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February Cultural Arts News and Events

Art of the Aloha Shirt Now Open at William D. Cannon Art Gallery
Dreaming of coconuts and palm trees? Hula over to Cannon Art Gallery this month. We are proud to host the California premier of Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938-51, a new traveling exhibition all about the Aloha shirt.
This exhibition which features sixty objects, including original textile artwork, production sketches and swatches, advertisements and vintage shirts tells the story of an early innovator, John “Keoni” Meigs, in an industry that has left an indelible mark on fashion in the U.S. and the world.
Mark your calendars for a special Family Open Studios on March 2 at 11 a.m. at the Gallery. After touring the exhibit with your family, our staff will help you create a work of art sure to fill your heart with Aloha. Participation and work materials are free. Family Open Studios is generously funded by Carlsbad Friends of the Arts.
Who: All ages
When: Through March 16
Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Where: William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Free

The Ron Tatro Exhibit is Open at the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden
The works of internationally renowned and self-taught sculptor, Ron Tatro are now on display at the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden. With a collage-like quality, each piece of Tatro’s metal welded sculptures is shaped into geometric forms and manipulated with other pieces to create a dynamic three-dimensional space. A trained painter, Tatro uses color to provide a vibrant element to each work.
Who: All ages
When: Through August 2019
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Carlsbad Sculpture Garden, 2955 Elmwood St.
Admission: Free


Free Tax Assistance at Library
The Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, in partnership with the nonprofit organization AARP, will provide tax assistance on Wednesdays, Feb. 6 through April 10 at the Library Learning Center, located at 3368 Eureka Place. Participation is free and registration is requested, though walk-ins are also welcome from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

February Seaside Insider Newsletter is now available. Find out about all of the wonderful seminars and activities going on at the Carlsbad Senior Center this month.
AARP Free Tax Preparation Services
Tuesdays & Thursdays
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
AARP IRS-certified volunteers will be here to assist adults 50+ with their 2018 tax returns. They will be available by appointment beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5. Call 760-602-4650 or drop by to schedule your free appointment. Be sure to bring a photo ID, along with all necessary documents and a copy of last year’s taxes to your appointment.
Complimentary Notary Services Now Available!
Bi-monthly. Call the front desk at 760-602-4650 to schedule your free 15 minute appointment.
Can I take it if I’m not a computer expert?

To receive an accurate Brain Health Score, basic computer skills are required, however, the workshop is not technical in nature. It will be necessary to be familiar with typing basic information on a computer keyboard and moving and clicking a mouse. The Cogniciti Team will be able to provide some assistance to get participants started. However, the participants must be able to complete it on their own.

Aging in Place: Accessory Dwelling Units
Kindra French, CAPS and David McGee
Tuesday, Feb. 26
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Housing Solutions for the Future: Remember the “Granny Flat”?There is a movement of seniors and their families living together called multigenerational housing. Our discussion will focus on new ways on optimizing your current property for aging in place with safety, comfort and additional income. Presented by David McGee
Native People and the Spanish Mission System  
Susan Gutierrez
Thursday, Feb. 28
10 to 11 a.m.
At this presentation, you will learn about native people and the Spanish Mission system and how it relates to early Carlsbad. Topics that will be covered are:
  • Spanish Missions: how and why they were built, and their impact on the Native Peoples
  • How the demise of the Spanish Missions created the Rancho system
Susan Gutierrez is past president of the Carlsbad Historical Society, and author or co-author of four history books; Windows on the Past, Beckett Explores Carlsbad’s Past, Beckett’s Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Carlsbad and A Taste of Carlsbad’s Past. She is an historian and archivist with a specialty in Carlsbad history. She lives in Carlsbad, and along with her husband, was awarded 2017 Citizens of the Year for their volunteer work researching and preserving Carlsbad history.
Morningstar Investment Education Lectures
Presenter Shelley Murasko is thoroughly familiar with Morningstar’s mutual fund investment education resources and bases her lectures on this content.Area residents have free access to this Morningstar guidance through the City of Carlsbad Libraries’ online database. Each weekly class examines the changing monthly information. All classes are from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Feb. 25: The Morningstar Monthly Reader
Digital Photo & Tech Classes
These free classes are taught by instructor Mike McMahon, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The last 15 minutes of class will be devoted to your questions. Please bring note-taking material.
Photoshop Elements – Tips & Tricks
Wednesday, Feb. 20
10 to 11:15 a.m.
Adobe’s Photoshop Elements software is an excellent photo manager and editor. It has most of the features of full-blown Photoshop for a reasonable one-time purchase. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will show you how to configure the software to make it easier to use…there are a few tricks you’ll appreciate! And some of the automatic editing features are amazing.
Managing Your Passwords! NEW!
Wednesday, Feb. 20
1 to 2:15 p.m.
Trying to remember the large number of passwords we use can be a daunting and frustrating task. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will offer suggestions on how you can address this challenge. The balance between convenience (easy passwords) and higher security (strong passwords) will be discussed. We will also discuss password manager apps.
Scanning Photos
Wednesday, Feb. 27
10 – 11:15 a.m.
Many of us face the task of scanning from time to time. It may be to organize and scan batches of family photos or it may be to scan a document or magazine article for future reference/sharing with others. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will discuss traditional scanning but will also include tips on how to use a camera or smartphone to accomplish the same task.
Cloud Storage
Wednesday, Feb. 27
1 to 2:15 p.m.
This class will provide an overview of cloud-based storage solutions (e.g. iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.). Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will also discuss cloud-based backup services (e.g. Carbonite). Many folks are using, or trying to use, cloud-based solutions these days. Come learn the advantages and pitfalls of cloud storage.


