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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Personal Enrichment

ATV Safety


with Reggie Read

Calendar Aug 4, 2019 at 9 am

Participation in an ATV education course will teach how to properly operate and maintain an ATV. Laws, responsibilities and personal safety will also be covered. Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend every day of the class in order to receive your certificate.

Total Course = 6 hours

New courses will be posted below as they become available.

Can't find a course for your area? Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.

Students under 16 years of age must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

When registering either by telephone or email, please be sure to include your full name, telephone number, and which course, date and location you are signing up for.

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Cuban Salsa - Fundamentals


with Anna Golendukhina

Calendar Jul 24, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Please note NEW START DATE OF JULY 24!


Join us for an introduction to Cuban Salsa! Students will learn the basics of the Salsa footwork and some simple, fun moves that will get you out on the dance floor. You will learn how to connect with any partner, and build your confidence dancing to different styles and tempos of music. Partner is not required but recommended. No class Feb. 8.

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Discover Your Movement through Nia


with Erin Curren, Nia Black Belt

Calendar Jul 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Nia is an exhilarating barefoot fusion fitness class that draws from the Martial Arts, Dance, and Healing Arts. Have fun in class while getting a great workout that is easy on the joints (non-impact) and connects you to your awareness in motion. Students will learn to personalize the five sensations of fitness while exploring new movement patterns, and will leave you feeling energized and grounded in the present moment, loving the gift of the body!

FREE! Your Inner Soundtrack


with Sheila Cohen

Calendar Aug 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Do you recall moments in your life that are best remembered through song? All too often our pictures, music and memories are disorganized and lack the personal touch. Wouldn't it be nice to create a photo album embellished with your own unique narrative and soundtrack? Discover ways to get started on this enriching project in this FREE fast-paced information session.

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Japanese Knotweed Flutes


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Aug 27, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Japanese knotweed is a frustrating invasive; it overruns and denudes our landscape and should generally be eradicated. It grows quickly and is difficult to remove. Finding as many uses for Japanese knotweed makes sense, as it is now abundant and largely unavoidable. Its young shoots are edible, and its roots may be used to fight Lyme disease. Its stalks resemble bamboo but are unfortunately not as strong and are useless for building, but they can be fashioned into functional musical instrument! Learn to use Japanese knotweed stalks to make a working flute. We'll cover identification, best gathering practices, materials storage and processing. Using knives, wood-burners, rubber bands and string we’ll make several types of flutes. $35 includes all required tools and materials. No Discounts.

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Mushroom Collecting with David Spahr - August


with David Spahr

Calendar Aug 18, 2019 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

This course will include walking the woods to find edible mushrooms along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure of mushrooms. David Spahr has collected edible mushrooms for 46 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and the North American Mycological Assoc. Every walk bears a different bounty depending on time of season, the weather and location. The majority of the mushrooms found in nature are often not edible, but learning this element is even more important than knowing which ones to eat. Required Supply List: Notebook and pen to take notes on your finds is very useful, sensible clothing & footwear,water, snack and bug repellent. 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 difficulty. Please specify which DATE when registering. No Discounts.

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Plant Medicine Under your Feet


with Melissa Boynton

Calendar Aug 14, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Do you know dandelion, that lovely spring flower many want to uproot, offers nourishing and health-supporting benefits? In this beginner course, we will take a closer look at the plants growing in our lawns and nearby fields and learn how to use their gifts. We will meet plants like Plantain, Violet, Yarrow and Heal all - humble and common plants with much to offer. They don't require tending and you don't need to be a master gardener to grow them; you only have to allow them space in your lawn or yard. Melissa will bring live plants so you can learn to recognize them and make a simple infused oil with plantain. Plantain is a great summer balm to have handy for bug bites, bee stings and scraps. $10 material fee included in fee. No Discounts.

The Art of Photographing Flowers


with Leah Haraden

Calendar Jul 18, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Join this one day, hands-on photography class and learn to capture the beauty of flowers with your camera. Photographing flowers looks easy but to do it well requires some basic technical knowledge and the use of proper lighting and gear. You will learn how to decide what camera and lens settings to choose and when to use them for a desired effect. You will be photographing flowers from a local florist shop but feel free to bring in some from your own garden. The rules of good composition in photography and color theory will be discussed. Lastly, we will be exploring the use of DIY tools and accessories to help make your flower images truly unique and budget-friendly. All students need to bring a tripod, DSLR camera and at least one Macro and/or Zoom lens or camera capable of Manual Mode with built-in lens, fully charged camera battery and charger, extra SD and/or CF cards. Bring lunch and snacks. $10 material fee included in the price of the class. No Discounts.

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