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Haynes, Jeff Warm Hands Warm Hearts Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Teens are invited to experience hands-on drumming circle workshops with professional percussionist, Jeff Haynes. Students will gather for 2 workshops to receive instruction on developing rhythmic patterns, playing within a group, and exploring various sounds and tones on the drum. Then on the third meeting the students will share their learning experience through hands-on drumming with senior citizens in a special interactive performance in the library. Teens will gain an understanding of how they can contribute to the community through the arts. This exchange will not only bridge the generation gap but will also offer the teens and seniors an opportunity to enjoy the freedom of expressing their inner rhythms by “warming their hands” while “warming their hearts.”
$1001- $3000
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Environment
Join Gary Feldman for an eye-opening program about our food choices. Learn the connection between industrial agriculture’s departure from nature and the decline of our well-being. Gary will teach you the fundamental differences between organic and conventional food. Learn about organic standards and how organic food is grown. Find out the correlation between how conventional food is grown and why so many of us develop brittle bones. Gary will show you the various organic certifications to look for on food labels, how to decode produce stickers and the most reasonably priced and nutritious food choices. Gain a new perspective on the food we eat. Gary Feldman has over two decades in the nutrition field. He created an innovative nutritional supplement specialty retail catalog and is a continuing education instructor in food and agriculture.
$201- $350
Agostino, Christopher GOTCHA! Don't Be Fooled Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Finance,
GOTCHA! DON'T BE FOOLED SHOW – Consumer Education Assembly Program. TV commercials, fake psychics, con artists, and carnival games are just some of the things trying to fool students today, in an era when marketers consider children a prime target. Master magician David Levitan presents an entertaining and informative program with real world examples and practical insights into how to avoid being taken advantage of. two versions for grades K-2 and 3-12
$501- $1000
Powers, Eric Due North! Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment,
Ever been lost in the woods? Students will learn the basic components of a compass and how to navigate using one. The lesson starts in the classroom and then head outside (or large indoor space) to learn our skills. For a greater challenge, a compass scavenger hunt will be established around the site. A field expedition to a local park is available upon request for an advanced experience. Grades 5-12, and adults.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook Remembering Pete Seeger History,
Life Skills- Other,
I had the fortune of performing 50+ concerts and festivals alongside Pete Seeger between 2003 and his passing in 2014, learning many of his songs and the stories behind them – and not only songs he wrote but those of Woody Guthrie and many others. He was a mentor not only of music but of how to be a decent human being. After Pete passed in 2014, I participated in many tribute concerts with the likes of Peter Yarrow, Tom Chapin, David Amram, Guy Davis and others. Now, I have put together a “program” called “Remembering Pete Seeger.” I am presenting it in concert halls, theaters, arts centers, libraries, festivals, summer concert series, and colleges all over the world. “Spook Handy honors the spirit of Pete Seeger, so excellently, by sharing the music with everyone on stage and in the audience in the same way that Pete did. He makes music the star. That’s why Pete loved to play with him so often and why all of us who are still here also do.” … David Amram – recipient of the second annual Pete and Toshi Seeger Power of Song Award.
$501- $1000
Long Island Science Center, The Place for Learning YOUR SENSES Life Skills- Other,
Students will touch, taste, listen, see and smell their way to discovering how all 5 senses are used to interpret the world around them. They learn how the senses are part of an interrelated system, taste salt, sugar, and lemon water, also make perfume/cologne (to take home) using mint, orange and vanilla extracts. Pre-K - 3rd grade.
$201- $350
Maurer, Jim Juggling WorkShop Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Visual Arts- Other
Who has not wanted to learn how to juggle. Well it takes determination, and proper training. Starting with 1 ball all the way up to 3 ball tricks and 5 ball juggling, Jim teaches all ages and all education levels.
$101- $200
Singer, Lauren HEALTHY HARVEST STILLLIFE Life Skills- Food,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Painting
Get close and comfortable with a seasonal harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables as you learn how to capture their beauty in still life drawing and/or painting. Inspiring examples of artwork featuring fruits and vegetables will be shown and participants will learn nutritional benefits of these delicious foods. All will take home their own matted drawing or painting from a selection of work done in class. Terrific for Healthy Kids Day, Harvest Day, Thanksgiving or any day!
$201- $350
Ackerman, Susan Chocolate and Candy Crafts Life Skills- Food
One and a half hours of creative chocolate and candy craft making. This program is always a sell out. The children/teens/adults will learn about chocolate as they make their own molds and decorate them. As well, there are two other chocolate/candy craft projects that vary depending upon the groups age, the season and/or librarian request. Participants sample the chocolate and go home with a bag full of the treats they have created. Delicious, fun and even educational!
$201- $350
Basini, Lisa Chocolate Cheese Cake Truffles Life Skills- Food,
Life Skills- Other,
Each person will learn a quick and easy truffle recipe, that is great for gift giving or just as a dessert. Everyone goes home with a bakery box filled with truffles. This is a complete hands on project, that does not require a kitchen.
$201- $350
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