Beginning on September 6th, 2017 our classes will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00, with the season ending on Wednesday June 6th, 2018. These programs are free and open to all ages, so bring your friends and family to learn and grow together!

With Arthur Kopelman, PhD., President, Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island
      Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

      Dr. Arthur "Artie" Kopelman is a population ecologist whose research interests, since 1987 include the population dynamics and feeding ecology of fin and humpback whales of New York and New England; and since 1995, the population dynamics of pinnipeds of NY. Through the use of photo-identification, Dr. Kopelman has been examining the site fidelity of harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach Park in Westhampton Beach, NY, since 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Biology in 1982 from The Graduate School and University Center of CUNY. Dr. Kopelman is a Full Professor of Science in the Department of Science and Mathematics, Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of NY.
      In May 2010, Dr. Kopelman was appointed a Distinguished Service Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. Distinguished Professorship is the highest honor conferred upon instructional faculty in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Dr. Kopelman is also president, co-founder and webmaster of the Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island and a director of Save the Great South Bay.
With Phil White, Artist, Musician and Grandpa; John Taylor, Singer/Songwriter and Author
      Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

      Have You Written a Song? We'd Love to Hear It…Bring Your Instruments
Join us for an afternoon with John Taylor on guitar, and Phil White on lead guitar, banjo, and harmonica, as they help us to explore some of the joyful aspects of songwriting. These two musicians have been performing together for over a decade at folk festivals, libraries, and house concerts, and are looking forward to sharing some time discussing the creative process of songwriting with you.
      John Taylor is a songwriter and storyteller whose dominant theme is going home, whether it's a place here on earth, your inner self, or somewhere beyond our earthly dimension. In writing about his own journey, he hopes that you will connect with yours. John's novel, entitled, "The Forgiving Dream" is the first book in The Forgiving Dream Trilogy.
      Phil White is a long term resident of Sea Cliff. Now retired, he has had a long career in advertising and commercial communication. He has also been a SAG/AFTRA actor. A life-long musician and painter, he now concentrates on teaching fretted and traditional instruments and leading musicians' jam sessions. More recently, he displayed seventeen of his paintings in the Golden Gallery at our own Glen Cove Senior Center.
With Andrea Doering, Executive Editor, Revell Division of Baker Publishing Group
      Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

      Whether you write for personal exploration, to record family memories, or want to pursue publishing your work, there are practices and resources that can help you do your best work. During this interactive session we'll discuss how to narrow your scope, get into the writing habit, and dispel some myths about the creative process, as well as go over basic publishing practices. Feel free to bring your questions, curiosity and passion, as Andrea helps us navigate some of the essential pointers for great writing.
      Andrea is senior acquisition editor with Revell Books, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group. She is the former editor-in-chief of Crossings Book Club. Her experiences also include academic publishing and book packaging. She holds an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Maine, and has published several children's books and short stories.
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With Author and Naturalist, John Turner
      Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

      There is a Long Island that is so much more than housing developments, shopping malls, strip commercial centers, and industrial parks. It is an island that while providing homes for 2.8 million Nassau and Suffolk County residents, is also home for hundreds of other animals and plant species. During the lecture we'll introduce and get to know those species. John Turner's book, Exploring the Other Island is an invaluable guide to the natural wonders of Long Island. One of the area's premier naturalists, Turner takes us on a breathtaking tour of the natural wonders that surround us: birds, plants, animals, and more. If you spend any time outdoors, you won't want to be without it.
      "I've long considered John Turner the expert of experts, the all-around most experienced, most knowledgeable, and most devoted person I know with regard to scientifically appreciating, lucidly explaining, and effectively helping protect this fish-shaped island.… There is no more companionable guide, no more insightful teacher.… And because many of the species he describes live elsewhere too, this book is useful over a wide swath of the coastal northeast".
-- Carl Safina, author and president, Blue Ocean Institute.
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With Bette Neuman, Nassau County Museum of Art Docent
      Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

      Impressionism is a style of painting that began in France in the late 1800's when artists aimed to paint in a new, more free approach and less realistic depiction of the people and places surrounding them. Much is known about the beautiful works of French Impressionist artists Monet, Pissarro and Renoir and their focus on qualities of light and atmosphere. This talk will bring attention to the tremendous contributions of the women who worked in this style including Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, and Eva Gonzalès.
      Bette Neuman, a highly experienced Museum Docent at the Nassau County Museum of Art for over 13 years, was born and raised on Long Island and is a graduate of Barnard College. Join Bette as she helps us to explore the works of some exceptional female Impressionist artists.
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With Jennifer Scott Miceli, Ph.D., Director of Music Education and Vocal Jazz, and Department Chair at LIU Post
      Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

