Hawthorne Library Events for November 2019

The Library will be closed Monday Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day

The library will be closed from 5:00 PM Wednesday Nov. 27 through Friday Nov.29 9:00 PM

The art lab @ HAW: Watercolor painting

Mondays, November 4, 18, & 25: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP: TEENS (12-18 YEARS), ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Explore your creative side: Judy Harris, acclaimed Cross Creek artist, will be continuing her immensely popular watercolor classes at our Hawthorne Branch. All supplies provided – all you provide is your creativity! Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 12 students. You can sign up via the Hawthorne Events page or you can call 352-481-1920

Artist Trading Card Swappers of Hawthorne – Come craft with us

Mondays, November 04 & 25: 5:30pm – 6:45pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP: ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Join the Hawthorne ATC swap and create your own masterpieces, meet/connect with other enthusiasts, and discover the world of trading art cards! Learn new techniques with us.

CREATEspace: Knit and Crochet

Tuesday, November 05: 4:30pm – 5:45pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP: TEENS (12-18 YEARS), ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Gather with us to work on your projects while chatting with like-minded crafters or work on a group project to donate. Cheri is happy to teach the art of knitting and crochet to interested learners.


Thursdays, November 7, 14, & 21: 10:30am – 11:15am


Interactive storytime with literature-based fingerplays, art, music and puppetry for people identifying with age 5 and under and their caretakers.

Book Club – Hawthorne Bookish Sort Book Club

Thursday, November 07: 5:30pm – 6:55pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP: ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Join the Bookish Sort Book Club for fun, food, and lively discussions! In November, we will again have our “Literary Potluck”; bring a dish (to share) suggested by some reading as well as a quote from the reading.


Wednesday, November 13: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Do you need information about court forms and procedures? The Self Help Center of Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit Court has forms and will answer your procedural questions as you fill them out.

SEWINGspace: Hand Sewing for Children

Wednesday, November 13: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  ELEMENTARY (8-17 YEARS)

Join us at the Hawthorne Branch Library for a hand sewing class for children. This class is for children 8 years old and older.


Thursday, November 14: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  TEENS (12-18 YEARS), ELEMENTARY (5-11 YEARS)

Come to the library to enjoy science, tech, engineering, art, and mathematics themed activities!

Yoga Stretch – with Caroline Anaya

Thursdays, November 14 & 21: 5:30pm – 6:55pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Gently tweak and twist those stuck and sore places — You’ll feel much better!

FOODIEspace: Cooking from Your Garden

Friday, November 15: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  TEENS (12-18 YEARS), ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Eat your veggies and enjoy them too!

Game Night

Tuesday, November 19: 3:35pm – 4:30pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  TEENS (12-18 YEARS), ELEMENTARY (5-11 YEARS)

Wii games, board games, card games, and more!

SHINE Counseling

Thursday, November 21: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  ADULTS (19 AND UP)

SHINE offers advice by trained counselors that is unbiased, confidential and free. Individual sessions are designed to help those eligible for Medicare understand their choices and options. Walk-ins are welcome on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Hawthorne Branch Library or call the Elder Care Helpline to schedule an appointment at another location or time: 1-800-963-5337.

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MBCA Officer Elections for 2020

The annual election of MBCA officers for the coming year will take place at the MBCA General Meeting on Tuesday, October 8th, to be held at the Homemakers Club on Park Street & Centre Street in Melrose. Doors open at 11:30a and the meeting convenes at noon. Free admission. Free parking. Free flow of ideas and communication. 

President and Secretary serve a two year term. So do the VP and Treasurer, but their terms are staggered, so the VP and Treasurer’s term started last year. VP Kate Ellison and Treasurer Rebeca Richardson will continue to serve through 2020. Directors At Large serve a one year term. The ballot includes the following candidates to be voted on by MBCA Members.  

