Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association, will be keynote speaker at the 19th Annual South Florida Tourism Professional of the Year and Champion Recognition Award Luncheon. Top local tourism-industry professionals will be honored at the event. 12 p.m. Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami. $65 for an individual ticket of $550 for a table of 10. Details: (305) 365-2512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAM AT MAM
At the always-happening JAM at MAM mix-and-mingle event, event-goers can expect cocktails, gourmet hor d'oeuvres, a live DJ and a visit to the eclectic Miami Art Museum. This month's event ties in with the opening of new exhibits, "Carlos Bunga: Metamorphosis" and "Space as Medium." Metamorphosis" features large-scale depictions of temporary street shelters made from disposable materials like cardboard and packing tape that explore the impermanence of contemporary urban life. "Space as Medium" will feature similar structures, including a site-specific installation by Katharina Grousse. 5-8:30 p.m. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
A networking event sponsored by the Coral Gables Community Foundation's Gables Home Page will be followed by a presentation on the non-profit's initiative to create a hyper-local news site for Coral Gables written by citizen journalists. Networking from 5:30-7 p.m. followed by a presentation on the Gables Home Page from 7-8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 446-9670 or email@example.com or booksandbooks.com.
CHRISTMAS ON THE CATWALK
CocoWalk retailers showcase winter trends in a pre-holiday fashion show. Models wearing fashions from the GAP, White House/Black Market, Azul Boutique and more will strut to the beats of DJ Bill James in the outdoor mall's courtyard. Show-goers can expect discounts, giveaways and other specials. 7:30 p.m. CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 444-0777 or www.cocowalk.net.
HELP THE TROOPS
Operation Helmet, a nonprofit that funds helmet upgrades for US soldiers around the world, is hosting a fundraising benefit and silent auction. Attendees can expect top-shelf beverages, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, interactive game stations and appearances by NASCAR drivers and athletes from the Florida Marlins, Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins. 9 p.m. Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. $150-$250. Details: (888) 736-2141 ext. 301 or www.z-linedesigns.com.
HEALTH IN THE CITY
Experts in the health and urban planning fields will speak at a symposium focusing on women's health issues and how they can be considered in shaping urban environments. Program highlights include a presentation on "South Florida and Urban Women's Health" and "Raising Healthy Urban Children." 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. LaGorce Country Club, 5685 Alton Road, Miami Beach. Details: (215) 898-9773.
FUN BY THE RIVER
A boat parade, guided river tours, strolling musicians and art vendors will be part of the festivities at the Second Annual Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 315 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 416-6868.
GOOD TIMES IN THE GROVE
Grove-goers take to the streets as Commodore Plaza is closed to cars for the evening, replaced by local artists showcasing their works and live entertainment. Several area restaurants will offer food and drink specials and extend seating into the streets as part of the "Fall in Love with the Grove Again" series of block parties. 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m. 3100 block of Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove. Details: www.coconutgrovechamber.com.
MR. DEERING'S BALL
Don your finest attire and travel back in time at the 53rd Annual Viscayan Ball, held at the elegant Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Proceeds from the white-optional event will go toward preserving the historic Viscaya estate. 7 p.m. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Coconut Grove. $600. Details: (305) 856-4866 ext. 3 or www.viscayamuseum.org.
BACK TO BLACK
Baptist Hospital hosts its 31st annual ball with a "Back to Black" theme encouraging guests to follow the green movement of "casual black," "shop your closet" and "nothing new." The evening will feature a performance by Michael Cerbelli and the hospital's physician-led band "Ziffer 6." Proceeds will benefit Baptist Hospital's Center for Excellence in Nursing, providing support for nursing education and professional development, nurse retention, and quality improvement projects related to patient care. 6:30 p.m. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87th St., Doral. $500 per person. Details: (305) 596-8954 or firstname.lastname@example.org.