Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Come, enjoy chamber music this Saturday and meet faculty members of the Anna Poklewski Academy of Music, including

Loren Tayerle

Loren Tayerle

Loren Tayerle (horn, viola and conductor), Natachia Li (cello) and Jennifer Ridout (flute). Mr. Tayerle is director of Orchestral Studies at De Anza College where he conducts the De Anza Chamber Orchestra and teaches music history. Arrangements of works by Corelli, Mozart, Bach and Tchaikovsky will showcase violins, violas, cellos, a harpsichord and bass.

 The Anna Poklewski Academy of Music (39660 Mission Blvd. in Fremont) is an alternative music school that inspires and inculcates a love of music in every student. The Academy uses a systematic approach combining technical training, artistry and musicianship, while fostering an understanding

Natachia Li

Natachia Li

of music as a language in communicating emotions and experiences. A chamber music class for student musicians is being offered for the first time at the school.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. this Saturday in the Fukaya Room.

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Jenny Ridout

Jenny Ridout

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First the reminder:  Be smart and back up everything saved on your computer hard drive — today.  Take it from one who learned the hard way.  Our home computer died a couple of months ago and with it went my “stuff”, including photographs, recipes, saved pages and other bits and pieces that meant something to me.  I hope to find someone who can recover things from that dead hard drive, but at odd moments I think of my lost collections and of possibly reconstructing what I had.  I know I lost two poems introduced to me in long-ago high school literature classes.  After leaving home for college, and for the longest time before online searching became possible, every time I found myself in a book store (remember them?) or any library, I would browse anthologies of poetry hoping to find either poem listed in some book’s table of contents or index.

The feelings each poem evokes, if not their words, have stayed with me through the years.  One fires me up, bringing up defiance and strength in the face of adversity.  “Invictus”, Latin for unconquered or unbeaten, is the title of William Ernest Henley’s poem that left a lasting impression on my teen and adult self.  Invictus also is the title of a 2009 movie that starred Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent 27 years in prison for campaigning against apartheid and then served as South Africa’s first black president.  The other poem encourages patience and reflection and reins me in.  At moments in my life, recalling Vernon Watkins’ Triads has guided me to my senses.  I found these poems again online and now I share them here for safekeeping, sort of.  At any time I can search the library catalog for poems, but for now I intend to keep my resolution to do scheduled backups of my computer hard drive.

by Vernon Watkins (1906-67)

Who am I to load the year with continual misunderstanding?
I will not accuse winter of a protracted hardness,
Nor spring of callousness, nor summer of regret.

The oak-leaf changes; green gloss cups the acorn.
First hidden, then emerging from resistance to statement,
The fruit holds nothing in its fullness but the tree.

To have held through hail, stormwinds, and black frost in darkness
Through the long months, gives meaning to the bud when it opens.
Song loses nothing of moments that are past.

So my labour is still: it is still determination
To resolve itself slowly in the weathers of knowledge.
By virtue of the hidden the poem is revealed.

Remember Earth’s triads: the faith of a dumb animal,
The mountain stream falling, music to the wheat-ears;
The salt wave echoing the grieving of the bones.

The lamb leaps: it is stubborn in its innocence.
The hawk drops, in the energy of instinct,
Dawn fires kindle perfection like a sword.

Fires: the hawk’s talons, the tongue of the chameleon,
In a peacock’s wings’ lightning the contraction of glory,
In death the last miracle, the unconditional gift.

What do I need but patience before the unpredictable,
The endurance of the stepping-stone before the footprint,
Cadence that reconciles wisdom and the dance?

I need more, I need more. In the moment of perception
Fit me, prayer, to lose everything, that nothing may be lost.
The stone that accumulates history is falling.

History is a pageant, and all men belong to it.
We die into each other: remember how many
Confided their love, not in vain, to the same earth.


