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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Aventura Boutique Sells Unique Fashion Finds

By Silvana Ordoñez Read in The Miami Herald Fashion designer Carolina Benoit has two rules for items sold at her new women’s lifestyle boutique in Aventura: Nothing manufactured in sweatshops and nothing mass-produced. “If things are handmade by designers, it assures everyone that laborers are not being exploited overseas, and everything is made responsibly,” said Benoit, 24, of Weston. Benoit said Wear&House, ...

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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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Former Bee Gees Bassist Teaching a New Generation of Musicians

By Becca Griesemer Read in The Miami Herald Every now and then, Matt Bonelli tells his students about the 12 years he spent touring with the Bee Gees. Playing for audiences of 70,000 fans for the popular pop-and-disco band was a culture shock for Bonelli, who had gone from playing local hotels to concerts around the world. One of Bonelli’s favorite Bee ...

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A Glitch In the Plans For Horse-Themed Community

By Pninit Cohen and Jonathan Szydlo Read in The Miami Herald A would-be developer is hoping to turn the derelict California Club Golf Course in northeast Miami-Dade in to an “equestrian-themed” residential community — but not without opposition from residents upset they could lose their view of the greens and gain almost 2,000 new neighbors. Liliane Stransky bought the golf course on ...

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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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Kendall Woman Makes Balloons Her Business

By Maria Saavedra and Kirsten Mayoral Read 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 ...

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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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