Saturday, March 28, 2015

April Events

Wednesday, April 1
Brown Bag Lunch Discussion American Society: Mistrust and Fear
This discussion centers around two over-arching questions about our society: Who are we? What sort of people are we? Retired CIA officer Ed Knox will facilitate the discussion as we consider such questions as: What made America great? When did we begin to fear each other and the rest of the world? When did we last feel good as a nation and about ourselves? Why have we lost faith in education, infrastructure, and government? Please RSVP by March 30 to nancydavis@megalink.net - 381-1110.
Wednesday, April 1; 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library

Thursday, April 9
To Your Health Joyful Living
Ellen Crocker, retired psycho-therapist, will challenge us to look at aging “square in the face” and come through it with joy. Demonstrations and audience participation in music, singing, and creative movement will be presented by Karen Swanson and Jewel Clark. Free and open to the public.  FMI: Rosabelle Tifft 824-2053.
Thursday, April 9; 4:30-6:30 pm; West Parish Congregational Church

Thursday, April 30
To Your Health End of Life Care: Having the Conversation
A stimulating panel discussion on important but hard questions that need to be asked about quality of life. Panelists include Dr. Roger Austin, Hospice House, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice (AHCH); Richard Bennett, Chaplain; Emily Echer, Social Worker; Jane Chandler, Home Care Nurse, AHCH; and Michelle Lowell, Home Health Aide, AHCH. Allen Cressy will serve as moderator.
Free and open to the public. FMI: Rosabelle Tifft 824-2053.
Thursday, April 30; 4:30-6:30 pm; West Parish Congregational Church


The following events are not sponsored by WMSC, but may be of interest to our members.

Wednesday, April 8
Mahoosuc Land Trust “Your Backyard Dream Gets Real” 
Gould Academy senior Max Southam will share the story of planning and biking the 2,700 mile Continental Divide from Banff, Canada to Antelope Well, N.M.  Part of MLT's “This is Your Backyard” series. FMI: www.mahoosuc.org or 207-824-3806. 
Wednesday, April 8; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy

Friday, May 1
Animal Communication Talk/Potluck
Nancy Hohmann will talk about animal communication. Donations accepted to benefit Responsible Pet Care. Bring a dish to share. FMI: 824-2073.
Friday, May 1; 6:00 potluck, 7:00 talk; Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, North Newry.

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Tom Davis to speak on "Music of the Civil War"

On Monday, March 30, from 10:00 to noon at the West Parish Congregational Church, Tom Davis will present "Music of the Civil War: The Campfire, the Church and the Concert Stage." We'll explore a variety of genres, listen to recordings, sing some of the songs and hear true stories of how music affected soldiers, ordinary citizens and artists. This presentation supports the continuing program “Local and Legendary: Bethel and the Civil War” that is co-sponsored by the Bethel Library, the Bethel Historical Society and Gould Academy. Tom's talk is free and open to the public - invite your friends!

77th New York Regimental Balladeers.  Wet-plate photo images by Rob Gibson, Gettysburg, PA.   Google Images.
For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Sunday, March 22, 2015

To Your Health to Present “Joyful Living” on April 9

Karen Swanson, Ellen Crocker, and Jewel Clark
by Rosabelle Tifft
 
Facing the challenges of aging will be addressed at WMSC's next To Your Health presentation on Thursday, April 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at the West Parish Congregational Church. Speakers Ellen Crocker, retired psychotherapist, Jewel Clark, professional musician, and Karen Swanson, yoga teacher, will offer reflections on how music and body movement can help us experience aging with joy.

Ellen held a private practice in psychotherapy for many years, provided both college counseling and corporate training, and worked for Swift River Health Care in Rumford. Ellen says, “We need to consider what’s blocking our happiness, what enhances happiness and what we can do to take charge of the ‘color of our old age lives.’ ”

Jewel was raised experiencing the joy of music; both her parents were performing musicians. She has continued the family tradition writing songs and performing music of various genres, especially yodeling, which she describes as “laughter to music.” In this session Jewel will teach some basics of yodeling and entertain with a song written by her mother.

Karen, a yoga teacher for 18 years, says, “Ever since I can remember, I’ve found movement the quickest way to ‘reset’ my energy or mood. My current love is ballroom dancing, along with cross-country skiing in the beautiful snow we’ve had this winter.” Karen will explore waking “our whole selves UP,” through a variety of movement exercises and play (with plenty of room to go at your own pace), inspired by the sounds of the big band era, swing, jazz, and a little rock and roll.

To Your Health will hold two additional special programs this spring: “End of Life Care: Having the Conversation” on April 30, and “Aging in Place,” on May 21. Both programs will be held at the West Parish Congregational Church from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The public is invited, and admission is free. For more information, contact Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Former CIA Officer to Present Senior College Programs

by Amy Chapman

(This article first appeared in the March 19 edition of The Bethel Citizen.)
 
