The Gold Coast Railroad Museum began in 1956, when train enthusiast William J. Godfrey chanced upon the miles of abandoned railroad track snaking through the pineland of University of Miami’s southern campus. He imported a newly retired steam engine to the premises, and a tribute to railroading history began.
Now in a new location in Miami proper, the museum continues to honor trains’ role in American history, with nine exhibits on locomotives, passenger cars, and the Richmond’s Naval Air Station’s fleet. Visitors can hop aboard a full-size diesel locomotive passenger coach, or take a ride a miniature children’s railroad that’s ideal for transporting shipments of Lincoln logs. Alternatively, they can run motorized or free-wheeling trains through a model railroad, which zips through mountain tunnels and circles around to-scale landscapes.
An evaluation of a Washington, DC Power Lunch program conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research showed that 25% of poor readers who participated in the program improved their academic performance and 16% improved or very much improved their classroom behaviors. To launch the Power Lunch program at a new school, Everybody Wins! must first be able to fund and place its own school coordinator at the program site. School coordinators organize the reading mentors, match them with students, set up the reading space, and serve as a liaison among the school, organization, and volunteers.
Thrown by Florida Rock Stars, the South Dade Food & Country Festival brings national and local acts together for an afternoon and evening of country music. The event helps raise funds and awareness for Thinking of You Services, a local veterans support organization. As the community rallies around them, all visiting veterans will receive a certificate of recognition with special commendations from the mayors of Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay.
Before the landmark age of 5, children's teensy brains soak up knowledge at a rate unmatched during any other period of development. Starting Ahead Academy takes full advantage of these crucial years, packing preschoolers' heads with knowledge according to the Opening the World of Learning (OWL) and HighScope curriculums. OWL springs from the philosophy that the entirety of a child's day impacts his or her learning. So each component of the day—that is, the environment and interactions—must be approached as a learning experience. The HighScope curriculum, on the other hand, focuses strictly on the rapport between children and adults, coupled with a learning process of planning, doing, and then reviewing.
The Joint's expert chefs revamp dietary staples into cleverly devised comestibles, satiating culinary curiosity within a sports pub setting. The menu packs more surprises than a magician's airline luggage, featuring delectable fare such as the Mahi tacos ($10.99) or the Joint pizza ($11.99 for a 10"), which coats a crispy, cheesy circumference with grilled chicken, bacon, goat cheese, and mozzarella drizzled in truffle oil. Buns halt the outward expansion of toppings bent on plate domination, blockading the fried eggs and applewood-smoked bacon of the Hangover burger ($10.99) or the peanut butter, fried plantains, bacon, and marshmallow fluff that compose the Crazy Elvis burger ($10.99).
Since 1968, Austin’s Diving Center has outfitted underwater explorers with gear from more than 75 manufacturers, including Aqua Lung, Poseidon, and Halcyon. Ranging from tanks to waterproof accessories, their stock furnishes equipment for activities such as scuba diving, freediving, and spearfishing for people who don't already have spears for hands. In the shop’s classes, newbie divers can master scuba basics or explore specialty styles before testing their newfound skills in rental gear. Veteran divers, meanwhile, can stop by the shop for air fills and regulator and tank services.