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Sunday 1 - 5
Monday 10 - 6
Tuesday 9 - 8
Wednesday 9 - 8
Thursday 10 - 6
Friday 10 - 6
Saturday 9 - 5

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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE COCOA BEACH LIBRARY

February Art and Artists:

Main Library: Norma Maestro's Paintings
Community Room: Studios of Cocoa Beach
Display Case: Wynn Lanoureaux’s Hakata Figures

Art Space with Liz Scholder
Mondays, January 8 – March 26 from 10:15-11:45am, in the Captain’s Room
In Art Space, which meets from 10:15 -11:45, Mondays, Jan. 8-March 26, students will build upon a foundation of good drawing skills to create projects that are centered around topics from Artistic movements, styles, and world history, as well as literature. Liz will demonstrate, and guide you through drawing with pastels, painting in a variety of fluid media, and using found materials to produce aesthetic pieces. This 12-week course provides all the supplies you need to use in class. Must preregister by sending your information plus tuition and materials fee of $96 to Eliz. Scholder, 660 S. Brevard, Unit 1533, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Call Liz at (321) 292-9782 for more information.

Printmaking 101 with Liz Scholder
Thursdays, January 11-March 29 from 10:15-11:45am, in the Captain’s Room

In Printmaking 101, you will combine techniques of masking, stencil, and stamp to produce prints on paper, fabric, and objects. This is a new course at Cocoa Beach Library, which promises much excitement and innovation! This 12-week course provides all the supplies you need to use in class. Must preregister by sending your information plus tuition and materials fee of $96 to Eliz. Scholder, 660 S. Brevard, Unit 1533, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Call Liz at (321) 292-9782 for more information.

Free Friday Movies: Romantic Comedies
Fridays, February 2-23 at 3pm, in the Community Room
Fall in love with this series of romantic comedies from then and now. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. No movie on February 16.
February 2: Moonstruck (rated PG, 102 minutes)
February 9: The Wedding Singer (rated PG-13, 95 minutes)
February 16: No movie
February 23: The Big Sick (rated R, 117 minutes)
March 2: The Lady Eve (not rated, 94 minutes)

AARP Volunteer Tax Assistance, February 6 – April 12
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9am-1pm (last client must be in by 12pm)
Thursdays, 10am-2pm (last client must be in by 1pm)
AARP Volunteers will provide free income tax and e-filing assistance at the library. You must make an appointment in-person at the library on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays when AARP representatives are present. Phone reservations will not be taken. Please bring your original Social Security Card, a photo ID, and all your necessary tax documentation to your appointment.

French Classes for Beginners
Tuesdays, February 6-March 20 at 9:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room
These classes will help you understand the basics of conversation in the French language by helping you with pronunciation and teaching you verbs, vocabulary, and adjectives to describe common scenes and scenarios. Pre-register. Cost is $5 per class.

Friends Travel Films
Wednesday, February 7 & 21 at 6pm, in the Community Room
Whether you’re planning a trip or taking a virtual vacation, these travel movies presented by the Cocoa Beach Friends are sure to please. Featuring episodes of the show Full Circle with Michael Palin. Refreshments will be served.

Painting Class with Joan Kisner
Fridays, February 9, February 16, and March 2 at 10:30am, in the Community Room

Anyone can learn to paint! The four paintings in this series will teach you several brush techniques, will teach you how to paint depth, give you insight into perspective, mixing colors, and show you how to use negative space in a positive way. All this without drawing more than a few lines on your canvas. You will also learn the art of collage. Come for one session, two, three or all four. Canvases, paints, brushes… everything needed will be provided in the cost of the workshops. $25 per class.

Western Humanities: Going for 'Baroque'
Wednesdays, February 14 - March 7 at 3:30pm, in the Jane von Thron Room
Learn how our ancestors in the Baroque and Romantic ages 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, PhD in Classical Civilization. Cost is $20 for the series. Please pre-register; limited enrollment.

Health for Life: Natural Solutions to Arthritis
Friday, February 16 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room
Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM, will discuss alternative approaches to handling and preventing arthritic pain. Please register in advance for this free lecture.

Love Your Library Wine Tasting Presented by Cocoa Beach Rotary Daybreak
Friday, February 16 at 6pm, in the Community Room
Let us be your sweetheart – get ready for Valentine's Day with your true love, local libraries! Fine wines and hors d'oeuvres will be served at this benefit for an invaluable resource in our communities. Local artists will be on display, musical entertainment will gladden your heart, and you may win one of the beautiful silent auction baskets. Tickets are $20 and available at the Check-Out Desk at the Cocoa Beach Library. All proceeds will benefit the Cocoa Beach Library.

CANCELLED - AARP Driving Class
Saturday, February 17 at 9:30am-4:30pm, in the Community Room
The AARP Driving Class scheduled for Saturday, February 17 has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. To sign up for the next available class, please call 1-888-227-7669.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Dick-Doc Duo
Sunday, February 18 at 2pm, in the Community Room
Hear the harmony created by the unlikely duo of former homicide detective and author Marshall Frank and retired medical examiner Jay Barnhard, who together make up the Dick-Doc Duo. They combine their talents into a fun-loving forum that features gypsy, tango, showtunes, movie themes, ethnic, and classical music.

