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 Sunday 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.
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.
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.
The Health Foundation of South Florida will present an awards ceremony where two individuals will receive the Concern Award and a $25,000 grant. Four runners-up will receive a $10,000 grant for the health or health-related organization of their choice in Broward or Miami-Dade County. 11:30 a.m. at Florida International University's Kovens Conference Center, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami. $50 per person; $550 per table. Details: Shari Gantman, (305) 374-7200 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will host the Winterfest Black Tie Ball. Event will include a live and silent auction featuring more than 150 items. Enjoy a 20-piece orchestra, four-course dinner and dancing until midnight. This year's Belle of the Ball will be Cindy Rodriguez. 6:30 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. $150 per person; $1,500 per table. Details: (954) 767-0686 or www.winterfestparade.com/black'tie'ball.cfm.
Music Fest Miami will present Discover Miami, an event designed to highlight the international blend of cultures in the diverse communities throughout Miami-Dade County. Each neighborhood will feature a mini-festival with music, dancing, arts and crafts exhibitions and traditional foods. Noon-6 p.m. at the Latin Quarter Cultural Center, Southwest Eighth Street between 14th and 17th avenues; Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th St.; the Caribbean Marketplace, Northeast 59th Street and Second Avenue; Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp., 6116 NW Seventh Ave.; Shores Performing Arts Theater, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Free. Details: (305) 373-0011 or www.discovermiami.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.
ARABIAN NIGHTS GALA
Best Buddies, a non-profit organization serving people with intellectual disabilities, will host a gala to raise awareness of and funds for their organization. Event will feature a live and silent auction with prizes such as walk-on roles to CSI Miami and Will and Grace, a personal training session with Olympian Carl Lewis and a unique work by Romero Britto. Macy Gray is scheduled to perform. 6:30 p.m. at 35 Star Island, Miami Beach. $350. Details: (305) 374-2233 or www.bestbuddies.org/miamigala.
South Miami Hospital will host a workshop for those dealing with stress in their lives. The session is designed to proved participants with new tools to cope with the effects of stress. 6-7:30 p.m. at the South Miami Hospital, Social Work Services Annex conference room, East Tower, 6200 SW 73 St., Miami. $5. Details: (786) 662-8106.
The Women's Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County will host the Thelma Gibson Excellence Awards and installation luncheon. Given every year, this award recognizes an individual and a corporation that has excelled in promoting leadership, excellence and business development among corporate and professional women. Janet Reno, former United States Attorney General, will be the event's keynote speaker. 11:30 a.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $40 members; $55 others. Details: (305) 446-6660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Miami will host an awards banquet recognizing the 2004 senior class. Various awards will be granted - including team most valuable player. Don Bailey Jr. will be master of ceremonies. Proceeds will benefit the UM Hurricane Club and the Miami Touchdown Club's Operation Scholarship program. At Radisson Mart Plaza Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami. $65-$80 per person; $1,000 per table. Details: (305) 284-6699 or (800) 462-2637.
The third Friday of every month, the Shores Performing Arts Center presents Jazz at the Shores featuring Nicole Yarling and local jazz musicians. 6-8 p.m. at the Shores Performing Arts Theatre, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Adults $15; Seniors and students $10. Details: (305) 751-0562 or www.shoretheatre.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 at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: Ruth Jacobs, (305) 667-5222 or www.biltmorehotel.com.