The MiamIntelligence Center will hold a four-week course that develops strategies to change attitudes, release stress, create goals and increase productivity as well as leisure time. 6-7 p.m. today (5/13), May 20, May 27 and June 3 at 2000 S. Dixie Highway, Coconut Grove. Members $40; others $50. Details: (305) 860-2499.
ART & DESIGN
The Sun Post, Urbana Development and Urbana Magazine will hold a series of block parties to encourage people to take advantage of restaurants and galleries in the Design District. Wine tasting, food samplings and live outdoor music. 6-9 p.m. today (5/13) and June 10 on Northeast 40th Street, Miami. Details: Nestor Viton, (305) 868-5652.
WOMEN'S PLANNING SEMINAR
United Way Miami-Dade's Women's Leadership group will host a special planning seminar for women. Peggy M. Hollander, managing director of the Succession Group, will discuss disaster planning and the need for women to protect themselves from catastrophic life developments. 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at United Way Miami-Dade, Ansin Building, 3250 SW Third Ave., Miami. Members free. Not open to the public. Details: www.unitedwaymiami.org or email@example.com.
The Dade Cultural Alliance will hold its annual meeting and cocktail reception with Florida Secretary of State, Glenda E. Hood to speak on the state of cultural affairs. Preview the exhibit Vintage Miami. 6 p.m. at the Newton Building, 3901 NE Second Ave. Members free; non-members $15. Details: Ellen Wedner, (305) 573-2753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER SPREE AUCTION
American Airlines and the Association for Retarded Citizens of South Florida will host a charity fundraising event. 5:45-9 p.m. today (5/13) at Sheraton Miami-Biscayne Bay, 495 Brickell Ave., Miami. $25. Details: (305) 759-8500 or www.arcsofla.org.
The Miami Friends of Tibet and the Tibetan Institute & Library Group of Miami along with Books & Books will present An Evening With Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche. He will discuss the historical Buddha, the source of all Buddhist teachings and Buddhism in relation to issues in modern life. Reception and music. 8-9:30 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $15. Details: Cristina Nosti, (305) 444-9044 or www.booksandbooks.com.
HEALTH INSURANCE SEMINAR
Cover the Uninsured Week - Miami will hold a free seminar on providing health insurance for employees. 8-10 a.m. at Crowne Plaza Hotel - Miami Airport, Sabal Palm Road, 950 NW LeJeune Rd., Miami. Details: (305) 682-8211.
HEART OF MIAMI LUNCHEON
Switchboard of Miami, a nonprofit organization that provides the community with free crisis counseling, educational programs and referral services, will honor the Leadership Miami program of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce in celebration of the program's 25th anniversary. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Wyndham Grand Bay Hotel, 2669 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove. $100. Details: (305) 358-1640, Ext. 103, or www.switchboardmiami.org.
Crown Wine & Spirits will hold a wine tasting event with a variety of red and white wines, gourmet foods and cheese samplers. 7-9 p.m. at Crown Wine & Spirits, 12555 Biscayne Blvd., N. Miami. $10. Details: (305) 892-9463.
The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami will hold its annual installation banquet to honor three individuals for their devotion to upholding the tenets of the legal profession. 6:30 p.m. at Hotel InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. Details: H. Scott Fingerhut, (305) 285-0500 or email@example.com.
The Miami Dade College Florida Center for the Literary Arts will hold a workshop on writing children's literature. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Room 7128, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. $50. Registration required. Details: (305) 237-3940.
The three-day international advertising awards competition will return to Miami Beach. Awards galas, presentations and workshops. Saturday through Tuesday at Eden Roc Resort & Spa, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $150-$750. Details: (800) 946-2546 or www.clioawards.com.
CHILDREN OF CHORNOBYL
The South Florida Ukranian Coordinating Committee will hold a fundraiser luncheon for the Children of Chornobyl Relief Fund. Ike McFadden, TV writer and producer, will speak and show his documentary on the nuclear disaster. $30. 2 p.m. at the Wyndham, 1870 Griffin Rd., Dania. Details: Oksana Piaseckyj, (305) 935-7151.
The Mercy Foundation will hold its 14th annual golf classic to benefit Mercy Hospital. 11 a.m. at Weston Hills Country Club, 2600 Country Club Way, Fort Lauderdale. Tournament, cocktail reception, awards ceremony and dinner. $2,500 for teams of four. Details: Ady Arrieta, (305) 285-2711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIDDLE EAST SEMINAR
The MiamIntelligence Center will hold a discussion on American power and conflict in the Middle East. Assistant professor Peter Moore will be the speaker. The talk will place the Iraq invasion within the context of the history of American foreign policy and domestic Arab politics in the Middle East. Complimentary wine and cheese. 7-8:30 p.m. at 2000 S. Dixie Highway, Coconut Grove. $10. Details: (305) 773-8408.
Miami Dade College will host an event to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of Haiti's independence. The event will feature a multimedia presentation on Haiti. Haitian music, food and a performance by Sosyete Koukouy Miami Inc., a Haitian-American folk-art group. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus, 627 SW 27th Ave., Rm. 3103, Miami. Free. Details: Project Exito, (305) 237-6365.
The South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum will host an educational event on professional liability insurance for physicians and health-care organizations. Dr. Arthur Palamara of the Broward County Medical Association and Glenn Falk of Parenti-Falk PA Attorneys will speak. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Parkway Regional Medical Center, Main Conference Rm., 160 NW 170th St., Miami Beach. Members $25; others $35. Details: George Andrews, (305) 237-3118 or email@example.com.
The Miracle Journeys magazine will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Center for Positive Connections, a community-based organization that provides support to those afflicted with HIV/AIDS and their families. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, live music and multimedia art displays. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at Studio 57, 5748 NE Fourth Ave., Miami. $10. Details: (305) 757-9770, www.miraclejourneys.com or www.positiveconnections.org.
The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Florida Brain Tumor Association will host a brain-tumor awareness conference for survivors, families and friends. Lunch and live music. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Westin Hotel, 400 Corporate Dr., Fort Lauderdale. $20. Details: (305) 243-4318.
BILTMORE HISTORIC TOURS
The Dade Heritage Trust offers three free one-hour tours of the Biltmore Hotel detailing the hotel's history and architectural highlights. 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Details: Ruth Jacobs, (305) 667-5222 or www.biltmorehotel.com.