The 2011 Summer Intersession, given between semesters, offers to retirees and those semi-retired, a sample of LIRA’s almost year-round program and friendly community.
The program is planned and much of it provided by the members themselves. The general public is invited to all Intersession programs. The time for these programs is 10 a.m. to Noon.
Please note the location of classes. All the indoor Summer Intersession programs will be held in the Wannalancit Building, 600 Suffolk Street, Lowell in Room 101B. The carpool location is at the Hannaford on Drum Hill Road in Chelmsford. Park on the left side of the building toward the rear, bordering Parkhurst Road.
Helpful, practical, and affordable ways for optimal brain fitness
Rebecca Shafir, author, speech pathologist and neurotherapist will tell how to:
Coordinator: Ron Cannistraro*
The Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge along the Nashua River near Harvard, MA is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. We will walk a level interpretive trail less than two miles long with stops to learn about the natural environment. Wear comfortable shoes; carry water and insect repellant.
Eight years ago LIRA enjoyed a pleasant walk at this site. Since then many improvements have been made including board walks over muddy sections and toilet facilities at the trail head.
After the walk we will gather for a picnic lunch on the banks of the Nashua River. Since no picnic tables are available, take along a lawn chair or blanket.
Car-poolers meet at the Hannaford parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Others plan to arrive at Oxbow at 10:15 a.m.
Info: Steve Sussman 978-486-9630
Coordinator: Steve Sussman*
139 Barnum Road - Devens, Mass.
Company personnel will guide a tour of manufacturing facilities including demonstration of products such as: MagneMotion's QuickStick® Linear Synchronous Motors (LSMs) provide a highly adaptable transport and positioning solution that uses electro-magnetic force to propel, control, and track payloads through automated manufacturing and assembly automation processes. MagneMotion Maglev (M3) utilizes patented advances in magnetic levitation technology resulting in the design and implementation of highly efficient, safe, and cost-effective LSM-based transportation systems.
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Please contact Toby for the location.
We'll consider the key factors that define the hard-boiled sub-genre in detective fiction, briefly look at the updates and changes introduced in the 1960s - 1980s, and then focus on some of the ways that the sub-genre has continued to change and/or how elements of it have been incorporated into other sub-genres within detective fiction. Authors to be discussed include Ian Rankin, Philip Craig, Kate Atkinson and others.
Coordinator: Ann Dahlman*
Join Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust Executive Director, Jane Calvin, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the partially completed Concord River Greenway. See the two completed sections and learn about plans for future sections as well as the trail’s connection to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail at the border with Chelmsford. See some of Lowell scenic vistas along the Concord River and learn about the river’s wildlife. You’ll also get to explore the Greenway’s public art, multi-lingual signage and learn about how the Greenway is used as an outdoor classroom.
Meet at 10 a.m. at the Lawrence St. entrance to the Lowell Cemetery. The address is 1001 Lawrence St. Stage One of the Concord River Greenway Walk begins here. For Stage Two, we will carpool to the downtown location.
Coordinator: Connie Lanseigne-Case*
Coordinator: Dorothy Bromage*
Coordinator: Bill Terris*
Daphne Freeman will be giving a talk about her personal experiences as a teenager growing up in London during WWII in the Blitz and the bombardment of war torn Britain, and how every day’s survival was a challenge.
Coordinator: Dottie Morris*
*Denotes LIRA member