Virtual Programs for Adults
Lessons Learned From A Christmas Carol (Registration Required)
Wednesday, December 2, 7 p.m. via Zoom
In this lecture, Dustin takes a timeless Dickens’ classic and explores the underlying themes and the dynamic relationships of the characters. The audience is transported to a simpler time, all while being shown the truth about themselves and those in their lives. Sure to bring a smile to even ole’ Scrooge himself, Lessons Learned From A Christmas Carol is a great motivational twist on a true classic.
With over 25 years of experience researching the unknown, Dustin Pari brings exciting and positive lectures about the paranormal all across the country. As a part of SyFy television’s Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, and appearances on Destination Truth and Ghost Nation, Dustin has traveled the world over looking for answers and expanding his understanding of the unseen realm.
In addition to conducting his paranormal research, Dustin also does a lot of work as a motivational speaker, suicide awareness advocate, and Christian lecturer. His annual holiday themed motivational lectures are not to be missed! Drawing on various pop culture themes mixed with Christmas television classics, Dustin's holiday motivation is second to none! He has also penned two motivational books thus far, and two more are currently in the works. Be sure to check out his YouTube series “Hey! Got a Minute?”.
When not touring the lecture circuit, Dustin is the COO of a surgical practice based in New England. In his limited free time he enjoys being with his family, watching NASCAR, listening to music, and taking in a good slice of pie from a greasy late-night diner.
To learn more about Dustin Pari, feel free to visit his website at www.dustinpari.com.
Monday Evening Book Discussion Group
Monday, November 16, 5 p.m. via Zoom
The Taster by V.S. Alexander
Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imagined--one that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitler's dictatorship. In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty--working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Fuhrer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned. Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation--though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS and her growing awareness of the Reich's atrocities draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and, ultimately, vengeance.
Alternate book for November:
At the Wolf's Table by Rosella Postorino
Germany, 1943. Rosa Sauer's parents are gone, and her husband Gregor is fighting on the front lines of WWII. Conscripted by the SS to be one of Hitler's tasters, three times a day she and nine other women go to his secret headquarters, the Wolf's Lair, to eat his meals before he does. Three times a day. Forced to eat what might kill them, the tasters begin to divide into The Fanatics, loyal to Hitler, and those who insist they aren't Nazis, even as they risk their lives every day for Hitler's. And as the months pass, it becomes increasingly clear they are on the wrong side of history.
Burleson Writers' Group
Welcome to the world of writing! There are multiple ways you can learn, expand, and enhance your writing skills. On the 2nd Wednesday of the month, the group offers timed writing prompts which can be inspired through free-flow word association, prompts, quick-write topics, etc. Discussions cover a wide variety of topics: the business of writing, writer's block, timelines, etc. On the 4th Wednesday, the group does an in depth review of members current works, providing analysis and suggestions.
For more information or to join the group for a virtual meeting, email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.