alberto-m-carvalho_web.jpgThursday, Oct. 18

MDCPS Town Hall Meeting: Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho and district staff will discuss the upcoming school bond referendum with parents and interested citizens, 7 p.m. at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School, 2601 N.E. 151 St., North Miami. Visit bondsforschools.dadeschools.net

Lights on Afterschool: Enjoy free live entertainment, food and refreshments, a community resource fair and gift giveaway, 5 – 7 p.m. at Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11th St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-377-1000 or visit at cscbroward.org 

Friday, Oct. 19

Black Midwives and Healers Conference: With the theme, Returning Power to Birth: Reclaiming Our Culture, the International Center for Traditional Childbearing convenes African-American and other midwives of color at their biennial national conference through Oct. 21 in Sunny Isles, to focus on improving birth outcomes and reducing health disparities of women and infants. For more info email  shafia@ictcmidwives.org or call 503-927-8357.

The Art of Transformation with En Vogue: Join the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation for a celebratory evening, 7 – 11 p.m. at the Opa-locka Executive Airport, 15001 N.W. 42 Ave. (on the Tarmac, under the canopy). Surrounded by private jets on the runway of the Opa-locka Executive Airport, guests will indulge in savory, delectable hors d’oeuvres, enjoy a full bar sponsored and dance to the soulful R&B group En Vogue. Hosted by Calvin Hughes of Local 10. Tickets $100. Call 305-576-3790.

Evolution to Freedom: Men Taking a Stand Against Domestic Violence: The Jonathan Spikes Foundation will host its second annual cocktail reception and art exhibit in recognition of Domestic Violence Month featuring the work of local artist Micheal Hall, great music and complimentary cocktails, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Cafeoma Wynwood Lounge.

Howling Hammock Carriage Ride Adventure: A spooky Halloween adventure awaits Broward County families 7 – 11 p.m. through Saturday, as the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park host the fourth annual event at the park, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $5 per child, $7 per adult, $15 for a family up to four people. Visit friend sofbirchstatepark.org or call 954-564-4521.

The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall: View the three-quarter-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., free and open to the public 24 hours a day, through Oct. 21 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens South, 2401 Davie Rd., Davie. Call 954-792-9360.
Saturday, Oct. 20

A Pink Strydes Affair: Join comedian and actress CoCoa Brown of Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse fame to enjoy an evening of fashion, comedy, and the celebration of strength and life at this inaugural breast cancer survivors fashion show presented by Salon Voila at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Portion of ticket sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, South Florida Chapter. Tickets can be purchased at Salon Voila, 2161 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 206. Call 561-687-5009.

Gospel Down South: The Gospel Music Arena will host its Quarterly Summit workshop and artist showcase, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 1320 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Guest panelist Don Mizell will talk about his career as an entertainment attorney and music producer. Visit floridagag.org

Compagnie De Danse: Join Haiti’s acclaimed modern dance company, 8 p.m. at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 S.W. 211 St., Cutler Bay. Tickets $10 – $25. Visit smcac.org

GMS Bridge Builders Male Initiative Workshop: The Gates Millennium Scholars Program welcomes the community to converse with experts who can help students become more competitive for a full college scholarship, 9 a.m. at the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts on Florida Memorial University’s campus, 15800 N.W. 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens.

Sunday, Oct. 21

HIV/AIDS Summit: The Woman’s Avocacy is featuring The Theatre of Creative Consciousness presenting the true-to-life play, A Devastating Impact, about a 19-year-old virgin diagnosed HIV positive, at the Marriott Hotel, Cypress Creek and Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission free.  For info contact Islah, 786-879-4402.

Adopt-a-Tree: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime will host the county’s second event of the year distributing free trees on a first-come, first-served basis at Miami Dade College North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami. Doors open 9-11 a.m. Email adoptatree@miamidade.gov or call 305-372-6784.

Unashamed Tour Miami: Join Reach Records’ award-winning hip-hop artists Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii, KB, Andy Mineo and PRO under, 7 p.m. at the Fillmore Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets $25. Visit premierproductions.com or call 305-673-7300.
Wednesday, Oct. 24

Seal or Expunge Your Criminal Record: Don’t let a mistake from your past affect your future possibilities. Learn in a free workshop, 6 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Those planning to participate should call 855-238-7325 or 305-432-4424 to verify eligibility prior to the workshop.

Marlins Internship Job Fair: Miami’s home team will be looking to fill paid internships, 1 – 5 p.m., and Thursday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way in Miami. All internships will begin in January, conclude in December 2013, and are an opportunity for those seeking entry level positions in the field of sports and entertainment. To register visit marlins.com/jobfair

Saturday, Oct. 27

5th Annual Awards Gala & Fundraiser: The Diaspora Arts Coalition is proud to present its 14th Anniversary event honoring unsung heroes in our community, 6:30 p.m. at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd in Miami Shores. Call 786-237-5079.

Rebound Rumble Robotics Competition: Robots from around Florida will invade West Broward High School, 500 N.W. 209 Avenue in Pembroke Pines, to participate in the first Robotics Competition-Mission Mayhem, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 754-321-5300 ext. 3118.