• HFFC Science Readers: Block Chain and Bitcoin Simplified, Clarified

    Silver Star Diner private banquet room

    Silver Star Restaurant, regular dining area, 6:30 social; 7:00 event. Talking to members, Ruth Light found a lot of enthusiasm about discussing block-chain and bitcoin as a follow-up to Craig Tomarkin’s presentation at general meeting of hffc. We will discuss Scientific American articles that are very clear, and can form the basis of a further discussion. To RSVP and obtain info including articles, email [masked] Subj: “Block chain”.

  • HFFC Books Et Cetera--“The Emperor of All Maladies” by Siddhartha Mukherjee

    For the fourth meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will read “The Emperor of All Maladies : A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. We will meet at a home in Stamford on Sunday, February 10. We will gather at 1 pm and our meeting will end at around 4 pm. The location will be sent to those who are attending. Please RSVP to me at [masked] if you will be attending. We will start with lunch and will then discuss the reading. We will conclude with a brief discussion of upcoming reading and meetings. This book won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. "An elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science." the Pulitzer Prize Committee, quoted at https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/siddhartha-mukherjee Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Manny [masked]

  • Storytelling: Building, Bridging, Connecting, by Storyteller Laconia Therrio

    Silver Star Diner private banquet room

    6 pm social hour; 7 pm program. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Stories remind us more of what we have in common vis-à-vis our differences. From therapy to telling stories, people have opportunity to integrate common wisdom based on folklore and/or personal narrative. Something happens when you hear stories. You’re prompted to recall your own. Therrio has been a professional storyteller since 1993, and is a faculty member of Stamford Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.

  • 11 th Annual Darwin Day Dinner

    Italian Center of Stamford

    11 Years of Awesome Science and FUN! Dear Friends and Science Lovers: Please join us (and invite your friends to join us) for the11th Annual Darwin Day Dinner on Saturday, February 16, 2019! Joined us in prior years? This year's Celebration moves to a new location (attendance keeps growing!): The Italian Center in North Stamford, 1620 Newfield Avenue,Stamford, CT. The cost is the same as last year: only $64 per person ($69 if not received by February 6th). New to Darwin Day? Like (or love) Science? Interested in learning about evolutionary biology from an extraordinary researcher? Enjoy a great party? Then this event is for YOU, and you will LOVE IT! Get the offical invitation and register at www.darwindayct.org Please respond early. ______________________________________________________ “Nocturnal Emissions - Bioluminescence: A Survival Tactic” is the subject of the presentation by Dr. Mark Siddall, a researcher and Curator, Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Siddall's research has focused principally on the biodiversity and evolutionary histories of parasites and related invertebrate organisms. The Annual Darwin Day Dinner event includes cocktail hour, dinner, science quiz (with prizes!), and will be held on Saturday evening, February 16, 2019, starting at 6 pm. AND: Science Quiz winners, besides prizes, will earn great fame, accolades and laurels -- one more reason the Annual Darwin Day Dinner remains THE best science party this side of the Kuiper Belt! As always, the event is open to the public, all are welcome, and everyone will go home smarter. Please forward this invitation to your friends! Finally, each year we invite local high school and junior college students who are passionate about science to join us for this celebration (and to help their tables with the Science Quiz!). Their attendance is paid for by attendees and committee benefactors. Please consider making a donation of any amount to facilitate this effort using the forms referenced above. Better: bring your own high school students! Contact John Levin - [masked] or[masked] with any questions or suggestions, or go to: www.DarwinDayCT.org.

  • Darwin Day Dinner

    The Italian Center of Stamford

    Nocturnal Emissions: Bioluminescence, A Survival Tactic Join us for cocktail hour, dinner, science quiz (with prizes!), and presentation by scientist Mark Siddall at the 11th Annual Darwin DayDinner Saturday, February 16, 2019 For information and reservations go to darwindayct.org

  • HFFC Science Readers

    Silver Star Diner private banquet room

    6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation. What’s the latest in scientific thinking, what does it mean for us, and what do we think of it. Join the HFFC Science Readers group to tackle and be entertained, under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Light. An article is selected for reading in advance of the discussion or presentation. Science Readers meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the Silver Star Restaurant’s banquet room.

  • HFFC Books Et Cetera--“The Essential Rumi” translated by Coleman Barks

    For this meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will read “The Essential Rumi” translated by Coleman Barks. This book is widely available in public libraries. We will meet at a home in Stamford on Sunday, March 3. We will gather at 1 pm and our meeting will end at around 4 pm. The location will be sent to those who are attending. Please RSVP to me at [masked] if you will be attending. We will start with lunch and will then discuss the reading. We will conclude with a brief discussion of upcoming reading and meetings. Rumi is considered to be the most popular and the best selling poet in the United States. (See, for example, "Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the U.S.?" at http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140414-americas-best-selling-poet ). Coleman Barks is an American poet best known for his interpretations/translations of Rumi. While criticized by scholars for interpreting rather than actually translating Rumi, Coleman Barks is largely responsible for the popularity of Rumi among English speakers worldwide. Coleman Barks received an honorary doctorate from Tehran University. Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Manny [masked]

  • HFFC Monthly General Meeting

    Silver Star Diner private banquet room

    6 pm social hour; 7 pm program. Stay tuned.

  • Movie, Potluck, and Discussion: "The Ledge" Directed by Matthew Chapman

    For HFFC Members. Limited seating. More information coming. Private location in Fairfield.

  • HFFC Science Readers

    Silver Star Diner private banquet room

    6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation. What’s the latest in scientific thinking, what does it mean for us, and what do we think of it. Join the HFFC Science Readers group to tackle and be entertained, under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Light. An article is selected for reading in advance of the discussion or presentation. Science Readers meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the Silver Star Restaurant’s banquet room.