Archive for August, 2014

Do you love to travel and learn with others who share your interests?

Discover Road Scholar’s over 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries with ardent travelers and speakers Larry & Jill Fine. You will have your last two chances to meet these experts on :

Wednesday, August 27 @ 1:30 p.m.
Fremont Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd (510) 745-1401 or

Wednesday, September 10 @ 1:30 p.m.
Union City Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd
(510) 745-1464

In 2015 Road Scholar will celebrate 40 years. Their mission: To inspire adults to learn discover and travel. Their learning adventures “engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime.”

You could be here! The photos below show a Road Scholar group on a canopy walk in Costa Rica during the “Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure and the celebrated Grand Canyon in Arizona with participants on a premier backpacking adventure. (Photos courtesy of Road Scholar.)

Canopy walk RSGrand Canyon RS

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Simply Amazing!


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Come to experience Laughter Yoga at Fremont Main Library, 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., Saturday, 9/6. 


Laughter Yoga is about getting silly and having fun.  No mats on the floor, and no strange or difficult contortions of your body.  No stories or jokes, either, just acting silly. Sit back and relax and laugh your class off with Stan Nelson, your licensed Laughter Yoga teacher.  Your mood will shift and you will leave the session with a new outlook after spending a lot of the time laughing, chuckling, and smiling over the fun times you’ve just had.


Stan Nelson is a humorous Laughter Yoga instructor.  Because he has also worked for many years as a caretaker, he has a fine-tuned empathy for other people and that compassion comes through—he knows what pain and suffering people can experience, and he strives to make them feel better.



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Mindful eating

Principles of mindfulness:

  • Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally, in the present moment.
  • Mindfulness encompasses both internal processes and external environments.
  • Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in the present moment.
  • With practice, mindfulness cultivates the possibility of freeing yourself of reactive, habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.
  • Mindfulness promotes balance, choice, wisdom and acceptance of what is.

Mindful eating is:

  • Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom.
  • Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.
  • Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.
  • Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.

Someone who Eats Mindfully:

  • Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the experience of food.
  • Accepts that their eating experiences are unique.
  • Is an individual who by choice, directs their attention to eating on a moment-by-moment basis.
  • Gains awareness of how they can make choices that support health and well being.
  • Becomes aware of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural practices and the impact of their food choices on those systems.   Excerpts from Center for Mindful Eating

Books on Mindful Eating @ Library

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“Paws to Read” — Summer Reading Game of 2014 officially ended last Saturday, August 9.  “But, but, but ….,” some of you might say, “I haven’t got my final prizes yet!!!!”

No worry, even you won’t be able to sign up to play the game anymore, BUT, if you did sign up earlier and have your game board, you can still come to play and claim your prizes.  The last day to play will be Sunday, August 31.

Spinner wheel for 2014 Reading GameSo, hurry up and come on in, cool prizes are here waiting for you.  Don’t miss the last phase of the Summer Reading’s fun.  And who says the reading should stop after the summer ends??

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Did you know that, with your library card, you can avail yourself of Alameda County Library’s CR Septsubscription to the online Consumer Reports Magazine?  Here’s the quick way to do it: At www.aclibrary.org, point at the Research tab and select Research/Subject Guides. On the page that opens, enter your search term in the search bar under Consumer Reports, click “Full text”, then Search. CR Magazine articles on your item of interest will appear as .pdf files in the search results. Try it.

Consumer Reports publications–e.g. Buying Guide, Money Adviser, On Health–are also available online.  It takes a few more clicks to find these.  The next time you visit the library, ask the librarian at the Information or Reference desk to show you how.  Then you can be a better informed consumer anytime at your convenience and in the comfort of your home.

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