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Book Group

Do you like to read, talk and eat? Would you like a way to make new friends, see things in a new way and find genres and authors that you've not considered before?

If so, you may find the perfect nexus in a book group. There are many types of book groups, ranging from a group of friends getting together monthly to discuss an essay to special-interest virtual groups, such as Thumper's Corner, which is specifically for African-American literature.

Local Drop-In Book Groups

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO READ?

Have you read all the books on your nightstand and depleted your Nook? Don't settle for reading the cereal box or that copy of Who Moved My Cheese someone left in the break room - you can find fresh and unexpected page-turners from a variety of sources.

Beat everyone to the waiting list by using Clues Unlimited to find upcoming mystery titles, as well as mysteries for children and British imports.

Can't remember the name of the third Harry Potter book? Check out What's Next, a comprehensive database from the Kent Library District, MI, that allows you to find a fiction series by genre, author, series name or book title.

KICKOFF FALL WITH SOME FOOTBALL MOVIES

Anyone who attended Bronco games during the late '70s remembers the Orange Crush defense and Craig Morton, who always threw the ball at the last moment possible and then collapsed on the field to avoid getting tackled. I sat wedged between my burly father and a truly huge, hairy, chain-smoking guy and his brother, who we privately called the Bear and the Bear's brother.

In later years, I had access to a "box" seat, courtesy of a generous in-law. This offered such great people-watching that I hardly paid attention to the game at all, which was just as well most of the time. I'm still not sure how the women in the box hiked all the way up there in their stiletto heels and cat-print jumpsuits, but it was a lot of fun, with snacks, drinks and shelter readily available.

"A DAY IN POMPEII" COMING TO THE MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

August 24, 79 AD, started out like any other day in the thriving Roman town of Pompeii, with citizens socializing at the public baths, watching gladiator contests, preparing meals and going to school. The popular resort town was located in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, which hadn't erupted in hundreds of years.

A series of small earthquakes in the last few days may have caused some uneasiness, however. Only seventeen years earlier, a big earthquake had caused massive damage, which the citizens of Pompeii were still trying to repair. At the time, the correlation between earthquakes and volcanic activity was unknown; but the longer a volcano is silent, the bigger the explosion when it finally does erupt.

PATRICIA HIGHSMITH

“Honestly, I don't understand why people get so worked up about a little murder!”
― Patricia Highsmith, Ripley Under Ground

Among the writers of crime novels and offbeat thrillers, few writers have managed to be as enduring in appeal among readers and critics alike as Patricia Highsmith, whose startlingly original creations includes one of the most singularly charming killers in all of fiction.

"WAIT! YOU'VE GOT THE WRONG GUY!"

There are times when you wish you were somebody else - giving a speech, shopping for a swimsuit or receiving a dental deep cleaning are just a few of them. Reinventing yourself is rarely an option in real life, but it does happen in the movies.

Whether somebody got switched at birth, faked their own death or is wrongly accused of a crime, there is a mistaken identity film for everyone.

Here are some of my favorites:

The Big Lebowski (1998)

GIMME A BREAK - A COFFEE BREAK, THAT IS

Most Sunday mornings, I watch my favorite barista, Sonia, prepare lattes, cappuccinos, and cafe Americanos at the Market on Larimer Square. She remembers everyone's name and what they order, then proceeds to prepare it in blur of activity, all while catching up on her customers' lives or commenting on the relative difficulty or ease of the New York Times Crossword.

Sonia is one of 20 million people employed in this huge global industry; coffee is a commodity that is second only to petroleum in dollars traded worldwide. Per-capita global consumption works out to 400 cups annually, making it the world's most popular beverage.

LET THE PARTIES BEGIN - WATCHING THE SUMMER OLYMPICS

The first Olympic Games were held in 776 BCE in order to honor Zeus, while showcasing Greece's finest athletes and promoting goodwill among Greek cities. The event lasted for one day and consisted of a foot race for men only, who competed in their birthday suits and were coated in olive oil.

Today, more than 9 million spectators will watch over 10,000 athletes (nicely attired and oil-free) from more than 200 countries compete in everything from springboard diving to table tennis. Here are some tips for following the action and planning your own Olympic celebrations.

PROPOSAL WRITING AND BUDGETING BASICS CLASS

THIS CLASS IS FULL

If you are new to the nonprofit world or would just like to brush up on your proposal writing skills, join us on Monday, August 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library in the B-2 Conference Center for this free class.

Guest speaker Scott Ullman, the regional training coordinator for the Foundation Center, will cover these topics:

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: RESPIRATORY THERAPIST

Kari Woodruff started her training in respiratory therapy intending to use it as a way to gain clinical experience and move on to be a physician's assistant. But she came to value the work too much to abandon it. "Once I started clinicals," she recalls, "I fell in love with taking care of infants and children with breathing problems, and I remained in the field."

Respiratory therapists are healthcare practitioners who diagnose and treat people who suffer from heart and lung problems. They typically work in a hospital setting but sometimes visit patients in their homes. There are also specialists within the profession, and they help people who have asthma, cystic fibrosis or sleep disorders. They can also be anesthesia assistants, be involved in pulmonary research or provide emergency care for patients suffering from hearts attacks or stroke.

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