The University of Miami hosts its annual HOPE Auction benefiting student fellowships for 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.
Join the staff and board of directors of the Metro Mercy House to celebrate the opening of the maternal home-care facility for pregnant teens. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 22200 SW 152nd Ave., Perrine. RSVP required. Details: (305) 248-1167 or www.metromercyhouse.org.
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.
The German-American Social Club of Greater Miami hosts its 57th annual Oktoberfest, featuring music, dancing, classic German food, activities for children and a raffle for two round-trip tickets to Germany. 6 p.m.-Midnight. Ends Oct. 19. $10. Details: (305) 553-8587 or (305) 552-5123.
RACE FOR THE CURE
The 13th annual Race for the Cure benefiting the Miami/Fort Lauderdale affiliate of the Susan G. Komen foundation. Last year's race attracted more than 15,000 people and raised $1.8 million to support education, screening and treatment of breast cancer in underserved communities. 7:30 a.m. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $30. Details: (305) 666-RACE or www.komenmiaftl.org.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
The Cuban-American National Council hosts a health, safety and wellness fair that will focus on informing communities about the connection between nutrition, fitness and safety. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Douglas Park, 2755 SW 37th Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 642-3484 ext. 101 or www.cnc.org.
BIDDING AGAINST EXTINCTION
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens hosts an auction of hard-to-find plants and one-of-a-kind art works to raise money for extinction prevention. Guests will have the opportunity to obtain plants and art that are not easily found. 6-10 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. $75 for members, $100 others. Details: (305) 667-1651 ext. 3 or www.fairchildgarden.org.
The Miami Recognition Dinner, hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, will honor outstanding members of South Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. "L Word" Creator Ilene Chaiken and President Clinton Adviser Keith Boykin will be honored. 6:30 p.m. InterContinental Hotel Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. $300 VIP, $200 others. Details: www.miamirecognitiondinner.org.
Learn how to prepare healthy, homestyle, 30-minute, one-dish meals that are fast, fun and flavorful, all in a wok. Eleanor Hoh will provide tips and tricks for buying the right wok and perfecting the Asian stir-fry. 1-4 p.m. Wine69, 6909 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $65-$75. Reservation required. Details: (305) 865-9297 or www.eleanorhoh.com.
The Institute of Fine Italian Wines will host a seminar, tasting and gala dinner with members of the institute's award-winning wineries. 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 937-2488 or www.istitutograndimarchi.it.
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce hosts a women's luncheon titled "The Well Woman's Check-up... Do I Really Need to See A Doctor?" with guest speaker Dr. Perri Young. 11:30 a.m. The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 446-1657 or www.coralgableschamber.org.
STATE OF THE CITY
North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns will give his annual state of the city address. Noon. North Miami Chamber of Commerce, 13100 W Dixie Hwy., North Miami. $18 members, $20 others. Details: (305) 891-7811 or www.northmiamichamber.com.
The University of Miami's School of Communication hosts an open lecture on terrorism and the Internet by Gabriel Weimann. 8-10 p.m. The Miller Center Auditorium, 5202 University Drive, 105 Merrick Building, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-6882.
The Miami-Dade Commission for Women will host its annual networking reception with Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower as speaker. The evening will also honor State Senators Gwen Margolis and Alex Villalobos and State Representative J.C. Planas. 8 p.m. JW Marriott Miami Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave., fifth floor, grand ballroom, Miami. $20. RSVP required. Details: (305) 375-4967.