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Merrymeeting Adult Education

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Let It Go! w/ Tony


with Tony Garreton

Calendar Jun 21, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 9 weeks

"Let it Go with Tony" is under TDF (Tony Dance Fiesta LLC) and is not only a dance program that helps you physically by burning calories and keeping you fit, but it also helps you fight depression, it will encourage you to feel empowered and confident. It will be a time dedicated especially to you, where you will laugh, dance, without being judged. This class is for everybody, gender, age and shape… you will go at your own pace, just like you would in a nightclub or in a family party! Course fee is for 6 sessions with Tony. Participation can be either in-person or remote via Zoom!

Bus Driver On-the-Road Training


with Ray Dyer

Calendar Jul 1, 2022

If you have your bus driving permit, you can register with Merrymeeting Adult Education to complete the on-road driving requirement. This cost is $350, which includes using a bus and an instructor for 10 hours. This is an ongoing course. No Discount.

Sailing for Kids: August Session


with Sailing Ships Maine

Calendar Aug 15, 2022 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

Merrymeeting charts a new course this summer in partnership with Sailing Ships Maine. Students will learn to row a dinghy, set and strike sail, steer, navigate, use a marine radio, operate a small outboard, watch the weather, tie knots, and follow basic safety. The primary instructional boat, the Paul Bolger-designed 25 yawl, is a strong, beamy, shallow-draft cruising boat ideal for Merrymeeting Bay. The decks are wide and spacious and will keep students socially distanced as they spend the week outdoors. Students should bring lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, a hat, and wear appropriate shoes (no flip flops). The cost of each session is $295 and includes a one-year membership in U.S. Sailing; U.S. Sailing Small Boat Sailor Certification, full access to the U.S. Sailing Skill-Up App to help students and instructors track individual student accomplishments; National Association of State Boating Law Administrators safety course certification; and a Sailing Ships Maine T-shirt, rope, and journal. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events. No discounts.

AGES 12-17

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Merrymeeting Scrabble Tournament
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Merrymeeting Scrabble Tournament


with Merrymeeting Staff

Merrymeeting is hosting a Scrabble Tournament this summer! Join us for a fun and word-filled afternoon of friendly competition. Registration is for single players only; 16 max. Four games of four players will be running simultaneously during the first round, with the four finalists from each game facing off in the last game. *Workshop fee of $10 will be considered a donation to Merrymeeting. There will be NO cash prizes. Winner will receive a trophy and a basket full of Merrymeeting swag. Snacks & drinks will be provided.

Captain License Information: Session II
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Captain License Information: Session II


with John Coffin

Are you interested in obtaining a USCG Captain’s License? Do you want to learn the differences between an Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) license and a Master 100GT license, and what experience the Coast Guard requires for each? These informational sessions will help answer these questions and other questions you may have about the two licenses. Also discussed will be the different methods for completing the course requirements. We are planning to offer both courses during the Fall of 2022 for those interested, representing the Captain School Key West/Captain School Miami. This information session is free, but please register in advance, so the instructor knows how many individuals will be attending and can send login instructions.

Foggy Forest


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Aug 17, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

In this class you will learn how to capture the beautiful effects of fog in a wooded forest.  In this class you can choose to carpet your forest floor with your choice of several different plants, Lily of the valleys, Snow drops, Mushrooms, Lady Slippers are just a few. Materials provided.

Unplug and Recharge
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Unplug and Recharge


with Heather Shaughnessy-Cato

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes... including you." -Anne Lamott. Feeling a bit tired, stressed, depleted? There is a very good reason why -- our minds and bodies have difficulty processing and managing high levels of stress and uncertainty over long periods of time. This session will provide an opportunity to pause, reflect, and attend to your own well-being. The session will begin with a mindfulness exercise and gentle yoga appropriate for home or an office for grounding and to release tension. Then we will explore a wellness tool to reflect on and assess well-being in various parts of life.  Finally, we will design small, incremental actions we could take this week to both savor what is going well and attend to an area of life that could use more attention.

Mushroom Walk: Session II


with David Spahr

Calendar Aug 21, 2022 at 1 pm

This course will include walking in the woods of Merrymeeting Bay to find edible mushrooms along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure. David Spahr has collected edible mushrooms for 46 years and is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and the North American Mycological Association. Every walk bears a different bounty depending on the season, the weather and location. The majority of mushrooms found in nature are often not edible, and learning this element is even more important than knowing which ones you can eat. Please bring a notebook and pen, sensible clothing and footwear, water, snack and bug repellant. A basket or bags are optional. Children 8 to 15 are allowed to register only with a parent who is also registered. These hikes can be moderate in difficulty. No discounts.

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