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LEARN THE ART OF BONSAI AT PINECREST GARDENS
 

Bonsai is the ancient art form of growing miniature trees in containers, which help us connect to nature. Through this process, it strengthens our spirit. When people first learn about bonsai, they are often surprised that it is considered a form of art, rather than gardening. Bonsai, for many, is an object, a tiny potted tree, one that is cared for just like any other potted plant. But true bonsai is an activity, one that is undertaken for many years, with patience, sensitivity and nurturing. Bonsai trees are not stunted or pruned into an artificial... Read More »

 
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BOLLYWOOD MASALA BRINGS A HOME-COOKED MEAL FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE
 

Having never had Indian cuisine before in my life, I recently went into Bollywood Masala with a virgin palate and high expectations. I announced as much to the owners, Tina and Sandy Chawla, who were right at the front door to meet me, as though they somehow sensed this was going to be a big day for me — and it really was. Joined by my equally adventurous dining partner, we truly enjoyed... Read More »

 
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YOU’RE ALWAYS SET FOR A SITTER WITH MYSITTERS APP
 
When grandma and grandpa are out of town and the high school neighbor is busy with her social life, the options for parents are limited. In a world where you can find a date, order a pizza and binge watch every episode of Gilmore Girls from your phone, shouldn’t the solution to this problem be simpler? With MySitters App, it’s just... Read More »
 
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ARMED FORCES SERVICE CENTER SERVES OUR MILITARY AT MIA
 
Keeping our soldiers in the forefront, several of our local Rotarians volunteer for the Armed Forces Service Center. This center at the Miami International Airport provides a great lounge area for traveling military to shower, enjoy refreshments, relax and wait between flights. The Center recently enjoyed a day with the Marlins... Read More »
 
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POSITIVE PEOPLE IN PINECREST – ADYANT KHANNA
 

This summer, Palmetto High School rising senior Adyant Khanna has been in India working with his younger brother, Arin, to bring water to remote villages. “I’m a first generation American. My family is Indian,” he says. “These past few summers I’ve been doing a project in India. I consider it my second home.” In the summer after freshman year, his grandparent’s servant Jammu took Khanna to his village. “I saw the conditions. One thing his village is lacking is accessible water,” he says. “Many women have to walk miles every day to hand pump the water.” In 2017, Khanna and his brother raised more than $10,000 to be used to provide water to villages. “We tried to make it a sustainable model,” he says. “We provide water taps to every... Read More »

 
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POSITIVE PEOPLE IN PINECREST – REBECCA REGALADO
 

Before school begins August 20, incoming Coral Reef High School junior Rebecca Regalado plans to assemble 75 backpacks filled with school supplies. She plans to donate the backpacks to students at James H. Bright Elementary and J.W. Johnson Elementary. She started Becca’s Backpack Drive a few weeks ago because she wanted to help those students who are homeless or in transitional housing. A friend of the family helped identify the students who might need the backpacks. “I asked how many students were in need of bookbags and they combined the total from both of the schools,” she says. Regalado has been making the rounds of the office supply stores to ask for donations. After a couple of weeks, she had... Read More »

 
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POSITIVE PEOPLE IN PINECREST – RYAN ROSNER
 
Palmetto High School incoming senior Ryan Rosner worked with a friend to create a garden at the Miami Rescue Mission that is not only beautiful but productive. That garden was the first for the community service project called Rescue Garden. “We’re making sustainable gardens,” he says. “I’ve noticed rescue shelters, they have large plots of land. So, we are trying to create sustainable gardens and supplemental healthy food for the shelter.” Rosner and his Rescue Garden co-founder Joseph Kravetz, planted vegetables that are being used in the Rescue Mission kitchens. “We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, radishes, and we also do herbs,” he says. “Those were the four main vegetables we’ve done so far.”... Read More »
 
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