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Merrymeeting Adult Education

General Enrichment

Radical Kindness – The Superpower That Can Change Your Life (and the World)


with Jeff Edelstein

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 19, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks
1 additional session on Jan 11, 2024

Kindness is a superpower that every one of us has. We will explore how “intentional acts of kindness” can transform our friendships, relationships, families, workplaces, schools, and politics. We’ll look at the different forms that kindness can take and share our personal experiences with kindness. We’ll explore the creation of our own “personal kindness practices” as well as collective acts of community kindness that are fun, creative, and meaningful. Students will have the chance to experiment with their kindness practices between sessions. We’ll discuss ways to support each other in rising to our kindest selves, including introduction to a wide variety of inspiring readings, films, and talks. Fall dates: 10/19, 11/2, 11/16. Winter dates: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8.

Darning and Mending


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 24, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Hand sewing, darning, and mending are age-old, keystone human skills. Patches can be made to be beautiful as well as functional. Needles and thread can always be made from naturally-harvested organic material, while sewing comprehension with industrial supplies remains invaluable in the modern world. Learn the vital art of sewing and mending. We'll study cross-hatch hole-mending, then employ a few simple stitches to create a functional cloth pouch. Bring your holy garments!

Maine Death w/ Dignity Act


with Valerie Lovelace

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 25, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

*This program was originally scheduled to run on Wednesday 10/4. Due to unforseen circumstances, the date has been changed to Wednesday 10/25. Same start time of 6:30pm.

There is still a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about Maine's compassionate end-of-life care option. Many providers and patients in Maine are still not familiar with Maine's Death with Dignity Act. In effect since September 2019, the law permits physicians to practice medical aid-in-dying under specific circumstances. Know the facts and, if qualified, the right to access medical aid in dying if they choose. Join this class to get fact-based information and all the details you need to know about Maine's law, how to have the conversation with your physician, and how to qualify for the law or support your loved one who may be qualifying. (No materials/supplies required).

Bookbuilding for a Novel or Memoir


with Paulla Estes

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 26, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This class is for anyone, regardless of creative writing capability, who has a story inside them that needs to come out. Often the most difficult part of writing a book is knowing where and how to begin. This course will teach students how to identify the deep level why that is spurring them to write this book. From there, they will learn how to understand the point their book will try to make, and combined with their deep level why, they will write a 50-word description, a 250-word jacket copy, identify the genre, brainstorm working titles, and think about their ideal reader. Next they’ll get to know their protagonist, their narrator, and start to write the book’s starting and ending points. At the end of four weeks, students will have a narrative arc, a rough list of scenes, including the beginning, the end, and a map to help them write everything down. This is a straightforward, fun, and easy method that I use with my book coaching clients. All they'll need to bring is a laptop or notebook and pen, and their idea for the book they want to write. This 4-week class will meet once/week for 2 hours.

Walking through the Houses


with Laura Kenworthy

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 28, 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 astrological Houses. 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.

Renting for Success


with John Hodge

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 4, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Renting for Success will provide you with a better understanding of how to find, maintain, and succeed in today’s challenging rental market. It will also assist you in understanding your rights as a renter and provide you with an understanding of what a landlord expects from their tenant. This will help you to keep and maintain that apartment that you’ve worked so hard to find. The program cannot guarantee success but it will assist you in your efforts to find your next home. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to the participant upon conclusion of the course. Workshop is co-sponsored by the Brunswick Housing Authority. Lunch Break from 12-1230PM.

Knife and Tool Sharpening


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Next session starts Nov 7, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

If there's one tool we use above all others, it's the knife. Knives and axes are generally made of metal, which can be sharpened using a hard stone, or a factory-made sharpening-block.Learn how to sharpen knives, axes, pruners, scissors, and other blade tools. Bring your own dull tools that need to be touched up, or come to practice sharpening some of our tools! We'll cover the basic theory behind sharpening edge tools, and practice using a variety of sharpening stones.

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Genealogy All Levels


with Lori-Suzanne Dell

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 7, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn about yourself with historian and author Lori-Suzzane Dell. Genealogy is the study of families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages. Lori will show you how to perform your own family genealogical research with tips, tricks, and methodology that historians and genealogists use to trace family lineage used to uncover even the most obscure and difficult-to-find facts. How to interpret information and discern accurate information even when details seem murky. This course is designed to accommodate all levels of expertise and interest. *NO CLASS: 11/21. Instructor: Lori-Suzanne Dell

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