The Western Mountains Senior College will present two opportunities to explore elements of American society and America’s foreign policy in the Mideast with retired CIA officer Ed Knox of Brunswick.

Knox is a former history professor at Boston College and is the author of The New Eastern Question. During his 26-year career with the CIA, he lived and worked in Jordan, Ivory Coast, Cyprus, Japan, and England.

On Tuesday, March 31, Knox will present a talk entitled “Modern Mideast: Power and Politics.” He will explore the realities of power in the modern Mideast, including a discussion of ISIL and other extremist factions, from geographic, historic, and cultural perspectives and probe the issue of why we are on a current losing streak militarily. The program is part of the WMSC’s Down Home Maine series and will take place in the McLaughlin Auditorium at Gould Academy from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

The following day, Wednesday, April 1, Knox will lead a Brown Bag Lunch Discussion at the Bethel Inn Library
from 12:15 to 1:30 pm. Bring your own lunch and join a dialogue centered on two over-arching questions about our society: Who are we? What sort of people are we? Participants will consider such questions as: What made America great? When did we begin to fear each other and the rest of the world? When did we last feel good as a nation and about ourselves? Why have we lost faith in education, infrastructure, and government?

Both of these WMSC events are free and open to the public, but if you plan to attend the April 1 Brown Bag Lunch Discussion, please RSVP to Nancy Davis by March 27 in order to help with setting up the space: nancydavis@megalink.net or 381-1110.
 


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Sunday, March 15, 2015

To Your Health – Supermarket Strategies

by Barb Dion

Once again, Cathi DiCocoa has managed to give her audience another fun and informative program. Are you wondering why your local supermarket is set up the way it is? It’s all in the science - the presence of beautiful flowers and fresh produce tend to give shoppers a comfortable and happy feeling. She also said that the layout of the store is planned to have the most profitable items, produce, deli, and meat counters on the perimeters.

Cathi DiCocoa, working her magic.  photo Barb Dion

Cathi also spoke about the importance of reading labels on everything you purchase. For example, did you know that the order of ingredients listed on the label show the highest to the lowest? She showed us a can of corn that was only corn and water, which meant that the highest ingredient was the corn itself. Nutrition labels have recently changed to reflect the way Americans eat today.

Some of her helpful hints included not going to the grocery store hungry, always buy organic if possible, and compare unit prices on different brands of the same item. She also said it is very important to thoroughly wash all fresh fruit and vegetables.

 The highlight of the evening was the delicious Mexican Stew that she prepared from scratch, all while keeping up her lively presentation!
 
For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Senior College at Belfast Issues a Call to Artists

(The following article appeared in the March edition of the Maine Senior College Network's newsletter.)

All Maine artists, 50 years of age and older, are invited to participate in the Senior College at Belfast 13th Annual Festival of Art May 21 - 24, 2015, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The registration period for artists is March 1 through March 31, 2015. Registration materials and information are available from: seniorcollegefestivalofart@gmail.com.

Amateur and professional artists are welcome. Paintings, sculptures, woodcarvings, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, and photography are some examples of the types of art on exhibit.

Submitted by Cathy Bradbury, Chair Festival of Art Committee, Senior College at Belfast

Click here to view a PDF of the above flyer.


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Ian Blair and the TED Global Conference in Rio

by Lorrie Hoeh

Ian Blair  photo Lorrie Hoeh
One mystery was solved for the dozen and a half or so attendees at Ian Blair's talk on March 4 about his experience at TED Global South in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from October 6 through 10, 2014. We learned that TED is an international non-profit organization dedicated to spreading ideas. The organization sponsors speakers on every subject imaginable, speaking for around 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology-Entertainment-Design.

Blair attended out of curiosity and chose the event in Brazil to get a foreign viewpoint, and also because his mother is from Venezuela, and South America is close to his heart. The theme was TED Global South, covering the entire southern hemisphere around the world. In order to be accepted into the program, Blair had to fill out a comprehensive application, including an essay; come up with the tuition and a visa; and take an 11-hour flight out of JFK Airport. Ian was one of 1100 people accepted.

We were shown photos of beautiful Rio, which is a very modern, clean, and well-run city. Blair also mentioned that there were around 40 presenters, and all talks were in English. Morning sessions lasted 3 hours, followed by a break and then an afternoon session. Now Ian is thinking about the next TED Global he can attend!


