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!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What On Earth is a Climate Action Plan?

Tuesday, September 25th, 7:00 p.m.

What do San Diego, Baltimore, Kalamazoo, Seattle, Cleveland and -- potentially -- San Marino have in common? Countless American communities large and small have begun enacting municipal Climate Action Plans to address the threats of global warming. Just what do these plans entail and how can they have an impact on such a monumental challenge? And what are the fiscal implications or benefits?  You'll learn everything you need to know in this compelling presentation, which will be led by Jordan Sollito, a member of the steering committee of the Pasadena Foothills Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby. 

A spate of shattered heat records this summer have served to underscore the urgency of our climate predicament and presage the challenges we will face going forward.  Countless American communities have already enacted municipal CAPS (Climate Action Plans).  What might be entailed were San Marino to follow suit?  This presentation will familiarize attendees with the myriad state laws, executive orders and deadlines driving widespread adoption of CAPs here in California.  It will explain the typical elements of a CAP, from water and waste management to energy consumption and renewable alternatives, recycling and transportation.  It will shed light on the financial implications – costs and savings – that often accrue when CAPs are undertaken.  It will preview the process by which we here in San Marino might explore implementation of our own CAP, including accessing state and county grants to offset expenses, providing forums and opportunities for community input and participation and much more.  You needn’t be well versed in the science nor the policy implications of climate change to understand and benefit from this presentation.  A climate specialist from the JPL will be on hand to help answer questions as needed.   

Jordan Sollitto sits on the steering committee of the Pasadena Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.  Though neither a scientist nor policymaker, he excels at presenting complex matters related to climate in a manner that is eminently understandable to the layperson and has done so for both the San Marino City Council and Board of Education.  Mr. Sollitto spent 23 years at Warner Bros. Entertainment, overseeing marketing and operations for a variety of divisions there before retiring in 2016.  He lives in San Marino with his wife and two children. 


Come to Crowell Public Library Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. for this important community event.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Digital Photography with George Simian

Make Better Portraits with Window Light

Saturday, September 15th 2-4:00 p.m.

This live-demonstration class will help photographers make better portraits of loved ones, friends, and even new acquaintances, by using a window as the light source.
On Saturday, September 15th, commercial photographer George Simian returns to Crowell Public Library for another fun and inspirational class on digital photography. George will lead a discussion on the best strategies for improving portraiture while attendees’ images are shown on a large screen.  Participants are urged to bring their favorite subjects, whether it’s Mom or a best friend, and snap away.

George Simian is a national advertising photographer and educator (UCLA Extension, Samy’s Camera), who has made portraits of everyone from Fortune 100 CEOs, to kids, to dancers, and emerging actors.  He shows his students how to master basic lighting concepts and skills, managing both the quality (hard vs. soft) and the direction (frontal vs. indirect) of light.  A longtime member of the American Photographic Artists, George started out as a photography teacher in 1973 at Cornell University, excited to "expose" newcomers to the wonders of the latent silver image, and its magical manifestation in the darkroom.

When his career moved on to commercial photography, George became a mentor to his assistants, as well as presenting one-day seminars for photographers' organizations, and for various manufacturers.  Relocating to Los Angeles, George continues to offer individual coaching, meeting with emerging photographers with varying interests, and at different experience levels.  He finds it amazing how much one can accomplish when working side-by-side, focused exclusively on the issue at hand. 
Don’t miss this free class from an expert on Saturday, September 15th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Crowell Library.