The Historical Museum of Southern Florida features a collage of rare Caribbean manuscripts, books, maps, prints and photographs from the 18th to 20th centuries from University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries. It is one of the largest Caribbean collections in the world. Through June 4. Details: (305) 375-1657.
PEACE AND HARMONY
The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment hosts its Peace and Harmony: Music for a Better World auction, commemorating 10 years of service. Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization. 6 p.m. at Eleanor Segal Hall at Bet Shira Congregation, 7500 SW 120th St., Pinecrest. $150-$10,000 includes reception, dinner and concert. Details: (786) 662-5210.
The University of Miami will honor Francisco Saralegui y Arrizubieta in its Basque-Cuban ethnic program. Arrizubieta, known as the Paper Czar, owned and sold many publications in Cuba. 7 p.m. at Casa Bacardi, 1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP required. Free. Details: (305) 284-CUBA or email@example.com.
Alper Jewish Community Center and the Robert Russell Theater host a benefit concert featuring Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead singer of the Shirelles. Bid on great items in the silent auction. Enjoy tasty desserts at reception. All proceeds benefit the center's Special Needs Program. $65-$150. Details: (305) 271-9000.
BOYS' TOWNS OF ITALY
The 61st anniversary of the Boys' Towns of Italy, an organization that funds the needs of children in Italy, is celebrated in a gran ballo. The event includes dinner and dancing and honors for the organization's Man of the Year, Cesare Sassi. 7 p.m. at Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood. RSVP by March 15. $200-$1,500. Details: (954) 785-7981.
Miami-Dade College hosts the 2006 Writer's Institute. The five-day event features a roster of classes and tips on how to get published. RSVP by March 24. $75-$275. Details: (305) 237-3298 or www.flcenterlitarts.com.
GOLF AND GROOVE
HouseWall Homes Foundation hosts its Golf and Groove event with a live performance by and a VIP reception for musical group STYX. A signed guitar will be auctioned off before the performance. The event will benefit South Florida charities. $45-$2,500. Details: (305) 932-4999.