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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 all 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

  • The Sunny Mediterranean Kitchen
    Azure skies, deep blue sea, white-gold sands, and whitewashed walls, these are the paint palette of the Mediterranean. Dishes from the Mediterranean evoke brilliant flavors, aromas and colors of these sunny lands. The countries bordered by the Mediterranean Sea produce some of the finest food the world has to offer. Join chef Alba as we make, Menu: Halloumi Cheese and Grape Salad, Skinless Chicken Thighs in Lemon and Garlic, Mediterranean Potato Cakes.
    Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Simply Elegant Mother’s Day Brunch
    Brunch was invented in the late 19th century in England by the great noble estates who dedicated their Sunday to fox hunting. Upon returning from a long day, lots of savory and sweet dishes were laid out for their famished return. Brunch is always a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day, without the Fox hunt of course. Join Chef Alba as we prepare an Elegant Assortment Tray (Salmon, vegetables and Cream Cheese Sauces), Tre Colore Stuffed Eggs, Marmalade French Toast, and Strawberries in White Chocolate and Pistachios.
    Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cool Sides for a BBQ
    A barbecue day is a fun day outdoors where meats, fish, or vegetable are grilled. It’s a time to enjoy friends and relatives in a relaxed outdoor atmosphere. If you are not the one grilling, then enjoy making these fresh and delicious sides to make or bring. Menu: Potato Salad in Arugula Mint Pesto, Spinach and Strawberry Salad, Couscous Salad with Fresh Vegetables, and Homemade Lemon and Lime Cordial
    Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Delicious Poolside Appetizers
    Summer is a time to gather outside with friends by the poolside. Foods should be easy to prepare which can also be eaten at room temperature. It’s a day to enjoy the cool water and conversation with family and friends. Join Chef Alba as we prepare Potato Pizette, Carpaccio di Zucchine e Feta, Spinach Ricotta and Mozzarella Mini-Tarts, and a Raspberry Cordial.
    Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

The Real Revolution: America, 1775-1783 with Dr. Richard Bell
“The history of our Revolution will be one continued lie from one end to the other,” wrote John Adams in 1790. “The essence of the whole will be that Dr. Franklin’s electrical rod smote the Earth and out sprang General Washington.” As Adams understood, the real story of the American Revolution is far more than the catalog of deeds done by a handful of famous men. Declaring independence on a piece of parchment on a summer’s day in Philadelphia in 1776 would have meant nothing had not tens of thousands of ordinary Americans been willing to support that cause and fight to make it a reality.  People at the time knew this, though too often today we forget. As Joseph Plumb Martin, a private in the Continental Army, later put it: “Great men get praise; little men, nothing.” Richard Bell, professor of history at the University of Maryland, explores the tumultuous years between 1775 and 1783 from the perspective of these “little men” by examining military recruitment, the wars on the home front and in Native American territory, the struggles of people of color, and the experiences of loyalists. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, January 31 through February 28
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Decluttering & Organizing with Heather Murphy
The following 5 sessions are FREE for all members and subscribers:
Downsizing & De-Cluttering (2/2/23)
This presentation is designed to reduce anxiety about de-cluttering and how to start the downsizing process.  Some people plan to move and need to downsize, and some are remaining at home, but need help with de-cluttering.  Either way, you will receive information and tips to help you. 
Rightsizing and Moving Made Easy (2/9/23)
The presentation is designed to reduce anxiety about moving and overcome obstacles to making the decision to move. The format is lively and entertaining. You will receive information about downsizing & move preparation you can use that day, even if your move is months in the future. You will leave motivated and confident that you can do this moveReceive tips on organizing, downsizing and de-cluttering. 
It’s Not Just Stuff, It’s MY Stuff! (2/16/23)
Join Heather Murphy with Abilities Network to explore the emotional reasons behind “holding on.” Often, sentimentality is the barrier to downsizing.  It is difficult to let go of your prized possessions and heirlooms. Let’s delve into the emotional ties we have to the “stuff” in It’s Not Just Stuff, Its’ MY Stuff!
Get Organized! (2/23/23)
The presentation is designed to reduce anxiety about organizing and de-cluttering your space and getting organized. The format is lively and entertaining. Attendees receive information they can use that day and leave motivated and confident that they can Get Organized! 
Shred, File or Pile:  What to do with all this Paper? (3/2/23)
Heather Murphy offers her professional perspective on organizing and eliminating clutter in your home and life.  Whether downsizing and making the transition into retirement living, or remaining in your home, everyone needs to deal with a lifetime of collected paperwork—such
as old bills and receipts, magazines, catalogs and more. 
Thursdays, February 2 through March 2
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

