“My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward”

Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:30 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Mark Lukach's internationally bestselling memoir My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward chronicles the unexpected onset of a bipolar diagnosis for his wife Giulia, her three hospitalizations with psychosis, her lengthy bouts with suicidal depression, and Mark's attempts to support her as a caregiver. The New York Times Book Review wrote that Mark's "rare combination of tenderness and ruthlessness is what makes this book more interesting than your typical illness narrative." Copies can be purchased at the event, courtesy of Orinda Books.

Mark has spoken about his family's story to businesses, hospitals, schools, and mental health organizations across the country, focusing on how mental illness is a shared experience. He is currently the ninth grade dean and a history teacher at The Athenian School, and lives with Giulia and their two sons in Lafayette.

Please join us for this touching and relevant presentation during Mental Health Awareness Month.
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Master Gardeners: Squeeze on Citrus

Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:30 PM
Located at the Homework Center

Learn the basics of caring for citrus, whether existing trees or new.  Learn how to select and buy healthy trees for your location and the best methods for planting, watering and feeding your tree.  We will also cover pruning and protecting your tree from environmental elements, pests and diseases.



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The Joy of Small House Living

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 6:30 PM
Located at the Homework Center

Join us for an informal conversation with Diana Lorence of Innermost House. For seven years, Diana lived in an unelectrified, twelve-foot-square house hidden in the woods, in a world lit only by fire. Her innermost life answers her deepest need for something we have all left behind.

Diana Lorence and her Innermost House have been featured in House Beautiful, Fine Homebuilding, The Oregonian, Mother Earth Living, Green Style, The Examiner, and hundreds of websites, books and newspapers around the world.


 


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Nature Journaling Workshop with John Muir Laws

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:30 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:
.Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
.Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
.Participate in a journal kit show and tell
.Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
.Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. Wednesday after the second Tuesday of each month. See www.johnmuirlaws.com/events for this month's special topic.
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Cannabis & CBD: For Health & Wellness

Thursday, June 13, 2019 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Cannabis & CBD
 a conversation with co-authors Aliza Sherman and Dr. Junella Chin

Tickets:  Registration required, no purchase necessary to attend.  $5 donation at the door. REGISTER HERE
OPTIONAL: Reserved seating and a copy of Cannabis & CBD  $25  PURCHASE HERE

Cannabis & CBD
is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide that demystifies cannabis and its history, and explains in simple, straightforward language how to use it to treat chronic and acute health issues such as pain, insomnia, anxiety, inflammation, depression, and more. 

Aliza Sherman is a web pioneer, the author of 12 books, and the cofounder of Ellementa, the fastest growing global women's network focused on health, wellness and cannabis. She has been featured in People, Time, and USA Today. Newsweek named her one of the "Top People Who Matter Most in the Internet" in 1995, and in 2009, Fast Company called her one of the "Most Powerful Women in Technology." 


Dr. Junella Chin is dedicated to thinking beyond the limitations of standard allopathic medicine. She has extensive medical training, including Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and a research position at Columbia University, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Women's Research. She is an osteopathic physician, the founder and chief medical officer of MedLeafRX (an integrative medicine practice based in California and New York), and director of education for the Association of Cannabis Specialists. 


Tickets:  Registration required, no purchase necessary to attend.  $5 donation at the door. REGISTER HERE
OPTIONAL: Reserved seating and a copy of Cannabis & CBD  $25  PURCHASE HERE

Books available for purchase at the event courtesy A Great Good Place For Books
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Sweet Thursdays Presents: Julia Flynn Siler

Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Veteran journalist and New York Times best-selling author Julia Flynn Siler's revelatory history, The White Devil's Daughters, chronicles the trafficking of young Asian girls that flourished in San Francisco during the first hundred years of Chinese immigration (1848-1943), as well as the "safe house" that became a refuge for those seeking their freedom.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with John Muir Laws

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:30 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:
.Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
.Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
.Participate in a journal kit show and tell
.Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
.Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. Wednesday after the second Tuesday of each month. See www.johnmuirlaws.com/events for this month's special topic.
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Author of “The Disaster Artist” – Greg Sestero

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 6:30 PM
Located at the Community Hall

Join us for a lively evening with New York Times Bestselling author, actor, producer and screenwriter Greg Sestero.

Greg's 2013 memoir "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made" was published by Simon & Schuster and adapted into a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award nominated film featuring an all-star cast including James Franco, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Sharon Stone, Bryan Cranston, and Alison Brie.  

The real life story centers on Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, who meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class. Together they travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true by making Tommy's personally-funded film "The Room" which surprisingly has become one of the most popular underground cult phenomenon films ever. Fifteen years after the initial limited release of "The Room," it's still playing to late night moviegoers in theaters internationally.   

This is a free event, sponsored by the Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Doors open at 6:00pm. Registration is required.





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Master Gardeners: Good Bug/Bad Bug

Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:30 PM
Located at the Homework Center

"Good Bug-Bad Bug" provides a snapshot image of the fascinating insect populations that exist under the leaves, in the soil and in the air around us.  Insect pests (bad bugs) that commonly occur in our area are shown along with the beneficial insects (good bugs) that prey on them.  A little biology and a lot of colorful pictures will introduce these insects and hopefully provide a new and fascinating perspective regarding the six-legged creatures that constitute over half of all the living organisms on earth.



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Nature Journaling Workshop with John Muir Laws

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:30 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:
.Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
.Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
.Participate in a journal kit show and tell
.Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
.Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. Wednesday after the second Tuesday of each month. See www.johnmuirlaws.com/events for this month's special topic.
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