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Artist of the Month: Alicia Maria Vallejo

Artist’s Reception, Saturday, February 9th 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Alicia María Vallejo, a professional anthropologist, has found, in art and painting, a form of communion with the environment over time and through her own experiences. Her painting fosters spiritual renewal through works in which color, taste and sound acquire harmony. Alicia Maria's work offers vivid and clean lines with vibrant and cheerful colors, and daring compositions with contemporary touches in which it is easy to note the influence of Neo Cubism and Pop Art. The artist’s optimistic vision permeates her paintings and invites a celebration of the simple and beautiful things in life. Vallejo’s artwork has been exhibited in Monaco, Belgium, France, China, Colombia, Peru, and the United States. Her art piece “Passion” was exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Her work will be on display February 1st through 28th.


Sahaja Meditation (adults & teens)


Saturday, February 23rd, 10:30 a.m.


This simple, time-honored meditation reduces stress and increases wellness. It brings better focus and helps people become more centered and better balanced. Anyone can do it. Apurva Puranik, a Sahaja Yoga Meditation practitioner since 2005, will lead this session. Registration required. Register here.

Afternoon Film & Discussion: Leave No Trace (adults)


Saturday, February 23rd, 2 p.m.


Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini. Registration required. Register here.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group


Monday, February 25th, 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.

Adult Art Class: Watercolor & Poetry


Tuesday, February 26th, 10:30 a.m.


Learn tools for infusing creativity into your daily life. Certified Teaching Artist Lori Arbel will guide students through poetry and watercolor exercises. You will create a meaningful work of art. No art experience needed. Go with the flow. Enjoy the process of art making! All supplies will be provided. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Knit ‘n’ Knowledge


Monday, March 4th, 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 is not required.

Adult Craft: Book Folding


Tuesday, March 5th, 10:30 a.m.


Cultivate your crafty side with this fun and easy project that will result in an artsy sculpture made by folding the pages of a book. No experience necessary. All materials will be provided. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan


Saturday, March 9th, 10:30 a.m.


In 2009, the New York Post reporter, then 24, was hospitalized after seeming to lose her mind. In addition to violent seizures, she was wracked by terrifying hallucinations, intense mood swings, insomnia and fierce paranoia. Cahalan spent a month in the hospital before doctors diagnosed her with a rare autoimmune disorder. "Her brain is on fire," one doctor tells her family. Cahalan, who has since recovered, remembers almost nothing about her month-long hospitalization. But the best reporters never stop asking questions, and Cahalan is no exception. In Brain on Fire, the journalist reconstructs – through hospital security videotapes and interviews with her friends, family and the doctors who finally managed to save her life – her hellish experience as a victim of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. The result is a kind of anti-memoir, an out-of-body personal account of a young woman's fight to survive, and on every level, it's remarkable. Registration is not required.

Adult Coloring Book Art


Tuesday, March 12th, 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. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Irish Step Dance Performance


Tuesday, March 12th, 6 p.m.


Happy (almost) Saint Patrick’s Day! Get ready for the weekend 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.

Women’s History Month Art Talk by Arline Peartree


Wednesday, March 13th, 6 p.m.


Arline Peartree, who has been recorded in the Smithsonian as an “important American artist” and is a former professor of Art History at Lynn University, is presently in Florida doing painting and art commissions. She will speak about Mary Cassatt and Frida Kahlo in honor of Women’s History Month. Peartree will also explain her experiences in raising a family and having a career in steel sculpture and painting. Registration required. Register here.

Sahaja Meditation (adults & teens)


Saturday, March 16th, 10:30 a.m.


This simple, time-honored meditation reduces stress and increases wellness. It brings better focus and helps people become more centered and better balanced. Anyone can do it. Apurva Puranik, a Sahaja Yoga Meditation practitioner since 2005, will lead this session. Registration required. Register here.

Afternoon Film & Discussion: The Rider (adults)


Saturday, March 16th, 2 p.m.


Based on his true story, The Rider stars Brady Jandreau as a once-rising star of the rodeo circuit warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. This film by writer/director Chloe Zhao is a powerful work that blends fact and fiction to create an authentic portrait of life in South Dakota’s Sioux community. At the tale’s center is a man struggling to put aside the one thing that gave his life meaning, even though he knows it could kill him if he doesn’t. Registration required. Register here.


New Parent Snack & Chat (newborn to 9 months)


Monday, March 18th, 10:30 a.m.


Calling all first-time parents! Gather up your baby and come over to the Parkland Library for a relaxing morning of meeting and socializing with others with new babies. We’ll have coffee, tea and breakfast snacks for you to enjoy. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)


Tuesday, March 19th, 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 is not required.

Step-into-Spring Mural Painting


Tuesday, March 19th, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


It’s almost spring! What better way to celebrate than to add your creative mark on a giant paper mural that will be displayed at the library all season long? This all-ages family fun painting event will get you in the spirit of spring. Drop in anytime during these hours to participate. Parkland Library required to register. Register here.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group


Monday, March 25th, 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.

Family Book Folding Craft (age 10 and up)


Wednesday, March 27th, 2 p.m.


Kids, teens and adults will have a fun time making these novel but easy projects: artsy sculptures made by folding the pages of a book! No experience necessary. All materials will be provided. Parkland Library card required to register. 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.