Events

Your Electric Bill and the Mysteries of the Power Grid: Options, Including Microgrids

2 pm – 4 pm, Wednesday, March 1.
Friends Meeting House, 77 Belvedere Rd, Damariscotta, Maine 04543

Coastal Senior College Events Committee announces a timely discussion by Paul Kando of electric bills and how to respond to them. According to a February 7 article in the Portland Press Herald our electric bills have grown significantly even though the cost of power generation did not increase or actually declined. Delivery charges are the culprit, and the biggest reason is the increasing cost of transmission lines and equipment. The long term prognosis is not encouraging if we stick to the status quo. But there is a silver lining: we don’t have to. In fact, there are win-win solutions that will benefit everyone on the power grid, from our electric utilities to the smallest residential consumer.

Smart microgrids have the potential not only to reduce and stabilize power-grid-related costs, but also to physically stabilize the power grid itself – even prevent local power failures. Under the auspices of the Midcoast Green Collaborative, a dedicated group of local citizens, including two state legislators, have been researching these alternatives to our traditional electric supply, with the goal of developing “win-win” local solutions that benefit both our electric utilities and their consumer base. This half-hour illustrated presentation will summarize our results to date. The presentation will be followed by open discussion.

This is a free of charge offering of your Coastal Senior College and all are invited. For further information you can contact Paul at: kando@tidewater.net

Moonlight

Film Discussion Event,

December 20, 12 pm at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House

The Coastal Senior College Events Committee is holding the second of a series of planned brown-bag luncheon discussions of important recent films. Coming shortly to the Lincoln Theater is the film “Moonlight” and we invite you to see it during its run and to join us for a brown-bag lunch and discussion of the film and its impact on Tuesday, December 20, from Noon to 2 pm at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House, 77 Belvedere Road.  Coffee, Tea and Juice will be provided.

“Moonlight (R)” is playing at the Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, Maine from December 16 to December 22, 2016. It plays Fri at 2 & 7 PM, Sat at 7 PM, Sun at 2pm & 7 PM and Wed and Thu at 2 & 7 PM. See: http://www.lcct.org/moonlight-r-maine-theater-ev1024.aspx for more information. To avoid holiday conflicts we are holding the lunch discussion before the last local showing of the film.

Directed by Barry Jenkins and already in receipt of numerous awards, “Moonlight” is the story of a young man who deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.

For further information, contact Bruce Rockwood who is coordinating this event for the Coastal Senior College, at clan.rockwood@gmail.com. Coffee, tea and juice will be available at the venue. For further information, see: http://moonlight-movie.com/ , https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/moonlight_2016/  and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonlight_(2016_film)


Past events:

Writers Read

December 5, 1-3 pm,  Camden Library

 

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The Writers’ Group of the Coastal Senior College will host their annual Writers Read presentation of their current work, on Monday afternoon, December 5, at 1:00 pm. “The Writers’ Group is fortunate to have both talent and diversity — which makes our monthly meetings at the Camden Public Library all the more interesting!” says Marilyn Muth, a member of the group. “Through sharing and critiquing we constantly hone our skills.” All are welcome to the reading; the event is free of charge and includes refreshments.

In the photo: Members of the Coastal Senior College’s Writers’ Group. Seated, from left: Carolyn Russ, Ken Keoughan, Debby Atwell, and Carol Luchetti. Standing: Bob Olfenbuttle, Marilyn Muth, and Norb Nathanson. Not shown, Peter Muth


“Denial in a Fact-Free Universe”

Film Discussion Event,

December 8, 12 pm at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House

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“Denial (PG-13)” is playing at the Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, Maine from December 2 to December 8, 2016. It plays Fri at 2 & 7 PM, Sat at 7 PM, Sun at 7 PM and Wed and Thu with shows at 2 & 7 PM. See: http://www.lcct.org/denial-pg-13-maine-theater-ev1022.aspx for more information.

The film recounts the real story of the legal defense against a libel suit in Britain for publishing the truth about the Nazi holocaust and criticizing the holocaust denier David Irving, and is based on the book by historian Deborah Esther Lipstadt, author of Denying the Holocaust (1993), History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (2005) and The Eichmann Trial (2011). She is currently the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University.

