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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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Workshop 101 - Mouse & Keyboard


with Jeanne Cassidy

Calendar Sep 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

New Computer User Workshops

Develope your new skill set in a stress-free, nonjudgmental environment. Each workshop is designed to build on the next to give you the building blocks to be comfortable using a laptop keyboard, screen & mouse to navigate between programs, websites and communicate via email. Our two-hour workshops are prerequisites for other introductory courses.

Workshop 102: Navigating the Internet

Workshop 103: Email

In class laptops with MS Office 2016 provided. Enjoy this small class environment for a supportive learning experience.

Workshop 101: Mouse & Keyboard

Focus will be on getting comfortable with the use of the laptop keyboard and mouse and/or touch pad to control the cursor. An introduction on navigating between websites, applications and programs will be presented.

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.

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Bollywood Fusion


with Seema Patil

Calendar Sep 21, 2021 at 5:45 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Explore the wonderful world of Indian Bollywood dance with fitness moves incorporated for a full cardio workout! Indian music will keep you inspired to open yourself to new movements. Enjoy the moves of Bollywood while burning calories. No experience needed! Dress for a workout and go barefoot or wear dance shoes.

Required: Bring proof of registration.

Seema Patil, former Indian film, TV & theater artist, was cast in her first TV series at age 12 and began her classical dance training at 14. She has choreographed for many events and keeps up on her art form by attending a Bollywood intensive camp in Saco every summer. Her passion is Bollywood fusion style with a combination of dance moves and fitness training.

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US Coast Guard Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel License - Online & In Person
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US Coast Guard Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel License - Online & In Person


with John E Coffin

Calendar Sep 21, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

This 56-hour blended course qualifies students for a Coast Guard license to operate vessels carrying up to six passengers for hire (OUPV). 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. Student progress will be monitored online by the instructor and students will have assignments to complete. Once online requirements are complete, there will be 16 hours of required classroom sessions. The classroom sessions conclude with the administration of the four (4) Coast Guard required examinations. Candidates have up to 1 year to submit their application to the Coast Guard from the date on their certificate. Tuesday classes are online from 6-8 PM 9/21 through 10/26. Saturday classes will be held at the Saco Learning Center on 11/6 & 11/13 from 8 AM-5 PM with a one-hour lunch. Registration closes at noon on 9/13.

Required: You must attend one of the information sessions! In addition to the $50 registration fee, $995 is payable directly to Captain’s School Key West to complete your registration.

Eligibility Requirements: Participants must be 18 or older. The OUPV License requires 360 days* operating a small vessel; 90 days of the 360 must be within the last 3 years. *A “day” is defined as more than 4 hours away from the dock.

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.

French Bread Basket Section I


with Kim Crepeau

Calendar Sep 22, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Using a 3-inch x 7 3/4-inch racetrack slotted base this easy to weave bread basket is the perfect way to learn or develop the timeless craft of basket weaving. Skills learned: weaving with slotted bases, plain weave and rim lashing. Finished basket measures 5-inches x 9 3/4-inches x 4 1/4-inches.

Required: A bucket (for wetting reeds) and a pair of sharp scissors. Kit, including all materials, is $30 and payable to instructor in class.Kim Crepeau, a basket weaver since 1984, has been enthusiastically teaching her craft for the past 15+ years. From beginner to intermediate, the baskets Kim chooses for her classes can be made by all.

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Build a Proven Natural Winter Medicine Chest
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Build a Proven Natural Winter Medicine Chest


with Cami Smalley

Calendar Sep 22, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

A Functional Nutrition Approach to Preventing Illness

Let's build a strong immune system, which begins in the gut and in your medicine chest! Your body is resilient! Discover proven primers for the immune system, both preventive and therapeutic interventions to build a strong immune system. These include food sources, herbs + botanicals, supplements and the way we breathe!

Heal your gut by feeding the cells what they need to prevent infection, reduce progression of disease and discomfort and reduce severity if one is already ill.

Whether we're talking bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi or other pathogens, the terrain of the gut (aka the Immune System and our microbiome) is a vital component to thwart illness, enhance beneficial bacteria and lessen the impact from infection. Let's dive into what can improve our body's "terrain" by enhancing the immune system and its acute inflammatory response from the inside out. Participants will receive a PDF of the slide presentation with a list of herbs and supplements, including dose recommendations, to help boost immunity. There will also be class giveaways and the option to take home an Immune Boosting Starter Kit!

Boost Immunity for Winter Vitality!

"The bug is nothing. The terrain is everything."- attributed to Louis Pasteur, the founder of pasteurization, reflecting on this practice near the end of his life.

Cami Smalley, certified Vet Tech, earned her Bachelors in Biology & Animal Behavior from Colorado State University. She spent 10+ years in the Pet Food industry developing a comprehensive nutritional curriculum for a 17-location pet store chain. She then completed her Masters of Science in Human Nutrition with a Functional Medicine-based curriculum and founded Enroot Wellness in 2019.

Enroot Wellness is dedicated to listening to what your body is saying and helping provide the means to restore vitality. It offers a functional medicine, evidence-based, and personalized approach to health and well-being, for people and pets.

Drumming 101


with Krystian Beal

Calendar Sep 22, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

With focus on the snare, learn to read basic rhythms and play basic rudiments. Get online resources, such as metronomes and play-along videos to help build your skills outside of the classroom. Leave with an enhanced appreciation of music, the ability to play the basics and with the tools necessary to continue to grow independently as a musician.

Required: One 12-inch drum pad with two 5A drum sticks (approx. $30 on Amazon).

Krystian Beal studied Elementary Education with a concentration in Music at UME @ Orono. He currently plays in several local bands and is also a singer-songwriter and soloist.

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Excel Spreadsheet Basics


with David A Chandler-Smith

Calendar Sep 22, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

A powerful tool for performing calculations, developing budgets, analyzing and managing data. Master the essentials including: text and number formatting, sorting and filtering data, basic formulas and charts.

Prerequisite: Completion of a Computer Basics course, Microsoft Word or equivalent familiarity creating documents, formatting text, navigating menus/toolbars in software programs.

Dave Chandler-Smith has 20+ years of IT Development on computer systems. Working in IT has allowed him to further his expertise by being exposed to the many software needs of various industries.

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Spanish for Beginners - Live Online


with Susan Elizabeth Mallon

Calendar Sep 22, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

No experience needed! Emphasize the basics of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and develop fundamental conversation skills in no time! Registration closes at noon the 1st day of class.

Required: A valid Gmail address (as class will be held via GoogleMeets), Easy Spanish Step-by-Step by Barbara Bregstein, ISBN 978-0071463386 (approx. $12, Amazon).

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

Susan Mallon, BS in Spanish from USM, also studied at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She was heavily involved with the Hispanic population at Sacred Heart Church in Portland, ME translating for several families and the Spanish Mass. She previously taught at Carrabassett Valley Academy, Mount Blue Middle School and Lewiston High.

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