SHOT AT STARDOM
Looking for your big break? Progressive Insurance is holding tryouts in Miami for one lucky winner to appear alongside its signature insurance expert Flo — the woman with brown, flipped-up hair and bright red lipstick — in its national ad campaign. Entrants will be judged on a variety of criteria, including camera presence, originality and overall appeal. The top three semifinalists will then be whittled down via popular vote on www.helpflo.com. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Ends Feb. 19. Miami Design Preservation League, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Details: www.helpflo.com.
HAPPY HOUR SOCIAL
Mix and mingle in the Brickell area for a cause: scholarships for 18 academically deserving seniors at Miami Central High School. Put together by a group from Leadership Miami, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's young professionals program, a cover charge gets you a free Caipirinha cocktail, appetizers and, of course, a prime opportunity to make new connections. All proceeds go to the kids. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Grimpa Steakhouse, 901 Brickell Plaza, Miami. $20. Details: (305) 961-3252.
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida hosts a reception with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar to celebrate the opening of its "Crime in Miami" exhibit. The collection delves into the fact and fiction behind Miami's criminal history, including stories about prohibition-era rumrunners, infamous gangsters like Al Capone, unsolved murders from the '50s and drug wars of the '80s. 7:30 p.m. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Members free. $8 non-members. Details: (305) 375-5356 or email@example.com or www.hmsf.org.
A new exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Florida, "Florida Jews in the Military," opens today, featuring the stories of hundreds of Jewish Floridians who have served in every branch of the military from the Seminole Wars in the mid-1800s to present day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ends Sept. 12. Jewish Museum of Florida, 311 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $5-$12. Free admission Saturdays. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce holds a cocktail hour, dinner and awards ceremony honoring Modesto A. Maidique, former president of Florida International University, as he is awarded the Sand in My Shoes Award for commitment to the community. 6-9 p.m. Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Symphony Ballroom, Miami. $350- $25,000. Details: (305) 350-7700 or www.miamichamber.com.
Set in the beautiful and historic gardens at Vizcaya, attendees are invited to don hats and other finery for the Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon, which raises funds to help preserve, protect and restore the estate. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 24. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S Miami Ave., Coconut Grove. $250. Details: (305) 856-4866 or www.vizcayans.org.
The Florida Grand Opera honors Robert M. Heuer's 25 years as general director and CEO with a tribute concert and black-tie dinner on the stage of the opera house at the Arsht Center. 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, Miami. $30-$125 for the concert. Details: (305) 854-1643, ext. 1202 or www.fgo.org.
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival brings celebrity chefs such as Nobu Matsuhisa, Paul Bartolotta and Eric Ripert to Miami. This year, a new feature will be a focus on Miami's Design District and its burgeoning culinary scene. Ends Feb. 28. Prices vary by event. Details: (877) 762-3933 or www.sobewineandfoodfest.com.
Baptist Children's Hospital presents the latest instalment of its community parenting program "Teenage GPS — Plotting a Course to Harmony" let by psychologist Albert Zbik. Topics include staying connected with your kids, the importance of being a role model and setting rules and expectations. 7-9 p.m. Baptist Children's Hospital auditorium, 8900 N Kendall Drive, Kendall. $5. RSVP required. Details: (786) 596-3812.