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« Thursday March 14, 2013 »
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
      Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Village Books is hosting a fiction writing group on the mezzanine level of the store near the poetry section and Book Fare Cafe. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and will meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6-8pm
Start: 7:00 pm
  Come listen to unstoppable true stories of the most hardcore showdowns, last stands, and military engagements of all time. When only one can live, it's an Ultimate Deathmatch! Ben Thompson's new book tells the exploits of history's greatest badasses and what happens when badasses collide and when glory and doom hang in the balance. From Cyrus the Great, to St. Moses the Black, to the Rani of Jhansi this book is sure to entertain. Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of a website since 2004, and has written humorous history-related columns for outlets such as Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the American Mustache Institute. Even though he's never flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched someone so hard that his head exploded, he is considered by many to be the world's foremost expert on badassitude. He is the author of Badass and Badass: The Birth of a Legend.  
Start: 7:00 pm
  Join us this evening for a free event in the Rose Room of the Leopold Retirement Residence to meet nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher Nancy Bardacke, CNM, and learn about the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program she leads at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and that is described in her new book Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond. In the MBCP program, expectant parents learn to use the remarkably transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth to learn mindfulness skills for working with the stress, pain and fear that are often a normal part of this profound journey into the unknown and to have these skills in place for parenting mindfully from the moment of birth. The practice of mindfulness becomes not only a way of birthing but a lifelong resource for parenting and living with greater awareness, kindness, connectedness and care. For more information visit Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA is a midwife, mindfulness teacher, author and founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program. Her recently published book, Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond describes the MBCP program she developed. Nancy began assisting birthing families in 1971 and in her many years as a midwife has attended births in homes, hospitals and birth centers. A meditation practitioner over three decades, Nancy began adapting the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn to fit the needs of expectant women and their partners in 1998. She now offers mindfulness workshops for expectant parents and MBCP trainings for health professionals nationally and internationally.  
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