Tuesday, September 29, 2020

And so fall begins . . .

Today's the day! Courses begin this very day, and we're so excited. We have a nice selection of topics, from zoology and pet care, Maine poetry, and race/privilege to watercolor painting, and so much more! 

Yes, we're still on Zoom, like so much of the rest of the world. But that's OK. We're still offering great courses, just in a little bit different way. Our summer Zoom offerings were a huge success, and we see no reason why fall shouldn't be just as wonderful.

If you've missed the start date but wanted to take a class, never fear. This year we plan something new: a winter term with at least a couple of offerings. So stay tuned! 

Meanwhile, happy fall!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Learning, learning, learning!

It's amazing how many ways there are for seniors to keep learning. Of course, our fall semester catalog is the place to start: https://pvsc.myrec.com/info/default.aspx

And of course, if you're a member, you can take courses at Senior Colleges across the state. The Lewiston-Auburn SC has just opened its fall courses to members of other SCs, so their lineup is worth a look: www.usm.maine.edu/seniorcollege

Monday, August 31, 2020

It's here! it's here!

The Fall course catalog is out! Courses begin September 29, and we're excited about the slate we've put together. Classes cover everything from A(rt) to V(eterinary medicine), with lots in between. 

Courses will be on Zoom, because that's what we have, these strange days. But fear not--it's easy, and help is available. 

Check out all the goodness on our website, https://pvsc.myrec.com/info/default.aspx

Won't it be good to be back in class?!

Monday, August 17, 2020

And did we mention . . .

 . . . Summer learning continues into fall at Senior Colleges around the state. Check out the last-minute opportunities at nearby SCs. 


And if you're thinking about fall courses, our catalog is about to come out. Lots of good stuff, from race and privilege to Poe and Maine poetry to watercolor painting. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

On through August with the Variety Show

Bari Newport wowed us with her discussion of regional theater and Penobscot Theatre Company in particular. (Keep your eyes open for the Theatre's announcement of its exciting line-up for next season. No, it's not live, but there's tremendous fun, stimulation, and creativity in what they're offering. Check it out!)

Coming up in our lovely Variety Show: 

African-American history in Bangor, Wednesday, August 19

German POW camps in Maine in World War II, Wednesday and Thursday, August 26 and 27

The ins and outs of self/cooperative publishing, Monday, August 31.

To register, call or email Sheila Krautkremer, smksenior2020@gmail.com or 659-1359.

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!