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Where Westport Meets the World

Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Connecticut

Author and historian Marty Podskoch’s latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut, navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State. 

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for the author’s talk after which her books will be available for purchase and signing.  

Online pre-registration: $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Day of admission $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.   


“Scan Artist” How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed Reading Worked

Join us at Westport Historical Society on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for a fascinating look at this story.


The 1950s and 60s, in America was an era of record-setting, many sought ways to process information as quickly as possible. An ambitious middle-aged woman offered a solution that would alter reading education for decades to come.

Her speed-reading method promised a bright future for Americans—one where they could read an entire book in half an hour without any loss of comprehension. A self-proclaimed reading expert who hailed her method as “the greatest thing since the printing press,” Evelyn Wood’s courses enrolled hundreds of thousands in major cities across America, Canada and parts of Europe. But grandiose claims fell short as her method proved to be nothing more than skimming. Scan Artist is the first telling of this great 20th century hoax. 

Part of this surprising story is set in Westport, home of Famous Artists Schools Inc, which owned the Evelyn Wood business for a decade, maintaining Wood as a consultant. When sales flagged, a Westport marketing wizard helped Wood stage a triumphant comeback. 

A cautionary tale, Scan Artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed Reading Worked by author Marcia Biederman explains how the massive popularity of Evelyn Wood’s speed-enhancing instruction dominated over science and objectivity. Eager to enter the speed-reading wars, Evelyn Wood, a devout Mormon with a theatrical bent and a past involving cooperation with Nazism, launched Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics in 1959. Claiming that whole pages could be read at one gulp with her finger-pacing system, Wood said she could boost reading speeds past 10,000 words per minute. A gullible press and support from political figures who knew nothing about reading education shielded Wood from the researchers, skeptics and consumer advocates who tried to bring her down. 

Featuring a collection of black and white photographs, Scan Artist is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the dangers of ignoring science in favor of wishful thinking. 

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door, $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members.  Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. 

 To learn more about Scan Artist and the author visit, marciabiederman.com 


Hall of Fame: Votes for Women

2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. The fight for women’s right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. 

 

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, to learn about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. In addition, hear the perspective of those who were against The Vote and those who were left out. Be inspired by their stories to use your vote to give a voice to women. 

 

Artifacts related to women’s suffrage from the WHS collection will be on display. 

 

There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  Light refreshments will be served. 

 

Presented by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, to learn more visit cwhf.org/ 

 


The State of Connecticut's Finances - Running Scared and Why

Join us at 7PM in the Weston Public Library Community Room for this informational session on Connecticut's Finances presented by Michael Knight, State of Connecticut Investment Advisory Council, Knight Rolleri Sheppard CPAs; and Greg Murphy Weston Board of Finance, Bank of America Private Bank. Registration recommended. 


Author Talk: The Kindness Advantage, Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children

Please join us as the Friends of the Weston Public Library - in support of books and kindness -

welcomes authors Dale Atkins, PhD and Amanda Salzhauer, MSW to discuss their book: 

The Kindness Advantage

Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children

October 3, 2019

7:30PM, Weston Public Library Community Room
Please register at
https://bit.ly/2khEjQg

“In homes and school communities nationwide, there is re-energized interest in the values of community, compassion, and tolerance, and in finding our way to a kinder culture. The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children is a practical and concrete guide for parents and grandparents to equip a young child with the essential skills to have a positive influence on the world. It’s never too early to start a child on a path of fulfillment through meaningful connection with others. Designed to be read with children as young as four, the book presents ten fundamental concepts to weave into daily life. Additionally, it includes current research in the fields of happiness and child development and real life stories of kids who are making a difference.”

About the Authors:

Dale V. Atkins, PhD is a frequent guest psychologist on NBC's TODAY and many other TV and radio shows. She is a licensed psychologist with more than forty years of experience as a relationship expert focusing on families, wellness, managing stress, and living a balanced, meaningful life.at the Community Room of the Weston Library.

Amanda R. Salzhauer, MSW has spent many years as a social worker in clinics and private practice, which has given her a deep understanding of children, family, and community dynamics. In addition to her field experience cultivating on-on-one relationships, she has been a force for progress through her participation as a board member of several leading non-profit organizations.



Pre Rosh Hashana Women's Challah Bake

An evening of inspiration and womanhood as we usher in the Jewish New Year!  

Learn Challah baking tips and twists from Master Chef and Baker Rachel Berger.

Tuesday, September 24th at 7:30PM at Chabad of Westport 79 Newtown Turnpike, Westport, CT  203-226-8584

$36 per baker * $360 Challah Bake Sponsor (includes 4 tickets) 


Caring for the Caregiver

                                                "Caring for the Caregiver"

  Sundays Sept. 22 –Oct 6

11: am – noon 

    United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston 

49 Weston Road

Westport, CT 

 

Those coping with the increasing needs of caring for an elderly loved one face many

challenges. Please join us as we engage in small group conversations on the topic “Caring for the Caregiver.” All are welcome. While there is no cost, we ask that to assist in planning you RSVP to the church office www.office@westportumc.org; phone 203-227-4707. 



Caregiving for the Caregiver

Those coping with the increasing needs of caring for an elderly loved one face many

challenges. Please join us as we engage in small group conversations on the topic “Caring for the Caregiver,” Sunday mornings, 9/22 – 10/6 at 11am. All are welcome. While there is no cost, to assist in planning we ask that you RSVP to the church office twww.office@westportumc.org phone:203-227-4707. 


Caring for the Caregiver

"Caring for the Caregiver"

Oct. 5

 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston 

49 Weston Road

Westport, CT 06880

Those coping with the increasing needs of caring for an elderly loved one face many challenges. Coordinating care, managing care, preparing legal documents, financial obstacles, family conflict and emotional stress are some of the issues that will be addressed in our panel discussion "Caring for the Caregiver". Please join us as we hear from Aging Life Care Manager, Joan Garbow and Elder Law Attorney, Ann Fowler-Cruz.

Joan Garbow is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Case Manager with more than 25 years experience in homecare, acute care, family services and physical rehabilitation. She will share with us her unique and highly effective approach to Geriatric and Senior Care Management. 


Elder Law Attorney Ann Fowler-Cruz will focus on the legal perspective for the caregiver. She will provide insight on long-term care planning, asset preservation, Medicaid applications and other necessary documents, disability planning, estate planning, utilizing conservatorships/guardianship, and special needs trusts.


While there is no cost, we ask that you RSVP to the church office to assist in planning.www.office@westportumc.org  phone:203-227-4707.  Along with the 10/5 event, we will be holding small group conversations on the topic “Caring for the Caregiver,” Sunday mornings, 9/22 – 10/6 at 11am.  All are welcome to attend any or all of the gatherings


Westport Sanitarium Walking Tour

Though the buildings are long gone, the site of the Westport Sanitarium—one of two in Westport—still tells the story of public health.

 

Join us on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 9:30 to 10:30 am as our docent takes you through the park. Discover the tales of the administrators, doctors and patients that lived and worked in the sanitariums accompanied by images of the time. Hear tales of heartbreak, control, medicine, life and death. 

 

Meet on the corner of Post and Compo Road outside of Winslow Park on the sidewalk, signs will be visible. 

 

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door, $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members.  Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.  

 

Month-long Spooktober Tickets are available online as well.