In honor of Women's History Month, Miami Dade College hosts a discussion on women in journalism featuring Aminda Marques González, executive editor and vice president of The Miami Herald. Ms. Marques speaks about the growing role of women in media and shares her personal experiences about working in journalism. 11 a.m. Miami Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave., room 2151, North Miami. Free. Details: www.mdc.edu/main/news/events.
The FIU School of International and Public Affairs hosts a "Metro Forum: Stemming the Miami-Dade Brain Drain," featuring speakers Bruce Bennett, director of government relations at law firm Pathman Lewis; Saif Ishoof, executive director of City Year Miami; and Michael Simmons, marketing specialist, Kaufman Rossin. Moderated by Edward Murray, associate director, Metropolitan Center FIU. Noon-1:30 p.m. Courtyard Marriott Miami Downtown, 200 SE Second Ave., Miami. $35 by March 1. $40 at the door. Details: (305) 779-7874 or email@example.com or www.fiu.edu.
HEART & STAR
Cancer Support Community Greater Miami hosts the 10th annual "Heart & Star Award" dinner featuring Diana Gonzalez, NBC6 health reporter, and honoring Jennifer Stearns Buttrick and SAP International. 6:30 p.m. March 8. Business attire. Temple Beth Am, 5950 N Kendall Drive, Pinecrest. $250-$500. Details: (305) 668-5900 or http://cancersupportcommunitymiami.org/heart&star'entry.htm.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden presents a "Balcony and Terrace Gardening" workshop with guest speaker David McLean; focusing on choosing wind and salt resistant plants for balcony gardens and small spaces. His lecture is designed for condo and apartment gardeners and addresses how to maximize a growing area with vertical space, options for container gardening and plant selection. 10 a.m.-noon. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Free. Details: www.mbgarden.org.
"Native Plant Day" is a day full of programs, nature walks, hands-on activities and plant sales/raffles. Learn how to attract birds and butterflies to your yard, and ask experts questions on plants, cutting, insects, wildlife, the environment and landscaping. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Miami Dade College Landscape Technology Nursery, 11011 SW 104th St., Kendall. Free. Details: www.dade.fnpschapters.org.
WPLG-TV Local 10 newscaster Calvin Hughes is featured in the Miami Dade College Journalism Speaker Series. Mr. Hughes was one of the first journalists in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after a 7.0 earthquake struck on Jan. 12, 2010. He has returned to Haiti nearly a dozen times. The program includes a presentation and a 15-minute question and answer session. 10 a.m. Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., room 7128, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 237-3477 or www.mdc.edu.
The "11JCHS Annual Spring Reception" invites society members and guests to the annual membership meeting and reception of the 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society where the Chairman's Award is presented. 6:30 p.m. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-1614 or 11JCHS@historymiami.org or www.historymiami.org.