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Mitchells to host St. Vincent's fundraiser

Published 5:21 pm, Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Mitchells to host

St. Vincent's benefit

St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation will host its third annual Hearts Full of Spring fundraiser on Tuesday, March 25, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Mitchells, 670 Post Road East.

Featured speaker Eliz Greene's topic will be "A Healthy Heart for Busy Women." She was seven months pregnant with twins when she had a massive heart attack, the foundation said. She survived a 10-minute cardiac arrest, had open-heart surgery and her daughters were delivered by Cesarean section -- all in one day.

The event also includes a spring fashion show of women's and men's attire, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction.

Tickets are $125 and proceeds benefit the St. Vincent's Regina L. Cozza Center Woman at Heart program.

For tickets, visit https://give.stvincents.org/hearts2014 or call 203-576-5451.

Y's Women to hear

20-somethings expert

David Burstein, an author and documentary film producer, will discuss the economic and social impact of the generation that is now in its 20s at a meeting of the Y's Women Monday, March 24, at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plain Road.

Coffee will be served at 10:45 a.m. and the program is scheduled at 11:30.

Burnstein, 25, will speak on the topic "Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World." Burnstein's documentary film, "18 in '08," examined young voters in the 2008 election, and a follow-up film, "Up to Us," examined that generation's optimism in an economic downturn and its desire to vote and participate in public service, the Y's Women said.

He is the founder of Generation 18, a nonpartisan group that tries to engage young voters.

New Yorker cartoon editor to speak

Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor and cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, will talk about his experience at the magazine and his memoir, "How About Never -- Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons," on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at the Westport Library.

The book traces his love of the craft all the way back to his childhood, when he started doing funny drawings at age 8, and also invites readers into the hallowed halls of the New Yorker showing the soup-to-nuts process of cartoon creation for Mankoff and the other cartoonists at the magazine.

Before becoming an editor, Mankoff was a cartoonist for the magazine for 20 years. He started the online Cartoon Bank, which has every cartoon since the magazine's founding. He also is the author of the book "The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity."

The library program is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, check www.westportlibrary.org or call 203-291-4800.

`Coffeehouse at The Wheeler's' is back

The "Coffeehouse at The Wheeler's" evening of music returns to the Westport Historical Society on Friday, March 28, at 6 p.m.

Suzanne Sheridan returns with keyboardist Bob Cooper and singers Sue Broudy and Nancy Burger.

Sheridan's first jingle, "Join the Pepsi People," for Pepsi won a Clio Award. She sang national jingles for Hasbro Toys, Hardees and Texaco, among others. She wrote music for PBS television and has performed a tribute to Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen with her band worldwide for the past three years.

Broudy plays piano and guitar and is a vocal coach and songwriter. She has been lead vocalist with the championship a cappella group From the Edge and has also performed with 3 Chicks Who Sing and Chris Coogan and his jazz trio, performing at Westport's Levitt Pavilion and at fundraisers throughout Fairfield County. She currently sings with a group called Acoustic Winter and is the founder of Acoustic Weston.

Burger formed the blues-based rock band Gravel Road after completing her first CD of original songs, "On and On." She currently is lead singer for the guitar-based trio Hindsight.

There is a suggested $15 donation at the door at the Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 203-222-1424. Visit westporthistory.org for more information. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society.

Escape from Bosnia

to be topic of talk

Kenan Trebincevic will talk about his book "The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return," which chronicles his escape from the ethnic-cleansing campaign that swept the former Yugoslavia.

Trebincevic, who co-authored with Susan Shapiro, will be speaking at the Westport Library on Saturday, March 29, at 3 p.m.

At age 11, Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in a quiet Eastern European town in Bosnia. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out when Bosnia-Herzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia, and Trebincevic's friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him. His beloved karate coach showed up at his door with an AK-47 screaming, "You have one hour to leave or be killed!" Trebincevic's only crime: He was Muslim.

In his talk, the author will discuss his return visit to his homeland with his father and brother. He returned to Bosnia after two decades in the U.S., including a time in Westport when his family was sheltered by the Interfaith Council.

The Westport program is free and open to the public, and the book will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, visit www.westportlibrary.org or call 203-291-4800.