Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

Why are we so bad at reporting good news?

Why is good news so rare? In a special broadcast from the TED stage, journalist Angus Hervey sheds light on some of the incredible progress humanity has made across environmental protection, public health and more in the last year, making the case that if we want to change the story of humanity this century, we have to start changing the stories we tell ourselves.
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Ina’s Garten’s Chicken Salad

Ina elevates her chicken salad so it’s the perfect party food!
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Are You Flexible Enough?

This simple exercise will boost your flexibility and mobility.
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Inside the Vaults at the National Archives
the US Constitution

In this Inside the Vaults video short, Chief of Reference at the National Archives Trevor Plante literally takes viewers inside the Archives vaults to see some of his favorite rarely-displayed documents including the US Constitution.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

Senior Olympics – September 9 -24, Various Locations

The 2023 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) will be the largest in its over 40-year history! A wide variety of events will be held at dozens of locations across Northern Virginia over 16 days. There were 831 participants in last year’s NVSO.
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Friends of Duncan Film Club – The Big Lebowski – Saturday, July 15- 2:00pm – 4:00pm – James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library – Beth Patridge Meeting Room

A special viewing of film releases.
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Library of Congress Touch Tour – Monday, July 17, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – 
Library of Congress – 101 Independence Avenue SE – Washington, DC

The Society for the Prevention of Blindness is offering a touch history accessible docent-led tour that brings building details to life for visitors through their sense of touch. The free tour offers opportunities to touch objects that describe the architecture of the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. It brings alive verbally what many think of as the most beautiful building in DC. Space is limited.
Email Sean Curry at or call (202) 234-1010, ext. 233 to register.

Carefull Knitting – Knit and Crochet for Good – Thursday, July 20: 3:00pm – 4:00pm –  Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library – Second Floor

Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group making items to donate to those in need.
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