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The La Griteria celebration ended on Dec. 9 with a dance from La Gigantona and El Enano Cabezon. These characters are parodies of the Spaniards during the time of conquest. (Elizabeth Soza/SFNS)

Nicaraguan-Americans celebrate “La Griteria”

On a chilly Saturday night, 24-year-old Edwin Torres, and his 13-year-old sister, Valeria Torres, stood in front of an altar dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, surrounded by roses and blue Christmas lights. On Dec. 9, Nicaraguans gathered in Sweetwater to celebrate La Griteria, a Roman Catholic celebration where they yell and sing in joy. “After singing, ...

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Unused train track corridors are being converted into paved, multi-use trails for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles throughout the state as part of Florida’s $25-million-per-year SUN Trail program. (SFNS/Jesse Scheckner)

Planned South Beach trail part of larger regional and statewide project

State officials have earmarked $3 million to create a pedestrian and bicycle path in South Beach, part of a larger project to connect all of Miami Beach’s neighborhoods, itself part of a statewide plan for such trails. Upon completion, the project will create an uninterrupted paved trail for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles from South Pointe Park, located at the southernmost tip ...

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A sign advertising the opening. (Maria Gil/SFNS)

Books & Books opens eighth location

The eighth Books & Books store located in Pinecrest, officially opened earlier this month with the aid of two authors: a Pulitzer winner and FIU professor. The former pop-up officially cemented itself as a part of the Pinecrest community at the Sunland Plaza Shopping Center on Dec.3. Longtime residents and nearby elected officials said they don’t believe the city has ever ...

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One of the rooms in the Satellite show in early December. (Natalie Sarracino/SFNS)

The art fair that’s #NotBasel

The non-conventional Satellite art show made its third-year appearance in Miami Beach last week once again hoping to tackle the elitist stereotypes typically associated with Art Basel and Miami Art Week said the show’s founder. Satellite is setting itself apart from the rest by branding themselves as #NotBasel said Brian Whiteley. According to its website the show is the “antagonist to ...

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Robert, who declined to give his last name, shows a page from his notebook. (Elizabeth Soza / SFNS)

Documenting Miami’s homeless [Photos]

As Cheo Sobalvarro turned the corner on a recent afternoon, he noticed his friend Robert scribbling on a notebook. As he took out his camera and focused the lens, Robert looked up. “Hey Robert,” Sobalvarro said. “How are you doing, man?” Robert, who declined to give his last name, is a homeless man living on the streets of downtown Miami. ...

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Foto: Ernesto García

LaPitu: sin censura, pero con esencia

La escritora, pintora y fotógrafa Ena Columbié, llegó al estado de la Florida, específicamente a la “Ciudad del Sol”, Miami, hace nueve años. Es la autora de libros como “Dos cuentos”, “Luces”, “Solitar” y “Sepia”, entre otros, y ha visitado Latinoamérica con sus publicaciones y su arte. “Desde que salí de Cuba, supe que esta ciudad era donde iba a ...

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Portada del libro de Ligia Urroz. Foto: Vanessa Chaparro

Derribando muros

“Después de tres días de caminar los síntomas de la deshidratación se agudizan. Maria pierde el norte…. Su norte. Maria por fuera con los ojos de pozo que ventanean el alma hundida en la profundidad del miedo. Sus labios, resecos y áridos como la tierra que pisa, se rompen, la sangre ya coagulada se ha vuelto negra, tiesa, ya no ...

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Fort Lauderdale artists work on mural project [Video]

Project COAT, which stands for “Community of Artist Transform,” is the first muralist project in Fort Lauderdale. It consists of eight murals done by local and international artists. The creators of this project said they hope to beautify the city and attract the attention of the public. — Victoria Salas, South Florida News Service

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Phoenix Marks' "Robin Hood's Major Oak" will appear in the ENDANGERED show that opens Wednesday. (Image courtesy of the artist)

Show to benefit great apes coming opens Wednesday

The ENDANGERED Fine Art and Photography Exhibition runs Wednesday to Saturday at the Dade Heritage Trust building. This is Lindsey Matheson’s fifth year hosting this exhibit which aims to raise donations for the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, the only great ape sanctuary in North America. The center rescues domesticated apes, many coming from show business. By Victoria Salas South ...

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Yoga by the beach. (Image via Pixabay)

Sand Tribe lays it out in the sun

Two years ago, Shelly Tygielski decided to teach 12 friends, who were experiencing troublesome circumstances, how to meditate. Since then, over 13,000 people meet together each week and have created the “Sand Tribe” community. Tygielski is a student of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and has a certificate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. By Adriana Finol South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Instagram• Facebook  ...

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