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Thursday, December 05 2019



By: M.C. Reyes.

Haines City - "Somos Haines City" was the name of a community event we attended on November 2nd in the grounds of the Haines City Public Library. I have to say that, as a resident of Haines City, I love when the community comes together to celebrate each other. The truth is that... we are called the "Heart of Florida" for a reason.

   During our visit to the event, I got to meet some amazing people, who like me, wanted to not only show appreciation for our community but also showcase the best of our community.

   One of the people I got to hang out with was the great guys from the Haines City Police Department and also the guys from the Haines City Fire Department. I am not trying to be biased here, but I think Haines City has one of the nicest police and fire departments in the whole Polk County area. These guys not only talked to me about their upcoming events, but they also made jokes about each other, which made me realize the great relationship that both of these departments share with each other.

   One of the members of the police department who shared jokes the entire time I was there was Sergeant Colon. Sergeant Colon seems to be a key member of the department, not only for his experience and dedication but also for his sense of humor. Yes, amazingly, police officers do have a sense of humor and SGT. Colon made that clear to me during our little chat.

   During my time at the event, I also got to meet the fine ladies from the Amanda's Academy of Dance Fine Arts Foundation, Inc. The AAD Fine Arts Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness of and participation in the visual and performing arts for the residents of Central Florida. Additionally, AAD exists to promote creativity while inspiring lifelong healthy choices and developing self-confident students of all ages in a wholesome, happy family atmosphere.

   AAD offers classes for adults and children. Some of the classes they offer are ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, art, voice and acting, and much more. For more information about the AAD Fine Arts Foundation, you can visit their website at

   During my time at the event, I also got to meet the beautiful Miss Haines City USA, Lyzbehtt Rodriguez-Ortiz. Lyzbehtt is set to compete for the Miss Florida USA this upcoming January. if you haven't done it yet, you can read more about Lyzbehtt's journey on page 6.

   Last but not least, during my time at the event, I also got to meet Solymar from Solymar Corazon de Calaca. Solymar creates handmade sugar skulls. Each of these amazing skulls have their own special designs and are made out of 100% sugar. They are made to last so that you can use them the following year. These skulls are mainly used during el Dia de los Muerto's celebrations, as well as a mean of "ofrendas."

   If you are interested in knowing more about this and other custom-made things that Solymar does, you can visit her Facebook page at

   As you can see, I had a heck of a time during this event mingling with some great folks from our community. Let me tell you... if you usually don't attend these events, I invite you to do so because the people you will meet are what makes this community of ours a great place to live. Again, we are not called the "Heart of Florida" just because. We are, in fact, one of the best places to live.

   And again, I may be a little biased here but, oh well!

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