Jihad! Conclusion

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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

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Photo by Alessandroferri / CC BY-SA 4.0

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

In this program, Mrs. McKeen will walk you through four possible methods to locating foreign documents, what you will need to know before “hopping the pond,” how to read them, translation tips, and how to determine what these documents really tell us.  The research principles are also valid for other nationalities.

She is also 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.

A Gift That Pays Dividends: Launch Kids' Financial Security

Wednesday, June 1st at 7 p.m.

How can you leverage tax-free gifts into substantial nest eggs for kids and grandkids? In this presentation, Julie Jason will discuss tax-free gifting. If you want to start the young people in your family on the right track toward financial security, there is no better way than through a short-term gifting program that leverages time.

Attendees will learn:

• The mechanics of setting up an account for a child
• How to gift to the account
• How to research investments that will appreciate over the long-term
• How to manage risk
• How to teach kids to take advantage of time

About the presenter
Julie Jason
, JD, LLM, Chief Investment Officer, Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc. Stamford, CT, is the author of "Managing Retirement Wealth: An Expert Guide to Personal Portfolio Management in Good Times and Bad" and "The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Decisions in Good Times and Bad.”

Create Your Own Public Access TV Show

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Image courtesy of flickr user cjtengi

Thursday, June 9th at 5 p.m.

Rich Turcsany, Public Access Coordinator at Cablevision of Connecticut, will discuss what it takes to put together your very own, non-commercial television program, and have it broadcast over Public Access Channel 88. Rich, a 1986 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and who also has 26 years experience in cable TV, will also discuss the training that is involved.

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