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COFFEE: THE SCIENCE AND ART OF THE PERFECT BREW, Thursday, July 24 at 4 p.m. at The Ferguson Library, FREE

Coffee samples and tastings will be the order of the day when Leyla Dam of Stamford’s Lorca presents “Coffee: The Science and Art of the Perfect Brew” on Thursday, July 24 at 4 p.m. at The Ferguson Library.

Leyla Dam, owner of Lorca coffee house and bakery (2013 winner for Best Coffee (Café) by OMNOMCT), will describe the process from bean to cup.

 The Ferguson Library Main Library is located at the corner of Bedford & Broad Streets, Stamford. The program will take place in the Library’s Third Floor Auditorium. For more information, call 203 351-8231 or visit

Generously supported by the Friends of The Ferguson Library.

Free Hit Movies In July 2014 At Ferguson Library Main Branch, Stamford CT

See a great movie at The Ferguson Library this month. In addition to the Library’s monthly Second Saturday Cinema and Third Thursday @ One films, The Andrew Gale Film Series will begin on Wednesday, July 9. The film discussion series, “Talking Films” continues this month, too. Films will be shown at the Main Library Third Floor Auditorium, Bedford & Broad Streets, Stamford. For more information, call 203 351-8231 or visit All programs are generously supported by the Friends of The Ferguson Library.

Andrew Gale Film Series

Wednesday, July 9 at 1 p.m.

Pi π

1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Aronofsky’s directorial debut earned him the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Gotham Open Palm Award. The title refers to the mathematical constant pi.  Like most of Aronofsky’s films, Pi centers on a protagonist whose obsessive pursuit of ideals leads to severely self-destructive behavior. Rated R. 1998. USA. 84 minutes.

Wednesday, July 23 at 1 p.m.


July 23

Documentary about Tilikum, an orca held by SeaWorld, and the controversy over captive killer whales. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Rated PG-13. 2013. USA. 83 minutes.

Thursday Night Talking Pictures

July 10 at 6 p.m.

Main Library Third Floor Rotary Room

The Central Park Five

A searing documentary that explores the infamous Central Park Jogger case that held the world’s attention in April 1989. Not rated.  USA. 2012. 120 minutes. Registration required. Call 203 351-8258 or email to reserve a copy of the DVD. Pick up at lower level desk, watch the film and come ready to discuss.

Second Saturday Cinema

July 12 at 2 p.m.

American Hustle

An entertaining tale set in the late 1970s about a reckless FBI agent who recruits a con man and his alluring partner into a scheme to ensnare corrupt politicians and gangsters. With Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by David O. Russell. For information call 203 351-8231.Rated R. USA. 

Third Thursday @ One

Thursday, July 17 at 1 p.m.

Inside Llewyn Davis

A week in the life of a young singer navigating the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. With Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake. Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen. Rated R. USA. 2013. 104 min. For information call 203 351-8231.

Visit Stamford, CT via

The Stamford CT motto – “The City That Works” – suggests more of the Puritan Work Ethic than the Pleasure Principal. The world headquarters of Pitney Bowes and Starwood Hotels, and trading floors of UBS and RBS, among many other multinational corporations, mark Stamford’s skyline.  Worker-bee commuters with commerce on their minds swarm into Connecticut’s 4th largest city (after Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford), just 45 minutes by Metro North train from Manhattan. But there is another side to Stamford – which happens to be this Maven’s home – one that has less to do with profits and more with pleasure. And sometimes weirdness.  We’ve got Jerry Springer, a church in the shape of a fish, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and a surprisingly vibrant nightlife. Vibrant enough to bring New York City dwellers out to the burb’s.  These contradictions are what make Stamford so intriguing as an Offbeat Getaway: that and the fact that the culinary scene is so darn amazing. Of course I’ll let you in on my favorite haunts:

What to Do In Stamford CT

VISIT: The Stamford Museum and Nature Center. This treasure of a local attraction is worth a morning or afternoon, if only to engage in meaningful eye contact with two acrobatic otters that implore you to stay in their homey enclosure.  “Don’t leave us,” their antics beseech. But you must, in order to see all there is to see in this complex that includes an art museum lodged within the former country home of retail mogul Heni Bendel, a “heritage breed” farm housing a corps of barnyard animals from bygone days including a dozen breeds of chickens, pigs, sheep and bovines, nature trails that feature sculptures and wildlife, a “Nature’s Playground” that allows kids (and kids at heart) to sprawl out in an “hawk’s nest,” and an observatory with a 22 inch telescope open to the public most Friday nights.

There’s always some goat or lamb, piglet or calf being born in the Spring, a season that also brings the popular Sheep Shearing Festival.  Programs abound, for kids and adults, but if time is short, stare down “Big Sis” – the resident 800 lb pig, and of course, be sure to say goodbye to the otters when you leave. Heckscher Farm, Daily 9 am – 5 pm; April – October, Daily 9 am – 4 pm; November – March, Bendel Mansion & Galleries,Mon.- Sat., 9 am – 5 pm; Sun., 11 am – 5 pm, $10 adults, $5 kids. 

WALK: Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens. Trails throughout the 91-acre tree sanctuary lead past lawns, woodlands and brooks.  If exotic species of plants and trees are your thing, an afternoon here will offer pure bliss. Open daily from 9am until sunset, $5 donation.

VISIT: First Presbyterian Church AKA “Fish Church.” Yes, this church was built in the shape of a fish, and this out of the ordinary edifice is what most people see when they pass by on busy Bedford Street.  But step inside and you are suddenly in the center of a massive kaleidoscope.  Designed by Wallace K. Harrison – the architect who led the multinational team that designed the UN Building in New York, and who also had his hand in building Rockefeller Center and Lincoln Center  – the stunning sanctuary opened in 1958.

For more on what to do and where to eat in Stamford, CT, you’ll find it on  

Who Needs Expensive Vacations in Foreign Lands When A (Relatively Inexpensive) Local Getaway Can Be As Rewarding For the Adventurous Traveler

What is a Maven?

Someone who knows a lot about one thing; an expert.

Who are the Getaway Mavens?

Travel journalists who know quite a bit about Northeast Travel.

Have only a few days and want a break from the ordinary (and perhaps learn a thing or two)?

These “Curated” trips give you specific game plans for what to see, which tours to take, where to eat and stay.  Check out

Become a Member of Stamford’s Avon Theater for $120/Year (Couple), Get Perks, Freebies and Discounts on Indie Films All Year Long – A Great Gift!

Our own Independent Theater House, The Avon Theater, is a Community Treasure.  For just $120 a year per couple, you are entitled to nearly half off each movie ticket; $6 members, $11 non-members, and invited to special free previews and celebrity events.  A GREAT GIFT!

From Avon’s Webpage;

Your membership support makes such a difference! Ticket revenues cover less than half of our operating expenses. You can join at either the Primary or Carte Blanch levels. There are myriad benefits to becoming a member of The Avon.

Support your local, non-profit, independent cinema

· Reduced general admission

· Invitations to sneak previews

· Members-only events

· Discounts on special events

· Free Admission on your birthday

· A free general admission ticket when you join or renew

Become a member today!

For questions about our membership program, please contact Louisa Greene at 203-661-0321 or email us at

MEMBERSHIP application

Host A Jewelry Design Girls Night Out or Birthday Party For Up to 10 at Stamford’s Own Kif Jewelry for $225 (includes materials, instruction and use of space for 1 1/2 hours)

Here’s a great idea for a unique girl’s birthday party.  Gather nine friends and make a beautiful bracelet or necklace to keep under the direction of a local jewelry designer. Order delivery pizza and ice-cream cake (food not included), and you’ve got yourself a party!

Rachel Leslie, owner of Kif Jewelry offers use of her studio space – an hour for beading and half hour for food and cake – for up to 10 people for just $225.  Additional kids $15 each up to 15 (studio capacity).

652 Glenbrook Road, Suite 3-302

Stamford, CT

call (917) 216-7630


Dinosaur BBQ; Stamford On The Cheap Approved

Housed in a cavernous space that can easily fit a whole family of Tyrannosaurus Rexes, Dinosaur BBQ brings superb smoked and glazed barbeque to Stamford.  Having won over Syracuse (Syracuse University), New York City (Columbia University) and other college hot-spots, this location – in Harbor Point near Fairway – is sure to bring lots of life to Stamford’s new buzzed about neighborhood by the water.

