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Carry Naloxone to Save a Life (Feb)


with Beth Alteri Inspire Recovery Center-Healthy Acadia, Ellsworth Adult and Community Education

Calendar Feb 13, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

In 2021, more than 600 Mainers lost their lives to substance use disorder.  While that number is higher than any previous year, that number would have been 15 times higher without Naloxone.  Naloxone is an opioid antagonist and the only thing available to reverse an overdose.  You can't look at someone and know they are using substances.  One in 12 people in the United States have Substance Use Disorder, so the odds that you know someone who uses are pretty high.  The more people carry Naloxone, the more likely lives will be saved.  People can't recover if they do not survive an overdose.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is drug that blocks the absorption of opioids in the brain at the receptor-level. Opioids effect our respiration, which is why someone suffering from an overdose may stop breathing. By blocking opioid absorption, naloxone pauses its effects in the body. Naloxone saves lives by restoring the person’s breathing. Narcan is not a replacement for calling 911, but can save the person’s life while emergency medical personnel are on the way.

It is FDA approved and can be administered easily via a nasal spray. Even a child can do it. It was intentionally developed for use by those without medical training who may arrive at the scene first, such as friends or family.

Narcan (naloxone) is a critical harm reduction tool. Just as we have a fire extinguisher in every building and house to protect us in the event of a fire, we should also have Narcan readily available at all times.

Healthy Acadia provides free Narcan (naloxone) kits and training to those who want it, and an increasing amount of other public health organizations and health providers are doing the same.  Join this training to receive a kit and learn more about it.  This is an in-person class. 

Beth Alteri of Healthy Acadia, works recruiting and supporting volunteers; works with the Substance Use and Prevention Team to increase community knowledge about Substance Use Disorder and to distribute and train people in the community about harm reduction tools such as Naloxone; provides coordination and support at the INSPIRE Recovery Center; supervises the Hancock County Maine Recovery Core interns and is a CCAR trained Recovery Coach.

Beth is a mother of three, teaches Zumba at the Downeast Family YMCA and is a member of the Ellsworth School Department School Board.  Contact Beth by email at

Living the Dream Guided Journaling Workshop (Online February)


with D. Anne Sirois, Central Lincoln County Adult Education

Calendar Feb 13, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Please note this class is now an online class with a separate course being offered monthly November 2022 through March 2023.

Get a bird’s eye view and a worm’s eye view of your career, business, relationships, philanthropy, finances, self- care, etc. to experience more joy, less stress, in this packed, highly interactive guided journaling course.

This course will teach you innovative, smart, easy approaches to solve these challenges and more. Recognize what your real dreams are and finish them. Trust and rely on your intuitive Voice. Get actionable aerial and detailed views of your life to help you make the best decisions. Achieve satisfaction in your life and raise the joy in your spirit up higher than you ever thought possible. Distill information down to the nuts and bolts of the knowledge you need to streamline your time and energy.

D. Anne Sirois is an entrepreneur and owns several businesses. She has been practicing and teaching guided journaling in self-care for over 40 years.

American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED & Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED FEB 16


with Carrie Bonnefond, MSAD 52 Adult & Community Education

Calendar Feb 16, 2023 at 6 pm

American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED & Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Learn ways to provide first aid during emergencies of victims ages 12 and over. ARC Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED will prepare you to care for emergencies involving adults, children and infants. Receive an American Red Cross certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years when successfully completing this course! Courses meet OSHA/workplace requirements.

DATES OFFERED: WED JAN 25th • THURS FEB 16th • TUES MAR 21st • WED APR 26th & TUES MAY 23rd 6-7:30pm $129

SOLO Wilderness First Aid


with Jessica Steele, United Technologies Center - Adult Education

Calendar Feb 18, 2023 at 9 am

Are you thinking about going on an outdoor trip this summer with family or friends? Are you planning on being a trip leader for a camp or guide service? Are you interested in knowing how to take care of someone if they were hurt in the backcountry? This is a perfect course for someone who would like to get a basic level of first aid training. 

The Wilderness First Aid is a 16-hour hands-on course. It will provide a comprehensive look at the standards and skills of dealing with: • response and assessment • musculoskeletal Injuries • environmental emergencies • survival skills • soft tissue injuries • medical emergencies.

There will be a CPR/AED course Saturday evening. There will be an additional fee of $35 (Pay for the CPR fee at class).

This course includes 16-hours in class sessions, out of class reading, and a final exam.

Course includes SOLO Wilderness First Aid book, Wilderness First Aid Map, 2-year WFA Certification

SOLO Wilderness First Responder Recertification


with Jessica Steele, United Technologies Center - Adult Education

Calendar Feb 18, 2023 at 9 am

Get your SOLO Wilderness First Responder Recertification completed through a Wilderness First Aid Course. This is a 16-hour course that provides a review of the following • Response and Assessment • Musculoskeletal Injuries • Environmental Emergencies • Survival Skills • Soft Tissue Injuries • Medical Emergencies.  

This course will be part of a SOLO Wilderness First Aid course so all participants MUST have a CURRENT SOLO WFR card. We cannot accept any other WFR certifications in this course. 

All Wilderness First Responder students must have a current CPR card or will need to take a CPR/AED course in an evening session. There will be an additional fee of $35 for if CPR is needed (Pay for the CPR fee at class).

This course includes 16 hours in class sessions, out of class reading, and a final exam.

Course includes SOLO WFR recertification package and 3-year WFR Certification. Note that to receive certification, participants must pass written and practical exams.

The Diet Fix: Stop Weight Cycling & Diet Failure


with Carol Charland-Cliche, Windham/Raymond Adult Education

Calendar Feb 21, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Discover the real reason why 90% of diets end in failure. It has nothing to do with the diet! Over the years when you repeatedly went from one diet to another, it created a powerful behavior pattern of diet failure that the brain automatically used as a default behavior every time you started a new diet. Unknowingly, you programmed your brain to NOT lose weight! Neural Retraining “retrain your brain” Therapy (NRT) is based on modern brain neuroplasticity or how the brain can easily “unlearn” old habits once thought unchangeable. Learn powerful NRT techniques to eliminate unhealthy eating habits; overeating, junk food cravings and stop emotional eating. This program stops weight cycling and diet failure that sabotages your weight loss efforts. No other program does that! Course includes a 45pg eBook “The Diet Fix; Your Key to Diet Success” and coaching support. Bonus: A 30-minute NRT therapy session in-class to jumpstart your weight loss goals which you can record for home use.

CPR & BLS (Advanced)


with Thomas Miskell, Jr., Sanford Community Adult Education

Calendar Feb 25, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

CPR and BLS (Basic Life Support) This is an advanced course for people in public service as a paid or volunteer first rsponder. Enhance your basic CPR and AED skills learning how to better manage breathing, airways and drug overdoses.  Course meets requirements for first responders, lifeguards and others who may need or want more advanced medical training. Course fee includes American Heart Association CPR card. (This instructor is AHA and ASHI Certified) 


Barre Bootcamp Session 4


with Jenna Chase, Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education

Calendar Feb 28, 2023 at 6:15 am, runs for 6 weeks

This is an online course using ZOOM.

Barre Bootcamp is a low impact workout that will produce a big burn! Barre combines elements of strength training, Pilates/Yoga and dance. Small movements and many reps will help sculpt and tone muscles you didn’t even know you had!

Equipment that will be used include: a chair or countertop or something to hold onto, light hand weights, versa loop, gliding disks for hardwood floors (or use socks or face cloth) for carpet floors (or use paper plate), bender ball (or equivalent). These sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for one-week after each class.


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