Winter 2015 Adult Programs



Book Discussion Series

Saturday, January 3

A Cozy Winter's Evening

The NCOF Book Discussion Series invites you to join in a potluck supper and viewing of Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share, as well as a favorite quote, passage or story, from any source of their choosing. We'll plan to gather around the wood stove at 5 p.m., watch The Story of Stuff at 5:30, and share a meal at 6:00, followed by discussion and sharing of quotes, passages and stories.


Whether this is your introduction to the NCOF Book Discussion Series, or you’re a regular, or anywhere in between, we invite you to come and share in a fun and thought-provoking evening.


“The Story of Stuff…is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.”

(It’s available for free download at   .)

Please send an e-mail to Melissa at to rsvp.

Time: 5 - 9 p.m.


Monthly Book Discussion Series

Come and discuss titles related to sustainable living in a mutually supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Join us for all five thought-provoking sessions, or select a discussion or two of particular interest.

When: Wednesdays, February 4, March 4, April 8, May 6, June 3, 2015

Time: 7:30 - 9 pm  

Fee: Free!
Facilitator: Melissa Kenny Probst, NCOF member

To Pre-Register: Please e-mail Melissa at


Wednesday, February 4

Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home
By Susan Clark & Woden Teachout
Reconnecting with the sources of decisions that affect us, and with the processes of democracy itself, is at the heart of 21st-century sustainable communities. Slow Democracy chronicles the ways in which ordinary people have mobilized to find local solutions to local problems. It invites us to bring the advantages of "slow" to our community decision making. Just as slow food encourages chefs and eaters to become more intimately involved with the production of local food, slow democracy encourages us to govern ourselves locally with processes that are inclusive, deliberative, and citizen powered…Though rooted in the direct participation that defined our nation's early days, slow democracy is not a romantic vision for reigniting the ways of old. Rather, the strategies outlined here are uniquely suited to 21st-century technologies and culture. If our future holds an increased focus on local food, local energy, and local economy, then surely we will need to improve our skills at local governance as well.


Wednesday, March 4
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Trugh on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway
Merchants of Doubt was one of the most talked-about climate change books of recent years, for reasons easy to understand: It tells the controversial story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. The same individuals who claim the science of global warming is "not settled" have also denied the truth about studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. "Doubt is our product," wrote one tobacco executive. These "experts" supplied it.



Classes and Workshops

What have we got to lose? Just excess weight and toxins!

Program components:
 Comprehensive Guide Book, Three educational meetings, Daily e-mail inspiration, Support throughout the de-tox

Here's what past de-tox program participants had to say:

"Through de-toxing, I've reduced my cholesterol from 202 to 134.  It's changed the way I eat forever!"
"These past 2 weeks were the best nights of sleep I have had in years".
"This has been so good for me in so many ways! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"I was very happy to lose weight! I'm extremely inspired to lose more."
"I feel so good knowing I could stick to a plan of healthy living by choice."
"I will definitely want to do this again in the Spring."

Thursday, March 12, 19 and 26

Time: 7 - 8:30 pm

Instructor: Linda Tighe, The Wellness Initiative
Fee: $65
To Register: Please call Linda Tighe at 508-333-1202 or e-mail Linda at, No registration through NCOF!

NM = Non member
M = Member


To check on your membership status please send an e-mail to Marcy at

If you would like to become a member or would like to renew your membership you can do so at the same time you sign up for a program.


If you have any program questions, please e-mail Regina at