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To Your Health; Movement and Music for Seniors

Apr
4

April 4th, 2024

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To Your Health (TYH); Movement and Music for Seniors

Experience the joy of movement and muic for healthy aging with Lisa Davidson, yoga teacher, and Jim Gallant, guitarist/singer/songwriter, each of whom will present for this "To Your Health" spring program. 

Yoga Demonstration and Participation--Lisa Davidson will begin the program with "How Yoga Helps us Age Well". Davidson, who has been teachng and practicing yoga for over 40 years, will demonstrate and encourage audience participation in gentle yoga postures, from either a seated or a standing position. The postures will focus on improving strenth, mobility, and balance in order to create a sense of positivity and peacefullness, all while having fun.

"Through practice, we learn how the three A's-Awareness, Acceptance, and Adjustment- help us move joyfully through life. We are told to keep on moving so we may age well. Through yoga, we'll discover how to enjoy keeping yourself healthy, rather than making it a chore on the to-do list", says Davidson. 

Ms. Davidson trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Healing and has expanded her studies and certifications to teaching yoga to seniors. She offers weekly live stream Kripalu and gentle senior yoga sessions via Zoom. Lisa is also a Reiki Master and loves hiking and skiing. 

Show and Singalong--The second half of the program brings guitarist and singer/songwriter Jim Gallant to the stage. Whether performng at a coffeehouse, college concert, or an outdoor festival, Gallant captures the hearts and feet of his audience. His up-tempo guitar style and mix of catchy originals and masterful interpretetations leave the audience feeling fully-satisfied. From Dylan and the Beatles to Bach and Blues, his shows are fun-filled and exciting. Jim will perform some of his orignal songs, familiar old-time classics, and will lead some singalong selections for all to enjoy. 

Jim performs throughout Maine and New England as a soloist or with his band. He has shared the stage with Doc Watson, New Grass Revival, Taj Mahal, Livingston Taylor, Jessie Colin Young, Dave Von Ronk and others. He has been a guitar instructor at Fiddlehead Center for the Arts in Gray since its beginning. 

This program is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health of the Western Moutains Senior College, in collaboration with the Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD #44 Adult and Community Edcuation. Light refreshments are available. Admission is free. All ages are welcome. 

When: Thursday, April 4

Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: Bethel Congregational Church, 32 Church St., Bethel

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Transcendentalism

with William Andrews

Apr
1

April 1st, 2024

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Most of us over the age of 50 read some works by American Transcendentalists in high school or college. Probably few of us have read many such works since. It's time for a second look.

Transcendentalism flourished, mostly in New England and especailly in eastern Massachusettes, from around 1835 to the Civil War. We'll explore the historical context of Transcendental ideas, their sources in American and European thought, and thier relevance - if any- to life today. Readings in some of the "minor" Transcendental writers will set the stage for analysis of the two major writers: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. This will be a reading-intensive course, as we look at essays, poetry, and one big wonderful book: Thoreau's Walden

When: Mondays starting April 1st. This class is five weeks.

Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. 

Where: Bethel Historical Society, Robinson House

 

 

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Wildflower Walk at Step Falls, Sess. II

with Lynn Zimmerman

May
23

May 23rd, 2024

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A spring favorite is backA leisurely, easy, one mile round-trip hike along beautiful Step Falls. It is the perfect time to enjoy the wildflowers and waterfalls and before the summer crowds arrive. Be sure to bring approprate footwear, water and insect repellent. 

It is the perfect time to enjoy the many spring widlflowers and the waterfalls. 

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Wildflower Walk at Step Falls, Sess. I

with Lynn Zimmerman

May
15

May 15th, 2024

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A spring favorite is backA leisurely, easy, one mile round-trip hike along beautiful Step Falls. It is the perfect time to enjoy the wildflowers and waterfalls and before the summer crowds arrive. Be sure to bring approprate footwear, water and insect repellent. 

It is the perfect time to enjoy the many spring widlflowers and the waterfalls. 

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Eclipse!

with Paul Motts

Mar
11

March 11th, 2024

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Eclipses have fascinated people throughout the ages, and on April 8th of this year you will have the chance to observe an event that is sure to be remembered as one of the best experiences of your life! Discover the story of why eclipses occur and what makes them such a treasured experience. In addition, learn what to expect and how to best prepare for the upcoming April total eclipse of the sun.

Join former National Park Service Forest Ranger Paul Motts for another of his popular natural history presentations. To help you prepare for the eclipse, we will have a limited supply of NASA-approved eclipse viewing glasses available for sale at the event for $3 each. Limit to two per attendee. 

When: Monday March 11, 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Gould McLaughlin Science Center

FREE and open to the public! 

 

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Membership with WMSC covers membership cost for programs from September 2023 to August 2024. There may be an additional cost for specific programs. Serving primarily the over-50 population, with Associate Membership available for anyone over 18. WMSC membership grants access to courses at any of Maine's 17 Senior Colleges; https://www.maineseniorcollege.org/

We offer: 

-A wide variety of regular classes, some with directed readings and discussion, others more hands on.

-No testing: participation is for the sheer joy of learning.

-Enjoyable and engaging members-only activities. 

Our Mission: To support lifelong learners in their quest for new knowledge and experience by providing a variety of programs and activities. 

Copies of WMSC By-laws are available upon request. 

For questions and more information, please email; wmsc@sad44.org

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