calendar-2_web.jpgThursday, August 9

IFE-ILE Dance Festival Pre-Event: At 7 p.m., free and open to the public, Miami Dade College helps kick off the Aug. 11 festival. The pre-festival will include music and dance performances, a panel discussion, film presentation and more at the college’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Bldg. 6, Room 6100, downtown Miami. Call 305-796-1125 or visit

Friday, August 10

Jamaica and Trinidad’s 50th Anniversary Celebration:
Celebrate the two island nations Aug. 10 – 12 at Merrell United Methodist Church, 3900 N. State Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes. Call 954-560-0285.

Cricket: Join the Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago consuls general for a weekend of lovely cricket Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. as their national teams go head to head at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill. Tickets $12 for the mound, $20 for the stands. Call 954-648-2800 or email

Friday Fest: Enjoy the sounds of mixed culture and reggae, 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Beach Theatre on Johnson Street, Hollywood. Call 954-921-3404.

Saturday, August 11

14th Annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival: A unique celebration of Afro-Cuban culture organized by renowned choreographer and dance professor Neri Torres through her nonprofit organization. The daylong festival includes a variety of classes and workshops offering rumba, orisha, Afro-modern and casino-style salsa among other dance disciplines at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center, 212 N.E. 59th Ter., Miami. Tickets for classes, workshops and other events start at $10; full-day pass $105; at the door $115. Call 305-796-1125 or visit

Monday, August 13

Got Gaming: Join Young Adult Librarian Loanis Menendez-Cuesta at the Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Avenue, for this informative session. Contact Bonnie Stelzer, director of Community Relations at 954-266-9490.

Wednesday, August 15

Book Discussion: Join author Yvette Forbes, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, as she discusses her book Testimonies: Issues of Life, depicting the stories of how nine biblical women overcame their trials and weathered life’s storms. Call 954-357-2810.

Thursday, August 16

Christian McBride:
In this much-anticipated concert the bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator leads his trio including Christian Sands (piano) and Ulysses Owens (drums), 8:00 p.m. at Coral Gables Congregational Church of Christ, Coral Gables. Tickets $30-$45; call 305-448-7421 ext. 153 or visit

Saturday, August 18

Back to School Health and Resource Fair: Broward Health Community Health Services will provide immunizations and physicals that children must have before returning to school from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Seventh Avenue Family Health Center, 200 N.W. Seventh Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Various community
resources and multi-lingual staff will be available to build awareness and provide health screening services close to home. Visit


Back-to-School After-School Fest: Join Tacolcy, Teach for America, Chop Shop Cares for Kids and others Aug. 25 for a back-to-school event like never before. Come with school supply lists and questions in hand with free backpacks, entertainment, workshops, vendors and more to help you have a successful school year. Call 305-751-1295 ext. 139 or visit

Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day:
Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave., is hosting a day of remembrance and activities on Saturday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 20 years after Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida. Visit

Ninth Annual Fundraiser Luncheon: The Historic Hampton House invites you at 12 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Church of the Open Door, 6001 N.W. Eighth Ave., to honor Miami’s 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 or call 561-822-1515.