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 Vol. 2, Issue 2                                                                            February 2013

As we near the end of February, which feels like the longest month despite being the shortest, we still have time to enjoy the ALL Winter Semester. Take a look at the classes, presentations, and discussions -- from crafts and virtual tours to books and authors -- that will keep you engaged and energized through winter's last days. For more information or to register, call Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941.


Please also take some time to think about sharing your expertise, experience, and interests with other ALL members. We're always looking for new courses, leaders, and ideas. Remember, we'll help you develop your ideas and prepare to lead! 

Ann DeMart
Marketing Committee

In this issue:


Hand Applique: Susan McKelvey

Tuesdays, March 5 and 19, 10 am-12 noon


Susan McKelvey's two session program, Hand Applique, kicks off on Monday, March 5.  In 2012 Susan wowed us with her beautiful collection of handmade quilts. This term she will share some of her quilting knowledge by presenting two classes. If you have always wanted to learn the art of applique, now is your chance. You'll learn from an expert as you make a 12" X 12" hand-pieced wall hanging.

Susan McKelvey
Susan McKelvey


Meet the Author: Susan Morse
Tuesday, March 5, 1-2:30 pm 


On March 5, The Sheldon Goldgeier Meet the Author Lecture Series will welcome bestselling author Susan Morse, who will discuss her recent book,The Habit. With great self-awareness, tenderness, and the rhythm of a stand-up comedian, Morse provides laughter and fortifying examples of endurance in the face of the impossible. A beguiling journey of love, forbearance, and self-discovery, The Habit introduces you to two unforgettable women you'll be glad to know - from a safe distance. 
Susan Morse was educated at Williams College and has worked as an actress in L.A. and New York. She now lives in Philadelphia with her husband, actor David Morse. She has edited fiction, although The Habit is nonfiction. Mostly. She promises.


Susan Morse
Susan Morse
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey: Stan Martin
Wednesdays, March 13 and 20, 10:30 am-12 noon


V-22 Osprey
V-22 Osprey

Fasten your seat belts and prepare to take off as Stan Martin leads you on a tour of the development of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Vertical Takeoff and Landing Transport. The V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, military tilt-rotor aircraft designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. 



Stan Martin
Stan Martin

In the two sessions, Stan will explore the aerodynamics and configuration of this unique vehicle and the technological innovations that made it feasible. He'll also discuss the testing of the vehicle as well as its history and role in US Marine operations. Stan Martin joined Bell Helicopter Textron after graduating from MIT. His career included many engineering responsibilities both domestically and overseas. Leading the the Bell-Boeing technical team that developed the V-22 was his last and most challenging assignment.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks:
Bob Feldhuhn
Monday, March 18, 11:30 am-1:30 pm


Join Bob Feldhuhn on a virtual tour of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Natural Parks. You'll view an hour-long video which highlights the history, geography, geology, and ecology of these Rocky Mountain natural treasures in the northwestern corner of Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park's two million acres encompass the world's largest active geothermal area. The neighboring Grand Teton National Park offers spectacular scenic views of the Grand Teton mountain range and the Snake River. Both parks provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. A discussion highlighting personal experiences during a recent visit will follow the video. 

Bob Feldhun at Yellowstone
Bob Feldhuhn at Yellowstone National Park
Book Club: Middlesex
Wednesday, March 27, 2:30-4 pm

The ALL Book Club, led by Margot Miller and Esty Collet, will discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
Middlesex Cover
"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974... My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license... records my first name simply as Cal."  

So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family. The grandparents travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, where they witnesses the city's glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of l967 before the family moves to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan.


Middlesex is a story about what it means to occupy the complex and unnamed middle ground between male and female, Greek and American, past and present. For Cal, caught between these identities, the journey to adulthood is particularly fraught. Jeffrey Eugenides' epic portrayal of Cal's struggle is classical in its structure and scope and contemporary in its content. It's a tender and honest examination of a battle that is increasingly relevant to us all. Come join us for an exploration of this great story.



To register, or to learn more about ALL programs, call Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941 or download the 2013 Winter course catalog online.

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