University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities hosts the sixth annual Tropical Nights' Kick Off Party. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 4141 NE Second Ave., Design District. Proceeds benefit free programs, services and research initiatives for those with autism, their families and professionals who serve them. RSVP required. Details: (305) 284-9126 or www.cardtropicalnights.org.
PEACE & HARMONY
The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment presents Peace & Harmony Music for a Better World. The fundraising event includes a reception, dinner and concert by Johnny Rodgers and his band. Proceeds benefit The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment. 6 p.m. Eleanor Segal Hall at Bet Shira Congregation, 7500 SW 120th St., Pinecrest. Limited seating. RSVP by Feb. 29. $175-$12,000. Details: (786) 662-5210.
Local historian Arva Moore Parks will discuss "The Visionaries-The Men who Conceived and Gave Birth to Coral Gables." Ms. Parks will talk about George Merrick, Denman Fink, Frank Button and H. George Fink. 7 p.m. Old Spanish Village, 2901 Ponce de Leon, Coral Gables. RSVP required. Details: (305) 910-3996.
Miami Science Museum presents a lecture on "Puzzles from the Earth's Past: Ice Ages, Abrupt Warmings & Other Climate Curiosities," by Amy Clement, associate professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at University of Miami. 8 p.m. Miami Science Museum, Space Gallery, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami.
Zoological Society of Florida presents Feast with the Beasts, a fundraiser to benefit the Zoological Society's education and conservation programs. 8 p.m. Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152nd St. $175. Details: (305) 255-5551 or www.miamimetrozoo.com.
FIRE & RESCUE EXPO
Miami-Dade County presents Fire & Rescue Expo 2008. The family event includes food, music, demonstrations and displays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St.
Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews hosts the 56th MCCJ Humanitarian Awards Gala. The gala honors community leaders of diverse backgrounds by awarding the Silver Medallion Award for Humanitarianism. The event includes a reception and dinner. 6:30 p.m. Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $500-$50,000. Details: (305) 379-0607.
Vizcaya Moonlight Garden Tour. 6 p.m. 3251 S. Miami Ave. $10-$15. Details: (305) 250-9133 or www.vizcayamuseum.org.