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Knitting Club for All Ages
Wednesdays, September October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 5:30 pm
Bring size 9 straight knitting needles, any worsted yarn, tape measure (optional), and optimism. Contact Joanne Hale at joeyAB1971@yahoo.com or 219-814-4398.
Gentle Flow Yoga
Saturday, October 4, 12:15 pm
Join certified yoga instructor Lauralee Sikorski, who has taught over 1,000 hours of classes, for gentle flow yoga with emphasis on deep breathing and releasing stress. Wear comfortable attire and come on an empty stomach. Class is free. Bring your own mat as extras are limited.
From the Delta to the Prairie
Sunday, October 5, 2:00 pm
Urban Blues guitarist Jim "Ang" Anderson received his blues education on Chicago's South Side playing with legendary artists like Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and Koko Taylor. He brings the history of Chicago Blues to life with a fascinating musical journey from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago. Enjoy humorous inside jokes and scandalous stories behind the lyrics and lives of some of America's greatest music makers. Discover the real roots of rock 'n' roll with Jim's strong vocals and red-hot bluesy guitar riffs.
Yoga with David Kipley
Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28, 5:30 pm
David is a recent graduate of the Yoga Teacher Program at Dancing Feet Yoga. All levels are welcome to explore yoga poses and breathing. Bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothes for this one hour class.
Celebrate the Library's Birthday with Cake
Thursday, October 9, 11:00 am
Thursday, October 9th is the library's 117th birthday! Join us to celebrate with cake and cider and sing happy birthday to the library.
Angels Among Us
Thursday, October 9, 3:00 pm
Listen to and share inspiring stories about the presence of angels in our everyday lives. Ange Benz will guide you to connect with your angel.
Duneland Stamp Club
Thursday, October 9, 6:00 pm
This stamp collecting club meets the second Thursday of each month. New members are invited.
Stress Reduction, Relaxation and Mindfulness Class
Saturdays, October 11 & 18, 10:00 am
Learn a variety of simple, mindful meditation practices with Patrecia Lenore. Hear about scientific studies supporting the benefits of mindfulness, and how to integrate stress-reducing exercises into daily life. Benefits include feeling more relaxed, having greater energy, and improved self-esteem. Ms. Lenore has studied and practiced meditation for 38 years and has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses since 1998.
Writing Out Loud: Susan Crandall
Saturday, October 11, 7:30 pm
The 30th season of Writing Out Loud continues with Susan Crandall. Crandall is an award-winning, nationally published author of ten novels. In her first career, she was a dental hygienist, but her love of reading evolved into a love for writing and she left her gentle tools of torture behind. With the exception of a seven year stint in Chicago, she's lived her entire life in Noblesville, Indiana. Her latest novel is Whistling Past the Graveyard. The Friends of the Library will host a reception and book signing following the program.
Chicago Lyric Opera Lecture: Il Trovatore
Sunday, October 12, 2:00 pm
This Chicago Lyric Opera lecture by Charlie DeWitt will feature some of the most famous Verdi music ever written. Emotions boil in an action-packed story that includes babies switched at birth, kidnapping, mistaken identity, poisoning, civil strife, witches burned at the stake, and a noblewoman who offers herself to a man she hates in order to save the man she loves.
Dr. Margie: Getting the Most Wear from Your Genes
Thursday, October 16, 6:30 pm
Dr. Margie Williams will offer this humorous and informative seminar to help individuals understand the interaction between diet, genetic history and disease risk. Dr. Williams is a professor of Nursing at Blessing-Rieman College in Quincy, Illinois.
Bookmarks: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
Friday, October 17, 2:00 pm
Dennis Norman will review Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Thomas Cromwell is the son of a blacksmith, a political genius, briber, charmer, and bully. A man with a deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. The novels are thrilling portraits of a brilliant man embroiled in the lethal, high-stakes politics of the Court of Henry VIII. The Westchester Public Library will host this review Thursday, October 16 at 2:00 pm at the Westchester Township Historical Museum in Chesterton.
Writing Out Loud: Marja Mills
Saturday, October 18, 7:30 pm
Marja Mills is a former reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, where she was a member of the staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for a 2001 series about O'Hare Airport entitled Gateway to Gridlock. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most beloved books of the 20th century and its author, Harper Lee, rarely grants interviews or talks about herself or the book. However, Marja was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle, as Harper is known in her hometown, and her sister Alice. For her book, The Mockingbird Next Door, Marja obtained a glimpse into the Lee family's life in Alabama. Nelle and Alice reflected on their upbringing in the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and the reasons Nelle chose to never write another novel. Marja is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, lives in downtown Chicago and often spends time in her father's hometown of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, pop. 3,500. The Friends of the Library will host a reception and book signing following the program.
Films on DVD Series: Chef
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 pm
Chef is a 2014 American comedy-drama written, produced, and directed by Jon Favreau. Favreau stars as a chef who loses his restaurant job and starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. Rated R. This film is co-sponsored with the Purdue University North Central Odyssey arts series.
Saturday, October 25, 9:15 am
Basket Weaving teacher Margie Warner will offer a one-day basket weaving class. All materials will be provided. Register at the Circulation desk; a deposit of $10 is required. Prices for the class vary. Stop by to see the basket and to verify the cost. Call 219-873-3049 for more information about classes.
Understanding Your Dreams
Saturday, October 25, 2:00 pm
A workshop for people interested in dreams and their significance. Learn techniques on how to remember and understand your dreams. Terese Fabbri, an experienced dream therapist, will facilitate.
Singing the Blues with Keith Scott
Sunday, October 26, 2:00 pm
Blues musician Keith Scott is one of Chicago's most vibrant musicians. Join us for a Sunday of hot and jamming music. For the past 20 years, Keith has built his reputation as a sizzling blues guitarist, dynamic performer, noteworthy songwriter, and bandleader. He has performed around the world, including at Chicago Bulls' basketball games, the Chicago Blues Fest, and the Hard Rock Café. He's happy to be back in Michigan City.
Library Board Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 29, 2:00 pm
The library board meets Wednesday, October 29 at 2:00 pm.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center is always in need of tutors. We tutor children in grades 1-12 in reading and math. We also help adults with basic reading, high school equivalency tests, college support, and learning to speak English. Make a difference in our community! Please call Cyndie McKinney at 219-873-3043 to sign up to help!