback. Greer says this not only keeps clients interested and excited but targets the entire body at a pace and level that’s easily adjusted for any fitness level. “Whether someone is 25 and in great shape or a little older and working with knee issues we can help them get the most out of their time,” he says. “Our clients don’t have to think. From illustrated visuals to trainers right there to go over each movement, we can modify anything and create a proper exercise for them.” RedZone in its current form is the culmination of more than 15 years of work by Greer and Behar. After starting out in the personal training realm and opening a small gym in Coral Gables, the duo
saw potential in creating a women’s only program. “For years we always had a women’s only concept of group training,” says Greer, who eliminated mirrors in the studio in an effort to make all clients more focused and more comfortable. “We noticed our clientele was majority women. When other women’s only gyms came out we were motivated to do it the right way.” That’s when their “30-in-a-hurry” concept was born, taking the then-trending idea of boot camps and continuing to evolve it into small group training sessions. What began with just six students per class soon expanded to 12 and then, with an influx of capital from a former student, to its current 21. “When we started with the boot camps it was tough- it’s very repetitive and the rain and heat can interfere with classes and performance. We really evaluated what we wanted to accomplish and we started from there,” says Greer. Today the studios draw a wide variety of clients who come for not only the workout but also the atmosphere. “We max out our facility at 300 students,” explains Greer of the growing RedZone community. “Everyone feels comfortable, there’s no competition. You come in, you have a great workout and then you’re on your way.” The team is also expanding on their commitment to philanthropy with a new “Check-in for Charity” initiative that donates money to various organizations (a recent partner was local animal rescue Paws 4 U and the will soon partner with Amigos for Kids) when clients check-in to classes on social media. “We really are different from other programs. We’re here to help everybody,” says Greer of comparisons to other programs. “I want to be the best women’s only fitness program we can be.” Redzone Fitness is located at 11845 South Dixie Hwy. Pinecrest, FL 33156. For more infomation, please call 305-971-8212, or visit redzonefitness.com.
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Having emigrated from Cuba at the age of 10, Juan Enjamio knows firsthand what it means to be a first-generation college graduate. Enjamio went on to graduate from the University Miami School of Law and now acts as Managing Partner at Hunton & Williams’ Miami office, but he has never forgotten the importance his own parents placed on higher education and the support he received from early mentors. To that end it was a natural fit for Enjamio to lead his firm to the First Generation Scholarship Program, an initiative created FIU College of Law Dean Alex Acosta . “I was fortunate to have been mentored early in my career by great lawyers who instilled in me the understanding that a law license included the responsibility to use our talents and opportunities to help others,” says Enjamio. “I have been blessed with opportunities that others, who are very talented, have not experienced. I feel an obligation to help them.”
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The scholarship acts as financial aid for first-generation students, regardless of race or social background, with firms donating half or full tuition for a single student and FIU matching. The program has raised more than $400,000 and brought more than 20 firms on board since its inception. “For a few years I have contributed personally to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship, a scholarship at the University of Florida that helps first generation college students,” says Enjamio. “Through the scholarship, hundreds of very talented young people, who would otherwise not have been able to go to college, have fulfilled their dreams of a college education. When I learned that Dean Acosta had instituted a similar program at the FIU Law School, I made sure our firm became an early sponsor.”
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Enjamio says the scholarship benefits not just the students, but the South Florida community; helping to foster a diverse legal community and keeping local talent within our borders. “[These scholarships] improve our community and our profession,” says Enjamio. “These students are likely to remain in South Florida. They enrich our community with the diversity of their talents. We are a poorer community if we don’t help foster the talents of these young people.” Of course, Enjamio admits, there is also the added benefit of seeing such students realize their own talents and potential. “I remember speaking with sons and daughters of immigrants who never thought attending college (much less law school) was feasible. Today they are professionals. Their gratitude is immense.”
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As the scholarship continues to grow ( funded by international and local law firms, long-time FIU Law supporters, faculty, and alumni), Enjamio say he hopes other colleges take note. “I hope that other institutions follow this example, and that many other individuals and firms contribute to these programs,” he says. “It is to our community’s collective benefit.”
There are many talented young people in our community who just need help to allow them to flourish, both financial help and mentoring.”
