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Medicare and Understanding It (Online)
with Robert Harvey
This course will review the following areas: when you are eligible for Medicare benefits; the timeline to enroll for Medicare benefits without penalties; what original Medicare covers and does not cover; and what additional plans are available that work in conjunction with original Medicare. Financial assistance options will also be discussed briefly.
Robert Harvey is a licensed Life and Health agent with offices in Brunswick and Scarborough Maine. He has been assisting clients with reviewing and enrolling in individual health insurance plans and transitioning on to Medicare coverage for the last 10 years.
Basic Bird Watching
with Stan LeQuire
This is an introductory course designed to help you feel comfortable and proficient in one of the USA’s most popular hobbies. The course assumes that the student has only a minimal or no knowledge of birds but wants to acquire skills to identify birds by sight and sound. Students will learn how to find, identify, attract and enjoy the birds of the Midcoast area. The last class session is a walk along a local trail which will help you practice your new bird-watching skills.
This course is offered completely online using Zoom. However, if possible, the last class session will be a walk in a local park. During the walk, Covid guidelines will be observed.
Stan L. LeQuire is a life-long naturalist, guide and outdoorsman. He enjoys teaching sustainable development to college students. In addition, he researches best practices of community-based ecotourism as a model for development.
Foraging for Wild, Edible & Medicinal Plants
with Tom Seymour
This class consists of a field trip, during which instructor, Tom Seymour will speak on edible wild plants, some of which have medicinal uses as well. He will have live samples of some of the plants and some you will find along the way. All plants shown and discussed are available in the Midcoast region of Maine and none are rare, endangered or threatened (most are common garden “weeds”). By the end of class participants should have a new understanding of and greater appreciation for these common, useful, healthful and tasty wild treats.
The field trip takes place along the nature trail behind Medomak Middle School. Please bring water, good walking shoes and a snack or lunch to class. Participants are invited to stay for a question and answer session after the field trip.
Tom Seymour is a Maine naturalist, Registered Maine Guide, freelance writer and book author. His book credits include Hiking Maine, Fishing Maine, Birding Maine, Forager’s Notebook, Wild Plants of Maine and his most recent, Foraging Mushrooms Maine published in 2017.
Bedrock and Glacial Geology of the Pemaquid Region
with David Pope
Ever wondered about the white streaks at Pemaquid Point, or the variety of rocks in ledges along Route One from Wiscasset to Warren? This course will cover the origins of the bedrock and how glaciers formed our land surface.
The week before class begins will be spent getting students introduced to Zoom and Google Classroom by practicing individual and small group meetings. These intro sessions will enable introduction or review of a few rocks and minerals found in the area. A good internet connection allowing Zoom video is needed as materials are largely visual.
Self guided field trips will be introduced each week. Questions and feedback can be individually processed during the week. Field trips will include precise itineraries with maps and photos and references to the instructor’s book “Geology of the Pemaquid Region” (strongly advised, available at Sherman’s Bookstore, Damariscotta, or from the author (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 207-504-2380). It will help if you have practiced Zoom meetings before the course starts. Course is limited to 15 to keep the on-line meetings manageable.
David Pope grew up rockhounding in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. He holds both a BS and a MS in geology.
Creative Writing Workshop via Zoom - Session 4
with Elizabeth Potter
This ongoing workshop offers participants an opportunity to get the creative juices flowing, overcome the internal critic, and let heart and soul flow out onto the page! Just as importantly, it also provides a tight knit, supportive community of fellow writers with whom to share the fruits of your labor. The instructor, Elizabeth Potter, will present proven writing prompts and techniques to tickle your muse and coax even the most hesitant voice onto the page.
Elizabeth Potter is a teacher and poet residing in Midcoast Maine. A collection of her poetry “T’ai Chi of Leaves” was released by Moon Pie press in September 2016. Her poems have also been widely published in literary journals both locally and nationally. Elizabeth has been leading creative writing workshops for all ages for the past seventeen years.
Medicare 101 (May)
with Jo-Ann Neal
Questions about Medicare? Join Jo-Ann Neal for thisinformational seminar outlining the basics of Medicare. Jo-Ann will answer your questions including what Medicare does and does NOT cover, when to enroll, the difference between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement Plans, and which plan is best for you. Following the presentation, Jo-Ann will be available for a question and answer session. The seminar is free and open to the public, but we do ask that you register by calling the Adult Education Office.
Jo-Ann Neal of Allen Insurance and Financial is a licensed insurance agent specializing in Medicare. In 2016, she earned a Benefit Account Manager certification from the National Association of Health Insurance Underwriters and began working with customers on Medicare plans.