Miami-Dade County

Parkinson’s fund-raiser set for Oct. 5

It’s almost Moving Day, the National Parkinson Foundation’s annual fund-raising walk and a day of joining together to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease.

Janet Reno — the former U.S. attorney general and Miami-Dade state attorney, who has Parkinson’s —will once again serve as honorary chairwoman. The Oct. 5 event at Bayfront Park in Miami will also focus on participant involvement and a celebration of movement through a special Movement Pavilion with yoga, dance and more.

The 2013 fund-raising walk had more than 1,000 participants. People with Parkinson’s, families, friends, healthcare professionals, corporate leaders and corporate teams all joined to raise funds in support of the foundation’s mission.

The event raised over $210,000 and continued to help increase awareness about this debilitating disease. The organizing committee members are hard at work to make this year’s event even better. They call Moving Day, “A day to move, a day to move others, a day that moves YOU!”

South Miami resident Carol Kaminsky is a dance professor at the University of Miami, and a board-certified dance and movement therapist. She is encouraging everyone to get involved in Moving Day.

Kaminsky recently received a grant of $4,475 from NPF to give a free dance and theater course for people with Parkinson’s disease. The classes will begin in January 2015 and run through April 2015.

Her identical twin sister, Janet Raskin, a professor of acting at Miami-Dade College and Florida International University and a Pinecrest resident, will lead the voice and theater component. Kaminsky is encouraging everyone to get involved with the Moving Day fundraiser.

She currently holds dance therapy classes for people with Parkinson’s in South Miami. The funds for the new expanded course were raised at Moving Day last year.

“It is my passionate belief that the arts should be accessible to everyone and that being able to participate in the arts positively affects a person’s quality of life,” Kaminsky said.

Get involved and visit, and to get inspired, take a look at about Moving Day.


The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will host Geek Squad Academy, a free event for young techies, ages 11-16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 20 at the museum’s Best Buy Teen Tech Center, 3280 South Miami Ave., Miami.

During the one-day workshop, students will learn from the experts all about exciting new technological developments through interactive presentations. The museum supports the critical need for South Florida’s youth to develop the technological skills they need for future jobs.

Participation is free but registration is required. To register, visit, or email and visit for more.


The national Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 14 – 20 and it’s always a good time to make sure your child’s car seat is properly installed. According to national statistics, 75 percent of child car seats are set up incorrectly greatly increasing death and injury if there is an accident when a child is traveling in a car.

New public campaigns are now underway to help parents keep children safe. Be sure to check child seats in the cars of caregivers as well.

Buckle Up for Life is releasing a television Public Service Advertisement that takes a humorous and empathetic look at how frustrating installing a car seat can be. The national education program, created in 2004 by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Toyota, has helped save children’s lives and over the past ten years, the program has grown to include a network of more than a dozen of the nation’s children’s hospitals. Toyota’s sponsorship also has provided funding for over 40,000 car seats for families in need.

The safety videos are available in English and Spanish. Gloria del Castillo is the National Program Manager for Buckle Up for Life and the national Hispanic spokesperson for Abróchate a la Vida, the Spanish-language version of the Buckle Up for Life program in the U.S.

Visit to get tips and watch the video.


Check out the free program “Cosmology” at the Florida International University Observatory and AstroScience Center on the main campus starting at 8 p.m., Sept. 26. The presentation will be hosted by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society.

The mission of SCAS is to improve the awareness, understanding and enjoyment of astronomy. The group has been holding star parties since 1922.

Be sure to meet your neighbors and make new friends at one of the SCAS free public-viewing events held on Saturday nights 6-7:30 p.m. at Bill Sadowski Park, 17555 SW 79th Ave, in Palmetto Bay.

If the weather looks good, bring chairs, bug repellent, binoculars and a telescope if you have one. The involved amateurs will share knowledge and viewing through their own telescopes. Check the SCAS Hotline 305-661-1375 for a weather update. Visit for more.


The Rotary Club of Miami Dadeland Pinecrest will host a presentation “Planning for Life After Retirement,” on Sept. 16 led by Nancy Stein, founder of Seniority Matters, a local advisory and referral company for South Florida seniors and their family members.

Rotary is the oldest international service organization. Clubs are made up of professionals and business executives and members of this club reside or work in the Kendall/Pinecrest area. The Rotary Club of Miami Dadeland Pinecrest meets for breakfast Tuesday mornings, 7:30-8:30 a.m., at the Dadeland Marriott Hotel. 

Coming up on Sept. 30, the group will hear from Sharon Langer, recently retired executive director of the Dade County Legal Aid Society, who will discuss her new job as development director of Disability Independence Group Inc, a Miami-based, nonprofit legal advocacy center for disabled people.

To attend a breakfast, contact the club’s president Howard Horowitz at 786-346-6661, or its program chair Ron Lieberman at 305-613-6744. You can also send email to or

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