READFIELD –The Senior Cafe at Maranacook located in Maranacook Middle School has recently closed for the season.

The cafe offered 40 weeks of meetings during the school year. Participants met on Mondays and Wednesdays for informational programs that included travelogue visits to state parks, Maine lighthouses, Africa, Ireland and other places; talks given by experts on household security, prescription drug safeguards and estate planning; and historical looks at the Union Meeting House, Maine soldiers in the Civil War and more.

There were also presentations on bird carving, family genealogy, hooked rugs, and field trips to the Theater at Monmouth and to visit the legislature at the State House.

Chat-n-Chew sessions gave attendees the opportunity to get to know other senior residents and retirees from the Maranacook Regional School Unit area.

The cafe is operated with the help of Deb Elwell, coordinator; Maranacook Middle School students and teachers; the middle school Media Center and kitchen staff; volunteer speakers; and the attendees, who help with room set-up, making coffee, arranging programs and more.

The Senior Cafe will begin its 2013-14 season when school resumes in the fall.

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