calendar-blue_web.jpgThursday, Dec. 19

M-DCPS Subcontractor Outreach Seminar: Join the Office of Economic Opportunity and members of the business community from 5-7 p.m., to learn about bid requirements for MAST Academy and Miami Norland Senior High School in the School Board Administration Building Auditorium, 1450 NE Second Ave., Miami. The seminar will include information regarding prequalification with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and Pirtle Construction, understanding Minority/Women Business Enterprise and Small Business Enterprise and local workforce bid requirements as well as meeting key team members from M-DCPS and Pirtle Construction. Contact Diane Vazquez at 954-343-5946.

Thursday, Dec. 19

DMV to Go: Residents can receive assistance in attaining or renewing a driver’s license or identification card, as well as several federal services from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Stephen P. Clark Center in the lobby, 111 NW First St., Miami. Due to limited space, residents interested in obtaining a driver’s license or ID card must make an online appointment. Those with appointments must bring proper documentation as required by the DMV. A list of suitable identification is available at Call the Office of Community Advocacy at 305-375-5730.

The Hour of Code: Miami-Dade Public Library is participating in the weeklong campaign which aims to have 10 million students in the United States experience one hour of computer science in school from 4-5 p.m., at the Main Library, 101 West Flagler St. Free Wi-Fi is available for those with their own laptops. Library laptops will also be available. The overall goal is to increase students’ interest in computer science and code writing as future career paths.  Call 305-375-5021 to pre-register. For more details on this event or a schedule of upcoming coding classes, call 305-375-2665 or visit

Third Thursday Art Walk: Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents a showcase of the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, featuring national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries between Mile Marker 81 and 82 – formerly named Industrial Road – as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-9 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Admission is free. Call 305-664-9100 or email

Friday, Dec. 20

Jingle Ball: See Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Flo Rida, Demi Lovato, Fall Out Boy, Jason DeRulo and Avril LaVigne for Y100’s annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Visit

Affordable Health Care Act and HR Trends: With the dawn of Obamacare, is your business ready for 2014? Find out by joining Sen. Oscar Braynon II and noted health care professionals from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the UM Life, Science and Technology Center, 1951 N.W. Seventh Ave., Miami. Call 305-751-8648 or RSVP online at

Arts Park Movie Night: Bring your family out to enjoy the hilarious holiday film, Elf at 8 p.m., being shown on the Arts Park Amphitheater Stage, One Young Circle (US-1 and Hollywood Blvd). Admission is free. Call 954-921-3500.

Jazz Roots: The Adrienne Arsht Center and Larry Rosen present Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series – Big Band Holidays starring The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Cecile McLorin Salvant, the sensational 24-year-old Miami native who has been called one of “7 Young Players to Watch,” by, at 8 p.m., in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets range from $25 to $150 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling 305-949-6722 or visiting

Saturday, Dec. 21

Holiday in the Village: The City of Opa-locka will hold its 12th Annual Toy Give-Away from 2- 5:30 p.m., at Sherbondy Village, 215 President Barack Obama (Perviz) Ave., Opa-locka. The festivities will include a bicycle give-away, fun, food and excitement including games, kiddy rides, wintery snow, raffled gifts for adults like high-definition televisions, gift cards and other items. The community-friendly environment will also provide health and wellness booths and a “Praise in the Park” Gospel Explosion. Call 305-953-2800 ext. 2801.

Soul Sistah D.I.V.A Monologues: If you’re tired of going through the same situations and feeling like there’s no way out, come join some eclectic women of power and be blessed by stories of pain, deceit and freedom at 2 p.m. at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Tuesday, Dec. 24

Weekly Film Screenings: The Miami Jazz and Film Society will present a screening of Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, beginning with a reception from 5-6 p.m., and show time at 6:15 p.m., at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 N.W. 22nd Ave., Miami. A second film will follow. Admission is free.

Thursday, Dec. 26

A Kwanzaa Experience 2013: Diaspora Arts Coalition (DAC) presents its annual Kwanzaa celebration from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 N.W. 22 Ave., Miami. In addition to attendees bringing their favorite covered dish for a traditional potluck Kwanzaa family dinner, DAC will be collecting travel-size toiletries and socks to benefit Miami Rescue Mission.Call 786-237-5079 or visit