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Our NEA Big Read book for 2018:

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? 

by Roz Chast

Author Roz Chast will be here on Wednesday, September 5 at 7 PM at St Paul's United Methodist Church, 80 E Lawrence, Helena.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

Printable version of the calendar of events

GOING ON THROUGHOUT THE MONTH:

Big Read Bingo! Get your bingo card, go to events, book discussions, read and more! Enter the drawing for a prize!

Exhibition: Carolyn Laceky: “My Life as an Artist” Retrospective Collection

Artist Carolyn Laceky’s show “My Life as an Artist” will be in the Library lobby for September-October 2018. She has been painting most of her adult life and she is sharing this in a retrospective collection. A silent auction will be posted for each piece with proceeds going to the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation as well as a charity of the buyer's choice.

Bonus Round! Trivia Night at Miller’s Crossing

Tuesdays in September. Trivia starts at 7:30 PM. Get there early to get your table!

The Lewis & Clark Library will provide questions for the bonus round for every Tuesday Trivia in September. Go to Trivia or stop by the Library to pick up a copy of this year’s NEA Big Read: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? By Roz Chast.

Six Word Memoirs

Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” In November 2006, Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine, gave the six-word novel a personal twist by asking his community to describe their lives in exactly six words.

For our NEA Big Read this year, author Roz Chast condensed her memoir into a cartoon format graphic novel. We are encouraging our community to not only express their life experiences, but to condense it as well. Share your "Six Word Memoir" and we'll post them anonymously in the Library. In partnership with Six-Word Memoirs® (sixwordmemoirs.com) from Larry Smith. 

Calendar of Events:

Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Tuesday, September 4 at 10 AM

Small Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

ALSO: Tuesday, September 4 at 5 PM

Small Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Join us for a conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.


Positive Aging: Don't Be Like George & Elizabeth!

September 4, 10, 24 at 6 PM at 50 Minute Fitness

Come to one or all of three classes offered in September for the NEA Big Read at 50 Minute Fitness. These are free but class size is limited. Registration is required. Please call 447-1690 to sign up.

These stand-alone classes include both exercise and discussion, and focus on how NOT to be like George & Elizabeth in Roz Chast's memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? In the book, Roz's parents George & Elizabeth lose a lot as they age. We want to encourage our community to age positively and attain and maintain a higher quality of life now and later. Brought to you by Lewis and Clark Library and 50 Minute Fitness, which is located at #2 N. Last Chance Gulch in the Livestock Building (women's mural building). Enter on north side and go downstairs. Contact Leslie Smith with questions: 431-4995.


NEA Big Read Keynote Speaker Roz Chast: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Wednesday, September 5 at 7 PM

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

80 E Lawrence, Helena

Free and open to the public. Roz Chast’s book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, chronicles her relationship with her aging parents as they shift from independence to dependence. Using handwritten text, drawings, photographs, and her keen eye for the foibles that make us human, Chast addresses the realities of what it is to get old in America today – and what it is to have aging parents today--with tenderness and candor, and a good dose of her characteristic wit.


At the Lincoln Library: NEA Big Read Movie Night: “Lives Well Lived”

Thursday, September 6 at 7 PM

Lincoln Library

Lives Well Lived is a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.

 

Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Thursday, September 6 at 7 PM

Mezzanine Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Join us for a conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast with the Library’s Premier Book Group. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.


First Friday Art Reception

Friday, September 7 at 6 PM

Meet artist Carolyn Laceky and celebrate the opening of her exhibit which will be in the Library lobby for September & October 2018. Carolyn has been painting most of her adult life and she is sharing her experiences in this retrospective collection. A silent auction will be posted for each piece with proceeds going to the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation as well as a charity of the buyer’s choice.


Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s 

Saturday, September 8. Festivities get underway at 9 AM, and the Opening Ceremony starts at 10:30 AM. The Walk will start shortly thereafter.

Carroll College, 1601 Benton Ave, Helena

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!

Participation is free and open to the public, although you do need to register. For more information visit https://act.alz.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=walk_homepage or contact Lisa Day at 406.252.3053 or email her at lday@alz.org


Grandparents’ Day Open House

Sunday, September 9 from 1-4 PM
Holter Museum of Art

Calling all grandparents and their grandchildren! Come celebrate Grandparents’ Day with a fun craft activity and book giveway! This is a free cooperative event between the Holter Museum of Art and the Lewis & Clark Library.


