Second Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 pm
July 11th-The New Odyssey: The Story of the Modern Refugee Crisis by Patrick Kinsley
The New Odyssey is a work of original, bold reporting written with a perfect mix of compassion and authority by the journalist who knows the subject better than any other.
August 8th- Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Miller
A thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill’s extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War
September 12th- The Bonus Army: An American Epic by Paul Dickson and Thomas B Allen
at the height of the Depression, some forty-five thousand World War I veterans-whites and blacks together-descended on Washington D.C., to demand the bonus promised them eight years earlier for their wartime service.
October 10th- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migrations y Isabelle Wilkerson
One of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.
November 14th- Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement by Sally McMillen
The book covers 50 years of women’s activism, from 1840 to 1890, focusing on four extraordinary figures–Mott, Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Susan B. Anthony.
December 12th- Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
A complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation
Money raised benefits Answer the Call (Formerly the N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund)
“Ride Like Vinny” tickets are now on sale through September 6, to help raise funds for the Answer the Call: N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund. Each ticket costs $12 and entitles the bearer to one ride on the legendary Coney Island Cyclone through November 1.
The weekend before September 11, 2001, FDNY Captain Vincent Giammona and his wife took their daughters to Coney Island for the day. As they were driving home, Vinny turned back and saw the Cyclone Roller Coaster. He told his family he needed to go back to ride it even though the ride was closed. Vinny spotted a worker and explained his 40th birthday was coming up on Tuesday and that he was a NYC Firefighter. His wish was granted. Vinny was the only one on the roller coaster. He sat in the front car, with one hand up, and a huge smile on his face, while his wife and daughters cheered from behind the fence. Tragically, it was his final birthday wish.
A few days later, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Vinny turned 40 years old. Vinny was among the 403 FDNY, NYPD, and PAPD heroes that sacrificed their lives in the line of duty while protecting our city that day.
“Ride Like Vinny” seeks to honor the selfless and heroic spirit with which Vinny and our heroes died, while also remembering and celebrating the incredible spirit with which they lived. The money raised from these special “Ride Like Vinny” tickets will enable the N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund, known by Answer the Call, to continue to help the families of our fallen heroes. Each “Ride Like Vinny” ticket is good for one admission on The Coney Island Cyclone and can be used any day before November 1, 2017.
Since Answer the Call was founded in 1985 by Former NY Met Daniel “Rusty” Staub, the organization has distributed over $135 million directly to the families of those who lost a loved one in the line of duty. It is the only nonprofit organization that provides immediate and ongoing financial assistance to the families of NYPD, FDNY, and PAPD heroes killed in the line of duty. Answer the Call’s goal is to provide meaningful support for the rest of a widow or widower’s life. In 2017 alone, they will help nearly 600 families and distribute over $4 million. To learn more, visit www.answerthecall.org.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit here.
EVENT: “Ride Like Vinny” tickets on sale
DATE: Now through September 6
Must ride by November 1
PLACE: To purchase tickets, visit RideLikeVinny.eventbrite.com
The Alzheimer’s Association – New York City Chapter is looking for volunteers for 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events. Four walks will take place this fall: Little Bay Park in Queens-October 7; Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island-October 14; South Street Seaport in Manhattan-October 28; Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn – November 4th.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and four locations in NYC, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.
To learn more, visit NYCWalk2EndAlzor email email@example.com
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association in NYC at alz.org/nyc or call the multilingual 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
Come join us for a series of writing workshops led by journalist and published writers Ali Jackson-Jolley. All writers and aspiring writers are invited to share their work, or desire to write, in a supportive atmosphere. registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome. this program is free. this group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM
Bagels & Books
Book Discussion Group
Thursdays at 10:30 AM
We have copies of these books at the library.
August 3rd- Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
A heartbreaking and beautiful memoir of growing up in a priviledged Havan household—and of being exiled from his own childhood by the Cuban Revolution
September 7th- The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
A breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set.
October 5th- Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen
In a small town on the verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about her family and unexpected truths about herself. Miller’s Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget.
November 2nd- Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life by Lori Ginzberg
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a brilliant activist-intellectual. That nearly all of her ideas―that women are entitled to seek an education, to own property, to get a divorce, and to vote―are now commonplace is in large part because she worked tirelessly to extend the nation’s promise of radical individualism to women.
December 7th- Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
Told through a variety of shifting perspectives—wives and husbands, friends and lovers, masters and their servants, and a gravedigger’s son—Falling Angels is graced with the luminous imagery. Falling Angels is a dazzling tour de force.
Are you feeling challenged with tantrums? whining? bedtime routines? sibling conflicts? power struggles? Is it hard to leave the park? shop for groceries? Do you wish you connected more and argued less? Or, do you just want to learn some more effective parenting skills?
You are not alone!
Join parents just like you for weeks of parenting classes. Learn to discipline with firmness and kindness, have fun as a parent, and set the foundation for important social and life skills. Help your child feel a sense of belonging and significance through mutual respect and encouragement.
Based on Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline books, these classes are a fun way to connect with other parents in the community and practice the skills over a few weeks so that you can go more in depth with the material.
Class Schedule: Four Sundays 11/19, 12/10, 1/7, 2/4 from 9:15 AM -12:15 PM
Register by November 5th: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3748775/Ridgefield-Fall-2017
Facilitator: Carol Dores, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer
Cost: $199 (includes materials) $339 couple. Pay by check to Positive Discipline of CT, PO Box 103, Brookfield, CT 06804 OR, Pay by credit card using “Buy Now” at www.positivedisciplinect.org/parenting-classes/
Ukrainian artist, Taras Borovyk, will open his exhibition of oil paintings, My Journey Through Colors, at Les Beaux Arts Gallery on Sunday, September 10. The exhibit will run through Thursday, October 19, 2017.
