BRIDGTON — Ten classes will be offered in person at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 42 Sweden Road (Rte 93), Bridgton, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. from Sept 19 through Oct 13. Masks are optional. This is a new location for classes, and a new name for the group – it was formerly Senior College at Bridgton.

Classes offered include:

• Are Electric Cars a Good Way to Reduce Emissions? – Tuesday, September 19
Allen will cover emissions from manufacturing, the emissions from operations, the costs of ownership, issues around mining and recycling, and federal and state incentives. The availability of the top ten EVs on the market. Instructor is Allen Armstrong.

• Maine’s Natural Resources & Open Spaces: Challenges & Opportunities – Thursday, September 21

Matt will discuss how various organizations and public/private partnerships are working together to plan for and implement solutions to land use and natural resource issues across Maine. Topics will include climate change development trends, emerging natural resource concerns, land use planning, and the economics of Maine’s outdoor recreation industry. Instructor is Matt Markot.

Gardening in Non-Optimal Conditions – Friday, September 22
Spring and Summer 2023 presented gardeners with non-optimum gardening conditions. Increased rain, hot and humid temperatures, and increased wind can result in damage to plants and vegetables, bacterial diseases, fungi, increased insects, and shorter or longer growing seasons. Climate-related changes will be discussed and methods to optimize gardening practices will be reviewed. Instructor is Nancy Donovan.


Surviving Estrangement – Tuesday, September 26
When we think of estrangement, what thoughts come to mind? The dictionary defines it as a state of being alienated or separated in feeling or affection. Unwittingly, the universe assigned me an accumulation of knowledge that would, otherwise, beg for ignorance. Estrangement has become my weird area of expertise. Instructor is Christine Parsons.

The Untold Story Of Water:
The Mystery Of Water – And You! – Thursday, September 28
You are a water being – the quality of your water affects the quality of your health. This seminar will raise your “water consciousness” by explaining how Structured Water (water in nature) is essential to health, how this is different from the waters you drink, and how processing results in the loss of water’s essential natural structure. We explore Sacred Geometry and show how the Golden Ratio – found throughout nature – affects the vitality of food and water. Features the pioneering work of Dr. Masaru Emoto on the crystalline structure of water, and water’s unfailing response to human intention.
Instructor is Halsey W. Snow.

Physiology of Aging – Friday, September 29

As a person gets older, there are age-related changes that occur to each body system (skeletal, muscular, cardiorespiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, urinary, hearing, vision, skin, balance, cognitive, etc.). In this class, the potential changes associated with the aging process will be discussed, and methods to maximize the health of each system will be reviewed. Instructor is Nancy Donovan.

Vanessa Jones on Songwriting – Tuesday, October 3
Local singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vanessa Jones will speak about her songwriting process and some of the many instruments she plays. Vanessa will play a small selection of recent compositions, in between explanations of her songwriting process. Her new CD 40 Reasons will be available for $12 or two for $20. Instructor is Vanessa Jones.

Conversation with a Funeral Director – Thursday, October 5
Beyond answering the usual “how’d you get into funeral service” questions, Eric will discuss and answer questions about pre-planning funeral arrangements and anywhere else that the conversation takes the group. Instructor is Eric Nelson.


Ralph Waldo Emerson – Friday, October 6 and 13
Ralph Waldo Emerson, provocative thinker and intellectual leader of American Transcendentalism, has left an indelible mark on American Literature and culture. His essays, some of which we will read and enjoy in this class, continue to inspire creative individuals with their wisdom and are still relevant for understanding the complexities of the modern world, its rampant industrialism, soul-less materialism, environmental decay, etc. A collection of his important essays will be available at the Bridgton Book Store. Instructor is Ken Gibbs.

Accidents on the Hiking Trail – Thursday, October 12
On and off the hiking trail, accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable or can be effectively dealt with out in the woods. In this class, we’ll talk about some medical emergencies that we have encountered and how our hiking group, the Denmark Mountain Hikers, has responded to them. We’ll also suggest some tips for making your hiking safer and more enjoyable while out on the trail. Instructor is Allen Crabtree.
The Lake Region Lifelong Learning (aka Senior College at Bridgton) is the home-town program for anyone 50 years or older in Bridgton and surrounding Lakes Region communities to learn new things and meet new friends. There are class sessions in the
spring, fall, and winter each year that are designed to appeal to every interest. Membership is open to any senior in the Lakes Region.

Class Fees:
• Ken Gibbs’ two-session class will be $20.
• Single-day classes will be $15 each. However, if you sign up for four (4) or more the fee will be $10 each.

Membership Fee is $25 for the Academic Year July 1– June 30. There is an added $5 fee to get our brochure by mail.
Reservation Forms are available at the Bridgton Library and at the Lake Region Lifelong Learning website, Everyone should fill out the Reservation Form to reserve a space in the class (es) you wish and mail the form to: Lake Region Lifelong Learning, P.O. Box 308, Bridgton, ME 04009. If you have questions, contact Kappy Sprenger, Registration, at 207- 647-5593 or

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