December Special Events

Join us for our Art Show on Sunday, 12/4 4 from 12 to 3 p.m. Free and open to the community. To register, please call 410-358-6856.
Party with us at our Holiday Hop on Thursday, 12/15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, please call 410-358-6856.

A Virtual Subscription is required to attend many of these upcoming live events. CLICK HERE to become a subscriber today!

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

  • Holiday Entertaining Dishes
    While the thought of hosting a party might be overwhelming, it doesn’t need to be if you plan ahead to make simple but yet delightful dishes. These dishes are meant to be shared with friend in a calm environment, relish the tradition of entertaining for the holidays. Join chef Alba as we make these delicious dishes. Menu: Mushroom and Gruyere Bruschetta, Salmon and Potato Skewers, and Heirloom Tomato Quiche.
    Monday, December 12, 2022, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Exceptional Soups You Can East with a Fork
    Soups are and very satisfying in cold weather months. They are perfect to prepare ahead. Warm up and learn to transform plain soups into flavorful and decadent main courses with simple legumes, vegetables, herbs and spices. Chef Alba will prepare tasty and creative soups that will be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. Menu: Garbanzo Bean Soup with Israeli Couscous, Ginger Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew, and Minestra di Pasta Verza con Patate e pomodoro.
    Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sweet and Savory Baking Delights
    Since the Middle Ages traditional rustic savory breads and tarts continue to be favorites in homes around world. These delights are sold by the slices or whole in many local bakery and pastry shops. Join chef Alba as we make these delicious delicacies made with the simplest flavors, a return to culinary delights. Menu: Fresh Herb and Feta Bread, Tuscan Apple Tart, and Rustic Carrot Tart Tatin with Brown Sugar.
    Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 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.

Current Events with Journalist John Rydell and Ron Matz

John Rydell is a TV reporter and longtime political reporter 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, alternating weeks between John Rydell and Ron Matz.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Essentials of Watercolor with Mary Beth Dickman

This course is 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
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Exploration of Pastel with Mary Beth Dickman

This course is 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
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fundamentals of Drawing with Mary Beth Dickman

In this 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
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Portrait Drawing with Mary Mayhew

This class will focus on the drawing of the face using pencils, charcoal and erasers. We will go over facial dimensions and proportions for different age groups and spend time perfecting features, expressions and shading. Join Mary on Monday afternoons and learn some incredible techniques from this experienced artist.
This is a Limited Enrollment Program, open to the first 25 Gold Subscribers who call 410-358-6856 to register.
Mondays
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Book Club with Wendy Matt

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper.  Smart, darkly funny, and life-affirming, How Not to Die Alone is the bighearted debut novel we all need, for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, it’s a story about love, loneliness, and the importance of taking a chance when we feel we have the most to lose. “Off-beat and winning…Gives resiliency and the triumph of the human spirit a good name.” — The Wall Street Journal This virtual club is FREE for members and subscribers. Call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursday, December 15 at 12:00 p.m. (VIRTUAL)

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1996) with Dr. Joseph Cassar

This course focuses on one of the most important American Modern women artists who pioneered a fresh new start in the representation of nature. The virtual lectures using the zoom platform focus on her art education at the Arts Students league in New York and her exposure to the ideas of Arthur Wesley Dow. Later she will show her work at Alfred Stieglitz Gallery 291 which will expose her work to a wider appreciative public. The lectures focus on Georgia O’Keeffe’s extensive travels and inspirations, her marriage to Stieglitz in 1924, settling in New Mexico in 1940, and her subsequent exhibitions focusing on flowers, desert landscapes, and depictions of bones. The course provides a critical analysis of an abundance of art works by O’ Keeffe which 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 3 through December 5 (no class 10/10 & 10/17)
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Broadway Fridays with Ellen Katz – She’s Back!

