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Multi-generational talent

This month’s art exhibition at Wilton Library celebrates “Generations” when Ed MacEwen, his daughter Bonnie MacEwen Sailer and his granddaughter Jesse Sailer have an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Family MacEwen combines its talents for a robust exhibition of paintings and photography. Ed and Bonnie have collaborated six times to create bright, eye-popping murals throughout the library with bountiful flowers and fauna and all manner of living creatures. They also have used their color graphics to brighten up the Book Cellar where the library’s very successful book sales take place. Jesse has exhibited her talents in the Wilton Arts Council Focus ’11 photography exhibits and even captured first and second prize in the youth division. The exhibition runs through Tuesday, Oct. 30 with a portion of the proceeds from sales benefiting the library. The reception is open to the public.

Driving safely

AARP offers its Driver Safety Program on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 to 3. This course is designed for the driver over age 50 and it covers the normal changes that happen to people as they age — vision, reaction time and hearing loss. There are no driving or written tests; this is classroom only. There will be a one-hour break in which participants may run errands or take lunch. Registration is required. The fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, payable in cash or check the morning of class. Please note that this class will be offered again on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The American West explored

Mark Schenker, Yale College Dean of Academic Affairs, finishes his three-part lecture Visions and Versions of America: Three Views from Fiction on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 5:30, with a discussion of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. There is no charge thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. Registration is recommended.

Wilton Reads book group

Joanna Ecke leads a morning discussion of Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 10:30 to noon. The book is the community-wide Wilton Reads selection that tells an engaging story of Japanese “picture brides” coming to America and their assimilation into the culture. Ms. Otsuka’s will visit the library on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. to discuss her novel. She also will be awarded the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award. Registration is recommended for the book group and the author visit.

Wellness programs

On Tuesday, Oct. 9 the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group gets together from 6 to 8 p.m. Also on Tuesday, Hands Only CPR-2 Steps to Save a Life begins at 7 p.m. The one-hour instruction is for able-bodied people, ages 18 and older who live or work in Wilton. Registration is at 7 with class beginning promptly at 7:30.

Wilton Library Readers meet

This month’s book selection for Wilton Library Readers is The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht. The group gets together on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from noon to 1:30 with the discussion led by Susan Boyar. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches as the library provides beverages. Registration is suggested.

Bakery goodness discussed

John Barricelli, owner and chef of the SoNo Baking Company & Cafes returns to the library on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss his latest cookbook, The Seasonal Baker. The book has 135 delectable recipes for everyday baking. A Q&A will follow the talk, along with books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books of New Canaan. Registration is recommended.

Tackling email boxes

Robin Roscillo of Back Office Solutions provides expert advice in a Business Smarts Series, Control Your Email Inbox So It Doesn’t Control You, on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8 to 10 a.m. The program is sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the library. Topics include set up and managing inbox emails, instantly capturing contacts, creating sub-directories and more. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The Business Smarts Series fee is $10 per session, payable at the door by cash or check. The next program is Oct. 16 SEO and Social Media — A Love Affair, Joel (Yoav) Burger. Advance registration is recommended.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs and ext. 217 for children’s activities.