HEAD OF THE CLASSThe Publicity Club of New England is sponsoring “Publicity Techniques,” a new course designed to help participants sharpen their public relations skills and gain a better understanding of the news media. At Simmons College, Boston. Classes will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Oct. 9. Info:, or call (978) 499-9192.Oct. 9-30

EYES ON THE PRIZEThe Rhode Island chapter of the American Marketing Association presents the second annual GEM Awards, which recognize area businesses for excellence in marketing. At the Providence Art Club, Providence, R.I. Info: 16

INTERACTIVE FOCUSThe Massachusetts Interactive Media Council presents the seventh annual MIMC Awards, which honor the most compelling and innovative interactive work in New England. At the Boston Copley Marriott. Registration and reception begin at 6 p.m.; the awards presentation is slated for 7:30 p.m. Info: 4