At the Augusta Library: NEA Big Read Movie Night: “Lives Well Lived”

Sunday, September 9 at 5 PM

Augusta Library

Lives Well Lived is a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.


Seven Dimensions of Wellness

Monday, September 10 at 2 PM

Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

The term wellness includes more than just physical health. Wellness is multidimensional and includes physical, emotional, social, occupational, environmental, spiritual and intellectual aspects. Nanette Whitman-Holmes from Touchmark will share with us effective ways to integrate these seven dimensions into our daily lives.


Positive Aging: Don't Be Like George & Elizabeth!

September 10 at 6 PM at 50 Minute Fitness

Come to one or all of three classes offered in September for the NEA Big Read at 50 Minute Fitness. These are free but class size is limited. Registration is required. Please call 447-1690 to sign up.

These stand-alone classes include both exercise and discussion, and focus on how NOT to be like George & Elizabeth in Roz Chast's memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? In the book, Roz's parents George & Elizabeth lose a lot as they age. We want to encourage our community to age positively and attain and maintain a higher quality of life now and later. Brought to you by Lewis and Clark Library and 50 Minute Fitness, which is located at #2 N. Last Chance Gulch in the Livestock Building (women's mural building). Enter on north side and go downstairs. Contact Leslie Smith with questions: 431-4995.


Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Tuesday, September 11 at 3 PM                                                         

Fireside Coffee

Join the conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.

 

At the Lincoln Library: Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Tuesday, September 11 at 7 PM

Lincoln Library

Join the conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.

 

“Reimagining Death: Stories and Practical Wisdom for Home Funerals and Green Burials” 

Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 PM

Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Author Lucinda Herring is a Home Funeral and Green Burial consultant and guide, as well as a minister and licensed funeral director in the state of Washington. Her book Reimagining Death provides stories and practical wisdom gleaned from her own experience over the last twenty years helping families and communities reclaim the right to care for their own dead, and to choose after-death care options that care for each other and the earth at the end of life.


NEA Big Read Movie Night: Guess the Title!

Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 PM

Some British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to exotic -- and less expensive -- India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and imagining a life of leisure in lush surroundings, they arrive and find that the Marigold is actually a shell of its former self. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.


Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Friday, September 14 at 10 AM

HUB Coffee, 314 N Last Chance Gulch

Join us for a conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.


At the East Helena Library:  Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Friday, September 14 at 2 PM

East Helena Library

Join the conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.

 

Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Sunday, September 16 at 2 PM

Small Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Join us for a conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.


Wildflower Reflections: Families and Legacies? Challenging Decisions 

Monday, September 17 at 1 PM

Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

If you think estate planning is a boring topic then you haven't been to one of Dr. Marsha Goetting's presentations. She has a reputation for her ability to make estate planning interesting. Dr. Goetting has recently enhanced her presentation by combining her appreciation of Montana wildflowers with her expertise in estate planning to offer residents of Helena and the surrounding area an exciting program: Wildflower Reflections: Families and Legacies: Challenging Decisions. Plan to attend the meeting at the Lewis and Clark Library on Monday, September 17 from 1-3 PM.

You will learn who will receive your property if you pass away without a written will. You will discover when a will or a trust has control over your property and when neither one does. You will discover how you can avoid probate with the Montana estate planning tools of POD designations, TODs, and beneficiary deeds. Dr. Goetting will also highlight a Montana statue that allows you to distribute items that do not have a title. Don't miss this opportunity!


Death Café

Monday, September 17 at 6 PM

Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.
A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Pat Trafton will facilitate the conversation. Free and open to the public.


At the East Helena Library: NEA Big Read Movie Night: “Lives Well Lived”

Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 PM

East Helena Library

Lives Well Lived is a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.


What is Hospice? Panel Discussion with St Peter’s Health Hospice 
Tuesday, September 18 at 6 PM
Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library
Learn about the hospice philosophy, mission, and services provided. Panelists include Dr. Jessica Bailey, Dave Ellis, RN, Melanie Trost, MSW, and Katie Barbee, RN CHPN. In the NEA Big Read memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, Roz takes care of her parents and enters the realm of hospice at the end. Here is an opportunity to learn about hospice ahead of time.


Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Wednesday, September 19 at 1:30 PM

Small Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Join the St John’s Book Group for a conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.


Alzheimer’s Disease: Effective Communication Techniques

Wednesday, September 19 from 5:30 PM -7 PM

Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Alzheimer’s Association lectures are free and open to the public. Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.


