Activities and Events
Artist of the Month: Cindy Silva
Artist’s Reception, Saturday, December 8th, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cindy Silva is a Long Island born painter who stylizes her figurative work with a fanciful twist. Using her beautiful daughter as her muse, Cindy’s acrylic on canvas paintings evoke feelings of love and beauty in the world around us all. Her goal is for her work to inspire happiness and optimism through the colors, techniques and moods she includes in her paintings. She brings a playful vision to her art by combining realistic subjects and adding color and whimsy. Since 2010 Cindy lives with her lovely family in Parkland where her creativity continues to be fueled in her home-based studio. She is enjoying her life in Florida where she can spend time raising her daughter as they inspire one another to always pursue creative dreams. Life in Florida has provided Cindy with a renewed perspective on her abilities to reflect upon and whimsically capture moments that are meaningful to her and other’s lives. Follow her current works in progress on social media on Facebook, Instagram and her website: www.cindysilvapaintings.com. Her work will be on display at the Parkland Library December 1st through 31st.
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, December 17th, 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. Opens a New Window.
Between the Lines: Writing the Life Around You (adults)
Tuesday, December 18th, 6 p.m.
Stories hide in plain sight. They live and breathe in the life and lives of people and places around you. The cat lady next door as well as the old man working the tollbooth both have stories to tell. The best a writer can hope for is to tell it from the heart. Local author Lisa Colodny will lead this interactive discussion about how to tell a story – from short stories to screenplays and everything in between. Registration required. Register here. Opens a New Window.
Book Presentation and Talk with MSD teachers Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner
Wednesday, December 19th, 6 p.m.
Melissa Falkowski is a journalism teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Eric Garner is the broadcasting teacher. After the tragic February day in Parkland, they knew that the voices of their students needed to be heard. We Say #Never Again: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists is their story – written by the journalism students and creators of the school newspaper, The Eagle Eye, and the staff at WMSD-TV. Registration required. Register here. Opens a New Window.
Afternoon Film & Discussion: The Mountain Between Us (adults)
Saturday, December 29th, 2 p.m.
Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. Registration required.
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Chase away the post-holiday doldrums by spending a fun-filled afternoon at the Parkland Library! There will be something for everyone. Participate in a scavenger hunt, make a craft, stop by the treat table for a sweet surprise, and enjoy live music by Senior Moments…the Unforgettable Band. Registration is not required. For more information, call (954)757-4207.
Knit ‘n’ Knowledge
Monday, January 7th, 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 Art Class: Still Life with Apples & Oranges
Tuesday, January 8th, 10:30 a.m.
Students will draw a still life on recycled cardboard primed with acrylic paint. This class will be led by instructor Malgorzata Kawashima. All supplies will be provided. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
The Road to Spiritual Abundance with speaker Arlyn Halpern
Tuesday, January 8th, 6:15 p.m.
Author, therapist and dancer Arlyn Halpern shares her route from emotional impoverishment to spiritual abundance. With vivid imagery and skillfully woven memories she takes her readers on a journey through Israel, Sweden and India, then back to the states where she embarks on in-depth Buddhist study and practice with a Tibetan Buddhist Master, where "the teachings become a knowing rather than an intellectual exercise.” Her lifelong passion for dance and search for spiritual truth carries her, and us, on the universal path to greater wisdom, self-acceptance, and compassion. Arlyn Hope Halpern is a psychotherapist in private practice. She holds a Master's in Dance and previously was a dance instructor at Naropa Institute in Boulder Colorado. She began the study of Buddhism under the tutelage of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in the early 1970s. She resides outside of Boston with her husband. Registration required. Register here.
Art Reception in Memory of Gina Montalto
Wednesday, January 9th, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Gina Rose Montalto (4/22/03 – 2/14/18) was an artistic, athletic, intelligent, kind person whose life was taken in the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A Parkland resident who enjoyed attending the library’s programs and who relaxed when reading, Gina would find it fitting to see her art displayed at the Parkland Library. She loved her family – dad Tony, mom Jennifer and brother Anthony – being with her friends and enjoying food. Gina was always one to give compliments, help others, and share good times, and now those who loved her are fulfilling her dream of having something she created put on display for public viewing. This is why the wonderful Gina Rose Montalto has been chosen as Artist of the Month and will be celebrated at this art reception at the Parkland Library.
All Booked Up Book Discussion Group: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Saturday, January 12th, 10:30 a.m.
As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride. What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? All the joy and struggle of family life is here, from Rafiq and Layla’s own arrival in America from India, to the years in which their children tread between two cultures, seeking to find their place in the world, as well as a path home. Registration is not required.
Learn to Play Canasta (adults)
Mondays beginning January 14th, 4 p.m.
This six-week course will teach you everything you need to know to play canasta, a form of rummy using two decks of cards and four jokers. Jokers and deuces are wild; the object is to form groups of the same rank. If you don’t know what any of this means, don’t worry! Instructor Jill Vogel will guide you through this fun and social game. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Adult Coloring Book Art
Tuesday, January 15th, 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.
The Best of TIME’s (Magazine Covers) with speaker Dr. Margery Marcus
Wednesday, January 16th, 6:15 p.m.
Enjoy an entertaining view of popular culture through the lens of TIME magazine covers as presented by Dr. Margery Marcus, whose lively and informative lectures have earned her a following at lifelong learning societies and cultural events throughout South Florida. Registration required. Register here.
Potluck Social & Recipe Exchange (adults)
Saturday, January 26th, 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy the neighborly feeling of a friendly potluck social. Bring a dish of your choice (homemade or store bought) and, if you’d like, a copy of the recipe. For those who want, we’ll make copies of the recipes for everyone to share and take home. Then just relax, socialize and eat! Registration required. Register here.
Afternoon Film & Discussion: Maggie’s Plan (adults)
Saturday, January 26th, 2 p.m.
A young woman (Greta Gerwig) set on having a child becomes involved in a complicated love triangle with a professor (Ethan Hawke) and his eccentric wife (Julianne Moore). Maggie's Plan received its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Registration required. Register here.
Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group
Monday, January 28th, 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.
Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults)
Tuesday, January 29th, 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.
Exploring Resilience Using The Five Gifts and SoulCollage® (adults & teens)
Tuesday, January 29th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
In these unstable times, who among us is not searching for a sense of inner safety and calm? This inspirational workshop will offer ways to support yourself and others with grace, compassion and strength. As author of “The Five Gifts: Discovering Hope, Healing, and Strength When Disaster Strikes” Dr. Laurie Nadel knows what it is like to have her life turned upside down. She lost her home to Hurricane Sandy and was directly impacted by the World Trade Center attacks of September 11th, 2001. In her search for reliable ways to release the painful emotions brought about by these difficult experiences, Dr. Laurie discovered SoulCollage®, a creative hands-on process that bypasses the rational mind and let us tap into our own creativity and intuition. To prepare for the workshop, please bring images from your own collection, magazines, and online sources. Registration required. Register here.
TED Talk Video Screening & Discussion: “Why Theater is Essential to Democracy”
Wednesday, January 30th, 6 p.m.
Truth comes from the collision of different ideas, and theater plays an essential role in showing us that truth, says legendary artistic director Oskar Eustis. In this powerful talk, Eustis outlines his plan to reach (and listen to) people in places across the US where the theater, like many other institutions, has turned its back. "Our job is to try to hold up a vision to America that shows not only who all of us are individually, but that welds us back into the commonality that we need to be," Eustis says. "That's what the theater is supposed to do." Registration required. Register here.
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.