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with Jackie O'Clair

Calendar May 2, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

We will look at Auschwitz and why it was chosen to play such a key role in the cruel, twisted scenario that the Nazis deemed as “The perfect solution to ridding the world of those they felt were inferior to them.” 

Through a recent visit made by the host in 2019, the student will see first-hand the horrors of Auschwitz I and Birkenau (Auschwitz II) as they are today and were during the war and will begin to understand how the marginalization of the Jews, Slavs, Catholics, Poles and Homosexuals into a state of being seen as sub-human beings, and how this was sold as the truth to areas inside the Nazi regime, made it acceptable behavior to the society that lived there.   We will also be watching several videos by people associated with the Auschwitz and U.S. Holocaust museums and Holocaust survivors with discussions and questions to follow each session. SSC has arranged for a live Holocaust survivor for our last session.  92-year old Rose Schindler lived the horrors of Birkenau as a teenager and she will tell her story and answer any questions on her life, the Holocaust, life at Auschwitz, and even how she sees it relating to events in this country and the world today.  Her son Ben will also be on the presentation and be able to answer any questions she cannot.  Ben has assured me that his mother is still very strong and capable of answering the most challenging questions you may have.

The book "Two Who Survived" will be read and discussed over the first 3 weeks of the class in preparation for Rose giving her presentation during the forth session.

You can order the book from their website - "Two Who Survived; Keeping Hope Alive While Surviving the Holocaust” - or on Amazon - ISBN: 978-1-7329198-1-5 for paperback.  The cost is less if you purchase it from the Schindler's website.

Presenter:  Jacqueline O’Clair visited Auschwitz in November 2019.  She will use her personal experience, videos, photos and other material, including some powerful testimony from survivors, to try and give the student a clear picture of the crimes that were committed there.    

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with John McMurray

Calendar May 14, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Here is your chance to express your creativity.  This class is a continuation of workshops offered in the past at John’s Studio.  Participants make small sculptures out of repurposed materials, do torch-fired enameling, make glass beads, etc.  Students share ideas, learn techniques and create projects.

Instructor:  John McMurray is an artist in residence, a teacher and an avid student of life.  He has taught this popular course often and has opened his studio again to SSC students.  

Class Information:  This class is being held at John's studio in Addison, ME.  Proof of Covid vaccination must be presented however, masks are optional at this time.

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with Gregory Campbell

Calendar May 16, 2022 at 10 am

This is a limited enrollment 10-week course in which your instructor will carefully explain the rationale and principles behind each bidding sequence and the play guidelines used in the game to help you acquire the skills needed to be a successful bridge player.

Bridge is the card game of more millions of people than any other played in the English-speaking countries and throughout the world.  Once you learn the foundational rules, you’ll have the skills needed to enjoy playing bridge with the new friends you’ll make.  So, if you’ve always wanted to learn now’s your chance!

Please Note:  This class requires the following books to attend and are part of your assignments.  

     Title:  Modern Bridge: Bidding and Play of the Hand

     Author:  Rick Hartley

     ISBN:  9781496129826                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               IMPORTANT!!!

At this time, it is too late for SSC to order the book.  If you wish to take this class you must purchase the book yourself.


Instructor:  Greg Campbell has been playing Bridge for fun off and on since 1964.  He currently coordinates the Bridge Bums, a spin-off of a prior SSC Introduction to Bridge class, that play on Monday afternoons at St. Aidan's undercroft.

Class Information:  This is an in-person class being held at St. Aidan’s Church undercroft in Machias, ME.  Proof of Covid vaccination must be presented however, masks are optional at this time.

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Sunrise Senior College Annual Meeting

Calendar Jun 3, 2022 at 2 pm, runs for 1 week

                Active SSC Members 2021-22 membership

As an SSC member for 2021-22 season you are invited to participate in our Annual Meeting.  Please sign up and join us at this annual event and cast your votes for the future of SSC.


                                       ~ Agenda ~


  • Business Meeting, SSC Acting Board Chair, presiding 
  • Remarks by Board Chair
  • Minutes of the Nineteenth Annual Meeting 2021
  • Treasurer's Report 2021-2022
  • Election of New Board Members
  • Recognition of SSC Volunteers and Members Leaving the Board
  • Meeting Adjournment


Note: We will be having a session to help you get familiar with Zoom beginning at 1:30 PM.

If you are new to Zoom or would like a refresher, please plan on joining us so you can attend and enjoy the Annual Meetiing.

E2201 - Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Maine


with Dr. Mary T. Freeman

Calendar Jun 22, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

From the Congressional compromise that tied Maine’s statehood to slavery in Missouri, to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Mainers’ support for the Union in the Civil War, our state was integral to nineteenth-century debates over the institution of slavery. Mainers today celebrate the state’s antislavery heritage, but how do we separate myth from historical fact when archival sources are scarce? This lecture will briefly explore the long history of slavery and emancipation in Maine before focusing on antislavery activism in the decades leading up to the Civil War, with particular attention to Mainers’ involvement in the Underground Railroad. 

