Kiwanis is a Native American word that means "we share our talents." That's precisely what the 9,000-plus volunteers in Kiwanis Foundations do across the Florida district's 270 clubs. By pooling resources, time, and energy, they achieve more?and on a larger scale?than any rogue do-gooder ever could. In addition to taking on causes such as sheltering and feeding the homeless, they also build playgrounds and tend the sick. The Kiwanis Foundation's influence also extends beyond the United States and into 96 countries, including Texas.
At Flight Simulator Miami, clients can learn to fly without ever leaving the ground. After basic instruction on flying technique, wannabe pilots and aviation enthusiasts take a seat at the realistic control-panel simulator which resembles their choice of 50 different aircrafts. Blue sky and clouds whip by on computer screens as they practice taking off from their choice of over 15,000 airports around the world, cruising, and landing, all without the inconvenience of paying migratory birds' hefty skyway tolls.
Like most naturally athletic people, Meredith Feinberg was accustomed to being good at every sport. And yet when she took her first yoga class in 1992, she just couldn't seem to make her body do what she wanted, so she gave up after a few weeks. Then she suffered a debilitating injury that prevented her from participating in other sports. Determined to keep moving, she gave yoga another try, and kept at it until it became easier and easier. She loved it so much that she founded her own studio, Yoga Svana.
Here, she teaches Vinyasa-based classes that combine traditional exercise and yoga and pump up clients with energetic music spanning several decades and genres. Her homey, welcoming studio also offers more than 30 classes a week in Vinyasa flow, prenatal, Kundalini, and Dharma yoga. Yoga Svana even offers kids yoga classes, helping youngsters achieve the level of flexibility necessary to fold themselves up and hide in their lockers during boring school assemblies.
Getchasome Charters' Captain Jimmy Wickett, a US Coast Guard–licensed captain, spent more than 18 years honing his sea legs and snagging snook, tarpon, and sharks amid the glistening coastal regions of Florida. Whether children or adults, beginner or tournament fishers, Wickett's guests all benefit equally from his seasoned expertise as he helms his charters and guides them through the scenic waters of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the Florida Keys. During sunny daytrips, Wickett extols upon the wonders of the ocean while helping seasoned passengers make boast-worthy catches and fledgling fishermen learn how to bait a fish with promises of a starring role in an animated-movie franchise.
Nestled inside the Newport Beachside Resort, Kitchen 305 serves sea-inspired dishes in a modern dining room with linen-draped tables illuminated by vibrant blue lights. Chef Julius Brown, who brings talents perfected at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, directs the creative plating of seafood dishes including bluefin tuna, crab cakes, and steamed salmon. Turf options include chicken, rack of lamb, and skirt steak. On select evenings, a resident DJ pumps out tunes from the 80s, 90s and present day, and a master chef bestows expert sushi-making techniques during on-site culinary classes.
At Adventure World Skate & Fun Center, kids and adults alike entertain both muscle and mind-matter in through a variety of heart-pounding activities. In the laser tag arena, players strap on receivers, holster a laser-emitting gun, and re-enact the galactic phase of the Crimean War on a phosphorescent battlefield. Competitors have the option of playing the four 10-minute games consecutively or spacing them out to fuel grudge matches or plan for potential roommate border disputes. With an additional admission fee ($3–$6), zapped compatriots can take backward victory laps around the skate rink ($3 skate rental) or purchase tokens to conquer the arcade room.