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The 2017 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 Summer Intersession programs.

The on-campus programs are: May 19, June 7, June 14, June 28 and July 12 from 10 a.m. to Noon in University Suites, Room 106, 327 Aiken Street, Lowell.

Please use your parking hangtags wherever you park.


Wednesday, May 3 Visit to the Whistler Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street, Lowell, MA 01852

On display this spring in the Parker Gallery of the Whistler Museum is the exhibit of 65 paintings called American Impressionism: Harbor Scenes. The paintings are part of a private collection of Stan Fry. They depict waterfronts in New England and other places in the Northeast. LIRA member, Jean Schott, will discuss the American Impressionist movement. Meet at the Whistler House at 11 a.m. Senior admission is 6 dollars.

Parking can be done at either the Tsongas Center or at the Lowell National Park lot on Dutton Street. Enter that lot on Broadway and Dutton, and exit it there too. From the lot entrance, walk back on Broadway one block to Worthen Street, make a right and the museum will be on the left side of the street. Parking there is free. Tickets taken on entering the lot must be validated at the Park office next to the lot.

Coordinator: Jean Schott*
Friday, May 19 Book Discussion, 10 a.m. - Noon - The Story of a New Name, by Elena Ferrante
Coordinator: Toby Hodes^

May 31 Drumlin Farm, Lincoln MA

LIRA's Annual Summer walk this year will be at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm 208 South Great Road Lincoln, MA 01773 We will have a guided tour of the Farm. There are 4 miles of trails at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary and there is an easy hike to the top of the Drumlin, one of the highest points in the greater Boston area. Please bring your picnic lunch with you. There is a spot at Drumlin for us to lunch (there is NO food service at Drumlin). There are many ways to drive to Drumlin Farm and directions will be available for those carpooling that morning at the Hannaford parking lot at Drum Hill, Chelmsford. We will leave promptly at 9 a.m.

Coordinator: Nancy Pitkin*

June 7 Fire Is Everyone's Fight

What does the state Department of Fire Services do? How does it affect your life? Jennifer Mieth, public information officer, who has worked for the Office of the State Fire Marshal since 1984 will talk about fire prevention, fire data and public education, fire investigation, firefighter training, and hazardous materials response. You will leave with a clear understanding of your role in the safety of your own community, because fire is everyone’s fight.

Coordinator: Nancy Pitkin*/Suzanne Gamache*

June 14 Autism with Ashley Hillier

Professor Ashleigh Hillier (Department of Psychology, UMass Lowell) will speak about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), particularly in relation to adolescents and young adults. She will give some background information about ASD, how ASD presents, and some recent research in the area. She will also discuss the work of the UMass Lowell Center for Autism Research and Education (CARE).

Coordinator: Nancy Pitkin*

June 14 – Book Discussion, 1-3 p.m. - Our Kids: the American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam

Coordinator: Toby Hodes^

June 21 – Middlesex Canal Museum with Marti Spaulding

The Middlesex Canal, built between 1793 and 1803 and operational until 1853, was the ultimate super highway of its day. Just 27 miles in length it played a major role in the Industrial Revolution. The Museum is at 71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica. We will meet at Drum Hill, at the Hannaford parking lot to carpool at 9:30 a.m.

Directions: Take RT 3 south to exit 29 (RT 129). At the end of the ramp turn right, toward Billerica. After 1 ¼ miles bear right onto RT 3A south. At the traffic light, (0.1 miles), turn left onto Treble Cove Road. At the three way fork in the road take the middle road (St. Andrew’s Church will be on your left). Go ¼ miles and bear right onto Faulkner St. The museum is on your right; parking is on your right, just beyond the falls.

Coordinator: Bob Hanlon*

June 28 Hearing Loss and the Ecology of Hearing with Darleen Wilson

Hearing is like breathing: You generally don’t notice it when it is working. But unlike breathing, you may not notice it when it diminishes. This presentation will touch on the mechanics of hearing loss, offer an overview of the assistive technologies available from the hearing aid and consumer electronics industries, discuss the nature and status of audiology services, and provide strategies for dealing with hearing loss – your own or your partner’s.

Coordinator: Joan Kerzner*


July 12 Factory Bees with Chris Wilkinson

There’s nothing more political than food. Since 2006, the migrant bee population has been under attack from something called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Want more than grains and meat in your diet? Pay attention, the planet is trying to tell us something. Our water, our soil and now our bees are dying. Researchers have frantically been looking at the invasive varroa mite, diseases like Israeli Acute Paralysis virus or the gut parasite Nosema… but in reality it’s something much more sinister: our politics and policies are killing our bees, food and future.

Coordinator: Dina Gerosideris*

July 19 USS Albacore Submarine and Park, Portsmouth, NH

Albacore Park is located on the Route 1 By Pass in Portsmouth, NH, about one hour drive from Chelmsford. The tour is at one level with easy access to the interior through large doors at the bow and stern of the Albacore. Inside there are no ladders and few steps and several bulkhead hatches that require a high step up and some flexibility to get through.

We will meet at Hannaford at Drum Hill at 8:30 a.m. to divvy up carpooling duties. We need to leave by 8:45 a.m. to make a 10 a.m. arrival time at Albacore Park. Directions to the park will be handed out to attendees or you can check the web site: http://ussalbacore.org/

Coordinator: Peter Sebelius*

July 26 Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston, MA

We will carpool to Boylston to the Tower Hill Botanical Garden run by Worcester County’s Horticultural Society. We will have a 45 minute docent-led tour of the garden with time on our own afterwards to explore further, picnic or eat in their Twig Café or peruse their gift shop. Twig prices are around 10+ for sandwiches or salads. Picnicking is allowed on the grounds. There is handicapped parking and a few wheelchairs if needed. We will plan to meet at the Hannaford parking lot in Chelmsford at 9 a.m. to carpool. Tower Hill is an approximately 45 minute drive from there. We should meet at the Tower Hill entrance around 10 a.m. and the tour will begin at 10:30. Participants should pay the $9/senior-group price at the gate and let them know that you are with the LIRA group. Directions will be available at the May Annual Meeting and at Hannaford. Maximum number is 25.

Coordinator: Sally Coulter*

*Indicates LIRA member