Adult Programs - Fall 2013   

All programs are free but require registration.

Registration begins Monday, August 26. Registration begins Monday, August 26. To register online, visit the Online Registration page.

Reserved seats are released 5 minutes prior to the start of the program. Doors open 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the program. Seats are not assigned.

Asterisked programs * are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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GOLDEN GATE


Collier Connects: FALL WORKSHOPS

CAREER ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP
Tuesday, September 10, 1 p.m.
Presenter: Aiste Sodeika, Human Resources Association of Collier County
Lecture presentation exploring the skills and aptitudes needed for different fields. Worksheets provided so that individuals can assess their own abilities. Handouts on the topics discussed will also be provided. Limit 20 attendees. 

RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP
Tuesday, September 17, 1 p.m.
Presenter: Aiste Sodeika, Human Resources Association of Collier County
Lecture presentation discussing how to construct a viable resume. Worksheets will be provided so that individuals can begin formulating their own resumes. Handouts on the topics discussed will also be provided. Limit 20 attendees.

INTERVIEW SKILLS
Tuesday, September 24, 1 p.m.
Presenter: Aiste Sodeika, Human Resources Association of Collier County
This course will go over the issues and provide an in-depth analysis of the interviewing process. With some independent practice, this course can help you prepare successfully for any job interview!

PROGRAMS: CRAFTY CORNER

*MAKE A BRACELET
Thursday, October 3, 2 – 4 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara Englund
Make it yourself! Braided bracelets are all the rage.  Materials provided.

*NOTE CARDS AND HOLDER
Thursday, November 7, 2 – 4 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara Pekak
Take home beautiful note cards and holder that you made yourself.  Keep it or give it as a gift. Materials provided.

*SHELL CRAFT
Thursday, December 5, 2 – 4 p.m.
Instructor:  Marjory Tunnell
Learn how to make wonderful items using Florida sea shells.  Materials provided, but participants may bring a glue gun and small shells if available.

HEADQUARTERS


ABC’s OF ALZHEIMER’S
Tuesday, September 10, 2 – 4 p.m.
Presenter: Catherine Cruikshank, Director of Education, Alzheimer’s Assn., FGC Chapter
Learn the difference between Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Discover the ten warning signs of memory loss and learn the difference between normal forgetfulness and problematic issues. Hear how to get diagnosed and what the stages of dementia are.

UNDERSTANDING HOW PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA INTERPRET AND REACT TO OUR BEHAVIORS
Tuesday, September 17, 2 – 4 p.m.
Presenter: Catherine Cruikshank, Director of Education, Alzheimer’s Assn., FGC Chapter
Learn about the changes that take place for people with memory loss and how that affects their understanding of the world around them. Understand what you as a caregiver can do to facilitate communication and reduce behaviors with your loved one.

*CONVERSATIONS WITH HISTORY: REMEMBER THE LADIES
Tuesday, September 24, 2 p.m.
Performer: Janina Birtolo
Remember the Ladies, an original one-woman play, is a call to responsibility and duty. Abigail Adams recounts her rich and varied life. A feisty, resourceful and determined woman, Abigail cared for the family’s children, farm and finances while John was pre-occupied with the formation and survival of the new United States.

WHAT IS YOUR VOICE SAYING ABOUT YOU?
– An NCH Educational Program
Tuesday, October 1, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Susan O’Neill, MS, NCH Speech Therapist
This lecture focuses on the causes of problems with the voice; hoarseness, cracks, difficulty being heard or projecting, and the proper care for your voice from a certified speech language pathologist. Learn how simple changes can improve your voice quality, pitch and volume.

*RAPTOR RAPTURE
Tuesday, October 8, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Lily Mleczko, Conservancy of Southwest Florida naturalist
Florida is home to many rare and beautiful birds of prey, some found nowhere else in the United States. These creatures have many adaptations for survival, including migration building nests as large as cars. Discover what is being done to protect these amazing birds. Features a live bird of prey.

*REILLY, ACE OF SPIES – THE "REAL" JAMES BOND?
Tuesday, October 15, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Thomas Eastwood, retired special agent
Britain has a long and storied history of intelligence. Sidney Reilly was one of their most successful spies. His exploits spawned articles, books and a popular TV miniseries. Learn the real story of Sidney Reilly and the structure and history of British Intelligence.

