SCREENING AND TASTING
The Consulate General of Japan hosts a screening of "Udon" as well as a sampling of Japanese cuisine. The film follows a young boy and his friends as their column in a newsmagazine begins a nationwide craze for the wheat-based noodles. 6:30 p.m. University of Miami, 1214 Stanford Drive, Cosford Cinema, Coral Gables. Details: www.miami.us.emb-japan.go.jp.
The Bakehouse Art Complex will host its third annual benefit fundraiser featuring an art raffle, music, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment. Money raised will go to the complex to help maintain it as one of the most unique art facilities for artists in Miami and the Wynwood District. 7-11 p.m. Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. $50. Details: (305) 576-2828 or www.bacfl.org
The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation hosts a wine tasting and silent auction benefiting the Association for Retarded Citizens, South Florida. Seventeen wineries from around the world will compete. Wines will be available for purchase. 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Links at Key Biscayne, 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Details: (786) 210-0175.
TOUCH A HEART
Kristi House hosts the ninth annual "Touch a Heart" dinner and auction benefiting children hurt by sexual abuse. 7 p.m. Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami. $500. Details: (305) 547-6802 or www.kristihouse.org.
FOR A WISH
The InterContinental Hotel Miami hosts the Make-A-Wish Ball benefiting the organization's South Florida chapter. Over the past 13 years, the ball has raised over $6 million. InterContinental Hotel Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. $5,000 and up. Details: (888) 773-9474 Ext. 318 or www.sfla.wish.org.
CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION
Art enthusiasts are invited to step back to the l960s when social cause and commentary mixed with classic Americana to give birth to the contemporary Pop Art Movement. The Margulies Art Warehouse will take guests back to that time during the fourth annual Contemporary Art Auction and Dinner benefiting the Lotus House Women's Shelter. 6:30 p.m. Margulies Art Warehouse, 591 NW 27th St., Miami. $500. Details: (305) 365-2478 or www.lotushouseshelter.org.
PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
The American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys host a Panamanian Festival benefiting the Panamanian Emergency Fund. Guests will enjoy Panamanian music, folkloric dances, art and food at the Miami-Dade Fairground's Fuchs Pavilion. 7 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, Coral Way at 112th Avenue. $50. Details: (888) 776-7262.
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 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 Sunflower Society hosts a veteran's luncheon. 12:30 p.m. Emerald Coast Restaurant, 16850 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. $20. Details: (954) 458-1240.
The "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Miami celebrates its 13th year with dancing and entertainment including a performance by vocalist Allan Harris and his quartet. 6:30 p.m. Gansevoort South, 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. RSVP required. $1,000 couples. Details: (305) 937-7834.
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrates the most outstanding business of 2008 with the Diamond Palm Award Luncheon. Nominees have the chance to be recognized for significant contributions to the business and civic communities. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. $50 members, $60 others. RSVP required Details: (305) 695-6834.
BARKS AND BOOKS
Books and Books hosts a pet-friendly fundraiser benefiting Camillus House Young Leaders and PetNet of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $20. Details: email@example.com.