12-1 PM @ Temple Beth-El (70 Orchard Ave, Providence)


dr fine

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

“Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Heath Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy – All at the Same Time”
Michael Fine, MD
Former Director, Rhode Island Department of Health

Dr. Michael Fine is the author of Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Heath Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy – All at the Same Time, an expose, manifesto and playbook that exposes the failures of the health care market to deliver health and plans a movement to build the health care system the United States needs.

Michael Fine, MD, is a writer, community organizer, and family physician. He is the chief health strategist for the City of Central Falls, RI, and Senior Clinical and Population Health Services Officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

"An Amazonian Water Lily: The Quest to Make It Bloom, and the World It Created"
Dr. Tatiana Holway
Author of The Flower of Empire, Oxford University Press

Do you enjoy British history? Did you know that the Victorians’ passion for flowers affected the course of history itself? Don’t miss this richly illustrated presentation by Dr. Holway, who will reveal how a colossal waterlily found in the Amazonian wilderness touched nearly every aspect of Victorian society and inspired the greatest engineering feat of the age.

Tatiana Holway is an independent scholar and author with a doctorate in Victorian literature and society. Her areas of interest range from Charles Dickens, the press, and popular culture to economic botany, garden history, and empire in 19th-century Britain. The Flower of Empire has been called “a splendid story” (The New York Times), “fresh and often witty” (Kirkus Review), “a vibrant, revelatory exposé” (Booklist), “with a cast of larger-than-life figures worthy of Dickens himself” (The Garden).


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Presenters and Members of LLC:  Tom Backman (Photographer), Mary Ball Howkins (Author), Kathy Webster (Painter)
Third Annual "Celebrate Ourselves!"

We at LLC are extraordinary! We are seniors, and here we are – still growing – still learning. Some of us do extraordinary things. We sing, we dance, we do fancy knitting or arts and crafts, some write, some paint, and some of us use our cameras. And that’s why we are celebrating the Third Annual “Celebrate Ourselves.”

We deserve it. Please join us, see what these people do.

All this and cookies, too.

Tom Backman is a retired social worker. He has been avid amateur photographer for over 25 years. He has been a coordinator of Snapix, and currently is a volunteer photographer for WaterFire.

Mary Ball Howkins is a fiction writer and art historian. She writes detective stories about poaching in South Africa with a cast of an honest policeman and various amateur sleuths.

After a career in nursing, Kathy Webster joined the LLC Plein Air painting group. Kathy has co-coordinated several Snapix sessions as well as Theatre Conversations and is currently coordinating a Studio Art class.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

"Southern New England Weather History"
Mark Searles
NBC10 Chief Meteorologist

Hurricanes, nor'easters, tornadoes, heat waves, historic floods: When it comes to weather, we get just about everything in southern New England. Mark Searles, the NBC 10 Chief Meteorologist, says we will take a look back on some of the biggest and most historic storms in our history. Some of them you know, others may surprise you!

Mark Searles, a native of Seekonk, Massachusetts, studied atmospheric science at the University of Colorado and worked at WLNE 6 for 13 years. He has been the Chief Meteorologist for WJAR 10 for the last 9 and a half years.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

"Law and Order Behind the Scenes: Judges Talk about Their Toughest Cases"
Judge Russell F. Canan
Washington D. C. Superior Court Judge

Judge Russell F. Canan, a Washington D. C. Superior Court judge, who along with co-editors, has published a new book, Tough Cases, which is comprised of thirteen stories written by trial judges from around the country about their hardest cases.  Included in the collection are the Scooter Libby, Elian González, and Terri Schiavo cases. Judge Canan will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how judges make their toughest decisions.

Washington Post review, October 26, 2018:  “Tough Cases” stands out as a genuine revelation… Our most distinguished judges should follow the lead of this groundbreaking volume.”


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Jesse Holstein and the Members of Community MusicWorks
"A Musical Treat!" - Back by Popular Demand!

Join us and enjoy an exploration by Jesse Holstein and listen to a partial performance of Béla Bartók’s 4th String Quartet with members of Community MusicWorks.

Composed in Budapest in the summer of 1928, Bartók’s 4th string quartet is one of his most iconic and popular works. Conceived in one large symmetrical arch in five movements, the work greatly expanded the boundaries of expression for the genre of the string quartet. (Performers from Community MusicWorks are: Sarah Kim, violin; Jesse Holstein, viola; Miquel Vasquez, cello.)

Since 2001, Jesse Holstein has been a Resident Musician for Community MusicWorks - a youth and family-mentoring program that provides free instruments, lessons and a variety of programs in the West-End and South Side of Providence. He is the Concertmaster of the New Bedford Symphony and is on the faculty of Brown University.

*Please keep in mind the Temple’s kosher dietary restrictions: No pork or shellfish products (fish with fins and scales are permitted); meat and cheese should not be together in a meal.