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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

10 Handmade Holiday Cards!


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Nov 10, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Give the special people in your life a holiday card handmade by you! In four hours, with a break for lunch, you will make 10 different and unique holiday cards using various card making techniques such as stamping, embossing, die cuts, fancy folds and more.

Required: Adhesive - suggested: Scor-Tape, two-sided tape, Tombow white glue or a tape runner (also called a snail).

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009 and is passionate about paper crafts of all varieties. She has sold her original greeting cards at many craft fairs and has her own shop on Etsy called Lindennotes.

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Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine for Cancer


with Meret Bainbridge

Calendar Sep 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Navigating the journey through cancer treatment can be daunting. The often aggressive nature of conventional cancer treatments can leave patients with nausea, vomiting, intense fatigue, joint pain, lymphedema, increased anxiety and depression. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has much to offer to mitigate side effects, alleviate pain, boost energy and immunity, and support a positive outlook. Acupuncture can be a great adjunct treatment for cancer patients and survivors during and after active treatment and ongoing to lower the risk of reourrence. Take it from a practitioner who is a breast cancer survivor herself! This class is mostly for cancer patients and people in their support network.

Meret Bainbridge, L.Ac, owner of Acupuncture by Meret in Saco, is a licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified Chinese herbalist. She has 22 years of experience and is a two-year breast cancer survivor.

Advanced Beginning Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Oct 24, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn advanced controls to help tell your vision. Fully explore white balance, filters, focal length, and exposure compensation. Gain insight into what makes a better photograph and the difference between fine art and an over the sofa type print. Essential items that every photographer should keep in their bag will also be covered. This class is packed with tips and tricks that you will use in your photographic journey.

Check Geri Lynn's work out in our Gallery!

Prerequisite: Beginner Digital Photography class and at least six months of personal shooting.

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

Aromatherapy Workshop


with Cathy Boutin

Calendar Oct 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Treat yourself!

Make an energizing and relaxing aromatherapy blend to take home and enjoy! With the holidays coming, supporting energy and stress relief with essential oils could open a new, beautiful door into a thoroughly enjoyable holiday season. Learn safety tips in using essential oils as a bonus. Registration closes 10/4.

Cathy Boutin holds an Associates in Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) through the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She is a Certified Aromatherapist, Wellness Coach and Natural Products Manufacturing, currently working for Whole Foods.

Ballroom Dancing


with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Oct 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Ballroom dance is always in style, easy to learn and great fun! Learn to dance with a partner and gain the confidence you are looking for by learning the basics of Waltz, Fox trot and Swing. Come alone or bring a dance partner. Course fee is per person. Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes.

Elizabeth Richards has been sharing her love of dancing for almost 20 years. She loves watching the moment that steps 'click' for her students.

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Banish Your Sugar Demons


with Hugh Sadlier, MEd, BCH

Calendar Oct 15, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

with Hypnosis !

Hypnosis can help you get to the root cause of your sugar cravings. Repeated messages, experiences, and influences in our lives cause habits in our subconscious mind. Discover the underlying mental and emotional connections that are not available to your conscious mind. Release the connections and replace them with positive outcomes to conquer your sugar demons and banish them for good. Bring a mat and/or pillow for extra comfort.

Hugh Sadlier, practicing hypnotherapy for 27 years, has worked with over 2900 people on more than 300 separate issues, including weight management & eating disorders. He practices at Integrative Health Center of ME in Portland.

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Basic Hand Sewing


with Merry Canillas

Calendar Oct 15, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Sewing is a rewarding and handy art!

Being able to make something practical and fun at the same time is worth every bit of love and effort put into it. Start by covering tools, threads and fabrics and what to use with what, then on to the various kinds of stitches and how they are used. Learn to make and sew bias binding, buttons, snaps, blind hemming, etc. Create a pouch for your sewing kit, a cute pincushion, makeup bag and cell phone cover. Tuition includes additional tools and materials for all four projects.

Required: Basic sewing kit of sharp fabric scissors, pack of hand sewing needles and glass head pins, 6-12 inch metal ruler, pencil or marking pen.

Merry Canillas has been sewing since high school. She has a Dressmakers/Design diploma from Penn Foster and has worked in the bridal industry. She has run several sewing companies over the last 25 years and currently runs Hand Strands in Saco.

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Basics of Singing


with Katharine Whitaker Slack, BA

Calendar Oct 29, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn to sing with the right training and practice in a fun, supportive environment! Using vocal exercises and games, proper breathing, posture, and articulation techniques; you will be amazed by your newly found vocal production. Sheet music will be provided. For practice, singers will have the option of singing a song solo or in a small group.

Kathy Slack, BA in Theater and Speech Communication with a Minor in Voice from Ithaca College, studied classical voice & musical theater repertoire with German Opera singer, Jutta Rose. Her recent training has been with jazz greats, Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin, in addition to study with Jeanette LoVetri from the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute. Kathy has performed as an actor & singer throughout New England & in NYC. She currently teaches voice at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth and her home studio in West Bath.

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