calendar_web.jpgThursday, April 19

Free Jazz Events:  Councilman Shelby L. Lowe and the Municipal Library are joining the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History to celebrate the 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month with a slate of free events. Call 561-845-4032.

Exotic Fruits of Asia:  The Fruit & Spice Park will offer a free lecture on this topic, 7 p.m. at 24801 S.W. 187th Ave., Homestead. Visit

Moore Festival:  The Ninth Annual Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Heritage Festival of the Arts and Humanities continues at various Brevard County venues with educational symposia today and Friday; Friday’s Gala Awards Banquet with keynote speaker Melanie L. Campbell, president/CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network; Saturday’s Street Fest with arts & crafts, food vendors and main stage entertainment on the grounds of the Moore Memorial Park; and tours of the Moore Replica home. Contact: 321-720-8933 or visit

Friday, April 20

Business Certification & Rebate Programs:  Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Commissioner Rebeca Sosa will officially kick off the Miami-Dade Green Business Certification and Commercial Rebate programs, 10:30 a.m. at La Loggia Ristorante, 68 West Flagler St., Miami. For more information visit or email

Youth Café Weekend at TACOLCY:  Come out for the re-opening of South Florida’s only full-scale, teen-run and -operated café & lounge, 8 p.m. at TACOLCY, 6161 N.W. Ninth Ave., Miami. Enjoy spoken word, poetry, hip-hop, singing and more. Then come out again on Saturday, April 21 as the youth unveil a brand new mural at 2 p.m. Call 305-751-1295 ext. 139 or visit

Saturday, April 21

Terry McMillan at Luncheon: The Greater Miami Chapter of the Links, Inc. will host the nationally acclaimed author at their 2012 Books and Author Luncheon at 11 a.m. at the Hilton, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Donation $100. Email 

Relay for Life of Brickell/Downtown: The American Cancer Society presents their signature event, 4 p.m. through Sunday at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami. To form a team call 786-346-7755 or visit

Resource Informational Fun Fair:   Come get RIFFed at this community event featuring health screenings, live music, kids’ activities, grooming services, giveaways and more, 12-4 p.m. at 2398 N.W. 119th St., Miami. Call 305-681-6121.

Great Energy Challenge:  Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave., is encouraging members to celebrate Mother Earth this weekend from 12-6 p.m. by forming teams to spin, dance, yo-yo, read and scavenge their way around the Museum’s Energy Tracker exhibit, as well as create a “green” structure out of the Museum’s recycled junk. Visit

Blues, Brews & Barbecue:  Come lakeside for some tantalizing BBQ and incredible blues & country music at the second annual event through Sunday at the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 S.W. 187th Ave., Homestead. Admission $5 for adults, free for children 11 and under. Doors open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 305-247-5727 or visit

Dr. Sonjia Kenya:   The assistant professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Miami hosts the official launch party for her book Sex in South Beach and opening of The School of Sensual Satisfaction, 8:00 p.m. at The Catalina Hotel, 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Call 786-374-1370.

A Public Discussion:  “Trayvon Martin, Stand Your Ground, Media and Race,” presented by the South Florida Black Journalists Association, 12:00-1:30 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-6282.

Sunday, April 22

Broadway Goes to the Movies:  Performing under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, 3:30 p.m., Symphony of the Americas will perform music from classic film and Broadway shows such as Chicago, Wicked, Evita, Star Wars, Grease, Harry Potter, Camelot and more as their scenes are shown on the big screen in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $25 — $50. Visit

Monday, April 23

The Broward County Health Department is offering a four-hour training class, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the auditorium, second floor, Fort Lauderdale Health Center, 2421 S.W. Sixth Ave. Register early. Call 954-467-4700 ext. 5512.

Tales Under the Stars:  The Miami-Dade Public Library System will present a storytelling series April 23-25 at 7 p.m. at various locations. Sharing tall tales and folklore are Caren Neile, Lela Lombardo, Alton Chung, Arianna Ross and special guests from the Taipei Public Library, and the AOS international exchange partner with performances by the Mozambique African Drummers. Call 305-375-BOOK (2665).

Thursday, April 26

Free Range Thinking:  The comic genius of Robert Dubac returns in a new show through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $35. Visit

Friday, April 27

Relay for Life of HOPE/Oakland Park:
  Family, friends, caregivers, cancer survivors and others will gather for a celebration of hope benefiting the American Cancer Society, 6 p.m. at Jaco Pastorius Park, 1098 N.E. 40th Ct. Visit

Sunday, April 29

Golf Scramble: The Career Academies at Olympic Heights Community High School will hold the fifth annual Olympic Heights Golf Scramble, 11:30 a.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 17751 Boca Club Blvd. Call Anita Foster at 561-852-6610.


Called 2 Dance Forgive & Live Today Campaign:  Join gospel singers Kevin Levar, Darlene McCoy and The McIntyre Institute Dancers, 7 p.m. on May 12 at the Gusman Center in Miami for a night of healing and forgiveness displayed through song and dance. Tickets $35-$55. Call 954-945-3949 or visit

Free Pet Vaccinations:  Thanks to the generosity and support of the ASPCA, Miami-Dade Animal Services, 7401 N.W. 74th St., Miami, will offer free vaccinations for dogs and cats throughout the month of April. Visit