DESIGN STUDENT AWARDS
The interior designs of selected Miami International University students will be honored by judges and used in the creation of interiors for Space 01 Luxury Lofts, a residential condominium project. 6-8 p.m. at Space 01 Sales Pavilion, 1755 Kennedy Causeway, N. Bay Village. RSVP requested. Details: (305) 864-3434, Ext. 39.
The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies of the University of Miami will hold "The Ambassadors in Conference: US and Cuba," with featured speaker Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, a Senior Fellow and Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Fellow ambassadors Dennis K. Hays, Luis Lauredo and V. Manuel Rocha will also speak. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Casa Bacardi, 1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables. Faculty and students free; others $35. Details: (305) 284-2822 or http://casabacardi.iccas.Miami.edu.
The US Chess Trust will hold "Chess Champs for Charity," a fundraising event to benefit the US Chess Trust, a non-profit organization that supports chess education programs across the country. Local chess champions as young as five years old will compete against all those who wish to participate in the event. 1-4 p.m. at the Aventura Mall, Center Court, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. Details: www.uschess.org.
Miami-Dade County will hold a series of celebratory activities in honor of Leopold Bloom, the main character in James Joyce's literary classic "Ulysses" who was officially created for all past and future generations of readers on June 16, 1904. 10 a.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Library, 3443 Segovia St., Coral Gables; 4 p.m. Sunday at John Martin's Irish Pub, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 6 p.m. June 16 at Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. Free. Details: Oliver Kerr, (305) 662-6744 or Mary Ann Fierro, (305) 251-6208.
PARENTING MAGAZINE EVENT
The South Florida Parenting magazine will hold a party-planning event that will allow parents and families to interact with party planners and view exhibits created by the planners. Stage performances, bounce houses, face painting, games and other examples of event entertainment will be displayed. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Southland Mall, 20505 S. Dixie Hwy., Quail Heights. Free. Details: (305) 235-8880.
'THE NEW MIAMI'
The Urban Land Institute will present the "Boom or BOOM" program to address the growth and development of Miami. Breakfast and lunch served. 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. Reservations recommended. $75-$175. Details: (800) 321-5011.
'DISCOVERING NEW DRUGS'
MIAMIntelligence will hold a seminar on "Technology and Environment: discovering new drugs in the Amazon." Duncan H. Haynes Ph.D., scientist and author, will discuss the serious implications that the destruction of the world's largely unexplored rainforests has for medical research and advancement. Presently about 25 % of the medicines prescribed in the US are derived from rainforest plants. Wine and cheese served. 7 p.m. at 2000 S. Dixie Hwy., Coconut Grove. $10. Details: (305) 860-2499 or www.miamintelligence.com.
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. Sundays. Details: Ruth Jacobs, (305) 667-5222 or www.biltmorehotel.com.