Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The Chinese American Film Festival Screenings

Thursday, November 15th & Monday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m.

The Chinese American Film Festival returns to Crowell Public Library on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 pm with a program of six short subjects:  Kimchi Taco:   a Korean shopkeeper, traumatized by the brutal murder of her husband in Spanish Harlem, finds an unexpected ally in a young Mexican woman with a secret. Esperanza - an undocumented nanny's American dream turns into a nightmare when she's given six hours to raise two thousand dollars or else a coyote will sell her child to the highest bidder. Please Translate explores how language divides but eventually bridges the relationship between a mother and daughter. In a film about sacrifice, hardships and ultimately a mother's love, the daughter comes to realize how special their bond truly is.  Care and Cure is a film that explores traditional Chinese medicine in the United States through the lens of an American alternative medicine practitioner. Ruth McCarty provides life-changing care for children facing difficult diagnoses, as she struggles to find a place for her practice within the world of Western medicine. Gaps: although this documentary focuses on Alzheimer’s, the themes of family, stigma, and awareness apply to many aspects of Asian culture and the growing tension between Asian Americans and their immigrant parents.  Little Princess follows Wang Lu, the keeper of the Snow Leopard Pavilion, and her relationship with the Snow Leopards she looks after. We see how understanding and caring for animals is the first step towards saving them.

Then on Monday, November 19th at 6:00 pm, the feature film The Farewell Girls will screen:  Shanshan, Gong, and Leo, have been persistently chasing their music dream as a band, but they kept failing in talent shows until they meet the owner of a funeral service company. The girls gradually realized the real meaning of death and together they started taking funeral singing seriously.

Chinese American Film Festival (CAFF) was founded in 2005 by EDI Media Inc. (USA). It is the most authoritative and influential annual Chinese American cultural event connecting two of world’s largest film markets. Every year in November CAFF hosts its Opening Ceremony and Golden Angel Award in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world. Hundreds of top box office films from China and the US participate in CAFF, of which the Top 10 are selected and awarded with the Golden Angel, named after the city of Los Angeles.  CAFF is the only Chinese American cultural event in the United States that is officially recognized by both the U.S. and Chinese governments. During the month of November, CAFF showcases over 700 feature films in over 20 screening locations in Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities, with over 2,300 total number of screenings.  

Don’t miss this free opportunity to watch some very special films.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dare to Be Aware: A Journey into Mindfulness

Saturday, October 6, 2:00 p.m.

Anyone wanting to grow as a human being will want to come to Crowell Public Library on Saturday, October 6 for an exciting workshop on mindfulness.  Ron Serven will teach how to be present in one’s life and not just a spectator from afar.  Participants will learn how to become more self-aware, how to live one’s life and connect to others, to integrate mindfulness into life, as well as learn the basics and benefits of meditation. The tools that attendees will take away will greatly enhance their awareness so they can experience a total transformation that gives a better sense of who they are, allowing them to be present in life and give oneself permission to constantly move in the direction of being the best version of themselves for the rest of their lives. Participants will contemplate three profound questions:  Who Am I?  What do I want in my life? What is my purpose in life?  In addition, attendees will learn how to better manage their lives and strategize on a sometimes scary six letter word called “stress.”  

A former City Parks Division Manager, Ron Serven is currently Environmental Services Manager/City Arborist for the City of San Marino.  He is a Certified Life /Health Coach with the Health Coaching Institute.  He has also conducted the library’s rose pruning workshops for the past twenty-four years.
Learn how to live every moment of life with more connection, more confidence, more meaning and more happiness! 

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Get Ready for Flu Season

Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Nurses will be presenting a free program at Crowell Public Library, “Flu-Busters, Seasonal Influenza,” on Thursday, September 27 in the Library’s Barth Community Room.  Attendees will hear a brief history of flu pandemics, learn flu virus basics, and about prevention, symptoms, possible complications, antiviral drugs and the importance of the flu vaccination, all in one fact-packed hour from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Then, on Thursday, October 4 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., patrons can return to the Library to receive a free flu shot while supplies last.  The vaccines are for adults aged 18 years and over, and children aged 9-17 years with a parent or guardian present for consent.  Those receiving the flu vaccine cannot be allergic to eggs or previous influenza vaccines, have no history of Guillain-Barre syndrome, and no serious illness or fever on the day of the vaccination.  Those partaking in this free immunization are asked to wear short sleeves if possible.

And Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Nurses continue to offer free blood pressure and glucose screenings at Crowell Library.  The next screenings will be Wednesday, September 19 from 10:00 to 11:30 am, as well as October 17th, November 28th and December 19th.  Patrons are seen on a first come, first served basis and no appointment is needed.  No insurance information is required; the nurses only ask for first name, age, and zip code.  It is advised that patrons fast two hours prior to having their glucose checked.  These blood pressure and glucose evaluations can lead to prevention and early detection of the “silent killer” diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. 

Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Nurses want to empower all members of the community to enjoy the healthiest lifestyle possible.  They are active all year, working with many community-based organizations such as libraries, community centers, senior centers, faith organizations, schools, food banks, mental wellness programs, and health clinics.   All adults are invited to avail themselves of these free programs, offered to empower the community to stay happy and healthy throughout 2018!