We suspect you have been keeping yourself busy in these past few months. At the same time, we hope you will be pleased to learn that we have a full slate of education and travel programs ready to unveil for the fall, winter, and spring!
Through our education program, Glenmeadow Learning, we will offer programs that begin on September 4 at venues in Greater Springfield. Our topics are politics, technology, the environment, and classical music. Through our travel program, Glenmeadow Getaways, we’ll have over a dozen options to take in the theater along with a trip to Egypt in July 2020.
Please read all about it, in this blog and a blog we will post tomorrow, and when you see what you like, be sure to register as our programs are first-come, first-served, and they are popular and do fill up!
Our Glenmeadow Learning classes are offered free throughout the region and cover a variety of topics that are sure to expand your horizons. Our Learning program is one way in which we fulfill our mission to serve older adults in Greater Springfield by enhancing their knowledge.
The following are our fall programs:
Both Sides of the Aisle:
A Conversation about America’s Two-Party System
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 10 a.m.–noon
Storrowton Carriage House, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield
The American political system has always been dominated by two parties, but rarely have our politics felt so contentious. Americans are increasingly divided by their loyalties, and a growing number seem to identify as neither Democrats nor Republicans. In the face of daily scandals and policy gridlock in Washington, what does the future hold? Our experts discuss the dynamics of our political system and the path forward.
Moderator: Rob Genest, op-ed editor, the Springfield Republican. Panelists: Donald
Robinson, Professor Emeritus of Government, Smith College; Samuel VanSant Stoddard,
Assistant Professor of Political Science, College of the Holy Cross; Ron Chimelis, op-ed writer, the Republican; and Matt Szafranski, editor/founder, Western Mass Politics & Insight.
An IT Primer for Older Adults
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 10 a.m.–noon
West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park Street, West Springfield
Today’s technology makes it possible for us to connect with friends and loved ones who are far away through apps on our computers, tablets, and even our telephones. Several Western Mass IT professionals will offer an overview of how these tools work. Participants will then break into groups for a demonstration of programs that can find you a ride, allow you to video chat with family, or play games. Please bring a smart phone, laptop, or tablet.
Our leaders will include: Derek Allard, owner of Tunnel 7, which offers digital design and marketing services; and Patrick Lostaglia, Glenmeadow’s network administrator.
Taking Steps to Protect Our Planet
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 10 a.m. –noon
Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street, Agawam
Tornadoes, fires, hurricanes, floods— all signs that our planet is in revolt. Environmentalist Terra Missildine will speak about how her mission to protect the Earth began and why it’s important for everyone to commit to doing so. She will also outline what individuals, organizations, and legislators can do to begin to bring about positive change and environmental healing. Terra will offer samples of earth-friendly products.
While in an early iteration of a sustainable living program at UMass Amherst, Terra Missildine founded the first eco-friendly cleaning company in Western Mass. She also supports sustainability by growing organic food to feed her family of three.
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
A Lecture Series
“Each piece of classical music is a universe to be discovered.” Come hear the Symphony’s Education Director, Kirsten Lipkens, offer an educational and entertaining overview of the composers and works for the Symphony’s upcoming concerts. All talks are at 4 p.m. in Cotz Hall at Glenmeadow. Dates are:
Monday, September 23
Monday, October 21
Monday, December 16
Friday, January 24
Monday, February 10
Thursday, April 2
Glenmeadow Learning programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information or to enroll, contact us at 413-567-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our Events page.
Check back tomorrow for our blog on our upcoming Getaways!