usher_web.jpgFriday, Dec. 31

Usher, Trey Songz and Miguel in Concert: At 9 p.m. join some of R&B’s hottest crooners at Usher’s OMG Tour on New Year’s Eve at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Tickets range from $30 to $353. If purchased through Ticketmaster, additional fees apply. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 786-777-1250.




Thursday, Dec. 23

The Nutcracker: Peter Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale of friendship and love will be performed by Moscow’s Classical Ballet at the Kravis Center at 8 p.m. in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. There will also be a performance at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24. Tickets range from $25 to $67. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 561-832-7469.

Friday, Dec. 24

Winter Wonder Island: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Jungle Island will get into the holiday season with a magical snowfall, photos with Santa, and holiday-themed shows, games and treats. The island’s winter wonder will last until Jan. 2 and is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail in Miami. For more information, call 305-400-7000.

Saturday, Dec. 25

Holy-Wood Records to Host Special Christmas Show: South Florida’s award-winning Christian rapper Prodigal Son and the staff of Holy-Wood Records will host a Christmas night show, featuring free gifts and music at 7 p.m. at Changing Ur Life Ministries, 4501 NW 31st Ave., Oakland Park. Donation is $5 for adults and $1 for kids 12 and under.

Sunday, Dec. 26

Zoo Lights: Zoo Miami’s grounds will come to light for 12 brilliant nights, from 7 – 10 p.m., through Dec. 30. Guests can enjoy dozens of bright animal-shaped lights along our walkways, while sipping hot chocolate, munching on delicious cookies, and listening to wonderful holiday music.  Included with admission is a pair of 3D glasses to make the experience even more engaging and amusing. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St., Miami. General admission is $8.95 plus tax per adult and $6.95 plus tax per child.  Zoo members are $7.95 plus tax per adult and $5.95 plus tax per child. Ticket booths close at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.zoomiami.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

Beauty and the Beast: Disney’s classic tale will come to life on the Broadway stage at 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 North Biscayne Blvd. The Broadway hit will run through Jan. 2. Tickets range from $25 to $34. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 305-949-6722.

HIV/AIDS Training Class:  Broward County Health Department is offering a four hour HIV/AIDS 101 Training Class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Health Center in the 2nd floor auditorium, 2421 SW 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. There is a $20 fee for those seeking certification. If no certification is needed, attendance is free of charge, on a first come first serve basis. Participants are encouraged to register early. For more information or to register, call 954-467-4700 ext. 5812.

Ongoing:

Holiday Socks and Blankets Drive: Bethel Apostolic Temple and Bethel Temple Community Development Corporation are collecting donations of new socks and blankets for men, women, boys and girls of all ages.  You can bring your donation (in the form of cash, socks or blankets) to the church, 1855 N.W. 119 St. in Miami. Donations will be accepted Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items will benefit Community Partners for the Homeless.  The drive is being held now thru New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. For more information, call the church office at 305-688-1612 or email your inquiry to adminasst@bethelapostolictemple.org.

Photo Exhibit: The Norton Museum of Art special exhibition Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation features fifty-five photographs by high school photography students from nine Palm Beach County public high schools.  The exhibition is on display from Dec. 18,  to Feb. 20, 2011. For more information please contact Ms. Gutterman at guttermanc@norton.org.

Calling All Artists: The City of Hollywood's Artwork Selection Committee is seeking Florida artists to exhibit their works at Hollywood City Hall and other public spaces in the City of Hollywood. Applications can be downloaded at www.hollywoodfl.org. For more information, call the City Manager's Office at 954-921-3201.