Get out of the house and away from the cookie jar… Learn! Share! Discuss!

1. CHANGES to MEDICARE: How it may impact you
Presenter: Margie Barrie
Registrar: Becky Miller, 941-355-5838
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Thursday, December 5 10:30-12:00
Margie Barrie, a national expert on long term care protection,
author and columnist, will discuss Medicare’s sweeping changes in
the area of long term care. Learn how Medicare changes may
impact you. Find out Margie’s 10 Medicare tips and what you
should ask when you arrive at the emergency room. Margie is a
licensed insurance agent specializing in long-term care policies.

2. FAMILY STORIES: Show and Tell
Presenters: ALL OF US
Registrar: Pauline Leopold,, 941-586-3073
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 10 10:30-12:00
Bring in family memorabilia and tell the rest of us why it is
meaningful to you. Or, if you do not have an item, please just come
and listen to what others have to share. This should be a wonderful
way to get to know other BNC members.

Presenter: Carole Kleinberg
Registrar: Janet Tolbert, 941-388-9624
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Tues. 11/5, 12/3, 1/14, 2/4, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5 1:30-3:00
Carole Kleinberg, a professional director and theater and film
devotee, will entertain and educate us with her film reviews and
analyses. Two weeks before each session, the registrar will
email participants the name of the next film to be discussed.
Participants see the films on their own in advance of coming to
the always lively discussion.
BNC Study Groups

Registrar: Ronnie Riceberg, 508-942-1479
Rhoda Friedman, 941-203-8403
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail Time: 10:30-12:00
Dates: Monday, 10/28, 11/18, 12/16, 1/20, 2/17, 3/23, 4/20, 5/18
Oct. 28, THE OTHER EINSTEIN, by Maria Benedict
Studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students
was an easier path for 29-year-old Mileva Maric than marriage. Then
she met Albert Einstein and her world turned sideways.
Moderator: Ellen Klein
Nov. 18, EDUCATED, by Tara Westover
Tara Westover’s memoir chronicles her life as the youngest child in a
fundamentalist Mormon family. Deprived of an education and abused
by an older sibling, Tara struggles to find her place in the world.
Moderator: Phyllis Schechner-Radies
Dec. 16, PACHINKO, by Min Jin Lee
Spanning nearly 100 years, Min Jin Lee meticulously reconstructs the
relatively overlooked history and struggles of the large ethnic Korean
community in pre and post war Japan.
Moderator: Rhoda Friedman
Jan. 20, ASYMMETRY, by Lisa Halliday
A book editor tumbles into a relationship with a famous, controlling,
but generous older writer (modeled after Philip Roth.) Then we meet
an Iraqi-American economist who gets caught up in the asymmetries
between the West and the Middle East.
Moderator: Ronnie Riceberg
Feb. 17, THE TESTAMENTS, by Margaret Atwood
This novel is will be available in mid September 2019
Moderator: Susan Williamson
Mar. 23, THE LIBRARY BOOK, by Susan Orleans
On April 29, 1986, the historic L.A. Library burned down. This is the
fact-filled story of its destruction, and the young man accused of arson.
Moderator: Lois Altman
Apr. 20, THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN, by Lisa See
The women divers of Jeju Island are known as haenyeo. This coming-ofage
story follows two young girls who dive together and then follow
different paths in 20th century South Korea.
Moderator: Pauline Leopold
May 18, NEWS OF THE WORLD, by Paulette Jiles
This historical fiction recounts a young girl’s hazardous 400-mile
journey after the Civil War. It is a complex exploration of the
boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
Moderator: TBA

Registrar: Janet Tolbert, 941-388-9624
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Dates/Time: Wednesday 11/13 10:00-11:30, 3/18 1:30-3:00
Wednesday 12/11, 1/8, 2/12, 4/1 10:30-12:00

