calendar_new__web.jpgFriday, April 4

Sea Level Rise: County and City Solutions: Join environmental and county experts from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Florida Atlantic University’s MetroLAB, 222 SE Second Ave. (Reubin Askew Tower), downtown Fort Lauderdale. They will reveal and discuss an action plan by Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties to counter flooding and contamination caused by sea level rise; areas in South Florida most at risk to sea level rise; and Everglades restoration as a counter measure to sea level rise. Call 954-236-1003.

U.S. Area Youth Olympic Trials: USA Track & Field (USATF) will host Olympic trials April 4-5 at the world-class Ansin Sports Complex, 10801 Miramar Blvd., Miramar. Throughout the two-day event, approximately 60 athletes ages 16 and 17 will compete in track and field events including sprint races, relays, hurdles, middle distance track events, as well as jumping and throwing events. The prestigious international competition is free to the public. Visit

Destination Fridays-Springtime in Paris:
The African American Research Library and Cultural Center is hosting an elegant evening at 6:30 p.m., at the library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Experience the glamour of Paris through food, wine and specialty drinks, plus fun, fashion, live singing and dancing. Don’t forget to dress up in French vogue. Très chic. Call 954-357-6210.

Saturday, April 5

Parenting: It’s a Journey Conference: Wingspan Seminars presents Judge Orlando Prescott of the Juvenile Division as the keynote speaker at its parenting workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Unity on the Bay, 411 NE 21 St., Miami. Registration is $79 through April 3 at

Celebrate Earth Eco Fair:
The Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department (PWWM) and its sponsoring partners will honor Earth Day from 10 2 p.m., at the West Perrine Trash and Recycling Center, 16651 SW 107 Ave. A number of resources will be provided for residents including: free document shredding (maximum two banker’s boxes per person/family/vehicle); pharmaceutical drop-off for the safe and proper disposal of outdated prescription and over-the-counter medications; showerhead and light bulb exchange; and free refreshments. A free, reusable tote bag will be given to the first 50 people in attendance. Visit

23rd Annual Florida Keys Island Fest: The annual event will feature music, art, food and fun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 5-6 at Founder’s Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key. Island Fest hosts a world-class art show with 100 artists and crafters from around the state, great live music and a “Taste of the Islands” competition where the best Upper Keys restaurants compete for coveted awards. Admission is free. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 305-664-4503 or email

Keys to Homeownership Expo: The Urban League of Palm Beach County invites the community to join it for informative sessions with local real estate professionals, breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Palm Beach Lakes High School, 3505 Shiloh Dr., West Palm Beach. Sessions are administered by experienced counselors and mortgage specialists and are designed for those interested in becoming a homeowner or reentering the housing market. Call 561-833-1461 or visit

Miami Stand Up CD Release Concert:
Fuzion Promotions has partnered with KYMG and to present some of Christian Hip-Hop’s hottest artists in concert to celebrate the release of a compilation CD of some of South Florida’s hottest Christian artists. Enjoy the music of This’l, Social Club, KYMG, Oscar Urbina, CHROME, King David, His Will, Serge, Flo and more at Evangel Church international, 590 NW 159 St., Miami at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Visit

Monday, April 7

BCL Vision Session: Meet Broward County Library Director Skye Patrick to learn about exciting plans for the future and voice your comments and questions about your Broward County Library from 6-7 p.m., at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale in Seminar Room 1. Call 954-357-6282.

Wednesday, April 9

Expo Alfresco: Sample food and wine from 40 local eateries from 5-8 p.m., at ArtsPark at Young Circle. Admission is free. Food samplings are available for a price of $20 and are free for children under 10. Call 954-923-4000 or visit

Top Minority Business Awards: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce will honor South Florida’s minority business community and celebrate the region’s rich diversity and spirit of entrepreneurship at its annual luncheon at 11:30 a.m., at the Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. The luncheon will feature a keynote speech by Marcus Lemonis, CEO & chairman of Camping World and Good Sam and star of the CNBC hit reality series, The Profit, about saving small businesses. NBC 6 South Florida Anchor Jackie Nespral will return as emcee of the program. Admission is $80 in advance and $100 on site. Contact Tania Valenzuela at 305-577-5491 or email . Visit
Eat for Charity:
Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce invites you to come and support the William E. Slaughter JR. Unit Boys and Girls Club in North Lauderdale by visiting the Coral Springs Buffalo Wild Wings, 5840 Wiles Road and eating for charity. Ten percent of the total sales will be donated to the club. Call 954-255-6744.

Thursday, April 10

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

Friday, April 11 Eargasm: Tribute to Nina Simone, Calypso Rose and Celia Cruz  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

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s Third Annual Arts Festival: The festival will offer students, alumni, faculty, staff and local guest artists the opportunity to showcase their artwork and services from 3-8 p.m., at ArtsPark at Young Circle. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact Dr. David Walzcak, assistant dean of Academic Affairs, at 954-308-2370.