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Food & Cooking Programs Featured in February

Jan 30, 2015 08:00AM ● By Kieran Gilman
(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Public Library.)

Event Information:
All library events below are intended for adults.  Events are free, but registration is required.  Register by calling 978-640-4490 x 205, emailing, or visiting the library’s online calendar of events at  Events are typically held in the library’s first-floor Meeting Room.  Events are sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.  Film screenings are co-sponsored by the Tewksbury Lions Club.

Evening Book Club: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30pm
This month, the Book Club will be discussing Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, a historical mystery set in the early 1900’s in England.  The book, which won an Agatha Award and Macavity Award, was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.  Copies are available at the Front Desk.   Group meets the last Wednesday evening of every month.  No registration required.  New members always welcome.

Travel Talk: Take A Virtual Vacation Across Europe with David & Nancy Dillon
Thursday, January 29, 7pm
Join teachers David and Nancy Dillon as they share slides and stories from their latest travel excursion to Europe, where they enjoyed the sights of England (Bath), Portugal (Lisbon), Antwerp (Belgium), Amsterdam, France (Avignon and Nice), and Monaco.  The Dillons travel extensively (this was their 20th trip to Europe!) and are always eager to share their experiences with fellow travel enthusiasts.  Limited to 50 seats.

Friday Night Film: Fury
Friday, January 30, 7pm
Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases – Fury, a World War II drama starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman  Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.  Rated R.  Free refreshments.  Limited to 75 seats.

Saturday Night Film: The Judge
Saturday, January 31, 7pm
Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases – The Judge, a drama/comedy starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall.  Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.  Rated R.  Free refreshments.  Limited to 75 seats. 

Tewksbury Job Seekers Network: Branding Yourself Online and In Person with Rachelle Lappinen
Monday, February 2, 2pm
Join social media job search coach Rachelle Lappinen for a discussion on using social media to brand yourself; where to look and what you’ll find with online job hunting; and power networking to uncover the “Hidden Job Market.”  Rachelle is a Career Counselor at the YWCA, a certified resume writer, and an advisory board member of MIT’s Institute of Career Transitions.  There will be time for networking afterwards.  Group meets every Monday at 2pm.  Limited to 25 seats.

Food Talk: All About Cocktails with Joe Carlin
Tuesday, February 3, 7pm
Join Joe Carlin, author of Cocktails: A Global History, to uncover how many of our favorite cocktails were invented.  Joe has served as associated editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, is on the editorial board of Nutrition Today, and frequently appears on the History Channel as an expert on food and drink in America.  Q&A and book signing after the talk for those interested.  No alcohol will be served.  Limited to 75 seats.

How To Keep Your Family Naturally Healthy with Dr. Heather
Wednesday, February 4, 7pm
Join Dr. Heather DiRocco, of Optimal Health Family Chiropractic in Tewksbury, for tips on how to keep your family naturally healthy in the face of the common cold, sore throats, sinus infections, ear infections, and allergies.  Dr. Heather’s mission is to get her community healthy – one family at a time.  Talk will be held in the second-floor Conference Room, not Meeting Room.  Limited to 12 seats.

Food Talk: Re-Think Your Plate with Whole Foods Market
Thursday, February 5, 7pm
Join Eileen Webster, the Health Eating Specialist from Whole Foods Market in Andover, to learn easy and delicious ways to eat more whole foods.  Discover how to incorporate more nutrient dense whole foods into your food choices, while watching Eileen prepare portions of a meal and snacking on some samples.  Limited to 50 seats.

Tewksbury Job Seekers Network: Branding Yourself Online and In Person with Rachelle Lappinen
Monday, February 9, 2pm
Join grief counselor Chery Amari to learn how to cope in the midst of a career or job change.  In this interactive presentation, you’ll find validation for your job loss experience, as well as strategies for uncovering hidden opportunities in time of change.  Cheryl is the founder and owner of the Tewksbury-based GriefTeach, which offers grief education, consulting and coaching services for all types of loss.  There will be time for networking afterwards.  Group meets every Monday at 2pm.  Limited to 25 seats.

Food Talk: Film Screening of Fed Up
Tuesday, February 10, 7pm
Enjoy a screening of Fed Up, a new documentary examining America’s obesity epidemic and the food industry’s role in aggravating it.  Rated PG.  Free refreshments.  Limited to 50 seats.

