"Beyond Drought Enviornmental Education Exhibit", a traveling exhibit desgined by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to teach middle and high school students about the seriousness of drought and enviornmental protection in Florida, will be on display through Dec. 5. Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-2836.
The Dept. of Park and Recreation & Cultural Arts of Hollywood will host a Hanukkah Festival sponsored by the Congregation Levi Yitzchak. Service and entertainment. 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Young Circle Park, Hollywood Blvd. & US-1, Hollywood. Details: (954) 458-1877, Rabbi Schwartz.
Coral Gables' New Theatre hosts a toy drive in conjunction with their holiday productions "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol". Toys will be donated to the children under the care of Family Services, many of whom are orphaned. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for children ages 3-15. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on performance days through Dec. 21. 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22. Details: (305) 443-5909.
Palm Beach Community College's Duncan Theatre presents puppeteer, Jim West and Fossil, the dinosaur detective. The duo mixes fun and facts inspired by everyone's favorite prehistoric creatures. 11 a.m. at the Watson B. Duncan Theatre, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth. Tickets $5. Details: (561) 868-3309.
Santa Claus will visit the Surfside Community Center with gifts, door prizes and refreshments at 1 p.m. Children of all ages welcome. Surfside Community Center, 9301 Collins Ave., Surfside. Details: (305) 866-3635.
The Caribbean Latin American Action presents "Competitiveness of the Third Border in 2005." Conference features a panel of experts representing both public and private sector entities, discussing important regulatory policy as well as information technology issues in the region. Through Dec. 5 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (202) 466-7464 or visit www.claa.org.
HENRY LEE SHOW
The Henry Lee Company/Smart & Final Corp. will host the Henry Lee Food Show through Dec. 4. Over 1,000 expected to attend. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7311.
FOOD & BEVERAGE CONFERENCE
The Miami Beach Convention Center welcomes the Americas Food & Beverage Trade Show and Conference. Exhibits with thousands of unique foods from the U.S., Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean, special seminars on how to increase profits in English, Spanish and Portuguese, new product showcase, and the Americas Food & Beverage Awards. Through Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. at the Miami Beach Conventions Center, 1700 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 871-7910 or visit www.worldtrade.org/food.
Southeastern Life Sciences Association hosts fourth annual Southeastern Biotechnology Investor Forum. Two-day, Atlanta conference features presentations by a number of industry leaders and panel discussions. 7:30 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, 3434 Peachtree Road NE, Buckhead. Details: (404) 745-2439.
Holiday classic "The Nutcracker," presented by Ballet Etudes of South Florida, Inc., will be playing through Dec. 1st. Sat. at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun. at 3 p.m. Jackie Gleason Theater of Performing Arts, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets $20 - $60. Details: Susan Prieto, (305) 827-1345.
CONCERT & DANCING
Easy Listening and Dancing: "Sony Allegro", presented by Hollywood Beach Theater. 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Hollywood Beach and Broadwalk, Johnson Street. All events free. Call (954) 921-3404.
CONCERT & DANCING
Dancing Under the moonlight series presents: Karaoke Talent Night, hosted by Wayne L. 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Hollywood Beach and Broadwalk, Johnson Street. All events free. Call (954) 921-3404.
CONCERT & DANCING
On the Broadwalk Series: "Rockerfellas", presented by Hollywood Beach Theater. 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Hollywood Beach and Broadwalk, Johnson Street. All events free. Call (954) 921-3404.
NY DESIGN SHOW
VM+SD Magazine hosts "StoreXpo", a new trade show for the retail design and visual merchandising community. The expo will feature 45,000 square feet of exhibit space, showcasing the most innovative products from every facet of retail design. Through Dec. 7, in the River Pavilion, Jacob K. Javits Conventions Center, New York. Details: (800) 925-1110.
To create a more small-business friendly regulatory enforcement environment between federal agencies and small businesses, the US Congress has directed the Small Business Advisory (SBA) and the National Ombudsman to hold Regulatory Enforcement Fairness hearings. Concerns and complaints aired at hearing will be forwarded to high-level federal officials for review and response. Registration 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.; hearing 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Miami-Dade Community College Wolfson campus - ETCOTA Auditorium, room 718, 500 NE Second Ave., Miami.
Miami-Dade discusses the economic health of their agricultural industry and future of remaining rural lands during the planning session with citizens, designers and media through Dec. 10. Discussion and drawing session, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 7; review session 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 8; final presentation, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Miami-Dade Agriculture Center, 18710 SW 288 St., Homestead. Details: (305) 375-2835.
"Dominican Dual Nationality: Implications for Politics, Community and Identity", discussion topic during the one-day symposium sponsored by The North-South Center, CUNY-Dominican Studies Institute and the Dominican American National Roundtable. Featuring representatives of the Dominican government, members of academia from both the U.S. and the D.R. and leading community activists. 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the University of Miami - John J. Koubek Memorial Center, conference room K-7, 2705 SW Third St., Miami. RSVP: (305) 284-8921.
LAW UNIT MEETING
South-Dade Parliamentary Law Unit will meet present the topic "How to Get the Story Out Before Others Have a Chance to Undermine", presented by Mary Scull Brown. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Central Christian Church, 222 Menores, Coral Gables. Free, guests are welcomed. Details: (305) 446-6158.
STRETCHING & MEDITATION
Therapeutic workshop. Meets weekly on Wednesday this month. $5. 6-7 p.m. Victor E. Clarke Education Center, South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd St. Details: (305) 662-8106.
The Fibromyalgia Support group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Women's Health Resource Center, Baptist Medical Arts Bldg., 8950 N. Kendall Drive, Miami. Details: (305) 598-5981.
Diabetes support group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at South Miami Hospital, U.S. 1 and Southwest 62 Ave., Miami. Free. Details: (786) 662-5168.
Free program titled "Baby Boomers' Guide to Menopause", with speaker Janice Milligan, M.D., family practitioner. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Homestead Hospital, 160 NW 13 St., Homestead. Details: (305) 412-8700.