Friday, September 29, 2017

October Events

Thursday, October 12 
To Your Health presents Be Safe in Your Home
WMSC member Jackie Cressy will address two areas of concern: falls prevention and fire safety. Participants will have the opportunity to request free smoke detectors, courtesy of the American Red Cross and local fire departments. Free and open to the public. FMI Rosabelle Tifft (, 207-824-2053)
Thursday, October 12; 4:30-6:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel

Tuesday, October 17
Down Home Maine: A Family's Immigration to the
Woodstock resident Marcel Polak came to the United States as a 4 year-old. He will share stories of his family in 20th Century Poland, Romania, France and Germany, including the murder of family members in the Holocaust. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, October 17; 4:30-6:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy

Thursday, October 19
Brown Bag Lunch Ethnicities: What’s Your Family’s Story?

As a follow-up to Marcel Polak’s Down Home Maine presentation, our discussion will center on participants’ stories of family immigration and other interesting family histories. Bring artifacts if you want – and don’t forget your lunch. FMI and to reserve a place: Liz Wooley (, 207-562-1089)
Thursday, October 19; 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library

The following events are not sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, but may be of interest to our members.

Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
Mahoosuc Pathways will offer a variety of events as part of this celebration of outdoor activities. FMI visit or call 207-200-8240.
8:00 am Friday, September 29 - 6:00 pm Sunday, October 1; various locations (see website for more info)

Saturday, September 30
Community Conservation Film Showing
Community Conservation, Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture is a new film created by Mark Ireland of MI Media. This documentary, shot throughout four seasons, profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine, demonstrating their efforts toward conservation for all members of their community. Presented by the Mahoosuc Land Trust. FMI:

Saturday, September 30; 3:30-6:00 pm; The GEM Theater, Bethel

Sunday, October 1
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
Activities and demonstrations from a mushroom walk to how to tie flies at Mahoosuc Land Trust's Valentine Farm.  Grand opening of our universally accessible trail. Maine Adaptive Sports will have gear for you to try out. FMI:
Sunday, October 1; 1:00-5:00 pm; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel

Friday, October 6
10th Annual Aging Well Living Well Expo

More than 20 workshops and other programs including law, health, exercise, cooking and art. Keynote address by Lee Ann Szelog and will focus on creating a time capsule. Tickets ($25/person, includes breakfast, lunch and entrance to workshops) may be purchased at SeniorsPlus (800-427-1241). Advance registration is strongly recommended.
Friday, October 6; 8:15 am - 4:00 pm; Grand Summit Hotel, Sunday River

Friday, October 13
Appraisal Fair
Learn the value of your antiques and collectibles from Thomaston Place Auction Galleries at this fundraiser for Museums of the Bethel Historical Society and the Bethel Library Association. $10 per item or 3 for $25; verbal estimate provided of the fair market value. Comfortable seating and refreshments while you wait. FMI:
Friday, October 13; noon-5:00 pm; exhibit hall Dr. Moses Mason House, 14 Broad Street, Bethel

Thursday, October 19

Hiking Maine 
Greg Westrich, author of five Maine hiking guides, will present a slideshow on some of the best hikes in western Maine and nearby New Hampshire. Greg's books will be available to buy and get signed.  FMI: 207-364-3661.
Thursday, October 19; 6:00 pm; Rumford Library, 56 Rumford Avenue, Rumford

Wednesday, October  25
Community Supper

Free community supper the last Wednesday of the month. All are welcome.

Wednesday, October 25; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Thursday, October 26
Special Screening of “Being Mortal”

Kyla Greenwood, a volunteer coordinator from Beacon Hospice will host a screening of this groundbreaking PBS film based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, M.D. After the film, hospice specialists will lead a discussion of key themes and the implications for us all as we come to terms with our mortality.
Thursday, October 26; 6:00 pm, Rumford Library, Rumford