Andree Brooks Lecture Series on Jewish History: “Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Lives and Mission of Maimonides and Spinoza.” The talk will look at fact vs. mythology: the chaos and upheavals during Maimonides’ early life, events that shaped his works in Jewish thought and medicine, his attitude toward women, a sampling of his remedies, and the controversies that erupted over his ideas after his death. Brooks is a journalist, author and lecturer. She was a contributing columnist and news writer for the New York Times for 18 years, and is an associate fellow at Yale University and the founder and first president of the Woman’s Campaign School at Yale. Wednesday from 10:30 am. to noon. Free.

Estate-planning lecture: “How to Title Your Assets.” Neil Phillips, attorney with Lennon, Murphy & Phillips, and Paul Betts, trust officer with Deutsche Bank will lead a discussion on the difference between probate and non-probate assets, the importance of beneficiary designations and transfer on death bank accounts. Thursdayfrom 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Registration required.

Diane Farrell to speak. Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell will discuss her career in Washington, D.C., and her position with the U.S. Department of Commerce working on international trade in Asia on Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m. Farrell is the principal adviser to the assistant secretary for global markets on matters concerning international economics, trade, investment, and commercial policy programs and agreements with respect to Asia. She also oversees planning and execution of commerce commercial diplomacy and export promotion strategies at U.S. missions in the Asian region. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

Backyard birds lecture. The Connecticut Audubon Society will lead a discussion on how to identify state birds by sight and sound. Attendees will learn what birds are at the feeder at this time of year, their feeding habits, their characteristics and ways to attract them to a feeder, what bird feeder and seed to use, and where to place them. Society staff is bringing live birds. Oct. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. Free.

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is at 21 Imperial Ave. For information or to register for activities, call 203-341-5099 or visit or on Facebook.