first-fridays-florida_web.jpgFriday, October 2
First Fridays:
First Fridays of Florida and Trilogy Productions, in collaboration with the Jamaican Diaspora United States, will host “A Community Welcome Reception” to open the inaugural Conference of Diaspora Representatives. The reception welcoming Jamaican community leaders from across the United States and Jamaica will take place at the Grand Palms Hotel and Resort, 110 Grand Palms Drive in Pembroke Pines, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The October 2009 First Fridays event (themed as a Miami-Broward Carnival Kickoff Party) is scheduled to begin immediately following the “Community Welcome Reception.” The cost for the First Fridays event is $15 before midnight, $20 after midnight, with ladies admitted free before 11 p.m. For more information, please contact First Fridays of Florida by phone at 954-333-3738, by email at, or log onto the website at
Saturday, October 3
Home Preservation Forum:
The Broward Housing and Community Development Task Force is hosting a Home Preservation Forum. The forum is designed to help homeowners protect their homes from foreclosure. Free and open to the public, the forum provides information on various ways to preserve homeownership, as well as opportunities to speak directly with representatives of organizations that can help, including various servicers and lenders, HUD-certified housing counselors and public service agencies. The forum will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. near Fort Lauderdale. For more information, please call 1-800-762-1716.

Junior Calypso Monarch Competition: Naming great Calypso musicians of the past is simple. But trying to pinpoint the next great Calypso star is much harder. Fortunately, the Junior Calypso Monarch Competition makes that task much easier. Come see the youthful Calypso talents compete at the Lou Rawls Auditorium of Florida Memorial University, 15800 N.W. 42nd Avenue in Miami Gardens. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 12 years old and younger. The show starts at 4 p.m. For more information, please call 954-447-9421.

Tuesday, October 6
Free Depression Screenings:
These days, everyone has a reason to be a little down. But if you realize that you’ve been “down” for several months, your simple blues may have deepened into depression. In observance of National Depression Screening Day, Broward Health is hosting free depression screenings for the community at Seventh Avenue Family Health Center, 200 N.W. 7th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Additional screenings are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the same day at the Imperial Point Medical Center, 6401 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale; and on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Pompano Adult Primary Care, 2011 NW 3rd Ave. in Pompano Beach, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  No appointment is necessary. For more information, please call 954-759-7400.

Express Success: Join actress and singer Vanessa Williams and Dress for Success for an evening celebrating the spirit of giving back at the “Express Success” charitable education event. Learn fast and simple beauty tips, including hairstyling and make-up, for working women from local stylists and make-up artists, followed by presentations from Vanessa Williams and Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success. The price of admission is the contribution of nearly new professional attire, accessories, or a monetary donation. Express Success will take place at the Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way in Miami, and begins at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP, please visit or call Lisa Stoch at 305-444-1944.

Wednesday, October 7
Ninth Annual Jessie Trice Health Benefit:
Health Choice Network presents the Ninth Annual Jessie Trice Health Promotion Program Benefit at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, 4400 N.W. 87th Avenue in Miami. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each. The price includes admission to the reception, dinner and a silent auction. For reservations, please call 305-599-1015, ext. 8080 or log onto

Friday, October 9
Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week 2009:
This year’s conference includes a breakfast presentation and the Annual MED Week Awards Gala, as well as a business expo, where entrepreneurs can network and share information.  Participants may also attend educational workshops and business networking events. Come and hear how you can prepare your business for projects and financial rewards. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at  Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail in Miami. For more information, please call 305-576-7888.

Sunday, October 11
Miami Carnival:
Forget hitting up the clubs. Instead, you and your friends can get your hottest outfits and hit the city streets. The Miami Carnival Parade and Festival has returned! This time, celebrating its 25th year, the Miami Carnival has pulled out all the stops with the best steel bands, lively costumes, great Caribbean food and authentic arts and crafts. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and last until 11 p.m. at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Tickets are $20 in advance. For a complete listing of Miami Carnival events, please visit or call 305-653-1877.