wwlBinational Celebration! The Institute of the Americas is celebrating its 30th Anniversary by honoring former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón and the founder Ambassador Theodore E. Gildred. On November 18 the organization will host a dinner celebration www.iamericas.org

Day of the Dead! The Trompo Children’s Interactive Museum will hold the first contest of Catrinas y Catrines, where children from pre-school and grade school will participate in creating sketches or sculptures. All the creations will be in exhibition for the month of November. www.eltrompo.org

Run for the Hungry! Registration is open for the 12th Annual Run for the Hungry benefiting Jewish Family Service Food Assistance Programs and the San Diego Food Bank. The 5K/10K run/walk is on Thanksgiving Day in downtown San Diego. You can register as a team or individual, and dogs are welcome. www.jfssd.org

Make a difference! The Headquarters at Seaport Village will host a red, white and blue “giving tree” in their courtyard to honor our military and their families. Patrons and visitors will have the opportunity to select a family-specific heart-shaped ornament from the tree and donate money to help that military family’s holiday wishes come true. www.theheadquarters.com