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Understanding Medicare
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Understanding Medicare


with Aaron Manning

Calendar Next session starts Jun 3, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Have you ever felt like Medicare regulations are a black box? There’s an alphabet soup of plans, a book of fine print and a calendar full of dates to remember. The whole thing seems like a mystery with too few clues to solve. Aaron Manning, a Licensed Insurance Agent with HealthMarkets, can answer many of the questions you may have about Medicare, from the beginning of the process on. He will discuss: when you are eligible, what is the timeline for enrollment without penalties, what original Medicare covers and what it doesn’t, what additional plans work in conjunction with original Medicare, and your financial assistance options.

Malaga Island Historical Sea Kayak and Walk


with Alice Bean Andrenyak

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 4, 2024 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

Paddle 1.5 miles by sea kayak after an orientation and safety briefing with Master Maine Guide, Alice in her provided kayaks. Learn about the late Civil War mixed-race community and their eviction in 1912 by the state of Maine. Learn the prehistory of the island and its current use by walking the trails on the island stopping to learn about the different sites on the island. No buildings remain. You'll have a chance to eat the snacks/lunch that you brought at the southern end of the island. Afterwards we'll paddle back to our start. You must be able to walk unaided on uneven trails. Five hour trip meets at 8:15am in Cundy's Harbor (parking is about 1/2 mile away) and returns about 1:15pm. Weather conditions unsafe for paddling will cancel the trip. June 4, 2024.

Entertaining with Maine Ingredients: Mocktail Mixology


with Maine Tasting Center

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 4, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Mocktails (mixed drinks made entirely without alcohol) are quickly growing in popularity and are a great way to add a little flair to your next event. In this class, explore a variety of mocktail-ready ingredients made right here in Maine - syrups, shrubs, infusions, flavored sugars and more - and learn how to turn them into beautiful non-alcoholic drinks that are sure to impress. After learning about the ingredients and the Maine producers who made them, attendees will get hands-on with mocktail mixology. Enjoy a demonstration featuring several special recipes before trying your hand at making (and tasting!) your own. All materials and recipes will be provided.

Tumbled Seaglass & Broken Pottery


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 4, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Various colors of tumbled glass and pottery will enable you to create that beautiful seaside art that you'll enjoy or give as a gift. Driftwood seashells and picture frames are just a few of the extras that make this class so popular. Materials provided.

Fundamentals of Home Canning


with Allison Carroll Duffy

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 4, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Have you ever wanted to try canning, but were unsure how to get started? Or perhaps you are concerned about food safety, and wondering how to ensure that your canned food is both delicious and safe. Well, this is the class for you! Join Allison Carroll Duffy, Master Food Preserver and cookbook author, for this hands-on workshop covering all that you need to know to get started canning your own food. Well cover the basics of safe home canning, including proper procedures, techniques, and use of tools and equipment. Then we’ll learn hands-on--working together as a group and going step-by-step--to make and can a big batch of jam. We’ll use the boiling water bath method, which is the same method you’ll use for making many other canned goods you might want to make at home, including pickles, salsas, chutneys, and fruit. While this class will focus primarily on the boiling water bath method of canning, pressure canning will also be discussed. At the end of the class, there will be plenty of jam to taste, and each participant will go home with a jar of jam to enjoy…as well as all the know-how you need to start canning confidently at home!

Legally Changing Your Name and Gender Markers: A Workshop for the Queer Community


with Violet Hart

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 4, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This course is a step-by-step guide to changing your name & gender markers to align with your lived identity in Maine. We will discuss the required legal processes from beginning to end, lay out a roadmap for their completion, and examine emotional and practical realities you’ll experience along the way. Taught by trans author Violet Hart (Legalize Me), this course welcomes people of all identities and centers the LGBTQ+ experience in a safe and affirming environment. This course includes a complimentary copy of “Legalize Me: A Comprehensive Guide to Changing Your Name and Gender Markers in the State of Maine.” *No Class: 4/16.

Investing at Retirement


with Sarah Blondin

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 5, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Nearing or entering retirement? Join us to learn the power of having a customized strategy to make the most of your benefits and assets, identify considerable risks, and plan for a comfortable, financially secure retirement.

Paint Night: The Powerful Hummingbird


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 6, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Paint Night w/ Shirley! Come join us and paint these tiny but powerful little birds. This class is a great way to say welcome and get ready for these little birds as they migrate north. Shirley Anderson will lead you step by step through the process and teach you a few painting tips and techniques. Canvas and paints are supplied.

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