Courses Winter 2019

Drawing and Painting 
A new twist on a perennial favorite! Come and work on your own project or take part in a more structured format. This session will focus on realism and abstraction using a variety of media and techniques. Join us for a fun and creative experience. Class limit 12.
 Facilitator: Suzanne Taylor
Thurs., Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14; 10:00-noon, THS rm. 133.

Literature and Culture of Women of Color
In this course we will focus on the literature and culture of women of color. We will examine poetry, essays and stories from four ethnicities: Native American, African American, Latin American, and Asian American. The text will be supplied. Class limit 11. Facilitator: Suzanne Taylor 

Fri., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 8, 15, Mar. 1; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

American Mah Jongg

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 6.
Facilitator: Rita Aromaa

Mon., Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18; 1:00-3:00; Bethel Regional Airport Conference Room, North Road, Bethel.

Inside an Embassy: What Do U.S. Diplomats Do All Day?  

What happens in a U.S. Embassy? What do diplomats do? What is the difference between a demarche and a note verbale? Between a Charge d’Affaires, a.i. and an Ambassador? We will explain the nuts and bolts of diplomacy, the ins and outs of U.S. embassies. Participants will discuss some of the major issues challenging U.S. foreign policy today, such as the global implications of environmental degradation, ways we tackle corruption, and ethical issues around security policies such as targeted assassination by drone. This is an expanded version of the Brown Bag lunch talk Lucy Abbott presented in 2018. 
Facilitator: Lucy Abbott 
Wed., Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; 1:30-3:30; Bethel Town Office (Meeting Room). Class limit 25.


Pairs and Spares Dining Out 
Looking for an evening of delicious food (Italian and American), a big welcome, fellowship, and conversation? Pairs and Spares will be at Frank's Bar and Grille, Fall Line Drive, Sunday River, for a private party on Wednesday, February 6, at 6 PM. (Snow date is February 13.) We'll order off the menu and have separate checks at a restaurant that is normally open during ski season only on Friday and Saturday nights. New participants are encouraged to join the "regulars," and guests are welcome! ( FMI or to reserve a spot, call, text or e-mail Kay Rector, 207-824-3333 (
Wed., Feb 6; 6:00.