Friday, Dec. 31

Kuumba Celebration: The Kwanzaa principle of Kuumba (Creativity) will be celebrated from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Bass Park, 2750 NE 19 St., Fort Lauderdale. For info call 954-828-8498.

Saturday, Jan. 1

Njia Meditation: The Kwanzaa principle of Imani (Faith) will be celebrated at 6:30am on Dania Beach (Perry Rd./A1A, North of Sheridan Rd.) The event will include yoga, Chi Gong and light refreshments. It is sponsored by Natural Brilliance For Life and Khepera Study Group. For more information, call Brother Addae at 786-252-6315 or Sister Rahima at 305-335-5105.

Sunday, Jan. 2

Orange Bowl Paddle Boarding Championship Event: The largest Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) event on the East Coast will take place at Bayside Marketplace Marina, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Paddle boarders will start in Biscayne Bay and run up the Miami River against the backdrop of downtown Miami’s skyline. Competitive paddle boarders will compete in the Inktel Direct Elite Race and vie for over $10,000 in prizes. Also more than 100 Big Brothers and Big Sisters will participate with their “Littles.” The race begins at 11 a.m., the first-ever paddle clinic at 1 p.m. and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. To register for the race and for additional information, please visit the event’s Facebook page or www.orangebowlpaddle.com.

Friday, Jan. 7

Baker’s Dozen Performance: Miami City Ballet continues its 25th Anniversary Season in South Florida with Program II and the Company Premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen. The company will perform at 8 p.m., Jan. 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.   For more information on ticket prices and performances, call 305-929-7010 toll-free at 877-929-7010 or visit www.miamicityballet.org

Saturday, Jan. 8

Go Back and Take Exhibit Opening Reception: At 3 p.m., the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale hosts the opening of the exhibit featuring the ART of Charles Mills, Jerome Davis, Sista Idya, Tashema Harnett and Bill Gozansky. It is sponsored by the African World Artists Collective of South Florida (AWAC). For more information, call 954-625-2829.

Sunday, Jan. 9

Free Kite-Making Event: The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) invites you to take the family out for a memorable afternoon of making and flying kites by the sea during the Kite-Making Workshop from 1 – 4:00 p.m. at the Haulover Park kite field, 10800 Collins Ave. in Miami.  This free event, presented by Skyward Kites will include music and demonstrations of stunning artistry by kite masters representing Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad. For more information, call Dan Ward at Skyward Kites, 305-893-0906.

Ongoing:

Volunteers Needed in Pompano Beach: Volunteers are needed to assist in beautification projects throughout the neighborhood of Pompano Beach in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To pay tribute to the historical leader, the "Serving the Community! Clean Up and Beautification Project" will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, in Collier City, located in Northwest Pompano Beach. For more information or to volunteer, call Kathy Wint of Volunteer Broward at 954-233-1296, or Lavern Deer at 954-357-7009. Information can also be found at www.volunteerbroward.org