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Saturday, August 23, 2014
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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
By popular demand, Carla Townsend will be teaching free Zumba classes every Saturday at 11:00am. They're free and open to the public. Wear your workout attire and we'll see you in the auditorium!
Location
Lecture Hall - Main Library
Library
William F. Laman Public Library

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Ed Bethune grew up in Arkansas and has a deep understanding of American culture. He joined the Marines when he was eighteen years old and rose to the rank of sergeant. He received an honorable discharge in 1954 and then earned two degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, a bachelor of science from the School of Business Administration and a juris doctorate from the School of Law. He served four years as a special agent of the FBI including a tour of duty in Newark, N.J. during the race riots of 1967 and the turbulent year that followed. In 1970, he became a prosecuting attorney in Arkansas and then led a complete revision of Arkansas' antiquated rules of criminal procedure. As a trial lawyer, he prosecuted and defended many important cases, civil and criminal. In 1978, against all odds, he won a seat in the United States House of Representatives, the first Republican to hold that seat in 104 years. He served three terms in Congress and then lost a campaign for a seat in the United States Senate. After Congress, Bethune joined the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani in Washington, D. C. where he specialized in ethics law and represented several congressional leaders (the speaker of the House, the majority leader, and others) in high-visibility matters before the House Ethics Committee. In 1990, he and his wife, Lana, attempted to sail a 31-foot sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean. After six days at sea, they encountered a fierce storm that disabled their boat. They tried to ride out the storm, but it wore them down. The Coast Guard responded to their call for help and rescued them, 210 miles south of Nantucket Island. The story of the rescue appears in his 2011 memoir, Jackhammered, a Life of Adventure. In 2013, Ed Bethune published Anatomy of a Memoir, a Kindle single that encourages everyone to write his or her life story. He and Lana reside in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have two children and eight granddaughters.

About the book….
Wounds and prejudices stemming from the Civil War, the Great Depression and other conflicts run deep in the Ozark hill country. These frailties, like the scab of a putrid wound, will from time to time reopen and ooze pus. In the tumultuous year of 1968, a farmer stumbles onto the gruesome scene of a hate crime: the lynching of a young gay man whose mangled body has been left hanging from a tree. Clues abound, but the investigation withers and dies. Thirty-eight years later, Aubrey Hatfield and the citizens of Campbell County get a second chance to grapple with man’s greatest vice—the refusal to see wrong and do something about it. The life journey of protagonist Aubrey Hatfield contrasts the culture of the turbulent Sixties with today’s culture, and ponders how we should adapt to or resist the ever-changing notions of right and wrong. Thus, Gay Panic in the Ozarks is a disturbing story of the culture war that society is waging on itself. Brusque but humane, the novel examines love, hate, morality, honor, and duty—the things that inform and shape our destiny.
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Lecture Hall - Main Library
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William F. Laman Public Library

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Saturday, August 30, 2014
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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
By popular demand, Carla Townsend will be teaching free Zumba classes every Saturday at 11:00am. They're free and open to the public. Wear your workout attire and we'll see you in the auditorium!
Location
Lecture Hall - Main Library
Library
William F. Laman Public Library

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Saturday, September 06, 2014
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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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By popular demand, Carla Townsend will be teaching free Zumba classes every Saturday at 11:00am. They're free and open to the public. Wear your workout attire and we'll see you in the auditorium!
Location
Lecture Hall - Main Library
Library
William F. Laman Public Library

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Time
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Note: Advanced registration is required for this program. Email Debra.Wood@LamanLibrary.org or call 771.1995 x105 to sign up!

In partnership with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and NLR's Fit 2 Live program, "Fit 2 Live" at Laman presents, Cooking Matters. Cooking Matters, an innovative nutrition education program offering 6-week Signature Courses, teaches individuals and families the skills they need to cook healthy meals and get the most from their food budgets. The Cooking Matters classes are hands-on, full participation classes taught by volunteer chefs and nutrition experts from communities large and small. Participants learn how to select nutritious, low-cost ingredients and how to turn those ingredients into delicious meals for their families. Graduates of Cooking Matters Signature Courses don’t just leave with cooking skills; they leave with the confidence and pride in knowing they can make a difference in the health and happiness of their families.
Location
Lecture Hall - Main Library
Library
William F. Laman Public Library

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Thursday, September 11, 2014
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Little Rock, Arkansas singer-songwriter Charlotte Taylor has been performing since an early age. Born and raised in Heber Springs, Taylor formed her first band, Project Blue in 1994 after getting hooked on the blues, and went on to record on the famed Memphis label, Hi Records. Her CD entitled “Taylor and Martinez” featuring guitarist George Martinez, was released in 2000, and received many great reviews and airplay on blues formatted radio across the U.S. and Europe, and was the first release on Hi in over 20 years. Produced by Roy Orbison band alum, (drums on “Pretty Woman”) Oliver Warren, Stevie Ray Vaughan producer Danny Jones, and with performances by the Memphis Horns, the album features 10 original songs written by the duo of Taylor and Martinez, with the cover song “Cry Me A River” produced by Hi Records founder and Al Green producer, Willie Mitchell.

