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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

Fermenting Vegetables


with Katherine McCarty

Calendar Mar 11, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Discover the process of making your own sauerkraut and kimchi through the wonders of fermentation. This hands-on food preservation workshop teaches you the basic steps to enjoying the ease of fermentation such as preserving equipment, recommended recipes, ingredients and more. Learn the steps of fermentation by starting a batch of sauerkraut or kimchi and taking your first batch home to finish.

Kate McCarty, Food Preservation Community Educator at UME Cooperative Extension, served with the AmeriCorps VISTA program and has completed the Master Food Preserver Program, an intensive, hands-on training in all aspects of home food preparation.

One Sheet Wonders!


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Mar 11, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

New template! Twelve new cards from one sheet! Using a template and one piece of 12 x 12-inch decorative paper learn to create 12 different cards! Make three in class and leave with directions on how to make the remainder at home. This template is different from previous class. Registration closes 3/9.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells original greeting cards at craft fairs and at Seacoast Crafters in Portsmouth.

Movie Club Week 2


with Bistra Nikiforova

Calendar Mar 12, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

In this four movie discussion series we will talk about travel, travel to other places and about the journey of self-discovery through movie viewing. Join us for one or more sessions to talk about how far we need to travel to find out who we are. Our viewing list will inspire and inform our ongoing discussions on how friendships, family, community and society shape us and our perception of who we are. Movies available on Amazon Prime, Netflix and the Libby Memorial Library.

Week 2: Midnight in Paris (2011), dir. Woody Allen

Bistra Nikiforova has taught media and communications for 10+ years. She has presented analyses of contemporary American and international films at numerous national conferences and is passionately interested in how viewers relate to the movies they watch.



with Jason Eckerson

Calendar Mar 12, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

As an appetizer or entrée, pizza captivates the American palate. Explore using homemade and store bought dough while learning to prepare classic Italian pizza and experiment with more unusual combinations. Please bring an apron and feel free to bring your favorite toppings or any you are curious to try!

Jason Eckerson has worked in restaurants around the country for over 15 years, landing him most recently as sous-chef at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, ME.

What is CBD?


with Morgan Stoner

Calendar Mar 12, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

These days you can find CBD just about anywhere - from coffee shops to cocktail bars to convenience stores! With its many purported health benefits such as helping troubled sleepers, fighting wrinkles, aiding digestion and soothing sore muscles, it makes complete sense that CBD is taking over the wellness world. But you still have so many questions! Is it marijuana? Is it safe? How do you use it and why should you use it? Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about CBD!

Stoner & Co. was established in 2015 by Morgan Stoner and his wife Karleena, with a passion for mindfulness, well being and healing one patient at a time.

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Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper


with Marjorie Otis

Calendar Mar 14, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Choose one of three designs to draw onto rice paper and then apply wax and watercolor paints. Hot wax (180 degree) will be used as a resist to preserve colors throughout the process. Students may purchase extra matting, if desired, for $3-$5, payable to the instructor.

Note: If you have an aversion to the odor of hot wax, this class may not be for you! Required: Watercolor brushes #0 or #1 liner, #4 & #8 round, large 3/4 inch flat or angle and an Ultra-Fine Black Sharpie.

Marjorie Otis, a decorative painter for 30 years, continues her studies at regional conferences in ME & PA. She is a member of the Decorative Painters and Southern ME Crafters Societies, Sea Strokes of Maine, Tole n Me and the United ME Crafters.

Basic of Singing


with Katharine Whitaker Slack, BA

Calendar Mar 16, 2020 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.

Kathy Slack, BA in Theater with a Minor in Voice from Ithaca College, has studied with German Opera singer, Jutta Rose, along with jazz greats, Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin and Jeanette LoVetri from the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute. She has performed throughout NE & NYC and currently teaches in Yarmouth and Bath.

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Cooking 101


with Moira Rascati

Calendar Mar 16, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This hands-on introduction will include basic knife and cooking techniques such as sautéing, poaching, broiling and pureeing along with sanitation guidelines, measurements and ingredient resources. Start with soup stocks, potato leek soup, polenta, no cook tomato sauce and cream sauces. Class two will have us braising pork steak, making chicken three ways and a creamy risotto. Our final class pulls it all together as we create a dinner party from soup to nuts featuring an appetizer, winter salad, roast pork tenderloin and ending with rich individual pumpkin cheesecake.

​Moira Rascati is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in NY and has been a sous-chef at Joseph’s by the Sea for the past 25 years. She has taught at SMCC for 12 years.

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