ITALIAN NIGHT OUT
Santa Maria Novella fragrance products, Segafredo Bal Harbour and Women's Fund of Miami-Dade host "Una Notte Italiana," as part of their fashion night out celebration with complimentary refreshments and a raffle for a deluxe basket of products. 7-10 p.m. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., upper level, Bal Harbour. Details: email@example.com or www.balharbourshops.com.
ART DECO LECTURES
The Miami Design Preservation League presents "Mediterranean Revival: The Spanish Sub-Text of the Miami Beach Architectural "Art Deco' District," a four-part lecture series and exhibit on the influence of Spanish architecture in South Florida. The series kickoff lecture "Shadows, Footprints, and Names: The Spanish Empire in North America" explores the influence of Spain on the later development of North America. Features Jeff Donnelly, speaker and lecturer in the American studies program at the University of Miami. 7 p.m. Additional lectures on Sept. 29, Oct. 25 and Nov. 15. Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 672-2012 or www.mdpl.org/events/special-events.
FASHION NIGHT OUT
The Village of Merrick Park hosts a "Fashion's Night Out" featuring live music, drinks and bites, modeling and a peak at fall trends. Participants include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Diane von Furstenberg and Jimmy Choo. Also, donate gently worn handbags to help "Dress For Success Miami" women's program. 6 p.m. Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables. Details: www.villageofmerrickpark.com.
The City of Miami Beach Capital Improvement Projects and Parks & Recreation Departments hold a North Shore Bandshell ribbon cutting ceremony. The project included a historic restoration of the facility with structural repairs, improvements to backstage area and restrooms, expansion of backstage facilities and more. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, the Parks & Recreation Department also hosts its September "Movie in the Park" beginning at 7:30 pm. 7 p.m. ribbon cutting. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 673-7730 or www.miamibeachparks.com.
The University of Miami, Miami Dade College and South Florida Workforce offer a free resource fair. Includes free health screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, information on employment and workforce training, legal resources and a limited number of dental appointments. Additional community partners offer information about diabetes, nutrition and smoking cessation. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, 1951 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 243-9697.
The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce hosts a gala commemorating Brazilian independence from Portugal and the chamber's 30th year anniversary. Black-tie. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami. $200-$300 individual tickets. $2,000-$10,000 sponsorships. Details: (305) 579-9030 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.brazilchamber.org.
CHANCE TO VOLUNTEER
The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department, AARP and Service For Peace host a community volunteer service project for "September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance." Volunteers from various organizations and the community will spend the day painting, cleaning-up and landscaping at Amelia Earhart Park. 8 a.m. Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E 65th St., Hialeah. Registration required. Details: 1-877-926-8300 or (305) 961-2781 or email@example.com or www.miamidade.gov.
HistoryMiami museum hosts a live game show hosted by "Superstar Productions" challenging visitors on their Florida facts. Visitors also create their own Florida-themed souvenir plates. Noon-5 p.m. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Free for members, others $8. Details: (305) 375-1621 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.historymiami.org.
The Miami Florida Blue center invites seniors and their families to a free health seminar observing Senior Wellness Month. Visitors can learn how to create portraits by participating in an interactive session with Conni Gordon, named the World's Most Prolific Art Teacher by the Guinness Book of World Records. Includes free health screenings. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Florida Blue Center at The Falls, 8895 SW 136th St. Details: www.floridablue.com.
MASTER YOUR WINE
Books & Books offers firsthand experience with wine tasting in its extended Summer Wine Series. Master the history of winemaking, taste international wines and learn the art of wine and food pairing. Taught by wine-appreciation professor Patrick Alexander. Ends with a celebratory meal by chef Allen Susser. 6 p.m. Ends Oct. 17. Locations vary. $275. RSVP required. Details: email@example.com or www.booksandbooks.com.
The University of Miami School of Architecture holds a fall lecture series. As part of the series, Affordable Housing Initiative of the UM Office of Civic & Community Engagement features Alexander von Hoffman, senior research fellow for the joint center for housing studies at Harvard University. 5:30 p.m. lecture. 7 p.m. reception in the center's Irvin Korach Gallery. Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Glasgow hall, Coral Gables. Free. Details: www.arc.miami.edu.
The Americas Society/Council of the Americas hosts a policy discussion on "What's Next for Haiti?" in partnership with Miami Dade College and the City of Miami. Panelists include former Chilean ambassador Jorge Heine; former Haitian prime minister Gerard Latortue and Caribbean scholar Anthony Maingot. Topics include the role of the international community and opportunities to work effectively with the new Martelly administration. Mr. Heine also presents findings from his recent book "Fixing Haiti: MINUSTAH and Beyond." 6-6:30 registration. 6-8:30 p.m. panel. Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., building 2 room 2106, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 779-4816 or www.as-coa.org.
The Brickell Homeowners Association hosts a Miami Commission candidate forum with timed presentations by City of Miami candidates for the upcoming November election and question and answer session. Featuring candidates for City of Miami Commission Districts 1, 2 and 4 Francis Suarez, Marc Sarnoff and Willy Gort respectively. 7 p.m. Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Ave., Miami. Free. Details: www.brickellhomeowners.com.
BDO USA consulting firm and Akerman & Steven Douglas Associates host a third annual cocktail and charity executive networker "Women of Influence." Featured panelists include Jessie Abad, general counsel of Estefan Enterprises; Lea Black, philanthropist, author and television personality; Romaine Seguin, president of UPS International for America's region; and Angie Valdes, chief accounting officer of Equity One. Proceeds benefit YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, treetop ballroom, Watson Island. $50 early registration. $55 day of. Details: (305) 377-9922 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
REAL ESTATE NETWORKING
The real estate division and real estate network of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation presents the 14th annual Sunset Over Miami for real estate professionals. The kosher reception features drinks and hors d'oeuvres. 6:30 p.m. Apollo Bank, 1150 S Miami Ave., Miami. $45 per person before Sept. 8. $55 before Sept. 15. $65 at the door. Details: (786) 866-8446 or email@example.com or www.jewishmiami.org.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and the first recognized Stanford distinguished professor by the University of Miami for the 2011-2012 academic year Nilo Cruz presents "Theatre Accompanied by Light: Searching for Poetry in the Theatre." This lecture discusses the influence of poetry in theater and the importance of representing facets of the human condition through character development. Cuban-born Mr. Cruz is a playwright-in-residence at the New Theatre in Coral Gables and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2003 for "Anna in the Tropics." 7 p.m. University of Miami, 1252 Memorial Drive, Storer Auditorium, Coral Gables. Free. RSVP required. Details: (305) 284-1580 or www.humanities.miami.edu/programs/stanford2012.