No tests, just fun in Penobscot Valley Senior College courses

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Eastern Area Agency on Aging
Posted Aug. 29, 2011, at 7:10 p.m.

Fall is right around the corner, and it is the perfect time to engage your brain and go back to school. OK, maybe not school in the traditional sense but learning for the fun of it, which is the motto of the Penobscot Valley Senior College.

Classes start Friday, Sept. 23, and go through Oct. 28, with morning or afternoon sessions at the University of Maine in Orono or University of Maine Augusta, Bangor campus. The deadline to enroll is Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Affiliated with the UMaine Center on Aging, PVSC is one of 15 senior colleges in the state. Annual membership is $25, or $40 for two people living at the same address. Classes are $30 each.

Senior College membership has many a benefit, such as advanced notice of courses, invitations to free one-day programs, a free annual meeting luncheon with a guest speaker and the ability to enroll in classes through other senior colleges.

There are no entrance exams and no academic requirements, and no test at the end of the course. In fact, the only actual requirement is that you be 50 or older. Aging does have its perks.

So what will your $30 per course tuition get you? The brochure can answer that question fully, but here is the short version:

• Living Well with Lisa Dunning, 1:30-4 p.m. Fridays, Bangor campus. The class is offered through Eastern Area Agency on Aging for people living with a long-term health problem such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, COPD, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, heart disease or obesity.

Participants will learn better ways of managing their health by setting goals, working with others, relaxing and coping with stress, and finding solutions to problems.

• Vegetable Gardening: Basics and Troubleshooting with Charles L. Boothby, Friday afternoons, Bangor. For those with a green thumb or those who want a green thumb, this class fits the

bill. Learn the basics of soils, what you would add to improve the soil, times to plant, equipment needed, mulching, organic vs. conventional management, permissible organic pesticides, troubleshooting, and herbs and their uses. Visiting lecturers may

be invited as available.

• Spinning a Yarn: The Story of Fiber in Maine with Mary Dickinson Bird, Friday mornings, Page Farm and Home Museum, Orono campus. Weaving together art, agriculture and history in an investigation of fiber production and processing in Maine, the course will allow students to meet fiber artists, explore the history of textiles in Maine, examine ancient and modern fiber

processing tools, and try their hands at turning raw fiber into finished products through spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting and other techniques. You might even visit a nearby fiber farm.

• Write Now with Barbara Wicks, Orono campus. If you want to preserve your memories and family history, share your opinions eloquently in an OpEd piece, or try your hand at poetry or short fiction, this class is for you. The informal writing workshop will have you sharing drafts of works in progress; conversing about development, revisions and editing; and celebrating effective word choices, polished phrases and unique perspectives. Returning and new participants are welcome.

For more classes offered by PVSC, visit http://www.mainecenteronaging.com and click on Senior College, or call the message phone at 992-0118. Penobscot Valley Senior

College is just the thing to snap your brain out of its summer lull.

Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Email Higgins Taylor at chtaylor@eaaa.org. For information on EAAA, call 941-2865, toll-free 800-432-7812, email info@eaaa.org or visit http://www.EAAA.org. TTY 992-0150.

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