Lest we forget: Mother’s Day is May 8, and there are a lot of activities going on in and around South Florida to celebrate Mom on her special day.
A few local events:
▪ On May 7, Jack Radics, a soul/pop and Reggae artist; R&B vocalist Christopher Williams, who starred in the 1991 film New Jack City; Blak Diamond, and Sons of Mystro will perform at a special Caribbean Jazz Mother’s Day Extravaganza at 8 p.m. at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Pl. in Lauderhill.
According to a news release, this will be Radics’ first performance in South Florida in 20 years. The concert will be hosted by award-winning Jamaican actor David Heron.
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Tickets prices range from $50 to $80 each and can be purchased at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center and also by contacting Suzan McDowell at email@example.com. You may also call her at 954-777-2055.
A part of the proceeds will benefit Young People Matter and Open Hearts Emergency Shelter.
▪ From 2 to 6 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 8, CocoWalk will celebrate mothers by giving them the opportunity to win special prize packages from CocoWalk merchants and local Coconut Grove establishments, while enjoying their special day.
The event will kick off at noon, with live jazz music performed by Jimmy Paradez at Bice Bistro’s outdoor patio, where families can enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch.
At 2:30 p.m., the Coconut Grove Ballet will give a special performance in front of the CocoWalk property. From 3 to 5 p.m., the CocoWalk booth will host a raffle in which mothers will have the opportunity to take home gifts and win gift packages from merchants. The art work of students from Bridgeprep Academy of Arts and Minds will be on display in the pop-up art exhibit in space 121.
In honor of Lupus Awareness Month, Rays of Fortitude will distribute information to families and hand out refreshing beverages. for more information visit, www.cocowalk.com.
The day will end with music provided by Havana Sound, performing from 6 to 10 p.m.
▪ The third annual Mother’s Day Experience will feature Kem and six-time Grammy nominated Kelly Price live in concert at 7 p.m. at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave. in downtown Miami.
BLACK ARCHIVES CENTER TO REOPEN
Congratulations to the Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida on the grand reopening of the Archival Research Center in its new home at the Cultural Arts Complex in the Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave. in Overtown. The dedication ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, and is open only to those with a $150 Archival Level membership.
The foundation will launch its free community program, “ICONS,” at 6 p.m. featuring Black Archives founder Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields. The topic of discussion will be “The Birth of the Black Archives and the movement to preserve Miami-Dade County’s Black History.”
Future dates for the ICONS community program will be 4 p.m. Aug. 7; 4 p.m. Nov. 6; and 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2017. Future guest speakers will be announced at a later date.
“The ICONS program is an example of scholarly programs that the Black Archives presents as a way to highlight the accomplishments of people of color,” Black Archives Executive Director Timothy A. Barber said. “The program is ... an opportunity to sit down with those who have been eyewitness to many of the historically significant moments in South Florida’s history.” A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.
SALAD TO HONOR SIX JUDGES
The Spanish American League Against Discrimination (SALAD) will honor six judges Tuesday, May 3, at its seventh annual Judicial Reception. The event will be hosted by Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina, 888 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The honorees: Circuit Judge Scott Bernstein, County Judge Ivonne Cuesta, County Judge Steve Leifman, County Judge Patricia Marino Pedraza, Circuit Judge Stephen Millan and County Judge Fred Seraphin.
GIRL POWER FULL STEAM CAMP
Registration is open for the Girl Power Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Summer Camp. The camp, for middle-school girls, will run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 20 to Aug. 2 at 1600 NW Third Ave, Suite 100 in Overtown.
To be eligible, girls must currently be in or entering middle school in the fall for the 2016-17 school year, and must submit an application form with a completed 250-500 word essay attached. A letter of recommendation from a current teacher is preferred, but not mandatory.
The cost is free to students living in Overtown and all summer camp participants will receive a stipend after successfully completing the six-week program.
To register and for more information call 305-756-5502.
ORGAN CONCERT AT TRINITY CATHEDRAL
Organist Christopher Harrell will perform a concert titled The English Channel: English and French Organ Masterworks at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Trinity Cathedral, 464 NE 16th St. Harrell will perform the concert on the church’s historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.
The concert will feature masterpieces from the English and French organ music repertoire, which includes movements from a Handel organ concerto, the Crown Imperial March by Walton; variations on the French national anthem La Marseillaise by Balbastre, and will end with three movements from the fifth Organ Symphony by Widor and his famous Toccata.
Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door. Miami American Guild of Organists members are admitted free. The concert is also free to children and youth.
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