March of Dimes WalkAmerica: Here's your chance to walk off all that Easter candy you swiped from the kids. The March of Dimes hosts its 27th annual WalkAmerica to benefit the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation today in two locations. In Coconut Grove join several thousand other like-minded souls at Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Rd.) for an eight-mile walk, stepping off at 8:30 a.m. For a slightly shorter walk (six miles), head over to the Homestead Sports Complex (1601 SE 28th Ave., Homestead), where the strolling starts at 9:00 a.m. Call 800-627-2410 for registration forms and information. (JO)

Fort Lauderdale Seafood Festival: Taste everything the sea has to offer at the thirteenth annual Fort Lauderdale Seafood Festival this weekend at Smoker Park (SE Third Avenue and Sixth Street, Fort Lauderdale). The festival features seafood specialties from area restaurants, as well as live music and entertainment, crawfish-eating contests, historical re-enactments from the Seminole wars, log-rolling demonstrations, cooking demos by local chefs, and activities for kids. Admission is three dollars (proceeds benefit the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society). Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. today and noon to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow. Call 954-463-4434. (GC)

Journey to the Glades: Classic rock reigns supreme as Big 106 ( WBGG-FM 105.9) hosts its first-ever music festival today from 11:00 a.m. to midnight at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation (I-75 to exit 14, then ten miles north). Rock ever so nostalgically all day and into the night with performances by John Kay (founder of the band Steppenwolf), the Guess Who, Foghat, Pat Travers, Led Zeppelin tribute band Physical Graffiti, the Machine, Doors tribute band Break on Through, Cathy Cotton, Grateful Dead tribute band Crazy Fingers, and many others. Tickets cost $18. Call 620-9299. (GC)

Flamingo Stakes: Back in the heyday of Hialeah Park (East 4th Avenue and 21st Street, Hialeah), this was the richest race in Florida, a crucial stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Past champions include Nashua, Northern Dancer, Foolish Pleasure, Seattle Slew, Alydar, and the great Citation. Nowadays the Flamingo ranks several big notches below Derby preps like Gulfstream Park's Florida Derby, but it's still a great bet for a sunny Saturday, what with the beautiful grounds, the old-time ambiance, and all those signature flamingos cavorting around the infield. Post time for today's first race is 12:15 p.m., but latecomers need not fear; the feature race won't get off till several hours later. Admission is two dollars (grandstand) or four dollars (clubhouse). Call 885-8000. (TF)

South Beach Film Festival: See Friday.
New World Symphony Baroque Festival: See Friday.
Dade Heritage Days: See Friday.

sunday
april 6
From Buenos Aires to the Pampas: Take a trip into the past of Argentina with a foray into the tango today at 2:00 p.m. at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Jorge Nel and the Argentinian Tango Dancers move to tango and Argentinian folk music performed by master bandoneon player Alfredo Pedernera; singers Alba Guerra, Oscar Daniel, and Maria Alejandra Barreiro; and pianist Armando Patrono. Tickets cost $20. Call 674-8045. (GC)

Morningside Tour of Historic Homes: The Morningside neighborhood was platted in the early 1920s by candy baron James Nunnally, and since then its rock, stucco, and brick houses have been home to two Miami mayors and many other influential South Floridians. Stroll through this historic district today from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with more than 1000 other interested parties who'll convene to view its homes. The tour starts at NE 57th Street and 6th Avenue. Admission is ten dollars (free for kids under age twelve). Call 626-3701. (GC)

South Beach Film Festival: See Friday.
New World Symphony Baroque Festival: See Friday.
American Ballet Theatre: See Saturday.
Fort Lauderdale Seafood Festival: See Saturday.
Dade Heritage Days: See Friday.

monday
april 7
Explore the Universe: Florida International University's physics department wants you to keep looking up. Into space, that is -- which is why they're offering a lecture series about the universe, beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. with a lecture by Professor William Phillips titled "Time, Einstein, and the Coldest Stuff in the Universe," at the Wertheim Conservatory on the FIU University Park Campus (SW 8th Street and 107th Avenue). Each of the weekly lectures is followed by a space viewing via telescope at the student observatory. Admission is free. Call 348-3964. (GC)

South Beach Film Festival: See Friday.
Dade Heritage Days: See Friday.

tuesday
april 8
Katherine Graham: Former Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham's best-selling memoir Personal History provides a panoramic view of the nation from the presidential administrations of Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, as seen through the eyes of a woman with a uniquely powerful vantage point. Graham gives readers an inside look at the mechanisms of one of the nation's most prestigious newspapers, as well as the skinny on world events such as the Alger Hiss affair and Watergate. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Books & Books hosts an evening with Graham, who will be interviewed by WPLG-TV (Channel 10) political reporter Michael Putney at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables). Admission is free, but tickets (available at both stores) are required. Call 442-4408 for details. (GC)

South Beach Film Festival: See Friday.
Dade Heritage Days: See Friday.
American Ballet Theatre: See Saturday.

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