Programs & Events


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yogaGentle Yoga – Mondays and Wednesdays  at 11:30am
This may be the yoga class you’re looking for. Here we cultivate compassion for ourselves and others. Though it’s a gentle workout, the emphasis is on working in. This inward focus unites the mind, body & Spirit in an atmosphere of community and collaboration, not competition. Balance, strength and flexibility improve while experiencing deep relaxation. You’ll feel a lightness of being from this powerful and healing practice. Taught by Anne Anderson, Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Registered with Yoga Alliance, Professional Ski Instructor of America at Vail; Lionshead Adults, Reiki II Practitioner and Founder of Snowga, a yoga practice on the slopes created to calm the mind and transform the ski experience; less fear, more fun.

 

Meditation returns to Tuesday at 5pm, beginning September 19th

Meditation is commonly described as the practice of focusing our mental attention to awaken us beyond habitual thinking, so to reveal the nature of reality — what is happening here and now. Join this meditation group and discover the benefits of meditation for yourself.

 

Community Writer’s Group – Thursdays at  3:00 – 5:30pm 
Join us for this next step meeting of a Community Writer’s group. We are looking for non-published authors who want to meet weekly. The purpose of this writer’s group is to provide a safe and welcoming space for writers, to write, read and inspire one another. For more information, please call the library at 970-479-2187.

 

Colorado Work force – One on One

every third Friday, every month, 3-5pm

Join staff from  the Edward’s office of the Colorado Workforce Center for one-on-one help with resumes, applications, interviews and more.

 

 


Joyful Acoustic Americana with Bettman and Halpin

Wednesday August 23rd, at 5:30pm

A Vail Public Library favorite, Bettman and Halpin return for an evening of great music. Their concerts combine high energy, upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soraring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and feel good songs. The duo has been touring since 2008. Their music creates a fully acoustic, delightfully electric sound far greater than the sum of its parts, taking the listener from up tempo, down home fiddling to soulful, sorrowful ballads, to super hooky folk/pop catchy melodies and lyrics.

Bettman and Halpin’s 5 CDs have received national and international radio play along with critical acclaim.


Rocky Mountain Tales of Survival with Kurtis Kelly

Wednesday August 30th, 5:30 pm

Colorado storyteller Kurtis Kelly will be the special guest at the Vail Public Library foran evening of history re-enactment titled “Rocky Mountain Tales of Survival”.

The history of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains holds many thrilling tales of early explorers drawn by the allure, the adventure, and the unparalleled scenic beauty of high peaks and valleys. But along those trails were dangers: rapid changes in weather, unpredictable wild animals, and treacherous terrain. These early travelers sometimes faced peril, and long before GPS devices and cell phones came into being.

Among the tales will be true historic tales of pioneers who faced perilous encounters and recalled daring escapes. Homesteader Abner Sprague recounts the 1896 camping trip that left his party lost in a blizzard above timberline. The Earl of Dunraven, while on a hunting expedition, comes face-to-face with a mountain lion. Adventurer and author Joe Mills describes a midnight rescue on wind-whipped 14255-foot Longs Peak. A snow-blinded Enos Mills makes a dangerous descent from the Continental Divide.

Storyteller Kurtis Kelly will dramatizes these and other amazing stories through a medley of historically-accurate first-person narratives. Kelly will also include a brief discussion of the film “The Revenant”, which has helped re-popularize survival narratives, and which led viewers to wonder about the real-life Hugh Glass, whose life inspired the screenplay.

The August 30 program is suitable for all ages.


Environmental Toxins: awareness and options with Kris Sampson

Thursday September 7th, 5:30pm

Is your home making you sick? Good health is not just about the food you put in your body. What you put in your body, the air you breathe and the water you drink can all have a profound effect on your health. In this talk, you’ll learn about how thousands of chemicals, most of which have never been tested for safety, are used in everyday products. These chemicals are disrupting your endocrine system, mimicking hormones, damaging your thyroid and causing harm in other ways. You’ll also learn about safe and effective alternatives you can use for a healthier home environment. Presented by Kristina Sampson, founder of the Vail Diet.


Griots of Gambia; the music of West Africa with Sean Gaskell

Tuesday September 12th, 5:30pm

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire.

While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He was first inspired to play by Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead “The Kora Band” and “The Sahel Band”. Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina in 2014. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.


Books ‘n’ Bites – Wednesday Sept 13,  5:00 – 6:30pm- Community Room

Walking Book Club – Friday Sept 15, 11:30  – 12:30 pm

Meet in the atrium and we’ll take this meeting for a walk!

This month’s book  is “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende. “The Japanese Lover” is a multi-generational epic that sweeps from San Francisco, in the present day, to Poland and the United States during the Second World War. In 1939, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her, from Poland, to live with an aunt and uncle in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. A great friendship and tender love affair begins to blossom during this 2 year period. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are pulled apart when Ichimei and his family are relocated to internment camps run by the U. S. government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but they feel forced to hide their love. Decades later, as Alma is nearing the end of her life, Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the Alma and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco’s charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge their own friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma and they piece together the truth about Ichimei and his relationship  with Alma that has endured for nearly seventy years. Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, “The Japanese Lover” explores questions of identity, abandonment and redemption. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel “The House of the Spirits,” “The Japanese Lover” is a tribute to the constancy of the human heart in an ever changing world.


*Photo Policy

We will be taking pictures and recording video from time to time during programs. If you don’t want to be photographed or video recorded, please let us know, and we will do our best to protect your privacy. If you do consent, the photos and video taken may be used on press releases, or on the library’s website and/or social media sites.

 

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