Om Together Now

Stretch and your mind will too

SAT 3/26

Flexible bodies will converge on the beach for a marathon yogic fundraising event during the second annual Karmapalooza, a festival of giving through yoga. Event coordinator Michael Brandwajn expects about 200 people to participate in the day-long celebration. "The intention truly is to create a community event ... to share different aspects of yoga," says Brandwajn. "We believe that so many people coming together with positive energy will heal mother earth." The pledge-per-salutation funds raised will be donated to the Nature Conservancy. Although the Website ( states that "participation is open to anyone who can move and breathe," you might want to download the handy Sun Salutation guide and practice your poses before downward-dogging your way into a face full of sand. The Sun Salutation-a-thon starts at 9:00 a.m. and stretches until 6:00 p.m. at the Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort (18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach), followed by an evening of inspirational lectures and the music of Durga Das and Bhagavan Das starting at 6:30. Call 305-466-2015. --Lyssa Oberkreser

A Table of Poets

FRI 3/25

A quirk of the calendar brings the Famous Last Friday Open Poetry Reading to Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) on Good Friday this month. Don't expect a podium, a microphone, or any formal distinction between audience and poets. Writers, audience members, and those with more melodic prose than courage sit together at a rectangular table as local lawyer/scribe Jonathan Rose moderates a friendly reading in roundtable fashion. Rose remembers one Famous Friday when three ten-year-old girls showed up. The adults with "adult" poetry had to put their work back in their pockets, and one of the girls had everyone in stitches with poems she made up on the spot. Another night turned into an impromptu memorial service for local poet Alfredo Leiseca after his death in a car crash. Tonight's reading could feature anything from a resurrection to slapstick starting at 7:30. Call 305-442-4408, or visit -- Karen Dale Wolman

Face Forward

So fresh, so clean

TUE 3/29

You might be drop-dead gorgeous on the inside, but if you're not taking good care of your skin, your face will totally belie that inner beauty. Dr. Howard Murad, dermatologist, pharmacist, and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA, invented a revolutionary line of products to help your inner light shine through. Today, enjoy complimentary skin-care consultations and score a goody bag. Learn the anti-aging regimen that's best for you according to the folks at GBS from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at GBS The Beauty Store in the Rodeo Shops, 18545 W. Dixie Hwy., Aventura. Call 305-931-5291, or visit -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik


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