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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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Behavioral Health Professional Training & Certificate Program - Live Online


with Jeffrey Carpenter, Your Host

Calendar Apr 1, 2023 at 12 pm, runs for 16 weeks

Our community needs individuals who want to make a difference in a child’s life.

Children’s Behavioral Health Services is vital to Maine’s children with intellectual disabilities, autism, mental health disorder  and their families. And the need in our area is great! As an integral part of the child’s 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 with this wonderful ONLINE training and certificate program. This training will prepare you for employment through local social services agencies and equip you to work with children who qualify for services. Start any time and finish at your own pace.

You will complete 12 online modules and three 4-hour live (in-person or virtual) sessions, followed by free online blood-borne pathogen training and Child and Adult First Aid & CPR certification. In just 40 hours, our free remote training program can get you certified and on your way to a life-changing profession.

Required: Must be a Maine resident and at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent to become certified.

Jeffrey Carpenter is the Workforce Recruitment Specialist for the State of Maine’s OCFS through Woodfords Family Services, responsible for recruiting behavior health professionals 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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Dressing for Illusion


with Candace Sanborn

Calendar May 30, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

What do you want people to notice about you? Dressing for illusion is about learning where to put color and embellishments, or not put them, to intentionally draw the eye toward areas of your body you want to be seen and away from spots you want to minimize. The instructor will guide you on how to do this based on your body shape.

Candace Sanborn, owner of Radiant Image, has 30 years of branding and marketing experience. Her mission is to apply her wealth of knowledge to people, particularly women, to increase their self-confidence by helping them feel great about their appearance and connect effectively with others.

Recycled Paper Making


with Nathan Cronauer

Calendar May 30, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join ecomaine in making handmade paper! Dig into your recycling bins and create one-of-a-kind cards, seed paper or journals pressed with native flowers. Try your hand at recycling and make new from old. 

Note: If you want to make seed/floral paper, please bring your own wildflower/herb seeds and flowers. 

Nathan Cronauer joined ecomaine as an Environmental Educator in February 2022. His passion for sustainable waste management began early on, helping his dad make runs to their local transfer station as a kid. From starting a recycling club in high school to earning a BA in Environmental Planning and Policy from the USM, he’s been fascinated at finding the best environmental and economic solutions to our waste systems.

Empowering Women Through Retirement


with Scott Whytock

Calendar May 31, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

For those in or approaching retirement, many questions must be answered. Explore the added considerations women must make, discuss all aspects of a well-crafted, personalized financial plan and highlight opportunities to address these issues. This class is for anyone looking to prudently plan for an impending or current retirement. Bring a pen and notepad.

Scott Whytock, Certified Financial Planner, has been an investment advisor for 10+ years helping clients plan for issues that arise from the time they enter the workforce through retirement. He assists with investments, insurance, tax planning, estate planning and how all these issues impact you and your family.

Intro to Color Theory for Painting


with Victoria Gordon

Calendar Jun 1, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Having an understanding of color theory is essential for any visual artist. Discuss vocabulary, color relationships and explore hands-on applications of color theory and mixing. Then, paint a color wheel and charts - valuable resources you can take home and use to help with your artistic endeavors! All materials provided.

Tory Gordon is a watercolor/pen & ink artist living and working in Biddeford. She is inspired by people, places and things which lends a fluid style to her art. She believes everyone has an inner artist waiting to express themselves in beautiful, surprising ways.

The Human Design System


with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Jun 1, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Discover Your ‘YOU’!

Human Design is a system that combines ancient and modern sciences, proven to be a valuable tool in understanding ourselves. Discover what makes you unique and different. When you know your human design you can have a better strategy for life. Knowing yourself gives you the ability to be authentic and to feel seen. Discover the energy types, centers, authorities, self themes and more!

Required: Find your free Human Design chart at & bring it with you to class. Contact Jennifer at if you have questions about the Human Design chart.

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

Biddeford Foodie Walking Tour II
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Biddeford Foodie Walking Tour II


with Kristen Bartlett

Calendar Jun 3, 2023 at 2 pm, runs for 1 week

The most up-and-coming foodie town in the state of Maine is right here in our very own neighborhood! From Palace Diner to Pizza by Alex to Fish & Whistle, Biddeford is serving up some of the most delicious food in Maine! Learn about the best spots to eat, what to order and hot tips for enhancing your local dining experience while we nibble and sip our way through town. Wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Tuition includes samples, but please bring money for anything extra you may wish to purchase. Proof of registration required.

Note: This is a Rain or Shine event and will not be rescheduled in the event of weather.

Kristen Bartlett, owner of Alley Oop Apothecary since 2020 and partner of Yes Yes Pizza co-owner, has been passionately immersed in the foodie and holistic world through most of her working life. She brings decades of experience and knowledge about both food and local producers of food through her work as a Local Forager for Whole Foods Market. 

De-stress with Hypnosis - Live Online


with Hugh Sadlier, MEd., BCH

Calendar Jun 6, 2023 at 6 am, runs for 2 weeks

Stress can be incapacitating and crippling, contributing to many diseases in our minds and bodies. Hypnosis can help you release your habitual reaction to stress, replacing it with a positive, relaxed response. Learn to enter the hypnotic state whenever you desire, using it to reinforce a satisfying way of handling your stress. Click HERE for pre-class readings. Registration closes at noon on 6/6.

Hugh Sadlier, practicing hypnotherapy for 32 years, has worked with over 3000 people on more than 300 separate issues, including weight management & eating disorders.

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