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

CREATIVE QUERYThe Advertising Club of Connecticut is hosting a panel discussion to answer the question: What is great creative advertising? Joe Hoke, former chairman of Mintz & Hoke, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include: Lisa Hickey, CEO, Velocity, Boston; Richard Wallace, associate creative director, Bozell, New York; and Alec Beckett, creative director and partner, Nail, Providence, R.I. At Hartford Marriott Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill, Conn. 4-7 p.m. Info: or (860) 721-7400.Oct. 23

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