LUXURIATE FOR LESS
The Palm Spa, Aveda's only luxury beach spa in Florida, offers select treatments usually valued at $100 to $200 for $50 as part of the nationwide Spa Week 2010. Offerings include a "Caribbean Hand and Foot Retreat," a 50-minute "Elemental Nature Massage" and a 50-minute "Elemental Nature Facial." Ends April 18. The Palms Spa, 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 908-5460 or www.thepalmshotel.com.
COURT CARE BENEFIT
The YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade hosts a cocktail party benefiting its Court Care Program, which ensures that children and infants are cared for while their parents attend court proceedings. 5:30-7:30 p.m. BNY Mellon Financial Center, 1111 Brickell Ave., 30th floor, Miami. $60. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOSTER CARE FUNDRAISER
The Florida Association for Women Lawyers Miami-Dade hosts "Fiesta Miami," a fundraiser benefiting Foster Care Review, which works to improve the lives of foster children in Miami-Dade County. Features include music, food, drinks, games and a raffle in an artful setting. 6-10 p.m. The Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. $60 in advance. $65 at the door. Details: (305) 573-6665 or www.fostercarereview.org.
Professor, researcher and inventor Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, talks about his research in curbing disabilities. A double amputee himself, Mr. Herr is working on "Merging Man and Machine" by developing smart prostheses that emulate and even exceed capabilities of biological limbs and creating robots that monitor and protect the health of children and the elderly. 7 p.m. The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $10. Details: (305) 535-2644 or Lydia@thewolf.fiu.edu or www.wolfsonian.org.
Enjoy dinner prepared by 30 Coral Gables restaurants, an open bar and both live and silent auctions at the 19th Annual "Reach for the Stars" Gala Auction. Funds go toward capital improvements at the Miracle Theatre and operating costs of Actors' Playhouse. 6:30 p.m. April 17. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $150. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Pianist Martina Filjak performs. Ms. Filjak won the gold medal in the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition and has performed internationally in Russia, Morocco and more. 7:30 p.m. Saint Martha Church, 9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $10-$20. Details: www.saintmartha.tix.com.
WALK FOR A CAUSE
Not so keen on running a marathon? Try a walk-a-thon, with proceeds going to services provided by the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida such as advocacy and counseling, education, prevention and more. Individuals and corporate teams are both welcome. 8 a.m. registration. 9 a.m. walk-a-thon. Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Road. $20-$30. Details: (800) 940-6515 or www.epilepsyfla.org.
EarthFest 2010, a festival for all things sustainable, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a day of vegetarian and vegan food offerings, live performances, a community drum circle, workshops and green vendors. Workshop topics include raised-bed organic gardening, yoga and "Retrofitting your Home for Greater Efficiency." Noon-sundown. Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Free admission. Parking $6. Details: (305) 361-6767 ext. 112 or www.earthfest.us.
The University of Miami Center for Hemispheric Policy presents a panel discussion on "Mexico: Opportunities for Change." Panelists are Gabriel Casillas, chief economist for JP Morgan Chase in Mexico City; Luis Rubio, chairman of the Center of Research for Development in Mexico City; and Manuel Suárez-Mier, economist in residence at American University and former representative of Mexico's attorney general in the US. 8 a.m. JW Marriott, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami. $30. Details: (305) 284-3707 or www.miami.edu/chp.
The Museum of Contemporary Art and MTV International host a panel discussion on sustainable design, moderated by MTV's Ilana Sod. The Panelists, all of whom are designers with businesses in Wynwood and promote sustainable design, include Jonathan and Yair Marcoschamer of Ecoist, furniture designer Facundo Poj and Paloma Teppa of Plant the Future. 7-9 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. $3-$5. Details: (305) 893-6211 or email@example.com or www.mocanomi.org.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida holds its premier fundraiser, The Twelve Good Men Awards luncheon. Honorees include Alexander P. Adams, senior vice president of Northern Trust Bank; James L. Ferraro, president of The Ferraro Law Firm; and Gene Kubicki, founding partner of Kubicki Draper. 11 a.m. reception and cocktails. Noon presentation and luncheon. Parrot Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. $100-$1,000. Details: www.rmhcsouthflorida.org.
WINE AND FOOD
Chef Todd English, who has appeared on "Iron Chef" and is a three-time James Beard Award winner, headlines the Miami Wine and Food Festival benefiting Camillus House and United Way of Miami-Dade. Highlights of the three-day festival include a sampling session of fine wines from more than 60 international wineries, a fine wine live auction and a three-course interactive dinner with Chef English. Times vary. Ends April 24. Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, and the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. $75-$5,000. Details: www.miamiwinefestival.org.
Miami Dade College hosts its Alumni Hall of Fame Gala. 2010 inductees include Bernard Zyscovich, president and managing partner of Zyscovich Architects; Armando Jacomino, president of Burger King for the Latin American Region; and José Hevia, president and CEO of Flagler. 6 p.m. cocktail reception. 7 p.m. dinner and awards program. Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $250-$50,000. Details: (305) 237-3240 or www.mdcalumni.com.