4th Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk 8/29/15

4th Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk
Saturday, 08/29/2015, 08:00 am – 02:00 pm
BF-Awareness-Month-2015-FLYERWomen’s Park
10251 West Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33174
RSVP / Register

The Florida Department of Health recognizes August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Join us for a fun-filled day at the 4th Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk . Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and will include a 1.8 mile walk around the park’s beautiful lake starting at 9 a.m.. Everyone is welcome! Pregnant and breastfeeding women: past, present and future. We will have many health organizations present providing free demonstrations, educational materials on children’s overall health and screenings. Bring your families for fun activities, music, giveaways and much more.

Ulta Beauty Grand Opening in Miami 7/11/15, 7/12/15

Ulta Beauty Grand Opening in Miami
Friday, 07/10/2015 – 07/12/2015 10:00 am –
Ulta-Beauty-Miami-Opening-InviteUlta Beauty
10001 W. Flagler Street, Suite 500,
Miami, Florida 33174
RSVP Link
Cost: Free

Ulta Beauty is opening a new retail location in Miami! Ulta Beauty is the largest beauty retailer in the U.S. with 797 stores across 48 states + their new location in Miami will feature 20,000 beauty products across 550 brands. This new store is located by the FIU South Campus & by Dolphin Mall at 10001 W. Flagler Street, Suite 500, Miami, FL 33174, this store also has a beauty salon inside! Stop by the grand opening weekend for a chance to get free goodies and services! Invite is open to the public. Hashtag: #Ulta.

Nate “Dee” Delinois: A Solo Exhibition at FIU 2/12/15

Nate “Dee” Delinois: A Solo Exhibition at FIU
Thursday, 02/12/2015 – 02/27/2015 06:30 pm – 09:30 pm
FB_IMG_1422500777691FIU Graham Center Art Gallery
10955 S.W. 15 ST, SW 8th S,
miami, Florida 33199
Webpage Link
Cost: free

Florida International University proudly presents the opening reception for the Solo exhibition of Miami artist Nate Dee. The exhibition will feature new works as when as pieces from his quote series of paintings.

Born and raised in South Florida, Nathan Delinois (Nate Dee) has numerous influences… this includes his Haitian background and the use of color in a lot of Haitian art, as well as in street art. The design quality of the Art Nouveau movement and the drama of Greek art from the Hellenistic. These elements can be seen in his work. Additionally, he takes some influences from the pop surrealists.

He has been featured in magazines such as Delve, Making Waves, WeMerge, DUO & the Miami New Times. In 2014 The New Times listed him as one of the 10 Miami Artists to follow on Instagram. In 2013 he was also given an Honorable mention by the magazine for their 2013 Miami Masterminds awards. He’s been featured on multiple blogs and has displayed his work in exhibits throughout South Florida.

Artist Statement
The series that I am working in is similar to a potpourri with a mélange of images and patterns. Usually based on a figurative element that is the focal point, the images and patterns are representative of my personal experiences, ideas, and philosophies. Although each piece is usually a direct response to the text contained with in, I still try to keep the actual meaning as ambiguous as possible. I want the viewer to find his or her own meaning and relationship to the artwork. At first glance there is a sense of whimsy in my work that is grounded by its urban visual elements.

“Frozen” Ice Palace @ Dolphin Mall 11/6/14 – 12/24/14

“Frozen” Ice Palace @ Dolphin Mall
Thursday, 11/06/2014 – 12/24/2014 10:00 am – 09:00 pm
Ice-Palace-featuring-Disney-Frozen-2Dolphin Mall
11401 NW 12th St,,
Miami, Florida 33172
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

“Frozen” Ice Palace

Dolphin Mall will offer a uniquely “Frozen” holiday experience in celebration of Disney’s New “Frozen” Sing-Along Edition DVD release! The highest-grossing animated film of all time, “Frozen” will take center stage in the spectacular, interactive Ice Palace, where you can sing “Let it Go” just like Elsa, or one of many other songs.

Guests will also see special scenes from the Academy Award® winning movie, create a “Frozen” handprint, take a photo with Olaf on his ice throne, measure up against the “Are You as Tall as Sven and Olaf?” feature, and more.

