What do Grave Digger, Bulldozer, and Maximum Destruction have in common? They are all grossly oversized automobiles with massive tires. They are also part of the U.S. Hot Rod Summer Heat Monster Truck Jam, coming to the Office Depot Center (1 Panthers Pkwy., Sunrise) on August 15 and 16. Three Monster Truck race shows are scheduled for this weekend: 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.
For a more up-close and personal experience, come early and attend the pit party on Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Fans can talk with drivers, snap a photograph next to their favorite truck, and get autographs.
Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger. For more information on the U.S. Hot Rod Association, check out www.USHRA.com. To order tickets by phone, call 305-358-5885. -- Russ Evans
Bikes Have Feelings Too
Sure, South Florida seems to be all about the skateboarders, what with their ripped jeans and blatant distaste for authority. But there is a place for the BMX enthusiasts. It's at the Skate Park at Brian Piccolo Park (9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City) but hey, we can't be picky here. The park offers Two-for-One BMX Twosdays for bikers of all ages. Grind, jump, and pull other assorted bike tricks for one night and ONE NIGHT ONLY! Starts at 7:45 p.m., cost is $7 per session, $25 for a six-month membership. Call 954-437-2600. -- Audra Schroeder
That's Not a Canoe...
THIS is a canoe!
The outrigger canoe. It's bigger than a kayak, and it takes six people to get it going. There's nothing more purist than powering a boat through the surf with your own wherewithal, then riding a wave back to shore. Although it's a growing sport in South Florida, its centuries-old roots can be traced to the South Pacific. In South Florida, you've got two places to test your mettle. The Jupiter Outrigger Canoe Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. on the beach next to Jupiter Reef Club on A1A. The Fort Lauderdale Outrigger Canoe Club meets on the beach at 600 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Beginner and recreational practices are on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Competitive practices are on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. -- Leah Gliniewicz