As we all struggle to navigate these very stressful times, community feels more important than ever. The pandemic may have separated us physically, but we don’t have to abandon our community support entirely thanks in part to Third Place Commons.
If you’re looking for chances to connect with your community, engage with issues of importance, or just to find some welcome opportunities to take a break from it all, check out these upcoming free events.
This month’s session focuses on “Selma,” the true story of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that ultimately caused President Johnson to sign the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Oscar nominated for Best Picture and winner of Best Song, this universally acclaimed film will leave you inspired. Register here for the monthly TPC Movie Club. (Register just once for the link to use each month.)
What Is Dr. King’s Beloved Community & How Do We Achieve It? – Thurs, Jan. 14 at 7 PM
A community conversation about the concept of Beloved Community, Dr. King’s global vision for a world in which “racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.” How do we bring this estimable goal to life? How is it already manifesting in the real world? Register here to learn more and get inspired to take action.
Commons Community Book Club – Weds, Jan. 20 (and every 3rd Wednesday) at 5:00 PM
The January chat will focus on the book Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Two lovers in a country torn apart by a civil war hear rumors of mysterious doors that can whisk you away to other places. But if they can manage to find one and muster the courage to go through, where will they land and what dangers will they face? This unusual take on love and the refugee experience is a NYT bestseller that was awarded the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction and named one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2017. Register here for the Commons Community Book Club. (Register just once for the link to use each month.)
(Note: As luck would have it, this monthly meeting just happens to fall on Inauguration Day this month. While it is currently still scheduled to move forward as planned, you may wish to check the online calendar for updates should current events impact this or any other planned programming.)
Pandemic Picks: Movies! – Weds, Jan. 27 at 7:00 PM
Everyone needs a break from the news of the world now and then, especially in times of turmoil. Sometimes a cinematic escape is just good self-care. So tune in for Pandemic Picks: Movies!, the next installment in the popular series of programs where local leaders and content experts share their recommendations to get you through this wintery lockdown. Register here for Pandemic Picks: Movies!
Of course, there are other ways to connect with community through the Commons, too, through all of the TPC At Home programs. These include weekly foreign language conversation groups (German on Mondays, French on Tuesdays, and Spanish on Thursdays at 5:30) and monthly Computer Q&As. Check the Third Place Commons online calendar for links to join to these welcoming and fun groups.