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Dr. Lianne Pino, Exceptional Vision THERAPY AND LEARNING CENTER
NE OUT OF FOUR CHILDREN STRUGGLE WITH reading and learning unnecessarily because of undiagnosed vision problems, making vision therapy a simple and effective tool in helping children (as well as adults) overcome these obstacles to perform everyday tasks more easily and efficiently. But what is vision therapy and how does it work? Dr. Lianne Pino is a Developmental Optometrist dedicated to treating children and adults with visual skill deficiencies and founder of the Exceptional Vision Therapy and Learning Center in Palmetto Bay. Offering treatment on a wide range of conditions, including Amblyopia (or "lazy eye"), Learning-Related Visual Disorders (ADHD, Dyslexia), Dr. Lianne Pino post traumatic rehabilitation (concussions, TBI) and occupational hazards (computer vision syndrome). The center screens patients via a developmental eye exam before creating a program to treat the issue. We spoke with Dr. Pino to learn more about her center, including what to expect from a session, insurance coverage and signs you or your child may be in need of vision therapy.
WHAT IS A VISION THERAPY PROGRAM? Vision therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control eye alignment, eye movements, focusing ability, and eye teamwork. The visual skills are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms and filters. Throughout the vision therapy process, a person maximizes their visual skills to become more effective in school, at work, or on the playing field.
WHAT DOES A SESSION ENTAIL? Like many skills, visual skills are developed. Therefore, they can generally be improved through proper therapeutic techniques. In vision therapy, the doctor prescribes visual tasks to be practiced under controlled conditions with the direction of a vision therapy technician. Repetition of these tasks enhances vision by coordinating and improving eye movements, focusing ability, eye teaming, eye-hand coordination and visual information processing skills.
HOW LONG DOES VISION THERAPY TAKE? Weekly office visits are combined with daily home exercises to practice the skills learned in the therapy room. A typical program will last a few months, although the total duration can vary based on the nature and complexity of the condition, the age and motivation of the patient, as wells as other factors.
IS IT COVERED BY INSURANCE? While each insurance plan is different, they do at times reimburse for the evaluation. After the evaluation we can provide you with the information you need to give to your insurance company to help in determining benefits. Our office will assist you as best we can.
WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS YOU HAVE A VISION ISSUE? There are many but some of the common signs could be anything from rubbing eyes frequently or complaints of blurred vision. If your child closes or covers one eye or frequently loses their place when reading, those can also be signs that you may want to look into further.
VISION & LEARNING Even if you have 20/20 vision, deficiencies in the following visual skills can lead to Learning-Related Vision Disorders, visual discomfort and poor sports performance. EYE TRACKING SKILLS ∙ EYE FOCUSING ∙ EYE TEAMING EYE-HAND COORDINATION ∙ VISUAL INFORMATION PROCESSING Treatments available at EVTLC:
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SPRING AWAKENING! The Happy Real Estate Song. BY FRANK DEVALDIVIELSO
HE RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE SEASON IS HERE, ALBEIT more a perception than reality. In South Florida, we enjoy a pretty stable market year-round, with a slight fluctuation. There are some families that make their move around the school year calendar which increases the number of buyers and sellers during spring and summer. We also enjoy the business that the snowbirds represent from north and south during their respective winters, too. When it’s time to make your move please consider there are key decisions before putting your home on the market. 1. Know your home, the good and the bad. Have a full checkup done from the roof to the plumbing pipes. Include inspections of the septic tank, termites and pests, mold and quality of water for those with homes that get their water from wells. With the findings decide on what you’re going to fix and not. 2. Invest the sweat equity and finish the to-do list. Paint that wall, finish fixing the cabinet, donate the things that you cannot use anymore and throw out the things that are overdue. 3. Clutter can be very expensive to keep. Less stuff in the home puts more money in your pocket. You’re moving anyway, start packing and put the filled boxes in your garage. 4. Price your home at fair market value. Forty percent of buyers that can afford your home will not even look at it online if it is priced above fair market value. Don’t be the highest bidder on your own home, unless you want to keep it. 5. Realize that the investment made in remodeling the home will not be fully recovered, if at all. Enjoy the upgrades you made to the home which in turn will help you sell faster than your competition. 