cricket-ball_web.jpgFriday, December 4
The Cricket Open:
  There are other sports to watch this Thanksgiving instead of football. Check out the first U.S. Cricket Open at the Cricket Stadium at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Pl. in Lauderhill. The open will take place on Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free on Friday, but tickets cost $1.50 on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please call 954-321-1170.

Saturday, December 5
MDC Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Gala:
The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce will host its 4th Annual Holiday Gala, “Progress: The New Currency,” at the Hyatt Regency, 400 S.E. Second Avenue in downtown Miami. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner and an award ceremony following at 7:30 p.m. Among the festivities, the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce will honor famed attorney and community activist Larry R. Handfield; the president of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bill Talbert; and former Dade Community Foundation president Ruth Shack. Entertainment will be provided by the Leesa Richards band, a nine-piece, top-40 musical ensemble led by popular chanteuse Leesa Richards. Tickets are $150 each. For tickets and additional information, please call 305-751-8648 or visit

Free Exterior Design Seminar: Because budgets are tight for everyone, right now is about learning to work with what you have. Learn how to spruce up your yard or patio by taking this free exterior design seminar with Beth Wilson on in-ground landscaping and container gardening. The class will be taught by Beth Wilson, a master gardener with her own landscaping business, Living Art Plant Design. The seminar will take place at the Garden Shop in Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road in Davie, beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, please call 954-473-2955.

Sunday, December 6
Nourishe is a sumptuous holiday Sunday Brunch experience for the mind, body and soul. Hosted by South Florida Professional Organizations, this signature event invites minority professionals to enjoy a sumptuous brunch menu, live jazz music, and luxurious ambiance while mingling amongst South Florida tastemakers. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Prime Atlantis Restaurant, 1727 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. in Hallandale Beach. This three-course, all-inclusive brunch costs $25, and tickets can only be purchased in advance at For more information, please call 954-325-6430.

Gospel Free Sundays with Richard Smallwood:
Gospel Free Sundays returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, just in time for the holidays! This time, the concert features the Grammy and Stellar Award Winning singer Richard Smallwood. Bethel Full Gospel Baptist Church Choir of Richmond Heights and the Free Gospel Sundays Mass Choir will join Smallwood for this joyous Christmas celebration that begins at 4 p.m. Admission is free, of course, but its first come, first serve, so get there early! For more information, please call 305-949-6722.

Friday, December 11
Sweet Honey in the Rock:
Sweet Honey in the Rock, the popular African-American, all-female vocal ensemble, comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Celebrate their honey-dipped sounds ranging from blues, spirituals, gospel, rap and reggae to African chants, hip-hop, ancient lullabies and jazz. Sweet Honey’s collective voice, sometimes accompanied by hand-percussion instruments, produces soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms that will resound to the end of the year and well into the next. The show starts at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $30 to $60. For more information, please call 305-949-6722.

African-American Achievers: JM Family Enterprises is accepting nominations for its African-American Achievers awards. The 2010 celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. JM Family will honor outstanding individuals who serve as role models and help shape the future. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories: Arts & Culture, Business & Entrepreneurism, Community Service and Education. The deadline for completed nomination forms is Friday, Dec. 11. Eligible nominees must work or live in Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade.  JM Family, Southeast Toyota and JM Lexus will donate $22,000 to local nonprofits as part of its commitment to celebrating the African-American Achievers and the community. For each adult achiever, $5,000 will be awarded to the charity or charities of his/her choice. And, for those whose nominee is selected as an achiever, a total of $500 will be donated to a charity or charities of their choice. Nominations are being accepted at For more information, please call Heidi Welch at 954-420-3275.