Virtual community, entertainment events starting Oct. 25

Mary Lou Cruz, South Florida Sun Sentinel
·15 min read

While everyone is staying close to home, here is a list of reader-submitted opportunities to learn, take classes, contribute, stroll through galleries, or have front-row seats to hear and see some great musicians — from the convenience and comfort of your own home. All programs and activities are subject to change.

See Lerner & Loewe’s ‘Camelot' streaming through Oct. 25. Experience this newly revised digital version performed by Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. 305-444-9293. $30.

Gift of Life Steps for Life Virtual 5K ends Oct. 25. Event is dedicated to raising awareness for blood stem cell and bone marrow transplants. Virtual, from Boca Raton. 917-982-2900. Various levels. $30-$60.

Broward College Symphonic Band Presents The New Normal, 2 p.m. Oct. 25. Music during COVID-19 by the Visual & Performing Arts Department, Central Campus, Davie. 954-201-6840. Free.

Spooky Symphony, 3-4 p.m. Oct. 25. Music performance for young listeners by the Alhambra Orchestra and Greater Miami Youth Symphony. Features video of movie themes and dramatic classical pieces brought to life. Conductors and many of the multi-generational orchestra members will wear costumes. Viewers invited to don costumes to enhance the supernatural experience. Free.

In Dialogue: LGBTQ South Florida, 3-4 p.m. Oct. 25. Screening of the film Open Dialogues, by Freddy Rodriguez, followed by discussion with Clarence Brooks (FAU), Julie Seaver and Michael Riordan (Compass) and Jeff Rusnak (Hollywood Arts and Culture Center). Presented by FAU, Boca Raton. $5 on Vimeo at

Free Mammograms at Women’s Diagnostic & Wellness Center during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Broward residents eligible for assessment depending on income or lack of insurance. Call Broward Health Coral Springs at 954-346-5722 for an appointment. Visit

Jewish Film Festival: Daily, Oct. 26-Dec. 25. The Fall Virtual Film Festival presented by Judy Levis Markhoff Community Center in Boca Raton features more than 30 engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking films, plus webinars with film makers and cast members. 561-558-2514. $10-$12 per film; good for 72 hours. Public invited.

ArtServe Live Virtual Event: Everyone Is A Critic, 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Convo with Miami-based journalist and playwright Jake Cline to discuss the importance of crafting and defending subjective opinions in the arts, and where to find them. On Facebook Live or Zoom with ID 93452542078.

The Heritage Project Presents The Afro-Latinx Music Experience, 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 28. Zoom webinar presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. This is an artistic “Salon Series” with experts to examine a variety of topics affecting Black artists. Each session is 60 minutes of panel discussion and 15 minutes of audience Q&A. Register at Free.

Keiser University Open House With Costumes, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28. Hosted on Zoom for the public to learn more about career fields and programs and chat with instructors, etc. Costume contest offers prizes. RSVP to 888-844-8404 or Free.

Conversation and Campaign for Southern Equality: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Topic is on the main arguments and findings from the report, Telling A New Southern Story, LGBTQ Resilience, Resistance, and Leadership (July 2020). Zoom event from the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, Fort Lauderdale. Register for link at 954-763-8565 or Free.

Wines for Wildlife, 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 28. Join a virtual wine tasting event, created to build awareness and promote virtual networking while having fun learning about wines and supporting a cause that matters. 954-524-4302. $150.

Red Ribbon Week Live Panel, 7-8 p.m. Oct. 28. Retreat Behavioral Health will host this live event on Facebook to mark the nationwide drug prevention and awareness program through Oct. 31. See

Support Breast Cancer Awareness, Oct. 29. Miami Design District hosts the fifth annual Fashion Strikes Cancer benefit to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. To donate, visit or

Annual Cultural Forum 2020: 4-5 p.m. Oct. 29. The public is invited to attend this virtual event featuring the Cultural Division’s recent initiatives and projects. Register for link at 954-357-6023 or Free.

