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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS
Sunday Concert

Young Masters Recital Series: Joseph Hauer
January 25 at 2pm

Joseph Hauer, Award-Winning Concert Pianist will perform Bach, Chopin Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Albright.

Joseph Hauer, from Appleton, Wisconsin, completed his undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory with Professor Peter Takács. His former teachers include Catherine Kautsky, Kyung Kim, Catherine Walby, and Charlene Reitz. In past summers he has attended the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium at Princeton University, PianoSummer at New Paltz, New York, and Pianofest in the Hamptons. Last summer, he performed multiple piano trios and piano duets in the inaugural season of the Houston, MN Chamber Music series, and is returning for a second season this summer. As a soloist, he has collaborated with the Fox Valley Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, as well as performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with a student orchestra at Oberlin. His performances have been broadcast statewide on Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio. Hauer’s other recent performances of solo and chamber works include house concerts in New York City, Cleveland, OH, and Verona, WI; recitals in Oakton, VA, Valley Cottage, NY, Sheboygan, WI, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and UM School of Music in Ann Arbor, MI; and numerous recitals at the Oberlin Conservatory and Kendal at Oberlin. He is a winner of the 2013-2014 Oberlin senior concerto competition and, as a result, performed Rachmaninoff's Fourth Piano Concerto with the Oberlin orchestra, Rafael Jimenez conducting.

Hauer attended Oberlin on a full scholarship from the Miller Family Music Education Scholarship of Appleton, Wisconsin. He is currently pursuing a master' in Piano Performance at NYU Steinhardt, where he holds a position as Adjunct Faculty of Piano. His other interests include jazz piano, Russian, racquetball, and snowboarding.


Great Decisions 2015

The Foreign Policy Association brings you:

Great Decisions 2015

Interested in International Affairs and US Foreign Policy?

Meets every other Monday at 7pm starting Jan. 26

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Topics included this year: Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Syria's Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century.

Each participant is expected to purchase a $20 Great Decisions workbook. Information about the discussion schedule and purchase of the workbook will take place at the first meeting.
Registration is required.


For more information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association visit their website.

Living Well with Diabetes

8 Tuesdays, Jan. 20 – March 10

from 10am to 12:30pm

This free 6-session workshop series will help you: understand diabetes and learn how to prevent complications; keep track of your blood sugar; eat healthy; be more physically active; learn relaxation techniques to cope with stress; and take charge of your health. You will receive the support of others with similar concerns. The group provides a place where mutual support and success can help build your confidence in your ability to manage your health and maintain an active and fulfilling life.

This course is offered through the Rockland County Department of Health. To register, call 364-2501.

Meditation Series: Finding Peace

Thursday, January 29 at 10:30am

Relaxation and meditation can greatly benefit our lives. Carole Brill uses music, breath gentle Qi Kung exercises and simple meditation techniques which you will also be able to practice at home.

This is an ongoing program. Join in at any time.

Cost: Nyack School District residents: $5
Out-of-District: $10


Starts Wednesday, January 28 at 10:30am

Commit to living a healthier life! This 8-week program for adults is based on current reliable methods that have been proven to work. It incorporates nutrition, activity and behavioral modification methods.

Expect to move! Dress comfortably.

Cost: $10.

This program was developed by staff from Nyack Hospital and made possible by a grant from the Rockland County Department of Health Steps to a Healthier NY.

Librarian-Led Daytime Discussion

Tuesday, February 3 at 2pm

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

The gripping tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust.
Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

This title will be available available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
Selling Your Home This Spring?

Tuesday, February 3 at 7pm

Join Lori Carbone, President of Spaces that Speak, to learn how to highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers with her home-staging tips. Come with questions!

Sunday Concert

Young Masters Recital Series:


February 8 at 2pm

Schubert Fantasy for 4 Hands,
Brahms Hungarian Dances
and more…

Highly acclaimed, international award-winning concert pianists team up to play duets and solos.

Wednesday Movie Matinee


February 4 at 2pm

A story set in Santiago, Chile and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.
110 minutes.
Spanish with English subtitles.
Lions Gate
Scholar-led Book Discussion

Thursday, February 5 at 7pm

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Discussion led by John Speight

Winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature.

This is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Hemingway’s frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto—of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized—is one of the greatest moments in literary history.

A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was thirty years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.
The Book & Pub Club

Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries have joined forces with a book club geared toward 21 to 30-somethings! Each month we meet in a different local bar and discuss a book over drinks. (21+ only)

Tuesday, February 10 at 7 pm

Harbor Hill, 91 Main St., Nyack

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Part breathless thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, The Orphan Master’s Son is also a riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.

This book is available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
You Can Draw!

Fridays, February 6 - 27
from 10:30am - 12pm

A four-session workshop with artist, Judith deBiase, for people who have always wanted to draw but think they can’t (or people who would like to improve their drawing skills). Bring plain paper, pencils/pens and an open mind.

Cost: $5 per class for extra tools & materials.


