Thursday, February 13, 2020

Winter wonders

When courses are not in session, PVSC fills our longing for learning with One-Day Events. They're usually two-hour presentations on all kinds of topics. Presenters and learners alike tend to find them stimulating and inspiring.

This winter, we've already had two, one on women in Islam and one on the extreme adventures of a pair of our world-traveling members. Coming up in March is another event that should have high interest for members, especially since some of us may have dim memories of this chapter in our history: the WWII German POW camps in Maine.

The speaker is Erica Nadelhaft from the Maine Holocaust and Human Rights Center, and the date is March 20. This event is members-only (or guests of members), so this is a great time to join up! Ya'll come!

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Chasing the winter blahs

Let winter do its thing outdoors. We have two exciting and very different programs designed to brighten a couple of winter days. Both are free to members; guests are welcome if there's room. Please register by calling 659-1359 or emailing

The After-Life: Pursuit of a Full Life After Retirement 
Friday, January 24, 10:00-noon, 138 Eastport, UMA-Bangor,

These two intrepid explorers, PVSC members Betty Jamison and Kris Reid, will narrate their ambitious efforts to hold off old-age decrepitude. They've been in the Alps, on Kilimanjaro, and to Everest Base Camp, as well as the C&O Canal (on bikes) the Appalachian Trail (on feet), and other destinations. How do they do it? Come find out!

Muslim Women: Culture vs. Religion
Monday, February 10 (Snow Date: Wednesday February 26)
138 Eastport, UMA-Bangor, 10:00-noon.

Dina Yacoubagha and Marwa Elkelani (Hassanien) will answer all your questions about Islam and women. This is a follow-up to last spring's informative session about Islam, and will focus especially on separating religion and culture, especially as they apply to Muslim women. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020


Our contact info has changed as of January 1, part of exciting changes that will make PVSC even more user-friendly. See post below for details.

Please note this new contact info, which is  also on our sidebar:

Mailing address:
499 Broadway
P.M.B. #274
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207) 659-1359
Administrative Assistant: Sheila Krautkremer 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Happy holidays to all!

Whatever winter holiday you celebrate, we hope it's a peaceful, productive season for you.

PVSC's holiday gift to itself is a serious upgrade in the way we offer our courses and other services. Beginning January 1, we'll be online. Members will be able to read the catalog and register for classes  online, and get instant confirmation. They'll be able to pay their membership fee and get all the news in a timely way.

Members who don't go online will still be able to do everything by phone and mail, but others will appreciate the convenience of our online services.

And it will be easier than ever for non-members to get information about what we have to offer, and eventually join up.

Please note: our contact information will be changing on January 1. Watch for details!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The season of giving

It's the season of giving: making lists, considering loved ones, contributing to causes we care about. We might become annoyed at the ever-present urges to think about the holidays. We complain about the barrage of solicitations in the mail and the way-to-early Christmas displays in the stores. But at the heart of the holiday season is a great impulse.

So when you're thinking about donations, don't forget PVSC.

We wish everyone a calm, joyful, holiday season filled with everything good.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Maine is age-friendly!

Senior College has always been age-friendly: that's our purpose, after all! Now the whole state of Maine has gotten on the bandwagon, by joining AARP's Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. By doing so, Maine has become an officially Age-Friendly State, according to AARP.

The goal of the undertaking is, as Governor Janet Mills said, "creating age-friendly, livable communities with walkable streets, safe and affordable housing, transportation and access to services." While these goals would help Mainers of any age, they're especially welcome to seniors and those with disabilities. 

A skeptical person might think that this is only a label. But there's meat at the heart of it. The network will make "critical data, technical advice, best practices and organizing tools" available to Maine, Mills said. Even raising awareness of seniors' needs is a good start, so hurrah for Maine! Onward and upward!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

What's next?

We've had our annual luncheon and fall courses are starting to wind down already. Six weeks seems really short when you're having fun! Already the Curriculum Committee is planning spring courses. The rest of us may be wondering what we'll do with ourselves when we have to say goodbye to our weekly learning-and-socializing.

Well, of course we can follow up on whatever line of thought/learning/reading we were pursuing in class. We can embrace fall, with its leaves and pumpkins and Thanksgiving dinner. And find ways to enjoy the cold and dark that follow.

Even better, we can find new learning opportunities in the area. Don't forget that, come January, seniors can take UMaine System courses tuition-free and can audit, so there's no cause to worry about grades.

If you're a member, you have free membership at nearby Senior Colleges; some have winter events and courses.

Local libraries, EAAA, and Gateway Seniors have all kinds of activities. AARP has frequent informative meetings.