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Veterans will be honored at UM

On Monday, which is Veterans Day, University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, will host a ceremony in recognition of second-year law student Neol Christian Pace, who recently was promoted to colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

In a press release, Pace is called “anything but an ordinary law student. The 6-foot, 3-inch paratrooper and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, came to Miami Law after a successful career in both military and civilian healthcare management.”

He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Tulane University's Army ROTC program and earned his master’s degree in health administration from Baylor University. He earned a master's degree in business administration form the University of Denver.

Pace served in Korea and Iraq as well as in Colombia for Operation Willing Spirit in 2008. He entered UM Law in 2012 and was selected as a J.W. Johnson/R.H. Waters Fellow. He has made the dean's list and was elected president of the Health Law Association.

He said, “I feel grateful for the chance to attend a law school with a strong health law program, and many invaluable opportunities to connect with professionals in Miami's second-largest industry, the provision of health care.”

Also, on the same program, three World War II veterans will be recognized by France during a ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Rock in front of the UM Bookstore at 1306 Stanford Dr. on the Coral Gables campus.

The program is sponsored by the university and the Consulate General of France in Miami, along with the Student Veterans Organization, faculty and staff veterans and Color Guard. The program includes brief remarks by student veterans at the start of the program, followed by the promotion ceremony for Pace.

The Consul General Philippe Le'trilliart, will award the insignias of Chevalier dans I'Ordre National de la Le'gion d'Honneur (Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor) to three U.S. veterans who fought in France during World War II. The veterans are: Norman Kaiser, Andrew Kunkel, and Arthur Nagler.

Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Strategies to ease holiday stress

Alicia Sirkin, a holistic coach and director of the Sirkin Creative Living Center, will be the guest speaker at The Miami Woman's Club luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Her topic will be “Five Strategies to Ease Through Holiday Stress.”

Sirkin is a well-known speaker, educator, researcher and internationally-published author who helps people discover the best within themselves. She knows how the pressures of everyday life can escalate during the holidays, and she want to help you get through this time.

She said, “Changes, intended or unintended, in health, career, personal; relationships; prioritization of personal and work schedules, growing to-do lists, and unending family, business or friend obligations can throw us out of balance.”

In her talk, she will focus on the mind's ability to create new ways of handling stress in order to glide through the holidays -- and life -- with greater ease.

Networking will start at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the program at noon. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Please RSVP by Monday and let Nancy Smith know if your order will be vegetarian. You can reach Nancy at 305-891-3789 or email her at:

The luncheon will be in Ballroom of the Doubletree Grand Hotel, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr.

Learn to cook heart-healthy

The American Heart Association wants you to cook healthy for the holidays and to make sure that you do, the association along with the Cleveland Clinic Florida recently celebrated national Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday.

But if you missed that event, a series of cooking classes will be held at the Cleveland clinic Florida's Western campus on Nov. 19, and Dec. 10 and 17.

According to information from the American Heart Association, the classes will include topics ranging from cooking basics to making meals on the run and are designed to provide participants with food recommendations to underscore the importance of cooking at home.

Participants who attend the classes at the Weston campus will have the opportunity to taste samples prepared by Cleveland Clinic Florida's executive chef. The event is geared to help increase awareness of the importance of good nutrition, provide education, tools and resources to fight heart disease and stroke.

Classes are from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Jagelman Conference Center, 2912 Cleveland Clinic Florida Blvd. in Weston.

Riverwalk Festival

The Sixth Annual Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival and Boat Parade will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 315-335 S. Biscayne Blvd.

It's theme is “Viva Florida 500.”

The festival’s mission statement says: “This special multicultural event allows our local residents and visitors to explore and interact among the local arts and culture vendors, while also showcasing the unique surroundings at the mouth of the Miami river. This event will celebrate the revival and renaissance of Downtown Miami.”

The event will feature the music from eight Latin American countries; food-tasting featuring the cuisine provided by area restaurants; boat parade with watercraft from local government agencies led by the U.S. Coast Guard; a parade; a children's section featuring painting, arts and crafts, clowns and balloons, and a give-away and door prizes all along the Miami Riverwalk. Admission is free and the event is open to the entire community. For more information, call 305-416-6868 or go to

Miami Beach High alumni to meet

The Miami Beach High Hi-Tide Alumni will have a general meeting at 4 p.m. today at the Andover Building, 20451 NW Second Ave. (U.S. 441), Suite 118, in Miami Gardens.

In addition to regular business, elections will be held for board members and other officers. If you have questions, call Carmen at 305-498-7334.

Nominate a ‘Woman of Impact’

Do you know of a woman, or women who have made a positive impact in Miami Dade County?

The Women's History Coalition is looking for such women to honor at the Women of Impact XXVI Award 2014 ceremony. For a nomination form, visit the coalition's website at:

The nomination forms must be postmarked Friday.

Jazz in South Miami

Miami's own Decotones Vocal Jazz Quintet will perform an evening of vocal jazz from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Deli Lane Cafe and Tavern, 7230 SW 59th Ave. in South Miami.

The program is called, “The Decotones Vocal Jazz Quintet sings the Great American songbook.”

For more informationn call 305-665-0606 or go to

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