Women’s History Month will kick off on March 1, with an invitation from the Women’s History Coalition of Miami-Dade County inviting the community to its observance at noon at the grave site of Julia Tuttle at the Miami City Cemetery, 1800 NE Second Ave.
The coalition begins the month-long celebration of women and their contributions to Miami and Dade County with this tribute to Tuttle, the founder of Miami. Penny Lambeth, chairwoman of the Cemetery Restoration committee, will portray Julia Tuttle, who was born in Cleveland and was an entrepreneur and businesswoman. As the founder of Miami, she is known as the only woman to found a major U.S. city. She and Mary Brickell owned the land the city was built on.
The coalition has a multi-ethnic board of directors elected by its membership annually. Its primary purpose is to coordinate and promote Women’s History Month, which is observed nationally each March.
This year is the 25th anniversary of the "Women of Impact" Award, also known as the "Julia." A luncheon celebrating the 2013 honorees and a Photographic Exhibition of the Women of Impact 1989-2013, will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on March 3, at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza in Coral Gables. The theme is "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics." Tickets are $50 per person and $45 for members of The Coalition. Reservations are due by Tuesday. Call 305-255-4944 or email Margaret Slama at email@example.com.
The honorees are, Scherley Busch, Milagros R. Fornell, Michelle Dunaj Lucking, Rhonda Omega Shirley, Margaret M. Slama, Dorothy M. Wallace, and Carol F. Williamson.
Also, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday The coalition and the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women will have a lobby display at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St. Lambeth will again do her portrayal of Julia Tuttle. The Women’s History Month exhibit will be on display in the lobby throughout March.
Jazz band is a finalist in national competition
Our hats are off to Mark Hart, Executive and Artistic Director of Miami’s Community Arts Program All-Star Jazz Ensemble.
Hart got the word Wednesday that the All-Star Jazz Band was named among the 15 finalists in the prestigious 18th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. The jazz group was chosen from over 100 recordings submitted from bands across the United States and Canada. It is the only after-school jazz band chosen from throughout the competition’s Region Four, made up of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
During the three-day Competition and Festival in New York City, May 10-12, the band will compete and participate in activities to include workshops and jam sessions. The three top placing bands will perform at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis Artistic Director of Jazz at the Center, as guest soloist.
Play highlights role of black churches
James Baldwin’s classic The Amen Corner, a three-act play addressing the themes of the role of a church in an African American family, and the effects of poverty born of racial prejudice on an African American community.
Directed by Teddy Harrell, Jr., the play stars Brandiss Seward, Janet Toni Mason, Sarah Gracel Anderson, Carolyn Johnson, Regina Hopkins Hodges, Larmar Hodges, Jeffery Cason Jr., André L. Gainey, Ajia Williams, Yvonne Strachan and Toddra Brunson-Solimon, and features Adrian Bell, Hasani Morey and Leondra Mitchell. The play is at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave. in Liberty City.
The production is presented by the African American Performing Arts Community Theatre Inc. At 3 p.m. today, there will be a Industry/Social Media Friends Show. Admission is $15. The remaining show dates are: 8 p.m. on March 1 through March 9; 3 p.m. on March 10; 8 p.m. on March 15 and 16, and 3 p.m. on March 17. Tickets are $20 each. Discount rates are available for groups of 10 or more are $15 per person. For tickets and more information, call 305-456-0287.
Haitian women’s group marks 20 years
Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami/Haitian Women of Miami, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a "Dancing Under the Stars" cocktail reception at 7 p.m. on March 7, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59th Terr. Tickets are $125 per person.
Also, the organization will host a "Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Conference and Health Fair" from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 23 at the Center for Haitian Studies, 8260 NE Second Ave. in Miami.
If you attend the 20th anniversary celebration, the $125 per person ticket will include the conference and health fair. Conference and Health Fair only is $25 per person. For reservations and more information call FANM at 305-756-8050.
For those who are unable to attend, you may send your tax-deductible contribution to: FANM Inc., P.O. Box 382073, Miami, FL 33138 or go to www.fanm.org.
5k will fight hunger
Members of the community can have an impact on ending hunger by walking or running "Miles for Meals" during Feeding South Florida’s Third Annual March for Hunger 5k Walk/Run on March 3, at Charnow Park, 300 Connecticut St. in Hollywood. Registration starts at 6 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 p.m. Registration is $25 (which equals 150 meals) in advance and $35 (which equals 210 meals) on the day of the race.
If you plan to participate, you may register online by visiting www.active.com/running/hollywood-fl/march-for-hunger-2013.
Walk-in registrations will be taken at the park on the day of the event. For every dollar raised, Feeding South Florida can provide six meals. Participants are asked, but not required, to try to raise $100 each (which equals 600 meals). Awards will go to the tope three in each age group: top Three Overall Winners, male and female; Top Three Fundraising Teams and Top Three Fundraising Individuals.
Corporate sponsors are need to help Feeding South Florida make the March for Hunger a success, and are available by calling the organization's Community Investment Department at 954-518-1818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.