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The Miami-Dade Public Library System is seeking a dynamic and engaging Young Adult author to be its2012 Young Adult Writer-in-Residence. The 2012 Young Adult Writer-in-Residence program is designed to encourage teens, 12-18, in the creative writing process during a three-month residency which will run from September through November 2012. The program is made possible through the generous support of the Knight Foundation. The selected author will mentor 20 teens and develop and present workshops to help them develop their writing skills and provide critique and feedback on short stories, poems, plays and novels which will be submitted online. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, have professionally published at least two young adult fiction books, have experience in teaching, writing, mentoring or as a manuscript evaluator or editor. The selected author will be subject to an official background check.
For the 10th consecutive year, Miami-Dade Transit will celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with its award-winning Hispanic Heritage Tours, showcasing Miami’s rich Hispanic legacy. The free, narrated three-hour tours are offered in comfortable MDT buses that visit such sites as the Miami Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity and Miami’s historic Little Havana.
Dr. Susan Davis delivers the message of “Auntie Roachie”, a legendary character created by Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley, the late Jamaican cultural icon. The performance was part of an event, held last month at Fort Lauderdale’s South Regional-Broward College Library, which underscored “Fifty Years A We Kulcha”. Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence in 2012.
On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 5 p.m. a Peace March will be held in support of the family of Trayvon Martin concerning their continuous efforts in seeking justice by having their son’s murderer prosecuted.  We will assemble at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park in Liberty City (Corner of NW 62nd Street and NW 12th Avenue). We are calling all to stand up and let our voice be heard. Special invited guests include the family of Trayvon Martin, as well as the families of other young men who were taken from us way too soon. Trayvon Martin, a Miami Gardens teenager was shot down in Sanford, FL while visiting his father. The police know that George Zimmerman is the shooter, but at this point have not taken any action.
The Victoria Mutual Building Society's (VMBS) Florida Representative Office, in partnership with the Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting their 'Wine and Cheese Mixer', a corporate and small business networking event. Scheduled for Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., at the JERK MACHINE, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the event will welcome various business persons and corporate representatives from the Jamaican Diaspora. Guests will be able to exchange business cards, as well as benefit from talks aimed at providing insight about Victoria Mutual's Foreign Exchange Mortgage rate reductions, as well as the benefits of the Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce, all in a relaxed atmosphere. Members of the Diaspora and other guests are invited to mix and mingle, following which they will enjoy a brief talk about the Company's new mortgage rates, presented by Manager for the VMBS Florida Representative Office, Miss Suzette D. Rochester. The institution recently announced a special rate of 6.85%p.a. for foreign exchange mortgages in USD, CAD and Sterling, and 9.39%p.a. for new Jamaican dollar mortgages. Another goal of the mixer is to encourage membership in the Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce, allowing businesses to grow based on a wider network of support.   According to Miss Rochester,"We are pleased to have created a forum for VMBS, the Chamber and members of the business community to come together for a productive evening to not only meet new contacts and strengthen the linkages within the Diaspora, but to provide them with the opportunities which we have created for them. These factors make the event invaluable." Chamber President, Marie Gill, hails the event as "another great example of the strong partnerships that the Chamber has developed with corporate citizens such as Victoria Mutual, in order to present a diversity of benefits and networking opportunities to our members and to the Jamaican Diaspora."She added that the March 29th event is of particular importance as it also represents the Chamber's Salute to Jamaican Women in recognition of International Women's History Month in March.
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