OPA-LOCKA HOSTS SWEARING-IN CEREMONY: For the newly appointed Police Chief Steven Barreira and Assistant Police Chief Nikeya Jenkins, Friday, April 16, at 5 p.m., at the Sherbondy Village Community Center, 215 Perviz Ave, Opalocka. Contact jgm@hiprockstar.com.

OPA-LOCKA TO HOST SPRING CYCLE COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE: Commissioner John H. Taylor, Jr., along with the mayor, City Commission, and Bike 305, will host the event this Saturday, April 17, at 9 a.m., starting at Sherbondy Village, 215 Perviz Ave., Opa-locka. The goal is to promote bike safety, health, and fitness in the city. Collectively as a community, participants will enjoy an 8-mile bike ride throughout Opa-locka. It is encouraged that all residents participate, as well as bring friends and family. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing. Contact jgm@hiprockstar.com.

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS: Miami-Dade Aviation Department Airport Rental Car Supplier Diversity Outreach Day, Tuesday, April 27, 10 a.m. The intent event is to inform local small businesses of upcoming contracting opportunities at Miami International Airport. More than 60 airports around the country will be hosting their own outreach events on this day. Desired trades include, but are not limited to: HVAC, electrical, security, cleaning supplies, auto parts, painting, fleet movement, staffing services. Find out what the contracting opportunities are. Learn how to become a registered county vendor and the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) certification criteria. You do not have to be certified to attend. Register at mdcsbd.gob2g.com. Go to Outreach, then click on Events tab to register. For other information, call 305-375-3156.

Small Business Development Division – Internal Services Department presents Bonding Workshop, April 29, 10 a.m. – noon. Part of Financial Assistance Workshop Series. Overview of surety bonds. What do I need to get bonded? Are you credit ready and credit worthy? How can I extend my current bond for bigger jobs? Virtual meeting link will be provided after you register at mdcsbd.gob2g.com. Click on Outreach then Events tab and select the date.

$1,000 HIRING BONUS AVAILABLE: The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is seeking correctional officers at select institutions across the state. No experience is necessary to apply, and all training is provided. During training and academy, non-certified officers receive a competitive starting salary and premier benefits, including health insurance, on day one of their new career in public safety. Visit fldocjobs.com and check out FDC’s recruitment video.


“BEEP BEEP BASH”: On Saturday, May 1, 9-11 a.m., the free, one-day, 13th Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, both seen and unseen, with a new name, will welcome guests to a new location that is more car-friendly with easier road access: the Countess de Hoernle Park (Spanish River Athletic Complex), 1000 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton. To protect audiences from exposure to COVID-19 and to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the event will showcase a variety of entertainment that guests will experience via a drive-through format. Guests will be required to remain inside their vehicles and to wear masks; all event volunteers and Bash participants also will be wearing masks and practicing social-distancing. Visit facebook.com/boatingbeachbash or contact 561-715-2622 or info@boatingbeachbash.com.

VIRTUAL EVENING OF JAZZ: Nicole Henry, award-winning jazz singer, will serve as the evening’s emcee, in addition to performing several songs in the virtual concert, when the West Palm Beach Center for Arts and Technology (WestPalmCAT) hosts on Saturday, May 1, at 7 p.m. The performance will showcase a mix of prerecorded live music by several of the great talents in South Florida with some favorite recordings from the vast archives of MCG Jazz out of Pittsburgh. To register for the free event visit wpbcat.org/evening-of-jazz/. For sponsorship opportunities email PJ Layng at pj@pjlassociates.com or call 561-632-8122.

DR. MATTHEW KNOWLES AT FMU: The author, professor, entrepreneur, music executive and Beyonce and Solanges’ father will share his story, as FMU’s commencement speaker on Saturday, May 8. Call 305 986 5844 or visit www.fmuniv.edu.

BCPS GRADUATION SCHEDULE FOR CLASS OF 2021: Broward County Public Schools ceremonies for 48 high schools, technical colleges and special centers across the district are scheduled to take place June 4 – 10. The live, in-person celebrations will be modified to allow for appropriate safety precautions. Current plans are for BCPS graduates to each receive two tickets for guests to attend to ensure compliance with restrictions for capacity and health and safety guidelines. To view the complete graduation schedule and other information visit browardschools.com/bcps2021grads.

RARE IMAGES OF MUHAMMAD ALI: One-of-a-kind photos will be on display in a new exhibition titled “Muhammad Ali in Miami: Training for the ‘Fight of the Century,’” at HistoryMiami Museum through Aug. 29, open Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m., currently offering complimentary admission. On the anniversary of the fight, Monday Mar 8, at 6 p.m., join a virtual panel discussion that will delve into the photos, the struggles Ali faced while training for the fight in Miami, and why this showdown was considered one of the most important sporting events of all time. Call 305-375-1492 or visit historymiami.org.

SISTRUNK EXHIBITION EXPLORES GATHERING PLACES: “The Porch is the Tree is the Watering Hole,” an introspection meant to highlight the Black experience in Black neighborhoods, and celebrate Sistrunk’s history, at the AfricanAmerican Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Free and open to the public with reservations through May 2021, health and safety guidelines must be maintained. Call 954-357-7457 or visit artscalendar.com/sistrunk.