SEARCHING PUBLIC RECORDS USING COLLIERCLERK.COM
Tuesday, October 22, 2 – 4 p.m.
Presenter: Dwight E. Brock, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Collier County
Learn how easily you can find out if someone has a court record. Look up official records such as mortgages, deeds or homeowner association documents and more. Find out how to access other online resources and services: how to pay a traffic citation, file a tenant eviction or small claims case.

EUROPE IN CRISIS
Tuesdays, October 29, November 5 & 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Thomas Tyrrell, retired international lawyer
Tom is a citizen of the European Union (EU). In three evening talks, he looks into his personal crystal ball in order to make some sense (for Americans) of the political and economic crisis gripping all of Europe. The three topics are: The Long Road Home, From De Gaulle to Tony Blair and Eurozone and America.

ADVANCES IN REGENERATIVE JOINT MEDICINE
– An NCH Educational Program
Tuesday, November 5, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Robert O’Leary, DO, FAAPMR Board Certified, Pain & Physical Medicine
Dr. O'Leary explains a revolutionary new therapy utilizing your own blood to alleviate pain and accelerate healing of tendon, muscle and ligament injuries as well as osteoarthritis and cartilage degeneration. No drugs, surgery or radiation are used to precisely inject your platelet rich plasma into a degenerated or torn shoulder rotor cuff, tennis elbow, hip bursitis, knee arthritis or Achilles tendinitis.

*THE EMBARRASSING 2nd AMENDMENT
Tuesday, November 19, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: David Southall
Since the early days of the American Republic there have been many differing interpretations of the Bill of Rights' 2nd Amendment. Scholars and jurists have disagreed with the meaning of its wording, its actual intent, and its relevance in a modern society. A discussion of the original arguments and a look at important Supreme Court decisions that have shaped our society's understanding of the "right to keep and bear arms."

PRIVACY, CIVIL LIBERTIES & TERRORISM
Tuesday, November 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Moderator: Center for Critical Thinking member
Join this moderated discussion group sponsored by the Center for Critical Thinking in Naples. Has the Patriot Act gone too far? Is the NSA in conflict with our American way of life? Edward Snowden, is he a hero or traitor? Safety at what price? Come prepared to express your views.
 
*HOLIDAY CONCERT @ YOUR LIBRARY
Tuesday, December 3, 3 and 6 p.m.
Musicians: The Night Train Band
Enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the talented musicians of Night Train Band.

ECOLOGY OF THE NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN PRESERVE
Tuesday, December 10, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Andee Naccarato, education staff, Naples Botanical Garden
Learn how to decipher the intricate plant and animal connections characteristic of the Preserve at Naples Botanical Garden.

*WORLD WAR II AMERICA
Tuesday, December 17, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Steven Valdespino, author and educator
An audio-visual tribute celebrating The Greatest Generation on the home front during the war years 1940-1945, one of the darkest periods of the modern era.

IMMOKALEE

CITIZENSHIP STUDY GROUP
Mondays, 5 p.m.
Study with other preparing for the US Citizenship exam in this informal workgroup.  Bilingual help will be provided to guide participants in understanding and answering the questions found on the written portion of the exam.

HALLOWEEN BASH
Thursday, October 31, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Begin your night of Trick-or-Treating at the Library. Make some crafts and have lots of fun. Treats await! Bring the family; parents and children age 2 and older are welcome.

EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Friday, November 1, 4:00 –  5:00 p.m.
Learn about the traditional Mexican festival honoring the memories of departed relatives and friends. Decorate sugar skulls and spend time remembering. Stories and crafts for the entire family. A Special Remembrance ceremony sponsored by Avow Hospice will culminate the event.

THANKFUL THURSDAY
Thursday, November 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Stop by to decorate a craft for fall and Thanksgiving. Bring the family; parents and children age 4 and older are welcome.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP
Thursday, December 5, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Decorate a cookie house with delicious treats! Bring the family; parents and children age 2 and older are welcome.

HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS
Thursday, December 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Santa Claus is coming to your library! Be sure to come by and whisper what you want for Christmas. Don’t forget your camera! Bring the entire family.

MARCO ISLAND

TECH TUESDAYS
Tuesdays Beginning September 10, 2 – 4 p.m.
Stop by and staff will be available to help you with questions about your e-reading device.

