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Merrymeeting Adult Education

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History of Malaga Island


with Alice Bean Andrenyak

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn about the eviction of a complete community living on Malaga Island in Casco Bay in 1912. Learn the prehistory of the island's use by our indigenous people and post history of the island after the eviction. Learn a bit about the mainland African American village in coastal Maine that no longer exists but predated the Malaga Island Colony. Visit the island remotely through a slide show created by Master Maine Guide, Alice.

Unwrapping Your Dreams


with Barbara Joy Hare

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 12, 2023 at 2 pm, runs for 6 weeks

“A dream not interpreted is like a gift in the night… Not opened”. We spend a significant part of our lives dreaming, yet how often do we take the time to understand them, or use them in our daily life? This class will provide you with basic skills and theories for understanding and working with your dreams. Dream theories will be presented. Experiential exercises will be utilized for processing a dream. Participants can bring a dream that you are curious, excited, or baffled about in order to learn more about the language of dreams. “Joy” has taught dream work for 35 years at USM Continuing Ed, in various locations throughout the state of Maine, as well as internationally in Spain and Ireland. Her passion for dreams helps participants to connect with their understanding of dreams through theory and experiential practice.

Cheese-Making: Mozzarella


with Sharon Gilsleider

Calendar Next session starts Oct 12, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jan 11, 2024

Learn the ABC’s of hand pulled mozzarella in this one-night workshop. Your pizza will never be the same after this. It is fast and easy and oh so good. You will learn how to create your fresh mozzarella, then you learn how to “pull” your fresh curds. You will create a new “habit” of always having fresh mozzarella on hand to kick up your favorite recipes and impress your friends. This recipe takes very few, easy to find ingredients and you will take home approximately 2 pounds of cheese from your one gallon of milk. You will learn the basics of cheese making and the specifics of Mozzarella curds. Class is limited so sign up early. *Starter kit included.

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Community Book Club


with Jeannie Sullivan

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 12, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Book: Braiding Sweetgrass. Robin Wall Kimmer is both a botanist and Citizen of the Potawatomi Nation. Through her teachings and story telling we the reader learn how plants, animals, and the world around us offer gifts and lessons. Even if we have forgotten how to listen to them. Come have a rich conversation about the book as we discuss how Kimmerer has merged her life as a scientist and Indigenous Woman. Kimmerer has much to share and reflect upon as she speaks to the creation of Turtle Island and the language of other beings. It will be a lively discussion as we share our own thoughts on such a powerful story. Book must be purchased separately.

Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms of New England


with David Spahr

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 12, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Feb 8, 2024

Join author David Spahr for an indoor presentation and discussion of edible and medicinal mushrooms, identification, tools and equipment for harvesting, as well as books, materials, and other resources. David has collected edible mushrooms for 50 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and the North American Mycological Association.

Make-up 101: How to Buy & Apply


with Felicity Gibbs

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 12, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This workshop is an introduction to the world of Make-up. We will be going over the proper way to buy a product, the proper way to apply a product, and learning to have fun with it. We will discuss tools of the trade: What products do you need and how/where you can purchase it. From foundation to bush to concealer to brushes. Matching colors with your undertones, and asking if price matters. And with time remaining, we will discuss how to use these tools: Once we have the right products, what is the best and easiest way to apply. We will go over the basic face. The right way to apply bronzers, blush, highlighter, etc.

Constellations of the Zodiac


with Laura Kenworthy

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 14, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

In this one-day workshop, professional astrologer Laura Kenworthy will introduce the world of astrology for the curiously-minded. The focus for this workshop will be on understanding the constellations of the Zodiac. Laura Kenworthy has studied the astrological archetypes and been a practicing astrologer for over 40 years. She writes the weekly Magical Mexicali astrology blog for Mexicali Blues and sees private clients for readings.She retired to Maine from NYC where she ran the Rudolf Steiner Bookstore on West 15th Street.

Heartsaver First Aid/CPR with AED – Adult & Child


with John Coffin

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 15, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jan 14, 2024

Become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED – Adult and Child. All the equipment (manikins and AEDs), videos, Student Workbooks, and consumable supplies are provided. Included in the course are Adult and Child CPR with AED and First Aid skills, where the students demonstrated the skills learned. Upon successful completion, an American Heart Association First/Aid CPR and AED Certification card will be sent to the student, valid for two (2) years. American Heart Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor: John E. Coffin

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