Events

Events

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Intro to Word – Intermediate & Continuing Practice

Thursday, March 5

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word. In this Intermediate class, you’ll continue to practice skills learned in the Beginner class, or work on more advanced techniques. Basic familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary.

You may bring your own laptop (with Word installed) or register to use one of ours. Space is limited; register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Medical Coding-Cancelled

Thursday, March 5

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The current class that runs through December 20, 2014 is already full. For more information about the next session, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

Workshop: Writing Memoir

Saturday, March 7

10:00 am - 11:00 am

This workshop, hosted by Sonya Huber, will introduce various methods for planning and writing memoirs, and will include writing exercises as well as a discussion of participants’ current and proposed projects. Space is limited – register today!

Sonya Huber is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir and Opa Nobody, and a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post Magazine, and other journals. She received the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Award from Terrain and her work appears True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction. She teaches in the Department of English at Fairfield University and in the Fairfield Low-Residency MFA Program.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Tilde Cafe CANCELLED

Saturday, March 7

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hitchhikers Guide to Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery. Presented by Dr. Kevin S. Currie, Director, Medicinal Chemistry Gilead Services

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The Fantasy World of Norman Rockwell

Tuesday, March 10

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Norman Rockwell wrote, “I can’t paint ugliness, the sordid side of life.” A chronic depressive, he painted rather than lived his happiness. Psychobiographer Fred Biamonte will analyze how Rockwell rationalized his inner world of depression with the external world of his pictures.

Fred Biamonte is an educator at the New Britain Museum of American Art. He has given talks on more than thirty-five American and European artists, including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Vincent Van Gogh, and Andrew Wyeth. He previously taught organization behavior in the Graduate School at Pace University.

Vampire Folk Belief in Historic New England

Wednesday, March 11

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In 1990 a couple of very surprised young boys discovered two skulls at the site of a new gravel quarry in eastern Connecticut. Dr. Nick Bellantoni, Connecticut’s State Archaeologist, and others were called in to investigate what turned out to be a forgotten colonial family cemetery. One grave in particular caught their eye. Someone had arranged the burial in an unusual way. This led to further investigation involving archaeology, forensics, genealogy, and folklore that produced the theory that the cause for the oddity in the burial was the belief that its occupant was a vampire. Vampire folklore was rampant in New England from 1780 to the 1890s, and a combination of disciplines helps archaeologists today discover more about this period in New England history. As it turns out, a real public health issue was to blame.

Presented by Nick Bellantoni. Sponsored by Menunkatuck Audubon Society.

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Intro to Excel – Beginner

Thursday, March 12

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel. In this beginner level class, you’ll learn the basics of creating and working with spreadsheets. Familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. You may bring your own laptop (with Excel already installed) or register for one of ours. Space is limited, register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Medical Coding

Thursday, March 12

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

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MakerLab: Intro to Sewing (Lucy Hammer)

Saturday, March 14

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew? Join Zenaida Barrios in this introductory class. Using the MakerLab sewing machine and supplies, she’ll show you the basics of hand and machine sewing, and will help you complete a small project to take home. For adults and teens (grades 5 and up). No experience necessary! Class size is limited, so register today!

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Shoreline Greenway Trail Town Meeting

Sunday, March 15

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Branford team of the Shoreline Greenway Trail will present a power point reporting on the progress of the trail in Branford and in other towns along the 25 mile proposed trail.  As always, we welcome public participation as we move forward.  Light refreshments will be served. Contact:  Judy Miller.

Medical Coding – Cancelled

Tuesday, March 17

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, March 19

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Medical Coding – Cancelled

Thursday, March 19

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

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The Sturgeon Queens: A Documentary of the Jewish Immigrant Experience

Saturday, March 21

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

100-year-old Hattie Russ Gold and her sister 92-year-old Anne Russ Federman have life stories that hit all the key notes of the Jewish immigrant experience: hard work, humor, romance, and a little tsuris. Hattie and Anne are the two surviving daughters from the famed lox and herring emporium Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. They are also the stars of THE STURGEON QUEENS.

This documentary – timed to coincide with the store’s centennial in 2014 – traces four generations of Russ family history, from patriarch Joel Russ, who immigrated to the US from Austria-Hungary with little more than the shirt on his back, to Josh Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman, Joel’s great grandchildren, now in their 30s, who run the store today. Niki’s father Mark Russ Federman, who ran the store from the 1970s until 2008, adds insights from his years researching Russ family history.

The film also features Herman Vargas, aka “The Artistic Slicer,”  longtime Russ & Daughters employee, now manager, who represents the new wave of immigrants behind the R & D counter.