The Coastal Senior College Events Committee asks members and friends of the Coastal Senior College, the Lincoln Theater, and the broader community, to see this film at the Lincoln Theater during its run here in December, and then attend a brown-bag luncheon and discussion of the film at the Midcoast Friends Meeting on Friday, December 9, 2016 from Noon to 2pm, located at 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta, Maine.

 For further information, contact Bruce Rockwood who is coordinating this event for the Coastal Senior College, at clan.rockwood@gmail.com. Coffee, tea and juice will be available at the venue. For further information, see Professor Lipstadt’s blog: http://lipstadt.blogspot.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial_(2016_film); and commentary on the film’s web site about the general problem of science and history denial in our society:

http://www.bleeckerstreetmedia.com/editorial/states-of-denial

 

drwho2Special Event for

Fans of “Dr. Who” and Science Fiction Enthusiasts

Thursday, October 20  from 3:00-5:00 pm
Porter Room at the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta

All “Dr Who” fans, science fiction enthusiasts and members of the community, are welcome to hear Karen Hellekson present a fascinating program titled “‘Dr Who’ Fan Fiction and the “Dr Who” Phenomenon” in the Porter Room at the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta on Thursday, October 20  from 3:00-5:00 pm.

Karen Hellekson, the author of “Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet,” will show how fans of the iconic BBC TV show have engaged with the show by producing fan-created videos that fall into one of two categories: affirmational and transformational videos. Affirmational fans, who are usually male, seek to restate the helleksonphotosource material and to affirm the creator or producer, who may actually sanction the fan artwork. Transformative fans, on the other hand, are usually female; they seek to transform the source material; and they are usually not interested in the creator or producer, at least in terms of their artwork creation.

Hellekson will present fan-created videos to illustrate the differences between the two categories and highlight their commonalities. She will use clips from several examples of Doctor Who recons (reconstructions). Affirmational fans, taking advantage of the fact that audio exists for all the broadcast episodes, have created videos of the missing episodes by stringing together stills from the show or by creating cartoons, and playing the images over the soundtrack. In contrast, transformational fans do not seek to create a text that evokes canon. Hellekson will show several transformational fan-created videos. These videos, including song/music videos, splice together clips that, read along with the music, tell a new story, with a focus on post-2005 “Doctor Who.

This event, sponsored by Coastal Senior College, is free and open to the public.

 

“Love Letters”
A Two Person Play

loveletters2 September 21, 2016, 2-4 pm
Skidompha Public Library, Porter Room, Damariscotta

“Love Letters,” a play for two actors, written by A. R. Gurney and performed often since its 1988 premiere, will be performed in the Porter Room at the Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta on September 21, 2016 from 2-4 pm.

Ethan and Barbara Stanley will perform the roles of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, a man and a woman who have known each other since they were very young.  They sit side by side at tables and each reads aloud, in sequence, and reacts to letters they have received from each other over the 50 years of their long and complicated relationship.  In the letters they discuss the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. Though it becomes obvious that they are not well-matched, the unfolding of their tale is full of wonderful moments, with the audience embracing them and wishing that life was just a little more perfect.

The performance is sponsored by Coastal Senior College.

Ranked Choice Voting:  What You Need to Know to Decide

FairVote_MaineFriday, September 16, 2016, 5 pm to 8:00 pm
Skidompha Library, Porter Room, Damariscotta.
co-Sponsored with Fair Vote Maine

On November 8, Mainers will make a very important decision as they vote on referendum question #5 that will determine whether Maine will change to a system of Ranked Choice Voting for federal and state primary and general elections beginning in the 2018 election cycle.

On Friday, September 16th, at 5:00 p.m. the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta will host a free informational session on ranked choice voting, sponsored by Coastal Senior College and presented by FairVote Maine, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving democracy through public education on a number of election-reform related issues. Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public on matters of money in politics and campaign finance law will also be represented at the event.

