One of the nice things about living in South Florida is the seemingly never-ending number of events — including spiritual, educational and entertainment — and some that are free and open to the public. Many of the events are packed with little heard-of information and historic facts.
For example, on April 19 at St. Johns on the Lake Church, there will be a concert of Spanish madrigals and a talk on the historical context of Medieval and Renaissance vocal music.
While there is a small fee for tickets to this event, it is one that should please and enlighten many music lovers.
The concert will be 2 p.m. at the church, 4760 Pine Tree Dr. in Miami Beach. The program of Spanish madrigals and motets representing the music of La Convivencia will be led by St. John’s UMC Music Director Scott Tripp-Bracken. Following the concert, Tripp-Bracken will discuss historical context of Medieval and Renaissance vocal music and its relevance to today.
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Tickets are $15 each for general admission; $10 each for seniors and students, and free for children under 10 and active military personnel.
Free Sunday gospel concert at Adrienne Arsht Center
If gospel music is your taste, then this one is for you. The Adrienne Arsht Center invites the community to a free gospel concert featuring the high-energy, Grammy award-winning Tye Tribbett at 3 p.m. April 19.
This is the final concert in the 2014-15 season of Free Gospel Sundays at the Arsht Center.
If you go, you won’t be disappointed. Tribbett has been called the “Elvis of gospel” because of his unique way of interjecting dance moves as he performs his music.
Tribbett, 39, has toured with Faith Hill and has worked with Will Smith, Usher, Don Henley, Justin Timberlake and Sting. The son of ministers, he is from New Jersey.
His powerful, infectious music is said to have helped redefined gospel music and has earned him two No. 1 albums, two Stellar Awards and three Grammy nominations. Two years ago, his hit Greater Than was the No. 1 Billboard’s Top Gospel Chart and won him two Grammy Awards.
The concert will be at 4 p.m. Tribbett will be joined by the Miami Mass Choir and Opa-locka’s DCLARE Liturgical Dance Ministry.
Call 786-468-2352 for more information.
Tropical Tastings Cook-off benefits Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouts Council of Tropical Florida invites the community to its second annual Tropical Tastings Cook-off to be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday (April 18) at Camp Choee at the Barbara Moore Program Center, 11347 SW 160th St.
Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at www.girlscoutsfl.org. The event will benefit the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida. You may call 305-253-4841, ext. 240 for more information.
Holocaust Memorial Day at Temple Sinai
Temple Sinai of Hollywood will have a community-wide Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration 7 p.m. Thursday at the synagogue, 1400 N. 46th Ave. in Hollywood.
The program will feature Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans and students. The event commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.
It’s free and open to the public.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation walk for cure
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America will have a walk for a cure at two locations on April 18 and again on May 2.
The first — Take Steps Walk in Fort Lauderdale will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Huizenga Plaza, One E. Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. You may walk as an individual or you may form a walking team. Call 561-218-2929 for more information.
Take Steps Miami will be 9 a.m. May 2 at Bayfront Park Promenade at 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. You may participate as an individual or as a team. Call 561-218-2929 for more information.
The mission of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.
Free job training in Overtown
Free job training opportunities are being offered at Booker T. Washington High School and at Bethel AME Church in Overtown starting Tuesday.
The employment skills workshops to be offered at Booker T. will include hospitality institute training in partnership with the GEAR UP Program. The program will be available to the parents of students attending Booker T.
On April 21, the program will offer resume building from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Job readiness training will be offered at the church from April 28 to May 6.
The hospitality institute workshops are free. Call 305-237-3125 for more information.
Historic preservationists honored in Coral Gables
Congratulations to Bruce Fitzgerald and Myrna Mayor, who recently were honored by the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables (HPACG) with the Friends of HPACG Award for their consistent and valuable contributions to the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables.
The organization, nearly 25 years old, established the annual recognition award to honor individuals and/or organizations that has demonstrated consistency in support to HPACG.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.