Jihad! Conclusion

Photo by dalbera / CC BY 2.0
Photo by dalbera / CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 9th at 3 p.m.

Join us for a four-week introductory class on one of the globe's most fascinating and misunderstood religions.

The evolving Pan-Islamic movement takes the fight to Western interests in the Near East, spurred on by the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Western actions against Libya, the civil war in Syria all contribute to weakening ties and the rise of the Islamic State.

About the presenter
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. In May 2005, Albertson was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

Finding Italian Records - Italian Genealogy

Photo by Alessandroferri / CC BY-SA 4.0
Photo by Alessandroferri / CC BY-SA 4.0

Saturday, May 14th at 2 p.m. 
In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

For the last 12 years, while not doing continuing research on her own family, Toni has been teaching several levels of genealogy in her home town of Ridgefield, CT. Toni is on a mission to expose as many people as possible to the fun, excitement, and importance of tracing their own genealogy. She believes documenting your family history is important for yourself and for future generations, even if they are not interested or don't have the time now. Over the years she has taught over 2100 hours of genealogy courses at Founders Hall in Ridgefield, and Redding, CT as well as Bronxville and Mamaroneck, NY.

She has also been a popular lecturer at various genealogy societies in the New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Boston, and Long Island areas.

About Toni McKeen

Toni was born in Miami, Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Biology from C.W. Post College on L.I. Toni has been married for over 40 years, and has two children and two grandchildren (both gorgeous and brilliant, naturally). Her training from her research background while earning her degrees in biology helped her to establish organized systems and charts for recording family information for herself and her students…a problem for most researchers.

Social Hour at 1 p.m. 

Join your fellow genealogists and family historians an hour before the program at the Social Hour. Drinks and cookies will be provided as you meet with other researchers.

This event is co-sponsored with the Middlesex Genealogical Society.

A Home with Heart

Tuesday, May 17th at 7 p.m.

Psychologist and Executive Director of The Southfield Center, Dr. Christopher Bogart, presents.  He will focus on the importance of the home environment in fostering mentally healthy youth. The talk will cover compelling research about factors that promote resilience and grit, as well as parenting styles that create confidence and a healthy independence in children. Dr. Bogart will discuss the importance of predictability and structure in the home, and will examine current thinking on how to balance outside activities with unscheduled time for family interaction.

A Home with Heart is presented by The Southfield Center in conjunction with The Thriving Youth Initiative (of The Community Fund of Darien), The Darien House Tour:  Homes with Heart, and the Darien Library.

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