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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

Calendar Jan 2, 2024

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

Children with intellectual challenges, autism, and mental health disorders in Maine as well as their families depend on children's behavioral health services. And there is a huge need in our area! A certified Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) is an essential member of a child's treatment team and has the chance to have an instant influence while assisting children in reaching their full potential.

Gain the knowledge necessary to work with children who need services thanks to this program, and also prepare yourself for employment with local social service organizations. Start whenever you choose, and go at your own pace.

Complete 12 online modules and three live, four-hour sessions, after which you will receive free online training in bloodborne pathogens and certification in child and adult first aid and CPR. Our free remote training program can get you licensed and started in a career that will change your life in just 40 hours.

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. He is responsible for recruiting Behavioral Health Professionals throughout the state. Jeffrey will be your host throughout this opportunity by providing answers to any questions that may arise.

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Real Estate Sales Agent Course - Online


with Robert Joslyn

Calendar Jan 2, 2024

Introduction to the Elements of Real Estate Brokerage

Topics covered include industry overview/organization, Maine Real Estate Commission, agency relationships, product knowledge, property valuation, the appraisal process, financing the transaction, contracts, closings and federal and state laws. Fee includes textbook PDF (hard copy available from Center for Real Estate for an additional fee), one year of access to the course, instructor feedback after the three quizzes and the final exam and twice monthly Q&A drop-in sessions via Zoom. A certificate of completion is awarded with a grade of 75% or above, required for the state licensing exam ($85 fee), which must be taken within one year of satisfactory course completion. When you affiliate with a real estate agency and apply for your license, there is a $100 fee, along with a $21 criminal records check fee. Some companies offer to pay this fee when you affiliate with them.

Required: Attendees must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or equivalency to get a license but a diploma is not required.

Bob Joslyn has been a licensed real estate broker in Maine since 1988, and for the past eight years he has been a solo agent at Keller Williams Realty in Greater Portland. He has had the honor of giving numerous buyers and sellers the knowledge they need to make wise real estate decisions during that time! Moreover, Bob has been a professor at Husson University for over 20 years, where he has instructed many business courses in both traditional classroom settings and online formats.

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Best Clothing & Makeup for Your Coloring


with Candace Sanborn

Calendar Mar 5, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Do you have a lot of black clothing in your closet? Find out what other colors complement your skin tone! You will be draped in a range of colors for this entertaining interactive lesson and learn about warmer and cooler tones and decide which colors suit you the best. Additionally, you'll get advice on eye shadow, blush and lipstick. Let’s create a more vibrant you!

Candace Sanborn, owner of Radiant Image, has 30 years of branding and marketing experience. Her goal is to use her extensive expertise to empower individuals, especially women, to gain confidence, feel good about themselves and form meaningful connections with others.

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Ferment This! Sauerkraut Variants: Curtido & Coleslaw - Live Online


with Emma Holder

Calendar Mar 5, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join us for ONE or all of Emma’s Fermentation Presentations! Zoom in and create in your own kitchen!

Lacto-ferment cabbage and add some twists to result in delicious safe home-made signature cabbage-based ferments. You’ll learn a bit of microbiology and basic techniques to create basic sauerkraut, Salvadorean curtido and coleslaw. Fermented vegetable salads/condiments add flair, probiotics and nutrition to any meal. Registration closes at noon on 3/1; Emma will email your Zoom link, materials list and instructions. A video of the process will be sent after class.

Emma Holder studied microbiology and immunology at McGill University, where she graduated with a BSc in 1991 and a master's degree in 1993. Her passion is fostering human connections and offering engaging educational opportunities to promote happy, healthy lifestyles.

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Cooking with Sourdough Section III


with Mary Elizabeth Bailey

Calendar Mar 6, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn to make, feed, grow and use sourdough. Discover creative and unusual ways to use sourdough in your baking repertoire. As you sample some sourdough-based treats, watch a demonstration of how to make traditional sourdough bread, crumpets and muffins. Leave with a sourdough culture and recipes so you can start creating your own mouthwatering treats at home. Tuition includes materials.

Required: Small container (cottage cheese containers are perfect) with lid to bring your sourdough starter home in.

Mary Bailey, pastry chef and past owner/chef of Thyme and Honey Bakery in Biddeford, is passionate about baking bread and teaching people how to incorporate homemade bread into their daily lives.

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Kitchen Crochet


with Myriah Davis

Calendar Mar 6, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Learn crochet basics by making dishcloths, scrubbers and even those iconic hanging towels! Or try your hand at making a trivet! All supplies are provided and all skill levels are welcome.

Myriah Davis has more than 20 years of crochet experience. Since 2017, she has owned and operated Davis Arts, a pop culture-based art business where Myriah creates patterns and finished fiber-crafted pieces based on characters from popular films and television series. Myriah's goal is to share her enthusiasm for all things yarn, but especially crochet, with everyone she meets.

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Pickleball Fitness Section II


with Andra P Yanchenko

Calendar Mar 10, 2024 at 9:30 am, runs for 1 week

Incorporating an organized off-court fitness regimen into your weekly schedule can improve your pickleball performance! We'll cover flexibility training, including warm up, movement prep and cool down; strength and conditioning including upper and lower body exercises, cardio, core and postural exercises. We'll also practice footwork drills. All of which will improve your endurance, agility, accuracy, reaction time, lower your risk of injury and help sharpen your on-court performance and techniques! Join us to improve every aspect of your game and get the added benefits of better health!

Required: Proof of registration. Wear appropriate workout gear and footwear, bring a hand or bath towel, a yoga mat and a resistance tube, light to medium resistance, with a handle on each end (, approx. $11).

Andra Yanchenko specializes in fitness, functional movement, and racquet sports. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Health Coach, USTA, USPTA, PTR Coach, and YogaFit Instructor.

The Hero/Heroine’s Journey


with Margaret Jones, M.Ed

Calendar Mar 10, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Joseph Campbell once said that a journey, whether it be inner or outer, begins with a yearning to discover something new. It urges you forward, asks you to leave familiar surroundings and cross the landscape to discover the treasure that lies ahead.

In this experiential workshop, create a character and take a journey that is both personal and mythological. Guided by Margaret’s storytelling voice and inspired by Tarot, journaling and ritual, walk the path of the hero/heroine as you develop a mythic story that will illuminate your own personal one. By following your instincts, you will guide your character into an unknown landscape and acquire the knowledge you need to proceed on your own journey.

Required: Proof of registration, a journal for writing, a writing utensil and comfortable clothing/shoes for walking around the room.

Margaret Jones, M.Ed., tarot reader, educator and award-winning storyteller, facilitates seminars as a national trainer to assist individuals on their path to self-discovery. She is the author of Walking Sacred Sites: Listening to the Stories, a collection of articles about her journeys to sacred places across the world.

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