Center for Hemispheric Policy-University of Miami presents a panel discussion on New US Policies For a Changing Latin America. 8 a.m. at Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Venetian Ballroom, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables. Free with identification for academics and students; $30 others. Details: (305) 284-3707 or www.miami.edu/chp.
South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts a reception in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami. RSVP required. Free members; $15 others. Details: (305) 534-1903.
Miami Beach Bar Association hosts Beach Benevolence Event. The event benefits Miami Children's Hospital and Ayuda: American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad. 6-8 p.m. at Shore Club, Red Room, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $25. Details: (305) 260-1014.
The 13th annual Halloween Luncheon benefits Voices for Children Foundation, Inc. and an award ceremony. 11:30 a.m. at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. $125-$1,250. Details: www.voices4.org.
US Green Building Council, Miami Chapter, presents a symposium on The Ecology of Concrete: Environmental Best Practices for Design and Construction with Concrete. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at University of Miami, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, Glasgow Hall, 1215 Dickinson Dr., Coral Gables. RSVP required. Details: email@example.com.
Epilepsy Foundation of Florida hosts its 13th annual Funk, Fashion and Friends. The fundraising event includes a silent auction, cocktails, dessert and dancing. 7:30 p.m. at The Moore Building, 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami. $100-$250. Details: (305) 670-4949 or www.epilepsyfla.org.
<6p>Miami Children's Hospital Foundation hosts its inaugural Diamond Ball with dinner, after-dinner reception and entertainment. 6:30 p.m. at the Ice Palace, 59 NW 14th St., Miami. $500-$50,000. Details: (786) 268-1831.
Miami MetroZoo celebrates the eighth birthday of King George, an endangered cheetah at the zoo. 11 a.m. at Miami MetroZoo, 12400 SW 152nd St. Free children younger than two; $9.95-$13.95 others. Details: (305) 255-5551 or www.miamimetrozoo.com.
The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies presents a lecture by US Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad who will be discussing US Policy in the Middle East. 8-10 p.m. at University of Miami, The Miller Center, 105 Merrick Building, 5202 University Dr., Coral Gables. Limited seating. RSVP required. Free. Details: (305) 284-6882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alliance Francaise presents a lecture by former Secretary General of the Alliance Francaise de Paris Jean Harzic. 7 p.m. Venue to be announced. In French only. $10-$15. Details: (305) 859-8760 or www.afmiami.org.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden presents The Rare Event, an auction of rare plants and contemporary art. 7-10 p.m. at The Gallery, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. $100-$150. Details: (305) 667-1651, Ext. 3357 or www.fairchildgarden.org.