BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Miami-Dade College presents events and celebration of Black History Month. "Fifth Annual Homage to Heritage Series: A Celebration of Diversity" runs through Feb. 27 with lectures, musical performances and films. The Medical Center campus hosts a photo exhibition on Dr. Martin Luther King's personal and public life. Free. Details: (305) 237-6049 or www.mdc.edu.
Pawsitively Humane, the animal lovers' network of the Humane Society of Greater Miami, hosts Mardi Paws, a Mardi Gras masquerade bash 6-9 p.m. at Fat Tuesdays in Coconut Grove's Cocowalk. Partygoers are invited to get into the spirit by wearing a creative mask to the event. $10 members, $20 non-members, includes two free drinks and appetizers. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Details: www.pawsitivelyhumane.org.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE PHOTGRAPHY EXHIBITION
Kim Hunt's photographic interpretation of Paris is presented in the exhibition "Images of Images." The exhibition has been created within the framework of Alliance Francaise and its cultural programs that promote French and European cultures. Meet-the-artist reception 7 p.m. Friday. Exhibition runs through March 16. Alliance Gallery, 1414 Coral Way. Admission is Free. Details: (305) 859-8760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITALIAN FUNDRAISING DINNER
The Rotaract Club of Coral Gables hosts a Bella Notte
Italian dinner at 6 p.m. at St. Philip's Episcopal Church & School, 1142 Coral Way. The dinner will feature a selection of Italian favorites. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Christina Carriazo School Supply Fund. Contributions to the fund work to increase resources and supplies for students of Miami Shores Elementary. $10. Details: (305) 662-1210.
ONE-MAN DINNER SHOW
Neil Wyrick has arrived at First Presbyterian Church, 609 Brickell Ave., to act as interim pastor and has brought Ben Franklin with him. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Mr. Wyrick will lecture and take questions from the audience while in the character of Ben Franklin. Mr. Wyrick has been preaching and performing for 32 years, written nine books and hosted local television and radio shows. Tickets are $5 with dinner included. Details: (305) 371-3439.
COCONUT GROVE BENEFIT SHOW
A monthly antiques, jewelry and collectibles event sponsored by Coconut Grove Cares Inc. to benefit community programs and services for neighborhood children in Coconut Grove. The benefit will take place at Coconut Grove Expo Center, South Bayshore Drive and Southwest 27th Avenue, Miami. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4.50. Details: (305) 444-8454.
DESIGNER SHOW HOUSE
More than 25 of Miami's finest interior and landscape designers will transform the house and grounds of a selected home. The redesigned home will be open to the public, and all proceeds earned from the viewings will benefit the Vizcaya Village Restoration and the Vizcaya Endowment. 33 Arvida Parkway, Coral Gables. Saturday through Feb. 29. Tickets are $25 if purchased online and $30 if purchased at the door. Details: (305) 856-4866 or email@example.com.
SOUTH MIAMI ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
The festival will feature more than 120 artists exhibiting paintings, sculpture, jewlry, pottery and a variety of eclectic artistic items. Live entertainment on the center stage is scheduled throughout the event. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Sunset Drive between US 1 and Red Road. The event is free. Details: (305) 665-7281.
INSPIRING HOPE LUNCHEON
The Hope Center Inc. hosts the Inspiring Hope Luncheon, featuring a "Taking Care of Business" theme. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Wyndham Miami Beach Resort, 4833 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The Hope Center Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides residential and day programs for people with developmental disabilities. $100 per person; $900 for a table for 10; $1,200 for a corporate sponsor. RSVP by today(2/19). Details: (305) 545-7572.
UNITED WAY EVENT
Generations, honoring local families who nurture the spirit of giving and pass the tradition of community caring and philanthropy from generation to generation. The Carricarte and Soffer families will be honored at the event, which benefits United Way's Center for Excellence in Early Education Endowment, a fund that aims to perpetuate a center designed to elevate the quality of early care and education for Miami-Dade's children. Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 646-7037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting cultural liaisons from Africa will participate in a discussion on "Preserving African Culture in the Diaspora." The event will be held at 3 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW First St. Admission is free. Details: Femi Folami-Browne (305) 375-2177.
Terry Gross, host of NPR's "Fresh Air," shares in-depth insights on the movers and shakers of American culture and politics. Hailed as one of the world's best interviewers, Ms. Gross brings intimate conversations with leading figures in politics, music, sports, writing and the arts to more than 4 million listeners on more than 414 National Public Radio stations across the country. "Fresh Air," which debuted in 1975, has gained numerous awards and recognition, including the prestigious Peabody Award and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award for Best Live Radio Program. Ms. Gross' work was cited for its "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights." 8 p.m. at Green Library, GL 100, FIU-University Park, 11200 SW Eighth St., Miami. Details: (305) 348-3689.
The New World School of Arts is holding its fourth annual "Puttin' on the Ritz" event to benefit the Jazz Ensemble. It will be a night to remember with live big-band music, dining and dancing, 7-11 p.m. Feb. 27 at Signature Gardens, 12725 122nd Ave. $50 per person. Details: (305) 237-3341.
AMERICAN BABY FAIRE EXPOSITION
More than 100 exhibitors of juvenile products will showcase the newest items and latest developments in child care and provide parenting information and services. Continuous children's live entertainment throughout the event. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 28; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 29 at Miami Beach Convention Center-Hall D, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets are $8 for adults with free admission for children under 12 and grandparents. Details: (877) 959-2229 or www.americanbabyfaire.com.
Professor Yaffa Eliach, founder of the Center for Holocaust Studies, Documentation and Research n the US, will speak during the George Feldenkreis Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture at 8 p.m. March 1. The lecture is titled "The World We Lost - Jewish Europe Before the Shoah." The Miller Center, 105 Merrick Building, 5202 University Drive, Coral Gables. The lecture is free and open to the public. Details: (305) 284-6882 or email@example.com.
HERE AND NOW: 2004
The Miami Light Project has created this program to support the professional development of Miami-based artists. "Here and Now" commissions and presents an artistic spirit indigenous to the Miami area that allows artists to define Miami as a major cultural center of international importance. Each year, six to 10 performance and media artists are selected to participate in the program. Performances: 8 p.m. March 4-5 and 12-13 and 2 p.m. March 6. Film screenings: 8 p.m. March 6 and 11. Tickets are $20. Details: (305) 576-4350.
SOUTH BEACH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
The festival will have world-renowned chefs and internationally acclaimed vinters who will present dazzling cooking demonstrations and educational wine seminars. There will be numerous organized events like the Signature Sunday afternoon grand tasting and the first Celebrity Chef and Wine Maker Golf Tournament. Special appearances by Emerial Lagasse, Alain Ducasse, Bobby Flay and dozens of others. The festival runs through March 7. Details: www.sobewineandfoodfest.com.
2004 BACARDI CUP STAR CLASS REGATTA
The 77th annual race will feature more than 100 two-man teams from 22 countries competing as preparation for racing in the Athens Olympics. The event will take place March 5-7 on Biscayne Bay, Miami. The Coral Reel Yacht Club and Marina and the US Sailing Center in Coconut Grove will serve as race headquarters. Details: Janet Maizner, (954) 599-8023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.