Area na­tive in­spired by work at L’Arche

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Scene… Luca Badetti,a for­mer in­tern at The Ad­vo­cate and di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity life at L’Arche in Chicago, has pub­lished a new book ti­tled “I Be­lieve in You,” a com­pi­la­tion of sto­ries about how peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties widen our un­der­stand­ing of our­selves and God. The book, avail­able on Ama­zon, con­tains a for­ward by Jean Vanier, who founded L’Arche at his home in France in 1964. The 160 L’Arche com­mu­ni­ties across the globe pro­vide a place for peo­ple with and with­out in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties to live and work to­gether as peers in a spirit of sim­plic­ity. L’Arche, French for “the ark,” refers to Noah’s Ark. Badetti, whose fam­ily lives in Stam­ford, grad­u­ated from Fran­cis­can Univer­sity of Steubenville, Ohio, with a de­gree in the­ol­ogy and com­mu­ni­ca­tions. He also re­ceived a master’s de­gree in clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy from the In­sti­tute for Psy­cho­log­i­cal Stud­ies in Ar­ling­ton, Va., and a doc­tor­ate in dis­abil­ity stud­ies from the Univer­sity of Illi­nois-Chicago. In ad­di­tion to his work at L’Arche, he teaches at Loy­ola Univer­sity’s In­sti­tute for Pas­toral Stud­ies and at DePaul Univer­sity’s Peace, Jus­tice and Con­flict Stud­ies pro­gram.

Out there… ARTS ALIVE! will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 11, at the Green­wich Arts Coun­cil at 299 Green­wich Ave. The evening of per­for­mance art will fea­ture a Graf­fiti Wall in the Mak­ing by artist Epic Uno; lim­ited edi­tion prints and art by renowned artists Betty Ball, Roy Licht­en­stein and Robert In­di­ana; gourmet hors d’oeu­vres by Douro’s Chef Rui; a raw bar from Blue Rib­bon Fish Co. of New York; cu­rated cock­tails and wine by Vals’ Liquor of Green­wich; mu­sic by DJ April Larken; and a per­for­mance by ma­gi­cian Tom Pesce. For tick­ets and more info, visit­wichartscoun­­sAlive.html.

Clean­ing up … The Green­wich YMCA is of­fer­ing a Hands-On Or­ga­niz­ing Work­shop for adults on 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mon­day, Oct. 15. The free ac­tiv­ity-based work­shop is run by pro­fes­sional or­ga­niz­ers from Fair­field Or­ga­niz­ers Cre­at­ing Ul­ti­mate So­lu­tions. Par­tic­i­pants will get an overview of or­ga­niz­ing, and then ex­perts will guide them in tech­niques for or­ga­niz­ing draw­ers, man­ag­ing pa­per­work and fold­ing — all tan­gi­ble skills to use at home. The morn­ing will be capped off by a raf­fle of or­ga­niz­ing prod­ucts. The event is free to YMCA mem­bers and non­mem­bers. To reg­is­ter, con­tact bcule­ or call 203-869-1630, ext. 306.

Out there … The Old Green­wich River­side Com­mu­nity Cen­ter’s an­nual sail­boat re­gatta to ben­e­fit its schol­ar­ship pro­gram will set sail at Bin­ney Park from 2 to 5 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 14. In honor of its 75th year, the re­gatta will cel­e­brate with food from Gar­den Cater­ing and the Dough Girls, re­fresh­ments and fun for kids. For tick­ets go to www.myo­ or call 203-637-3659.

Le­gal talk … For­mer U.S. at­tor­neys Deirdre Daly, of Finn Dixon & Her­ling in Stam­ford, and Kevin O’Con­nor, chief le­gal of­fi­cer for Point72 As­set Man­age­ment hedge fund in Stam­ford, will dis­cuss the spe­cial coun­sel’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence with the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion dur­ing a fo­rum at 6:30 p.m. Mon­day, Oct. 15, at the Univer­sity of St. Joseph in West Hart­ford. Nikos Valance, di­rec­tor of the pro­gram in Crim­i­nal and Restora­tive Jus­tice at USJ, will mod­er­ate the dis­cus­sion and Q&A. The event is open to the pub­lic. To reg­is­ter, visit http:// giv­­den­tS­peak­erSeries.

Scene … A re­cep­tion from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 will cel­e­brate the open­ing of “Sus­te­nance: Paint­ings & Works on Pa­per,” fea­tur­ing the work of the artist Bas­cove, at Sarah’s Wine Bar on West Lane in Ridgefield. She has work in the col­lec­tions of the Mu­seum of the City of New York, New York Pub­lic Li­brary, the U.S. State Depart­ment, the Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of Fine Arts, MTA Arts for Tran­sit and the Musée de Cher­bourg. Pro­ceeds of the open­ing will ben­e­fit the Keeler Tav­ern Mu­seum. For more info con­tact B@Bas­

The 160 L’Arche com­mu­ni­ties across the globe pro­vide a place for peo­ple with and with­out in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties to live and work to­gether as peers in a spirit of sim­plic­ity.

Con­trib­uted photo

For­mer Stam­ford res­i­dent and au­thor Luca Badetti is the di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity life at L’Arche in Chicago.

with Susie Costaregni


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