Events

Olivia Hoblitzelle, author of "Ten Thousand Joys and Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's," will speak at MWCC in honor of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

Olivia Hoblitzelle, author of “Ten Thousand Joys and Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s,” will speak at MWCC in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November, Mount Wachusett Community College and its Nursing Advisory Board will welcome author and Alzheimer’s caregiver Olivia Hoblitzelle. The presentation is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the college’s theater. The presentation is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the college’s theater.

Hoblitzelle, whose husband Harrison was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 72, offers a unique perspective on coping with the disease. Guided by their backgrounds in psychology, Buddhist meditations and the wisdom traditions, the Hoblitzelles chose to embrace the diagnosis and their remaining years together. Olivia Hoblitzelle details these experiences in her 2010 book, “Ten Thousand Joys and Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey through Alzheimer’s.”

As a teacher in the field of behavioral medicine, Olivia Hoblitzelle pioneered the application of meditation, yoga and cognitive therapy into treatment for stress-related and chronic illnesses. In addition, she helped to develop one of the country’s first training programs in mind-body medicine. Prior to his death in 2001, Harrison Hoblitzelle taught comparative literature at Barnard, Columbia and Brandeis Universities and received the Dharmacharya, or senior mediation leader, transmission from Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thict Nhat Han.

Alzheimer’s Disease affects one in nine Americans aged 65 and older and one in three people over the age of 85, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The association also reports that Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers paid an additional $9.3 billion in healthcare costs in 2013.

Upcoming Humanities Project events include a book discussion of“Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father’s Search for the Wild” and a performance by Thoreau re-enactor Richard Smith

Upcoming Humanities Project events include a book discussion of“Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father’s Search for the Wild” and a performance by Thoreau re-enactor Richard Smith.

The Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project, focusing this year on the lasting relevance of Henry David Thoreau, moves to the North Quabbin region on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Athol Public Library will host a book discussion of “Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father’s Search for the Wild” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Athol Public Library.

On Thursday, Oct. 30, the program returns to MWCC’s Gardner campus with a performance by Thoreau re-enactor Richard Smith of the Thoreau Society from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the college’s theater.

In his book Cabin Fever, author Tom Montgomery Fate documents his own life, drawing inspiration from the philosophies of writer and abolitionist Thoreau and applying them to the present day. In perhaps his most literal application of Thoreau’s lifestyle, Fate divides his time between his family’s Chicago home and a cabin in the Michigan woods, which he built with the help of friends. Thoreau famously lived for two years in a self-built cabin near Walden Pond in Concord, MA, immersing himself in nature and writing the book “Walden.”

Originally from Ohio, Thoreau re-enactor Richard Smith is also a regular at Walden Pond and the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering and has performed at schools, colleges and historical venues throughout the country.

A Massachusetts-bred writer, philosopher and naturalist, Thoreau was a progressive thinker during the 1800s, opposing both slavery and the Mexican-American War. His refusal to pay the poll tax, which was imposed on all adults within a community and helped fund slavery, landed him in jail for one night in 1842. Known for his blunt honesty and sense of humor, Thoreau was also a disciple of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a lover of the natural world, even labeling Mount Wachusett “the observatory of the state.”

Established through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the MWCC Humanities Project will feature a full slate of free events spotlighting various works written or inspired by Thoreau. The project also includes a campus-wide initiative at MWCC, as the college works to integrate enduring themes raised by Thoreau into multiple academic disciplines and curricula.

For more information about the MWCC Humanities Project and a full schedule of events, visit http://mwcc.edu/humanitiesproject.

Remillard art exhibit

“Don’t Steal the Show,” an exhibition of artwork by Mount Wachusett Community College alumnus Michael Remillard is on display through Oct. 31 in the East Wing Gallery. Regular gallery hours are Mondaythrough Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chris JasonFor one night, Theatre at the Mount will become “Sinatra at the Mount,” as Mount Wachusett Community College welcomes Chris Jason and the Sinatra Live Big Band on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Jason is considered one of the premier Sinatra interpreters in New England and has been performing as the “Chairman of the Board” for the last 15 years. Along with his eight-member band, Jason plays tribute to Sinatra over 200 times per year, capturing the legendary singer’s cadence, swagger and elegance.

This benefit concert presented by the MWCC Foundation will provide continued scholarship support to deserving students.

General admission tickets are $40. VIP tickets are also available for $80, which includes reserved seating and a complimentary cocktail reception.

Tickets are available by email, phone or at the Theatre at the Mount Box Office Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Email cdefosse1@mwcc.mass.edu, or call 978-630-9387 or 978-630-9276.

