Activities and Events

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Artist of the Month: 

Malgorzata Kawashima

Ever since her parents gave her a box of crayons when she was 5 or 6, Malgorzata Kawashima has felt that drawing is a way to communicate, and that communication is personal. Her paintings are a combination of different media: watercolor, ink, pastel, acrylic, oil, and pencil, and she really likes the addition of collage. She feels intuitively that her mixed media paintings and her sketches are a direct expression of her love for the world that she has the privilege to live in and to share with other beings. Her work will be on display at the Parkland Library from January 1st through 31st.





Malgorzata Kawashima

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group 


Monday, January 23rd, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Similar to a current events group, but focused on entertainment and culture, this lively discussion will cover topics like: What’s on the bestseller list? What’s big at the box office? What have you been reading or watching? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. Registration required. Register here.

Italian Topics with Antonio 


Monday, January 23rd, 30th, 7 p.m.


Enjoy an overview of Italian culture and become familiar with the Italian language under the guidance of Antonio Del Bene of Byron Tree USA. Topics range from Italian habits and geography to history and art, and the sessions at times include screenings of Italian films with English subtitles to use as language practice and jumping off points for discussion. The classes are held weekly at the Parkland Library. Registration is not required.


Adult Art Class: Mixed Media Winter Landscapes


Tuesday, January 24th, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Instructor Malgorzata Kawashima will guide participants in making a winter landscape on canvas. The process will involve making a background with gesso, sketching trees with a brush and acrylic paint, adding shadows with vine charcoal, and tinting snowy foreground with pastels and gel medium and glitter. Registration required. Register here.

Declutter & Organize Workshop 


Tuesday, January 24th, 6:15 p.m.


Keep your New Year’s resolution to get organized! Lori Abou of Me In Order will talk about the five keys to organizing anything: sorting, purging, assigning a home, containing, and maintaining. She will walk you through each step and give you questions to ask yourself as you go through your home to decide what to keep or donate. She will also talk about utilizing the space you have in your home without having to buy more “stuff.” Lori is one of the founding members of the National Association of Professional Organizers South Florida, has been in the organizing industry since 2004, and is a Certified Professional Organizer®. Registration required. Register here.

Senior Moments…the Unforgettable Band

 

Wednesday, January 25th, 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.


Enjoy the big sounds of 50 years of popular music from the 1920s to the 1970s at this performance that is sure to get everyone’s toes tapping. Registration required. Register here.

Photography Tips: “Get Your Camera Out of Auto" 


Tuesday, January 31st, 6:15 p.m.


Photographer Jodi Turchin will help you take the next step in getting comfortable with your digital camera. She’ll talk about learning how to use different manual settings such as shutter speed, aperture and more. Bring your camera for some hands-on instruction. Registration required. Register here.

Knit ‘N’ Knowledge


Monday, February 6th, 10:30 a.m.


Do you enjoy knitting?  Bring your own projects, tips, techniques and ideas to share with fellow knitters at the Parkland Library. Registration not required. 

Italian Topics with Antonio


Monday, February 6th, 13th, 27th, 7 p.m.


Enjoy an overview of Italian culture and become familiar with the Italian language under the guidance of Antonio Del Bene of Byron Tree USA. Topics range from Italian habits and geography to history and art, and the sessions at times include screenings of Italian films with English subtitles to use as language practice and jumping off points for discussion. The classes are held weekly at the Parkland Library. Registration not required. 

Adult Coloring Book Art


Tuesday, February 7th, 10:30 a.m. to noon


Decompress and let your mind wander while enjoying this latest creative trend: coloring books for adults. We’ll add some soothing background music and light snacks to create a little “me time” in your day. We will provide the supplies or you may bring your own. Registration required. Register here.

The Jews of China: Life and Friendship between Two Ancient Cultures


Wednesday, February 8th, 6 p.m.


A viable Jewish presence existed in China for several centuries. This presence prevailed from the time of Marco Polo (the Silk Road) until about 1950. Speaker Sanford Wainer, a Russian Jew born in Harbin, Manchuria, China, will share artifacts and discuss this fascinating history as well as share his own experiences of living throughout China, including his life in Shanghai under Japanese occupation during WWII. Registration required. Register here.

Developing a Healthy Lifestyle: The Importance of Sleep

 

Thursday, February 9th, 6:30 p.m.


How important is it to get a good night’s sleep? And what can you do to make sure you get the sleep you need? Dr. Benjamin Barnea (MD) will give a presentation on sleep and sleep disorders, covering these questions and more. Dr. Barnea is Board Certified in Neurology/Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and is currently employed at the VA Hospital in Riviera Beach. Registration required. Register here.

All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance


Saturday, February 11th, 10:30 a.m.


A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. J.D. Vance, a Yale Law School graduate and former marine, gives a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class through his own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town. Registration is not required.

Coffee Bar and Used Book Fair


Saturday, February 11th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Located in the Library Lobby, the fair is sponsored by the Parkland Friends of the Library.


Adult Art Class:  Floral Drawing Motifs with Lori Arbel


Tuesday, February 14th, 10:30 a.m. to noon


Join Lori Arbel, founder of Venture with Art, as she shares the tools for infusing creativity into your daily life with LOVE. Incorporate floral motifs through play with a variety of art materials and approaches. You'll experience the freedom and release of creating from your intuition. No art experience needed. Enjoy the process of art making! Supplies included. Registration required. Register here.

Story Slam


Wednesday, February 15th, 6:30 p.m.


Amateur storytellers (and the people who love them) will share and enjoy short, first-person narratives related to a theme. For this meeting, the theme will be “Love.” Interpret this theme however you like, then bring your original poem or story of no longer than eight minutes and volunteer to read or just come out to listen and support those sharing. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Register here.

SAT vs. ACT: What You Need to Know


Tuesday, February 21st, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


In this informational workshop, Score at the Top will highlight the similarities and differences between the two tests. You will leave with a better understanding of which test might be the better fit for you so that you can maximize your scoring potential. This workshop is intended for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Author Rufus Jones, Jr. presents Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad


Saturday, February 25th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


In honor of Black History Month, the Parkland Library hosts conductor and scholar Rufus Jones, Jr. discussing his book Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad, which brings to light a literal treasure trove of unpublished primary sources to tell the compelling story of this great American conductor. A testament to Dixon’s resolve, this first-ever full-length biography of this American musical hero chronicles Dixon’s musical upbringing, beginnings as a conductor, painful decision to leave his own country, rise to fame in Europe and his triumphant stand 21 years later when he returned to the United States to serve as a model for aspiring Black classical musicians. Rufus Jones, Jr. is an orchestral conductor, published author, and educator. His research has focused on African American classical musicians. Dr. Jones has conducted orchestras of all levels for over two decades and is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Register here.


Afternoon Film & Discussion: Introducing Dorothy Dandridge


Saturday, February 25th, 2 p.m.


Actress, dancer, singer. Here was a woman with talent, beauty and ambition. Dorothy Dandridge owed it to herself to make it to the top. And make it, she would. An acclaimed stage performer, Dorothy struggled with the challenge of her color in Hollywood. She beat out many more famous rivals for the role of “Carmen Jones” and became the first black woman ever nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. Here was a woman who wouldn't wait in the wings. Halle Berry stars. Registration required. Register here.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group


Monday, February 27th, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Similar to a current events group, but focused on entertainment and culture, this lively discussion will cover topics like: What’s on the bestseller list? What’s big at the box office? What have you been reading or watching? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. Registration required. Register here.

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)


Tuesday, February 28th, 10:30 a.m.


Put it all together with new and old friends during this relaxing morning of jigsaw puzzles. Enjoy snacks, listen to music, and get that sense of completion. Registration required. Register here.

Writers' Cafe


Fridays at 10 a.m.


Whether you are hoping to be published or just want to share your memories with family members, you will find advice and support with this group of authors. This group meets every Friday at 10 a.m. Registration is not required.