• The Florida Park Service will celebrate International Literacy Day at two South Florida parks Sunday. Visitors will receive free admission at Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Keys and the Barnacle HIstoric State Park in Miami if they bring a library card, library book, or make a donation of a lightly-used, family-friendly book. Call Bahia Honda at 305-872-9807 or the Barnacle at 305-442-6866.
• Compete in the “Land Your Lure” casting competition Sept. 13 in West Palm Beach for a chance to win $10,000. The contest will be held at the Feast of the Sea seafood festival on the West Palm Beach waterfront from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The field is limited to 100 competitors. Register at http://feastofthesea.com/10k-casting-competition//.
• The South Florida section of the nonprofit group Diveheart will conduct a scuba adventure program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at A.D. Barnes swimming pool, 3401 SW 72 Ave., Miami. The event is open to children, adults and military veterans ages 10 and up with disabilities. Preregistration is required by Friday. Call Terri or Hector at 305-598-9688 or email email@example.com.
• Make plans to catch fish in the Mako Owners/Bass Pro Shops Fishing Funament, Sept. 18-21 in Islamorada. Television personality George Poveromo will host. Entry fee is $100 per boat. A kickoff party will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Worldwide Sportsman. Visit www.funaments.com.
• The Tracy K Events first annual Charity Dolphin Tournament has been rescheduled for Sept. 20 at Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2620 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. Entry fee is $500 per boat with up to four anglers. Visit www.FloridaDolphinTournament.com or call 786-429-3193.
• Catch and release bass, bonefish, pertmit, redfish, shark, snapper, snook, tarpon and trout in the “Day on the Bay” Fishing Tournament, to be held Sept. 20 in the waters of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Proceeds benefit scholarships for students of horticultural sciences. Entry fee is $70 for adults; $30 for juniors. Call Anita Fernandez at 305-248-1117.
• Make plans to attend the Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival , to be held Sept. 23-28. Events will be held in Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks, including birding field trips, lectures and workshops. Headquarters is Curry Hammock State Park, mile-marker 56.2, U.S. 1 in the middle Keys. Preregistration is strongly recommended. Go to keysbirdingfest.org.
• The Hollywood Hills Saltwater Fishing, Science and Social Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Shenanigan’s East Side Pub, 1300 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. Scientists from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center will discuss the “Seascape of the Northern Florida Reef Tract.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Monica Burguera Foundation and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct a free boating safety course Oct. 4 at the Key Biscayne Community Center. For more information, email mbfBoatingSafety.org. The group will also hold a banquet to honor local citizens involved with promoting boating safety on Oct. 18 at Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Admission is $150. Call 305-398-4609.
• The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve with “Paddle Out Biscayne Bay” beginning at 7 a.m. Oct. 25 out of Pelican Harbor Marina on Miami’s 79th Street Causeway. Participants will paddle 3 miles to Helkers Island for a special event, followed by an after-party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fee is $35 for a boat ride; $40 for kayaks. Go to www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/Biscayne/40thanniversary.
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