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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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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.

Full Course

Introduction to Watercolors

Calendar Oct 25, 2021 at 5 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Have you wished to explore watercolors, but didn’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’ve dabbled in the medium and wish to expand your skills? This class will discuss what supplies you need to be successful and a variety of approaches. Each class will begin with a short lecture and demonstration, followed by time for student work. The teacher is available throughout the class for assistance and questions. You will gain confidence, knowledge and skills as you go. In the event that we cannot meet in person, lessons and demonstrations will be available virtually.

Full Course

Figure Drawing & Painting: Session II


with Monica Davis

Calendar Oct 26, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Using charcoal and acrylic paints, students will undertake the artistic achievement of capturing human likeness. Projects will span from a simple sense of character or familiarity, to attempting photorealism. This class will explore figure drawing with charcoal using nude reference images to test our gestural capabilities, as well as portraiture using paints in unexpected ways. With emphasis on mark making, gesture, and color theory, we will hone in on the beauty of the human form, represented in varying shapes and sizes. Class takes place on Zoom. Students must have an audio- and video-enabled internet device to participate.

Intro to Ceramics: Handbuilding, Session II


with Melissa Bardsley

Calendar Oct 27, 2021 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Come join Melissa Bardsley for a 6 week class of hand building at Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham. This class is intended for beginners, we will start with pinch pots and progress to 3D slab work where students will create plates, mugs, and lidded containers and then progress into students individual projects. Surface texture and design will also be covered and explored allowing for students to explore combining techniques. Take advantage of this opportunity to add creativity into your schedule and take time for yourself. A $40 materials fee, payable to the instructor will be paid on the first night of the class. Additional clay will be available for purchase separately.

Full Course

American Sign Language: Level I - Session II


with Martin Samelson

Calendar Oct 28, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn basic sign language communication, including handshapes for the manual alphabet, fingerspelling, numbers, vocabulary, and easy to use sentence structure. Deaf culture and familiar phrases will be included to enhance your communication with Deaf /deaf and hard of hearing family, friends, co-workers, students, clients, and customers. Serious high school students and adults with age-related hearing loss are welcome. Our ASL syllabus will detail learning outcomes and course content areas. ASL is a visual language, so notetaking, textbooks, or dictionaries are not required. Instructor will provide handouts via internet. No previous sign language experience is necessary. Martin Samelson is an ASL college professor and job coach for the Deaf/deaf, a specialist in learning to communicate without voice. No classes on 11/11 & 11/25

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