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Library Focus: Prepare for cupcake wars, Halloween fun

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Second annual cupcake wars

Looking for a sweet break from the daily grind? Join us at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, when Meg Van Patten leads you in making and decorating cupcakes. Registration required.

Mental Illness Support Group

Those living with mental illness in themselves or family members gather to support each other and exchange survival tips once a week at 5 p.m. Tuesdays in the Story Room.

Retirement planning and beyond

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Joanna Ferguson offers two free financial advice programs: Six Steps to Financial Security for Retirees (10 a.m.) and Six Steps for a Secure Retirement ─ pre-retirement planning (6:30 p.m.). Both programs require registration.

Open Writers’ Group

Local writers support each other and share their progress at 7 p.m. alternate Tuesdays (Oct. 4 and 18).

Cops and mobsters

Join us at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, for a visit with Dennis Griffin, author of “The Battle for Las Vegas, Cullotta,” and most recently “Surviving The Mob.” Griffin will tell us what life is like for mobsters and the cops who fight them. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Pulling Threads

The group meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5 and 19 to work on personal projects.

Wired Wednesdays

In less than 10 years, Wired Wednesdays has gone from being our only computer classes to being our beginners section, but the information remains as valuable as ever. Improve your technology know how with these free hands-on workshops. This month’s offerings include: Buying a Computer (1:30 p.m. Oct. 5); What’s on the Web? (1:30 p.m. Oct. 12); Who Can You Believe Online? (1:30 p.m. Oct. 19); and The Library Online for Beginners (1:30 p.m. Oct. 26). Each class has a limit of 10 and registration is required.

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