Venus Rising: Women’s Drum and Dance Ensemble Headlines the 3rd Annual Miami World Festival from around the World 10/25/14

Venus Rising: Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble Headlines the 3rd Annual Miami World Festival from around the World
Saturday, 10/25/2014 – 07:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Venus-Rising-MMFW-2014-flyerWertheim Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall
11200 SW 8th Street,
Miami, Florida 33199
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $25

Last year, Venus Rising Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble made their debut at the Miami World Festival from around the World with their performance of an “An Afro Roots Rhythmic Journey.” The presentation earned them a standing ovation and an invitation to return this year for a repeat headline slot. This year, Venus Rising will present “One Pulse – Many Beats” on October 25, 2014 at the Florida International University’s Wertheim Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall (11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199). The musical celebration begins at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re honored and thrilled to be performing once again at the Miami World Music Festival,” says troupe founder and leader Zeva Soroker. “Last year’s presentation focused on the rich traditions of our African roots. This year, we will be focusing on our group’s diversity through our continued exploration of the traditional music of Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil and the Middle East.” The Connecticut-born Soroker began playing drums in Jamaica and continued her studies in Guniea, West Africa. She is currently a drum instructor at the The Goddess Store in Hollywood.

The Miami World Music Festival, under the artistic direction of Dr. Adolfo Vidal, was created by the South Florida Friends of Classical Music, a non-profit organization to encourage and support classical music performances and the musical heritage of countries around the world. The annual festival features academic, traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures performed by acclaimed world-class artists. In addition, the 2014 festival will also be presenting Michael Linville and Vidal with percussionist Fellows from the New World School of the Arts performing Two Pianos & Percussion, featuring the music of Argentina (Astor Piazzola) and Hungary (Bela Bartok).

Tickets for the event at Wertheim Center for the Performing Arts cost $25, $35 and $45 and are available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/MWFW14 or by phone at 786.581.7746.

Venus Rising: Women’s Drum and Dance Ensemble Headlines the 3rd Annual Miami World Festival from around the World 10/25/14

Venus Rising: Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble Headlines the 3rd Annual Miami World Festival from around the World
Saturday, 10/25/2014 – 07:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Venus-Rising-MMFW-2014-flyerWertheim Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall
11200 SW 8th Street,
Miami, Florida 33199
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $25

Last year, Venus Rising Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble made their debut at the Miami World Festival from around the World with their performance of an “An Afro Roots Rhythmic Journey.” The presentation earned them a standing ovation and an invitation to return this year for a repeat headline slot. This year, Venus Rising will present “One Pulse – Many Beats” on October 25, 2014 at the Florida International University’s Wertheim Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall (11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199). The musical celebration begins at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re honored and thrilled to be performing once again at the Miami World Music Festival,” says troupe founder and leader Zeva Soroker. “Last year’s presentation focused on the rich traditions of our African roots. This year, we will be focusing on our group’s diversity through our continued exploration of the traditional music of Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil and the Middle East.” The Connecticut-born Soroker began playing drums in Jamaica and continued her studies in Guniea, West Africa. She is currently a drum instructor at the The Goddess Store in Hollywood.

The Miami World Music Festival, under the artistic direction of Dr. Adolfo Vidal, was created by the South Florida Friends of Classical Music, a non-profit organization to encourage and support classical music performances and the musical heritage of countries around the world. The annual festival features academic, traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures performed by acclaimed world-class artists. In addition, the 2014 festival will also be presenting Michael Linville and Vidal with percussionist Fellows from the New World School of the Arts performing Two Pianos & Percussion, featuring the music of Argentina (Astor Piazzola) and Hungary (Bela Bartok).

Tickets for the event at Wertheim Center for the Performing Arts cost $25, $35 and $45 and are available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/MWFW14 or by phone at 786.581.7746.

Aesthetics and Values Art Exhibition 2/12/14

Aesthetics and Values Art Exhibition
Wednesday, 02/12/2014 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
10975 Southwest 17th Street,
Miami, Florida 33199
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Florida International University’s Aesthetics & Values Art Exhibition

A&V 2014 Artists: Ray Azcuy, Carlos Betancourt, Tony Chirinos, Maritza
Molina, Ralph Provisero, Carol Prusa, Onajide Shabaka, Kyle
Trowbridge, and Michelle Weinberg.

MIAMI, FL (February 04, 2014) – QR codes painted with acrylic on
canvas, to prints redefining the idea of women roles in society, to
constructed domes holding the idea of the universe. This year’s 2014
Aesthetics & Values Exhibition (A&V) will have the guests in awe when
they attend the show with the different varieties of artwork being
portrayed. Curated, funded and presented by 39 Florida International
University (FIU) Honors college students who put plenty of hours in
order to make this exhibition possible. The exhibition features works
by nine local South Florida artists with works that are mostly
contemporary. The exhibition will run from February 12th, 2014 through
March 9th, 2014 at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum located
on 10975 Southwest 17th Street, Miami, Florida 33199. The exhibition
is free and open to the public. The reception is on February 12th,
2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

“A&V has taught us that Art makes a difference in society and
challenges our ideas. In our exhibition, we want to keep stimulating
this conversation and continue to push the boundaries,” said Alisa
Pazos, Advertising major. A&V is a class like no other. There is no
other class at FIU that the student’s sole responsibility and grade is
to curate an art exhibition. That means finding the artist, fund for
the event, organize for the reception, and curating the exhibition.
The 2014 A&V Exhibition will feature the works of Ray Azcuy, Carlos
Betancourt, Tony Chirinos, Maritza Molina, Ralph Provisero, Carol
Prusa, Onajide Shabaka, Kyle Trowbridge, and Michelle Weinberg.

