Fall Book Sale at Gordon Ave Library

The annual Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale is fast-approaching and there’s no shortage of exciting material for sale.libros006

From books to DVDs and puzzles to sheet music, don’t miss out on this massive event held at the Gordon Ave Library from November 2-10, 10am-7pm.

Friends of the Library members can attend the pre-sale on Friday, November 1 from 5-7pm to check out first-hand all the great bargains.

If you can’t make it November 1-8, visit on November 9 or 10 and get your books for half-price!

The Gordon Avenue Library is located at 1500 Gordon Avenue in Charlottesville.

For more information about the Fall Book Sale, visit http://www.jmrlfriends.org.

Vegan cooking class for teens

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Teens are invited to attend a free vegan cooking class at the Central Library to learn how to make delicious plant-based meals.

On Tuesday, October 8 from 6-8pm, Cecelia Baum will demonstrate how to make vegan “sushi” rolls and spring rolls, with attendees tasting their creation at the end of class!

Cecelia, who grew up cooking with produce from her grandparent’s garden, even lived in India to learn how to cook using fresh flavors and ingredients.

“I love finding traditional recipes and figuring out how to make them work with plant-based ingredients, staying as close to unaltered ingredients as possible,” Cecelia said.

“I think a lot of people assume that vegans and vegetarians only eat lettuce-based salads, which is pretty far from reality! Vegan food can be spicy curries, fresh tacos, or sweet desserts,” Cecelia said.

In addition to being delicious, Cecelia said there are some great health advantages to eating plant-based meals.

“Plant-based diets have been shown to improve or reverse some of our most common diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure,” she said.

The Vegan Cooking for Teens class is open for ages 13-18 and registration is required at www.jmrl.org.

Check out the class

NBC29 attended the Vegan Cooking Class for Teens. You can watch their video segment online.

Get your groove on at Greene County Library

Tired of the same ol’ workout routine? Head to the Greene County Library for an invigorating dance workshop to improve your mind, body, and soul!

American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance, according to dance instructor Karyn White, is great for boosting mood, building strength, and improving cardiovascular health.

“The ATS dance movements we practice are good for working and isolating muscles you may not even know you have!” Karyn said.

“Most importantly, belly dance is empowering and aims to build your confidence. It is a fun activity for women, where you can feel supported, loved, and part of a tribe.”

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Karyn has been studying ATS and Tribal Fusion style for 11 years and has been teaching this unique form of dancing for two years.

“My favorite part of belly dance is the pure joy I feel when dancing. It is my true happy place and I love being able to share that with others, whether through teaching or performing,” Karyn said.

Join Karyn at the Greene County Library for the belly dance workshop series, starting on October 1, and continuing on October 8, 15, and 22 from 7:30-8:30pm. This is a free event and open to ages 12+. Each class builds on one another, so don’t miss out!

To register, visit www.jmrl.org.