Suspenseful Stories of African American Folklore, noon-1 p.m. Oct. 30. Scary stories of African American folklore told by Chetter Galloway. Presented by Broward County Library, Fort Lauderdale. 954-357-7444. Join via Webex at Free.

Spooktacular Bingo & Costume Contest Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities, 6-7 p.m. Oct. 30. RMHC and Miami Mom Collective invite you to virtual Zoom event. 305-324-5683. $20-$35. All ages welcome; must be 18 to register.

Haunted Hammock: Choose Your Own Adventure Live! 6:30-7:15 p.m. Oct. 30. Join the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on Facebook Live for an interactive haunted exploration as night begins to shroud the island in mystery and suspense. Viewers can decide the fate of where to go and what to do next. For age 7-up. 561-544-8605. See for details. Free.

Train the Brain Campaign Features Healing Workshops available online through Oct. 31. Build resiliency with self-care and self-talk. Self-empowerment leads to self-improvement. All ages welcome. For more information on the Palm Health Foundation’s behavioral health services email Register for Zoom link at

3rd Annual Purple Pajama Party Virtual Fundraiser, anytime through Oct. 31. Take pictures of your participation and post them to social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). Show your support for the ending domestic violence by using #PurplePJsForAVDA. Virtual from Delray Beach. 561-265-3797. See or Free event; donations welcome.

Spread Love Fundraising through Oct. 31. Business for the Arts Broward announced that proceeds from sales of signed limited edition prints of Cey Adams' “Love” mural will benefit BFA’s programming. Virtual fundraising campaign from Fort Lauderdale. 954-940-5344. Donate at Free to browse, prices vary.

Run, Creep or Crawl Challenge through Oct. 31, anytime, any place. Produced by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce. To participate, register and pay $45 at or see for more details.

Broward Teacher/Entrepreneur Home Office Makeover Contest. Enter through Oct. 31. BrightStar Credit Union will reward one deserving Broward teacher or displaced entrepreneur affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, who needs a new or revamped workspace in their home. Submit a short 30-60 second video explaining why you should win, plus follow and tag @brightstarcu on Instagram. See for rules and more details. Free to enter.

‘Live from our Living Room’ @ New World Symphony (ongoing) Virtual concerts on Facebook, YouTube; also streaming Live on the 1st and 3rd Fridays in November and December. Plus, archived concerts available online. Visit NWS Digital at, Free.

The Symphonia at Home Features Weekly Series, 5 p.m. Thursdays on Facebook Live. The Symphonia hosts a variety of award-winning orchestra members discussing their instruments and sharing solo performances or videos from past concerts. For more information, visit or call 561-376-3848.

Petdemic, 8 p.m. through Oct. 31 and 2 p.m. Nov. 1. Performed by Broward College theatre students, this original play was written for Zoom and directed by Mariah Reed. Visual & Performing Arts Department, Central Campus, Davie. 954-201-6840. RSVP for link at Free.

Tai Chi for Seniors with Arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation offers gentle class for seniors 10:30-11:30 a.m. through Nov. 4. Regular adult class 11 a.m.-noon through Dec. 1. Classes are virtual from Sunrise on Zoom. For details and link, call the Area Agency on Aging at 954-745-9567 ext.10249 to register. Classes meet twice weekly. Free.

Arthritis Foundation JA Day, 2-4 p.m. Nov. 1. Learn from a panel of pediatric rheumatologists, have fun with a family game of bingo with prizes and connect with other families in small breakout sessions. All Junior Arthritis families welcome. 407-917-6978. See virtual platform at Additional research and insights, 6-6:45 p.m. Nov. 2, with an educational program about the clinical trial process. Visit Free.

‘Mission United’ Virtual Happy Hour, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. Hosted by United Way of Broward. Programs support U.S. military service members, veterans and their families with employment services, legal assistance, financial stability, education, health and housing information. Register to get Zoom link at or call 954-462-4850.

