Sushi Maki launches a new drink menu in conjunction with its summer Seven Days of Sake Happy Hour, including hard-to-find Japanese beers, organic wines and handcrafted sake cocktails. Happy-hour specials include half-off all sake cocktails, a bottled sake selection at half the menu price and $5 signature sushi rolls and savory bites. 4-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 4-11 p.m. Sunday-Monday. All Sushi Maki locations, except Miami International Airport. Details: www.sushimaki.com.
DELVE INTO HISTORY
Looking for an interesting, educational volunteer experience? Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is looking for volunteers to lead tours of the historic property. Learn more about opportunities at an open house. 7-9 p.m. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S Miami Ave., Coconut Grove. Free. Details: (305) 250-9133 or www.vizcayamuseum.org.
Learn the story of Floridian Jews who have served in the military, often a direct route to cultural assimilation, in the "Florida Jews in the Military" exhibit. See photos, artifacts, medals and documents depicting the history of Floridian Jews in the military, who have fought in every conflict from the Seminole Wars through present day. Ends Sept. 12. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
African American or Haitian actors are invited to auditions for the roles of Hamlet, Claudius and the Spirit of Hamlet's father for a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at Florida International University, integrating film and live theater. Hamlet should be 18-20 years old and the other two characters should be in their 40s. Prepare a one-minute monologue using material from the play. Details: (305) 348-3358.
The Miami Science Museum holds its Fabulous First Friday event featuring a free planetarium show and laser shows to the music of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. Starts at 7 p.m. Miami Science Museum, 3280 S Miami Ave., Coconut Grove. $4 children. $8 adults. Details: (305) 646-4234 or www.miamisci.org.
Coconut Grove is transformed into a dazzling carnival for the two-day "Cirque du Grove." Stroll Grand Avenue among stilt walkers, jugglers, face painters and balloon artists or marvel at fire routines, wire walkers and trapeze artists — it's all part of the act. Virginia Street and Grand Avenue will be closed to auto traffic for the event. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Friday. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Across from CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove. Free. Details: (305) 461-5506 or www.coconutgrove.com.
EXPLORE THE SHORE
Learn about the preservation and history of the North Shore historic district on Miami Design Preservation League's area tour. 10:30 a.m. Southeast corner of 73rd St. and Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $25. Details: (305) 672-2014 or www.mdpl.org.
Miami Metrozoo celebrates its 30th birthday with three days of $5 admission, music, giveaways and more, including the unveiling of the new Zoo Miami logo and entrance. And if you make your visit on July Fourth, the zoo's main dining area at Oasis Grill will be serving an all-American barbeque feast with burgers, hot dogs and more for a single extra fee. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Ticket booths close at 4 p.m. Birthday celebration ends July 5. Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., Richmond Heights. $5. Details: www.miamimetrozoo.com.
Key Biscayne hosts a day-long celebration for July Fourth, including a picnic, traditional parade and fireworks display. 11 a.m. parade. Sunset fireworks display. Village Green, 10 Village Green Way, Key Biscayne. Details: www.keybiscayne.fl.gov.
FOURTH IN THE GROVE
Head to Peacock Park for live music, a fireworks display and more family-friendly fun — a July Fourth tradition. 3-10 p.m. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarland Road, Coconut Grove. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.coconutgrove.com.
Celebrate the fourth in downtown Miami at one of the largest fireworks displays in South Florida. Leading up to the show, sample offerings from food vendors and let the kids play at a free Kids' Zone with inflatable slides, a "kiddie carousel," face painting and more. The park is open all day. Kids' Zone 3-7 p.m. Fireworks 9 p.m. Bayfront Park, 301 N Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free. Details: (305) 358-7550 or www.bayfrontparkmiami.com.
It's a party in the park for July Fourth, with lawn games, kite making, knot-tying demonstrations and more. Bring a blanket and picnic lunch if you'd like. No pets or alcohol. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Children under six free. Ages six-12, $2. All others, $5. Details: (305) 442-6866 or www.thebarnacle.org.
AMONG THE ANIMALS
An all-you-can-eat barbeque buffet, animal interactions and fireworks are all part of the fun at Jungle Island's July Fourth celebration. 6:30 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. $5 military and veterans. $14.95 children 3-10. $22.95 adults. Details: (305) 400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com.
HEART FAILURE FACTS
Heart failure patients and their caregivers are invited to meet others going through similar circumstances and learn how to manage heart health through diet and weight control with South Miami Heart Center's Heart Failure Support Group. 2-3 p.m. Victor E. Clarke Education Center at South Miami Hospital, US 1 and SW 62nd Ave., Classroom F, South Miami. Details: (786) 662-4380.
Wine educator Henry Barrow hosts a series of classes on how to evaluate and appreciate wines in a series of interactive tastings. Mr. Barrow is to highlight various wines, grapes and regions during each class while attendees sample wines with meats and cheeses. 7-9 p.m. Calamari, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. $30 per class. Details: (305) 444-3493 or email@example.com or www.labottegasociale.com.
STATE OF THE ARTS
Kicking off "Out in the Tropics," South Florida's first gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender contemporary performing arts festival, is a panel discussion with festival artists on the state of GLBT arts and culture. Panelists include Carlos Diaz, founder of Teatro El Público; Sara Felder, and Taylor Mac. Moderated by festival Artistic Director Robert Rosenberg. 7 p.m. The Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 316-6165 or www.fundarte.us.