WINE AND CHEESE BENEFIT
Gardner's Market hosts a wine and cheese tasting to benefit CHARLEE Homes for Children on the second Thursday of every month. Make a $20 donation and receive $10 off any purchase. 6-8 p.m. at 3117 Bird Ave., Miami and 8287 SW 124th St., Miami.
The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Citibank presents salsa lessons with instructors from Salsa Lovers Dance Studios. Event features appetizers and Dewar's 12. 6-8 p.m. at Citibank, 401 Arthur Godfrey Rd., Miami Beach. RSVP required. Members free; others $10. Details: (305) 534-1903.
The New Wave Magic Show starring Kevin and Caruso will be performed in South Florida. The production will feature magic, Vegas-style costumes, illusions, enchanting scenes, showgirls, comedy and exotic animals. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through October at Ramada Marco Polo Resort, 19201 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. $14-$20. Details: 1-800-600-6244 or www.kevinandcaruso.com.
The Miami-Dade County Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board will host the Hispanic Role Model of the Year Awards Luncheon. Mercedes Toural, deputy superintendent curriculum instruction for Miami-Dade County schools will speak. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, 1633 N Bayshore Dr., Miami. RSVP by 10/4. $40. Details: (305) 375-2104.
Miami-Dade transit will conduct a series of tours, Herencia Hispana (Hispanic Heritage), in recognition of Hispanic Heritage month. The three-hour tours will be offered in English and Spanish aboard air-conditioned Metrobuses. The early history of Spaniards in South Florida and migratory trends will be discussed. Departure times are 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. every Saturday in October at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St., Miami. Free. RSVP required. Details: (305) 884-7567.
The Consulate General of Japan in Miami and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden present the Autumn Festival of Japanese Culture to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Peace and Amity Treaty between Japan and the US. The festival will feature a Japanese Taiko drum performance, bonsai exhibit and sushi demonstration. 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5p.m. Sunday at the Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. $5-$10. Details: (305) 667-1651.
MIAMI WINE OPENER
The Miami Wine Opener will feature a tasting series of wine from around the world to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The festivities will include tasting stations, gourmet cuisine and other fine foods. 6 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Miami, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. $100-$50. Details: Ricki Diamond, (954) 739-5006, (305) 947-4243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key to the Cure, Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour and Ocean Drive Magazine will host a kickoff party charity shopping weekend to benefit the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Proceeds will benefit women's cancer initiatives. 6-9 p.m. at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. $25. Details: (305) 865-1100, Ext. 216.
InterContinental Miami will host its Star Chefs and Wine Extravaganza. The event will feature gourmets and wine connoisseurs and live music from the New World Symphony. Proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. 6 p.m. at InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. $125-$225. RSVP required. Details: (305) 477-1192 or www.chefsandwineextravaganza.com.
THE GREAT MARCH
More than 300 Spanish wines and international appetizers served by 10 Miami restaurants. The event focuses on the uniqueness of Spanish wines with an array of cuisines including Spanish and Mediterranean. All proceeds will benefit Daily Bread Food Bank. 6-8:30 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP Required. Details: (866) 849-8703.
HISPANIC AWARDS DINNER
The Hispanic Heritage Council will host the Legacy of Excellence Awards Dinner. The event will honor Hispanic families who have been dedicated to the professional community and to community service. 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Grand Bay, 2669 S Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. RSVP required. Details: (305) 461-1014 or hispanicfestival.com.
US AND ISRAEL LECTURE
The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies will host a lecture discussing the US, American-Jewish Organizations and Israel relationship. Ambassador Alon Pinkas, former consul general of Israel in New York, will speak. 8-10 p.m. at the Miller Center, 105 Merrick Building, 5202 University Drive, Coral Gables. Free. RSVP required. Details: (305) 284-6882 or email@example.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. If it's vacant, the Al Capone Suite on the 13th floor could be shown. 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Details: Ruth Jacobs, (305) 667-5222 or www.biltmorehotel.com.