CHAMBER GALA DINNER
The Brazil-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida will host an Independence Gala Dinner, including cocktails, music, dinner and dancing. 7:30 p.m. at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP required. Details: (305) 579-9030; (954) 965-1184 or www.brazilchamber.org.
PARLIAMENTARY LAW UNIT MEETING
The South Dade Parliamentary Law Unit will host a meeting with speaker MaryScull Brown, a professional registered parliamentarian. 9:30 a.m. at Central Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 222 Menores Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 448-9928 or (305) 661-2917.
The Urban Land Institute, Southeast Florida/Caribbean District council will present the annual Architectural Design Trends Conference. 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 1825 Griffin Road, Dania Beach. Breakfast and lunch included. RSVP required. Members $100; students $40; others $95. Details: (800) 321-5011.
Law firm Littler Mendelson will host a seminar on the Florida Labor Standards Act to update South Florida business leaders and human-resource executives on avoiding collective actions related to new federal overtime laws. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hotel Sofitel Miami, 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami. Free. RSVP before Sept. 7. Details: Marie Plaza, (305) 400-7555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauderdale Lakes will celebrate Minority Enterprise Development week with a series of forums discussing business financing, procurement and marketing. Presenters include representatives from financial institutions, government agencies and national corporations. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lauderdale Lakes Multipurpose Building, 4340 NW 36th St., Lauderdale Lakes. RSVP required. Details: (954) 535-2700.
RETIREES AND FINANCE
A lecture on handling retirement funds will feature discussion on whether the senior population and retired individuals will be able to effectively preserve their income. Noon-1:30 p.m. at Tony Roma's, 18851 S Dixie Hwy., Cutler Ridge. Complimentary lunch. Free. RSVP required. Details: (305) 460-2221 or www.avoid-retirement-mistakes.com.
The Broward County Landlords Association will host a business-exchange and information session for rental-property owners, real estate investors, property managers and maintenance professionals. Discussion will focus on tax abatement and saving money on property taxes. 7 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel, 4900 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale. Members free; others $10. Details: (954) 753-6052 or www.browardlandlords.com.
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly meeting and annual installation ceremony of board members with keynote speaker George Burgess, Miami-Dade County manager. He will discuss the General Obligation Bond, an issue that will be presented to voters Nov. 2. 7:30 a.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, Country Club Ballroom, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Members free; others $25. Details: (305) 446-1657 or www.coralgableschamber.org.
The Women's Committee of 100 program will host a luncheon with guest speaker Alexandre Wayland, President of Nation Women's Political Caucus. She will discuss voting rights, privileges and potential election reform. 11 a.m. at The Miami Woman's Club, fourth floor, 1731 N Bayshore Dr., Miami. Open to public. RSVP by 9/16. $18. Details: (305) 649-0799 or (305) 448-3845.
Ruby Ortiz, certified business analyst and marketing specialist, will lecture on promotion and advertising. 6-8 p.m. at Miami Beach Police Department Community Room, 1100 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: www.miamibeachfl.gov.
Boaz Ganor, executive director of the International Policy Institute of Counter-Terrorism in Israel, will speak on the challenge of countering international terrorism post-9/11. 8-10 p.m. at the University of Miami, 105 Merrick Building, Miller Center, 5202 University Dr., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 284-6882 or email@example.com.
A forum on arts and culture will focus on the creative industries and how they contribute to developing Miami and the surrounding areas. Discussion will include the connection between the arts and the cultural community. Arts and cultural organizations will be on display. 11 a.m. at Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. RSVP required. $35 by 9/20; $50 thereafter. Details: Martin Calderon, (305)674-1300 ext. 319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.