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Marlinspike Seamanship-Nautical Arts


with Gene Reil, Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Learn to manipulate various types of rope to create key fobs, bracelets, pouches, floor mats, and more. With a few simple but necessary tools, guidance from available reading material, and an experienced mariner to consult with in class, bring your questions and get deep into the style of handwork that has aided sailors for generations. Students may wish to purchase Marlinspike Sailor by Hervey Garret Smith or Des Pawson’s more recent Knot Craft. A list of additional locally available supplies will be sent prior to the start of class.

Mood-Boosting Tea


with Nancy Jusseaume, Noble Adult & Community Education

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 6 pm

Did you know that tea has been shown to have a number of different health benefits? Join Nancy in these tea classes where she will teach you how to make a tea blend. You will learn what can be used in tea to help with winter illness, and you will learn how tea can help beat those winter blues with mood boosting ingredients. Class will include making your own tea, as well as getting to sample some made by Nancy.


March 12th (not January 30): Mood Boosting Tea

$8 materials fee payable to the instructor at the start of each class. 

Organic Gardening: Basics


with Amy LeBlanc, Region 9 Adult & Community Education

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Come and learn the basics of sustainable and organic gardening. Whether you are transitioning from conventional to organic gardening practices or looking to sharpen up your organic skills, there will be lots to learn and discuss. We'll cover the basics of soil science and how to enrich soil to produce healthy high yielding plants. We'll take the mystery out of composting, talk about green manures and nutrient management, and get into the benefits of crop rotation. And since we all need to do garden troubleshooting, we'll explore basic weed control strategies, common insect pests, and methods of natural insect control. 

Dates: March 12 & 19 (Snow Date: April 2)

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Approximately)

PAE Voices Series | Beyond Words: Storytelling Through the Arts


with Adam MacDonald, Portland Adult Education

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 6 pm

Join us for "Beyond Words: Storytelling Through the Arts," an enriching panel discussion exploring the power of storytelling across various art forms. From visual arts to poetry, spoken word, and beyond, our esteemed panelists will delve into how each medium serves as a conduit for narrative expression. Together, we'll unravel the rich tapestry of storytelling – and how we use art to inspire empathy, spark conversations, and create positive change.

Samaa Abdurraqib, Executive Director of Maine Humanities Council, will lead our conversation with a panel of celebrated artists and storytelling experts. Following the panel discussion, we'll have time for audience Q&A and informal socializing/networking. We hope to see you there!

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Perspective Drawing and Painting


with Mary Laury, Ellsworth Adult and Community Education

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Drawing in perspective is a skill that is not intuitive. It was discovered during the Renaissance and changed the way we paint and draw forever after. We will do this the longhand way, with horizon lines, vanishing points, rulers, and yardsticks. If you want to paint buildings or the interior of a room accurately, this is a skill that must be learned.

For materials, you will need pencils, eraser, ruler or two, yardstick or two, computer paper to draw on, tape, a page protector, a Sharpie pen and large paper like you would get on a roll, maybe 40 inches long (wrapping paper will do). This is just for reference marks.

Choose some pictures of buildings you might like to draw. Perhaps your house? Maybe a lighthouse? Start with a simple structure at first.  This is a live online class using ZOOM.

Mary Laury served as the founding Executive Director of Schoodic Arts for All, an award winning non-profit organization celebrating the arts and culture in Downeast Maine for over 20 years. The botanical subjects and dynamic nature of Maine are Mary's passions. An experienced teacher, she has taught painting and drawing in classrooms and in the field for many programs throughout her career.

Planning for End of Life Issues


with Chad Poitras, Bonny Eagle Adult Education

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

If it weren’t stressful enough to lose a loved one, the paperwork and details that need attention after a funeral can be overwhelming. This course is designed to inform you of the steps you need to take to ensure that this process goes smoothly. Knowing what to expect helps you plan ahead.

About Chad: Chad Poitras is a licensed funeral director with over 20 years of experience in the funeral industry. He owns and operates two funeral homes and serves families in need throughout Southern Maine.

A non-refundable $1.99 transaction fee will be added to the price of this class.

Plant Design with the Magical Air Plant Aerarium


with Elba-Gloria Rangel-Erazo, Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 6 pm

You will create an enchanted home called an Aerarium for the air plant known as a Tillandsia, so that you can enjoy it year-round in your house. There are plants, like vegetables, that require moist, nutrient-rich soil. Others, like your pet cactus, prefer dry rocky soil, and there are others that grow in mud or water, like the lotus flower. But have you ever seen a plant that grows with NO soil whatsoever? That's the Tillandsia - or "Air Plant", and this class will teach you how to care for this magical plant. Similar to building a terrarium, you will go home with a container, your new plant, and some decorative items to highlight your plant. You will also learn all about Tillandsia and how to care for them! Materials fee includes plant, container, and decorations for one Aerarium.

Sewing Machine Basics


with Michelle Roberts, Massabesic Adult and Community Education

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Learn the basics of how your sewing machine works, including winding a bobbin and threading the machine, adjusting tension controls, and stitching. You will then make potholders and drawstring bags. Bring: sewing machine and manual, sharp scissors, straight pins. Please call to borrow a sewing machine. $10 materials fee

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