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October Art and Artists:

Main Library: Strawbridge Art League
Community Room: Clyde Mann - Paintings
Display Case: Robert Graves - Woodcarvings

Fine Art Photography Classes taught by Mick West
Mondays, September 28-October 26 from 2-4pm, 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 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 at here. (No class on October 5.)

Free Friday Movies: Passport Pictures
Fridays, October 2-30 at 3pm

Experience exotic locations in these movies that take us beyond our shores. Popcorn and refreshments will be served.
October 2: Le Week-End, rated R, 93 minutes
October 9: The Brothers Bloom, rated PG-13, 114 minutes
October 16: No film
October 23: Woman In Gold, rated PG-13, 109 minutes
October 30: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, rated PG, 122 minutes

Handmade Greeting Cards with Ree Nathan
Wednesday, October 7 from 9:30-11:30am, in the Captain’s Room

Paper artist Ree Nathan will help you give your greetings unique style. Create three elegant greeting cards 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.

Professional Medium John Rogers
Wednesday, October 7 at 6pm

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

Florida Surf Museum presents a Free Surf Movie: Beyond the Surface
Friday, October 9, doors open at 7pm, movie at 7:30pm

The Florida Surf Museum sponsors a yearly celebration of women surfers in the Sunshine State featuring surfing socials, stand-up paddleboard tours, meals, merrymaking, and more. The 6th Annual Women of the Waves Celebration will kick off with Beyond the Surface, a film about India’s first female surfer, Ishita Malaviya. On their journey through southern India, women surfers and the people they meet share experiences and stories related to surfing, yoga, and ecological awareness, resulting in mutual feelings of hope, a fuel for change, and the empowerment of women. Free organic popcorn and sodas provided courtesy of Sunseed Co-op.

Smartphones and Tablets 101
Tuesday, October 13 at 10:30am for Apple devices and 2pm for Android 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.

Caregiving Classes by Hospice of St. Francis
Weds. from 10-11:30am and Fri. from 2-3:30pm, Oct. 14-30, in the Jane von Thron Room

Current and future caregivers use these free classes to find great information and local resources to help with this important yet stressful journey. The class series keeps caregivers informed and healthy years prior to the need for hospice. Please register in advance with Barbara Borman, RN, at 321-269-4240 ext. 3452 or

Spiritual Wisdom on Life After Death: Open Discussion
Wednesdays, October 14 & 28 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Is soul eternal? What happens when we die? Why reincarnation? Gain insights on these and other questions for a deeper understanding of life after death and coping with loss of loved ones. All are welcome to attend this discussion using the Spiritual Wisdom on Life After Death booklet by Harold Klemp (provided free of charge). Presented by local members of Eckankar.

Health for Life: New Solutions to Eliminate Pain
Friday, October 16 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM, will inform you about natural and holistic methods to manage and eliminate pain. Please register in advance for this free lecture.

20th Annual International Sea-Bean Symposium & Beachcombers' Festival
Friday & Saturday, October 16 (10am-6pm) & 17 (9am-9pm)

Noted scientists, authors, and sea-bean enthusiasts will be present for this 2-day event celebrating driftology and the treasures it yields. Displays, presentations, beach walks, contests, and discussions will make this an interesting weekend. Dr. Blair Witherington will give the Keynote Speech about “Zen and the Art of Drifting” at 7:45pm Saturday evening. More info about the schedule and events is available at

iPhone Photography
Tuesday, October 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.

Savvy Travel With Your SmartPhone
Wednesday, October 21 at 2pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

You can use your smartphone to find the best flights, keep track of your travel schedule, simplify your packing list, map your route, call your car, ease you to sleep, and more. Find the apps and methods to increase your travel know-how by using technology you can hold in your hand. This class is taught by Barb Barrett, a former teacher with a lifelong interest in technology. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited. Cost is $5.

Watercolor Classes with Award-Winning Artist Helen Wheatley
Thursdays, October 22 – November 19, 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 $50 for the 5-week session. Enrollment is limited: Please register in advance at the sign up table and pick up a materials list.

Western Humanities: Greek & Roman Sculpture
Thursdays, October 22 – November 12 from 3:30-5:30pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Learn how the ancients represented the human experience and how their arts compare and contrast to our modern cultural expression. Taught by former Rollins College instructor George V. Richards. Cost is $20 for the series. Please pre-register; enrollment is limited.

Food For Life: Nutrition & Cooking for Diabetes
Saturdays, October 24-November 14 from 1-3pm

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

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Kasondra Rose & the Sleepless
Sunday, October 25 at 2pm

We’re very happy to kick off another Music on a Sunday Afternoon season with Kasondra Rose and The Sleepless. They will knock your socks off with their swingin', funky, soulful style, playing original music and cover songs with a spin. Greg grounds the group with his thick bass lines, John lays down a sick groove on the drums, and Elliot (son of former Cocoa Beach Library director Ray Dickinson) adds flavor with every lick. Together, their unique arrangements and playful energy will leave the crowd buzzing!


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.

Mondays at 4:30pm, Healthy Weight Loss. Accountability and Support. Get the right tools, guidance, and support to help you lose weight in a healthy way and learn how to keep it off. For more info contact Health Coach Catrell Cooney at 321-848-8823.

Tuesdays, 4pm, Al-Anon Family Group. Friends and family of alcoholics meet every Tuesday in the Captain's Room.

2nd Tuesday, 1pm, Beach Readers Book Club. The next meeting takes place October 13 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.

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 October 20 in the Jane von Thron Room. Contact Shirley Finke for details at 321-613-2667.

Wednesdays, 9am-4pm by appointment, Health Insurance Enrollment. Get help signing up for insurance through the ACA Healthcare Marketplace. For more info or to set up an appointment, contact Navigator Teri Rice at 321-544-1153 or email

Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Socrates Café. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. Topic for October 7: Do words matter?

2nd Wednesday, 11:30am, We'll Read Book Club. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting takes place October 14 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be The Children Act by Ian McEwan. For more info contact Mary Lambert at 799-9286.

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.

Fridays, 11am-3pm and other times by appointment, 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

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. No Open House in November or December.


Moving to Mondays on 9/21, 10:30am or 12pm: Senior Fitness for Fall Prevention. Exercise physiologist Kent Dobbins specializes in biomechanics and exercises designed for people over 60. This hour-long class increases stamina, strength, energy, balance, and helps reduce risk of falls. Movements are low-impact and can be adapted for sitting or standing participants. FREE; all equipment provided.

Tuesdays beginning 9/15, 2-3:15pm. Hatha Yoga with Emily Hain. This fun, non-competitive class is appropriate for beginners and those experienced with a gentle, mindful practice. Students must bring a yoga mat and be able to get up and down from the floor. Cost is $5 per session.


StoryTime Tuesdays, beginning September 1
10:15am, Toddler Time
(ages 5 and under)

Annual Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 4 at 2pm

Enjoy refreshments, popcorn, games, and crafts. Win Library Bucks. Fun for the entire family! (Please bring a canned good for the Girl Scout Food Drive and individually wrapped cookies, brownies or cupcakes for a cupcake walk.) Generous support for this program was provided in part by the Brevard Library Foundation.

Read to a Space Coast Therapy Dog
Sunday, October 11 at 1:15pm

The Space Coast Therapy Dogs are coming to the Cocoa Beach Library - cuddle up with a furry friend to read a favorite story. Please sign up in advance with the Youth Dept.

Wednesdays, October 14 & 28 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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