Similar to the book discussion group, we read plays on our own and then we get together to discuss one play each month. The plays are
either award winning plays or plays which are scheduled for production in Sarasota theaters. Discussing a play before seeing it provides an
enhanced theater experience.
Nov. 13, CAROLINE OR CHANGE, by Tony Kushner
Moderator: Maris Margulies
Moderator: Carole Kleinberg
Jan. 8, INK, by James Graham
Moderator: Bill Lakin
Feb. 12, DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, by Sara Ruhl
Moderator: Linda Baker
Mar. 18, THE GREAT LEAP, by Lauren Yee
Moderator: Harmon Greenblatt
Apr. 1, ALL THE WAY HOME, by Tad Mosel
Moderators: Toni and Lou Rowitz

6. IT’S OSCAR TIME, Back by Popular Demand!
Presenter: Carole Kleinberg
Registrar: Ingrid Bookbinder, 941-504-3032
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 28 1:00-3:00

Let’s have some fun and see if we can beat the experts! We will apply basic elements of film criticism and our
own infallible personal judgment as we discuss the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, Best
Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. Help us guess the winners!

Presenters: Steve Sandler and Bill Lakin
Registrar: Lois Altman, 941-685-4529
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Fridays, December 13, January 31 10:30-12:00

Dec. 13, Steve Sandler, Physics Demystified: Relativity
Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is one of the greatest scientific
achievements since Sir Isaac Newton presented his Laws of Motion.
As we rarely experience relativistic effects directly, the Theory can
be mystifying. In this session, we will explain Einstein’s Theory of
Relativity in simple terms. We will examine how it increases our
understanding of the universe and discuss a familiar system that
requires its use, The Global Positioning Satellite System.
Jan. 31, Bill Lakin, Calculus Demystified: All the rest is
commentary Calculus is often considered an abstract subject with
complex formulas for something called the derivative of a function.
In fact, since it was developed by Newton, calculus has been firmly
rooted in the world in which we live. Want to know how fast the
apple was moving when it fell off the tree, hit Newton on the head,
and inspired the discovery of gravity? Calculus has the answer. If
you can use your car’s speedometer, you can understand calculus.

Presenter: Louis Rowitz, PhD
Registrar: Toni Rowitz, 941-383-1094
Location: AVIVA, 1951 N. Honore Avenue
Date/Time: Wednesdays, Jan 29, Feb 26, Mar 11 1:30-4:00

We will view three classic movie musicals and then discuss each film and its enduring impact on film musicals.
Jan. 29, THE JAZZ SINGER (Al Jolson) 1929

Feb. 26, FOOTLIGHT PARADE (James Cagney) 1933

Mar. 11, FOR ME & MY GAL (Judy Garland, Gene Kelly) 1942

Louis Rowitz is a retired Professor of Public Health from the
University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of five books and
a national expert on leadership in the social and not-for-profit
sectors. He started his career as a radio disc jockey in Illinois.
Lou has a lifetime interest in film and Broadway musicals.

Registrar: Janet Tolbert 941-388-9624
Location: AVIVA, 1951 N. Honore Avenue
Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 12/18, 1/15, 2/19, 3/25, 4/15 1:30-4:00

Dec. 18, AVALON Oscar winning director Barry Levinson's semiautobiographical
story follows as an immigrant’s family faces a
changing world with enduring humor and abiding love as they seek
a dream called America in a place called Avalon.
Moderator: Susan Williamson
Jan. 15, DENIAL Rachel Weisz stars as Professor Deborah Lipstadt
in this powerful true story based on her book, Denial: Holocaust
History on Trial. Faced with a libel lawsuit in British court, Lipstadt
and her attorney must prove that the Holocaust actually happened, in
a riveting legal fight, with stunning consequences.
Moderator: Ronnie Riceberg
Feb. 19, THE HUMAN STAIN Based on a novel by Philip Roth,
Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman star in this provocative mystery.
An esteemed college professor has a terrible 50-year-old secret that he
has kept hidden from everyone and it’s about to ruin his entire life.
Moderators: Toni and Lou Rowitz
Mar. 25, DIPLOMACY As the Allies march toward Paris, in the
summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not
fall into enemy hands. Swedish Consul General Nordling starts a
riveting game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to prevent the
senseless destruction of the beloved “City of Light.”
Moderator: Carole Kleinberg
Apr. 15, BILOXI BLUES Matthew Broderick stars as a naive army
recruit looking for action - though not the battle kind- in Neil Simon's
hilarious comedy about boot camp during WWII. This is a lighthearted
look at one man's determined plan to march to his own beat.
Moderator: Maris Margulies


