BANGOR — A love of learning, once acquired, is an attribute that stays with a person forever. Learning can be done on your own, either:
• By informally by reading books and other information;
• Asking someone to show you the basics of what you want to learn, such as hemming a garment, transplanting a perennial or how to make an omelet.
Another way to learn something wonderful is to enroll in Penobscot Valley Senior College, a program affiliated with the University of Maine Center on Aging. Senior College, founded in 2002, offers courses in fall and spring to those age 50 and older. Classes may convene for one session only or continue for as long as eight weeks.
To take Senior College courses, students must join PVSC by paying a $25 annual membership fee. After that, each course costs $30.
Spring courses begin Tuesday, March 11.
“Life Along the Penobscot” will be offered at various locations from 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 11 through April 22. Each week, participants will hear presentations about the history of various towns in the Bangor area.
• Lumber, ice, bricks and other industries will be the subject of a talk by Dick Eustis at the Old Town Museum.
• Bill Soule will discuss railroads of the area at the Old Town Museum.
• Lee Matthews will talk about the trolley system that linked area towns, and Pamela McGuire will talk about Old Town and the Penobscot Nation at the Old Town Museum.
• James Francis will have as his topic “Indian Place Names” on Indian Island.
• Chris Sockalexis will discuss “Northern Petroglyphs” on Indian Island.
• Ken Rowell will talk about the early days of Hampden at Hampden Historical Society’ Kinsley House in Hampden.
• “Joshua Chamberlain” will be the subject of Charlotte Thompson’s talk at the Brewer Historical Society in Brewer.
“Maine at Work for You” be offered from 1-3:30 p.m., Thursdays, March 13 through April 17, at University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor.
• Dana Morse, Extension agent for the Maine Sea Grant College Program, will discuss some of Maine’s fisheries, including aquaculture, the lobster industry, and a new seaweed growing industry.
• Dr. Gary Shaffer, and archeologist, will address historic preservation on farms and wood lots. Kevin Doran and Andy Shultz of the Maine Forest Service will discuss the history of the Maine woods, woodland stewardship, invasive insects and plants, and support of landowner management.
• Mary Yurlina, director of organic certification at MOFGA, will present a slide show, the topic yet to be determined. Donovan Todd will give an update of a proposed new farm bill being considered by the Congress.
Hudson Museum director Gretchen Faulkner will discuss “Artistic Traditions from Around the World” from 10 a.m.-noon, Fridays, March 14-April 18, with classes being held at the museum. Learn about basketry, textiles, wood carving, pottery, metal working, and jewelry.
This class will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon Fridays, March 14-April 18, at UMA Bangor:
• “Be Healthy, Well and Wise.” Each week, healthcare advocates and professionals will speak about specific top[ics and will answer questions. Topics will include healthcare, preventive health strategies, cognitive function, and dealing with hearing, dental, and vision problems.
This class will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon Fridays, March 14-April 18, at Hobby Lobby on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor:
• “Learn to Paint with Watercolors,” with artist David R. Whalen. Supplies for the first class will be provided, but participants must purchase their own supplies thereafter.
Two additional classes will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon, Fridays, March 14-April 18:
● “Secret Writing,” with Bob Treadwell. The class will take place at The Inn, Dirigo Pines, Orono. Participants will learn how to break ciphers, learn about information theory and bandwidth, what the VIN number on a car is, how passwords work and what it means to sign on to a secure server on the Internet.
● “Theater and Stage Lighting”, with Fred Otto, whose experience in theater lighting spans 59 years. The class will be held at the Orono United Methodist Church, 36 Oak St., Orono.
These courses will be offered from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays, March 14-April 18, Bangor College, University of Maine Augusta:
• “Home Gardening,” with Charles L. Boothby. He will talk about the basics of soils, soil amendments, times to plant, garden equipment, mulching, organic gardening, organic pesticides and troubleshooting. Some of the classes will feature guest speakers.
● “Maine History by Maine Authors.” Speakers will be Diane Smith, author of “Fanny and Joshua,” “Chamberlain at Petersburg” and “Command Conflicts;” Ned Smith, “History of the 22nd Maine in the Civil War;” Henry Wiswell, vice president, Orrington Historical Scoiety; Gail Anne Glidden Rowe, who will talk about growing up on a dairy farm; and Dr. Krohn, retired wildlife biologist, whose book on Manley Harding is available at local libraries.
● “New Technology and Old Questions,” with Clifton Guthrie and David Haus. They will discuss mobile phones and online social networks and whether or not new technology makes life better.
● “Urban Renewal in Bangor: Did it Work?,” with Dr. Tom McCord, who will give a detailed look at Bangor’s planning for housing, highways, and retail renewal from the 1950s through the 1970s, placing it in a national context.
Organist Kevin Birch of St. John’s Catholic Church will discuss “The King of Instruments” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays, March 14-April 18, at St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor. Birch will discuss the history and technology of the pipe organ and talk about organ works from the 16th century to the modern era. The course will include a field trip to visit historic organs in the area.
One-day classes also will be offered, but have not been scheduled yet. Classes being considered are a presentation by architect Mike Pullen on the architectural treasures of Bangor, Bob Duchesne on birds, and Jesse Salisbury on the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.
To learn more about Penobscot Valley Senior College, call 992-0118 and leave a message or go to mainecenteronaging.com.