Palm Beach Zoo seeks applicants for Volunteer Corps

WEST PALM BEACHThe Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing online applications are now available for the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC). Youth ages 14-17 can apply online by printing out an online registration form and sending in the application, along with all required material.

This is the third year for the highly successful program, and interested teenagers can find out more information and download the application at The deadline to apply for YVC is February 10, 2015, and space is limited to a total of 45 participants, with 25 spots already filled by returning volunteers.
Village dialogue will focus on Afro-Cuban community

MIAMI — The Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board will present a Village Dialogue titled “Uniting the African Diaspora: An Invitation from the Afro Cuban Community” at noon Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33130.

The panel discussion will examine the history and relationship between Afro-Cubans and African Americans in Miami-Dade County, especially in the wake of the recent steps toward normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

The panel will be moderated by Nancy Ancrum of The Miami Herald. Panelists include Dr. Carole Boyce Davies of Cornell University, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay, Democratic Black Caucus of Florida President Henry Crespo, CBS4 Executive Producer Cari Hernandez, Civic Awareness lnc. President Andres Alburquerque, historian and artist Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, 100 Black Men of South Florida Secretary Basil Binns III, and attorney Rene Gordon. Noted historian and author Dr. Marvin Dunn and community activist Ricardo Gonzalez are also slated to present an overview of the two communities.

School Board updates name at MLK Elementary School

FORT LAUDERDALE — the School Board of Broward County, Florida, approved changing the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Lauderhill to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Montessori Academy. The name change reflects the new Montessori program implemented at the school at the start of the 2014/15 school year.

Through the input of parents, staff, community stakeholders and school partners, a request was submitted to ensure the school’s name reflects both leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Maria Montessori.

To learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Montessori Academy and its academic programming, contact the school at 754-322-7550, or visit the school’s website

Maltz Jupiter Theatre earns 14 Carbonell nominations

JUPITER — The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has earned 14 nominations for the 39th annual Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s equivalent of the Tony Awards.

The Theatre garnered the most nominations of any of the nominated organizations in Palm Beach County. By show, the Theatre earned nine nominations for The King and I and five for The Foreigner. Celebrating the best shows and performances in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Carbonell nominations encompass the entire length of South Florida.

The nominations come just weeks before the Theatre’s much-anticipated unveiling of shows for its 2015/16 season, set to be announced Feb. 9. The news also comes on the heels of a record-breaking subscription season with 7,626 subscribers.


                      Compiled from staff, wire reports