Friends of the Main Library

Friends of the Library     (April and now May also listed – scroll down) 

April 2018 Adult Events

Main Library   1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.   St. Augustine, FL 32084

Submitted by:  Amy Ackerman  Assistant Branch Manager4/11  Science Lecture Series with Dr. Penney: The Last Extinction
Wednesday, April 11th  3:00 to 4:00 pm

Dr. Penney will share his knowledge, theories and perspectives on the diverse animal life that existed during the Late Peistocene (ice-age).  He will trace the entrance of paleo-peoples into North America and describe how they invented cutting edge tools in order to compete with daunting super-predators such a Smilodon (Sabre-Tooth cat), Dire Wolves, Cave Bears, etc.  He will describe the vast “mammoth-steppe”, so different from America today.  He will explore the habitat and geographic changes that took place with the melting of the continental glaciers, rising sea level, and the change from a cool, dry, low herbal landscape, to one of warmer, moister forests and grasslands.  During this time from 15,000 to 10,000 years ago over 70 species, some very large mammals, became extinct.  What could have caused this?  Was it the arrival of humans from AsiaMany scientists believe that explanation is too simple.  Was a celestial impactor involved, like the dinosaur-killer that struck earth 66 million years ago?  What other possibilities are there?  The question of what caused the extinction of so many Pleistocene species, so apparently well-adapted to harsh conditions, is profound and difficult to answer.

David G. Penney is a retired medical school professor of physiology and biochemistry. Resident of St. Augustine. His professional specialty is in toxicology. During the past 7-8 years he has given dozens of presentations to school groups, libraries and astronomy societies on science history, astronomy, biology, paleontology, etc. He is a member of the Ancient City Astronomy Club.

4/16  Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Monday, April 16th5:00 to 6:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. The presentation will be based on Dr. John Gottman’s bestselling book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, which is based on Dr. Gottman’s over 40 years of multi-dimensional research on marriage and relationships with over 3000 couples.  From observing what he called the “Masters” and “Disasters” of Relationships, he learned what works and what doesn’t work in marriage and shared it with us in the Seven Principles.

As a result of their attendance at this presentation, participants will learn about:

*The difference between the “Masters” and “Disasters” of Relationship.

*The 4 leading indicators of separation and divorce (i.e. “the 4 Horsemen”) and their antidotes.

*The Distance and Isolation Cascade.

*The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work.

*How to improve conflict discussions by using softened startup.

*The difference between solvable and perpetual problems.

Michael Brown is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, one of only two Certified Gottman Therapists in Northeast Florida, and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Michael became a Certified Gottman Therapist in 2014 and, since then, has become a Gottman Couples Workshop Leader and Clinical Trainer. He provides quarterly Art and Science of Love Weekend Workshops for Couples and clinical training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy for other therapists, counselors, and psychologists. Prior to starting a private practice, Michael worked with children, adolescents, parents, couples, families, and groups for 13 years in community mental health and substance abuse treatment, the last 8 with the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Northeastern Arizona. Michael and his family moved to St. Augustine in July of last year and he started a private practice, Happy Couples Healthy Communities, in Bartram Park in August of last year.

Seating is limited! Register online or by calling the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

4/17  Stressless: Heaven’s Healing Essentials with Gina

Tuesday, April 17th   6:00 pm to 6:50 pm

This is a stress relief class that will help you learn about tension and stress and how to relieve them from your body and mind using simple techniques like muscle relaxation, the Calming Breath, aroma therapy, and so much more. No registration is required!  Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

4/18  Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesdays April 4th & 18th  – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for a free low-impact Zumba Gold session with Angela.  It’s a fun way to burn fat, reduce stress, and clear your mind.  You can also build endurance and coordination while gaining confidence!  Angela has been doing Zumba for over six years and is a certified Zumba instructor.  She has lost 40 pounds doing Zumba!

Wear comfortable clothes like shorts and also wear sneakers (or socks) that can slide easily on carpet.  Please bring a bottle of water for yourself.  Registration is not required!  This session is free and open to the public. Please call the Main Library at 904-827-6940 for more information.

4/18  2018 Tax Planning Seminar
Wednesday, April 18th4:30 to 5:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. April 17th is the due date for your 2017 federal taxes, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about 2018′s tax return.  Come join us at this free 2018 Tax Seminar by Michael Testoni to learn more about what you can do NOW to prepare for April 2019!

He will discuss recent changes to the tax laws and share new tax strategies for 2018. Tax planning is all year long, not just at the end of the year. You will leave this event with several tax saving ideas.  This presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.

