Networking workshop

Join Linda Van Valkenburgh, certified executive career coach and owner of My Executive Career Coach, LLC, as she discusses what to do "When Your Networking is Not Working." Her presentation will include the types of materials needed to prepare for a networking meeting, what to do before the meeting, "the golden rule of networking," information on introductions and what to do after the meeting with sources of information and samples provided to assist attendees in creating their own networking materials.

The meeting will take place at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit www.newcanaancats.org.

Christian author speaks

National Christian speaker and best-selling author Lisa Harper will speak at the Country Club of Darien Thursday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. Women are invited to attend as part of the "Get Inspired" speaker series hosted by Having a Heart for God. Harper will speak for an hour and then take questions from the audience.

Tickets are $40. To register, visit www.HavingAHeartForGod.com.

The Country Club of Darien is at 300 Mansfield Ave. For information, contact Tracy Fox at 203-856-2906.

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Access job skill training

Local companies, along with New Canaan High School, have lent their facilities for photo shoots for learning job skills software being developed for the State of Connecticut by New Canaan-based Access Technologies Group.

In addition, the courses will teach participants skills and strategies needed to get, and keep, a job. The project consists of two curricula, each containing multiple courses, as well as several simulations that will enable the learner to practice their new skills using the computer in a role-playing environment. All of these courses will be available to Connecticut residents through the Connect-Ability website.

Visit www.atghome.com or email lucyb@atghome.com for more information.

Chefs with Heart event slated

The New England Culinary Group is producing Chefs with Heart, an evening of cuisine, music and dancing.

Proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

Chefs with Heart will take place Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the newly revitalized Westport Inn.

The chefs for the evening include Jodi Bernhard of Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar; David Donnelly of Eramosa at The Westport Inn; pastry chef Robyn Eads of Peace Tree Desserts; Pedro Garzon of Manolo; and Patrick Tennaro of Old Post Tavern.

Each chef will prepare one course, in addition to hors d'oeuvres that will be served throughout the cocktail hour.