Activities and Events

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Artist of the Month: Sharron Demarest

Sharron is a photographer living and working in Wilton Manors, FL, the Island City. She was born in Maine and misspent her youth as a military brat moving around the country, before moving on to NYC. In 2006, she and her spouse made the move to South Florida and are enjoying the change of atmosphere. In high school, Sharron acquired a $3.98 plastic Diana camera, and though the pictures were lousy, she was hooked. When she reached NYC, Sharron began working as a darkroom technician for various New York-based photographers, including W. Eugene Smith. Since then, she has rarely been without a camera in hand. Some of Sharron’s early work can be found at McGill University in Canada and in several private collections in New York, and her more recent work has won awards in several art shows and is in included in a variety of South Florida collections. Her work will be on display at the Parkland Library through February 28th.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group

Monday, February 26th, 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’s trending in pop culture? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. Registration required. Register here. 

You’ve Been Hacked! (adults & teens)

Wednesday, February 28th, 6:15 p.m.

Kevin Quinn, a Parkland resident and cybersecurity expert who has worked with the NSA, NATO, and Fortune 500 enterprises to secure global systems and data, will give you a deeper understanding of why your data is not safe, who is using it, and how you can help reduce the personal impact. He will give an overview of the schemes leveraged to obtain your information, new policies that will directly impact your digital security and freedom, and give a broad view of emerging technologies that will “change the game.” Join us for a topic relevant to our time and leave empowered to better balance your release of privacy for convenience. Help steer the discussion by submitting questions ahead of time to Registration required. Register here.

All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: Circling the Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain

Saturday, March 3rd, 10:30 a.m.

Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman – Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa. Set against the majestic landscape of early-20th-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit. Registration not required.

Knit ‘n’ Knowledge

Monday, March 5th, 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.

Adult Coloring Book Art

Tuesday, March 6th, 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.

Florida Lore: An Adult Storytelling Performance (adults & teens)

Tuesday, March 6th, 6:15 p.m.

It's often been said that our stories make us who we are – and that's true not only for people, but for places, as well. Come hear a lively, entertaining, educational – and mostly true – collection of legends, folktales and myths from the Sunshine State. No matter how long you've lived here, you will be amazed at what a fascinating place this is! Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., is a professional storyteller. She teaches at Florida Atlantic University, and performs nationally and abroad. Her most recent book is Florida Lore: The Barefoot Mailman, Cowboy Bone Mizell, the Tallahassee Witch and Other Tales. Dr. Neile appears weekly on public radio WLRN and writes a storytelling column for the Jewish Journal. Registration required. Register here.

Art Class: Florida Wetlands – Reflections of Sky and Trees in the Lake (adults)

Tuesday, March 13th, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Using watercolor paints and colored pencils on paper, students will learn how to create an illusion of water with reflections. This class will be led by instructor Malgorzata Kawashima. Supplies included. No experience necessary. Registration required. Register here. 

TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion: “The Power of Introverts” (adults & teens)

Wednesday, March 14th, 6 p.m.

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and they should be encouraged and celebrated. Cain makes a case for the quiet and contemplative. We’ll watch a video presentation of this entertaining and thought-provoking talk and then discuss as a group. Registration required. Register here.

Used Book Fair

Thursday, March 15th through Saturday, March 17th

Sponsored by the Parkland Friends of the Library during the library’s operating hours these three days, the fair features used books. For more information, call 954-757-4203.

Afternoon Board Games (adults)

Friday, March 16th, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Yahtzee, Scrabble, checkers, dominoes, and more are all on the table for this fun and social afternoon. We’ll provide the games; you just need to bring your game face! Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Register here.

Irish Step Dance Performance

Saturday, March 17th, 10:30 a.m.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Start your day off right with this performance by the Drake School of Irish Dance, whose dancers enjoy competing both locally and internationally, and performing throughout Broward County. Made popular by such shows as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, Irish step dance is a fun dance form open to all. Come and see what the fuss is about. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this unique dance form. Registration required. Register here.

Afternoon Film & Discussion: This Beautiful Fantastic (adults)

Saturday, March 17th, 2 p.m.

A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children's book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay) is a beautifully quirky young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children's book. When she is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, match and mentor in Alfie Stephenson (Tom Wilkinson), a grumpy, loveless, rich old man who lives next door and happens to be an amazing horticulturalist. Registration required. Register here.

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)

Tuesday, March 20th, 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.

Improving Your iPhone Photography (adults & teens) 

Tuesday & Wednesday, March 20th & 21st, 6:15 p.m.

On, no, you are at a special place or witnessing an amazing event and your camera is back in your hotel room! Have no fear, your iPhone camera is always handy and is an exceptional photo device once you know how to use it. This course is designed to help you take great iPhone photographs and process them to share with friends, family, or online. The two-day course will be taught by Alan Spitzer, a physician and a professional photographer, who has had numerous exhibits of his work around the country. Registration required. Register here.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group

Monday, March 26th, 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’s trending in pop culture? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. 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.