County Commissioner Candidates Forums. 7 p.m. at McDonald Center, 17051 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach. District 2. Candidates District 2: Dorrin Rolle and Phillip Brutus. Co-sponsor: North Miami Beach Civic Association. Moderator: Mike Vasquez of the Miami Herald.
Brickell Homeowners Association, Miami Roads Neighborhood Civic Association, Brickell Area Association and South Miami Avenue Homeowners Association hosts the 17th annual Candidates Forum. The forum focuses on the Miami Commission District 2 and Florida House of Representatives District 107 races. 7 p.m. at Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 858-9699.
The Kristi House hosts Heal a Heart Happy Hour, a fundraising event where all of the proceeds go towards the Client Emergency Fund to help families in need of emergency financial assistance. The event includes music, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. 6-10 p.m. at Sports Club LA/Miami at Four Seasons, 1441 Brickell Ave., Miami. $25 donation. Details: (305) 547-6842.
Florida International University hosts Ready For Astronomy? The program features astronomer and telescope designer Mike Palermiti, food and prizes. 8 p.m. at 11200 SW Eighth St., FIU Astronomy Center, Physics Building, CP-145, University Park Campus, Tamiami. Free. Details: (305) 661-1375, (305) 348-2000, or www.scas.org
The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association hosts a judicial breakfast forum featuring candidates for judgeships in Miami-Dade County in the Sept. 5 primary elections. 9 a.m. at Lyric Theatre, 819 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. $25. Details: (305) 854-2233.
The Association of Gnostic Anthropology hosts a discussion on the teachings of Buddha and Jesus. 7:30 p.m. at 10501 SW 53rd St., Miami. Free. Details: (305) 496-7698.
The Florida Marlins sponsor the inaugural Ice Cream Festival for ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease Awareness Day. All proceeds benefit the ALS Recovery Fund and the Florida Marlins Community Foundation. $10. Details: (305) 531-5720 or www.alsrecovery.org
Ponce de Leon Development Association features guest speaker Cristie M. Vidal, emergency management coordinator of the Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management. Vidal will inform residents on how to prepare for hurricanes and other emergencies. Noon at City Cellar, 45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $16-$17. Details: (305) 443-7973.
The Institute of Maya Studies presents a discussion on Kabah and other Puuc sites. 8 p.m. at Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. $6 donation. Details: (305) 235-1192.
The Association of Gnostic Anthropology hosts the discussion Mary Magdalene, What the Da Vinci Code Left. 7:30 p.m. at 10501 SW 53rd St., Miami. Free. Details: (305) 496-7698.
SOUTH FLORIDA HISTORY
Guest speaker Doug La Rue will lecture and present a documentary, "Preserving South Florida History through Photography, Video and Film." 2 p.m. at Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. $3-$5. Details: (305) 253-0063 or www.goldcoast-railroad.org
The Miami-Dade branch of the National Association for The Advancement of Colored People hosts An Evening to Remember Another Time In Space with retired NASA astronaut Winston E. Scott. 7 p.m. at Hyatt Regency of Miami, 401 SE Second Ave., Miami. $50-$100 includes dinner and entertainment. Semiformal attire. Details: (305) 685-8694.
TRAVEL AND TOURISM
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts its travel and tourism awards luncheon to honor those who have contributed greatly to the tourism industry. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. RSVP required. $75-$1,000. Details: (305) 695-6834 or firstname.lastname@example.org