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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

A Tour of Italian Wines


with Gene A Barber

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

Explore some of the lesser know Italian wine regions such as Le Marche, Apulia, Oltrepo Pavese and Emilia Romagna, to name just a few. There are over 6600 registered grape varieties (varietals) and clones in Italy alone. Enjoy sampling four different wines paired with light, healthy appetizers courtesy of Vic & Whit’s.

Registration through OOB/Saco Adult Education only.

Tuition includes cost of food/wine.

Gene A Barber, a wholesale rep for Devenish wines, started his first wine tasting club in 1974 and has been an avid student ever since. He deals primarily in low-yield, low-production wines that are sustainable, organic and natural.

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Acrylic Contemporary Landscapes


with Jennifer Martel

Calendar Mar 1, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

See landscapes in simple abstract form. Working from images, create contemporary-style paintings on mounted watercolor paper prepared in class. Learn exciting new techniques and applications, integrating small textured objects from nature into your work. Students are welcome to bring in canvases, if preferred, and artists of all levels are encouraged to register.

Required: 1 tube ea. acrylic paint: red, yellow, pthalo blue, ultramarine, black, white and 1 each: pencil, eraser, variety pack of brushes, container for water, palate paper pad and two palate knives (approx. $25 at Michael’s).

Jennifer Martel works primarily in oils, but uses media from charcoal to gold leaf. She is excited to help you save valuable time consumed in trial and error by sharing tips and insights gained over 20 years of experience.

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Advanced Watercolor


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Feb 27, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Get new ideas and build upon the techniques you have already established. Learn to draw with watercolor, understand positive and negative space and color mixing and matching. You will work on slightly more complex still life subjects, with step-by-step demonstrations and explanations on its execution.

Prerequisite: Watercolor Basics

Required: 1 sm tube ea: Cadmium Yellow (light), Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow (medium), Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red (medium), Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine (or French Ultramarine), Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna; 1 each: Round #10 watercolor brush, 1” wide flat brush, 1/2” flat brush; drawing pencil #3B, eraser, light board or piece of cardboard, and 2 sheets of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press (or hot press, if preferred); and a water jar (approx. $40-$50).

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.

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All About Lyme Disease


with Dr Sean McCloy, MD, MPH, MA

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

Learn what Lyme disease is, prevention, recognizing symptoms and tick-borne co-infections. Discuss the controversies and how to ask your doctor to do a proper work up. Dr. McCloy’s approach is to use Functional Medicine to get to the root cause of your medical condition and fix it using natural methods, rather than simply covering up the symptoms with a drug. This talk will be entertaining and informative with plenty of chances to ask questions.

Dr. Sean McCloy, MD, MPH, MA, is Medical Director/founder of Integrative Health Center of Maine and specializes in Lyme-literate treatment.

An Introduction to Bonsai


with Dalton Link

Calendar Mar 21, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Mini Bonsai Planters

The art of growing bonsai trees is well over a thousand years old! Bonsai trees are used for decorative and recreational purposes. Caring for your bonsai tree gives you a chance to take a contemplative yet creative role in the growth of an emblem of natural beauty. Learn about popular bonsai trees and experience the relaxing art of maintaining your tree by pruning, training and transplanting your very own. Tuition includes all materials.

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. He is excited to share his passion for organic foods & products.

Animal Communication


with Judith Anne Garbow

Calendar Jan 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Learn the Skill of Telepathy

Yes, you can learn what animals are thinking! Animals have many lessons to teach us. They have soul contracts with us and are here to help us learn important lessons in our own lives. Learn how to tune into what animals are thinking and feeling, and understand their perspective, helping you both live happy, balanced lives.

Judy Garbow, animal communicator and heath coach, has been facilitating and teaching for 20+ years. She is the communicator every year at LL Beans’ Dog Days of Summer, has taught privately and at Leaping Lizards in Portland & Freeport, has been on radio and Channel 6’s 207 and written about animal communication for the Portland Press Herald.

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Bagel Making!


with Kimberly Chaurette

Calendar Mar 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Make fresh bagels at home using local grains while learning the entire process: mixing, proofing, shaping, boiling, topping and baking. Discuss local grains and enjoy the opportunity to work with Maine grown wheat. Leave with recipes, a few fresh baked bagels and a batch of dough ready to be baked at home. Bring an apron or wear something you don’t mind getting flour on. Tuition includes food.

Kim Chaurette, co-owner of Rover Bagel in Biddeford, ME, specializes in naturally leavened, wood-fired bagels. She is passionate about baking, using time-tested techniques and healthful, local ingredients.

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Becoming a Notary Public


with Michael Thomas Foley

Calendar Jan 31, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

A notary’s primary duty is to formally witness transactions involving paper documents and, in Maine, officiate at weddings. Prepare to be commissioned as a notary public, learn the history of the office, its powers and duties, eligibility, procedures and record-keeping. Applicants must be residents of Maine or New Hampshire residents who are regularly employed or carry on a trade/business in Maine. Leave with all the testing and paperwork completed and ready to submit to the State. License is approximately $50 and is valid for seven years.

Michael Foley, an appointed ME Notary & Dedimus Justice for 10+ years, has notarized countless documents including basic forms to real estate closings along with performing marriage ceremonies. He has been serving his community for over 15 years in various elected & appointed positions.

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