Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 10, 2010

Professor Plumbs Topic of Human Aggression at Cummings March 19

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DATE: MARCH 10, 2010                                                                                

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403       

WHO:          Sponsored by the Friends of the Palm City Library, Inc., in support of the Martin County Library System     

WHAT:  Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning @ your library  

IRSC Professor Series

 

Human Aggression

Presented by Rodney J. Grisham, Ph.D. 

Rodney J. Grisham, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Indian River State College, will present a talk titled “Human Aggression” 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 19 in the Donahum Room of the Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson avenue, Palm City.  The program is free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations are required.

The tension between human aggression and altruism is at the core of who we are as a species.  The turbulent events of the last few years reveal the extent of the human capacity for harming and helping others.  Professor Grisham will discuss current theories of human aggression to include social, cultural and biological research.

 

WHEN:      Friday, March 19, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Cummings Library, Donahue Room, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City

HOW:         Free and open to the public

For more information call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any Martin

County library, or visit the library Web site at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 8, 2010

Brazilian Music Trio to Perform March 18 at Blake Library

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SOUTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE:  MARCH 8, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                        

WHO:                    Funded by the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of the Martin County libraries

WHAT:                 Chautauqua South: Bossa Jazz, Brazilian Music Trio

Brazilian music trio Bossa Jazz will perform 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 18 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Group members are guitarist Claudio Spiewak, singer Mariana Martin and pianist Gabriel Saientz. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, accomplished guitarist Claudio Spiewak has worked with renowned artists such as Julio Iglesias, Shakira, Nestor Torres, Bebel Gilberto, Roberto Perera, the Florida Philharmonic and many others. His influences include bossa nova, samba, jazz, Latin, flamenco and pop/rock. Visit his Web site, www.claudioguitar.com.

Mariana Martin was also born in Rio de Janeiro. Now based in Miami, she takes her inspiration from artists she admires, assimilating these influences from an amazing blend of different cultures to create her personal and intimate bossa nova style.

Award-winning pianist Gabriel Saientz was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began studying piano at six and at the age of 14 was performing professionally as a pianist/keyboardist. He has played around the United States and with well-known artists such as Sheila E., Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Thalia, Shalim, Gloria Estefan, Gianmarco, Roberto Perera, Maridalia (Juan Luis Guerra), Melton Mustafa, John Fedchock and many others.

WHEN:                 Thursday, March 18, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:              Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.  For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection, or visit the library Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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Jackie Williams to Present Ken Burns Twain Documentary 3/18 & 25

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Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                           

DATE:  MARCH 8, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                                 

WHO:                    Funded by the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:             Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning

Ken Burns documentary, Mark Twain

Presented by Jackie Williams

Jackie Williams will present Mark Twain, the Ken Burns documentary of the life, work and history of the celebrated writer and humorist, in two parts:  2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 18 and March 25 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.

 Nearly 20 well-known writers and scholars discuss Twain, shedding light on his extraordinary life and enduring legacy. Burns drew from a massive amount of material including thousands of archival photographs for this entertaining PBS film series, which took almost three years to complete.

Jackie Williams retired from MCTV Channel 20in 2008. She continues, as a volunteer, to produce and host the station’s “Pets on Parade” show, done in collaboration with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. She now works as a freelance writer and currently is working as a consultant and writer on projects that eventually will become part of the new Elliott Museum.  Jackie is the author of one book, Playing from the Rough: The Women of the LPGA Hall of Fame.

WHEN:               

1) Thursday, March 18, 2:00 p.m. – Part I

2) Thursday, March 25, 2:00 p.m. – Part II

WHERE:               Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

Chautauqua South brochures are available at all Martin County libraries.  For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection, or visit the library Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 5, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Join Discussions After “Parallel Lives” Performances 3/19

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Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                          

DATE:  MARCH 5, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403            

WHO:                     Martin County Library System, with funding by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for The Big Read project, and additional support from The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc..

