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December Art and Artists:

Main Library: Barry Schoenholz’ Digital Photography
Community Room: Al Bleakley's Photography of Florida Flora & Fauna
Display Case: Harry Phillips’ Marine Sculptures and Eyca Motcska’s Pottery

Free Friday Movies: ‘Tis the Season
Fridays, November 7–December 19 at 3pm

Get into the spirit of things with these heartfelt and hilarious stories that take place during the Thanksgiving holidays. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
December 19: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, rated PG-13, 97 minutes

Music on a Saturday Afternoon: Erin & Elliot Dickinson with Mike Raley
Saturday, December 27 at 2pm

Singer/songwriters Erin, Elliot, and Mike will entertain with groovy music and vocal harmonies. Erin, now living in Portland, has performed across the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia. Elliot is a founding member of Tampa’s Battle of the Bands winner The Rosewoods. Mike plays bass with Portland’s Soundstage Rhythm Orchestra and plays a variety of musical styles with other groups. Together they’ll treat you to an afternoon of old classics and new favorites.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Al Scortino & Friends
Sunday, January 4 at 2pm

Al Scortino is an award-winning songwriter from Sebastian who has performed around Florida for over twenty years. He and a guest list of talented and accomplished journeyman musicians will play folk music that takes you from the river road to the high seas.

Handmade Greetings with Ree Nathan
Wednesday, January 7 from 10am-12pm, in the Captain’s Room

Paper artist Ree Nathan will help you give your greetings unique style. Create three elegant cards –for Valentine’s Day, for a birthday, and a get well card– 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.

New & Improved Station 51: Cocoa Beach Fire Department
Wednesday, January 7 at 2pm

The Cocoa Beach Fire Department is moving to a new station house. They will describe the changes in the facilities, the improvements added to the new building, and the benefits the new station will offer the fire department and the community. Hear how the CBFD will be better able to protect your homes from their new home.

Friends of the Library Travel Film Series
Wednesdays, January 7 & 21 at 6pm

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.
January 7: Globe Trekker: Eastern Caribbean and Easter Island
January 21: Rudy Maxa’s Best of Travel: The Pacific Northwest – Seattle, Vancouver & Victoria BC, San Francisco

Watercolor Classes with Award-Winning Artist Helen Wheatley
Thursdays, January 8–February 26, 10am-12:30pm

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 Glass Bank: The History of an Icon
Thursday, January 8 at 2pm

Historian Dr. Lori Walters of UCF will discuss the history of a Cocoa Beach landmark: the Glass Bank. Though its recent past has been marked by controversy, the Glass Bank was once a shining representation of the futuristic science industry that gave the Space Coast its name. Dr. Walters will talk about the building's construction, its tenants and uses, its impact on the community, and its changes over the years. She will also describe her project to virtually recreate the Glass Bank as it was in its heyday using a combination of historic images, anecdotes, 3-D laser scans, and your own memories. She needs your help-- if you have pictures of the Glass Bank's interior/exterior or stories of events, interactions, or careers there, she invites you to bring them to the program to share in the history of an icon.

Smartphones and Tablets 101
Friday, January 9 at 10:30am for Android devices, and 2pm for Apple devices

Still trying to figure out your smartphone or tablet? Learn the basics about how your device works, what it can do for you, and how to get the most out of these helpful machines. It would be beneficial to come to class prepared with your account names and passwords for your App Store, Google Play, and/or email accounts so that you can participate in demonstrations. Taught by Barb Barrett, a former teacher with a lifelong interest in technology. Please register in advance for the class that addresses your device; enrollment is limited. Cost is $5.

Healthy Planet of Brevard presents Forks Over Knives
Saturday, January 10 at 2pm

Healthy Planet of Brevard will show the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives, about the effect what we eat has on how we feel, and simple dietary decisions we can make to improve our health and wellness, as well as reduce disease and illness. Admission is free and healthy snacks will be served.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Lady Tandy
Sunday, January 11 at 2pm

The Lady sings jazz – and more! Lady Tandy draws you in with her sweet, sultry voice and winds you up in her performances of jazz standards, blues, and R&B. She will sing songs from her album The Language of Love as well as the classics you know and love.

Batik! A Silk-Painting Workshop
Monday, January 12 from 1-4pm

Learn the art and skill of silk batik: decorate feather-light fabric with wax and paint and leave with a beautiful piece of handmade art. Cost is $35 for materials and fees, due in advance. Enrollment is limited; students must pre-register with instructor Jo-Ann Jensen at 543-6338.

Community HU Chant
Tuesday, January 13 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Singing or chanting HU can expand your awareness, help you experience divine love, heal a broken heart. Regardless of personal beliefs or religion, everyone is welcome to try this simple, brief spiritual exercise. Release your inner tensions and gain insight, peace, and comfort. There will be a brief introduction before the HU chant and a time for visiting and conversation immediately afterward. Hosted by members of Eckankar, a religious non-profit group.

Professional Medium John Rogers
Wednesday, January 14 at 6pm

Professional medium and author John Rogers will discuss mediumship and give brief individual readings as time allows.

Fine Art Photography Classes taught by Mick West
Thursdays, January 15–February 5 from 1-3pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Learn the fundamentals of composing a photograph for maximum impact and explore the benefits of Picasa, a free, user-friendly imaging program. This class is about art and seeing, not how to operate your camera. Prerequisites: A point-and-shoot digital camera, the ability to transfer digital images to a thumb/flash drive, and a desire to take great photos and have fun. Cost is $20 for the 4-class series. Please pre-register; enrollment is limited. View Mick’s work here.

The Fabric of a Culture: Special Movie Presentation of Memoirs of a Geisha
Thursday, January 15 at 3pm

This film, adapted from the novel by Arthur Golden, tells the remarkable story of a lowly house servant who blossoms from a childhood in poverty into the most captivating geisha of her day in World War II-era Japan. Especially notable in this lush visual presentation are the costumes, which feature many detailed kimono ensembles. Witness the cultural force of this fashion before seeing a presentation about Japanese wedding kimonos at the library on Saturday, January 17 at 2pm. Memoirs of a Geisha is rated PG-13, 146 minutes. Refreshments will be served.

Western Humanities: The Modern Era – Picasso and Beyond
Thursdays, January 15–February 5 from 3:30-5:30pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Explore western culture through works by modern masters of cubism, surrealism, as well as the sculpture and architecture of our times. Former Rollins College and Valencia Community College instructor George V. Richards will teach what our cultural expressions say about us as human beings and as a society. Cost is $20 for the 4-week series. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Health for Life: Natural Solutions for Detox and Weight Loss
Friday, January 16 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM, of Health for Life Medical Clinic will tell you how toxins affect your body and how to safely cleanse yourself of the impurities absorbed through the body for better health and safe optimal weight loss. Please register in advance for this free lecture.

Free Friday Movies: Get With the Beat!
Fridays, January 16 – February 6 at 3pm

These movies, all based on true stories of legends and dreamers in the music industry, may have you dancing in the street. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
January 16: Special Director’s Presentation of Wall of Dreamers, an award-winning documentary that tells the story of one Arizona town through the composition and recording of its most famous song, “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” which has been performed by Johnny Cash, The Outlaws, Peggy Lee, the Boston Pops, and Elvis Presley, among others. The film’s director, Bruce Endres, will introduce this screening and participate in a Q&A after the show.
January 23: Jersey Boys, rated R, 134 minutes
January 30: Young @ Heart, rated PG, 107 minutes
February 6: Get On Up, rated PG-13, 139 minutes

Calligraphy I Workshop with Natasha Lawrence
Saturday, January 17 at 10am

Learn the practical art of calligraphy ("beautiful writing") to address wedding invitations or greeting cards, write in journals, make gift tags and personal correspondence. Professional calligrapher Natasha Lawrence will teach fundamental techniques to write in the classic Italian Italics lettering style. Students can practice writing with different calligraphy pens, study calligraphy art work, books, and resources. No artistic ability is necessary. Cost for this workshop is $10; all materials are included and yours to keep. Please register in advance.