Event sponsors include North Middlesex Savings Bank, Heat Trace Products LLC, Heywood Hospital, W.E. Aubuchon Co., Inc., Simonds International Corporation, GFA Credit Union and Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Theatre at the Mount, visit mwcc.edu/tam. To learn more about Chris Jason and the Sinatra Live Big Band, visit chrisjasonentertainment.com.

 

Scary Karaoke

September 30, 2014

MWCC’s annual Scary Karaoke competition, sponsored by CATS and the Student Life Office, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the North Café. Come join in on the spooky fun! There will be snacks, a $100 cash door prize every hour and cash prizes ($100, $70, $30) for the best costumes.

Domestic Violence Exhibit

September 30, 2014

The Empty Place at the Table exhibit, commemorating Massachusetts residents lost in the last year as a result of domestic violence, comes to MWCC from Tuesday, Oct. 14 to Friday, Oct. 17. Created by Battered Women’s Resources, Inc., this dining-room-table display features two plates for each victim, one with a name and the other with a brief description of the murder. This four-day event is sponsored by the Student Life office and will take place in the Commons Area of the Gardner campus.

Michael Reyes Performance

September 30, 2014

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, MWCC and the Student Life office will welcome back activist, poet and hip-hop artist Michael Reyes to the Gardner campus’ North Café on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m. A leading voice in progressive and radical music, Reyes combines cultural stories of resistance, raw hip-hop and inspiring poems, to reach youth and elders alike. Reyes, who is of Mexican descent, has performed for both American and international audiences. Attendees will also be treated to authentic Spanish cuisine. Admission is free.

Les-Miz-mLet the Tony Award-winning musical triumph sweep you through an epic tale of passion and redemption in 19th century France when Mount Wachusett Community College’s Theatre at the Mount presents Les Miserables on October 10, 11, 17, 18 at 8 p.m. and October 12 and 19 at 2 p.m..

Featuring a cast of nearly 60 actors, ages 7 to 70, TAM’s production is directed by Peter Landry, with musical direction by Joanne Landry.

Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean as he is pursued by the implacable Inspector Javert through some of the most tumultuous years in French history. The original Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won eight, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It is the world’s longest-running musical and has been seen by over 60 million people in 42 countries.

The magnificent score includes the unforgettable songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master of the House,” and many more.

The production features Taylor Lawton as Jean Valjean, Aaron Keyes as Javert, Becky Ufema as Fantine, Anna Plummer as Cosette, Jacqueline Savageau as Eponine, Michael Celularo and Joyce Baldwin as Monsieur and Madame Thenardier, and Lucas Arndt and Jonathan Dano as the revolutionaries Marius and Enjolras, respectively. Bradley Bartlett-Roche plays the fledgling revolutionary Gavroche and Bunny Baldwin plays Young Cosette.

Tickets for Les Miserables are $20 for evenings; $15 for matinees; and, $10 for students ages 16 and under. Call the Theatre at the Mount Box Office at 978-630-9388 or purchase tickets online at www.mwcc.edu/tam

The MWCC Humanities Project focusing on the life and work of Henry David Thoreau, continues with a presentation by author and Thoreau scholar Corinne Smith on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the North Cafeteria at the Gardner campus.

Thoreau is the initial focus of the MWCC Humanities Project due in large part to the lasting relevance of both his writing and guiding philosophies. In her lecture, aptly titled “Thoreau’s Relevance for Our Time,” Smith will speak to this idea, as well as the author’s roots as a transcendentalist. Smith, one of several Thoreau experts recruited by MWCC, is the author of “Thoreau’s Last Journey,” the first book to detail his longest and least-well known trip, made from Massachusetts to Minnesota in 1861. As part of her research, Smith strictly followed and researched all aspects of the path taken by Thoreau and his companion Horace Mann Jr.

Established through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the MWCC Humanities Project will feature a full slate of free events spotlighting various works written or inspired by Thoreau. The project also includes a campus-wide initiative at MWCC, as the college works to integrate enduring themes raised by Thoreau into multiple academic disciplines and curricula.

For more information about the MWCC Humanities Project and a full schedule of events, visit http://mwcc.edu/humanitiesproject.

Transfer Fair

September 23, 2014

MWCC is hosting a free transfer fair on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gardner campus, South Café. Representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities will be on hand to discuss transfer options with MWCC students and alumni interested in continuing on for a bachelor’s degree. Students are advised to bring copies of their unofficial transcript for review.

For more information, contact Transfer/Academic Counselor Limari Rivera at 978-630-9197 or visit http://transfer.mwcc.edu.