Queer Cows

Fort Lauderdale's gay-friendly church cowboys up

SAT 7/26

It's not the kind of event you'd expect from a church, but the mostly gay Sunshine Cathedral hosts Saturday night's Five Star Rodeo at 6:30 p.m., with part of the proceeds going to the cathedral. Church-goers, their friends, and anyone else who forks up the $12 for a ticket get to join cowboys, cowgirls, and just plain regular folks decked out in cowboy boots and ten-gallon hats at the Davie Arena (4271 Davie Rd., Davie). All the traditional rodeo events will be featured: steer wrestling, saddle bronco riding, bareback riding, bull riding, team roping, tie-down roping, and barrel racing. Though this isn't a gay rodeo -- there really is an International Gay Rodeo Association and several regional associations that host events all over the country -- the participation of Sunshine Cathedral guarantees a pretty merry crowd. The animals? Who knows? Maybe the bulls are really lesbians. Of course, Sunshine Cathedral being a Christian church, you might wonder, What would Jesus do? if he saw God's creatures being spurred and wrestled to the ground as a way to entertain humans. Animal-rights purists might want to stay home and watch contestants in a real-life TV show wrestling each other to the ground. But for those who consider rodeo a sport or a fascinating spectacle, buy tickets at www.sunshinecathedral.org. Call 954-384-7075. -- Karen Dale WolmanSAT 7/26Fore!

Duffers rejoice; a couple of events suit your golfing needs

This is a great weekend for golfers of all ages. Whether you're an accomplished ball striker or just a hacker, we've got a couple of tournaments you're going to like.

The Bernie Doherty Cup will be held for all players age 19 and younger on Saturday at the Okeeheelee Golf Course (1200 Country Club Way, Palm Beach). About 150 young people will compete in 11 age divisions, with tee times ranging from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Unfortunately, registration for golfers is closed, but you can still volunteer to help with the tournament or come out to watch the kids play, free of charge. For details, call 561-964-4653.

Now, for those golfers in the crowd itching to stroll the fairway, we've got your fix. Golf Links of Florida is getting together Sunday for its monthly event at Atlantis Country Club (190 Atlantis Blvd., Lantana). Participation is open to men and women of all handicaps. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Call 561-625-8780 for more info. -- Russ Evans

SUN 7/27Grab Your Balls!

It's family day at the lanes

When you think of the long hot days in the dead of summer, you think bowling, right? C'mon! It's air-conditioned fun for the whole family! The City of Boynton Beach hosts the sixth-annual Youth/Adult Doubles Bowling Tournament at 2 p.m. Sunday. This leisurely afternoon activity is perfect for a good-natured day of parent-offspring bonding, as teams consist of one adult and one child. Awards are given in various age groups. Polish up those balls, and head over to AMF Lanes (1190 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach). Entry fee is $20. All proceeds benefit the Advisory Board on Children and Youth. Call 561-369-5553 to register. -- Audra SchroederFRI 7/25Nighttime's the Right Time

Spectacular sunsets and the chance to observe nocturnal creatures await would-be hikers who participate in one of two night hikes this Friday. The first is a sunset bird hike at 7 p.m. at the Long Key Natural Area. A naturalist leads the group in an exploration of nighttime avian activity. Another night hike takes place at Secret Woods Nature Center at 7:30 p.m. In this case, a naturalist leads hikers along boardwalk paths to observe the center's nocturnal residents. Call 954-370-3755 (Long Key) or 954-791-1030 (Secret Woods). -- Dan Sweeney

 
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