Voices United, a non-profit educational organization for children, will host a benefit gala to raise money for their artistic programs. The organization is devoted to promoting unity and cross-cultural understanding through the arts. The evening will feature catering by Chef Xavier Bonnafous along with a silent auction featuring items from fine boutiques and restaurants in South Florida. 6-9 p.m. Gibson Guitar Showroom, 180 NE 39th St., Miami. $35. Details: www.voicesunited.org.
Chamber South, The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau celebrate the holiday season with a part and gift donation benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. 6-8 p.m. The Falls, US 1 and SW 136th Street, Howard. RSVP required. Details: www.chambersouth.com.
The Minority Chamber of Commerce celebrates its sixth anniversary with a gala and awards ceremony recognizing the minority community's best public servants. "The Year of the Minority Community Economic Development and Compassion Leadership" will acknowledge the minority woman of the year, the public server of the year and others. 7-9:30 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. Details: (786) 260-1965 or www.minoritychamber.net.
AWARDS AND BOARDS
Join the Women's Chamber of Commerce as they celebrate those who have made a significant contribution to other women in the community, install the new board of directors and president, and announce the winner of the 2008 Thelma Gibson Award of Excellence. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Westin Colonnade Coral Gables, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $75 members, $85 guests. Details: www.womenschamberofcommerce.org.
HOW IT'S MADE
Join the ArtCenter/South Florida for an evening to learn how jewelry is made and what courses the ArtCenter offers. 6-9 p.m. ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 674-8278 or www.artcentersf.org.
The second installment of the Adrienne Arsht Center's "Celebrity Chef Series" brings Food Network personality Alton Brown to South Florida. The evening begins with an interview exploring Mr. Brown's culinary philosophy followed by step-by-step preparation of his favorite recipes and an audience Q&A. 8 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $25-$150. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
Celebrate the holidays with the Miami Beach Botanical Garden's members, volunteers, staff and board of directors at a festive cocktail party. Garden volunteers will be recognized for outstanding service recognition awards. 6-8 p.m. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7265 or www.mbgarden.org.
Chamber South hosts its annual holiday party. 5:30-7 p.m. Hotel Indigo, South Miami. Details: (305) 661-1621 or www.chambersouth.com.