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José M. Hernández, NASA astronaut and an engineer, will speak at the LISTA National Emerging Technology Leadership Summit on Monday March 4th 2013, followed by a Q and A period and "Reaching for the Stars" book signing. His motivational presentation, will discuss the importance of reaching for the stars and obtaining your goals. The event, which is open to all and to the press, will be held at the Miami Dade Collge, Wolson Campus Chapman Auditorium.

"Our goal at LISTA is to encourage our members to think big and conquer obstacles," said Mr. Jose A. Marquez-Leon, National CEO of LISTA. "There is an entire segment of Latinos who are seeking opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and don't see where they fit in, this exciting speaker will demonstrate that there are endless career possibilities to be gained by earning an education and developing a solid game plan for your life."

A sneak peek at the 2013 summer camp being offered by the South Florida City of Miramar, home to a large Caribbean American community, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Place.

Participants will be able to meet some of the camp’s staff and get information on camps being offered. The city will be offering four different camps:

• Summer Camp – For participants in Kindergarten through fifth grade;

• Sports Camp for ages six to 12;

• Teen Camp for ages 13 to 16; and

• Little Broadway Summer Camp for ages seven to 14.

For more information, call 954-602-3343 or visit www.ci.miramar.fl.us/communityservices/events.

The United States Department of the Treasury is urging Social Security recipients that, with the new electronic payment law coming into effect Mar. 1, they should switch to the direct deposit or Direct Express Debit MasterCard card to receive federal benefits.

Up to last month, according to the department, some five million Social Security payment checks were still being mailed to federal beneficiaries each month.

“Choosing direct deposit or the Direct Express card makes it easier, safer and more convenient for beneficiaries to receive their payments. Switching to an electronic payment is not optional – it’s the law,” David Lebryk, commissioner of the Treasury Department’s Financial Management Service, said in a recent press release.

“Kites of the Caribbean”, an exhibit representing the styles and traditions of kite flyers from countries such as Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad, will be in the spotlight at this year’s “Kite Day” presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Skyward Kites.

The event, from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 17, will be staged at Haulover Park.

Visitors will be able to see a returning display of colossal kites, including a 150-foot rainbow, a 100-foot squid, a 30-foot scuba man and a 30-foot “Nemo” fish.

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