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Summer in Newport
with Diann Bailey
The Vanderbilts used to enjoy summer in Newport, Rhode Island and you can too! Join us for this two-day trip to experience one of America’s most famous summer playgrounds. This will be a great trip for garden enthusiasts but will also appeal to others who want to enjoy this fabulous coastal location. Newport’s signature event, the annual Newport Flower show, will be the star attraction. Enroute to Rhode Island we’ll visit the Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston Ma. Our docent guided tour leads us through a year-round display of 17 carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants. Lunch on Friday is at O’Connor’s Restaurant in Worcester where they serve New England fare seasoned with Irish hospitality. Our overnight accommodations are at the newly renovated Holiday Inn in South Kingston, Rhode Island. Friday will be a full day of activities starting with a guided tour of Newport showcasing the rich and famous who once enjoyed this seaside town. We’ll then have plenty of time to visit the Flower Show, offering visitors fun, flowers, food, fantastic shopping experiences, spectacular garden displays and so much more, all located in and around one of America's most beautiful and storied Gilded Age mansions, Rosecliff. Lunch today is something special – a “speakeasy” high tea complete with an interactive murder mystery. Whisper the password for entry, meet some prohibition boot leggars and help solve the mystery, but stay alert for a possible raid!.Late afternoon takes us to Green Animals Topiary Garden to enjoy more than 80 pieces of topiary including animals and birds, geometric figures and ornamental designs. Dinner tonight is family style at the well- known Wright’s Farm in Harrisville. Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, Tower Hill tour, Newport Flower Show, guided tour of Newport, Green Animals Garden Tour, murder mystery performance, two luncheons, one dinner and overnight accommodations.
Depart 7:45 am Waterville (Waterville High School), Return 11:15 p.m.
Depart 8:30 am., Gardiner (Hannafords), Return 10:30 p.m.
Technology Help Desk
with Adam Soto
You don’t need to be a techno-pro to conquer digital issues! This service, offered once a month, is designed to show you (the consumer) how to troubleshoot and possibly repair hardware or software issues you might be experiencing. Topics may include prevention and removal of viruses and spyware; cleaning up files and folders that may be slowing down your work; issues common to phones and tablets, connectivity issues and more. You’ll leave this class with knowledge and skills which could save you time and money! Students will have one-to-one or small group time with our guru. Contact us (582-3774) if you are uncertain if your specific issue can be resolved. This class is FREE if you are a College Transistions Student.
Ten Legal Do's and Don'ts for People Over 65
with Dan Eccher
This seminar provides critical information about important legal issues pertaining to people over age 65. Each legal topic will take ten minutes, just long enough to go over the basics that you need to know. Topics include the most important document needed to protect your assets, how to not lose everything to long-term care costs, what is the five-year look back and seven more essential do's and don'ts. We'll wrap up with common questions/concerns from the group. This class is appropriate for those 65+ and for others who may be helping older individuals.
Ten Ways to Improve Your Woodland for Wildlife
with Tom Doak
This workshop outlines steps woodland owners can undertake to improve their woodland for wildlife. The focus is on basic principles of wildlife management and actual doable actions to enhance wildlife habitat.
These Storied Walls - Trace the History of Your Gardiner Property
with Dawn Thistle
Do you have a particular Gardiner home or building you find intriguing? Have you wondered about its history - who lived or worked there, what businesses operated at that location, when it was built, or how its footprint changed over the years? Many answers to these questions can be found in old maps, directories, deeds, and newspapers in the Gardiner Public Library's amazing collection of archival resources. Special Collections Librarian, Dawn Thistle, will guide you through the library's collections, as well as other historical and online sources, to develop a timeline and narrative of the property you would like to explore - and you'll find yourself happily ensconced in plenty of Gardiner history, too!
Tidying Up, Sparking Joy and Swedish Death Cleaning
with Lisa Lyons
Are you plagued with too much stuff but just don't know how to organize or get rid of it? Would you like your home to be filled just with the things you love and need, a place of relaxation instead of clutter? Do you have more heirlooms than kids who want them? Discover the “gentle art of Swedish death cleaning” and the four decluttering steps of Marie Kondo, author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Learn proven techniques to maximize your space and create a tidy home, from semi-retired professional organizer, Lisa Lyons. Have you already “kondo’d" your stuff? Let’s compare our experiences!
with Robert Harvey
Have you ever felt like Medicare regulations are a black box? There’s an alphabet soup of plans, a book of fine print and a calendar full of dates to remember. The whole thing seems like a mystery with too few clues to solve. Robert Harvey, a Licensed Insurance Agent with HealthMarkets, can answer many of the questions you may have about Medicare, from the beginning of the process on. He will discuss: when you are eligible, what is the timeline for enrollment without penalties, what original Medicare covers and what it doesn’t, what additional plans work in conjunction with original Medicare, and your financial assistance options.
Wool Applique-Americana Flag
with Lorraine Hart
This project is a framed 8" x 10" American flag using red, white, and blue wool felt. The Americana flag is blanket stitched onto a blue striped background, accented with an assortment of white buttons sewn onto the red stripes and a single gold star accented with a red button. A welcomed addition to any home decor. Kits may be purchased from instructor at first class.