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    Holtz Ranked Nationally As Best Children’s Hospitals



    Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.


    Published online, the rankings feature the top 50 hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.





    Miami Seaquarium To Celebrate Anniversary With Beach Cleanup



    In 1955, Miami Seaquarium opened its doors for the first time to become the world’s largest marine attraction. Through its commitment to conservation, education and entertainment over the past 62 years, the park has become the most popular tourist attraction in South Florida.


    To commemorate its 62nd anniversary, the park is calling on volunteers to be “Reef Rangers’ for a day and join in a beach cleanup on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.





    National Yoga Month Is Coming In September



    September is National Yoga Month (a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services), designed to build awareness of yoga’s proven health benefits and provide people with actionable guidance and tools to enhance their own well-being.


    Click for a list of locations offering free or low-cost yoga classes in September in celebration of National Yoga Month.




    Real Estate Luncheon “Next Gen: Miami Beach”



    On Friday, September 8, 2017, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Real Estate Council and the Miami Association of Realtors will present “Next Gen: Miami Beach,” sponsored by Hotwire Communications. Taking place at the Faena Forum, this interactive solution-driven discussion will focus on how we achieve the “Live-Work-Play” phenomenon in Miami Beach.


    Topics include transit-oriented development, affordable housing, the shifting trends in commercial real estate, generation-based development and gentrification as well as the preservation of our neighborhoods.




    Featured Restaurant: Makoto Miami Beach



    A Stephen Starr restaurant in Bal Harbour Shops where what’s on the plate is more important than who’s sitting in front of it sounds almost as implausible as a half off sale at Gucci, but alas, thanks to chef Makoto Okuwa, former Head Sushi Chef at Morimoto New York and Philadelphia, it’s the real deal. In addition to the raw stuff, Makoto’s modern Japanese dishes and bincho charcoal robata have even the most finicky fashionistas fawning over the fare.