The University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies hosts the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy's 19th annual meeting. The three-day event will focus on the country's internal economic and political reforms, US policy toward Cuba and the impact of the global financial and economic crisis on it. Ends Aug. 1. Miami Hilton Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $75 members, $150 others. Details: www.ascecuba.org.
WOMEN AND WINE
The Commission for Women hosts a wine tasting fundraiser benefiting its programs for women throughout the county. 6-8 p.m. Full Bodied Wine & Spa, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove. RSVP required. $20. Details: (305) 375-4967 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help support local filmmakers participating in the Borscht Film Festival. Enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres during this fundraiser while getting a sneak peek of some upcoming local films and a performance by Afrobeta. 6 p.m. Wynwood Social Club, 2501 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. $100. Details: (305) 433-5848.
Help solve a "whodunit" at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Audience members will receive lines to read, clues to examine and investigate in hopes of solving a ghastly murder. 7 p.m. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. $20. Details: (305) 864-2430.
RELAXING FOR A CAUSE
The Miami Light Project, a nonprofit cultural organization, hosts its first annual Sunset Spa Soiree. The event will include massage, Tai Chi, foam rolling, acupuncture and Yoga services with all funds raised matched by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The afternoon will also include a silent auction featuring gift certificates from South Florida spas and hotels. 4 p.m. The Savoy Hotel, 425 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. $65. Details: (305) 576-4350 or www.miamilightproject.com.
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida hosts Miguel A. Cisneros-Abreu, president of the Redland Evening Herbal Society, for an interactive and aromatic presentation on essential oils and medicinal plants and how they can improve health. Noon-1 p.m. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Free for members, $5 others. Details: (305) 375-5356 or www.hmsf.org.
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce's Advocacy Council hosts a hurricane preparedness meeting that will include representative of the Red Cross and the City of Miami Beach. 8:30-10 a.m. Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1920 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach. Details: www.miamibeachchamber.com.