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Special Events

All About Fiddleheads (Maine’s Springtime Delicacy)


with Kelly Hodgkins, Western Foothills Land Trust

Calendar Apr 21, 2018 at 9 am

Join Kelly Hodgkins from Western Foothills Land Trust as we learn how to identify the fiddleheads of the tasty Ostrich fern and prepare them into a delicious side dish. Harvested in the early spring, fiddleheads are a Maine delicacy. Finding and preparing the young fronds of the Ostrich fern can be a challenge. We will go outside to forage for fiddleheads and sauté them on site, weather permitting. If the weather is inclement, we will bring our class indoors into the Harper Center Conference room with pre-picked fiddleheads to aid with identification and an inside cooking class.

Please note: If brought indoors, the class will be an hour and a half.

Outside Class time will be: 9am-12pm-Meet at Ripley Medical Building parking Lot (carpooling recommended)

Indoor Class time will be: 9am-10:30am in the Ripley Medical Building, Harper Conference Center

American Heart Association Heartsaver® CPR AED


with Ben McKenney, EMT/Advanced

Calendar May 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Heartsaver® CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.

Fire Extinguisher 101


with Dennis Yates, Norway Fire Chief

Calendar Apr 25, 2018 at 5:30 pm

This course of instruction is not designed to turn participants into firefighters, but rather equip you with the knowledge and skills to detect and extinguish a fire only when it is safe to do so.Join Norway’s Fire Chief, Dennis Yates for potential life-saving tips that could be useful if a fire breaks out in your home. Through hands-on training with fire simulations in a safe learning environment, the professional instructors will educate you on the basics of fire extinguishers, i.e. when and how to use a fire extinguisher, the different types of fire extinguishers, the different types of fires and fire extinguisher maintenance.

Hobbs Pond Kayaking Adventure


with Kelly Hodgkins, Western Foothills Land Trust

Calendar May 5, 2018 at 10 am

Exploring nature in a kayak is a healthy and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Join Stephens Memorial Hospital and Western Foothills Land Trust, for a 2-hour excursion on Hobbs Pond, also knows as Little Pennessewassee. Experience the natural beauty, the tranquility and peacefulness of gliding on the water while kayaking and looking for Painted Turtles along the way. Make sure to bring water, a snack, sun block, a hat and proper footwear.

PLEASE NOTE:  Weather Permitting

Matter of Balance


with Judy Green, WMH Physical Therapy

Calendar Apr 4, 2018 at 9 am, runs for 8 weeks

This 8 session course is designed to help older adults overcome the fear of falling and increase activity levels.  You will:

  • gain strength and balance with easy in-class exercises
  • be taught to set goals for activity
  • learn how to make changes to your home environment to reduce the risk of falling

This class is taught by Judy Green from the physical therapy department at Stephens Memorial Hopsital and by community leader Bonnie Ripley.

Stars and Planet Hike up Streaked Mountain


with Lorie Olson, Maine native,and avid hiker/kayaker who has a great love and connection to the outdoors!

Calendar May 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Join Stephens Memorial Hospital for a nighttime hike up Streaked Mountain and watch the sunset and the stars and planets appear. Bring your flashlight, headlamps, and sense of adventure for this fun event. Then stay for a night of star and planet gazing with local experts Tom Hoffelder and Josh Davis who will have their telescopes ready and waiting for us. Roasted marshmallows and star-charts included. Weather permitting.

Meet at the Ripley Medical Building Parking Lot to carpool (Carpooling recommended)

PLEASE NOTE: This hike is very dependent on being a cloud free night. In the event too cloudy, we will postpone to Saturday, May 19, same time.

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