WHAT: Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning and The Big Read  

Parallel Lives: Stories of a Divided World

A play by Beverly Coyle and Bill Maxwell; directed by Jerry Klein

 

Performance featuring Peg O’Keef and Joe Reed

Post-performance discussion with actors and Bill Maxwell

 

Actors Peg O’Keef and Joe Reed will give two performances of Parallel Lives: Stories of a Divided World Friday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road., Stuart, as part of Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series and The Big Read project.  The events are free and open to the public.  No reservations or tickets are required.  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Maxwell will join the actors in a discussion following each performance.  Because of language and subject matter, the shows are recommended for mature audiences.

Actors O’Keef and Reed will portray the play’s authors, Beverly Coyle and Bill Maxwell.  The protagonists grew up only miles apart but were segregated into different worlds.  Years later, the two unlikely colleagues tour Florida’s historic “lynching belt” to confront the legacy of Jim Crow in their pasts and just under their skins.  Filled with humor and courage, Parallel Lives creates thunderous resonance in these remarkable times. 

Co-authors Beverly Coyle and Bill Maxwell came together in 1998 when the Florida Humanities council commissioned each of them to write an essay recording their memories of being the last generation to grow up in legally segregated Florida.  In 2002, the St. Petersburg Times gave the Florida Humanities Council a grant so Coyle and Maxwell could turn their readings into a full-fledged play.  This production was remounted at Seminole Community College in 2008 and directed by Jerry Klein.

Peg O’Keef is a native Floridian.  Central Florida performance credits include The Lion in Winter, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Angels in America, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?and many others.  Peg has directed numerous productions in the Orlando area.  She teaches at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida.  In her free time she gardens and edits materials for the Florida Film Festival.

Actor Joe Reed is both an active stage actor and accomplished screen actor with feature film, TV and major commercial credits.  A product of Asbury Park, NJ, Joe is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he was a pilot in Vietnam.  In addition to performing at Central Florida venues, he teaches college psych. 

Beverly Coyle is the author of three novels, each set in her native state of Florida.  In Troubled Waters was The New York Times “Notable Book selection and listed among “The Ten Best Novels of the Year’ named by the American Library Association in 1994.  Beverly was a full professor at Vassar College and taught there 25 years.  Her play The Smoking Gun is being work-shopped in New York City.

A Fort Lauderdale native who was reared in a migrant farming family, Bill Maxwell first joined the St. Petersburg Times in 1994 as an editorial writer.  He also wrote a twice-weekly column.  Before joining the Times, Bill spent six years writing a weekly column for the Gainesville Sun and The New York Times syndicate.  Before that, he was an investigative reporter for the Fort Pierce Tribune, where he focused on labor and migrant farm worker affairs. 

WHEN:                  Friday, March 19, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.        

WHERE:                Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                     Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  For more

information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about Big Read events planned in Martin County during 2010 visit www.bigreadmartin.org.  For additional information about Parallel Lives visit www.parallel-lives.net.

Chautauqua South brochures are available at all Martin County libraries.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection, or visit the library Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.                    

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March 4, 2010

Wonder Woman Tori McClure to Speak on Rowing Solo Across Atlantic at Blake Library 3/15

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Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE:  MARCH 4, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                                            

WHO:                    Funded by the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of Martin County Libraries

WHAT:             Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning

Tori McClure, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean

Author Tori McClure will speak and sign copies of her book, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, the true story of rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean, 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 15 in the John F. Armstorng Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Copies of her Christopher Award-winning book will be available for sale following her illustrated talk. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

Tori McClure set out to row across the Atlantic Ocean by herself in a 23-foot plywood boat with no motor or sail in 1998, on record as the worst hurricane season in the North Atlantic. Though thwarted by a series of violent storms that nearly killed her, she ultimately reached her goal on another try after being told by former employer Muhammad Ali that she did not want to be known as the woman who “almost” rowed across the Atlantic. A recipient of numerous international honors, Tori has been the subject of stories in more than ten books and 30 major magazines. She has appeared on numerous national television shows. In addition, Tori recently was named the next president of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and will assume office July 1, 2010.

Read more about this remarkable woman in the bio that follows.