Presenter:  Dr. Mary T. Freeman is an assistant professor of history at the University of Maine. She studies the history of slavery and abolition in the United States, with a focus on Maine and New England. She received her PhD from Columbia University. Her current book project examines letter writing in the nineteenth-century antislavery movement, and she is working on an article about abolition and African American politics in Maine. She also serves as the Managing Editor for the Maine History journal, published by the Maine Historical Society.

Please Note:  This map is from The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom by Wilbur H. Siebert (New York, 1899).

E2202 - Basics of Meteorology


with Curt Olson

Calendar Jul 6, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Have you ever wondered what causes storms and why some places get rain and others snow?  Why are some storms stronger than others?  Do you know how clouds are formed and what the difference is between the different types of clouds you see?  Join us as we learn about the basics of Meteorology and explore different topics such as cloud formations, layers of the atmosphere, basic forecasting practices and common weather phenomena.

Presenter:  Curt Olson’s passion for weather was born here in New England.  He was born was born and raised in Massachusetts and went to college in Vermont where he got his degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University at Lyndon) in 2014.  While at Lyndon, he interned for the Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology forecasting road conditions along with interning at WFXT in Boston.  Curt also worked at the college's local news station, News7, where he provided the forecast for local towns.  After graduation, he moved to Bismarck, ND to be the morning meteorologist at KFYR-TV.  He spent close to 7 years there forecasting everything from severe weather to blizzards and even wind chill values as cold as -65°.  Curt is now back east here in Maine and is the Evening Meteorologist for WABI TV 5.

Please Note:  Picture by Nick Kwan.

E2203 - A Perspective of Healing


with Dr. Sam Hunkler

Calendar Jul 18, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Over 35 years as a family physician, Dr. Hunkler came to realize that the root cause of most disease is not known and because of this, he was not trained to treat the underlying root of disease but rather the symptoms of diseases - mainly with medications. Medications can help treat symptoms, but they rarely treat the source of disease.  Through his career he become aware that we all have personal issues which he has come to call dis-ease. He believes this dis-ease is a major component of illness, and gets in the way of us caring for ourselves and our bodies.  In this class, we will get an overview of the main sources of our dis-ease along with a discussion on the fundamentals of healing.

Presenter:  Dr. Samuel Hunkler, MD is a Family Medicine Specialist in Jonesport, ME and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Down East Community Hospital.. He graduated from Case Western Reserve U, School of Medicine medical school in 1987. 

Class Information:  This class is being held in-person at UMM's Science Building in Room 102.  Proof of Covid vaccination must be presented however, masks are optional at this time. 

Please Note:  Image from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

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E2204 - World Wellness Traditions


with Debra Bokur

Calendar Jul 23, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Since 2004, there has been a growing resurgence of interest in alternative health modalities including herbal remedies, gemstones, saunas, meditation, yoga, psychedelics, and breathwork.  In this class we’ll get an overview of these trends and take a look at the benefits of specific healing traditions from various cultures: common herbal remedies, meditation practices, and approaches to healthy living.  We’ll also discuss how to incorporate aspects of mindfulness and healthy lifestyle practices into your daily life, along with some stories from the road detailing our instructor’s own (sometimes scary) experiences experiencing indigenous healing practices.

Presenter:  Debra Bokur is an award-winning writer, journalist and poet whose work has appeared in a wide variety of publications and literary journals.  She has traveled around the world extensively exploring and writing about indigenous and traditional healing practices from global cultures including Thailand, Israel, Fiji, Iceland, Europe, Central America, and Nordic countries. Debra is the former Wellness & Travel Editor at Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine, travel editor at Fit Yoga Magazine, Managing Editor of Bloom Magazine, Managing Editor of Delicious Living Magazine, and regular contributor to Yoga Journal, Alternative Medicine Magazine, Body+Soul Magazine, Spa Magazine, Shape Magazine, Experience Life Magazine, and American Spa Magazine.  She is the author of the Dark Paradise Mysteries series from Kensington Books (The Fire Thief, The Bone Field, and The Lava Witch), and is currently at work on a new mystery series set in Downeast Maine.  She is also currently a columnist and feature writer at Global Traveler Magazine and the Global Researcher and Writer for the Washington, DC-based Association of Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT).  Debra was a contributing author to Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (The Bench Press, 2001), and was a long-time poetry editor at Many Mountains Moving literary journal.  Her awards include a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism and the Frances Buck Sherman Award for Outstanding Woman Poet.

Please Note:  Picture by Alina Vilchenko

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