The Miami-Dade County Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board hosts the 2008 Future Leader of the Year Award Luncheon honoring Raul A. Martinez, president and CEO of Aspira of Florida, and Miami-Dade College students Alejandro and Juan Gomez. 11 a.m. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $55 per person. RSVP required. Details: (305) 375-5098.
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden and OrchidMania host a seminar offering tips for planting and caring for orchids in addition to discussing unusual species and new breeds. 10 a.m.-Noon. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7256 or www.mbgarden.org.
Miami-artist Pablo Cano's new multimedia production, "The Blue Ribbon," is his first to include film animation and audience participation. In a collaboration with artist and filmmaker Clifton Childree and choreographer Katherine Kramer, Mr. Cano's marionettes take the form of 10 masterpiece paintings and sculptures from art history that come to life and interact with the audience. 2 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. $15 for adults, $10 for North Miami residents and members. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
TAKE CENTER STAGE
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts County will celebrate the opening of its third season with the "Take Center Stage" Gala. The event will include a cocktail reception, gala dinner and performances by the Center's resident companies and resident artist Jencarlos Canela. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the education and outreach programs of the center. 7 p.m. Oct. 11 Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 468-2249 or www.arshtcenter.org.
The Debbie Orta Jazz Quartet 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.
CLAWS FOR A CAUSE
The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Miami host a preview of stone-crab season benefiting the Children's Home Society of Florida. The organization helps care for more than 2,500 neglected South Florida children and families monthly. Noon. Joe's Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave. Miami Beach. $275 per person, sponsorship opportunities available. RSVP required. Details: (305) 755-6520 or www.chsfl.org.
ART DECO LECTURE
Beth Dunlop explores the progression of building styles found throughout South Florida, from Mediterranean Revival to Art Deco to MiMo, International Style, and beyond, as documented in her book, "Miami: Mediterranean Splendor and Deco Dreams." 7 p.m. Art Deco Education Center at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 672-2014 or www.mdpl.org.
BJ's Wholesale Club hosts a picnic for the community featuring a breast cancer survivor who will share her battle with the disease. Attendees will receive a complimentary lunch and gift bag containing pink ribbons and information about BJ's Charitable Foundation and its support of breast cancer research and treatment. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. BJ's Wholesale Club, 17250 NW 57th Ave., Hialeah. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information technology's professional organization HDI will hold its 2008 service management conference filled with hands-on seminars, keynote addresses and networking opportunities Oct. 12-17. InterContinental Hotel Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. Details: www.thinkhdi.com.
Bestselling author and National Public Radio humorist David Sedaris will bring his cunning wit to the Adrienne Arsht Center for a one-night appearance. 8 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $35, $45 and $60.
Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
The University of Miami hosts its annual HOPE Auction benefiting student fellowships in the public service. 6 p.m. Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Standford Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-2599 or www.law.miami.edu/hope/site/10thyearofhope/auction.php.
The American Society of Appraisers and the Realtors Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches will host a forum with the four candidates bidding for the newly elected position of County Property Appraiser. Candidates will take the audience's questions. 6:30 p.m. Big Five Club, 600 SW 92nd Ave., Sweetwater. Details: (305) 235-2996.