(From a Brandeis syllabus)
Presenter: Becky Miller
Registrar: Barbara and Steve London,
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 5 10:30-12:00

Discriminatory Harassment or Protected Speech? How far do our First Amendment rights extend? Under what circumstances do
offensive speech and acts cause other persons actual harm for which they can rightly demand legal protection? Don’t miss this important and topical session.


Presenter: Joe Giarracco
Registrar: Pauline Leopold, 941 586-3073
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Fridays, Jan 10, Mar 20 10:30-12:00
Back by popular demand! Joe always gives us detailed, meaningful strategies and fabulous advice to enable each of us to be the best we can be today and tomorrow.
Jan. 10, Effective Coping Skills and Resilience
Resilience helps you cope adaptively and bounce back after changes,
challenges, disappointments, and failures. Find out how social, cultural, and physical environmental factors influence coping and
resilience. Resilience has genetic and learned neural pathways. Learned experiences affect coping and resilience positively or
adversely and change the architecture of the brain. The interplay between risk and resilience will be explored.
Mar. 20, Putting It All Together: Reviewing the Strategies and Exercises That Promote  Lifelong Brain Fitness
The Presenter summarizes his book, Fourteen Principles of Brain Fitness and the strategies, techniques, and tips explored during previous presentations. He will give an update of the latest brain research concerning learning and memory, brain fitness at any age, and quality longevity.

Presenter: Karen Saef, Psychologist
Registrar: Linda Brown,, 941-504-4951
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 10 10:30-12:00

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” According to Karen Saef, people who want to change and grow,
must leave their comfort zone. This does not mean being reckless. However, life experiences that are outside our ‘usual and
customary,’ (whether interpersonal, athletic, career, or artistic) create increased opportunities for learning. Not all of us are open to new experiences. So how we do get to growth and change? Let’s attend and find out!

Presenters: Barb Sander, Bette Zaret
Registrar: Susan Boston,, 941-927-4433
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Mondays, Feb 24, Mar 30 1:30-3:00

Don’t miss this fabulous ‘talk-show style’ series that features the fascinating lives and accomplishments of our own members.
Feb. 24, Barb Sander, Interviewed by Sonia Fuentes
Barb, a social worker with a steady job and a beautiful home, gave it all up to sail off into the sunset with her husband, Joe. Barb has
a few fascinating stories to tell about living on a boat, being National President of BNC, and her multi-year battle with cancer.
Mar. 30, Bette Zaret, Interviewed by husband Andre Krauss
“Somebody is going to get the job...why not me?” Our fearless Bette crisscrossed the globe working in high powered marketing positions in Paris, Tokyo, and London while maintaining a long-distance relationship with her partner in life, Andre.

Presenter: Harriet Hendel
Registrar: Barb Sander,, 941-536-0813
Location: AVIVA, 1951 N. Honore Avenue
Date/Time: Thursdays, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 10:30-12:30

Harriet’s popular series is back! This year we will examine three cases of three innocent men with three very different outcomes. Harriet will guide us as we delve deeply into each of these high profile cases using news articles, documentary film, and a memoir by one of the men. The cases take us back to the 1980s and continue to the present. Did they receive justice in Texas? You will have the
opportunity to draw your own conclusions about their guilt or innocence. On January 30th, guest speaker, Dean McKee, will
share his story. Dean was accused of a crime he did not commit. Dean was incarcerated at the age of 16 and spent 30 years in prison.
Harriet Hendel has been a mentor for 11 years with “Take Stock in Children” and volunteers with "Project 180,” a non-profit group which works with men being released from prison. Harriet visits 7 prisoners, corresponds with 16 inmates, and is on the Board of Directors of The Innocence Project of Florida.

