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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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Women’s Self Defense
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Women’s Self Defense


with Mark Gerardi

Why self defense? You never want to use it but are glad you have it if you need it! Stay safe by knowing the three circles of awareness and techniques for escaping from a variety of grabs and holds. Various simple techniques will be shown including how and where to strike as well as how and where not to. Have the courage to give yourself permission to keep yourself safe. This class is not only empowering, it’s also fun. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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

Bollywood Fusion


with Seema Patil

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Explore the wonderful world of Indian Bollywood dance with fitness moves incorporated for a full body and cardio workout! Indian music will support your dancing and keep you inspired to open yourself to new movements. Enjoy the moves of Bollywood while burning calories. No experience needed! Dress for a dance workout and go barefoot or wear dance shoes. No class 3/10.

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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Estate Planning


with Martin C Womer, Esq.

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Documents That You Should Have - What Seniors and Their Families Need to Know! Each of us needs a Last Will and Testament, a Durable Power of Attorney, an Advance Health Care Directive and a HIPAA Authorization. Learn the purpose and significance of each and get your questions answered.

Martin C Womer, Esq. is the founder and an elder law attorney with the ME Center for Elder Law in Kennebunk. He assists clients with MaineCare planning and applications, VA Pension eligibility, estate planning, guardian and conservatorships, trust and estate settlement.

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Installing Hardscapes


with Robert W Moody Jr

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Learn about walkways and patios: paver and natural stone installation or flagstone, retaining walls: manufactured and dry laid walls, coping with drainage and elevations. Learn easy ways to install and cut pavers, split stone, read the grain of a stone and how to split granite and stone with inexpensive chisels, feathers and wedges.

Rob Moody has extensive knowledge from nursery development & landscape design to irrigation installation & engineering. He has worked at Moody's Nursery for 35+ years and was President of MELNA.

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Intermediate Computer User Workshop 201


with Jeanne Cassidy

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

The following two-week sessions are offered for those who have mastered the basics taught in the New Computer User Workshops. Each class is stand-alone and not dependent on the others. In class laptops provided.

Introduction to Windows 10: Whether you are migrating from an older version or have never used Microsoft Windows before, become familiar with the latest features. Learn to set up your personal computer to suit your preferences, discover how to easily navigate and search, as well as file and retrieve documents and other files.

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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Punch It Up!


with Sarah deGrandis

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Decorative Modern Punch Needle Punch needle is traditionally used for contemporary rug hooking and in the art of ancient cultures. Use basic punch needle techniques, worsted weight yarn and embroidery hoops to create a modern piece of art. Tuition includes one craft cocktail or mocktail and all the supplies needed to create your punch needle masterpiece.

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 a lot of things. She is passionate about learning different crafts and using modern, fun takes on traditional techniques.

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Drumming 101


with Krystian Beal

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 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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Empowering Women Through Retirement


with Scott Whytock

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

For those in or approaching retirement, many questions must be answered. Women often have added challenges that must be recognized. 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. Please 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.

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