Heart Health And You

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Image courtesy of flickr user 80497449@N04

Tuesday, February 10th at 12 noon

Dr. Salvatore Carbonaro will present on how to live well and care for your heart.

About the Presenter

Dr. Salvatore Carbonaro is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascaular disease, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. His interests include treatment of coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, cardiovascular prevention, and cardiac imaging. He attended Fairfield University and completed his graduate and medical education at New York Medical College. Dr. Carbonaro is committed to providing compassionate and up-to-date cardiovascular care for his patients.

This event is cosponsored with Stamford Hospital.

Small Business Tuesday - The Myths and Realities of Starting a Nonprofit Organization

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, February 10th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

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This workshop provides information on how to create a nonprofit organization.  The session will cover the legal requirements of filing for tax exempt status and will focus on the steps a new nonprofit can take to create a successful organization.

Participants will learn: 

• The federal and state requirements for creating a nonprofit organization
• How to get started in planning and launching a new nonprofit
• How to set up a basic administrative platform for your nonprofit
•Local resources available to help nonprofits

About the speakers

Cynthia L. Russell is Principal of CrossSector Partners, a management consulting firm specializing in providing services to nonprofit organizations. Maurice K. Segall is Director of the New York and Fairfield County, CT, Program for Pro Bono Partnership, and organization that provides direct legal services to nonprofit groups and educational resources to help new nonprofits.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Senior Moments: The Role of the Orchestra in the 21st Century

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Image courtesy of flickr user jordanfischer

Wednesday, February 11th at 4 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Come hear from Stamford Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu as he introduces the Symphony's upcoming concert season and leads a participatory discussion of the role of the orchestra in the 21st century.

Led by Music Director Eckart Preu, the Stamford Symphony aspires to build a lifelong appreciation of classical music among all populations of Stamford and its neighboring communities.  It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring educational initiatives.  The orchestra is an ensemble of professional musicians from the tri-state area.  In addition to the Stamford Symphony, these musicians perform with some of the metropolitan area’s premier ensembles, including the orchestras of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

 

Winter Semester MedEd: Infectious Diseases

Dr. Michael Parry
Dr. Michael Parry

Wednesday, February 11th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

In 1900, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death in the U.S. By 1997, infectious diseases accounted for only 5% of deaths.  But emerging new diseases, increasing antibiotic resistance, and declining immunization rates threaten to reverse this trend.  What does the future hold for our children?  Dr. Michael Parry will discuss this and more.

About the Presenter

Michael Parry, M.D. is Director of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University. Dr. Parry established the Infectious Disease Department at Stamford Hospital where he has practiced clinical infectious diseases and hospital epidemiology since 1976.   He is a physician member of the New York-Presbyterian Infection Control Council and the Connecticut State Department of Public Health Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee. Dr. Parry has received numerous teaching and quality awards, has published over 100 articles, reviews and book chapters, and has been regionally recognized for his work in HIV infection, influenza vaccination, antimicrobial resistance, and hospital epidemiology.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Medicare Demystified

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Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013

Thursday, February 12th at 6 p.m.

Medicare is an insurance program unlike any you’ve encountered.  To get the most out of your Medicare coverage, participants must fully understand the available options.  This talk will Demystify Medicare and provide practical advice for making the best decisions when choosing your Medicare plan.

About the Presenter

Ronald Kahan MD, a sought-after health care consultant and lecturer, is an associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine who has practiced medicine for over thirty years.  After receiving his BA from Yale and his MD from Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, he completed his residency in dermatology at Harvard combined hospitals.  Dr. Kahan is also one of the millions of Americans now covered by Medicare.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - 'Fed Up'

Friday, February 13th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Fed Up (2014) Starring Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, and Joe Lopez; Rated PG; 92 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Stephanie Soechtig's documentary Fed Up, narrated by Katie Couric, presents the case that the food industry and the government have acted together in order to change the eating habits of America in a way that has led to widespread obesity in children

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Music of West Africa: The Kora

Image courtesy of Sean Gaskell
Image courtesy of Sean Gaskell

Saturday, February 14th at 5 p.m.

Enjoy a performance on the Kora, an ancient harp from West Africa. The Kora is a 21 string harp whose roots stretch back to the mid-1700’s. Song performed on the Kora are often traditional tunes that praise leaders of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.

About the performer

Sean Gaskell has mesmerized audiences across the US, Gambia, and Senegal with his heart rendering performances that spotlight the West African Kora.  Gaskell, having studied the Kora over multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, released his first solo album “Kora Music of West Africa” in 2012.  He has opened for headliner acts such as Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits. To hear Sean on the Kora, please click here.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Wednesday Matinee - 'The Good Lie'

Wednesday, February 18th at 1:30 - The Good Lie (2014) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, and Sarah Baker; Rated PG-13; 110 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Four Sudanese children are orphaned after their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War. Consequently, they make an arduous and dangerous trek through the plains, enduring hardship, death and sacrifice all the way until they reach safety in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Years later, these youths are among 3600 selected for resettlement in America, only to have the one girl among them sent to Boston, while the three boys must to make a new life in Kansas City. Together, these young men must adjust to an alien culture even as the emotional baggage of their past haunts them. However, these newcomers, and their new friends like employment counselor Carrie Davis, strive to understand each other in this new home, as they make peace with their histories in a challenge that will change all their lives.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Business Book Group: 'The Hard Thing About Hard Things'

Thursday, February 19 at 6 p.m.

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Ben Horowitz'sThe Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

In The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover. His blog has garnered a devoted following of millions of readers who have come to rely on him to help them run their businesses. A lifelong rap fan, Horowitz amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs and tells it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, from cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, February 19th at 7 p.m.

Come join The Writer's Workshop, a monthly class for writers of any genre.  A constructive atmosphere greets aspiring writers as they learn and understand a reader's perspective of their work.  While many in the group have dreams to publish, that is not a requirement.  Presently we have fiction, memoir, mysterY and thriller, short story, personal essay, and poetry writers.  Let's put pen to paper and get writing!

Presented by Laura Cavers, who recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell.  She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).