Public Events Fall 2017

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.

Elder Abuse: A Community Problem with Community Solutions
Elder Abuse is of growing concern throughout the U.S. today, especially here in Maine since we’re a state with one of the oldest population in the country. Statistics show that tens of thousands of older adults in Maine are abused each year. Betty Balderston, Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate at Legal Services for the Elderly, will share an overview of what Elder Abuse looks like, the red flags that all of us should be watching for, and the Maine resources that are available. By becoming educated about the problem of Elder Abuse each of us can become part of the solution.
Thurs., Sept. 21; 4:30-6:00; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Be Safe in Your Home
More than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that take place in the home, making the home the second most common location for such fatalities. Injuries sadly result in an average of 21 million medical visits each year, costing about $220 billion. What causes these problems? How can we prevent them?

In this interactive presentation, Jackie Cressy will address two major areas of concern: falls and fire safety. Become aware of the most common causes of falls and fires in the home and learn about easy changes to make your home much safer. You will have an opportunity to request installation of free smoke detectors for your home, courtesy of the Maine Red Cross and your local fire department. Many materials for this presentation are provided through the Center for Disease Control.
Thurs., Oct. 12; 4:30-6:00; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.


Presentations by our friends and neighbors which demonstrate the rich and varied talents, skills and adventures of the residents of our State of Maine. For more information contact Steve Smith at Free and open to the public.

Revealing the Mysteries of Autumn Colors

Every fall the broadleaf trees dazzle us with a splendor of autumn colors, ranging from the brilliant reds of the red maples to the rusty browns of the northern red oaks. Discover the hidden secrets for why this annual event occurs and what make the broadleaf forest of New England especially appealing. Our featured speaker is Paul Motts, a recently retired National Park Service naturalist who works as the Environmental Education Consultant for the Mahoosuc Land Trust and volunteers with the White Mountain National Forest Service.
Thurs., Sept. 28; 4:30-6:00; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy.

A Family’s Immigration to the U.S.
Marcel Polak came to the United States as a 4 year-old. He will provide a history of immigration from Europe to the United States through his family stories of the 20th Century in Poland, Romania, France and Germany. His historical account will include the murder of family members in the Holocaust. This presentation is particularly timely given current conflicted national attitudes about immigrants.
Tues., Oct. 17; 4:30-6:00; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy.


Free and open to the public. Brown Bag Lunches provide an opportunity for folks to get together informally to discuss interesting topics. Often these discussions are follow-ups to Down Home Maine presentations but frequently we explore entirely new topics. Bring your brown bag lunch and join the fun!

Ethnicities: What’s Your Family’s Story?

As a follow-up to Marcel Polak’s Down Home Maine presentation, our discussion will center on participants’ stories of family immigration and other interesting family histories. Bring artifacts if you want – and don’t forget your lunch.
Thurs., Oct. 19; 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library.

A Shared Heritage Potluck

This Heritage potluck lunch builds on two October programs: Marcel Polak’s Down Home Maine discussion of his family’s immigration and the Brown Bag Lunch on other immigration stories. For this get-together share a dish that represents your heritage. Anna Sysko, from DiCocoa's Restaurant in Bethel, will comment on one or more of the dishes at the event. In fact, you could call Anna ahead of time for suggestions for a representative meal (207-450-2344). And … she’ll be preparing some things she learned from her Lithuanian and Polish grandparents - yum!
Tues., Nov. 14; 12:15-1:30; Moses Mason House.


Senior College Players Performances
Don’t miss these fun filled evenings. See a different side of your friends and neighbors as they perform in this popular annual event.
Fri., Nov. 17 and Sat., Nov. 18; 7:00; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy.