Speakers

  • The Jazz Age in Detroit:1910-1930

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | 12:30-1:30pm

    Jim Gallert, of Detroit Music History, has been researching, interviewing musicians, and writing about Detroit music for 35 years. In this talk, Jim delves into early Detroit blues, bands,
    and ballrooms. He will review the rise of contact dancing, and the many new ballrooms to support this radical new form of entertainment. Recordings of Detroit ragtime pioneers, blues
    musicians, and early dance bands are featured. Generously sponsored by Pomeroy Living.

  • Winston Churchill

    Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Frank Cardimen, Professor of Business - Oakland University

    Frank Cardimen will discuss the life of iconic World War II figure, Sir Winston Churchill — his failures and successes! Winston Churchill was the greatest orator of his day, the greatest leader of the Second World War, the greatest statesman of his age, and the greatest Englishman of the twentieth century, perhaps of all time. The debt owed to Sir Winston Churchill by the free world remains immeasurable. Yet at the heart of this often intimidating colossus lay a man of vast humanity, prolific writing, enormous wit and boundless humor, much of it mischievous. Professor Cardimen will touch on all this and more at this special presentation. Generously sponsored by Stuart Jeffares- Max Broock Realtors. 

  • Shakespeare's King Lear and the History of Tudor-Stuart England

    Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    The sixteenth century was a time of tumult and great social upheaval, both in England and in Europe as a whole. Some 50 years before Shakespeare’s birth, the Reformation had swept
    through the continent challenging long-standing religious practices and institutions. William Shakespeare wove many of these challenges into King Lear. How can historians use a work of
    literature to better understand a place and time? We will explore King Lear to see what Shakespeare’s greatest play reveals about the state of Tudor-Stuart England. Generously sponsored by Stuaret Jeffares- Max Brook Realtors. 

  • The Five Love Languages

    Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 12:30-1:30pm

    Did you know that vacuuming the entire living room is more effective than saying “I love you”? Maybe not for you, but for someone whose love language is “acts of service”, it could be!
    Each person has a primary love language that we must learn to speak if we want that person to feel loved. Diane Beri, MS, Executive Director of Botsford Commons will share how each
    person has a primary love language that we must learn to speak if we want that person to feel loved.

  • The Nature of Chocolate

    Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Naturalist Educator, Laurel Zoet, tapped into over 10 years of experience to build Nature on the GO! programs. She is passionate about connecting people of all ages with the diversity and wonder of the natural phenomenon right in our own backyards. This presentation focuses on something delicious we all know and love — chocolate! Even though it doesn’t grow here in the Great Lake’s region, we are connected to the nature of chocolate every time we indulge! This interpretive program looks at the history, ecology and manufacturing of one of our favorite treats. An indulgent chocolate tasting is included in this 90-minute program. Limited to 50 members. Generously sponsored by Stuart Jeffares- Max Brook Realtors.

  • Your Holistic Retirement Journey

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    What does a holistic retirement plan mean? Find out at this informational session on planning with a unique, holistic take led by Justin Pippert, Managing Partner at Trifound. We will
    discuss approaching this exciting time utilizing financial, legal and accounting services together to avoid common pitfalls. With education, attention to detail and a comprehensive plan,
    you will get the most out of your retirement.

  • Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice!

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 12:30-1:30pm

    Enjoy Iceland’s 1000 mile Ring Road that will take you to beautiful waterfalls and gorgeous vistas. Learn about the “Hot Pots” and the Legend and Lore of the Elves, Trolls and Nordic Myths
    that enchant Iceland. Enjoy the natural beauty of the island’s glaciers. Reid Beyerlein, businessman and world traveler will share Iceland’s history and his travel experience! Kindly sponsored
    by Samaritas Senior Living of Bloomfi eld Hills.

  • Immigration

    Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Melanie Goldberg, Attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors

    “Our identity is not based on race or ethnicity, it’s based on a set of shared values. That’s American citizenship, Justice for Our Neighbors assists with humanitarian cases, family reunification and other immigration services including citizenship, Green Card status adjustment and providing advice and information. Ms. Goldberg will provide a clear background on immigration law, policies and current issues. Immigration law and policies are changing daily under the current administration. Since immigration law is as complex as tax law, it is hard to know what the changes mean if you do not have a point of reference. This presentation provides that point of reference. Generously sponosred by Stuart Jeffares - max Broock Realtors. 

  • Marimba, Marimba!

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

    What is a marimba? It’s a percussion instrument, originating in Africa, with wooden bars that are struck with mallets to produce lovely musical tones. Musician, Paul Demick will share interesting facts, stories and a special performance for your pleasure. Kindly sponsored by Affordable HomeCare.

  • Manresa Jesuit Retreat House

    Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

    You are warmly invited to this presentation by Grace and George Seroka, who will provide us with a brief history and the offerings of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. Come join us to learn
    more about Manresa, located on 39 acres at the corner of Woodward and Quarton in Bloomfield Hills. Perhaps you may want to experience an event at Manresa even before their presentation. Grace and others will lead an outdoor meditation program at Manresa on January 12 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Additional information about the meditation program can be found
    on the Manresa website at www.manresa-sj.org.

  • Revolutions Around the World

    Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Gus Mondalek, International Expert & Religious Scholar

    A new wave of protests and revolutions are happening all over the world, from Lebanon to Hong Kong to Bolivia. These conflicts are impacting countries ability to govern while hundreds
    of thousands of civilians are displaced looking for food, shelter and safety. We will investigate the cause for these protests and revolutions, and their immediate and long term objectives. Generously sponsored by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors.