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January Art and Artists:

Main Library: Bob James' Artwork
Community Room: Emily Carey's Still Life
Display Case: Bob James' Stained Glass

Free Friday Movies: From Page to Screen
Fridays, December 29 - January 26 at 3pm, in the Community Room
Join us for popcorn and refreshments at this series of movies based on some of your favorite books.
December 29: Jane Eyre (120 minutes, PG-13)
January 5: A Dog’s Purpose (120 minutes, PG)
January 12: Mr. Holmes (105 minutes, PG)
January 19: The Zookeeper’s Wife (124 minutes, PG-13)
January 26: The Glass Castle (127 minutes, PG-13)

VNA Community Wellness Clinic
Wednesday, January 3 at 9:30am, in the Captain’s Room
The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is a Medicare certified home health agency that also provides community wellness services throughout Brevard. Stop by between 9:30am and 11:00am to have your blood pressure and glucose screened for free. This monthly clinic will be at the Cocoa Beach Library the first Wednesday of each month. Please fast from midnight the night before if you would like your glucose screened.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Gemini Band
Sunday, January 7 at 2pm, in the Community Room
Gemini Band is a multi-genre, two-girl band established in 2013. They bring a unique sound and style to favorite oldies and new songs. Don’t miss Gemini Band’s first show at the Cocoa Beach Library!

Art Space with Liz Scholder
Mondays, January 8 – March 26 from 10:15-11:45am, in the Captain’s Room
In Art Space, which meets from 10:15 -11:45, Mondays, Jan. 8-March 26, students will build upon a foundation of good drawing skills to create projects that are centered around topics from Artistic movements, styles, and world history, as well as literature. Liz will demonstrate, and guide you through drawing with pastels, painting in a variety of fluid media, and using found materials to produce aesthetic pieces. This 12-week course provides all the supplies you need to use in class. Must preregister by sending your information plus tuition and materials fee of $96 to Eliz. Scholder, 660 S. Brevard, Unit 1533, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Call Liz at (321) 292-9782 for more information.

Western Humanities: Medieval & Renaissance Periods
Wednesdays, January 10-January 31 at 3:30pm, in the Jane von Thron Room
Learn how our ancestors represented the human experience and how their arts compare and contrast to our modern cultural expression. Taught by former Rollins College instructor George V. Richards, PhD in Classical Civilization. Cost is $20 for the series. Please pre-register; limited enrollment.

Connect with the Divine by Singing HU
Wednesday, January 10 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room
“HU is an ancient name for God. It is also a love song to God. All that we do with the word HU is to sing it with reverence. It represents the love of God for Soul, and we are Soul. HU represents the enormous love that the Creator has for Its creation.” (from Spiritual Experiences Guidebook, pg 7, by Harold Klemp; complimentary copy provided to attendees). Join us to discover the benefits of chanting HU, a simple spiritual exercise that anyone from any background can do anytime, anywhere, to connect with the Divine. “When your day is hard, remember to sing HU. It puts you back in line with the Holy Spirit.” (ibid, pg 8). Presented by local members of Eckankar. For more information, please visit us on Facebook at or call Eckankar in Brevard at 321-253-8143.

Candlelight Yin Yoga
Wednesday, January 10 at 6:15pm, in the Community Room
Enjoy an introduction to Yin Yoga including a discussion on the philosophy and health benefits of Yin, and then experience the restoration for yourself amongst soothing candlelight. Yin yoga opens the deep connective tissues and fascia throughout your body with static, supported poses typically done on the floor. Every pose will be a journey to explore, while you move into a deeper state of surrender and renewal. This workshop will be led by Rochelle Scott, a 500-Hour Certified Hatha Yoga instructor who is Levels 1 & 2 Yin Yoga TT Certified. This is an all-levels class, perfect for those brand new to yoga and those who need to stretch safely. Please bring yoga mat, towel and water. If you have yoga blocks, a bolster or other yoga props, please bring them. Some yoga blocks and bolsters will be available to borrow. Cost is $5.

Printmaking 101 with Liz Scholder
Thursdays, January 11-March 29 from 10:15-11:45am, in the Captain’s Room
In Printmaking 101, you will combine techniques of masking, stencil, and stamp to produce prints on paper, fabric, and objects. This is a new course at Cocoa Beach Library, which promises much excitement and innovation! This 12-week course provides all the supplies you need to use in class. Must preregister by sending your information plus tuition and materials fee of $96 to Eliz. Scholder, 660 S. Brevard, Unit 1533, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Call Liz at (321) 292-9782 for more information.