The presentation provides a general overview of Ranked Choice Voting, with a focus on how it works, how it compares to the current system of voting, and where it is currently used across the country and the world. The presentation will demonstrate RCV sample ballots and tabulation.  There will be a question and answer session following the presentation to allow attendees to gain a thorough, fair, and balanced understanding of the possible benefits and costs of this system.
For more information see http://www.fairvote.org/spotlight_maine#maine_ballot_initiative, https://www.mainecleanelections.org,

 

Annual Luncheon

Transitioning Maine to a Sustainable Clean Energy Economy

May 19, 2016

Pictured on the right is Chris Frost, a CSC board member and organizer of the event, speaking with a student, Judy Ekholm.

Coastal Senior College’s annual luncheon, open to all, will take place Thursday, May 19 at Water’s Edge in Edgecomb. There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres available beginning at 11:30 a.m.; the buffet luncheon will begin at noon and will include a sirloin carving station, a full salad bar, and buffet with vegetables, pasta, pork, and chicken. The featured speaker will follow at 1 p.m.

CSC has had a tradition of interesting speakers on timely subjects, and this year, Phil Coupe, a founding member and managing partner of ReVision Energy, will continue that tradition with a presentation on “Transitioning Maine to a Sustainable Clean Energy Economy.” ReVision is the leader in solar installation in Maine, and is garnering headlines weekly in its successful efforts to expand solar energy use. The latest venture is a solar farm planned for the Morris Farm in Wiscasset; one was established in Edgecomb a couple of years ago.

Prior to co-founding ReVision, Coupe served as Vice President and Director of Corporate Philanthropy at a startup company in Washington, D.C. that received numerous awards for its socially responsible business initiatives and also twice made the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. ReVision is a “B” corporation, which stands for “benefit” and designates one that is dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Other founders of ReVision are Fortunat Mueller and Bill Behrens who was one of four coauthors of the famous report “Limits to Growth” which launched the public discourse in the 1970s about an unsustainable fossil fuel world.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-286-1594. Some tickets will also be available at the door. Water’s Edge is on Rte. 1 just north of the Davey Bridge. 

 Click here for a map to the facility.

 

Freedom Summer, A Rememberance

April 7, 2016, 2 pm
Friends Meeting House, Damariscotta

One of the most momentous times in the nation’s history, the 1964 Freedom Summer of the civil rights movement, will be the subject of a presentation by two Maine professors who participated in it. The talk, sponsored by the Events Committee of Coastal Senior College, will take place on Thursday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, Damariscotta..

Mel ZarrA campaign to register black voters in Mississippi, Freedom Summer attracted more than 1,000 out-of-state volunteers, mostly white and from the north, to work alongside thousands of black Mississippians. Professor Mel Zarr, law professor at the University Of Maine School Of Law, began his legal career in 1963 as a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi, and quickly developed an expertise in helping his clients, including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., find refuge in the federal courts.

Jim MatlackJim Matlack, a retired professor of English at Cornell University, went to Mississippi in 1963 to help form the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, returning the following summer – Freedom Summer – to teach at a black college in Holly Springs and assist in the voter registration drive. He is a life-long Quaker, former director of the American Friends Service Committee in Washington, D.C. and, retiring to Rockport, is now involved with the Maine Public Policy committee of the Friends and Clerk of the Midcoast Friends Meeting.

In addition to sharing their personal experiences, the two will talk about the legal challenges facing the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Freedom Riders in Mississippi and the issue of voter suppression today. The format will be conversational and there will be time for questions from the audience.

CSC regularly presents programs of interest, free of charge, to the public. For further information, contact Bruce Rockwood at clan.rockwood@gmail.com.

Here is a link to the article Art Mayers did for the Boothbay Register on the Freedom Summer event: http://www.boothbayregister..com/news

Here is also a link to the video he did, which will be on LCTV soon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWnzGqnyLac 

 

Homeowner Energy Clinics, 2016

 Feb. 4, 11 and 25th at Camden Hills H.S.
Feb. 12, Sheepscot General Store, Whitefield
all from 6 to 8 p.m.

