The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau will hold event to celebrate Festival Season 2004 featuring a performance by Nestor Torres. 6-8:30 p.m. at Ritz-Carlton South Beach, 1 Lincoln Rd. Details: (305) 539-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARGARET ATWOOD LECTURE
Booker Prize-winning author of "The Blind Assassin" and "The Handmaid's Tale" will read and discuss her most recent work, "Oryx and Crake," a story that revises the Book of Genesis and adds a postscript to the Apocalypse. Ms. Atwood has published more than 25 volumes of poetry, fiction and non-fiction in more than 30 languages. 8 p.m. at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. Free tickets at Books & Books Coral Gables or Miami Beach locations. Details: Cristina Nosti, (305) 444-9044 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Professor Manuel Duasso will discuss The '60s, the '70s, the Baby Boomers and War: A Comprehensive Look at the White House and American Protest. 12:40 p.m. at the Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus, Rm. 1389, 627 SW 27th Ave. Free. Details: Nadine Gandia, (305) 237-6049.
POWER OF POETRY
Professor Mary Reeves will read and discuss poems that initiate spiritual awakening. 9 a.m. at the Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus, Room 1389, 627 SW 27th Ave. Free. Details: Nadine Gandia, (305) 237-6049.
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
Professor Marisol Regidor will discuss Tuesdays with Morrie and life's greatest lesson. 5:45 p.m. at the Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus, Room 1125, 627 SW 27th Ave. Free. Details: Nadine Gandia, (305) 237-6049.
TIGERTAIL POETRY READING
Tigertail Productions will celebrate National Poetry Month with the release of the second edition of "Tigertail, A South Florida Poetry Annual" and poetry reading. This publication is comprised of new poetry by Miami-Dade poets that reflects the socio-economic range, diversity and dynamic profile of the community. 7:30 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 324-4337 or www.tigertail.org.
TAX RELIEF PARTY
Pawsitively Humane will host event to benefit the Human Society of Greater Miami. The Humane Society of Greater Miami is dedicated to creating a caring community and providing necessary health services for the pets of Miami-Dade County. Cocktails, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and neck and body massages by Sound Body and Mind Massage Therapy. Sonesta Hotel and Suites Coconut Grove, Eighth Floor restaurant, 2889 McFarlane Rd. Members $10; others $20. Details: (305) 447-8256 or www.pawsitivelyhumane.org.
The Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club presents its 65th annual cabaret show to benefit the May Van Sickle Children's Dental Clinic, which provides more than $195,000 annually in free dental care to needy children. 8 p.m. April 16-17; 2 p.m. April 18 at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 East Flagler St., Downtown Miami. $12-$35. Details: Esther, (305) 926-3399.
A visual, performing and culinary arts festival in honor of the City of Coral Gables and its founder, George E. Merrick. The festival will feature performing artists from around the world, a historic bicycle tour, the Art in the Tropics exhibition, a food sampler and other events. April 16-18 at Merrick Park, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 491-4180 or www.merrickfestival.org.
Aventura Mall will host event in recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. All coins tossed into the fountain by Bloomingdale's during April will be donated to the Voices for Children Foundation to benefit the Guardian Ad Litem program. This program appoints volunteer advocates to protect the interest of at-risk children in the Juvenile Court system. Picturing Ourselves photography exhibit. 2 p.m. at the Fountain Court by Bloomingdale's, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. Details: (305) 935-1110 or www.shopaventuramall.com.
CHILDREN'S CHARITY EVENT
The sixth annual Caring Chefs for Kids event to benefit the Children's Home Society of Florida will feature live entertainment and food provided by The Ritz-Carlton, CafÈ Tu Tu Tango, Havana Harry's and others along with samplings from Chicken Kitchen for the kids. The Children's Home Society of Florida raises funds for the abused, neglected and abandoned children within Florida's communities. 7-9:30 p.m. at The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St., Kendall. Adults $50; children ages 4-18 years free. Details: CHS, (305) 324-1262, ext. 445.
WING DING CHARITY EVENT
Footy's 17th annual Y-100.7 event featuring celebrity guests such as Dan Marino, N Sync's JC Chasez, live entertainment and prizes. Proceeds to benefit Here's Help Inc., a program that provides drug and alcohol treatment for South Florida's communities, and the Sun Sentinel/WB 39 Children's Fund, which is used to help needy children and families. 11 a.m. at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $15. Details: www.y100miami.com.
BILTMORE HISTORIC TOURS
The Dade Heritage Trust offers three free one-hour tours of the Biltmore Hotel every Sunday detailing the hotel's history and architectural highlights. 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. every Sunday through April 30. Details: Ruth Jacobs, (305) 667-5222 or www.biltmorehotel.com.