History of the Red Scare with Bill Barry
What was the Red Scare and how did it influence the lives of people in the Baltimore area? Trace the U.S. reactions to the communist threat from 1919 to the present: the rise and fall of McCarthyism; hearings from the House Un-American Activities Committee; accusations and investigations at Sparrows Point; the challenges to unionism; the influence of television on political movements; the long-term implications today. Included with GOLD, Silver and Bagel Boy subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Fridays, March 3 through April 28, no class 4/7
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Meanings of Modern Art with Dr. Joseph Cassar
This is a course which explores the various meanings and movements of Modernism which include but are not limited to: Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, Fauvism. Expressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, Futurism and Abstract Art. Several artists will be discussed providing hints on how to appreciate their work. 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, March 6 through April 24
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Far Above Rubies: 6 Women Who Illuminated the Middle Ages with Thomas DiMaggio
Each week we will discuss the extraordinary life of one of the women below:
Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179) was a German Benedictine abbess and polymath active as a doctor, writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, visionary and as a medical writer and practitioner during the High Middle Ages. She is one of the best-known composers of sacred monophony, as well as the most recorded in modern history. She has been considered by scholars to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany.

Héloïse d’Argenteuil (1100 – 1163) was a French nun, philosopher, writer, scholar and abbess; the lover and wife of Peter Abelard whose discourses on religion and philosophy were so great that she became effectively the only woman Bishop of the Middle Ages. She is an important figure in the establishment of women’s representation in scholarship and is known for her controversial portrayals of gender and marriage, which influenced the development of modern feminism.

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 – 1204) was Queen of France from 1137 to 1152 as the wife of King Louis VII, Queen of England from 1154 to 1189 as the wife of King Henry II, and Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right from 1137 until her death in 1204. As the heiress of the House of Poitiers, which controlled much of southwestern France, she was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western Europe during the High Middle Ages. She was a patron of poets such as Wace, Benoît de Sainte-Maure and Bernart de Ventadorn. She went on the Second Crusade with her husband Louis the 7th of France, was the mother of Richard the Lionhearted and the King John of the Magna Carta and revolutionized the status of women in court culture through her foundation of the Courts of Love.

Catherine of Siena (1347 – 1380) as an Italian member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in the Roman Catholic Church. She was a mystic, activist and author who had a great influence on Italian literature and on the Catholic Church.

Queen Margaret I of Denmark (1353 – 1412) was Queen of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (which included Finland) from the late 1380s until her death, and the founder of the Kalmar Union that joined the Scandinavian kingdoms together for over a century. She founded an empire that encompassed the entire Baltic region and was the first great woman monarch in European history.

Joan of Arc (1412- 1431) is a patron saint of France, honored as a defender of the French nation for her role in the siege of Orléans and her insistence on the coronation of Charles VII of France during the Hundred Years’ War. Stating that she was acting under divine guidance, she became a military leader who transcended gender roles and gained recognition as a savior of France.

Wednesdays, April 19 through May 31, no class 5/17
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

American Music…Gershwin, Barber Copland and Bernstein with Jonathan Palevsky
While most countries in Europe discovered their concert music in the 19th century, we in America found our musical inspiration in the 20th.  Composers like George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein observed the multiplicity of American musical inspiration around them and developed a sound that was uniquely American.  Using Jazz, blues, and ethnic music of all sorts, combined with European art music these four titans of domestic music created a string of unforgettable masterpieces.  Come and explore some of the great pieces of this quartet of composers whose music continues to delight and inspire us to this very day. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, May 1 through May 22
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Nine Lives of Benjamin Franklin with Dr. Richard Bell
Rivaled only by Washington, Benjamin Franklin was, at his death in 1790, the most famous man in America. Born the tenth and youngest son of a humble candle-maker in Boston in 1706, Franklin’s rise to prominence and power first in Philadelphia, and then in London and Paris, was nothing short of meteoric. His very public achievements – in business, science, philanthropy, politics, and diplomacy – were remarkable in his day, and even more so by the standards of our own. Historian Richard Bell explores four aspects of the public and private life of America’s favorite Founding Father, tackling his experiences as writer and printer, inventor and philanthropist, husband and father, and as reluctant revolutionary. The four talks in this series will be enriched with the reading and discussion of a few short pieces written by Franklin himself chosen to help participants better understand this wonderfully flawed and familiar figure. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, May 2 through May 23
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.