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Weekend preview: Good karma, good beer and the Worm in Delray Beach

Sun Sentinel — Ben Crandell Sun Sentinel

May 15--Like a lot of folks in South Florida, you may find yourself wandering around in a not-trying-too-hard search for connection with someone who might turn into something, and it's hard. Just ask Chelsea Handler.

The problem may not be where you're going, but when. The next few weeks are filled with events in which people are gathering to have a good time for a good cause. Good people, with good hearts.

On Friday at 8 p.m., An Evening For Xela III is a stroke-awareness benefit at Churchill's Pub in Miami aimed at raising money for local musician Alex Diaz, who suffered a stroke three years ago and continues to cover ongoing rehabilitation therapy without insurance. The night will feature some leading local performers, including Holly Hunt, Las Nubes, Audrey Horny, All the V Words, Deaf Culture, Appositi, Rat Bastard and Xela Zaid (Alex Diaz). Will tRev will DJ between sets, and Dr. Amy Baxter ("Shark Tank") will offer free blood-pressure tests and talk about stroke prevention. Admission: $5. Visit Facebook.com/ChurchillsPub.

Bangin' Banjo Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach at 6 p.m. Saturday hosts a fundraiser for In Jacob's Shoes, with $1 from every pint sold donated to the charity, which provides new and gently used shoes, school supplies and athletic equipment to disadvantaged youth, along with school and camp scholarships. The program is part of the Jacob S. Zweig Foundation, which honors a North Broward Prep student killed in 2008. The first event in the brewery's Banjo Cares series, each social media check-in at Bangin' Banjo in May will send another dollar to In Jacob's Shoes. Visit Facebook.com/BanginBanjoBrewing.

Golden Brunch & Brews at LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale 1 p.m. Sunday is a fundraiser for Golden Rescue South Florida's support for homeless golden retrievers. Donate $5 to the rescue and get $1 off each beer on tap 1-5 p.m. (limit five). There will be vendors and food trucks. Yes, you can bring your (leashed) dog. Visit Facebook.com/LauderAle.

Longtime Big 105.9 radio personality Doc Reno's inaugural All Star Rock & Roll Jam is a fundraiser for the My Family Matters Foundation coming to Sport of Kings Theater at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach 6-11 p.m. May 24. The musical lineup includes Graham Wood Drout & Iko Iko, Joel DaSilva, Eric Garcia (Juke, Uncle Scotchy), Bonefish Johnny, Joey Gilmore, Nicole Yarling, JL Fulks and many others. My Family Matters was created to provide financial assistance to caregivers for children with cancer. Tickets start at $10 at Eventbrite.com.

At the FAT Village Art Walk on May 25, the co-working space General Provision will host Cocktails for Humanity from 6 to 11 p.m., with proceeds from sales of cocktails, wine and beer going to Bike Walk FTL, a nonprofit working to make Fort Lauderdale safe for cyclists. Visit Facebook.com/GeneralProvision.

Farther down the road, the socially outgoing membership of the Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation celebrate 15 years of fundraising with the Gold Party, 7 p.m. June 1 at Revolution Live in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The evening will include an open bar, food stations, a silent auction and interactive entertainment. Tickets start at $100 advance ($125 at the door), with all proceeds going to the foundation. Gold attire requested. Visit JJCCF.org.

One Mind One Heart is a concert at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton on June 30, a mental-health awareness event organized by local guitarist extraordinaire Joel DaSilva to support counseling services offered by 2-1-1 Broward and 2-1-1 Palm Beach. A strong music lineup includes Mark Dubin and the Honest Liars, the Blues Crusaders with Rockin' Jake, Slip and the Spinouts, the Durell Randolph Band, Otis Cadillac and the Seville Sisters, Tasty Vibrations, the NattyBo's, the Lauren Mitchell Band with Mark Telesca and others. Music starts at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10 ($15 at the door). Visit Facebook.com/TheFunkyBiscuit.

Ocean brews

More than two dozen brewers (with more being lined up) are expected to pour during the third annual Ocean Brews & Blues festival 3-8 p.m. Saturday in the main parking lot near the pier in Deerfield Beach. These include harder-to-find beers from Descarga, Dangerous Minds and Octave Brewing. The musical headliner is excellent blues guitarist Joey Gilmore (6:30-8 p.m.). Admission is free, but beer sampling (unlimited 4-8 p.m.) requires tickets: $40 advance, $45 at the gate, $60 VIP. Visit Facebook.com/OceanBrewsAndBluesFest.