15. SUDOKU STRATEGIES for Math Haters
Presenter: Ronnie Riceberg
Registrar: Karen Cohen, 941-758-3480
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Friday, February 28, 1:30-3:00

Want to try Sudoku, but don't know where to begin? Sudoku looks hard because it involves numbers, but in reality, it's not math-based. Even if you don’t like math, you can still do well at Sudoku because it is all about patterns. The numbers could be replaced with letters or symbols. Please bring a sharp pencil and a good eraser!

16. MUSIC in the MOVIES (New topics)
Presenter: Harmon Greenblatt
Registrar: Carole Kleinberg, 941-232-4123
Location: AVIVA, 1951 N. Honore Avenue
Date/Time: Thursday, March 26 10:30-12:00

For the film going experience, watching and listening are both intricately interconnected, vital, and powerful. After a film is over, a
good film score plays on in our minds. Last year’s presentation was filled with both fascinating information and movie and sound clips.
Enjoy this sequel presentation by Harmon.
Harmon Greenblatt is a retired professor from The University of New Orleans where he headed the Arts Management Program for
11 years and taught Arts Management, Music, and Film classes.

17. A TASTE OF IKEBANA: Japanese Flower Arranging
Registrar:  Helene Davis,,  941-351-2403
Location: Roskamp, 1226 N Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Monday, March 2 10:00 – 12:00
Cost: $35 (Includes flowers and supplies) Fee is due by 2/17

A Master from the Sarasota Chapter of Ikebana International will demonstrate this centuries - old art of flower arranging. Then you’ll try your hand in a beginners’ class. Flowers and tools will be supplied. Bring your own container or vase so that you can take
home your beautiful work of living art. The Registrar will provide details about the preferred type/size of container to bring with you.

Registrar: Rhoda Goldberg, 941-400-6363
Location: 55 5th St S, St. Petersburg
Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 4 10:30-12:30 Note: Register by Nov. 25
Cost: $9 (Carpooling recommended)
Optional Lunch: Jo-El’s Kosher Deli 2619 23rd Ave N, St. Pete

Guided tour of the museum with a customized presentation about
how the museum curates, acquires, and maintains the collections. Visit the new exhibit which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. After the museum,
join us for an optional lunch at Jo-El’s. Pay for what you order. You may order in advance:


Tour Guide: Barb Sander, Member, Fine Arts Society
Registrar: Bert Sheffer, 941-355-6907
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Date/Time: Monday, December 9 10:00-11:00

The Fine Arts Society has acquired a collection of 51 works by Florida artists, several of national importance. Barb will walk us through the paintings and sculptures by Florida’s most renowned artists. The exhibit covers a wide range of media and styles of art dating from the 1930s to the present.

Registrar: Rhoda Goldberg, 941-400-6363
Location: Seasons 52, UTC Mall
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 1 11:30 –1:30
Cost: Lunch in a private room (Pay for what you order.)

We are starting a new tradition...getting together to celebrate the beginning of a healthy and happy New Year. Seasons 52 features seasonal menus with ingredients at their peak of freshness, oak-fire
grilled or brick oven roasted (without a fryer in sight) to be lighter and more flavorful. Happy & Healthy New Year to all of us!

Registrar: Becky Miller, 941-355-5838
Location: 2212 Industrial Blvd, Sarasota
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 22 1:00-2:00
Maximum of 20 participants.

Learn about the rum making process from mashing to fermentation to distillation to barrel aging. Hear about some of the big awards this small company has won and why its spiced and toasted coconut rums taste so good. Tour the packaging room to see how Siesta Key rum is put into bottles. Taste free samples in the tasting room and, if you wish, purchase some rum.

IMPORTANT: NO SEATING. Be prepared to stand most of the time during this 45 minute tour.

Registrar: Carole Kleinberg, 232-4123
Location: Origami Air Art Studio 1063 Patterson Drive, Sarasota
Time: 10:30-12:00
Dates: Choose 1 session (not both) Friday, Jan. 24 OR Feb. 21
Cost: $20 Maximum of 15 BNC Study Group members

Basic Origami folding workshop taught by master artist Kuniko Yamamoto at the lovely Origami Air Art Studio. Students will have fun learning a variety of origami folds and create individual art pieces. Each student will
move at his/her own pace. Supplies included.
Participants will take home their creations plus additional folding paper.