KandoA homeowner energy clinic is a two hour workshop that covers the basics of building science and a rich variety of techniques to improve the energy efficiency of an existing house. During and after a richly illustrated presentation, those present are encouraged to ask their own questions and bring up challenges they face in upgrading their houses. The presentation is  designed to primarily serve homeowners, but it is also useful to others involved in weatherizing  homes and other buildings.

“The idea is to demystify home weatherization and encourage even the most timid home owner to act. The goal is to reduce energy waste and save money, without creating new problems in the house. ”, said Paul Kando who has been offering independent energy audits and energy seminars around the Midcoast region for years. “In our eagerness to plug holes that let in cold drafts, it is easy to forget that heat, air and moisture interact in a house, so tightening the structure the wrong way can cause unintended moisture problems, for example.”

Thursday, November 19, 1-3 pm in  the Friends Meetinghouse, Belvedere Rd. Damariscotta; and Tuesday, December 1, 6-8 pm in the Waldoboro Public Library, Main St. Waldoboro. Both workshops, jointly offered by the Coastal Senior College and Midcoast Green Collaborative, are free to the public.

The instructor is Paul Kando, energy researcher, columnist, and teacher.Kando is a retired engineer, with over forty years of hands-on energy and building research experience  in the US and Europe. A co-founder of the Midcoast Green Collaborative and the Maine Passive House Association, he is a member of the Coastal Senior College faculty, and an instructor in adult education.

 

This Changes Everything

Thursday February 11, 2016 at 1:30pm in Skidompha Library’s Porter Room

this changes everythingBased on Naomi Klein’s international bestselling book addressing the challenge of climate change, This Changes Everything was filmed in nine countries over four years and presents portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. As daunting a challenge as climate change is, her conclusion is that the crisis is an opportunity to transform what she views as failed economic systems.

Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the 2007 international bestseller, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.”

A discussion will follow the film, led by Bruce Rockwood, CSC environmental law and ethics professor, and Chloe Maxmin, a Lincoln Academy and Harvard graduate who attended the recent Paris climate talks. She started the Climate Action Club at Lincoln and at Harvard co-founded Divest Harvard, a campaign calling on the University to divest from fossil fuels, which grew from group of three into a movement of over 70,000 people. She has received national and international recognition for her activism, including being named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone, receiving the Brower Youth Award, and appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher. She is currently a Fellow with The Nation magazine.

In the light of the recent Paris climate talks and historic agreement among nations, this film couldn’t be timelier. For further information about the book and film you can go to the website: http://thischangeseverything.org/ . For more information about the program, contact Bruce Rockwood at clan.rockwood@gmail.com .

Permaculture

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 1 p.m.
Wiscasset Communications Center (click for directions) 

Permaculture_gardenJanuary seems a good time to start thinking about spring planting. Topher Belknap, an early member of the Midcoast Green Collaborative, will present a program on permaculture on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Wiscasset Communications Building on Rte. 1 next to the county courthouse. The event is sponsored by Coastal Senior College.

Belknap has had a long-time interest in sustainable energy practices, conducting energy audits (more than 400) in the area since 2006. He is also an inventor: after investigating and rejecting as inadequate all commercially available energy audit software, he wrote his own for the Collaborative, and keeps improving it based on new information gathered from the field. His latest invention is an indoor storm window that has gained popularity across the region and, via the Internet, around the country and world-wide.

A graduate of Bowdoin College in Math and Computer Science, he has completed formal course work in permaculture after years of practice and experimentation. For more information about the program, contact topher@greenfret.com or kando@tidewater.net .

 

“Merchants of Doubt” at Skidompha

Friday, December 11, 2015

Merchants of DoubtThe film “Merchants of Doubt” will be presented by Coastal Senior College Events Committee on Friday, December 11 at 1:30 pm in Skidompha Library’s Porter Room in Damariscotta. The film is based on the book of the same title by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway who explain how a loose–knit group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades on a number of issues, including the harms of tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, and DDT.

Oreskes is one of the world’s leading historians of science, professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Conway is an historian of science and technology currently employed at the California Institute of Technology. He studies and documents the history of space exploration and examines the intersections of space science, earth science, and technological change.