Michael is an Enrolled Agent licensed by the Internal Revenue Service to represent his clients in all 50 states. He is also a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Estate Planner. Michael has earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance.  Michael is a firm believer that tax planning is year around not just once a year. This tax strategy helps his clients to minimize their tax liabilities. He has offices in St Augustine, Palm Coast and Ormond Beach.

Seating is limited! Register online or by calling the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

 4/20  Stretching 4 Life! with Gina

Friday April 20th  –10:30 to 11:30 am

Stretching and deep breathing are two very basic and important things to do when caring for our bodies. Together, both can be healing as well as preventive. Each month we will breathe deeply and gently stretch different parts of our bodies which will unkink the kinks so we can feel better within ourselves. Anyone can attend from the basic beginner to the more advanced. Join us as we STRETCH 4 LIFE! Gina, of Heaven’s Healing, is a licensed massage therapist.

Wear loose clothing and bring your yoga mat, if you have one. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 827-6940.

4/20  Your Signature Look
Friday, April 20th2:00 to 3:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Cindy will share the 3 transformational steps of discovering ‘Your Signature Look,’ that she teaches her clients. This is a customized process that helps you dress in the most attractive and flattering manner possible for your unique personality and physical appearance. Discovering ‘Your Signature Look’, your truth, your authentic beauty will save you time, money and energy and give you confidence and freedom to go forward to pursue your goals, dreams and desires without stressing over what to wear.

Combining her Fine Arts Degree, Aesthetician License, Massage License and Image Consulting Certification, Cindy founded Cindy Clardy Image Consulting, based in St. Augustine, Florida.

Seating is limited!  Register online or by calling the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

4/24  Adult Card Games

Tuesdays, April 10th and 24th  – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Come try your hand at some classic adult card games. Bring a friend or meet some new ones! If you don’t have a full deck, we have some you can borrow. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Library. Games start promptly at 1:00 pm and run until 3:30 pm.  Participants are asked to please stay for the entire event so other attendees aren’t left without a gaming partner. For more information, call Lea at 904.829.0643.

4/24  Mastermind Your Way to Success!
Tuesday, April 24th5:30 to 6:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. One of the most powerful tools ever used by successful people is a process called masterminding. We all know that two heads are better than one! Imagine having a permanent group who meet regularly for the purpose of problem solving, brainstorming, encouraging and holding each other accountable.

In this session Jodi will show you how to form and conduct your own mastermind group for maximum results!  Space is limited, so call the library at 904.827.6940 to reserve your seat.

Jodi Santangelo-Ash is a Certified Law of Attraction Trainer and Canfield Success Coach and is passionate about empowering people with tools to create the life you want! She is also the author of the book “Dynamic Affirmation”; a step by step guide for creating affirmations that work for you! Jodi can be reached at 918-809-8552.

4/25  Spiritual & Holistic Education Series: Healing With Lifestyle and Nutrition
Wednesday, April 25th3:30 to 5:30 pm

This workshop describes one’s choices about food that can help support a balanced and functional body, mind, and spirit. Students will learn various ways to take critical steps that will improve their overall health through stress reduction, sleep improvement and dietary interventions.

The practice of spirituality has consistently been linked with bettering a person’s well-being. Most spiritual and holistic practices have the goal of achieving a higher state of consciousness. Practicing spiritual health provides a greater sense of awareness and appreciation that can make you a stronger and more confident person. Through these courses, you will gain a foundation in holistic, spiritual, and nutritional methods that will promote a balanced lifestyle to better your overall physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Laura Schwalm is a modern-day Spiritualist who incorporates holistic and spiritual practices to heal and balance the body, mind, and spirit. Laura is a psychic medium and certified Holistic Health coach, master healer, Conscious wellness Coach and Metaphysical speaker and educator in the art and alchemy of healing. To read more about Laura go to www.pureenergyhealer.com

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Stretching 4 Life! with Gina

Fridays, May 4th, 11th, and 18th  – 10:30 to 11:30 am

Stretching and deep breathing are two very basic and important things to do when caring for our bodies. Together, both can be healing as well as preventive. Each month we will breathe deeply and gently stretch different parts of our bodies which will unkink the kinks so we can feel better within ourselves. Anyone can attend from the basic beginner to the more advanced. Join us as we STRETCH 4 LIFE! Gina, of Heaven’s Healing, is a licensed massage therapist.

Wear loose clothing and bring your yoga mat, if you have one. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 827-6940.

