Friday, May 17, 2013

Mark your calendars: Spring & Summer programs for adults at FPL

Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm

WWII: Wartime existence in the Jungles of New Guinea. Join us as we take a journey back to wartime 1943-1944. Author Rene Palmer Armstrong will be giving a presentation on the realities of wartime existence in the jungles of New Guinea. Rene will be sharing the official, now declassified, government documents of the 345th Bomb Group. She will be showing actual film footage taken by the 345th plus seldom seen footage of the Japanese peace emissaries as the 345th escorts them from Mainland Japan to Le Shima at the request of McArthur. After viewing this film footage, she will share actual pictures of the 345th group and discuss the daily life of a bomb group as they fight their way across New Guinea.  

Monday, June 3rd at 4:00pm

Introduction to Road Scholar: educational travel experiences for adults.  These programs include an extraordinary range of topics, formats and locations in every state in the U.S., in more than 150 countries.  Sandy McHone, a Friendswood resident and Road Scholar Ambassador, will share her experiences with participating in this program for several years. 

Wednesday, June 5th at 7:00pm

Music Performance by North Harris County Dulcimer Society. NHCDS is an ever growing group of music lovers that plays just about any instrument that doesn't have to be "plugged in"!

Monday, June 17th at 7:00pm

Author Talk with Harold Raley, author of Louisiana Rogue. A native of the Deep South, Harold Raley spends much time observing people in all levels of society. His thorough command of English, French, and Spanish greatly helps him understand and write about the people he moves among. He has traveled widely in the Americas and Europe and studied the literature, history, and philosophy of France, Spain, the United States, and England.  A published author of a dozen books, Dr. Raley also has academic credentials and has taught for universities in Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma.  He and his wife Vicky live in Friendswood, Texas.

Harold Raley's novel tells a delightful story of a rogue every bit as charming as Tom Jones. I can see Louisiana Rogue as a first-rate movie with a leading actor --someone like Johnny Depp-- who can play the full range of human feelings from the outrageous and bizarre to the touchingly tender and especially to the wildly humorous.  --Carroll Wilson, writer and editor

Thursday, July 11th at 7:00pm

Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer by Jerry L. Ross.  Author Jerry Ross will speak about his book and experiences as an astronaut. Jerry L. Ross is an Indiana native, a graduate of Purdue University, a retired United States Air Force officer, and a former astronaut who retired from NASA in 2012.  Colonel Ross is a veteran of seven US Space Shuttle missions and holds an individual world record for the most spaceflights flown.

Spacewalker is the book for anyone who ever dreamed of flying in space. –Neil Armstrong

Wednesday, July 17th at 7:00pm

FPL's Off the Page Poetry Series presents John Milkereit: reminiscing about matchsticks. John Milkereit is an award-winning, juried poet who has been featured at Houston Poetry Fest and Inprint's prestigious First Friday poetry series. 

Wednesday, July 24th at 6:30pm

Navigating the Web to Great Medical Information presented by UTMB Medical Librarian, Anne Howard.  Learn the best methods to find creditable, authoritative information on health and medicine. Learn how to use the National Library of Medicine's PubMed/Medline online resources.

Wednesday, August 21st at 7:00pm

The Dangers of Manned Spaceflight: Sy Liebergot, Apollo era former EECOM Flight Controller speaks about the dangers of manned spaceflight. He relates the circumstances of the fatal near miss of Apollo 13 and the three tragedies of the U.S. space program: the Apollo 1 pad fire, the in-flight destruction of Shuttle Orbiters Challenger and Columbia. 

Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00pm

Divas of the Written Word: A Literary Evening with authors Barbara Carle, Kay Cox, Nanci Engle, and Diana Dettling Buckley. A police woman, a family therapist, an artist, and a nurse offer you an evening of wonderful stories.

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