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The University of Maine at Machias will hold its annual Groundhog Day Extravaganza at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, in the Performing Arts Center. Join UMM faculty, staff, and students for a cabin fever reliever, featuring poetry, music, singing, and games.

If you have any performance items you'd like to share with the audience—poetry, music, Reader's Theatre, etc.—please let Gene Nichols know by calling 255-1229.
Groundhog Day Extravaganza

MACHIAS, Maine — The Murdock Fitness and Aquatics Center at the University of Maine at Machias will host a free open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4. Community members are encouraged to stop by to see what the facility has to offer.

The open house will include demonstrations of several fitness classes being offered during the spring semester, including Zumba, Women on Weights, Fit n Flow Yoga, Pump it Up, Absolutely Core, and Yoga. Aqua Zumba and Water Aerobics will also be offered during the semester.
Personal trainers will be available to give exercise demonstrations, body fat assessments, and answer questions. Attendees will have a chance to win a free personal training session by showing off their nutrition knowledge.

The pool will also be open for free swimming. Three lanes will be available for lap swimming and the open and shallow sections will be available for anyone who just wants to test the water. Swimming games for kids will start at 6 p.m. in the shallow end. Games in the deep end will start at 6:15 p.m. for children who have passed the swim test.

For more information, contact Leigh Ann Garstecki at 255-1404 or

Murdock Fitness & Aquatics Center Open House
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Maine Regional Brain Bee

MACHIAS, Maine —The University of Maine at Machias has announced plans for an eight-day trip to the Scandinavian region of Europe in spring 2015. The trip, open to both students and community members, will run March 30 through April 6, 2015.

The trip will include tours around Sweden and Denmark. Many famous landmarks and attractions will be visited, including the Swedish Parliament, Stortorget Main Square, Swedish House of Lords, Vasa Ship Museum, National Museum of Copenhagen, Rosenborg Castle, and many others.

Information sessions about the trip are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, and 6 p.m. on Monday, March 3. Both sessions will be held in Torrey Hall, room 230.

While the University has organized past trips to destinations that include Italy, Amsterdam, Paris, and Russia, this marks the first time a UMM group has traveled to Sweden and Denmark. The trip will be a private tour flying out of Bangor.

To prepare for the trip, all travelers will meet a number of times as a group and discuss travel plans, cultural expectations, and other essentials. With additional work and planning, students may take the trip to earn college credit.

More information about the trip, including the tour itinerary and cost, can be found at

The tour fee includes round-trip airfare, ground transportation, all meals, cost of the full-time tour director, entrance fee for local attractions, and hotel stays. Organizers encourage anyone interested in the trip to register as soon as possible. There is a $150 discount available for early registrations, and an additional $100 discount is available to individuals who have traveled on an Explorica trip before.

For more information on the Scandinavia trip, contact Kay Kimball at 255-1262 or

Scandinavia Trip Info Session

Bernd HeinrichMACHIAS, Maine – Award-winning nature writer Bernd Heinrich will read from and discuss his work at the University of Maine at Machias on Wednesday, February 26. The reading is free and open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in the UMM Performing Arts Center.

Heinrich, a professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont, has written 18 books on nature, as well as more than one hundred empirical science papers that have appeared in 40 different scientific journals.

While incorporating his observations and personal reflections on nature, many of Heinrich’s books relate to his research examining the physiological and behavioral adaptations of other animals to their physical environments. Some of his more popular works, which are also illustrated by the author, include Ravens in Winter, A Year in the Maine Woods, The Trees in my Forest, Mind of the Raven, Why We Run: A Natural History, The Geese of Beaver Bog, The Snoring Bird, Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, Summer World: A Season of Bounty, and Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death. His latest book, The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration, is due out in April.

Heinrich is also the subject of a 2011 documentary film, An Uncommon Curiosity: At Home and in Nature with Bernd Heinrich, which follows the author over the course of a year as he reflects on his past and shares his ideas about nature, science, art, beauty, and writing.

The bestselling author has been described by Publishers Weekly as “arguably today’s finest naturalist author…our latter-day Thoreau.”

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Maine, completed his Ph.D. at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and then took a position as insect physiologist and taught entomology at the University of California at Berkeley until 1980. He then returned to the East Coast, taking a professorship in the Biology Department of the University of Vermont, where he still teaches a field course, Winter Ecology, from his cabin in Maine.

During his time in Machias, Heinrich will also work with students in the creative writing workshop being taught this semester by Maine author Cathie Pelletier. Pelletier, who is UMM’s first Visiting Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing in Residence, has lined up several other accomplished writers to visit her students and hold public readings or performances. Following Heinrich’s appearance will be singer-songwriter David Mallett, who is slated to visit and perform in early March.

There will be a reception and book signing immediately following Heinrich’s presentation on February 26.

Bernd Heinrich Book Reading


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