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Calling All Pets

Well-known for its owner/developers -- the dairy-farming Graham family (as in Sen. Bob Graham) -- Miami Lakes also enjoyed a long-time reputation as a haven for cows. Drivers zooming along Main Street were often treated to the sight of Holsteins placidly grazing in fenced-off areas. The bovine bunch was removed a while ago. But animals will still frolic in the Northwest Miami-Dade suburb when Graham Park (6901 Bull Run Rd., Miami Lakes) plays host to animal-saving nonprofit Pet Rescue's Spring Pet Parade at 11:00 a.m. Owners and their creatures are invited to participate in a quarter-mile-long procession, compete for Best Pet Easter Bonnet, Longest Ears, and the like, and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Admission is free. Call 305-621-8354. --Nina Korman

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Lederhosen and leis meet in Miami

Think of it as starring in your own über-Elvis movie. After all, didn't the King split most of his Sixties screen time between Germany and Hawaii? Now so can you at Saturday's German-American Social Club's (11919 Miller Rd.) Luau 2003 celebration. Not an experiment in fusion cuisine (Prussian-Polynesian?) gone awry, this is paradise, Hawaiian-style: luscious luau fare plus live music by the Swingables. Don't know how to shake your grass? Watch special guests the Luna Polynesian International Dancers. It's bound to be a hunk of burnin' fun, so grab your craziest flowered shirt (and your clogs and black socks), order a Blue Hawaii, and rock-a-hula, baby! The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission and dinner is $20. Call 305-552-5123. --Gaspar Gonzalez

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Fashion Victim or Victor?

Subversiveness is the now word in style. Don't let the FBI fool you. Whether bought at boutiques at Dolphin Mall, or stolen at secondhand department stores in Hialeah, expressing rage -- with or without a cause -- is tres haute today. Mohawks, piercings, and primal tattoos may carry grungy aftertastes, but they also douse petroleum fires that burn up souls during outrageous times. Conformity is not cool. Boldness reigns. Even if you've never heard of a Molotov cocktail, at least you can look angry with an edgy hairdo and painted leather jacket. -- Juan Carlos Rodriguez


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