Hospice of St. Francis Grief Support
Thursdays at 2pm, in the Jane von Thron Room starting January 11
This group will be a safe and compassionate place for any grieving adult to express their feelings, understand what they are going through, and receive support from others who are experiencing the same thoughts and feelings. For more information, call Christy Taylor, LCSW, South County Bereavement Coordinator at 321-269-4240 or 866-269-4240 (toll free).

A Struggle for Home Documentary Screening
Thursday, January 11 at 3pm, in the Community Room
You are cordially invited to the screening of A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatars by young Ukrainian-American director and multimedia journalist Christina Paschyn. Ms. Paschyn's documentary is about the courageous struggle of the Crimean Tatar people to return to their ancestral homeland, Crimea, from where they were brutally and unjustly deported by Stalin's forces on May 18, 1944. It covers nearly the entire history of the Crimean Tatars, from ancient times to the recent invasion and re-annexation of the peninsula by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014. The film has received numerous awards and glowing reviews. Join us for this free documentary screening, followed by a Q&A with local resident Mubeyyin Altan. Refreshments will be served.

Improv at the Library
Sunday, January 13 at 11am, in the Community Room
Come join us for a Spontaneous Improv Show performed by various local actors and improvisers. YOU can be part of the sketches TOO! Participate or just enjoy the show! Watch us make some STUFF UP!

Food for Life Nutrition & Cooking Classes: How Foods Fight Cancer
Saturdays, January 13-February 3 at 2pm, in the Community Room
Join Food for Life instructor, Susie Fricker in exploring how a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes promotes cancer prevention and survival through a better understanding of the link between nutrition and cancer. Everyone is welcome as you will also learn how to enhance your overall wellness goals with simple steps in the kitchen! Enjoy samples of recipes during class as well. Cost for the 4-week class series is $40. Please register in advance with Susie at

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Sunnyland Steve
Sunday, January 14 at 2pm, in the Community Room
Sunnyland Steve’s Country Blues Show gives you a musical history of the amazing world of Delta and Piedmont Blues and of the artists who developed this little-known art form. This versatile guitarist and comedian will keep your hands clapping and your toes tapping, so come prepared for a good time.

Professional Medium John Rogers
Tuesday, January 16 at 6pm, in the Community Room
Professional medium and author John Rogers will discuss mediumship and give brief individual readings as time allows.

A Gift from the Sea: Bracelet-Making Class
Wednesday, January 17 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room
Join Joan Kisner as she teaches you to create beautiful bracelets with a sea shell and other decorative elements. Choose fresh-water pearls, rhinestones, crystals, starfish, or any number of items to create a one-of-a-kind “Gift from the Sea”. Cost is $20 to make one bracelet, and $35 for two, which includes all materials. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Painting Class with Joan Kisner
Friday, January 19 at 10:30am, in the Community Room
Anyone can learn to paint! The four paintings in this series will teach you several brush techniques, will teach you how to paint depth, give you insight into perspective, mixing colors, and show you how to use negative space in a positive way. All this without drawing more than a few lines on your canvas. You will also learn the art of collage. Come for one session, two, three or all four. Canvases, paints, brushes…everything needed will be provided in the cost of the workshops. $25 per class.

Books & Bites: Author AJ Tata
Saturday, January 20 at 12pm, in the Community Room
Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, U.S. Army (Retired), commanded combat units in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 10th Mountain Division. His last tour was in Afghanistan in 2007 where he earned the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star Medal. He is also a foreign policy guest commentator on Fox News, CNN, NBC and CBS News. He will be visiting to talk about the newest installment in his Jake Mahegan series, Direct Fire. In this new military thriller, Brigadier General Tata delivers an adrenaline-charged story about sophisticated cyberwarfare coupled with terrorist forces on American soil. Can hero Jake Mahegan stop these forces of terror before it’s too late? Books will be available for sale and refreshments will be served!

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Michael Mirand’s Sounds of Sinatra
Sunday, January 21 at 2pm, in the Community Room
Local resident and seasoned performer Michael Mirand will appear in character as Ol’ Blue Eyes, singing Sinatra’s classic hits and a selection of jazz standards.

