Events for Adults

Writing Gratitude: The Delights of Sending (and Receiving) Thank-you Notes

Writing Gratitude: The Delights of Sending (and Receiving) Thank-you Notes

Sunday, July 23, 2:00 p.m.

A thank-you note on paper can be its own little gift, one the recipient can enjoy time and again. Speaker Alyson Kuhn has a “theory of thanking,” that any note has three elements. First is content; second is form; and third is what she calls soul or inspiration. Alyson will share the contents of several of her favorite thank-you notes, including three from very large companies. She will talk about sources (with an emphasis on shopping local) for splendid cards and embellishments, including postage stamps. She will also extol the pleasures of sending fanmail, which she thinks of as a thank-you note to someone you don’t personally know.

Before and after Alyson’s talk, you are welcome to peruse thank-you notes from her “archives,” arranged on the Community Room’s display wall, so you can actually touch and read them. Join us on Sunday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. Register at our Events Calendar or by calling (831) 646-5603.
 

Alyson Kuhn is a freelance writer and editor with an eye and ear focused on brand building. Over the past two decades, she has worked with brands in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, from Adobe to Zazzle. She is an insistent advocate for beautifully executed artifacts, including thank-you notes and party favors, as well as for user experiences that provide delight in the digital realm.

Alyson is a long-standing member of the exhibition committee of the San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB). She is also a former SFCB board member and co-curator of three exhibitions there. Alyson served for five years as communications director of the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. She was honored to receive the AIGA Fellow award in 2015.

Alyson is particularly (and perpetually) grateful to the clients—notably paper companies, printers, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum—who have given her the opportunity to write about subjects she loves, including thank-you notesstamps, and envelopes. Alyson has taught envelope-folding workshops in San Francisco, Napa, Chicago, Kansas City, and Washington DC. She currently lives in Monterey, where the clerks at the downtown post office treat her outgoing mail with great care, despite her habitual last-minute arrival.
 

 

The Art of Old World Design with Don Whitaker

The Art of Old World Design with Don Whitaker

Monday, July 24, 6-7:30 p.m.

Learn about the history of beautiful Old World craftsmanship (1680s – 1740’s European style) and how to incorporate Old World Design construction techniques into your home. This program will also feature creative possibilities in Old World Design through live demonstrations and examples of finished design techniques. A partner in Test of Tyme, Monterey native Don Whitaker is also the owner of The Golden Hammer in Pacific Grove providing cabinetry and custom millwork, including furniture design. He earned local, state-wide and international awards for his carpentry work and has over 40 years of experience, primarily on the largest homes in the Carmel and Pebble Beach area.

The lecture takes place in the Community Room.  Admission is free but reservations are required. Sign up in advance at the Help Desk or contact Kim Smith at 831.646.2093 or ksmith@monterey.org.

About Don Whitaker, Partner, Test of Tyme

A partner in Test of Tyme, Monterey native Don Whitaker is also the owner of The Golden Hammer in Pacific Grove providing cabinetry and custom millwork, including furniture design. He earned local, state-wide and international awards for his carpentry work and has over 40 years of experience, primarily on the largest homes in the Carmel and Pebble Beach area. His passion for perfection is reflected in his wood artistry seen in doors, beams, cabinets, floors, kitchen islands, wine cellars and more. Don is a graduate of Monterey High School and attended Monterey Peninsula College. He began work in his field at the cabinetry shop that his father managed.

Founded in 2008, Test of Tyme is a construction and consulting company that has worked extensively on the Monterey Peninsula and beyond. They have worked on the largest and most beautiful homes and structures in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley and Pebble Beach. Their craftsmanship can also be seen in luxury estates in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Tiberon, Napa and Sonoma. Their work, simply stated, is created to stand the Test of Tyme! For more information about Test of Tyme, go to www.testoftyme.com.

 

Closet Cleanse Workshop with Golnesa, Stylist by the Sea

Closet Cleanse Workshop with Golnesa, Stylist by the Sea

Tuesday, July 25, 6:00 p.m.

Is your closet full of clothes you no longer wear but you just can't let go? You're not alone. Join us for a Closet Cleanse Workshop with Golnesa, Stylist by the Sea. Learn how to build a wardrobe around a few timeless garments and how to redesign old favorites to work with today's style.

Golnesa is an experienced local fashion consultant who offers fashion design by appointment at Pari's Studio and consignment sales at Deja Vu Couture.

Beneficiary Designations with Eric N. Holk, Esq., Certified Specialist in Estate Planning

Beneficiary Designations with Eric N. Holk, Esq., Certified Specialist in Estate Planning

Wednesday, August 2, 6-7:30 p.m.

Attorney Eric N. Holk will present a program about the importance of beneficiary designations in planning for the future. Are your affairs in order? Learn how to plan for the future from an expert.

This event is part of The Next Chapter: Designing Your Ideal Life lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee. Adults are invited to attend. Admission is free, and reservations are required. Sign up in advance at the Help Desk, or contact Sirie Thongchua at (831) 646-5632 or thongchu@monterey.org.

Eric N. Holk is a licensed California attorney with over 30 years of experience. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Cal State Long Beach, a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Seminary, and his Juris Doctorate from Monterey College of Law. Holk is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law through the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. His practice concentrates on estate planning, wills, trusts, probate and related areas. His other occupational experiences include career counselor, a chartered financial consultant and a registered general securities representative. He practices law in Monterey, CA. He can be reached at eric@trusts-etc.com , (831) 622-8808, and www.trusts-etc.com.

Eric Holk will present to two other programs in August:

Wed., Aug. 16, 6-7:30 - Joint Tenancy & Other Forms of Property Titling - What everyone needs to know

Wed., Aug. 30, 6-7:30 - Who Will Decide When You Can't? Advance Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorneys
Joint Tenancy & Other Forms of Property Titling with Eric N. Holk, Esq., Certified Specialist in Estate Planning

Joint Tenancy & Other Forms of Property Titling with Eric N. Holk, Esq., Certified Specialist in Estate Planning

Wednesday, August 16, 6-7:30 p.m.

Attorney Eric N. Holk will present a program on what everyone needs to know about joint tenancy and other forms of property titling in estate planning. Are your affairs in order? Learn how to plan for the future from an expert.

This event is part of The Next Chapter: Designing Your Ideal Life lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee. Adults are invited to attend. Admission is free, and reservations are required. Sign up in advance at the Help Desk, or contact Sirie Thongchua at (831) 646-5632 or thongchu@monterey.org.

Eric N. Holk is a licensed California attorney with over 30 years of experience. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Cal State Long Beach, a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Seminary, and his Juris Doctorate from Monterey College of Law. Holk is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law through the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. His practice concentrates on estate planning, wills, trusts, probate and related areas. His other occupational experiences include career counselor, a chartered financial consultant and a registered general securities representative. He practices law in Monterey, CA. He can be reached at eric@trusts-etc.com , (831) 622-8808, and www.trusts-etc.com .

Eric Holk will present one more workshop in August:

Wed., Aug. 30, 6-7:30 - Who Will Decide When You Can't? Advance Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorneys
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