Ever Growing - Never Old

Lifelong Learning


Fit 4 Life with Kristen Noonan
Tuesdays from 9:45am - 10:45am (6 session) April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 and 21.
In this fitness class you will learn the proper technique and alignment to build a stronger foundation for a better quality of life. This is a low impact, joint friendly cardio routine will be followed by a series of strength training exercises as well as exercises to help with balance and stretches to enhance flexibility and range of motion. Minimum 5/Max 20 Cost: $30

Introduction to Qi Gong with Mike Showstack
Fridays from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (6 sessions) April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17 and 24.
This program is designed to be a gentle, friendly and relaxing way to exercise. Most western styles of exercise are prioritized with the mechanics of the body, Qigong is concerned with Chi. This is believed to be the healing element in us all. Qigong involves the whole body, not just a particular muscle group. It is the most fundamental tool in Chinese Traditional Medicine. By involving the whole human physiology and metabolism, Qigong improves posture, circulation, respiratory, digestion, and neuromuscular function. Students are able to relax in mentally and physically stressful situations are therefore less prone to injuries. Our introductory class will acquaint you with the initial postures and moves and discuss some of the culture and philosophy, which led up to the origins of Qigong.  Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes and stable shoes.   Minimum 5/Max 14 Cost: $30

Great Decisions with Rich Hansen
Mondays from 11:00am - 12:30pm (5 sessions) April 22, 29, May 6, 13 and 20.
Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs with balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications from the Foreign Policy Association.  Join these sessions for thoughtful and mind expanding discussions with others, facilitated by Rich Hanson using the Great Decisions materials and videos as a starting point.  Topics include NATO’s future, Understanding Indonesia, High Seas treaty, pandemic preparedness.  Max 10 Cost: $30 (includes required booklet)

The Algonquin Round Table with Beth Cameron-Kilbridge
from 1:00pm – 2:30pm (6 sessions) April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, (no class May 27 Memorial Day) and June 3.
Not since the Arthurian legends has a round table been more talked about, than the one found in the Algonquin Hotel in New York City during the first half of the twentieth century.  There seated every afternoon were a group of literary giants who exchanged ideas and barbs that made the papers every night.  Together they enriched the theater world and the world of literature, to say nothing of the scandal sheets and styles of the modern age.  Join Beth Cameron-Kilbridge for a romp through the riotous carry-on of the twenties and thirties, during a time known as "the ten year lunch" that produced among other things, The New Yorker Magazine. Cost $30

“Why Study History in Our Golden Years” with Fred Frietas
Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (6 sessions) April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Journey back with Fred Freitas as you will examine several stories that span the 20th century. These stories may surprise you (e.g. would the history of the 20th century have been different if Churchill, FDR, Hitler, or Stalin were not around? What do we now know about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962? How did the March arrival of the Etrusco in 1956 affect Scituate, and finally, How did a mysterious letter uncover an unknown Scituate heroine. Join us in the quest, as you will uncover, as Paul Harvey said, “And now you know the rest of the story! Minimum 10/Max 25 Cost: $30

Introduction to the Ukulele with South Shore Music Conservatory
Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:00 am (6 sessions) April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
Come learn the basics of Ukulele, it is a fun and straightforward instrument and Ukulele lessons are strumming fun!  The instructor from South Shore Music Conservatory will cover out and out beginners through those who are “Beginning Again”.   Bring your own Ukulele or borrow one from a friend (or the Ventress Library!) and join in the fun of Ukulele playing!  Minimum 8/Max 15 Cost: $40

Religions of the World and Their Contemporary Impact with Ron Rubin, Ph.D
Tuesdays from 11:00am - 12:00pm (5 Sessions) April 30, May 7, 14, 21 and 28
Explore the major religions of the world in this workshop. Delve into the teachings and historical developments of the world's major religions and how these beliefs continue to impact contemporary society, including their roles in current global conflicts. Join us for this insightful look through the diverse spiritual landscapes that shape our world today.  This class will be taught by Dr. Rubin who has taught graduate physics and math courses at universities in the Boston area. Dr. Rubin received his PhD in physics from Harvard.  His work in science and education has been published in leading science journals and covered in The New York Times and the Boston Globe. Minimum 25/Max 40 Cost: $25

Special Evening Talk (and Nibbles!) with Author and Historian Stephen Puleo
Monday, May 6 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Marshfield Senior Center
Come join us for a special evening event with an Author Talk with Steven Puleo which will feature him speaking about his newest book The Great Abolitionist: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union.  The evening will start with delicious appetizers served along-side mocktails and non-alcoholic beer followed by a talk from Steven Puleo and an opportunity to buy a copy of his book and get an autograph.  Limit 125 Cost: $25

Clay and Ceramic Floral Bowl with Paula Borg
Tuesdays from 10:30am - 12:30pm   May 7 and 14
Join Paula and create a flower bowl using various templates and pottery tools as you etch patterns into the center of the flower and leaves to create a stunning floral pattern for your bowl. The bowl will be constructed in the first class, then painted in the second class, and fired in a ceramic kiln. Paula will return the pieces to MSC the following week for pick-up. Minimum 6/Max 10 Cost: $40
A Celebration of the Coast with Mass Audubon
Wednesdays from 9:00am - 10:30am
(six sessions) May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12.
From the of the fertile estuaries of the North and South Rivers to the barrier beaches of Rexhame, Green Harbor and Duxbury, our coast offers unique opportunities for life to converge. Learn how to read the landscape, search for wildlife, and understand the ecological relationships between species you may be familiar with. How do horseshoe crabs, least terns, ribbed mussels and people interact on the coastline? Explore best practices when combing the beach in search of wildlife connections. All sessions will be held outside within a small radius of the MCOA. Each session will require some traveling on mostly level ground. If inclement weather is predicted, sessions will be held indoors, no special clothes or footwear needed for first class – any additional recommendations for clothing and footwear will be discussed at class.   First class will meet at the Mass Audubon North River Office (2000 Main St.).  Max 25 Cost: $40.00

Field Trip: Borderland State Park and Oaks and Blanche Ames Estate in Easton
On Thursday, May 2 from 9:00am - 3:00pm
Oakes Ames was a Harvard Botanist and his wife Blanche was an artist and fought for women's equality.  Together we will learn about two unique individuals and their lasting conservation and social impacts they had on our local history as they built their lives around their estate, "Borderland" which today is a popular state park as well. Tour and lunch to follow at Stoneforge Grill in Easton. Limit 12 Cost: $20 Bring Lunch Money