March/April What's On - Adults & Seniors


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March/April What's On - Adults & Seniors

  1. 1. March/April 2014 WHAT’S ON Adults & Seniors Follow Us Ajax Green living days Saturday, April 12 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main Branch Are you thinking about starting a new hobby? Do you want to meet people who share similar interests? Then you don’t want to miss this event hosted by Boomers & Beyond, the Library’s advisory commitee for older adults. You will meet knitters, weavers, painters and woodworkers, and more! You can also: • atch live demonstrations W • sk questions A • ee samples of their best works S • ote on your favourite piece for V the People’s Choice Award. This is a free event for the whole family. We will have crafts and face painting for the kids too! As Spring approaches, the earth will begin to awaken from its winter slumber with buds and shoots of green. Its hard to imagine, but underneath all the snow there are plants and animals (and insects) waiting for the big thaw. While some might be more welcome than others, they all work together to form the environment in which we live. During March and April, check out the various green events around the Town, and find out how you can make a green difference. Here are a few ideas: Power off all technology from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on March 29 for Earth Hour. Log your hours at as part of the city challenge. Drop off your old batteries and pick up some compost on April 12. Visit for more information. Visit the Bring Back the Atlantic Salmon fish tank at Main Branch and see the eggs turn into fry. Participate in the Library’s Green Living Day programs—see our Kids & Families newsletter for details. Plan your garden entry for Ajax in Bloom or learn about community garden opportunities in your area. Use your bike next time you need do a quick errand—many roads have dedicated bike lanes and there is lots of great bike parking. Don’t forget your helmet and your lock! Community Volunteer Income Tax Program Need a hand with your taxes? Volunteers trained by the Canada Revenue Agency can help you complete your current income tax and benefit return. The program is for individuals with low income and simple tax situations. Clinics will be offered at the Main Branch. To book an appointment, phone 905-683-4000 ext. 8813 or email Registration is required.
  2. 2. Book Clubs Joining a book club is a great way to meet new people and share ideas with others in your community. Our book clubs are bursting at the seams, so it’s time to form a new one. We’re starting a new afternoon book club. Stay tuned for more information in March! or 905-683-4000, ext. 8813 Our current book clubs are reading: Tea & Books Wednesdays  1:15 p.m. Main Branch March 12 The best laid plans by Terry Fallis April 2 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot A Novel Bunch Thursdays  7 p.m.  Main Branch March 20 Shanghai Girls by Lisa See April 17 the Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis Movies at the Main Please note: Our movie titles may change at any time. For the most up-to-date information, please visit or call any of our branches. Register online at or by phone 905-683-4000 ext. 8813. academy awards screening American Hustle Sunday, March 2  1:30 p.m. Rated 14A Enjoy one of the top Best Picture contenders on the day of the 86th Academy Awards. A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. Saving Mr. Banks Sunday, April 13  1:30 p.m. Rated PG Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. Registration begins April 1. Employment Interactive workshop for ages 14 to 24 Wednesday, March 12  1 - 3 p.m. Main Branch Join representatives from Northern Lights Canada for a fun filled afternoon developing Job Search Strategies. Prizes to be won! Register through Facebook at or call 905-426-1760 ext 5162 or ext 5168.
