New Canaan author Ken Oxman will discus his novel, "Reluctant Assassin," on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Lapham Center, 663 South Ave.

Oxman, an adventurer, broadcaster and writer, has parlayed some of his own experiences -- including hang gliding and narrow escapes -- into his thriller, which tells the story of a U.S. Navy lieutenant, whose premier talent just happens to be expertly killing targets at close range.

Oxman served as a cadet officer in the British Merchant Navy, and was an English and drama teacher, a stage actor and director. He directed a series of Noel Coward plays for NPR, and wrote and presented commentaries for the BBC and for Connecticut Public Radio/NPR. He has also worked as a public speaking coach and sailing instructor.

The program is free, but reservations are requested at 203-594-3620.

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April Fool Bingo will be offered Wednesday at 1 p.m. Prizes will be a combination of purchased items and some donated holiday gifts that were not beloved by their recipients. A pizza, salad and dessert lunch will be served before bingo at noon at a cost of $5. Reservations for bingo and/or pizza are necessary by Friday.

A new Mindfulness course, taught by Lapham yoga teacher Fran LaValley, will begin Thursday at 10 a.m. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that helps reduce stress and increase focus and clarity with the use of easy-to-learn breathing techniques. The course will run for six weeks and costs $60. Call 203-594-3620 for more information.