Stress Management for Special Needs Parents

Monday, May 7th – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

We know life is stressful on its own. Add in a special needs child (or two) and WOW. Life goes from stressful to downright overwhelming in an eye blink! Instructor Kathryn Cipriani, a mentor and/or caregiver of 20 years (half of that dedicated to special needs children in the capacity of mentor and/or caregiver), can tell you that the children who do the best and make the most progress are those whose PARENTS are healthiest emotionally, mentally, and physically. Give yourself the gift of joining us for simple stress management strategies that can start you on the path to joy in the journey, rather than overwhelm and burn out as you try to cope with the chaos your life has become. Kathryn will also be providing a variety of resources to help support you in helping your child. After all, it’s difficult to help our children when we don’t know the resources that are available to us. The very first step to improving your emotional and mental health is knowing you aren’t alone and taking advantage of the support that is offered! Find the babysitter, figure out the schedule and make this class a priority!

Instructor Kathryn Cipriani has 20 years teaching and caretaking experience, infant through teen in non-traditional and therapeutic environments, including 5 years of co-owning and instructing at Live Oak: School of Self-Sufficiency here in St. Augustine for the past 5 years. For information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Adult Card Games

Tuesdays, May 8th and 29th   – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Come try your hand at some classic adult card games. Bring a friend or meet some new ones! If you don’t have a full deck, we have some you can borrow. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Library. Games start promptly at 1:00 pm and run until 3:30 pm.  Participants are asked to please stay for the entire event so other attendees aren’t left without a gaming partner. For more information, call Lea at 904.829.0643.

Silent Peace Meditation

Tuesday, May 8th  – 6:15 to 6:45 pm

Meditation teacher, Kathleen Roberts, will open the group with a short breathing exercise and lead us into a silent meditation, where the participants will think peace. Jade Forest and her singing bowls will support the meditation. Ms. Roberts has been leading meditation and psychic development groups for over 10 years. Any questions, call Kathleen at 669-1085. Come join us in sending peace to the world.

Science Lecture Series with Dr. Penney: How is it possible that we are here?

Wednesday, May 9th – 3:00 to 4:00 pm

 Life developed on earth, or did it? If not here, where? Regardless, can we identify the factors, the favorable characteristics that would be beneficial to sustaining life and even causing it to flourish in our galaxy, in our solar system, and on this planet? What are the factors that would work against life beginning, spreading, and evolving on our world? We know of 5 – 12+ major extinction events in the past 1/2 billion years, causing 99% of all species that ever lived to become extinct. How have we been so lucky to avoid extinction? Dr. Penney will present favoring characteristics and to what extent they would have been efficacious for life. He has identified nearly 50 such factors. The questions surrounding the transition from single-celled life to intelligent life is even more complex. Is intelligent life inevitable when life evolves over billions of years? How is it that intelligent hominids appeared so quickly during the past 2-million years? Why is it that we have brains with capabilities far out-stripping the apparent needs of hunter-gatherers? In short, why are we so smart while our evolutionary history was so humble? Many aspects of the question why life, including us, are here today on this metal-rock planet, will be examined.

David G. Penney is a retired medical school professor of physiology and biochemistry. Resident of St. Augustine. His professional specialty is in toxicology. During the past 7-8 years he has given dozens of presentations to school groups, libraries and astronomy societies on science history, astronomy, biology, paleontology, etc. He is a member of the Ancient City Astronomy Club.  For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

 Brown Bag Lunch: ‘The Poor Man’s Trip to Spain’: the preservation movement in St. Augustine in the 1960s

Wednesday, May 9th – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

May is Historic Preservation Month! Come learn how downtown St. Augustine was transformed in the 1960s through preservation and reconstruction efforts, driven by the 400th anniversary celebration in 1965. Through research and a variety of private and public partnerships we ended up with the St. Augustine that we know and love today.

Our special guest, Matt Armstrong, is the Collections Coordinator at the University of Florida Historic St. Augustine Governor’s House Library. Matt has lived in St. Augustine since 2004, is a Flagler College and UF alum, and also plays in the local folk trio Aslyn and the Naysayers.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating begins at 11:00 am and the presentation starts at 11:30 am.  Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.  For additional information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

SCORE event: Small Business Mentor Marathon

Saturday, May 12th – 1:00 to 5:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Do you have questions about your existing small business and just don’t know who to ask? Or are you thinking of starting your own business and just don’t know where to start? The professionals are here! Mentors from the local SCORE chapter will be at the Main Library to answer whatever questions you may have. Come on by any time between 1:00 and 5:00 pm for a one-on-one session.

