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'HEALING ARTS OF TIBET' EVENT AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MIAMI, JUNE 8.
In collaboration with the Gaden Shartse Monastery, Mandarin Oriental has invited a select group of Tibetan monks to perform a series of rituals for guests, including healing and empowerment seminars, private Tibetan astrology readings and the exclusive opportunity to witness Sand Mandala creations.
The journey begins on Wednesday, June 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with:
- an introductory seminar on Menla or otherwise known as Medicine Buddha held in The Spa's Chi Studio. Through this informative lecture, guests will learn the strength of the mind and the major role it plays in the process of healing. Cost: $30 per person.
- a private Tibetan Astrology Reading offered on Wednesday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Cost for an hour-long individual session is $100 per person.
This event concludes on June 13 through 15 as guests join Buddhist teachers as they chant and construct a Sand Mandala masterpiece located in the hotel lobby. Once the sand mandala is completed, guests can join in witnessing a truly authentic Tibetan closing ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on June 15. Voluntary donations are welcomed. For more information or reservations, please contact the Spa directly at (305) 913-8332.

FIRST TIBETAN TEA CEREMONY AT THEINE, JUNE 11.
The Buddhist Monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery participating in the Sacred Earth & Healings Arts of Tibet World Tour 2005 will be holding a Tibetan Tea Ceremony at Theine on June 11, at 4 p.m.. This fundraising tour is a promotional and educational tour to share cultural experiences, teach Buddhist ideology and the effect of spiritual empowerment. Tibetan tea and samples of typical Tibetan cuisine will be served following the ceremony. Reservations necessary, seating is limited. Théine Salon de Thé, 119 Madeira Ave.,Coral Gables, (305) 774-0228. theine@theineteasalon.com. Donation to help support the Sacred Earth & Healing Arts Tour of Tibet and the Monastery of Gaden Shartse: $ 45.00

EXCLUSIVE S.O.S. FIVE FABULOUS FEMALE CHEFS DINNER, JUNE 22, 2005
The Five Fabulous Female Chefs -- Carmen Gonzalez of Carmen the Restaurant, Barbra Scott of Tuscan Streak, Cindy Hutson of Ortanique Restaurants, Jennifer Brown of Chef Allen's, and Andrea Curto of Talula -- will prepare hors d'oeuves for a cocktail reception starting at 7 p.m. and several courses for an exclusive dinner on Tuesday, June 22, 2005, to benefit Share Our Strength, S.O.S. to fight hunger Seating is limited to100 people. Carmen the Restaurant, the David Williams Hotel, 700 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. For reservations and information please cal 305-913-1944. price per person is $250.00.

"BON VIVANT SUMMER SERIES" AT CHEF CARMEN's RESTAURANT
Once a month on Wednesdays (June 8, July 6, August 3, and August 31) at 7 p.m, Chef Carmen Gonzalez and a top female visiting chef will serve an exclusive menu paired with boutique wines ($59.00 excluding tax and gratuity) such as Rudd Sauvignon Blanc , Scott Paul Pinot Noir, Sonador Cabernet Sauvignon and finishing with Mer Soleil Dessert wine. On Wednesdays when the dinner is not scheduled (May 18, May 25, June 1, June 15, etc.), the restaurant will offer a special wine tasting from 6 - 8 p.m. Special wines from different regions (S. America, Napa, France, etc.) will be featured with unlimited pours. The cost per person is $20.00. Dinner by Reservation: 305.913.1944. Carmen The Restaurant, 700 Biltmore Way, in the David William Hotel, Coral Gables. www.carmentherestaurant.com





LOW-COST LOBSTER
www.nbc6.net/ecowatch/4508761/detail.html A breakthrough in creating the world's first farm-raised lobster. Even though more than half the seafood we eat is now farmed, scientists have never been able to farm-raise lobster on a commercial scale, until now. And, if it works, it mean Florida's famous Spiney Lobster would be available year-round, live, all over the world, for a lower price. NBC 6 Special Report by Jeff Burnside, NBC 6 Reporter. www.nbc6.net/ecowatch


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