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April will be here soon, and I want to remind everyone that this is a very special month: National Poetry Month.  In our hurry, scurry, rushed world we are lucky if we have time to read something, anything.  Often it is Facebook or Twitter.  Or maybe we even carve out time to read that hot new bestseller everyone is buzzing about.  Often we don’t think about poetry which has a different way of looking at the world.  Poetry has its own pace and rhythm that invites us to take time to ponder, and think about our feelings, our memories, our values.Growing up, poetry was a big part of my life.  My dad loved poetry, and especially a book called “101 Famous Poems”.  He gave me a copy for my 10th birthday, which I still own.  We would read the poems in that book, and often I would memorize them.  I still remember snatches of them some 50 years later.”Daffodils” by William Wordsworth was one of my favorites:

I wander’d lonely as a cloud

that floats on high o’er vale and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils:
That poem not only evokes for me the thought of a beautiful field of daffodils, but also the wonderful times I spent with my dad when we would go on “adventures” all around the Bay Area to local parks.
That little book also contained the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling:
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
Those are words that mean a lot to me, and I still have the poem displayed in my cubicle at work. It reminds me that I can be strong when I am facing adversity. Poems had a huge influence on me as I grew up, and as I mentioned, those poems I learned as a child, can transport me back to those simpler days of my life.
Are there poems that influenced you as a child or teen or perhaps now influence you?  Think about them and why they were or are important to you. What feelings or images do they evoke?
And remember, there is a world of poetry at your local library.  Stop by a branch this April and  pick up a poetry book. Many poems are short, and don’t require the time commitment of a novel, yet contain thoughts, images and ideas that may challenge you, thrill you or widen your horizons.   Read poetry for your own enjoyment or share it with someone.  After all, poetry invites us to read it aloud. Discover or re-discover the joys of poetry!

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                                              Pickles       Brian Crane     November 17, 2012


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I don’t knit, but I crochet.  When my younger daughter recently voiced a wish to have one of those loop or infinity scarves, I quickly offered to crochet her one.  It has been decades since I last held a hook or completed a crochet project, but I still know how to make a few stitches and I figured a simple scarf would require just the basic ones.  Even better, I figured these scarves would not require turns to start each succeeding row.  Years ago I gave up on my last crochet project because, while I followed the pattern closely, I unknowingly kept adding stitches each time I started a new row and the work in progress no longer resembled any throw/table runner/bedspread (I forget) I was hoping to create.

After collecting the yarn and crochet hook and without the benefit of a pattern, I started the foundation chain and promptly lost count.  My daughter assured me that the foundation was just the right length, so I continued to add one row of single crochet, followed by several rows of double crochet stitches as time allowed.  I started with the black worsted yarn and finished one scarf.  Then I thought I could do better and started another one using navy blue chunky yarn.  See the finished scarves, each shown looped once.  I might as well be Opal in the comic strip.  If my daughter won’t use either scarf, then I’ll keep myself really warm with them.  Next time I will be smarter and follow a pattern I can manage.  I’ll search library shelves and the library’s online Hobbies and Crafts database, as well as its digital magazines.  And here’s wishing you all kinds of warmth this winter.

Black fleck infinity scarf, worsted

Black fleck infinity scarf, worsted


Navy blue infinity scarf, chunky

Navy blue infinity scarf, chunky

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Happy Art IS Education month!  To celebrate youth arts learning, all the branches of Alameda County Library are presenting a total of more than 50 art events for kids, teens and families.  At Centerville Library, we have two art-making programs, one for kids and one for teens.

Both programs will take place on Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 from 2-6 pm.  Stop by anytime during these hours, no registrations are required.

Hand-in-Hand Paper People

This program is for kids of all ages. Participants will have fun decorating a paper cut-out person with crayons and recycled materials and attaching a message about one thing that’s important to creating a better future. All the paper people will be connected hand-in-hand to make a long, free-turning chain for display in the library. The community is invited to bring drawings and photos about the theme “Creating a Better Future Together” to add to the artwork.

Paper Quilt Collage

This program is for teens. Participants will use recycled materials and art supplies to design a personalized paper quilt square. The quilt squares should reflect the theme of “Creating a Better Future Together”. The quilt squares will be joined together to make a community quilt that will beon display in the Teen area of the library.

For a complete list of Art IS Education events at Alameda County Library, please click HERE.

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As part of the Art IS Education 2011 program, Centerville Library’s kids and teens were busy having fun creating their collage trees in March. This 20 x 4 ft. art project is now completed and on display in the Children’s Area in celebration of this year’s theme—“Creating Solutions for the World We Share.” Excellent job done! Come check it out, it’s beautiful!

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Working, working…


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