Miami-Dade County

Friends and Neighbors: Program helps teen moms

Being a teenage parent can be a scary situation. But thanks to the Teenage Parent Program in Miami-Dade County Schools, there is no reason a pregnant teen should think she or he has no future.

According to Leslie D. Trice, an educational specialist for the Teenage Parent Program, the program serves pregnant and parenting students who choose to stay in their home schools instead of attending the C.O.P.E. Centers.

Trice said, “There are many young girls who make the life altering decision to drop out of school due to an unplanned pregnancy. Our office does not condemn these students because they became pregnant.” Instead, she said the program offers services at assist them to stay in school and graduate.

She said many pregnant teens drop out of school because they have no dependable childcare during school hours, or they have transportation problems to and from school or childcare.

“Our program offers such services as free childcare during school hours, transportation, parenting classes and specialized curriculum to reduce the chances of a subsequent pregnancy,” Trice said.

“If teen parents are not educated and prepared to enter the labor force, we as taxpayers, will bear the burden of taking care of them on a long term basis,” Trice said.

For more information about the program, call Trice at 305-636-6121 or reach her at:


Professor Tudor Parfitt will speak on the role of religion in the Arab-Israeli Conflict at 7 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach.

According to a press release from the museum, Parfitt is an expert in both religion and current events, and will try to help the audience understand how religion — Jewish and Islamic — has affected the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. He will will also show how some leaders on both sides of the conflict have carefully chosen texts and traditions that fit their purposes.

Parfitt is a professor of Sephardic-Mizrahi studies at Florida International University and is a distinguished professor at the university’s School of International and Public Affairs. His talk is a part of the university’s Mondays at the Museum Lecture Series.

Tickets to Mondays at the Museum events are $10 per person for the public, $5 for museum members and free to students with ID. Series tickets are $150 for the public and $75 for museum members for the entire series.

Also at the museum: Andrew Gottlieb will lecture at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29, about how the Jews managed to survive for thousands of years, even in the face of exile, bigotry and the Holocaust, when he discusses the topic, “Will the Circle be Unbroken” at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

In his lecture, Gottlieb will tell the audience that survival is more than saving individuals; it is also about preserving the heritage of people. He will speak from his years of research on ethnic identity in Latin America — particularly in Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Spanish-speaking South Florida.

In a press release Gottlieb said his research has shown that “when Latin Americans move to the United States, their ethnic identity usually fades after about three generations. Yet after at least 80 generations in exile, the Jews reclaimed their ancestral land in 1948. He said there were two major reasons for this: A collective memory and resultant hope of return.

Gottlieb’s lecture is also a part of the museum’s Mondays at the Museum Series.


Cathy Allen, a quilter from Dennison, Illinois, has crafted a queen-size quilt with a matching set of pillowcases that will be available in a raffle that will begin Thursday.

The unique thing about Allen’s quilt is that she took a number of historic Homestead and Florida City postcard photos taken by Jack Levy that were sent to her and transferred the photos onto fabric. The picture postcards are now a part of some of the quilting squares.

The kickoff for the fund-raising event a reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Town Hall Museum at 41 N. Krome Ave. The quilt will be unveiled and tickets will be available until early afternoon on Dec.5, when the drawing for the quilt will be held during the annual Main Street Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Children’s Concert. If you go, you may also sign up to be a volunteer at the museum.

For more information call Charlie Hudson at 305-230-9572 or email her at


The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County, the Miami chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) invite the community to an evening of “Ask the Candidates.”

The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall at the Congregational Church of Coral Gables, 3010 De Soto Blvd. in Coral Gables.

The event will feature a reception and panel discussion, where candidates for Congress and the state Legislature will discuss such issues as:

▪ Certification of women-owned businesses.

▪ Capital available to women-owned businesses.

▪ Eligibility for federal and state contracts.

▪ Promotion of international trade.

Pre-event registration is $25 for members and $30 for future members; at the door, it will be $30 for members and $35 for future members.


Congratulations to Girlean “Gigi” Tinsley, whose first book was published recently.

A proud Booker T. Washington High School alumna, Tinsley wrote The Promises of God for His Citizens, which was released on Aug.1. She recently returned from a book-signing in California.

Tinsley says: “God has given His citizens power and dominion over His earthly kingdom. In this book, part one, from Genesis through Deuteronomy, the promises of God are revealed to His people. If acted on, they will teach you what we are entitled to, and that obedience is the only way to receive from Him.”

Information can be found on her website:


A community forum titled, “What to do When Stopped by Law Enforcement” will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Hermon AME Church, 17800 NW 25th Ave. in Miami Gardens.

Representatives from the police departments of Miami Gardens, Miami-Dade, Miami Dade Criminal Court, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and a criminal defense attorney will be present to answer questions.

For more information call the church at 305-621-5067.


You can reserve your tickets now for the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove’s Third Cabaret Night to be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at 2985 S. Bayshore Dr.

Presented by Miami City Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff, the event will feature the music of The Blackstar Band and the Smoking Section.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You may also reserve a table of 10 for $200.

Hors d’oeurves will be provided by local restaurants and a cash bar will be available. Event parking at St. Stephen’s Church and the Sonesta Garage is $5. Proceeds will benefit the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove.

For reservations and more information call 305-446-2900.


Playwright and now film-maker/director Tony Larkin wants to remind you about the premier showing of his film, The Life Exchange at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Cinema Paradiso of Fort Lauderdale, 503 SE Sixth St.

The after-party will be at a location to be announced at Gulfstream Park Casino. Call Larkin at 786-226-3607 for more information and the location of the after party.

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