grace-jerk-festival_web.jpgSunday, November 8

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival: The 8th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival comes to Markham Park, 16001 W. State Rd. 84 in Sunrise.  Come for the jerk chicken (and jerk fritters, jerk ice cream, and other unexpected jerk delights). Stay for the live music, dramatic performances, cultural fashion show, netball, cricket, soccer and domino games. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door, free for children under 10. For additional information and tickets, please visit or call 305-917-0252.

Friday, November 6
First Jamaican Woman Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller:
Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first woman prime minister, will give a lecture at 6:30 p.m. at Florida International University’s South Campus in the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 11200 SW 8th St. in Miami. Miller, who became Jamaica’s seventh prime minister on March 30, 2006, will speak on “A New Vision for a New World Reality: Prospects for the Anglophone Caribbean.” For more information, call 305-348-6860 or 305-217-7246.

Jazz Roots Concert with Buddy Guy, Dr. John and the Lower 911: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, presents its popular concert series, Jazz Roots. This performance features Buddy Guy, a five-time Grammy winning blues legend. Guy’s unique, wailing electric guitar sound has influenced virtually every major blues and rock guitarist, from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan. The performance also features Dr. John, who is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. The performance starts at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $25 to $125. For more information, please call 305-949-6722.

Saturday, November 7
1000 Women In Prayer:
Normally, people go to church to have fellowship and pray for their individual concerns. Dr. Rosalind Osgood Ministries International offers something more. The organization presents Morning Glory: 1000 women in White praying together for unity and peace in our communities.  This free event invites all women of all cultures to come out and participate as a unified body with one mission, to improve their communities through prayer and engagement. The service will take place at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, 420 NE 33rd Street in Oakland Park, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please call 954-765-1995.

Sunday, November 8
Caregiver Experience:
Recharge the Mind, Body & Spirit: Miami Jewish Health Systems and The Memory Center at Douglas Gardens kick-off Alzheimer’s Awareness Month with Embrace the Caregiver Experience: Recharge the Mind, Body & Spirit. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Miami Jewish Health System’s Miami campus, 5200 NE 2nd Avenue. This free event offers caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s and related memory disorders a much-needed opportunity to focus on their own well being. Activities will include a celebratory brunch, acupuncture therapy demonstrations and aromatherapy experiences. Also included will be cooking and fitness tips along with special prizes throughout the day. Other events will include free memory screenings at The Memory Center at Douglas Gardens (November 9-13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and a special screening of HBO’s documentary “The Alzheimer’s Project” on Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to noon. All events will take place at Miami Jewish Health System’s Miami campus. Please contact Chrystine Kopcsik at 305-514-8699 for more information or to RSVP.

Saturday, November 21
2009 CBC Gospel Fest:
ChristWay Baptist Church (CBC) presents its 2009 CBC Gospel Fest. Inspirational Gospel Artist James Fortune & Fiya ("I trust You Lord") will join Junior Tucker and Speaking Hands to minister through song and dance. Also performing will be the CBC Combined choir and the CBC Youth Choir. This spiritually uplifting event is not to be missed! The gospel fest will take place at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar, and starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, $30, $25. For more information, please call 954-462-0222.