Monday, February 19, 2018

Changes to How You Will Receive Your Spring 2018 Course Bulletin

At the last board meeting, the Western Mountains Senior College Board voted to publish the Course Bulletin electronically, beginning with the Spring 2018 edition. Delivering the Course Bulletin by email will save on printing and postage costs, helping to keep our membership and class fees low, and will be more environmentally friendly.

All WMSC members were sent an email 10 days ago informing them of this upcoming change. If you are a member and did NOT receive an email perhaps it went into your spam (or junk) folder. Please check to see if it is there. If it isn’t there, let us know right away - perhaps we have an incorrect email address. Contact either WMSC Board Chair Irene Kuchta ( or Program Committee Chair Nurrie Caviness (

For those members who do not have email, we will print and send a copy by US mail. If you have email but strongly prefer to have yours mailed, please let us know that. The Course Bulletin will also be published here on the blog, and we will have a few print copies in the Adult Ed office as well.

Be on the lookout for your Spring 2018 Course Bulletin to arrive at the end of February.

Looking for Donations of Jigsaw Puzzles and Craft Materials

As many of you know, Western Mountains Senior College has been working with the residents of the Bethel House through our Outreach Program. We do mostly arts and crafts, but also spend time socializing and visiting with our neighbors. Several of our group enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles while they chat. If you have any 300 to 500 piece jigsaw puzzles to donate, they would be much appreciated. We also welcome donations of beads and other craft materials. You may leave these in the Adult Ed office at Telstar and Karen Mills will pick them up. Thanks so much!

Invitation to Join Dwight Mills’ Mushrooming Adventures

(Note: this is not a WMSC-sponsored offering, rather a “Birds-of-a-Feather” group that Dwight is putting together)

Dwight Mills has collected wild mushrooms for about 40 years but has never gotten serious about learning new species until this year. He has spent considerable time doing research and putting together a binder full of information on local mushrooming. By April he expects to start searching for and identifying some or all of the approximately 25 species worth eating. He would be delighted to take others with him on these adventures. If you would like to try your luck and join Dwight, you can reach him at or at 875-2893.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Telstar Students to Offer Free Tech Help

Do you get frustrated with your smart phone or tablet? Would you like to use more of the features? We have students volunteering for free drop-in tech help every Tuesday in the Adult Ed Office from 2:30 - 4:30 pm.  For more information call 824-2136 ext. 1340.

Pairs and Spares at Camp Rescheduled to February 21

Because of the recent snowstorm, the Pairs and Spares dinner at Camp Restaurant (Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River, 6:00 pm) has been postponed until Wednesday, February 21, with a snow date of Thursday, February 22.  If you didn't sign up for the earlier event and would like to join us, please contact Kay Rector (text or call 824-3333, or email by Sunday, February 18.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Poems of Richard Blanco, Set to Music by Tom Davis

Richard Blanco
Tom Davis
What a treat we have in store!  On Saturday, February 17, at 7:30 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel, Tom Davis will present a concert featuring the poetry of Richard Blanco.  Included are settings of several new poems and, back by popular demand, a repeat performance of Blanco’s 2013 Inauguration poem, One Today, all performed by chorus, strings and several collaborating local musicians.  Mr. Blanco will speak about these poems and others at the performance.  A donation at the door of $10.00 is suggested.  Snow date is February 18.

February Events

Thursday, February 8
Heart Disease in Women

Cardiologist Dr. Daniel van Buren returns for a presentation on Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) as it is diagnosed in women: the epidemiology, prognosis and treatment. He will also explore the ongoing myths about heart disease in women and how these affect the use of certain diagnostic tests and procedures.

Thursday, February 8; 4:30-6:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel. Snow date February 15.

Rescheduled to Wednesday, February 21
Pairs and Spares

Dine with Pairs and Spares at Camp Restaurant in the Grand Summit Hotel. Check the menu at FMI, to sign up, and for carpooling call Kay Rector (824-3333) by Sunday, February 4.
Wednesday, February 21; 6:00 pm; Camp Restaurant, Grand Summit Hotel, Sunday River Ski Resort. Snow date Thursday, February 22.

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

Thursday, February 8

Gould Chamber Ensemble
This ensemble of violins, flutes, clarinets, bassoon, and piano will be performing works by Eduard Grieg, Jean-Baptiste Accolay, W.A. Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Piazzolla. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 8; 7:oo pm; Bingham Auditorium, Gould Academy.

Due to forecast of ice/freezing rain the Valentine Winter Games are postponed until 2019. 
An afternoon of “snowful” activities: snow bowling, sit skiing making snow angels and sculptures.  Evening bonfire complete with smores and cocoa. For a fee, adults can bring their special person to enjoy specialty chocolates and a glass of wine. Part of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, sponsored by Mahoosuc Land Trust and Maine Adaptive. FMI:
Volunteers needed! Contact Barbara;
Postponed until 2019

Saturday, February 17
Poems by Richard Blanco - Music by Tom Davis

A concert featuring new poems and a repeat performance of Blanco’s 2013 Inauguration poem, One Today, all performed by chorus, strings and several collaborating local musicians in various musical styles. Mr. Blanco will be speaking about these poems and others. Suggested donation at the door of $10.00. Sponsored by Bethel Area Arts and Music. Reception for local artists of all disciplines at 6:00 pm.
Saturday, February 17; 7:30 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel. Snow date February 18.

Wednesday, February 21

A Day in the Life of a Mt. Washington Snow Ranger
Part of Mahoosuc Land Trust's "A Day in the Life" series. Admission is free; donations appreciated.
Wednesday, February 21; 7:00-8:30 pm; Town Hall, 74 Village Road, Shelburne, N.H.

Rescheduled to Wednesday, February 28
Local Workshop on Dementia Support

My loved one has dementia - where do I start? Workshop is free of charge, but preregistration is required. Call MSAD44 Adult Ed to reserve your spot (824-2136 x1341). Sponsored by Memory Care at Market Square.
Wednesday, February 7; 3:00-4:00 pm; Telstar High School.

Wednesday, February 28
Community Supper

Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, February 28; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.