What makes it On The Cheap approved? There’s a varied selection of craft beer ($5) and wine ($7) on tap. Plus, you can get a whole platter of ribs and sides starting at $9.95 (for 1/4 side of ribs, two sides and cornbread DRIPPING with honey). Half a BBQ chicken platter with sides costs just $11.95 and is melt-in-your-mouth awesome.  All meats are deftly smoked and slathered with dino-sauce; and prepared on-site. And cute waiters and waitresses don’t stint on service. A value all around.



Quick Tips for Getting Extra Holiday Cash

From the Electronic Trade-in Experts at NextWorth

With the holidays fast approaching, everyone is thinking about the impact holiday shopping will have on their wallets. While holiday gifts do tend throw budgets into a tailspin, the good news is there are actually some easy ways to find, sell and earn some extra cash. In fact, some of you may already have that money lying around the house!


Without realizing it, you may have money owed to you just waiting to be claimed! Every U.S. state has an unclaimed property program that actively and continuously finds owners of lost and forgotten assets. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, a total of $2.25 billion (yes, billion!) was returned to rightful owners in 2011, with the average amount being $892. Around the country, there is $41.7 billion still waiting to be claimed, so check out to see if you have lost funds to secure!


On average, Americans actually have 10 unused electronics items in their houses, which could turn in to big bucks if traded in. Trading in is really easy to do–for example, Target stores nationwide accept products in-store in exchange for store gift cards. Let’s be honest, you were probably going to spend money there anyway, right?

If you prefer to trade in online, NextWorth makes it easy to get cash for your old devices. Just find your device on the site and answer simple questions about its condition for an instant quote. A free shipping label is provided to send it in. Items typically accepted for trade (online or in-store) include: iPhones, iPads, iPods, cell phones, point and shoot cameras, Digital SLR cameras, tablets, e-readers, game consoles, GPS units, laptops, movies, video games and calculators.


Though not the easiest, or the most fun option, putting in a few extra hours around the holidays is an excellent way to get some dough. The National Retail Federation reports that retailers will hire between an estimated 585,000 and 625,000 seasonal employees this year.


Retail stores are the busiest this time of year and always need some extra hands. As a bonus, you’ll likely be eligible for the employee discount as well! Consider other seasonal jobs as well – like working at a ski resort or a Christmas tree lot.


Hopefully, with the help of these tips and some great holiday sales, you can upgrade from that macaroni necklace budget to some great gifts for the loved ones on your list this year!





Enjoy “Thursday Night At the Movies” at Ferguson Library Main Branch, 6PM; November Lineup Here

Thursday Night @ The Movies

6 p.m.

November 8

In Darkness

A Polish worker uses his knowledge of the underground sewer system to shelter a group of Jews during World War II. Nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Based on a true story. With Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furrnann and Marie Schrader. Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Rated R. 2011. Poland/Germany/Canada. 140 minutes.


November 15


When a sudden illness threatens her inheritance, a wealthy businessman’s wife hatches a desperate plan. Winner of the 2011 Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. With Nadezhda Markina, Elena Lyaadova and Alexsey Rozin. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Not Rated. 2012. Russia. 109 minutes.


November 29

A Separation

A married couple is faced with a difficult decision – whether to flee Iran to make a better life for their child, or stay to care for an ailing relative. With Leila Hatami, Peyman Maadi and Shahab Hosseini. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Rated PG-13. 2011. Iran. 123 minutes.


November Computer Classes At Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT; FREE


 The Ferguson Library offers regular computer and Internet training.  The November schedule follows. All classes at the Main Library will be held in the Third Floor Computer Lab, Bedford & Broad Streets, Stamford. Generously supported by the Friends of The Ferguson Library. Call 203 351-8221 or 203 351-8222 for information.


Basic Computers

Thursday, November 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

No experience required. Call to register.


Basic Email

Thursday, November 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn how to create an email account, and attach documents and images to your emails. Mouse and keyboard skills required. Call to register.


Learn English on the Computer

Saturdays, November 10 & 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Practice your English with the library’s interactive software. Call to register.


Basic Internet

Thursday, November 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Introduction to the Internet. Must be familiar with Windows and have basic mouse and keyboard skills. Call to register.


Microsoft Word 2010

Thursday, November 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn basic features of Microsoft Word. Mouse and keyboard skills required. Call to register.


Microsoft Excel 2010

Saturday, November 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn how to name worksheets, enter data and write formulas. Must be familiar with Windows. Register online at Click on the calendar link on our homepage.