kwanzaa-candles-web.jpgSaturday, Dec. 28

Richmond Heights Celebration Banquet: Join Mistress of Ceremony Traci Cloyd, news director of WHQT Hot 105 FM Radio to toast the rich history of Richmond Heights at its Founder’s and Richmond Middle School’s 50th Reunion at 7:30 p.m. at The Elk’s Lodge No. 948, 10301 Sunset Drive, Miami.

Entertainment will be provided by B&S Entertainment. Cost is $65 per person. Contact Patricia Harper Garrett, event coordinator at 305-519-8995.

Sunday, Dec. 29

Community Kwanzaa Program and Concert: Delou Africa Inc. presents its first celebration highlighting the principle of Ujaama at 4 p.m., at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59 Terrace, Miami. Call 305-978-3866.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Golden: Join Ingrid B. and On the B Side for “A B Side New Year’s Eve Experience” featuring Allen Phillips and Friends at 9 p.m., at Piano Hollywood, 5805 Seminole Way. Enjoy music and a complimentary champagne toast. Tickets are $20. Visit onthebside.com

First Night Celebration: Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) invites the public to come celebrate New Year’s Eve with them in style. In addition to the broad range of music, dance, theater, visual art, and film programs offered, First Night’s activities range from arts and crafts to obstacle courses, face painting to Improv Theater, carousels to ice skating, and dancers to magicians. Visitors can expect a day full of fun, prizes, food and music. The festivities begin at 4 p.m., with
performances and activities and ends with exciting New Years fireworks at both 9 p.m. and midnight. Visit visitdelraybeach.org/first-night-2014

Thursday, Jan. 2

Jay-Z: Magna Carta World Tour: If you missed Jay-Z this year when he toured with Justin Timberlake, don’t fret! Hip-Hop’s biggest star will bring his Magna Carta tour to promote his latest album to South Florida at 8 p.m., at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. Google Magna Carta World Tour Miami.

Friday, Jan. 3

Jackie Evancho Live: The Adrienne Arsht Center and AEG Live are proud to present the Miami debut of Jackie Evancho – the 13-year-old operatic soprano prodigy who captivated audiences nationwide on America’s Got Talent and PBS’ Great Performances series – live in concert to thrill South Florida fans with her mesmerizing voice as she performs operatic arias, pop standards, show tunes and hits from her latest album, Songs from the Silver Screen. She will be supported by a 25-piece symphony orchestra at 8 p.m., in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets range from $49.50 to $99.50. Call 305-949-6722 or visit arshtcenter.org

The Nutcracker: Miami City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s legendary piece, Jan. 3-5 in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Complete with beautiful sets, lavish costumes, dazzling special effects and glorious music, The Nutcracker is a musical treat for audiences of all ages. This special performance will feature a large cast of talented children performing with the company on Friday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25, $37, $49, $69 and $79; $17, $28, $43, $56, and $65 for groups of 10 or more; $15, $20, $30 and $40 for students; Club Level tickets are available for $139. Visit browardcenter.org

Ongoing:

Seeking Youth Trailblazer Award Nominations: The MLKCC youth committee will honor 10 students throughout the community that have either made a positive change within their life or community at their 5th annual summit entitled “Change Yourself Before You Change Me” on Jan. 8. Send a one-page letter about your nominee and why they should be honored to bcasseus@ccmiami.com. Include your contact information and full name and contact information of the nominee. Pictures and video clips are encouraged. The nomination deadline is Jan. 4. Partners include Dwyane Wade’s foundation “The D-Wade Foundation,” BET and Clear Channel Radio’s 103.5 The Beat.  Call 754-235-3298.

Nominate a HBCU Student Leader: The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) works to promote HBCU excellence, innovation, and sustainability. In 2014 the Initiative will recognize current HBCU students for their dedication to academics, leadership and civic engagement. Nomination will be accepted through Jan. 10. Eligibility and rules include the following: 1) Nominee must be a current undergraduate or graduate student at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). 2) Only completed applications will be considered. This includes signed nomination form, unofficial transcripts, short essay, resume and endorsement. 3) Submissions entered past the due date will not be acknowledged.  Applications must be submitted by, 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 10. Please submit application to: oswhi-hbcu@ed.gov. Visit ed.gov

Dogs on the Dunes: By popular demand, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has extended its weekend activity that offers a unique opportunity for dogs and their owners to swim and play together in a designated beach recreation area for dogs to now include Wednesdays at Haulover Beach Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami. The new operating schedule is Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitor parking for the dog recreation areas is $2 per vehicle and you must have a dog in the vehicle. Call 305-947-3525 or visit miamidade.gov/parks

Feed the Homeless: S.E.E.K. Inc. will feed the homeless in the City of Overtown every first Saturday of each month from 2-4 p.m., between 14-15 Streets and First Ave.  S.E.E.K. is a not-for-profit organization serving youth of diverse backgrounds by providing public services that promote self-advocacy skills, strategic thinking skills, and community involvement to become lifelong problem solvers. Email seekingempowerment@gmail.com