Winter Semester MedEd: Endocrinology

Dr. Misra
Dr. Misra

Wednesday, March 18th 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.

Dr. Bismruta Misra will provide a detailed overview and introduction to the endocrine system.  She will answer the complicated questions about hormones, what they are and how they affect our body.

About the Presenter

Dr. Misra is Medical Director of Fairfield County Diabetes and Endocrinology, a unique consultative center that offers comprehensive treatment for diabetes and endocrine disorders. She received her master’s degree in public health from Boston University and worked as an epidemiologist prior to obtaining her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.  She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.  Dr. Misra was recently named a Connecticut Magazine Top Doc, 2014.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and enjoys the time she spends precepting resident clinic and teaching medical students.

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, March 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).

Friday Night Feature - 'Kill the Messenger'

Friday, March 20th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Kill the Messenger (2014) Starring Jeremy Renner, Andy Garcia, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Paz Vega.; Rated R; 112 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Adapted from author Nick Schou's book Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, director Michael Cuestra's fact-based drama stars two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner as the reporter whose life came to an abrupt and particularly suspicious end after revealing the CIA's involvement with the importing of cocaine into the United States in the 1980s. 

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).

Passport Days

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Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, March 21st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We will process and accept new and renewal applications. We will provide all the paperwork and take photos. Please bring fifteen dollars in cash or check for photos.  If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specifications for passport photos can be found here.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must appear in person and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.  If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then the application must be accompanied by a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.  More information on passports for minors can be found here.

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

Take Your Headaches On!

Tuesday, March 24th at 12 noon

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Many people believe nothing can stop the pain of daily headaches. This does not need to be the case!  Straightforward lifestyle changes, dietary changes and vitamin therapy help to prevent and arrest headaches.  Dr. Litchman will discuss the importance of obtaining the correct headache diagnosis as well as current available treatment options and potential future advances in headache management.

About the Presenter

Charisse D. Litchman M.D. is board certified in Neurology and specializes in Headache Medicine. She attended medical school at the Yale University School of Medicine and conducted her residencies NY Presbyterian Hospital at Cornell Medical Center (Neurology), and Yale New Haven Hospital (Internal Medicine).

Making your Marketing More Effective

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, March 24th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Registration will open soon.

This workshop will unlock the keys to effective marketing.  It will cover you to make your marketing spend move the needle for your business.

Participants will learn: 

• Find and attract profitable customers that are the best fit for your company.
• Segment your customers into like groups to better help you serve them.
• Determine how your customers make their buying decisions and how that affects your marketing
• Develop effective branding and marketing messaging

About the speakers

John Harmon is a SCORE volunteer.  He is Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.  John has held senior leadership and executive positions in sales marketing, quality management, strategic planning, and new business development at Eastman Kodak, The Gartner Group, and Pitney Bowes.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Theory of Everything'

Friday, March 27th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.The Theory of Everything (2014) Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis; Rated PG-13; 123 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

James Marsh's biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne as the famous figure. Enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge, Hawking establishes himself as one of the leading minds of his generation, and begins to win the heart of Jane (Felicity Jones). After one of his earliest breakthroughs, Hawking is diagnosed with ALS, and he becomes less and less able to control his own body. With the loyal Jane at his side, he continues his work. However, as the years progress, Jane starts to feel more like a nurse than a wife, and Hawking begins to have feelings for a woman who is hired to care for him. The Theory of Everything screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. 

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).

Passport to Crime

Wednesday, March 25th at 7 p.m.

Crack a case and gain exposure to another culture, all from the comfort of your favorite reading spot! Come hear from the good folks of Soho Crime, an independent NYC based publisher, as they discuss what is hot in international mystery. Whether you're interested in WWII Berlin espionage, or a 1970's quirky Laotian mystery, we will have something for every mystery lover!

About Soho Crime

For more than twenty years, Soho Crime has been publishing atmospheric crime fiction set all over the world. Some of theirmost popular series will whisk you away to France, China, England, Laos, Northern Ireland, Australia, Japan, Germany, South Africa, Italy, Denmark, and Palestine. Their books run the entire range of crime fiction—detective fiction, police procedurals, thrillers, espionage novels, revenge novels, stories of thieves, assassins, and underworld mob bosses—but you can count on an immersive adventure steeped in cultural and setting detail.

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

Music of the Grand Ole Opry: Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

Sunday, March 29th at 5 p.m.

Spend an evening on an entertaining musical journey to the Nashville, Tennessee landmark with local band Gunsmoke. The show will feature stories and songs from classic country stars from the longest running radio show in the world.

About the performer

Gunsmoke is enshrined into the Connecticut country music hall of fame, the country music and dance hall of fame in Mount Kisco, NY and elected band of the year six years in a row by the New York Metro Country Music Association.  They have performed for two sitting Presidents of the United States.  They received a citation from the state of Connecticut commemorating the bands silver anniversary of 25 years entertaining audiences with classic country music.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Digital File Management

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Image courtesy of flickr user earthworm.

Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. 

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Do you have difficulty finding files on your computer? Is your computer a virtual display of that junk closet in your home where everything is shoved and nothing is organized? Come learn how to organize your digital documents all while keeping your computer running efficient and safe.

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