upcoming_events_icon.jpgThursday, April 10

Swim for Jenny Reception: Join child drowning prevention advocates at the 3rd Annual Swim for Jenny Reception to raise money for learn-to-swim scholarships and child drowning prevention programs from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami. Tickets are $50 adults, $25 children under 13, and can be purchased at swimforjenny.org

Jazz Encounter: Old Dillard Museum presents an evening of music performed by young talented jazz musicians from Dade and Broward County Schools and Harmonies of Hope students at 7 p.m., at the museum, 1009 NW Fourth St., Fort Lauderdale. Admission price ranges between $5-$7. Call 754-322-8828.

Victims’ Rights Awareness Event: As part of the 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Miami-Dade Police Department, in conjunction with the Office for Victims of Crime, will host a community awareness project to raise awareness of the resources available to victims of crimes and support crime victims, their families and the community from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW First St., Miami. Call 305-471-1900.

Florida Keys History of Diving Museum:
The Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture by Dr. Sally E. Bauer at 7 p.m., in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave. Bauer will discuss the history of diving using historic images and examples from the exhibits at the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum in Islamorada. The co-founder of the museum will also tell why and how two otherwise seemingly normal people decided to develop a museum. Visit divingmuseum.org

Friday, April 11

Walk the Green Carpet: For a change of pace, head over to one of the greenest get-togethers of the year. Dream in Green invites you to party dockside, enjoy breathtaking views of the bay and specialty cocktails at its ‘Setting the Standard,’ fundraiser from 7-11 p.m., at The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach. The affair kicks off with the presentation of the 2014 Green Innovator Awards, recognizing local companies and individuals for undertaking green initiatives. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on silent auction items, enjoy an eco-fashion show by Luis Valenzuela, and a cocktail reception. Tickets cost $100 each. Call 305-576-3500 or visit dreamingreen.org

Florida Veteran Business Conference: This one-day session will include such topics as certifying your business as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) or Veteran Owned Business (VOB), the various business resources that are available from the Small Business Administration (SBA), financing for your business networking opportunities with other businesses and a panel discussion with Veteran Business Owners from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at 3000 Saint Lucie Ave., Boca Raton. Admission is free. Call 561-862-4726.

Eargasm: Tribute to Nina Simone, Calypso Rose and Celia Cruz: Karina Iglesias, TaMara Wallace and Leesa Richards will pay tribute to three musical legends whose work continues to be celebrated internationally at 8 p.m., at Broward College’s Judson A. Samuels South Campus Performing and Cultural Arts Center, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Tickets are $10. Call 954-201-8243.

Saturday, April 12

René Marie in Concert:
Back after a successful premiere at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center last season, acclaimed jazz singer René Marie returns to Miami for a weekend of soulful, witty singing at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the Center’s Black Box Theater, 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Free parking is available. Call 786-573-5300 or visit smdcac.org

BCPS Spring Health Fair and Annual Resource Fair: The fair will provide information, resources and services that are available through Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and other community organizations and vendors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Lauderhill Manors Early Learning & Family Resource Center, 1400 NW 14 Ct., Fort Lauderdale. Both events are free and open to the public. Raffles, giveaways and light refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Cindy Saintvalat 754-321-1581.

Tuesday, April 15

Chrism Mass: As part of the activities for the Lenten period, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski will celebrate at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary Cathedral, 7525 NW Second Ave., Miami. All priests of the Archdiocese of Miami have been invited. At the Chrism Mass, Archbishop Wenski will bless the Holy Oils that will be used in the parishes throughout the year for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and anointing of the sick. Archbishop Wenski will also ask the priests of the Archdiocese of Miami to renew their commitment to priestly service, and he will honor Jubilarians who are celebrating 25, 50, and more years of priestly service. Visit miamiarch.org

Wednesday, April 16

Women in Government and Business: The Democratic Women’s Club of Northeast Broward will host its monthly meeting featuring Lieutenant Colonel Kim Spadaro (Retired) from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office at 7 p.m., at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. Refreshments will be served. Contact Maggie Davidson at 954-942-8711.

Thursday, April 17

Business Development Workshop Series: Network with Broward County agency directors and gain the universal skills necessary to succeed in business from 6-7:30 p.m., at Broward County Governmental Center, Room 430, 115 South Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-6400.

Chamber South Business After Hours: Chamber South presents one of its premier networking events, allowing members to meet, exchange ideas and make important, long-lasting bonds in a comfortable setting while giving the hosting business an opportunity to showcase its workplace and gain valuable exposure from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Dadeland Courtyard Marriott, 9075 South Dadeland Blvd., Miami. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Call 305-661-1621 or email info@chambersouth.com

Bagels with the Boss: Get to know or get re-acquainted with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce at this informative morning program with Chamber President/CEO Barry E. Johnson to learn more about how to get involved, get connected and get business at 8:30 a.m., at the chamber, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Ballroom Level, in Miami. RSVP is requested. Visit miamichamber.com or contact Malissa Morgan at 305-577-5467 or email mmorgan@miamichamber.com


Free Tax Preparation: Branches and the Miami-Dade County VITA Collaborative are currently preparing free returns for individuals making $52,000 or less. Call 211 to find the VITA site nearest you. Individuals making up to $58,000 may go online and prepare their own returns at myfreetaxes.com/uwcfs