Saturday, August 1, 2020

Summer learnin’, cont.

Our summer offerings are halfway along, but it’s not too late to get in on the deliciousness. The Variety Show runs to the end of August. Next up: Prof. Steve Norton and “The Iceman Cometh: Maine Lakes”—exploration of water, ice, weather, and climate to explain some of Maine lake behavior.

Still ahead: The history of regional theatre in the US, African-Americans’ important role in Bangor’s history, and a two-part presentation on POW camps in Maine In WWII.

We’ve been thrilled with the turnout for all our experiments with Zoom presentations. The Variety Show attracts 40-50 members each week, as have our one-time special events. The short story discussion group is going strong with more dynamic discussions every week.

We’re grateful for our trusty Board of Directors. They saw the lockdown coming, met it head-on, and, as the business people say, pivoted nimbly to keep folks learning and engaged all summer. 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Summer learnin'

Your trusty blog writer has been absent for a bit, working to help get our two summer series underway. It's exciting to see how happily local seniors are taking to learning on Zoom: both series are pretty well at capacity. Turns out, not only can you teach old dogs news tricks, but old dogs can learn new tricks all by themselves!

Folks attending the Variety Show on Wednesdays at 4:00 have learned about a critical Supreme Court decision from the current session, Ramos v. Louisiana, and heard an overview of how waves and beaches work. Next week we'll take up "Brainstorming the Bicentennial: Past and Present Perspectives on Maine at 200," with history professor Liam Riordan.

Our book group-style discussion class, "Stories for Our Time" launched yesterday with a wonderful sharing of ideas about two pieces by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Next week, two startling stories by the ever-unpredictable George Saunders.

Good things are happening at PVSC, despite the restrictions imposed by Covic-19!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Variety Show

Happy 4th of July! Maybe the barbecues and fireworks are in short supply, but there’s excitement ahead!

PVSC’s Variety Show, a series of one-hour Zoom presentations on a fascinating range of topics, starts Wednesday, the 8th, and there are still seats left.

One sign-up gets you any or all of 8 weeks’ worth, every Wednesday at 4:00. Check out the delicious choices on our website:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

At-home learning just got lots better!

PVSC's free, innovative summer series is in place on our website, where you can register for any or all of the following. Click the images for information about each.

*Beginning July 8: The PVSC Variety Show, with speakers on fascinating topics, sort of like a mini-mini-course. One hour/week on Wednesdays at 4:00.

* July 10: A virtual tour of UMaine's Food Science Innovation Center, which finds new ways to use Maine food products. Learn about everything from cheese pressing to blast freezing.

* Beginning July 16: Short Stories for Our Time, a book-group-style discussion of short stories. One hour per week on Thursdays at 4:00.

Programs are free, but you must register to get a Zoom link. Details are on our website: Click "Register," then "Courses."

Friday, June 19, 2020

And now for something completely different . . .

Big announcement!

To help us keep learning through the rest of the summer, PVSC is proud to announce two new, FREE Zoom series, beginning in July:

  • The PVSC Variety Show, one-hour mini-mini-classes on hot topics: Maine's Bicentennial, German POW camps in Maine, waves and beaches, what the Bible doesn't say, and more. Wednesdays at 4:00, beginning July 8.
  • Short Stories for our Time, book-group-style discussions of stories by contemporary authors. Thursdays at 4:00, beginning July 16.
Details will appear here and on our website shortly. Meanwhile, check in on friends who may be interested but aren't computer-savvy. Perhaps you can find a way to team up with them (safely, of course). 

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Recap #3

It's almost time to stop posting these resources for learning at home and move on to something else. Like two exciting series we've put together for you: a lecture series and a short story discussion series! Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, here are a few more "best of the best" at-home learning resources:

Friday, June 12, 2020

More recap

Continuing with a few of our favorites from the long list of at-home learning suggestions:

Fastest way to know what to watch streaming:

Best local resource lists: