2017/2018 Fall/Winter Study Group Descriptions

Annual membership - $35 per person or $50 per couple
Each Study Group is $25 per person
IS SEPTEMBER 22, 2017.

Dambra Sabato
, works in the arts as a writer, director, producer, performer and consultant. A working career artist with over 30 years teaching experience, he is Founder and Artistic Director for A Saturday’s Child, an arts and entertainment company, and Dramaturge for Players and Playwrights of South Jersey. This curriculum of Actors’ Workshop offers a bit more serious study for the bit more serious student. Come prepared to work...and play!
Class Size is Limited!!

First Wednesday of each month; 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Margate Library
First Class October 4

Dominic Maduro
, moderates this series of psychological thrillers from one of the greatest and most innovative directors. Settle in for an enjoyable, if somewhat tense afternoon viewing classics from the director known as the “Master of Suspense”. The first movie will be Hitchcock’s debut American film (he was born and began his career in England), Rebecca, which won an Academy Award for best picture. Other masterpieces to be shown include Shadow of a Doubt, Psycho, Marnie, Rear Window, and Notorious.

Fourth Thursday of each month; 3:00 PM– 5:00 PM
Margate Library
First Class October 26
Shirley Belisky
is an award-winning painter, and presenter of Art Goes to School, a national program that brings famous works of art into the classroom for first through eighth grade for discussion and interpretation. Want to know what art connoisseurs see in one painting while ignoring another piece? This Art Appreciation study group encourages participants to “look, listen, and feel” the art.

First Thursday of each month; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Margate Library
First Class: October 5

We will be looking at many kinds of poems, mini-stories and short creative non-fiction. Each session will include new prompts and models for inspiration, writing time, and sharing/critiquing time. In addition, we will explore submission markets for our writing.
Sondra Mandel
founder and leader of a Margate Library Book Club, is a playwright, thespian, and member of Players and Playwrights of South Jersey. Each month participants will read a book and then compare it to the film, which will be viewed in class. A discussion will follow. Reading the book is optional.
  • October - Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
  • November- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • December- Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg
  • January- 1984 by George Orwell
  • February- Awakenings by Oliver Sacks
  • March - To Be Announced
Third Thursday of each month; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Margate Library
First Class: October 19

Tom Chin
has been interested in British TV, films and plays for over 40 years, and has collected programs from Masterpiece Theatre to Monty Python since the 1970’s. A retired UPS employee, Tom now devotes time to his passion of writing plays and presenting/lecturing. He is a member of Players and Playwrights of South Jersey and performs in local theater.

The following films will be presented:

  • Butley by Simon Gray, directed by Harold Pinter, starring Alan Bates.
  • Distant Voices, Still Lives by Terrance Davies. Uncompromising drama counterpointed by music.
  • Peter Pan Goes Wrong, narrated by David Suchet, a comedy spoof of all the things that can go wrong in a production and DO!
  • And...Celebration, a short play by Harold Pinter starring Colin Firth, Penelope Wilton, Michael Gambon, Steven Rea.
  • Top Girls by Caryl Churchill.
  • Sleuth by Anthony Schaffer, and more!
Third Monday of each month; November thru April; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Margate Library
First Class November 20
Tom Chin moderates Documentary Films.

This year’s Documentary Film series includes the following features:

  • Best Man (1998) The sequel to the Oscar winning Best Boy (shown last season).
  • The Golden Age Of Circus (2016) The show of shows, a history of circus performers, cabaret acts, freak shows and fairground attractions in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • The Rattigan Enigma (2011)by Benedict Cumberbatch. An in-depth look at Rattigan's plays and their huge revival.
  • America In Pictures-The Story Of Life Magazine (2011) celebrates the photographers of Life Magazine.
  • Jacques Brel (2008) - Biography of the French/Belgium singer/composer along with musical highlights (yes, he still is alive and well - metaphorically speaking!)

And more to be announced!

Second Monday of each month, November – April; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Margate Library
First Class: November 13
Ricky Gerhardt is a graduate of Drexel University, where he received his Masters in Library Science in 2010.  In 2007, he received his Masters in Arts from Rutgers University where he completed his thesis, Father's Day, a memoir about his teenage years in Atlantic City. He is currently the Library Manager for the Longport Public Library.  He is famous to his two children as well as his dog and cat.
It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. - Mark Twain
Current writers, those thinking about writing, folks who wrote years ago personally or professionally and wish to take pen in hand again (or, updating the image, tap those computer keys), join this creative writing group. Get inspiration, ideas, encouragement and feedback from a like-minded company of wordsmiths, as well as professional critique and advice. .
First Monday evening of each month; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Margate Library
First Class: October 2
Dominic Maduro
, professional chef and film aficionado, moderates this food and film series combining the joy of tasting first-rate cuisine with the pleasure of viewing interesting, provocative films.
Selections include:
  • The Hundred Foot Journey
  • Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Dinner at 8
  • Ratatouille
  • And more
Second Wedneday of each month; 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
United Methodist Church, corner Melbourne and Ventnor Avenues, Ventnor
First Class: October 11
Sharon Harris-Zlotnick
an Atlantic County freelance journalist, relocated from Pennsylvania in 2000. For 26 years she has written for multiple American and international business magazines, concentrating on the casino and arcade industries. Sharon has also written consumer feature stories/columns for numerous weekly and monthly publications.
Do you love the movies? As the 1930s Depression era continued, the world became a more dangerous place. As the decade closed, Hollywood confronted potential war across Europe, the Pacific, and the U.S. Come explore the industry's role in the war effort and during the post-war years in America. Learn how politics, war, fear of Communism and a new social structure impacted filmmaking.

