Tuesday, February 16, 2021

SPRING COURSES! YES!

Finally! It's been a long winter, with more to come, but it's time to think about spring learning. Classes begin the week of March 22. Registration will open at the beginning of March. Courses are being finalized as we speak, but you can look for topics including: 

  • watercolor painting
  • the Supreme Court
  • folklore/folkways
  • endangered species
  • sexuality in Greek-Roman times. 
What a variety! And while you're waiting, don't miss member Judy Hakola talking to WABI-TV about the wonders of Senior College:

Friday, February 12, 2021

Something(s) to look forward to

It's a while until spring courses begin the week of March 22. But never fear: two dynamic presentations are on the horizon!

  • First comes an exploration of that gem in Bradley, the Maine Forest and Logging Museum (sometimes known as Leonard's Mills). There's lots of fascinating stuff, including the working water-powered sawmill, the famous Lombard log hauler, and more. Herb Crosby, our presenter, has been involved with the project from the beginning. He taught Mechanical Engineering Technology at UMaine.
  • Then comes "Native American Studies 101," which will include a discussion of Native demographics and regional similarities/differences, with a focus on the local tribes. It will also cover perceptions of Native people in media and popular culture. Presenter Lisa Neuman teaches anthropology and Native American Studies at UMaine.
Members can sign up now on our website, at https://pvsc.myrec.com/info/default.aspx.

Not a member? Now's the time to join! Use the same link to get signed up, or call Sheila Krautkremer at 659-1359.


Monday, January 18, 2021

Slogging through January

So: we have vaccines on the horizon, if not actually here; a new administration in Washington; some warmish January days; the days getting ever-so-slowly lighter. And spring courses in the works. Let's whistle a happy tune and call the winter half over!

Our February ukulele course is on the horizon (and we finally learned to spell "ukulele"). And come March, it will be time to register for our spring semester! We've already confirmed two:

  • Sol Goldman's perennial favorite, on the 2021 Supreme Court cases, and
  • Kal Elmore teaching water color painting
Rabbi Darah Lerner is on deck; stay tuned for her exact topic. More courses are coming; your trusty Curriculum Committee is hard at work, as always. Everything will be on Zoom, but then, that's the way we live now, isn't it? 

Stay warm and safe. It won't be that long until we'll see one another's faces in class
!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Lots of goodies coming up!

The holidays are pretty much over, unless you're celebrating Epiphany or another winter holiday. So what now?

Easy. Now, assuming you're a PVSC member, you make sure you're registered for the One-Day Events coming right up. The first is next week!

January 5: Climate Change and Assuring our State Plans Put Equity at the Forefront

January 12: How Observing Weather from Your Backyard can Enhance Health, Save Nature and the Planet, Reduce Anxiety, and Promote World Peace

January 19: History of Bangor’s Water System

January 26: Bioethical Issues Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Registration is required, just to get a link. All are free for members. And if you're not a member? Sign up now on our website! penobscotvalleyseniorcollege.org

Monday, December 21, 2020

Something different

Some of us like what we've seen of Japanese food TV: "Samurai Gourmet" and "Midnight Diner." Here's a chance to explore longer works:

https://film.jfny.org/category/film/?fbclid=IwAR3fJFU4efwtYJ42ltAuhgOk36J9ck6wrfQjbSV6w2HfsYRc4CUMHzvs36A

The Strand Theater in Rockland has had a steady output of films (paid) and other goodies (free) to get us through the pandemic. Get on their mailing list: https://www.rocklandstrand.com/ and look for "E-news signup" at the top. While you're there, check out their current offerings, right there on the home page.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Holiday music!


Maine holiday musical events coming right up:

Friday: our own local talent, Danny Williams (Collins Center director) and Emily Cain, plus vocal director/singer Fran Vogt, present a concert of holiday music: 

Saturday night, you'll have to make a tough choice. Both are on YouTube and free:

Thursday, December 10, 2020

A local Nutcracker on TV


Get away from your streaming device and enjoy Portland Ballet's "A Victorian Nutcracker" on your TV! Just tune in to WLBZ or WCHS on Saturday the 12th, at either 9:00 AM or 8:00 PM. This is a real, staged ballet, not a Zoom thing, but has fewer dancers because of the need to distance. You can also watch on the News Center Maine website or Roku app.