The film will follow with a discussion led by Professor Bruce L. Rockwood, who has taught environmental law and ethics for Coastal Senior College. For further information, contact him at clan.rockwood@gmail.com.

Homeowner Energy Clinics, 2015

Thursday, November 19, Damariscotta

Tuesday, December 1, Waldoboro

KandoA homeowner energy clinic is a two hour workshop that covers the basics of building science and a rich variety of techniques to improve the energy efficiency of an existing house. During and after a richly illustrated presentation, those present are encouraged to ask their own questions and bring up challenges they face in upgrading their houses. The presentation is  designed to primarily serve homeowners, but it is also useful to others involved in weatherizing  homes and other buildings.

“The idea is to demystify home weatherization and encourage even the most timid home owner to act. The goal is to reduce energy waste and save money, without creating new problems in the house. ”, said Paul Kando who has been offering independent energy audits and energy seminars around the Midcoast region for years. “In our eagerness to plug holes that let in cold drafts, it is easy to forget that heat, air and moisture interact in a house, so tightening the structure the wrong way can cause unintended moisture problems, for example.”

Thursday, November 19, 1-3 pm in  the Friends Meetinghouse, Belvedere Rd. Damariscotta; and Tuesday, December 1, 6-8 pm in the Waldoboro Public Library, Main St. Waldoboro. Both workshops, jointly offered by the Coastal Senior College and Midcoast Green Collaborative, are free to the public.

The instructor is Paul Kando, energy researcher, columnist, and teacher.Kando is a retired engineer, with over forty years of hands-on energy and building research experience  in the US and Europe. A co-founder of the Midcoast Green Collaborative and the Maine Passive House Association, he is a member of the Coastal Senior College faculty, and an instructor in adult education.

 

Maine Native American Tribe versus the State of Maine

THE PENOBSCOTTuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Midcoast Friend Meeting House, Damariscotta

On Tuesday, November 17, at 6:30 pm, the Coastal Senior College will present a free screening and discussion of the film The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory, at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House, 77 Belvedere Road, in Damariscotta. The documentary film from Sunlight Media explores the conflict between the state of Maine and the Penobscot Nation over contested uses of the Penobscot River territory. From the 1700’s to the current legal battle in Penobscot Nation v. Mills, the film illustrates the Penobscots’ centuries-long fight to retain their territory and treaty-reserved sustenance fishing rights for future generations. Featuring first-person accounts, the film tells the urgent, inspiring story of a struggle for justice and cultural survival in the face of an astonishingly open abuse of state power.

The case is taking place in the context of a larger state battle over river jurisdiction and water quality standards. In February, the federal EPA ruled that Maine must improve its water quality standards to protect Penobscot sustenance fishing rights. Governor Paul LePage has called the ruling “outrageous” and threatened to relinquish state regulatory responsibilities to the federal EPA if they did not reverse the ruling.

The film runs for approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer period. The Sunlight Media Collective is a collaboration between Penobscot and non-native filmmakers. The film is an example of an up-swell of activism and work on issues affecting the Wabanaki tribes, and its showing is co-sponsored by the Maine Sierra Club, http://www.sierraclub.org/maine . For further information, visit the Coastal Senior College web site at http://coastalseniorcollege.org/?page_id=45 .

“WRITERS READ”

November 2, 2015 1:00 PM

writers-readx380The dedicated writers of the Coastal Senior College Writers’ Group will be giving readings from their current work at the “Writers Read” event at the Camden Public Library on Monday, November 2, at 1:00 pm. “Writers Read” features authors from Marilyn Muth’s writing group presenting their own poems and short stories. This annual presentation has attracted a larger audience for each of the past five years. The audience has greatly enjoyed hearing examples of the creativity and humor of some of their fellow Coastal Senior College members. “We have all been continually impressed and amazed at what these lively minds have brought forth, and feel certain that you will, too,” said Jack Farlow, volunteer and instructor at Senior College.

As has been the case in past years, this event is co-sponsored by Coastal Senior College and the Camden Public Library. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. “We aim to benefit from the members’ different skills and experience,” said Marilyn Muth. “We are our own audience and critics, and we enjoy this opportunity to read for the public!”

