calendar-blue_web.jpgFriday, Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day Night Hike: Are you looking for something to do outdoors with your sweetheart or family on Valentine’s Day? Are you fascinated by the moon, stars or even glow bugs? Then attend the “Creatures of the Night Hike” from 7:30-9 p.m., at Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach. Naturalists from Miami-Dade parks will take you on a night hike through the park in search of its nocturnal residents. Cost is $6 per person. Reservations are required and must be made no laterthan the day before. Call 305-944-6111 or visit miamiecoadventures.com

Rock Night – Laser Show: Broward College’s Buehler Planetarium will host a rock night laser light show featuring iconic music by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and a mix of pop hits from Pink, ‘N Sync and more at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m., at Buehler Planetarium and Observatory, 3501 SW Davie Road, Davie. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 15 years old. Call 954-201-6681 or visit iloveplanets.com/

Saturday, Feb. 15

Shakti Rising: Explore the concepts of pregnancy, birth and loss and, expressing life at it’s very core through the art of dance, storytelling, music and ritual at 7 p.m., at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59 Ter., Miami. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.  The show features an array of dancers who will tell a powerful story through various styles of movement including, belly dance, North African, Afro-Cuban folklore, and modern and is produced and directed by licensed midwife and owner of Bellymama Midwifery, Corina Fitch. Visit youtube.com/watch?v=D1Ch0KG4dls

Sunday, Feb. 16

South Dade Gospel Fest: The Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board presents the 2014 Gospel Fest at 5 p.m., at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay. The fest introduces the South Florida Ministries of Music featuring special guest soloist Sister Velda Virgil. The line-up includes: James “Step” Hall, Unity, Abdiaz Armenteros, George Dawson & the New C Lord C’s, Apostolic Singers, Patricia Jackson, South Florida Boys and Girls Choir, Alecsys “Llyrixx” Turner, Raymond Young & Dedications Dance Academy, The Bethel Church Worship & Arts Ministry and Mistress of Ceremony, Dr. Dorothy Zeigler. All people entering the theater must have a ticket, regardless of age, including children and infants. Tickets are $6 for adults and $1 for children ages 17 and under. Call 786-573-5300 or visit smdcac.org

Monday, Feb. 17

The Birth of an American Sound: Celebrate the Blues with the Joey Gilmore Band live at 6 p.m., at the Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 NW Ninth Ct., Pompano Beach. Donation is $10. Call 954-357-7667 or visit broward.org/library

Women of Color Breast Cancer Series: Gilda’s Club is hosting a free presentation as part of its Women of Color series on early prevention and risk factors from 6:30-8 p.m., at ChristWay Baptist Church, 3800 Douglas Road, Miramar. The featured speaker will be Dr. Aruna Mani, breast oncologist at Memorial Cancer Institute. Call 954-763-6776 or email betsy@gildasclubsouthflorida.org

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Hidden Colors One and Two Free Film Screenings: Come for a viewing and discussion of the critically-acclaimed documentary Hidden Colors: The Untold History Of People Of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent by Tariq Nasheed at 6:15 p.m., at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22 Ave., Miami. Then stick around for the sequel showing immediately after that highlights topics such as the global African presence, the science of melanin, the truth about the prison industrial complex, how thriving Black economic communities were undermined in America, the hidden truth about Native Americans and much more. Viewer discretion is advised and there will be a discussion afterwards. Call 305-684-4564.
SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody:  Attention ladies: Enjoy the hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive in musical numbers and steamy performances from the leading hunk in the grey tie, plus lots of surprises, Feb. 18 – 23 at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $40. Visit spankshow.com for show times.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Up Close & Personal Concert and Master Class: Venetian Arts Society presents Up Close & Personal with Metropolitan Opera Star Leona Mitchell at NSU’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. After Mitchell performs at 7:30 p.m. in a salon concert there is a VIP Champagne Social. Tickets start at $30 up to $60 for VIP. Mitchell will return the next morning, Friday, Feb. 21 for A Conversation with the Artist, a nontraditional master class/interview/Q&A hosted by Julia Yarbough, TV host and reporter. The class is from 10 a.m. to noon in the museum Horvitz Auditorium. The class is free for Venetian Arts Society and museum members; $20 for others. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets, go to venetianartssociety.org or call Willie Riddle at 954-709-7447 or email willie@venetianartssociety.org

15th Annual Chamber South Business EXPO: The Chamber South Small Business Committee presents a great opportunity for business owners from 5-8 p.m., at Datran Center Atrium, 9100 S. Dadeland Blvd., Miami. The cost for members to participate is $250 for booths, $175 for schools and nonprofits and $500-$7,500 for partnership opportunities. Nonmembers must call the chamber to participate. The event is free to attend for members and no-members. Call 305-661-1621 or email info@chambersouth.com

Business Development Workshop: The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development continues its ongoing workshop series  from 6–7:30 p.m., at North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. The featured topic, “Building a Stellar Team: Prime Selection Process and Sub Success Stories,” provides an understanding of how primes select their sub-contractors and how subs have achieved success in a competitive market. The workshop series is free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required. Call 954-357-6400 or visit broward.org/econdev

Canine Cocktail Happy Hour:
Miami-Dade County Animal Services and the Hotel Indigo invite the public to enjoy a “happy yappy” hour with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, Cutest Couple Contest and Doggie Bag Café organic dog treats for your furry best friend from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Hotel Indigo, 7601 Miami Lakes Dr., Miami Lakes. There will also be pets available for adoption for folks who don’t yet have a furry best friend. In addition, $1 of every drink purchased will be donated to Miami-Dade County Animal Services. Call 305-418-7149.

Friday, Feb. 21

Driving Miss Daisy: The Pulitzer-Prize winning classic play by Alfred Uhry is a funny, timeless, searing and hopeful meditation on growing old, relationships, and loyalty comes to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$45 and can be purchased at smdcac.org or by calling the box office at 786-573-5300. Free parking is available.