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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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12 Sprays of Christmas


with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Dec 9, 2021 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 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 in time for the holidays

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.

Matchless Firestarting & Cooking Methods
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Matchless Firestarting & Cooking Methods


with Emily Loder

Calendar Dec 11, 2021 at 10 am

How do you cook outside without an open flame? Eat your way through outdoor cooking methods as we make: BBQ chicken and banana boats in our Dutch oven; delicious egg sandwiches on your personal buddy burner; one pot tacos for everyone on the propane stove and finally, dessert from the solar oven, S’mores dip! No experience necessary. All supplies provided. Class will be mostly outside so please dress for the weather. If you have your own mess kit (plate, bowl, fork, spoon, cup) please bring it.

Required: Bring proof of registration.

Emily Loder is an avid Girl Scout with 30 years of experience and will help you become comfortable in the outdoors.

Behavioral Health Professional Training & Certificate Program - Live Online


with Jeffrey Carpenter

Calendar Jan 2, 2022 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Our community is looking for individuals who want to make a difference in a childs life. Childrens Behavioral Health Services are vital to Maines children with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism and Mental Health Disorders and their families. The need in our area is great!

As an integral part of the childs treatment team, a Certified Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) has the opportunity to make an immediate impact while helping a child grow and develop to their full potential.We are excited to connect our community to this wonderful FREE ONLINE training program. The training will equip you to help children who are receiving Behavior Health services and will prepare you for employment through local social services agencies.

The program can be started at any time and finished at your own pace. Complete 12 online modules then three 4-hour live sessions, including the new ethics and boundaries training. Once the modules are completed, you will receive free online blood borne pathogen and First Aid & CPR training, if you do not already possess those certifications. The entire training requirements will take about 45 hours.

Registration is ongoing until June 30, 2022. Registration is open to any individual 18 years of age or older upon completion of the course. Registrants have one year to complete the training. Upon registration, you will receive an email with your next steps to start your program from Woodfords Family Services.

Note: The $25 is a registration/admin fee only. There is no cost for this training at this time!

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Jeffrey Carpenter is the Workforce Recruitment Specialist for the State of Maines OCFS through Woodfords Family Services. He is responsible for recruiting Behavior Health Professionals throughout the state by networking with high schools, vocational schools, state colleges, universities and adult education programs. He is here to help you through this opportunity by providing answers to questions and technical issues, should any arise. He is also a resource to connect you with service agencies once you have completed the training.

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FREE Behavioral Health Professional Info Session


with Jeffrey Carpenter

Calendar Jan 6, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join Workforce Recruitment Specialist of Woodfords Family Service, Jeffrey Carpenter, to learn more about the Behavioral Health Professional Training Certificate Program. This informational session will help answer all the questions you may have. Masks & distancing required.

Jeffrey Carpenter is the Workforce Recruitment Specialist for the State of Maine's OCFS through Woodfords Family Services. He is responsible for recruiting Behavior Health Professionals throughout the state. Jeffrey will be your host throughout this opportunity by providing answers to any questions that may arise.

Watercolor Basics


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Jan 10, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Build a strong foundation in watercolor by studying color theory and mixing, application and how to create the illusion of distance and composition. Students will be walked through their first painting, then the sky is the limit! The instructor will be there to help you continue to build your skills and confidence. No class 1/17.

Required: Masks & distancing, 1 small tube each: cadmium yellow (light), cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, 1 round #10 watercolor brush; 1 inch wide flat brush, 1 drawing pencil #3B, 1 eraser, 1 light board or piece of cardboard and two sheets of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press (approx. $25-30).

Russel Whitten, a local artist/teacher, studied at The Art Students League of New York, Heartwood College of Art, and is a member of The Ogunquit Art Association/Barn Gallery. Students love his easy, supportive style.

Tai Chi Level I


with Mark Gerardi

Calendar Jan 10, 2022 at 6:15 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Learn the basic movements while keeping your focus on breathing and relaxation in this gentle exercise program. Tai Chi benefits people of all ages and has been proven to reduce the risk of falling by enhancing balance and body awareness. Increased coordination and flexibility can lead to stress reduction and pain management. Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. No class 1/17.

Proof of registration, masks & distancing required.

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

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Boost Your Immunity!


with Stephanie Walsh

Calendar Jan 11, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

The strength and balance of your immune system is not only important during cold and flu season but any time of year! Learn how your immune system functions, what stressors compromise immunity, which key nutrients and foods strengthen your immune system, plus walk away with steps and healthy recipes that will Boost Your Immunity.

Masks & distancing required.

Stephanie Walsh is a Master Nutrition Therapist, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, Certified Eating Psychology Coach and Personal Trainer. She uses a holistic approach, treating each person as unique.

14 Days to Stop Smoking - Live Online


with Carolann Charland-Cliche

Calendar Jan 12, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Retrain your brain!

If you've tried to quit before only to relapse because of cravings, old habits or stress- this program is for you! Discover the Neuroscience of how the brain unlearns old habits to help you quit smoking. Neural Retraining or Retrain Your Brain therapy removes your need to smoke by reversing the exact four stages the brain used to create the habit. It is unlike anything you have tried in the past. The program gets to the root cause of why you smoke and eliminates it by releasing old habits stored in the brain going back to when you first started smoking: even if that was as a teenager. Most quit within the first few days of the program! Tackle the core reasons you smoke and quit without substituting cigarettes with food - no weight gain worries or use of any other crutch. This is modern smoke cessation! Enjoy a 30-minute smoking cessation NLP therapy session in-class to jump start quitting. You may also record it for reinforcement therapy for home use. Registration closes at noon the day of class.

Required: Registered students will receive a link to purchase the Retrain Your Brain To Successfully Stop Smoking eBook ($10). No refunds for the book or course once the book is received.

Note: NLP retraining is not hypnosis; no trance state is required to be successful in this program.

Need to get comfy with online classes? For more info visit

Carol Charland-Cliche holds a diploma in Complimentary-Alternative Medicine. She is a Certified NLP Neurolinguistics Practitioner, a recognized leading therapist in neural retraining, and published author of the Retrain Your Brain wellness series of books with 5 Star Reviews.

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