The Worm turns 58

Just when you began to worry that South Florida had lost its "it" factor, there is a birthday throwdown for NBA Hall of Famer, South Florida Party Scene Hall of Famer and diplomatic attache (North Korea a specialty) Dennis Rodman. He's got some legal issues brewing, but they just add to his immeasurable charm. The belated party (Rodman turned 58 on May 13) is scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday at Level 2 at Buddha Sky Bar in Delray Beach. Tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door. Visit Facebook.com/Level2Delray.

Four years of beers

Matt Cox and Copperpoint Brewing in Boynton Beach celebrate four years in the beer-making business at noon Saturday with beer releases, food trucks and general camaraderie. Strong music, too, from Mike McCleary (Surfer Blood, Bear in Mind) and JM and the Sweets. Visit Facebook.com/CopperpointBrewingCo.

Meanwhile Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami puts an exclamation point on American Craft Beer Week this weekend with its own fourth-anniversary events, including an ice cream-beer pairing on Thursday, a can release for its Mise en Place (best beer name nominee) on Friday and general hootin' and hollerin' (with music, cake and beer) on Saturday and Sunday. Visit ConcreteBeachBrewery.com.

Local color

The Color Run 5K will cover you in vibrant, powdery joy at Fort Lauderdale's Huizenga Plaza (32 E. Las Olas Blvd.) 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday. Race packets for $34.99 (includes T-shirt) and $29.99 are still available. Visit TheColorRun.com.

Later on Saturday at the South County Regional Park in Boca Raton, the fourth annual Fun Glow 5K is a nighttime run through multiple zones of glowing foam (no powder or paint) and dance music. Along with the 8 p.m. run, the 5-10 p.m. event includes food and beverages (the adult kind, too) and an after-party. 5K entry: $19. Visit Facebook.com/FunGlow5K.

Flower power

Plenty of places to take in the full moon Saturday night, but you can't go wrong with Pelican Landing's Full Flower Moon Party over the Intracoastal, with the backdrop of downtown Fort Lauderdale, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature fire dancers, magicians, live music from Billy Vasquez & Soul Junk, food and drink specials and featured pours from Patron Tequila, Lucky Player Vodka and Concrete Beach Brewery. Reservations: 66Marina.com.

Weekend laughs

Chelsea Handler's Sit-Down Comedy Tour, stopping at the Fillmore Miami Beach 8 p.m. Friday offers laughs, but also a workout for your inner being, as she goes through the journey that led to her memoir, "Life Will Be the Death of Me." Tickets start at $39.50. Visit FillmoreMB.com.

Vicki Barbolak brings the lovable trailer-trash act that made her a fan favorite last season on "America's Got Talent" to the Boca Black Box in Boca Raton this weekend for shows at 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, and 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $25 (VIP $35). Visit BocaBlackBox.com.

Ben Bailey, popular host of the Discovery Channel's "Cash Cab," parks at the Palm Beach Improv in West Palm Beach 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $22. ... On Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv, the one and only Arsenio Hall returns to the stand-up stage at 7 p.m. Tickets: $27. Visit PalmBeachImprov.com.

Weekend movie

At Savor Cinema in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a Friday-night screening of "Journey to a Mother's Room" ("Viaje al Cuarto de una Madre") will include a live post-screening Q&A with one of its stars, Lola Duenas (part of the ensemble that won the Best Actress Award at Cannes for Pedro Almodovar's 2006 hit "Volver") and rising young Spanish writer-director Celia Rico Clavellino. The film, which takes an intimate look inside a mother's empty nest after her daughter leaves home, screens at 7:30 p.m., with a tapas reception in the courtyard at 6:30 p.m. Another screening is set for 3 p.m. Saturday. Visit FLIFF.com.

CDB chocolate (and beer)

Green Girl Kitchen of Delray Beach will provide the CBD-infused gourmet chocolate that your beer was crying out for during a 3 p.m. Sunday beer pairing at Prosperity Brewers in Boca Raton. Cost: $20. Visit Facebook.com/ProsperityBrewers.

Weekend DJ

Grammy-nominated DJ-producer brothers Disclosure will do a DJ set, presumably sharing music from their long-awaited third album, Friday night on the Terrace at Club Space in Miami. DJ Seinfeld and Link Miami Rebels residents will support. Visit ClubSpace.com.

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