calendar-2_web.jpgThursday, June 20

Spady Museum Juneteenth Celebration: Enjoy food and drinks, music and raffle prizes, 6 p.m. at Crane’s Beach House, 82 Gleason St., Delray Beach. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at door. Call 561-279-8883 or visit American Black Film Festival: Film Life presents its 17th annual festival dedicated to showcasing black film and celebrating the artists behind it. A weekend of great films, priceless learning and fun-filled parties through June 23 on Miami Beach and various venues. Call 646-375-2144 or visit

Portraits by Caribbean Artists: During the months of June and July 2013, the museum/gallery of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, will host works by local artists Phillip Curtis, Shernett Muhammad, Melissa Aldana and Courtney Henderson with vibrant images inspired by their Caribbean heritage. Call 954-357-5950.

Artists in Schools Grant: The Florida Keys Council of the Arts invites artists and teachers to apply for the Artists in Schools Grant whose collaborations between teaching artists and teachers bring innovative arts into the classroom for grades preK-12 at all Monroe County schools.  Deadline is Sunday, June 30. Visit

Black Business Plan Writing Contest
: Finalists will be provided the opportunity to present business plans and ideas to South Florida area investors, small business owners and venture capitalists. Winners will be announced in July at the National Black Chamber of Commerce Convention in West Palm Beach. Entries are being received through June 30. Visit

Friday, June 21

Business Luncheon: The Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County hosts Althea Pemsel, West Palm Beach procurement official, noon at Zuccarrelli Restaurant, 4595 Okeechobee Blvd. Cost $25, $30 at door. Visit

Folklife Friday in the Village: Enjoy live entertainment from Maryell Epps, Piccalo and other artists, tasty cultural cuisine, arts and crafts and more, 4 – 9 p.m. at Ninth Street Pedestrian Mall on Northwest Second Avenue and Ninth Street in Overtown. Call 305-576-5101.

Saturday, June 22

Caribbean Heritage Month at Pinecrest Library: Take a free trip to the Caribbean, 11 a.m. at the library, 5835 S.W. 111 St., to enjoy the soothing sounds of the steel drum as performed by Mr. Cool – Reggie Paul and enjoy a cooking demonstration by Jamaican native Chef Irie Spice. There will also be a book signing with David Muir, photographer and author of the book Pieces of Jamaica: The Real Rock Edition and lots of tall tales from the Caribbean. Call 305-668-4571.

‘Expressions’: Join hostess Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns and enjoy the third installment of Expressions, a lyrical event featuring the country’s best poets, musicians, chefs and artists, during the height of the American Black Film Festival, 7 p.m. at the historic Ward Gallery, 249 N.W. Ninth St. Presented by the Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc., Expressions will feature poets Bertrand Boyd II, Camelia ‘Red Writing Hood’ Brown, and Bird Sanders, with music by Jody Hill and Deep Fried Funk Band. Admission $10 in advance, $20 at door, includes a taste of Overtown’s famous Jackson’s Soul Food Restaurant. Call 305-636-2390 or visit

Mango Mania: Learn everything you wanted to know about mangos, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Redland Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 S.W. 187 Ave., Homestead. Guests can sample incredible fruits and even try some sticky rice with mango, a real Asian treat. Tour the Fruit & Spice Park orchard of 160 mango varieties. Admission $40. Call 305-247-5727 or visit

Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival: Families can bring their little ones for a day of face painting and children’s activities and treat themselves to succulent slabs of authentic BBQ, southern cooking and mouthwatering Caribbean flavors along Northwest Third Avenue between Ninth and 11th Streets. Art will be on display showcasing local talent. Admission is free. This year’s festival will feature vocalist Nicole Henry, Earnest Walker Jr. and his band IGBO, the Booker T. Washington Band, Jody Hill of Deep Fried Funk, and Jimmy Jenkins and the Connections, among others. Visit

Breast Cancer Awareness Day
: Enjoy games, music, food, shopping, and more while raising awareness for Breast Cancer at the first annual Pink Strydes Family Fun Day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Howard Park, 1302 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach. Tickets $3 for adults, $2 for kids 3 and up. Call 561-687-5009 or stop by Salon Voila, 2161 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 206.

24th Annual Sunrise Ancestral Remembrance of the Middle Passage Ceremony: Join Dos Amigos/Fair Rosamond Slave Ship Project, Drums N Unity, Productive Hands, and the Miami African World community in remembering ancestors who perished in, and who survived, the horrors of the forced ocean crossing during the centuries of the Atlantic slave trade, 5:45 a.m. at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Virginia Key, Miami (off Rickenbacker Causeway. Toll is $1.75 per car). Call 305-904-7620 or 786-260-1246.

Career Aspirations Seminar: Join Bill Diggs, Jemal Gibson, Velton Showell and Jerrell Moore for an informative seminar, 1 – 4 p.m. at the Nova Southeastern University Huizenga School of Business, 3301 College Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. RSVP at

Tuesday, June 25

Tuesday Night Speak Out: Take part in this free life-changing symposium with Cynthia Bell Productions some of your favorite former “Cane All-Star” through Saturday at the Third Annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament, headquartered at Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina, 84001 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada. Entry fee $550 for up to four angler teams and $100 per additional angler. Proceeds help benefit Upper Keys Habitat for Humanity, UMSHOF and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Call KC Jones at 305-925-3660 or email