Holiday Closures

The Myerberg (offices and live virtual classes) will be closed Monday at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, September 21 through Wednesday, September 22. On Demand classes are still available in our Virtual Center.

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Eating the Rainbow

Healthy food choices are made simple when we eat the colors of the rainbow. Learn the components of what gives foods their color and how they correspond with the physical and psychological systems of the body to nourish and nurture health and vitality. Jana Long, E-RYT, is the director of Power of One Yoga Center in Baltimore, MD. She is a certified yoga teacher and therapist, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant, meditation facilitator and spiritual life coach. Free and open to the community.

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Thursday, September 23
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Building Blocks of Art with Mary Mayhew
This art class is for new students to learn the basics of drawing, painting, color theory and more.
Join Mary on Monday afternoons and learn some incredible techniques from this experienced artist.
See supply list https://www.myerberg.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Supply-List-for-Drawing.pdf This is a Limited Enrollment Program, open to the first 25 Gold Subscribers who call 410-358-6856 to register.
Mondays
NEW Session starts on January 4!
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Memoir Writing with Barbara Bass
Memoir writing is an important activity for any adult. It’s the act of reconstructing part of your life in words and inviting a reader to understand your perspective. This workshop will help participants retrieve their memories as they write about their lives, recording them for posterity, while at the same time preserving family history. During each session, participants will be encouraged to write, while guided by a skilled writer/teacher. Participants will be provided with writing prompts that will help to spark memories. Over the course of the session, participants will form a community of writers, sharing their stories with the other writers in the class. Barbara Bass is a Ph.D., Professor of English Emerita from Towson University. This is an 8-week session with Limited Enrollment for Gold Subscribers.
Call 410-358-6856 to register.
New Session starts January 5, 2021 (New participants welcome any time!)
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cooking the Globe with Chef Alba Johnson
Cook alongside this incredible chef as she walks us through delicious dishes. We will provide the recipe and ingredient list ahead of time if you’d like to cook along. Each session is a separate class, and both are included with Gold subscriptions. Call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register. All recipes can be found here: http://www.myerberg.org/cooking

