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Soon school will be out, now what? If you haven’t planned a summer vacation, then now is the time to start! Planning ahead could translate into big savings. As we all know, last minute travel can be very expensive. Below are a few tips to plan your perfect trip without stretching out your wallet.  Do your homework: Search for travel deals on the internet. There are several search engines that are great resources for discounted flights, hotels, and tours. Sign up with them to receive alerts and begin receiving great travel offers. In addition, check out travel books at your local library where you can find a wealth of information for free.   Read More  Statewide Travel: If staying in Florida, check discounts available to Florida residents. Several amusement parks in the state offer discounted rates. If you are member of AAA, inquire about their special rates.    Lodging: Another way to save money on hotel stays for your vacation is by staying farther out from a city center or in a suburb near the town you’re visiting. You can also look into getting a suite with rollaway beds instead of multiple rooms for the whole family to save you big money on your hotel stay.   Meals: Dining costs can go way up when you’re on vacation because you’re eating out for every meal. When you vacation on a budget, never leave food as something you’ll figure out as you walk around—you almost always end up exceeding your budget. Book a hotel room that includes breakfast and has a refrigerator. Find a local grocery store and purchase water, sodas, snacks, cold cuts, bread and bag your lunch. You’ll save lots of money and instead of eating three meals out during the day, opt for just one.    Entertainment & Activities: Once you have your travel, hotel, and food arranged all that’s left is to plan what you’re going to do on those vacation days. Again, start putting a plan in place ahead of time. Make sure to check prices, plan activities that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. Indulge in free options like visiting parks or beaches, or just take a walk through the town. Also check the local papers to see if there are any free local events like art shows, festivals, and even concerts.   Library Museum Pass Program: If your purse strings don’t allow for travel on planes or trains, there are plenty of free activities here in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade Public Library System offers patrons FREE admission for a family of four to the Deering Estate at Cutler, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Fruit & Spice Park, HistoryMiami, Miami Art Museum, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Science Museum and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Just visit your nearest branch library, see staff for availability and use your library card to check out a museum pass.  How the pass works:  Pass is good for up to a family of four.   Pass is good for one visit.   Pass is not renewable or available for reserve.   Pass is valid for seven days from the time of check out.    Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.   Pass will not be replaced if lost or stolen.    Only one pass may be checked out at a time.   *For Deering Estate passes, a family of four is two adults and two children ages 4-14. *For and Fruit & Spice Park passes, a family of four is two adults and two children ages 6-11.  Museums may apply restrictions including blackout dates or separate admission to special event/exhibits.   If you are ready for a summer vacation, then there is no time like the present to plan ahead. Whatever destination you decide on, just remember one very important thing, be safe.Soon school will be out, now what? If you haven’t planned a summer vacation, then now is the time to start! Planning ahead could translate into big savings. As we all know, last minute travel can be very expensive. Below are a few tips to plan your perfect trip without stretching out your wallet.  Do your homework: Search for travel deals on the internet. There are several search engines that are great resources for discounted flights, hotels, and tours. Sign up with them to receive alerts and begin receiving great travel offers. In addition, check out travel books at your local library where you can find a wealth of information for free.   Read More  Statewide Travel: If staying in Florida, check discounts available to Florida residents. Several amusement parks in the state offer discounted rates. If you are member of AAA, inquire about their special rates.    Lodging: Another way to save money on hotel stays for your vacation is by staying farther out from a city center or in a suburb near the town you’re visiting. You can also look into getting a suite with rollaway beds instead of multiple rooms for the whole family to save you big money on your hotel stay.   Meals: Dining costs can go way up when you’re on vacation because you’re eating out for every meal. When you vacation on a budget, never leave food as something you’ll figure out as you walk around—you almost always end up exceeding your budget. Book a hotel room that includes breakfast and has a refrigerator. Find a local grocery store and purchase water, sodas, snacks, cold cuts, bread and bag your lunch. You’ll save lots of money and instead of eating three meals out during the day, opt for just one.    Entertainment & Activities: Once you have your travel, hotel, and food arranged all that’s left is to plan what you’re going to do on those vacation days. Again, start putting a plan in place ahead of time. Make sure to check prices, plan activities that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. Indulge in free options like visiting parks or beaches, or just take a walk through the town. Also check the local papers to see if there are any free local events like art shows, festivals, and even concerts.   Library Museum Pass Program: If your purse strings don’t allow for travel on planes or trains, there are plenty of free activities here in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade Public Library System offers patrons FREE admission for a family of four to the Deering Estate at Cutler, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Fruit & Spice Park, HistoryMiami, Miami Art Museum, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Science Museum and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Just visit your nearest branch library, see staff for availability and use your library card to check out a museum pass.  How the pass works:  Pass is good for up to a family of four.   Pass is good for one visit.   Pass is not renewable or available for reserve.   Pass is valid for seven days from the time of check out.    Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.   Pass will not be replaced if lost or stolen.    Only one pass may be checked out at a time.   *For Deering Estate passes, a family of four is two adults and two children ages 4-14. *For and Fruit & Spice Park passes, a family of four is two adults and two children ages 6-11.  Museums may apply restrictions including blackout dates or separate admission to special event/exhibits.   If you are ready for a summer vacation, then there is no time like the present to plan ahead. Whatever destination you decide on, just remember one very important thing, be safe.A very special Rising Stars Showcase, by New World School of the Arts, lit up downtown Miami this year. Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, NWSA's showcase of its crème de la crème was nothing short of spectacular. As it has done for two and half decades, the showcase kicked-off with an exhilarating art exhibition at the New World Gallery, highlighting the work of 15 exceptional visual artists.

Charged with the theme "black, white, and red", the young artists, from the high school and college programs at New World School of the Arts, created multi-disciplinary artwork that illustrated the many facets of their artistic training and technique.

ana-oliviera2On Thursday, May 10, 2012, The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) Celebrating Women® Breakfast honored Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-jen Poo, and Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement Merble Reagon, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.  Secretary Clinton was awarded with The Century Award, while Ms. Poo and Ms. Reagon were awarded the Celebrating Women® Awards.

The paltry data released to Carib ID from the United States Census on those Caribbean nationals who got the group’s advocacy message to write in their nationality on 2010 Census forms, clearly makes the case for a more pronounced West Indian/Caribbean self-identification category on future forms.

That’s the word from Felicia Persaud, who founded the movement in 2008 to call attention to the virtual invisibility of this vibrant population to the U.S. Census Bureau, politicians and corporate America due to a lack of self-identification of census forms.

A woman is caught in a reflective mood in her Port au Prince home.The music blared from the old speaker boxes perched on sidewalks in the Haitian capital of Port au Prince. A woman emerged from her checkered plastic tablecloth that protected the entrance to the tent that she has called home for over two years. She then set up a depilated-looking stall on which she placed several goods ranging from toilet paper to charcoal and prepared to make the days first sale. This is the life for the average person who lives in one of the many tent cities scattered across Port Au Prince.   The days are typically filled with uncertainty and frustration.

It's been more than two years since a cataclysmic earthquake rocked the core of the impoverished Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. A great portion of Haiti's already fragile infrastructure was destroyed when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. Although the quake lasted only 10 to 20 seconds, buildings tumbled like stacks of cards, killing over 300,000 people and forever changing the lives of 1.5 million in and around the capital.

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