Miami-Dade County

Learn to live the life you love

Feeling a bit like your life isn’t going anywhere, no matter how hard you try?

Dr. James Trapp, the spiritual leader at Spiritual Life Center in Sacramento, wants to show you how to have the life you love and how to feel better about yourself.

He will be here this weekend — Sept. 13 and 14, in the Hurricane 100 Room of the Bank United Center, 1245 Dauer Dr. in Coral Gables, to teach a two-day personal development seminar titled “Wake Up and Thrive.”

Trapp, the former CEO of Unity World Wide Ministry and the former minister of Unity on the Bay here in Miami, said in a recent phone interview: “I will teach people how they can have the life they love, while feeling better about themselves and the people around them by teaching them spiritual and life principles.”

At the seminar, Trapp said he will cover several different topics to include: how to create our own life vision or blueprint to do what you were called to do; how to release what is blocking you, such as self-sabotaging thoughts; how to have a successful mindset, and how to live an energized life in mind, body and spirit.

“I teach people something I call, ‘instant calm,’ or how to connect to your own spirit,” Trapp said. “I also teach people how to overcome setbacks and frustrations. I believe that many people have accepted a belief about themselves that is not true. It all has to to with the thoughts and vision we have for our lives.”

Trapp said to be an over-comer, one must have a different vision and a different way to see him- or herself. “It all starts in our mind. We have to break down a lot of belief systems. and we must treat ourselves well; love ourselves and if we do that we will treat others different, too,” he said.

Tickets to the two-day seminar are $247 each and you must RSVP by going to Or, you may call Gayle Zalduondo at 305-582-6007.

Open house at West Miami synagogue

Sunday the Open House at Temple Beth Tov Ahavat Shalom will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the morning Minyan. Later. during the day you will be able to participate in a treasure hunt that is related to the synagogue at 6438 SW Eighth St. in West Miami. All non-members who enter the hunt will receive a movie ticket (AMC or Regal).

The hunt will be followed by light refreshments. And from 3 to 5 p.m. , an in-house movie titled The Boy in the Striped Pajamas will be shown. There is no charge for the movie, but refreshments of popcorn and beverages will be sold for $5 per person.

For more information call 305-261-9821 or 305-205-3846.

Mass of the consecration

According to information from the Archdiocese of Miami, when a person or individuals consecrate themselves to God, a pact is established between the Father and His child. It is an act that will never be broken by God and it is a bond of love and protection.

On Sept. 19, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez and the Rev. Manuel J. Alvarez, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, invite the community to a special Mass of the consecration of the city of Hialeah to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

According to the press release, the historic Mass is organized by the Mission for the Love of God Worldwide and is where archbishop will place Hialeah and its citizens in the “loving hands of God.”

The church is located at 44978 W. First Ave. in Hialeah . The community is invited.

‘Gables Holy Rollers Bike Tour’

All you bikers out there should check your bike tires and chains and get ready for the Gables Holy Rollers Bike Tour to begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 21. The tour is presented by Temple Judea and the Coral Gables Museum and will start from the museum, 285 Aragon Ave.

The tour will take bikers to Coral Gables’ “most prominent” houses of worship, including Church of the Little Flower, St. Mary’s First Missionary Baptist Church, and Temple Judea at 5500 Granada Blvd., for a special building tour with Senior Rabbi Judith Siegal, said spokeswoman Jeanne Becker.

Bike rentals and helmets (required for children under 16) are available at No Boundaries, located across the street from the museum.

Gables Bike Tours are presented by Coral Gables Museum and Bike Walk Coral Gables. For more information call BEcker at 305-372-1234 ext. 106.

Happy birthday

Blessed and happy birthday greetings to Fannett Clark Lyons, who turns 101 on Sunday .

Lyons is a longtime (over 50 years) member of Mount Hermon AME Church, who used to enjoy all phases of church life, especially singing in the choir, said her son, Franklin Clark.

However, Clark said recently his mom hasn’t been physically able to attend church. “But she keeps up with everything because the pastor and some to the members stay in contact with her,” he said. “And she still loves her Miami Dolphins. So, please don’t call her when they are playing because she will be glued to the television,” Clark said.

The oldest of six, Lyons attended Booker T. Washington High School in its early days, but had to drop out to help support and care for her younger siblings, her son said.

“She remembers the day when some angry whites bombed the new school because they didn’t want a school that nice to be for black children. I remember her telling us that on the morning of the bombing, she went to school as usual, only to be turned away because of the bombing damage,” Clark said.

Lyons is the mother of four. Her oldest, Mardin Clark, died in the early 1970s). Her other children are Leonard Clark and Rosemary Clark Bethel. “Our mom is the last of her siblings to survive,” Franklin Clark said.

He said his mom used to be known for her classy way of dressing and for her cooking. “She loved pretty hats and although she doesn’t cook anymore, she can tell you how to cook anything. Her specialty used to be pigeon peas and rice.”

Sunday, Lyons will be surrounded by her family that includes her children and many of her 16 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, for a quiet tribute to her in her home in the Bunche Park area of Miami Gardens.