Sunday, November 03, 2013

Conversations With...


Similar to Tuesday Forum, "Conversations With..." is a new monthly program, with speakers sharing a variety of interesting topics.  Dessert and coffee/tea is served, and space is sometimes limited, so give us a call if you plan to attend (827-3972) - not necessarily required, but helpful to know how many to feed.    The program is free, but donations for future programs are welcome. 

Usually the Second Wednesday of each month, at 1:00 pm

October 14th - Helen Peppe 
Helen’s program, “A Matter of Timing”, is a humorous presentation on how she began photographing horses 25 years ago and why she still prefers photographing horses over any other animal. She will use images to illustrate when not to release the shutter —you may think horses are always beautiful and majestic, but…— and when everything is so magical you can’t stop. She will show you how horse handlers/riders interfere and rarely benefit shots if the goal is to capture the horse being a horse so that the image evokes genuine emotion. She will tell of her experiences with private shoots, public events, and the challenges digital photography (including Facebook and the Internet) creates for the professional photographer.

November 4th, at 1:30pm (this month only) - Sandy Imondi 
Sandy is a "Professional Organizer Extraordinaire", and owner of Organized Solutions.  Learn how to prepare your home and lifestyle for retirement without becoming overwhelmed in the process.  Where do you begin?  How do you get rid of stuff?  Sandy will provide a step-by-step action plan, downsizing tips, and share her experiences helping seniors downsize and relocate over the past ten years.  

January 13th, at 1pm - Tim Caverley 
Maine Author of: ‘Solace-Allegash Lake Reloaded.’ If your grandfather could give you anything, what would it be? Twenty-three-year-old Jim Clark is about to find out! In this power point program following along as Maine author Tim Caverly uses his popular book ‘Solace’ to guide the audience through the most remote section of the Maine woods-Allagash Lake-the crown jewel of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Through scenic, historic, and wildlife photo’s Tim will introduce the audience to an area so secluded that the wilderness reigns supreme.

February 10th - Linda McGee
Where do you keep your medicines? Are they in different places—with some in the medicine cabinet,
some in the kitchen, and some in the bedroom or elsewhere? As a parent, grandparent, or family
member, it’s important that you organize and keep track of your medicines. After all, you will want to know where a particular medicine is when you or someone else needs to find it. And you will want to keep your medicines secure so that a child, or a teenager, or even a stranger, does not get into them. That way, you can help prevent an accidental injury, as well as do your part to stop the possible abuse of prescription medicines. 
Director of the non-profit organization, The River Coalition, Linda will share important tips about how to safely store and dispose of your medications. 

March 9th - Hope Johnson

Hope Johnson will share slides and stories about her experience as a Fulbright English Teacher in Russia.  "The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programs place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms."

April 13th - Sean Gaskell

Sean will give a performance on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa.  He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Koras musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires' founding. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

May 11th - Lois-Ann Holmes
Explore the world of Geo-Caching with Lois-Ann Holmes.  Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  It's a great way to explore the outdoors with family, friends, and fellow "geocachers".  Who knows, there might even be a cache at the library!




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