MEETING AND AUCTION
The Beacon Council's annual meeting will look at past year's successes and next year's challenges, immediately followed by a lifestyle auction featuring everything from luxury jewelry to sports memorabilia. 4:30 p.m. The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 579-1382 or www.beaconcouncil.com.
HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS
The Hispanic Heritage Committee hosts the 10th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards Luncheon benefiting the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The ceremony will award three community leaders, including Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, with the Hispanic Heritage Community Leader Award. 11 a.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $250 per person. Details: (305) 364-0020 or www.sfcbsa.org.
EL ESPIRITU DE LA COMUNIDAD
The Orange Bowl Committee and Ocean Bank host a benefit to recognize contributors to the community and to award college scholarships to local high-school athletes. 7 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. $150 per person, $1,500 per table. Details: (305) 341-4701.
FREE TO KNOW
Special Projects Director Azza M.H. El Kholy discusses the role of libraries and literature. 7 p.m. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
Historian, author and Coral Gables museum board member Arva Moore Parks explores the works of the most influential architects in the early development of Coral Gables including H. George Fink, Walter DeGarmo, Richard Kiehnel and Phineas Paist. 7 p.m. 2901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. RSVP required. Details: (305) 910-3996 or www.coralgablesmuseum.org.
The American Cancer Society hosts a non-competitive 5k walk to raise funds for breast-cancer research. 7 a.m.-Noon. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 594-4363 or www.cancer.org.
The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Explore Expo for companies throughout the county. 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Miami Mart Airport Hotel, 711 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. $50 per booth for members, $300 per booth for nonmembers. Details: (305) 573-400 or www.gogaymiami.com.
Miami-Dade Animal Services and Mayor Carlos Alvarez host a pet-adoption party celebrating animal services' third anniversary. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 7401 NW 74th St., Hialeah. Details: www.miamidade.gov/animals.
Paulette Dozier and her jazz trio will perform as part of the Regent Bal Harbour's Jazz-Brunch Series. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Regent Bal Harbour, 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. $67 per person. Details: (305) 455-5460.
ON THE WATERFRONT
In an effort to raise community awareness about the waterfront's potential for stimulating downtown Miami, the University of Miami will host a symposium with Mayor Manny Diaz, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and members of the academic and business community. 5 p.m. Miami-Dade College Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 284-3438 or www.arc.miami.edu.
Tigertail celebrates the beginning of its 2008-2009 season with a night of music by the Alfredo Triff Trio and a preview of upcoming artists. 7-9 p.m. Open Doors, 7300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 324-4337 or www.tigertail.org.
Editorial Ultramar and Books and Books host "Poesía Gourmet," a reading by Cuban-American poet Rodrigo de la Luz. Since arriving in the US in 1998, Mr. De La Luz has written five books and created hundreds of paintings and sculptures. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Books and Books, 933 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $40 for optional dinner. Details: (305) 361-7831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.