In 1980, Harry and Darlene Kelton moved their houseboat to the Pelican Harbor Marina and discovered an injured brown pelican. Without the aid of animal-care experience, they removed a fishhook from his mouth and rehabilitated him. This led them to form the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in their shed. With the help of volunteers and trained staff, the seabird station rescues, treats, and rehabilitates sick and injured wildlife, and promotes their preservation with educational programs and research efforts. The center specializes in brown pelicans, most of which are entangled in fishing tackle, but will treat any animal brought in for care. In 2007, they treated 87 bird species and 39 mammals, nonmigratory birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
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.
More than a Halloween party, the Reel Horror Ball IV’s Night of the Living Dead bills itself as a cinematic production replete with movie-worthy decor, roving zombies, and a dance-crew performance. LMNT’s gallery space hosts the multiple-room event, where costumed partygoers take to a dance floor electrified by 15 DJs, including DJ Irie and Lazerdisk Party Sex. Between songs, guests can refuel at the full bar, pick up snacks from food vendors, or suck the souls of their enemies to keep up their energy throughout the night. Electric Beach MP: As a massive winter gathering of the world's brightest EDM luminaries, the Winter Music Conference warms up its already-balmy South Beach surroundings with slick synths and thumping beats issuing forth from its global cadre of DJs and performers. Not content with simply holding court in light-strewn clubs, the dance masters also hit the sand and surf during Electric Beach, an all-day rave-up held at Nikki Beach, a surfside night spot renowned for its posh perch along the whispering Atlantic. There, revelers move seamlessly from sand to dance floor as more than 20 acts, including Harry Choo Choo Romero, Starkillers, and Miss Nine, keep beats dropping and records spinning from noon until 5 a.m.
Splat Paintball Park’s players strap on goggles and cradle Tippmann 98 paintball guns before sprinting through the X-ball grass field or the urban-scenario field encompassed by 20-foot-high netting and high-tech lighting. As players dash around, Paintball Training Institute–certified referees ensure the Geneva Conventions are followed.
Teams first design plans of attack in the covered staging area equipped with ceiling fans and cleaning stations, and then hone their aim at the shooting gallery. An onsite pro shop stocks shelves with all the extra equipment they could need.
In between matches, players relax in the indoor lounge with a snack bar, a big-screen TV, and paintball videos. Those celebrating birthdays storm the fields with friends before retiring to the private air-conditioned party room.
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.
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.