MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL
The 21st annual Miami Book Fair International will highlight more than 250 authors from around the world. Thousands of titles will be displayed. The fair will include outdoor exhibits, author presentations and interactive games and activities for kids. Through Sunday at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave., Downtown Miami. Details: (305) 237-3258 or www.miamibookfair.com.
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 34th Annual South Florida International Auto Show will feature more than 1,000 of the latest cars, trucks, vans, sports utility vehicles and concept cars. Attractions will include a motorcycle display, Million Dollar Alley and Memory Lane, which will display more than 20 classic cars. Visitors can register to win a 2005 Toyota Scion xB. Through Nov. 14 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. $3 children 6-12; $10 adults. Details: www.sfliautoshow.com.
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 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.
The third annual awards of excellence will be held to honor Latino organizations and individuals who have made a difference in the Latino community worldwide. Honorees include Latino of the year, Alex Penelas, Miami-Dade County mayor and journalist of the year, Jorge Ramos. Jackie Guerrido of Univision 23 will serve as the 2004 MC. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Rotunda, Omni Colonnade, 180 Aragon, Coral Gables. $65. Details: (305) 728-7021 or email@example.com.
Tigertail Productions presents Word Speak lead by spoken work artist Paul Flores and teens from Miaim's Abriendo Purertas and San Francisco's Youth Speaks. Founded in 1996 in San Francisco Youth Speaks promoted the national movement of young people in urban communities to pick up the pen and take hold of the microphone with a passion that transcends racial, ethnic, gender and language. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday at Jose Marti Park, Miami River at SW South River Drive and SW fourth street, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 545-8546 or www.tigertail.org.
Citgo/Sunshine Gasoline will host a picnic and domino tournament to benefit the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation. Attendees will enjoy food, divers entertainment and dominoes. Noon-4 p.m. at AD Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72 Ave., Shelter #1, Miami. Details: Maria Moldes, (786) 268-1832.
American Institute of Wine and Food and Zinfandel Advocates and Producers present a dinner where guests will meet 25 Zinfandel winemakers from California. Event will feature a live auction, which includes oversized bottles of eclectic Zinfandels, luxury cruises and wine country tours. 6 p.m. at Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 1617 Southeast 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale. $125. Details: (305) 663-9641, (954) 396-3875 or www.aiwf.org/southflorida.
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.
FASHION, MAMBO Y LA MENTIROSA
Voices For Children Foundation, Inc. will present the best of Merrick Park fashion show. Event will include a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and the game La Mentirosa. Featuring the sounds of Ahi' Na' Ma'. 7 p.m. at Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP required. $100. Details: (305) 324-5678 or www.voices4.org.
JAZZ AND POETRY BY CANDLELIGHT
Miami-Dade Parks presents an evening featuring open mike poetry, music, dancing and drama skits. 7:30-10:30 p.m. at The Gallery at African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 2166 NW Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Miami. Details: Renee Ransom, (786) 317-2436.
CVS/Pharmacy will host their annual holiday toy drive benefiting the Miami Children's Hospital. New to unwrapped toys for children newborn to age 21 amy be dropped off at participating locations. Through Dec. 11 at participating CVS/Pharmacy locations in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Details: Maria Moldes, (786) 268-1832.
GRAND WINE TASTING
American Institute of Wine and Food and Zinfandel Advocates and Producers present a wine tasting of Zinfandel from 75 wineries. Event will feature a culinary student cook off and viewing of exotic cars and glamorous boats. A silent auction will be held with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the AIWF Scholarship Fund for Hospitality Students and ZAP Heritage Vineyard. 4-7:30 p.m. at the Broward county Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. $75. Details: (305) 663-9641, (954) 396-3875 or www.aiwf.org/southflorida.
Daily Bread Food Bank will present Chef Dewey LoSasso as he present a preview of his new fall menu. Event will feature complimentary fall cocktails and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank. 6-9 p.m. at North 110, 11052 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. RSVP required. $65. Details: (305) 633-9861.
TROPIC OF CULTURE
The Miami Performing Arts Center will present "Tropic of Culture," a cocktail reception celebrating and previewing the performing arts center. 6:30 p.m. at Parrot Jungle Island, 11 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. Details: (305) 377-1220.
The Holocaust Memorial will host its 15th anniversary benefit dinner to honor holocaust victims and survivors. The New World Symphony will perform works written by a composer during the Holocaust. Proceeds will benefit Holocaust survivor assistance programs and outreach activities of the Holocaust Memorial. 6 p.m. at Fontainebleau Hilton Resort, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $250. Details: Susan Holtzman, (305) 274-4772.
BIDS FOR KIDS
The Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section will host a fundraising event to benefit hundreds of underprivileged children in Miami-Dade County. Event will feature a cocktail part, open bars, hors d'oeuvres, live music and a silent and live auction. 6 p.m. at the Bank of America Tower at International Place, Sky Lobby and Terrace, 100 SE Second St., Downtown Miami. $30-$40. Details: Stacey Koch, (305) 960-6941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPIRIT OF LIFE
City of Hope will present the 2004 Spirit of Life award gala to honor Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Featuring a performance by Paulina Rubio. Black-tie event. Proceeds will benefit City of Hope's work in cancer and other life-threatening diseases. 6:30 p.m. at Ritz-Carlton, 1 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. RSVP by Nov. 12. Individual ticket $300; tables $2,500-$30,000. Details: Mary Beth Fleck, (954) 677-9433 or www.cityofhope.org/lei.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORKER
Onda Lounge will host a cocktail mixer for the young professionals network of the American Jewish Committee. Event will feature an open bar, drink specials and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. 7-10 p.m. at Onda Lounge, 1248 Washington Ave., South Beach. $10 members; $20-$35 others. Details: (305) 670-1121 or email@example.com.
Florida Grand Opera and Silversea Cruises celebrate their partnership with a fundraising gala. Event will be held on the Silver Whisper, the newest six-star cruise ship. Featuring gourmet cuisine, dancing and performances by the Florida Grand Opera Young Artists. 6 p.m. at Port Everglades, 1850 Eller Dr., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP required. $300-$450. Details: Patsy Vanderhoof, (954) 728-9700, ext. 227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will host a family festival offering eight acres of plants, garden accessories, antiques, food, music and activities for adults and children. Featuring the aquatic plant, "Victoria amazonica," whose green leaves grow to seven feet in diameter. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Sunday at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Free for members and children under three; $5-$10 for others. Details: www.fairchildgarden.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.