“The A&V honors course offers great opportunity for students to engage
in art as well as provides tremendous service to the community as it
promotes interest and knowledge in art for participating students who
become our community leaders. Art education it critical in for
maintaining a dynamic and vibrant community,” said artist Carol Prusa.
As a visual artist, she is known for her contemporary and large-scale
use of silverpoint. Her pieces consist of acrylic hemispheres, and
then she uses the technique of silverpoint drawing to create the
design on the dome.

The Honors College professor and artist that started it all, John
Bailly, has been teaching this program for nine years. The Aesthetics
and Values project is for the students to get a understanding of how
art plays in our society and the controversial issues. The vast
majority of the students in the A&V class are not art majors; they
range from Finance to Biology majors. Each student, throughout the
course, gets to meet local artist, explore the art phenomenon that is
known in Miami today, work with a selected artist, and curate an art
exhibition. “The A&V student-curators solicit the artists, curate the
works, install the artwork, fundraise and produce the catalog, and
promote this exhibition entirely themselves. Their success in
organizing this exhibition reminds us that contemporary art is a
relevant and integral part of our lives,” said Professor John Bailly.

FIU Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty 11/8/13-11/17/13

FIU Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty
November 8-10 & 13-17, 2013 | Wednesday-Saturday 8PM, Sunday 2PM
Sleeping-Beauty-Postcard-frontPNGHerbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th St.,
University Park, Florida 33199
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $10-15

FIU Theatre presetns: Sleeping Beauty
by Rufus Norris, Guest Director Margaret M. Ledford

This adaptation of the classic fairy tale is a wildly irreverent treat that will delight children and grown-ups alike. It focuses on Goody, the fairy who puts the famous curse on Beauty and spends the rest of the play trying to make everything turn out all right. Yes, there is a princess who pricks her finger and falls into a magic sleep, but there is also a vicious ogre mother-in-law, and ungrateful queen, and, in the center of it all, a grumpy fairy whose magic comes with stinky gas.

Directions at: wpac.fiu.edu or email: [email protected]

Tickets: $10 Students, $12 Seniors & Faculty/Staff (with ID), $15 General Admission.
Available at wpac.fiu.edu or 305-348-0496.

Sleeping Beauty Special Events:
– Opening Night Reception: Friday, November 8 – Pre & post-show refreshments beginning at 7PM.
– Theatre of the Mind: Sunday, November 10 – A 45-minute post show panel discussion of the ideas and topics of the play.
– Inside Scoop: Wednesday, November 13 – A 30-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show led by select members of the cast and production teams.

theatre.fiu.edu

Santa’s Arrival at Dolphin Mall 11/7/13

Santa’s Arrival at Dolphin Mall
Thursday, 11/07/2013 – 12/24/2013 12:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Dolphin Mall
11401 Nw 12th St,
Miami, Florida 33172
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Santa arrives at his second home at Dolphin Mall on November 7, 2013. Throughout his stay, he will greet children and their parents as he ushers in the holiday season. Children can find Santa at the 2nd Floor Ramblas area.

Ice Palace at Dolphin mall 11/7/13

Ice Palace at Dolphin mall
Thursday, 11/07/2013 – 12/24/2013 12:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Dolphin Mall
11401 Nw 12th St,
Miami, Florida 33172
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show, and interactive fun. A 360-degree arctic immersion will showcase footage from BBC Earth.

Dolphin Mall’s Annual Magical Snowfall 11/27/13

Dolphin Mall’s Annual Magical Snowfall
Wednesday, 11/27/2013 – 01/05/2014 07:00 pm –
Dolphin Mall
11401 Nw 12th St,
Miami, Florida 33172
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Marvel at a winter wonderland and watch flurries fall onto the Ramblas Plaza. Children can receive magical wands 30 minutes prior to the show, courtesy of Dolphin Mall. They can wave their wondrous wands to unleash the snowstorm.