*FLOWER DESIGN CLASS
Tuesday, October 22, 2 – 4 p.m.
Instructors: Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island members
Learn basic knowledge and skills in floral design and horticulture. Attendees will make a piece to take home and enjoy. Materials provided.

SEMINOLE PEOPLE AND THE SEMINOLE WAR
Tuesday, November 19, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: David Southall
During the War of 1812, American war parties armed by the British raided north then escaped into Florida. This conflict altered the course of our history and resulted in numerous consequences for the country and its Native Peoples.

FAMILY HOLIDAY FUN
- registration not required
Tuesday November 26, 4 p.m.
Presenters: library staff
Learn about several simple decorating and craft ideas that can be used for any upcoming holiday. There will be crafts to make that are suitable for all members of the family. All ages welcome.

*HOLIDAY CONCERT @ YOUR LIBRARY
Tuesday, December 17, 5:30 p.m.
Musicians: The Night Train Band
Enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the talented Night Train Band.

NAPLES REGIONAL


MASTER GARDENER SERIES - registration not required
Tuesdays, October 1 through December 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Presenter: Master Gardener, University of Florida Extension Services
Stop by with questions about horticulture and landscaping projects.

THE BASICS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIAS
Wednesday, October 2, 2 – 4 p.m.
Presenter: Catherine Cruikshank, Director of Education, Alzheimer’s Assn., FGC Chapter
Learn the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Review the ten warning signs of memory loss and learn about reversible dementia. Registration required.

ROSES FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Wednesday, October 9, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Shea Porta, Program Coordinator, Naples Botanical Garden
Learn about the types of roses that thrive in our Southwest Florida climate and the best practices for growing them..

IMMIGRATION REFORM – THE PROMISE AND THE FEAR
Tuesday, October 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Moderator: Center for Critical Thinking
Join this moderated discussion group sponsored by the Center for Critical Thinking in Naples. What is the path to citizenship? Why does the business community support this bill? Is it amnesty? Does it secure our border with Mexico? Come prepared to express your views.

LEARN TO PREVENT ARTHRITIS – An NCH Educational Program
Wednesday, October 16, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Heidi Roderick, Certified Athletic Trainer Sports/Medicine, NCH Program Coordinator
Everyone is susceptible to some form of arthritis. This lecture teaches about the simple choices to make now that bring big benefits later, ensuring a longer life without pain or with as little pain as possible.

*CONVERSATIONS WITH HISTORY: A VOICE FOR THE EVERGLADES
Wednesday, October 23, 2 p.m.
Performer: Janina Birtolo
This original one-woman play is about Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author of the pivotal book The Everglades: River of Grass, and an environmentalist who continues to inspire. As the title of the play suggests, Douglas helped spread the message of the special nature of the Everglades and how vital it is to all life in South Florida.

*FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR
Wednesday, October 30, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: David Southall
The French & Indian War is often thought of as occurring only in America, but it was the first world-wide conflict fought on every continent (except Antarctica) and every ocean. The outcome of the war determined the political future for millions of people world-wide.

GENEALOGY FOR BEGINNERS
Tuesdays, November 5, 12 & 19, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Genealogical Society of Collier County
This three-part class covers basic to intermediate research methods intended to define your family tree.

WHAT THE SOLDIERS BROUGHT HOME
Wednesday, November 6, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Amy Snyder, Executive Director, Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida
This presentation highlights items from the Holocaust Museum’s collection that were brought back from the European theater of WWII by American soldiers. Using artifacts from the Museum’s current exhibit of the same title, Ms. Snyder shares the stories of the items and how they connect us to the larger story of the war.

*WILLIAM "WILD BILL" DONOVAN
Wednesday, November 13, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Thomas Eastwood, retired special agent
This lecture traces Donovan’s life as the Director of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the father of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

THE FACTS ABOUT CHOLESTEROL – An NCH Educational Program
Wednesday, November 20, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Susan Graziano, NCH Director of Orthopedic Services
Learn the significance of cholesterol and the importance of understanding your cholesterol numbers. Find out how to achieve beneficial cholesterol levels through the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices. A nutritional plan for lowering LDL cholesterol and inflammation will be shared.

MEDICINE CABINET MAKEOVER
Wednesday, December 4, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Sarah Barendse
Learn how to use essential oils medicinally to replace some of the chemical products that are now in your cabinet.

