HISTORY IN THE MAKING
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida unveils its new name and direction. Draws include guest speaker David Lawrence Jr., retired publisher of The Miami Herald, photography by Alissa Christine of ilovemiami365.com, a champagne toast and a public sign unveiling of its new name. Noon. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Free. Details: www.hmsf.org.
85 YEARS YOUNG
Celebrate the 85th anniversary of the City of Coral Gables' incorporation at the historic home of The City Beautiful's founder, George Merrick. Take a self-guided tour of the home, browse unique memorabilia from early Coral Gables history and snack on birthday cake in honor of the occasion. You can even tape your birthday-wish testimonial on site with Coral Gables Television. 2-6 p.m. Merrick House, 907 Coral Way, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 460-5205 or www.coralgables.com.
HELLO MR. FLAGLER
The Miami Beach Historical Association and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden present "Wild Dreams — Discovering Henry M. Flagler." The evening of historical entertainment features Paul J. Jellinek as Mr. Flagler, the capitalist entrepreneur responsible for bringing the railroad to Miami. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. $10-$15. Details: www.miamibeachhistory.org.
HIP TO BE GREEN
Miami Science Museum hosts a green-themed happy hour event featuring live performances by Lanzallamas Monofonica, eco-art fashion by Luis Valenzuela and sustainable art by local artists and designers. Open bar and food. 6:30-10 p.m. Miami Science Museum, 3280 S Miami Ave., Coconut Grove. $15. Details: (305) 646-4248 or www.miamisci.org.
Learn how to "Turn a Frame into a Masterpiece" using seashells at a crafting class. 10 a.m.-noon. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. $25 members. $35 for nonmembers. Details: (305) 361-6767 ext. 114 or www.biscaynenaturecenter.org.
Join the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service at Biscayne Bioblitz, a two-day event when teams of scientists and naturalists invite the public to help discover and inventory every living plant and creature in and out of the water at Biscayne National Park. Following the inventory on May 1, a Celebrate Biodiversity Festival will be held, including live music, family activities and demonstrations. Inventory is a 24-hour event. Festival 1-4 p.m. Ends May 1. Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead. Free. Details: (800) 638-6400 ext. 6186 or www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz.
LITTLE HAITI BENEFIT
Art Studio Miami holds its first gala, "Art of the Palate," with all proceeds benefiting its programs for youth who have emigrated from Haiti since the January earthquake. Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 3550 N Miami Ave., Miami. $75-$600.
Details: (786) 317-8118 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.asmhelplittlehaiti.org.
The Greater Miami and The Beaches Hotel Association honors outstanding employees in the hotel industry at its 16th annual Inn Key Awards Luncheon and Business Expo. 11 a.m.-noon business expo. Noon-2 p.m. luncheon and awards. Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SW Second Ave., Miami. $50-$10,000. Details: (305) 531-3553 or email@example.com.
PUBLIC SERVICE HONORS
United HomeCare Services hosts the 16th annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards. Honorees include John Dorschner of the Miami Herald, Kevin Packman of Holland & Knight and Dr. Phillip Frost of OPKO Health. 5:45 p.m. Cocktails and silent auction 7 p.m. dinner and awards presentation. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $300-$10,000. Details: (305) 716-0729.