exceptional_children_foundation.jpgThursday, Oct. 25

66th Annual FCEC Conference: The Florida Council for Exceptional Children will continue its collaborative efforts with school districts, universities, family organizations and the Florida Student Council for Exceptional Children Association through Oct. 27 at the Jupiter Beach Resort and Spa, 5 Florida A1A in Jupiter. Visit palmbeachcountycec.org

Live@5 Mixer: Join the men of Kappa Alpha Psi for drinks and discussion, 5-9 p.m. at The Wine Dive, 319 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. Minimum of $5 donation required.

Seal and Expunge Event: State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s office is hosting “Second Chance – One Stop” Program to educate about cleaning up criminal records, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Bethel Apostolic Temple, 1855 N.W. 119 St., North Miami. Identification is required. Call 305-547-0724 or visit miamisao.com

Small Business & Nonprofit Budget Projections: Free, hands-on class for entrepreneurs starting a small business, improving their ability to forecast income or developing budgets, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 3000 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 215 in Miami. RSVP required. Call 305-438-1407 ext. 215 or email cornell@partnersforselfemployment.org   

Friday, Oct. 26

Melton Mustafa CD Release Party:
A special opportunity to see this jazz legend up close and personal in the intimate setting of the Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First Street, Delray Beach, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25-35 in advance, $30-40 at the door. Call 561-450-6357 or visit artsgarage.org

Miami Nice Jazz Festival: The city of Nice, France presents a stellar two-day jazz-filled weekend through Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami. Visit miaminicejazzfestival.com

Obtaining Government Contracts: Embark on a new venture and learn the ABCs of marketing your business to obtain government and private sector contracts, 9 – 11 a.m. during the Small Business Development’s next monthly informational forum at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. First St., 19th Fl. Conference Room, Miami. Contact Lawanda Wright-Robinson at wlawand@miamidade.gov

Saturday, Oct. 27

Exceptional Young Jazz Leaders Band Festival: Jazzonian presents the second annual showcase of South Florida’s best and brightest young jazz leaders beginning at 11 a.m. at the Bienes Center for the Arts, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 2801 S.W. 12th St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $10. Visit jazzonian.org

5th Annual Awards Gala & Fundraiser:
The Diaspora Arts Coalition is proud to present its 14th anniversary event honoring unsung heroes in the community, 6:30 p.m. at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores. Call 786-237-5079 or email diasporaartscoalition2009@gmail.com

Rebound Rumble Robotics Competition:
Robots from around Florida will invade West Broward High School, 500 N.W. 209 Ave., Pembroke Pines, to participate in the first Robotics Competition – Mission Mayhem, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Contact David Ellich at 754-321-5300 ext. 3118 or email David.Ellich@browardschools.com

Sunday, Oct. 28

Hat’s Off to UTC Gospel Brunch: A headline performance by the legendary gospel artists The Woods, 15-year-old trumpeter Anthony Hervey, singer Adelle Carlton and UTC’s own Kevin Rutledge as part of the yearlong celebration of the Universal Truth Center’s 30th anniversary, 12:30 p.m. at the church, 21013 N.W. 37 Ave., Miami Gardens. Tickets $60. Call 305-624-4991 or visit utruthcenter.org

Christians Soaring Onward in the Spirit of Christ:
New Bethel A.M.E. Church invites you as their pastor, Rev. Dr.  Robert Shaw, congregation, friends and family celebrate 96 years of connecting the unconnected to Jesus Christ. Rev. Henry Green Jr. will bring a message of fellowship and love, 10:30 a.m. at 11695 S.W. 220 Street., Miami. Email rshaw11@bellsouth.net

Spooky Symphony: The Children’s Trust presents a free, family-fun filled concert featuring the Alhambra Orchestra and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing music from Harry Potter, Spiderman and more, 4 p.m. in the Olympia Theater at the
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami. Visit alhambramusic.org or gmys.org

Monday, Oct. 29

Author & Speaker Randy Gage: Join the prosperity expert as he reads from his new book, Risky is the New Safe, 7:30 – 10 p.m. at the Purvis Young Gallery, 255 N.W. 23 St., Wynwood. Tickets $50, include a free book and gallery tour. Contact Michelle Hollinger at rmhollinger@live.com or call 305-924-5773.

Friday, Nov. 2

New World School of the Arts Repertory Dance Ensemble: A performance by one of the country’s leading conservatories of dance, featuring talented high school and college dancers performing works in the ballet, modern and jazz styles, 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 N.E. 188 St., Aventura. Tickets $12. Visit aventuracenter.org

Saturday, Nov. 3

Comedy scholarship fundraiser: The WISH Foundation, Inc. and Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will present their 5th Emerald Gala and Silent Auction at the Hilton Miami-Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets $100, purchase at emeraldgala.com

Engineering Family Fun Day: The fifth annual event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Dreher Park Pavilion 3 in West Palm Beach. Call 561-434-8784 or email  sally.nemes@palmbeachschools.org

Family Fun Series: The 2012-13 season presents Guess How Much I Love You? and I Love My Little Storybook, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Performing Arts Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

Children will enjoy free pre-show art activities and themed airbrush “tattoos” by Young at Art Museum. After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks provided by Whole Foods Market. Tickets $15 in advance, $16 day of performance, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 for lap seats for infants 12 months and under. Visit browardcenter.org