Recipes from Beautiful Portofino
Portofino is a humble fishing village in Liguria, Italy. There is a fascination with its beautiful scenery and its romantic atmosphere. Portofino cuisine makes the most of its ingredients provided by its land and sea, and its use of very fragrant herbs that this small, fertile region offers in abundance. Let’s create some of its most popular dishes such as Focaccia Con Le Cipolle, Baccalà (cod) Agrodolce al Portofino, and Spaghetti allo Scarpariello.
Tuesday, October 19
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New Sides for the Holidays
The holidays are a time for special meals with family and friends. Sometimes just changing the side dishes can transform a meal from good to great!  In this class, we will take vegetables and create easy and delicious side dishes that can be served for the holidays, special occasions, or just because you like to. Join us in making Baked Tomatoes with Ricotta, Caramelized Belgium Endive, Purée of Potatoes 3 ways, and Spinach and Crumbled Amaretti.
Tuesday, November 16
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Easy Entertaining for the Holidays
Small dishes are recognized worldwide as appetizers, tapas, antipasto, hors d’oeuvres, meze, or aperitifs. These small plates of delightful foods are meant to be shared with friends and family during the holidays. Relish the tradition of entertaining and cooking delicious small dishes. Menu: Focaccia with Rosemary and Grapes, Tartine Al Salmone con Crema Yogurt Greco, Patatine Ripieni con Spinaci e Formaggio, and a bonus Festive dessert, Holiday Zucotto Cake.
Tuesday, December 14
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Simple Tuscan Winter Soup
Soups are exceptionally satisfying in cold weather months and ideal to prepare ahead. Tuscany is known for flavorful, decadent, and simple soups that can be served as a main course. In this class, Chef Alba will prepare scrumptious Tuscan soups that will be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. Menu: Zuppa di Cannellini e Pastina, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, and Leek and Potato Soup.
Tuesday, January 18
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Traditional Dishes of Valle d’ Aosta, Italy
Fontina Cheese is an Italian cheese produced in Valle d’Aosta, Italy, surrounded by the Alps. It is a medium hard cheese made from cow’s milk. It is a cheese that can be eaten on its own, or paired with melons, apricots, cherries, apples, or pears. It is also a cheese that melts easily with a mild delicate flavor and light nuttiness. Join Chef Alba as we prepare Focaccia Con Patate Mozzarella e Fontina, Pollo Agrodolce Valdostana, and Insalata Belga con Noci Uvetta e Fontina.
Wednesday, February 16
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Recipes from Puglia, Italy
Uncover the flavors of the charismatic Puglia, a region of Italy on the Adriatic Sea. Puglia is a land rich in history and rich in vegetables, which are widely used in local recipes, even to dress many pasta dishes. Enjoy making Pugliese recipes with Chef Alba. Menu: The symbol of Puglia Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli Raab with Pecorino Cheese, Arugula and Ricotta Frittana,  Fagiolini alla Pugliese, and for dessert Tartufi al Cioccolato e Marscarpone.
Wednesday, March 16
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Current Events with Journalist John Rydell
John Rydell is a Public Affairs/Public Information Specialist with strong journalism background who coordinated media coverage for State of Maryland during savings & loan crisis, has extensive network of contacts in media, public and private sector and is the winner of more than 25 awards for journalistic excellence. Join us each week for an exciting discussion on current events. Sign-up by going on to the Virtual Center or email jennifer@myerberg.org. This is included in ALL subscriptions!
Mondays, starting February 1
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Essentials of Watercolor with Mary Beth Dickman
This is a 6-week course designed to allow students experience with watercolor materials and techniques with a concentration on color mixing, color theory, textures, and layering to achieve realism qualities. Students will work in a variety of compositions and of course, have a lot of fun creating and learning. This course is for all students with little to no experience to advanced experience with the media. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, August 17 through October 12 (no class 9/7, 9/21, 9/28)
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Beginner Oil Painting with Mary Beth Dickman
If you’re wanting to try oil painting but are feeling intimidated by it, now is your chance to learn how to use this media!  This course is geared for beginners but all levels are welcome. We will be focusing on the different techniques of how to mix colors, layering, thinning out the paint with various mediums and working Fat Over Lean. In this course you will gain experience with the basics of oil painting. Supplies: See file below. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, August 17 through October 12 (no class 9/7, 9/21, 9/28)
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Exploration of Pastel with Mary Beth Dickman
This is a 6-week course designed to allow students experience with chalk pastels and techniques with a concentration on mark making, texture, and color to create artworks they are proud of. Through this course, we will create nature drawings, animal artworks, and portraits. We will be exploring realism and abstraction. This course is for all abilities whether you have little to no experience to advanced experience with the media. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Wednesdays, August 18 through October 20 (no class 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29)
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fundamentals of Drawing with Mary Beth Dickman
In this 6-week course, students will learn the basics of proportions, composition and tonal gradation (shading) through the use of graphite (pencil) and charcoal. This is a messy medium that can be very fun and enjoyable!  Students will learn the use of materials through drawing from still life objects and from portraits. This course is for all abilities, no experience necessary. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays, August 19 through September 30 (no class 9/16)
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Myerberg Movie Reviews
Watch the selected movie on Netflix over the weekend, then join us for an interesting and lively conversation about the movie on Monday morning. Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This is FREE and open to all members and subscribers. Sign up through the virtual center or call 410-358-6856 to register.

September 20 – Best of Enemies The true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever. Watch the movie on Netflix and join us for a lively conversation. FREE and open to all members and subscribers. Register through Virtual Center.

Eat the Rainbow with Jana Long
Healthy food choices are made simple when we eat the colors of the rainbow. Learn the components of what gives foods their color and how they correspond with the physical and psychological systems of the body to nourish and nurture health and vitality. Jana Long, E-RYT, is the director of Power of One Yoga Center in Baltimore, MD. She is a certified yoga teacher and therapist, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant, meditation facilitator and spiritual life coach. This class is FREE and open to all members and subscribers. Call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursday, September 23
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wildlife of Maryland with Rabbi Harry Karp
Maryland has two shores (well maybe three) and we have a wonderful mix of wildlife. In this course, we’ll learn about those with whom we share the state: foxes, bats, flying squirrels, bears, otters, eagles, vultures, herons, beavers and more. What do they eat? Who do they eat? How many kids do they have? We’ll talk about what happened to both the wolves and the “polecats.” Then we’ll address those coyotes, WHO ARE REALLY HERE! Don’t worry about them too much though. This course will give us a better appreciation of nature and Maryland as well. Important!! No petting the possums nor the raccoons. PLEASE! Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, August 31, September 14, October 5 & 12
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Broadway Fridays with Ellen Katz: Broadway Jazz: Flappers, Money and Booze, 1920-1933
Broadway explodes during Prohibition and Prosperity. Meet the greats of this Decadent Age:
Al Jolson, Fred and Adele Astaire, George and Ira Gershwin, Eubie Blake, The Marx Brothers, lyricist Dorothy Fields (the only woman to break through). Join Ellen Katz, professional Edutainer, as she amazes us with her knowledge of Broadway. Ellen has been educating and entertaining adults for over 20 years. Don’t miss the fun! Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Fridays, September 3 through October 22
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Art of Marc Chagall with Dr. Joseph Cassar
This course focuses on the art of Marc Chagall (1887-1985) who is one of the most important painters and ceramist artists who also produced sculpture, mosaics, tapestries and prints. Learn about his humble Jewish beginnings in Vitebsk (present day Belarus), his years in Paris, his years in New York during World War II, and his return to France settling in Saint Paul De Vence. His art defies definition. Although he formed part of the Surrealist movement, his work is more of a fairytale or a dream. The course analyzes hundreds of his works including his famous stained-glass windows all over the world.  The presentation is rich in colored images that invite questions and discussion.

