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.
HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE
Baptist Health is sponsoring a holiday gift drive to benefit Safe Space South. Safe Space South is an emergency shelter for women seeking to escape domestic violence. Suggested donations are toiletries, clothes for children and adults, entertainment items and foods. Donations can be made at one of their three locations. Through Dec. 20 at Baptist Medical Plaza at Westchester, 8820 Bird Road, Suite 400, Miami; Baptist Medical Plaza at West Kendall, 13001 North Kendall Dr., Suite 300, Miami; Women's Health Resource Center, 8950 North Kendall Dr., Suite 105, Miami. Details: (786) 596-5981 or (305) 247-4249.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
The Festival of Trees exhibition will feature a compilation of works of dozens of South Florida design professionals. Through Dec. 26 at One Brickell Square, 801 Brickell Ave., Miami. RSVP required. $40-$50. Details: Geisha Garcia, (305) 348-6101.
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
WOMEN OF VALOR
The Greater Miami Section of the National Council of Jewish Women will host a luncheon honoring Daniella S. Levine and Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz for their grassroots advocacy work in South Florida. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the council, which provides funds and volunteers to support many organizations in the state. 11:30 a.m. at The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne. $150. Details: Sharon Yudewitz, (305) 538-4744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Florida Foreign Trade Association will present a Peruvian expo giving the public an opportunity to buy directly from manufacturers. Featuring gold and silver jewelry, food, pima cotton and alpaca apparel, leather, pottery services, furniture and musical shows. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Sunday at the Radisson Convention Center, 711 NW 72 Ave., Miami. Free. Details: (305) 279-9799 or www.perusaexpo.com.
The Coral Gables City Commission and Mayor Donald Slesnick will host the annual 2004 Holiday Spectacular and Tree lighting Ceremony. Event will feature live music by the Coral Gables Youth Center and the Maria Verdeja School of the Arts. Visitors can enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, bounce houses, a trackless train and pictures with Santa Claus. 5-10 p.m. at Merrick Park in Front of City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. Details: Fred Couceyro, (305) 460-5600.
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.
Operation Green Leaves Inc, a non-profit environmental organization working in Haiti, will present a fund-raising event to honor Children of Haiti Enhancement Foundation. Event will feature games, kite flying and performances by Dsire and Jomo & Sergio. 1-5 p.m. at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Biscayne Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Donation $20 adults; $10 children under 12. Details: Nadine C. Patrice, (786) 286-9427 or www.oglhaiti.com.
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.
CHAMBER HOLIDAY PARTY
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will host a networking holiday party. Featuring over 25 restaurants and hospitality companies that will compete for best booth dÈcor, best cuisine and best dessert. The Chamber will also be accepting gifts and monetary donations for member children's charities such as the Boys and Girls Club, the CHARLEE program, His House and Shake-A-Leg. 5:30 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, Country Club Ballroom, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $20 members; $25 other. Details: (305) 446-1657 or www.coralgableschamber.org.
CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND
The South Florida Emerald Society will present "Christmas Time in Ireland." Event will feature Irish music, by The Highland Rovers Band, dancing, food and drink. A raffle will be held for a four-day Caribbean cruise. 6:30 p.m. at The Country Club of Coral Gables, 997 North Greenway Dr., Coral Gables. RSVP required. $50. Details: (786) 525-6037.
AN EVENT WITH A VIEW
The Miami Beach Arts Trust will host an evening intended to provide art enthusiasts and history buffs with a preview of the recently restored and renovated Hotel Victor. Evening will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hotel Victor, 1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. $50. Details: (786) 210-2319.
American Airlines will present the Easter Seals Miami-Dade annual Golf Classic to benefit the Medical Rehabilitation Program at Easter Seals. All players will receive a goody bag, breakfast, lunch, an embroidered golf shirt and a golf hat. Event will also include a raffle and silent auction. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Biltmore Golf Course, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $250 individual players; $1,000 foursome. Details: (305) 547-4713 or www.miami.easterseals.com.
PUTT FOR PAWS
The Humane Society of Greater Miami will host a fundraising golf tournament. Katrina Campins, of the hit NBC TV show "The Apprentice" will host the tournament. The event will feature a silent auction, dinner and prizes. 1-8 p.m. at the Miami Beach Golf Club, 2301 Alton Rd., Miami Beach. $350 individuals; $1,200 foursomes. Details: Nicole Brown, (786) 924-5216 or Nicole@humanesocietymiami.org.
MERRICK HOUSE REOPENING
The City of Coral Gables and the Merrick House Governing Board will present a holiday open house to mark the grand reopening of the historic Merrick House. Featuring a holiday concert by the Juan Areco Trio. A snack and dessert buffet will be accompanied by champagne and coffee. Informal tours of the home will be offered. 2-5 p.m. at the Coral Gables Merrick House, 907 Coral Way, Coral Gables. Free. Details: Mary Agnes Beach, (305) 460-5095.
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.