CREATING FOR THE CURE
More than 40 emerging and established artists including Yoko Ono, William Wegman and Pablo Cano have donated their work to the "Love Cures" charity auction. The auction's proceeds will benefit the Band of Parents Foundation which supports Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center's childhood-cancer research. 6:30 p.m. Miami Art Space, 244 NW 35th St., Wynwood. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Details: www.lovecures.eventbrite.com.
Johnson & Wales University will host Top Chef contestant Tre Wilcox and Marc Buoniconti of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis for a fundraiser benefiting the university's College of Culinary Arts. Guests will be treated to a cooking demonstration by Mr. Wilcox and a four-course meal. 6 p.m. Johnson & Wales University, North Miami Campus, 1701 NE 127th St., Nograd Dining Room, North Miami. $85. RSVP required. Details: (305) 913-2108 or www.jwu.edu.
Partners en Pointe hosts a post-performance lounge party after the Miami City Ballet's opening performance of "Don Quixote." 7:30 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $250. Details: (305) 929-7000 ext. 1415 or email@example.com.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens hosts volunteer-guide training for those wishing to become museum guides. Guides receive specialized training in content, the use of themes in tours and guiding techniques. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ends March 28. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 250-9133 or www.vizcayamuseum.org.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts hosts its monthly Family Fest featuring face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling, theater classes and outdoor performances. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
GALA IN THE GARDEN
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens will host 450 guests during its 2009 "Gala in the Garden: A Night of Romance," benefiting its education, research and preservation initiatives. The European-themed evening will be catered by Le Basque and will feature a silent auction. 6:30 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 794-6840 or www.fairchildgarden.org.
STRUTTING FOR A CAUSE
Eva Longoria Parker and Veronica Webb host "Lingerie Miami." The fashion show is a philanthropic celebration benefiting the 7Bar foundation and will bring together luxury-lingerie designers and entertainment stars such as Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi to help raise funds for micro-financing systems in developing countries. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 534-0008.
COOK IT UP FOR KIDS
The Falls presents "Cook it up for Kids," a culinary extravaganza benefiting the United Way for Excellence in Early Education. Guests will enjoy an evening of delicious food from over 35 of South Florida's premier restaurants, as well as live entertainment. 7-9:30 p.m. The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St., Howard. $20 children, $60 adults, $150 families. Details: (305) 255-4570.
STATE OF THE COUNTY
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez gives his 2009 State of the County Address. 10 a.m. The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: www.miamidade.gov.
St. Thomas University hosts a seminar titled "Challenges and Opportunities in Healthcare in these Economic Times." The event will also include a panel discussion with such healthcare executives as Dr. Manuel Anton, COO of Mercy Hospital; Ray Gonzalez, CEO of Pacer Healthcare, and Dr. Sheldon Levy, professor at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. 4-7 p.m. St. Thomas University, 16401 NW 37th Ave., George and Evelyn S. Goldbloom Convocation Hall, Miami Gardens. Details: (305) 638-6796 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Port of Miami Director Bill Johnson and Aviation Department Director Jose Abreu will give the 22nd annual "State of the Ports" address to Miami's international-business community. 11:30 a.m. Miami Mart Airport Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami. $40. Details: (305) 871-7910
The Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami is one of the world's largest boating exhibitions. The five-day event will bring together thousands of the year's newest powerboats, engines, sailboats, electronics and marine accessories from more than 2,200 exhibitors. Ends Feb. 16. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Two-day pass $30. Details: (954) 441-3220 or www.miamiboatshow.com.