Stan Lynde and Roz Chast: Telling Stories through Cartoons

Thursday, September 20 at 12 PM

Auditorium, Montana Historical Society

This year's NEA Big Read book is Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, in which she tells the story of her parents’ final years in cartoon format. In this lecture, Montana Historical Society Curator of Collections Amanda Trum will compare and contrast Chast's style of storytelling with Montana legend and cartoonist Stan Lynde.


NEA Big Read Movie Night: “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM with discussion to follow

Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Musician Glen Campbell starts a farewell tour after he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and he and his family navigate the unpredictable nature of the disease through love, laughter and music.


Harry Potter Trivia Challenge for Teens 

Friday, September 21 from 4-5:30 PM

Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Young people between grades 6 and 12 are invited to participate in our Harry Potter Trivia Challenge event. This team event will feature several rounds of Harry Potter themed questions and a special round about characters who met their end during the series, and how the people around them coped. Participants are invited to come as a team of no more than 4 people, or as individuals and join a team on the day of the event! Snacks and prizes. Please contact Heather, Teen Services Librarian, at 447-1960 extension 132 with questions.


Drawing From Your Life

Saturday, September 22 at 11 AM

Large Meeting Room, Helena Branch Library

Calling everyone who’s curious about drawing! After a very basic tutorial on sketching and drawing, you get to draw a scene from your life in a panel cartoon format. Share with the group or keep it to yourself, no pressure, no judging! Connect your experience and your creative side in this fun workshop. Please register at 447-1690.


At the Augusta Branch: Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Monday, September 24 at 3:30 PM

Augusta Library

Join the conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.


Positive Aging: Don't Be Like George & Elizabeth!

September 24 at 6 PM at 50 Minute Fitness

Come to one or all of three classes offered in September for the NEA Big Read at 50 Minute Fitness. These are free but class size is limited. Registration is required. Please call 447-1690 to sign up.

These stand-alone classes include both exercise and discussion, and focus on how NOT to be like George & Elizabeth in Roz Chast's memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? In the book, Roz's parents George & Elizabeth lose a lot as they age. We want to encourage our community to age positively and attain and maintain a higher quality of life now and later. Brought to you by Lewis and Clark Library and 50 Minute Fitness, which is located at #2 N. Last Chance Gulch in the Livestock Building (women's mural building). Enter on north side and go downstairs. Contact Leslie Smith with questions: 431-4995.


Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Monday, September 24 at 7:15 PM

Ten Mile Creek Brewery, 48 N Last Chance Gulch

Join the conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.


Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Tuesday, September 25 at 5:30 PM

Helena College, 1115 N Roberts

Join the conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.


At the East Helena Library: What is Hospice? 

Tuesday, September 25 at 7 PM

East Helena Library

Learn about the hospice philosophy, mission, and services provided. . In the NEA Big Read memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, Roz takes care of her parents and enters the realm of hospice at the end. Here is an opportunity to learn about hospice ahead of time.


Promoting Health and Wellness As We Age

Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM

Helena College

University of Montana-Helena College Nursing students will talk about the physical challenges of aging and chronic illness with props for audience members to feel what it's like. They will also discuss health promotion, empowering people to choose healthy behaviors that reduce the risks of chronic illness. Attendees will also receive a prize!


Governor’s Conference on Aging

September 25-27

Radisson Hotel

The 50th annual conference promises to be full of great information, lively events and celebration. It will give our seniors, volunteers and health care professionals ideas that will help you "rock your age.” Go to https://dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/aging/GovernorsConferenceonAging for more information on speakers, performances and more! Come find us in the exhibitor’s hall!


NEA Big Read Movie Night: “Lives Well Lived”

Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 PM with a Skype with the director after the film

Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Lives Well Lived is a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. A Skype question and answer session with film creator Sky Bergman will take place after the film.


Book Discussion on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Saturday, September 29 at 10 AM

Small Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Join the conversation about the NEA Big Read book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Copies of the book are available at any Lewis & Clark Library Branch.

 

Memories, Aging and Crafts

Sunday, September 30 at 1 PM

Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

Our NEA Big Read book tells a story through cartoons as well as words. What kind of memoir would you create without words? Or with just a few? We’ll make “exploding box cards” (no dynamite!) with pockets and squares for art, photos, crafty creations, even notes or letters. We’ll supply the card materials, you supply the mementos and ideas! Please register by calling 447-1690 so we know how many supplies to get.


A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. 
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.