“French Weeks Miami”: FIU presents a viewing of “Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles” 11/4/13

“French Weeks Miami”: FIU presents a viewing of “Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles”
Monday, 11/04/2013 – 02:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Florida International University – MMC Graham Center
11200 SW 8th St (Room GC 140),
Miami, Florida 33174
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

“French Weeks Miami” highlights the rich partnership of France and Miami through cultural programs, economic networking, festivals, economic organizations, cities, and schools. The European Center of Excellence (MEUCE) at Florida International University invite you to participate at the screening of a series of French-language films. At the Graham Center—GC 140 in FIU, enjoy “Un long Dimanche de Fiançailles” of well known French Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

“French Weeks Miami”: FIU presents a screening of French short films 11/7/13

“French Weeks Miami”: FIU presents a screening of French short films
Thursday, 11/07/2013 – 02:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Florida International University – MMC Graham Center
11200 SW 8th St (Room GC 140),
Miami, Florida 33174
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

“French Weeks Miami” highlights the rich partnership of France and Miami through cultural programs, economic networking, festivals, economic organizations, cities, and schools. The European Center of Excellence (MEUCE) at Florida International University invite you to participate at the screenings of French Short Films.

“French Weeks Miami”: FIU presents keyboard Arts Series “Last year at Marienbad” with Stuart- Ivanov Duo 11/17/13

“French Weeks Miami”: FIU presents keyboard Arts Series “Last year at Marienbad” with Stuart- Ivanov Duo
Sunday, 11/17/2013 – 07:30 pm – 09:30 pm
Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center at FIU
10910 SW 17th St. ,
Miami, Florida 33199
Webpage Link
Cost:

“French Weeks Miami” presents a special performance by internationally renowned duo, pianist Svetozar Ivanov and violinist Carolyn Stuart, who will engage their audience in a musical adventure that in addition to traditional French Baroque and 20th Century music, will include footage from Alain Resnais’ film “L’année dernière à Marienbad”.

“French Weeks Miami”: FIU hosts – Conversations on Europe: “France as a Global Leader” video-conference in French 11/21/13

“French Weeks Miami”: FIU hosts – Conversations on Europe: “France as a Global Leader” video-conference in French
Thursday, 11/21/2013 – 12:00 pm – 01:30 pm
Florida International University – MMC University Green library
11200 SW 8th St (Room GL-156) ,
Miami, Florida 33174
Webpage Link
Cost:

“French Weeks Miami” highlights the rich partnership of France and Miami through cultural programs, economic networking, festivals, economic organizations, cities, and schools. Conversations on Europe present “France as a Global Leader”, an interactive conversation in French via video-conference featuring top experts on the European Union that will talk about this subject in a virtual round table. This event organized by the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence at FIU.

“French Weeks Miami”: FIU presents a tour of the Frost Museum in French 11/5/13

“French Weeks Miami”: FIU presents a tour of the Frost Museum in French
Tuesday, 11/05/2013 – 05:00 pm – 06:00 pm
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU
10975 SW 17th St.,
Miami, Florida 33199
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

“French Weeks Miami” highlights the rich partnership of France and Miami through cultural programs, economic networking, festivals, economic organizations, cities, and schools. Dr. Maria-Antonieta Garcia, French Program Coordinator and Senior French Instructor at the Department of Modern Languages at the Florida International University is pleased to offer you a tour of the Frost Art Museum… in French! This event is free and open to all.

Dolphin Mall’s’ Annual Magical Snowfall 11/27/13 – 1/5/14

Dolphin Mall’s’ Annual Magical Snowfall
Wednesday, 11/27/2013 – 01/05/2014 07:00 pm –
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADolphin Mall
11401 NW 12th St ,
Miami, Florida 33172
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Marvel at a winter wonderland and watch flurries fall onto the Ramblas Plaza. Children can receive magical wands 30 minutes prior to the show, courtesy of Dolphin Mall. They can wave their wondrous wands to unleash the glistening snowstorm.

Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Celebrate 80’s Flash Back Party 7/12/13

Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Celebrate 80’s Flash Back Party
117Friday, July 12, 2013 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m
94th Aero Squadron
1395 NW 57th Avenue
Miami, FL 33126

Celebrating Angies’s birthday & benefitting the Jorge Mas Canossa Youth Center in The City of Sweetwater. The cost of each dinner plate is $30.00. It will be a complete seat down dinner with a choice of salad, main entrée, desert and a glass of wine.

There will be a Disco dance contest, raffle and a silent auction. The only requirement to the party is to dress  appropriately taking us back to the 80’s. You can dress like Madonna, Michael Jackson,  Cindy Lauper, Run-D.M.C or from the group The Culture Club. Please  join me in celebrating my birthday and  having your support to the start of my mission for the Jorge Mas Canossa Youth Center. If you need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 305-205-3552 or Karla Gonzalez at 786-337-1431. Thank you in advance for your support! See you at the party.

