2016 – 2017 Calendar of Events

This year’s Lifelong Learning series is dedicated to Dale Zurbrick in honor of his 15 years of heartfelt service and passion for teaching.

New time…All programs are on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, free and open to all ages.

September 7, 2016 – SOME OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2016 with Dale Zurbrick, Music Educator

Revisiting a popular program from last season, Dale Zubrick will take us through a dozen personalities named in the May 2-9 issue of Time Magazine. Among those we’ll investigate are Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aziz Ansari, Katie Ledecky, Melissa McCarthy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nick Minaj, Mark Zuckerberg, and Pope Francis. Join Dale for a wonderful afternoon of music.

September 21, 2016 – BURNS AND ALLEN: AN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE with Sal St. George, Playwright and Living History Consultant

“I was retired when I worked with Gracie. I did nothing. For 40 years I asked Gracie ‘How’s your brother?’ and she did 95% of the work.” Classic straight man, George Burns, and his ditzy, but lovable wife, Gracie Allen, began in vaudeville and effortlessly moved into radio, movies, and television. Rare footage of Gracie as a very proficient singer and dancer is included in this laugh-filled presentation by Sal St. George.

October 5, 2016 – CARING FOR OUR CREATURES I with Dale Zubrick, Music Educator

The first of three classes inspired by global warming/ecological concerns, this one will take a muscial look at endangered species who live on land. We will examine wolves, bears, elephants, lions, tigers, jaguars, and prairie dogs, among several others. “Lions and tigers and bears, on my!… this class is for our wildlife enthusiasts.

October 26, 2016 – TALK AND DEMONSTRATION OF JAPANESE CLASSICAL DANCE with Sachiyo Ito, Artistic Director: Sachiyo Ito and Company

Sachiyo Ito is an artist, choreographer, arts educator and performer from New York City. Sachiyo will give a talk and demonstration of the Japanese classical dance. After her demonstation, she will invite a volunteer as a model for kimono dressing. Also invited are volunteers who want to try to the use of the Japanese dance fan. The program will offer a chance to learn and experience the grace and beauty of Japanese classical dance and the culture that has nurtured it. Joins us for this unique opportunity to learn about Japanese tradition.

November 2, 2016 – CARING FOR OUR CREATURES II with Dale Zubrick, Music Educator

Join Dale for part two in this series, examining our wildlife throug music. We will now look at our rivers, lakes, and oceans to find the endangered creatures which need our help. Otters, turtles, sharks, whales, walruses, manatees, dolphins, and penguins will all get our attention.

November 16, 2016 – OBJECTS AND ARTIFACTS: WHAT THEY CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE PAST with Lorraine Lupinskie, Social Studies Director, Half Hollow Hills School District

Objects and artifacts have the ability to communicate across time and help historians fill in the gaps that are so frequently lost in the historical record. They have the power to tell tales, and each tells its own unique story, while at the same time connecting us to the past. Studying objects and artifacts reveals that the same thing can not only capture a moment in time, but can mean many diffrent things to many different people. This lecture will help us to more authentically understand the past, both distant, and more recent. Lorraine will use examples for us to examine: a sculpture carved from a mammoth tusk from 11,000 B.C.E. and current objects to consider, including the invention of plastic and its impact on space(suits) and on commerce (credit cards).


Theresa Morale is a recreation therapist with over 19 years experience educating seniors regarding the benefits of leisure pursuits to maintain and enhance cognative health and overall well-being. In this session, Mrs. Morale will present information about the benefits of singing and music-making (specifically drumming and connecting body rhythms). In recent years, evidence-based research has shown that making music can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, reduce stress, lessen anxiety and depression and enhance immunological response. Learning a new instrument (including percussion) at any age enhances cognition and memory. Theresa will facilitate a music session in which participants have an opportunity to sing along to upbeat nostalgic rock music and make music using hand held frame drums, other percussive instruments, and nontraditional “kitchen band” instruments. Come and join the fun….no musical background required!

January 4, 2017 – LIVE THEATER: A PROGRAM OF ONE-ACT PLAY READINGS AND INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE with Fred Stroppel, Playwright and Director.

Fred Stroppel and his wife, Lis Kash Stroppel will perform several readings of his one-act comic plays, including “Signs of Life.” Afterwards some of the audience members will be invited to participate in readings of some short sketches , and time permitting, discussion, and Q and A. The goal is to experience the excitement of live theater in a fun and entertaining way.

Fred Stroppel of Glen Cove is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His comedies have been performed throughout the world and published extensively in collections and anthologies. Come and join us for an afternoon of laughter as we explore and celebrate the dynamics of live theater performance with Fred and Liz Stroppel.

February 8, 2017 – TELLING YOUR STORIES with Karen DeMauro, Artistic Director, The Acting Center, New York, NY

Prompted by Storyteller, Karen De Mauro, we will shape and share personal anecdotes, tales, and stories. Ms. De Mauro will tell some brief “seed” stories to trigger themes and spark reminiscences. Then, using techniques like the 3-sentence anecdote form, visualization, and a list prompts, we will interact with one another using our personal stories.

