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Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

Our Classes

Mushroom Walk


with David Spahr

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 14, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Aug 11, 2024

Join seasoned forager David Spahr on an immersive mushroom hunt, exploring habitats, structures, and safe foraging practices. Uncover surprises in each walk, shaped by season and location. Suitable for all ages (8-15 with a registered parent), this moderate-difficulty hike promises an exciting, educational adventure. Require Supply List: Notebook and pen to take notes, sensible clothing and footwear, water, snack and bug repellant. A basket or bags are optional. NOTE: This class will start with an outdoor talk at the waterfront followed by the walking portion.

Movie-Making Magic for Teens!


with Felicity Gibbs

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 14, 2024 at 3 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Do you have a story to tell? Turn it into a short movie. In this introductory 6 week filmmaking course for teens, we will take your story from inception to final project. Learn writing, editing, and how to pitch. This will be a collaborative and interactive experience that will take you from idea to a short film, using something as simple as your cell phone, or even a fancy camera. This will be a 100% fully ONLINE course with personalized one-on-one "check-in" sessions. The class will meet once a week as a group, online. All members of the class are encouraged to collaborate, assist as desired, and discuss with one another. While the instructor will be leading the course each week, there will also be one-on-one sessions with each participant (online). Access to a smartphone, computer or tablet is required for online participation. *For Ages 13-17 y/o.

Driver's Education: Topsham


with Chris Brilliant

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 15, 2024 at 4:45 pm

Please bring your birth certificate or passport to the first class and a pen to every class. Parents/Guardians are required to attend the last 30 minutes of the first class and do a ride-along with your child, to be scheduled by the instructor and parent. Please note: There is a make-up fee for missed classes. Please visit our website to review the Rules and Expectations for this course:

Are you 15 years of age or older and want your State of Maine permit to prepare for your driving exam? We offer driver education courses to help build strong, safe, and confident drivers. Students are awarded an instructional permit upon successful completion of the course with a grade of 80 percent or better. Only employee discounts are allowed, but you must call to register. Total hours of instruction is 40; 30 classroom and 10 driving. A full payment of $535 is required at the time of registration. If a student withdraws from the course, $75 is withheld from the refund to cover program costs. Only employee discounts for this class.  If the student has a medical diagnosis *See the list on our website* Please contact the office for a required CR-24 Medical form or click on the link below. Driver Medical Evaluation CR24 Topsham Campus 

  • At Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education 
  • July 15- August 5
  • July: 15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30
  • August: 5,6
  • Final Exam: August 6 
  • Class Time: 4:45-7:45 pm

Your Health Is In Your Hands: The Ancient Healing Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu


with Margit Ahlin

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 17, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Achieve physical, mental, and spiritual harmony through the application of hands as 'jumper cables' to gently balance the flow of life energy in the body. This course will teach you the physio-philosophy of Jin Shin Jyutsu, along with effective self-help techniques that promote optimal health and well-being, facilitating your own profound healing capacity through this ancient healing art. *No Class: 4/17.

Freedom to Paint


with Deena Ball

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 20, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

If you thoroughly understand the subject matter you are painting then you can paint with abandon and enjoy all the wonderful things that watercolor paint can do. In this workshop, we will spend our time coming up with individual methods to thoroughly understand our subject matter, compositional studies, value sketches, color studies and harnessing the power of creating a notan. Students will practice using these tools and then painting with abandon in limited time frames. References will be your own photos or sketches. Please note: This is a one day 8 hour watercolor workshop for intermediate and advanced levels. Students should be using professional tube watercolors, good quality brushes and surfaces. Bring your own lunch/snacks.

Katahdin Summit Full Moon Camping and Hiking
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Katahdin Summit Full Moon Camping and Hiking


with Chris Toy

Calendar Next session starts Jul 21, 2024 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

Experienced hikers and campers prepare and plan to join up to 8 adventurers to summit Maine's tallest peak with Registered Maine Guide Chris Toy. You must be able to hike for 4 hours with a 20 pound pack while gaining 2000 feet in elevation to sign up for this trip. *The trip will take three days and two nights. The dates are approximate depending on when reservations are available. Summiting is not guaranteed and will depend on weather conditions. *Payable by check only. Call to register.

Summer Kids Cooking Camp!


with Deb Arter

Calendar Next session starts Jul 22, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jul 22, 2024

Embark on a culinary adventure at our new Kids Cooking Camp! Day 1 kicks off with Honey Cornbread and a Big Salad, introducing young chefs to procedures, oven use, and teamwork. Each day unveils new skills like wok cooking, sauce-making, and even delves into the history of dishes. Join us for a week of delicious discoveries and kitchen mastery! All materials included. For ages 10-13 years old.

Fencing Camp for Kids!


with Midcoast Fencing Athletic Club

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 22, 2024 at 9:30 am, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Aug 5, 2024

In this summer camp for beginners, kids ages 8-12 will learn the basics of fencing. Stance, footwork, and bladework will be introduced and explored, and these young fencers will enjoy time to test their skills against their classmates in real fencing bouts on electric pistes. We will take lots of water breaks, and enjoy fencing-related games during this week-long training session. All equipment will be provided. Please be sure each student arrives wearing long athletic pants (no shorts), has clean indoor athletic sneakers, a water bottle, and a packed lunch. En Garde!

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