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 North Miami WinterNational Festival will feature a parade, craft show, carnival and entertainment. Clowns and magicians will entertain. Other performances will include martial arts and dance demonstrations. Musical entertainment will begin with the Jazz at MOCA concert and continue with The Dharma Bomb and Omine. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. through Sunday at the North Miami Downtown Civic Plaza, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Free. Details: (305) 893-3030 or WinterNationalFestival@worldnet.att.net.
The Miami City Club invites the public to join them in a buffet style Thanksgiving Day feast. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Miami City Club, Wachovia Financial Center, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., 55th Floor, Miami. $50 adults; $20 children 12 and under. Details: (305) 373-2600.
THE DAY AFTER
The "Lumpy Sue Acoustic MusicFest" will be held for those families who need something to do the day after Thanksgiving. This outdoor concert will feature performances by local talents. Developed to preserve and promote acoustic music the concert will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. Attendees are asked to bring a picnic basket and blankets or lawn chairs. 11 a.m.-Sunset at Greynolds Park, 17530 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. Free; $6 parking. Details: (305) 546-8646 or www.lumpysue.org.
TOYS FOR TOTS
The Laughing Gas improv toupe will present Jim Rosenkrans' 17th annual Toys for Tots Run. The troupe will present 90 minutes of interactive comedy based on audience suggestions. Attendees are asked to bring a new or unwrapped toy. 11 p.m. at the Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes. $12. Details: (305) 461-1161 or www.laughinggasimprov.com.
HOLIDAY DECORATING WORKSHOP
Robb & Stucky Design will present author Christopher James. James will show children and adults how to turn everyday food and candy items into whimsical decorations. Learn how to make creative table decorations and tree ornaments. 2 p.m. at Robb & Stucky, 200 Plaza Real (Mizner Park), Boca Raton. RSVP required. Free. Details: (561) 862-5597 or www.robbstucky.com.
SWING FOR SMILES
Atlantic Dental, Inc will present a golf tournament to benefit the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation. Featuring Doral's golf pro, Raymond Floyd. 8 a.m. at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, 4400 SW 87 Ave., Doral. Details: Ivette Diaz, (786) 268-1822 or email@example.com.
Abitare Italia will present a panel discussion, featuring international design luminaries, to discuss the future of Italian design. Julie Lasky, editor in chief of I.D. Magazine, will serve as the events moderator. 6 p.m. at Florida International University, the Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave., South Beach. RSVP required to (212) 353-1383 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.Wolfsonian.org.
PROTECT A SMILE
The Florida Federation of Women's Clubs, District 11 will host a luncheon and silent auction. The event will give the public an opportunity to purchase items that members have grown, baked or sewed. All proceeds will benefit "Operation Smile," an organization that sends volunteer medical teams around the world to repair childhood facial. 11 a.m. at the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove, 2985 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. RSVP required. $20. Details: Dolly MacIntyre, (305) 460-0157.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
The Festival of Trees exhibition, a compilation of dozens of South Florida design professionals, will open with an awards gala ceremony. Proceeds for this event will benefit the Interior Design Endowed Scholarship Fund at Florida International University's School of Architecture. 5:30-9 p.m. through Dec. 26 at One Brickell Square, 801 Brickell Ave., Miami. RSVP required. $40-$50. Details: Geisha Garcia, (305) 348-6101.
HISPANIC CHAMBER TOY DRIVE
The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Puerto Rican Chamber of South Florida will celebrate the holiday season with a holiday toy drive. Members and guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to benefit the Miami Rescue Mission Center for Women and Children and C.H.A.R.L.E.E. 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Bal Harbour, 9701 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. RSVP required. Free for members; $10 others. Details: (305) 534-1903.