Parrandas de Remedios de Cuba 7/13/13

Parrandas de Remedios de Cuba
Saturday, 07/13/2013 – 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Parrandas-de-Remedios-2013The Miami Dade Fair Expo Center
10901 SW 24 Street,
Miami, Florida 33165
Webpage Link
Cost: Admission is $30 per person; free for children age 10 and under.

The Miami-Dade Fair & Expo presents Parrandas de Remedios de Cuba at the Fair Expo Center grounds. The event features performances by Cuban artists: Eddy K, Timbalive, Carlos Manuel, Lucido y Lenier, Bonco Quiñongo and DJ Cabrera. There will also be a float parade and fire works.

For more information please call Hugo Sierra at (305) 873-3084 or Pedro Mendez at (305) 586-8211.

Free parking.

Photographs of Zumbathon to Raise Awareness and Funds for Autism by Mr Q 305

On Saturday, May 4th more than two hundred parents, community leaders and supporters participated in a ZUMBATHON at the Jorge Mas Canosa Youth Center, the event was organized by the D Amor Foundation to help raise awareness, and funds, for autism. The money raised from the event will go directly to local families in Miami, to fund activities such as taekwondo, soccer, music, art and also speech and occupational therapies for children or others.

The dancing was led by Zumba Jammer Meli Kirkwood who came from California for this event.

The D Amor Foundation was founded by Maria and Jose Montalvo in honor of their son, Diego, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2. The goal is to help families affected by autism in South Florida and Puerto Rico find resources and access to therapies, which can be costly. Here are some images of the event:

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The Zumba Dream Team.

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Sweetwater Zumbathon to Raise Awareness and Funds for Autism 5/4/13

Sweetwater Zumbathon to Raise Awareness and Funds for Autism
Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m.
Jorge Mas Canosa Youth Center
250 SW 114th Avenue
Sweetwater, FL 33174
Tickets cost $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Purchase Online.

The City of Sweetwater has joined forces with the D Amor Foundation for Autism and is hosting a Zumbathon.

Come out and join City of Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño along with an all-star lineup of Zumba instructors to help raise money for families affected by autism. Money raised by the event will help families affected by autism by funding activities such as taekwondo, soccer, music, art and speech and occupational therapies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 50 children is diagnosed with autism or a related disorder. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate, process sensory information and also affects social functioning. According to Autism Speaks, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S., and costs a family about $60,000 a year. There is no medical detection or cure for autism, and boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to be affected.
 
The D Amor Foundation was founded by Maria and Jose Montalvo in honor of their son, Diego, who was diagnosed with autism at age two. Their goal is to help families affected by autism in South Florida and Puerto Rico find resources and access to therapies that can be costly and are not covered by traditional health insurance.
 
“This is a fun way for families to come together to help children battling autism,” says Maria Rivero Montalvo, president of the D Amor Foundation. “We’re here to provide hope and support. With the money raised by this Zumbathon, we will be able to help fund programs that can make a huge impact in these children’s lives.”
 
The D Amor Foundation’s mission is to provide hope, and to help children with autism achieve a better quality of life by providing families with resources, educational tools and access to therapies such as speech, occupational, art, music and sensory integration, all of which are integral to managing the disorder.
The event will be led by Zumba Jammer Meli Kirkwood along with Miami Zumba Instructors Zumba Carrie, Eli Pereira, Susan Luria, Henray Cedeño, Janet Rentería, Maria Amelia Linares-Hemelberg, Marie Lourdes Buitrago, Morgan Zumba Cuenvo and Yvette Orozco. 
 
Maria Marin, international speaker and author, will be the presenter.

POSTPONED: Synthetic Drug Forum at FIU 4/24/13

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

OFFICIAL RELEASE:
Sweetwater, FL – The City of Sweetwater Synthetic Drug Forum has been postponed. In the wake of current events, we have decided to put the event on hold until the fall to ensure that we are able to reach out to a maximum audience. Many people are on alert and may be hesitant to attend.

We are looking to reschedule in the event in the same venue in late September. Nothing will change that has been discussed up to this point except for the date.

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Synthetic Drug Forum at FIU
Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m.
Florida International University’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th Street
Sweetwater, FL

The City of Sweetwater Synthetic Drug Forum is free and has been tailored to address parents, educators and other interested community members in an interactive environment through multi-media and personal accounts. It has been scheduled at a time when most will not have to miss work to attend.

We have put together a panel that will address how recently adopted laws are working to combat synthetic drugs sales, what can be done stop synthetic drugs sales via the internet, how to spot the signs of synthetic drug use, what type of testing is needed to detect synthetic drugs, the medical treatment needed for someone who is under the influence of synthetic drugs, what to do if one suspects that another person is under the influence of synthetic drugs, treatments available for drug addiction, and what is ahead in the battle to stop synthetic drug sales and use.

