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May Art and Artists:
Main Library: Strawbridge Art League
Community Room: Space Coast Weavers
Display Case: Hank Gardner
Art Journaling with Joan Throm
Tuesdays, May 28 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room
This technique consists of a non-dominant hand scribble, followed by using the dominant hand to color in areas, utilize simple designs and/or words to express one’s inner self. Art journaling restores inner tranquility and is a fun way to record responses to day-to-day feelings. Instructor Joan Throm is a doctoral student in pastoral counseling and a spiritual director. This is not a class series: attend any or all classes you wish. Cost is $5 to cover materials and supplies.
Films For Action Documentary Screening: World Without Water
Wednesday, May 29 at 6pm
Local resident Daren Krause presents these monthly screenings of films selected to raise awareness of important social, environmental, and media-related issues not covered by the mainstream news. World Without Water tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatization of water supplies.
Free Friday Movies: Reel People
Fridays, May 31 – June 28 at 3pm
See close-ups of the lives of famous figures, statesmen, and stars is this series of critically-acclaimed biopics. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
May 31: Lincoln, rated PG-13, 150 minutes
June 7: Hitchcock, rated PG-13, 98 minutes
June 14: No film
June 21: My Week With Marilyn, rated R, 99 minutes
June 28: The Iron Lady, rated PG-13, 105 minutes
Social Security Education Seminar
Tuesday, June 4 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room
When and how to elect Social Security Benefits is a decision that every retiree must face. For many retirees, Social Security could account for up to approximately 60% of their future income. Come to this seminar to educate yourself about one of the largest financial decisions of your life. Learn six strategies/techniques that could truly impact your retirement income stream for life!
Professional Medium John Rogers
Wednesday, June 5 at 6pm
Professional Medium and author John Rogers will discuss mediumship and give brief individual readings as time allows.
Compositional Photography with Mick West
Thursdays, June 6, 20, 27, & July 2 at 1pm, in the Jane von Thron Room
Accomplished digital photographer Mick West instructs the fundamentals of composing a photograph for maximum visual impact. Prerequisites: A desire to take more visually interesting photographs, a digital camera and the ability to transfer digital images to a CD or thumb/flash drive. View Mick’s work at mickwest.photoshelter.com. Cost: $20 for 4-week session. Please register in advance at the sign-up table.
Sea Turtle Preservation Society: Turtles 101
Saturday, June 8, Volunteer Registration at 9:30am and Program at 10am
The Sea Turtle Preservation Society will present a program about sea turtles in Brevard County. Turtles 101 is an introduction to sea turtle species, biology, and conservation and includes slideshows, informational pamphlets, and examples of turtles for guests to discuss and touch. This presentation also serves as a volunteer orientation. Turtles 101 is a prerequisite for any volunteer activity involving hands-on work with turtles.
ONE BOOK BREVARD – Summer Reading Event featuring The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
This summer Brevard County Libraries are encouraging adults and teens to read this “transformative and unforgettable” novel about “catastrophe and survival, growth and change, the story of Julia and her family as they struggle to live in an extraordinary time.” We will feature programs to supplement your reading - look for the label ONE BOOK BREVARD.
ONE BOOK BREVARD – Book Discussion: The Age of Miracles
Wednesday, June 12 at 10am
The Morning Book Discussion Group will trade opinions, experiences, and impressions of reading the “haunting and soul-stirring” novel The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.
Who’ll Stop the Rain… From Becoming Monsters of the Waterways?
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30pm
Elizabeth Melvin, Stormwater Outreach Specialist will explain how rain becomes the villain as it travels across land, picking up all sorts of potential trouble for our precious water bodies. Monsters thrive when pollutants slide into the water through stormwater pipes. Find out how to stop this and be a hero for the Indian River Lagoon.
Local Author Estella Williams: From Both Sides of the Chair
Thursday, June 13 from 1 – 3pm, in the Jane von Thron Room
Local resident and first-time author Estella Williams has fictionalized her true life experiences into her new book, From Both Sides of the Chair, an exciting action/adventure tale that involves deceit, organized crime, gambling, the FBI, and hairdressing. Hear about her inspiration to write and how writing her novel has changed her life. Stop by any time during this open house to meet the author. Copies will be available for sale and signing.
Oil-Painting Workshop with Artist Ellen Keane
Friday, June 14 from 1 – 5:30pm
Artist Ellen Keane will lead a workshop to teach basic techniques for oil painting. Each student will leave with a completed 12x16” painting and a working knowledge of how to use this rich and vibrant medium. The cost for this workshop is $45 to cover materials and fees; all materials are provided. Please pre-register at the sign-up table; enrollment is limited to 10 students.
Vegan Author Ellen Jaffe Jones: The Kitchen Divided
Saturday, June 15 at 2pm
Healthy Planet of Brevard hosts Ellen Jaffe Jones, who will speak about her new book, The Kitchen Divided: Vegan Dishes for Semi-Vegan Households. Ellen, a popular author, speaker, trainer, and track coach, decided to write this volume after asking her audiences, “How many of you live in a ‘mixed marriage?’” and consistently hearing a chorus of groans in response. She will share tips and strategies for making everyone happy while eating vegan.
