PRESENTING CELIA CRUZ
The Miami-Dade Public Library presents an exhibition celebrating the many facets of Celia Cruz's life through the lens of photographer Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte's 15-year association with her. Through Dec. 12 at the Miami-Dade Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-2665 or www.mdpls.org.
The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will celebrate ist 10th Sunshine Awards luncheon. Awards will be presented to those in the business community who have excelled in their careers. Noon at the Wyndham Grand Bay Hotel, 2669 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. $40-$45. Details: (305) 534-1903.
The YMCA of Greater Miami hosts its 2004 Stars Night Out Gala, featuring a Tango Meets Jazz theme with dance performances by the New Century Dancers and music by the Ed Calle Band. Proceeds benefit the YMCA Scholarship Fund, which provides subsidies for needy children to attend preschool, afterschool, summer camp and other recreational programs. 7:30 p.m. at JW Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami. RSVP required. $250. Details: (305) 357-4000, Ext. 146.
The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a gala to raise funds for cancer research. Event will include gourmet dinner, live entertainment and a luxury silent auction. The auction will include a walk-on role in the TV series "Las Vegas" donated by James Caan. Noon at the Fontainebleau Hilton, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. RSVP required. $375 per person; $3,750 table of 10. Details: Jeanne Bonich, (305) 243-9088 or www.sylvester.org.
Las Olas Riverfront will host a Riverfront Arts & Crafts Show featuring vendors who specialize in handmade jewelry and oil paintings. Featuring live music. Noon-9 p.m. Nov. 6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 7 at Las Olas Riverfront, SW 1 Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Details: (954) 522-6556.
Bayfront Park will host Rasin 2004, the 11th annual Haitian Roots Music Festival. Enjoy the rich culture of the Haitian people through the rhythms of artists such Carimi, Koudjay, Jahnesta and Boukman Eksperyans. Featuring folkloric dance and traditional costumes. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: Noel Records, (305) 945-8814 or www.rasinfest.com.
AGUA CON AZUCA' Y RON
Voices for Children Foundation Inc will present a festival of voices concert and dinner. Event will feature Lucrecia with Michel Fragoso and La Buya and include a cocktail reception. 7 p.m. at Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP required. $250-$500 per person; $5,000-$25,000 per table. Details: (305) 324-5678 or www.voices4.org.
Florida International University Alumni Association will host an awards gala to recognize 14 of its alumni and faculty. Cocktail reception and dinner will be included. 7 p.m. at the Lowes Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $100. Details: (305) 348-2586.
NIGHT OF COMEDY
Hurricane Productions presents comedians Mike Epps and LaVell Crawford. Mr. Epps, known for his roles in films such as "All About the Benjamins" and "Friday After Next," along with Mr. Crawford will offer improvisational comic routines. 8 p.m. at the University of Miami Convocation Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables. $30. Details: (305) 284-8686 or www.umconvocationcenter.com.
South Miami Hospital will host a stress management workshop. The session is designed to provide participant with tools for coping with stress effectively. Topics will include identifying life stressors, techniques for relaxation and effective coping strategies. 6-7:30 p.m. at South Miami Hospital, Social Work Services Annex conference room, East Tower, U.S. 1 and SW 62 Ave., Miami. RSVP required. $5. Details: (786) 622-8106.
Women in International Trade will presents an awards luncheon to highlight women in international business. Angela Gittens, director of Miami-Dade Aviation Department and Miami International Airport will be the events keynote speaker. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Omni Colonnade, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP by Nov. 5. $50-$60. Details: (954) 888-8045 or email@example.com.
In celebration of its grand opening in the Nordstrom will host a gala to benefit CHARLEE Homes. Event will include a fashion show, dinner and desert buffest and entertainment throughout the store. 7-11 p.m. at Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami. RSVP required. $150. Details: (305) 666-2889.
The Anti-Defamation League invites the legal community as it honors Ellen C. Feidin and Justice Gerald Kogan for their exemplary and inspirational work in reflection the goals of the ADL. Arthur Teitelbaum, ADL Southern Area Director will be the events keynote speaker. Noon at the Radisson Hotel Miami, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. RSVP by Nov. 8. Details: Jill Martinez, (305) 373-6306 or Jmartinez@adl.org.
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 American Institute of Architects presents Miami's 50th Annual Design Awards Gala. The event will recognize top designers, architects, students and firms for their work and contributions to the built environment. 6 p.m. at Design and Architecture High School, 4141 NE Second Ave., Miami. RSVP required. $95. Details: (305) 448-7488.
TASTE OF THE TROPICS
The Transplant Foundation will host a fundraising event featuring a taste of South Florida restaurants live entertainment by the Calypso band and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit transplant recipients. 6:30 p.m. at the Parrot Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. $75-$85 per person; $1,500-$10,000 per table. Details: (305) 243-7591 or www.transplantfoundation.org.
HOSPITAL FOUNDATION GALA
The Mercy Hospital Foundation will host its 2004 Gala with humanitarian award honoree Robert Dickinson, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines. Event will feature the music of Willy Chirino. 7 p.m. at the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. RSVP by Nov. 5. Individual ticket $300; tables $3,000-$10,000. Details: Ady Arrieta, (305) 285-2711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.