E-news March 2018
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Dear Senior College members,
The Spring session will begin in just a few days — March 22. Welcome back! If you are a new member, we hope you will enjoy our community of life-long learning and find plentiful opportunities to learn and share your interests and experience. We have a very diverse menu of courses this spring. Keep your eyes open for field trips and other special events, too.
Besides classes to take, Senior College offers many other opportunities to get involved. Coming up June 7–10 is our annual Festival of Art. It is a wonderful event; over a hundred senior artists exhibit. It also requires many volunteers to make preparations, set up, provide security, etc. Our Publicity Committee works on getting the word out about Senior College, and in addition to media releases it relies on volunteers to take publicity to the many towns. The Archive Committee maintains our records. A Special Events Committee plans field trips, picnics, and other events beyond the curriculum. Which brings us to the Curriculum Committee. Year-round, it plans courses to offer, recruits instructors, and monitors the process. The Nominating Committee consists partly of board members and partly of members at large. It recommends candidates for the Board of Trustees as well as officers on the board. A relatively new committee is the Finance Committee, which oversees the financial health and practices of our organization. This year we also instituted a Fundraising Committee, which conducted our first annual appeal.
If any of these areas strike your fancy for further involvement, stop by office and let us know or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will make the connection. Volunteers are also needed to work in the office.
The seventeen Senior Colleges in Maine all belong to something called the Maine Senior College Network, which facilitates communication among us. Our wide geographical dispersal makes it difficult to see each other face to face but much can be done electronically these days. On March 14, we will take it a step further by holding our first state-wide video conference. It will be done via a Skype-like program called Zoom, which allows multiple people to be connected and viewed. I will let you know in April how it worked out.
Arlin Larson, president
16th Annual Festival of Art
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A few of us will be gathering soon to organize the first Belfast Senior College Photography Club. This is an effort to continue learning about all aspects of photography and will be guided by the desires of the participants. This could include viewing images of note, both made by us and by others, providing constructive observations and sharing tips and experiences. Any level of experience is welcome. Join us to find out where we will go from here!
For comments, questions, or criticisms, email Doug Chamberlin at email@example.com
First meeting: Hutchinson Center, Room 105, at 11:45am on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
Lunch and Learn
The brown bag lunch originally scheduled in February is rescheduled on April 12, from 11:45 to 12:45. Mark Pechenik, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach of Maine’s Alzheimer’s Association, will make a presentation called Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. This is a highly compelling educational program that not only identifies the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, but also the difference between normal aging and the disease, and the importance of an early diagnosis. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, this will be a good opportunity to learn the facts. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future.
Outing to Colby Museum of Art
The Special Events Committee is planning an outing to Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville on Tuesday, April 17th. This highly regarded museum has an extensive collection of American art and features over 400 works by the well-known artist Alex Katz as well as a large collection of the works of John Marin, noted for his brilliant canvases of the Maine coast. A guided tour will be available to these major exhibits. Many may want to view the special exhibition of sports photography by Walter Iooss, which is currently on display.
Following the morning gallery visit we will meet for lunch at the very well-regarded Riverside Farm Restaurant and Wine Gallery in Oakland (about 7 minutes from the museum).
Carpooling will be available from the Hutchinson Center. There is no fee for museum entrance and lunch prices range from $10 to $20.
More information will be available along with map and sign-up sheets once Spring Session begins. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.