The Fabric of a Culture: Japanese Wedding Kimonos
Saturday, January 17 at 2pm

Shirley Finke spent several years living in Japan, gathering a collection of wedding kimonos that are awe-inspiring for their beauty and craftsmanship. She will bring rolls of fabric and several kimono ensembles to display as she describes how the garments are made, the symbolism of images, motifs, and patterns found in the fabric, and the cultural significance of the kimono as a fashion.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Sunnyland Steve
Sunday, January 18 at 2pm

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.

iPhone Photography: Beyond the Selfie
Tuesday, January 20 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Want to do better at capturing memories as they happen? You can take better-looking photos with your iPhone to share on Facebook, send to your friends, or just spread your artistic wings. Ruth Bleakley will show you photography basics with your iPhone, like how to set up nice looking shots, compensate for bad lighting, and do some basic editing. All versions of the iPhone are welcome, though the latest software update (iOS8) has the most photographic capability. Cost is $5. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

eRead for Free!
Wednesday, January 21 at 11am for Kindles; 1pm for Tablets; and 3pm for Nooks

Learn how to check out e-books and e-audiobooks from your Brevard County Library system so you can access a great book anytime, anywhere. This class is about the process of checking out e-media from the library website and is not device training, although we will answer device questions as we are able and time allowing. Please register in advance for the class that addresses your device. (Please contact the library if you’re not sure which class you should attend.)

Local Author Marshall Frank
Thursday, January 22 at 2pm

Novelist, memoirist, musician, newspaper columnist, and retired police captain Marshall Frank will discuss his fiction, including his most recent novel, award-winning The Upside of Murder, which has been optioned to make into a film. He’ll also discuss his career as a detective, which helps inform his writing, especially in his non-fiction book Criminal Injustice In America, about a justice system in need of overhaul, and he’ll share the advice he gives aspiring writers in So You Wanna Write a Book? Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing.

Art Through the Ages: Historical Art & Craft Classes
Fridays, January 23–February 13 from 10:30am-12pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

See how art has reflected society in all places and times in history. In each class students will learn about an era of civilization and how the beliefs, values, and practical needs of the time were represented in its art. Students will apply this knowledge to a project using skills studio artist Elizabeth Scholder will teach you. Projects might include metal tooling, decoupaging a keepsake box, painting an acrylic miniature, or embroidering an applique. Cost is $28 for the 4-week series and all materials are provided. Enrollment is limited; please register in advance.

Food For Life: Diabetes Nutrition
Saturdays, January 24–February 14 at 10am

Diabetes is a major public health issue that is unfortunately becoming more and more common. Uncontrolled, it can lead to complications from head to toe, but different nutritional approaches can greatly benefit those living with the condition. Food For Life instructor Susie Fricker will teach you to implement a nutritional plan and cooking ideas filled with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes to help with diabetes prevention and treatment. Cost for the class series is $40. Please register in advance with Susie at

Jim Kennedy: Fifty Years of Space Exploration
Saturday, January 24 at 2pm

Former director at Kennedy Space Center Jim Kennedy will give an overview of space exploration looking back at the past fifty years of innovation and discovery. He will examine the highlights dating back to the first satellite, Sputnik, thru the excitement of projects such as Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Apollo-Soyuz, Shuttle, International Space Station (ISS) and beyond. Hear what he has to say about the next fifty years of space exploration.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Buck Barefoot Band
Sunday, January 25 at 2pm

The Buck Barefoot Band plays eclectic arrangements of blues, jazz, and country music in shows that are packed with exciting versions of standards and old favorites. Their mellow, easy-going performances make it easy to enjoy their impressive musicianship and great song selection.

