The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrates the most outstanding businesses 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guy Laliberté brings his awe-inspiring "Cirque Du Soleil" to Miami for a month-long performance of everything from aerial straps to real-life puppetry. The opening performances will be followed by a benefit performance for the Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami Inc. Opens Nov. 13. Benefit performance 8 p.m., Nov. 14 Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $55 and up for adults, $38.50 children, $49 students and seniors. Details: www.cirquedusoleil.com.
FASHION FOR GOOD
The Special Olympics Miami-Dade County and Saks Fifth Avenue host a fall fashion show and auction benefiting the Special Olympics in South Florida.11 a.m. The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $150. RSVP required. Details: (305) 406-9467 or email@example.com.
The Commonwealth Institute hosts its fifth annual leadership luncheon with guest speaker Maxine Clark, founder and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop. Noon-2 p.m. JW Marriott Hotel Miami, 1109 Brickell Ave., Grand Ballroom, Miami. $125 members, $150 others. RSVP required. Details: (305) 799-6547 or www.commonwealthinstitute.org/tcisouthflorida.
Norman Brothers Produce hosts a wine tasting benefiting the University of Miami's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. 8-11 p.m. Norman Brothers Produce, 7621 SW 87th Ave., South Miami. $25. Details: (305) 284-5901.
The Spain US Chamber of Commerce hosts its 29th annual gala awarding MAPFRE the 2008 Company of the Year Award. 8 p.m. Four Seasons Miami, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 358-5988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida Grand Opera celebrates the opening of its 2008-2009 season and the season's first show with the "Bal à Paris" on the Lynn Wolfson Stage. The gala pays tribute to the artistic and cultural connection between France and Florida with an auction celebrating all things French. 7 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $750. Details: (305) 854-1643 ext. 1202 or www.fgo.org.
EGGS FOR AWARENESS
The Sister to Sister Foundation hosts its fifth annual executive women's breakfast campaigning against heart disease in women. The event will feature dietician Georgia Costas, who has counseled over 25,000 individuals regarding weight loss and cardiovascular health during her 30-year career, as guest speaker. 8-9:30 a.m. Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. Details: (305) 529-9507 ext. 4 or www.sistertosister.org/miami.
CONFERENCE AND AWARDS
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce hosts its second annual Americas Linkage Conference and the International Business Leadership Awards. The conference will allow businesses to share best practices in international business and provide the opportunity to meet Latin American and Caribbean businesses interested in doing business in Florida. The leadership awards will recognize outstanding companies and organizations in South Florida and abroad. 11:30 a.m. Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., ballroom level, Miami. $55 members, $65 others. Details: (305) 350-7700 or www.miamichamber.com.
BID FOR KIDS
The Dade County-Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Section host sixth annual "Bid For Kids" gala benefiting the organizations' charitable programs. The evening will include live and silent auctions as well as Vegas-style casino games. 6:30-9:30 p.m. JW Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 371-2220.
FOR THE PETS
The Sabbath Memorial Dog Rescue hosts a fundraiser benefiting the pets that have been abandoned or left in shelters due to the foreclosure crisis. 6:30-10 p.m. Tikki Beach Bar, 43rd Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. $50. Details: (305) 778-1247.