When we share a story in an attentive space and time, it becomes a consversaton where we are heard and held. As we talk about everyday events, we bring insight and compasion into our own lives, as well as the lives of others. Come join our Story Circle. Watch and listen, tell and hear, or just be with the group in a way that feels confortable to you This session uses quotes, short songs and images that focus on aging with grit and grace.

February 22, 2017– DA VINCI: THE GENIUS AND HIS ART with Sharon Faith Collins, Retired Teacher, LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art and Performing Arts.

Travel with us to late 15th Century Italy to discover the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Through examining some of his artworks, Sharon will guide us into a better understanding of this mathematician, scientist, inventor, and Renaissance man. Join us as we learn more about da Vinci, who inspired generations of future artists.

March 8, 2017 – CARING FOR OUR CREATURES III with Dale Zubrick, Music Educator.

We will conclude the “Caring for Creatures” musical series by investigating the creatures who occupy the air around us. The Bald Eagle, Monarch butterfly, hummingbirds, and several insects will get the attention they deserve in this final look at the flying and chirping friends who share the air with us. We will spend time talking about the bee crisis, as well.


Learn how to use your body naturally, conserve energy and reduce stress. Gary will teach us how this technique may assist in easing back and neck pain, improving posture, breathing, and voice. The Alexander Technique is thought to help one feel and look younger and more energized. The class will give us a basic introduction to the Alexander Technique, and offer valuable ways to be aware of our posture and breathing in our daily lives. Mr. Adelman has been a certified Alexander Technique teacher for 24 years.

April 12, 2017 – BROADWAY’S BIGGEST HITS with Dale Zubrick, Music Educator.
We will acknowledge the impact of HAMILTON first, as we talk about and sing songs from the many great hit shows which are a part of our great culture: MY FAIR LADY, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, OKLAHOMA!, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, A CHORUS LINE, GREASE, THE KING AND I, and several others. Have your singing voices ready! In between we’ll see clips from these shows and explore a context for these musical hits.

April 26, 2017 – LEGENDARY WOMEN OF LONG ISLAND with Monica Randall, Historian and Bestselling Author.
During the glory days of Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast, all of society was ruled by an elite group of glamorous women. They were the first American superstars as their lives, loves, and scandals played out on the pages of newspapers all over the country. These celebrated hostesses were often photographed descending the stairs of their grand ballroorooms in glittering jewels, court features, and fabulous gowns.

Women like Alva Vanderbilt, Mrs. Clarence Mackay, Barbara Hutton, and the Countess of Bismarck took the lead at sought after social events. Everyone want to be and dress just like them. Others, like Zelda Fitzgerald, Winifred Bird, Ann Woodward, and Gertrude Whitney, were remembered for the sensational stories that surrouned them. Join us for an entertaining program about these colorful social icons of their day.

May 10, 2017 – PRINCESS DIANA: QUEEN OF HEARTS with Marilyn Carminio, former NYC School Teacher and current L. I. Library Lecturer.
“To us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world.” – Prince Henry.

We are pleased to have noted speaker Marilyn Carminio return to present a biographical lecture: Princess Diana: Queen of Hearts. Since her death in 1997, more reliable sources now enable us to take a fresh look at Diana’s life to create a balanced portrait of this complex and enigmatic woman. In addition to her biography, we will evaluate her continuing impact on the Royal Family and assess the pros and cons of monarchy in the modern world.

May 24, 2017 – SOME COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS FROM 2016 with Dale Zubrick, Music Educator.

Concluding the season the way we began it, with an “audience favorite”, we will explore music related to several of the many stamps which were released during 2016. There were four stamps featuring the 50th Anniversary of STAR TREK, 20 Forever Stamps featuring popular pets, a beautiul panel of stamps of the Planets of our Solar System including Pluto Explored!, Indiana Statehood, Shirley Temple, Sarah Vaughn, and Botanical Art among may others.


As chef and co-owner of The View Grill restaurant in Glen Cove, Jeanine doesn’t get the chance to travel as much as she would like. But while her profession keeps her grounded here on Long Island most of the time, it does not provide her with the unique opportunity of traveling the globe without ever leaving Glen Cove! Through her cooking, she can go anywhere she chooses, and for this program she’s planning a trip to the islands of the Caribbean! Indeed, she’ll be setting sail with Caribbean-style Sauteed Shrimp and a Mango Papaya Salsa. Join Jeanine for this magnificent treat and be nourished by this beautiful culture.

June 28, 2017 – FLUTISSIMO! QUARTET – Featuring flutists Lauren Ausubel, Claudia Beeby, Leslie Strait and Jerene Weitman
Flutissimo! Quartet has presented concerts throughout Long Island since its founding in 2003. The Quartet will entertain and educate with a delightful afternoon of chamber music featuring the traditional voices four C flutes. The acclaimed ensemble will also perform pieces that incorporate the piccolo, alto, and bass flutes. Flutissimo! will take listeners on a musical journey with selections from Baroque time period to the Contemporary to illustrate the evolution of musical ideas and the flue quartet as an art form.


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