Joseph Paul Cassar is an artist, art historian, curator and educator. He is Professor of Art at the University of Maryland Global Campus with the Department of Art and Graphic Communications. He is currently engaged in designing online art courses for the university as well as for the New York Times Knowledge Network. He lectures at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Notre Dame University of Maryland, at the Hirshhorn Museum, Walters Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art among others. He exhibits his work regularly in Malta and the Baltimore-Washington area. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, October 4 through November 22
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade with Dr. Richard Bell, University of Maryland
From a trickle in the early 15th century to a flood four hundred years later, the transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in human history. In all, more than 12 million African men, women, and children were kidnapped, enslaved and made to board European ships destined for the New World. This new international slave trade was demand-driven and was buoyed by the creation of vast new cash crop economies in the Americas. But until the end of the 16th Century, England had no New World colonies of its own and languished on the sidelines of this booming transatlantic economy. That all changed in the 1560s when an Englishman named John Hawkins led three slaving voyages to the west coast of Africa. Two hundred years later, the British controlled most of the transatlantic slave trade, and had long since perfected this evil enterprise, transporting ever larger numbers of once free Africans to new lives and labors on American plantations. This three-part course explores the rise of the transatlantic slave trade—but from an unfamiliar perspective. After a stage-setting first lecture examining Hawkins’ rollercoaster career and the rise of the Royal African Company in the decades after his death, lectures two and three turn this history upside down, focusing in upon the varieties of resistance to the transatlantic slave trade mounted by Africans in Africa (lecture two) and on the great ocean-going slave ships that served as floating prisons (lecture three).

Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland and the author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home, which was shortlisted for the 2020 George Washington Prize and the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Included with Gold subscriptions, call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, October 5 through October 19
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

“The Time is Out of Joint”: William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” with Gail Lipsitz
Prince Hamlet is best known for his enigmatic words, “To be, or not to be? That is the question.” However, his pronouncement that “The time is out of joint” still rings true today and opens another door to understanding the play. Often considered Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, Hamlet is also a fast-paced drama with robust language, piercing ideas, and dark humor. The play features some of Shakespeare’s most memorable male and female characters, as well as appearances by a ghost, a theatre troupe, and a skull. As Hamlet seeks to avenge the murder of his father, King of Denmark, the play explores relationships between sons and fathers, living up to one’s own and others’ expectations, honesty and guile, indecision and action, madness and sanity, mortality, power, and more!

