Fall Lifelong Learning Lecture Series to begin Oct. 12 at library


    By Brad Glover
    Special to The PREVIEW
    We are excited to share the details of this fall’s free Lifelong Learning Lecture Series.
    The talks will be held at the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library on Thursdays at 5 p.m., running from Oct. 12 through Nov. 16. There is quite a lineup and you’re sure to find talks of interest to you, so we hope you’ll continue your learning with us.
    Starting the series on Oct. 12 is M. Avery, a local author, with a talk titled “Romeo and Juliet: a modern love story on the Old Spanish Trail.” She will introduce us to the true, yet tragic, love story of Rose and Bobby that takes place in the 1960s. Her presentation will focus on how the history of this region affected their relationship and how their experiences relate to our own community decisions today.
    The following week, Oct. 19, we’ll hear from John Penter, an art enthusiast and former teacher, as he takes us on a journey to explore the importance and joy of modern art. His energetic presentation will introduce us to famous works of art, their meaning and interesting anecdotes about the artists who created them.
    On Oct. 26, we’ll hear from Stacy Boone. Her presentation, “Losing Wilderness — Loving to Death,” will cause all of us to think about the impact we have on our undeveloped public lands. Are we losing the wilderness simply because we use it? This discussion ponders the ethics of wilderness preservation and the social and individual impact we have on the lands we cherish.
    Starting off in November, we’ll hear from Doug Roberts, the local commander of American Legion Post No. 108. He will present an important discussion on Nov. 2 about the contributions and needs of our local veteran population and how the American Legion supports our community through various service projects and other forms of civic engagement.
    The Nov. 9 presentation is titled “Connecting People, Places and Stories in the San Juan National Forest.” Hear from Brandon Caley from the U.S. Forest Service as he discusses how we can rediscover the San Juan National Forest and connect to the wilderness in a new and exciting way through a recently unveiled free mobile app for forest users.
    Our final talk on Nov. 16 will be from Dr. Ruth Lambert, titled “A Study of Three Hispano Cemeteries along the San Juan River.” This presentation will provide a personal glimpse into the lives of early Hispano settlers. It is based on extensive research into the cemeteries at Gato/Pagosa Junction, Juanita and Trujillo in what is now Archuleta County.
    We hope that you’ll join us for many — or all — of these talks, which will be held at your Ruby Sisson Library on Thursdays at 5 p.m. from Oct. 12 through Nov. 16. The library is located at the intersection of U.S. 160 and 8th Street. Please call us with any questions, 264-2209. We hope to see you soon.