WHEN:                 Monday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:              Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:             Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required. For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any Martin County library, or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

Bio

Tori Murden McClure

 

As Vice President for External Relations, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs at Spalding University, Tori reports directly to the President of the University and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. She oversees Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Marketing and Public Relations, Information Technology, Intercollegiate Athletics, and serves as Corporate General Counsel. Tori works in concert with the Dean of Student Development and Campus Life to supervise: Student Organizations, Residence Life, Campus Safety, the Counseling Center, Dining, and Disability Services. Tori earned her A.B. from Smith College where currently she serves on the Board of Trustees. She earned a Masters in Divinity from Harvard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University. She was admitted to the practice of law in 1995 and is a lawyer in good standing with the Kentucky Bar Association. Professionally, Tori has worked as Chaplain at Boston City Hospital, the executive director of a shelter for homeless women, as a public policy assistant for the Mayor of Louisville, and she worked for Muhammad Ali to assist with early efforts to create the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. Tori is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first woman and first American to travel over land to the geographic South Pole, skiing 750 miles from the ice shelf to the pole. An avid mountaineer, Tori has climbed on several continents and she was the first woman to climb Lewis Nunatuck summit in Antarctica. She is a fully certified Emergency Medical Technician in both urban and wilderness areas. She is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) semester courses in Alaska and Kenya. She serves on the Board of Trustees for NOLS.

Tori is the recipient of multiple international honors. Thor Heyerdahl presented her with the Peter Byrd Trophy; Tori was the first woman to be honored with this award. In Paris she was recognized along with Lance Armstrong by L’Academies des Sport for significant sporting achievement. At the Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films, the French documentary “Beyond Limits – Tori Murden,” took the prize for the “Best Foreign Adventure Film,” and Dr. Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich awarded Tori with a Russian chalice for extraordinary achievements. Stories about Tori have appeared in more than ten books and thirty major magazines. Tori has appeared on national television shows including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN Domestic and International, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Exhale with Candice Bergen, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Inside Edition, The 34th Annual Victor Awards (Fox Sports Network), The Discovery Channel, “Storm Warnings,” “Beyond Limits – Tori Murden” French Television TF-1, The Travel Channel “World’s Most Dangerous Sporting Events,” and National Geographic, “Base Camp.”

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Popular Book Dramatist Returns March 15

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                         

DATE:  MARCH 4, 2010                                                                 

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403             

BARBARA IS BACK!!

         

WHO:                    The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of Martin County libraries

WHAT:                  Book Dramatist Barbara Rinella

 

In a Literary Dramatization of Jon Meacham’s book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Back by popular demand, literary dramatist Barbara Rinella will bring to life Jon Meacham’s Pulitzer-winning biography, American Lion, Andrew Jackson in the White House, 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 15 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, as part of the Chautauqua South arts and literary series. 

In this high-energy performance Barbara will highlight the hardships that created the tough and fierce backwoodsman who truly earned the nickname “Old Hickory” and rose to become the first common man to achieve the Presidency. Recognizing that life is never easy, Jackson stated simply, “I was born for a storm, a calm does not suit me!”  Will his beautiful wife, Rachael, also appear to enlighten us about their exciting love, their improper marriage, and her heartbreaking—literally—treatment by the media? Will someone explain the scandal surrounding Margaret Eaton, wife of Jackson’s Secretary of War, that brought the destruction of a Presidential Cabinet and ignited the gossip mills of Washington, D.C.? Why did Jackson fight for Indian removal? Turbulent times demand strong leadership and daring decisions.  Meet the amazing American Lion and hear his “roar”!

A wildly popular performer from the Chicago area, Barbara Rinella is known as an “academic entertainer.” She has portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy and Katherine Hepburn and developed programs around the Harry Potter series long before the books were well known.  As an English teacher, she loves the idea of promoting reading through language and drama.  

WHEN:                  Monday, March 15, 2:00 p.m.

 

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MCLS Press Release – Barbara Rinella 3/15/10                    2                                                                                    3/4/10

 

WHERE:               Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Presented at no charge.  Reservations not required.

