REFUGE IN THE CATSKILLS
The Jewish Museum of Florida presents "Last Days of the Four Seasons: A Photodocumentary by Rick Nahmias." The collection of large-format photographs tells the story of a group of Eastern European Holocaust survivors who bought 44 acres in New York's Catskill Mountains, creating The Four Seasons Lodge. After some 30 years as one of the only bungalow communities of its kind in the Borsht Belt — a community built by and for survivors — the lodgers were forced to sell the property in 2008 and disband. Ends Jan. 2. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $6-$12. Free Saturdays. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
Spain's Circo de Los Horrores makes its gruesome US debut in Miami, with monsters, ghouls and goblins performing a unique blend of human circus, amazing acrobatics and horror. Prepare to be scared. Times vary. Ends Oct. 17. James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. $20-$80. Details: (800) 745-3000 or www.circodeloshorrores.com.
LIVE FROM NAPA
The second, third and fourth generations of the wine-producing Mondavi family hold a wine dinner benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, broadcast live to select Morton's restaurants. Features a four-course meal of new dishes, silent auction and wines. 8 p.m. Morton's The Steakhouse, 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. $175. Details: (305) 442-1662 or www.mortons.com.
STATE OF VENEZUELA
The University of Miami's Center for Hemispheric Policy holds a panel discussion on "Venezuela: Post-Election Perspective." Panelists include Patrick Duddy, former US ambassador to Venezuela and a diplomat-in-residence at Duke University; Armando Durán, resident fellow at the center and former Venezuelan minister of foreign affairs and Orlando Ochoa, a professor of economics at Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela. 8-8:15 a.m. registration and breakfast. 8:15-10 a.m. presentations and discussion. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Venetian Room, Coral Gables. Free for academics and students with ID. $30 others. Details: (305) 284-3707 or www.miami.edu/chp.
Explore a 900-year-old monastery built in Segovia, Spain on this tour presented by HistoryMiami. 9-10:30 a.m. Ancient Spanish Monastery, 16711 W Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. $20 museum members. $25 others. Details: (305) 375-1621 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.historymiami.org.
Celebrate Oktoberfest, a Bavarian tradition that celebrates the end of harvest, at this family friendly event hosted by the German International Parent Association. Activities include carnival rides, a dunking booth, soccer clinics, and traditional foods like German sausage, potato salad and sauerkraut. Noon-7 p.m. German American Social Club, 11919 SW 56th St., Kendale Lakes. Entrance free. Meal tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children. Details: www.gipa.org.
The City of Coral Gables hosts an open house and ribbon cutting dedication for the newly restored Old Police and Fire Station. The 1939 building is to be the home of the Coral Gables Museum. Includes refreshments family activities and other offerings throughout the day. 10:10 a.m. opening. 2 p.m. discussion by the project's architect, Jorge L. Hernandez. 4 p.m. live music. 5 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by music, hors d'oeuvres and mojitos. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 301-6616 or email@example.com.
The Gold Coast Orchid Society holds its annual auction of exotic orchid plants. Cake and coffee will be served. 7-9 p.m. Gwen Margolis Community Center, 1590 NE 123rd St., North Miami. Free admission. Details: (305) 687-0860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registered nurse Elsa Ivonnet discusses "Caring for the Aging Parent," a Baptist Health program. Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Road, Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room, second floor, Palmetto Bay. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. RSVP required. Details: (786) 596-3812.
ON THE AMAZON
Michael Heckenberger, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Florida, gives a lecture on "Re-imagining the Amazon: Deep history, Cultural Memory and the Politics of Nature." Mr. Heckenberger has researched the archaeology and historical ethnography of Amazonians for the past two decades. 2 p.m. University of Miami School of Communication, 5100 Brunson Drive, room 2055, Coral Gables. Free. Details: http://com.miami.edu.
Wines from Spain, a division of the Trade Commission of Spain, partners with local nonprofit Feed South Florida for the 17th Annual "Great Match: Vivacious Varietals, Tantalizing Tastes." Eight area chefs, including Luis Quant of Por Fin and Michael Gilligan of Solea, will prepare small signature dishes designed for pairing with the Spanish wines. In addition, more than 200 current-release wines will be available for tasting. A portion of ticket sales benefit Feeding South Florida. 6-8:30 p.m. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $45. Advanced purchase required. Details: www.greatmatch.org.
MARCH OF DIMES
Sunny Anderson, host of Food Network's "Cooking For Real," hosts the March of Dimes 13th Annual Signature Chefs and Wine Extravaganza," featuring an auction, wines and culinary samplings from more than 30 area restaurants. All proceeds benefit March of Dimes. 6:30 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $150-$250. Details: (305) 477-1192 or email@example.com or www.marchofdimes.com/florida.