Community News March

By on March 24, 2011

In an effort to help educate parents and members of the community, Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership invites parents and caregivers to attend its FREE upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop.

Thursday, March 24, 12–1pm: “Does Your Child Have an Addictive Personality?”
Ana Moreno, a senior therapist at South Miami Hospitalʼs Adolescent Addiction Treatment Program, will lead this workshop. She has a private practice providing psychotherapy and working extensively with adolescents, adults, and family members who have been affected by the disease of alcohol and drug addiction. Free parking is available across the street on the north side of Coral Way. To RSVP and/or order an optional $10 boxed lunch, e-mail Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, 2490 Coral Way, 2nd floor, Miami. 305-856-4886.

After 3 successful years in operation at the Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami, Cool de Sac has begun their expansion.
First on the list for this family dining and entertainment concept, is the newly designed 10,000-square-foot Doral location at Dolphin Mall. “Cool de Sac was created as a place for families to enjoy themselves while their children are engaged in safe, fun and creatively stimulating activities,” says CEO of Cool de Sac, Jose Luis Bueno. “Most entertainment centers for children have activities tailored for the youth and do not designate any space for parents to enjoy. Cool de Sac was designed to meet the needs of both parents and children.”
The ʻCool Teamʼ welcomes the community to the grand opening event Saturday, March 5, where each child will be provided a promotional scratch off ticket for a chance to win cool prizes. Up to 100 children will have a chance to win a “Founders VIP Card” which offers special privileges, including Unlimited Admissions for one year, a limited edition Founders T-shirt, special Party Discounts and invitations to Members Only events. This is an offer not to be missed. Another 100 children will scratch their tickets to try to win a “Hall Pass Membership Card”. The “Hall Pass” allows free admission for the remainder of this school year! Other cool prizes such as a Birthday Party for up to 20 Kids, Free Admission Cards, and 5 Gift Cards, will also be awarded as part of the Grand Opening Celebration. Every kid will be a winner.
For more information on Cool de Sac or to learn more about the grand opening please or call Cool de Sac in South Miami at 305-477-5505.

A visit to Miami Seaquarium this Spring Break is sure to bring smiles to the faces of Park guests during Seasons of Smiles, a new campaign that offers park guests giveaways and priceless experiences. “These are challenging times for many of our guests and we want to bring a little extra cheer to peopleʼs lives,” said Eric Eimstad, VP of Sales and Marketing. “ This new promotion demonstrates our appreciation for our guests and will hopefully make them feel part of the Miami Seaquarium family.” This special promotion will give the winners an opportunity to be featured on the Miami Seaquariumʼs facebook page and the parkʼs newsletter as Season of Smiles winners.

Become a Fan of Miami Seaquarium on facebook and receive a coupon valid for 50% off Child admission with the purchase of each adult general admission. Offer will be valid through March 31, 2011. For information call 305-361-5705 or visit

The Pembroke Pines Special Population Program’s 2011 Special Olympic Senior Basketball team brought home the gold during the February 4th and 5th Games held in Cocoa Beach. Three other athletes, not pictured, from the Pembroke Pines Special Olympic Basketball team received awards for Individual Skills. Robert Mingo and Ronnie Lane received gold and Casey Stewart received silver. “Next up for our Special Olympic Giants… Soccer!” said Mary Wilson Palacios, Special Population Coordinator.
“In Pembroke Pines we provide quality recreational and educational opportunities for individuals with special needs,
individuals with varying disabilities, including intellectual and physical disabilities,” said Wilson Palacios. “We have a
great program and encourage individuals of all ages to join us for skill building, social opportunities, and fun.” For more information about current and upcoming programs including wheelchair sports, Special Olympic Training, specialty camps, special events and educational field trips please call the City of Pembroke Special Population office., or contact Mary Wilson Palacios, Special Population Coordinator, V/TDD (954) 450-3663 Email:

This is the time of year that the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital is inundated with baby birds, squirrels and mammals. Every year hundreds of young wild animals are found by people. Many of these wild animals do not need to be rescued. The SNC has posted on their website information as to when an animal needs help.
Injured or orphaned native wildlife in need of care can be brought to them at 3000 Sportsplex Drive in Coral Springs. The next 8 months will be incredibly busy for the caring staff and volunteers at the SNC. There are extra cages to clean, laundry to do, mouths to feed (at all hours), shopping for and preparing food, and … paperwork. If you ever wanted to be a volunteer, there is no time like the present! No experience is necessary – only a heartfelt desire to be of service. Adult volunteers wishing to work with the animals must commit to 4 hours per week for continuity of care. Volunteers on the administrative side need only commit to 4 hours per month. Donations of the following items are needed to help care for the babies at the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital: Exact Bird Handfeeding Formula (Available In Pet Stores), Heating Pads Without Auto Shut Off (Available In Walgreens), Baby Blankets, Soft Baby Hats, Bleach Wipes, Cosmetic Pads, Nutrical (From Pet Stores), Small Bite Dog/Cat Chow, Gnc Brewers Yeast–500 Pills, Publix Calcium Pills– 200–600 Mg Without D3 Or Magnesium, Distilled Water, Hand Sanitizer, Assorted Unsalted Nuts In Shells, Gift Cards For A Grocery Store Or Drug Store Or A Cash Donation (For Medication). All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. All gifts can be dropped off at the Center, at 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs. For more information about the Center, its educational programs, Camp Wild, volunteer opportunities, or membership, please call 954-752-WILD (9453) or visit their website at

April 1 & 2
Food & Fun all to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. On April 1st Kiddie Area opens at 3:00 pm, Opening Ceremony at 6:00 pm to Honor Survivors & Caregivers, and Luminary Lighting Ceremony at 9:30pm.
Free Admission. Plantation Central Park -Track. or contact Ronenia Jenkins, American Cancer Society 954-200-7534

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