| SPECIAL EVENTS
FLAMINGOS FOR AUCTION
"Flamingos in the Gables", 7-foot tall, 50-pound flamingos, will be auctioned off to benefit Charlee Homes for Children. Auctioneer: WTVJ-Meteorologist, Bob Soper. 6:30 p.m. at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 665-7365, Susan Moll.
11th Annual Art & Technique of the American Television Commercial Gala, celebrating the 2002 award-winning spots inducted into the New York Museum of Modern Art's Film Archives. Hosted by the Florida Chapter of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres and light dinner reception follows at Nikki Beach Club. Doors open 6:30 p.m., screening 7 p.m. Regal Cinema, corner of Alton and Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Members $65.; non-members $75.; students $40.Call (305) 274-0816.
JEWISH BOOK FAIR
Selected dates through Nov. 13. Initial event features Michael B. Oren and Judge A. Jay Cristol. 7:30 p.m. University of Miami Faculty Club, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 271-9000, ext. 268.
Presented by the Health Foundation of South Florida. Speaker: Katie Harmon, Miss America 2002. $45. 11:30 a.m. Kovens Conference Center, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami. Details: (305) 374-7200.
ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
Southern Handcraft Society hosts "Christmas at the Pines - A Natural Experience", annual holiday arts and crafts show. Through Nov. 9th, Thur. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pine Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. (954) 435-0269.
FITNESS CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW
ECA Miami hosts 2002 sports training, fitness conference and trade show. Sea Kayaking to Pilates, workshops and continuing educational credits offered for the fitness professional and the fitness enthusiast. Through Nov. 10th at the Radisson Deauville Oceanfront Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Registration: (888) MIAMI-ECA.
JOHNSON & WALES BREAKFAST
Elegant monthly breakfast at their "Island Club Restaurant,", featuring the cuisine of America's future chefs. 7:30 a.m. Island Club, 9660 East Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor. RSVP: (305) 690-9123.
FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala, benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, including cocktails, dinner and dancing. Hosted by Daisy Fuentes. 7 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets $150. Call: (800) 278-3383.
Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin, OP, Ph.D., President and Barry University's Board of Trustees will be hosting a Founders' Ball. Reception 7 p.m.; Dinner 8 p.m. at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 601 Brickell Key Drive, Miami. Tickets: $300. Individual seats; $400. Individual seats (preferred seating); $3000. Table of ten; $4000. Table of ten (preferred seating). Details: (305) 899-3185.
"Ramble", a garden festival, celebrates it's 62nd anniversary with festive food, music, artists, booths, antiques and more. Through Nov. 10th, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. (305) 667-1651.
RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE
"Everything Must Go", rummage sale hosted by the First Church of North Miami. Clothing, household goods, books, children's toys and more. Bake sale, hot dogs and cold drinks also available. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. First Church of North Miami Congregational, 1200 NE 134th St., North Miami. (305) 891-5286.
JOHNSON & WALES GALA
Johnson & Wales University celebrates a "Decade of Excellence" with four-course dinner paired with cocktails and concert by the Florida Philharmonic featuring Grammy Award winners Peter Nero and Nestor Torres. 6:45 p.m. at The Westin Diplomat Hotel, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Great Hall 4, Hollywood. Tickets $150; $75. for alumni. For reservations: (305) 893-7557.
"Getting Our Bugs in a Row", one-day event features a Volkswagon auto show, clowns, fun and games for kids, a "Bounce-a-Lot", food, live entertainment, a DJ, and much more. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Details: (813) 996-6306.
EVENING OF GIVING
A salute to Dadeland Mall's 40th anniversary and recent renovations. Activities include a private night of shopping, silent auction and countless door prizes. Entertainment provided by Latin sensation, Albita, Christina Sichta and Lucrecia as well as other local entertainers. "Dinner by the bite" provided by local restaurants and eateries, with an extensive wine tasting courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dadeland Mall, 7353 N. Kendall Drive, Kendall. Tickets $35. (305) 665-6227.
La Cucina Italiana magazine hosts another exquisite Italian Food Festival dinner, celebrating the fourth Grape Harvest Festival. Featuring six-course meals paired with selected Italian wines from Mionetto. 6:30 p.m. at Cafe Abbracci, 318 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $80. Per person. Details: (888) 742-2373.
SHOPPING CENTER INFO
Conference, hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers, will take an in-depth look into the demographics, vacancy, and rent factors facing Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, the current domestic and global conditions impact on the tourism market in South Florida, specifically hotels, restaurants, air travel, cruise ships, and conventions sectors. 8:45 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale. Members $160.; non-members $235. Registration: (646) 728-3800 or icsc.org.
MCDONALD OPEN HOUSE
"Open House Party" to kick-off Ronald McDonald House-Miami's 20th Anniversary, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. Special guests Kurt Busch, NASCAR racecar driver, along with city dignitaries and community leaders. 11 a.m. Jackson Memorial Medical Center, University of Miami, 1145 NW 14th Terrace, Miami. Details (305) 929-9715.
AROUND THE WORLD
Johnson & Wales University hosts, "Around the World Dinner Tour & Auction", featuring cuisine from Asia, the Mediterranean, South America and the United States. Benefiting programs of the Academy of Travel and Tourism, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 6 p.m. Johnson & Wales University, 1701 NE 127th St., North Miami.