Alliance Française South Florida hosts "Beaujolais Nouveau," the kick-off harvest party celebrating French wines, delicacies and a live set of traditional and contemporary French music by Sweat Records DJ Lauren "Lolo" Redskin. 7 p.m. Alliance Française South Florida, 618 Eighth St., Miami. Free. Details: www.afmiami.org.
The University of Miami Center for Hemispheric Policy hosts luncheon "From Colombia to Korea: Opening New Doors of Opportunity in Global Trade" featuring Francisco J. Sánchez, under secretary of international trade US Department of Commerce. 12:15-12:30 p.m. registration. 12:30-2 p.m. program. Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 1435 Brickell Ave., main room, Miami. Free for academics and students with ID. $45 others. Details: (305) 284-3707 or www.miami.edu/chp.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
The Village of Merrick Park kicks off the holiday season with its annual "Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony." For the fourth time, Village of Merrick Park is environmentally friendly by lighting its 50-ft. tree with 55,000 LED light bulbs. Hosted by Belkys Nerey, head news anchor at FOX WSVN Channel 7. The Coral Gables High School Choir performs and throughout the garden live entertainment including stilt walkers and jugglers will take place. Other children's activities will include sugar cookie decoration and arts & crafts stations. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 7:45 p.m. tree lighting. Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables. Details: www.villageofmerrickpark.com.
GEE Beauty and Jenna White boutiques host a pre-holiday afternoon shopping party allowing shoppers to shop the entire Jenna White store, a week before Black Friday for 10% off, including the latest from Missoni, Rebecca Minkoff and Gryphon. Shoppers are invited to enjoy champagne and snacks from OYE Cuban Grill. Noon-6 p.m. Jenna White, 5842 Sunset Drive, South Miami. Details: www.jennawhitemiami.com.
ROCK & ART
The "Bayside Rocks Music & Arts Festival" features local businesses and organizations in a family-fun day intended to have a positive impact on the community and environment in conjunction with "America Recycle's Day." Event includes a farmers' market, yoga demonstrations, skateboard and BMX exhibitions, ecology and social consciousness workshops and more. Headliners include Bunny Wailer, Wailing Souls, Luciano, Tabou Combo, Cultura Profčtica, Gondwana, Warrior King, Pato Banton, Connis Vanterpool and The Original Wailers. Bayfront Park, 301 N Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $35 general. $55 VIP. Details: www.baysiderocksfestival.com.
The Institute for Cuban-American Studies and the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries host lecture "My Struggle Against Lies About Cuba" by Carlos M.N. Eire. Mr. Eire is a Cuban-born, history and religious studies professor at Yale University who fled to the US in 1962 as part of Operation Pedro Pan. 7 p.m. lecture. University of Miami Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables. RSVP required. Details: (305) 284-2822 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www6.miami.edu/iccas.
The Miami Dade College Journalism Speaker Series presents Adam Kuperstein, a sports anchor and reporter for NBC 6. Mr. Kuperstein is co-host of "Sports Final" on Sunday nights with Joe Rose and prior to that worked at WTVJ, where he was the weekend sports anchor at Fox Toledo News. Program includes a presentation by the journalist and a 15-minute question and answer session. Noon. Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St., room K413, Kendall. Free. Details: (305) 237-2323 or www.mdc.edu.