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Carlos Hernández, 33, José María Escriña, commonly known as Chema, 43, Jennifer Gattinger, 32, and Adrien Buisson, 28, took advantage of the cooler weather and played pádel at Real Pádel Miami. (Photo by Arthur Guisasola, South Florida News Service)

It’s not tennis, racquetball or squash – it’s pádel

Four blue courts and a giant yellow tennis ball welcome downtown Miami residents to the largest pádel club in South Florida. Pádel is played in doubles and has elements of tennis, racquetball and squash. The court, smaller than the tennis variant, is surrounded by glass, much like a racquetball court. Players swing a small, heavy racket that has no strings, ...

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David McCauley, who founded the nonprofit Rise Up To Cure Paralysis after he recuperated from a broken neck, works on a mosaic with repurposed skateboard parts. (Photo by Ricardo Montalvan, South Florida News Service)

Miami art therapy program’s Rise Up Gallery exhibits works of disabled artists

  At a friend’s birthday party in summer 2008, David McCauley dove into a pool, hit his head on the bottom and broke his neck. McCauley was in an intensive care unit for two-and-a-half weeks and spent four months in rehabilitation. At 39, he remains impaired in all four limbs, has limited mobility of his arms and cannot move his ...

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Agustin Guardiola prepares free samples at an event in All Angels Academy Episcopal School in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Mama’s Guava)

Two young college grads from Miami get taste of success selling Mama’s Guava Bars

One September afternoon in 2011, the smell of walnuts and guava filled the air at the Village at Science Drive apartment complex in Orlando. As neighbors began knocking on their door asking for samples, Agustin Guardiola and Alejandro DeZayas knew they had finally pinpointed the start of their business. “I never thought I would pursue a business in guava products. ...

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For Claudia Bustillos, left in pink, the water and the mind connect during a paddleboard yoga session because it is part of the meditation. (Photo by Daniela Rios, South Florida News Service)

Yoga on the water: SUP helps build balance and muscles

The bluish-green wall with lotus shapes at Om Beats yoga studio resembles the ocean. Claudia Bustillos, 38, owner of Om Beats, said she planned it to reflect her love of the ocean and yoga, which she developed as a young girl. “Yoga and water sports are my passion. They make me feel alive,” said Bustillos, who moved to Miami from ...

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Future Ladies: Onix Morera, right, teaches Maria Lopez, 15, good posture as part of the Future Ladies of America program. (Photo by Hellen Rivas, South Florida News Service)

Nonprofit group helps teenage girls celebrate traditional Quinceañeras

When Addis Acay Hunter turned 15, her family could not afford to give her a Quinceañera, a Hispanic tradition celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday as a symbol of her coming-of-age. Then, Onix Morera, a family friend and founder of the nonprofit organization Talent Artistic Juvenile, thought of a way to help girls such as Addis: Creating a program to develop ...

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Nicole Mejia shows the proper form of stretching at the Chicago Stay Fit Within Tour in May 2015. (Photo courtesy of Prairie Production)

Founder returns home as Fit & Thick national tour concludes Saturday in Miami Beach

When Nicole Mejia, international model and fitness instructor, first launched her Fit & Thick tour around the United States a year-and-a-half ago, she had no idea where it was going to lead. “I never thought this was going to be my final tour stop,” said Mejia, 26. “Especially in my hometown, Miami.” Fit & Thick is an Instagram-inspired movement that ...

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Heroines Choir's musical director Analy Mendez leads a rehearsal for the event Arts for Healing on a recent Saturday. (Photo by Maria Serrano / South Florida News Service)

Arts for Healing show at Miami Dade College to feature dozens of breast cancer survivors

  In 2012, singer Mary Jo Garrity and art director Alice Billman produced The Heroines Show to promote healing through arts in the Miami area. Three months into the production process, the show came to a halt − Garrity, 53, died. A 10-year breast cancer survivor, she had been diagnosed with another rare type of cancer. “After Mary Jo’s death, ...

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Aurora Molina's exhibit Incoherent Stories, is a series of drawings on handmade cotton paper using thread, fabric and scraps. The exhibit will run from June 6 to Nov. 8, in the Main Library, located at 101 West Flagler St., free of charge and open to all ages.

Exhibit of ‘Incoherent Stories’ on display

When Aurora Molina, then 9 years old, sat down in an embroidery class her mother had signed her up for as an extracurricular activity, she never imagined it would lead to where she is today. Twenty-one years later, she is presenting her 17th art exhibit — this time in the Miami Dade Public Library. Molina’s exhibit, Incoherent Stories, is a ...

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Juan Pablo Hernandez, Saul Jaramillo and Sindy Arenas brainstorm ideas to enhance the DescribeMe app. (Photo by Daniela Rios / South Florida News Service)

Miami Developers create DrescribeMe app to allow users to rate each other 1 to 10

When Saul Jaramillo moved from Colombia to Miami 15 years ago, he couldn’t communicate well in English and came off as arrogant. But he was just timid because he couldn’t speak English fluently. “I have an accent, and I was embarrassed by it, so I wouldn’t talk to people in school. By the end of the semester, classmates told me ...

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Locks of Love are snapped onto Love Lock Bridge located at The Palms at Town & Country in Kendall. (Photo by Christian Portilla, South Florida News Service)

Couples, families lock their love on bridge at Kendall mall

  When Joy Medlock went to Paris two years ago, she was inspired to see a bridge with thousands of locks, known as Love Lock Bridge, where couples put padlocks by the river Seine to show their love for each other. Back in Florida, Medlock, vice president and general manager of The Palms at Town & Country, decided to bring ...

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