RIDES AND GOOD TIMES
The Miami-Dade County Fair returns, offering 100 rides, live shows, carnival food, games and more family fun. Ends April 11. Miami-Dade County Fair Expo, 10901 SW 24th St., Tamiami. $9 admission. Details: (305) 223-7060 or www.fairexpo.com.
In conjunction with the League of Paranormal Investigators, staff at Deering Estate, community members and others share ghostly stories that some say took place at local sites like Cauley Square, Lummus Park, Deering Estate at Cutler and Loxahatchee Nature Preserve. 7-9 p.m. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
Meet some of the tennis stars competing in the Sony Ericsson Open at a two-night party tour. 8 p.m. CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove. Additional event 7 p.m. March 26 at The Shops at Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Drive, South Miami. Free. Details: www.sonyericssonopen.com.
WOMEN OF WISDOM
The Miami Beach Women's Conference features educational sessions on "E-mail Marketing," "Social Networking" and a politics panel including local female politicians Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb, Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner and Miami-Dade County Commissioners Sally Heyman and Rebeca Sosa. Ends March 27. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Friday is free. Saturday is $5 for adults. Details: www.womensexhibit.com.
Tropical Park brings to mind weekday picnics and Christmas festivities, but did you know it has its own equestrian center with two clay show rings, two grass courses and seating for 1,000? Check out the facility and watch magnificent Paso Finos strutting their stuff at the Florida Paso Fino Horse Show. 8 a.m. Tropical Park Equestrian Center, 7900 SW 40th St. Continues on Sunday. Details: (305) 226-8316 or www.miamidade.gov/parks/parks/equestrian.asp.
The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society hosts a celebration of native plants, including educational programs by plant experts, butterfly walks, and hands-on, take-home projects for children. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Bill Sadowski Park, 17555 SW 79th Ave., Palmetto Bay. Free. Details: (786) 340-7914 or www.dade.fnpschapters.org.
STRETCH AND BREATHE
South Miami Hospital's Behavioral and Collaborative Medicine Program offers prenatal yoga-style exercise classes. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Victor E. Clarke Education Center at South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd St., South Miami. $10. Details: (786) 662-8106.
SITES OF GRANDEUR
In this new coach tour presented by the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, historian Dr. Paul George takes attendees inside some of South Florida's most famed and beautiful hotel lobbies. Entertaining stories about the lobbies will be shared during visits to the Biltmore, Fontainebleau, Essex and more. 10 a.m.-1p.m. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. $39 members. $44 nonmembers. Details: www.hmsf.org.
SCAVENGING FOR PICS
Feeling creative? The South Beach Photomarathon challenges participants to take four photographs of six specified topics within four hours. But not so fast —marathon goers are encouraged to mingle with other participants, take a lunch break and enjoy the scenery, followed by cocktails at the botanical garden. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. $20-$75. Details: www.fotomission.org.
Meet others interested in learning about autism at Books & Books' Second Annual Autism Awareness Forum. Includes a question-and-answer session with panelists Lula Folgosa of Autism Speaks, Jennifer Stella Durocher from the UM-NSU CARD center, Haley Moss, a middle school student and author who has Asperger Syndrome; and Dr. Sara Dorison, a pediatric neurologist. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
The University of Miami School of Architecture presents a lecture and exhibit of images from the book "Marion Manley: Miami's First Woman Architect." Authors Catherine Lynn and Carie Penabad, also professors at the school, will discuss Ms. Manley's life and works, including the overall development of Miami and its history. Reception and tour of the exhibit following the lecture. 6 p.m. Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center at the University of Miami, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Irvin Korach Gallery, Coral Gables. Free. Details: www.arc.miami.edu.
STATE OF AFRICA
James McGee, former US ambassador to Zimbabwe, discusses "Zimbabwe: A Country on the Precipice" as part of a Florida International University African and African Diaspora Studies lecture series. 4 p.m. reception. 5:30 p.m. lecture. Florida International University, 11200 SW Eighth St., Sweetwater. Reception in GL 422. Lecture in GL 220. Details: (305) 348-4264 or www.fiu.edu.