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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

10 Handmade Holiday Cards


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Nov 2, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

In four hours, with a break for lunch, make 10 unique cards using techniques such as stamping, embossing, die cuts, fancy folds and more. Bring a lunch/beverage. Registration closes 10/31.

Required: Suggested adhesive: Scor-Tape, two sided tape, Tombow white glue or a tape runner (called a snail).

“Had a lot of fun creating cards, great teacher!” - J. DeRoche

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009 and is passionate about paper crafts of all varieties. She has sold her original greeting cards at many craft fairs and has her own space at Seacoast Crafters in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

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12 Sprays of Christmas


with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Dec 12, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Ah the holiday aromas of spiced apple cider, peppermint and pine trees! Scented candles, plug-ins and other odor-masking sprays can be harmful to your health. Save money, reduce your home’s chemical load and have fun making your own natural air fresheners with essential oils. They will provide the perfect vibe while keeping your home smelling lovely for the holidays and are chemical-free! Explore essential oils and other nontoxic options while making two sprays to take home just in time for the holidays - all while sipping a delicious Time & Tide beverage included in the course fee!

Jennifer Greiner of Green Thinking uses a unique approach of professional counseling and essential oil wellness to integrate alternative, natural methods into your health & lifestyle.

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Basics of Singing


with Katharine Whitaker Slack, BA

Calendar Oct 28, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn to sing with the right training and practice in a fun, supportive environment! Using vocal exercises and games, proper breathing, posture and articulation techniques; you will be amazed by your newly found vocal production. Sheet music will be provided.

Kathy Slack, BA in Theater with a Minor in Voice from Ithaca College, has studied with German Opera singer, Jutta Rose, along with jazz greats, Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin and Jeanette LoVetri from the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute. She has performed throughout New England & NYC and currently teaches in Yarmouth and Bath.

Beer Glass Succulent Garden


with Dalton Link

Calendar Oct 30, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

at Banded Brewing

Create one-of-a-kind succulent gardens in beer glassware. Learn the planting techniques to make and maintain a healthy, open terrarium. Tuition includes one 8 oz beverage and all the supplies needed to create a beautiful beer glass garden. Tuition includes materials.

“Very informative and I enjoyed it very much. It’s a great way to disconnect from daily stuff and use some creative energy!” - J. LaBelle

Dalton Link is a body care and vitamin specialist at Whole Foods Market in Portland, ME; as well as a burgeoning botanist with interests in mini cacti & succulents, urban farming, terrariums and bonsai trees.

Brushes & Brews


with Victoria Gordon

Calendar Nov 5, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Painting Snacks & Sips

Using a grid or transfer method, paint a realistic and colorful pop-art depiction of your favorite food or drink with acrylic on canvas. Bring an 8x11 print of the subject you’d like to paint along with your apron. All levels welcome. One 8 oz. beverage included in tuition.

Tory Gordon is a watercolor and pen and ink artist. Her art is Inspired by people, places and things and expresses itself in a fluid style. She believes everyone has an artist within waiting to express itself in beautiful, surprising ways.

Button Up Your Garden


with Robert W Moody Jr

Calendar Oct 22, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Whether you grow vegetables, perennials or annuals, in beds, raised boxes or patio containers, learn to put your gardens and equipment to bed so they’ll be ready for spring planting. Cover soil amendments, pruning, plant division, tender perennials, bulb storage, spring bulb and new lawn planting.

“Rob was very knowledgeable and provided GREAT materials (handouts).” - C. Counts

Rob Moody has extensive knowledge from nursery development & landscape design to irrigation installation & engineering. He has worked at Moody's Nursery for 35+ years and was President of MELNA.

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Buying Your First Home


with Lelah Sullivan

Calendar Nov 9, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This Maine hoMEworks class covers the entire process of buying a home: making the decision, budgeting for homeownership, building credit, mortgage approval, choosing your realtor, inspections, insurance, the closing process, energy efficiency and avoiding predatory lenders. Learn about down payment and closing cost assistance available to first-time homebuyers, veterans and others. Earn a Certificate of Completion required for certain mortgage programs, including USDA, ME State Housing Authority and other lenders. Free individualized counseling is available following the class. Please bring a pen, notepad, beverage, snacks and a lunch.

Note: Register the person you are buying your home with at the time of your registration and get a $10 rebate.

“I learned so much through this course. I recommend this course to anyone buying a house. There are lots of ‘do’s & dont’s’ that I was unaware of.” - K Meyer, Student

“This was so helpful. I was in the dark about buying a home and I feel much more at ease with this whole process.” - K. Macarlane

“So good! This class will set you upon the right path to home ownership” - J. Sanford, Student

Lee Sullivan has experienced the home-buying process multiple times and successfully redeveloped several bank-owned residential properties. She is a HUD and hoMEworks-certified housing counselor and homebuyer educator.

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Chi Kung Level II


with Mark Gerardi

Calendar Oct 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm, runs for 5 weeks

As a follow up to Chi Kung I, explore other aspects and forms as well the how tos of the healing experience of this art. Experience in Chi Kung is helpful but not required. Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes.

“Liked the forms, great teacher- calm, answered questions, provided reasons for movements, went over difficult parts. It is wonderful to have the variety of programs offered and to have the opportunity to take classes so close by.” - A. Macwan, Student

Mark Gerardi, studying and teaching martial arts for 25 years, is the founder of Samurai Fitness and a member of the National Qigong Association. He is also a powerful energy healer with formal education in Shiatsu, Herbalism, EFT, KCR and Reiki.

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