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a

Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 3, 2010

Free Tickets Available 3/9 for Internationally Acclaimed Pianist

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DATE:  MARCH 3, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

WHO:                    The Library Foundation of Martin County, sponsor, in support of the Martin County Library System          

WHAT:                  Chautauqua South: Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series:

A Musical Afternoon with Classical Pianist Peter Pertis

 

Internationally acclaimed pianist Peter Pertis will present a program of works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at the Cummings Library in Palm City. Free tickets are required and may be obtained at the Cummings Library beginning Tuesday, March 9.

Peter Pertis was born in Budapest, Hungary.  He was awarded both his Master and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Pertis was a Professor of Piano at the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest, Visiting Artist/Professor at the Musashino Music Academy, Tokyo, Japan, and Visiting Artist/Professor at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, CT. As a soloist, he was represented by the Hungarian State Concert Management and gained recognition in the main cities of Europe, Japan, South America, Australia and the United States. 

 

Critics have praised his playing as being remarkable for its “deep-rooted poetry,” “rich variety of tone,” and “outstanding genius of his interpretation.” Records and Recording (London) has found his performances of Liszt to possess “demonic force along with a lyrical sensitiveness and great humanism.”

In the past 10-15 years Dr. Pertis has considerably reduced his public appearances. He divides his time between Budapest, Hungary, and Stuart, Florida. For more information on Dr. Pertis, please visit www.peterpertis.com.

WHEN:                  Saturday, March 13, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:               Cummings Library, Donahue Room, 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City

Complete Chautauqua schedules are available at all Martin County libraries.  For details or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.   

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March 1, 2010

All Ages–Step Up to the Bat for a Day of Baseball!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                          

DATE:  FEBRUARY 26, 2010                                                                              

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

WHO:                     The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., sponsor, in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:                  Baseball @ the Blake

Join us in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart on Saturday, March 13 for Baseball @ the Blake, Martin County Library System’s third annual celebration of America’s favorite pastime.  There’s something for everyone, with a theater performance for children at 10:00 a.m. and appearances by authors of books about baseball at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public.

Schedule:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 13

Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth: Casey at the Bat

The crowd expects Casey to knock in a home run, but has he practiced enough?  Step up to the plate with reporter Nelly Kelly and the “Mudville 9” to find out in this adaptation of the E.L. Thayer poem. Recommended for children in grades K-5.  Adults will enjoy, too!

1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 13

Lew Paper, author of Perfect: Don Larsen’s Miraculous World Series Game and the Men Who Made It Happen       

Lew Paper will discuss and sign copies of his book, Perfect, the improbable story of baseball’s only World Series no-hitter between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1956, described by the New York Times as “the greatest moment” in World Series history. Drawing upon oral histories, contemporaneous articles, and dozens of interviews with commentators and players (including all of the surviving players for the Dodgers and Yankees), Lew Paper brings that extraordinary event to life with a pitch-by-pitch narrative that incorporates profiles of the 19 players who were on the field that day, including Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Jackie Robinson.

Lew Paper is the author of four previous books, including John F. Kennedy: The Promise and the Performance, Brandeis: An Intimate Biography, Empire: William S. Paley and the Making of CBS and Deadly Risks (a novel). His book reviews and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Republic.  He currently practices law in Washington, DC.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13

Jane Heller, author of Confessions of a She-Fan: The Course of True Love with the New York Yankees

Popular and prolific author Jane Heller will discuss her first non-fiction book, Confessions of a She-Fan, a chick-lit look at baseball, love and marriage, written following heated reactions to her 2007 announcement in the New York Times of her intention to divorce the New York Yankees. Determined to prove she’s a true Yankee fan, Jane spent nearly three months following her beloved team to every game, her husband in tow – only to discover she’s not the fan she thought she was.

Jane Heller has written 13 novels, including Cha Cha Cha, The Club,  Infernal Affairs , Sis Boom Bah,  Name Dropping, Princess Charming and The Secret Ingredient, several of which were optioned for feature films.  A former Martin County resident, she currently lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband, an architectural photographer.

Books will be available for sale and signing following each author’s talk.

WHEN:                  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 13

WHERE:                Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  Tickets are not required.

For more information call 772/221-1403.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System, visit the library Web

 site, www.library.martin.fl.us or pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South calendar at any branch library.

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