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with Tracy Libby, Certified Personal Trainer, RSU16 Adult Education
Join us for a High Intensity Interval Training class that uses circuit style training to build strength and endurance while keeping the heart rate elevated. A variety of equipment is used from battle ropes to kettlebells and more! The format is warm up/group cardio/circuit work/core/stretch. Thursdays, January 16 through March 26, 4:15-5pm in the Poland Community School Gym. Registration: $70
Open Computer Learning Lab
with Tara Hannan Kent Pelkey, Gray-New Gloucester Adult & Community Education
Do you struggle with technology? Google has many great tools you can use for free! If you want to use Google for personal use, or you use it at work, we will explore the amazing tools provided. Learn to present information, share with colleagues, collaboratively edit, and use other time-saving tools. (If you do not have a current google account, we will create one in the first class.) Bring a laptop or we will have computers available. The beauty of Google is that you can access it anywhere you can go online. Thanks to a generous donation by OTelCo we are able to offer this on-going open lab time at no cost.
Art: Watercolor for Beginners
with Mike Duffy, Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education
This class will be a gently guide you into watercolor painting. We'll cover the basic stuff like how to do a wash, what kind of brush, what kind of paper and what kind of paints to use. We'll also cover more advanced and stylized skills in this class. Drawing skills are not needed. Learn how to mix colors and how to understand the color wheel. Each week or two we'll create a masterpiece suitable for framing. Instead of just looking at the scenery around the island, you can express what you see in watercolor. There is a materials fee (included in the total fee already) of $8.00 to cover the paint, paper and brushes.
No classes on Feb. 18 or March 3.
Guitar for Beginners
with Pat Colwell, MSAD #11 Adult Education
This class is designed for those who are either rusty or who have never played. Don’t worry if you can’t read music. Participants will learn to play basic chords that will allow you to join in on simple songs. You will become familiar with the parts of your guitar, “open” chords, finger placement, different genres of music and much more. Soon you will be strumming along to your favorite music! Bring your acoustic guitar, tuner, and a flat pick. A 3- ring binder or pocket folder is highly encouraged.
Please note: there will be no class on February 19.
with George Deans, RSU 24 Adult Education
This workshop is open to all abilities and experience. Topics covered are fundamentals of hand and power tools, tool and machine maintenance, sharpening and shop safety.
You may come in with a project in mind, work with the instructor to create one, or not. You do not need to have a project to make this class a success. Projects should be transportable. Participants are responsible for additional supply costs of their individual projects.
*No class 2/19.
Acoustic Jam Session
with Pat Colwell, MSAD #11 Adult Education
Tired of strumming your guitar alone in your basement or garage? Ready to take the next step and start playing with others? This class will provide students with a low pressure, non judgmental opportunity to experience the joy that comes from making music with other people. We will focus primarily on acoustic guitar-based music, but other acoustic instruments such as mandolins, fiddles, bass & harmonicas are welcome, as are people who would like to try singing with a group. Students should have a solid understanding of their instruments including tuning, basic chords and rhythm patterns and be willing to work in small groups with other musicians. The ability to accept constructive feedback from an instructor is also important.
Nature Yoga for Kids NEW!
with Nicole Danielson, Maranacook Adult Education
While focusing on a different winter nature theme each week, we will incorporate children’s yoga poses, fun songs, and centering breath work, to bring a sense of peace, serenity, and calmness to our winter bodies. We will supplement our yoga practice with a short nature lesson and activity, story, and/or craft . Yoga mats are provided.
For kids ages 3 - 5, with a participating adult.
Instructor: Nicole Danielson
6 Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm
Begins: January 23, 2020
Location: Maple Tree School, 12 Church Rd, Readfield
Dog Training: Manners I Section A
with Whitney Thurston, Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education
Tired of feeling like you’re at the other end of a dog sled team? Want to be able to take your dog to the farmers market without them jumping all over everyone? Need to figure out how to get your dog to come when you really need him to? Manners 1 is the class for you! For dogs 4 months and older, this class will help you and your dog work as a team to conquer the big struggles of having an adolescent dog. We'll use positive reinforcement to practice coming when called, polite greetings (not jumping), leash walking, sit/down/stand, stay, mat training and attention training. This class is for non-reactive dogs only. First class is people only, no dogs please.
These classes will be held at Somesville Fire Dept (1157 Main St., Mt. Desert). To accommodate the demand, Manners 1 will be offered multiple times/dates so please pay attention which section you register for.
All classes will be taught by Whitney Thurston, CPDT-KA of Salty Dog Obedience and Adventure. Each class runs 6 weeks for 50 minutes. Her goal and passion is to help other dog lovers learn how to effectively communicate with their dogs, to help them build lasting relationships.