Soggy Celebration

Gotta love water

 Sat 5/10

It's all around us. It's in us -- makes up 50 to 65 percent of our bodies, in fact. And soon it will fall from the sky on an almost daily basis. We're talking about water. You know, the very precious resource that often tastes like bleach when ingested straight from the tap. Last year the first-ever Miami WaterFest recognized the merits of the colorless liquid we frequently take for granted. The Isadora Duncan Ensemble performed the unconventional choreographer's Water Dances. Kevin Costner's moist masterpiece Waterworld played nonstop, and a group of hearty folks (wearing white clothing) took part in the Hindu colored-water ritual known as Holi. Of course, a wet bar peddled more than 15 types of -- what else ? -- exotic waters. How very refreshing. This year's celebration takes place from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Crandon Park's Biscayne Nature Center (6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne). Admission is free. Call 305-361-6767. -- Nina Korman

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Who Dat?

Bet you can't say Lolo Villalobos five times real fast. That's what comes to mind while driving Coral Way between 22nd and 25th avenues. This banyan-canopied stretch is named for the guy with the tangliest name in town. The Florida Legislature designated the street in 1997. (Lolo's grandson is state Sen. Alex Villalobos.) Is Lolo a game show host? A circus act? Nope. It turns out that Lolo was the mayor of Guanabacoa, Cuba, in the good old days. Who knew? The first person asked, a guy at Papa John's Pizza right next to the street sign, he knew. A post-Mariel immigrant, however, said all the old-time politicos are long forgotten. A young Miami-born Cubano colleague, when asked, responded: "Don't know, I'm not really into Cuban music." Lolo Villalobos, it's got a ring to it. -- Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Sat 5/10

Volunteers Make Overtown Shine

This weekend civic-minded Miamians, Boy and Girl Scouts, and court-ordered community-hours types are hitting the streets of Overtown, removing trash, cleaning community areas, and painting overpasses bright colors. The lots around the historic Lyric Theater, Doctor Dunn's Garden, and mom-and-pop stores will get spruced up via a feel-good volunteer effort. The Overtown Neighborhood Enhancement Team treats all involved to barbecue, hot dogs, and hamburgers. Join the effort by showing up at 8:00 a.m. in front of the community garden at NW 14th Street and Third Avenue. Call 305-646-7200.-- Juan Carlos Rodriguez

 
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