Great Discussions Series
Are you interested in how Foreign Policy works? Would you like to contribute to national discussions and influence American diplomacy at home and abroad? Join Great Discussions by the Foreign Policy Association. The Foreign Policy Association serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.
This group will use the Great Decisions text published by the FPA. Copies of the text will be provided, however, participants are welcome to purchase their own copy at http://www.fpa.org/
The group will meet monthly and be run by members of the Plainville community interested in learning more about foreign policy. The group is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about foreign policy.
Topics being discussed are from the Great Decisions text book and include:
- The Future of Europe
- Trade and Politics
- Conflict in the South China Sea
- Saudi Arabia in Transition
- U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
- Latin America’s Political Pendulum
- Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Nuclear Security
Meetings are Tuesdays at 7pm once a month:
- May 30
- June 27
- July 25
- August 22
- September 26
- October 24
- November 14
- December 12
Saturday, April 29th at 2:30pm The Real Prevention of Heart Problems
Dr. Jorge Cruz, from the Medical Arts Health & Nutrition Center, and Gloria Masse, an expert in Chinese Medicine, will talk about herbs and Chinese Medicine that helps with cardiac issues. Forgotten factors that cause heart troubles that your conventional doctor almost never considers. In spite of all the advances in cardiovascular research, people are still dying of heart diseases. We are supposed to be the most advanced nation in the research of cardiovascular diseases, however, nearly 1 million people die every year of heart disease. Do you want to know why? We will show you the latest alternative way to prevent cardiac issues.
Wednesday, May 3rd from 7-8:30pm Cut the Cord
Frustrated paying high television bills? Want to know how more of your friends and neighbors are accessing programming legally without cable or satellite? Looking to augment your current package? This workshop will give an overview of current choices for broadcast, live events, television series and film. You will learn what streaming is, about streaming devices, and how to access streaming services. You will leave armed with information whether you are an active viewer, passive viewer or a combination of both. Presenter: Philip Bahr is the Reference Librarian at Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT and a voracious television and film consumer. He blogs on media and technology and has lived successfully without cable TV for nearly ten years.
Tuesday, May 9th at 7pm Social Security & Retirement
How Money Works informative & free workshop series presented by the Plainville Public Library in association with Ashley Myles Upson-Hiney & Dustin Hiney from the Plainville office of the nationally-renowned company Primerica.
***Postponed (date TBD)*** Informational session about Dementia with Dr. Jorge Cruz & Gloria Masse
Learn how to prevent or reverse the current stages of Dementia. Learn how to prevent this disease with simple life style changes, including exercise and certain nutrients to keep your brain young. Dr.Cruz is a nutritional consultant for PHARMAX LLC, and has had training in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and endocrinology. He practices at the Medical Arts Health & Nutrition Center of Bristol.
Monday, May 15th at 6:30pm Reiki for Beginners with Jessica DeMarest RN, Reiki Master/Teacher
What is Reiki? Reiki is a natural and safe laying of hands that promotes spiritual and physical healing as well as self improvement. Reiki is a Holistic healing technique developed by the Japanese. Reiki helps the body utilize its own energy to heal through therapeutic touch. Every living thing consists of energy that circulates throughout our bodies to promote a healthy environment for optimal health. At times this energy can become stagnant due to stress, injury, or illness. Reiki helps restore this energy, hence the body, to its highest performance.
What does a session consist of? A Reiki Session can last from 45-60 minutes. The practitioner will have you lie on your back on a massage table or sit in a chair fully clothed with your eyes closed. Soft music and essential oils are utilized to help with relaxation and healing. The Practitioner will either lay hands on or hover just above the body depending on your preference.
Benefits experienced after Reiki: Some people have reported that they were free from chronic pain for the first time or have significantly reduced pain. Balances organs and the energy flow throughout the body
Promotes harmony for body, mind and soul. Compliments medical treatment and recovery. Release or reduction of stress. Emotional weight was lifted off their shoulders. Sleeping more soundly. Increased concentration for upcoming exams or tasks. Feeling of love and happiness. Accelerated the body’s ability to self heal.
Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30pm Beginner Guitar Class with Macri School of Music
Have you always wanted to play guitar but never found the time or maybe started years ago but your guitar is just collecting dust? Then this is the class for you. Begin to learn the basics of playing guitar. This hands-on introductory class covers several basic chords, strumming, rhythm and chord progressions. Learn how to decipher chord diagrams, guitar tablature and well as tuning. We will also cover playing basic single note riffs of well-known songs. Must bring your own guitar to the session. Register at the Reference Desk.
Thursday, May 18th at 7pm Author Matthew Dicks
Sponsored by the Friends of the Plainville Public Library
Matthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing and Unexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, and the upcoming The Other Mother. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide. He is the humor columnist for Seasons magazine and has published work in The Hartford Courant, Reader’s Digest, Parents magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. He has also written comic books for DoubleTake Comics.
When not hunched over a computer screen, he fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a storyteller, a blogger, a wedding DJ, a minister, and a life coach. He has been teaching for 18 years and is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.
Matthew is a 29-time Moth StorySLAM champion and four-time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast. He is also the founder and creative director of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization that produces shows throughout New England. He teaches storytelling and public speaking throughout the world to individuals, corporations, school districts, and more.
Tuesday, June 13th at 7pm Declutter your Life with Elaine Turek, The Declutter Specialist
Learn tips to help you take control of your surroundings and your life! Topics to be discussed include how to tackle clutter in your home, senior downsizing, organize your home or office for maximum efficiency, personal paperwork organization, staging your home for sale.
Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm John Brighenti & Esdras Lubin Jazz Performance
John Brighenti graduated from the Hartt School of Music and went on to study privately with noted jazz musicians Ray Cassarino, Lennie Tristano, and Jerry Bergonzi. His professional experiences as a pianist include performing with numerous orchestras (1977 toured the U.S. with the Glenn Miller Orchestra) , lounge groups, jazz ensembles and vocalists in the New England states, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Bassist Esdras Lubin of New Haven has played professionally for 55 years with a wide variety of accomplished artists, most notably 25 years with (Virginia) Joe Jones, The Supremes, Barry Ries,Wynton Marsalis, Al Hirt , Ron Affif, Charlie Byrd, John Colianni, Junior Mance, Barney Kessel, Ira Sullivan , Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Karen Briggs, Arnie Lawrence, Billy Mitchell, and vocalists Maydie Miles and Arlee Leonard. He was a bassist with The Jazz Foundation of America, Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. Esdras currently performs in jazz clubs and restaurants throughout Connecticut as well as at country clubs, dances, jazz concerts, clubs, and private affairs around the tri-State area.
Adult Colouring is held one Thursday a month at 6:30pm in the Chase Auditorium.
Participants may drop in to color on May 4th and June 8th, 2017. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Plainville Public Library. Colored pencils, markers, and coloring pages will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own coloring supplies if desired.
Plainville Writers Group
Meets on the following Thursdays from 6-8pm at the Library. April 27th, May 11th, May 25th. Open to the general public, for writers at least 18 years of age. Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute to the discussions.
The Plainville Writers Group, a peer-led series is sponsored by the Plainville Public Library, provides opportunities for area writers to read their original work and receive helpful criticism and support.