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Learning Italian through Music


with Rich Balano, Kittery Adult Education

Calendar Oct 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Drawing from a variety of artists in pop, rock, folk, hip-hop, and classical from the last four decades, learn Italian in a fun way through its music and melody. We will listen to songs, read lyrics, work on translations together, with explanations of pronunciation, grammar, and meaning, but also apply words and phrases to different situations building a vocabulary that might just inspire a future trip to Italy. Rich learned German while living in Austria, French in high school, Italian in Kittery Adult Ed. and some Portugese on his own before trips to Rio and Lisbon.

6 Thursday sessions

Oct. 8-Nov. 12, 5:30-6:30 pm

Course Fee: $45

Will run

Middle Eastern Dance 1


with Patti Luchetti, Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

Calendar Oct 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Middle Eastern Dance (Bellydancing) is native to the ancient middle east. It was widely spread by migrating tribes from India, north to Turkey and west to Spain. Egypt is a renowned center of the art form in modern times and Cairo now hosts respected dances from Asia, Europe, and the USA. Belly dancing gives gentle, strengthening exercise to the full torso with an emphasis on the belly and thighs. This class will also be available via Zoom.

Songwriting 101


with Martin Swinger, Maranacook Adult Education

Calendar Oct 8, 2020 at 7 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Songwriting 101 

 Do you have imaginative ideas to share that might be said in a song? Would you like to make your personal stories sing? Through inspiring writing prompts, inventive exercises, and enjoyable writing 'games', Martin Swinger engages participants in the beginning steps of turning original ideas into songs. In a safe and positive community, you'll have fun expressing ideas while building songwriting skills. Anyone can learn and succeed at their own pace and level - no experience necessary, though experienced writers are welcome. Classes will be held on Zoom, so computer access is a must. Be willing to write in-the-moment and share ideas. Be prepared with a notebook and your favorite pen.

Limit: 10 students. 


Instructor: Martin Swinger, Songwriting, performance and vocal coach

7 Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm

Begins: October 8, 2020

Location: Zoom

Registration: $75


"Martin Swinger is one of those rare singer-songwriters who excels at everything: singing, songwriting, guitar-playing, and being so present with his humor, tenderness, and wild mind that his performances are also deep conversations, soul to soul and heart to heart, about the quirks, surprises, and love that brings us most alive. His songs, ranging from the little plastic parts that hold the world together, to what enlightenment comes from Buddha and Betty Boop falling in love, are whimsically and wisely original and enduring."

 -Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus


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with Alice Miller, Franklin County Adult Education

Calendar Oct 13, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Together we will learn about nutrition, food safety, saving money at the grocery store, planning meals, and getting more physical activity into you and your family’s day. Each class is designed to build upon the previous lessons. After attending all four classes, participants will receive a $10 Hannaford gift card and will have the knowledge and skills needed to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Location: Virtual only



with THOMAS KANE, Franklin County Adult Education

Calendar Oct 13, 2020 at 5 pm

Whether you are woking on your first novel or your latest magazine article, you novel or your latest magazine article, you know that one of the most valuable things any writer can have is feedback. Another is support. This workshop offers both, along with seminars on such topics as finding inspiration, performing research, organizing one’s ideas, using works powerfully and approaching publishers. The group leader, Dr. Thomas M. Kane, has published 27 books and has extensive experience teaching writing. Course will be adjusted/modified to meet students needs.

Location: 1st class at ALC

Guitar - Advanced Beginners


with Kevin Campbell, RSU 24 Adult Education

Calendar Oct 13, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

We will continue to build on the concepts of chord structures for songs from many different styles of music. The class will also introduce students to the basics of melody and solo line playing over the music on any chosen song. This class is for those who have previously taken a beginner guitar class from Mr. Campbell or any other guitar teacher.

If you are unsure, please contact us, and we will help to appropriately place you in the best class for your level. Students should bring their own guitar to class.

Ukulele For Beginners


with Duncan Perry, Portland Adult Education

Calendar Oct 13, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks
The magical ukulele is capturing hearts and minds in Maine and around the world! Why not yours? Come join our online adult beginners’ class and share in the fun of learning to play. You don’t need to know how to read music but you do need to have a serviceable ukulele. You will learn to play using familiar songs to teach you chords, strumming and finger picking. What are you waiting for? Enroll now and begin a musical adventure that can last a lifetime! Instructor will contact students with Zoom link.
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with Jordan Farrin, Franklin County Adult Education

Calendar Oct 14, 2020 at 5 pm

This class is focused on horsemanship with an emphasis on gaining confidence and understanding with horses. This class can accommodate a beginner who has never been around horses to an experienced horse person who would like to learn new techniques for ground work and the development of communication between horse and handler. 

Location: Martin Woods Farm, 24 Abijah Hill Rd, Starks, ME

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