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Becoming a Backyard Herbalist


with Andrea Webb, Midcoast Adult & Community Education

Calendar Apr 2, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This series of five workshops is created for those who have heard the call of the familiar strangers growing all around us. It is offered with the conviction that health begins at home, within our communities, and engaging in the work of “healing thyself” is every human’s birthright. If you want to begin working with plants to support your health and well-being, this course is for you! You will leave empowered and confident in your ability to work with some of our most common and beloved herbal allies safely and effectively. We will dive into the basics of plant energetics, identification, ethical harvesting practices, creating herbal remedies with ingredients you can find in your cupboards (or at the local grocery store), as well as how to keep excellent notes to preserve and pass down your personal herbal traditions. This class is perfect for absolute beginners, as well as those who may have already begun their herbal journey. All classes will be recorded for the convenience of those registered. Each attendee will receive an extensive 50-plus page booklet filled with plant profiles, recipes and formulas, instructions and techniques, blank forms, and helpful charts. Classes will be recorded and available for all registrants to download. No class April 16.

Becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent!


with Stephanie Eklund, Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

Calendar Apr 2, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Did you know that YOU could be the life-changing person for a child/family here in Maine? Yes, YOU can become a foster or adoptive parent! Come learn about the licensing process and the different ways you can help Maine children. There is a special need for people who can care for infants, sibling groups, and adolescents, while also supporting the reunification process. There are also over 100 children waiting to find a forever family. Join us for this informational meeting and take that very first step to becoming a resource family.

Belly Dancing with Kitties - Session III


with Anne Beal, Westbrook Adult Education

Calendar Apr 2, 2024 at 6 pm

Come enjoy a weekly Belly Dance class with kitties! The class will be set up as Mixed Level. It would be good to have some prior belly dance experience, but all are welcome! The space is at Meow Lounge, so there will be cats in the dance area with us during the class. There will be a variety of moves to work on for those who have more experience. Anne Beal has been teaching Belly Dance (Middle Eastern Dance) for more than 15 years. She will be hosting her class in her Meow Cat Lounge.

Dance Burn Aerobics


with Sue McKay, Bangor Adult & Community Education

Calendar Apr 2, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Have you always wanted to “burn it up” on the dance floor? Now you can! Join long time dance instructor Sue McKay of the Back Door Dance Studio for a fun, energetic dance class. This 7 week session of classes will include easy to follow dance workouts to various speeds and types of music–Country, Pop, Latin, Funk, Jazz, and more–you name it and we can dance to it! Suitable for beginner and intermediate dancers, no partner required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, bring your water bottle, and be prepared to sweat. If you love music and dance, and are looking for a fun workout, this is the place to be! No class on April 16.

Excel 2019 - Advanced Applications


with Teresa Johnson, Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education

Calendar Apr 2, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

For the experienced Excel user, this live, instructor-led Windows 10 Desktop course features official course materials approved by Intuit & Microsoft. Prerequisite: Excel Basics/Intermediate course or instructor’s permission. Topics covered in this course include working with multiple worksheets, web sharing, pivot tables, advanced formatting, charting, documenting, auditing, and dealing with spreadsheet challenges. This course provides the MOS certification pathway (no expiration) for interested students, and students may elect to take the official exam when ready. Call the Adult Ed office for separate purchase details of the required eBook which accompanies this course (unless these materials were purchased for the current Basics & Intermediate class). Please note: Students will need Excel 2019 installed on their home computer in order to practice at home. If you have not previously taken an Excel course at MCST please be sure to complete the 2-part form at this link before the first class.

Explore Your World through Drawing (Apr/Online)


with France Hilbert, Ellsworth Adult and Community Education

Calendar Apr 2, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

You are probably good at taking pictures with your phone, but if you want to capture moments of your life in a more unique way, this class is for you.  An experienced artist-teacher will guide you through the basics of drawing and painting, and help you visually re-create whatever matters to you most - from real people and places, to things that live only in your imagination. All you need to bring is your curiosity about drawing, and your own special way of seeing the world around you.  This is a live online class using ZOOM.  

For supplies we will use large drawing pads, pencils, pens, and a travel set of watercolors.

France Hilbert has taught classes at College of the Atlantic since 2018. She is a professional artist and art educator with an extensive resume of training and experience including major commissions and installations. Her artistic education began at the age of seven, when she was taught by her grandfather, the late artist Jaro Hilbert. From him, she received a thorough education in the classical tradition. She pursued her formal education at the National Fine Art Academy of Paris, France, (ENSBA), was an artist in residence in Copenhagen, studied German Expressionism in Berlin, and traveled extensively to paint and study around Europe and abroad. At the Art Students League of New York, she received a Merit Scholarship to master portraiture in painting and completed a Certificate in Sculpture. She was selected for “Model to Monument”, a sculpture program at The Academy of Art, Newington Cropsey Foundation, Hastings on Hudson, NY and received an Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant from the Art Students League of New York. Of her many public and private commissions, some are permanent installations. “Talma”, a 7-foot bronze sculpture is installed in the public square of the Theatre of the Valley of L’Yerres, in Brunoy, France. A pair of 4-foot bronze relief sculptures entitled ”The Calling” are installed at the Georgetown University Medical School building in Washington, DC.

Intermediate Artist Quality Pastel Painting


with Caroline Kelley, Marshwood Adult & Community Education

Calendar Apr 2, 2024 at 6 pm

In this six-week course, we'll paint, paint, paint using fabulous color, and discuss painting composition, and techniques for both representational and abstract work. We’ll also begin to look at the student’s painting preferences and influences as a means of finding their personal style.  We'll use artist-quality materials and techniques that make pastel painting a versatile, accurate, portable, and fun medium to work with. A materials list will be provided prior to the first class for those who wish to source their own materials. 

At an intermediate level, the student is strongly encouraged to begin using art supply resources online and in person, however, material packs will be available from the instructor for $40 each at the first class.

Please Note: There will be no class on April 16

Intermediate Soap Making


with Sarah Holden-Remick, Marshwood Adult & Community Education

Calendar Apr 2, 2024 at 6 pm

Previous cold process soap making experience is required for this class. In this course, you will learn how to formulate your own recipes, which natural colorants you can use to color your soaps, basic swirling techniques, and use of essential oils in your soap.

You will leave this class with 2 lbs of soap and your soap mold. Students should wear long sleeves to class.

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