Issue No. 82
The MSCN Newsletter
Welcome to Your March 2017 Newsletter!

March Madness is almost upon us, and the snow is beginning to disappear, time for a nice cup of tea and a wild and wonderful Maine Senior College Network newsletter!

This month I begin with " Why Volunteering is Personally Beneficial," an article originally posted in the Jabberwocky, Sunrise Senior College's Winter newsletter. Thanks to people like Dale Miller and the army of hard working volunteers across the state we have this outstanding Senior College Network!

The University of Maine in Augusta Senior College continues to be a hub of activity. This month their Forum on the Future takes a look at "Getting There When You Can't Drive." Then they have Choro Louco, a Brazilian Choro band performing in this month's Concert at Jewett.

Lewiston- Auburn SC has a fascinating Food for Thought lecture with presenter Tanya Vanesse describing her "Fear Factor Live Reality TV Experience."

The UMaine Center on Aging is looking for people willing to sleep for science! 

AARP Fraud Watch will present Frank W. Abagnale author of "Catch Me If You Can" at The University of Southern Maine (Portland).

To round off this month's news, I have a " Call for Artists" from Belfast Senior College. It is time to encourage your artist friends to submit their work for the 2017 Senior College at Belfast Festival of Art.

  Volunteer Why Volunteering is Personally Beneficial

Sunrise Senior College is an organization developed for the betterment of the senior population in the Machias area. As most of you know, we have celebrated more than ten years in existence and continue to grow and thrive. I believe the reason for this is the commitment that members have shown to help this group become the vital network we are.

I know when I moved to the area almost 15 years ago knowing no one accept my realtor, Sunrise Senior College was in its infancy but quickly became a life line for me. 

Over the years, I have attended MANY classes which have enlightened, perplexed, inspired and caused my brain to continue working when it really wanted to quit. For that reason, I felt a calling to help move the organization forward in whatever small way I could. Over the years I have served as editor of the newsletter, helped develop and print the brochures, served as co-chair of the Curriculum Committee and chaired the PR committee, among many other jobs which are necessary for the semesters to run smoothly. My point is not to pat myself on the back but to say if I can do it, we all can do it (or at least a small part of it).

Having left the area for a family crisis for two years, it is great to be back, primarily to continue the relationships I have made through SSC. Without them, life would be boring and lonely.

So I say to you all, we need everyone to volunteer! i

This article by Dale Miller originally appeared in Sunrise Senior College's Winter edition of the Jabberwocky. 
UMA College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College present:

ForumFutureGetting There When You Can't Drive

2 pm Sun., Mar. 19 Jewett Hall, Augusta

Jess Maurer will give an overview of Maine's transportation problem and some solutions - diverse initiatives to serve various types of communities. Bob MacDougall will focus on current transportation in Augusta and some ideas for the future that his Age Friendly Committee is considering. Irene Goff will discuss "Neighbors Driving Neighbors", a local initiative, how it started and the current status of the program.
Jess Mauer is the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. She advocates for the health and economic security of older adults at the national, state and local levels on behalf of Maine's five Area Agencies on Aging.

Bob MacDougall is currently the Chair for them Augusta Age Friendly Committee, spearheading that initiative, and sits on the AARP Maine state volunteer advisory board. He is very involved in planning Augusta area transportation.

Irene Goff is the Coordinator for Neighbors Driving Neighbors (NDN) serving Belgrade, Fayette, Mount Vernon, Rome, Vienna. "I enjoy talking with people in my community connecting them with volunteer drivers so they can get to where they need to go."

Panel Moderator: Chuck Acker, Forum on the Future (FoF) Chair. 

USM's Lewiston-Auburn Senior College 
Food for Thought Lecture:

"My Fear Factor Live Reality TV Experience" with Tanya Vanesse

Friday, March 10

Tanya Vanesse
Tanya Vanesse, a Computer Technician for the Auburn School Department will present "My Fear Factor Live Reality TV Experience" at the next LA Senior College Food for Thought session on Friday, March 10.  Tanya will discuss her unique opportunity to appear in the studio version of Fear Factor Live at Universal Studios.  Tanya tried out as a 38-year-old Mom against 20-year-old military folks, and other much-younger participants.  Much to her surprise, she not only made it onto the show but also won the competition!  She will discuss her thoughts as she participated in "The Endurance Hang," "The Walk of Shame," "Swinging Pendulum Octopus Throw," and The Stuntman's Challenge."
Tanya earned a Bachelor's degree in Social and Behavioral Science from USM in 2014

Tanya strives to be a role model for her son and instill in him the attitude that it is never too late to finish something that you have started. Therefore, she returned to college full time while working two part-time jobs and being a full-time, single Mom to earn a Bachelor's degree in Social and Behavioral Science from USM in 2014. Although she has lived in several states and traveled abroad through school, she has always returned to Maine. Ms. Vanesse is excited to talk about her experience and the inspiration that continues with her from taking a chance on a vacation with her family to participate in those most challenging event.

Senior College, now in its 19th year, presents this monthly luncheon program that is open to the public in Function Room 170 at USM LAC.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at noon.  The cost, which includes lunch, is $7 with an advance reservation or $8 at the door.  To make your advance reservation, call Senior College at 753-6510 by noon on Wednesday, March 8. Reservation calls received after this date/time will be considered "at the door".


