D is for Dinosaur

When: Thursday, June 01, 2017 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Where: West Oaks Branch at West Oaks – Meeting Room 1

Dino time is near, let’s give a roaring cheer! We are off on a dinosaur adventure using stories and activities and having a great time together! Ages 3-5.

Dear Democrats

I know Clinton’s loss was an upset. I know some have yet to get over it. I know some may never get over it.

But, Jordan Edwards, a Black child, is dead because a White police officer shot and killed him either out of fear or hate.

In Anaheim, an officer won’t face charges for assault and attempted murder of a young Brown child.

We still have a jacked-up health care system that should already be a single-payer system and Democrats are more passionate about proving Trump conspired with the Russians than taking care of the American people.

Our seniors are still cutting their prescription medications in half, if they can buy them at all, while also trying to decide whether to pay their rent or buy medicine.

Our Vets are dying in VA hospitals while waiting for care.

Over 70% of Floridians voted for medical cannabis to be legalized and the state Congress has yet to enact a plan to give the voters what they want and need to treat ailments and illnesses themselves.

Democrats in Congress are voting against lower prescription drug prices and young people are drowning in debt over student loans.

There is STILL a Muslim Ban in America and racial and religious profiling happens everyday.

Democrats are voting against bills without having written one better than the one they’re voting against.

These are just snapshots of the issues that matter to us.

Democrats, you’re touting yourselves as the party of the people but you seem to have forgotten for whom you work.

On second thought, maybe you haven’t forgotten.

Maybe you are working for your true bosses and that’s big corporations.

Maybe, just maybe, our donations aren’t big enough for you to consider working for us as opposed to working for them. Maybe those companies Trump us on the amount of money given to your campaigns, but while you weren’t looking, you got Trumped. Literally. And you still are losing elections across this nation.

Here’s the real deal.

Black Lives Matter.

Our Elders matter.

Our economy matters and our health care and clean water is everything.

While you worry about Trump and the Russians, the Dakota Access Pipeline and other pipelines are still an issue.

In Florida, Democrat Congresswoman Corrine Brown was found guilty of corruption. While that is a black eye for the party, we, the people, have two black eyes, a worn-out back and a broken heart from trusting you. Yet, we have a fiery spirit.

We will not allow our Elders to be neglected.

We won’t allow Black Lives to NOT matter and we won’t stand for jacked-up health care.

We won’t just protest a Republican President and Congress.

We will stand up to you, too, our own party who we trusted to fight for us.

What we’ll do is primary each of you who neglect us by turning the world’s attention from the embarrassment of Clinton’s loss, to building upon the greatness we can do together as a unit.

Have fun in DC while it lasts, because if you are one of the Democrats who are neglecting us, we are coming for your seats.

See you soon,

Your constituents

Grilled Cauliflower Pasta with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Grilled Cauliflower Pasta with Lemon-Tahini Dressing (Photo courtesy PastaFits.org)

Grilled Cauliflower Pasta with Lemon-Tahini Dressing (Photo courtesy PastaFits.org)

Grilled Cauliflower Pasta with Lemon-Tahini Dressing can be a light spring lunch or dinner entrée option. The shell-shaped pasta and fresh Florida cauliflower, tomatoes and herbs give the dish ample Sunshine State appeal. Store raw, uncut and unwashed cauliflower in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to five days. Store tomatoes at room temperature, out of their packaging and never in the refrigerator.

Grilled Cauliflower Pasta with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Yield: 6 servings

4 ounces medium shells

6 cups cauliflower florets

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika

1/4 teaspoon each: salt, pepper and garlic powder

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1/3 cup chopped red onion

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Lemon wedges

Lemon-tahini dressing:

2 tablespoons tahini paste

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons water

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Pinch each salt, pepper and cayenne pepper

1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grease a grill grate pan well. Toss together the cauliflower, oil, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Grill seasoned cauliflower, turning occasionally, for about 8 to 12 minutes or until tender and lightly charred.

3. For the dressing, stir tahini paste, gradually adding the lemon juice and water until the mixture is smooth. Stir in garlic, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne.

4. In a large bowl, combine pasta and cauliflower. Toss with the dressing. Stir in tomatoes, onion and parsley. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

Recipe note: Add chopped cucumbers and olives to the salad if desired.

SOURCE: Pastafits.org

Citizenship Inspired Week 1

When: Saturday, January 07, 2017 – 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Where: Chickasaw Branch at Chickasaw – Ask At Desk

During this 4-week program, students will meet once each week to prepare for the U.S. Naturalization (Citizenship) Test and Interview. To be eligible for U.S. Naturalization, you must be able to read, write, and speak basic English.