E-news February 25, 2017
Spring classes are available on the Senior College website and registration is open.
Spring registration has begun and the year’s first field trip (on March 19 to the Penobscot Theater) announced. If it wasn’t for all the snow and cancellations, it would be time to dream of short sleeves, blooming trees, and the return of the robins. Given the two cancellations we have had, however, I thought it might be good to let you know our thinking in that regard. Our primary consideration is driving conditions. If either the drive in or the drive home is expected to be unsafe, then we are likely to cancel. Just the other day, Sharon and I had the opposite experience in which we got into an uncomfortable situation attempting to drive to something that didn’t cancel.
At Senior College, we make the decision based on weather reports and in consultation with the Hutchinson Center staff. Safety is the priority. Fortunately, winter storms on Thursdays have been a rarity. Hopefully, this will be it for a long time to come!
As we announced previously, Senior College fees are increasing this spring. Six week courses have gone up from $30 to $35. In addition, books are no longer provided. You will have to purchase them on your own. However, we don’t want anyone to miss out because of the increased costs. Anyone in need of scholarship help can apply at the Senior College office. Scholarships can cover any combination of membership, course fees, and books. The only consideration is that someone would not be able to participate without help.
Stay safe and warm the rest of the winter. We are looking forward to seeing you in March.
Call to Artists
All Senior College artists are invited to exhibit one piece of their work in the 15th Annual Festival of Art, June 1 – 4, 2017, at UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast.
Amateur and professional artists are welcome. All media will be accepted, except video and installation art. Some size restrictions may apply.
Registration period: March 1-31, 2017
Registration forms and information are available:
Via e-mail at email@example.com
Pick up at the Senior College office, UMaine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue (Rt. 3), Belfast
Leave a message at 338-8033, or call Cathy Bradbury 223-4459
Entry forms must be submitted by March 31, 2017. Artwork must be delivered to the University of Maine Hutchinson Center on Wednesday, May 31, between 5 and 7 p.m.
We encourage all members of Senior College to take advantage of this opportunity to show their work in a non-juried, non-competitive exhibition. Art work may be priced and advertised for sale at no cost to the artist.
The Festival of Art is sponsored by Senior College at Belfast www.thierryb7.sg-host.com.
Community Service Committee
Members of the Community Service Committee and others who have volunteered to support our projects have been busy this month.
Aging Well in Waldo County
This initiative is conducting a countywide assessment to explore the strengths and needs of people age 50 and over living in Waldo County. This work is funded by Maine AARP, and supported not only by the Senior College Community Service Committee, but also by Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast City Council, and the Waldo County Commissioners. An epic effort has been launched to distribute the survey both online and by hand throughout a county known to have high levels of poverty. Sixteen seniors, most of whom are Senior College members, have been trained and armed with paper copies of surveys to target seniors in Waldo County, especially outside Belfast. A list of locations where seniors gather has been provided to the distribution team in an effort to reach respondents in each of the 26 municipalities.
In the U.S., Maine has the greatest number of age-friendly communities, but this is the first time an entire county has been taken on. Upon completion, an individual from WCGH will input each paper survey into the Constant Contact database.
Aging well in Waldo County now has a Facebook page and a website. Senior College members are welcome to explore these and post items of interest on the Facebook site. Senior College members are encouraged to visit the website agingwellinwaldocounty.org and click on the link to take the survey.
Read Across America
Read Across America begins at the end of this month. More than 50 Senior College volunteers are preparing to read to children at eleven area schools, including Appleton, Smith School (Winterport), Drinkwater School (Northport), East Belfast, Nickerson (Swanville), Captain Albert Stevens (Belfast), Morse (Brooks), Weymouth (Morrill), Lincolnville, Searsport, and Monroe. All reading events are scheduled between February 28 and March 7 to coincide with the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel (known as Dr. Suess). Read Across America was started by the National Education Association to promote reading aloud in schools. Our thanks in advance to the coordinators for each school and to all the enthusiastic volunteers creating a memorable event for Waldo County area elementary school children.