Standing, from left: Ken Keoughan, Gin Mackey, Norbert Nathanson, Carol Luchetti, Barbara Furey, Peter Muth. In front: Bob Olfenbuttel and Marilyn Muth. (Missing:  Marilyn Hotch and Carolyn Russ)


 

League of Women Voters: Public Discourse and the League’s Study Process

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from Noon to 2, in Wiscasset, at the 911 Lincoln County Communications Room, located just off Route 1, behind and below the Court House.  Click for map.

A_coloured_voting_box.svgThe Coastal Senior College will host a presentation by the League of Women Voters in Maine (LWVME) on Wednesday, October 14, from Noon to 2, in Wiscasset, at the 911 Lincoln County Communications Room, located just off Route 1, behind and below the Court House.

The League of Women Voters was formed in 1920 to help newly enfranchised women fully participate in public affairs.  With 95 years of action-oriented non-partisanship, the LWV opened to men in 1976.

There is public concern that our government is failing to address the major issues that voters care about. Partisanship is viewed by many as the cause of dysfunctional leadership and legislative process at both the national and state levels.

The LWVME is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major political policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

How does a non-partisan political organization form its advocacy positions?  The subject of this forum is just that.  The LWV has a “study process” which begins with selecting an issue, proceeds through primary and secondary research within a committee structure, and ends with a national call to all local Leagues to come to consensus on a position that provides a basis for advocacy and action.

LWVME presenters are Anne Schink and Barbara Kaufman.  Anne is in her second term as a member of the National Board of the League of Women Voters.  Presently, Anne is one of 2 Maine Leaguers to have been selected as national participants in the League’s latest study on Amending the Constitution.  She will walk us through this study process as co-participants.

Before moving to Maine, she was on the state board of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania for six years and state president for four years.

Anne now also consults in volunteer management, training, and facilitation.

Barbara Kaufman is President of the Portland Area League chapter and a member of the LWVME Board of Directors.  This is the third year she has participated in a Coastal Senior College pre-election presentation and can’t imagine a world without engaged citizens coming together for a civil discussion of issues.

FMI: Carmen Lavertu, Coastal Senior College, program contact, clavertu@gmail.com or 354-9556

 

Making Change through Nonviolent Action

Friday, August 21, 2015, 5:00 to 7:30 pm

 

Rivera-w-DIThe Challenge of Change Coastal Senior College dialogue group invites friends and neighbors to join us in a personal conversation with Rivera Sun. A major activity for Challenge of Change members this year has been to join the Dandelion Insurrection book group.

We are pleased to host a visit with the author, Rivera Sun, to highlight the practical teachings of nonviolent and creative social, political, cultural change depicted in this imaginative novel.

Rivera, who grew up in Maine, has written several social protest novels. She also offers theatrical renditions of social protest, writes essays, and conducts workshops.

Welcome to an intelligent, aware, and inspirational young leader of the transformative generation!

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse
77 Belvedere Rd Damariscotta (click here for directions)

Money in Politics: Whose Democracy Is It?

Thursday, August 20, 2015  at the Camden Library

MCCEAnn Luther from the League of Women Voters of Maine and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections will be speaking at noon on Thursday, August 20 at the Camden Library about money in politics, the continuing struggle for political equality, and the significance of a referendum this November to advance new campaign finance reforms.

The referendum, An Act to Strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act, Improve Disclosure and Make Other Changes to the Campaign Finance Laws, will provide a way to restore equality to Maine voters against the advantages of big money campaign funders, according to its supporters. They believe it is important not only for Maine voters who have enjoyed a Clean Elections system since 2000, but that strong support for the Referendum will be inspiring to citizens across the Nation who want to reverse the harmful effects of recent Supreme Court decisions.

Luther was the lead signer on the Clean Elections petition.  She works closely with both the League of Women Voters of Maine (LWVME) and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) on their shared priority issues of clean elections and campaign finance reform. She has been on the LWVME Board since 2001 and currently serves as Treasurer as well as Advocacy Chair. On behalf of the League, she works on Clean Elections, campaign finance reform, voting rights, ethics in government and repeal of term limits. She has been on the MCCE Board since 2006, now serving as its Treasurer, and received the 2013 Maine ACLU Baldwin award.

