LandShark Stadium and the North Dade Regional Chamber host a morning meeting with state Sen. Frederica Wilson. 7:30-9 a.m. LandShark Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens. $25 non-members. Details: (305) 690-9123.
The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida hosts its annual "Independence Gala Dinner" celebrating Brazil's independence from Portugal. 7:30 p.m.-Midnight. Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami. Details: www.brazilchamber.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a kick-off party for its "Mystery Dates" fundraiser. The event, held in art-filled homes throughout South Florida, brings together supporters for an evening of art, design and food. 6-10 p.m. Club 50 at the Viceroy Hotel, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
HELP AT HOME
The Home Design and Remodeling Show returns to Miami for Labor Day Weekend. The show is a one-stop market bringing together homeowners and home improvement experts as well as the newest products and services in addition to furniture, accessories, landscaping and more. Ends Sept. 8. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 667-9299 or www.home-shows.com.
The South Florida Writers Association hosts its monthly meeting with guest speaker Christine Dolan, theater critic for the Miami Herald. 10 a.m.-Noon. Coral Gables Elks Lodge, 6304 SW 78th St., South Miami. Details: (305) 772—5857.
SOME FACE TIME
Jungle Island is hosting "Nabor Day Weekend" offering exotic animal encounters that include a face-to-face with alligators. Ends Sept. 7. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. $10. Details: www.jungleisland.com.
The "Great Grove Bed Race" returns after a six-year hiatus to pit bed-racing teams against one another. Special deals and events throughout Coconut Grove will highlight the wacky race which features two, five-person teams racing on wheeled beds through the streets of the Grove. 11:30 a.m. Commodore Plaza and Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove. Details: www.thegreatgrovebedrace.com.