Fans of Arabian horses are showcasing their favorite equines with an event that features galloping, jumping, and spectacular duds. The Sunshine State Arabian Horse Club's show offers a division that refers to the animals' desert pedigree. The horses run the event regally adorned with tasseled finery; riders wear capes, turbans, and the like. "In addition to their intelligence and beauty, Arabians are quite friendly. Some refer to them as the poodles of the horse world," says club member Liz Langford. The weekend-long event is free to spectators. It kicks off this morning at 8:00 at the Tropical Park Equestrian Center, 7900 Bird Rd.. Call 305-554-7334. -- Patti Roth
Billfish Tourney also saves sea life
With a few simple tools people can obtain some of the freshest, healthiest, and most delectable food available. A worm becomes a bass, a herring becomes a snapper, a shrimp becomes a snook. Unfortunately, everyone and her sister knows the magic of fishing, especially in South Florida, where the sea's bounty has been drained. No one feels this loss more than anglers, and the Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament organization has been doing something about it for more than twenty years. Thanks to sponsorships and entry fees, the April tournament has raised enough money to donate about $350,000 to conservation groups during the past decade. Learn more about saving our sea life at the group's Marine Conservation Night, which features a Caribbean feast and guest speakers from 6:00 to 9:00 at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School for Marine & Atmospheric Sciences on the Rickenbacker Causeway, just past the Miami Seaquarium. Call 305-598-2525 or visit www.miamibillfish.com. --Greg Baker
For those who have grown tired of the pasty white asses and hairy beer bellies that typically are on proud display at local parks and outdoor spaces in this scantily clad town, Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department hears your cry. Today, peruse a little art en route to your weekend sunbathing spot. "Art Expressions" sets out to redecorate nature, setting seven artists' sculptures in the sunshine at today's opening reception, and offering something to inspire the masses while they are tanning, barbequing, or launching their boats. Even if art is not your thing, you will still be able to appreciate the sweet melodies put forth by jazz pianist Jose Negroni and his band. For a mere four dollar parking fee, you too can enjoy sun and sculpture starting this afternoon at 12:00, at the Matheson Hammock Park, 9610 Old Cutler Rd. Call 305-755-7948. -- Kris Conesa
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