6. Per NAR the Projected Mean Percentage Appreciation for the PROJECTED next five years is around 3% Mean Percentage Appreciation per annum on a nationwide scale. Florida is projected at a 6.3% increase for the next year alone. The market from Coral Gables to Palmetto Bay continues to be stable and overall a balanced market with an average of 6 months of inventory available for sale. The inventory for higher end homes continues saturated with an average of six months to sell a home that is priced at fair market value. The market for homes listed for less than one million dollars is at 3-4 months. We find when working with buyers that their perception of value is greatly influenced by the care that sellers put into the home. Every home has something that the buyers will change, even brand new construction. It’s visible when buyers are walking through the house and they are mentally listing the projects they would have to take on when considering the home. As a seller, take the maintenance issues off the table and the buyers will focus on the projects that will make the home what they want it to be. Real estate in our community continues to outperform the rest of the nation. We are extremely thankful to the people that list and sell their homes creating new futures for themselves and the new homeowners. Life in South Florida real estate is like a room without a roof, clap along! Home Price Expectation Survey 2017 1Q
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he long awaited Pinecrest Gardens' Cypress Hall renovations are underway. After years with no activity, this space which formerly housed the historic Parrot Jungle food service venue is being transformed into an exhibition lounge area with a coffee counter and modular spaces for art classes, lectures, and day work spaces. The complete interior remodeling of the 4,600 square-foot space includes updating all plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems. The space will be beautiful, and fitting of this historic room. Highlights to the design are 50 feet of bi-fold doors that open to the gardens, an artist created chandelier and a unique terrazzo floor design. The project is scheduled to be completed by summer 2017. Cypress Hall programming will include weekly classes taught by hARTvest, which is a Miamibased art venture with the mission to nurture, foster and promote interest in fine art. Through unique program content focused on sensorial art experiences, hARTvest programs are designed to engage your senses, open your mind and lift your spirits regardless of your age or knowledge of art. Innovative programming has always been part of the Village's repertoire, and this spring is no exception! Join us for full-time and part-time spring break programming for children at the Community Center and Pinecrest Gardens. The Community Center is hosting FunCamps and Pure Dance Camp, and Pinecrest Gardens is hosting a Sizzlin' Science mini-camp. For more detailed information, please visit pinecrest-fl.gov/parks or pinecrestgardens.org.
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nternational Women's Day was recognized in Palmetto Bay on March 8 2017 - It was my honor to recognize strong community leadership in Palmetto Bay via proclamation. Palmetto Bay was well represented this day through Council member Larissa Siegel Lara, Village Clerk Missy Arocha as well as Directors Corrice Patterson, Olga Cadaval, Fanny Carmona and Village Police Operations Lt. Maria Guerra – from the community: Rabbi Rachel Greengrass, Marni Lennon, Lisa Heller Green, and Margie Buchbinder. April is Parks Master Plan month – Palmetto Bay is already known as the “Village of Parks” – your input is requested to determine what changes or even if any changes are needed to our parks master plan. There are a few items that I look forward to including the restoration of items previously removed from our Coral Reef and Palmetto Bay Parks playgrounds including the “Apollo”. I am also looking forward to sensory gardens, which may be an outstanding project to involve our Palmetto Bay Garden Club. Parks construction and operation is very expensive. Grant money is far from plentiful. Please recall that I successfully worked with our original Village Council and Staff to partner with organizations/sources including the Trust For public Land and Florida Communities Trust, FRDAP and even the SFWMD to obtain well over $4 million for Thalatta Estate. We have to be very smart in any changes and not simply change for change sake. New suggestions for park activities include “pickleball.”. I obviously want to hear from everyone. Please follow the meetings schedule posted on the village website. Schedule is as follows: • Thursday, April 6, 7 PM - Discussion concerning future plans for Thalatta Estate, Ludovici Park, and Perrine Wayside Park, to be held at the Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room, Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay. • Friday, April 21, 7 PM. Palmetto Bay Park to be held at the Palmetto Bay Park Community Room, 17535 SW 95 Av. • Thursday, April 27, 7 PM. Coral Reef Park Meeting Coral Reef Park Community Room, 7895 SW 152 St. • Thursday, May 4, 7:00 PM - Discussion concerning future parks such as the Veteran’s Park, the vacant area on SW 168 Street, and others. Please keep up with all the events, meetings and ongoing public works projects going on in our village through the official village website: palmettobay-fl.gov. I also keep up on issues through my blog found at eugeneflinn.com. My direct e-mail is email@example.com.
