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Thursday, April 21

Brown Bag Historical Lunch: The Broward County Historical Commission will host its April program at 12 p.m. at the historic West Side Grade School, 301 S.W. 13th (Harmon) Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.  For more information, call Helen Landers at 954-357-5514 or email

Friday, April 22

Give & Play for Relay For Life: The City of Miami Gardens and PlayDate Miami present this fun-filled event from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Center, 3000 NW 199th St. in Miami Gardens. Cost is  $10. For more information, call 404-437-0078 or email: info@playdate

Pamper Me Pinkk Beauty Lounge: Join Mahaqni SL at 6 p.m. for the second edition of the new, upscale and intimate beauty lounge at the Marquis Luxury Resort, 1100 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. For more information and admission prices, contact Bomb Nation at 786-290-5313.

Saturday, April 23

Basketball Wife Book Talk:
Natosha Dooling, wife of veteran NBA Point Guard Keyon Dooling of the Milwaukee Bucks, will be sharing her life story from her new book, My Eyes & My Hair, My Journey Overcoming Challenges of Daily Endeavors from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-625-2810 or to learn more about the author visit

Hip-Hop Symphony:
Pablo Malco Foundation presents Pfuzion Dance Theater in the world premiere performance with J.P. Taravella High School Orchestra on at 7 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $32, $42 and $52. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 954-462-0222 or visit

Mad City Money Simulation: At 2 p.m. 50 teens ages 14 through 17 are invited to take part in a free, interactive and hands-on workshop in which they will simulate real life including setting up accounts, buying houses, having families and more. To RSVP or for more information, email or call 954-889-2722.

National Council of Negro Women Awards Luncheon: The public is invited to attend the group’s annual Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Umbrella Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd.  Five leaders that have made significant contributions to the community will be honored. For information, please contact Alma Brown, president MDCS National Council of Negro Women, 305-754-6146.

Poetry Slam Auditions: PBABJ's 2011 Words Not Weapons Poetry Slam auditions are from 1 to 4 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium at the Palm Beach Post, 2751 S. Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach. For more information, contact Lady Hereford at

Save The Forest Art Workshops: The Miami-Dade Public Library System will welcome eco-artist Edwin Villasmil. The workshops are free and open to all ages. Additional Earth Day celebrations are taking place throughout the month in branches. For more information, call 305-375-BOOK or visit

Second Annual Steppin’ Into Paradise Step Show: The Broward County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. in partnership with the Delta Education Life Development Foundation present this step show as part of their Paint the Town Red Spring Break 2011 Weekend. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (students with ID get a $10 discount. For more information, visit

Earth Day Workday and Lecture:
Join Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S. in Coconut Creek, at 9 a.m. to help remove invasive non-native plants. A free lecture, "Growing Green: Plant Your Own Edible Eco-Yard," will follow at 2 p.m. For more information, call 954-357-5198.

Book Talk: Join poet Abner Dieujuste from 2 to 5:30 p.m. as he discusses his poetry book, Elasticity of Love at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, For more information, call 954-625-2810.

Marlins Super Saturday Concert: Latin Grammy Award-winning salsa orchestra, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico will be featured in a post-game concert at Sun Life Stadium, 2267 NW 199 St. in Miami Gardens. For more information on Super Saturdays and to purchase tickets at $25 each, call 1-877-MARLINS or visit the Marlins’ official websites at and

Sunday, April 24

Legends Easter Fete:
The City of Miramar will host Reggae Artists Third World, Band Barrington Levy, Ken Boothe, John Holt, Byron Lee’s Dragonaires, Frankie Paul and Merritone on Easter Sunday. For more information on time and venue, contact Infinite Marketing Group at 305-474-8111.

Love Equals an Empty Tomb Play: Join Master Storyteller Christal Walker as she portrays the voice of Mathew as he tells the story of Jesus' last days before He ascends to the Father at Miami Beach's Colony Theater at 7 p.m. For more information, media inquiries and group sales please contact Julia E. Brown at 305-835-0321 or email

Monday, April 25

Plantation Park Elementary Reading Challenge & Book Drive: Students and staff at Plantation Park Elementary School, 875 SE 54 Ave. in Plantation, will have a book drive from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., April 25 – 29. It will culminate with the Principal’s Reading Challenge on April 29 from 8:15 – 10:15 a.m. For more information, call Marsy Smith at 754-321-2300.   

Wednesday, April 27

Miami-Dade MPO Federal Recertification Public Meeting:  The public is invited to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers, Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st St. in Miami. For more information, call 305-375-4507 or e-mail To learn more about this public meeting and the MPO please visit

National Society of Arts & Letters Gala: The National Society of Arts and Letters South Florida Chapter is holding its annual Red Rose Dinner Gala benefiting students in the arts, on Thursday, April 28th at Brooks Restaurant in Deerfield Beach.  For more information or to RSVP call 561-391 6380 or email Dame Alyce Erickson

North Broward Democratic Club Monthly Meeting:
Join Kim Briesemeister, Co-Executive Director of the Pompano Beach CRA, as the keynote speaker at 7:30 p.m. at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6th St. in Pompano Beach. The meeting is free and open to the
public. For more information, call Joanne, 954-783-8232 or email

Ronnie Brown Stop Youth Violence Program: The Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl Running Back Ronnie Brown will speak to students about his “23 Ways to Stop Youth Violence” Program from 8 – 9 a.m. and 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Deerfield Beach High School, 910 SW 15 St. in Deerfield Beach. For more information, call Marsy Smith at 754-321-2300.    

Thursday, April 28

Miami-Dade Branch NAACP Meet and Greet: Join Bishop Victor T. Curry and the Miami-Dade Branch at 5:30 p.m. at Cresecendo’s Jazz and Blues Lounge, 2201 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. For more information, call 305-685-8694. 

Friday, April 29

Relay For Life: The City of West Park is preparing for the American Cancer Society’s 2011 Relay For Life at McTyre Park, 3501 SW 56th Ave. in West Park. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, April 29th and will feature a family-oriented carnival theme and will conclude on Saturday, April 30th at 11 a.m. For more information about how to form a team or become
involved call 954-964-0284  or visit

Saturday, April 30

1st Annual Deerfield Beach Wine & Food Festival: At 1600 E Hillsboro Blvd. at 4 p.m.,  for the low ticket price of $47, guests will be able to enjoy great wines from around the world and attend an exclusive wine sensory class with an expert sommelier. For more information, visit

Mt. Calvary CDC Re-Opening: The Mt. Calvary Community Development Center (CDC), Inc. is pleased to host its Re-Opening & Dedication Celebration from 11 a.m. – 2:00 pm at 17500 SW 103 Ave. in West Perrine. For more information, contact Melissa Scott at 305-235-4145 or email