We’ll read and discuss the play together, using the annotated Barnes and Noble Shakespeare edition. The instructor will provide copies of the play at the discounted price of $4.77. Contact gadlips@msn.com after August 17 to arrange to get your copy. If a live local performance of “Hamlet” is not offered by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, a filmed performance will be made available after we read the play. Virtually included with GOLD subscription, to register email jennifer@myerberg.org or call 410-358-6856.
Wednesdays, October 6 through November 3
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Great Old-time Comedians with Rabbi Harry Karp
Their Jokes, Routines, and Some Life. Aaahhh for the good ol’ days of a real good laugh! A laugh which kept going and bent you over. In this course it’s time to revisit those hilarious artists who could do all of that for us. The lineup – Myron Cohen, W.C. Fields, Allan King, Fred Alan, Bea Arthur and Elaine May- Mike Nichols. A diverse group and not all of the same generation. Their common denominator was their ability to make us happy for a while. They still can do that if you let them. Almost all of them have contributed iconic phrases or lessons which are still in use. C’mon now, we’ve all quoted W.C Fields saying “Ahh yesss,” or “Get away from me kid, you bother me!.” If you didn’t say it, then you thought it. Haven’t you ever given anybody that stare down look, patented by Bea Arthur as Maude? She was the only person who could tame Archie Bunker. So join us for a guaranteed great time. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, October 19 through November 9
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Crash Course in Getting Organized for the Holiday Season with Cindy Bernstein
Avoid last minute stuffing of papers and assorted ’stuff’ in drawers, closets and empty bedrooms by joining us on Zoom this Fall for more decluttering and organizing fun with Cindy Bernstein. Enjoy a more organized and relaxing holiday season by having your home in order before the doorbell rings. All are welcome!
Included with Gold subscriptions, call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays, October 21 through November 11
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Broadway Fridays with Ellen Katz: Rodgers and Hart: Songs of the Heart
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart buoyed the American spirit during difficult times.  See and hear their classy, witty and nostalgic songs that remain fresh to this day. Join Ellen Katz, professional Edutainer, as she amazes us with her knowledge of Broadway. Ellen has been educating and entertaining adults for over 20 years. Don’t miss the fun! Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Fridays, October 29 through November 19
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Dynamic Acrylics with Brett Greiman
This class will introduce beginners as well as experienced acrylic artists to an understanding and creative utilization of the unique characteristics of acrylic paints. Also valuable and enjoyable for anyone who’s tried acrylics but seeks a more in-depth knowledge of the medium. Students will learn how this water based medium is different from other mediums and its advantages over those other mediums. Knowledge will be shared on making informed buying decisions with acrylics and brushes. Brett will introduce students to his “modern grisaille” technique and the importance of value contrasts in your work. Also, techniques of layering as well as dry brush, wash, and glazing techniques. Learn what brushes work best. We will explore using gel mediums for special effects. Learn about the power of color and how to use various color contrasts to make paintings that grab attention! Information on how to preserve your work will also be covered. A continued and fun experience for those who’ve joined Brett before as well as first timers!

We will explore four subject matters over a period of FIVE weeks each. Landscapes, Still Life, Wildlife, and Flowers will be our subject matter. You can use your own references but Brett will always make available to his students the reference photo he’ll be working from in class and if you choose to use it, a line drawing of the subject you can transfer to your canvas. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, November 1 through March 21 (no class 12/27)
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Great Jewish Legal Decisions of the Holocaust & Beyond with Rabbi Harry Karp
Part of the greatness of the Jewish people is their ability to cling to tradition under the most trying of times. It’s hard to fathom, but amidst the horrors of the Holocaust there were many Jews who continued to consult their rabbis. Questions of how to be Jewish (or not) arose, which were far from the main stream. Some of the queries had surfaced before during earlier persecutions. The Jewish people were no strangers to that. Yet, the “sophisticated” brutality of the Holocaust brought new questions which were never imagined. And responses we have many. Often working with few or no Jewish books, our leaders prayed for guidance and strained to supply practical answers. Then after finding the answer, the rabbis needed to weigh out the possible repercussions from the unpredictable Nazis and their cohorts.
Here is a sample:
1) May one walk on a street paved with tombstones?
2) If one is indigent, may they take a gold tooth from an executed prisoner?  
3) How much risk may one take in order to perform a mitzva or attend a service?
4) Do we say Kaddish for the righteous gentiles who rescued so many?
5) Is it permitted to wear the clothing stripped from those who were executed?
They are not all this heartbreaking. But this is reality. Here’s a “lighter” one from the Bluzhever Rebbe: If their isn’t enough matza to go around, who gets it, the children or the adults? Our main focus will be the writings of Rabbi Efraim Oschry of the Kovno Ghetto. He did indeed survive to tell us the painful truths, as well as the miracles. Please consider attending this thought provoking class. Consider it real exercise for the Jewish soul. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, November 16 through December 7
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Jewish Music with Jonathan Palevsky
TBD
Mondays, November 29 through December 20
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Great Baltimoreans We all Ought to Know with Rabbi Harry Karp
Baltimore may not be perfect, but some pretty creative and nice people have made this their home. Be proud of that. Now you all may know of Henrietta Szold, Edgar Allan Poe, Barry Levinson and Babe Ruth. However, there is a long list of inventors, clergy, medical people, artists and general heroes, worth getting acquainted with. Who knows? You may be a historic Baltimorean. Please enjoy this 2-week course to both learn and even share your stories. It’s all about people who have assisted Baltimore in earning the name CHARM CITY (Let’s put our other name Mobtown on the shelf for now) Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesday, December 21
1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.