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Four Ways to Cook in a Wok


with Chris Toy

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 10, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

The Wok is the most versatile pan in the world. Join Chris Toy, author of the award winning The Complete Wok Cookbook and learn all about its 3000 year old history. We'll roast, steam, boil, and stir-fry a complete meal. Signed cookbooks will be available. Those in the know don't eat dinner first and bring take home containers! $10 materials fee included.

Fair Play 101: A System for Fairly Dividing Household Responsibilities


with Sandi Konta

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 10, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jan 18, 2024

Do you constantly feel overwhelmed trying to keep your household running? Is the majority of the mental load on your plate? Do you feel like your brain is too full of everyone else’s needs to hold space for your own dreams? You are not alone. Relief is in sight. Imagine a life with less resentment, more levity, and more time to pursue your life passions. Certified Fair Play Facilitator, Sandi Konta, will introduce you to the Fair Play Method, a time and anxiety-saving system that offers couples, families, housemates, and roomates a completely new way to divvy up their domestic responsibilities. You'll leave the course with a new vocabulary for talking about and thinking about domestic life and a plan for finding more equity at home.

Playwriting 101: The 10-Minute Play


with Catia Cunha

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 10, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Ever wanted to experience a play without seeing it on stage? Step into the world of playwriting. Writing exercises will cover the basics of the craft - characters, conflict, dialogue. You will write your own 10-minute play by the end of this workshop. Writers and non-writers of all genres are welcome!

Sustainable Self-Care
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Sustainable Self-Care


with Heather Shaughnessy-Cato

It is widely acknowledged that self-care is critical for our well-being. Yet, it can be a challenge to develop meaningful and sustainable practices for self-care, especially in the midst of our busy days.Just as a tailor might custom fit a garment for you, we will work together to design a self-care routine just for you to fit within your life. We will: Explore a range of simple, accessible practices that can be incorporated into your day for more balance and ease; Reflect on what is going well with your self-care; Name and trouble-shoot challenges or barriers you are facing; Incorporate new practices for well-being; Each participant will leave with a customized self-care routine, based your needs and interests.

Preserving the Harvest: All Things Apples


with Maine Tasting Center

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 11, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Join Maine Food and Beverage Education Center for this engaging class and unlock the secrets of extending the life Maine's bountiful apple season. From crisp apple slices to luscious apple sauce and apple butter, learn the techniques of canning, freezing, and dehydrating to savor the flavors of autumn all year round. Don't let the apple bounty go to waste—preserve it with skill and creativity. All supplies, ingredients and recipes will be provided. This workshop is taught by Ana-Maria Bell, a Master Food Preserver volunteer, in collaboration with UMaine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County.

Merrymeeting Artist-in-Residence Talk: Veronica Perez


with Merrymeeting Staff

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 11, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Join us for Veronica’s Artist Talk! Veronica Perez is an artist who works alongside the community to speak about erasure, identity, and interdependency. Perez uses these frames of reference to situate their work deep within intimate stories and experiences - and share them with a broader audience through sculpture and story. In 2020, they were awarded the Ellis-Beaureguard Visual Arts Fellowship. In 2021 they were the inaugural fellow at the David C. Driskell Black Seed Studio. And In 2022, they were a fellow at the Lunder Institute at Colby College. Currently, Perez works as the Administrative Assistant at Indigo Arts Alliance in Portland. They are also co-organizer in Tender Table. Perez earned a BFA in Art from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia and an MFA from Maine College of Art & Design in Portland.

Paint Night: The Great Horned Owl


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 11, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Nov 7, 2023

Paint Night w/ Shirley! Come join us and paint this majestic hunter and capture its wise expression with those large yellow eyes. Layering, dry brushing, and shading are a few of the techniques used to capture its beauty and wise expression. Canvas and paints are supplied.

Your Name in Chinese Characters


with Jing Jing Haven

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 11, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jan 2, 2024

In this special workshop, learn to reconstruct your name (or any name) into Chinese characters using ink brush painting techniques. Jing Jing will guide you through the process of creating unique symbols that represent the name you have chosen. You will leave with a framable (frame not included) work of art that can be used for celebration of life events, template for a tattoo, or a gift for any occasion. Upon registration, you will be asked to provide the name you are looking to illustrate in Chinese characters. Materials list will be provided after registration.

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