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.