The Fifth Annual Downtown Miami River Walk Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, one block south of the Metromover Bayfront Park Station.
This year’s featured country is Jamaica. There will be face painting, a clown and balloons; food and beverage tastings for $3 per person and drinks and desserts for $1.There will also be a rum cake and food and table decorating competitions, along with hair braiding, arts and crafts demonstrations, strolling musicians and a boat parade.
The free event will include live entertainment and the works of four local artists.
For more information go to www.miamiriverwalkfestival.com or call 305-416-6868.
The New Neighbors Club of South Dade will present “Good Blend,’’ a harmony quartet of The Miamians, performing popular standards such as Harvest Moon on Nov. 14, at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr.
The Miamians is a local chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society, which seeks to preserve barbershop harmony. One of the chapter’s pet projects is to work with music educators in conjunction with middle and high school students, giving a greater appreciation of Barbershop a Capella singing.
Also, members of New Neighbors Club and guests will provide food for the food bank at the First United Methodist Church of Homestead. The bank services 453 families each Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon. Luncheon attendees are asked to bring canned goods and boxed pasta as a donation. Meda Jensen of Homestead will be at the luncheon to collect the donated food.
Social time starts at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon and program. The cost is $25 and reservations are required. Call in your reservation by 6 p.m. Thursday to Rita Casagrande at 305-595-0213 or email her at: email@example.com.
Jewish Film Festival
The 16th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wolfson Auditorium of Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 NE 19th St., with a screening of Punk Jews. The documentary follows an underground Jewish community expressing its identity in unconventional ways.
The festival is co-cosponsored by Temple Israel, the arts and culture group NEXT@19th Street, Ru’ach, Temple Beth Sholom, Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The Nov. 7 event will also include a NEXT@ 19th "CHALku Program:Shifting Jewish Identity," a performance project that incorporates original writing in the format of CHAIku - a play on the Hebrew word "chai," which means life, and "haiku," a Japanese form of poetry.
For more information about the film and the CHAIku program, contact Temple Israel at 305-573-5900 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New gathering spot for adults
Home Sweet Home, a new gathering spot for the “grown folks,’’ will have
its grand opening celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday at 3039 NW 54th St. There will be free food and music, a cash bar and VIP motorcycle parking.
In addition, there will be a toy drive to benefit The Center for Family and Child Enrichment. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or a girl. The toys will go to the children in foster care.
If your club or organization would like to co-sponsor the toy drive or make donations, call Dot at 786-287-5601or Metris at 305-785-4309 for more information.
Finding the Feng Shui
The Miami Woman’s Club will present Inessa Freylekhman, an international Feng Shui practitioner, relationship coach and teen empowerment trainer at its luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Doubletree Hotel, RG Floor.
Freylekhman has a master’s in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and is currently working on a second master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif.
She has been featured in LA Yoga Magazine and on radio and television shows.
The cost is $25 for members and non members, and $15 for senior members. Reservations are a must. Call Nancy Smith at 305-891-3789 or send an email to: email@example.com.
For more information about the Woman’s Club contact Noreen Timoney, president at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 24th Annual Festival of Chefs will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the newly renovated Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy. The event will feature 20 of South Florida’s favorite chefs.
The Rusty Pelican’s Chef Michael Gilligan will be the host. In addition, 20 popular artists will unveil their latest masterpieces and there will be silent auction.
Tickets are $100 per person and will benefit Easter Seals South Florida. For reservations and more information, visit www.southflorida.easterseals.com or call 305-547-4758.
Documentary on women’s global health
The documentary No Woman, No Cry will be screened from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Miami Bill Cosford Cinema. The film takes a look at pregnancy and poverty around the world — from a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania to the slums of Bangladesh to a post-abortion ward in Guatemala to a prenatal clinic in the United States.
The documentary is directed by Christy Turlington Burns, the founder of Every Mother Counts, an organization that focuses on global maternal health needs. After the screening, Burns will chair a panel discussion with UM President Donna E. Shalala giving the opening remarks.
Panelists will include Dr. Linda Valencia, senior program officer for Guatemala for Planed Parenthood Global, and Jennie Joseph, midwife executive director of The Birth Place/Commonsense Childbirth Inc., who are featured in the film. Other panelists are Dee Redwine, Latin America regional director for Planned Parenthood Global and Zanita Fenton, professor of law at the University of Miami Law School. To reserve your seat and for more information go to: email@example.com.
Colombian Artist Showing
The 20-year career of internationally acclaimed Colombian artist Mario Velez, will be celebrated at an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Etra Fine Art, 50 NE 40th St., in the Design District. The event is a part of Art+Design Night/Second Saturday Gallery Walk in the Design District. For more information go to www.etrafineart.com
Photo exhibit of Florida Women Achievers
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Florida Women of Achievement (FWA), a photographic documentary by Scherley Busch, Steven Haas and City Hall the Restaurant, invites the community to a cocktail reception from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, at City Hall Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd.
The mission of FWA is to preserve history through photographic and video archives of Florida’s women leadership, and to present role model programs, exhibitions and documentaries that educate, inspire and empower future leaders.
The series is dedicated to Florida Women of Achievement environmental preservationist Marjory Stoneman Douglas and FWA Honorary Chairwoman and Barry University’s President Emerita Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin. A portion of all art sales will be donated to continue the Florida Women of Achievement programs.
After the reception, Haas is offering a Miami Spice dinner exclusive to event’s attendees. The cost is $25 per person. Call 305-764-3130 to make your reservations.