Like most scientifically unproven pseudohealthy gimmicks, aromatherapy can trace its origins nearly into prehistory. The Egyptians used scents for health as far back as 1550 BC, and the Greeks learned from them, with the Romans cribbing off the Greeks. Despite the fact that most medical doctors acknowledge aromatherapy as little more than a placebo effect, the idea persists to this day that lavender helps everything from migraines to lung infections, while cinnamon helps flus and stomachaches -- and keep in mind this is just by breathing it in! It makes one wonder why we have prescription medications at all. Still, if smelling nice odors is the sort of placebo you could learn to love, Sherri Burger of Sonata Essential Oils presents a program on aromatherapy at Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center (559 N. Military Trl., West Palm Beach) at 7 p.m., wherein she describes the uses of oils to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, brushing aside the traditional prescriptions of the medical, psychological, and religious worlds. Admission is free for Mounts Botanical Garden members, $3 for nonmembers. Call 561-233-1757.
Envision a lovesick mechanical man, a Victorian shooting gallery, a beekeeper besieged by a giant beehive, and an ancient carnival ride called the Wooden Embalmer. Sounds like it came from the depths of David Lynch's twisted noggin, but it's actually the brainchild of local filmmaker and musician Clifton Childree. The founder of the now-defunct Fort Lauderdale punk-rock mecca the Mudhouse debuts his first feature-length film, The Flew, at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Part hallucinatory film noir (Childree got the idea for the giant beehive after a childhood fever hallucination), part unconventional love story (the mechanical man falls in love with a broken-down carnival ride), The Flew morphed from a three-page "run-on sentence" into a six-year labor of love. Childree also got a little help from his friends. Ex-Baby Robots singer Bobby Baker, Mr. Entertainment, Rat Bastard, Tom Stankus, Dan Hosker, and others make cameos as carnival folk. There will also be a special performance by Koko Flux. Starts at 9 p.m. Cost is $4. Call 954-525-3456.
"I'll never be Ozzy on stage when I'm 50/ I'm gonna look like Elvis by the time I'm 40/ We're already bogus/ We're already fading /We'll never be the Rolling Stones /I'm staying home." If this self-deprecating lyric were spewed from the mouths of some 17-year-old punks in Diesel jeans, you would have permission to gag. But it's off the latest full-length CD from Santa Barbara's finest punk rockers, Lagwagon. They've been pumpin' out the jams for more than ten years, which, in punk-rock time, equals permission to be as snotty as they damn well please. With their catchy brand of rambunctious rock and a tour schedule lengthier than P. Diddy's guest list, Lagwagon rolls into Club Ovation (3637 S. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach) with Rufio, Yellowcard, and local boys Irish Car Bomb. Show starts at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $15. All ages. Call 561-740-7076.
Folks need a hobby or a pastime. For some, it's collecting -- whether the object of their affection happens to be stamps, coins, comics, Jovian moons, or those little spoons you get in gift shops. For others, it's sports -- everything from a day of baseball in the park to tossing around a Frisbee with the dog, again in a park. Some rely on spending time in certain places -- barflies, scenesters, and concert junkies, for example. And then there are the model train people. They get their kicks turning their entire back yard into a microcosm of some strange Norman Rockwellesque world, where everyone travels by train and lives in a cookie-cutter suburb straight out of the 1950s. For those happy few, the Big Pine and Sawgrass Model Railroad Club (21641 NW Seventh St., Pembroke Pines) holds an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 954-966-6404.
Proving that there really is a week, day, or month for everything, Law Week begins today. Best not to think about the logical conclusion that this makes every other week of the year unlawful. Instead, dwell on this: As part of the festivities, the Palm Beach County Bar Association offers useful advice for very specific situations. Just woke up next to a dead hooker? Don't call your Mafia buddy to fix the situation. Call Dial-a-Lawyer! Volunteer attorneys offer free legal advice from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Wednesday at 561-687-2800. If you have to meet face-to-face (that phone may be bugged, after all -- Ashcroft is watching), attend Ask-a-Lawyer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Palm Beach Mall (1801 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach). Meanwhile, seminars held at the Jewish Community Center (3151 N. Military Trl., West Palm Beach) include Family Law at 6:30 p.m. today, Homeowners and Condominium Associations at 9 a.m. Tuesday, and Wills and Estates at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Take your little gold digger out to Daggerwing Nature Center (South County Regional Park, a mile west of US 441 off Yamato Road, Boca Raton) at 2:30 p.m. to experience panning for gold. OK, so it's not real gold. Still, kids ages 3 to 6 learn about rocks and minerals while re-creating the gold-panning experience under the supervision of naturalist Jennifer Gerena. Admission is $4, and reservations are required. Call 561-488-9953.
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