Bestselling author and inspiration for “Mean Girls” Movie to speak at Stuart event

Tykes & Teens will host a free community event titled “Mapping the Middle-A Guide to All Things Tween” to be held at the IRSC Chastain Campus in Stuart on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27.

The event features New York Times best-selling author Rosalind Wiseman, whose book “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World” was the basis for the movie “Mean Girls”. Wiseman’s books will be available to purchase on site and a book signing will follow both events.

The event features two presentations that will explore the ways in which tweens’ social group dynamics influence their interactions, and will include suggestions for dealing with video games, social media, and communication breakdowns. Wiseman will also discuss how we can create communities where children can thrive and survive friendships, social media use, gossip, drama, bullying, and the constant pressure to keep up.

The event on Friday, Oct. 26 will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. and is designed for parents, with tweens welcome to attend along with them. Titled “Queen Bees and Masterminds,” this presentation will address the changing social dynamics facing both boys and girls.

The event on Saturday, Oct. 27 takes place from 9:30-11 a.m. and is designed for teachers, school administrators, social workers, and others who work with youth. Titled “Creating a Culture of Dignity,” this presentation will focus on creating communities where children can successfully manage the changing landscape of social pressures.

The events are hosted by nonprofit children’s mental health agency Tykes & Teens and sponsored by The Martin County Board of County Commissioners, CHARACTER COUNTS-a program of the United Way of Martin County, Martin Health System, The Children’s Services Council of Martin County, C.O.R.E., Barnes & Noble, and Best Western of Downtown Stuart.

Both presentations are free, but you must pre-register by emailing hlaiben@unitedwaymartin.org. For more information, call (772) 210-0141.

New quiet reading space to open at Cummings Library on Oct. 30

Martin County Library System is pleased to announce the first in a series of new and improved quiet reading areas that will eventually be implemented at all library locations. A welcome reception is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave., Palm City. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

This endeavor from the Library’s Future Spaces Plan will allow the Library to meet the expectations of our visitors by providing desirable areas conducive to reading and relaxing. Comfortable seating, flexible partitions, and other aesthetically pleasing yet functional furnishings will define these areas so that they are easily recognizable by guests. Funding for the quiet space at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library was made available by Chairman, Edward V. Ciampi’s District Five Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) funds. Future quiet spaces will be funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

For more information, pick up a Library Events Newsletter at any library location, call (772) 288-5702 or visit www.library.martin.fl.us.

Artists for a Cause brings Dance for Food series back for tenth season

Artists for a Cause, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that moved operations from Palm City to St. Louis, Missouri earlier this year, is returning to the area in early November to continue its popular Dance for Food series. Now in its tenth year, Dance for Food showcases exceptional, professional talent and provides an hour of contemporary dance to an audience whose only admission fee is a bag of unexpired, nonperishable goods.

Dance for Food is Artists for a Cause’s way of raising food for the hungry, while delivering a cultural experience to the community, and bringing the dance community together to help those in need. This year’s events will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach State College Lake Worth campus, at 4200 S. Congress Avenue #AU, and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Stuart.

Last year’s Dance for Food series collected nearly 5,000 pounds of food which was donated to local food pantries. This year, partners include the Farmworker Coordinating Counsel and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. To date, Dance for Food has raised and distributed nearly 18 tons of food to the Treasure Coast and the Palm Beaches.

For more information or to sponsor, call Artists for a Cause at (772) 419-8778, visit a4ac.org, or email megan@a4ac.org for more information. Also, follow Artists for a Cause and Dance for Food on Facebook.

Bike Drive Kickoff coming up

Fund-raising and fun-raising will go hand-in-hand on Thursday, Nov. 15 when the Zweben Law Group hosts its fifth annual Bike Drive Kickoff Party at the Twisted Tuna, with the goal of adding 300 bikes to the inventory of gifts and toys for this year’s United Way of Martin County’s White Doves Holiday Project.

Each bike comes with a helmet and the combined cost averages around $60, so the annual goal is $18,000.

The kickoff party raises a significant portion of those funds through ticket sales and direct donations in amounts both large and small, but donations can be made at any time from now until Monday, Dec. 17.

The kickoff party takes place from 5-7 p.m., on Nov. 15. Tickets are $25 in advance; $35 at the door, and include one drink and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Advance tickets can be purchased and donations in any amount can be made at United Way’s website: http://unitedwaymartin.org/Bike

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