The panel includes FIU professor and psychiatrist Dr. Patricia Junquera, FIU Chief of Police Alex Casas, Baptist Health addiction treatment expert David Vittoria, Baptist Health Medical Director of Addiction Treatment Dr. John Eustace, Miami-Dade County Police Crime Laboratory Forensic Chemistry Chief Oliver Spicer, Miami-Dade County Assistant State Attorney Drug Court Prosecutor Akilah Bain, FBI Drug Task Force Agent Hector Ortiz and DEA Special Agent Oscar Negron.

There will also be a testimony by Maureen Barret, the mother of two young adults who died a few years apart with evidence of mainstream and synthetic drugs in their system. Her daughter-in-law also died due to a drug overdose. She recently was part of a documentary on the drug epidemic in America, “Oxycotin Express,” and she sits on the governor’s board for drug and substance abuse.

City of Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño will moderate the event.

The conference will be webcast live and municipalities nationwide will be invited to watch and learn how to communicate this important information to their residents.

This event is hosted by Florida International University and sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida. There will food and refreshments available.

Evening with the Arts featuring Sweetwater Elementary School Students 4/4/13

Evening with the Arts featuring Sweetwater Elementary School Students
Thursday, April 4, 7 to 9 p.m.
Sweetwater Elementary School
10655 SW 4th St.
Miami, FL 33174

Sweetwater Elementary School students will be celebrating the arts in partnership with Florida International University’s Honors College during the fourth annual Evening with the Arts event.

Student performances will include choral ensembles, such as, We Shall Overcome, Viva España and Guantanamera. The choral ensembles will be enriched with dancers and students playing pianicas, recorders and percussion instruments.

There will be a Spoken Word performance by an Honors College student and a soulful quartet performance by FIU fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinofia.

The Honors College has been mentoring Sweetwater Elementary students since 2009 when it established its alliance with the City of Sweetwater. Through the Evening with the Arts event the Honors College promotes arts awareness and nurtures the student’s appreciation for the arts.

Guest speakers will include Sweetwater Elementary principal, Janet Olivera, a City of Sweetwater official and Honors College Dean Lesley A. Northup.

Sponsors for this event are Special Events Catering by Les, Mama Jennie’s Italian Restaurant, CiCi’s Pizza, Publix, La Focaccia Food and Catering services and Subway.

Freaky Fridays 3/8/13

Freaky Fridays
Friday, 03/08/2013, 10:00 pm – 05:00 am
promoMaracas Place
7250 nw 11 st,
Miami, Florida 33165
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Grey Goose with champagne : $120 all night
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If you like to dance House, Merengue, Top 40, and more Make SURE you come out this FRIDAY and PARTY with DJ XOTIIC AND DJ DADE with the whole crew.

Sweetwater Farm Share Event 2/23/13

Sweetwater Farm Share Event
Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to noon
Jorge Mas Canosa Youth Center
250 SW 114th Ave

Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño has joined forces with Representative Frank Artiles (R-Dist. 118) to bring a Farm Share food distribution event to the City of Sweetwater that will benefit over a thousand families. 
 
Food will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Event is open to residents of Sweetwater and surrounding areas.
   
Farm Share will have a refrigerated truck with over 1000 frozen chickens and another truck with fresh food that includes tomatoes, melon, cucumbers, dry beans, rice and pasta. There will also be 64 ounce bottles of grapefruit and orange juice available. Hundreds of families will be given a bag of produce, a bag of dry goods and a chicken.
 
Farm Share is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by recovering fresh and nutritious food and distributing it to those who need it most.   
 
“We’ve hosted Farm Share food distribution drives in the past and each time hundreds of people in need attend and go home with bags full of healthy food,” said City of Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño. “This is a needed service in our community and a worthy initiative.”
 
“I’m proud to provide the necessary support from the State of Florida so that Farm Share can continue to get fresh, nutritious food into the hands of the neediest families in our community. This effort demonstrates how members of government at the local and state level can work together in finding ways of distributing fresh fruits and non-processed foods to our elderly and low-income families,” stated Artiles.

Sweetwater Santa Toy Giveaway 12/15/12

Sweetwater Santa Toy Giveaway
Saturday, Dec. 15. 11 a.m.
Ronselli Park
250 SW 114th Ave.
Sweetwater, FL

Santa Claus is heading to Sweetwater via helicopter with hundreds of toys to giveaway to Sweetwater children in need.

Over 800 toys were purchased with the help of Mayor Manny Marono, City of Sweetwater Commissioners, Miami Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz and donations.

Commissioner Diaz has volunteered to be Santa and will be landing in a Miami Dade County Police helicopter. This is the tenth year Sweetwater as held the Santa Toy Giveaway for its residents.

