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June 30, 2006

Edely Wallace of the Yogamatrixstudio Teaching Programs July 8 and 15

Edely Wallace, director of the Yogamatrixstudio at Dr. Phillips Marketplace will be teaching two yoga programs during July at the Southwest Library:

Yoga for Stress Relief on Saturday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m. This yoga program teaches specific poses and proper breathing techniques that increase physical, mental and emotional health. Special focus will be on deep relaxation. For adults.

Yoga for Kids on Saturday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m. This is a fun movement-based program to help kids develop flexibility, attention, coordination, concentration and ultimately; a sense of relaxation. Many of the postures and breathing techniques are based on animal movements; making the program a fun and creative experience! For children and teens.

Participation in these yoga programs is voluntary. All participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and to bring a mat/towel for floorwork. Note chairs will be provided for those participants with mobility or disability concerns.

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Photo: Edely teaching a "Yoga for Kids" program.

Edely was featured as "Someone You Should Know" in the April 2006 issue of Windermere Lifestyle magazine where she shared her miraculous story of recovery and healing.

Edely holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Central Florida (1997). She began her study of Yoga in 1983, two years after a serious road accident that took the lives of more than thirty people and confined her to a wheel chair or bed for the same period of time. Unable to walk, she dedicated the next five years to an intense study of Yoga. She read innumerable Yoga books in four different languages and practiced with a private Yoga instructor for almost two years. Through this unique combination of events, she acquired a method that not only restored her capacity to walk but contradicted the medical statement that she would never be able to walk without support. From 1988 to 1992 studied in the Andre Van Lysebeth Yoga School in Brussels (Belgium) for one month per year.

Edely is a certified yoga teacher in several yoga traditions such as Kripalu, Iyengar and Sivananda. Have also studied with Eric Schiffman, Gary Kraftsow and Rama Berch. Edely has been teaching Yoga nationally and internationally for 17 years, holds the position of Yoga Consultant for “Orange County Public Schools”, Executive Board Member (Treasurer) of the National Yoga Alliance, founder and director of Yoga and Health Center of Orlando - YHCO.

Don't miss these exciting yoga programs taught by a great instructor! For more information, please call 407-835-7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

For more information about Edely and the Yogamatrixstudio, please go to www.yogamatrixstudio.com

June 27, 2006

Lillian Verkins "In Love with Nature" Art Exhibit

Lillian Verkins, a local artist is currently exhibiting a collection of landscape and flower themed paintings, "In Love with Nature" at the Southwest Library through August 2006.

Lillian was introduced to the arts as a returning college student in her 30's. She received a BFA in printmaking/photography from UCF in 1987. Lillian works in varied forms such as oriental brush painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed states. She has shown her art work at various art galleries such as UCF (one-person show), Sosa, Eitharong, Osceola Center for the Arts, and the Casselberry Art House.

Lillian shares "art was extremely personal and therapeutic to me than and now. It is an extension of my emotional persona and a palette of my feelings which are shown in all the art forms I use - from angst to serenity, it's all palpable."

Below are a few of Lillian's paintings on exhibit:
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To learn more about Lillian and her exhibit, please contact the Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

Am-Jam Productions June 30

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In the mood for a good puppet show?

Am-Jam Productions is running with puppets to Southwest Library this Friday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. Come watch exciting new puppet productions. Am-Jam Productions is Central Florida's newest puppet production company. To find out more information about the company, go to www.Am-jamproductions.com

Am-Jam Productions is one of the many great special events held during OCLS's 2006 Summer Reading Program for school-age children. For more summer reading program information and schedule, go to http://www.ocls.info/Children/KidsConnect/default.asp

June 21, 2006

Wagging Tales - June 16

"Wagging Tales" dog, Colonel and his SPCA of Central Florida volunteer are a big hit with summer reading program attendees.

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June 19, 2006

Blood Drive June 26 at Southwest

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Monday, June 26 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. in the library parking lot. Three lives can be saved by donating 1 pint of blood.

Other Benefits:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10.00 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates).
*Each donor receives a 10 dollar off coupon for Sea World admission for themselves and two guests OR a 10 dollar off coupon to Makahiki Luau Dinner and Show for themselves and two guests.
*Free mini physical.
Note: A photo ID is required for all first time donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on June 26!

June 14, 2006

Photo Gallery - Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society

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Sharon Bennett, instructor with the Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society takes a break from painting pandas. On June 3, Bennett and seven other instructors taught various chinese brush techniques. Attendees left the program smiling with their artwork and a sense of acomplishment.

Summer Reading Program-Wagging Tales June16

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The Wagging Tales volunteers of the SPCA of Central Florida present a reading program to bring pets and children together for a "pawsitive" reading experience. Come meet "Colonel" and her SPCA volunteer on Friday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Southwest Library. "Colonel" is a part golden retriever and labrador who was trained as a guide dog but now works as a visitation and "wagging tales" dog. Storybooks about how dogs become guide dogs will be read and; of course, "Colonel" will be happy to shake paws after the program.

To learn more about the SPCA of Central Florida or the Humane Society, go to http://www.ohs-spca.org/
To learn more about Orange County Library System's Summer Reading Programs, go to www.ocls.info/kidsconnect

June 13, 2006

Southwest Book Club Meets June 20

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The Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the classic novel by Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary.

Madame Bovary is Flaubert's best-known novel. His novel features for the first time in European literature, an ordinary, middle to lower-class woman as the central character. Madame Bovary is bored with her life and marriage to a worthy but dull man. She goes on a futile journey to find romance and excitement. Madame Bovary may have been the very first "desperate houswife."

The Southwest Book Club meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. (note: starting in August 2006 meetings will be held every first Tuesday of each month). Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

June 5, 2006

Photo Gallery - Reading with Radio Disney AM 990

Children enjoying the interactive storytelling program by Disney Radio on May 20!

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Child Safety Seminar June 17

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The Child Rescue Network will be presenting a safety seminar on Saturday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. The Child Rescue Network is partnering with the Orange County Library System to provide safety seminars geared for parents to offer tips on keeping children safe.

This seminar will help educate parents on the dangers that exist and explain methods to teach kids how to recognize and react to potentially dangerous situations. Even Internet safety will be discussed!

To learn more about the Child Rescue Network, visit their website at www.childrescuenetwork.org or call 1.877.209.KIDS (5437).

For more information about this library program, please call 407.835.7323.

June 3, 2006

Tails from the Litterbox June 6

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Have you been wondering what professional pet sitting service to select for your precious four-legged friend? Are you interested in starting your own pet sitting services?

Julie Brooks of Just Beclaws Petsitting will be able to answer just those questions and more! Julie is a professional pet sitter and business owner in the southwest Orlando area. Please join her on Tuesday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. Your pets will thank you!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info