icaba-web.jpgFriday, November 13
  If you’re looking for a good way to network with black professionals, the inaugural recognition reception for ICABA may be the right event for you. ICABA stands for Identify, Connect and Activate the Black Accomplished. At the reception, ICABA will honor 100 icons, luminaries and rising stars who are positively impacting South Florida’s health care and legal arenas. ICABA will also unveil its first profile directory. ICABA seeks to build relationships with accomplished black professionals and entrepreneurs, and those who aspire to follow in their footsteps. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Miniaci Theater, at 3301 College Avenue, Davie. The cost for the reception is $50 per person. For more information call 954-473-4405 or visit icabaworld.com.

Saturday, November 14
Foreclosure Prevention Workshop:
State Rep. Perry E. Thurston Jr. and state Sen. Christopher L. Smith, in partnership with the city of Fort Lauderdale, present the Foreclosure Prevention and Informational Panel Workshop. The workshop will take place at Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 West Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Anyone is welcome with questions for the workshop’s foreclosure prevention specialists.  The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information, please call 954-762-3746.

Sunday, November 15
Launch of The Jamaica Journal Historical Collection Online:
Florida International University Libraries and the Institute of Jamaica are launching the periodical, Jamaica Journal Historical Collection Online, at FIU’s main campus, Green Library, Room 220, at  11200 S.W. 8th St. in Miami. The launch will showcase the history of the Jamaica Journal and promote awareness of the continued importance of the publication to scholarship in and about Jamaica and the broader Caribbean. The event will also feature Jamaican writer Donna Weir-Soley, reading from her book, Eroticism, Spirituality, and Resistance in Black Women's Writings. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.  The event lasts from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Brooke Wooldridge at 305-348-3008. 

Wednesday, November 18
How to reach the media:
The South Florida Black Journalists Association will hold a free community media workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Miramar Branch Library and Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place in Miramar. The workshop is an ideal opportunity for the public to learn how to get their stories into South Florida media outlets, as well as a venue for attendees to network with media personnel, nonprofit organizations, activists and business people. Confirmed panelists from print and broadcast media include Bradley Bennett, executive editor of the  South Florida Times; radio personality, blogger and freelance writer Joy Reid of The Reid Report; and Joy Oglesby, entertainment community manager at the Sun Sentinel, who oversees a variety of multimedia content on SunSentinel.com. Michael Ottey, president of Ottey Media International and former Miami Herald World Desk assistant editor, will moderate the event. Parking will be available in the library lot, and refreshments will be served. To RSVP or request more details, send e-mail to: sfbja@hotmail.com.

Thursday, November 19
Historic Footage of Miami’s Civil Rights Movement:
Watch historic footage from the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II, Florida Moving Image Archives. The footage chronicles Miami’s struggle for equality, including lunch counter sit-ins and protest marches. The event will take place at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street in Miami. Hear what important community leaders thought about segregation and the African-American battle for equal rights. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. For more information, please call 305-375-1492.

Saturday, November 21
Learn to Grow Workshop:
Being able to find bargains is all the rage now that we are in a recession. If you’re clipping coupons, but still looking for ways to cut back on your food bill, why not consider growing your own food? Forget waiting until Good Friday, now is the ideal time, so get started.  Come to the free workshop at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S Flamingo Road in Davie, beginning at 10 a.m. to learn about soil, compost, fertilizers, irrigation, pest management, container gardening and how to plant your seeds. For more information, please call 954-473-2955.

Fantasy of Lights 5K Run and Fitness Walk: To many people, the holidays mean spending time inside with family, good food and great football games. But before you start your seasonal hibernation, why not try gathering family and friends for the 14th Annual Fantasy of Lights 5K Run and Fitness Walk? The unique evening race will be on a course illuminated with millions of lights and larger-than-life animated displays. Fantasy of Lights registration fees are $21.50 for the 5K Run, which starts at 6 p.m., and $18.50 for the Fitness Walk, which starts at 7 p.m.  The race is open to children and adults. It will take place at Tradewinds Park, 3600 West Sample Road in Coconut Creek. To register, please visit www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com.

Sunday, November 22
Hot Peas ‘n’ Butter:
Hot Peas ‘n’ Butter is a unique children's musical group that incorporates elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk, and rock. With an interactive, invigorating approach to performance, the group has developed a distinct way of inspiring creativity in kids and adults alike. The performance will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Shows will take place at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, please call 305-949-6722.