Area native inspired by his work at L’Arche
Scene… Luca Badetti, a former intern at The Advocate and director of community life at L’Arche in Chicago, has published a new book titled “I Believe in You,” a compilation of stories about how people with disabilities widen our understanding of ourselves and God. The book, available on Amazon, contains a forward by Jean Vanier, who founded L’Arche at his home in France in 1964. The 160 L’Arche communities across the globe provide a place for people with and without intellectual disabilities to live and work together as peers in a spirit of simplicity. L’Arche, French for “the ark,” refers to Noah’s Ark. Badetti, whose family lives in Stamford, graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, with a degree in theology and communications. He also received a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Institute for Psychological Studies in Arlington, Va., and a doctorate in disability studies from the University of Illinois-Chicago. In addition to his work at L’Arche, he teaches at Loyola University’s Institute for Pastoral Studies and at DePaul University’s Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies program.
Out there… ARTS ALIVE! will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Greenwich Arts Council at 299 Greenwich Ave. The evening of performance art will feature a Graffiti Wall in the Making by artist Epic Uno; limited edition prints and art by renowned artists Betty Ball, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana; gourmet hors d’oeuvres by Douro’s Chef Rui; a raw bar from Blue Ribbon Fish Co. of New York; curated cocktails and wine by Vals’ Liquor of Greenwich; music by DJ April Larken; and a performance by magician Tom Pesce. For tickets and more info, visit www.greenwichartscouncil.org/Arts-Alive.html.
Cleaning up … The Greenwich YMCA is offering a Hands-On Organizing Workshop for adults on 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15. The free activity-based workshop is run by professional organizers from Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions. Participants will get an overview of organizing, and then experts will guide them in techniques for organizing drawers, managing paperwork and folding — all tangible skills to use at home. The morning will be capped off by a raffle of organizing products. The event is free to YMCA members and nonmembers. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-869-1630, ext. 306.
Out there … The Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center’s annual sailboat regatta to benefit its scholarship program will set sail at Binney Park from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. In honor of its 75th year, the regatta will celebrate with food from Garden Catering and the Dough Girls, refreshments and fun for kids. For tickets go to www.myogrcc.org or call 203-637-3659.
Legal talk … Former U.S. attorneys Deirdre Daly of Finn Dixon & Herling in Stamford and Kevin O’Connor, chief legal officer for Point72 Asset Management hedge fund in Stamford, will discuss the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election during a forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. Nikos Valance, director of the program in Criminal and Restorative Justice at USJ, will moderate the discussion and Q&A. The event is open to the public. To register, visit http://giving.usj.edu/StudentSpeakerSeries.
Scene … A reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 will celebrate the opening of “Sustenance: Paintings & Works on Paper,” featuring the work of the artist Bascove, at Sarah’s Wine Bar on West Lane in Ridgefield. She has work in the collections of the Museum of the City of New York, New York Public Library, the U.S. State Department, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, MTA Arts for Transit and the Musée de Cherbourg. Proceeds of the opening will benefit the Keeler Tavern Museum. For more info contact B@Bascove.com.
And that’s all for now.
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