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September 25, 2019

Innovation in the Deep Sea
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

Join Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute President/CEO, Chris Scholin to learn about the innovative technologies for studying and understanding the ocean.The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), a non-profit organization, was founded by David Packard in 1987.  The idea came after his family’s founding of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, hence the extension “Research Institute”.  Packard’s goal for MBARI was for scientists and engineers to work as peers, to conceptualize, design, fabricate and apply novel instruments and systems to investigate the deep sea.  This fundamental science and engineering enterprise was meant to complement the public-serving Aquarium. Packard believed that disciplined technological innovation would transform the field of oceanography and make it possible to address challenging problems in new and novel ways.  Thirty-two years later his legacy and vision lives on at MBARI’s facilities in Moss Landing at the head of the famed Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon — a conduit to the deep sea and geologic wonder.  Chris Scholin, the President and CEO of MBARI, will provide a brief history of MBARI, review some of the current work being done at the institute, and give a glimpse of what’s to come there in the future.

October 5, 2019

City of Carmel Pumpkin Roll
1 to 3pm / Carmel-by-the-Sea

Tricks & Treats and library goodies for Halloween

October 23, 2019

“Our Inevitable Place”:  Robinson and Una Jeffers and Their Life on Carmel Point
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

“When the stagecoach topped the hill,” Robinson Jeffers wrote in 1914, “and we looked down through pines and sea fogs on Carmel Bay, it was evident that we had come without knowing it to our inevitable place.”

That “inevitable place” and their life there will be the subject of a talk by Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Vice President of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation.

During their near half-century living on Carmel Point, Robin and Una raised their twin sons, Donnan and Garth; Robin built, by himself, bringing the stones up from the beach below, a number of stone buildings, including the iconic forty-foot tall Hawk Tower; Una organized and directed both family life and Robin’s literary career; and Jeffers wrote the poems that made him a nationally and internationally known poet whose poems on human life on this planet are especially relevant today. In his talk, Ruchowitz-Roberts will touch on each aspect of the incredibly rich life Una and Robin fashioned in their “inevitable place.”

October 26, 2019

Halloween Parade
1 to 3pm / Carmel-by-the-Sea

November 6, 2019

Cognitive Reserve: Maintaining Cognitive Function into late Adulthood
7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel

Dr. Kennedy will describe research that indicates how “cognitive reserve” can help stave off age-related declines in cognitive function and onset of dementia symptoms.  She will cover everyday activities that can help build up cognitive reserve and free resources for additional information on cognitive aging.

Dr. Quinn Kennedy earned a PhD in Psychology and completed postdoctoral training in Cognitive Aging, both at Stanford University.  She has over 20 years of research experience in investigating factors that affect older adults’ decision making and performance. Her work has been published in scientific publications including Psychological Science, Psychology of Aging, and Journals of Gerontology.  With her collaborators, her work has been featured on Channel 2 news, NPR, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Science.

December 4, 2019

7pm / Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, Carmel
The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Ruin

After decades of the Cold War and renewed tensions, in the wake of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, cooperation between the United States and Russia seems impossible to imagine ―and yet, as Douglas Smith reveals in his new book, it has a forgotten but astonishing historical precedent.

In 1921, facing one of the worst famines in history, the new Soviet government under Vladimir Lenin invited the American Relief Administration, the brainchild of Herbert Hoover, to save communist Russia from ruin. For two years, a small, daring band of Americans fed more than ten million men, women, and children across a million square miles of territory. It was the largest humanitarian operation in history―preventing the loss of countless lives, social unrest on a massive scale, and, quite possibly, the collapse of the communist state.

December 7, 2019

8th Annual Gingerbread Making Fundraiser
Hofsas House, btw 3rd and 4th on San Carlos in Carmel

Discovering Gaston

“I grew up in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. We never had a public library. My children are extremely lucky to have the Carmel Public Library. As a parent my heart soars with pride as I think of my 4 year old naming his pet, after a book he fell in love with during one of his library visits.”
—Gleidy Wetzel, Mother of three, Grateful Patron
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