Second Thursday of each month; 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Margate Library
First ClassL October 12
Bob Delbene
is not only a Ulysses enthusiast and instructor, but also developed an interest in geopolitical espionage, particularly the works of John le Carre, Master of Espionage Fiction. John le Carre is one of our greatest modern novelists, regardless of genre. Beginning with A Murder of Quality, we will follow his "naive and sentimental" cold-war spy, George Smiley, into the secret world of duplicity and cunning - a world in which he must fight to preserve his individual humanity against the demands of an impersonal bureaucratic society. We will also examine The Spy Who Came In From the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Third Friday of each month; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Margate Library
First Class: October 20
Love Addiction, Not Sex Addiction
William Subin is a local attorney with over 50 years experience as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., defense attorney and prosecutor in New Jersey, and an adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Stockton University. He brings his decades of experience to the FELS classroom in a vibrant, interactive discussion course covering current legal and political issues.
The course will cover topics from the Constitutional Separation of Powers to current day concerns about possible Obstruction of Justice on the national level. The intent is to provide answers to common questions about our governmental process, including: training and responsibilities of Law Enforcement; split second decision-making by Police; The Grand Jury Process; the Trial of a Criminal Case. Video presentations involve the participants in the process to understand the role of the Attorneys, the Judge and the Jury. After participants read Mr. Subin’s book, Closing the Gap-The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee, a session will relive the local trial that was televised nationally.
Second Thursday of each month; June – September; 10:30 AM – 12:00 NOON
Margate Library
First Class: October 12
Dick Sheeran, BA in Journalism, is a 44-year veteran of the news media in Philadelphia, his hometown. He served as a reporter/anchor with CBS3 (KYW-TV) for 30 years. Prior to that he worked as a reporter, editor and assistant news director at KYW Newsradio (1060), the all news station. Dick began his news career at the Philadelphia Daily News as a reporter, writer, and editor. 
The digital age dramatically changed the way news is covered and consumed. The course will examine the decline of print, the changing broadcast news picture and the rise and influence of digital/social media. Each session will include news of the media itself, a look at journalistic issues such as cameras in court, anonymous sources, etc., a voluntary quiz on current events, and a focus on a prominent journalist.
Third Wednesday of each month; 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Margate Library
First Class: October 18
Linda Schwartz is certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy, as a Meditation Instructor, completed professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction(MBSR), and is IIQTC certified in Tai Chi Easy. She has taught for Yoga studios, Stockton University, department stores, PAL, libraries, EHT Recreation, corporations, her own business and 1-1 individual Yoga Therapy and MBSR sessions. 
Have you ever wondered what the practice of meditation or mindfulness is about? Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is about moving toward greater control and participation in life, and consciously working with the challenges of everyday life.  Learn how to live in the present moment for greater health, enjoyment, and fulfillment in your life. Some of the practices and techniques you will learn are: Body Scan Meditation, Meditation on the Breath, Awareness Meditation, Walking Meditation, and Pranayama (breathing exercises). Linda loves to shares the wisdom and practices leading to body awareness, self-awareness, regulation of  emotion and regulation of attention,  all leading to a  more contented life of health and well-being. No mats needed. Bring a notebook if you care to. Open to everyone including previous attendees as well as those new to meditation. Third Third Tuesday each month; 10:30 AM – 12:00 NOON
Margate Library
First Class: October 17
Johnny DeAngelo has an extensive background in all types of music. He studied classical music for nine years and attended a music conservatory for two. He performed in many casinos for 19 years and accompanied such greats as Frank Sinatra, Eydie Gorme, and Vic Damone to name a few. He appeared on The Merv Griffin, Arthur Godfrey, Joe Franklin and Mike Douglas shows. 
            Johnny will be using an electronic piano as well as music CD's to demonstrate different genres, including the history of classical and composers, jazz and what jazz is and such greats as Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone and Liberace.
Third Monday each month; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Margate Library
First Class: October 16
Dr. DiMeo’s love of opera is infectious to all who have taken this class. He provides all you need to sit back, relax and enjoy opera. This year includes two operas based on the story Faust by J. W. Goethe, but there the similarity ends. The first opera (two sessions) is the French opera Faust by C. Gounod. The second opera, also viewed over two sessions, is Mefistofele by A. Boito, an Italian opera.  The final session will be devoted to the entire cantata Carmina Burana by C. Orff, featuring soloists and chorus and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Five Tuesdays October thru December; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Margate Library
October 3, October 31, November 7, November 21, December 5
