Courses Spring 2019

Drawing and Painting
A continuation of 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., Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Literature and Culture of Women of Color – Part 2
In this course we will focus on the literature and culture of women of color. We will examine poetry, essays and stories of two ethnicities: Latin American and Asian American. The text will be supplied. Class limit 12.
Facilitator: Suzanne Taylor
Fri., Mar. 15, 29, Apr. 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

American Mah Jongg
This is a continuation of a popular course. Learnas 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.
Mon., Mar. 25, Apr. 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6; 1:00-3:00; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel.

Great Decisions
Great Decisions is America’s oldest and largest citizen discussion group about American foreign policy challenges. WMSC is proud to have offered the first of these groups meeting in Maine. The non-partisan Foreign Policy Association annually provides our briefing book and related DVD. This term will present four of the eight challenges addressed this year. These topics include: The Middle East Regional Disorder; The Rise of Populism in Europe; Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics; State of the State Department and Diplomacy. Class limit 20. Rotating facilitators.
Coordinator: Peter Gartner
Tues., Mar. 19, 26, Apr. 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7, 14 (Snow make-up May 21); 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Bridge for Beginners
How to play and learn the language of bridge using the most basic bidding and playing techniques. This course is strictly for beginners! Class limit 8.
Facilitator: Jennifer Cohen
Wed., Mar. 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 15; 1:00-3:00; Public Room, Rumford Public Library, 56 Rumford Avenue,


Early Nesting and Returning Spring Birds Workshop
Early spring is a great time to observe nesting bald eagles, to see the waterfowl migration at its peak, and to experience the magnificent 300- foot sky dance of the woodcock courtship displays. In this workshop you will learn about the nesting habits of bald eagles and become familiar with the water birds that inhabit the thawing, upland lakes and waterways of Western Maine. Naturalist Paul Motts will take us to the specific locations where we will have a chance to observe our early spring birding delights! Class limit 12.
• Wed., Apr. 3; 1:00-3:00; Migrating Waterfowl, Part 1; Valentine Farm Conservation Center.
• Wed., Apr. 10; 1:00-3:00; Migrating Waterfowl, Part 2 (includes a field session); Valentine Farm Conservation Center.
• Sat., Apr. 13; 8:00-10:30 am; Migrating Waterfowl and Nesting Eagles on North Pond;Meet at Telstar Parking Area.
• Wed., Apr. 17; 7:00-8:30 pm; Woodcock Sky Dancers; Valentine Farm Conservation Center.


Vintage Postcard Collecting for Beginners
This class will focus on the history and identification of antique postcards from various eras. Information will be provided on how to locate and purchase cards. Ideas will be presented for the organization and display of a collection. We will view actual cards portraying various subjects from all over the world, especially cards from this area. We will view and discuss old personal calling cards. These are uniquely artistic and colorful cards left by a visitor around the turn of the 20th century. Class limit 8.
Facilitator: Dwight Mills
Mon., May 13; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Medical Grand Rounds
A coin-operated blood pressure cuff in a super market indicated high blood pressure. This was confirmed in his physician’s office, where a buffalo hump was also noted. In the traditional manner of Grand Rounds, the medical problem is presented, pertinent physical findings and lab data shown, and the clinical course discussed.
Facilitator: Jim McLean
Tues., May 7; 3:00-4:30; THS Lecture Hall.

MaineCare And Estate Planning
Have you done everything you can to protect your assets? Do you have a financial and healthcare power of attorney in place? Do you know how to protect your assets in the event you need long-term care? Join local attorney Martha McLean to learn what documents you should have in place for a comprehensive estate plan. Learn how to plan for long-term healthcare and protect your assets for the purposes of a MaineCare application.

Topics will include how assets pass at death, how to protect your assets and make sure they pass the way you want, end-of-life decisions, MaineCare rules, exempt assets, how to re-name assets so they are exempt from MaineCare, and Estate Recovery rules and long-term planning options. This presentation is free and open to the public, and is suitable for anyone who wants to be better prepared to face the challenges of longterm care and the potential need for MaineCare.
Facilitator: Martha McLean, Esq.
Mon., Mar. 18; 4:00-5:30; THS Lecture Hall.


Mardi Gras Potluck Supper
Join your Senior College friends for an evening of good food and conversation. Bring any kind of dish to share. Members are welcome to bring a guest. We need volunteers to set up at 4:30 and to clean up at 7:00. Please contact Jan Stowell (824-2676) if you can help.
Tues., Mar 5 (snow date Mar 12); 5:30-7:00; West Parish Congregational Church.

Pairs and Spares Dining Out
Our next event is dinner at the Jolly Drayman Pub on Mayville Road, Bethel. FMI or to reserve a spot, call, text, or email Kay Rector 207-824-3333 / The menu can be seen at:
Thurs., May 16; 6:00; Jolly Drayman, 150 Mayville Road, Bethel.