Back in the Glenmeadow Classroom

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Learning never stops.

As the school buses roll by, taking children to their various classrooms, Glenmeadow Retirement is also back in the business of community education, kicking off the next season of its Glenmeadow Learning program.

Beetle Press works with Glenmeadow on its educational programming, helping to plan and promote the offerings. And we couldn’t be prouder of Glenmeadow’s efforts and its approach to community learning.

Glenmeadow’s leaders know that learning enriches our lives and keeps our minds engaged and our thinking clear. As a not-for-profit with a mission to improve the lives of others, bringing these classes to area residents definitely serves the community.

Programs this season cover topics from travel to world politics to self-protection. They are free and open to the public, and they kick off next week with a talk by U.S. Ambassador Mark Hambley.
Here is information about Glenmeadow’s offerings through November:

Middle Eastern Cauldron. September 23, 10 a.m. to noon. Glenmeadow Learning will host  “Middle Eastern Cauldron: Current Developments and their Impact on the U.S.” at the Longmeadow Country Club. The presentation will be led by U.S. Ambassador Mark Hambley, who has visited the Middle East several times just this year. Ambassador Hambley has worked in both Southeast Asia and the Middle East for over 32 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. He will discuss recent events in Middle Eastern countries such as Syria, Egypt, and Iraq and how they are relevant to the United States.

Glenmeadow Getaways.October 14, 10 a.m. at Glenmeadow; October 28, 6:30 p.m., Wilbraham Public Library. Learn about Glenmeadow’s new travel program, Glenmeadow Getaways, and hear how Glenmeadow is taking the work and hassle out of travel so you can focus on the learning and entertainment.

The Memory Muscle. October 21, 10 a.m. to noon. Smith College Professor Mary Harrington will present “The Memory Muscle: Understanding the Brain and Keeping it Fit” at Agawam Public Library. Mary will stress the importance of keeping the brain healthy through focus, practice and social interaction. Mary has been teaching undergraduate courses in biological rhythms, neurological disorders and experimental methods in neuroscience at Smith College since 1987, and her work is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Literatour. November 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Glenmeadow will host this program of the Springfield Jewish Community Center as part of the Center’s “Literatour” series. Author Alyson Richman will share her experiences in writing as well as the inspiration for her latest work, The Garden of Letters. Alyson’s novel tells the story of a young musician getting caught up in the Italian Resistance during World War II. Alyson is the bestselling author of The Mask Carver’s Son, The Rhythm of Memory, The Last Van Gogh, and The Lost Wife.

Armed with Awareness. November 18, 10 a.m. to noon. ArmHer founder Deborah Halpin will discuss how individuals can protect themselves in vulnerable situations in her talk, “Armed with Awareness: Keeping Safe in Your World,” to be offered in The Connecticut Room at Storrowton in West Springfield. Deborah has helped teach women and men alike to protect themselves from violence and assault by partnering with colleges, hospitals, nonprofits, and law enforcement agencies and by sharing her knowledge of life-saving devices and techniques that can thwart criminal activity.

Seats at Glenmeadow Learning events are filling up fast. For more information or to enroll, please contact Glenmeadow at 413-567-7800 or email Visit us at

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