There will be new unwrapped toys for children ages 3 to 14, separated by age group and sex. Each child will be given one toy and the child must be present.  Children will have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa but parents must bring their own cameras. The toy giveaway is for Sweetwater residents and residents from surrounding areas.

Ice Age Ice Palace Open for the 2012 Holidays at Dolphin Mall

Ice Age Ice Palace Open for the Holidays at Dolphin Mall

This holiday season, visitors to Dolphin Mall are in store for some cool family fun when they step inside the centers’ spectacular holiday Ice Age Ice Palace. Visitors to the Ice Age Ice Palace can enjoy footage from the biggest family holiday release, Ice Age: Continental Drift, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD Dec. 11.

The Ice Age Ice Palace display at Dolphin Mall opened today and features a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and, new this year, the beloved prehistoric herd from Ice Age: Continental Drift. Interactive globes will showcase Scrat on his endless mission to catch his precious acorn, while the whole Ice Age herd is adrift on an iceberg in pirate waters. Families can measure their prehistoric heights against Sid and Diego, go paw-to-paw with the herd and track down Scrat’s missing acorns throughout the palace. The high-seas adventure culminates with a visit to Santa and a special Ice Age gift, along with the exclusive option to pre-order Ice Age: Continental Drift on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

“The Ice Palace is the highlight of the holidays at our center, and there is hardly a more perfect film to showcase in an Ice Palace than the newest Ice Age,” says said General Manager, Pete Marrero. “We are thrilled to partner with Fox Home Entertainment to feature this popular family film.”

“We are incredibly proud of the success of Ice Age and are constantly looking for new ways to bring the characters and stories to life,” said Mary Daily, President of Worldwide Marketing & CMO for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “Our partnership with Dolphin Mall allows us to engage with families during the Holiday season in ways we never imagined before for the franchise.”

Dolphin Mall is an enclosed value retail/entertainment/dining destination with more than 240 retailers. It is located just five miles west of Miami International Airport, where the Dolphin Expressway and the Florida Turnpike intersect. Shoppers can access the mall by taking Exit 27 off of the Florida Turnpike. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with extended hours during the holidays and in the Ramblas entertainment area. Preview the stores, the styles and the savings at www.shopdolphinmall.com .

Center for Leadership at FIU Leadership Master Class 10/16/12

Center for Leadership at FIU’s inaugural “Leadership Master Class”
October 16, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Room 243 at the Graham Center
Modesto Maidique campus of FIU
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL
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The class is free and open to the public.

The Center for Leadership at FIU is pleased to announce its inaugural “Leadership Master Class” to be presented by Modesto “Mitch” Maidique, President Emeritus of Florida International University (FIU) and the Executive Director of the FIU Center for Leadership.
 
The annual class, which will focus on the subject “Whom Do You Serve? A Developmental Model of Leadership,” will take place on October 16, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Room 243 at the Graham Center on the Modesto Maidique campus of FIU located at 11200 SW 8th Street. The class is free and open to the public.
 
“In my thirty years of leadership, I have had the privilege of talking one-on-one with leaders around the world, from the CEO of a local start-up to the Dalai Lama, in all types of businesses, organizations and endeavors,” says Maidique. “I have heard their wisdom and recommendations on the subject of leadership and I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned in an annual Leadership Master Class.”
 
Using his highly-acclaimed six-level Purpose Driven Model of Leadership which he wrote about in the Harvard Business Review, Maidique, a Harvard visiting professor, will help participants analyze their type of leadership.  His Purpose-Driven Model of Leadership proposes a developmental model for assessing leadership motivation and impact and suggests a more deliberate and effective decision-making process for leaders at various stages of their careers.
 
The class is designed for those currently in leadership positions and for those aspiring to obtain a leadership role. Participants will receive the latest research, findings and thinking on leadership, most of which have been gathered first hand by Maidique.  This invaluable information, including innovative ideas on leadership, is designed to be put to use right away by participants. 
 
“Leadership is not for everybody but those who are privileged to be a leader absolutely have a responsibility to learn and keep up to speed on the latest insight and information in order to be the best they can be,” adds Maidique. “As we believe leadership is the axis of the world, the Leadership Master Class will be instrumental in carrying out the Center for Leadership’s mission of ‘Better leaders, better world.’”

