Courses Spring 2018

Registration begins March 15, 2018. 

Return Registration Form with fees to the Telstar Adult Ed. Office, mail to Western Mountains Senior College, PO Box 1305, Bethel ME 04217, or bring to the March 14 Pot Luck.

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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., Mar. 22, 29, Apr. 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 10:00-noon, THS rm. 133.

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., Mar. 16, 30, Apr. 13, 27, May 11, 25; 10:00-noon, THS rm. 133.

American Mah Jongg II

This is a continuation of the course that began last fall. Learn as you play American Mah Jongg. Mah Jongg is a table game for four players. Small rectangular tiles stamped with characters and symbols are used to assemble patterns that match a specific card of hands. The game is both simple and complex, requiring luck and skill. Come and learn this fun and sociable game. Class limit 8.
Facilitator: Rita Aromaa
Fri., Apr. 27, May 4, 11, (not on 18), 25, Jun. 1; 1:30-3:30; Valentine Farm, 162 North Road, Bethel.

A Trip on The River of Consciousness
Two weeks before his death, the eminent neurologist, Oliver Sacks, outlined the contents of his final book, The River of Consciousness. We will read these amazing essays that explore the meaning of evolution, the roots of creativity, and the nature of consciousness. Besides this inspiring work, we will sample readings from other of his great books including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, listen to a podcast of Sacks, and view together the amazing film, Awakenings, starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. Class limit 12.
Facilitator: Pat Stewart
Wed., May 16, 23, 30, Jun. 6, 13; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Philosophy 101 for Adults
Aristotle pornographic? Why does anyone at this stage of life need philosophy? The reading is too difficult. Socrates' head was in the clouds. Humbug! But, if you have ever been curious about how Western thought developed; what the divisions of the discipline of philosophy are; why people (in political factions) can't agree; whether logic really leads to truth; why the methodology of science is important; where does a belief in God fit into all this and why physicists often believe in God; what did Thomas Jefferson borrow; is there an American philosophy; what fallacies are; how to approach modern and contemporary art -- ever avoid those areas of a museum? Perhaps this course could enrich the wonderful stuff you have already experienced by allowing you to re-organize it for even more meaning! Class limit 18.
Facilitator: Iris Roberts
Mon., Mar. 26, Apr. 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

De-mystifying Poetry
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., Mar. 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 24, May 1; 1:00-3:00; THS rm. 133.

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America’s oldest and largest citizen discussion group on our foreign policy challenges. WMSC is proud to have offered the first of these discussion groups currently meeting in Maine. The non-partisan Foreign Policy Association annually provides our briefing books and a DVD on eight current and critical issues facing America’s foreign policies. The Spring 2018 Term introduces the first four of this year’s topics: Russia’s Foreign Policy; China and America: the new geopolitical equation; Global Health: progress and challenges; Turkey: a partner in crisis. Class limit 19.
Rotating facilitators; Coordinator: Peter Gartner
Tues., Mar. 27, Apr. 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Stargazing 101

If you enjoy looking at the night sky, want to share what you know and learn a little more, please join Brendon for this brief course. We will hold an indoor session introducing the brighter stars, major constellations and easily visible planets. Then we will meet outdoors after sunset to see "what's up"! A second indoor and outdoor session will be held in late summer, dates to be determined. Class limit 18.
Facilitator: Brendon Bass
Mon., Mar. 26; 1:00-300; THS rm. 133.
Mon., Apr. 2; 7:30 pm; golf course on Fairway Road, Bethel.


Rescued Animals

Horses, dogs, cats ... there are many ways that we can help these vulnerable critters who really need our love and support. Come visit rescue horses, pony, and dogs, and find out more about how much they can give to you! Also, find out about some of Maine's current rescue organizations for both domestic and wild creatures. Class limit 15.
Facilitator: Patricia Harris
Tues., Apr.17; 10:00-noon; 65 Lange Road, Albany Township.

Medical Grand Rounds

B.S. is a 45 year old male with a history of long standing, low-grade bilateral flank pain. In recent months nausea and anorexia have appeared and worsened. In the traditional manner of Grand Rounds, the medical problem is presented, pertinent physical findings and lab data shown, and the clinical course discussed. No class limit.
Facilitator: Jim McLean
Wed., May 9; 3:00-4:30; THS Lecture Hall.


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. You may bring a guest. To sign up and make carpooling arrangements, contact Kay Rector at or call 207-824-3333.
Wed., May 23; 6:00.