FARMINGTON – Over the next several weeks, the Farmington Public Library will be hosting three events aimed at bolstering the future of the library and allowing the community to gather safely.On April 23, the library is hosting a spring and summer art show, featuring the late Stanley Keirstead’s artwork. Members of the community can purchase tickets for groups of six people for $20. The groups will be allowed 45 minutes inside the library at 5, 6 or 7 p.m. to peruse the 27 paintings which will be on display. Prior to the art show, local photographer Derek Hayes offered to take photographs of the pieces. Using his prints, the library made calendars that will be for sale on the night of the art show. The money that will be made off of the tickets and any calendar sales will go towards the building improvement fund.“There’s always something that can be improved here,” said Library Board Chair Barbara Marshall.After Keristead died last year, his estate donated the artwork to the library, but with restrictions due to the pandemic, this will be the first time the art has been accessible for viewing. Kierstead’s daughter, Andrea, is also planning to attend the event.“Stanley had a lot of fans in town and so she figured that people might want her to be there. She’ll be there in case anyone has any questions about the artwork or if anyone just wants to reminisce with her,” said Marshall.The library has been hosting a raffle for one of Kierstead’s pieces and the final drawing will also take place during the art show. The rest of the pieces will not be for sale at this time, but the library plans to facilitate this at a later date.“Right now, we just want to expose the public to the art. We’ll plan to sell it later,” said Marshall.On April 15 at 6 p.m., the library will host its annual Corporator’s Meeting virtually, instead of in person. The annual report will be discussed, and the public is welcome to attend and ask general questions about the library. Members of the community are invited to fill out a form to be a corporator, who has the power to vote on new and returning library board members.“Anyone can attend, but voters need to fill out the appropriate paperwork,” said Marshall.Anyone interested in being a corporator should email Marshall to receive the form: [email protected] The zoom link for the meeting will be posted both on the library’s website and their Facebook page.On May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm., the library will host its spring plant sale, where all sales will also go towards the building improvement fund.
Gift cards make great gifts, but it’s important to make sure gift givers understand the disclosures that come with the card. Otherwise, they could end up giving retailers the unintended gift of free cash.Gift cards are a type of stored-value card. They look like a credit card; they have a magnetic strip that stores information about how much the card is worth. Some cards can only be used at one retailer or only at stores in a particular mall or shopping center. Others can be used anywhere major credit cards are accepted.The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 makes giving gift cards a better option than was the case before the law. The act established rules to protect consumers from excessive fees charged by some retailers and banks.Money on gift cards is available for at least five years from the date the card is purchased. Value added to a gift card must be good for five years from the date the money was added. If the card expiration date is reached, but there is unspent money on the card from the past five years, a replacement card can be requested at no charge.The law requires clear disclosure of any fees at the time of purchase. Be sure to read the terms and conditions before making your purchase and send them along with the gift card to the recipient. Include the receipt in case the card is lost or stolen.The law restricts maintenance and usage fees. A fee cannot be charged for using the gift card, not using the gift card, card maintenance or adding value to the card unless the card has not been used for more than 12 months.Tips to Keep in MindUnderstand how gift cards work. Choose cards from specific retailers over cards offered by financial institutions. Cards that can be redeemed wherever credit cards are accepted tend to come with more and higher fees.Watch for hidden fees. There may be a charge to check the balance of the gift card, even in the first 12 months, so be sure to keep track of how much is spent. Watch for delayed fees that kick in if the card has not been used for 12 consecutive months.If a gift card is lost or stolen, it may not be replaceable. Some retailers charge a replacement fee, provided there is proof of purchase, such as a sales receipt, and the ID number of the card.Registering received gift cards with the issuer provides extra protections. Information about how to register the card should be included with other card details. If not, check the website of the issuer for information about how to register the gift card. Some issuers will not replace lost or stolen gift cards unless they are registered.Use the card promptly. About 10 percent of gift cards are never redeemed. Unused gift cards are a gift to retailers of more than $9 billion a year.
Fourth-ranked UCLA has four regular-season games remaining, and the one-and-done Pac-10 tournament, before the one-and-done NCAA begins. The Bruins are in control for a No. 1 seed in the West Region, which means a path to the Final Foul in Atlanta would run through Sacramento and San Jose. “We feel it. We feel that same vibe we did in the last NCAA tournament, which is good,” UCLA point guard Darren Collison said. “It’s more serious, and more aware of losing, because in the tournament you only have one (loss) and you’re done. All these games coming down to the tournament, you want to prepare yourself for that.” UCLA (23-3, 12-2 Pac-10) used a Pac-10 regular season and tournament title to push to a No. 2 seed last season, and used venues in San Diego and Oakland as de facto home courts to fuel a run to the Final Four. With an RPI rating of No. 1 and a top-five ranking most of the season, the first-place Bruins likely would secure a No. 1 seed by winning the Pac-10 regular season title, and the players know that. “(Howland said) this is the most important time,” Afflalo said, “when our focus must be at our highest, when our intensity and our practice habits & we must do everything to the fullest of our potential to ensure we go as far as possible once again this year.” How important is playing in front of home fans for UCLA? Afflalo pointed to the Bruins’ 14-0 home record, 4-0 mark on neutral floors and 5-3 record on the road as a reason to push for the West’s top seed. “That’s pretty much what it’s about, that support system,” Afflalo said. “We’re just a much better team when you have your support system nearby. We’re just like everybody else. We’re capable of staying here in California, where it’s mostly UCLA fans. Why not strive for that?” That means no slip-ups at home this weekend when UCLA plays host to injury-riddled California on Thursday and Stanford on Saturday. The Bruins then visit second-place Washington State on March 1 and Washington two days later to end the regular season. “I’m not sure if sometimes you’re not better off being a lower seed, where you have the chance to play the 12 (seed) rather than the 8-9 (winner) because those 5-12 games seem to go the 12 way too often,” Howland said. At the end of the day, you have to show up at the NCAA tournament and win. Every game is difficult. The first round all the way through. “Would I rather play in Sacramento and San Jose rather than going farther away? Absolutely. It’s better for our fans, it’s better for our team, it’s better for the parents of the players to not have to travel across the country.” Thursday’s opponent, Cal (14-12, 6-8), is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 and is without centers DeVon Hardin (foot) and Jordan Wilkes (knee) and guard Nikola Knezevic. basketball [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – UCLA coach Ben Howland gathered his team Monday and gave what junior guard Arron Afflalo described as a motivational speech. The message was simple. The postseason is nearing, so it is time to go from serious to ultra-serious to get in position for a length NCAA tournament stay.