      This workshop will center on the power of music, and in particular singing, to heal the human soul. Participants will hear documented accounts of singing as a catharsis for the human condition, and learn more about the philanthropic mission of Belle Voci Intergenerational Women's Choir. Join Dr. Miceli as she helps us to engage in singing and easy movement designed to enliven the spirit and uplift the soul. Come and explore ways to honor your musical gifts, and see how your voice can make a difference. Every voice counts, especially yours!
      Dr. Miceli is the founding director of Belle Voci Intergenerational Women's Choir. This Long Island-based philathropic treble ensemble includes lauded vocal music teachers and their students who sing to support cancer prevention and cure. Miceli's A udiation Sequence for Choral Ensembles featuring Belle Voci is included on the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) sponsored music teaching and learning DVD entitled Music V iews. A flutist and a singer, she has performed in England, France, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and The Czech Republic.
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With Lorraine Lupinskie, Social Studies Director, Half Hollow Hills School District
      Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

      Historians use the word "boom" to describe a lot of things about the 1950s: the booming economy, the booming suburbs and most of all the so-called "baby boom". Our discussion of the 1950s will focus on pop culture. We will look at the rising popularity of television and the impact of shows like I Love Lucy and discuss the emergence of the "teenager" and the birth of rock and roll. We will also look at advertisements from the decade as we discuss the rise of the car culture and the emergence of a new consumerism.
      In addition to being the Director of the Half Hollow Hills School District's Social Studies Department, Lorraine is the co-author of Barron's AP History Flashcards, a major learning tool for history students. Lorraine's incredible enthusiasm for history throughout the ages is immediately apparent in her engaging teaching style.
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LONG ISLAND CUISINE: Featuring Local and Sustainable Seafood
With Chef Andrew Greene, CCC (Certified Chef de Cuisine), American Culinary Federation - Long Island Chapter, Executive Chef and Vice President of the ACFLI
      Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

      Long Islanders have access to tremendous aquaculture, and our taste buds enjoy fresh, seasonal, and lightly seasoned flavors. The key with any dish though, like a beverage, is balance. Think of a dish with too much spice, salt, lemon, or monotone colors, and crunchy textures … the same as a drink with too much alcohol, ice, bitterness, or sweetness. A good chef attempts to achieve this balance to promote a heightened experience for the diner. This concept will be explored in great depth.
      The American Culinary Federation is a profession of chefs and cooks founded in 1929 and has grown to include more than 200 chapters in four regions across the United States.
      The American Culinary Federation, Long Island Chapter, participates in culinary competitions, charity fundraisers, and public demonstrations. Their chefs are on the cutting edge of the culinary profession on Long Island.
      Bring your appetite and be prepared to sample some amazing taste sensations!
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A Live Performance by Dr. Paloma Ferrante
      Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

      Although the cello has gained favor as a solo instrument in classical music today, this has not always been the case. Few pieces were composed for solo unaccompanied cello until the early 20th century when Pablo Casals changed its image. He astounded audiences with his performances of the Bach 'Six Suites for Solo Cello' forcing the instrument to center stage. His performances served as the catalyst that created a vast outpouring of 20th century solo unaccompanied works. This included the 'Suite for Solo Cello' (1926) composed by his student Gaspar Cassado.
      In addition to performing, Paloma loves teaching the cello and chamber music and is a former faculty member of Long Island Conservatory, Great Neck Conservatory, the Herald School and Friends Academy on Long Island.
      In this session we will discuss the history of the cello and Pablo Casals' performances of the Bach 'Six Suites for Solo Cello' and Gaspar Cassado's 'Suite for Solo Cello' performed live by Paloma Ferrante.
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With Theara Ward, Dancer, Choreographer, Educator, Writer, and Program Associate, Dancing Through Barriers Dance Theatre of Harlem, Everett Center for the Arts
      Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

      Creativity abounds in the world of dance and theatre. We will meet Dance Theatre of Harlem and discuss its unique place in history. We will then explore interactive movement suited for any level of movement ability and do a warm-up where movement vocabulary based on personal experience will be introduced.
      Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading institution with global acclaim, encompassing a performing Ensemble, a leading arts education center, and Dancing Through Barriers®, a national and international education and community outreach program. Each component of Dance Theatre of Harlem carries a solid commitment towards enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts.
      Theara has taught at Belhaven College, CADD (Collegium for African Diaspora Dance) and "A Time To Dance: Black Theology Through the Arts." Duke University. She teaches in arts education programs in the New York metropolitan area with, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
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