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Educational Opportunities


Art in the Park
Art in the Park will run from Sunday, July 16 to Wednesday evening, July 19. The resident artists, Carol L. Douglas, Ed Buonvecchio, Russel Whitten, Christine Tullson Mathieu, and Anthony Watkins will paint whatever catches their eye. These artists seem to have fallen in love with Ocean Park and represent a variety of styles that Ocean Parkers seem to like, and buy! In addition, Ocean Parkers can commission the resident artists to paint pets, kids, cottages, or any combination thereof.  We will post at Jakeman Hall where the artists can be seen, and all are welcome to talk to the artists as they paint. The artists will start painting Sunday afternoon, or Monday morning.  All paintings will be displayed at the Wet Paint Sale, even those that have been commissioned to be painted.  Each artist will have a section in The Temple and will arrange their own paintings.  All sales will go through the Ocean Park Association.  Unsold paintings will be kept in Jakeman Hall until the end of 2017.  We will then return any unsold paintings to the artists.
July 16:  Artists arrive in Ocean Park!
July 17, 4:00-6:00 pm:  Meet the Artists Reception at Jakeman Hall
July 19, 5:00-7:30 pm:  Wet Paint Sale at the Temple

Fairy Garden
The Fairy Garden is located across from Jordan Hall on Temple Avenue. It consists of miniature houses for the fairies, built of all natural materials. The garden is open to builders and visitors all summer. On July 5, 10:00 am-noon, everyone is invited to join in building fairy houses. Wear your fairy wings and come to the party!

Healthy You Series
Joe Harrigan is a life-long martial artist who teaches an Evidence-Based Taiji (Tai Chi) and Qigong program developed by Dr. Yang Yang. Qigong practice encompasses the Taiji form, Qigong exercises, standing/sitting/lying down meditations and partner training. During the hour-long class all aspects of the practice will be touched on. And you will take-away some simple, yet profound, movements you can immediately use to get the benefit of this centuries old practice that the Harvard Medical School says, "This gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life." Classes will be held every Thursday morning at the Rec Hall from June 29 through August 24, 9:00-10:00 am (except July 20 which will be held at Jordan Hall). Cost: $5.00 per session.

Historical Series
The Ocean Park Education Committee is presenting the following programs in Jordan Hall at 7:30 pm on Fridays.Be sure to visit the Ocean Park History Room in Porter Hall which is open after each Sunday Temple service for one hour.

July 14: Civil War Hospital Steward. Jim Burke reenacts a Civil War Hospital Steward with 3rd United States Regular Infantry and 1st Massachusetts Cavalry Regimental Field Hospital. Jim has been a reenactor for over nine years and is an amateur military historian. His presentation will describe the history of medicine during the Civil War.  Cost: $5.00.Repeats on August 24.

July 21:    History of Commercial Businesses in Ocean Park, presented by Dick Skillin and Win Winch. Do you remember the used car lot in Ocean Park? This and more about various businesses in Ocean Park throughout the bygone years. Repeats on August 25. Cost: $5.00. Repeats on August 25.    

Learning through Film
This series features the showing of a film at 7:00 pm on Thursday evenings followed by a discussion the following morning at 10:30 am, both in Jordan Hall. The films have all been critically acclaimed for the quality of their production but they have been selected as well for content likely to invite spirited discussion. They are not suitable for children. Our contract to show films in Ocean Park does not allow us to charge for their viewing. However, we welcome a donation ($5.00 suggested) at the discussion.

Movies 2017

July 6-7: Florence Foster Jenkins; July 20-21: My Left Foot; July 27-28: Snow Cake; August 3-4: The Dresser; August 17-18: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Let's Talk About It
Let's Talk About It, a facilitated book discussion program, has been a staple of Ocean Park and local libraries throughout Maine. This season's theme is "Mysteries by Maine Authors".  The program is supported by the Ocean Park Association, the Maine Humanities Council, Maine State Library, and the Maine Community Foundation. The books are available for borrowing at the OPA office. Participants are invited to any one or all of the programs. All meetings are on Thursdays from 11:00-12:30 in Jordan Hall. Our returning discussion leader is Jeff Aronson, an educator and independent scholar from Vinalhaven, Maine. Cost: $5.00. 

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July 13: The Poacher's Son, by Paul Doiron; July 20: And Grant You Peace, by Kate Flora; July 27: A Show of Hands, by David Crossman; August 3: Potshot, by Gerry Boyle; August 17: Mortar and Murder, by Jennie Bentley.


Image: Zumba classLet's Move: Zumba Fitness Class
The Let's Move series will feature Zumba Fitness classes every Monday/Tuesday from June 26 through August 29 from 9:00-10:00 am. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow Latin-inspired calorie burning dance fitness-party taught by Nancy Greenblatt, a licensed Zumba instructor.  All classes are held at the Rec Hall with the exception of July 17 and 18 which will be held at Jordan Hall.  No class on July 4. Cost: $5.00 per session. 



Image: S. Liacos-DixTechnology Workshop
Do you struggle with functions of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod?  Suzanne Liacos-Dix will review some of the new Apple updates, answer questions, and offer some tips & tricks at the "Tech Talk" workshops to be held at Jakeman Hall from 9:00-10:00 am on July 11 & 25 and on August 1 & 8. Sue is a native New Englander and Ocean Parker who currently resides in Ohio. Presently, she is in a one-to-one iPad school in Cincinnati.  Cost: $5.00 (for WiFi).


Tuesdays in the Park at Jordan Hall
A variety of programs are presented Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in Jordan Hall unless otherwise noted.  Cost: $5.00.

July 11: So You Want to Buy a Cottage in Ocean Park? Presented by real estate broker Jeff Chute from Ocean Park Realty.
This program will walk you through the steps of buying an Ocean Park property; from financing, flood concerns and inspections. In addition, we will walk through the process of preparing the property for rentals. Presented by Jeff Chute, designated broker at Ocean Park Realty. Cost: $5.00.

July 25: Therapy Dogs Meet and Greet, presented by Ocean Parkers Lynne Yeamans and Karen Brindle. Can your dog become a comfort dog? Presented by Lynne Yeamans and Karen Brindle, featuring Professor and Butterscotch Sundae ("Scotchy" for short), registered therapy dogs with Therapy Dogs International. Cost: $5.00.

August 1: Robert Frost, New England Poetry and You. Former English professor and lifelong Ocean Parker, David Jackson, will lead a discussion of Robert Frost poems, as well as poems by others who have contributed to the literature of  New England (Dickinson, Longfellow, Lowell). Bring your own favorites (including poems you may have written yourself!) for an interactive session. High School/college aged poets and poetry lovers are welcome. (This is a follow-up to David's popular 2016 session on Robert Frost's history in Ocean Park.)  Cost: $5.00.

August 22: Ocean Park Market Update. This will be a quick tour through current market trends and their effect on the rental/owner market. In addition, we will look at any recent or pending legislation in this area. Presented by Jeff Chute, designated broker at Ocean Park Realty. Cost: $5.00.

Wednesday Evenings at Jordan
Evenings of music and entertainment are presented on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm in our own acoustically superior recital venue, Jordan Hall. Programs feature vocal and instrumental artists who have been making music in Southern Maine for many years, as well as newcomers who will surprise and delight audiences with the freshness of their performances. Cost: $5.00. Please visit the Visitors' Center and OPA office at 14 Temple Avenue for more information.

Other Program Links:

Educational Bureau ~ Memorial Library ~ Special Educational Programs

2017 Summer Season