pieces-of-jamaica-web.jpgThursday, Dec. 6

Town Hall Meeting: The Black Educators Caucus hosts a meeting to address discord and cultural misunderstanding between African-American and Haitian-American youths in relation to the recent shooting tragedy at Newcomb Hall in Riviera Beach, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Full Service Center, Tamarind Avenue and 15 St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-201-1205.

Learn the ABCs of Opening a Business: In an effort to promote economic growth and development, the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources will continue its series of free workshops to educate the public on the steps required to open a business in Miami-Dade County, 12:30 p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Permitting and Inspection Center, 11805 S.W. 26 St. Seating limited. Call 305-375-3677.

Friday, Dec. 7

Vegas Night: First Fridays of Florida celebrates 12 years of hosting the First Fridays event in South Florida with an extra special night, 10 p.m. at the Grand Palms Resort, 110 Grand Palms Dr., Pembroke Pines. Visit firstfridaysweb.com or call 954-333-3738.

Global Caribbean IV and Pieces of Jamaica: An Art Basel special opening focused on contemporary expression from the West Indies and Guiana, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 N.W. 59 Terrace, Miami. Visit theglobalcaribbean.org

Free Jazz Concert: Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan re-launches her Music in the Park Series with the Sunshine Jazz Organization, 6:30 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater, 3000 N.W. 199 St., Miami Gardens, including pianist George Tandy Sr., saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr. and the Florida Memorial University Jazz Band. Call 305-474-3011.

Gilda’s Club Benefit: Give back and enjoy theater at the performance of Divorce Party The Musical: The Hilarious Journey to Hell…and Back, 8 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, to benefit Gilda’s Club South Florida, a free cancer support community. For each ticket sold, $2 will be donated to Gilda’s Club. Use promotional code “gilda.”  Tickets $31.50 and $39. Call 954-462-0222 or visit ParkerPlayhouse.com

Kimberley Locke: The inaugural season of the Cabaret by the Bay Series launches with the finalist from season two of American Idol at  8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, located at 3385 N.E. 188 St., Aventura. Tickets $34.50. Call 1-877-311-7469 or visit AventuraCenter.org

Oasis Christmas Reunion and Talent Show: Let your dance, song, step, spoken word or multimedia arts talents shine, 7:30 p.m. at Branches South Miami, 6565 Red Road in Miami. Call 305-742-8217.

Pembroke Park Holiday Toy Drive: City commissioners will accept new, unwrapped toys from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday through Dec. 14 in town hall, 3150 S.W. 52 Ave., Pembroke Park, to kick off the town’s annual toy drive. Call 954-966-4600.

History Presentation: Join history buff Alexander “Sandy” Simon at 2 p.m. at the Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., as he presents The Amazing Story of Delray Beach, Boca Raton & Boynton Beach, tracing the earliest settlements in the area including the Spanish arrival, the Seminole Indians, the legend of the “Barefoot Mailman” and the arrival of the Flagler Railroad in 1894. Call 561-266-9490.

Saturday, Dec. 8

The Sippy Cups: Rock Concert for Kids. Rock out to a free concert exclusive for library cardholders, 2 – 3 p.m. at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center of Nova Southeastern University. Tickets required. Call 954-262-5477.
Wednesday, Dec. 12

PBC Democratic Party Holiday Celebration: All Democrats and friends are invited to a fun evening to celebrate past accomplishments and future endeavors, 6 p.m. at The Airport Hilton Hotel, 150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach. RSVP required, call 561-498-0477.

Free Law Seminar: Kaye Bender Rembaum presents a seminar about community association law, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions and topics for discussion with their RSVP to KBRLegalSeminar@piersongrant.com or call 954-776-1999 ext. 230.

Seal and Expunge Workshop: The Advocate Program will host an interactive workshop assisting individuals to properly seal or expunge their arrest record, 6 p.m. at Jam Moran Collier City
Learning Library, 2800 N.W. Ninth Ct., Pompano Beach.

Friday, Dec. 14

Old Dillard Museum presents  Rhythms of Diversity, Venus Rising, 6 p.m., 1009 N.W. Fourth St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 754-322-8288.

Saturday, Dec. 15

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

Sunday, Dec. 16

Free Messiah Concert: Dr. Nelson Hall conducts Bridging Classics of the Past with Classics of the Future, with highlights from the 2012 Community Mass Choir and Orchestra and featuring Florida Memorial University jazz great Melton Mustafa, 4 p.m. at Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2500 N.W. 50 St., Miami.


ICABA Honors: Get your tickets now for this year’s unique  event honoring black community leaders and entrepreneurs, being held at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. Tickets $75. Call 786-871-0099 or visit icabaworld.com

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. Parents/guardians can start applying for the 2013-14 school year. Visit at stepupforstudents.org.