INSPIRATIONAL AFTERNOONS

Join us as we learn and discuss a wide array of topics together with seasoned professionals. In addition to our presenters educating us about their fields of expertise, we will have time for questions and answers, light refreshments and conversation. These programs are free and open to all ages, so bring your friends and family to learn and grow together! Let’s learn and grow together!

2017 Programs

MARINE MAMMALS OF LONG ISLAND
With Arthur Kopelman, PhD., President, Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island. 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.

      Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.         Download Flyer
 
SONGWRITING WORKSHOP & CONCERT
With Phil White, Artist, Musician and Grandpa; John Taylor, Singer/Songwriter and Author. 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.

      Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.         Download Flyer
 
POINTERS FOR WRITING ENTHUSIASTS
With Andrea Doering, Executive Editor, Revell Division of Baker Publishing Group. 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.

      Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.         Download Flyer
 
EXPLORING THE OTHER ISLAND
With Author and Naturalist, John Turner. 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.

      Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.         Download Flyer
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