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‘Brides Walk’ to raise awareness of dating violence


In an effort to raise awareness about dating violence and to promote love, health and peace in relationships, Barry University will host the College Brides Walk and workshops starting at 10 a.m. on Valentine’s Day at Barry University, 11300 NE Second Ave. in Miami Shores.

The workshops will be on such topics as: Animal Victims and Partner Abuse; Involving Men and Boys; Corking with Immigrant Victims; Dating Violence Awareness; Human Trafficking Awareness; and LGBTQ and Abuse.

The event will include free lunch at 11:50 a.m.; the opening ceremony at 12:20 p.m.; the six-mile walk and film screening and discussion at 1 p.m.; and free dinner and closing ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m.

Participants may walk the entire route or a portion of the route. Women are encouraged to wear white attire, wedding gowns, or prom dresses. Men are encouraged to wear tuxedos or black attire.

To register, visit the website at

‘The Mice War’

Kudos to Orchestra Miami for taking the time to bring, not just an opera, but an opera that teaches nonviolence, to nine Miami-Dade County elementary schools.

The opera, The Mice War, by three-time Grammy nominee and Miami native David Chesky, teaches children about the value of resolving conflict without resorting to violence and acceptance of cultural diversity. This is done while the children are also being introduced to classical music.

The opera has been performed at seven elementary school throughout Miami-Dade County.

On Feb. 11, the opera will be performed at South Hialeah Elementary; on Feb. 13, at Perrine Elementary, and on Feb. 28, at Bunch Park Elementary.

According to a press release, the schools chosen have limited programs for music and art, with few opportunities to expose their students to the arts. Each school was given a study guide with suggested activities to help prepare the students for the performances.

The project is in collaboration with the Florida Grand Opera and features three singers from their Young Artist Program, accompanied by eight professional musicians from Orchestra Miami, conducted by Brian Onderdonk and directed by A. Scott Parry.

Orchestra Miami will present one performance of The Mice War for the public at 4 p.m. today at Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children 2 and under are admitted free with lap seating only. Tickets can be purchased online through Orchestra Miami's website,, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

Art and black history

The Miami Woman’s Club invites the community to join in their celebration of Black History at an exclusive after-hours connecting event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at N'Namdi Contemporary Gallery at 177 NW 23rd St. in Wynwood.

The program will begin with a guided tour by curator Jumaane N’Namdi, director of N’Namdi Contemporary Miami and N’Namdi Contemporary Chicago. If you go, you will have an opportunity to meet and mingle over art collections, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and share perspectives.

The cost for members and guests is $20 per person. You may RSVP by emailing Shirley Pardon at or Nancy Smith at Noreen Timoney is president and can be reached at:

Educators to be honored

Congratulations to local educators Edward G. Robinson, Kenneth Williams, Lisa Spicer-Anderson, Jacquelle Sconiers, Gwendolyn Evans, and Dr. Mia Y. Merritt, who will be honored by Phi Delta Kappa, Gamma Omicron Chapter, at 11 a.m. Feb. 15, at Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Jungle Trail.

For tickets and more information, contact Lola Clark at 305-651-9506 or 305-331-7862. Cupidine D. Dean is the chapter’s president.

‘Heavenly Dancing with the Stars’

The third annual Heavenly Dancing with the Stars Competition will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John Vianney College Seminary, 2900 SW 87th Ave. in Miami.

The event will benefit the seminary and will feature local volunteers from throughout the Archdiocese of Miami, who will be competing for the Mirror Ball trophy. Local priests will serve as judges, who will select two winners — one selected by popular vote and the other selected by the scores given by the judges.

Those competing are: Annmarie Block, St. Louis Church; Ana Garcia, Msgr. Edward Pace High School; Edward Garcia, St. Louis Covenant School; Laz Gardine, Little Flower Church Coral Gables; Brandon Lopez, Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School; Cima Pius Maliakal and Joseph Alexander Recabo, St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center; Teresita Prieto, Archdiocese of Miami Office of Catechesis and Gesu Church; and Shirley Velasco, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and Council of Catholic Women.

