Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Medicare & Social Security: What Baby Boomers Need to Know

Tuesday, September 18, 6:00 p.m.

Don't get overwhelmed trying to unravel the myriad mysteries of Medicare and Social Security alone when there is free, no-obligation help available.  On Wednesday September 18 at 6:00 pm baby boomers far and wide can come to Crowell Library and have all their questions answered.  Linda Polwrek, CFP®, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed, and John Dickey, Independent Health Insurance Broker will conduct this valuable workshop.  One of the most important decisions one needs to make before retiring is when to file for Social Security benefits. By understanding the various claiming strategies that could enhance income and by coordinating Social Security with the rest of a retirement income plan, a comfortable, worry-free retirement can be achievable. This workshop also aims to provide tools and resources to understand and apply the basic rules and time frames of Medicare, to simplify the process of enrolling, and to navigate the myriad of Medicare plans and cost-reducing options available to you.  You will also learn a few not-widely-known ways to reduce your prescription drug costs.

​Originally from Boston, Linda Polwrek has lived in the Pasadena area for over 30 years. She began her career in the Financial Services industry with Fidelity Investments, first as a Registered Representative and later as a Fixed Income Securities Analyst.  Her licenses and designations include Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor designation, Certified in Long Term Care designation, Retirement Income Certified Professional® and she is licensed in AZ, CA, GA, MA, NC, NV, NY and TX.

John Dickey’s guidance and advocacy on behalf of seniors is always totally independent of any insurance carrier, and is governed by CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services).  John has given numerous presentations throughout San Gabriel Valley on Medicare, and he frequently attends insurance training seminars and classes to stay current on all government regulations and available plan options.  He is a fully licensed certified Health Insurance Planner, has an MBA, and has lived in San Gabriel Valley for 20 years. 

The decisions one makes today can have a tremendous bearing on the total amount of benefits received over a lifetime. Free helpful booklets and refreshments will be available.


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.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Jazz & Swing from A to Z: The Story of America's Music

Six Tuesdays 12:30-2:00 p.m. – beginning September 11

The wildly popular Dr. Thom Mason, USC Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music, returns to Crowell Public Library with a new six-session course sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Mason riffs off the popular classes that he taught over the last three years, savoring the stories of famous musicians from the past, and the jazz stars of today.

The series schedule this Fall will be:

September 11:                   Jazz & Swing From A to Z
September 18:                   The Story of the Blues
September 25:                   Nat “King” Cole
      October 2:                         The Duke of Ellington
October 9:                         Frank Sinatra & the Rat Pack
October 16:                       Jazz & Swing Today

Thom Mason was chairman of the department of jazz studies at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1983 to 1996. During that period he created the bachelor of music, masters of music and doctor of musical arts programs in jazz studies. He is a saxophone, clarinet and flute specialist and has played with such notable artists as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, and Ernie Watts.  His multimedia presentations are filled with music excerpts:  rare photos, film clips, humorous stories and live demonstrations that stimulate, educate and entertain.  They are not to be missed!  No reservations are required.

Thanks to the Friends of Crowell Public Library, the music keeps coming!