Pairing Wines with Sweets

Wednesday, February 11 at 7pm

Enjoy an evening with wine expert, Janet Wheeler, sampling some desserts and sweets and the wines that compliment them just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Cost: $5 per person.
Must be paid within 72 hours of registration.

Wednesday Movie Matinee

Million Dollar Arm

February 18 at 2pm

A true inspirational story of self-discovery, second chances and personal triumph in the face of adversity.

In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball's next great pitcher form a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a fastball but know nothing about the game of baseball. Or America.

It's an incredible and touching journey that will change them all -- especially JB, who learns valuable lessons about teamwork, commitment and family.

124 minutes.
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Technology Training

Intro to Computers for Absolute Beginners

Thursday, February 19 at 11am

Learn to love a computer from the ground up. This hands-on course will teach you how to use a mouse, identify computer components and open and close files.

Meet the Therapy Pets!

Thursday February 19 at 7pm

Calm, friendly therapy dogs registered with the Hudson Valley Visiting Pet Program will visit the Valley Cottage Library. These special animals love to be petted, enjoy travel and brighten the lives of hospital patients and residents of nursing home and assisted living homes. As members of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program, they work with children in schools and libraries.

Come meet these special animals and discover whether your dog or cat would make a good therapy pet and learn how to join the Hudson Valley Visiting Pet Program. (Please do not bring your pet to this event.)
All ages are welcome.

Sunday Concert

Young Masters Recital Series:

Tomer Gewirtzman

February 22 at 2pm

Tomer Gewirtzman will be performing Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff

Tomer is the most recent winner of the America - Israel Cultural Foundation's Aviv Competition that took place in December 2013, where he won both the piano prize named after Rafi Guralnik and the audience prize named after Meira Gera.

In June 2014, he won the third prize in the inaugural Midwest Piano Competition in Iowa. In June 2010, he won the "Clairmont" competition in Israel; both first prize, and a special prize for a commissioned piece for the competition. Later that year, Tomer won the first prize in the "Piano Forever" competition in Ashdod, which gave him, in addition to the financial award, a full scholarship to attend master classes in the USA, and an opportunity to perform as soloist with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra.

Tomer has won first prizes in the Chopin competition for young pianists in Tel-Aviv, the "Rig'ey See" piano competition in Ashdod, the "Pnina Zaltzman Piano Competition for Young Pianists" in Kfar-Sava, and the "Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses" concerto competition. In addition, Tomer won first prize in the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition right after winning second prize in the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, where he was the youngest competitor in his category.

He has received top prizes in other international competitions such as the International Keyboard Institute Festival piano competition in New York, Arte Con Anima piano competition in Greece, and the International Baltic Piano Competition in Poland.

Librarian-Led Daytime Discussion

Tuesday, March 3 at 2pm

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

In the early 1950s, an 11-year-old boy takes a life changing journey onboard
a huge ocean liner from his home in Ceylon to a new life in England.

As the narrative moves between the decks and holds of the ship and the boy’s adult years, it tells a spellbinding story—by turns poignant and electrifying—about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage.

Join librarians Katie and Ashley.

This title will be available available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
Matter of Balance

Wednesdays, March 4 – April 22
from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Classes meet 8 times for 2 hours each.

The Rockland County Department of Health gives this fall-prevention program for older adults which helps to develop your confidence. You will learn to set realistic goals for exercising and increasing your activity. These positive changes will reduce your risk of falling at home.

Please call Barbara Plasker at the RC Department of Health at 364-2501 to register.

Wednesday Movie Matinee

The Lunchbox

March 4 at 2pm

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a lonely man on the verge of retirement.

Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in their virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

Language: Hindi with English subtitles.
105 minutes.
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Defensive Driving Class

March 4 & 5 from 5:45-8:45pm

This 6-hour course is open to ALL NYS licensed drivers. Participants are eligible
to receive a 10% discount on their auto insurance premiums and reduce up to 4 points.

Preregistration is required. Please call 201-522-5892.
A check for $23 made payable to Ian Prastien is required.
Class starts promptly at 5:45pm. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Scholar-led Book Discussion

Thursday, March 5 at 7pm

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Discussion led by Dr. Vara Neverow

Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.

This title will be available available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
Sunday Concert


March 8 at 2pm

Blarney Stew is a group of seasoned professional musicians playing acoustic instruments. Utilizing fiddle, mandolin, guitar, stand-up bass and percussion the band performs a mix of Irish crowd-pleasers, traditional Celtic music as well as the occasional reinterpreted country classic.

The Book & Pub Club

Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries have joined forces with a book club geared toward 21 to 30-somethings! Each month we meet in a different local bar and discuss a book over drinks. (21+ only)

Tuesday, March 10 at 7pm

Spice of India, 125 Main St., Nyack

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom’s characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

This title will be available available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
Wednesday Movie Matinee

Jersey Boys

March 18 at 2pm

Here's the big screen adaptation of the Broadway show "Jersey Boys", itself loosely based on the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, an American rock and pop singing group.

134 minutes.
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Warner Home Video

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