haiti-2010earthquake-5_web.jpgSaturday, Jan. 22

Haiti: One Year Later Conference: The Voice of America and University of Miami School of Communication invite the public to attend a conference focusing on rebuilding Haiti and featuring keynote speakers Kenneth Merten, United States Ambassador to Haiti, and Haitian Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Studio C at the School of Communication, 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables. Topics include: reconstruction, politics today and the media. Admission and parking are free. Find detailed directions to the School at http://com.miami.edu/directions. For more information, call 305-284-6748.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

Doing Business with the Marlins: The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them from 6-8:30 p.m. next door to the new Marlins Ballpark, 1390 N.W. 7th St. in Miami. To RSVP for this event, call Lisa Cameron-Smith at 305-751-8648 or visit our website at www.m-dcc.org.

Health and Wellness Seminar: At 5 p.m., Tunies, a natural grocery and vitamin super center, is hosting the “10th Annual Health & Wellness Seminar at the Coral Springs Center for the Performing Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. in Coral Springs. Guest speakers include: Jordan Rubin, Founder/CEO of Garden Life and author of the New York Times best seller The Maker’s Diet; Dr. Robert DeMaria who has been providing alternative “drugless” health solutions to thousands of patients globally for over 30 years and has authored six books; and John Gray, PH.D, best selling relationship author of all time with 16 books published including the ever-popular Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Seating is free and limited to the first 1,500 attendees who will get free refreshments, samples from major vitamin/nutrition companies and raffle prizes. For more information please call the store at 954-510-0410.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Summit on Hate Crimes and Hate Speech: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Miami Dade County Community Relations Board will host Mark Potok, Director of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, as the keynote speaker for this enlightening summit at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW 1st St. in Miami. Reserve your seat by calling 305-375-5730 or email amy2@miamidade.gov.

West Hollywood Elementary Fundraiser
: West Hollywood Elementary School is calling on Hollywood residents to lend a helping hand by simply dining at the Pollo Tropical located at 8299 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines. The school will  host a benefit night from 5-8 p.m. where 20 percent of the sales generated by the guests of West Hollywood Elementary will be donated to the school. For more information on Pollo Tropical's Benefit Nights Program, please visit PolloTropical.com/community.

Thursday, Jan. 27

Dog Smarts 101: Broward County Animal Care and Adoption presents a new program developed by animal care and dog behaviorist Dawn Hanna tailored to provide dog lovers with some important information to make pet ownership easier for both the dog and its family. The class, which will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St. in Hollywood, is open to all residents and is free of charge. No pets will be permitted. For more information about the agency, visit broward.org/animal.

Friday, Jan. 28

Embrace Girls Mentoring Day Tea Party: National Mentoring Month, the Miami Dade Police Legal Division and Dade County Police Benevolent Association will host a tea party for Embrace Girls with leading female attorneys  at 4 p.m. at PBA Headquarters, 10680 NW 25th St. in Miami. For more information, call

Marlins’ Dance Team Auditions: The Florida Marlins will hold tryouts for their 2011 male Manatees and female Mermaid dance teams from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Peacock Foundation Studio in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.

Sunday, Jan. 30

Ira Sullivan at Jazz at the UU: At 4 p.m., jazz-great Ira Sullivan returns to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, 7701 SW 76th Ave., with Brian Murphy on piano, Jamie Ousley on bass and Glenn Basham on violin. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and can only be paid in cash. For more information, call


Free Advertising Services for Non-Profits: South Florida nonprofits seeking help with advertising and creative services can apply for free assistance during the 2nd annual “PhilADthropy,” an event on Friday, Feb. 18, hosted by the University of Miami School of Communication Advertising program. During PhilAdthropy, UM students will provide free advertising services to local nonprofit organizations. Services will be rendered during a 25-hour marathon work session beginning at 11 a.m., Feb. 18. Final projects will be unveiled during a reception for the organizations and their representatives at the end of the 25th hour. The deadline to apply is Jan. 28. To apply and for more information, visit philADthrophy.com and on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/PhilAdthropy.

The community calendar is published each Thursday. Please submit your community event to empyrealcommunications@gmail.com the preceding Friday at 10 am.