Many people see tow truck drivers as swarming vultures just waiting for you to commit a violation so that they can strap your car to a flatbed and charge you hundreds of bucks to get it back. Yet others see the drivers as heroes who rescue helpless victims from the dangers of I-95 when they don't know how to change a tire.
In the case of Towing for Tots, drivers are definitely more savior than scumbag. Instead of sticking their palms out or ringing bells in front of stores, members of this organization -- most of whom are tow operators -- collect cash for underprivileged and homeless kids while also having fun. On their website, the founding members of Towing for Tots describe their efforts as "the true spirit of Americanism," which translates as a desire to roll some heavy balls around to collect cash for children.
Twice a year, Towing for Tots takes over AMF Lanes in Boynton Beach (1190 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach) to host its bowling tournament. They also like to keep it in the neighborhood, working with local cops to distribute collected money at events to nearby kids in need. In the past eight years, they've raised around $75,000. Now, help add to it by participating in the tournament. Tickets cost $25. Call 561-436-5589, or visit www.towingfortots.com. -- Jake Smith
Baseball and Food
America's favorite pastimes
Sometimes it's not about big names and big players. So what if you can't watch the real Los Angeles Dodgers take on the St. Louis Cardinals? At least you can watch the chosen pastime of America in action. Friday at 7 p.m., the Vero Beach Dodgers take on the Palm Beach Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium (4751 Main St., Jupiter). While it's not the major leagues, there are several reasons to get taken out to this ballgame. Cardinals pitcher Buddy Blair has allowed one run out of his past 12 innings, the tickets are cheap, and, most important, the food is excellent. The park features one-third-pound sausages with veggies, sweet corn, and pork sandwiches cooked in right field. The real food draw is the world famous Dean Dog -- a bigger legend than the Cardinals themselves. Tickets cost $7. Call 561-775-1818, or visit www.palmbeachcardinals.com. -- Jake Smith
No Lone Stars
Marlins have plenty of manpower to take on Texas
The Florida Marlins are hoping one simple rule will give them the edge this weekend when they host the Texas Rangers. Because the games are to be held at a National League ballpark, the American League Rangers will have to use National League rules, which means the pitcher will occupy the ninth spot in the batting order. Only a few Ranger pitchers have extensive batting experience. But Texas does have first-baseman Mark Teixeira, who recently won his second AL Player of the Week award this season. The Marlins have their own award winner in Dontrelle Willis (pictured), who was named Major League Baseball's Pitcher of the Month in April. The Rangers visit the Marlins on Friday for the start of a three-game series at Dolphins Stadium (2269 NW 199th St., Miami). Game one begins at 7:35 p.m. Call 305-623-6100. -- Jamie Aquino
Yo Ho Ho
Drink lots of rum! Get lots of booty! Those are only a couple of the benefits of becoming a pirate. Start out with the Hollywood Sailing Club and its Learn to Sail program for adults. The 18-hour course lasts all day Saturday and Sunday and finishes June 18. Cost: $110 to $165. Upon completion, you can use the club's boats for $5 to $10 a pop. Call 954-829-0484, or visit www.sailorspoint.org. -- Deirdra Funcheon