Lake Region Lifelong Learning
Winter 2024 Classes
The Mighty Moose and the White-tailed Deer
Tuesday, January 23, 10am - noon
One is slowly disappearing, and the other is growing and thriving. Why is it becoming more difficult to see a moose in the wild? What makes this giant so vulnerable? What is the relationship between the white-tailed deer and moose? If you are interested in finding out more about these animals, come to this informative program. It will also be a hands-on program where people can feel the weight of a pair of moose antlers and touch the bleached bones of a moose. This will run an hour to an hour and a half long.
( Note: This is the same program Tom presented at Lakes Environmental Association)
Tom Durkin has worked in environmental education for 35 years with diverse groups ranging from first graders to senior citizens, covering a wide range of topics and skills. He is an experiential outdoor educator who believes in hands-on education. His depth of experience in many different situations is his strength. He has spent 30 summers running the Nature Explorers program at Camp Pinecliffe in Harrison, Maine. During the school year, he has spent his weekends teaching students of various ages and adult groups about nature at Sharpe Reservation. He is a New York State Master Naturalist.
Stage Door (1937)
Thursday, January 25 – 10am - noon
This film is a lovely example of a 1930s musical, notable for its large cast of female actors,including Ginger Rogers (without Fred, for a change), and Ann Miller. Adolph Menjou plays the much put-upon producer of the women who enter through that stage door.
Directed by Gregory LaCava and produced by RKO pictures.
Margaret Reimer is a frequent and popular presenter for Senior College. Her PhD from Purdue University was on 16th century English Literature. She is retired from her Professorship at University of Southern Maine where her courses included Classical Literature, History of the English Language, the Bible and Writing. Her selections and commentary on classic Hollywood movies warm up winters at Senior College.
Trees From the Inside Out
Leigh MacMillen Hayes and Dawn Wood
Thursday, February 1 – 10am - noon
Winter may seem a not so good time to learn tree ID, but it's all about the three Bs: branching, buds, and bark. We'll get to know the three Bs of some of Maine's most common tree species, and also how a tree works from the inside out. Date changed because of weather.
Maine Master Naturalists Leigh Macmillen Hayes and Dawn Wood of Bridgton will lead this experiential indoor class. Both have a sense of wonder about the natural world and have a reputation for spending hours exploring only a few feet from a trailhead.
Lovewell’s Fight and the Bounty Hunters at Lovewell Pond
Tuesday, January 30 – 10am - noon
In 1725, Captain John Lovewell and his men attempted to surprise a group of Abenaki Indians at Lovewell Pond.Instead, they were ambushed by Chief Paugus and a larger number of Abenaki in a 10-hour long battle. That battle left Lovewell and over a third of his men dead or dying and a large number of Abenaki dead and wounded. This fight has been memorialized in New England in stories, myths, legends and songs for over 176 years.
Why was it important?
Paul Bibeau of Scarborough and Bridgton has history and education degrees from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. He is a retired history teacher with 38 years of experience teaching American, European and Asian history to middle and high school students in Massachusetts and Maine.
A Close View of Trees Outside
Leigh MacMillen Hayes and Dawn Wood
Friday, February 9 - 10am - noon
A tour of the forest trees of Maine. Attendance at the indoor class on January 26 is not mandatory but highly recommended. Snowshoes or Microspikes may be necessary. A release form for the outing will be available at the class.Date changed because of weather.
Maine Master Naturalists Leigh Macmillen Hayes and Dawn Wood of Bridgton will lead this outdoor class. Both have a sense of wonder about the natural world and have a reputation for spending hours exploring only a few feet from a trailhead.
Qi Gong: The Most Ancient Form of Chinese Healing
Friday, February 2 – 10am - noon
Qi gong (pronounced “chee gung”) can be practiced by anyone, regardless of physical ability or challenge. It is both an invitation and a pathway to self-knowledge, self-healing, and greater consciousness. In this session you will learn about qi gong as well as experience it within your body (and no need to leave your chair).
Theresa Puckett has practiced various forms of yoga over four decades, but became fascinated with more “yin” forms of yoga and Qi Gong in 2020, when the ability to gather together vanished. Though her careers have taken many forms, she has always experienced the greatest joy when cultivating and helping others cultivate what she values most: consciousness.