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Television game shows are like relationships. We lust violently after some for a season or two, only to have them vanish, cowardly, without so much as a "We need to talk." (I still love you, Remote Control!) Others grow stagnant but possess just enough good qualities to keep us tuned in for, oh, another year. (Think of the occasional "Plinko" revivals on The Price Is Right. ) But few have the stamina, charisma, and generosity (a.k.a. "fabulous prizes") to keep us captive for decades. The Wheel of Fortune is this special suitor, and it will spin through South Florida for a short but sweet booty call on December 6, 9, 10, and 11. Sure, the contestants have already been cast to compete for The Wheel's nonjudgmental affections, and the studio audience is bound to be at max capacity, but true fans will go anyway. True fans will rally for a glimpse of Pat Sajak or Vanna White. True fans will make their multidecade affair with The Wheel public knowledge by crafting picket signs and chanting "R-S-T-L-N-E! I love The Wheel, and it loves me!" True fans would at least loiter in the parking lot outside, in case, God forbid, a "would-be" contestant develops stage fright and can't perform. Tapings go down at the Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Visit www.local10.com, or call 954-765-5900. Jamie Laughlin
Art for awareness
Many of us will never forget the first time someone showed us how to pinch the tip and strap a condom onto a banana. Hopefully, that was in human development class. But even if it wasn't, these are the lessons that demystify HIV/AIDS and spread safe-sex awareness. The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) designates this Saturday as a day of activism and education. Broward County has signed on, presenting "Stopping AIDS: Prevention Strategies" beginning at 2 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Broward County Library (100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale), where 20 local HIV/AIDS service providers supply information and free HIV testing. Los Doctores and Lambda Chorale's Tropic Harmony perform while ArtsUnited exhibits a mixed-media art installation titled "A Day With(out) Art." Jasmin Shirley delivers the keynote address, and the evening commences with a candlelight vigil. The event is free and, yes, teens are welcome. Call 954-357-7444. Terra Sullivan
Fire in the Hole
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The Firefighters Combat Challenge World Championship is too big an event to let some damned hurricane put the stops on it. That's why the "toughest two minutes in sports" has been rescheduled, finishing its run this Friday and Saturday at the Deerfield Beach main beach parking lot (the intersection of A1A and Hillsboro Boulevard). The event tests rescue workers from around the globe in a timed skills competition, featuring a five-story tower climb, chopping, hose-drag, and life-sized victim rescue. To make it to the event, the firefighters had to qualify in one of the 25 regional competitions. If watching their hard work gets a little tiring, there's food and music to enjoy as well. Call 954-480-4433, or visit www.deerfield-beach.com. Terra Sullivan
Will Do Tricks for Treats!
Has your hound's head been hanging since Halloween happened to skip by unannounced? Halloween Pet Fest is giving your costumed canine a belated cause to compete incognito. Sponsored by the Pet Project, an organization that assists severely disabled pet owners, this event urges your poodle pirates, dachshund detectives, and Jack Russell lanterns to beg for prizes. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hagen Park (2020 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors). Visit www.petprojectforpets.org. Jamie Laughlin