Choro Louco, a Brazilian Choro band from Portland
2 pm Sun. Mar. 5, 

The "Concerts at Jewett" Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will feature Choro Louco on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2PM at Jewett Hall Auditorium.  (No snow date)

Based in Portland, Maine, Choro Louco is dedicated to the century-old tradition of Brazilian choro music.  Choro is known for beautiful melodies, complex harmonies and syncopated rhythms, combining elements of European folk and classical, ragtime, jazz, Latin, and African music.  Come and enjoy this ensemble, formed in 2013, and learn about music that is uniquely Brazilian and rarely heard in the US.

Four members of the group will perform at Jewett.  Carl Dimow, flute and guitar, plays jazz, classical and klezmer music.  Nicole Rabata, flute, has diverse musical interests including celtic, and classical.  David Newsam, 8-string guitar and mandolin, brings decades of experience as a jazz and classical guitarist.  Eric LaPerna exhibits his great hand percussion skills on the pandeiro, the Brazilian tambourine.

Tickets are $10, students $5, 12 & under free. Tickets are available at Pat's Pizza in Augusta, Dave's Appliance in Winthrop and at the door. Call 621-3551, or email for more information or for mail order tickets. Website:

The next concert is Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2PM - Sarah Geller, classical violinist.

Media contact: Irene Forster 445-5227

BelfastArtSenior College Artists, It's Time To Show Your Stuff!
"Path to the Stream" by Marsha Donahue

ArtistsThe 2017 Senior College at Belfast Festival of Art is initiating it's CALL TO ARTISTS, and a special invitation is extended to Maine Senior College members.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to show your work in a non-juried, non-competitive event.  

Festival Dates
The Festival will be held from June 1 thru 4, 2017 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.  

Registration Period for Artists
The registration period for artists is March 1 thru March 31, and the drop-off date for artwork is Wednesday, May 31.  

Senior College Art Course Students Send in Your Work!
As you see, there is  plenty of time to prepare a piece for the exhibit.  We would especially love to have students of Senior College art courses participate in this year's show.  

Last Year's Exhibitors
If you were in the show last year, you have already received a "Save the Date" notice from Juliane Dow, and will soon receive information and a registration form from her.  

We Welcome New Artists To The festival!
If you are a new artist to the Festival, informational materials may be requested by email.  

Opportunity to Sell Your Work
There will be an opportunity for artists to sell their work if they wish.  

Our goal for this, our 15th anniversary year, is 150 artists; please be one of them!

Submitted by Cathy Bradbury,  Senior College at Belfast

"Au lit" by Édouard Vuillard

sleepSleep and Memory Study in Older Adults Study - Looking for Volunteers

People are constantly developing and changing throughout the course of a lifetime. Specifically, sleep patterns and quality are known to change as people get older. Dr. Marie Hayes and Katrina Daigle, graduate student, are conducting research to assess a new sleep monitoring device that identifies sleep movements and breathing changes throughout the night. The goal is to examine the relationship between sleep quality and brain health in individuals who are 65 to 85 years old. Your participation in this research will help identify people with a high risk of fast brain health decline and may provide information about sleep quality and brain functioning. (Update - Study participants need to check they are within the testing area for this study.)

What is involved?
  • A two night sleep study 
  • A mattress sheet with tiny sensors will be placed under your bed-sheet to measure sleep movements for two nights in a row. 
  • A seven night sleep study 
  • A small watch will be placed on your wrist for 7 nights in a row and you will be asked to fill out a sheet about your sleep patterns. The first two nights, you will sleep on the mattress, and keep the watch on for 5 more nights. 
  • A short memory task to take before and after sleep on the second night. 
  • A 1- month follow-up visit to complete brain and memory function testing. We will conduct this test in your home, at the Mood and Memory clinic at Acadia hospital, or a University of Maine research lab. It will take about 2-2.5 hours.
What will you receive in exchange for participation?
  • $100 visa gift card for the two night sleep study 
  • $50 visa gift card for the follow-up visit New information about your own sleep and brain functioning
All information is confidential. (Phone number updated!)
I f you have any questions or concerns or are interested in participating in this study, please contact Katrina or Ella at 207-356-7255, or send an email to Katrina or Ella .

The AARP Fraud Watch Network present: 

CatchMe"Catch Me If You Can" with author and scam prevention expert Frank W. Abagnale.  
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at USM's Hannaford Hall in Portland 
The event is free!

Who is Frank Abagnale?
Between the ages of 16 and 21, Frank W. Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, and a doctor. He cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn't read the best-selling book...spoiler alert...he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

For over 40 years, Mr. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. He is one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents.

Now, he's joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help you learn how to spot and avoid scams so you can protect yourself and your family.

Event Schedule: 
5:30PM to 6:45PM - Enjoy light refreshments and meet our community partners. 
Registration will also be open at this time. Please note: Registration closes promptly at 6:45PM so we can begin on time. 
6:45PM to 8:00PM - Introduction by AARP Maine's State Director Lori Parham and presentation by Frank Abagnale. 
8:00PM to 8:30PM - Question and Answer Session with Frank Abagnale. 

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Images Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Bodhisattva Helping - Painting of a bodhisattva benefiting sentient beings. Sanskrit Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra manuscript written in the Ranjana script. India, early 12th century.

" Au lit" by Edouard Vuillard (1868 - 1940)

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