joanna-gabriel-web.jpgtanya-simons-oparah-web.jpgRetirement celebration for Tanya Simons-Oparah is a ‘Soul Train’

FORT LAUDERDALE — Don’t miss out on the “T-SO Soooooul Train to Retirement,” the 35-Year Retirement Celebration for Tanya Simons-Oparah, from 7 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27 (Kujichagulia — “Self-Determination”), at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Contribution of $35 per person includes refreshments and gift. To join the fun, RSVP at 954-357-6194. Please send check/cash to: Ann Williams, AARLCC, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.

Sunrise Kwanzaa Meditation on the Beach a way to start new year

MIAMI GARDENS — Offering something new to jump start the year, Unity of Miami Gardens and the Rev. Dr. Joanna Gabriel, senior minister, will host a Sunrise Kwanzaa Meditation on the Beach, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 7 – 8 a.m., at  Hollywood Beach on A1A.

Dress comfortably, bring blanket, pillow or chair to sit on, and invite family and friends for this meditation on the principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa. Call the church at 305-628-2322 or visit

*Pictured above is Joanna Gabriel, left, and Tanya Simons-Oparah