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Hybrid/Blended One Day Women Only NRA Basics Pistol Handling
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Hybrid/Blended One Day Women Only NRA Basics Pistol Handling


with Alice Bean Andrenyak, MMG

 NRA Basics of Pistol handling for women only will cover: safety at home and the range, principal parts and types of actions, how to handle a pistol in a safe manner, fundamentals of pistol shooting, pistol shooting positions, common malfunctions and cleaning, selecting a pistol, and qualifying on a range.  This one-day blended class requires the student to take an online NRA Basics of Pistol Handling course and pass it before attending on 10/16/21. The payment code for that course will be sent to you after registration. This course meets the state of Maine minimum for a Concealed Carry Permit. Course completion requirements include: passing the online written exam, participation in class, and shooting five rounds into 4 target circles (20 rounds total) at 10-feet. Students will receive the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting textbook. You do not need to own a pistol for class, but if you do, bring it to class with no ammunition (keep it in your vehicle). For range shooting, you will need 50 rounds of your own ammunition. If you wish to shoot and do not own a pistol, one will be provided with 50 rounds of ammunition for $25 (separate fee).  No discounts.

Drivers Education @ MTA Oct./Nov.


with Pierre Martin

Calendar Oct 18, 2021 at 4:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

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. You must call to register. If the student requires medication and/or has a medical condition, please contact the office as an additional medical form is required. Total hours of instruction is 40; 30 classroom and 10 driving. Full payment of $495 is required at the time of registration. If a student withdraws from the course, $75 is withheld from the refund to cover program costs. Please bring your birth certificate to the first class and a pen to every class.  Parents are required to attend the last 1/2 hour of the first class. Covid 19 safety protocols will be followed, including masks and social distancing. If we are allowed back in the schools, this class will be held at Brunswick High School.  If not, we will continue to hold classes here at Merrymeeting Adult Ed. in Topsham.  The class days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Time: 4:30-6:30 PM Dates: Below

October: 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

November: 1, 3, 5, 8, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22 ~ Final Exam

The Driver Education Guidelines under which we operate are listed below. These guidelines are in accordance with the Secretary of State and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). An unexcused absence (no show) from the individually scheduled driving time requires an additional payment of $50/hour if that time is to be made up, to be paid to Merrymeeting Adult Education. A 24-hour notice is required to change times and must be coordinated through the instructor. 

1. All students must be at least 15 years of age by the time they start class. Please bring a birth certificate to the first class and a pen to every class.

2. All students must attend at least 30 hours of classroom instruction as required by the Secretary of State.   

3. If a student misses a class, a fee of $50 per 2-hour class will be assessed to make up the class.

4. If a student needs to withdraw to attend the next session of Driver Ed, a $75 re-enrollment fee will be assessed.

5. All students must drive behind the wheel for ten hours. Students who do not show up for their scheduled driving times will be charged $50/hour to make up this time with the instructor.

6. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the student during behind-the-wheel driving for one of his/her driving hours to be arranged by the instructor and parent.

7. Successful completion of the Driver’s Education Course will result when the student has passed each of the following requirements by at least 80%:

8. All grades will be kept and filed with the Student Record Sheets.

9. A $50 an hour fee will be charged if extra driving time is requested over the class time of 10 hours. Payment must be made before the scheduled driving time.

11. It is asked that a parent/guardian attend the last hour of the first day of class.

Merrymeeting Adult Education believes that every student is entitled to respect, as an individual, from all other members of the school community. In support of this belief, Merrymeeting Adult Education recognizes each student's right to learn and participate in an environment free of intimidation, ridicule, and hostility, as provided under State and Federal law and District policy. 

In support of this right, Merrymeeting Adult Education prohibits harassment or ridicule of students based upon race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, or handicap. 

All students should be advised to contact any employee of Merrymeeting Adult Education to report instances of harassment or ridicule. Students should also be advised of the importance of informing the harasser that his/her behavior is unacceptable. 

A staff member informed of an instance of possible harassment shall contact the school's Director as quickly as possible. The Director shall notify the Superintendent and immediately undertake an investigation of the matter and take (interim) action as may be required. 





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Kick the Sugar Habit


with Deborah Walder

Calendar Oct 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Are you wondering why you crave sugar at certain times? Why you are done reinventing the wheel and you want someone to tell you what works and what doesn’t – for real? Do you want to discover what is keeping you stuck so you can get unstuck? If you are ready to finally get this sugar and food thing handled so you can allow your best self to shine, this class is for you! No discounts.

Map and Compass Level 1


with Alice Bean Andrenyak, MMG

Calendar Oct 19, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Hike, snowshoe, geocache, hunt, and enjoy the woods and fields of Maine with confidence that you can read a topographic map, plot a course bearing, understand the symbols, which way a river flows, and how to get to safety. Introduction to using a compass and map outdoors included. Students should have reliable internet and an audio- and video-enabled device to participate. No discounts.

Ready, Set, Retire!


with Cindy Smith

Calendar Oct 20, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Step number one is figuring out if you're financially ready to retire. To help you reach that point we will talk about different types of retirement accounts, social security, types of investments, asset allocation, and the importance of having a dynamic, written financial plan. If you are already retired, you may hear some new ideas that could benefit your situation. No discounts.

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Qigong for the Eyes: Session I


with Robin Brooks

Calendar Oct 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Many of us experience eye fatigue from spending too much time on screens. Join Robin, an experienced tai chi and qigong teacher, for an evening to learn a series of easy and relaxing exercises focused on eye health (pun intended!). Qigong, pronounced chi-gong, is Chinese for energy cultivation. By engaging the body's energy and natural healing resources you can strengthen your eyes and, at the same time, improve overall health and energy. No discounts.

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So You Want to Run an Airbnb: Session I


with Deb Arter

Calendar Oct 21, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Did you know that the number of people turning to choosing Airbnb for lodging in Maine has almost doubled from two years ago? The revenue earned by Airbnb owners in Maine was roughly $40 million. If you have entertained the idea of opening up your guest bedroom or summer camp for short term rentals, this is a class not to miss. Debra has operated River Escape for two years in Damariscotta as an active and popular Airbnb. She has also interviewed many other Airbnb or VRBO owners and put together a packet with good information, tips and actual stories of unusual events in the life of a short term landlord. Included will be issues dealing with ordinance, insurance, expectations, fees, hosting, communication, neighbors and more. Class takes place on Zoom. Students must have an audio- and video-enabledd device to participate. No discounts.

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Mushroom Walk: Session II


with David Spahr

Calendar Oct 24, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

This course will include walking in the woods to find edible mushrooms along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure of mushrooms. Your instructor, 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 mudrooms found in nature are often not edible, and learning this element is even more important than knowing which ones you can eat. Require Supply List: Notebook and pen to take notes, 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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