rev.-george-e.-mcrae-web.jpgThursday, Dec. 13

Florida Memorial University Graduation Events: Miami’s only historically black college or university invites the public to celebrate with their graduates at 7 p.m. for its Senior Banquet in the Smith Conference Center. Tickets are required.

Then on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., get a word from the Rev. George E. McRae of Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church during the Baccalaureate Service at the Susie C. Holley Religious Center; and attend Commencement Ceremony Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8:30 a.m., featuring the Hon. Sharon R. Wilson, president of the Senate of the Bahamas, as the keynote speaker in the A. Chester Robinson Athletic Center. For more information call 305-626-3624.


Friday, Dec. 14


ICABA Honors: Enjoy a night of honor for black community leaders and entrepreneurs, 6 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University in the Wayne H. Huizenga Business School, 3301 College Avenue in Davie. Tickets $75. Call 786-871-0099 or visit


Saturday, Dec. 15


The Embassy F.A.I.R. (Family Activity Information and Resources): The New Beginning Embassy will sponsor a free resource fair where the community will have access to different health vendors, social services, sports and more, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 2398 N.W. 119 St., Miami. For more information call 305-681-6121 or 305-681-0119.


Miami Open Stage: Enjoy the showcase of local emerging and established choreographers, 7 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 5900 N.E. Second Ave. Tickets $10. Visit


Sunday, Dec. 16


Mended Hearts Support Group: A support group offering hope and encouragement for heart patients, their families and their caregivers, 1 – 3 p.m. in the Main Auditorium at Memorial Regional Hospital, 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood. Free. Call 954-608-4227.


Tuesday, Dec. 18


Smoke Free Housing Seminar: The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Broward County, Broward County Health Department, the American Lung Association and community partners will present A Breath of Fresh Air, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Broward County Health Department’s Administrative Auditorium, 780 S.W. 24th St., Fort Lauderdale.  Space limited, please register by Friday, Dec. 14. Call 954-467-4700 ext. 5804.


Wednesday, December 19


Holiday Toy Drive for Formerly Homeless Children: Miami’s Apollo Bank is participating in a special toy drive on behalf of Carrfour Supportive Housing, a local nonprofit organization that provides permanent housing and supportive services for formerly homeless families across Miami. Unwrapped toys for children of all ages can be dropped off in the lobby of Apollo Bank’s Brickell location at 1150 South Miami Avenue in Miami thru Dec. 19. Visit


Peace Corps Family & Friends Panel Discussion: Mingle with Peace Corps staff, family members, returned Peace Corps volunteers and applicants, who will discuss topics such as safety, health, staying in contact, and how volunteers evolve as a result of their experience, 6 p.m. at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. Fort Lauderdale. For more information contact  Steve Hunsicker at 305-929-3066 or




DIBIA Holiday Clinic: Tis’ the season to hone your basketball skills with experienced coaches and trainers from Dibia Athletic Development, Dec. 27-29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Ransom Everglades High School, 2045 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami. Cost is $100. Call Brandon at 786-543-8826 or email


Discounted Miami Dolphins Tickets: Support Palm Beach State College by purchasing tickets to see the Dolphins play the Jaguars or the Bills this month, with 400 Level tickets $35 and 100 Level tickets $102. Use offer PBSC to purchase online. For more information or large groups of 12 or more, call Clayton Idle at 305-943-6697 or email at


Historic Victory Theater closes with Free Movie Matinees: The Fabulous Forties on the Avenue exhibit and the Victory Theater within the exhibit will be permanently closing in January. But no worries, you still have time to enjoy this historic and fascinating experience. The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, will have matinee showings every Saturday at 1 p.m. through Dec. 29. Holiday classics showing include It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol and Stormy Weather. Call 954-357-6282 for more information.


Step Up For Students: Florida has the nation’s largest K-12 scholarship program giving low-income families the ability to choose the school that best meets their children’s needs. This year, the program is providing $4,335 scholarships to roughly 50,000 students in more than 1,300 private schools of their choosing. Families who qualify for the free or reduced-price school lunch program, children who are in foster care or who are homeless, could be eligible. Parents/guardians can enter their contact information at to be notified when they can start applying for the 2013-14 school year.  Call 1-877-735-7837 or email


Register Now for the 2013 Season at The McIntyre Institute: Join the ranks of students who have answered the call to dance for the Lord at the world-renowned school of dance and education. Registration fee $6 now thru December 31. Visit mcintyreinstitute


*Pictured above is Rev. George E. McRae of Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church.