The Bead Ladies Jewelry Making Class
Monday, February 19 at 1pm, in the Captain’s Room
The Bead Ladies are here! Come join the ladies and make a double-strap bracelet with wire wrap detail. Cost is $15, and all supplies will be provided. To register, call Nancy or Normandie at 321-225-1394 or email at thebeadladiesarehere@gmail.com.

My Health Plan: Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and More
Tuesday, February 20 at 11am, in the Jane von Thron Room
Board certified diagnostic radiologist Dr. Martin Locey, MD, will present his health plan that he believes will help prevent and treat many serious health problems, including diabetes, Alzheimer's, heart disease, and possibly even cancer. Discussion topics will include inflammation, probiotics, vitamins, diet, GMOs and much more. Bring health questions appropriate for open discussion afterwards. Contact him at celebrationmd@yahoo.com if you have any questions. Please pre-register for this free program.

Professional Medium John Rogers
Tuesday, February 20 at 6pm, in the Community Room
Professional medium and author John Rogers will discuss mediumship and give brief individual readings as time allows.

Development of the Thousand Islands: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly
Thursday, February 22 at 1pm, in the Community Room
Presented by Dr. Melinda J. Donnelly, University of Central Florida, Department of Biology, and Dr. Lori C. Walters, University of Central Florida, Institute for Simulation & Training and Department of History. Activities of nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and later Kennedy Space Center, were critical to the growth of Cocoa Beach throughout the 1950s and 1960s. However, as developers expanded into the Thousand Islands to accommodate the burgeoning population growth, there would be an impact upon this key component of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem. Coastal wetlands form a critical habitat at the transition from water to land, this supports a diverse group of organisms and allows for water filtration, shoreline stabilization, and nutrient cycling. Such development has led to a loss of wetland habitat throughout the Indian River Lagoon and has contributed to increased flooding and erosion of adjacent land, greater fertilizer runoff, and the decline of native species. Please bring any photographs you may have of the Thousand Islands or Cocoa Beach - we would love to scan them.

Calligraphy Class
Saturday, February 24 at 10am, in the Community Room
Learn Calligraphy, the Art of Beautiful Writing to enhance penmanship, address envelopes or create calligraphy art. No artistic or prior experience needed. Students will receive a folder with guides and practice papers and a calligraphy pen to keep. Taught by a professional calligraphy and instructor at the Charleston Museum, she will have displays, examples and references. Cost per person is $15 (age 15+) and covers instruction and materials. Sign up early as class size is limited.

Sea Glass Jewelry Class
Saturday, February 24 at 11am, in the Jane von Thron Room
Learn basic wire wrap skills with instructor Diana Watkins! Wire wrap a piece of sea glass from our very own east coast beaches. Bring your own sea glass or a piece will be supplied to you. All supplies are included: wire, rhinestones, turtle charm (1 larger or small turtle), and sea glass. Cost is $20, cash only. Please pre-register.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Shawn Foster
Sunday, February 25 at 2pm, in the Community Room
Guitarist Shawn Foster’s performances combine many influences, from jazz to pop, from bebop to bossa nova.

Jewelry from Junque Class with Joan Kisner
Wednesday, February 28 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room
Have you ever picked up a door hinge or an old faucet handle and said, "I could wear that!" My first challenge began with a cork, and being challenged gave me the push and drive to create something unusual, eye-catching, fun, and totally wearable. Come to this workshop and bring items such as old broken jewelry, watch parts, items from your tool box, (bolts, washers, old keys) and let your imagination soar! There will be plenty of items there if you don't have anything to bring, but know this: you will go home with a piece of jewelry that was once junk and has been transformed into elegant junque. Cost is $25 and covers instruction and materials. Tools furnished and "junk" as well if you don't have any to bring.

Improv at the Library!
Wednesday, February 28 at 6pm, in the Community Room
Come join us for a Spontaneous Improv Show performed by various local actors and improvisers. YOU can be part of the sketches TOO! Participate or just enjoy the show! Watch us make some STUFF UP!

Senior Safety Seminar: Presented by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
Friday, March 2 at 11am, in the Jane von Thron Room
This self-protection and home security program is geared toward the special needs of senior citizens. This program also discusses steps individuals can take to avoid becoming crime victims. Presented as a community service by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Agate Jewelry Class
Saturday, March 3 at 11am, in the Jane von Thron Room
Make beautiful agate jewelry with instructor Diana Watkins! All supplies are included. Cost is $20, cash only. Please pre-register.

