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Beyond Our Genes: Epigenetics, Environment, and Health

March 22, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Birch Bay Village Inn

This talk will discuss differences between genetics and epigenetics, how epigenetics shapes expression of genes and affects our health, and how epigenetics may be shaped by environmental input (such as diet, stress, or pollutants). Examples will be drawn from studies of effects of environmental exposures on human health as well as experimental analyses using model organisms.

The hot buffet at Birch Bay Village in Hulls Cove, begins at 11:30 and costs $12; the lecture is from noon to 1:00.  Reservations are required for either and must be received by noon Wednesday, March 20th.  Contact Acadia Senior College at 288-9500 or email  This event is open to the public.

Dr. Mary Ann Handel is a scientist at the Jackson Laboratory, where her research focuses on genetic control of reproduction, particularly risk factors for producing offspring with an abnormal number of chromosomes (such as Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, in humans). Before coming to the Jackson Laboratory, she was for many years on the faculty at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), where in addition to conducting research, she taught genetics and developmental biology. She still loves teaching adult learners at all levels and engaging them in provocative new concepts.

Beyond Our Genes: Epigenetics, Environment, and Health

Lobstermen and Whales: A recipe for success

March 29, 2019

9:00 a.m.

Sips in Southwest Harbor

The endangered North Atlantic Right Whale population has decreased from an estimated population of nearly 500 in 2010, to 411 today. One of the leading causes of documented mortality by scientists has been fishing gear entanglement.  Presently, we know that 85% of right whales show signs of fishing rope scars and many other Maine whale species suffer painful deaths due to entanglement. We will discuss possible solutions and explore creative ways we can move forward as a society to maintain a vibrant fishing industry and save the whales.

Zack Klyver is the lead naturalist of Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and has been guiding whale and seabird watching tours on the Gulf of Maine for over 27 years.

Lobstermen and Whales: A recipe for success

Bangor Symphony Orchestra Tickets

April 7, 2019

3:00 p.m.

Collins Center for the Arts

Masterworks V - Candide

Lucas Richman, conductor
Amy Maples, soloist
Christopher Sanders, soloist
University of Maine Singers
Oratorio Society

William Grant Still, Can’t You Line ‘Em
Lucas Richman, World Premiere
Joan Tower, Made in America
Leonard Bernstein, Selections from Candide

We celebrate American composers in April with a program anchored by Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece of operetta, CandideWorks by William Grant Still, Lucas Richman, and Joan Tower open the concert before turning to Candide. Based on the political satire by Voltaire, Bernstein transforms the work into a moving, open-hearted masterpiece that resonates with audiences to this day.

Group rate tickets are $27 and space is limited. The deadline to sign up is March 21st.

Carpooling is encouraged. Call ASC at 288-9500 to reserve your tickets and let us know if you would like to carpool.

Bangor Symphony Orchestra Tickets

ASC Members' Art Show

May 1 - 31, 2019

During library hours

Northeast Harbor Library, Mellon Room

The annual ASC Members' Art Show will be held during the month of May at the Northeast Harbor Library.

This year's suggested theme is "Conversations". All forms of art are encouraged - perhaps something you made in one of your ASC classes!

Paintings, photographs, fiber arts, sculpture, drawings, and whatever else you have been working on are welcome.

Click here for details and show guidelines.

Dropoff: Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 - noon in the Mellon Room at the NEH Library. (If you cannot bring your art on Saturday, you may drop it off at the front desk of the library during the week of April 22 - 26.)

If you are interested in exhibiting, please print and sign the Artist's Agreement and return to ASC, PO Box 475, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 or email it to

ASC Members' Art Show

131/116: The Extraordinary Women of the New Congress in Washington

May 3, 2019

3:00 p.m.

Neighborhood House, Northeast Harbor

Jim Clunan and Kathy McQuaid will offer a Fall 2019 course exploring the 131 Congresswomen in the 116th Congress of the United States.

A kick-off meeting for students interested in the class will be held Friday, May 3rd prior to the Opening Reception for the Art Show. The kick-off meeting will be held in the Fishermen's Room (upstairs) at Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor at 3:00 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the format of the class, assign students to two Congresswomen, and provide research advice and tips for learning more about their Congresswomen.

131/116: The Extraordinary Women of the New Congress in Washington

Art Show Opening and Members Appreciation Party

May 3, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Northeast Harbor Library

Don't miss the opening reception hosted by the ASC Membership & Volunteers Committee! ASC members and their guests are invited to view the artwork while munching on finger foods and visiting with friends, old and new. 

Art Show Opening and Members Appreciation Party