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Desert Foothills Library Independent Film Festival 2016 (7/8-8/26)

Fridays, July 8 to August 26th

10:30am - 12:30pm  


Free popcorn and soft drinks! Exceptional selections from film festivals around the world.  No registration. 

July 29: Lemon Tree. Director Eran Riklis. 106 minutes. The story of a Palestinian widow who
must defend her lemon tree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and
threatens to have her lemon grove torn down. Israeli with subtitles. Drama 2008

August 5: Phoenix. Director Christian Petzold. 98 minutes. A disfigured Holocaust survivor
sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust. Drama 2015

August 12: Suffragette - Director Sarah Gavron 106 min. The foot soldiers of the early feminist
movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse
with an increasingly brutal State. Drama Biography History 2015

August 19: Women He's Dressed. Director Gillian Armstrong. 95 min.The life of Australian
costume designer Orry-Kelly. Bio-Pic 2015

August 26: Tanna. Directors Martin Butler & Bentley Dean. 100 min South Pacific scenes of lush
forests, crystal water falls & angry volcano. Based on actual events of tradition. Romance 2015


Pilates for Beginners

Thursday, September 8th

12:00pm - 1:00pm  


Mat class will include whole body exercises that promote core strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Workout is appropriate for individuals with osteoporosis.  Small props will be provided. Please bring a yoga mat.


 Registration Required: Contact instructor Michelle Gavura (Certified Polestar Pilates Rehab Practitioner) at 602-295-4702 or mgpt@gmail.com.


Cost: $10 cash, pay to instructor at each class.


Homeschool Class

Saturday, September 10th

1:00pm - 3:45pm


The Visions and Variables of Getting Started in Homeschooling with Carol Gary

Often times families who want to take the homeschooling plunge or are facing a new season in their homeschooling experience are tempted to jump right into the details of choosing curriculum, designing their new learning space, or figuring our other logistics and details.  However, while these tasks are important, most parents benefit from FIRST looking at the "big picture" points and considerations BEFORE making these kinds of strategic decisions or changes.  Join Carol as she helps parents develop their own family vision statement, unpack homeschooling myths, and tackle several big questions that most homeschoolers face at the beginning or during other critical points of their home education journey.  This three-hour interactive workshop is the first of the nine sessions of The Balanced Homeschooler Program. 


(see more info here:http://www.thebalancedhomeschooler.com/MANUAL--TOC.html)


Registration required. Please call 480-488-2286.


The Literate Foodie Club

Monday, September 12th

1:00pm - 2:30pm 


Do you love food, books, cooking and conversation? The Literate Foodie Club will explore food writing, food and travel experiences, food history, chefs, restaurants, food in literature, wild and crazy food experiences, regional/world cuisines--- nothing is off limits! Of course there will be snacks, guest chefs and speakers, fun and good company—and yes, we will read some books, too!  1st Mondays each month, with special meetings and “field trips” to be announced periodically.   Facilitated by self-declared foodie Dana Rakinic. Bon appetit! 


September topic:  Anthony Bourdain:  Culinary Travel Adventures


Join us for the start of the fall Literate Foodie season on Monday, September 12, 1-2:30 p.m., at the Desert Foothills Library for a discussion of culinary wild man Anthony Bourdain’s food travel books and videos; AND bring us your own stories of fun, awful or interesting food adventures on the road!  Read A Cook’s Tour, or No Reservations, or watch the videos of No Reservations, or Parts Unknown, and come to chat and trade stories. Coffee may be purchased at the library, and French-themed snacks will be provided for this initial meeting.


Limited space; register early! 480-488-2286.


Cost: No cost this month.


DFLA Book Club

Our Book Club meets at the Library at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month




The Happy Hookers

Every 4th Monday of the month

1:00pm - 3:00pm


Do you knit, crochet, or practice another needle-craft? Join The Happy Hookers meet monthly for companionable creating and conversation! No registration.


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