Interested in Pinterest?
Tuesday, January 27 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Pinterest is a free online tool for collecting and organizing things that inspire you around the web. If you clip recipes you’d like to try, if you enjoy scrapbooking or making wish lists, Pinterest is for you. This class is for people who want to know more about it, or who have just signed up and aren't sure what to do next. Social media expert Ruth Bleakley has almost 10,000 followers on Pinterest. She will teach you how to pin and re-pin and how to maximize Pinterest’s usefulness for you. Cost is $5. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Local Author Don Gilleland: America – A Cultural Enigma
Wednesday, January 28 at the 2pm

From the vantage point of a retired military officer and corporate executive, Don Gilleland’s book America: A Cultural Enigma explores the seismic changes to our culture that have dramatically divided our nation over the last fifty years. He’ll address topics that directly affect our changing lives, such as the newly defined family, life expectancy and medical advances, increased violence and declining national defense, technology and foreign dependency, and more. Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing.

Healthy Planet of Brevard presents Keep Your Resolutions: A Food Prep Class
Wednesday, January 28 at 6pm

Join Healthy Planet President Kim Smith to learn how to make quick and delicious vegan meals that will add variety to your table without sacrificing your health and wellness. Healthy eating can be easy with these helpful hints and ideas. Healthy snacks and samples will be served.

Asian Cooking: Tips & Tricks
Thursday, January 29 at 3pm

Learn a new style of cooking with this demonstration of tips and tricks for preparing delicious Asian meals. Students will learn to cook an appetizer and a main dish and will get to taste the creations at this program. Cost is $10; all recipes, ingredients, equipment, and materials are provided. For more info contact Boots Razon at 321-799-2714. Please register in advance.

Stay Healthy With Your SmartPhone
Friday, January 30 at 1pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

You can use your smartphone to keep track of your prescriptions, your health changes, your vital statistics, and more. Find out the best apps and methods to track and improve your health using technology you can hold in your hand. This class is taught by Barb Barrett, a local resident and former teacher with a lifelong interest in technology. Cost is $5. Please register in advance.

Healthy Planet Documentary Screening: Peaceable Kingdom
Saturday, January 31 at 2pm

Healthy Planet of Brevard will host a screening of Peaceable Kingdom, a powerful documentary that shows the struggle of conscience experienced by traditional farmers who come to question their way of life. The strong connections between the humans and the animals they care for lead us to question our assumptions about farmers, farm life, and farm animals themselves. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be served.


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-1pm, Scrapbooking Group. Get together with friends, learn new techniques, share tips, and make your memories beautiful. For more info contact Ernestine at 321-427-0607.

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, Tuesday Beach Readers Book Club. The next meeting takes place January 13 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

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 January 20 in the Jane von Thron Room. Contact Jean Whitfield for details at 321-784-1105.

Wednesdays & Fridays, by appointment only, SHINE Individual Counseling. Trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors assist seniors and the disabled with their Medicare and Medicaid questions in Study Room 4. SHINE one-on-one counseling is free, unbiased, and confidential. For more info or to schedule a counseling session call 321-323-9418 or email

Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Socrates Café. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. There will be no meeting of Socrates Cafe on Wednesdays, December 24 or December 31.

2nd Wednesday, 11:30am, Morning Book Discussion Group. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting takes place January 14 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin.

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.

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, Open House with Commissioner Jim Barfield in the Captain’s Room. Citizens of District 2 can address issues of concern with their County Commissioner. The next open house will be held on January 23.


Tuesdays beginning 1/6, 2-3:15pm: Gentle Yoga with Emily Hain. This relaxing, non-competitive class is appropriate for beginners and those experienced with a gentle, mindful practice. Students must bring a yoga mat and be comfortably able to get up and down from the floor. Cost is $5 per session.

Wednesdays beginning 1/7, 9-10am: T’ai Chi with Dianne Douglass. This ancient martial art incorporates principles of health and meditation into its practice. Cost is $5 per session.

Fridays beginning 1/9, 11am-12pm: Chair Yoga with Emily Hain. No experience or special equipment is necessary; chairs are used for support. This class is designed for those with mobility or balance issues. Cost is $4 per session.


StoryTime Tuesdays, beginning January 6
10:15am, Toddler Time
(ages 5 and under)
4:30pm, StoryTime (ages 4-7)

Wednesday, January 14 at 4pm

Join in for building challenges, individual and team projects, contests and themed events. Bring your own bricks or dig into our collection to create unique designs. Please sign up in advance with the Youth Department.

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