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Gecko ParX, an Exhilarating New 40,000-Square-Foot Family Trampoline and Action Park, Debuts in Weston


Weston, Fla. —Gecko ParX, a fun-filled, new 40,000-square-foot family entertainment center, recently opened its doors in Weston. A trampoline and action park, the center is designed so children, teenagers and adults can all enjoy exciting activities all in one location.

Gecko ParX includes a main trampoline court with interlocking trampolines, a vast selection of state-of-the-art arcade games, two basketball slam dunk courts, a custom Soft Play® playground for young guests, two trampoline dodgeball courts, and a multi-attraction pit that features jousting and a slackline.

Other features include a ropes course and a speed rock-climbing wall that encourages guests to compete for the fastest climb. Gecko ParX also houses a modular two-lane ninja warrior attraction with connected parkour course. Additionally, there is a café shop with a variety of food and beverage options including pizza, wings, soft drinks, desserts and more. Beer and wine is available for adults. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the space. A lounge for parents includes seating areas with massage chairs, electrical outlets to plug in any device and a panoramic view of the venue.

Gecko ParX offers a variety of events, camps, personalized classes, and after-school activities. The park has seven oversized party rooms, as well as a VIP area for birthday parties, special occasions and corporate events, along with exceptional and exclusive service.

Owner John Duran has more than 25 years of family entertainment industry experience as an owner/operator. His years of experience and passion for family entertainment motivated him to open a venue that appeals to all ages, and where the entire family can enjoy time together.

“Gecko ParX is bringing an entirely new level of entertainment for the entire family to South Florida,” said Duran. “It provides an action park where young adults, teenagers, and kids can engage in various activities, from competitive to social, in a safe and fun environment.”

Well-trained staff supervise each section of the facility, to provide assistance on how to properly use the attractions in a safe manner. Safety is a priority – each staff member has received crowd management training and is trained and certified for each attraction. The trampoline and Soft Play® equipment is top of the line and made in the U.S. under strict quality standards. All participants must complete a waiver prior to participating in the center’s activities. The weight limit is 250 pounds per person.

Designed for guests of all ages, demographics, and lifestyles, Gecko ParX offers the following ticket options:

  • 1-hour pass (seven attractions) — $19.99
  • All-day Soft Play pass (kids under 42”) — $9.99
  • Ropes course pass — $9.99
  • 2-hour pass (seven attractions) — $25.99
  • Promotion (purchase two regular passes and get a third one free on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) — $13
  • Ultimate pass (2-hour pass, nine attractions + $10 arcade card) — $45.99
  • Rock wall pass — $4.99

Gecko ParX is located at 3305 Corporate Ave between the Royal Palm and Griffin Road exits off I-75 in Weston, Florida. For additional information, visit www.geckoparx.com or speak directly with the marketing team at 954-526-8180 and/or info@geckoparx.com.

About Gecko ParX:

Gecko ParX, a 40,000-square-foot family entertainment center, is located at 3305 Corporate Ave., Weston, FL 33331. Hours are Tuesday–Thursday 3:30–8:30 p.m., Friday 3:30–9:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gecko ParX is closed on Mondays. The hours of 10–11 a.m. are only open for kids who are less than 42 inches tall. Gecko ParX is situated between the Royal Palm and Griffin Road exits off I-75. For additional information, visit www.geckoparx.com, or speak directly with the marketing team at 954-526-8180 and/or info@geckoparx.com.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami Presents “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” May 24 – Aug. 5, 2018


North Miami, Fla. TheMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami will present the group exhibition “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” from May 24 – Aug. 5, 2018. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition features the works of 37 artists who are native to the Americas separated into conceptual categories including indigenous, immigrant and assimilated.

The exhibition focuses on the monarch, the only butterfly that migrates in two directions, as a geographic range and a metaphor. Monarchs (specifically those of eastern North American) fly from southern Canada through the Midwest on their way to Michoacán, Mexico and back.