ONE BOOK BREVARD – Socrates Café: The Meaning of Time
Wednesday, June 19 at 2pm
In the novel The Age of Miracles, the slowing of time sets the stage for life-changing events. Socrates Café, an ongoing program at Cocoa Beach Library devoted to discussion of various philosophical and intellectual topics, will spend the afternoon discussing the construct of time and what effect it has on our lives.
Local Author John W. Coleman II
Thursday, June 20 at 4pm, in the Jane von Thron Room
Local author and self-taught historian John W. Coleman II published his first book, The Ultimate Inaugural, using presidents’ inaugural addresses as a guide to understanding the nation’s current state of national insecurity, economic instability, and worldwide impotence. Further research led to Lizards Have No Supermarkets, which reveals how his life experiences, from survival training in the Navy’s SERE School to owning his own business, inspired him to make a difference for the next generation. Join him as he discusses the direction of the nation and your role in its future. Copies of both books will be available for sale and signing.
Health for Life: New Solutions for Neuropathy
Friday, June 21 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room
Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM, of Health for Life Medical Clinic will discuss natural solutions for neuropathy. Peripheral Neuropathy is becoming more prevalent in our society. Learn causes of neuropathy and non-drug solutions to defeat pain and numbness. If your feet & legs suffer from tingling, pain or numbness, this lecture is for you. Please register in advance for this free lecture.
ONE BOOK BREVARD – Bestselling Author Karen Thompson Walker
Tuesday, June 25 at 7pm
New York Times bestselling author Karen Thompson Walker will sign copies of her phenomenal work of fiction, The Age of Miracles, and will discuss its genesis and its particular relevance in today’s world.
Mondays, 11am, Overeaters Anonymous. This group meets each Monday in the Jane von Thron Room. For further information contact Sandra H. at 321-452-2861.
Tuesdays, 10am, Writers' Workshop. New and experienced writers are welcome to these meetings in the Captain's Room. Call Mary Burruss at 321-783-6997 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, Afternoon Book Discussion Group. The next meeting takes place June 11 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Insane City by Dave Barry.
3rd Tuesday, 2pm, Playreaders Group. All attendees are provided with a copy of the play and are encouraged to participate. The next meeting takes place on June 18 in the Jane von Thron Room. Contact Jean Whitfield for details at 321-784-1105.
Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Socrates Café Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. Topic for May 29: Does nature shape us or is it nurture?
2nd Wednesday, 10am, Morning Book Discussion Group. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting takes place June 12 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be The Age of Miracles by Karen Thomspon Walker.
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 (321-258-2011) or Jo Lincoln (321-868-0163).
2nd Thursday, 10:30am, Retirement Finances Explained. Local Financial Advisor Brad Bernkrant provides monthly advice and information on how to plan for and live comfortably within your retirement years. Refreshments are provided. The next meeting takes place on June 13.
Fridays, 10am-3pm, SHINE Individual Counseling. SHINE's (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) specially trained volunteers assist with your Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. SHINE services are free, unbiased, confidential, and available every Friday at the library in Study Room 4. Appointments get priority but are not required. For more info call 321-323-9418 or email email@example.com
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.
4th Friday, 10am-12pm. Walk-ins with Commissioner Chuck Nelson. The Commissioner will be available in the Captain’s Room to address issues of interest or concern. The next open house will be held on June 28.
Tues., through 6/18. 6-6:50pm, Yoga for Core Strength with Kim Bolinger. Designed for those with some experience with yoga or other strength bearing exercise. Cost is $5 per session.
Tues., through 6/18, 7-7:50pm, Gentle Evening Yoga with Kim Bolinger. A gentle class designed to help release tension and reduce overall stress. Cost $5 per session.
YOUTH DEPT. PROGRAMS
ONE BOOK BREVARD - Choose Your Own Adventure: Apocalypse Edition
Saturday, June 22 at 2pm
This summer Brevard County Libraries are encouraging adults and teens to read a “transformative and unforgettable” novel that appeals to all ages. The characters in Karen Thompson Walker’s novel The Age of Miracles face situations no one has ever encountered as the world slows down and people are forced to wonder, what if it stops? In this fun, interactive game, participants will make daring choices and face the unexpected outcomes of apocalyptic scenarios by choosing their path through a make-believe end of the world.
Preschool Story Hour (Ages up to 6)
Tuesday Mornings at 10:15am, June 4 – July 23 (excluding July 2)
Join us for books and activities designed for your preschool-aged child. Ages up to 6 will love these story experiences.
June 4: Just Dig It.
June 11: Dig Those Bountiful Bugs.
June 18: Burrowing Critters.
June 25: Dig Into History.
July 9: Fairies, Gnomes, and Trolls.
July 16: Dig Under the Earth; Rocks & Caves.
