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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

Private Herbal Consults


with Paula Kersch

Calendar Jul 1, 2022 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Discuss your wellness needs, goals and lifestyle choices to create a custom herbal profile just for you! First, identify your body's energetics and the best herbal applications for your body type.

Education and guidance along the way are part of the ongoing monthly service.

Next, we will use custom herbal profiles to create teas, infused oils, and skin care products and help you select herbs independently. Walk away with a guide of select herbs chosen for your body's healing.

Then, if you wish to continue with herbal services monthly, create a personalized program with ongoing herbal health support and education.

Register for the consult at

*Clients will receive a health questionnaire via email to be completed before their visit to make the most of the time during the consult.

(NOTE: the Fall 2022 catalog's price for this class was incorrect at $30 - our apologies!)

Rebuilding Energy and Endurance at Any Age


with Carole Freeman

Calendar Jul 20, 2022 at 12 pm, runs for 14 weeks

Breathe new life into your body. Literally!

Every cell in your body is dependent on oxygen to create energy, and the amount of oxygen available to every cell in your body and brain is dependent on the breath. And not only your breath but the quality of your breathing pattern and function. Learn how you and your respiratory system can be more efficient at delivering blood, oxygen, glucose, and nutrients to all of those cells that keep you moving. Whether you’re an athlete or not, the secret to greater strength and endurance starts and ends with the strength of your respiratory system. No matter how long you train or how hard you work out when your breathing gives out - your body follows.

This prerecorded, on-demand 3-6 week class allows you to view course content where/when it is most convenient. In addition, you will have access to downloadable resources, exercises and activities.

Carole Freeman is a Respiratory Therapist and Breathing Specialist and holds a graduate degree in Health Sciences from Loma Linda University Medical Center. She focuses on the relatively new field of pulmonary medicine in recognizing and treating breathing disorders.

Intro to German


with Gregory Downs

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Learn pronunciation, vocabulary, verbs, grammar fundamentals and common questions and phrases that are helpful to know when traveling in a German-speaking country. In addition, prepare to read newspaper articles, short stories, poetry, signs and road maps!

The textbook comes with digital resources, including flashcards and extensive audio recordings and supplemented by in-class Google Slides presentations for a more interactive learning experience. No class 11/8.

Required: Practice Makes Perfect: Basic German by Jolene Wochenske, ISBN 9781260120912 (approx. $16 onAmazon).

Note: It is best to purchase a new book with code so you can use the extra resources we will use in class.

Gregory Downs holds a BA in French and minored in German at USM. With a strong passion for foreign language acquisition and linguistics, he loves sharing this knowledge.

Public Speaking with Pride!


with Emily Loder

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Public speaking doesn't have to be scary! Work together to help each person find their happy place and speak to a group with pride. We'll start small and cover topics that you are comfortable with. Love cooking? Tell us about it! Want to share about your new kittens? We can't wait to hear about it! Learn valuable professional skills in a comfortable, low-key atmosphere. Please bring a notebook and pen.

Emily Loder is a recreational programmer who, through Girl Scouting and volunteer service, learned many skills that she enjoys sharing with the community. She loves public speaking and teaching people how to be comfortable in a crowd.

Workshop 101: Mouse & Keyboard


with Jeanne Cassidy

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Develop a new skill set in a stress-free, nonjudgmental environment. Focus on getting comfortable using the laptop keyboard and mouse and/or touchpad. An introduction to navigating between websites, applications and programs will be presented. Enjoy this small class environment for a supportive learning experience.

Jeanne Cassidy, MA, CPCM, PMP, has worked with computers for 30+ years in the military and aerospace industry. She enjoys sharing her extensive experience with people who want to become more familiar with existing technology.

Heartsaver® CPR & First Aid for Adults & Children


with Karl Finley, EMT-P

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Acquire the critical skills needed to respond to and manage first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest until emergency medical services arrive. In addition, learn to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies, adult/child/infant CPR, and automated external defibrillator use.

First Aid and CPR cards are good for two years and meet the requirements for child care providers. Tuition includes $18 fee for First Aid/CPR card.

Karl Finley, volunteer firefighter for 20+ years with Scarborough Fire Department, is an EMT/Paramedic and has worked at the Saco Fire Department for 15 years. He has been the Public Education Coordinator for six years and teaching CPR for eight.

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Punch It Up!


with Sarah deGrandis

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Punch needle was traditionally used in the art of ancient cultures and is now used in contemporary rug hooking. Use basic punch needle techniques, worsted weight yarn and embroidery hoops to create a modern piece of art. Hang your creation or gift it to a loved one!

Note: Date changed from original schedule (was 9/27).

Sarah deGrandis, BFA in New Media from ME College of Art, is a formally trained artist and longtime crafter who knows a little bit about many things. She is passionate about learning different crafts and using modern, fun takes on traditional techniques.

USCG Approved Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel License - Online & In Person


with John E Coffin

Calendar Oct 5, 2022 at 12 pm, runs for 20 weeks

Qualify for a Coast Guard license to operate vessels carrying up to six passengers for hire (OUPV). The fee includes access to the Blended OUPV Course using Captain School Key West’s Learning Management System, charts, navigation tools and the USCG-approved and accepted test. Students will participate in 30 online class hours, including 16 hours of online mentoring and coaching via Zoom.

In addition, the instructor will mentor student progress and students have assignments to complete. Once online requirements are complete, there will be 16 hours of required in-person classroom sessions (Saturdays, in Topsham), concluding with the four Coast Guard approved and required examinations.

Total course hours: 62. Registration closes at noon on 9/30. Masks optional.

Required: Attending one of the FREE online Info Sessions.

John Coffin has held his USCG License since 1985 and has operated charter vessels in the Florida Keys and ME. He is a Master ME Guide and a certified Boating Instructor for US Powerboating and the National Safe Boating Council.

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