SAT 4/17 Like the man who goes to church once a year solely to beg forgiveness for his shameful ways, we celebrate Earth Day after 364 days of not giving a shit about the environment. So, to apologize to Mother Earth for our yearly eco-blunders, Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach) hosts an Earth Day celebration. There, you can check out alternative-fuel vehicles, adopt a pet, enjoy live music, and pick up free trees and recycled paint. Just don't park your SUV on the grass. That's bad form. Call 954-765-4202, ext. 273. -- Jason BudjinskiAndy Andy Is Coming!
And he's bringing bachata to the streets
SUN 4/18 Downtown Hollywood is in for some serious hip bumping when Young Circle Park (Federal Highway and Hollywood Boulevard) morphs into a Latin Grammy lawn party to benefit Hispanic Unity of Florida. The annual Maroone Hispanicfest has attracted big names like Tito Puente and this year features salsa princess India, the reinvented sounds of former boy-bander Angel López, and Andy Andy's eclectic spin on bachata, or Dominican folk. The festival lasts from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and includes folkloric dance, salsa lessons, and hoop shooting for los niños. Admission is $5, free for age 11 and under. Call 954-342-0300, or visit www.hispanicunity.org. --Michele D. OmensonCool Riddims
Hot food, good fun, great price
SAT 4/17 Enjoy a taste of the islands at Lake Worth's fifth-annual "Caribbean Carnivale" this weekend in Bryant Park (A1A and Lake Avenue). Good, clean, family fun is the focus of this festival. The two-day event features tropical arts and crafts, island food (the jerk pork is really tongue-tingling!), and stilt walkers. Rock-climbing walls and bungee quad jumps, while not traditional Caribbean experiences, offer thrills for brave souls, and the talented Buzz the Sandman creates an island-themed sand sculpture for the younger set. Of course, the real attraction of Carnivale 2004 is the entertainment. This year's lineup provides something for everyone, with steel drumming and reggae music scheduled for both days. Tickets cost $3 for one day and $5 for two days. Kids under 12 get in free. Call 561-582-4401, or visit www.lwchamber.com. --Barbara Kasser