If you are thinking of starting a business, a mentor can talk with you about your business vision, developing a support system, legal structure, business naming, market analysis, financial funding and a business plan.

If you are in business, a mentor can discuss how to improve financial results, where to obtain financing for growth, marketing and how to choose which social media to use.

This service is FREE and confidential. Please register so we know how many mentors we’ll need to have available.  https://jacksonville.score.org/local-workshops-events

SCORE is an all-volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Founded in 1964, SCORE has over 350 chapters and 13,000 volunteers throughout the United States. SCORE is powered by executives and business owners, both working and retired, who generously donate their time and expertise as business mentors.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, May 15th – 4:00 to 6:00 pm

PLEASE RSVP.  Crochet Club is for anyone interested in crochet and socializing. Attendees are encourage to bring what they are currently working on as well as projects they may need a little help with. This is a casual group for all skill levels to chat and crochet. Group leader, Tiffany, has been teaching crochet professionally for over 2 years.  Our table is big, but seating is limited, so please register and reserve a seat! For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Stressless: Heaven’s Healing Essentials with Gina

Tuesday, May 15th   – 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm

 This is a stress relief class that will help you learn about tension and stress and how to relieve them from your body and mind using simple techniques like muscle relaxation, the Calming Breath, aroma therapy, and so much more. No registration is required!  Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesday, May 16– 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for a free low-impact Zumba Gold session with Angela.  It’s a fun way to burn fat, reduce stress, and clear your mind.  You can also build endurance and coordination while gaining confidence!  Angela has been doing Zumba for over six years and is a certified Zumba instructor.  She has lost 40 pounds doing Zumba!

Wear comfortable clothes like shorts and also wear sneakers (or socks) that can slide easily on carpet.  Please bring a bottle of water for yourself.  Registration is not required!  This session is free and open to the public. Please call the Main Library at 904-827-6940 for more information.

 SCORE Small Business Workshop: How do I develop a product or service to sell?

Monday, May 21st – 5:30 to 6:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Some people want to run their own business but have not identified a product or service to sell. Others have a product idea but don’t know how to build it so customers will want to buy it. This workshop will cover generating new product ideas, building product concepts, and discuss methods of tailoring your product to the right target market.

 SCORE is an all-volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Founded in 1964, SCORE has over 350 chapters and 13,000 volunteers throughout the United States. SCORE is powered by executives and business owners, both working and retired, who generously donate their time and expertise as business mentors.

Register at https://jacksonville.score.org/local-workshops-events.

Marshall Persky, SCORE mentor and Chairman of the St. Augustine SCORE branch, has over 40 years of business experience with Ryerson Steel. During his career at Ryerson, he held the positions of General Manager and Vice President and retired after 40 years as Vice President of Global Sales. As a nine year certified SCORE mentor, Marshall has mentored a wide variety of clients. His mentoring skills include: business finance & accounting, business operations, business strategy & planning, non-profits, startups, sales, marketing & public relations, supply chain management, and business planning. For more information, call Marshall at 773-251-8685.

Tribal Fit with Gina Marie Newman

Wednesday, May 23rd    – 10:30 to 11:30 am

Join Gina Marie Newman, Director of Blue Lotus World Dance Co., for a fun dance class designed to increase flexibility and burn extra calories! Gina will break down the moves of American Tribal Dance® to create easy to follow combinations while we get fit and have fun!

American Tribal Dance® is a fusion of Spanish Flamenco, Middle Eastern and North African movements. Please wear comfortable exercise wear and bring water. All levels welcome!  For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Spiritual & Holistic Education Series: Mastering of Emotions

Wednesday, May 30th  – 3:30 to 5:30 pm

This workshop attempts to understand ineffective management of emotions, or misreading emotions, which tend to prevent people from achieving success and contentment. For people interested in overcoming the obstacles that are standing in the way of personal goals, this workshop would be helpful.

The practice of spirituality has consistently been linked with bettering a person’s well-being. Most spiritual and holistic practices have the goal of achieving a higher state of consciousness. Practicing spiritual health provides a greater sense of awareness and appreciation that can make you a stronger and more confident person. Through these courses, you will gain a foundation in holistic, spiritual, and nutritional methods that will promote a balanced lifestyle to better your overall physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Laura Schwalm is a modern-day Spiritualist who incorporates holistic and spiritual practices to heal and balance the body, mind, and spirit. Laura is a psychic medium and certified Holistic Health coach, master healer, Conscious wellness Coach and Metaphysical speaker and educator in the art and alchemy of healing. To read more about Laura,  go to www.pureenergyhealer.com.

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