Thursday, Dec. 5
Trim-a-Christmas Tree Decorating Challenge: Meet and greet the New Seminole Hard Rock Girls as they pose alongside 21 holiday trees; vote for your favorite charity; win a $500 shopping spree; support one local charity by helping them win a $5,000 cash donation; help fight hunger in our community; enjoy entertainment by the official Miami Heat National Anthem singer and good luck charm, Julia Dale, carolers and the talented violin duo, Sons of Mystro; watch a fashion show; and enjoy fresh blown snow, cookies and eggnog for $1.
All this and more will happen at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s food drive event, from 6-9 p.m., at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood. The event is a part of the “Imagine There’s No Hunger Campaign.” Visit seminolehardrockhollywood.com
Friday, Dec. 6
Tree Lighting Ceremony: Celebrate the holidays with friends and family at the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments, lights and the arrival of Santa Claus from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Northwest Third Avenue and 10 Street. If you are interested in having your group perform at the Tree Lighting Celebration, email Jonelle Adderley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the SEOPW CRA at 305-679-6800.
Florida Keys Holiday Festival: This extravaganza begins with a tree-lighting ceremony at Founders Park, MM 87, followed by a holiday parade featuring Santa, food, kids activity booths, live on-stage performances and a mountain of snow from 4-10 p.m. The parade is at 7 p.m. Call 305-664-4503.
Luisa Maria Guell in Concert: Latin Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actress Luisa Maria Güell will perform live in concert at Tropical Park at 8 p.m. at the park, 7900 S.W. 40 St., Miami. Admission and parking are free. Concert goers are encouraged to bring along a blanket, chairs and snacks to better enjoy the festivities. In the event of rain concerts may be cancelled. Call Vivian Greer Digon at 305-271-0812.
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Seminar: The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Broward County, the Florida Department of Health in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Saint Lucie counties, will present a seminar designed to encourage, enlighten and educate multi-unit property owners and managers on the benefits of adopting smoke-free policies and the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Administrative Auditorium of the Florida Department of Health, 780 S.W. 24 St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-4700, ext. 5804.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Community Health Fair: The Jessie Trice Community Health Center (JTCHC) will host a health fair in support of the observance of World AIDS Day from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., at Olinda Park, 2101 N.W. 51 St., Miami. Call 305-637-6400.
Human Being Talent Fashion Show: Making their debut during ART BASEL Miami will be a “who’s who” of the “who’s hot” in the South Florida scene including featured artists: JaFleu, Marcio Karam, eVol i ART, Black Dalhia and Radames Perez; and featured photographers: Diego Donis, Natalia Grossa, YOS, Urie Pierre and Nick Ponticelli from 6-11 p.m., at Whitelaw Hotel Lobby & Courtyard, 808 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
Elderly Affairs Holiday Extravaganza: Miami Gardens wants to appreciate its elderly in style this holiday season with dinner and dancing at 5 p.m., at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 N.W. 199 St., Miami Gardens. Tickets are $25. Call 305-622-8062.
Winter Wonderland: Latter Rain Family Worship Center/Life Center of Miramar welcomes the community to attend its Christmas Craze Winter Wonderland with activities for the kids, toy giveaways, snacks and treats to enjoy from 6-9 p.m., at the church, 11902 Miramar Parkway. Call 954-260-9348.
World AIDS Day Observance: Genesis Community Health, a non-profit health clinic dedicated to serving patients of all economic levels, is recognizing World AIDS Day 2013 by offering free HIV rapid testing and education and adult physicals (glucose check, blood pressure check, cholesterol check and consultation with provider) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 900 N. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. Call 561-735-6553 or visit gencomhealth.org
Sunday, Dec. 8
Breakfast in the Park: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, in partnership with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, celebrates Art Basel Miami Beach with its 10th annual event from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Guests will enjoy a complimentary outdoor breakfast, relax and sip Korbel Champagne Mimosas on the terrace, hear a stimulating talk by the featured sculptor and take guided tours of the Sculpture Park, as well as the exhibitions in the museum, 10975 SW 17 Street in Miami. Call 305-348-2890 or visit thefrost.fiu.edu.
James Fortune & FIYA in Concert: The Adrienne Arsht Center proudly presents three-time Stellar Award winner, six-time ASCAP award-winning songwriter and two-time Grammy Award nominee, James Fortune as part of its 2013-2014 Free Gospel Sundays Concert Series hosted by ABC Local 10 news anchor Calvin Hughes at the center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Visit arshtcenter.org
Gingerbread Holiday Concert: The Lynn University Friends of the Conservatory of Music invites children of all ages to enjoy the beloved music traditions of the holidays in this much-anticipated concert by The Lynn University Philharmonic Orchestra at 3 p.m. at Boca Raton Resort and Club’s Great Hall – 501 E. Camino Real in Boca Raton. Tickets are $35 and includes the cost of valet parking. Proceeds from the concert benefit annual scholarships for Conservatory of Music students. Call 561-237-9000 or visit events.lynn.edu
Seraphic Fire in Concert: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) presents a holiday concert by Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s acclaimed “All Star” ensemble of professional choral singers at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $37.50. SMDCAC is located at 10950 S.W. 211 St., Cutler Bay. Free parking is available. Call 786-573-5300 or visit smdcac.org.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Key Ceremony and Holiday Reception: The Beacon Council Invites you to join Mayor Carlos Gimenez and commissioners at 6 p.m., at Viscaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave. Tickets are $75 for members and $90 for non-members. Visit beaconcouncil.com/eventsVolunteers