Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

Is Technology our Savior or our Slayer?

When it comes to technology, we’re often presented with two contrasting visions of the future: one where technology fulfills all our desires, and another where it leads to chaos and conflict. Sociologist Ruha Benjamin is here with a more radical vision of the future — one where humanity isn’t saved or slayed by technology, but rather uses it to uplift ordinary people and make things like health care and housing for all a reality.
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Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe | Melissa Clark | NYT Cooking

Pie Queen Melissa Clark is showing us how to make her best-ever pumpkin pie. And while yes, it’s technically called pumpkin pie, in her recipe Melissa uses roasted butternut squash for an added caramelized sweetness.
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Your Guide to Supportive Breathing

Yes, there’s a safer way to pick up a box—all you need to do is breathe a little differently.
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History of Veterans Day

A short video giving a history of Veterans Day honoring those who fought for America.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

Yarn Storm – Keep someone warm this winter – Monday, November 13: All Day –  Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library

We are collecting handmade or store bought scarves, hats and mittens. Drop them off handmade or store bought at a box near the reference center.

Puzzle Swap – Bring a puzzle, Take a Puzzle – Wednesday, November 15 4:00pm – 7:00pm – Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library

Hey puzzle fans. Looking for a new challenge? Come to our puzzle swap and trade in your old puzzles for new ones. The Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library is introducing a new puzzle swap program. Puzzles will be located on tables outside the Large Meeting Room. Please make sure that your puzzle has all its pieces. Place all the pieces in a resealable bag or envelope inside the puzzle box. After our kick-off event, our puzzle swap will become an ongoing program. Puzzles will be kept on shelves near the reference collection. Just ask at the info desk if you need help locating them.
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SSA’s “Senior Living in Alexandria” – Discover Fun Things to See and Do in Alexandria – Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 am at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street

Senior Services of Alexandria’s November 15th event “Discover Fun Things to See and Do in Alexandria” features speakers from the Office of Historic Alexandria and its Oral History Center,; Alexandria Library; the city’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities; Tall Shop Providence and Encore Learning talking about the fun things to do and see in our very own city! The event is free,
but please register by calling 703-836-4414, ext. 110 or send an email to

Beaujolais & Beyond – November 16, 2023 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St. – Old Town

Join us for an evening of indulgence as we tour the diverse and delicious regions of France. The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee has curated a special food and wine tasting experience that will delight your taste buds and transport you to the heart of France. To guide us through the wine tasting, we have enlisted the knowledge of second-generation wine expert Marc Lotterie of Elite Wines, who will take us on a journey through French wine country and offer special tips for selecting a great value wine.
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