calendar-2_web.jpgThursday, August 2

Tacolcy Summer Finale: Join the Liberty City agency’s Freedom School scholars and staff with the theme, Celebrating 50 Years of Motown, 6 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 N.E. 59th Ter., Miami. Admission free. Call Denise Rainey at 305-751-1295 ext. 115 or visit tacolcy.org

Friday, August 3 

Tax-Free Weekend: Mark your calendars for the first weekend in August for your back-to-school shopping needs.  This year Florida’s sales tax holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 3 and ends at midnight, Sunday, August 5. During this period, no Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $75 or less per item, or on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item. 

Saturday, August 4 

AlvinCamp Performance: Join youth from the 2012 AileyCamp for their final performance which culminates the six-week AileyCamp Miami 2012 and will feature ballet, jazz, modern and West African dance performed by students ages 11-14 enrolled in Miami Dade County Public Middle Schools, 7 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Admission free, reserved ticket required, visit arshtcenter.org

Burger, Beer & Balls Bash: The Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival is presenting its inaugural event, 4-10 p.m. at the historic Miami Circle (behind The Icon at Brickell), 401 Brickell Ave., Miami. It will feature more than 25 local restaurants, a demo on how to build a unique burger, a burger-eating contest by B&B Burger & Beer Joint at 7 p.m., a live all-day concert, wine & spirits VIP lounge, Miami Marlins free kids play area including arts and crafts, car exhibit, exhibitors charitable organizations, vendors and more. Some proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. Visit tasteofbrickell.com 

International Day of Fasting & Praying: The Hon. Sandra Grant Griffiths, Jamaican general consul, invites you to pray and fast for Jamaica’s spiritual renewal and transformation, 6:30 p.m. at the Holy Family Episcopal Church, 18501 N.W. Seventh Ave., Miami, and 7:00 p.m. at Ascension Peace Presbyterian Church, 2701 N. State Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes. Call 954-249-5073. 

Submarine Presentation: At 2 p.m., OceanGate Foundation is holding a special presentation for family audiences where they will discuss the history of submarines, present info on submarine research taking place in Miami, field questions from the audience and more at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Avenue. Attendees will also be able to take a closer look at the S101 submarine on display. Visit miamisci.org. 

The Writer’s Studio: Come out at 10 a.m. to the Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Contact Howard Gleichenhaus at 561-638-7251. 

Sunday, August 5 

Grooming Gents: Join Casting Couch Productions, the African American Performing Arts Community Theatre (AAPACT) and Miami’s first hip-hop barbershop, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Chop Shop, 7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami for a back-to-school event to positively impact 50 underprivileged boys with style, believing that a well-groomed child can equate to a well-behaved child. Visit facebook.com/castingcouchtv or call 954-590-0951. 

SunTrust Jazz Brunch: Celebrate the end of summer with soulful jazz music and friends, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. along the New River in Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District. Call 954-462-0222.

Tuesday, August 7 

Auditions for Musical Production: Cynthia Community Theatre Corporation will hold auditions for actors and dancers ages 10-60 to present Hooray for Cindy! I do not want to be a bully. Youths must be good students, have good character, be funny, well groomed, punctual and have a love for the theatre and stage. Auditions 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 7-8, and 2-4 p.m. on Aug. 11 at 516  N. State Rd. 7, Hollywood. Call 954-540-2368 to make an appointment. Serious inquiries only, send headshot and bio to cynthiabellproductions@gmail.com 

Thursday, August 9 

IFE-ILE Dance Festival: Miami Dade College will help kick off the 14th annual event, 7 p.m. at the College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Avenue, Bldg. 6, Rm. 6100, in downtown Miami. The pre-festival event, free and open to the public, will include lively music and dance performances, a panel discussion, film presentation and more. Tickets for the classes/workshops and other events $10- $20. 

Friday, August 10

Cricket: Join the Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago consul generals for a weekend of lovely cricket Aug. 10-11 at 6 p.m. as their national teams go head-to-head at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Pl., Lauderhill. Tickets $12 for the mound, $20 for the stands. Call Susan Davis at 954-648-2800 or email nasuss@att.net 

Ongoing: 

Ninth Annual Fundraiser Luncheon: The Historic Hampton House invites you to join them at 12 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Church of the Open Door, 6001 N.W. Eighth Ave., Miami to honor Miami homegrown achievers Harry Coaxum, John R. Marks and Ronald Blocker. Donations $50. To RSVP call 305-638-5800.

Clematis by Night: Chill out South Florida style with the popular concert series, 6-9 p.m. every Thursday night at Centennial Square at the end of Clematis Street along the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach. Visit clematisbynight.net or call 561-822-1515.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: SMDCAC, located at 10950 S.W. 211 St., Cutler Bay, embarks on its second season of performances featuring an outstanding lineup of presentations showcasing a diverse set of artists and performing art events. Tickets for the season go on sale on Tuesday, September 4. Buy online at smdcac.org or call 786-573-5300.