Watercolor Classes with Helen Wheatley
Mondays, January 22 – March 12 at 10am, in the Community Room
Watercolor artist Helen Wheatley creates exquisite paintings rich in color and content. Her work Faces at the Oasis won best of show at the Central Brevard Art Association’s annual show in March 2007. She’ll share her skills with you in these classes suitable for beginning and intermediate students. Cost is $80 for the 8-week session. Enrollment is limited: Please register in advance at the sign up table and pick up a materials list.

The Bead Ladies Jewelry Making Class
Monday, January 22 at 1pm, in the Captain’s Room
The Bead Ladies are here! Come join the ladies and make a double-strap bracelet with wire wrap detail. Cost is $15, and all supplies will be provided. To register, call Nancy or Normandie at 321-225-1394 or email at

Free Caregiving Classes
Mondays, January 22, 29, and February 5 from 4-5:30pm
Wednesdays, January 24, 31, and February 7 from 4-5:30pm, in the Captain’s Room
Current or future caregiver? With an aging population and limited resources available you should have this information whether you are a current caregiver, a future caregiver – or perhaps a future care receiver. The caregiving journey is stressful yet rewarding – if you have a map! Barbara Borman RN from Hospice of St. Francis will provide you with tools from this national curriculum developed by caregivers themselves for use many years before hospice is appropriate. Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays for three weeks from 4-5:30pm, starting on 1/22/18 at the Cocoa Beach Library. Please register by contacting Barbara at 321-269-4240 x3452 or cell 321-536-3674 or email The series is limited to 15 people, so register soon!

Handmade Cards with Ree Nathan
Wednesday, January 24 at 9:30am, in the Captain’s Room
Paper artist Ree Nathan will help you give your greetings unique style. Create three elegant greeting cards with beautiful cardstocks and papers, stylish stamps, ribbons, and embellishments, and using special equipment to give your cards shapes and embossed textures. Cost is $10; all supplies provided. Register with Ree in advance by emailing or calling 321-961-2350. Enrollment is limited.

Discover HU – The Sound of Soul
Wednesday, January 24 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room
Discover how chanting HU, a sacred sound and ancient mantra, can help you find inner guidance, healing for body, mind, and spirit, and a higher form of creativity. HU has been sung for thousands of years in many lands for spiritual unfoldment and can uplift people of any religion, culture, or walk of life. You are invited to experience chanting HU, contemplative time, light refreshments, and spiritual conversation with others of like heart. Whatever your beliefs, anyone can benefit from this simple, brief spiritual exercise. Everyone welcome! Presented by local members of Eckankar. For more information, please visit us on Facebook at or call Eckankar in Brevard at 321-253-8143.

Friends Travel Film
Wednesday, January 24 at 6pm, in the Community Room
Whether you’re planning a trip or taking a virtual vacation, these travel movies presented by the Cocoa Beach Friends are sure to please. Refreshments will be served.

Introduction to Sage-ing with Janet Helfand
Thursday, January 25 at 1:30pm, in the Community Room
Join us for an introduction to Sage-ing: exploring aging as a time for reflection and spiritual growth. Imagine your life and aging as a blessing, not a burden, and an opportunity, not a problem. We take a look at uncovering lessons of life, reaffirming the elder years, discovering our true passion or purpose and mentoring others. We learn to cherish each year of our life experiences and to agree that the second half of life is a time of continued growth. This Sage-ing Workshop is facilitated by Janet Helfand, PhD, a retired psychologist who was in private practice and provided psychological services in nursing homes for over 30 years. Please pre-register; cost is $5 per person.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Wild and Blue
Sunday, January 28 at 2pm, in the Community Room
Wild and Blue will be here to play an incredible blend of Americana music including bluegrass, vintage swing, Gypsy jazz, folk and acoustic blues. Made up of some of the founding members of the Acoustic Alliance Band, Wild and Blue are always entertaining. They create an intriguing tapestry of musical sounds: real music on real instruments.

The Ethics of Eating Presentation
Tuesday, January 30 at 5:30pm, in the Community Room
Ellen Jones is a Humane Educator with the Ethical Choices Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. By offering free presentations to communities of faith, high schools, universities and other businesses, ECP provides thoughtful insights to congregations and youth groups about ways to examine their own choices and improve their positive impact on the world to better align with their values. ECP offers engaging, interactive presentations that encourage participation and critical thinking. She will present related factual information and non-judgmentally discuss the validity of common assumptions. The environment, modern agriculture, healthful eating, and factory farming are all topics that will be explored in this 90 minute program. Visit for more information.


