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Summer-Fall 2022

F2202 - Red Cross Lifeguarding
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F2202 - Red Cross Lifeguarding

Free

with Lindsay McMahon

As the weather warms, the many lakes, ponds and ocean around us call us to play – the hot summer sun, cool breezes and sparkling waters beckon us.  As you’re relaxing with your friends or family, you see someone in trouble.  Do you know what to do?  What about when someone gets hurt? 

For over 100 years, the American Red Cross has been preparing people with the skills and expertise necessary to handle these types of emergencies through classes that teach you the basics in water safety as well as the right way to deal with any emergencies around water.  This includes learning basic life support, CPR, the use of AED’s and water rescues. 

Are you a good swimmer that wants to improve your skills?  Would you like to be prepared to be ready if you encounter an emergency?  Here’s your chance to learn from an experienced instructor with 23 years serving as a trained lifeguard and 7 years as an instructor. 

Sunrise Senior College, in cooperation with the University of Maine Machias, is pleased to offer this opportunity to the public as a free course.  To sign up, you should be at least 18 years of age and a good swimmer. Attendees should be able to swim 300 yards using rhythmic breathing, retrieve a 10-pound object from the bottom of the pool and tread water with just your legs for two minutes. 

Instruction takes place in the pool at UMM’s Reynolds Center and in the classroom and will use an approved lifeguarding manual.  This class will be 2 3-hour sessions per week for five weeks.  At the end of the course, participants will need to test out to be certified in lifeguarding.   

Instructor:  Lindsay McMahon is the Assistant Director of Fitness & Aquatics at the University of Maine, Machias with over 23 years as a lifeguard.  She teaches fitness and aquatics at the University of Maine, Machias.         

Class Information:  This class is being held at UMM’s Reynolds Center.  Proof of Covid vaccination must be presented however face masks are optional at this time.

F2203 - Anatomy of a Play: From Risky Idea to an Off-Broadway Run, As Retold by The Playwright

$15

with John Strand

Calendar Sep 12, 2022 at 7 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Join award-winning playwright John Strand as he recounts the journey of his recent play, "The Originalist," featuring the character of controversial Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia.  We will follow the play's development from workshop to opening night, it's sold-out runs in Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, and the friends and enemies it made along the way.  The three-part class will include readings of the playscript, excerpts of audio and video recordings, discussions of the play and the reaction from critics and the public – including the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Intended for anyone who loves theater, especially contemporary political theater, and anyone writing or thinking of writing a play – or those of us who just enjoy backstage gossip.  The class uses the script "The Originalist" in its discussion.  Anyone registering for this class after September 1st is required to obtain the material used in this class on their own.

 

Presenter:  John Strand is the author of a dozen plays produced at leading theaters across the country since 1996. His plays include The Cockburn Rituals, Otabenga, Lovers and Executioners, Three Nights in Tehran, Tom Walker, Lincolnesque, River of Doubt, translations and adaptations of The Miser by Moliere, Lorenzaccio by Alfred de Musset, Hernani by Victor Hugo, and the book and/or lyrics for the musicals Highest Yellow, Hat: A Vaudeville, and Snow Child. Strand lived for 10 years in Paris where he taught for and directed New York University’s Experimental Theater Wing in Paris. He has twice been a Playwright in Residence at Arena Stage, Washington, DC. His plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Broadway Play Publishing, and Dramatists Play Service.

 

Class Information: 

This class will be held in-person at UMM and on Zoom.  For anyone attending in-person, proof of Covid vaccination must be presented, face masks are optional at this time.  The class is also open to any active member of the Maine Senior College network. 

The following material is required for the class.  The material will be provided at no cost to current SSC Members who have registered by September 1st.  For members of other Senior Colleges, you must obtain this book on your own - the information to do this is provided below: 

          BOOK TITLE:   The Originalist

          AUTHOR:  John Strand

          ISBN:  978-0-8222-3984-0    

This book is available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016 at www.dramatists.com (cost for the paper copy is $13 do not use ebook).  

When purchasing from Dramatist Play Service, search for the play using "The Play Finder" and the title "The Originalist."                                

                                    

 

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F2210 - The Art of the Story & The Story of the Art

$15

with Gerard NeCastro

Calendar Sep 19, 2022 at 2 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Why not join Dr. Gerard NeCastro as he explores why the visual arts often retell historical, biblical, and mythological stories, and why the artists often interpret these stories in ways that we might not anticipate.  Likewise, writers often retell stories from the arts, also with interpretations that we might not expect.  In this course, we will look at both written and visual stories, and we will probably add plenty of new interpretations of these works.

This six-week class will be held in-person and on Zoom.  For those students attending the class in person at UMM, Dr. NeCastro will be teaching this class remotely but he will be able to see everyone in the class and talk with students directly.  Students are also welcome to join the class on Zoom.  Required study material will be provided in advance of each class.