*HOLIDAY CONCERT @ YOUR LIBRARY
Wednesday, December 11, 3:30 p.m.
Musicians: The Night Train Band
Enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the talented Night Train Band.

SOUTH REGIONAL

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASS
Tuesdays, beginning September 10, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Roberta Reiss, Literacy Program Coordinator
For intermediate to advanced English learners. Practice English conversation skills.

PROGRAMS

*FALL CONCERT SERIES
Tuesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.
Musicians: The Consecutone
This group has been entertaining audiences young and old alike with a vast array of music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

*ELI COHEN - ISRAELI MASTER SPY
Thursday, October 3, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Thomas Eastwood, retired special agent
One of the most successful spies of all time, Eli may have become the Syrian Deputy Defense Minister if he had not been caught and executed. Learn about his role in the intelligence that was crucial to the Six Day War and other Mossad operations and how they compare with other intelligence organizations.

SKELETAL HEALTH-- IT’S A JOINT EFFORT
– An NCH Educational Program
Thursday, October 10, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Christine Chase, MSPT, NCH Outpatient Rehabilitation
What does your postural alignment say about you? Learn how to use your posture to prevent and lessen back and neck problems and other issues that arise in shoulders, hips and knees using all of your joints correctly!

SPANISH COLONIAL EFFORTS IN FLORIDA AND THE NEW WORLD
Thursday, October 17, 10 a.m.   
Presenter: David Southall
Spanish colonial endeavors were initiated by soldiers of fortune seeking gold and other treasures. Join David for a discussion of how the "Spanish model" is still in operation here and around the world.

*YOGA
- six class session
Mondays, October 21, 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Yiota Kotokis, Certified Yoga instructor
An introduction to yoga with a breakdown of the postures used to increase strength, improve flexibility and balance, while connecting to our center. Also, an intro to Kundalini yoga included which focuses more on breath, mudra, mantra & meditation. All levels welcome, specializing in beginners. Please bring a mat/towel, blanket, pillow, & water. Wear comfortable clothes that you are able to move in, no shoes required.

*PILATES
- six class session
Mondays, October 21, 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 2:45 p.m.
Instructor: Yiota Kotokis, Certified Pilates instructor
A step by step breakdown of the basic mat exercises Joseph Pilates made famous to help us engage our muscles properly & efficiently. Become more body aware using precise movements. All levels welcome, specializing in beginners. Please bring a mat/towel, blanket, pillow, and water.
 
*TAI CHI
- six class session
Mondays, October 21, 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 4 p.m.
Instructor: Karen Atkin, RYT Certified Tai Chi instructor
Tai Chi promotes healing, stress management, increased memory and concentration. This is a simple and safe moving meditation.

*ZUMBA®
- six class session
Mondays, October 21, 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 6 p.m.
Instructor: Angie McConnell, Licensed Zumba® instructor
Zumba® exercise classes are "fitness-parties" that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration.

*MEDITATION
- six class session
Tuesdays, October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, & 26, 9 a.m.
Instructor: Yolanda Beckers, Certified Meditation instructor
Learn how to experience deep relaxation and stress-free living. During these sessions you will learn how meditation can calm your mind and bring peace into your life.

*1920s
Thursday, October 24, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Steven Valdespino, author & educator
What a decade! With audio- visual assistance Steve takes us on a tour through the ‘20s:  prohibition, bootleggers, flappers, speakeasies, automobiles, literature, sports, film, radio and more.

FLORIDA FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING WORKSHOP
Thursday, October 31, 2 p.m.
Instructor:  Isabel Way-Soto, UF/IFAS Collier County Master Gardener/FYN Coordinator
Is your turf maintenance tiring, or terrific? Is your yard hard or easy on your eyes, health, and wallet? Learn powerful principles for healthy landscapes. Schedule an FFL Yard Recognition visit with a Master Gardener FYN Advisor team to learn if your yard is eligible for Silver or Gold recognition. Applying UF’s time-and-money-saving tips can enable you and your landscape to enjoy the natural South Florida environment we call home.

*FALL CONCERT SERIES
Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.
Musicians: Anne Martindale and Richard Busch
Anne and Richard will perform classic American songs and Jazz standards.