Virtual Art Salons on Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and the first Tuesday of the month through May. Includes artist introduction, a PowerPoint presentation, followed by an open discussion. Register for Zoom link at Free.

Ocean Expert Exchange: Using Tech to Advance Reef Science, 4-4:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Live webinar with Will Greene of the Perry Institute for Marine Science who will share how they are using photogrammetry and 3D modeling to advance coral monitoring, conservation, and restoration. Register for Zoom link at or watch on YouTube. Free.

Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. Presented by Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS). 954-467-6637. Free.

Conversation with Nonfiction Writer & Feminist Naomi Wolf, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Moderated by executive director Hunter O’Hanian from Stonewall National Museum and Archives, Fort Lauderdale. 954-763-8565. Register for Zoom link at Free.

‘Women in High Conflict Relationships’ Online Support Group, 5-6 p.m. Nov. 5 and weekly through Jan. 28. Hosted by Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service on Zoom from West Palm Beach. 561-684-1991. Free.

Irish Film Festival, 7-8 p.m. Nov. 5 opening, with Zoom talkbacks Nov. 10, 12 and 15. Sponsored by the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center; NSU Center for the Humanities; and South Florida Irish Studies Consortium. 954-262-5477. To view films, register and visit the Kanopy collection at Broward County library card required. See or visit Free.

The Science of Espionage, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium explores the undercover world of counterintelligence in a fundraiser. Zoom with an American hero to benefit the Center. Visit Tickets $60-up.

Broward County Library Vet Fest, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 7. Webex program focused on raising awareness on issues that impact military veterans and their families. See or call 954-357-7435. Free.

Master Chorale of South Florida, 4-5 p.m. Nov. 8. Interactive online concert experience features Measure by Measure #7: Beethoven’s Symphony #9 with Artistic Director Brett Karlin. Virtual from Fort Lauderdale. 954-641-2653. Free.

Election Results and Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy, 4-5 p.m. Nov. 10. Implications of elections on U.S. foreign policy. Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-297-2595. $10.

Zoom Chat with Author John Grisham: 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Jake Brigance is back in this latest novel, A Time for Mercy Virtual. Virtual from David Posnack JCC in Davie. $11-$37.

Vote Online for The Galleria’s Annual Men of Style Fundraiser. Voting open now through noon on Dec. 3. Proceeds benefit 11 local charities. Votes are $25 each at Leading man to be announced during Facebook Live presentation at 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

Broward Coalition on Aging Monthly Meeting, 8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. Professional networking and training Virtual on Zoom from Lauderhill. 954-746-2055 x125. Free.

Monthly Lunch with Art Lecture Virtual Edition, 12:15 p.m. Nov. 12. Join curatorial consultant Derek T. Davis, on the 2nd Thursday of each month as he guides you into the world of the Ely Family, all while you enjoy your lunch. Presented by Pompano Beach Arts. See on Facebook or

James Patterson & Kwame Alexander Discuss New Book, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Features young adult novel “Becoming Muhammad Ali.” From Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. 954-856-8079. $8-$10. FAU faculty, staff and students free.

Second Annual Art & Virtual Stroll, 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. View and buy artwork and enjoy entertainment safely from home while supporting arts and culture. Proceeds benefit arts programs and local artists. Virtual via Zoom from Fort Lauderdale. 954-940-5344. $25-$50.

Science Off Tap Series, CSI Wildlife, 7-8 p.m. Nov. 12 features “Mangroves on the Move.” Presented by the Florida Museum of Natural History and University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute on Zoom. Visit Free.

Guy Harvey Facebook Live Sessions (ongoing) 11 a.m. Saturdays feature new talks and resources through the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation’s (GHOF) Facebook page. Includes Shark Talk, an educational workbook with ocean conservation activities and games to download at no cost. See Archived videos available through November.

