Hey, do you love drinking? How about kayaking? Have you ever wished there were a way to combine kayaking and drinking? Hasn't everybody? Well, you're in luck. Cellars Warehouse and Full Moon Kayak Co. have joined forces for a double-header called A Taste of Venice. For one night and one night only, participants can sample a variety of fine wines at Cellars Warehouse (1739 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), then take a two-hour kayak tour down Las Olas' Venetian Isles waterways. Then, after you've exhausted yourself, it's time to drink more! It's genius, really. Get outdoors, get a workout, and enjoy the onset of fall all in one night. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the $45 fee includes the winetasting and a brief instruction course for beginners. Seating is limited, so call 954-328-5231 or visit www.fullmoonkayak.com for registration info. -- Audra Schroeder
... Raw Fish!
One thing you can tell your Midwest relatives who will be coming down to visit as autumn rolls around and the weather gets less unbearable is that the raw fish you get here is just plain better. But wouldn't it be even sweeter to just whip up that sushi yourself? Koume Japanese Restaurant (11905 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation) sets you on the sushi-making path with a one-day sushi class. All you need is a sharp knife and the experts will teach you how to create California, rainbow, cucumber, and tuna rolls as well as sushi. Class begins at 10:30 a.m. and costs $50. Call 954-577-9277. -- Dan Sweeney
Since we're living in what should be jungle and swampland anyway, maybe your choice of pet should reflect that. If you have yet to invest in a snake, lizard, turtle, or other reptilian/amphibian creature, your chance to procure a cold-blooded buddy comes Saturday at Flamingo Gardens' (3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie) "Reptile Expo and Sale." From 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., some of the most exotic of reptile and amphibian species are available to view or buy. Be careful what you wish for, though -- many of these animals require a great deal of care and a careful commitment to their health, so don't buy if you can't give your new pal everything he needs. If you've already got a cold-blooded friend, all manner of related paraphernalia is also up for grabs at the expo. Admission is $12, $4 for children ages 4 to 11. Call 954-473-2955. -- Dan Sweeney