LOOKING BEYOND LULA
The University of Miami's Center for Hemispheric Policy hosts a panel discussion examining the future of Brazil. Discussion topics are to include the political impact of the economic downturn, prospects for political reform and the 2010 election. 8 a.m. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables. $30. Details: (305) 284-9918 or www.miami.edu/chp.
Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy comes to Miami to dazzle audiences with an international cast of aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. The performance is inspired by nature's exotic, unpredictable creations. Ends May 17. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce hosts the "Health Care Heroes" awards luncheon. The event will recognize Miami's best healthcare professionals in the bio-medical, nursing, volunteer and institution categories. 11:30 a.m. May 14. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $75. Details: (305) 577-5491 or www.miamichamber.com.
Kids Hope United, a private-human-service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families, hosts the first annual "Blue Sapphire Gala." The fundraiser will help the organization's child-abuse-prevention programs. 7 p.m. The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $125. Details: www.kidshopeunited.org.
THE CUBA OF YESTERYEAR
CubaNostalgia returns to Miami for its 11th year bringing recreations of historical Cuban landmarks, authentic Cuban cuisine, memorabilia and live music that will give visitors a full experience of Cuban life and culture. Ends May 17. Fair Expo Center, 10901 SW 24th St., Sweetwater. $6 children, $12 adults. Details: (305) 856-7595 or www.cubanostalgia.org.
HUNTING AND HELPING
The American Nicaragua Foundation sponsors a photo scavenger hunt to help raise funds for families and children in Nicaragua. Teams will be given a list of things, people and places to take pictures of throughout Miami Beach. 1-6 p.m. 8 Ounce Burger Bar, 1060 Alton Road, Miami Beach. $10. Details: www.aidnicaragua.org/thehunt09.
Tigertail Productions, a performing-arts organization which hosts an eclectic mix of musicians, dancers and theater throughout the year, hosts its annual "Art with Edge" fundraiser. Guests, encouraged to dress in their most outrageous outfits, will enjoy live entertainment from guerilla-theater performer Octavio Campos, one-man band Jessie Jackson and a closing opera aria by Amy Alvarado. The night will also include a silent auction featuring the works of several local artists, costumed activities and more. 8 p.m. Galerie Adler Bertin-Toublanc, 2534 N Miami Ave., Wynwood. $100. Details: (305) 545-8546 or www.tigertail.org.
A TASTE OF INDIA
Local cooking teacher Ayesha D'Mello offers a class in which students will learn the recipes for Murg Makhani, a classic Indian representation of butter chicken, and accompanying side dishes. Noon-3 p.m. 9105 SW 115th Terrace, Kendall. $75. Details: (305) 254-0693 or www.ayeshaskitchen.com.
Ivanka Trump will serve as honorary chairman for the "Tea at the Ritz" celebrating the PlayGround Theatre's fifth anniversary. The event, which will benefit the theater, will feature a children's fashion show, performances by characters from past productions, face painting, balloon-making and more. 3 p.m. Ritz-Carlton South Beach, 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $125 per adults, $50 per child. Details: (305) 751-9550 ext. 223 or email@example.com.
United HomeCare Services hosts the 15th annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards and its 35th anniversary celebration dinner. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made a positive difference in the lives of the elderly. 5:45 p.m. Hilton Miami Airport, 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami. $300. Details: (305) 716-0729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The French American Chamber of Commerce hosts the 25th Anniversary Gala hosted by French Ambassador to the US Pierre Vimont. 7:30 p.m. Mayfair Hotel, 3000 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove. $150. Details: (305) 374-3000.