This survey of artists from or living in the path of the monarch, brings to life the Dakota Access Pipeline and the call to build a wall in Mexico as unrelenting issues that create challenges for people native to the Americas — being separated by conceptual categories of indigenous, immigrant, and assimilated.

Like the butterfly, which takes at least four generations to completely navigate its way through middle America with inherited knowledge, these artists also use inherited cultural memory to showcase and explore historical narratives of their respective heritage through abstract techniques.

Artists incorporate processes such as basket weaving, beadwork, copper hammering, and quilting, and materials such as stucco, plaster, ceramics, and feathers, that hold a high degree of resonance within native, immigrant, and brown aesthetics and vernacular cultures. The exhibition also charts the movement of styles and approaches through large spans of time across the Americas, speaking to an inherited means of production and genealogy of form.

William Cordova, a nationally respected Miami-based artist, is one of the artists featured in the exhibition. Other artists include Gina Adams, Carmen Argote, Natalie Ball, Margarita Cabrera, Juan William Chávez, Rafa Esparza, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, Guillermo Galindo, Jeffrey Gibson, Sky Hopinka, Donna Huanca, Truman Lowe, Ivan LOZANO, Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marty Two Bulls, Jr, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Nicholas Galanin andMerritt Johnson, Rodolfo Marron III, Harold Mendez, Mark Menjivar, Ronny Quevedo, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, Josh Rios andAnthony Romero, Guadalupe Rosales, Carlos Rosales-Silva, Francisco Souto,Rodrigo Valenzuela, Mary Valverde, Dyani White Hawk, Nathan Young, and Sarah Zapata.

“‘Monarchs’brings together the stories of migration and geography of those native to the Americas,” said MOCA Executive Director Chana Budgazad Sheldon. “We are very pleased to showcase these works by many talented artists who derive or live in the migration path of the monarch butterfly. At MOCA, we take pride in providing provocative and innovative exhibitions with works that collectively embody diverse cultures from around the world.”

The “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” project originated at the Bemis Contemporary Art Center.

Admission to MOCA is $5, free for MOCA members and North Miami residents. An artist reception will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 with an admission cost of $10 to the general public, free to MOCA members and North Miami residents.


About Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences – especially underserved populations – through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the best of contemporary art and its art historical influences. The Museum is located at 770 NE 125thStreet, North Miami, FL 33161. It is open Tuesday–Friday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 1–9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Mondays and major holidays). Admission to the museum is $5 and is free to MOCA members and North Miami residents. For more information, visit mocanomi.org, call 305-893-6211 or email info@mocanomi.org.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants to Debut at Pines City Center in Pembroke Pines, with Grand Opening on April 30, 2018


Pembroke Pines, Fla. —Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a nationally renowned establishment which combines a restaurant, winery, a Napa-style tasting room and artisanal retail market is debuting its newest location with a grand opening at 10310 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 on April 30, 2018. Cooper’s Hawk will be located in the new Pines City Center.

With the opening of the Pines City Center location, the award-winning upscale casual restaurant and wine-driven lifestyle brand will officially operate 31 restaurants and tasting rooms. An additional four more locations are slated to open across the U.S. throughout 2018.

Cooper’s Hawk redefines the modern casual dining experience and presents a contemporary-American menu infused with international flavors. Each dish on the menu is listed with a bin number, guiding guests to their selection’s perfect wine pairing. The menu also includes a gluten free selection, as well as a kids’ menu, carryout and catering. Popular dishes include:

