The next season of Terrific Tuesdays, a staple of the East Valley JCC for nearly two decades, launches Aug. 6. The new season will be part of the EVJCC’s Arts & Culture programming, featuring local authors, artists, musicians and more.

As in previous years, Terrific Tuesdays starts at 10 a.m. with coffee and conversation and the presentation is 10:30-11:30 a.m. The program is coordinated by Adrian Bendick.

The Phoenix Art Museum docent presentations will continue to be the second Tuesday of each month.

The first Phoenix Art Museum docent presentation, Museum @ the EVJCC, will cover “Visions of the Southwest: The Art of Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams” and will be presented on Aug. 13 by docent Rebecca Albrecht.

New this season is a monthly class, Spirituality @ the EVJCC, taught by Phyllis Avalon Rosh, Ph.D. The first class, on Aug. 27, will focus on “How to Deal with Difficult People.”

The first featured Author @ the EVJCC is Howard Gershkowitz, whose Aug. 6 presentation is “How I Wrote and Published My Debut Novel.”

Howard Gershkowitz

Gershkowitz, who has worked as a registered investment adviser for more than three decades, decided to return to school at age 55 to work on his creative writing skills. After classes at the community college level and then at ASU’s Piper Creative Writing Center, Gershkowitz developed his skills and progressed from poetry to short stories and then a full-length novel. “The Operator” took four years to get from the first line to publication, he said.

“The Operator,” published by the independent publishing company All Things That Matter Press, combines Gershkowitz’s passion for sci-fi and history in a fictional novel that includes time travel, the economy and romance.

We still have openings for local authors, artists and musicians. Those interested should submit a brief bio and information about their work to