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Members Interest Groups

Members Interest Groups are a free benefit of CSC membership and a great way to socialize and learn with other CSC members who share similar interests. 

At present, CSC has two members groups that meet monthly: the popular Mystery Mondays, and for followers of the bard, Journeys with Will Shakespeare. For the present, both groups meet on Zoom. 

Mystery Mondays

This well-established reading group meets on the first Monday of the month from September through June (September meeting is always on a Tuesday) via Zoom to discuss a new case. The mystery of the month comes from a list compiled from suggestions by the members. Some years we have themes: 2022–23 is the year of Female Investigators. The group is open, without charge to members of CSC. If you interested in being included on the list of investigators, please contact Maryanne Ward Deerstalker hats and/or knitting not required.  

Mystery Monday: Reading list 2022–23

Women Investigate

September 6: Anthony Horowitz Magpie Murders

October 3: Nevada Barr A Superior Death

November 7: Patricia Cornwell Cause of Death

December 5: Peter Tremayne Absolution by Murder

January 2: Susan Witting Albert Rosemary Remembered

February 6: Faith Martin Murder of the Bride

March 6: Barbara Neely Blanche among the Talent Tenth

April 3: Kathy Reichs The Bone Code

May 1: Katherine Page The Body in the Lighthouse

June 5: Jacqueline Winspear Maisie Dobbs

Journeys with Will Shakespeare


Coastal Senior College invites you to be their guest on a complimentary “Journey with Will Shakespeare.” Each month, we will take a whirlwind journey to a different destination as we follow the path of one character from a great play by the master. Join CSC instructor Joseph Coté on Zoom on the third Monday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 18 Zoom “explorers” who may volunteer to read a scene from the play and who are all encouraged to participate in the highly interactive feedback and discussion.

Membership in the group is dynamic. Members will need to register monthly when they wish to attend the upcoming "journey." Here's how it works:

On the 4th Monday of each month, beginning in August, a link to the registration page for the upcoming month's meeting will be posted here. The page will describe the upcoming "journey." Study guides, video and film sources, and food-for-thought tidbits from “what the scholars say” will be provided two weeks prior to each discussion, and a Zoom link for the meeting will be sent a few days before the journey is set to begin.

Upcoming Destinations, Plays, and Characters:

November 21 Elsinore, Denmark - Hamlet - Ophelia  Register   
December 19 Padua. Italy - The Taming of the Shrew - Petruchio  Register 

If you haven’t joined or renewed your membership Click Here.

If you are interested in organizing and facilitating a members' group around a special interest, please contact us with your idea at  

Other Groups

Challenge of Change


Coastal Senior College offers the “Challenge of Change” to the Mid-coast community; this group is open to both members and non-members of CSC.

The “Challenge of Change” is a discussion group that provides a venue for community conversation to discuss economic, political, environmental and cultural challenges facing our society — at the national, state and local level. The group members propose and then choose the meeting’s topics and readings, which generally provide provocative and lively discussions.


The group generally meets twice a month — typically from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The schedule is set twice a year by participants, with no meetings during the summer months. 

Due to the Covid pandemic, meetings during the past two years have met virtually via Zoom. In September 2022, the group will meet in person for the first time since 2020. New members are always welcome!

Please join us for this meeting to re-engage the discussion group, which will be held at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House at 77 Belvedere Road in Damariscotta. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 13, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. It will feature Stephen Shaw, the author of The Power Conundrum: Exploring the Puzzle of How to Reclaim a Democracy. Stephen is a local author who offers us a wonderful opportunity to engage in this timely topic.    

Should you desire additional information, you may contact Anton Lahnston at or Susan van Alsenoy at

 Group Discussion Forums

Our website has Discussion Forums where members can chat about common interests or concerns, or give feedback on a topic. To start with, we have created a Envisioning our CSC Future for your comments and suggestions about this website and other aspects of the new CSC. To get to the Forums look in the Participate! dropdown menu. 

To view the Forums and to opt in or out of a Forum, look at the Forums section of your Member Profile. If you would like to create a new Forum, send a brief description and forum name to and we will set it up for you. You will need to recruit members to join (opt in) to your new Forum.