calendar-blue_web.jpgThursday, Jan. 16

Haiku Workshop: The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is hosting a free workshop led by Yaddyra Peralta, in which participants will learn about the history and structure of Japanese poetry. The workshop will explore both classical haiku and modern variations at 10:30 a.m., at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens – Auditorium, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach. Participants will also walk through the Morikami’s beautiful gardens as they generate their own poems, which they will share at the end of the session. Visit

Health and Wellness Fair: The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has partnered with the Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) to present a free Health and Wellness Fair for residents age 55 and over from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Continental Park Community Center, 10000 SW 82 Ave., Miami. The fair will offer: on-site health screenings (BMI/blood pressure checks); fun and energizing exercise demonstrations; and healthy aging resource exhibits/presentations. Call Program Coordinator and Advocate Allan Tavss at 786-372-9701.

Friday, Jan. 17

Live Disco Concert: Boogie on over to Country Village Park, 6550 NW 188 Terr., Miami, for a retro disco dance party led by legendary Miami “Open House” band Mantrap at 7:30 p.m.  Admission and parking are free. Call Vivian Greer Digon, at 305-271-0812 or visit

Saturday, Jan. 18

Pre-Registration Gala: Join the Elisha Company Performing Arts Academy for a day of free dance workshops for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the academy, 5769 S. University Drive. Call 954-367-9115.

GODSPELL: The beloved musical from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer of Wicked comes to South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $37.50-$70. Free parking is available. Visit or call 786-573-5300.

Sister Sledge in Concert: Join the sisters as they perform their hit songs We Are Family, Lost In Music, He’s the Greatest Dancer and Frankie from 8-9:30 p.m., at ArtsPark Amphitheater, 1 Young Circle in Hollywood. Lawn seating. Bring your beach chair or a blanket. Admission is free. Call 954-921-3500 or visit

Sunday, Jan. 19

Why Am I Still Single Stage Play: Come enjoy Antonio G. Wells’ theatrical answer to the popular question that singles everywhere ask at 6 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Call 954-200-2839 or visit

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Out Of Bondage: Combating Sex Trafficking in South Florida: The National Council of  Jewish Women, Palm Beach County
Sections (NCJW) and Jewish  Women’s Foundation of the  Greater Palm Beaches (JWF), with support from 18 other community groups, are hosting a free public symposium that will spotlight the hidden but serious problem of sex trafficking of minors in Florida from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Temple Torah of West Boynton Beach, 8600 Jog Rd., Boynton Beach (Northeast corner of Jog Road and Gateway Boulevard) Sex  trafficking is not just a $20 billion global and national enterprise, it is now actively targeting our own children in Palm Beach County. Visit

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Speaking Sustainably: Join Assistant Professor Dr. John Withey, of FIU’s Department of Biological Sciences to discuss “Urban Environments: A bird’s-eye view” at 7 p.m., at the Visitor Center at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami. Hosted by FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and the Deering Estate at Cutler, this lecture series will be offered free to the public to engage the community with critical environmental issues of the 21-century and to inspire action. Lectures are held and are free and open to the public. Visit

Women’s Public Meeting: In an attempt to make its meetings more accessible, the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women will host its next meeting and public forum from 6-8 p.m., at the North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132 St., North Miami. All Commission for Women meetings are open to the public and all residents are encouraged to attend.  There will be an opportunity for the attendees to participate at the beginning of the meeting; the Commission for Women is especially interested in hearing about women’s issues and concerns. Contact the Commission for Women at 305-375-4967 or at

Saturday, Jan. 25

Delta Sigma Theta 2014 Founder’s Day Luncheon: Enjoy food that’s good for the mind, body and soul  with the Delta’s Dade County Alumnae Chapter when they host television and radio personality, Jacque Reid as their guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the JW Marriott, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami. Tickets are $75 per person.