 

Instructor:  Dr. Gerard NeCastro was a professor of English and Humanities in Maine for twenty-two years, teaching everything from Composition and Creative Writing to World Literature and Shakespeare. His signature class was Introduction to Humanities, which worked back and forth between literature and visual arts.  His favorite classes were with the Sunrise Senior College scholars.  He has since moved to West Virginia, where he has been Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of English.

 

Class Information:  This is a hybrid class - held in-person in UMM’s room SCI 102 and via Zoom.  For anyone attending in-person, proof of Covid vaccination must be presented however face masks are optional at this time.

 

Please Note:  Picture - "The Barque of Dante" by Eugene Delacroix 1822.

F2204 - Invasive Insects in Maine

$15

with Mark Brown

Calendar Sep 22, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 2 weeks

We have been hearing more lately about some of the invasive insects that are now being found in Maine and a couple that are not currently established here but are threatening.  Insects from the brown-tail moth to the European fire ant and many others will be discussed. The first class will concentrate on the brown-tail moth which has been in the state for over 100 years but has recently become more of a problem to trees and human health. The second class will focus on those most likely to be problems Downeast with information on identifying them, their biology, and what to do if you find one in your yard or along the many trails we have.

 

Instructor:  Dr. Mark Brown has taught several history, science, and insect related classes for the Sunrise Senior College. He has degrees in Forestry from the Universities of Maine and Idaho and a Ph. D. in Entomology and Ecology from Penn State. He studied insect pests in apple and peach orchards in West Virginia and has done original research on several of the invasive insects that will be discussed.

 

Class Information:  This is a hybrid class - held in-person in UMM’s room SCI 102 and via Zoom.  For anyone attending in-person, proof of Covid vaccination must be presented however face masks are optional at this time.

F2205 - Smartphone Savvy: Android

$15

with Christina Craveiro

Calendar Sep 27, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 1 week

From day to day use to in-depth information on how to use your Android smartphone, we will look at basic use, applications, cloud storage and different tips and tricks to help you become more proficient and comfortable.  Bring your device(s), an open mind to learn new things and ideas on how you’d like to get more use from your phone.

 

Instructor:  Christina Craveiro has been a retail wireless consultant with PCT Communications for approximately twelve years. They are the local US Cellular Agent Store.

 

Class Information:  This class is being held in-person in UMM’s room SCI 102.  Proof of Covid vaccination must be presented however face masks are optional at this time.

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F2206 - Smartphone Savvy: Apple

$15

with Christina Craveiro

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 1 week

From day to day use to in-depth information on how to use your Apple smartphone, we will look at basic use, applications, cloud storage and different tips and tricks to help you become more proficient and comfortable.  Bring your device(s), an open mind to learn new things and ideas on how you’d like to get more use from your phone.

 

Instructor:  Christina Craveiro has been a retail wireless consultant with PCT Communications for approximately twelve years. They are the local US Cellular Agent Store.

 

Class Information:  This class is being held in-person in UMM’s room SCI 102.  Proof of Covid vaccination must be presented however face masks are optional at this time.

F2207 - An Introduction to the Earth Sciences

$15

with Dr. Eric Jones

Calendar Oct 7, 2022 at 1:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

The earth - mysterious, ever changing, our home.  There are so many things we know and yet many more things we’re learning.  In this class we’ll get an overview of the various forces that continue to shape our dynamic Earth, the means by which these forces are studied, and the implications of the results of those fields of research. 

The class will be presented in three sections – a History of Mother Earth, the Life of Water, and Marvels of the Biosphere – and will cover various topics including:

          1.) An overview of Earth’s geological history

          2.) Plate tectonics and the formation of geological features

          3.) The chemistry of water, a fundamental element of life on Earth

          4.) The basis for weather patterns and the relationship between weather and climate

          5.) Biomes and the biosphere

          6.) Implications for the future of Earth

 

Instructor:  Dr. Eric H. Jones is the Associate Professor of Botany at UMM and has taught courses in ecology and environmental science that depend on a fundamental understanding of Earth science processes.  He has been honored to offer several courses for the Sunrise Senior College including courses in herbarium management, citizen science, and bioethics.

Class Information:  This is a hybrid class - held in-person in UMM’s room SCI 102 and via Zoom.  For anyone attending in-person, proof of Covid vaccination must be presented however face masks are optional at this time.

F2208 - Maine Cranberries

$10

with Christine Alexander

Calendar Oct 14, 2022 at 11 am, runs for 1 week

Come to Sugar Hill Cranberries and learn about Maine's history of cranberry farming, processes, business, harvest, challenges and cooking!

 

Presenters:  Christine & John Alexander have 70 years of combined experience in cranberry farming.

 

Class Information:  This class will be held at the Cranberry Bogs (Sugar Hill Cranberry) in Columbia Falls.  Proof of Covid vaccination must be presented however face masks are optional at this time.

Please Note:  Rain Date - Monday: October 17th  11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (if needed).





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