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Calendar Sep 1, 2023

Membership is required before registering for your first class of the year. Membership year is from September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2024. This membership entitles you to take classes at any of the 17 senior colleges in Maine. As a member you will also have an opportunity to participate in occasional free classes and functions throughout the year

Book Talk


with Jane Carlson

Calendar Sep 13, 2023 at 10 am

 Join a class that is filled with readers that long to give their opinion of  their reading. We will share various genre’s of literature from the classics to best sellers.  Insights into the author’s life and  their writing is  alive and connected to life today.  






  • Wednesday, September 13 The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
  • Wednesday, October 11 Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Wednesday, November 8 The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts
  • No December Book Talk
  • Wednesday, January 10 The Last Kingdom by Steve Berry
  • Wednesday, February 14 Unknown Title, to be determined
  • Wednesday, March 13 Among the Shadows: A Detective Byron Mystery by Bruce Robert Coffin
  • Wednesday, April 10 A Dangerous Business by Jane Smiley
  • Wednesday, May 8 Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • Wednesday, June 14 A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
  • ALL CLASSES ARE ON ZOOM FROM 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • We will open the Zoom at 9:30 for socializing.
  • Registration will be on Course Storm

The Untold Story of German Resistance to Hitler


with Sandy Gerson

Calendar Oct 11, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 8 weeks

Winners write history so we've ignored valiant Germans who risked their lives and families to destroy Nazism and help the Allies win. These Germans did not have to try to assassinate Hitler or make secret deals with Roosevelt, flee to France to work with the British or run through Berlin bombings to political prisons, knowing they risked concentration camps and gallows. They believed Nazism was so morally repugnant, they had to do something, anything. Discovering the hidden history of German resistance to Nazism illuminates a precedent for those troubled by our own fascist trending times, what fascism really is and the link between them and us. 

Sandra Garson was a journalist who in the early 80s stumbled on a cache of stories about Germans who challenged Hitler and went to Germany to meet some survivors. She met survivors who fled here and was working on a book when told: "They'll kill you if you talk about good Germans." So she boxed up the story and kept it in storage until headlines here started flashing the words Neo-Nazi and fascism. 

This class will run Wednesdays 10am to 12 noon on ZOOM

Oct 11,18,25  Nov 1,8, 15, 29    (NO class Nov 22... wednesday before thanksgiving)

Happy Retirement!!  FREE
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Happy Retirement!! FREE


with Hal Hannaford

Calendar Dec 13, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Retirement is a misunderstood concept. In fact it is a counter productive term. After all, one should never retire from life!  We don't retire, we do something else!


After 31 years leading a traditional boys’ schools as a progressive educator, Hal left the profession in 2020. Over all those years, he came to understand the conditions required in order to ensure the last fifth of life is one of true fulfillment and happiness. This workshop focuses on the five foundations required to reach that lofty goal. It is a challenge, we need to start young, but it is never too late”.

This  class is offerred free as a Christmas gift to the student of South Coast Senior College.

December 13, 10-11:30

Louis T Graves Memorial Library  

A Musical Celebration of the Holiday Season


with Paul Doherty

Calendar Dec 15, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

You are invited to visit a mix of the music and films we have come to love this festive time of year! Join us for this in-person holiday gathering for an audio visual presentation of various music and movie clips, along with the stories behind them. Christmas will be featured but other traditions, particularly Hanukkah, will be represented as well.

And of course singing along will be most welcome!

With Our Lead ELF........Paul Doherty

Paul is an armchair theologian with experience in music, broadcasting, and ministry. He has also been teaching for several years at two Maine senior colleges, including South Coast.

How to Write Your Own LEGACY LETTER


with Jerry Nulton

Calendar Jan 19, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

A Legacy Letter is a message to family or friends. There’s no formula. It can be any of thefollowing:

• An expression of gratitude, a compliment or encouragement

• A wish for their future

• One or more life lesson(s) you’d like to share

• A request for forgiveness or an attempt to make amends

• A tradition you’d like to pass along

• An important memory that means a great deal to you

• To offer comfort and perspective

Wouldn't a legacy letter be a very special Christmas present?


Your Instructor: Jerry Nulton

I’ve lived a charmed life. I was taught by my mother to value an education and was taught by my father that hard work was the best path to success. I earned a double major from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, the first is a degree in Philosophy which I loved and the second a degree in Computer Science which I used to earn a living. I’ve worked in sales, marketing and training for most of the past 30 years.  I have trained Partners in the accounting firm of Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in sales in the UK, Ireland and the US for the past 20 years and am currently helping them negotiate their agreements with their clients.  I’m happily married to my lovely wife of 33 years; I’ve been a resident of Maine for the past 22 and I’m an avid sailor with a J-28 sailboat in Falmouth.


So, how did I get into legacy letters? Though we don’t have children, my wife and I have been saving money for our grand-niece and grand-nephews. But I realized, that giving them money without wisdom is like giving a loaded gun to a toddler. So I looked for a way to put the money into a framework that would help them understand me better and hopefully give them a path to a better life. That’s how I found legacy letters. I can’t possibly hope to match the life experience that any potential participants would have, so I’m hopeful that I can learn from you while I share a tool you can use to influence the lives of your family and friends. 

10-11:30  ZOOM


Friday   Jan 19, Jan26

              Feb  2,  Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23




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