  • Pan Roasted Barramundi -Blistered Green Beans, Grape Tomatoes, Ginger Rice, Thai Lemongrass Sauce 2 – BIN 70 Unoaked Chardonnay
  • Wild Mushroom-Crusted Chicken – Sweet Corn and Pea Risotto, Shiitake Mushroom, Spinach, Lemon Butter – BIN 74 Cooper’s Hawk Lux Chardonnay
  • Soy Ginger Steak – Wasabi-Buttered Mashed, Oven-Roasted Vegetables – BIN 89 Cooper’s Hawk Lux Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Asian Pork Belly Tostadas – Scallions, Sesame Seeds, Cilantro, Radish, Sweet Chili BBQ Sauce – BIN 94 Cabernet Zinfandel
  • Mexican Drunken Shrimp – Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Tequila Lime Butter Sauce, Fresh Guacamole – BIN 73 Gewürztraminer

“We are thrilled to be a part of the brand new Pines City Center,” said Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants CEO and Founder Tim McEnery. “We believe that food and wine bring people together and build lasting connections. Weare looking forward to being a cornerstone of the vibrant Pembroke Pines community.”

The atmosphere, which encourages conversation about food and wine, reflects the architecture of California wine country. The interior showcases décor influenced by the craft of wine-making, such as a textured cork wall in the bar and artwork created from reclaimed barrels. The tasting rooms embrace the rich Napa experience, which provides guests with the opportunity to explore and expand their palates which enriching their wine journey.

Cooper’s Hawk at Pines City Center’s exterior was designed to harmonize with the South Florida aesthetic, with design elements including light tones and a “living wall” with beautiful plants and flowers. To bring in additional natural light into the tasting bar and dining room, clerestory windows were integrated into the design.

The restaurant has the capacity to accommodate 250 guests; the main indoor dining space will have seating for 214 guests, while a fully covered outdoor patio will accommodate an additional 36. There will also be two private barrel rooms, which will seat 22 guests each and are divided by a sliding wall to create one large private dining room to seat a total of 44.

“The Pembroke Pines location has a spacious yet warm atmosphere using de-saturated wood tones and hints of bold accents in the artwork,” said Stacey Bouwman, Senior Designer of Aria Group. “There is an even mixture of rustic and refined elements to make the space both comfortable and inviting, adding an authentic Cooper’s Hawk experience in Pembroke Pines.”

Cooper’s Hawk features the U.S.’s largest Wine Club, a lifestyle-driven monthly affiliation, offering exclusive wines, events and privileges to members. Since the groundbreaking wine-centric restaurant concept debuted its first-generation blends in 2005, its Wine Club has grown to more than300,000 members. With a state-of-the-industry winemaking facility at its epicenter, Wine Club members and guests are able to try classic domestic varietals, as well as those from countries such as Chile, Argentina, and Italy — all at a reasonable price point. The company feeds its members’ thirst for epic adventure with trips to great wine regions and expands members’ palates with personal access to celebrity chefs, sommeliers and cooking demonstrations. Other perks include monthly wines, insider rewards and more.

In addition to its innovative dining experience, the Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Woodridge, IL, produces over five million bottles per year and is currently the 34thlargest winery in the United States. Cooper’s Hawk blends, ferments and ages wine from some of the most prestigious vineyards across the globe to create the award-winning wine.

Cooper’s Hawk wines have won nearly 500 awards, with wines from the Cooper’s Hawk Lux line receiving top recognition from renowned competitions, including the Grand Harvest and the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, where the Cooper’s Hawk Lux Pinot Noir was given a 99-point rating. Cooper’s Hawk Wines garnered three prestigious awards from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, including Double Gold for the Lux Meritage and the Cooper’s Hawk Lux Ice Wine was awarded Best of Class. The winery is also known for its more exotic selections, such as its Best of Show, Platinum, 95-point score Lux Ice Wine Double Gold Ice Wine and its 94-point Gewürztraminer.

 

About Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Founded in 2005 by CEO Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is built upon the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections. Cooper’s Hawk is a lifestyle brand centered around wine and focused on creating memorable moments that enrich lives. The concept is a fusion of familiar elements – winery, modern casual restaurant, Napa-style tasting room and artisanal retail market – that has combined to create an entirely new hospitality experience.

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