Saturday, April 28, 2018

May Events

Tuesday, May 8
Down Home Maine: New Ideas, New Practices in Education
What does 21st century learning look like? And what is a "maker space"? The landscape of learning is challenged to be "agile" and "nimble" and "experiential." Sara Shifrin, Director of Gould's Marlon Family IDEAS Center, will speak about the trends in 21st century education, and what these mean for the student learner and the learning environment.
Tuesday, May 8; 4:30 pm; Alumni Auditorium, McLaughlin Science Center, Gould Academy.

Tuesday, May 15
Brown Bag Lunch: U.S. In the World: Are We Helping?
Recently retired U.S. diplomat Lucy Abbott will lead a discussion on connections between our foreign and domestic policies. Lucy has, in three decades of service, developed strategies on advancing our energy and environmental goals, on protecting Americans abroad, and on navigating the contradictions that arise when our foreign assistance, security, economic and political objectives are in conflict with each other. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Liz Wooley (
Tuesday, May 15; 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library

Wednesday, May 23

Pairs and Spares Dining Out
Join with other couples and singles for the Pairs and Spares dinner at Nonna’s Kitchen in Gorham, New Hampshire, about half an hour west of Bethel. Members may bring a guest. To sign up and make carpooling arrangements, contact Kay Rector at or call 207-824-3333.
Wednesday, May 23; 6:00 pm; Nonna's Kitchen, Gorham, NH.

Thursday, May 24
Down Home Maine: Step Falls Wildflower Hike
Lynne Zimmerman will lead a leisurely, easy, one-mile (round trip) hike along beautiful Step Falls to identify wildflowers and enjoy the waterfalls. Be sure to bring appropriate footwear, water, bug repellent, and a camera.
Thursday, May 24; 1:30-3:00; Step Falls (on Route 26 near Grafton Notch).

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

Tuesday, May 1
Red Cross Blood Drive at Telstar High School
Sponsored by the Telstar Chapter of the National Honor Society.  FMI: NHS advisor Sarah Southam (
Tuesday, May 1; noon-5:00 pm; Telstar High School Gymnasium, Bethel.

Saturday, May 5 and May 19
Bird Walks at Mahoosuc Land Trust
Get to know our local birds by joining James Reddoch, MLT member and birding enthusiast, on two Saturday bird walks. We hope to document all of the bird species on Valentine Farm. Experience is not required and there are binoculars available for use. The walk will be along a flat, gentle trail with good access to water, field and forest habitats.  FMI:
Saturday, May 5 and May 19; 8:00-10:00 am; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel.

Sunday, May 6
Mahoosuc Community Band Spring Concert
Under the direction of Patricia Boyle-Wight our local community band presents its annual concert of traditional and popular music. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully appreciated.  Refreshments following concert.
Sunday, May 6, 4:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Wednesday, May 9
A Day in the Life of a Tiny-House Builder
Gould Academy Junior Luke Hayward began building a tiny house to culminate his 8th grade year at the Eddy School. Since then he, his father Chris and his grandfather Gary have worked together to construct his house, using creative methods to keep costs and environmental impact low. They'll share the process and results of their project. Part of the 2018 speaker series sponsored by Norway Savings Bank. FMI:
Wednesday, May 9; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Monday, May 14 and May 21

Creating a Pollinator Garden 
Help Mahoosuc Land Trust create a pollinator garden at Valentine Farm. Attend a two-part gardening course on the basics of pollinators and designing beneficial gardens. All are then welcome to help plan, plant and maintain the garden during weekly work nights throughout the season. Class participation is not required to volunteer in the garden. To learn more and to register for the class, please call Mahoosuc Land Trust at 824-3806.
Monday, May 14 and May 21; 5:30-7:30; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel.

Wednesday, May 30
Community Supper

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