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Interest Groups

Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a benefit of CSC membership. Our vision for CSC's learning community includes increasing opportunities for our members to meet with each other outside of the classroom. For the present, all groups meet on Zoom.

Special Interest Groups are a great way to socialize and learn with other CSC members who share similar interests. Mysterious Mondays, described below, is a popular SIG. Members propose these groups and take care of arrangements. Most SIGs meet once a month, although they may meet more or less often if members wish.  

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

We also have another type of group that is open to both members and non-members of CSC. Challenge of Change is described below.

Mysterious Mondays

Instructor Maryanne Ward is leading a mystery readers’ discussion group. Mysterious Mondays is a reading group for members of Coastal Senior College on a space available basis. It is currently full, but if you would like to add your name to a waiting list, please email Maryanne Ward at Openings can occur throughout the year. For now, you might enjoy the 2021-22 reading list. 

September 7: Wilke Collins, Moonstone, (Tuesday meeting
October 4: Agatha Christie, And then there were None
November 1: M.L. Longworth, Death on the Île Sordou
December 6: Jean-Luc Bannalec, Killing Tides
January 3: Emma Jameson, Death at Seascape House
February 7: P.D. James, The Lighthouse
March 7: Paul Doiron: Stay Hidden
April 4: Louise Penny: The Long Way Home
May 2: Donna Leon: Aqua Alta

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Challenge of Change

We provide a venue for community conversation to discuss economic, ecological, and cultural challenges facing our society. We seek better alternatives in a respectful and positive way. Participants share responsibility for topics, provide resources, and may invite guest speakers.

We gather twice monthly at the Friends Meeting House in Damariscotta. Contact Susan van Alsenoy,  

Interest Group Discussion Forums

Our new 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. 

Some CSC Committees also have Forums for members of the Committee as another convenient way to keep in touch and share information.  If you are a member of one of these Committees, that Forum should show up for you on the Discussion Forums page.

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.