Calendar Of Events Events
Written by Miami Today on May 12, 2005
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts 25th-anniversary celebration and luncheon to benefit its school programs, which foster botanical and environmental awareness and scholarship. Featuring Caroline A. Lewis, director of education, and co-founders of the program Sue Steinberg and Rita Perlman. 11 a.m. at Fairchild Tropic Botanical Gardens, Garden House Auditorium, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. Details: Vicki Williamson (305) 667-1651, ext. 3375.
SUMMER SPREE AUCTION
The 10th annual Summer Spree Auction will feature diverse recreation and vacation items, dinner buffet and drinks to benefit the Association for Retarded Citizens, South Florida. 5:45 p.m. at Sheraton Miami-Biscayne Bay, 495 Brickell Ave., Miami. $25. Details: Gabriel Parra (305) 759-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FESTIVAL OF CHEFS
The 17th annual Festival of Chefs, hosted by Linda Gassenheimer and chaired by Daisy Martinez, features more than 20 local chefs, raffle prizes and students of Easter Seal’s Culinary Arts Education and Training Program. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals’ programs for teenagers with disabilities. 6 p.m. at JW Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami. $75. Details: (305) 547-4713.
MIAMI CHARITY PREMIERE
One of 10 cities chosen by Lucasfilm, Miami will play host to the premiere of "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith," with proceeds to benefit The Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. A "Star Wars"-themed party will follow the screening. 7 p.m. at AMC 24 Theatre at The Shops at Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Dr., South Miami. $500-$1,000. Details: (305) 666-2889 or email@example.com.
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
The Harvard University Graduate School of Design hosts a seminar on AQUA, an urbanist/modernist residential development. Seminar will be conducted by Craig Robins of Dacra Development Corp., Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co., Alex Kreiger of Harvard Design School and William Saunders of Harvard Design Magazine. 1-5 p.m. at AQUA, Allison Island, Miami Beach. $195-$295. Details: RSVP Meghan Ryan, (617) 495-7814 or www.gsd.harvard.edu/hdm/events.html.
MAKE-A-WISH GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 19th annual Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament features club professionals from around the state to benefit the organization’s ongoing programs for children. Noon at Broken Sound Country Club, 2401 Willow Spring Dr., Boca Raton. $500-$5000. Details: Allie Knowles (954) 967-9474.
Letter carriers will pick up food on their regular postal routes in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Citizens are encouraged to leave non-perishable food by their mailboxes to benefit Daily Bread Food Bank. Details: (888) 633-9861.
AMIGOS FOR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Noon at the Doral Blue Monster Golf Course, 4400 NW 87th Ave., Miami. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENING AT VANDERBILT MANSION
An Exotic Evening at the Vanderbilt Mansion benefits Mission International Rescue Charities, Inc. 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt Mansion, Fisher Island. $250-$15,000. Details: Maggie Antich (305) 577-4721.
The Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation’s Young President’s Club hosts its annual installation luncheon. 11 a.m. at Joe’s Stone Crab, 227 Biscayne St., Miami Beach. Members only. Details: Dena Willman (305) 674-2777.
CLAUDE PEPPER MEMORIAL AWARDS
United Homecare Services gives a dinner to honor individuals and corporations who make significant contributions to improving the quality of life within the community and preserving the dignity and well-being of the elderly, with keynote speaker Val J. Halamandaris of the National Association of Hospice and Healthcare. 7 p.m. at Hilton Miami Airport, 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive, Details: (305) 716-0703.
DOUGLAS GARDENS LUNCHEON
The Junior Auxiliary of Douglas Gardens Home and Hospital for the Aged gives a spring luncheon where new officials are elected and installed. 11:30 a.m. at Douglas Gardens, 5200 NE Second Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 751-8626.
The Junior Orange Bowl committee kicks off the festival season with a theme unveiling at 6 p.m. at Alhambra Towers, 121 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 662-1210 or www.jrorangebowl.com.
Judith Rasoletti holds an introductory lecture on the history and ritualistic traditions of freemasonry. 7:30 p.m. at MIAMIntelligence Cultural Center, 2000 S Dixie Highway, Coconut Grove. $10. Details: www.miamintelligence.com.
Easter Seals Miami-Dade hosts a wine and ceviche tasting to raise funds for children with disabilities. 7 p.m. at Joia Restaurant, 150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. $10. Details: Jennie Lopez (305) 547-4747.
STRATEGIC PLANNING PROGRAM
South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum Inc. offers a strategic planning program with guest speaker Martha Montes de Oca, president of Montes de-Oca Group. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Palmetto General Hospital, conference centers three and four, 2001 W 68th St., Hialeah. $25 members, $35 non-members. Details: (954) 894-9405 or email@example.com.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLASSIC
Florida Foreign Trade Association hosts a golf tournament. 9:45 a.m. at Grand Palms Golf and Country Club Resort, 110 Grand Palms Drive, Pembroke Pines. $45-$420. Details: (305) 471-0737.
2005 CLIO FESTIVAL
Through May 24 at Ritz Carlton, 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Details: www.clioinnovation.com.
FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
The Miami Children’s Museum hosts the Ninth Annual Film Festival Awards, honoring student filmmakers from the elementary to high school levels. Day one features all-day submission screenings followed by the awards ceremony on day two. Through May 22 at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami Beach. Details: www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.
TROPICAL MAGIC GALA
The Switchboard of Miami hosts the first Tropical Magic Gala featuring performances by magicians and other entertainers. Award recipients include Dorothy and Peter Sibley and Allan Pekor of The Lennar Foundation. Diane Magnum will emcee the event to benefit the non-profit organization’s help-line services for Miami-Dade’s youth in crisis. 7 p.m. at LaGorce Country Club, 5685 Alton Road., Miami Beach. $250- $1000. Details: (305) 358-1640, ext. 107 or www.switchboardmiami.org.
The Compassion Foundation holds its annual fundraiser for disadvantaged Nicaraguan children. Proceeds help fund the purchasing of school supplies for a cargo container that will leave for Managua on Aug. 1. 7 p.m. at Chispa Restaurant, 225 Altara Ave., Coral Gables. $100. Details: David Carcache (305) 321-9879.