Mondays, 11am, Overeaters Anonymous. This group meets each Monday in the Jane von Thron Room. For further information contact Tom M. at 321-784-8092.

Tuesdays, 10am, Writers' Workshop. New and experienced writers are welcome to these meetings in the Captain's Room. Contact Virginia Repko-Franco at 321-213-3944 or for more information.

Tuesdays, 4pm, Al-Anon Family Group. Friends and family of alcoholics meet every Tuesday in the Captain's Room.

2nd Tuesday, 1pm, Beach Readers Book Club. The next meeting takes place January 9 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be various titles by Mary Alice Monroe.

Wednesdays, 1-3pm, Open Cribbage Play. Drop into library to practice your cribbage skills, join games, make friends, and have fun.

Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Socrates Café. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. Topic for January 17: Is it ethical to provoke violence to attain a just cause? Examples.

2nd Wednesday, 11:30am, We'll Read Book Club. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting will take place December 10 in the Captain's Room. The selection is O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. For more info contact Mary Lambert at 799-9286.

Thursdays, 1-4pm, The Watercolor Group. This social, non-instructive painting group is open to anyone with an interest in watercolors. Bring your materials and paint with fellow artists. For further information, contact Cathy Brion at 321-258-2011 or Jo Lincoln at 321-868-0163.

Thursdays., 4:30pm, Recovery International’s RI Discovery. RI Discovery is a self-help, peer-to-peer, cognitive behavioral training system that teaches people skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives. For more information, call Sheila at 321-784-0694.

Fridays, 10am-3pm by appointment, Health Insurance Enrollment. Get help signing up for insurance through the ACA Healthcare Marketplace. For more info or to set up an appointment, contact Navigator Teri Rice at 321-544-1153 or email

Fridays, 10am-1pm, Master Gardening Clinic. Master Gardeners answer questions about plants, pests, diseases, etc, in this open house held each Friday in the Captain's Room. Contact Marion Anderson for details at 321-784-1874.

Fridays, 4pm, Meditation Group. This meditation class meets every Friday in the Captain's Room. Pre-register; $5 per class.

Saturdays, 2pm, Spanish Classes with Ms. Dolly. This Spanish class is intended for adult beginners. Pre-register; $5 per class.

3rd Friday, 1:30pm, What's In a Name Book Club. This book club will meet to discuss different biographies of notable figures. The next meeting is January 19 and the selection is A Lucky Life Interrupted by Tom Brokaw. For more information, contact Shirley Finke at 613-2667.

1st and 3rd Saturdays at 10am, Longevitology Adjustments in the Captain's Room. Practice this simple laying-on-of-hands method intended to adjust or restore energy balance to help the body heal itself. The next meetings will take place on December 2 & 16. For more information, contact Martha Hung at 321-338-7799.


Mondays & Wednesdays, 1pm: Senior Fitness. This hour-long class taught by certified senior fitness instructor and personal trainer Polly Helm increases stamina, strength, energy, and balance. Please bring your own hand weights and water. Bands and chairs will be provided. Cost is $5 per class.

Tuesdays, 2-3:15pm: Hatha Yoga with Emily Hain. This fun, non-competitive class is appropriate for beginners and those experienced with a gentle, mindful practice. Students must bring a yoga mat and be able to get up and down from the floor. Cost is $5 per session. Last class of 2017 is scheduled for December 12. Class will begin again in 2018 on January 9.

Wednesdays, 9:30am, Gentle Yoga and Stretching. Taught by Rochelle Scott, certified yoga instructor. Cost is $5 per class.


Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:15am, in the Community Room

Toddler Time (under 5). Through December 19.

Wiggle Workout
Thursdays at 10:15am, in the Community Room

Rhythm, stretching, movement, games, music, coordination, and play all come together during this fun and interactive workout session designed for kids ages 2-5. Through December 14.

Building with LEGO
Wednesday, January 24 at 4pm, in the Community Room
Join in for building challenges, individual and team projects, contests and themed events. You can bring your own bricks or dig into our large collection to create unique designs. Please sign up in advance with the Youth Department.

Interactive Bedtime Stories. Children often have trouble calming down at bedtime. Kathy Neff has created interactive stories for children and parents that incorporate known techniques for relaxation, meditation, anti-anxiety and sleep preparation. Techniques include, but are not limited to; aroma therapy, guided breathing and good old bedtime routines. Bring your child's favorite blanket or stuffed animal if you choose to. $5 per family. Pre-register.

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