  3. 3. PROGRAM GUIDE Classic Games from the Roaring Twenties Saturday, March 29  1 p.m. Main Branch Fun for the whole family. Spend an enjoyable afternoon playing the games that were big in the 1920’s, featuring Mahjong, Yahtzee and crossword puzzles Don’t know how to play? Not a problem! Experts will be on hand to help. Movie: The Artist Sunday, March 30  1:30 p.m. Main Branch Journey back in time and enjoy the ambiance of a movie theatre in the 1920’s as you watch the Academy Award Winning film. Rated PG. Movie title subject to change. Movie: The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest Sunday, April 6  1:30 p.m. Main Branch A visually stunning documentary film detailing Mallory’s final attempt to climb Everest intertwined with Conrad Anker’s 1999 expedition to investigate Mallory’s disappearance on the famed mountain. Rated PG. Movie title subject to change. In the Spotlight Euchre Fridays  March 7, 21 & April 4 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Come on your own or bring your friends for a friendly game of Euchre. Cards supplied. Social Bridge Thursdays  March 6, 20 & April 3, 17 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Singles, pairs and foursomes welcome. Bring your own cards and score sheets to help with play. Light refreshments provided. Bridge Lessons Thursdays  March 27 & April 10 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Ajax Film Circuit Individual tickets are $7 in advance at Library branches or $7.50 at the theatre. Visit the Ajax Film Circuit table in the lobby. Films are open to all—membership is not required! Tea & Talk with Tanis Rideout Wednesday, April 9  1:30 p.m. Main Branch Meet Tanis Rideout, the author of this year’s Pass the Book selection, Above All Things. Tanis is a well known Toronto-based, Canadian poet. Above All Things is her first novel. You’ll have a chance to hear her read from her book, and you can ask her questions. Light refreshments will be served. Grand Prize Draw!! Read the book and fill out a ballot to enter the grand prize draw! In keeping with the theme of Above All Things, the grand prize is a family adventure to Treetop Eco-Adventure Park in Oshawa where you will get to experience their Aerial Tree Top Adventure course. It is an elevated obstacle course set in the beautiful Oakridge Moraine and securely suspended between the trees at 10 to 50 feet off the ground. All Pass the Book programs are free, but space is limited. Register online at or by phone at (905) 683-4000, ext.8813 beginning March 3. Gabrielle Wednesday, March 5  7 p.m. Ajax Cineplex Odeon The Invisible Woman Wednesday, April 9  7 p.m. Ajax Cineplex Odeon
  4. 4. Multicultural Programs Afghan Women’s Association Settlement/Youth Counseling Every Monday  Main Branch 2 - 4 p.m. – Settlement Service (registration required) 4 - 6 p.m. – Youth Drop-In Counselling Service Settlement services in English, Dari, Pashto, Farsi and Urdu. After school workshops for youth focus on leadership and life skills. Register at 905-683-4000, ext 8813. In partnership with AWO. Funding provided by Citizenship & Immigration Canada. Movies without Borders Take the opportunity to engage in conversation with people from other countries and share experiences while enjoying foreign films. Kon Tiki Tuesday, March 11  6:30 p.m.  Main Branch Rated PG  [English/Norwegian] English Conversation Circle Every Wednesday  6:15 – 8:45 p.m. Main Branch The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Practice your English skills, meet new people in the community and join our lively and interesting discussions.. For more information call Bozena at 905-686-2661 or email Or call the Library at 905-683-4000 ext 8813 or email Presented in partnership with CDCD. Edge of Heaven Tuesday, April 8  6:30 p.m.  Main Branch Rated 14A  [German/Turkish/English] French Conversation Circle Every Tuesday  7 – 8:30 p.m. Main Branch A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father’s former girlfriend. French discussions for everyone! Whether its your first language or you’re just learning. Drop-in session. Register by phone 905-683-4000 ext 8813 or email Headline Hunters March 25 & April 29  1:30 - 3 p.m. Main Branch armchair travel Join us for a lively discussion focusing on current, local, provincial, national and international headlines in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Ireland Tuesday, March 18  1–3 p.m. Main Branch “Céad míle fáilte” In honour of St. Patrick’s Day we are jetting off to the Emerald Isle. Enjoy an aerial tour of Ireland’s historic sites, bustling cities and breathtaking natural wonders. Sample traditional Irish treats. Fun with Sticks & String Alternate Thursdays beginning March 13 7 – 9 p.m Whether you knit, crochet, dye or spin, fibre enthusiasts at all skill levels are welcome to join this fun informal group. Drop in and have a chat with our resident experts. Register by phone 905-683-4000 ext. 8813 or Hours & Locations All branches are closed April 18, 20 & 21 Main Branch  (905) 683-4000 Village Branch  (905) 683-1140 McLean Branch  (905) 428-8489 55 Harwood Ave. South 58 Church St. North 95 Magill Drive Mon – Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun 1 – 5 p.m. Mon –Thu 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. Fri –Sat 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sun Closed Mon & Fri Tue –Thu Sat Sun Textnet  (866) 460-4489 Follow Us AjaxPublicLibrary @ajax_library Ajax Public Library 1 – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1 – 5 p.m. (until April 13) Ajax Library