Join the fabulous edutainer Ellen Katz for a 7-week series on the greatest hits! Ellen tells the stories of their creation, introduces the people who brought them to life, and showcases the unforgettable music. For over twenty years, she has been invited to share her engaging presentations on “SuperMusicals!” for adults at prestigious organizations including The Chautauqua Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, The Osher Institute at Towson University and for Florida Gulf Coast University in Naples, Florida. Ellen has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland. She will be teaching:
11/18 – Mamma Mia

Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Fridays, October 7 through November 18
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Road to Revolution: America, 1763-1776 with Dr. Richard Bell

In 1763 colonists across British North America could not have been prouder to be members of the British Empire. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with redcoat soldiers, the colonists had trounced their mutual enemies in the French and Indian War. In towns and cities across America, colonists toasted King George, his ministers, and his military. In New York City, grateful colonists erected a statute to their great king, a testament to the belief that their future lay with him. On July 9, 1776, a crowd of American soldiers and sailors tore down this same statue, and melted down its precious lead into 42,088 musket balls to fire at the king’s army. The two sides were now at war—delegates in Philadelphia had finalized the Declaration of Independence just five days earlier—and that war would rage for the next seven years.
 
In this four-week course, University of Maryland historian Richard Bell explores the tumultuous thirteen years between 1763 and 1776. These weekly sessions will examine four of the extraordinary events that turned thirteen loyal British colonies into a united confederation willing to go to war to achieve independence. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, October 31 through November 21
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

History of Hollywood with Barbara Blumberg-Ressin

We’ve all been movie fans as long as we can remember. We remember the names of the many Hollywood studios, from MGM to Fox Studios, from Paramount Studio to Universal Studio, and of course, the Warner Brother’s Studio. What you might not know is that these major studios were started by Jewish men who all came from Eastern Europe. (Louis B. Mayer, Adolf Zukor, Jack Warner, Carl Laemmle and William Fox, to name a few.) What you also don’t know about Hollywood’s history is that these movie moguls didn’t start the industry, women did. From the late 1800s until the talkies, women wrote, produced, starred in and directed movies. It wasn’t until men saw that money could be made that they entered the world of movies making. Learn what happened to the women and the interesting lives on the men. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays, November 10 through December 22, no class 11/24, 12/8 or 12/15
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

From Cave Art up to the early Renaissance with Dr. Joseph Cassar
We start with the earliest forms of art that exist in caves like Lascaux and Altamira and discuss with the help of rich colorful images the works of the earliest inhabitants on earth. Then slowly the course moves to other ancient civilizations like Babylon, Ancient Egypt, Greece, the Etruscans and Republican Rome and continues to show the development of western art up to Giotto in the early Italian renaissance. The course addresses the way artistic iconography developed through the ages, how it changed and why. The course is rich in colorful images that invites 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, January 9 through February 27
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Jewish Supreme Court Justices with Rabbi Harry Karp
Cardozo, Brandeis, Goldberg, Ginsburg, Fortas and Frankfurter. All names we are proud of.
In this course, we will learn something about their backgrounds, landmark cases and legacies. Then we can discuss the age old question: When our people are to be found in high places, is it really “Good News for the Jews?” Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, January 10 through January 24
1:00 p.m. to 2:45 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.

Klezmer — American Music with Seth Kibel
Klezmer, which literally means “tool of song” in Yiddish, is the secular folk music of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. In the first decades of the 1900s, this music flourished not only in the Old World but also in the New, in the immigrant community of New York City. There, the sounds of the European “fiddler on the roof” mixed with the sounds of early jazz and Tin Pan Alley. The result was a quintessentially American sound.  This presentation will trace the history and evolution of this music, from the Old World to the New, up until the present day and the modern klezmer revival. Vintage audio clips and “live” performances from the instructor will make this program as exciting as the music itself.

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more.  Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.  Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, “When You’re Smiling,” was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label.  His song “New Waltz” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW).  When he’s not performing, Seth frequently lectures on a variety of topics in music history for numerous institutions, including the Osher Lifelong Learning programs at Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities.  www.sethkibel.com Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Fridays, February 3 through February 24
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.