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Session II: Introduction to Chinese Ink Brush Calligraphy


with Jing Jing Luo Haven

Calendar Aug 10, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

In this unique class, we will explore a variety of authentic Chinese calligraphy fundamentals and styles through hands-on and weekly practice experience, discussion and reflection. Class is open to all levels of interest and experience, and could be particularly beneficial for Chinese language learners, graphic designers, and artists who want to forge a stronger connection between typography on a screen and handwritten characters on paper. The class also covers the rich contents of Chinese ancient and contemporary cultures. This class will take place outside under a tent. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

Basic Pistol Handling for Women


with Alice Bean Andrenyak, MMG

Calendar Aug 10, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

The NRA Basics of Pistol Handling 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. The course meets the Maine minimum for a Concealed Carry Permit if you pass the 50-question written exam and qualify by putting 5 rounds in 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 this class, but if you do, you are encouraged to bring it to class with no ammunition. Range time will be scheduled separately from the classroom sessions at a cost of $50. If you wish to shoot at the range to qualify and do not own a pistol, one will be provided with 50 rounds of ammunition for $25. If bringing your own pistol to the range, bring 50 rounds of ammunition. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events. No discounts.

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Digital Photography I


with Leah Haraden

Calendar Aug 10, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Whether you’ve just purchased your first digital camera or you are an aspiring pro or semi-pro photographer, this crash course will give you the technical skills and creative inspiration to take your work to a new level. You will become more confident handling your camera and choosing settings to produce quality of images. Discussion, demos, handouts, slide shows, videos, and hands-on practice are included. Students are encouraged to study and practice on their own with optional homework assignments. Please bring a digital camera with manual exposure mode, fully-charged battery, at least one lens, tripod and an extra memory card. Class takes place on Zoom. Students must have reliable internet, and an audio and video enabled computer, tablet or smartphone to participate.

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Understanding Medicare


with Robert Harvey

Calendar Aug 10, 2021 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. Robert Harvey, a Licensed Insurance Agent with HealthMarkets, can answer many of your questions 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. Class takes place on Zoom. Students must have reliable internet, and an audio and video enabled computer, tablet or smartphone to participate.

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Astrology Intro: Your Rising, Sun, and Moon Signs


with Peggy Schick

Calendar Aug 11, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

Your birth chart (zodiac) is a 360-degree “map” of the sky at the time you were born. Each celestial body represents a part of your psyche and tells its own story. This workshop introduces astrology as a framework for understanding core parts of your personality by coming to understand your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs, which tell the story of you in the day-to-day, how you process emotion, and your external persona. At least two days before class, registrants must email to provide their city/state of birth, exact time, and date of birth. Registrants will receive a printed copy of their birth chart and a handout at the time of the class. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events. No discounts.

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Certificate in Teaching Adults


with William A. Draves and Kassia Dellabough

Calendar Sep 7, 2021 , runs for 8 weeks

 This is your invitation to teach others in person and join in one of the more important functions in life - passing on knowledge and skills to others.  It is both an opportunity and a responsibility.  Whether you want to teach others or currently teach others in any setting, either formally or informally, this course is for you. We will give you both the fundamental and advanced information to improve your teaching. Your lead instructor is the author of How to Teach Adults, the best-selling book on the subject. The ebook version is included in the course. Two-month course, William A. Draves and Kassia Dellabough, instructors. Unit 1.  How Adults Learn Emotional characteristics, self-image as key. Physical characteristics and your physical surroundings. Mental characteristics, adults display a readiness to learn. Social characteristics, learners’ experiences, schooling, and prior experience. Keys to helping adults learn. Unit 2. Tackling Learning Styles Sensory learning styles. Gender learning styles. Neurological learning styles. Unit 4.  How to Prepare for your Course-Preparing the Course-Goals, objectives, and end results-Amount of material to cover-Slant or approach, a range of ways to approach your subject-Materials preparation Unit 5.  Discovering and Involving Your Participants Finding out more about your participants. The First Class, why this meeting is critical, ice breakers. How to involving your participants. The Teachable Moment, a special time when you let go for a while. Unit 6.  Ways to Vary Your Teaching Techniques Modes of teaching, different formats for various situations. Tips on how to leading a good discussion. How to ask a good question - one of the most overlooked skills. Making small group activities successful. Energizing your physical learning environment.  Unit 7.  Great Presentation Techniques Surprising do’s and don’ts of presenting. Advanced presentation techniques. Teaching tools, including audio-visuals. Handouts that really zing. Learning mediums, extra special touches to enhance learning. Unit 8.  Improving Your Teaching Measuring results and learning. Using the web in face-to-face courses. Improving your course, every time. Learning and teaching in the 21st century.

America's Boating Course


with Wawenock Sail and US Power Squadron

Calendar Sep 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

The most comprehensive in-person boating course available, America’s Boating Course, gives you the skills you need to enjoy your time on the water and boat with confidence. Our boater safety class meets most states’ certification requirements and is available in both Spanish and English. Taking a boating class reduces your risk of accidents and injuries, saves you money on boat insurance, and qualifies you for a state boat license or operator certificate in most states. Our in-person boating course includes a comprehensive introduction to boating, covering boat types, boat engines, boat selection, and more. You’ll learn about boating laws and regulations as well as boat registration and licensing. Get in-depth knowledge of boating safety equipment, and learn how to become a safe boater by learning the dos and don’ts of boater safety. Gain practical knowledge of navigation, rules of the road, handling emergencies and mechanical problems on the water, the basics of towing and trailering, important information for hunters, anglers, water sports enthusiasts, and so much more. Four sessions with a NASBLA approved examination.  Instructor: Pete Asquith

The cost for couples sharing materials is $95. Please call Merrymeeting Adult Education for your discount. No other discounts.

Marine Navigation


with Wawenock Sail and US Power Squadron

Calendar Sep 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Fred Bowers teaches the essentials of safe coastal and inland navigation using basic GPS in conjunction with charts and other marine data. The Marine Navigation course teaches you how to use the GPS along with traditional dead reckoning techniques for planning and laying out safe routes, as well as ensuring that you are on course while underway. What's included Charts and their interpretation, landmarks and navigation aids (buoys, daymarks, lights, etc.), plotting courses and determining direction and distance, the Mariner's compass and converting between True and Magnetic, basic GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS course, pre-planning courses and entering them into the GPS, monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning, and the "Seaman's Eye." Ten sessions with a take-home final examination. Power Squadron members call Merrymeeting Adult Ed for your discounted rate of $95. No other discount.  

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