That shore is a lot of trash!
SAT 9/17Hey, you! Yes, we're talking to you, the one who just threw your Big Gulp cup out the window of your truck. And you, the jerk who left your empty twelve-pack of Corona bottles on the beach, along with your Funyuns bag and cigarette butts. Why don't you clean up your crap? This is our beach -- our neighborhood -- and we're tired of the litter you leave behind because you're too lazy to walk over to that handy trash receptacle over there. Why don't you admit the error of your ways and come clean today?
Join the volunteers of ECOMB (Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach) and redeem yourself at the International Coastal Cleanup Day event. ECOMB will provide bags, gloves, water, and some snacks; you simply need to put on appropriate cleaning-wear and sunscreen and meet at 9:00 a.m. at Island View Park on Purdy Avenue, just off the Venetian Causeway. After cleaning the park, you'll take a boat to Monument Island and deal with the trash there. You will need to sign a release form before participating, and this is a great way for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-534-3825, or visit www.ecomb.org for details. --Lyssa Oberkreser
Slurp 'em at the clambake
FRI 9/16Miami Beach is known for Art Deco architecture, teeny bikinis, and an atmosphere of sweaty decadence. Fort Lauderdale's beach is a more laid-back strip, where casual chic is the order of the day. In between there's Hollywood Beach, a unique oasis with an uninterrupted oceanfront pedestrian walkway. Say hooray at the Hollywood Beach Clambake, three days of live music, outdoor fun, and delicious seafood. Linger at the Clambake Pavilion, and play judge in the Best Chowder contest among area restaurants. Enjoy a beach bonfire and browse ocean- themed native artwork. Get down to cool live musical performances, including Bill "The Sauce Boss" Wharton. On Saturday night, seminal reggae band Toots and the Maytals will perform classics like "Pressure Drop," "Monkey Man," and "54-46 Was My Number." Get your toes in the sand today at 5:00 p.m. on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, at the intersection of Johnson Street and A1A, Hollywood. Best of all, admission is free. Call 954-926-3377, or visit www.hollywoodbeachclambake.com for event details. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik Problem Solver
Aron Ralston's desperate story
WED 9/21If you've ever blithely declared you'd give your right arm for anything -- a new pair of shoes, a cooler job, or a slice of chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake -- consider the amazing adventure of Aron Ralston. This experienced outdoorsman found himself faced with a horrific predicament after a climbing mishap in 2003. He recounts the gruesome ordeal in Between a Rock and a Hard Place, a rousing memoir that traces Ralston's adventures -- from severing his crushed upper limb, to painful recovery, to conquering the indomitable wilderness once again. Meet this inspiring amputee tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books, 262 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408, or visit www.booksandbooks.com --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Heart and Soles
SAT 9/17Now that fall is (almost) in the air, it's time to venture back outside and get your heart pumping with a nice jaunt around the park. This morning pad with a purpose at the twelfth annual Miami-Dade County Heart Walk at Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove). Funds raised will benefit the American Heart Association's fight against heart disease and stroke. Registration is at 8:00; the three-mile walk begins at 9:00. Call 305-856-1449, or visit www.americanheart.org/miamidadewalk. -- Lyssa Oberkreser