: Tom Germano                                Secretary: Barbara Franklin

Directors at Large:
           Bobby Brown                                        Tim Parker
           Sean Connelly                                       Fran Rossano
           Deb Massie                                           Stasia Rudolph
           Linda Osborne                                      Joe Rush

Agenda items during the meeting will include: 

  • Election of MBCA Officers
  • Melrose Christmas Parade – theme and details
  • Melrose Bay Park beach improvements
  • MBCA membership drive
  • Upcoming local events


  • Melrose Art Walk – Friday, October 4
  • Used Book Sale – October 8-19
  • Gold Head Branch State Park’s 80th Birthday – October 12
  • Small Town Showdown – October 12-13
  • Quit Your Way – October 24
  • Halloween at Mossman – October 31
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Oct. Coffeetalk Schedule at Melrose Center

October 3, 2019       One-Eyed Cat is a musical duo consisting of Nora Gauck Vocals and Percussion;  Gil Gauck Vocals and Guitar. They have been singing and performing together since they formed the original One-Eyed Cat in Miami, FL in 1985. Gil has an extensive resume in music on multiple instruments that spans 4 decades including a stint backing Blues Giant John Lee Hooker in the early ‘70s.  Before they met, Nora spent years honing her powerful vocal style performing in the Jersey Shore Casinos and other venues across the Northeastern United States. Together their sound is a unique combination of their shared vocalizations, Gil’s arrangements and guitar work creating their “Catified” very original sound. Catch a show and witness their little musical revolution first hand with a 90+ song list that defies categorization. 

Oct. 10     Edward Kellerman aka PERFESSOR EDDY   ebbyguru@hotmail.com   First guitar at age 10 and hasn’t stopped playing the best of American folk, blues, country classics, gospel, country blues, and all time favorites on his acoustic six and twelve string guitars.

Oct. 17      Al Poindexter    

If you want to hear songs about Florida legends, colorful characters and backwater places then listen to Al Poindexter perform his own songs, old timey songs and blues tunes backed up on his National steel bottleneck guitar or fast picking claw hammer banjo. Al has been a performer and avid collector of Florida folk lore and songs for over 20 years and writes fresh, new tunes about life in old Florida. 

Oct. 24  Terry Smith    started learning guitar at age 8 and now plays acoustic guitar, twelve string, electric, bass and also drums. Through the years he has performed at churches, correctional facilities and festivals. In the 80s Terry played with Christian band “Straightway.” Today it will be a variety mix of songs such as Dream Lover by Bobby Darin, Country Roads by John Denver, Who’ll Stop the Rain by Credence Clearwater Revival and Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry.

Oct. 31 Doug Spears   is a fourth generation Floridian, a storyteller of first order whose descriptions ring vivid and true.  He knows the traditions and customs of Florida.  From the swamps of North Florida to the beaches of Key West Spears brings

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Ancient Games at the Library

Ancient Board Games

Have you ever wondered what they did for fun four hundred years ago?  What about four thousand years ago? Back before game systems, televisions, or radios, board games ruled the entertainment options.  In fact, some of the games we play today came straight from games that have been played for thousands of years!  Our Ancient Board Game night will introduce you to some of the most popular games played around the world through the millennia, from mancala to shut-the-box.  Sit down with us and roll the dice on games played by Sumerian kings and Chinese emperors on Thursday, October 24th from 2:00-4:00 at the Melrose Library.  These games are suitable for 12 and older.

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MBCA General Meeting for September, 2019

Whew! Dorian was a close call, but it turned out to be a very kind storm for the Melrose area. Hope you were safe and have your worry level set back to normal by now. 

This message is a reminder of the next MBCA General Meeting on Tuesday, September 10th, to be held at the Homemakers Club in Melrose. Doors open at 11:30am and meeting starts at noon. Some items on the agenda include:

  • Local events and activities.
    • 9/6 Art Walk
    • 9/14 Melrose Multi-Market Sale
    • 9/14 Battle of the Bands
    • 9/27 Contra Dance
    • 9/28 Shake A Leg for Lady Liberty Dance
  • Melrose Christmas Parade 
  • Election for MBCA President, Secretary, and all Directors for 2020
    (election to be held at the October 8th General meeting)
  • Fundraising ideas for community projects
  • Growing the MBCA membership
  • Discuss changing frequency and meeting times of the General Meetings from monthly to quarterly in 2020

Keep up-to-date with local happenings by visiting this Melrose Grapevine and following our Facebook page at MBCA. As always, you can contact us via email or during one of the MBCA meetings.
-Marshall Bloom

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Shakerag Sept. Coffeetalk Schedule

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Sept. Coffeetalk Schedule

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September Calendar of Classes & Events at Mossman Hall

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Halloween at Mossman Hall: Seeking vendors and volunteers

If you or your business or organization is interested in volunteering your time, donating decorations or setting up a free info booth at Mossman Hall Haloween evening, please contact Nicole at MossmanHall@gmail.com

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