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Sex in Jane Austen’s Novels

Sunday, March 22

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Whoever knew there was so much sex under the polite surface of Jane Austen’s six novels? Join the Jane Austen Society of Connecticut for a revealing group discussion of the sexual undercurrents running through Austen’s works. We’ll read several passages from the novels and tease out the titillating hidden allusions to sexual activities in her stories. Registration required. To register, please click here.

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Learn about Researching Online Through AtoZdatabases

Tuesday, March 24

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Blackstone Library subscribes to a powerful research tool: AtoZdatabases. With your library card, you can use it for free!

Search for business information (management, annual sales, SIC codes), resident information (address, phone, home values), find information on doctors and hospitals, and conduct job searches, and more.

This powerful database is easy to use, and an AtoZdatabase rep will be here to show you what you need to know! This program is free and open to the public. Take control of your research!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Fight the Bite: Ticks and Lyme Disease

Tuesday, March 24

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by Branford Land Trust. Dr. Kirby Stafford, III, Chief Entomologist of the Dept. of Entomology at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the State Entomologist, will review the epidemiology of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

Mike Bielawa, author of Wicked New Haven

Wednesday, March 25

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sponsored by Branford Historical Society

Medical Coding

Thursday, March 26

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

How to Understand the Mind: Nature & Power of the Mind

Saturday, March 28

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as the problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from our mind. Everything we know, everything we experience and enjoy, we do so through the power of our mind. But how well do we actually know our mind, how it functions, what it’s nature is? By getting to know our mind and how it functions, we can gradually learn how to avoid negative states of mind that lead to suffering and instead cultivate and nurture the positive states of mind, creating causes for peace of mind, happiness.
For more information , contact info@odiyana.org or 860-266-6041.

Saturday Cinema: The Theory of Everything

Saturday, March 28

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for Saturday Cinema at 1:00 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. We’ll be showing the hot new releases you’ve been dying to get your hands on. Refreshments provided. To register, click here.

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material

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Book to Art Club

Saturday, March 28

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a hands-on, creative way to engage with literature – where the process of art-making is more important than the product! This month we’ll be reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Books are available at the library, and art materials will be provided. If you prefer, please feel welcome to bring your own project inspired by the book to the meeting. Future dates will be schedules during the first meeting. Registration required. To register, please click here.

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MakerLab Open House

Sunday, March 29

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Meet the MakerLab: See demonstrations and get hands-on with the equipment of the MakerLab. Make squishy circuits, create a 3D file, make a button, step in front of the green screen and make a video, and see the 3D printer in action! Light refreshments will be provided. Join us for a fun and educational afternoon!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Help us run a station: If you’ve got basic skills on the 3D printer, a sewing machine, CAD software, photo and video editing, programming, soldering, experience with Raspberry Pi and/or Arduino, consider hosting a MakerLab station and showing off your skills!

CLICK HERE TO HOST A DEMO or contact Katy Dillman for more information.

Inside Granny’s Head: The Science of the Aging Brain

Tuesday, March 31

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

What happens when fantasy becomes reality? Will medicine of the future ever conquer cancer? What’s happening to our brains as we age?

Come to Science in the News for answers to these questions and more. Each month, Yale graduate students and scientists will speak about a different science topic. The presentations are geared specifically towards non-scientists (adults and students).

This month they’re breaking down the truth about the aging brain.

Future Topics:
March 31: Inside Granny’s Head: The Science of the Aging Brain
April 29: When Fantasy Becomes Reality: Invisibility, Immortality, & Mammoth Monsters
May 26: Conquering Cancer: Medicine of the Future

Board of Education Meeting & Art Show Reception

Wednesday, April 1

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Branford Public Schools annual art show reception and Board of Education Meeting.

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 1

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Living with Dementia-Middle Stage Caregivers

Thursday, April 2

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For caregivers of people with any type of dementia.  Presented by Maria Tomasetti, South Central Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter.  Please register by calling 203-230-1777, ext. 14.

Medical Coding

Thursday, April 2

5:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The current class that runs through December 20, 2014 is already full. For more information about the next session, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

Library Closed for Easter

Sunday, April 5

All Day

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 7

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Medical Coding

Tuesday, April 7

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The East to West Migration of Steppe Eagles and Other Raptors of Nepal

Wednesday, April 8

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Old friend Dr. Robert DeCandido will discuss the 10,000 to 40,000 Steppe Eagles that migrate each autumn along the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. These eagles breed in China and Mongolia, and instead of heading north to south, migrate west toward Nepal, India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia – some possibly as far as Africa. Along with the eagles are 30 other raptor species including ten total eagle species that take the same route. Bob will explain why the eagles migrate east to west (and not north to south) – and why some of the species seen in North America, such as the Golden Eagle, also migrate in Nepal. Presented by Menunkatuck Audubon Society.

Medical Coding

Thursday, April 9

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.