Friends and Neighbors

Workshop will seek solutions to domestic violence

Miami Dade School Board member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, will again present the Domestic Violence Workshop, "No More Broken Hearts," from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 16, at Miami Jackson Senior High School, 1751 NW 36th St.

The Rev. Arthur Jackson III, will be the guest speaker and renowned radio personality Rodney Baltimore of Hot 105, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Bendross-Mindingall developed the program because of the rising number of cases of domestic violence in the African American community. At the event, the panelists and speakers will discuss the issues and develop strategies to address the problem. Victims of domestic violence will learn of the resources available to them in the community.

Student volunteers can earn community service credits; educators can earn MPP certification and public housing residents who volunteer can also qualify for community service credits.

Breakfast and lunch will be served to participants. For more information call 305-995-3211.

Speaker to discuss health care act’s effects on seniors

The Links Inc. , Greater Miami Chapter, and Barry University will host a reception in honor of Karyne Jones, president and CEO of The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Barry’s Andreas School of Busin ess, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores.

According to a press release, during the event, Jones will "unravel the Affordable Care Act, and discuss "What it means to those age 50 plus and what seniors can expect now." Jones' talk will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q & A session featuring Barry University professors.

The community outreach initiative is covered under AARP's "Are You Ready?" program in which The Links Inc., Greater Miami Chapter was awarded a pilot grant.

To make your reservations call 305-899-3178 or email:

Speech to focus on historic preservation

My good friend Enid C. Pinkney will be the guest speaker at the Miami Woman's Club luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday , in the Ballroom of the Double Tree Hotel, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr.

Pinkney, a native-born Miamian and preservation leader, has worked aggressively over the years to ensure that the role of African Americans in Miami history is acknowledged and reserved.

Her professional career spanned her role as a social worker to her retirement in 1991, from the Miami Dade Public Schools as an assistant principal. She joined the Dade Heritage Trust, the historic preservation organization in the mid-1980s and was elected the first black president of the Trust in 1998. She is the founder of the African-American Committee, which focuses on the contributions of blacks in the community.

The cost of lunch is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. To make your reservations call 305-891-3789. Also, In honor of Heart Health Month. attendees are asked to wear red to the luncheon.

Expert to offer advice on communication

In its continuing "Program in the Study of Spirituality," Florida International University 's School of International and Public Affairs, will present a lecture with Nance Guilmartin entitled, "Communication First Aid", at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the university's Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 302.

Guilmartin is an author, educator, executive coach and consultant, Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist, international speaker and an FIU adjunct leadership educator. The inter active program "Communication First Aid", features lessons from her book, "Healing Conversations: What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say," which has been published in 12 languages. The program is co-sponsored by Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Violinist to perform for Valentine’s Day

Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn, will appear in concert on Valentine's Day at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

According to a press release, Hahn's "probing interpretations and technical brilliance have made her one of the most sought after artists of our time." At 32, she has earned international fame and recognition, which in addition to two Grammy Awards, also include the 2008 Classic FM/Gramophone Artist of the Year award.

The program will include Bach's Chaconne, Faur'e's Sonata No. 1. Corelli's Sonata No. 4 in F Major as well as a selection of her In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, as series of short-form compositions for violin created by 27 different composers which were commissioned by Hahn.

For tickets, time of the concert and more information call 305-949-6722 , or go to

Chastity Days for eighth-graders

Eighth-graders who are currently attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Miami will attend one of four Chastity Days scheduled in February in Miami and Broward counties. At the events, the eighth-graders will be encouraged to live up to the church's teachings on safe sex and true love .

Chastity Days will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 12 in the University of Miami's Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr.; Feb. 14 at Florida Memorial College, 15800 NW 42nd Ave. in the Lou Rawls Theater in Miami Gardebs; Feb. 19 at Broward College's Bailey Hall, 3501 SW Davie Rd., and Feb. 21, at Belen Jesuit Prep, 500 SW 127th Ave. in Miami.

The events are sponsored and organized by the archdiocese's Respect Life Office with help from members of the Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women..

Music at St. Johns

Alejandra Czarny will present "Songs from Latin American, Judaism and Eastern Europe" in a concert to be at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17 at St. Johns on the Lake United Methodist Church, 4760 Pine Tree Dr. in Miami Beach.

During the concert, Czarny and her band, comprised of Fabian Michique on guitar; Alberto Miranda on bass, and Carlos Planas on percussion, will sing of the ways in which we all may be seen as immigrants. "Our lives didn't start here and now," she said in a press release. "Every one of us carries heritages, languages, experiences and values that reach back for generations."

Born in Argentina, her own roots are in Latin America and Judaism and Eastern Europe. Czarny now lives in South Florida. She has been composing, performing and teaching and providing music therapy for nearly 30 years and has released several albums.

Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 for seniors or online, and $10 for students with I.D. Members the military and family are admitted free. Call 305-613-2325 for more information or go to,

Sousa concert at Banyan Bowl

The Greater Miami Symphonic Band will present a Sousa Concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 17, in the Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave.

The 85-member band will recreate the type of concert that the Sousa Band performed over 100 years ago, in a family style concert.

Tickets are available in advance by using a credit card at or at Pinecrest Gardens one hour before the performance. The cost is $15 each for adults and $5 for students and/or children over 5. For more information call 305-273-SOUSA (7687).

String quartet to perform for Valentine’s Day

The Alhambra String Quartet, along with pianist Mia Vassilev, will present a Valentines Day Concert, featuring an evening of favorite classical excerpts and multicultural popular pieces at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave.

The program will include selected works to include quartets and quintets by Schumann, Dvorak, Haydn, and Mozart; some lively tangos and popular songs by the Beatles and Elvis.

Tickets are $20 for museum members and $30 for non-members. For more information call 305-603-8067 or visit

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