Caring for Older Adults — Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
Many people are juggling jobs, families and their parents’ or other family members’ increasing medical needs, frequent emergencies and ongoing need for care. How do we cope with the needs of our loved ones and find some balance in our own lives? What do we need to learn as we take on this task? How do we find information and community? If you find yourself in this position, you are welcome at this group for discussion and support. This is a drop-in group so please attend when it is convenient for you.
Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
Thursday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m., Classroom 4
Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group. If you knit, crochet, quilt, bead or dabble in other low-miss crafts, please come join us. Everyone is welcome and no commitment is necessary.
The Conversation Project – Part I — Rick Hawkins
Sunday, Nov. 8, 12:30 p.m., Library
Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling guilty, uncertain, and burdened by the decisions they made. The purpose of this workshop is to help the participants clarify and talk about what they want for end-of-life care.
The workshop consists of two-90 minute sessions with an action period between the two sessions. During session one, participants clarify their wishes for end-of-life care and how to have the conversation using the Conversation Project’s Conversation Starter Kit. Each person leaves with a plan to have the conversation.
For a copy of the Conversation Starter Kit, stories of people who have had the conversation, and other resources: theconversationproject.org.
The Tiny Village of Izotalillo in El Salvador — Lanier Smythe
Sunday, Nov. 15, 12:3 – 2 p.m., Library
For the last three years Lanier has visited the area and become concerned for the welfare of the citizens of an even smaller village nearby, Izotalillo. Lanier will share her experience and slides from those visits. Donations from the Coffeehouse and the Social Action Committee have been used to promote education and a ongoing project related to coffee production. Our aim is to help them help themselves. Co-sponsored by SAC.
Theatre Discussion Series: Einstein’s Dreams — Jane Minasian and Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, Nov. 15, 3 – 5 p.m., Jane Minasian’s house
Come join us to discuss your thoughts on Central Square Theatre’s recent production of Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman.
Salman Rushdie said “It is at once intellectually provocative and touching and comic and so very beautifully written.” If you don’t have time to see it, you can always read it, or just come anyway and help us decide what play and format you would like to see for the winter version of our Theatre Discussion Series. Contact Lillian Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Science and Spirituality — Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
Rick Eastwick will lead a discussion on A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing by Lawrence M. Kraus. Download an excerpt from http://eftaylor.com/sands. This book is based on a YouTube talk by Kraus: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo
“Growing Up Trans”
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Parish Hall
“Frontline” – An intimate look at the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families. 80 minute program followed by discussion
“Growing Up Trans” takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside a new medical frontier. Meet transgender children and their families willing to share stories of the struggles and choices they faced as they considered transitioning. Co-sponsored by Social Action, Belmont Human Rights Commission, Belmont Against Racism, Belmont/Watertown Amnesty International, Belmont High School Gay Straight Alliance.
Save The Date
“Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” — Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, Nov. 22, 12:30 p.m., Library
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. Can “compassion” save human beings from the selfish appeal of the Four F’s…feeding, fighting, fleeing and for want of a more suitable word, reproduction? Karen Armstrong, authority on religion, tells us “yes” and invites us to engage in the twelve steps of practicing compassion as a discipline in our lives. We will look at these twelve steps and then ask ourselves, do we agree and if so, do we wish to join the Charter for Compassion? (Reference: CharterForCompassion.org)