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Violinist Brings Down The House

By Patricia Tirone Read in The Miami Herald Dave Brookes began playing the violin when he was 5, training in the classical music Suzuki Method. But he never really liked it. “It bored me when I was younger, and I always wanted to play something else,’’ said Brookes, 25. In 2004, he moved to South Florida to attend the University of Miami ...

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A Growing Arts Scene Attracts Visitors To The Bird Road Area For Monthly Arts Walks

By Alex Prada Published in The Miami Herald After 20 years as an electrical engineer, Manny Nogueira decided his work had become too stressful and he needed a hobby. He turned to his wife’s interest in art. Yet, there was a problem. He couldn’t paint. But Nogueira persisted. He began creating and selling small paintings of women. And, to his surprise, ...

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Stomping Their Way To A Good Time

By Jessica De Leon Published in The Miami Herald Margaret Rodriguez traveled more than 14 miles on Saturday to stomp on star fruit. “That was a workout,” said Rodriguez, 36, after more than two minutes of stomping barefoot on fresh carambola. “I’m out of breath.” Rodriguez of Cutler Bay was among nearly the 1,000 who journeyed to Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery ...

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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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