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S A CHILD I SPENT SEVERAL SUMMERS IN THE MOUNtains of West Virginia at a camp. We rode horses, swam, played sports and had a great time. We were carefree and worry free. But times have changed. Many years later when my children wanted to go to camp in the mountains we had different thoughts. Would it be safe? Would they be safe? What precautions and preparations did the camp take to ensure the safety of our children? As a parent and attorney these were our concerns. And they should be yours too. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big believer in sleepaway camps. Children learn to be independent, parents get a break away from the kids. But you should do some work investigating the camp before shipping the kids off to the mountains. 1. Find out about Medical Policies and Procedures Does the camp have a full time doctor or nurse on premises? Is there a health care facility in easy reach to the camp? Is there anyone at the camp trained in a variety of health care issues? Are there special needs for your child, and if so, is the camp capable of caring for your child's special needs? Before your child goes to camp you should check their health and make sure they are able to handle the conditions. Make sure that your child has a full medical exam prior to attending camp and that he or she is completely up to date on their medical care and treatment. You should also provide the camp with notice of any specific allergies or issues which may affect your child. Make sure the camp has any specific medications on hand to assist your child if necessary. 2. What are the Safety Procedures for the Camp Camp activities include boating, horseback riding, sports and hiking. What safety procedures are in place for any physical activities your child may participate in while at camp? Find out who will be supervising the activities, what safety precautions are available and what training do the counselors or leaders have that enable them to safely care for your children during the various activities. 3. Camp Transportation If your child is to be transported during the camp season find out the method and manner of transportation. If they are travelling in a bus, how safe is the bus, how often are they serviced? Is the bus and the camp insured when transporting your child? Is the driver of the bus insured? 4. Emergency Contacts You should make sure that you provide the camp with a useful and reliable emergency contact. Whoever is identified as the emergency contact should be a responsible person that is responsive and reliable. Provide email contact information as well as a secondary emergency contact. If you will be travelling or out of reach while your child is at camp, make sure that the camp has this information as well as the secondary emergency contact information 5. Camp Accreditation There are organizations that review the safety of camps. The American Camp Association (ACA) is such an organization. This group reviews camp standards to ensure that your camp is meeting the highest standards and complying with camp laws and regulations. Camp should be a great experience for both the campers and parents. Camps should provide a safe and nurturing environment for your children. Take an interest in your camp selection, ask for references, visit the camp website, check their credentials and remember to have fun.
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E ALL LOVE OUR PETS AND CONSIDER THEM PART of the family. But, would you be willing to custom order a duplicate of your dog or cat as the end of his or her life approaches? Or, would you adopt a totally different pet instead? Well, it has been a while since the first cloned mammal, Dolly The Sheep, was successfully produced from an adult skin cell in 1996. In the past 20 years the cloning technique has been further developed, and nowadays we have cloned sheep, pigs, goats, cows, ferrets, dogs, cats and horses, among other animals. In fact, cloning is well accepted in some fields, such as the livestock arena. A cloned animal is a genetic duplicate of the original animal that is born at a later time. Although the cloned animal is genetically identical to the original, the temperament is not exactly the same. This is because it is partially determined by genes, In the U.S. pet cloning, even though controversial, is legal. The first pet cloned successfully was a cat, in 2004 in Texas. Since then many dogs and cats have been cloned. Even though pet cloning represents a small market, there is consistent demand for the procedure.