Registrar: Linda Methal, 516-647-5022
Location: Yummy House, 1737 S Tamiami Trail
Dates/Time: Sunday, February 2 11:00 – 1:00
Cost: $35 (includes, Lunch, Tea, Tax and Tip)

Any time is a good time to enjoy some Yummy House lunch entrée selections including Dim Sum (Dim Sum are traditional Chinese dumplings.) There will be a variety of Yummy pre-selected noodle and vegetable dishes. For your Dim Sum selection, please let the registrar know if you prefer meat or vegetable dumplings or both.

Registrar: Ingrid Bookbinder, 941-504-3032
Location: Bayfront Park
Date/Time: Monday, February 3 10:30 –11:30
Optional Lunch: Marina Jack or O’Leary’s (pay for what you order)

A docent will lead you through the exhibit of 45 billboard-sized works of art created by students, each of which is accompanied by
an inspirational quote that provides insight into our common humanity, as well as the differences that make us all unique. The
goal of the annual international juried art exhibition in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park is to promote diversity, kindness, and civility. Three million people have visited the exhibition since 2004.

Registrar: Maris Margulies, 941-757-3012
Location: 5704 Lawton Drive, Sarasota
Date/Time: Sunday, February 9 10:00-12:00
Cost: $30.00
Maximum of 16 BNC Study Group members

Enjoy this journey into the world of art glass. You can design either coasters or spoon rests which you can take home, after the glass is fired, to enjoy and display. Whether you're an experienced artist or a 'newbee' you'll leave with a sense of accomplishment
having created a piece of art to cherish for years to come.

Registrar: Linda Brown, 941-504-4951
Location: 900 South Palm Ave, Sarasota
Date/Time: Thursday, February 13 9:30-11:30
Cost of Guided Tour: $30 (including Selby members) Max. of 24
Optional Lunch: Selby Café (pay for what you order)

This insightful small group guided tour focuses on Selby’s annual artist exhibition. Enjoy the lush displays of tropical plants as you delve into Salvador Dali: Gardens of the Mind. In collaboration with the Dali museum in St. Petersburg, this exhibit includes 10 colorful photo lithographs of flowers by Dali along with works from photographer Clyde Butcher’s series Visions of Dali’s Spain. These artworks and the Dali themed plant displays inspired by them transform Selby Gardens into an evocation of Dali’s vision.

Presenter: Police Chief DiPino
Registrar: Rhoda Goldberg, 941-400-6363
Location: Sarasota Police Department, Community Meeting Rm,
2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4 10:00-11:00
Maximum of 30 BNC Study Group members

We will hear a presentation by Chief Bernadette DiPino about her career and about the Sarasota Police Department, followed by a guided tour of the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters.

Registrar: Pauline Leopold,, 941-586-3073
Location: 150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg —
Paid parking available above the museum.
Date/Time: Thursday, March 12 10:30—tbd
Cost: $15 Pay at the door
Optional Lunch: The Mill Restaurant Max. 20 for The Mill

With a docent, view western and wildlife art from the amazing private collection of businessman Thomas James. Both the artifacts and the architecture of this 2018 museum, which enhances the paintings, sculptures and photographs, have been widely acclaimed.

Reservations have been made for lunch 1 block away at The Mill Restaurant (pay for what you order). When you email the Registrar please indicate if you are planning to join our group for lunch.


Registrar: Linda Brown,, 941-504-4951
Location: 7318 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (North of airport)
Date/Time: Thursday, March 19 10:00-12:00

This presentation explores the valuable Vision
Rehabilitation services provided by the Lighthouse. We'll cover daily living skills from the Adjustment to Vision Loss Course, the fundamentals of White Cane training and Human Guide, and the latest in Assistive
Technology and magnification. You will have an opportunity to attempt these skills for yourself. End the morning at The Peepers Low Vision Store.