Miami Dade College (MDC), in collaboration with the Miami Downtown Development Authority, will present DWNTWN…Epicenter of the Americas, a lecture by Richard Florida, college professor and an international best-selling author at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. In addition to being a successful author, Florida is also a professor at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and senior editor of The Atlantic. During the lecture, Florida will apply ideas from his books, Rise of the Creative Class and The Great Reset, to gauge how the city of Miami can realize its vision of becoming the epicenter of the Americas. A book-signing will take place immediately following the lecture, and Florida’s books will be available for purchase. What: DWNTWN Miami…Epicenter of the Americas lecture by Richard Florida When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, 9-11 a.m. Where: Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus             300 NE Second Ave.             Building 1, Room 1261 (Auditorium)
Black History Month celebrations continue at Miami-Dade Public Libraries! Meet Javaka Steptoe, author, artist, designer and illustrator who will share his story – In Daddy’s Arms –on Tuesday, February 21, 10:30 a.m. at the Arcola Lakes Branch and at 5:30 p.m. at the California Club Branch. On Wednesday, February 22, get a lesson in everything jazz! The workshop will be held at the Kendale Lakes Branch at 3:30 p.m. and at the South Dade Regional Library at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an African sculpture and textile art display and a discussion with its collector Vilma Garabaghi on Sunday, February 25, 11 a.m. at the North Central Branch and on Tuesday, February 28, 7 p.m. at the South Miami Branch.
The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, as a Paralympics Sport Club, in conjunction with several of its local Paralympic partners, including the City of Miami Parks, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, CCDH-All Children Together, Shake-A-Leg, and Jackson Memorial Hospital, will present a one-day Paralympic Experience and resource fair on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Tropical Park’s community center, 7900 SW 40 St., Miami. As part of the festivities, children and adults with physical and visual disabilities will learn about and engage in adapted sports activities that include kayaking, wheelchair basketball and tennis, hand-cycling, Goal-ball, and more. The event, being hosted by the Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services Division, is open to the public and admission is FREE.
Broward County Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division is offering a free contractor license seminar for any County resident interested in becoming a licensed contractor to have the benefit of operating as a legal contractor or starting a contracting business. This seminar will be held Tuesday, October 5, beginning at 9 a.m., at Broward County Government Center West, Building A-Hearing Room, 1 N. University Drive, Plantation.
Parents, the Spring Break school recess is almost here. Get the kids away from the television and game systems and treat them to fresh air, awesome outdoor activities and the opportunity to make new friends and memorable experiences that will last a lifetime, by enrolling them in one of these exciting Spring Break Camps being offered by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department at its parks throughout the County from March 12-16, 2012. Camps will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and offer an early drop-off option at 7:30 a.m. and a late pick-up option until 6:00 p.m. Miami-Dade Parks’ Spring Break Camps are affordable and are guaranteed to thrill and challenge your child. The cost for General Camps ranges from $40-$90 for the week, depending on the program. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. General Camps are not only fun, but fully-supervised, offering parents peace of mind while their children enjoy a full recreational schedule, including fitness, sports, arts and crafts, nature encounters, games, and field trips.