Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Senior College Players Present Six Comedies

by Rosabelle Tifft

Western Mountains Senior College "Senior Players" of Bethel are gearing up for an evening of fun and surprises as they present their fall performance at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18, at the Gould Academy Trustees Auditorium, Church Street, Bethel. This year’s performance, facilitated by Jack Kuchta, is entitled, "Antiques Are Old, I’m Mature," and that’s where the fun begins.

Three comedies take place at the Chatterton Country Club, a 55+ retirement community, by Annette Trigham. The intertwining stories explore the crazy cast of characters and themes that make senior communal living so - -entertaining!

“It’s Your Move,” the first comedy finds Jim McLean, as Joe, and Bill Schuellein, as Bob, friends and next door neighbors for 23 years, sharing their weekly game of checkers. It’s all guy talk until Bob reveals a secret about Joe’s wife.

“It’s Your Move,” with Jim McLean and Bob Schuellein  photo Bob McCartney

“With Friends Like You,” features Pat McCartney as Margaret and Barb Dion as Arlene at a weekly “stretch-ercize” class. They show us what happens when adults play post office in a close-knit community.

“With Friends Like You” with Pat McCartney and Barb Dion  photo Bob McCartney

“If You Can’t Beat ‘Em,” the third comedy in this series, finds Judy Crayton, played by Lorrie Hoeh, determined to form her own group because she has been kicked out of her book club. She will call her group the Chatterton Civilian Rules Administration Police (C.C.R.A.P.), because she is tired of people who get away with breaking the association covenants. She has invited three of her misfit neighbors, Rosabelle Tifft, as Mavis, Eunice Ruby as Gretchen, and Marianne Goff as Winny, to join her in an anonymous letter-writing campaign to bust the villains.

“If You Can’t Beat ‘Em” with Mariann Goff, Eunice Ruby, Rosabelle Tifft and Lorrie Hoeh  photo Bob McCartney

Watch next week’s blog for more information on the Western Mountain Senior College's "Senior Players" performance.

November Events

Tuesday, November 14
A Shared Heritage Potluck
This Heritage potluck lunch is the culmination of October's discussions on immigration. Bring a dish that represents your heritage. Anna Sysko, from DiCocoa's Restaurant in Bethel, will comment on one or more of the dishes at the event. If you wish, call Anna ahead of time for suggestions for a representative meal (207-450-2344).
Tuesday, November 14; 12:15-1:30 pm; Moses Mason House, Bethel

Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18
Senior College Players Performances

Don’t miss these fun filled evenings. See a different side of your friends and neighbors as they perform "Antiques Are Old, I'm Mature."
Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel

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

Sunday, November 19
Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner
A delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings to give thanks for the senior citizens in our community. Hosted by the Telstar National Honor Society. All area seniors are invited.
Sunday, November 19; noon; Telstar High School Cafeteria, Bethel

Sunday, November 26
A Country Breakfast
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Bethel to benefit community projects and scholarships. Tickets: adults $10 ($12 at the door), children $6. FMI: www.bethelrotary.org
Sunday, November 26; 7:30-11:00 am; Ordway Hall, Gould Academy, Bethel

Wednesday, November 29
Community Supper
Free community supper the last Wednesday of the month. All are welcome.
Wednesday, November 29; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Monday, October 23, 2017

WMSC Offers Class in Digital Photo Organization

Do you need help organizing your digital photos? Do you want to preserve your family photos that are currently in physical photo albums or shoe boxes? Jessica Jolly is offering an introductory class that will help you think through your options and priorities. She will review the available software options for both Mac and Windows devices, discuss the pros, cons and pricing of each, and explore the decisions you need to make in order to get started.
This is a two-session offering. The introductory session meets Monday, November 13 from 10:00 - noon, and will focus on a discussion of options and priorities. The second session (Thursday, November 16 from 1:00 - 4:00) is a workshop where you can get started on your project. Bring your own device - phone, tablet or laptop. Both sessions will meet at Telstar in room 133. The fee for the class is $10.
The class is limited to 8 participants - to reserve your spot call WMSC Program Committee Chair Nurrie Caviness (727-502-0870) and leave a message. 

Preventing Falls and Fires

Western Mountains Senior College member Jacqueline Cressy, from the Age-Friendly Community Initiative, reminded us how to stay safe in our homes at a recent To Your Health presentation. Older adults represent the population most likely to be injured from a fall or in a fire, and many of these injuries are preventable. Here are some of the points Jackie made.

How to Prevent Falls:
  • Exercise regularly to improve strength and balance.Take your time getting out of bed or out of a chair. Stand and get your balance before walking.
  • Keep stairs and walking areas clear of electrical wires, shoes, books, etc.
  • Improve lighting and get yearly vision checkups.
  • Use non-slips mats in the tub or shower and install grab bars.
  • Be aware of uneven surfaces, indoors and out.
  • Stairways should be well lit, with easy to grab handrails on both sides.
  • Wear sturdy, well-fitting, low heel shoes with non-slip soles – even in the house.
How to Prevent Fires:
  • If you smoke, smoke outside.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that will burn. Shut off heaters when you leave or go to bed.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking – especially when frying food.
  • Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch on fire – Do Not Run.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home. Local fire departments are available to do this for us – just call and ask.
  • Plan and practice your fire escape route.
  • Know your emergency number – for us it is 911.
  • Plan your escape around your abilities - keep your phone, glasses, medication, walker etc. by your bed so you can grab them in an emergency.
For more information on the Age-Friendly Community Initiative visit their website http://www.agefriendlybethel.org/