Carrfour Supportive Housing will host its annual luncheon and networking event to honor Lloyd J. Boggio, co-founder, principal and chief executive officer of the Carlisle Group. Carrfour provides permanent housing and supportive services to formerly homeless in Miami-Dade County. Event will feature a silent auction. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.at JW Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami. RSVP required. $125 per person; $1,500 per table. Details: (305) 371-8300
BEACHES OF THE WORLD
The Hospitality Industry will present a holiday event featuring food from "beaches," including the Greek Islands, French Riviera, South America and the USA. This event, through the Neighbors 4 Neighbors program, will serve to sponsor nine families by providing them with non-perishable food, clothing and children's gifts for the holidays. Casual dress, shoes optional. 6:30-10:30 p.m. at John U. Lloyd State Park, 6503 N. Ocean Dr., Dania. $65. Details: Villette Carter, (954) 315-1327 or email@example.com.
A NIGHT IN HAVANA
Miami-Dade/Broward County State of Israel Bonds will present a Cuban Hebrew Dinner. Event will include dinner, dancing and Cuban fare. Featuring author and commentator, John Laftus as the event's guest speaker. 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Bal Harbour, 9701 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. $75. Details: (305) 895-4700.
THE ART OF POSSIBILITY
Vision: Miami will present an event focusing on the art of possibility. Event will include guest speakers, artistic performers, musical entertainment and drink specials. 7-11 p.m. at Mosaico Restaurant, 1000 S. Miami Ave., Miami. $10 members; $20 non-members. Details: (305) 305-2651 or www.vision-miami.com.
HIT IT BIG WEEKEND
The Mike Lowell Foundation will present a Grand Slam Casino benefiting the Foundation which raises money for The League Against Cancer and local sports programs. Event will include Texas hold'em poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and more. Featuring Vegas showgirls, live music, a silent auction and raffle prizes. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, Country Club Ballroom, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 662-7152.
The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce will host a holiday party to benefit Toys for Tots. Event will include food form Grove restaurants, an open bar and prizes. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, 2820 McFarlane, Coconut Grove. RSVP required. $5 members; $10 others. Details: (305) 444-7270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWENTY DAYS OF GIVING
Van Michael Miami Salon will host a holiday food drive to benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank, a non-profit service dedicated to feeding South Florida's less fortunate and improving their lives. Members of the community are asked to bring non-perishable items to the salon's food drive. Through Dec. 24 at Van Michael Miami Salon, 1667 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 534-6789.
WINE AND SPIRIT EXPO
Over 250 international and domestic wineries, producers of gourmet foods, spirits and ancillary products will come together to celebrate the culture of the Americas. Featuring educational seminars, celebrity chef demonstrations, restaurant row, which will include cuisines from South Florida restaurants and an entertainment stage highlighting culture through music and dance. 2-6 p.m. through Dec. 5 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. $64 one day; $91 two days. Details: (800)468-1895.
MIAMIntelligence will present a "Women's Health, Women's Spirit" workshop. The workshop will feature Dr. Karen Purcell how will discuss safe, natural health programs and prevention techniques. Dr. Purcell will focus particularly on women's stress issues. 2:30-5 p.m. at MIAMIntelligence, 2000 S. Dixie Highway, Coconut Grove. RSVP required. $40 members; $50 others. Details: (305) 860-2499 or www.miamintelligence.org.
JINGLE BELL ROCK
Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz and Kids & Families Foundation will present a holiday toy drive to benefit The Jackson Memorial Hospital Child Cancer Fund. Event will feature diner style cuisine, music and holiday entertainment. Attendees are asked to bring a new or unwrapped toy for a child in need. 11:30 a.m. at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral, 33178. $50 per person; $500 per table. Details: Connie Pazos, (305) 593-2644, ext. 107 or email@example.com.
Radio Disney AM 990 will present "A Holiday Wonderland." Families can listen to carolers will enjoying milk and cookies with Santa Claus. Children can participate in the mini toy test station or they can decorate holiday ornaments at the arts and crafts table. A toy drive will also be held to benefit the Voices For Children Foundation, which works together with the Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer Advocates to help Miami-Dade's abused and neglected children. Visitors are asked to bring a new or unwrapped toy for donation. 4-6 p.m. at The Shops At Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Dr., South Miami. Details: (305) 663-0873.
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 at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: Ruth Jacobs, (305) 667-5222 or www.biltmorehotel.com.