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Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, a cloning company based in South Korea, pioneered the pet cloning technique, and has already cloned more than 700 dogs successfully (sooam.com). The company has cloned highly trained search-rescue dogs and police dogs for South Korea, as well as highly priced pets for U.S. clients. The average price for a cloned pet is from $100,000 to $150,000. Closer to home ViaGen, a Texas based company, delivered the first U.S. born foal in 2010, and its first cloned puppy in 2016 (ViaGenpets.com). The price for a cloned pet by this company ranges from $25,000 to $50,000 per clone. In addition, they offer a genetic preservation program that allows preservation of adult cells from the original animal with the goal of producing a clone in the future. This company also caters to clients in the UK, where animal cloning is against the law. The sport of polo is the most open equine discipline for animal cloning. Highly priced polo horses are been cloned in large numbers by an Argentina-based company (cretsviewgenetics.com.ar). The company is the world’s leader in equine cloning, having produced so far around 200 cloned foals priced from $80,000 to $200,000 each. But, what does the cloning process involve? First, the cloning company will ship
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EOPLE GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE THINK ONCE THEY hire a lawyer, they are fine. Not so! There is so much more that goes into a divorce. Although your attorney is the key piece, there are several pieces to this puzzle. Divorce is an emotional, spiritual, financial and legal mine field; therefore you need a team approach.Thinking of divorce is overwhelming and an area one might not know how to navigate unless of course you are Elizabeth Taylor and have divorced seven times! So for those of you not so experienced in divorce, here is a guideline. 1. Hire a divorce coach and here are the reasons why it’s worth the investment. A divorce coach will pull everything together for you, which includes: cating your needs; »» Assist you in determining what is most important to you in the divorce process; »» Teaching conflict resolution skills; »» Assist you in creating goals for what you »» Assisting in developing co-parenting want for you and your family presently skills; and moving forward; »» Assisting in developing a parenting plan with your spouse; »» Identifying and prioritizing your concerns; »» Assisting in setting up post divorce goals; »» Helping understand each stage of the »» Assist you in managing the emotions that are part of the divorce process and divorce; in reducing stress; »» Giving you unbiased, objective and educated information; »» Assisting you in strengthening your communication skills and communi»» Reducing the cost of the divorce. 2. Decide what type of divorce process works best for the both of you. There is litigated, collaborative and mediation. Litigated is the most common and “traditional” divorce, where each party gets their own attorney and financial person. Just because the word litigated is used, doesn’t mean you will end up in court but that is always an option. In collaborative, both parties have their own attorney but a financial neutral and a divorce coach/mental health professional that work as part of their team. This type of divorce proves to be less contentious and opens up communication between parties. Mediation is the third choice where by the parties go to a neutral mediator and come up with an agreement, which they then bring to their own attorneys to review. 3. Interview and hire the appropriate attorney or mediator. If you choose to go the collaborative route, you will need to find an attorney specifically trained in collaborative. Remember, you are hiring an attorney to get you the best agreement possible, not to be your new best friend. 4. Meet with your financial professional that works closely with your attorney. It’s always advantageous to work with people who have a good working relationship with your attorney. 5. If appropriate to your case, meet with an estate attorney before mediation so that all changes/issues can be addressed before or at mediation and not after the ink has dried on your agreement. 6. Meet with a financial planner before mediation as well. You need to have a clear picture of what your future will look like before you start negotiating. Just like every marriage is unique, so is every divorce. Just because your friend or family member used a certain attorney or wrote their agreement on the back of a napkin over wine, doesn’t mean yours can be that way. Do your due diligence and you need to feel comfortable about your choices and decisions. This will be the first step and the most important one, into your new life. Debbie Martinez, MA is a certified, mindful life coach specializing in divorce (aka: heartbreak coach). She professionally coaches clients on how to avoid the breakup backlash and live better, not bitter. As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator trained in collaborative divorce, Debbie gives clients the tools they need to successfully untie the knot and stand strong in the wake of adversity. She brings her formal training and life experience into her coaching practice to empower and educate clients through their divorce journey and onto new beginnings. You can contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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E SEE THE NOTICES IN THE PHARMACY EVERY YEAR – It’s time for your flu shot! Most of us would continue on our way and pay the advice no mind. Unfortunately, when the flu or the most recent stomach bug going around does hit, we can hardly get out of bed, much less make it to work or school. These common illnesses can even sometimes be serious enough to land someone in the hospital. In this instance, one would usually get setup with an IV bag containing various routine medications to address symptoms of the flu. These medications will have us feeling better quickly, but the cost of the trip to the hospital would have anyone wishing they had listened to the advice of that notice in the pharmacy. IV infusions with my own special “cocktails” work wonderfully to accomplish the same effect as one would get in the hospital. In fact, many establishments all over the nation have recently sprung up offering just IV infusions. They will provide a menu of different blends, each touting unique benefits. In general, they will all provide substantial increases in hydration as well as a welcome pick-me-up.