For 30 years psychologist Phyliss Merion Shanken was Co-Director of a mental health facility in PA. In addition to 40 years in private practice, Phyliss has been a human relations and laughter consultant. She has made over 300 presentations to audiences, been published in psychology, literary, and poetry journals, received awards, written and consulted on movie screenplays, and was a newspaper columnist for The Reporter and national magazine columnist for Next Step. She is author of the novels, Eye of Irene, Heart of Boynton Beach Club, and Conversations With Perfect Strangers: Memoirs Of A Psychologist. You can learn more about Phyliss on her website: www.pshanken.com.
Hone your listening skills; find out how you shut people up without really trying; learn how to overcome the triggers that shut you down in an interaction; provide support to your family & friends in dealing with their emotional and physical crises; find healing behaviors to offer a grieving person; enhance your conversational and speaking skills. Through interactive experiences you will practice being a helper to others in the class as well as share and receive support for your own challenges. You may obtain a discounted copy of Phyliss’s memoir, Conversations with Perfect Strangers, portions of which will be used in the class curriculum.
Second Wednesday of each month; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Margate Library
First Class October 11
Sondra Mandel, founder and leader of a Margate Library Book Club, is a playwright, thespian, and member of Players and Playwrights of South Jersey.
The book The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories by Daniel Halpern will be used in this course. New and used paperbacks available on amazon.com. Participants will receive an email listing the stories to be discussed prior to the first class.
First Friday of each month; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Margate Library
First Class October 6
Mary Ann Mahoney, Associate Professor of English at Union County College in New Jersey, taught English-as-a-Second-Language for more than twenty years before her retirement.  She has enjoyed many courses on Shakespeare’s writing and is an enthusiastic fan.  She would like you to share in her experiences. 
                Social norms have changed in the 400 years since the Bard wrote his timeless works, but his insight into the human condition is just as relevant today as it was then.  We will delight in his genius by reading examples of his sonnets, soliloquies, and scenes from the plays and consider them in light of the historical context and social mores of 1600 as contrasted with today’s times.  He wrote his plays to entertain, so let the show begin!
First Monday, Three sessions October – December; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Margate Library
October 2, November 6, December 4
Bob DelBene became fascinated with Ulysses after being briefly exposed to it while doing graduate work at Glassboro State College, over 40 years ago. The book has remained his favorite read since that time, and he has never stopped studying it and building his library of critical materials about James Joyce. In recent years Bob has taught four courses on Ulysses locally and conducts an annual Bloomsday event in Ocean City.
The 20th century's most influential work of fiction will be introduced in an easily digestible manner, free of literary pretense. Lectures, video clips, PowerPoint images and round-table discussions will unlock the richness and humor inherent in James Joyce's tale about the June 16, 1904 odyssey of the lovable Mr. Leopold Bloom.
 The Gabler edition of the book will be required to keep class members in sync through lectures and discussions.
Second Friday of each month; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Margate Library
First Class: October 13
Elaine Geller was an English teacher for over 35 years teaching middle school and high school, mostly teaching in the gifted and talented program. Active in many charitable organizations, her favorite pastime is sitting before a fire with a cat in her lap and reading a great mystery story.  If you can relate to this, please join the class.
The first class will examine Harry Kemelman’s Friday the Rabbi Slept Late and/or Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry.  They are available from the library or on Amazon.  A list of additional readings will be given at the first class.  The course will explore the mystery genre featuring Jewish detectives, many of whom are struggling with their own mysteries relating to their Jewish identity. 
First Tuesday of each month; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Margate Library
First Class: October 3
FELS in conjunction with the Margate Library
Presents a Special Four Film Series
First Thursday of each month; 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
United Methodist Church, corner Melbourne and Ventnor Avenues, Ventnor
First movie October 5
Movies constantly cross the desk of the Director of the Margate Library, Jim Cahill. He reviews films of all genres and, in an effort to share his love of films with everyone, Jim moderates

From the Director’s Chair
, also known as: Jim’s Gems A discussion led by Sondra Mandel will follow each documentary. Selections may include old movies, but mostly new ones.
True tales, fiction, fables and fantasies,
Comedy, tragedy, adventure and – or - drama.

First selection*:
Behind the scenes workers toil to produce the best movies,
rarely receiving the public acclaim and fame front-of-the-camera performers secure.
Casting By celebrates one of these professions – the Casting Director,
highlighting the career of one director, Marion Dougherty.
Includes interviews with some of Hollywood’s greatest performers.  
Entertaining, engaging, informative.

Future films to be announced.
*Please note publicized movies are tentative.
Circumstances may require last-minute changes.

Annual membership - $35 per person or $50 per couple
Classes: $25 per Study Group

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as some classes will close out.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2017.

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