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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

Essential Oils for Pain Relief


with Dr. Jonathan Emlet, DC

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Essential oils are a topic of interest to those seeking more holistic approaches to pain management. Focus will be on pain reducing essential oils, what high quality essential oils are and their appropriate application. Handouts with more information on essential oil uses and properties will be provided. Masks and distancing required.

Dr. Jonathan Emlet, DC, of Scarborough Family Chiropractic, has BAs in Biology & Life Sciences, a Masters in Nutrition & Human Performance, and shares valuable tools on how to live healthier by focusing on what is natural for the body.

Planter & Container Gardens


with Robert W Moody Jr

Calendar Next session starts Apr 18, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Create dramatic eye-catching displays in the perfect planter or container. Produce the best results by choosing complementary colors, textures and forms that will add beauty to your home. Build a good foundation for your planter with spectacular colorful feature plants and what filler plants to use. Discuss what you need to know to keep them at peak performance throughout the season. 

Required: Masks and distancing. Bring proof of registration.

Note: Participants will pay Moodys approx. $50, depending on materials chosen, to cover soil, plants & container costs.

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.

Full Course

Beginner Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 26, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

with your Digital SLR

Get all the benefits your Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera has to offer. Learn to take a photograph by understanding and practicing the controls of your camera. Gain an understanding of composition design and how to download and edit your photos to make them ready for distribution.

Required: Masks and distancing, DSLR camera, fresh batteries, a memory card and your questions!

Note: This class is not for point & shoot only digital cameras.

Recommended: Laptop computer.

Geri Lynn, an award winning photographer shooting in the New England area, shares her knowledge from personal experience through practical application and entertaining anecdotes.

Get Walking with Hypnosis - Live Online


with Hugh Sadlier, MEd., BCH

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 26, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Hypnosis can help you get on track with a walking program and stay with it! Remove mental obstacles and replace them with confident, motivated commitments so you can get moving and enjoying the many benefits of walking. Have a mat and pillow for extra comfort. Registration closes at noon the day of class.

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

Hugh Sadlier, practicing hypnotherapy for 30 years, has worked with over 3000 people on more than 300 separate issues, including weight management & eating disorders. He currently works with clients via Zoom or phone.

Watercolor Basics


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 26, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Build a strong foundation in watercolor by studying color theory and mixing, application and how to create the illusion of distance and composition. Students will be walked through their first painting, then the sky is the limit! The instructor will be there to help you continue to build your skills and confidence. Masks and distancing required.

Required: 1 small tube each: cadmium yellow (light), cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, 1 round #10 watercolor brush; 1 inch wide flat brush, 1 drawing pencil #3B, 1 eraser, 1 light board or piece of cardboard and two sheets of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press (approx. $25-30).

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.

Chi Kung Level I


with Mark Gerardi

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 26, 2021 at 6:15 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Pronounced chee gong, this ancient Chinese exercise relieves stress without straining joints, muscles or ligaments. Control energy flow while increasing stamina and awareness through slow graceful movements with meditation. This practice combines intentional controlled breathing to encourage the flow of chi (vital energy) in the body, elevating the immune system, releasing nervous tension and eliminating stress for optimal health. Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes.

Required: Masks and distancing. Bring proof of registration.

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

Substitute Teacher Intensive


with Linda Roy

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 27, 2021 at 3:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Substitute teaching is valuable and rewarding with benefits for the employee and the school. Administrators, teachers and students all value good substitute teachers. Whether new to substitute teaching or looking to freshen your classroom presence, this program will enhance key skills & understandings that will lead to your success at any grade level. Through class presentations, discussion and readings we will address behavior expectations, getting and keeping students on task, and building positive relationships. Examine lesson plans at all grade levels, preview what to expect in any day on the job and discuss the role of technology in todays classrooms. Consider the variety of subbing opportunities in special education and review the professional behaviors that will ensure you are kept as busy as you wish. In order to ease anxieties you might have about fitting into the school community, some of the RSU 23 (OOB) and/or Saco School building principals will visit our class for informal but informative presentations. Brief walk and talk principal-led tours of some of the buildings may be arranged. Because good schools share best practices, these snapshots and tips will be easily translatable to any school within or outside of our two districts. Leave the course with a notebook containing the course presentation, relevant readings and resources that will help you on the job. Course fee refunded upon successful completion. If hired by Saco &/or RSU 23 schools, you will receive the highest substitute pay rate for that district.

Required: Masks and distancing. Bring proof of registration. You must have access to a computer and email and are responsible for completing state-mandated fingerprinting & Criminal History Records (additional fees) and an employment application.

Linda Roy taught primary grades in OOB schools for 39 years and has a Professional Teacher MS. Ed degree. Since retiring she has substituted regularly in our local schools.

Workshop 101: Mouse & Keyboard


with Jeanne Cassidy

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Apr 29, 2021

New Computer User Workshops

Learn this new skill set in a stress-free, nonjudgmental environment. Each workshop is designed to build on the next to give you the basic building blocks to become 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. In class laptops with MS Office 2016 provided. Enjoy a 6 person class maximum for a safe, 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. Masks and distancing required.

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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