Courses Winter 2018

Registration begins January 5, 2018. Download a registration form here.


De-mystifying Poetry has been canceled
This course will attempt to increase your understanding of poetry through examination of a variety of types, old and new. Some poetry rhymes, some does not; some tell stories, others provide sight images; some are easy to understand, and others are difficult. No prior experience is necessary. We will explore the how’s and the why’s of poems, having fun doing so. Class limit 8.
Facilitator: Suzanne Taylor
Tues., Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13; 1:00-3:00; THS, Adult Ed. Office.

From Fiber to Fabric: The Warp and Weft of Civilization
History and evolution of fiber arts and its relationship to the progress of society. Emphasis will be on wool and other animal fibers, hands-on experience with spindles and wheels. If possible, we will visit a local farm where sheep, alpacas and llamas are raised. Class limit 8.
Facilitator: Lorrie Hoeh

Thurs., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15; 10:00-11:30; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Cooking with Cathi
Come and join Cathi DiCocco for four lessons in creating tasty foods: pasta and sauces, making your own mixes, special diets (gluten free), desserts (gelato, sorbet). Class limit 8.
Facilitator: Cathi DiCocco
Thurs., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1; 3:00-5:00; DiCocoa’s, Main St., Bethel.

Creative Writing
Reflective writing will be emphasized in this course. Individual and group writing activities will include opportunities for sharing work and consultation as desired. Class limit 12.
Facilitator: Suzanne Taylor
Fri., Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, Mar 2; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Drawing and Painting
This course is designed to meet the needs of most people, even the very beginner. The idea is to get together and enjoy the creative experience as a group. Instruction in all media. Some materials provided. Class limit 12.
Facilitator: Suzanne Taylor
Thurs., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Introduction to Handbell Ringing
Make beautiful music with your friends as you learn the art of English handbell ringing. No previous musical experience is needed, but each participant must be able to count to 4.
Class limit: 12.
Facilitator: Jean Bass
Mon., Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26; 1:30-3:00; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Winter Wildlife Tracks Workshop
Discover the animals inhabiting Maine’s mixed forest by observing tracks left in soft snow. Join Natural History Educator Paul Motts for this two-session workshop. Each class will consist of one and one half hours of indoor instruction followed by a walk to identify tracks along the new trail at the Valentine Conservation Center. Snowshoes highly recommended. Class limit 8.
Facilitator: Paul Motts
Tues., Jan. 30 and Feb. 6; 1:00-4:30; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Rd., Bethel.

 For Members Only

Winter Potluck Dinner
Anticipate spring! Join us for a potluck meal - bring any kind of dish you'd like. Members are welcome to bring a guest. We need people to volunteer to set up at 4:30 and to clean up at 7:00. Contact Marvin Ouwinga ( if you can help.
Wed., March 14; 5:30 -7:00; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel. (Snow date March 15.)