A class on botanical healing
A colorful bouquet of flowers will brighten a stressful day, but did you know that the essence of flowers can restore emotional balance and harmony? Not to be confused with aromatherapy, flower essences are created when flower heads are snipped into a crystal bowl of natural spring water and set in the sun to allow the transference of healing vibrations to take place. "The flowers' energy is captured in the water," says Alicia Sirkin, a Bach Foundation registered practitioner.
There is a flower remedy to ease each of the 38 negative emotional states identified by Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician who founded the Bach Centre in 1934. Sirkin was introduced to Bach remedies twenty years ago by her physician. "I could not deny the powerful, yet gentle effects they had," she says. A guest lecturer at the UM school of nursing, Sirkin also teaches a Bach Flower Essences course on its uses to help cope with anxiety, depression, fear, and grief. "I'm a believer because I proved it to myself," she says. Discover the power of flowers today and Sunday from 9:30 to 5:30 at Zentro, 3300 Rice St., Suite 12, Miami. Registration costs $245. Call 1-888-875-6753, or visit www.flowerhealing.com. --Lyssa Oberkreser
Black history with a beat
In Lummus Park (404 NW Second St., Miami), a beautiful, green space near the Miami River, there is a reminder of local history that most people would rather forget. The William English Plantation Slave House and the Wagner Homestead, physical testimonies to slavery in Miami, stand in shadow amongst the trees. Inspired by an era when liberated Africans outnumbered Europeans and lived here independently alongside native Americans, the students of TROY Community Academy will commemorate the past with a presentation titled "Africans Living Free in Florida." Learn about black courage, the struggle for freedom, and the comparative historical significance of the legendary northern Underground Railroad versus lesser-known southern escape routes that led slaves down to the Sunshine State, then take a tour of these last vestiges of Miami's antebellum era. To lighten the historical poignancy, the members of the TROY Hip-Hop troupe will provide entertainment with a stirring dance performance. It all goes down this evening from 5:30 to 7:30. Admission is free. Call 305-638-7008. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Shades of Blues
Legends perform at MDC fest
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After a month of lectures, presentations, and films, Miami Dade College is ready to end black history month on a high note. Tonights Miami BluesFest promises to bring the traditional rhythm and blues vibe home with a lineup of musical veterans. Headliner Benny Latimore (right) is known for hits like Lets Straighten it Out and Keep the Home Fires Burning; Bobby Stringer has been taking blues around the world for more than a quarter century; and with hits like Dont Play Me Like That, the Ike Woods Blues Band is no stranger to local music lovers. Get down tonight at 6:00 at the North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Ave., Miami. Admission is free. Call 305-237-1141.--Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Greeks and Fetes
Swig ouzo every time you hear someone yell "Opa!" at this weekend's St. Sophia Greek Festival and it could turn out to be quite a bacchanal. Enjoy traditional folk music, gourmet food, wine, crafts, and rides for the kids. The festival runs from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. today through Sunday at the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2401 SW Third Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-854-2922, or visit www.saintsophiagreekfestival.com. -- Lyssa Oberkreser