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    ‘Reel Minds’ Shines Light At May 20 Film Festival

     

     

    The Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association Scholarship Program recognized 20 talented art students from Miami-Dade County this past Saturday evening by presenting a $1,000 scholarship to each of the graduating seniors. The scholarship awards were presented in conjunction with the opening of the First Impressions exhibition at the Gallery@CGAF which showcases the works of the Scholarship recipients. The Gallery@CGAF is located at 3390 Mary Street in Mayfair-in-the-Grove. Assisting with the selection process for this year’s awards is the Fund 4 Design & Art Education, an organization created and maintained by retired arts educators across the County. The organization has assisted the Arts Festival in selecting some of Miami-Dade’s best arts students since 2013. For more information about the Gallery @ CGAF, please visit www.cgaf.com.

     

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    Palmer Trinity Student Recipient of Stamps Ensemble Scholarship Award

     

     

    almer Trinity School (PTS) senior Wynne Owre was selected as a Stamps Ensemble Scholarship Award recipient at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and will form part of the school’s Stamps String Quartet Class of 2022. “Many congratulations to Wynne for securing a coveted spot in the prestigious Stamps String Quartet at the University of Miami. We wish her great success as she continues to nurture her exceptional musical talent,” Patrick Roberts, Head of School.

     

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    Engineering Students Inspire High Schoolers With Capstone Projects

     

     

    Before FIU, Andres Archila attended Robert Morgan High School, where every student was required to select a career academy to be a part of. Archila’s friends chose the automotive academy and he thought he had as well, until he was told he had selected the engineering academy. Darian Perez moved from Florida to Georgia and applied to a school he thought offered architecture, but turns out it did not. His advisor recommended engineering and he went for it. A few semesters later, he moved back to Miami and was accepted into the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Archila and Perez accidentally fell into engineering and fell in love with it. This past spring semester, Archila, Perez and more than 90 electrical and computer engineering students presented their senior design projects to local high schoolers, hoping to ignite in the young students a love of the discipline.

     

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    The Miami Web Fest Celebrates 4th Annual Festival

     

     

    The Miami Web Fest is proud to celebrate its 4th anniversary this year from Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29. A new type of film festival for a new type of filmmaker, The Miami Web Fest showcases the best web series content from around the world. Web series are TV pilots, divided into segments and shown on the Internet. Miami Web Fest finds the best of these programs and presents them in Miami theaters. Along with screenings, the event also includes master classes with celebrities and industry experts, informative discussions, exclusive themed parties at some of the hottest nightclubs in South Florida and an elaborate Red Carpet Academy Awards styled awards ceremony.

     

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    Featured Restaurant: A Taste Of The Quartier Latin

     

     

    Just the thought of a trip to the Quartier Latin is enough to get the imagination going, thoughts of bohemian Paris at it’s height, coffee shops, art, history, an electric energy that comes from being the intellectual center of the left bank, it’s almost enough to make you pack your bags and go! Of course, it’s much easier to just head over to La Boulangerie Boul‘Mich. This artisan French bakery with a Latin twist is currently serving Miami in four locations: Key Biscayne, Aventura, Coral Way and Pinecrest. Something about La Boulangerie hits you the moment you walk in. Although the decor is simple, its subtle elegance lets you know that you’re in for a culinary experience unlike any other. Benigno Armas, one of La Boulangerie Boul‘Mich’s founding partners, takes great pride in making everything they serve in house, from scratch. All the goods are baked fresh, made for that day, and you can taste the difference.

     

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