Book Clubs and More!
Check out our schedule of free literary events: author talks, book clubs, poetry workshops and more!
Save the Date:
Carlsbad Reads Together
Join us in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein by reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White, a creative reimagining of the classic story. Then join us for book discussionsauthor events, movies and more throughout March.
Author Talks with Kiersten White
Where: Carlsbad City Library Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Free
Where: Georgina Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Admission: Free
Journey to Hawaii
Journey to Hawaii as bestselling author Alan Brennert shares his newest book Daughter of Moloka’i, the sequel to his book club favorite Moloka’i. The Cannon Art Gallery will be open for its exhibition Art of the Aloha Shirt, exploring the history and artistry of Hawaii’s enduring fashion statement. The evening will also feature a performance by the Halau Hula ‘O Pualani dancers.
Where: Carlsbad City Library Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Free. Seating is first come, first served.
February is Museum Month
We are excited to partner with the San Diego Museum Council for San Diego Museum Month this February. Pick up a Museum Month discount pass at any of our three library locations this month—it offers half-price admission for up to four people at more than 40 museums, cultural attractions and historic sites in San Diego County from Feb. 1-28.
Mindful Volunteering
Part of our Mindful Living workshop series, find out how paying close attention and volunteering can help lower your stress response and enhance your community connection.
Where: Georgina Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Admission: Free
Exploration HUB
Feb. 22
Space is limited.To sign up and view additional classes visit the HUB website.
Carlsbad Film Series


Carlsbad City Library       Georgina Cole Library       Library Learning Center

760-602-2049                     760-434-2870                       760-931-4500

1775 Dove Lane              1250 Carlsbad Village Dr.          3368 Eureka Place

Carlsbad, CA 92011              Carlsbad, CA 92008                Carlsbad, CA 92008



  1. Jeanette Chaffee says:

    I want to submit information about my upcoming Author Talk at the Vista Library.

    What’s your email please?

    Thank you!

      • Author Talk with Jeanette Chaffee
        Join Jeanette Chaffee as she discusses her book Extravagant Graces: 23 Inspiring Stories of Facing Impossible Odds.
        Chaffee shares her survival of a midair explosion of a terrorist bomb less than fourteen feet from her. She also talks about her exclusive interviews of the personal difficulties and tragedies of famous people such as Donnie Dee, Steve Arterburn and Elisabeth Elliot who have had life-changing encounters with God.
        Jeanette has appeared on 20/20, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The 700 Club, and 100 Huntley Street. She has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, and Newsweek.
        Books will be available for sale and signing. Learn more at JeanetteChaffee.com
        When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 6-7 p.m.
        Where: Vista Public Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.
        Admission: Free. First come, first served.

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