The University of Miami School of Architecture hosts a lecture with Environmental/Design Psychologist, Dr. Toby Israel. 6 p.m. at 1215 Dickinson Dr., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 284-1607.
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.
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 Writers 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.
The Miami-Dade County fair celebrates 55 years of heart-stopping rides, spectacular shows and attractions, hundreds of exhibits, games, food and more. Highlights of this year's festival includes 100 rides, a sports festival, family shows and daily Mardi Gras parades. Through April 2. Details: (305) 223-7060 or www.fairexpo.com.