Living in the United States since 1997, Borovyk has applied the rich background of his Lviv art education and his experience as a muralist for elegant homes and commercial environments. His early paintings bear his Ukrainian soul with their strong vibrant colors and shadowy figures. In recent years, his style shifted to become more abstracted and decorative. “I do not create art unless it creates itself as I work,” Taras explains. “It could be anything. It is like a ghost that appears when I pick up the brush. Whether I see a doorway or a still life that is abstracted in my view, or remember a piece of music that takes shape on canvas. It guides me through as it develops.”
In addition to his work as muralist, Borovyk has had multiple solo exhibitions and been highlighted in group shows in New York, Chicago, and Ukraine, since 2000.
Les Beaux Arts Gallery is located in the Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich. The Gallery is open Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; closed Saturday. #TarasBorovyk #Ukraine
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Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce “Paradigm Shifts,” a group exhibition featuring paintings by Charles Arnoldi, Ricardo Mazal and Manuel Mérida. The show opens on September 14th with a reception for the artists from 5-7pm, and will run through November 25th.
The artists in this exhibition explore the potential of painting as a medium, challenging its normative paint application and structure. Whether selecting pigments in their primordial form, applying them with non-traditional tools, or presenting irregular supports, these artists break with convention all-the-while maintaining an aesthetic foothold in modernism.
About the artists:
Charles Arnoldi has had a decades-long distinguished career as an artist investigating the formal aspects of paintings and sculpture. Shapes, color, and proportion are motifs he continually revisits in his work, suggesting architectural elements or forms seen in nature, such as tropical plant life. The show will feature Arnoldi’s geometric abstractions, colorful balances of rigid grids containing gestural arcs. Some of these compositions are disrupted by the non-uniform shapes of his canvases. Arnoldi paints on individual panels and later assembles them, at times leaving them un-aligned and making way for gaps and irregular edges. The nature of the hard-edged geometric compositions becomes more apparent with the play between the foreground and background and their spatial relationships. A numerous award recipient, Arnoldi has been featured in many international exhibitions and his work is extensively collected in private, corporate and public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, The Menil Collection, Houston, and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
Ricardo Mazal explores themes of spirituality in his abstract paintings, using vibrant colors and refined, minimal forms that can have smooth or finely textured surfaces. Mazal achieves these effects with an unorthodox pigment application, using rubber tipped blades or carved out grooves on the tips of paintbrushes. Starting with photography in what he defines to be the bridge between reality and abstraction, Mazal manipulates digital imagery to arrive at his sketches. Some canvases have grid compositions with contrasting palettes, creating a formal balance of tension and harmony. These geometric abstractions draw from Mazal’s personal investigations of sacred burial rituals in various cultures across the globe. The Bhutan series references colorful prayer flags bestowing their blessings to the wind in the region. Other paintings in the show recall the terrain of national parks outside his home in Santa Fe, geological strata that have been carved out of the bedrock over the ages. A leading artist from Mexico, Mazal has been featured in many exhibitions in the Americas, Asia and Europe and his work is included in the permanent collections of Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Maeght Foundation in Paris, among others.
Manuel Mérida is another artist who originally hailed from Latin America before moving to Paris where he currently resides. His work does not conform to the traditional notion that painting is an oil on canvas. Instead, he presents brightly colored pigments in their primal form: powder. These monochromatic colors are encased in a round frame set to rotate at a steady, consistent speed, causing the powdered pigment to move. The work is in perpetual motion, creating new gestures of forms, light, shadow and space that continually shift and are never the same. Mérida was greatly influenced by contemporary kinetic and constructivist artists such as Jesús Rafael Soto, Julio Le Parc and Lygia Clark whom he met when he emigrated to France in the late 1960s. However, he considers himself to be a gestural painter rather than a kinetic artist. Mérida has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Latin America and Europe and his work is in many collections including the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas.
Favorite memories, reminders and images of home are on display at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery. “Memories Of Our Town,” features art in a variety of mediums that represents the unique memories of the place we call home: places, people, sounds, smells, events, etc. that are personally significant to the artist. Contributing artists include Eric Chiang of Westport, Cindy Sinor, Wilton, Al Coyote Wiener of Fairfield.
The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces, making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9:00am -5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and four locations in NYC, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.
The Promise Garden Ceremony is one of the most meaningful parts of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s experience. Each Walk participant chooses a colored flower to symbolize their connection in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Blue is for those living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Yellow for anyone who is currently a caregiver. Purple for individuals who have lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s, and orange identifies those who want to live in a world without Alzheimer’s disease.
To find a Walk near you, sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual, visit: alz.org/walk. The Alzheimer’s Association – New York City Chapter’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday mornings at the following locations.
QUEENS – October 7, Little Bay Park 11360
Registration 9:00 AM, Program 9:45 AM, Walk at 10:15 AM
STATEN ISLAND – October 14, Clove Lakes Park 10301
Registration 9 AM, Program 9:45 AM, Walk at 10:15 AM
MANHATTAN – October 28, South Street Seaport 10038
Registration 8:30 AM, Program 9:45 AM, Walk at 10:15 AM
BROOKLYN – November 4, Kingsborough Community College 11235
Registration 9:00 AM, Program 9:45 AM, Walk at 10:00 AM
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In New York alone, there are more than 390,000 people living with the disease and 1,020,000 caregivers.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call our 24/7 multi-lingual Helpline 800.272.3900 to learn more about free programs and services for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.