Center for Hemispheric Policy at University of Miami presents a discussion on "Energy Cooperation and Security in the Hemisphere: Outlook for Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela," with representatives from Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. 8 a.m. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Venetian Room, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables. Free to academics and students with identification; $30 others. Details: (305) 284-9918 or www.miami.edu/chp.
LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW
2008 Women's Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miracle Makers Luncheon & Fashion Show. 11 a.m. reception and silent auction; noon fashion show and luncheon. The Biltmore Hotel, Country Club Ballroom, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP by today (4/17). Limited seating. $150-$1,000. Details: (305) 644-0066, Ext. 294.
Rotary Club of Coral Gables presents a lecture on "Coral Gables: A World Class Destination for Visitors," by Mark Trowbridge, president/CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. 12:15 p.m. Country Club of Coral Gables, 997 N Greenway Dr., Coral Gables. $24. Details: (305) 441-8063.
The American Jewish Committee 2008 Judge Learned Hand Award Dinner honors Richard J. Lampen, president and CEO of investment banking and brokerage firm Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services. Guest speaker is Howard M. Sachar, professor emeritus of modern history, George Washington University. 6 p.m. Hilton Miami Downtown, Symphony Ballroom, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. RSVP required. $350-$25,000. Details: (305) 670-1121.
South Florida Urban Ministries presents the fifth annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner & Auction. 6 p.m. The Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne. $100. Details: (305) 442-8306.
HEART OF CHEF
Heart of a Chef is a culinary event benefiting Florida Heart Research Institute. Ends Sunday. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. Details: (305) 674-3020 or www.heartofchef.org.
The Barnacle Society presents the second Earth Day Celebration. The event includes displays from earth-friendly business and organizations, music and activities for children. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove. Free children younger than six; $1 others. Details: (305) 442-6866.
Downtown Bay Forum presents a discussion "The Children's Trust: What Difference Does It Really Make?" with guest speaker and chair of The Children's Trust David Lawrence Jr. There will also be a discussion on "Homeless Assistance Center Goes National." 11:30 a.m. Marriott Biscayne Bay, 1633 N Bayshore Dr., Miami. $22-$30. Details: (305) 757-3633.
The Education Fund presents The Art of Found Objects, its annual charity auction. The event includes live entertainment, VIP casino lounge, open bar and epicurean feast. 7 p.m. Doral Golf Resort and Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral. RSVP by April Monday. $100-$2,500. Details: (305) 892-5099 or www.educationfund.org.
University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities hosts the sixth annual Tropical Nights. 7 p.m. The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Proceeds benefit free programs, services and research initiatives for those with autism, their families and professionals who serve them. Limited seating. $200-$10,000. Details: (305) 284-9126 or www.cardtropicalnights.org.
South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents the second Latino Health and Wellness Expo and Lunch/Conference. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sheraton Mart, 711 NW 72nd Ave. RSVP required. Lunch $40 chamber members; $55 non-members. Details: (305) 534-1903.