pbs1_logo_web.jpgFriday, April 17
Phi Beta Sigma Southern Regional Conference:
The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. holds its 95th Southern Regional Conference at the Sheraton Suites, 555 N.W. 62ND St. in Fort Lauderdale. Don’t be fooled by the conference’s title: The activities are definitely NOT for members only, as a majority of events are open to the general public. Tonight, there will be an Image Awards Luncheon which includes a regional step show/competition. Saturday’s agenda features the Regional Blue and White Ball. Ticket prices for individual events range from $20 to $45. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.pbssouthern.org and click “conference,” or call 954-492-5849.

Saturday, April 18
Scholarship Fundraising and Awards Gala:
The Haitian-American Nurses Association of Florida Inc. will celebrate 25 Years of community service, collaboration and excellence at its annual Scholarship Fundraising and Awards Gala. But don’t let the thought of a roomful of philanthropic nurses fool you. While the evening’s proceeds will be dedicated to a good cause, your evening at the JW Marriott Hotel Miami, 1109 Brickell Avenue in Miami, will be spent enjoying great food, networking opportunities and great music. The gala starts at 7 p.m. and is scheduled to last until the early-morning hours. Tickets are $100. For more information, please call, 305-609-7498 or visit www.hana84.org.

Jazz Roots: Straight Ahead:
Multiple Grammy Award winner and NEA Jazz Master Sonny Rollins and his band celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, as the headliners of the final Jazz Roots concert of the 2008-2009 season. Ticket prices range from $25 to $125. The concert starts at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 305-949-6722.

Sunday, April 19
AIDS Walk Miami:
Economic down turns may make others clutch their purses and wallets more tightly. Unfortunately, those who needed help in plush times still need help now. Sponsored by local organizations such as the Center for Positive Connections, Care Resource, Food for Life, and Empower U AIDS Walk Miami's is designed to raise proceeds for those affected by the HIV/AIDS virus in Miami. The 5K walk/run/job starts at 8 a.m. at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach. For more information, please call 305-673-7311.

Monday, April 20
Funk Fusion Dance Class:
Funk, fusion and dance are not words that people think to put together on most days. But at the Miami Contemporary Dance Company, 1919 Purday Avenue in Miami Beach, the term means classes with a stunning variety of dance styles, including jazz, African, Hip-Hop and House. Classes are held Mondays and Fridays. A single class costs $12. For more information, please call 305-538-2988.

Tuesday, April 21
Color of Justice:
The War Memorial Auditorium, 800 N.E. 8th St. in Fort Lauderdale, presents a showing of the Color of Justice, a movie that follows the struggle of Thurgood Marshall as he fights to overturn the unfair practice of “separate but equal” schools, which had legalized segregation for more than 60 years. The film starts at 9:45 a.m. and tickets are $9. For more information, please call 954-828-5380.

Wednesday, April 22
Award-winning singer and songwriter Seal hits the tour circuit to promote his double-platinum selling album, Soul. Known for his adult contemporary music, this album instead covers hits such as “If You Don't Know Me By Now,” “Stand by Me,’’ “It’s a Man’s World,” and “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”  The concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theatre, 1700 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $73.50. For more ticket information, please call 877-598-8698.

Friday, April 24
Patrice O'Neal:
Comedian Patrice O’Neal is coming to the Improv Comedy Club (Miami), 3390 Mary St. in Coconut Grove. The famed comedian will perform from April 24 to 26. Tickets are $21.40. For more information, please call 305-441-8200.

Thursday, April 23
Social Media Lecture:
How many tweets have you sent today? If the first thought that popped into your mind was about your pet canary, then you obviously don’t know about Twitter yet. Which is too bad, because social networking media like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr can provide tools for your personal and business networking and marketing ventures. To get in the know, come to this Social Media Conference lead by Ed Schipul, CEO of Schipul – The Web Marketing Company, at JM Family Enterprises, at 111 Jim Moran Blvd. in Deerfield Beach. At the hourlong session, you will learn the basics of staying connected and profitable through social media tools and the essential “dos’’ and “don’ts’’ of participating in online conversations. Tickets are $35. To attend, RSVP by Monday, April 20 by e-mailing Terri@SchuttPR.com.