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Summer 2015 Schedule

The 2015 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 the on campus programs is 10-00 - Noon with the exception of July 8 when there will be a morning and afternoon session.

NOTE: Following are the current room assignments for our indoor sessions. Check your email before you go for any changes.

June 10: Campus Recreation Center, 292 Aiken St. Lowell. Parking across the street at the East Garage,47 Pawtucket Street.
June 24: Saab Center, 40 University Ave., Lowell. Parking at the Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Bus to Saab Center at 9:15 a.m.
July 8: Alumni Hall, 84 University Ave., Lowell. Parking at the Tsongas Center, Bus to Alumni Hall at 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
July 29: Alumni Hall- Parking at the Tsongas Center, Bus to Alumni Hall at 9:15 a.m.

Your ID is needed to enter the Rec. Center and the garage. Please use your parking hangtags wherever you park.

June 3 A Walk Around the Pond In Walden Woods

LIRA’S annual summer outing this year will be Walden Pond. Walden Pond is a glacial kettle-hole pond made famous by Henry David Thoreau. Weather permitting, hikers will walk easy to moderate trails ringing the pond. A guide will be provided and the walk takes about an hour. Members may want to bring a picnic lunch, water, bug spray and wear waterproof footwear. Meet to carpool at Hannaford's side parking lot in Chelmsford at 9:15 a.m. Shirley McCaffrey will have directions available at Hannaford. Parking at Walden is limited and a fee of $8 per car with Massachusetts plates is charged. Connie has to reserve parking spaces once number of cars going is known so please signup today.
Co-coordinators: Connie Lanseigne-Case* & Shirley McCaffrey*

June 10 The Hidden Treasures of Korean Art and Modern Korea - Kyung Pak

The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in September, 2005 to promote Korean history and culture to the wider world. The Korean Spirit and Culture Presentation is designed to provide a basic introduction to Korea’s long and rich artistic history, the spirit of its people, and its cultural values. The program will include the viewing of a DVD about Korean history and culture and modern industries. Following the program, traditional Korean refreshments will be served. Works of art, including paintings, objects, and costumes, will be on display.

Coordinator: Sheila Pariseau*

June 17 Beauport Historic Mansion in Gloucester, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard – A National Historic Landmark

Beauport was the summer home of American's first professional interior designer, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a ledge overlooking Gloucester harbor, the interior and exterior of the house contain Sleeper's lifetime collection of curios, colored glass, folk art etc. in every nook and alcove. While touring the estate, participants will learn about its architectural evolution and the sources of Sleeper's inspiration. Please bring lunch; there is no cafe at the Beaufort Mansion or nearby.
Cost of this trip $22 (included is admission for seniors $12 and bus $10)
Meet at the Hanaford in Chelmsford at 8:30 a.m.
Send checks made out to LIRA Inc.
Checks must be received by JUNE 3. Please send to Jean Schott, Box 1628, Westford, MA 01886

Co-coordinators: Dottie Morris* & Jean Schott*

June 19 Book Discussion – Sand Castle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

There will be a Potluck Lunch at Nancy Pitkin’s home.

June 24 The Galapagos Islands: Nature Up Close and Personal - Joan Kerzner*

A recent visit to the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, brought us into a natural world that time seems to have left behind. Populated by exotic birds and other unusual species of animals virtually unknown outside of these islands, we were introduced to Charles Darwin’s living laboratory. The Islands are meticulously protected by Ecuador’s National Park Service, which seeks to limit and control the human footprint there.

Coordinator: Terry Munson*

July 8 There will be 2 programs:

10 a.m. - Noon What You Need to Know about GMOs - Phil Jones

Phil of Jones Farm, will discuss the effect of GMOs on human health and the environment. He emphasizes the role of agriculture in pollution. There are consequences when there is an interruption in the system nature imposes

Coordinator: Margaret Brown*

1-3 p.m. Before Stephen King, There Was H. P. Lovecraft - Darrell Schweitzer

This presentation by Lovecraftian scholar and Author, Darrrell Schweitzer, will speak on Lovecraft and his in influence in horror fiction. Lovecraft was little recognized in his lifetime, but always had a hard-core fan base that exploded into a major following beginning in the 1970’s. Most of Lovecraft’s work is set in New England and this presentation will include pictures of the locations mentioned in his works, including bust and gravestone in Swain Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.

Coordinators: Beverly and Kim Rudeen*

July 15 Hawk Valley Farm, 526 Varnum Ave., Lowell - Jane Calvin, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust

The farm was one of Lowell’s original farm settlements in the 1600’s. Nearly five acres in size, this little known historic land behind Regatta Field (aka Anne Welcome Field) provides a protected corridor between the Lowell State Heritage Park along the Merrimack River and the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough State Forest to the north. Parking is available on Varnum Terrace but parking is limited at the site. Parking within walking distance is also available at the Pawtucketville Memorial Elementary School, 425 W Meadow Rd, Lowell, MA 01854 Meet at the school parking lot at 10 a.m.

Coordinator: Nancy Pitkin*

July 22 A tour of the Anjuman-e-ezzi: A mosque in Billerica, 246 Rangeway Rd. N. Billerica, MA

The Anjuman-e-ezzi serves the congregation of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community in the Boston area. They are part of a worldwide community of approximately one million followers. At the Ajab complex, there is a mosque, a center for a Saturday religious school and a priest residence. The architectural style is called Fatimid which originated in Egypt. The inauguration of the mosque took place in 2004.
A sign-up sheet will be available at the May meeting. Contact Jean Schott by e-mail or phone by May 27: jeanschott@aol.com or 978 692-3904.

Coordinator: Marilyn Sicurella*

July 29 The British Army in Boston and the Massachusetts Rebellion - Paul O’Shaughnessy

Many are familiar with the various episodes that ultimately led to the outbreak of war in Massachusetts in 1775 and the vital role of the Militia companies. The nature of the British Army has remained less clear. They are alternately described as a terrifying force to be reckoned with or as overly disciplined robots. We will, through contemporary accounts, illustrations and artifacts, try to demystify and humanize these most important players in the opening phases of the American Revolution.

Coordinator: Dorothy Bromage*

*Member of LIRA