Eckerd Friends dinner
Eckerd College's Friends of the Library annual dinner starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Orange Blossom Catering, 220 Fourth St. N. (Park across the street.) Lori Roy, author of Bent Road, will be the keynote speaker. $50. Send checks payable to "Eckerd College" to Connie Pearson, Attention: Armacost Library, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711. Email firstname.lastname@example.org; (727) 864-8336.
All Children's ball
"Sultry Night," the 83rd All Children's Hospital Charity Ball, returns to the Coliseum, at 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, from 6 to 11 p.m. Jan. 25. The event benefits the pediatric palliative care program. Black-tie optional. $250. (727) 347-6288.
The St. Petersburg chapter of Hadassah will present its Myrtle Wreath Award to Marcia Zerivitz at a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Bayou Club, 7979 Bayou Club Blvd., Largo. $29. (727) 548-5405.
Cheers to museum
The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society's 2014 Wine Weekend St. Pete, a fundraiser for the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, gets started Feb. 1 with "Grape Escape," when dinner partners will gather for drinks and hors d'oeuvres in a private home, then go in pairs by limousine on wine and food "adventures." $350. The main events are a black-tie dinner Feb. 7 at the museum ($600); a gala wine auction and dinner Feb. 8 at the Vinoy ($285); and a jazz brunch and the duPont Registry Concours d'Elegance on Feb. 9 at the museum ($100; $20 Concours only). Details at wineweekendstpete.org. (727) 573-3931.