Sunday, June 17, 2018

Down Home Maine: Cree Ways and Christ's Love

Sister Bernadette Gautreau
Sister Bernadette Gautreau, story-teller and servant of Christ, spent 50 years among the Woodland Cree in northern Alberta. She will share her experiences in a talk in the dining room of the West Parish Congregational Church, 37 Church St., Bethel, Maine, on Friday, June 22 at 4:30 pm.
 

Growing up in Mexico, Maine, Sr. Bernadette felt called to a life of service as a nun. But she also grew up hunting with her father and enjoying the outdoors. So, when asked to teach First Nation children on Alberta's Fox Lake reservation, she eagerly accepted the assignment.
 

There she soon found that boys and girls raised in "the bush" could not relate to the stories in the school's books. But as she encouraged them to write and illustrate their own stories, they eagerly learned the English words they needed. In turn, the Cree taught her ways that have sustained their lives for thousands of years and invited her to help in their ceremonies.
 

Sr. Bernadette will show attenders some of her treasures from her time in Canada. This talk will be the third in Western Mountains Senior College's 2018 Down Home Maine series. It is free and open to the public, but donations to cover incidental costs will be welcome.

Brown Bag Lunch: Which Mushrooms Are Safe to Pick?

Amanda Moran will facilitate a Brown Bag Lunch discussion on Tuesday, June 26 from 12:15 – 1:30 pm at the Bethel Inn Library to introduce what her fall course on mycology will include.
 

Amanda's course scheduled for the fall session of the Western Mountain Senior College will focus on the basic language of mycology. You will learn how to safely identify wild mushrooms while dispelling some of our common cultural fears toward them.

Sponsored by WMSC, this event is free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch and join the discussion at the Bethel Inn Library. FMI and to RSVP: ewooley@myfairpoint.net, 562-1089.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Paul Motts to Lead Bird Walk in White Mountain National Forest

Come join the U. S. Forest Service at Hastings Campground on Saturday, June 9 & 16 at 8:00 am for a free guided bird walk. Naturalist (and WMSC member) Paul Motts will lead us on a 1.5 mile walk where we will experience the beautiful melody of June birds in the White Mountain National Forest. Hastings Campground is located on ME Route 113 approximately 3.5 miles south of Gilead. Meet at the campground check-in kiosk.

June Events

Friday, June 22
Down Home Maine: Cree Ways and Christ's Love

Sister Bernadette Gautreau, native of Mexico, Maine, story-teller and servant of Christ, spent 50 years among the Woodland Cree in northern Alberta. She will share her experiences and show some of her treasures from her time in Canada. Free and open to the public; donations welcome.
Friday, June 22; 4:30 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Wednesday, June 26
What Mushrooms Can You Pick?
Amanda Moran introduces you to the basics of mycology. This is a precursor to the multi-session course she will be teaching in the Fall Term of the Western Mountains Senior College where she will teach how to safely identify wild mushrooms while dispelling some of our common cultural fears about them. Free and open to the public.  RSVP to Liz Wooley (ewooley@myfairpoint.net)
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Wednesday, June 26; 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.

Saturday, June 9 & June 16
Guided Bird Walk
Join the Forest Service at Hastings Campground on June 9 & 16 at 8:00 am for a free guided bird walk. Naturalist Paul Motts will lead a 1.5 mile walk where we will experience the beautiful melody of June birds in the White Mountain National Forest. Hastings Campground is located on 113 approximately 3.5 miles south of Gilead, ME. Meet at the campground check-in kiosk.

Saturday, June 9 & Saturday, June 16; 8:00 am; Hastings Campground, Route 113 approximately 3.5 miles south of Gilead, ME.

Saturday, June 23
Bethel Rotary Yard Sale and Auction
Rotary Club of Bethel's annual fundraiser - all proceeds are used for community projects and scholarships. Yard Sale from 8:00 am - 3 pm; Auction preview 5:30 pm, auction begins at 6:30. FMI: bethelrotary.org.
Saturday, June 23; Yard Sale 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Auction 6:30 pm; Telstar High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel.

Wednesday, June 27
Community Supper

Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, June 27; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.