thanksgiving_copy.jpgThursday, Nov. 28

The Great Thanksgiving Banquet Outside Block Parties:
The Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers will provide nearly 3,000 traditional Thanksgiving meals for the homeless and hungry of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during their annual event at their centers located at  2020 N.W. First Ave., Miami; 2056 Scott Street, Hollywood; and 1700 Blount Road, Pompano Beach.

More than 600 volunteers will help serve meals and provide special activities. Visit or

Saturday, Nov. 30

Fifth Annual BayJama Reggae Fest: Enjoy Reggae, dance and party music on the water, featuring several special musical guests. Food, beverages and an array of vendors will be available during the event. Gates open at 2 p.m., with shows from 2 to 10 p.m. at ICE Amphitheater, Founders Park, Mile Marker 87 Bayside, Islamorada. Admission is $10 per adult, $5 for students and free for children ages 12 and under. Money raised helps fund music, dance and art scholarships for local students. Contact: 305-395-6344. Email

Literacy Fun Day: McDonald’s and Achiever’s Pre-School invite the community to participate in literacy activities to introduce their newly created literacy corner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at McDonalds, 3073 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park. Highlights include an appearance by Ronald McDonald, storytelling, face-painting, a bounce house and a book drive for new or gently used books. Call 954-724-3859.

Viva Florida 500 Holiday: Celebrate the historic Sample-McDougald House this holiday, filled with exhibits, such as “Art and Arbor,” that celebrate the Henry M. Flagler Railway scenic corridor from Pompano Beach to Key West from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 30 to Dec. 29 at the house at Centennial Park, 450 N.E. 10 St., Pompano Beach. Visitors became pioneers, settled the State, developed trade, invested in real estate and began the financial growth to what the State of Florida is today. Daily tours  are $5. Contact Pat Anderson at 954-646-6603 at

Kanye West in Concert: Join one of hip-hop’s most controversial stars on his first solo tour in five years at 8 p.m., at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets start at $39.50. Visit

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Fitness Zone Dedication:
There will be a dedication of the installation of a new Fitness Zone® consisting of a cluster of nine fitness stations situated on a large concrete pad at 3 p.m., at Ives Estates Park, 20901 N.E. 16 Ave., Miami. There is a “Leg Press,” a “Cross Country Ski,” a “Pendulum Abs,” a sit-ups bench, and an elliptical trainer. Additional items include a “Chest Press,” a “Lat Pull Down,” a “Vertical Press,” and two horizontal bars with a hand-cycle; and ADA accessible versions of the exercise equipment designed for people in wheelchairs. Call 305-770-3125 or visit

Cre8tive Movement Jazz Master Class:
Beginners are welcome to attend class at Inner City Children’s Dance School. The class is free to youth ages 6-13 to try exploration of movement in modern, jazz and ethnic techniques at Charles Hadley Park’s Carrie P. Meek Center/Dance Studio, 1350 N.W. 50 St. Comfortable clothing is recommended. Contact Florene Nichols, 305-758-1577.

Jazz at Wolfson: Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Arts and Philosophy Department is drumming things up with Grammy-nominated drummer, Ignacio Berroa, during the ever-popular Jazz at Wolfson at noon, in the campus auditorium, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 1261. Contact Dr. Michael Di Liddo at 305-237-3930.
Friday, Dec. 6

Luisa Maria Guell in Concert:
Latin Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actress Luisa Maria Güell will perform live in concert at Tropical Park at 8 p.m., at the park, 7900 SW 40 St., Miami. Admission and parking are free. Concert goers are encouraged to bring along a blanket, chairs and snacks to better enjoy the festivities. In the event of rain the concert may be cancelled. Call Vivian Greer Digon at 305-271-0812.

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Seminar:
The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Broward County, the Florida Department of Health in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Saint Lucie counties, will present a seminar designed to encourage, enlighten and educate multi-unit property owners and managers on the benefits of adopting smoke-free policies and the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Administrative Auditorium of the Florida Department of Health, 780 S.W. 24 St., Fort Lauderdale. Saturday, Dec. 7

Elderly Affairs Holiday Extravaganza:
The City of Miami Gardens wants to appreciate their elderly in style this holiday season with dinner and dancing at 5 p.m., at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 N.W. 199 St., Miami Gardens. Tickets are $25. Call 305-622-8062.

Winter Wonderland:
Latter Rain Family Worship Center/Life Center of Miramar welcomes the
community to attend its Christmas Craze Winter Wonderland with activities for the kids, toy give-aways, snacks and treats to enjoy from 6 to 9 p.m., at the church, 11902 Miramar Parkway. Call 954-260-9348.

World AIDS Day Observance: Genesis Community Health, a nonprofit health clinic dedicated to serving patients of all economic levels, is recognizing World AIDS Day 2013 by Offering free HIV rapid testing and education and adult physicals (glucose check, check, blood pressure check, cholesterol check and consultation with provider) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 900 N. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. Call 561-735-6553 or visit

Sunday, Dec. 8

Gingerbread Holiday Concert: The Lynn University Friends of the Conservatory of Music invites children of all ages to enjoy the beloved music traditions of the holidays in this much-anticipated concert by The Lynn University Philharmonic Orchestra at 3 p.m., at Boca Raton Resort and Club’s Great Hall, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Tickets are $35 and include the cost of valet. Proceeds from the concert benefit annual scholarships for Conservatory of Music students. Call 561-237-9000 or visit