The University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies presents a lecture entitled "An American in Cuba" by Anthony R. Masso, president and CEO of Consortium Health Plans. Mr. Masso will share his impressions and photos of the island nation from his recent visit, including observations on its health system and difficult times Cubans are facing. 7 p.m. Casa Bacardi at the University of Miami, 1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 284-2822.
FUNDRAISER FOR PEACE
The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment holds its Peace, Harmony & Moonlight benefit. The "garden party under the stars" includes a reception and silent auction, tram tour of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and a seated dinner. 6-8 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. $175-$12,000. Details: (786) 662-5210.
COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE
Sample cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at chef Ken Lyon's Fratelli Lyon in the Design District, with proceeds benefiting the University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities. 7-9:30 p.m. Fratelli Lyon, 4141 NE Second Ave., Miami. $30-$40. Details: (305) 284-9126 or www.cardtropicalnights.org.
POOLSIDE HAPPY HOUR
Kick off the weekend with style at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami's new "Tapas on the Bay" Friday night happy hour. Sidle up to the hotel's poolside bar or unwind in the outdoor lounge area — butlers will be on hand to serve guests selections from the tapas menu and half-price signature cocktails like the Spring Blossom Ginger Mojito. 6-11 p.m. Half-price drinks end at 8 p.m. Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Brickell Key. No cover charge. Details: (305) 913-8358.
MADE IN MIAMI
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts celebrates local artists with its "Miami Made Weekend," featuring a variety of contemporary performances. Times vary. Ends March 7. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. "Outloud," "Incubator" and "Talking Here & Now" are free. Other performances are $25 or $40 for a weekend package. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
CELEBRATION OF CULTURE
Snack on culinary delights from the Far East, peruse artwork and take in music and dance performances at the 20th Annual Asian Culture Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. $8. Children 11 and under free. Details: (305) 247-5727 or www.fruitandspicepark.org.
PARTY ON THE MILE
It's a free party all weekend at this year's Carnaval on the Mile. Attractions include food, art displays and three musical stages showcasing Latin jazz and funk acts from New Orleans, New York, San Francisco and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Ends March 7. Ponce Circle Park, 2810 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Details: www.carnavalmiami.com.
On this new tour offered by the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, the museum's resident historian Paul George leads a tour via Metromover past the site of Miami's first TV station; the Freedom Tower, once home of the Miami News; and the Miami Herald building. Learn historical tales about the city's broadcast pioneers, important events in the Miami Herald's history and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet at the "Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels" sculpture of oranges, NW First St. and Second Ave., Miami. $20 members. $25 nonmembers. RSVP suggested. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
The works of artists Carlos Alves, Margarita Cano, Joyce Chadroff and more — 19 Miami artists in total — will be sold at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum's "Spring Into Art" silent auction, the museum's annual fundraising event. 7 p.m. March 10. University of Miami Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. $150. Details: (305) 284-6756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.