miami-city-ballet_web.jpgFriday, Nov. 12

Miami City Ballet: Join the acclaimed company when they open their highly anticipated 25th Anniversary Season with the Company Premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare and George Balanchine’s Bugaku and Theme and Variations at the Broward Center for Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Show times are 8 p.m., Nov. 12;  2 and 8 p.m., Nov. 13, and 2 p.m. Nov. 14. Ticket prices start at $19 and are on sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the company’s Box Office, 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach, or by phone, 305-929-7010.  Select your own seat online 24/7 at www.miamicityballet.org. Group discounts are available.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Future Leaders of Haiti Fundraiser: Join the Papiyon Foundation  for a day of bowling, 1-3 p.m., at AMF, 1940 N. University Dr., Pembroke Pines. The foundation promises the youth of Haiti a great future by not only keeping them safe and strengthening their spiritual values, but also by giving them opportunities that can change their lives, spiritually and emotionally. The cost if booked online  is $20 per person, $25 at the door, all net proceeds going to the Papiyon Foundation. For more information about the Papiyon program, call founder Berlina Baudin, 954-662-9971,
e-mail info@papiyoninc.org or visit PapiyonInc.org.

Community Health Fair: The Urban League of Broward County is hosting its first annual health fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale. The event will feature the NUL/Walgreen’s Wellness Tour’s 40-foot health screening and educational vehicle. Attendees will be able to get free screenings for blood pressure, body mass index, glucose and cholesterol levels, bone density and waist circumference. Several blood mobiles will be onsite to offer free blood screenings and HIV testing. Attendees may also sign up at blood and organ donation sites. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 954-584-0777 or visit www.ulbroward.org.

Arthritis Walk
:  The board of the National Arthritis Foundation invites you to join the Miami “Let’s Move Together” Arthritis Walk 8 a.m. at Crandon Park, 4000 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne. Your support for this walk will help provide needed medication, research, education, pain alleviation programs and kids summer camp opportunities for the more than 64 million arthritis sufferers across the country. If you are unable to attend the walk but wish to make a donation, visit Miamiwalk.kintera.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Groundbreaking Ceremony: The Urban League of Broward County will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Community Empowerment Center at 8:15 a.m. on 27th Avenue, south of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale. An architectural rendering of the new building, which features nearly 28,000 square-feet of space, will be on display. All community members are invited to attend. For more information, call 954-625-2512.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Democratic Women’s Club Meeting: The Northeast Broward branch will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. The discussion will include a forum on issues surrounding the 2010 election.  For more information, call Maggie at 954-942-8711.

Saturday, Nov. 20

Bayside Rocks Festival: The anticipated cultural music festival will take place at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami, from 3 p.m. to midnight. Artists scheduled to perform include Bunny Wailer, Steel Pulse, Toots & The Maytals, Midnite, Cultura Profetica, Uriel Hamilton, Mixed Culture, Bootleg, Marcia Griffiths, Kulcha Shok Muzik, and Big Life Sound. For tickets, go to Ticketmaster, www.ticketweb.com, or call 305-542-7560. For more information on the show, call at 305-763-4509 or visit www.baysiderocksfestival.com.

From Harlem to Haiti: The Iris Photo Collective (IPC) Visual Lab will host its final Speaker Series for the year, 6-9 p.m., at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center, 212-260-NE 59th Terr., Miami. As part of the finale of a 10-week outreach program, IPC will screen Haitian-American filmmaker Rachelle Salnave-Gardner’s film Harlem’s Mart 125: The American Dream, a documentary about the gentrification of Harlem. For more information, call Rachelle Salnave-Gardner, 917-977-1743, or visit harlemmart125@yahoo.com.

Fourth Annual Green Festival: The Belafonte TACOLCY Center and Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden will present “Planting the Seeds. Growing the Future,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature environmental displays, arts and craft, healthy foods, music and entertainment. The event will be held at TACOLCY, 6161 NW Ninth Ave., Miami. For more information, call ­305-751-1295 ext. 139.

Voices United: This non-profit organization that fosters cross-cultural understanding and youth action through creative expression, will hold auditions for the 2010-2011 program, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at New World School of the Arts, 25 NE Second St., Room 5705, Miami. All participants must come to the audition with all of the registration forms completed and signed.  Forms, audition requirements and schedules are available at voicesunited.org, under “Calendar,” “Voices United Auditions.” Appointments are not required. For more information, call 305-726-4822, e-mail Katie@voicesunited.org or visit www.voicesunited.org.

Diaspora Arts Coalition Awards: The artistic group will hold its third annual awards fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores. For more information, call 305-244-2158 or email diasporaartscoalition2009@gmail.com.

Ongoing:

Making Business Magic Holiday Toy Drive: The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (M-DCC), Belafonte TACOLCY Center, Little Haiti Optimist Club and Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens are partnering on a toy drive to help children and families from the South Florida area and families who were victims of the Haiti earthquake earlier this year. TACOLCY, 6161 NW Ninth Ave., and Antioch, 21311 NW 34th Ave.,  are serving as drop-off sites. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 4. For more information, call the chamber at 305-751-8648.

Volunteers Needed: The Miramar Cultural Center is looking for seniors, students, and patrons of the arts to serve as ushers and greeters for its upcoming third season. Volunteers are asked to commit for an entire theater season and choose one of 10 weekly time slots that include evening and matinee performances. Apply online at www.miramarculturalcenter.org/getinvolved/apply.aspx or in person at 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar. There is a three-hour orientation required and space is limited. For more information, call 954-602-4500, visit at www.MiramarCulturalCenter.org.

The community calendar is published each Friday. Please submit your community event to empyrealcommunications@gmail.com by the preceding Monday at 10 a.m.