Living with Coyotes with John Maguaranis
Wednesday, February 11, 7pm
Join John Maguaranis, Massachusetts Representative for Project Coyote, to learn about coyotes, including: natural behavior, habits, identification, pet and human safety, myths and facts, hazing, and origin and history.  Learn more about these amazing animals and get tips on how to co-exist peacefully.  You’ll also see some great photography.  Limited to 75 seats. No registration required.  (Talk was postponed from 1/7.)

Food Talk: Cooking with Chocolate with Chef Liz Barbour
Thursday, February 12, 7pm
Join chef Liz Barbour for a “cooking with chocolate” demonstration and tasting.  During Valentine’s Day week, Liz will use chocolate as the main ingredient in recipes that are not just for dessert.  Enjoy a cooking demonstration of two delicious recipes, with samples!  Liz is the owner of The Creative Feast and has been cooking professionally in the Boston area for 25 years.  Limited to 50 seats.

Friday Night Film: Nightcrawler
Friday, February 13, 7pm
Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases – Nightcrawler, a crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal.  When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Rated R.  Free refreshments.  Limited to 75 seats.

Food Talk: Chocolate – The Perfect Drug with Noemi Custodia-Lora
Tuesday, February 17, 7pm
Join Noemi Custodia-Lora, chemistry professor at Northern Essex Community College, to learn why chocolate is good for you, which kinds are best, how much is healthy, how to taste for quality, and how best to eat it.  Limited to 50 seats.

Genealogy Support Group Meeting
Wednesday, February 18, 2pm
Whether you’re just starting out or have been researching your family history for years, the Genealogy Support Group has a place for you!  Bring your notes and a laptop (or borrow one of ours) to work on your genealogy using library resources and the shared resources and experiences of others.  Group meets the third Wednesday afternoon of every month.  Limited to 15 seats.

Local History Talk: Explore The Lowell National Historical Park with Paul Marion
Wednesday, February 18, 7pm
Join author Paul Marion as he discusses his new book, Mill Power: The Origin and Impact of Lowell National Historical Park, an insider’s account of how one of the park was created.  Paul, now the Executive Director of Community Relations at UMass Lowell, previously served as an administrator with the Lowell Historical Preservation Commission.  Q&A and book signing after the talk.  Limited to 50 seats.

Food Talk: Hearty Italian Suppers with Ellie Deaner
Thursday, February 19, 7pm
Join chef Ellie Deaner to learn how to prepare some quick and hearty Italian recipes.  Printed copies of the recipes and tasty samples will be provided.  Ellie has taught cooking for more than 25 years, authored two popular cookbooks, and hosts a cable TV series, “Ellie’s Foodline.”  Door prize.  Limited to 50 seats.

Friday Night Film: Birdman
Friday, February 20, 7pm
Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases – Birdman, an Academy Award-nominated comedy starring Michael Keaton.  A washed up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play.  Rated R.  Free refreshments.  Limited to 75 seats.

Saturday Night Film: St. Vincent
Saturday, February 21, 7pm
Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood’s newest DVD releases – St. Vincent, a critically acclaimed comedy starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy.  A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.  Rated PG-13.  Free refreshments.  Limited to 75 seats.

Tewksbury Job Seekers Network: Creative Job Seeking Strategies Workshop with Abby Grant
Monday, February 23, 2pm
Join Abby Grant, a former recruiter and career services professional, to discuss unique tips, strategies and techniques to invigorate your job search.  Learn to find “hidden jobs” in the economy.  There will be time for networking after the event.  Group meets every Monday at 2pm.  Limited to 25 seats.

Travel Talk: Discover Educational Travel & Learning Vacations with Road Scholar
Tuesday, February 24, 7pm
Join ambassador Donna Brock as she shares information and answers questions about Road Scholar, America’s first and the world’s largest educational travel organization for adults.  If you love to travel, enjoy learning new things, and want to meet people who share an adventurous spirit, this informative and enthusiastic presentation is for you!  Limited to 50 seats.  (Talk was postponed from 1/27.)

Evening Book Club: False Impressions by Jeffrey Archer
Wednesday, February 25, 6:30pm
This month, the Book Club will be discussing False Impressions by Jeffrey Archer, a mystery that spans the globe to uncover the truth surrounding Van Gogh’s last painting. Copies are available at the Front Desk.  Group meets the last Wednesday evening of every month.  New members always welcome. No registration required.

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