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You Can Learn About Teen Dating Violence in This Immersive, Interactive Presentation

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YWCA Greenwich is urging teens, parents, anyone who used to be a teenager and anyone who cares about young people to participate in an online, interactive presentation about teen dating violence on Monday, Feb. 28. — an announcement from YWCA Greenwich

This is an immersive event exploring teen relationships. Participants will find themselves “in the shoes of” characters experiencing various forms of relationship abuse. These forms range from sexting, pregnancy, homophobia, and stalking.

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‘The Positive Side of Social Media’ Presentation at Darien Depot

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YWCA Darien/Norwalk Parent Awareness invites parents of 5th through 8th grade students to attend an upcoming program entitled The Positive Side of Social Media, a free event at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 at the Darien Depot. — an announcement from YWCA of Darien/Norwalk

The program will show how teens can use social media for good. In an age where we primarily focus on the negative aspects of social media, YWCA Parent Awareness has invited three Darien High School teens to come and speak about how they have successfully used social media to make a positive impact on our community. During the event, parents will learn from them how and why they made their decisions, and also learn from them about different decisions they would make now versus when they were in middle school. This small roundtable-style discussion, moderated by teen psychologist Dr. Tara Levinson, is designed to teach parents that social media, used properly, can be a powerful tool.

‘Embracing Gender Identities’ Online Presentation for Parents Coming Feb 15

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YWCA Parent Awareness and Middlesex Middle School Parent Association are sponsoring an online presentation, Embracing Gender Identities at Home and in School, at 8 p.m., Feb. 15. This program is for parents of school age children who wish to learn more about gender diversity and fluidity. Studies have shown that when students feel safe to express their identities across the gender spectrum, they will be more prepared to learn and thrive in life & school. A presentation on Zoom.com will be made by Renee Reopell, director of Gender, Diversity and Resilience at The Child Guidance Center.

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Meteorologist to Discuss His Book, ‘Mighty Storms of New England’ Tuesday Night

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Meteorologist and author Eric Fisher will discuss his book, “Mighty Storms of New England,” in a virtual event Tuesday evening, Jan. 25. — an announcement from Darien Library

Chief Meteorologist for CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV News, Fisher will dive in to the most intense storms that have touched down in New England, from hurricanes to tornadoes to blizzards. Learn about legendary storms that have brought major cities to standstills and changed the landscape in our region. The event is co-sponsored by Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore.

DCA Academic Lecture Series 2022 The Arctic: From Deep Freeze to Hot Spot

DCA Academic (and Online) Lecture Series: ‘The Arctic — From Deep Freeze to Hot Spot’ Starts Jan 6

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The Darien Community Association’s 2022 Academic Lecture Series, “The Arctic — from Deep Freeze to Hot Spot, ” will start Thursday, Jan. 6, online. The series has been presented annually, without interruption, since 1956. While the format this year will be virtual, the series will continue to feature respected foreign policy experts at four Thursday morning lectures at 10 a.m., and a final lecture in the evening of Feb. 3 (also a Thursday).

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Darien Library’s January Wellness Series Starts With ‘The Art of Coziness’ on Jan 4

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Looking to reset in 2022? Want to start new habits in the new year? Darien Library is hosting programs geared toward personal wellness throughout the month of January. — an announcement from Darien Library

From evenings with authors who specialize in topics like personal retreats, sleep science, and plant-forward diets to local experts in microgreens and plant propagation, learn a variety of new skills and information to lead you through 2022. This series of wellness programs begins with “The Art of Coziness with Vanessa Young” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan.

Cooking Simply: Online Presentation From Two Cookbook Authors Thursday Night

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore are presenting an online program that simplifies the art of cooking. Founding editor of New York Times Cooking Sam Sifton and cookbook author Dawn Perry will discuss their latest cookbooks: The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes and Ready, Set, Cook. Learn how to cook intuitively and confidently, whether you are serving up a regular weekday meal or a holiday feast. — an announcement from Darien Library

This event is co-sponsored by Barrett Bookstore. If you would like to add to your cookbook collection, please visit their website.

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‘Artists in the City: From Masters to Modernists,’ Online Lecture This Wednesday

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A free, online lecture by ArtScapades, “Artists in the City: From Masters to Modernists,” is being offered at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 26 by The Rowayton Arts Center. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
ArtScapades will look at how artists portrayed cities in their works, from 17th century realistic cityscapes to 20th century abstract metropolitan views. Included in this lecture are work by Johannes Vermeer, Camille Pissarro, John Sloan, Edward Hopper, Piet Mondrian, Georgia O’Keeffe and more. Visit rowaytonarts.org to sign up and a Zoom invite will be sent out to each participant. Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman began ArtScapades in 2009 after teaching art appreciation in the New Canaan public school system in order to share their knowledge with adults who wanted to learn more about art history.

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‘How to Be a Sinner’ — Online Talk Tuesday Afternoon with a Professor of Orthodox Theology

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How can identifying as a sinner bring peace of mind, a clear conscience, and love for others? Peter Bouteneff, author and internationally recognized professor of Orthodox theology, will join Dr. Matthew Croasmun to discuss his latest work “How to Be a Sinner,” addressing topics such as  guilt, shame, and self-care through his compassionate narrative. This discussion is a free, online Zoom event hosted by Grace Farms Foundation. It takes place from 12 noon to 1 p.m., this Tuesday, May 11. Grace Farms’ “Books on Faith & Meaning” series consists of monthly presentations introducing selections from the Faith & Meaning section of the Grace Farms Library. Spanning multiple religious and philosophical traditions, both ancient and contemporary, these texts encourage us to think critically about the meaning in our lives.