No Sex For You
Kids learn how to say no
BY JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUEZn theory, abstaining from sex is a simple proposition, but in practice the A word is a heavy challenge, especially for teenagers experiencing hormonal overload stoked by pop-culture saturation. Young bucks will be getting a hand this summer -- that is, they will be learning how to resist temptation at Summer Abstinence Camp, an eight-week day camp that helps teens maintain their virginity. Led by the fiery and dedicated educator Althea McMillan and abstinence warlord A.C. Green, the former NBA player, the program seeks to cover the real risks of sex -- from pregnancy to sexually transmitted diseases. If she can scare them straight, McMillan says, she will. She will be hosting a fundraising dinner starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Dadeland Marriott (9090 S. Dadeland Blvd.) Seating costs $35. The camp runs from June 16 to August 15. Tuition is $45 per week. Call 305-969-7829. -- BY JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUEZ
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More than just a place to barbecue, frolic, snorkel, and take glass-bottom boat trips, Biscayne National Park (9700 SW 328th St., Homestead) boasts the fabulous Dante Fascell Visitor Center. Outside, restful rocking chairs sit on an expansive balcony with an ocean view. Indoors, art and educational exhibitions cover the walls. Once a month the center hosts the Family Fun Fest: Arts in the Park, where kids and their parents can paint, sculpt, or even create dramatic presentations based on a different theme. The fun goes from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-230-7275. -- Nina Korman
If only getting what we want out of life were as easy as just rubbing a magic lamp and having a genie grant our wish. Then we would never lack for anything. A sense of yearning, one of many things that makes us human, would be absent from our character. We'd be fat, lazy, spoiled, sanctimonious, and complacent. We'd probably think we could rule the world. But wait, we're all that and more: We're Americans! Somehow somewhere along the way, a moralizing story like Aladdin and the Magic Lamp got written. Don't blame us. The yarn comes from Tales of the Arabian Nights. Arabs! Go figure. A musical performance of Aladdin for kids ages six through ten takes place at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $11. Call 954-462-0222. -- Nina KormanKids learn how to say no