Thursday, May 30

5th Annual Black Business Plan Writing Contest: Seize the opportunity to win cash prizes and have your business acknowledged by prestigious and prominent individuals. Finalists this year will be provided the opportunity to present business plans and ideas to South Florida area investors, small business owners and venture capitalists.

This year’s winners will be announced in July at the National Black Chamber of Commerce Convention in West Palm Beach. Entries being received through June 30. Visit

Curves for C.O.P.E.: Powerfit Studios will offer complimentary workouts, massages, hors d’oeuvres, “skinny” martinis and valet parking, Andre “The Hawk” Dawson will be on hand to sign autographs and Lisa Remeny and Carl Juste will display fine art, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at Opera Tower, 1750 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami. Requested donations start at $20. Call 786-287-8487 or email

Community Re-Entry Fair: Ex-offenders and those looking to find resources that can propel them forward are invited to join Vice Mayor Joseph Kelly and the city of Opa-locka 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Opa-locka Municipal Complex, 780 Fisherman St., second floor. Call 305-688-4611.  
Wilkie D. Ferguson Street Naming: Honor the legacy of the late, esteemed lawyer and judge with a street naming ceremony, 10 a.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Center, 3000 N.W. 199 St., Miami Gardens.

Friday, May 31

Networking Mixer: Join the South Florida Black Professionals for this fun, free event, 4-8 p.m. at Bimini Boatyard and Grill, 1555 S.E. 17th St., Fort Lauderdale.

Dance Now! Gala: Honoring Miami Beach Mayor Matti H. Bower and benefiting the Dance Now! Summer Intensive Scholarship Fund, with VIP reception 8 – 9 p.m., and reception 9 – 11 p.m., in the elegant setting of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Donation $75, $100 per couple; VIP $125, $150 per couple. Call 305-975-8489.

Peace, Justice and Prayer:
The Trayvon Martin Foundation invites the community, leaders and clergy to an afternoon of prayer, 3 p.m. at Bethel Apostolic Temple, 1855 N.W. 119 St., Miami. Call 305-600-8810

Saturday, June 1

Black Public Relations Society: Join BPRS for an informative workshop, 10 a.m. at Dickey Consulting Services, 1033 N.W. Sixth St., Suite 206, Fort Lauderdale. This will be the bylaws workshop to get member feedback on the goals, objectives and organizational structure. Chapter dues ($50) will be accepted and new members through the “6 months free” promotion for those seeking employment. Email

Sunday, June 2

Field Day for Foster Care: Support this collaborative “fun-raiser” joining 14 nonprofit agencies to raise awareness of the needs of children in our community who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the BB&T Center, 1 Panthers Parkway in Sunrise. Call 954-414-6000 ext. 8036 or email

Wednesday, June 5

Job Fair: Attend the first annual South Dade Community event, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Miami Dade College’s Homestead Campus, 500 College Ter., buildings D and G. Call 305-378-6677.

Friday, June 7

Fourth Annual Key West Bacchanalia: Enjoy food and wine with a twist as celebrity chefs face off in a culinary competition to benefit the Darryl Gwinn Foundation. Call Aga and James Hilferty at 305-766-3356 or email

23rd Annual Dorothy Baker Golf Classic: Learn the game of golf and why it is so important in the business world, 9 a.m. at the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Network Beginner’s Golf Clinic. Registration $60. Visit

Saturday, June 8

Florida Beach Volleyball: Pro-Motions Sports Marketing, Inc. presents a fun weekend of volleyball, Saturday and Sunday on Hollywood Beach, Michigan Street to Harrison Street. Call Gino at 954-224-5739.

Retirement Party: Help Dorothy Taylor Williams celebrate her retirement from the Palm Beach School District, 10 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 4431 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Cost is $22. Call 561-317-1254 or email

Women in Politics Network Miami Launch: Join a nonpartisan grassroots movement with the mission of engaging all Women in Politics, 11:30 a.m. at City Hall Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Email

Saturday, June 8

Historic Hampton House Luncheon: 10th annual fundraiser, honoring homegrown achievers Clifford Thomas, Roniece Williams Deaver and Harold “Skip” Williams, noon at the Church of the Open Door, 6001 N.W. Eighth Ave., Miami. Donation $50. To RSVP or more information call 305.638.5800.


Mello Mondays: Experience South Florida’s premier spoken word dinner soiree every Monday at South Street Restaurant & Bar, 4000 N.E. Second Avenue, Miami. Doors open at 8 p.m., showtime 9:30 p.m. Call 305-573-5474. For press credentials and other inquiries call 786-295-9445 or e-mail requests to

The Legacies of Delray Beach Families: The newest exhibit at the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum is a unique combination of photography, family histories and distinct personalities at the museum 170 N.W. Fifth Ave., Delray Beach. Admission: $5, members free. Call 561-279-8883 or visit
Priscilla Taylor Coffee Talk: Call toll-free at 1-877-960-9960 and join the Palm Beach County commissioner from 8 – 9 a.m. Sunday mornings on 95.9 FM, 960 AM and 106.9 FM.

Feed the Homeless: S.E.E.K., Inc., a not-for-profit organization serving youth of diverse backgrounds by providing services that promote self-advocacy skills and community involvement to become lifelong problem solvers, will feed the homeless in the City of Overtown, 2 – 4 p.m. every first Saturday of each month, between 14th-15th Street and First Ave. Email