Infusions can be targeted towards general well-being, immune defense, or even weight loss, depending on exactly what concoction you desire. After an IV infusion, you should expect to feel refreshed and even better than you did on your best day. Although they are most commonly known as the “hangover cure” for young and spry 20-somethings, mature professionals can benefit just as much after a particularly exhausting work week or if they feel a sickness coming on and want to avoid it. As the name implies, the benefits are administered intravenously. Moreover, the ingredients in these cocktails can be relatively potent. Ingredients can include corticosteroids, amino acids which affect metabolism, as well as factors that can affect blood alkalinity. They are almost always well-tolerated and legitimately produce positive effects in the body... but only a medical professional should deliver them. Because of this, I generally advise patients to seek IV infusions once a week, max – even once a month if steroidal ingredients are infused. Too much of a good thing will always lead to trouble, and trained medical staff can help to avoid this or spot when someone undergoing IV infusions has reached that point. Even just applying an IV requires a certain technique. It’s not uncommon to hear complaints of a friend leaving the hospital of the nurse who “kept stabbing me and couldn’t find the vein!” If it’s hard for them, then you had better not leave it to Joe Blow in the IV wagon. If you’re looking for the next medical fad, you’ve found it. IV infusions can produce rapid changes in the body for recovery or prevention of sickness. They work – but trust your body to those trained to care for it. So, the next time you find yourself unable to face the day, consider an IV infusion as your pocket ace. It’s quicker and cheaper than a trip to the ER. An International, multilingual Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jose Soler-Baillo brings to South Florida a refreshing, modern approach to Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Soler-Baillo earned his Medical Degree at the prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, trained in General Surgery at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, and received extensive training in Plastic Surgery in Miami, New York, and Texas. Dr. Soler-Baillo is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For more information please visit, resultsmd.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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S I BOARDED THE PLANE TO BASEL, Switzerland to catch my Viking River Cruise, I swore on a stack of Bibles I would be bored to death among all the old people on that cruise. I’m ashamed to say that was my perception of what a river cruise offered; no casino, no bars, no shows and no pool all equated to boredom. Well as Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise.” I walked onto the Viking Kvasir in Basel to smiling faces and helping hands. I was led to my stateroom, which had a lovely balcony and ample room for my two large suitcases (to this day I still don’t know how to travel light). Eager to explore my new surroundings, I freshened up and headed to the main room of the ship. There I found the one and only bar with guests already ensconced. And lo and behold, they were young. I pulled up a stool and became fast and furious friends with the bartender and maitre d’. So, here is what I found to be one of the many perks of a river cruise- it’s your own floating Cheers. Everyone knows your name. No matter where I went on the ship, I was not only greeted but also engaged in conversation. The staff was always so willing to assist in anyway possible, right down to the pianist who would play well after his time was up. Ok, I bribed him with a drink but he cheerfully stayed. If you are looking for and expect that big cruise ship feel, don’t book your ticket on Viking because that is not what a cruise like this is about. What it is about is that feeling of being home, it is small without all the distractions, guests will mingle with each other more and the staff is pretty entertaining. They spend time with you and do the little things that you don’t get on a huge cruise ship. For example, one day after an excursion, we all came down the walkway and some of the staff were on the upper deck with a banner that read “Welcome Home” and singing and clapping. This is the type of thing that makes a river cruise so memorable. Traveling alone can have its awkward moments, such as dinnertime, but my maitre d’, Darko, made sure that didn’t happen. He ushered me straight away to a table with women all my age and settled me in. Needless to say, the Pitt girls and I became family on that trip and still stay in touch. Speaking of mealtime, the food was outstanding. The menu was fabulous each and every day down the Rhine. The service was impeccable and my wine glass was always full. My cruise took me through four countries and nine cities. My first port of call was Breisach, Germany where I disembarked to explore the magical Black Forest. Next stop was Strasbourg, France, which made me feel like I had stepped into a fairy tale. I visited Strasbourg Cathedral and rode the carousel that sits in Cathedral Square. Day four found me at Heidelberg Castle and enjoying traditional German food and music at a tavern in Rudescheim. Day five was spent cruising to Koblenz, Germany where I was completely enthralled by the little towns, castles and ruins that dotted the riverbank. I headed to Marksburg Castle and yet another glimpse into a time gone by. Day six was Cologne, Germany where I was awe struck by the gothic cathedral. Day seven was a drive into the picturesque Dutch countryside to see the nineteen, mid 18th century Kinderdijk Windmills. The next morning I said goodbye to all my new friends and disembarked for three days in Amsterdam (another story for another time). Drifting off to sleep on the plane back to Miami, there was only one thought on my mind. How could I return to my little floating home on the Rhine? Debbie Martinez is a Miami Dade resident and Travel Editor for The Florida Villager. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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