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Update to Spring Course Bulletin

We inadvertently left out of the Spring Course Bulletin the time and place for the Brown Bag Lunch Discussion scheduled for May.  Here's the full text:

Local Foods, Happy Farmers
Continuing the theme of our community, this time we will focus on local food initiatives. The discussion will begin with updates on some very exciting ventures around our community and will invite ideas on how we can support those efforts and foster a healthier community. Facilitators: Amanda Moran of the Edible Bethel project (www.EdibleBethel.com) and Meryl Kelly, Executive Director of the Local Food Connection. Please RSVP by May 1: nancydavis@megalink.net - 381-1110.
Tues., May 5; 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

March Events

Wednesday, March 4
Down Home Maine TED Global Conference in Brazil
Bethelite Ian Blair speaks about his opportunities to meet with TED presenters and attendees at last fall's TED Global Conference and will share his experiences with the people and culture of Rio. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, March 4; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy (rescheduled from February)

Thursday, March 5
To Your Health Supermarket Strategies 
Cathi DiCocoa explains how to negotiate supermarket aisles; eat healthily and affordably; choose between organic and non-organic; compare store and name brands; buy locally and in season; and decode labels. She will do a cooking demo and share food samples. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 5; 4:30 – 6:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church

Thursday, March 12
Opera Talk: Lady of the Lake
Patricia Boyle-Wight explains the historical and musical elements of this Rossini opera. Based on Sir Walter Scott’s tale, several men (including the disguised King of Scotland) vie for the love of the legendary Elena, Lady of the Lake. The Metropolitan Opera will broadcast this opera live in HD on Sat.,
March 14; for tickets contact boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org or 207-935-9232. Please RSVP to Patricia Boyle-Wight if you will be attending the opera talk: pboylewight@ants.edu or 824-8453. Open to the public.
Thursday, March 12; 2:00 - 3:30; West Parish Congregational Church

Thursday, March 19
Pairs and Spares Dinner Out
Say “Good-bye” to winter with a group social night out at S. S. Milton. Register by Thursday, March 12. Guests welcome. Each person pays his or her own check. FMI contact Kay Larson at kaymail3333@gmail.com or 207-824-3333.
Thursday, March 19; 6:00 pm; S. S. Milton Restaurant


Monday, March 30
Music of the Civil War: The Campfire, the Church and the Concert Stage
Tom Davis takes a look at music that was being composed and performed during the Civil War. We'll explore a variety of genres, listen to recordings and sing some of the songs, and hear true stories of how music affected soldiers, ordinary citizens and artists. This presentation supports the continuing program “Local and Legendary: Bethel and the Civil War,” that is co-sponsored by the Bethel Library, the Bethel Historical Society, and Gould Academy.
Open to the public.
Monday, March 30; 10:00-noon; West Parish Congregational Church
 

Tuesday, March 31
Down Home Maine Modern Mideast: Power and Politics
Ed Knox is a Brunswick resident, a retired CIA officer of 26 years, and a former history professor at Boston College; he has lived and worked in Jordan, Ivory Coast, Cyprus, Japan, and England and is the author of The New Eastern Question. He will help us explore the realities of power in the modern Mideast (ISIL, etc.) from geographic, historic, and cultural perspectives and probe the issue of why we are on a current losing streak militarily. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 31;  4:30 - 6:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy 

Wednesday, April 1
Brown Bag Lunch Discussion American Society: Mistrust and Fear
This discussion centers around two over-arching questions about our society: Who are we? What sort of people are we? Ed Knox (see bio above in Down Home Maine) will facilitate the discussion as we consider such questions as: What made America great? When did we begin to fear each other and the rest of the world? When did we last feel good as a nation and about ourselves? Why have we lost faith in education, infrastructure, and government? Please RSVP by Mar. 27: nancydavis@megalink.net - 381-1110.
Wednesday, April 1; 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library


The following events are not sponsored by WMSC, but may be of interest to our members.

Wednesday, March 18
Mahoosuc Land Trust "These Are Your Farmers"
"This Is Your Backyard" series continues with a showing of "Growing Local," a film containing poignant stories that show the interconnected fates of Maine's small farms, consumers and the local food movement. Following the film, a representative of the Maine Farmland Trust will moderate a panel discussion among farmers in our own area – our neighbors and friends. FMI: www.mahoosuc.org or 207-824-3806.Wednesday, March 18; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy

Sunday, March 29
Bethel Rotary’s Country Breakfast
Proceeds to benefit greater Bethel Community projects and scholarships. Adults/$7 ($8 at the door), Children/$3.  FMI: www.BethelRotary.org.
Sunday, March 29; 7:30-11:00 am; Ordway Hall, Gould Academy


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Monday, February 16, 2015

Registering for Spring Courses

Your copy of the WMSC Spring Course Bulletin will be in your mailbox soon, if it hasn't arrived already. We have a very full complement of spring courses, many of which promise to be quite popular, and it's possible that some will fill as soon as registration opens on Monday, February 23. In the event of that happening the WMSC Board has developed a Course Oversubscription Policy, the full text of which can be read here.

In a nutshell, all registration forms received by 11:00 am on February 23, either by mail or delivered to the Adult Ed office in person, will be treated equally. We will begin processing registrations at 11:15 am. If at that time a course has more registrants than space allows a lottery will be held; those not chosen in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list and will be given first preference the next time the course is offered.

If there is a course you want to take register as soon as possible. Telstar is closed this week for school vacation, so the Adult Ed office will not be open again until Monday, February 23, the day registration opens. If you plan to hand-deliver your registration be sure to do so early Monday morning.


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college