Public Events Spring 2018

The following presentations and events are free and open to the public. 


To Your Health is provided as a community service by WMSC in collaboration with the Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Continuing Education. Admission is free and open to the public. FMI contact Rosabelle Tifft at 824 -2053.

Distressed Over Stress?

To Your Health will present a program with ideas on how we can “de-stress.” Ellen Crocker, retired psychotherapist, will give an introduction to stress and the problems it can cause. Her talk will be followed by examples of how to de-stress. Wendy Youmans, Yoga Instructor, will discuss meditation and show us some yoga stretches that can be done at home to help us de-stress. Jewel Clarke, local musician, will demonstrate the value of music. Class participation is encouraged.
Thursday, April 12; 4:30-6:00; West Parish Congregational Church, Lower Level.

Our friends and neighbors demonstrate the rich and varied talents, skills, and adventures of the residents of our State of Maine. Free and open to the public.

Canoeing with the Cree
Registered Master Maine guide Polly Mahoney of Mahoosuc Guide Service in North Newry shares her experiences working with and traveling by canoe with the Cree of northern Quebec - what she has learned about “bush medicine,” setting fishnets, carving Cree paddles. This show will be a mix of personal experience, shared knowledge and beautiful images of pristine wild country.
Tuesday, April 24; 7:00 pm; Alumni Auditorium, McLaughlin Science Center, Gould Academy.

New Ideas, New Practices in Education
What does 21st century learning look like? And what is a "maker space"? The landscape of learning is challenged to be "agile" and "nimble" and "experiential."  Sara Shifrin, Director of Gould's Marlon Family IDEAS Center, will speak about the trends in 21st century education, and what these mean for the student learner and the learning environment.
Tuesday, May 8; 4:30 pm; Alumni Auditorium, McLaughlin Science Center, Gould Academy.

Step Falls Wildflower Hike
 Lynne Zimmerman will lead a leisurely, easy, one-mile (round trip) hike along beautiful Step Falls to identify wildflowers and enjoy the waterfalls. Be sure to bring appropriate footwear, water, bug repellent, and a camera. Thursday, May 24; 1:30-3:00; Step Falls (on Route 26 near Grafton Notch).

Friday, June 22
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.
Friday, June 22; 4:30 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.


Bring your own lunch. Free and open to the public.

U.S. In the World: Are We Helping?

Recently retired U.S. diplomat Lucy Abbott will lead discussion on connections between our foreign and domestic policies. Lucy has, in three decades of service, developed strategies on advancing our energy and environmental goals, on protecting Americans abroad, and on navigating the contradictions that arise when our foreign assistance, security, economic and political objectives are in conflict with each other.
Tuesday, May 15; 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library.

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.
Wednesday, June 26: 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library.