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How financially healthy are you? Get "fiscally fit"

How financially healthy are you? Join Christopher Hensley of the Society for Financial Awareness here at the Parker Williams Branch Library on Saturday, April 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. to “Get Fiscally Fit.”

By attending this session, you will learn the basic principles of cash management and how to accumulate wealth. You will learn the importance of having a financial blueprint as well as how to navigate the roadblocks to financial success. You will also learn how to locate and maximize discretionary income.

Besides important information, attendees will receive educational handouts as well as door prizes.

Houston Money Week hosts events and seminars on a variety of topics all over Houston related to finances.  For more information, see http://www.houstonmoneyweek.org/
 

How to handle college costs

If you or a family member has plans for college (or attend now), and finances are a concern – and they always are -- this Houston Money Week 2014 program has important information about costs and ways to save.

Join Christopher Hensley of the Society for Financial Awareness here on Saturday, April 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss the following topics:
• How to address the high cost of college
• Developing a college investment plan
• The new Educational IRA
• Maximizing financial aid
• Investment alternatives

March book discussion: Book of Ages - The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

You know about Ben.  He was a printer, scientist, and served the American revolution in many ways.  Book of Ages: the Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin is about his younger sister.  She married at 15 and was mother of 12 children.  She also loved to read, wrote numerous letters to Ben, and offered her own political opinions in her later years.  Despite the loss of many of Jane’s letters, author Jill Lepore brings her story to life.  Library Journal review: “This book is an important, inspiring portrait of a determined and faith-filled woman who just happened to be the sister of a big shot.” Join us on March 27 at 2:30 to talk about her life.

Get help signing up for health insurance

If you have questions or need help signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, come and meet with a health care navigator this Saturday, January 18, at the Parker Williams Branch Library from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Navigators from Change Happens, a Houston non-profit organization, will help consumers learn about options through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, as well as complete eligibility and enrollment forms if desired.

For more information or to set an appointment to meet with a navigator, call the Parker Williams Branch Library at 281-484-2036.  The library is located at 10851 Scarsdale, Suite 510.

Join "Healthy Food, Healthy Families" for a great start to 2014

Get some help from experts on that new year's resolution!  Join Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service beginning Thursday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. in a seven-part series a healthy cooking demo, physical activity break, recipes and free incentive items.

All sessions in the "Healthy Food, Healthy Families" program take place at 1 p.m. every Thursday until Feb. 27. Participants receive a certificate at the end of the program.

Topics are as follows: Week 1: Healthy food, Healthy Families; Week 2: Foods that Pack a PUNCH!; Week Three: Making the most of MyPlate; Week Four: Power of Planning; Week Five: Setting your Limits; Week Six: Plate it Safe! Week Seven: The Choice is Yours!

Meet with a health insurance marketplace navigator

If you need help signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a brief information program and opportunity to meet with a health care navigator will be available on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Parker Williams Branch Library from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

Navigators from Change Happens, a Houston non-profit organization, will help consumers learn about options through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, as well as complete eligibility and enrollment forms.

For more information or to set an appointment to meet with a navigator, call the Parker Williams Branch Library at 281-484-2036.  The library is located at 10851 Scarsdale, Suite 510.

Find help with hobbies, crafts and home projects

Have a new hobby, or would you like to dive more deeply into a current one? Need a craft idea for kids over the holidays or to show off at a gathering? Do you have a home improvement project that needs attention? These are a lot of questions but our new databases have a lot of answers!  Join us Thursday, November 7, at 1 p.m. to see how the Hobbies and Crafts, Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair reference centers show you how to learn and do the things you have been wanting to do!

Read the book that everyone is reading

Join us at 4 p.m. on October 17 to discuss this year's Gulf Coast Reads selection, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Hig, the main character, survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope.

Learn how to help adults speak English

            Help someone open a door to any number of new opportunities by volunteering as an English as a second language tutor. 

            These opportunities are as limitless as the variety of ways in which people read, write and speak every day.  Common goals are learning English to help children in school or interact with school staff, get a better job, or to become a citizen.

Snack and eat right this summer

With kids home this summer, the pantry and refrigerator will see frequent action. Learn about some additions to these summertime staples that can make sure kids (and adults too) find foods that are both tasty and healthy. Jicela Longoria, health educator for the Harris Health System, will talk about some fast and tasty foods that you and the kids can prepare, foods to avoid and healthy alternatives, preparation tips, and more.  Monday, June 17, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 3.
 

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