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Coconut Grove Kickball League Serves Up Balls and Brews

  By Kristen Rubio Read in The Miami Herald Two years ago, 20-year-old Martha Valdes watched as her friends, 21 and older, played a game of kickball in Coconut Grove hosted by the World Adult Kickball Association. Valdes wanted to join the league, but according to the rules, she had to be 21 because drinking before and after the game was part ...

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Young Artist Plans Murals to Show Haiti’s Resilience After Quake

By Jennifer Moreno Read in The Miami Herald A year and a half after Haiti’s major earthquake, Miami pop artist Gabriel Gimenez, 21, has dedicated his time and efforts to capture the resilience of Haitians through his next large mural project. Gimenez, also known as GG, is creating two murals simultaneously — one in Little Haiti in Miami and another in Port-au-Prince. ...

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Dining in the Dark Can be Very…Illuminating

  By Monica Villar Read in the Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post and The Stuart News Sarah Porter, a speech language pathologist in Fort Lauderdale, was hoping for a special celebration for her 29th birthday. When a friend suggested “dark dining” at Market 17 restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, she couldn’t resist. “I was looking for something new to do for my birthday,” ...

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Homestead Winery Will Craft Beers

By Adriana Montoya Published in Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post and The Stuart News Schnebly Redland’s Winery, which celebrates its sixth anniversary in October as Miami-Dade’s first commercial wine production facility, is expanding to include an in-house brewery. Owners Peter and Denisse Schnebly, who say the beer will be available for Oktoberfest, plan to integrate the same tropical flavors used in their ...

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Kendall Woman Makes Balloons Her Business

By Maria Saavedra and Kristen Mayoral Published in The Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel and The Stuart News As a present from his daughter Rosa, former airline pilot Jorge Velilla, 79, took his first ride in a hot air balloon on a recent Saturday morning. Along with six other family members, Velilla drove 40 minutes to arrive at 6 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in ...

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In Davie, An Authentic Taste of Mexico

By Silvana Ordonez Read in The Miami Herald At least three times a week, Jorge Aguilar goes to El Agave Azul to enjoy his favorite carne asada taco, and savor the friendly, homey atmosphere at the Davie restaurant. “This is the most authentic Mexican restaurant I have come across in this area,” said Aguilar, 37, who has been a customer for ...

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American Children’s Orchestra For Peace Teaches Music To At-Risk Kids

By Salvatore Fazio Read in The Miami Herald Marian Paula Chacon, 5, sat graciously in a classroom with a fipple-flute recorder on hand, as she and 14 other young music students learned to read music and play songs in Little Havana’s José Martí Park. Her mother, Laura Rodriguez, 47, watched proudly as her daughter, a student at Riverside Elementary, sang, clapped and played her recorder. “She is ...

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Mexican Butcher Shop Delights Customers In Miami Lakes

By Tiffany Savinon Read in The Miami Herald On weekends, a traditional butcher at a carniceria Mexicana located in a warehouse complex in Miami Lakes puts on a chef’s hat to delight his customers with homemade food made far from home. Franco’s Distributor owner, Marco Antonio Franco, 40, uses a family recipe from Mexico to make tacos de carnitas Mexicanas, one of his favorite dishes. “No ...

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Volunteer Foster Care Program Finds Happy Homes For Pets

By Pamela Duque Read on MiamiHerald.com Dexter, a black Labrador mix, had been living at the Humane Society of Greater Miami for four of his five years until Larry Rizzo became the dog’s foster ”parent.” ”He ended up being the sweetest dog,” said Rizzo, who lives in Miami Beach and started volunteering for the shelter about a year ago. ”It was ...

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Twi-Hards Will Get Their Fill of Blood-Sucking Fun At Convention Devoted To The Best-Selling Vampire Saga And Blockbuster Movie

By Pamela Duque Read on MiamiHerald.com Fans of the Twilight series can indulge their passion for the romance novels during a three-day convention in Fort Lauderdale. They’ll have a weekend to play, eat, party and take pictures with some of the actors from The Twilight Saga: New Moon , based on the second book in Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling saga about the ...

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