The Healing Factory instructs youth ages 5–17 on proper breathing, simple yoga stretches and poses, and meditation, and provides holistic instruction in art, dance, and nutrition. While practicing yoga and meditation, young participants learn to balance their physical bodies, their emotions, and the unwieldy scales of justice through specific exercises and deep-breathing techniques. Regular yoga practice can also enhance concentration and information retention, and meditation can help reduce violent urges and improve kids' abilities to resolve conflicts. La Luchi would like to purchase yoga mats for graduates of the Healing Factory program to encourage them to continue to nurture their newfound meditative practices at home.
Founded in 1999, Just The Funny Theater hosts a rotating roster of improv and sketch teams, and also opens its stage to standup comedians. The theater’s comedic cast members have numerous credits from local theater productions. Just The Funny also offers classes in the improvisational arts and sketch writing, during which instructors dispense the comedic skills they’ve learned from their own training with such groups as The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Groundlings.
CrossFit is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement” that uses fitness techniques such as squatting, lifting, and running in combination with kettlebells, medicine balls, and cardio to rapidly tone up muscles. The skilled CrossFit trainers encourage small-group classes to constantly push their limits in each high-intensity, 45-minute class.
Adjustable targets move up to 55 feet away as patrons take aim in the 10 lanes of Florida Gun Center's shooting range. Built with ballistically secure ceilings and walls in each lane, the range is a safe and secure space where advanced and novice visitors hone their marksmanship skills. For the latter group, expert staffers teach gun-handling fundamentals and firearm safety during classes held at the center. Personnel permit guests to bring in their own pistols up to a .50 caliber, though they also rent out pistols, targets, and ear and eye protection. Once range and class sessions wrap up, visitors can browse the firearms and related products in the center's store, which keeps a variety of pistols for law enforcement in stock.
Per its name, the Taste of Cuba Festival shines a spotlight on traditional Cuban food—potato-like yucca, rice and beans, and lechon asada, or shredded roast pork. Ice-cold mojitos complement these classic dishes, along with café con leche and authentic cigars rolled by hand, unlike the newfangled ones that roll themselves if left at the top of a hill. The festival delights senses beyond taste, too; revelers can dance to live music or feast their eyes on Cuban artwork.
On a trail dotted with military-style obstacles and experiments gone wrong, runners of the ZombieLand 5K compete to prove their endurance and survival skills. Participants register to run as either survivors or zombies during the event. Survivors run with three velcro lifelines at their waists, which they must protect from zombies and confused flag-football players. Those with remaining lifelines will be eligible to win cash prizes, as will the zombie who has collected the most lifelines from the living. Food, drinks, and live music await participants at the finish line during a postrace celebration.
Europe and Latin America do not share a border on most reputable maps, but for more than 15 years, they have converged at The Globe in the middle of Coral Gables. There, chef de cuisine Martin Taylor and sous chef Jacques Blacques make room on their menu for New England fish and chips and Argentinean churrasco, as well as pastas and hand-tossed pizzas. Throughout the day, alert noses might detect aromas of spanish chorizo, wasabi, and cognac-spiced dijon sauce suffusing the pub.
That eclectic edible geography is reflected in the décor. Vintage globes line the shelf above the polished wood bar, and mollify diners who refuse to accept the existence of a new Zealand. A curved staircase with a wrought-iron railing—reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa—provides a similar centerpiece to the bistro tables spread across the weathered wood floors. Resident musical director Rodolfo Zuniga adds to the atmosphere with live American and Latin jazz performances, which fill the restaurant with guitar licks and twinkling piano late into the night. Miami.com has praised the "great selection of rare wines." Likewise, the Miami New Times describes The Globe as "an ideal place to meet for happy hour."