Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

Asking for Help is a Strength, Not a Weakness

We all go through challenges — some you can see, most you can’t, says Michele L. Sullivan. In a talk about perspective, Sullivan shares stories full of wit and wisdom and reminds us that we’re all part of each other’s support systems. Click here to listen.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Health and Recreation

Delicious Butternut Squash Soup

Soups are in order as we head into the cooler weather. Here is a recipe for a yummy butternut squash soup that will warm you up nicely. Click here to get started.

Quick and Easy Exercises to Help Prevent Falls

As we age, our balance isn’t always what it used to be, and falls happen. Here are some simple exercises that will help maintain your balance and prevent falls. Click here to get started.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Painting of Ginevra de’ Benci
at the National Gallery of Art

Did you know that the National Gallery of Art has in its collection one of Leonard da Vinci paintings of Ginevra de’Benci? Check out this short video that explains who she was and how the National Gallery acquired this masterpiece. Click here.

Upcoming Alexandria Library Events

Using Genealogical Research to Write Local History, Tuesday, November 10 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Local author and genealogist Char McCargo Bah will discuss how she used genealogical research and creative writing to write her two books and the articles for her column, “The Other Alexandria.” Click here to learn more and to register for this zoom event.

Virtual Carefull Knitting – Thursday, November 12 – 4:00 – 5:00pm

Join us online for Barrett’s knitting and crochet group! They meet online each Thursday at 4 p.m. to chat, knit and crochet while they continue to work on meaningful projects. Click here to learn more and register.

We Were Always Free – The Madden Family, Freeborn in Virginia – Thursday, November 12 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

This program will discuss the definition of “freeborn”. We will look at the census records that identify the freeborn, their occupations and the resulting statistics. Ryan Bachman’s book, African-American Property-Ownership in Downtown Harrisonburg 1850-1860 will be discussed. The Madden Family, a freeborn family in Virginia, were never enslaved. Click here to register.


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