Tickets to the competition and dinner are $50 per person. Call 305-775-2778 for more information and tickets.

Black history at MDC

Miami Dade College will continue its Black History Month celebration with events at the following campuses:

• North Campus at 11380 NW 27th Ave., will “The Role of Churches in the Civil Rights Movement” from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 11), in Room 2151. Gener Romeo will lead a panel discussion to include Bishop Victor Curry, senior pastor, New Birth Baptist Church International; Pastor Caesar Lamb, senior pastor, Spirit of Christ Church; and Dr. Phyllis Baker, retired MDC faculty member.

• From 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, the Homestead Campus at 500 College Terr., will present “Blacks in STEM,” with presentations and activities about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in room F222. The event will offer information on STEM scholarship opportunities at MDC, as well as nationwide programs. Local students and faculty will be highlighted. Sophia Cummings and Hal Hollingsworth will host the event.

• The InterAmerican Campus at 627 SW 27th Ave. will present “Graffiti: A Tribute to Black History” at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Flag Courtyard. The featured artist will create works as you watch.

• MDC West at 3800 NW 115th Ave., will present the workshop, “Empowering Employment Strategies: Combating High Unemployment in the African-American Community” from 9:50 to 11:05 a.m. in Room 1344 on Thursday. Participants will learn how to gain employment in a restricted labor market and will be exposed to online job search resources.

Bruce Smitley, director of Advisement and Career Services will host.

• The Medical Campus at 950 NW 20th St. will present a panel on “Health Issues Affecting African Americans” from noon to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, in the Student Life area.

• Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, 6300 NW Seventh Ave., will present a morning with “Movie and Popcorn” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday in room 1114. If you go, you will learn how two African-American athletes outraged the 1968 Olympic Committee with a political gesture — a move that would influence civil rights history.

All events are free and open to the public.

Spirituality and medicine

A free program entitled “Heart and Mind: Spirituality as Preventative Medicine” will be discussed by New York cardiologist Alan Rozanski and Miami neurologist Barry Baumell from 8 to 10 p.m. Monday at The Shul, 9540 Collins Ave., in Surfside. Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar, spiritual leader of The Shul, will serve as moderator.

Rozanski is the interim chief in the cardiology division at Saint Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and is a professor at Columbia University College of Surgeons in New York.

Baumel’s research includes the areas of memory, anxiety and depressive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headache, and stroke. He is founder, medical director and co-CEO of the Baumel-Eisner Neuromedical Institute, based in South Florida.

The program is free and open to the public.

Black history at Florida Memorial University

Florida Memorial University at 15900 NW 42nd Ave. in Miami Gardens, invites the community to several lectures in keeping with its Black History Month celebration.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, a seminar, “Juicing for the Soul: A Healthy Alternative” will explore the benefits of juicing, a fitness craze that has gained acceptance among African and Caribbean Americans.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, a discussion about the contributions of blacks in business will be in the Lehman Auditorium; and at 11 a.m. Friday, black pioneers in aviation will be discussed in the Lehman Auditorium.

A forum on “Education and the Civil Rights Movement” will be presented at 11 a.m., Feb. 18, in the FMU/FIU Educational Complex. If you go, ask for Thelma Lawton.

And at 5 p.m. Feb. 23, the Spring Gospel Music Festival featuring FMU choirs and performance groups directed by Melvin White will be in the Lou Rawls Center of Performing Arts.

Jazz in Homestead

Freddy Cole, the “baby” brother of the late Nat “King” Cole, and leader of the Freddy Cole Quartet, will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the South Dade High School Auditorium, 28401 SW 167th Ave. in Homestead.

Cole is 12 years younger than his late brother and began playing the piano when he was 5. He went on to earn a master’s degree from The New England Conservatory of Music and has performed in the United States, Europe, the Far East and South America.

Tickets are $25 each; children and students, $5 each. Advance ticket purchases are recommended. To purchase and pay by credit card, go to Tickets may also be purchased at the door the evening of the event, if available.

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Friends and Neighbors, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.

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