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May 17, 2017

The Foodie Edition A benefit for the Carmel Public Library Foundation Featuring celebrity chefs and international bestselling food writers Nancy Silverton, Ruth Reichl and Evan Kleiman

Wed, May 17, 2017 Sunset Center, Carmel

Set in the beautiful Sunset Center Theater, THE FOODIE EDITION features celebrity chefs and internationally known food writers, Nancy Silverton, Ruth Reichl, Evan Kleiman. They take Center Stage with a live cooking demonstration & intimate panel discussion. If you have an appetite for great food you won’t want to miss this scrumptiously delicious Foodie Event, starting with a variety of Monterey County wines on the Sunset Center patio and personally autographed cookbooks, followed by an evening of culinary delight on the Sunset Center stage.


6 pm • VIP Reception and Program, Author Meet & Greet with Advanced Book Signing, Delicious Hors d’oeuvres & Fine Wines ($175)
7 pm • General Admission with Wine Tasting & Book Sale ($65)
8 pm • Program, followed by book signing

Purchase your TICKETS today!
Online or at Box Office (831) 620-2048

March 27, 2017

Community Night with the Library
Winemaker & Botanist Marta Kraftzeck
The History of Winemaking in Monterey County

Wed, Mar 29 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel

Wine grapes were first introduced in Monterey County well over 200 years ago by the Franciscan Friars. They discovered early that the cool evenings and afternoon heat was the ideal climate for developing the intense fruit flavor winemakers covet. Join Marta Kraftzeck for a talk about winemaking in our county, the prohibition, and the winemaking we know of today.

March 5, 2017

Donor Salute
Sun, Mar 5 at 3 pm

A reception held in the Main Library for donors who have given an annual gift to the library foundation in the amount of $100 or more.

February 22, 2017

Community Night with the Library
Celebrity Chef & Cookbook Author, John Pisto
Mushroom Grubbing & Cooking DIFFERENT LOCATION!
Wed, Feb 22 at 7 pm
Carmel Woman’s Club, 9th Ave & San Carlos (directly across from the Sunset Center)

Join author, Cooking with Mushrooms, local legend and Central Coast restaurateur, John Pisto for an entertaining evening with his fry pan. He’ll talk about the elusive fungi mushrooms, the basics of foraging, and the impact of climate (“pray for rain!”) on mushroom growth.

February 1, 2017

Community Night with the Library
Local History Lecture with Doug Schmitz
Stories from the Past: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Wed, Feb 1 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel

Join former City Administrator and avid local history researcher Doug Schmitz for some tales of Carmel-by-the-Sea, in City Hall and outside the walls!

January 11, 2017

Community Night with the Library
Conservation Biologist Gordon Frankie, UC Berkeley
Bees & Blooms, A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists
Wed, Jan 11 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel

California is home to over sixteen hundred species of wild bees that pollinate gardens, agricultural crops, and urban green spaces, even as the Colony Collapse Disorder takes its toll. Join University of California Biologist Gordon Frankie for a talk about the state of our bees and an up-close view of their changing ecosystem.

December 7, 2016

Community Night with the Library
Marine Biologist Steve Webster
The History of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Wed, Dec 7 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel

Join Founding Senior Marine Biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Steve Webster for a talk about the “Early Days & History of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.” Steve has been involved with the aquarium since its conception, and continues to volunteer as an interpretive guide. Steve’s work over the years has been instrumental in making it one of the world’s greatest aquariums and conversation institutions involved in preserving the oceans. Learn more about this amazing regional resource.

December 3, 2016

5th Annual Gingerbread Making Fundraiser
to benefit the Carmel Public Library Foundation
Sat, Dec 3 at 10:30 am or 1:30 pm
Hofsas House
San Carlos and 4th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Cost: $25 per gingerbread house, which includes a cookie with hot chocolate or coffee. Adults may purchase a glass of wine with small bites for $10.
Reservations: Space limited! Call Carrie at (831) 624-2745 to reserve your space at this fun holiday event that benefits the library!

November 18, 2016

24th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Fri, Nov 18 at 11:30 am
The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. By invitation.

Honoring Lifetime Giving Donors
Joseph & Sheila Mark

A day that celebrates the many contributions of philanthropy – and those people active in our community.

November 9, 2016

Community Night With the Library
NASA Astronaut
Capt. Daniel W. Bursch
Instructor Space Systems Academic Group
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey
Wed, Nov 9 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel

Join Astronaut Daniel Bursch for a talk about space. Bursch had four spaceflights, the first three of which were Space Shuttle missions lasting 10 to 11 days each. His fourth and final spaceflight was a long-duration stay aboard the International Space Station as a crew member of Expedition 4, which lasted 196 days, setting a new record for the longest duration spaceflight for an American astronaut.

October 5, 2016

Community Night with the Library
Henry Meade Williams Local History Lecture Series
Sponsored by the Frank & Eva Buck Foundation & Robert & Lacy Buck
Architect Erik Dyar presents: John Thodos, Architect
Wed, Oct 5 at 7 pm
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel

Join Carmel architect Erik Dyar for a talk celebrating the work of the John Thodos (1943 – 2009), the famed Central Coast architect who is recognized world-wide for his invention of seamless glass boxes as bay windows, Mediterranean influence, and open, simple, mathematical designs. Erik spent 17 years working with John as his primary associate on a wide array of projects including many award wining customer residences. Glass and wood, light and space are concepts that resonate in all of Thodos’ work. John was a former Library Trustee.

September 15, 2016

Parent & Teacher Lecture Series
Dr. Denise Pope, Co-Founder Stanford University’s School of Education CHALLENGE SUCCESS

Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids
Thu, Sep 15 at 7 pm
Carmel Performing Art Center at Carmel High School
3600 Ocean Avenue, at the intersection of Highway 1 & Ocean Avenue in Carmel

Our increasingly fast-paced world is interfering with sound educational practices and harming young students. Join world recognized author, education at Co-Founder of Stanford University’s School of Education “Challenge Success Program,” Denise Pope for a talk about her book, Overloaded & Underprepared, Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids. Pope will give parents, teachers and administrators vital resources for creating more balanced and academically fulfilled students.