Boca History 101, A Virtual Lecture Series, noon-12:30 p.m., Thursdays, through Nov. 12. This 10-part virtual series. Topics include A Brief History; Pioneer Days; Addison Mizner and the 1920s; and Boca During World War II. Presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum. $25. RSVP to 561-395-6766, ext. 101 or email

Junior League of Boca Raton’s 33rd Annual Woman Volunteer of the Year, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 13. The event will be a look back at the history of women volunteers and will celebrate 685 nominees and winners from the past 32 years. Virtual from Boca Raton. 401-573-9392. $50.

FAU Virtual Data Science, Analytics, & AI Conference, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Includes conversations on data science, analytics, and AI across the boundaries of academia, government, and business. From Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. $5-$25.

COVID-Relief Concert Series: JazzAid Live at the Banyan Bowl, 8 p.m. Nov. 14. Monthly jazz fundraiser for World Central Kitchen by Chef Jose Andres. From the Village of Pinecrest Gardens. 305-669-6990. $15.

Broward House SMART Ride Reimagined (upcoming) Nov. 20-22. Historically it’s been a 2-day 165-mile ride from Miami to Key West. This year, riders are being challenged to ride wherever they are that weekend. Anyone can participate by committing to log the miles, minutes, or any other measurable metric of a physical challenge they choose. Register at or

Virtual Exhibitions Featuring the Space Shuttle Challenger (ongoing) View “Into Orbit” and “First Fleet” sneak peeks on the Pompano Beach Arts YouTube channel at or visit Free.

FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (ongoing) Offers tours, videos and educational activities. Lectures and presentations are open to the public for free. Must register. See

Engage at GableStage with Online Theater Series (ongoing) World premiere short-form works by the finest local artists. Recordings online. 305-445-1119 or visit or Free.

NSU Art Museum Extends Exhibits (ongoing) Transitions and Transformations will be on view through January; plus From Pencil to Paint will remain until spring. The Museum in Fort Lauderdale begins its new exhibition season Nov. 21 with the South Florida Cultural Consortium exhibition.

Palm Beach Photographic Centre (ongoing) Virtual exhibition runs now through Nov. 28. Members Show features the 24th annual juried exhibition. Also on display is an exhibition showcasing works by young people, ages 10-17, from the summer’s virtual FOTOcamp. See the works at

Digital Days @ Unity of Delray Beach (ongoing) New talks released 6 a.m. each Sunday. Virtual programs include sermon and meditation, children’s lesson, plus videos and music by musical director D. Shawn Berry, and soloist Daniel Cochran. Other programs during the week include podcasts, inspirational writings and more at

Ashanti Cultural Arts Virtual Classes & Events (ongoing) Features beginner hip hop Saturdays 11-11:50 a.m.; advanced hip hop Thursdays 6-7 p.m.; African dance Saturdays noon-1 p.m. and much more. Sponsored by the City of Pompano Beach and the Rotary Club. See

Kravis @ Home The Curtain’s Up! (ongoing) Digital stage features a lineup of curated concerts, talks, performances and arts education events. Virtual from West Palm Beach. Free.

Broward Center Online Classes for All Ages (ongoing) Free classes include singing, acting, dancing and improv. Stay connected with this online series available anytime. You can also follow the Facebook page to access previous videos and content. For details, see and click on Education@Home or visit

‘Voices of Race & Change’ Dialogues (ongoing) Listen to webcasts curated and presented by author and professor Kitty Oliver, Ph.D. Topics include Growing up White; School Integration; Ethnic Diversity; and Segregation-era Memories, etc. Features real stories told by people who lived the experiences. Listen at

Florida Atlantic University Galleries Present a Look at Our Past, Present & Future Politics (ongoing) Through Jan. 15. FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will debut four online exhibitions that are united by a consideration of current and historic political issues. Each online presentation will be accessible as a link at

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