COPING WITH LOSS – THE HALLMARK OF HUMANITY
Wednesday, November 6, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Goldye Meyer
Loss is a pervasive human experience that touches lives in many ways throughout the life span from birth to death and always involves changes related to self, others, and our environment. While response to the topic of loss most usually focuses on death, this presentation is about living. It is about personal changes, choices and empowerment. It is about opportunities for developing skills to cope with loss that result in positive future growth.

*CLASSIFIED PRESS LEAKS – NATIONAL SECURITY & POLITICS
Thursday, November 7, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Thomas Eastwood, retired special agent
Although leaks are not new they are steadily increasing. Tom examines the reasons, the politics and the damage they cause.

*CONVERSATION WITH HISTORY: THE MIND MUST BE CONVINCED
Thursday, November 7, 2 p.m.
Performer: Janina Birtolo
This original one-woman play tells the story of Ida Tarbell, the investigative journalist whose work helped break up the Standard Oil Company monopoly.

FOOD AS MEDICINE
– an NCH Educational Program
Thursday, November 14, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Leslie Deason, MS, Registered Dietitian, LD/N, CPT NCH Von Arx Diabetes and Nutrition Health Center
Learn about powerhouse foods that are readily offered in local supermarkets and specialty food stores, how to purchase these foods and easy ways to seamlessly add these incredible healing foods to your diet. Learn what a Bioimpedence scale is and how it can help you.

FILING A SMALL CLAIM
Thursday, November 14, 2 – 4 p.m.
Presenter: Dwight E. Brock, Clerk of Circuit Court
This seminar focuses on the basic requirements for filing a Small Claim in Collier County, including the details of the specific process steps. A review of various forms and fees associated with the administrative processes in filing and resolving a Small Claims case. The seminar is designed to be highly interactive with participant questions, case examples and group discussion.

*PAUL ROBESON, ONE-MAN SHOW
Wednesday, November 20, 6 p.m.
Performer: Stogie Kenyatta, actor & comedian
This show is as laugh out loud funny as it is educational, poignant and inspiring. This is a romanticized turn-of-the-century story about the triumphs and tragedy of this great American, Paul Robeson. He plays 12 characters & ages from 5 to 65, with props, several wardrobe changes & a finger-snapping Jazz, Bebop, Gospel, and Big band soundtrack.

*HOW NATIVE MERICAN FARMERS BROUGHT ABOUT THE RISE OF WHEAT
Thursday, November 21, 10 –11:30 a.m.
Presenter: David Southall
A lively discussion about how corn (maize), the potato and the sweet potato allowed European farmers to finally feed their populations, reliably bringing about economic and political stability. Learn how the potato-fed peoples of northern Europe and the British Isles quickly assumed economic superiority over their southern neighbors.

NATIVE LANDSCAPING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Thursday, November 21, 2 p.m.
Chad Washburn, Director of Education and Conservation, Naples Botanical Garden
Chad discusses the best native plants for home landscaping and talks about the benefits of going native.

*FALL CONCERT SERIES
Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.
Musicians: David Pedraza, viola, and Catherine Lan, piano
A musical evening of works for viola and piano by Enescu, Ravel, Hindemith and others.

*BENGHAZI – UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
Thursday, December 5, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Thomas Eastwood, retired special agent
A candid analysis and discussion: Was it a failure of intelligence or failure to act? Was it predictable and preventable, was our response adequate and were we misled?

STROKE 101: WHY SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED ABOUT STROKE?
– an NCH Educational Program
Thursday, December 12, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Merna Martian, NCH Stroke coordinator
In the US, stroke is the 4th leading cause of death each year and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. This program addresses how to recognize symptoms and why it is important to act FAST to get medical attention.

AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY: DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS
Tuesday, December 17, 10 a.m.
Moderator: Center for Critical Thinking
Join this moderated discussion group sponsored by the Center for Critical Thinking in Naples. Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, North Korea, and Africa: are we facing a century of “No easy answers"? Come prepared to discuss your views.

*THE TIMUCUAN REBELLION OF 1656
Thursday, December 19, 10 a.m.
Presenter: David Southall
Spain's colonial government in Florida was dependent upon the agricultural output of the mission system farms worked by Native Americans. Join David for a discussion on how the law of diminishing returns affected both the St. Augustine government and the dwindling Timucuan population.

*HOLIDAY CONCERT @ YOUR LIBRARY
Thursday, December 19, 6 p.m.
Musicians: The Night Train Band
Enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the talented Night Train Band.

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