Miami International Rescue Charities hosts "MIRMIA 2009" to raise funds to aid and protect women, children and families in La Romana, Dominican Republic, who have been abused, neglected or infected by HIV. The event includes a sneak peek of the spring 2010 Collection for Chloé, the chance to be a guest judge in a design event and a cirque performance by Animate Objects. 7 p.m. Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. $125. Details: (561) 366-5095 or www.mircharities.org.
UNE SEMAINE FRANÇAISE
The Consulate General of France in Miami hosts the second annual French Week Miami. The 10-day event will host the fifth edition of the "France Cinema Florida" film festival as well as the "Francophone Evening" at the Miami International Book Fair. Ends Nov. 15. Locations across Miami-Dade County. Details: www.consulfrance-miami.org or www.faccmiami.com/frenchweek.
The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce holds its 15th Annual Sunshine Awards Luncheon. 12-2 p.m. Hilton Bentley South Beach, 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.
DANCE ON THE BAY
Pick up new line-dancing moves from an on-site instructor, groove to music by The Ramblers and eat your fill at the Chuckwagon Dinner, all part of The Barnacle Society's Annual Firefly Party. 6-9 p.m. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Admission is $25 for members, $30 non-members, $35 at the door and $5 for children. Details: (305) 442-6866.
Philippe Pinon, executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, hosts a cooking class that will teach participants how to create their own signature Potluck dish with recipes that cost less than $10 per person. 4-6 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove. $52. Details: (305) 644-4680.
The Diaspora Arts Coalition hosts its second annual awards ceremony honoring those members of the community who have dedicated their time, talent and resources to preserving and enhancing Miami-Dade County's arts and culture. 7 p.m. Hyatt Regency, 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 303-6649 or email@example.com.
Live entertainment, food and drink samples and thousands of art pieces are to be on display for purchase at the monthly Coconut Grove Art Stroll. 7-11 p.m. 2911 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 726-1466 or www.myspace.com/coconutgroveartstroll.
UP AND AWAY
The US Air Force Thunderbirds, a jet-fighter acrobatic team, takes to the skies after a 17-year absence as part of the Wings Over Homestead air show. Other performances are to feature biplanes, supersonic jets and wing-walking. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No cars admitted after 3 p.m. Ends Sunday. Homestead Air Reserve Base, 29050 Coral Sea Blvd., Redland. Details: (305) 224-7469 or www.wingsoverhomestead.com.
RACK 'EM UP
Whether they're sweet, smoky or slathered in barbecue sauce, ribs are to be the order of the day at Ribfest 2009, where 12 award-winning ribbers from across the country compete to win best-ribs bragging rights. The event features several live music acts, a motorcycle rally, hayrides and a variety of ribs. $15 for adults. Free for children under 10. Ends Saturday. Homestead Air Reserve Base Park, Moody Drive (268th St.) and SW 122 Ave., Redland. Details: (305) 668-4343 ext. 224 or www.miamiribfest.com.
The 26th annual Miami Book Fair International will once again take over Miami Dade College's Wolfson campus for a week of cultural and educational activities, speeches, and book sales. This year's authors are to include Roy Blount Jr., Meg Cabot, former Vice President Al Gore and more. Ends Nov. 15. Miami Dade College, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Details: www.miamibookfair.com.
STYLED FOR THE CURE
The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center hosts the "Designed for a Cure" gala benefiting the center's research efforts. In addition to dinner and dancing, the event will feature cancer survivors, who were treated in the center, walking the runway with the center's medical staff. 7 p.m. The Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. $100 Details: (305) 243-9088.
THE BEST OF THE BEACH
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual "Diamond Palm Excellence in Business Awards" luncheon. The event recognizes businesses that have consistently demonstrates a commitment to the community. 11:30 a.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $60 members, $70 guests. RSVP required. Details: (305) 695-6834 or Danielle@miamibeachchamber.com.