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Youth Violence Dialogue: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board have teamed with the Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. and the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) to invite the community to a “Village Dialogue.” The forum is aimed at combating the proliferation of gang and youth violence and will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd Ave. in Miami.  For more information, contact Retha Boone-Fye in the Miami-Dade County Office of Community Advocacy’s Black Affairs Advisory Board at 305-375-4606 or by email at

Annual Luncheon & Spirit of the Caribbean Awards: At 11 a.m., Minority Development & Empowerment, Inc. will award some of the first responders from Broward County for their assistance following the Haiti earthquake. Highlights include: CBS4’s Sharrie Williams’ firsthand account of covering the earthquake with CBS4 footage; a survivor’s story of experiencing and living through the earthquake; and a children’s dance performance to “New Haiti – A New Beginning,” a hopeful song inspired by the earthquake devastation. The event will take place at the Signature Grand, 6900 W. State Road 84 in Davie. For more information, contact Cindy Schutt at 954-757-2622.

Sat., Oct. 30

Community Bike Ride: Get your pedal on! Join Belafonte TACOLCY Center CEO Alison Austin for a Community Bike Ride from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bikers will meet at TACOLCY at 6161 NW 9th Ave. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. For more information, call 305-751-1295 ext. 139 or email

Wed., Nov. 3

Minority and Women-Owned Business Disparity Study Workshops: The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD), along with Broward County's Small Business Advisory Board, will have a community workshop to allow the public to respond to and comment on a study report that evaluates race and gender discrimination among small business owners in the county. The workshop will take place at the Hollywood Branch Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, in the Multi-Purpose Room from 6 to 7:30 p.m.. For more information, contact Chris Atkinson at 954-357-6400.

Thurs., Nov. 4

Arise and Shine Leadership Summit:  The Fountain of New Life, 4601 Northwest 167th St., in Miami Gardens will offer two days of sessions (Nov. 4-5) on Encouraging the Encourager; Worship that Lifts to New Levels; Building High Impact Teams; Communication that Lifts; and How to Raise Money Effectively.  Cost is $65 per person. For information or to register call 305-622-3123 or log on to Greater Fort Lauderdale National College Fair: The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) present this free event at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale  from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Students and parents will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with admission representatives from a wide range of national and international, two and four-year colleges and universities; learn about admission requirements, financial aid, campus environment and other information pertinent to the college selection process. For more information visit, email or call 800-822-6285.

Fri., Nov. 5

Jazz Roots: American Songbook: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts presents the inaugural concert at 8 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. The program will spotlight two of the premier interpreters of American popular song – five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein and multi-platinum recording artist Ann Hampton Callaway. These two venerable artists will bring to life the most beloved songs, show tunes, and jazz standards by Berlin, Ellington, Gershwin, Kern, Mercer, Porter, and more. Tickets range from $25-$130. For tickets, visit   or call the box office at 305-949-6722.

Sat., Nov. 6­

Oleta Adams in Concert: The Grammy Award-nominated artist  brings her soulful sounds to the Miramar Cultural Center for A Night of Smooth Jazz at 8 p.m. for one performance only. Tickets are $42 and $55. To purchase tickets, call 954-602-4500 or visit the website at The center is located at 2400 Civic Center Pl. in Miramar.

A Place to Call Home: Koinonia Worship Center (KWC) presents this entertaining play written by Idella Johnson Muldrow at 2:30 p.m. at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. near Fort Lauderdale. Adult tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets for youth 12 and under are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call KWC at 954-964-2901 or Ms. Gainey at 954-404-0768.


Opera tickets on sale now: Do you appreciate the power of a gifted vocalists and a great story? The Miramar Cultural Center, 240 Civic Center Pl. in Miramar has begun selling tickets for three beloved operas to be performed during its 2011 Opera Season. Lucia Di Lammermoor, Turandot, and Madame Butterfly, all accompanied by the Russian National Symphony, will be performed in the beautifully intimate 800-seat theatre. All performances begin promptly at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at 954-602-4500, or the box office.

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