“Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships”
“Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships”
Mondays, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 06/07, 06/14, 06/21, 06/28, 07/12, 07/19, 07/26, 08/02, 08/09, 08/16, 08/23, 08/30, 09/13, 09/20, 09/27, 10/04, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/01, 11/08, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/06, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27, 6-7pm, Zoom: Join us for our returning Heartfulness Medication program online. The Heartfulness Meditation Program offers a simple set of relaxation and meditation exercises, which when practiced daily, help restore balance in life, manage stress, better your health, and most of all will lead you to inner calm and peace. The relaxation and meditation techniques are taught over free courses: Each class covers both the conceptual framework as well as practical meditation and relaxation sessions (classes last for 1 hour). The entire program will be conducted by certified Heartfulness trainers, who have been meditating and training for several years. The Zoom meeting link follows:
Wednesdays, 03/17, 04/10, 05/19, 4-5pm, Saturday, 04/10, 12-1pm, Zoom-Facebook: This financial series covers three different aspects of financial stability and is presented by Brenda Oldham, the CEO/Owner of RAM Insurance & Financial Services.
03/17: Social Security Planning-When should I take Social Security? There are numerous options to choose from. The impact of making a wrong choice may cost one tens of thousands of dollars. This course provides information to help you enhance your retirement.
04/10: Take Control of your Finances! Are you stuck in the cycle of debt? This course will help you to take steps to improve your overall finances.
05/19: Lives in Transition-Are you Recently Divorced or Widowed? This course will help you understand how to pivot to one income and how understanding social security, former spouse’s pension/401(k) may help you recover financially. email@example.com
Thursdays, 05/20, 06/17, 07/08, 08/19, Zoom-Facebook: Library Director Devan Brie Green, MLIS will present a Genealogy Webinar sharing how to use Ancestry.com to conduct genealogical research.
Tuesday, 05/25, 6-7:30pm, Zoom -Facebook: Are you interested in the learning more about your own garden and the chance to contribute to the Pontiac Library Learning Gardens?
6:00 -7:00 p.m.: Start Smart in the Garden. The gardening season is underway and there is much to do in the garden. Dr. Lori Imboden of MSU Extension will discuss Smart Gardening strategies for a smart start this summer.
7:00-7:30 p.m.: After the presentation we will discuss plans for upcoming garden volunteer opportunities at the Pontiac Library Learning Gardens.
Saturday, 05/29, 3:30-5pm, Zoom-Facebook: Meet us on Zoom to watch Author Phoenix Q. Brown presenting her book: Behind The Scenez: The Rise Of Resilience.
Description: Phoenix Q. Brown, is a young woman who has dealt with multiple traumas by the people who she thought were supposed to protect her. The fight for her life began at an early age and the story of most of the black families also became her own. Little did Phoenix know that little seeds planted would give her hope and the biggest struggles would be the journey of finding self love. Phoenix gives insight to everyone's experience, someone's trauma, and hopefully the Resiliency to survive.
Bio: Marquetta A. Turner, is born and raised in Detroit, MI, a mother of three, and currently a Clinical Therapist in Wayne County. Marquetta loves reading, writing poetry, music, and is very active in giving back to the community by volunteering and serving as a member in various organizations. Marquetta also provides mentoring, serves as a Moderator, and hopes to add Motivational Speaking to her resume. Marquetta took on the Pen Name Phoenix Q Brown due to symbolic reasons and the journey of writing Behind the Scenez: The Rise of Resilience was to encourage break generational curses and help others to Hope, Cope, and Achieve.
Get ready for the Adult Summer Reading 2021 from June 19th through August 14th on Beanstack.
Read books, write reviews, and complete a couple of cool activities to earn raffles for the big drawing.
1. When you register you get a goodie bag;
2. Read 1-3 books to get 1-3 small prizes and 1-3 raffles (max. raffles 3);
3. Write 1-3 reviews for the books you have read (one per book) to get 1-3 small prizes and 1-3 raffles (max. raffles 3);
4. Complete 1-2 activities to get 1-2 small prizes and 1-2 raffles (max. raffles 2)
The total number of possible raffles you can get is 8. This will give you more chances to win a big prize in the raffle drawing.
Participation is limited to Pontiac, MI residents. Prizes won by participants outside the city of Pontiac, MI will be given to local participants.
Please, register on Beanstack on or after June 19th.
Saturday, 07/24, 4-5pm, Zoom-Facebook: Join us for an afternoon with live jazz music. The RJ Spangler Quartet is featuring Detroit jazz sax great Larry Smith. Please, register to receive the zoom sign info.
RJ speaks about the history of Detroit's jazz & blues roots and performs musical examples with an all-star band.
About Larry: Born near Pittsburgh in 1947, he got his start playing jazz, showing the ropes to his friend, jazz guitar great George Benson. Smith moved to New York where he played with big names such as Shirley Scott and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Larry had a special relationship with one the all-time great sax players - Sonny Stitt. Sonny knew and encouraged Larry going back to his teenage years. This lead to Larry touring with Sonny as a regular member of his group. Quite an honor for a man that plays the same instrument as the leader! As Charles Latimer said in the Metro Time: "His specialty is ballads. He shuts his eyes, hunches his shoulders, and holds his saxophone like a prom date. The ballads are so touching they'd make the devil cry." Larry appears as a special guest on James Carter's 1996 ‘Conversin' with the Elders’ and Live at Baker's Keyboard Lounge. He has also toured with the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin.
Drummer RJ Spangler has appeared on over 60 recordings and has toured the US, Canada, and Europe quite a few times. He lectures on Detroit jazz & blues history and beyond his trio, he leads the Planet D Nonet swing band as well as a blues band.
Guitarist Oliver Nevels is another veteran player whom has recorded & toured nationally with organist Charles Earland. He has also toured with organist Richard "Groove" Holmes and "Brother" Jack McDuff.
Bassist Greg Cook is a Detroit main stay, having proven himself playing with the top of Detroit's jazz scene: Geri Allen, Roy Brooks, Marcus Belgrave, and many others. He toured Europe with soul great Bettye LeVette and held down the bass chair in Rat Pack show for countless performances in addition to performances with international stars like Mose Allison and Johnny Hartman.
Saturday, 08/07, 3:30-5pm, Zoom-Facebook: Lake Monsters and odd creatures of the great lakes, presented by Shetan Noir, takes guests on a trip around the great lakes, looking at different historical accounts of lakes monsters.
Bio: Shetan Noir is an author and weird travels journalist. She researches the paranormal, cryptozoology, and historical events.