Carnival and AmericasRelief Team host the "Regional Crisis Relief Annual Luncheon" aboard the Carnival Destiny. The event will examine what is expected for the 2009 hurricane season and how public-private partnerships can help provide humanitarian relief to the Caribbean and Central America. 11:30 a.m. Port of Miami, 1015 N America Way, Miami. RSVP required. Details: (305) 884-0441 or www.americasrelief.org.
The "Taste of the Gables" will kick off the second annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week. The event will feature samplings from participating restaurants and guests will be able to vote for their favorite dish. Entertainment will include live music and a feature performance by the Grammy-nominated Negroni's Trio. 6 p.m. 65 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Details: www.coralgablesrestaurantweek.com.
ART FOR EDUCATION
The Education Fund, which works with the private sector to direct resources where they are needed most in Miami-Dade schools, hosts the "Art of Found Objects" charity auction. The evening will include live entertainment and an epicurean feast as well as an auction featuring luxury items and one-of-a-kind art created by children, art teachers and professional artists. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral. Details: (305) 892-5099 ext. 23 or www.educationfund.org.
The Children's Trust's 2009 Family Expo is a free all-day festival offering parents with direct access to health and social services as well entertainment and family-friendly activities for the whole family. Last year's expo attracted 25,000 attendees and this year's is expected to be large with more than 200 non-profit exhibitors. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, 10901 Coral Way, Arnold Hall and Fuchs Pavilion, Sweetwater. Details: www.childrenstrust.org.
The American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys hosts the 2009 "Storm Prep Expo." The two-day event will feature exhibitors offering an array of storm supplies as well as presentations by local police and fire rescue on how to stay safe when a storm hits. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily. Ends May 31. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Hall D, Miami Beach. Details: www.miamiredcross.org/stormprepexpo.
A TASTE OF INDIA
Local cooking teacher Ayesha D'Mello offers a cooking class during which students will learn recipes for Indian vegetarian dishes. Noon-3 p.m. 9105 SW 115th Terrace, Kendall. $75. Details: (305) 254-0693 or www.ayeshaskitchen.com.
FOR THE HEART
The American Heart Association hosts the 2009 Miami-Dade County Heart Ball titled "Heart Deco." The event will feature gourmet food, a silent and live auction, and dancing with about 300 prominent members of the community. The Heart Ball is a national effort by the American Heart Association to help fight heart disease and stroke by raising money to support lifesaving research, programs and education. 6 p.m. Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 631-4759.
The Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa hosts the "High Heels & Boots Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament." The event will benefit Dress for Success Miami, an organization that promotes economic independence for disadvantagedwomen by providing professional attire, a support network and career-development tools. 7 p.m. Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $160. Details: (305) 444-1944 ext. 301 or Miami@dressforsuccess.org.
The Mercy Foundation hosts "Havana Nights" benefiting Mercy Hospital and its staff. The Foundation raises funds for large hospital projects. 8 p.m. The Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, 4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove. $125. Details: (305) 285-2711 or www.mercyfoundationmiami.org.
The beginning of June marks the beginning of Florida Center for Literary Arts' summer session. The school is offering six-week courses on short-story writing, screenwriting, memoir writing and more. Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 500 NE 1st Ave., Miami. Details: www.flcenterlitarts.com
Join the Historical Museum of Southern Florida's Kathleen Duran and Bonita Whitehead as they teach a class on how to stock a pantry before a storm and how to create extraordinary meals after the power goes out. Noon. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. $5 nonmembers. RSVP required. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.