A rainbow of positive energy
Develop insight. Learn about yourself. Be powerful. It's easy to say, but we often need a push to realize what we already know. Jamaican-born Chet Alexander, age 50, is the founder of the Rainbow Belt School of Insight and teaches Shamanic Kabbalah classes that stimulate powerful life changes. "Starting off with a basic map of how human beings work ... we use practical exercises to give that map meaning, to make better decisions in our lives," states Alexander. He describes his "radical spirituality" principle as simply learning to listen, understanding what you've learned, and being able to communicate that knowledge to others while developing insight into your own actions and habits. Friend and assistant instructor Eden Goldman, age 25, will be hosting Alexander's ten-week series of classes at his Jai Ma Yoga Lounge (2623 NE 209th St., North Miami Beach). The spiritual development starts tonight and will continue on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:00. The cost is $20 per class. Call 305-466-2015 or visit www.rainbowbelt.com or www.jaimayogalounge.com. -- Lyssa Oberkreser
First Class Fungus
They're round, warty, irregular in shape, and can vary from the size of a walnut to that of a man's fist. Get your mind out of the gutter, people. We're talking about truffles, the mysterious mushrooms that have been treasured since the age of the Greeks and the Romans. Once regarded as aphrodisiacs and medicines, today these delicacies stand among the world's priciest natural foods. From the costly French black tuber melanosporum, to the Oregon white tuber gibbosum, to the odorous white tuber magnatum of Alba, Italy, truffles add a unique and unforgettable flavor to a meal. DiLido Beach Club Chef de Cuisine Bernardo Espinel will teach the basics of cooking with these exotic ingredients today at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton South Beach, One Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Today's class costs $95, which includes a welcome reception, a tour of the kitchen, and lunch in Americana. Call 786-276-4033. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
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Clean up Time
This year, don't celebrate Martin Luther King Day by lying on your couch and watching television. Honor Dr. King's dream at Miami Urban Ministries' Dare to Care Serve-a-thon. Participate in beautification projects throughout North Miami Beach. Afterward enjoy a block party featuring music and lunch. Volunteers will meet at Fulford United Methodist Church, 1900 NE 164th St., this morning at 7:30 and will be whisked off to project destinations from there. Volunteering is free, but participants are asked to make a contribution of at least $25 to donate to needy children and youth programs. Call 305-442-8306 and register at www.mum-umc.org. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik