PRESENTING CELIA CRUZ
The Miami-Dade Public Library presents an exhibition celebrating the 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 Holocaust Memorial hosts 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 underprivileged children, featuring 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.
SHORTS IN THE PARK
Gen Art will present a night of film highlighting Florida's emerging independent filmmakers. Guests will be able to bring their blankets and enjoy popcorn and gourmet movie concessions. Featuring a cocktail reception and live performance by 11-piece jam band Suenalo. Short films to be presented are "Conversations," "Hot Java" and "Lechon." The winning filmmaker will receive a $5,000 grant. 6:30 p.m. at Margaret Pace Park, 1745 N Bayshore Dr., Miami. Free for members; $10 others. Details: (305) 532-3467 or www.genart.org.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORKER
Onda Lounge hosts a cocktail mixer for the young professionals network of the American Jewish Committee, featuring 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.
BUSINESS STATESMAN AWARD
The Harvard Business School Club of South Florida will host a gala to honor Jorge deCespedes and Carlos deCepedes, founders of PharMed Group. Net proceeds will fund full scholarships for leaders of local charitable organizations to attend the Harvard non-profit executive management course in Boston, 7 p.m. at the Grove Isle Resort, Four Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove. $125 members; $135 others; $1,200 per table. Details: (954) 815-4522 or www.hbssouthflorid.org.
Florida Grand Opera and Silversea Cruises celebrate their partnership with a fundraising gala 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 Drive, Fort Lauderdale. RSVP required. $300-$450. Details: Patsy Vanderhoof, (954) 728-9700, ext. 227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLORIDA BUILDERS AWARDS
The Florida Builders Association Founders will host the 2004 Community Advancement Awards. Top Honor will be awarded to R. Donahue Peebles of Peebles Atlantic Development for community activism and leadership. A silent auction will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 7 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Mansion, Fisher Island. $170 per person. Details: Delilah Alvarez, (305) 691-5105.
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 7 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.
The City of Coral Gables and the Pinewood Cemetery Advisory Board will host a celebration honoring early pioneer families, including a tour of the historic Pinewood Cemetery and presenters in pioneer costumes. Historian Harriet Liles will be guest speaker. 10 a.m.-Noon at Pinewood Cemetery, Erwin Road just south of Sunset Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 460-5093.
The Miami Lighthouse for the blind and visually impaired will host a Candyland festival. Blind and sight-impaired kids from birth to age 6 will participate in sensory-type games. Event will include lunch, candy and games for children in the Lighthouse's Blind Babies Program. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, 601 SW Eighth Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 856-2288, ext. 247.
MIRACLE ON 136TH STREET
The Falls will host its annual "Miracle on 136th Street Parade" to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. Olympic legend Bob Beamon will be Grand Marshal. The Falls will unveil its holiday dÈcor program featuring a collection of water elements, sea lions, dolphins and more. After the parade the Artistic Dance Center of Doral will be perform the Nutcracker Ballet. 4 p.m. at The Falls shopping center, at US 1 and SW 136th Street. Free. Details: Doris Rassi, (305) 255-4570.
The 48th Vizcayan Ball will feature an early-1920s Deering-style gala theme. Guests will dance under the stars to the music of the Steve Chase Band. A formal dinner overlooking Biscayne Bay will be served. Formal ball gowns for women, black- or white-tie attire for men. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Villa Vizcaya, 3251 S Miami Ave., Miami. $600-$1,500 per person; $6,000-$15,000 per table. Details: (305) 856-4866.
EVENING OF GIVING
Simon Properties will host an "Evening of Giving" by opening Dadeland Mall only to persons holding a ticket. More than 90% of stores will be open with special sales, giveaways and door prizes. Food from local restaurants and drinks by Bacardi USA will be provided. The event will raise funds for various charities. 8-11 p.m. at Dadeland Mall, 7535 N Kendall Drive. Details: www.simon.com.
ARTS AND BUSINESS
The Arts and Business Council of Miami will host a travel and entertainment fundraising auction featuring the music of Alex Cash. Auction items include, airline tickets, cruises, arts subscriptions, sports tickets and a week getaway in a Tuscan Villa in Italy. 6-8 p.m. at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami. $20. Details: (305) 865-5583.
SEASON OF REMEMBRANCE
HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc. will present the dedication of the season of remembrance tree. The St. Marks Choir will sing carols. Public can remember a loved one with a donation on Thursdays-Saturdays. 6 p.m. at the Galleria Mall, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Details: (954) 467-7423, ext. 1012 or www.hospicecareflorida.org.
BILTMORE HISTORIC TOURS
The Dade Heritage Trust offers three free one-hour tours of the Biltmore Hotel detailing its history and architecture. 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.