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening – Presented by Dick Wall
Saturday, March 3 at 1pm, in the Community Room
Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening is told from the perspective of Carol Wall at a crossroads in her life. One day she befriends Giles Owita, a man from Kenya who is very good at gardening. Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life. Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening was published to critical acclaim in 2014, but Carol was too sick with cancer to enjoy the fanfare. She died nine months after the book’s publication. Carol’s husband, Dick, has spread its life-affirming message since his wife’s death. He will be here to talk about the book and finding love after loss. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Friends of the Library’s Annual Book & Author Luncheon: Mary Alice Monroe
Saturday, March 10 at 11:30am-2:30pm, at the International Palms Resort
Mary Alice Monroe is a New York Times best-selling fiction author known for beautifully textured books that explore the parallels between nature and human nature. Join us as she discusses her writing and introduces her newest book, Beach House for Rent. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. The event will take place at the International Palms Resort. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Cocoa Beach Library through March 4th. You can also purchase them online by clicking here.

Beginner Longevitology Class
Saturday-Monday, May 5-7 from 1-5pm, in the Community Room
Intermediate Longevitology Class
Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12 from 1-5pm, in the Community Room
Flying in from Taiwan, Longevitology instructor and co-founder Tzu-Chen Lin will be conducting this special class at the Cocoa Beach Library for beginning and intermediate students interested in the art of energy healing. All students will have their chakras opened by Tzu-Chen and will practice the gift of Longevitology. Pre-registration is required for these free classes, and forms will be available at the library. Please contact Barbara at 321-749-7400 for more information.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

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.

Tuesdays, 10am, Writers' Workshop. New and experienced writers are welcome to these meetings in the Captain's Room. Contact Virginia Repko-Franco at 321-213-3944 or mrsvfranco@gmail.com for more information.

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 February 13 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly.

Wednesdays, 1-3pm, Open Cribbage Play. Drop into library to practice your cribbage skills, join games, make friends, and have fun.

Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Socrates Café. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. Topic for February 21: In America, are we a melting pot, blending together, or are we a salad living side by side, but not blending together? Are we unalterably a divided nation?

2nd Wednesday, 11:30am, We'll Read Book Club. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting will take place February 14 in the Captain's Room, and the selection is Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. 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.

Thursdays., 4:30pm, Recovery International’s RI Discovery. RI Discovery is a self-help, peer-to-peer, cognitive behavioral training system that teaches people skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives. For more information, call Sheila at 321-784-0694.

Fridays, 10am-3pm 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 acanavigator22@yahoo.com.

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, 4pm, Meditation Group. This meditation class meets every Friday in the Captain's Room. Pre-register; $5 per class.

Saturdays, 1pm, Spanish Classes with Ms. Dolly. This Spanish class is intended for adult beginners. Pre-register; $5 per class.

3rd Friday, 1:30pm, What's In a Name Book Club. This book club will meet to discuss different biographies of notable figures. The next meeting is February 16 and the selection is Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley. For more information, contact Shirley Finke at 613-2667.

1st and 3rd Saturdays at 10am, Longevitology Adjustments in the Captain's Room. Practice this simple laying-on-of-hands method intended to adjust or restore energy balance to help the body heal itself. The next meetings will take place on February 3 & 17. For more information, contact Martha Hung at 321-338-7799.

FITNESS PROGRAMS

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 1pm: Senior Fitness. This hour-long class taught by certified senior fitness instructor and personal trainer Polly Helm increases stamina, strength, energy, and balance. Please bring your own hand weights and water. Bands and chairs will be provided. Cost is $5 per class. NO CLASS ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16.

Tuesdays, 12-12:30pm: Express Pilates with Melissa Sachs. This 30-minute class will help you develop strength, flexibility, balance, and inner awareness. Bring a mat and water bottle. Cost is $5 per class.

Tuesdays, 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. Last class of 2017 is scheduled for December 12. Class will begin again in 2018 on January 9.

Wednesdays, 9:30am, Gentle Yoga and Stretching. Taught by Rochelle Scott, certified yoga instructor. Cost is $5 per class.

YOUTH DEPT. PROGRAMS

Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:15am, in the Community Room

Toddler Time (under 5). Through December 19.

Wiggle Workout
Thursdays at 10:15am, in the Community Room

Rhythm, stretching, movement, games, music, coordination, and play all come together during this fun and interactive workout session designed for kids ages 2-5. Through December 14.

Valentine Puppet Show
Tuesday, February 13 at 10:15am, in the Community Room
Join your friends and enjoy a Valentine’s Day inspired puppet show. Please call the Youth Department to pre-register.

Building with LEGO
Wednesday, February 14 & 28 at 4pm, in the Community Room
Join in for building challenges, individual and team projects, contests and themed events. You can bring your own bricks or dig into our large collection to create unique designs. Please sign up in advance with the Youth Department.

Building with LEGO
Wednesdays, February 14 & 28 at 4pm, in the Community Room
Join in for building challenges, individual and team projects, contests and themed events. You can bring your own bricks or dig into our large collection to create unique designs. Please sign up in advance with the Youth Department.

Interactive Bedtime Stories. Children often have trouble calming down at bedtime. Kathy Neff has created interactive stories for children and parents that incorporate known techniques for relaxation, meditation, anti-anxiety and sleep preparation. Techniques include, but are not limited to; aroma therapy, guided breathing and good old bedtime routines. Bring your child's favorite blanket or stuffed animal if you choose to. $5 per family. Pre-register.

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