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Although he earned his fortunes as a businessman, Charles Deering's true passion was for art and culture. He filled his home with sculptures, drawings, paintings, and other works?some of which he created himself. After he passed away in 1927, The Deering Estate at Cutler has kept his spirit alive; his former home and its surrounding natural landscapes now operate as a cultural meeting place for the community?one that hosts art festivals, artist lectures, and The Living Artist Concert Series.

  • Size: a 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Buildings: the Richmond Cottage (originally built in 1896) and the Stone House (built in 1922)
  • Eye Catcher: a 20th-century, Spanish Gothic Revival chandelier that has hung in the Stone House's library since its construction
  • Permanent Mainstay: the photographs, pencil sketches, and portraits (some by Mr. Deering himself) that hang inside the Stone House
  • Don't Miss: a tour of the fossil grounds, where specimens have been found that date as far back as 50,000 years
  • Hidden Gem: Charles Deering's prohibition wine cellar, hidden behind a three-ton bank vault door that remained sealed for 40 years
  • Outdoor Activities: butterfly walks, guided nature hikes, and canoe trips to Chicken Key, a 7-acre mangrove island
  • Leave Your Mark: head to the Poetry Kiosk in Richmond Cottage, where you can add your own thoughts about the natural surroundings to a "Living Poem" published on the center's website
16701 SW 72nd Ave.
Palmetto Bay,
FL
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To combat the scourge of sickle cell disease, the Miami-Dade County Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America goes beyond simple lip service. They frequently educate the public about the disease, an inherited red blood cell disorder that causes a debilitating form of anemia. They also pair their education with cold, hard cash, raising funds through events such as 5Ks and conferences. These resources help provide social services for afflicted Sickle Cell patients and families.

For more information, please visit Sickle Cell Disease Association of America - Miami-Dade County Chapter's website.

1601 NW 12th Ave, Suite 3036A
Miami,
FL
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Hand in Hand for Haiti was founded in response to the 2010 earthquake that rocked Haiti, claiming more than 230,000 lives. After determining that the best way to help people rebuild their lives is through education, the project focused on building a school in Saint-Marc. The school, Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable, will house and run classes for more than 700 students from pre-school through secondary school. Students at the school also receive two nutritious meals every day and learn at the highest academic levels, with bilingual English-French classes taught by foreign and local teachers.

12400 Southwest 152nd Street
Miami,
FL
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Even for those who traffic in stories of the paranormal, Marilyn Egan is unusual. Where most ghost tours focus on vengeful spirits and doomed lovers, she believes that the ghosts of Delray Beach are happy ones. In an interview with the Sun Sentinel, Marilyn stated that the area's spirits aren't bound to the world of the living by curses or vengeance, but because they simply don't want to leave the pleasant village. There are some grim tales at hand, however; people who take the tours will hear tales of the 1903 sinking of the S.S. Inchulva just off the coast of Delray Beach, and of visits by notorious gangsters to the Colony Hotel. Tours also swing by such stops as the former Power's Lounge, Johnnie Brown's, The Blue Anchor Pub, and the tracks of the East Coast Railway in search of lingering spirits.

802 Northeast 1st Street
Delray Beach,
FL
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