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2018 March PASO Magazine

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AT THE LIBRARY DORIS LANCE EXHIBIT IN MARCH The Paso Robles City Library invites the public to enjoy the work of Doris Lance. After relocating to Paso Robles in 2015 her passion and focus has been to walk and/or hike throughout San Luis Obispo County with her trusty camera and backpack. Wildflowers and selected trees, shrubs, reeds, rushes and ferns from San Simeon to Pismo Beach were found, digitally captured, and framed for this exhibit. The Wild in Wildflowers, has a vast array of macro blooms of red, yellow, blue, purple, and white. Each photograph is identified by scientific name and common name, and where space permits, the location with the county. AUTISM DISCUSSION AT PASO ROBLES LIBRARY PROGRAM KICKS OFF CUESTA BOOK OF THE YEAR EVENTS The Paso Robles City Library kicks off this year’s Cuesta Book of the Year classes and events on Thursday, March 1, 6-8 p.m., in the Library Conference Room, with a presentation by Debra Balke, a local doctor specializing in pediatric neurology. Balke will speak on the subject of autism, discussing what it is, its effects on families, and current treatments. This presentation will provide the perfect introduction to autism, the subject of this year’s Cuesta Book of the Year and the focus of the Paso Robles City Library’s March class and event offerings. Signups for this event are recommended. Register online. Space is limited. Children 13 and younger are welcome with adult supervision. HATS OFF TO DR. SEUSS! A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR SEUSS FANS YOUNG AND OLD Dr. Seuss fans are invited to celebrate his 114th birthday on March 2, from 1-5 p.m. in the Children’s Library. Enjoy the photo booth, go on a scavenger hunt, and make a bookmark. And don’t miss a magical story time with special guest Cat in the Hat at 3 p.m. BATH BOMBS! NEXT IN THE MAKE IT @ YOUR LIBRARY SERIES “Make It” in the Library Story Room on Saturday, March 3, at either 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy colorful, effervescent, and good smelling Bath Bombs made by YOU! Learn to make basic bath bombs at this sensory maker class, part of the library’s Cuesta Book of the Year offerings. Using simple ingredients, you will make 3 bath bombs – enough for you to enjoy and share with a friend. This class is limited to age 16 and older. Signups for this event are required. Space is limited. For more information, contact Adult Services Librarian Karen Christiansen, 237-3870. LIFE, ANIMATED BY RON SUSKIND LIBRARY BOOK CLUB’S GOOD READ FOR MARCH Join the library’s Book Club on Thursday, March 15, 7-8 p.m. for a compelling discussion of the book Life Animated by Ron Suskind. This nonfiction work tells the story of Owen Suskind, the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. A boy with autism who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, and brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive. The Library’s Book Club meets monthly throughout the year. In addition to the book club, the Paso Robles City Library invites you to enjoy a showing of the award-winning documentary based on the book Life, Animated by Ron Suskind. KNITTING WITH META! Learn to knit with master knitter Meta Nesbit on Saturday, March 17 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The library is providing knitting classes for beginning and intermediate knitters, age 13 and up. All the basics will be covered including casting on, knit, purl, and bind off. All supplies will be provided for the beginning knitter. More experienced knitters are welcome to bring their own projects, so get that half-finished scarf or sweater out of the closet and receive expert advice on how to complete it. A follow-up class will be offered on Monday, March 19, beginning at 6 p.m. Space is limited. For ages 13 and up. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AT THE PASO ROBLES LIBRARY As in prior years, the Library has partnered with AARP Tax Aide to provide free basic income tax return preparation assistance on Saturdays, February through March. The Library is one of the few places you can go for assistance with both federal and state tax forms, instruction booklets for the most common forms, and Reference Desk staff assistance with accessing and printing forms from websites. To schedule an appointment call the Library. Available time slots fill fast so call early. For more information about this event, contact Karen Christiansen at 237-3870. 46 PASO Magazine, March 2018

Music Class: Ron Tarica Offers Classical Workshop Sessions held on Thursdays beginning on March 15 EDUCATION & CULTURE Discover a new passion with the Paso Robles Senior Center’s Classical Music Appreciation classes presented by long-time educator Ron Tarica. The sixth session of the latest series of music classes will take place on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. from March 15 to April 19 at the Senior Center, 280 Scott Street. With this six-week class Ron will present American composers dating back to 1750. The class will include the American Romantic period composers whose music is not heard much today. It will also include such famous composers as Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster and John Philip Sousa plus well known 20th century composers like Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein. In each session Ron will introduce background about the composers, sometimes with humorous anecdotes, and play excerpts of their music. The sessions consist of lecture, discussion and listening to classical music. Many of Ron’s students have found this to be a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon and even repeat the whole series multiple times. Tarica discovered this passion for classical music at a young age when his parents, who were born in Italy, wanted him to learn to play the accordion. According to Tarica, he took lessons from the age of 7 to 17 and learned classical compositions written for piano. Though music had little to do with his chosen area of study at Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University — he received a doctor- ate in chemical engineering from the latter — he found time to sit in on music appreciation classes. After a 28 year career with Chevron in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ron and a fellow retiree developed this series of classes and taught them there from 1998 to 2005 In that year Ron and his wife moved to the Central Coast to be near their son and family. That’s when he began teaching the classes on his own. He has been teaching the classes ever since on Tuesdays in Morro Bay, Wednesdays in Atascadero, and Thursdays in Paso Robles. “I also sing with the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale and while my wife and I lived in Marin County we performed in a dozen or so operas. I really enjoy presenting these classes and it is very rewarding to enlighten people who may otherwise have dismissed classical music. Also, it opens up awareness that these composers are not just famous names but real people. I also present some history of each period.” Most of the individuals who participate in the classes are retired, but really anyone can attend. “My hope is that people find a passion for classical music through my classes,” said Tarica. To join in on the fun and learn more about the classics, just show up on Thursday, March 15. The classes are free of charge. March 2018, PASO Magazine 47

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