Hispanic Art Expressions 2012 La Nobleza del Guajiro in Sweetwater’s Dolphin Mall 9/28/12

Hispanic Art Expressions 2012: La Nobleza del Guajiro in Sweetwater’s Dolphin Mall
image007Friday Sept. 28, 7 to 11 p.m.
Dolphin Mall – Main entrance on second floor rotunda outside movie theatre
11401 Northwest 12th Street
Sweetwater, FL 33174

Hispanic Art Expressions 2012: La Nobleza del Guajiro in Sweetwater’s Dolphin Mall: Various multi-media works by notable Hispanic artists will be on display. Sweetwater Elementary students will be displaying their art and the Florida International School of Music will perform.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration 9/22/12

Hispanic Heritage Celebration
09/22/2012, 12:00pm
Miami International Mall
1455 NW 107th Avenue
www.simon.com
 
Come Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at Miami Internationa Mall September 22nd from 12pm – 5pm at Macy’s Women. Starting with a Fall Fahion Show at 12 noon and continue at 1pm with authentic folkloric music and fiery dance performances, country heritage exhibits, art and flag displays, plus dynamic, live entertainment and a spirited parade of native dresses from South America, Central America and the Caribbean presented by the City of Doral.

Dolphin Mall First Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration 9/15/12-10/27/12

Dolphin Mall First Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration
September 15 to October 27 on Saturdays starting at 7 p.m.
Dolphin Mall
11401 N.W. 12th Street
Sweetwater (Miami-Dade), FL 33172

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Dolphin Mall will celebrate with Hispanic cultural festivities from September 15 to October 27. Mall visitors will experience music, arts, and other activities related to the Hispanic culture.

-          Musical bands representing various Hispanic countries from Cuba, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Mexico will play classic and current Spanish musical hits every Saturday night. Special dance performances will take place at 8 p.m. and will range from Flamenco, Tango, Vallenato, Mariachis, Salsa, Cumbio, etc. There also will be special Hispanic Heritage performances by local schools on various days.

Hispanic Art Expressions Exhibit 2012 – September 28 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-          Dolphin Mall will showcase the 13th year of the Hispanic Art Expressions Exhibit which includes the work of 35 local Hispanic artists, representing various countries. The Hispanic Art Expressions Exhibit aims to raise awareness of visual art as a form of Hispanic culture and help Miami-Dade citizens foster a better understanding of each other’s roots and cultures.

Sweetwater 4th Of July Extravaganza Event To Benefit Autism 7/4/12

Sweetwater 4th Of July Extravaganza Event To Benefit Autism
July 4th at 3 p.m.
Sweetwater’s Jorge Mas Canosa Youth Center
250 SW 114th Avenue
Sweetwater, FL

The D’amor Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Maria Montalvo, the mother of a child with Autism. She found that therapies, such as, art, music and interaction with horses and dolphins were out of reach for most families because they are not covered by health insurance. The foundation’s goal is to help families cope with Autism and Sensorial Integration Disorder by making resources, educational tools and sensory integration therapies readily available.

Currently D’amor is sponsoring 25 children in Taekwondo classes tailored for children with Autism.

The City of Sweetwater is partnering with D’amor to help raise funds to improve the quality of life for children with autism by affording them the opportunity to take part in alternative therapies. As a result, parents of children with autism are making connections and finding a support network.

D’amor Foundation will be holding a garage sale. There have been many donations that include clothes, toys, books and furniture. There is still time to donate lightly used items. Please contact me for more information.

At 6p.m. there will be raffles and free food, drinks and entertainment for the whole family. The night will culminate with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Upcoming events for D’amor include the unveiling of a Sweetwater Police car painted to tribute Autism and D’amor Foundation, a D’amor Foundation Latin Nights Gala July 21st and a Fun Day for children with Autism Nov. 3 where the city will host alternative therapies in the park and recreation center.

For more information about D’amor Foundation go to www.damor.org.

1st Annual Sweetwater Domino Tournament for Charity 5/11/12

1st Annual Sweetwater Domino Tournament for Charity
Friday May 11, 6 to 10 p.m.
Jorge Mas Canosa Center
250 SW 114th Ave.
Sweetwater, FL 33174

Join us for the Sweetwater 1st Annual Domino Tournament for Charity where we will host a domino tournament to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

More Info: $20 per participant. Public and media are welcome to attend the event.

K9 for Love Dog Adoption Event in Sweetwater 4/29/12

K9 for Love – Dog Adoption Event in Sweetwater
April 29th 2012, 2PM till 7PM
Ronselli Park (behind MasCanosa Youth Center)
250 SW 114th Ave, Sweetwater FL
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Atention! K9 for Love is hosting an adoption event at the Ronselli Park (250 SW 114th Ave, Sweetwater, FL) on SUNDAY APRIL 29th from 2PM til 7PM. Please come and join us and meet our puppies and doggies up for adoption. We will also have raffles, garage sales and vendors and profits will be 100% for K9 for Love Inc.. We need your help! Please come and meet us! We need to keep saving more abandoned and homeless dogs. Thank you!!!