July 23: We Dig Books!
Fun and Entertainment (For All Ages)
Tuesday Afternoons at 3pm, June 4 – July 23 (excluding July 2)
These programs pack Tuesday afternoons full of education and adventure. Science, nature, games, and crafts will keep any child of any age entertained.
June 4: “Always Anna”: Kick off our summer programs with local children’s musician Anna Lusk. She will play her show “Friends In Our Backyard.” Popcorn will be served.
June 11: Surfside Youth Players: Youth director Eva Knowles will share the theater experience with us.
June 18: We Dig Live Animals! Jerry Loll returns with his animal menagerie.
June 25: Dig Into History: With Katrina Morrell, EEL educator from Pine Island.
July 9: Feathered Forest, A Ballet: Grecia’s Ballet Esprit will perform.
July 16: KSC Programs, From the Earth Up: Les Gold, retired KSC educator, returns with another fabulous science program.
July 23: Get to the Bottom of Landfill: Hillary Arena from Waste Management will teach about how garbage is managed. You can build your own landfill, and then you can eat it!
Lego Club (For All Ages)
Wednesday Afternoons at 2pm, June 5 – July 24 (excluding July 3)
Join in for weekly 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.
Dig Our Movies!
Wednesday Afternoons at 4pm, June 5 – July 24 (excluding July 3)
These free movies explore the magic and mysteries under and around the earth’s surface. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
June 5: Alice in Wonderland (1951), rated G, 76 minutes
June 12: A Bug’s Life, rated G, 95 minutes
June 19: Ratatouille, rated G, 111 minutes
June 26: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, rated G, 139 minutes
July 10: Rise of the Guardians, rated PG, 97 minutes
July 17: The City of Ember, rated PG-13, 90 minutes
July 24: Flushed Away, rated PG, 85 minutes
Make It – Take It! A Craft and Game Program (Ages 6-12)
Thursday Mornings at 10:30am, June 6 – July 25 (excluding July 4)
Channel your inner artist with these craft-packed programs for ages 6-12. Games, contests, puzzles, and more! Please register for these programs by calling 321-868-1104.
June 6: Just Dig It! Gardening, Dirt, and Sand: Make a loopy flower; combine watercolors and rubber stamps to make a lovely nature scene; plant seeds in a newspaper pot you make yourself; assemble a climbing Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk; Play Garden Bingo for library bucks; Participate in a science experiment with celery, flowers, and colored water.
June 13: Dig Those Bountiful Bugs: Make a “sticks and things” bug; Fashion a walking stick from pipe cleaners and sticks; Create a pompom ant chip clip; Make edible bugs to snack on; Construct a spider mobile; Design a new species of bug; See tissue paper butterflies come to life.
June 20: Burrowing Critters: Make a pompom hedgehog; Create a snake pencil topper; Decorate an edible hedgehog; Construct a fuzzy caterpillar stick puppet; Make a “crabby” character hand puppet; Make a worm garden at our science station.
June 27: Dig Into History: Create your very own petroglyph using our Plaster of Paris slabs; Make your own papyrus with modern pulp; Play our life-sized version of the ancient Egyptian game Mehen and win library bucks; Design a personalized cartouche pendant with your name in hieroglyphs; Go on an archaeological dig for genuine fossils; Take part in a Roman feast.
July 11: Fairies, Gnomes, and Trolls: Create a light-as-air sprite; Get fitted for a new pair of hobbit feet; Make a jointed troll; Search for a shy garden gnome hiding among the shelves; Make a chocolate “gnome sweet gnome”; Transform yourself into a troll with your own troll mask.
July 18: Dig Under the Earth; Rocks & Caves: Crack a Geode; Build a paper bag bear’s den; Grow crystals at our science station; We need cavemen to decorate our cave; Snack on cookies-and-cream cave rocks; Make a 3-D skull.
July 25: Build for Bucks!
Teen Programs (Ages 10+)
Thursday Afternoons at 2pm, June 6 – July 25 (excluding July 4)
Learn a new craft or hone an old skill… these programs instruct exciting techniques and allow kids ages 10 and up to take home their own exquisite creations. Pre-registration is required. Please call 321-868-1104.
June 6: MarioKart Tournament: Grades 5-12 can participate for a chance at exciting prizes! Refreshments will be served. Sign up early at the Youth Desk to participate.
June 13: String Art: Make kaleidoscope string pieces to use in jewelry or create a work of art on a board with nails and string.
June 20: A Coffee Filter!! Try these cool projects made from household items.
June 27: Turn Artwork Into a Glass Pendant: Make a lovely pendant and whip up a pair of earrings while it dries.
July 11: Create A Lovely Flower: Bring sharp scissors to create a gorgeous flower to be used as a pin, hair clip, or even to decorate a bag – makes a great gift!
July 18: Multimedia Project: We supply the materials. You supply the creativity.
July 25: Palm Tree Boot Art: Wear old clothes because you’re going to be painting.
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