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•  It’s National Park Week through Sunday, which means free admission to Everglades National Park. For details on special activities, go to

•  Former NASA astronaut Bruce Melnick will be celebrity host of the Redbone@Large Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tournament on Friday through Sunday in Islamorada. Anglers will fish early morning and late afternoon to release tarpon and benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Entry fee is $3,000 for a two-angler team. Visit

•  Everglades National Park will host an Arbor Day volunteer event Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Chekika Day Use area, 24200 SW 160 St., Miami. Participants will be pulling up exotic weeds by hand and with loppers. Bring lunch and water and wear sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sneakers. For more information, visit

•  The Hollywood Saltwater Fishing, Science and Social Club will meet Wednesday at Boston Johnny’s Bar and Grill, 2120 N. Dixie Hwy., Hollywood. Attend a happy hour followed by the 7:30 p.m. presentation by Jessica Adams of Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center on “Age and Growth of Little Tunny, Blackfin and Skipjack Tunas.”

•  Try to catch the “Million Dollar Mahi” and compete for more cash prizes in the Grove Slam on May 2-4 out of Shake-A-Leg in Coconut Grove. Entry fee is $595. To register, go to or call 305-461-2700.

•  Adults and juniors are invited to compete in the family friendly Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo on May 3-5 in Tavernier. A top prize of $2,000 will be awarded with a $25,000 bonus if a state record is broken. Entry fee is $130 for adults and $35 for juniors. Visit

• Onetime Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis will be guest speaker at a fundraiser May 3 for the Florida Fishing Academy, a non-profit, after-school program for at-risk youth, at City Fish Market restaurant in Boca Raton. Tickets are $150. Call captain Richard Brochu at 561-740-7227.

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