This party is up in the air
When it comes to medical emergencies, Miami-Dade is special. With the ocean, the Everglades, and numerous waterways set in a nonsensical roadway pattern marked by streets in severe disrepair, this area presents unique challenges to emergency rescue workers. The victims of car wrecks, gunshots, and even the occasional venomous snake bite (a Homestead girl was fanged by a cobra in October 2004) rely on the Bell-412 helicopters of Miami-Dade Air Rescue. With choppers based at Opa-locka and Kendall-Tamiami Executive airports (with a third in reserve), emergency workers have been landing in the most precarious locations (on highways, for example), scooping up the severely injured, providing immediate first aid with the copters' specialized equipment, and delivering the patients to area hospitals since October 1, 1985.
Today the public is invited to a twentieth anniversary celebration of Air Rescue at 10:00 a.m. at Kendall-Tamiami Executive (14150 SW 127th St., Kendall). The unit's first bird (a Huey) and other items, including craft from the Wings over Miami Air Museum, will be on display, and many rescue workers (including some who have been with Air Rescue since the beginning) will be on hand. The event is free and continues until 3:00 p.m. Call 786-331-5200. --Greg Baker
Red-y to Wear
A fashionable fundraising event
The red ribbon began the use of that color to symbolize AIDS, but The Power of Red fundraiser for Mothers' Voices incorporates the vibrant hue into every aspect of the evening. The upscale event features a fashion show with models roaming the room instead of strutting on a runway, live and silent auctions, a DJ, and an eclectic selection of eats and drinks, most of which are red or served in red glasses. "We're trying to stay within the theme," says event coordinator Susie Becker. "But if you want a gin and tonic, you can have that." For auction items, Becker says they have a red gown, red lingerie, and a red bustier, but "we have a lot that isn't red. We have dinners and we have trips; we have jewelry that isn't red." Guests can also bid on designer furniture, an elegant dollhouse, and sports memorabilia beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Moore Building, 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $150. Call 305-347-5467, or visit www.mothersvoices.org. --Karen Dale Wolman
Please let there be cheese
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Wine connoisseurs are generally viewed as a bit pretentious. Many folks' knowledge of wine comes from the film Sideways, which explains the recent drop in Merlot consumption. For those who wish to become better informed, or simply look cool in front of their dates, the opportunity to learn more about wine is here. This weekend brings the fourth annual Miami International Wine Fair, which will showcase nearly 400 wineries from 19 countries. In addition to the many tastings, seminars will be offered about subjects ranging from classical Italian wines to new luxury arrivals from Spain. Spit, don't swallow, at the James L. Knight Center from 2:00 to 7:00 today through Monday. Admission is $55. Call 305-777-2255, or visit www.miamiwinefair.com --Ilona Solomon
Battle in Broward
Who knew one of the bloodiest battles of World War II took place at John Williams Park (6101 Sheridan St., Hollywood)? Okay, it really didn't, but it's still a fine place to gather re-enactors, militaria collectors, vintage vehicles, and other items for a tribute to veterans from all periods of American history. The free event is hosted by the World War II Second Infantry Re-enactors of South Florida today and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00. Call 954-921-3404. -- Margaret Griffis