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Winter: Weekend Retreat for Writers


with Raye Leonard

Calendar Feb 19, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Nurture your writing practice with an intentional at-home writing retreat led by Raye Leonard, former editor of the Coastal Journal and former English instructor in the Maine Community College system. We will gather on Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday evening for inspiring introductions and flexible instructions for a productive and satisfying retreat. Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon will include several rounds of writing from prompts, practice in how to listen to your writing for the story it wants to tell, plus how to get out of the way of the words. You will be encouraged to develop one piece from the morning session to share for feedback during the afternoon session from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Develop this piece further Saturday evening on your own or apply new insights and learning to a current work-in-progress. Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon is an opportunity for you to briefly share this work. Please note this is not a manuscript workshop. The class takes place on Zoom.

Students must have an audio- and video-enabled desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone to participate. More information and retreat prep guidance will be sent in advance. Please contact Raye directly at with questions.

Session I: Easy Video Editing


with Keegan Denery

Calendar Feb 22, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This course will focus on how to quickly and easily edit polished-looking videos from your computer. It's perfect for family movies, vacation highlights, digital scrapbooking, and more! But best of all, no prior experience is required! Feel free to record some footage with your phone prior to class if you'd like to practice/learn using your own content, but it is not required! Sample footage will be provided if needed. We will be using adobe Premier Pro Rush available on both Mac and Windows. I strongly recommend trying to download and install the program prior to class, it can be downloaded here:

This program requires either Windows 10, or macOS X v10.13 or later. 

The class takes place on Zoom.

Students must have a video and audio enabled desktop, laptop, or tablet to join the class.

Session I Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms of New England


with David Spahr

Calendar Feb 23, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

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 46 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and the North American Mycological Association. No discounts. The class takes place on Zoom. No discounts.

Students must have an audio and video-enabled computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate.

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Vegan Test Kitchen: Talking Vegan


with Jinger Howell

Calendar Feb 24, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Making the switch from conventional cooking to one that doesn’t use animal products can be seen as daunting for some, but if it’s approached as a new kitchen adventure, the experience can be enlightening. Join Jinger as she relates her personal cooking adventure as a 40+ year vegetarian to a vegan cooking advocate. You won’t be cooking this time around and instead, have the opportunity for discussion and questions. Digital handouts as well as a few choice recipes to create on your own. Take the plunge! No discounts. The class takes place on Webex. No discounts.

Students must have an audio and video-enabled computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate.

Session I So, You Want to Open an AirBNB…


with Deb Arter

Calendar Feb 25, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Did you know that the number of people turning to choose 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 rental this 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 the ordinance, insurance, expectations, fees, hosting, communication, neighbors, and more. No discounts. Class meets on Webex.

Students must have an audio and video-enabled computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate.

The Basics of Bookkeeping


with Sharon deFonteny

Calendar Mar 1, 2021 , runs for 4 weeks

How do you keep track of the day-to-day financial transactions of a business? Whether you are looking to advance in your career, or you’re an entrepreneur, (or maybe you are a part of a family business), this course will help you if you are looking to understand the numbers. The Basics of Bookkeeping course will help you understand, and know how to record, every penny that comes into your business and every penny that goes out of your business. This course shows you how to create a chart of accounts that meet your needs. All of the money you spend, and all of the money you earn, have a place to go. How do you record them? What are debits and credits? What do the numbers mean? How do I label accounts? Even if you outsource your bookkeeping needs, you should still have a basic understanding of what happens with the money earned and the money spent. No one should be blind to his or her finances! In this course you will learn where the numbers go, and why! You will learn the bookkeeping terminology as well as what it means to keep track of the numbers. At the end of the cycle, what do the numbers mean? The Basics of Bookkeeping will show you how to keep track of the numbers and why! CEUs/ILUs: 1.6 Length (in hours): 16 

Creative Writing Workshop


with John Breerwood

Calendar Mar 1, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Creative Writing Workshops offer writers the opportunity to get feedback on their work, give feedback to others, and overall develop excellent, holistic writing skills. If you enjoy writing fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, this course will provide you with constructive criticism from not only the instructor but also from the rest of the participants. This platform allows you to learn from other fellow writers, acquire new perspectives, and become more comfortable with sharing your writing. The instructor will also provide lessons concerning dialogue, characterization, narrative voice, publication, and other important writing elements. The class is welcome to aspiring writers of unpublished works as well as anyone who would like the opportunity to write their first story or poem collection. This class will not typically consist of writing prompts; however, occasional lessons may involve them. Class takes place on Zoom. Students must have an audio and video enabled computer, tablet or smartphone to participate.

Level I American Sign Language


with Martin Samelson

Calendar Mar 2, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Come meet Martin again through distance learning to learn about the deaf culture, basic fingerspelling, and vocabulary. Before this class ends you will be creating short sentences all in ASL! Class meets on Zoom.

Students must have an audio and video-enabled computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate.

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