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On Nov. 14, Kerry Alexander Sarmiento plays in the Copa ESPN Miami tournament semifinal against North Miami Beach’s Boca Juniors. Maria Serrano South Florida News Service

Prominent international soccer clubs are establishing academies in South Florida

Ever since he was 4 years old, Kerry Alexander Sarmiento has dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. After stints with the now-bankrupt Italian Parma and Argentine Vélez Sarsfield, he is trying to make his dream a reality. Kerry, 14, is enrolled in Inter de Milan’s South Florida youth academy. Inter is one of Italy’s most successful club teams. “I ...

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Glades Middle School Jazz Band practices with the new music equipment after the collaboration between Miami-Dade Schools and Music for Your Heart Foundation. Courtesy of Music for Your Heart

Music for Your Heart foundation teaches children ‘What Really Matters’

Two years ago, Felipe Carvajal, a Flamenco musician, moved to Miami from Seville, hoping to expand his international career. He was an established musician in Spain and wanted to leave his footprint into the American music scene. “It was extremely difficult to leave a place where I lived and breathed the music I love,” said Carvajal, now 27. “Certainly, I ...

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Haitian artist Turgo Bastien paints the old St. Claire Laundry and Dry Cleaners building in Little Haiti on Nov. 10, 2015. (Photo by: Alfonso Duran, South Florida News Service)

Artist paints colorful new life into vintage Little Haiti building

When Turgo Bastien created his first painting, it wasn’t with a brush or acrylic paint. The artist, then 8, turned a chicken feather into a brush, soaked it in house paint and used an old shirt as the canvas. It was a neighbor who encouraged him to pursue art for a living. “She looked at my work and said, ‘Turgo, ...

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Danny Hayoun, guitar mentor, shows students the different styles of guitars and basic notes. (Photo by Ricardo Montalvan, South Florida News Service)

Guitars Over Guns mentoring program helps kids express themselves through the arts

When Finest Meridor was 11 years old, he was reserved and felt like he had nothing to do during his free time. Now 18, Meridor is a member of the drama club and vice president of the engineering club at North Miami High School, and handles music production of a band that performs at ArtWalk in Wynwood. Meridor said he ...

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Javier Aragonés, 32, and Wilmer Salgado, 39, watch as Piero Menor, 32, kicks the ball into the 21-inch hole at the Melreese. (Photo courtesy of Piero Menor)

New game gets a foothold on South Florida golf courses

When Piero Menor, 32, goes to the International Links Melreese Country Club, he sports an aqua blue polo shirt, knee high athletic socks, indoor soccer shoes, golf shorts, a size five soccer ball and a golf hat. Menor, one of the hosts of Miami’s channel América Tevé’s Agárrese Quien Pueda show, doesn’t go to Melreese to play golf. He goes ...

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Cagney Kobrin and Michael Schock warm up before playing bubble soccer at Weekend P.E. (Photo courtesy of Weekend P.E.)

Soccer in a bubble is a growing sport in Miami-Dade

When Randy Carlson, 39, and Jake Sibely, 43, want to feel like kids again, instead of soccer, they play bubble soccer. “We can all remember when we were 5, 6, 7, 8 years old and just having that physical freedom,” said Sibely, co-founder of the U.S. Bubble Soccer Association. “But as you get older and more stiff, and maybe more ...

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Concrete Beach Brewery at 325 NW 24th St. in Wynwood is organizing the monthly cleanups.

Wynwood brewery organizes family-friendly clean ups after late-night monthly Art Walks

Every second Saturday of the month, Art Walk gathers hundreds in the Wynwood district, where people enjoy street art as well as gallery events and food trucks. But once the party ends, what’s left behind is usually garbage covering the streets and sidewalks. Beginning Nov. 15, Concrete Beach Brewery is creating an after-party event out of every second Sunday, with ...

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App entrepreneurs, Shari Linton and Laurie Hinshelwood. (Courtesy photo)

Miami singletons start ‘My Single City’ app

Two years ago, Laurie Hinshelwood, 32, and Shari Linton, 30, childhood friends and Miami residents, booked a cruise to the Bahamas, hoping to find single men while on vacation. To their surprise, all of the men they met on the cruise “were taken.” “We were so disappointed,” said Linton, a former finance representative for American Airlines. “We said to ourselves, ...

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Aiyesha Ghani and Megan Newmans Johnson lead an AcroYoga Class at Inhale Miami a new yoga studio in Little Haiti on October 8. (Photo by Christian Portilla, South Florida News Service) 

Little Haiti yoga studio reaches out to community

Inhale Miami, a new yoga studio in Little Haiti, is looking to get people into the fold by offering individual classes in November for $7. Rikki Kamensky, who opened the studio in September, said she also is reaching out to neighborhood children, hoping their curiosity brings them in after school for classes. “Yoga helps them understand their emotions instead of ...

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Vanessa Guzman, 24, is working on building her career as a disc jockey in Miami with the help of Jordan Sanchez, 27, her mentor and promoter. She has been training with him every week for two months. (Photo by Maria Serrano, South Florida News Service)

DJ sets aside law school to follow his dream and return to spinning records

When Jordan Sanchez was 15, he started practicing to become a disc jockey. But, after playing in some clubs professionally, he decided to leave the DJ world to major in political science. He went on to law school, but something was missing. Sanchez was isolating himself from his closest friends and feeling depressed. Then, he realized his life wasn’t complete ...

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