MIAMI BOOK FAIR
Miami International Book Fair opens with an afternoon with Sandra Cisneros talking about her new novel Caramelo. Each night a different author reads and discusses a newly published book during the "An Evening With..." events. Throughout the weekend, neighboring streets will be home to the street fair where visitors can attend presentations and workshops conducted by best-selling authors. Through Nov. 24th, 8 p.m. at the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade Community College, 300 NE 2nd Ave. Miami. Call (305) 237-3258.
NOUVEAU WINE TASTING
Wine tasting and party to celebrate the new harvest and the world-wide release of Mommessin's 2002 Beaujolais Nouveau Wine, flown in directly from France. 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. Le Bouchon du Grove Restaurant, 3430 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Call (305) 448-6060.
Rabbinical student Kate O'Brien Goldstein will join Rabbi Melvin J. Glazer on the Bimah Friday evening and Saturday morning, as they represent the Jewish Theological Seminary. Beth David Congregation, 2625 SW 3rd Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 854-3911.
Wolfe's Wine Shop hosts its 2nd annual Holiday Marche. Enjoy a French flavor of the Holiday Season as you shop for gifts and sample various wines. 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Omni Colonnade, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission $15.; $20. At door. RSVP: (305) 445-4567.
A MUSICAL PROMENADE
Fourty-sixth annual Vizcayan Ball, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Vizcaya, the Museum. Night includes dining, dancing and silent auction featuring round trip airfare to Paris, two front row seats to Chanel's Couturier show in Paris, lunch at the Ritz and a private tour of Coco Chanel's apartment. Auction will also include jewelry from Van Cleef and Arpels, a luxury Alaskan cruise from Holland America, a chandelier from Fine Arts Lamps and more. 7 p.m. Villa Vizcaya, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Single seats: $500 - $1000.; table of 10: $5,000. - $10,000. Call (305) 856-4866.
St. Thomas University will host an Undergraduate Open House to promote its new 25 undergraduate programs and the new 3+3 BA/JD, a joint 6-year bachelor's and law degree program. There will also be on-the-spot admissions for spring and fall semesters for those who bring their official transcripts. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the University's Convocation Hall in the main library, 16400 NW 32nd Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 628-6546.
Mickey and Minnie will join Donald in a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Coral Gables. They'll be joined by performers from the Ballet Academy of Miami, Coral Gables Youth Center School of Dance and Actor's Playhouse to open the season. 4 p.m. at Merrick Park, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 460-5205.
Whimsical cirque-themed characters will greet and entertain shoppers throughout the mall, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. Details: (305) 933-5572.