MCCE was founded in the mid 1990’s as a broad coalition of organizations that worked to pass the Maine Clean Elections Act in 1996.  MCCE and MCCE Action, now stand-alone organizations, work to advocate, defend, and improve the Act and related campaign finance reform issues. MCCE Action has led the signature campaign to put the Clean Elections Initiative before the voters in November 2015.

Founded almost 100 years ago, the League of Women Voters has been a national leader on many issues, including campaign finance reform since the mid-1970s. In Maine, the League was a lead organization in the diverse coalition that worked for the passage of the Maine Clean Election Act in 1996 and has played a continuing role in defending it ever since.

The program is open to the public at no charge. It is sponsored by Coastal Senior College and The League of Women Voters Maine. For further information contact Carmen Lavertu (CSC) 354-9556 or clavertu@gmail.com.

 May 29: Annual Luncheon, 2015

Something Different This Year!

Samoset Resort, Rockport
Doors open at 11 a.m.
Registration begins May 1

Sculptor Victor Goldsmith and "Sleeping Lovers"

Sculptor Victor Goldsmith and “Sleeping Lovers”

The Coastal Senior College Board of Trustees has noted that at past Annual Luncheons, the attendees had relatively little time for socializing with old friends and meeting new ones.  Typically, just the half hour prior to luncheon was the only time one could meet and interact with anyone not seated at their own table of eight.  The Events Committee has set up a fun situation to overcome this difficulty–something different this year!

Noting that CSC members have active minds and are unusually observant and creative, the Events Committee decided it would be an enjoyable learning experience (and meet the Board objective) to carry out an easy exercise invented for museum goers.

Click for a larger view and complete description.

  • The object is to use our powers of observation to briefly (five minutes) study an art object we had never seen before, and then to observe and record our own reactions to it in a simple, four-line format (which would then turn out to be a free-form, non-rhyming, non-scanning “modern” poem)– the Diamante Poem. Often, just this would reveal hitherto unknown facets of ourselves.
  • Next, by hearing, thinking about and briefly discussing each of the eight poems generated at our table, we will learn something special about each of our table-mates and about the extraordinary variety and subtlety of the human mind. Each table selects one of the eight poems to share with the entire luncheon audience.
  • And now we all will hear and appreciate the still greater diversity of human observation, mind-set and use of language the poems based on different sculptures selected by attendees at the other tables.
  •  Finally, we hope that each of us can identify someone(s) previously unknown whose mind-set (as demonstrated by their poem and discussion) gives promise of belonging to a hitherto-unidentified, potential friend, with whom we could then go talk.
  •  And, of course, it’s always great to create something special of your very own!
  • Poet Ellen Goldsmith

    The frosting on the cake will be the informed comments of published poet Ellen Goldsmith and sculptor Victor Goldsmith.

  • Those of you who are “not quite sure” about this exercise may gain confidence from the fact that fourth-graders (and up!) find it enjoyable and quite easy to be successful.  And you could also “practice” making up a poem with objects in your own house ahead of time …
  • Each luncheon attendee will have time to look at Victor’s sculptures displayed around the hall and to select one of especial interest. Then each will record their reactions in a short, easy, specified format (which will turn out to yield a “diamante” poem!). Each table of eight will choose one of these for further consideration by a small committee. Ellen Goldsmith will read the “winner” and comment on some of the others. And Victor Goldsmith will then present brief comments on each of his sculptures. Lots of interesting viewpoints and observations will certainly emerge, and some attendees will discover their previously unknown talent. This will be quite painless and lots of fun!
  • Registration begins May 1. Lunch will be a choice of chicken piccata or Asian vegetarian stir fry, salad, dessert, coffee, tea. Cost is $24 each.  A cash bar will be available.   Reservations can be made through UROCK at 1-800-286-1594 between May 1 and May 22.  Click here for a Registration form.

[ For more information, please contact Jack Farlow by phone at: 207-832-7816 or at: jackfarlow@hughes.net ]