Hey Christy! Great seeing you last week.
1) There isn't a way that I know of to "exclude" a place in Upcoming Events. The technique most commonly used is to have the events coming from a specific place but I know this isn't what you're trying to do).
2) There are lots of ways to do #2 - and we could have a quick call to talk about the options. But the easiest way to do it is using the Watch a Tag and use tags to syndicate the content.
Hope this helps - or let me know if you want to have a quick call.