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Artist of the Month: Diane Simpson


Diane Gonzalez Simpson is a native of NY but has called Coral Springs her home since 1987. 
She has always been interested in Art, taking electives in school.  She is a CPA and owns an accounting and tax practice since 1994. After many years of crafting as a Girl Scout Leader, she began painting in 2007.  Today, in her spare time, she paints for fun.  She started painting in oil 2011.  She has painted landscapes, portraits, animals and seascapes.  She most enjoys painting places that she has travelled to. She was featured in the May 2015 issue of The Parklander. Her work has been accepted into the juried show, Inspire 2016 at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.  Her work has been on display at various locations in Fort Lauderdale, Parkland, Oakland Park, Coral Springs and the Florida Keys. She is a member of the Coral Springs Art Guild, the Art Guild of the Purple Isles (Key Largo) and the Broward Art Guild. Her work will be on display at the Parkland Library from February 1st through 28th.
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Author Rufus Jones, Jr. presents Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad


Saturday, February 25th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


In honor of Black History Month, the Parkland Library hosts conductor and scholar Rufus Jones, Jr. discussing his book Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad, which brings to light a literal treasure trove of unpublished primary sources to tell the compelling story of this great American conductor. A testament to Dixon’s resolve, this first-ever full-length biography of this American musical hero chronicles Dixon’s musical upbringing, beginnings as a conductor, painful decision to leave his own country, rise to fame in Europe and his triumphant stand 21 years later when he returned to the United States to serve as a model for aspiring Black classical musicians. Rufus Jones, Jr. is an orchestral conductor, published author, and educator. His research has focused on African American classical musicians. Dr. Jones has conducted orchestras of all levels for over two decades and is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Register here.


Afternoon Film & Discussion: Introducing Dorothy Dandridge


Saturday, February 25th, 2 p.m.


Actress, dancer, singer. Here was a woman with talent, beauty and ambition. Dorothy Dandridge owed it to herself to make it to the top. And make it, she would. An acclaimed stage performer, Dorothy struggled with the challenge of her color in Hollywood. She beat out many more famous rivals for the role of “Carmen Jones” and became the first black woman ever nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. Here was a woman who wouldn't wait in the wings. Halle Berry stars. Registration required. Register here.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group


Monday, February 27th, 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 have you been reading or watching? 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, February 28th, 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 required. Register here.

Photography Course with Jeremiah Jenner


Wednesdays, March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Bring your camera and get ready for fun while learning! This 4-week fine art photography course will be taught by certified photography instructor Jeremiah Jenner, who also instructs at Art Center South Florida as well as private workshops at his studio in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The four sessions will be: Color and Composition – the Basics; Architectural Photography; Abstraction; and a Photography Scavenger Hunt. Parkland Library card required to register. Register Here

Developing a Healthy Lifestyle: “Live Life Effortlessly” 


Thursday, March 9th, 6:30 p.m.


Kanchana Krishnan Ayyar, author of three highly acclaimed books, has taught Indian philosophy, yoga and mythology for over 25 years in India, Latin America and the US. In this session, Kanchana will explore the dynamics of stress and its effect on mental and physical health. She will demonstrate the use of breathing and meditation techniques to combat stress and to live a harmonious, productive and joyous life. She will include a 10-minute meditation. Registration required. Register Here

Italian Film Night with Antonio


Monday, March 13th, 7 p.m.


Enjoy an Italian-language film with English subtitles under the guidance of Antonio Del Bene of Byron Tree USA. This month's film is "L'uomo in Più". Registration not required.

Adult Coloring Book Art,


Tuesday, March 14th, 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. Registration required. Register Here

What’s Happening in Local Art and Culture,


Tuesday, March 14th, 6:30 p.m.


We live in a hot spot for the arts! Meredith Clements of the Broward Cultural Division will give you the inside scoop on all of the artistic opportunities in our area. Registration required.  Register Here

Culture Fest 2017,


Saturday, March 18th, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Come to the Parkland Library for an afternoon of activities and performances that celebrate different cultures. Informational displays, crafts and dance performances will all be part of the mix. Registration is not required.

Top 5 Skincare Ingredients with Pam,


Tuesday, March 21st, 6:30 p.m.


Esthetician and ingredient nerd Pam Goodchild will talk about her top five skincare ingredients, what they do and how you can best add them to your skin wellness routine to bring out your healthiest, most beautiful skin. Goodchild, owner of Simply Beautiful skin care studio, is a Facial Specialist trained in Advanced Esthetics at the Concentric Healing Institute in Boulder, Colorado and board certified as an esthetician in Colorado and Florida. Registration required. Register Here

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group

 

Monday, March 27th, 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 have you been reading or watching? 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, March 28th, 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 required. Register here.

It’s Greek to Me: Timely Tales from Greek Mythology and Art (adults and teens)


Thursday, March 30th, 6:30 p.m.


The antics of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece have intrigued and delighted both children and adults for literally thousands of years. Their stories are part of our western culture, inspiring writers from William Shakespeare to Rick Riordan (his Percy Jackson series has given new life to Perseus in the 21st century). Today it is still fun for us to imagine the great Zeus and his brothers and sisters sitting atop Mt. Olympus meting out rewards and punishments to the mortals below. Join Dr. Margery Marcus as she discusses the origins of Greek mythology and colorfully recounts many of its famous tales, while sharing the masterpieces of art based on the great stories. Registration required. Register Here

Writers' Cafe


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.