Taylor has been compared to blues legends Etta James and Bonnie Raitt, as well as being influenced by rockers, Janis Joplin, and Nancy Wilson of Heart, and even British Soul singer Annie Lennox. With many musical influences, including her mother whom Taylor says “was a great singer,“ she has described her style as eclectic, but always with soul. “I want to make you feel something when I sing” she said. The songs I write are usually about something that happened, and can be very personal, others might be about something I heard someone say, or just a hook that wouldn’t get out of my head. A lot of the blues songs are about relationships, love, and lost loves, all the songs are about life.

Taylor and her band Gypsy Rain have won numerous blues competitions across the mid-south, and have played on Beale St. in Memphis at B.B. King’s, The Rum Boogie, The Hard Rock Café, King’s Palace and Blues Hall and competed in the International Blues Challenge. Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain have performed at many blues festivals including Riverfest in Little Rock, The Riverwalk Blues Festival in Ft Lauderdale, Fl., The Spa City Blues Festival in Hot Springs, AR., Blues Eureka in Eureka Springs, AR., and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR.

Gypsy Rain features multi-instrumentalist Matthew Stone on guitar and pedal steel. Originally from Chicago, Matt plays with great skill and passion and excels in many genres of music. Searcy Arkansas native , Berkley School of music graduate, and one of the original members of Project Blue Dr. Bruce Johnston plays bass. Johnston received his doctorate in musical composition from the University of Miami, and currently teaches jazz guitar and bass at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. Dr. Bruce is a master in many styles and genres and instruments, but has focused mostly on blues and jazz on the bass. John Roach has been a member of Gypsy Rain for over 10 years and attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway where he played in the big band. John has many influences from percussion especially the hard-hitting Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and always plays with great passion and soul.
Location
Lecture Hall - Main Library
Library
William F. Laman Public Library

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Date
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
By popular demand, Carla Townsend will be teaching free Zumba classes every Saturday at 11:00am. They're free and open to the public. Wear your workout attire and we'll see you in the auditorium!
Location
Lecture Hall - Main Library
Library
William F. Laman Public Library

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Date
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Join NLR's "Fit 2 Live" program the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the auditorium. Led by "Fit 2 Live" coordinator, Bernadette Rhodes, this program will introduce patrons to all things health! Featuring special speakers, films, demonstrations, and tips!
Location
Lecture Hall - Main Library
Library
William F. Laman Public Library

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Date
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Note: Advanced registration is required for this program. Email Debra.Wood@LamanLibrary.org or call 771.1995 x105 to sign up!

In partnership with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and NLR's Fit 2 Live program, "Fit 2 Live" at Laman presents, Cooking Matters. Cooking Matters, an innovative nutrition education program offering 6-week Signature Courses, teaches individuals and families the skills they need to cook healthy meals and get the most from their food budgets. The Cooking Matters classes are hands-on, full participation classes taught by volunteer chefs and nutrition experts from communities large and small. Participants learn how to select nutritious, low-cost ingredients and how to turn those ingredients into delicious meals for their families. Graduates of Cooking Matters Signature Courses don’t just leave with cooking skills; they leave with the confidence and pride in knowing they can make a difference in the health and happiness of their families.
Location
Rm 126
Library
William F. Laman Public Library

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Date
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
By popular demand, Carla Townsend will be teaching free Zumba classes every Saturday at 11:00am. They're free and open to the public. Wear your workout attire and we'll see you in the auditorium!
Location
Lecture Hall - Main Library
Library
William F. Laman Public Library

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Date
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Note: Advanced registration is required for this program. Email Debra.Wood@LamanLibrary.org or call 771.1995 x105 to sign up!

In partnership with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and NLR's Fit 2 Live program, "Fit 2 Live" at Laman presents, Cooking Matters. Cooking Matters, an innovative nutrition education program offering 6-week Signature Courses, teaches individuals and families the skills they need to cook healthy meals and get the most from their food budgets. The Cooking Matters classes are hands-on, full participation classes taught by volunteer chefs and nutrition experts from communities large and small. Participants learn how to select nutritious, low-cost ingredients and how to turn those ingredients into delicious meals for their families. Graduates of Cooking Matters Signature Courses don’t just leave with cooking skills; they leave with the confidence and pride in knowing they can make a difference in the health and happiness of their families.
Location
Rm 126
Library
William F. Laman Public Library

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