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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education



Our Classes

Pickleball Taster Section XIII

$29

with Andra P Yanchenko

Calendar Jun 23, 2024 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Is Pickleball for you?

Join us for the basics for those new to the game and absolute beginners. Learn the rules of scoring, court basics, the non-volley zone, common terms, faults, hot tips, and serving—the most significant difference from tennis. Students will be notified of weather location change the morning of class.

Required: Proof of registration, pickleball paddle and ball (approx. $15–$40 on Amazon, deals for packs of 2 paddles), active wear, weather-appropriate clothing, tennis shoes, and water.

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.

Pickleball Taster Section XIV

$29

with Andra P Yanchenko

Calendar Jun 30, 2024 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Is Pickleball for you?

Join us for the basics for those new to the game and absolute beginners. Learn the rules of scoring, court basics, the non-volley zone, common terms, faults, hot tips, and serving—the most significant difference from tennis. Students will be notified of weather location change the morning of class.

Required: Proof of registration, pickleball paddle and ball (approx. $15–$40 on Amazon, deals for packs of 2 paddles), active wear, weather-appropriate clothing, tennis shoes, and water.

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.

Seasonal Wellness with Chinese Medicine: Summer

$29

with Meret Bainbridge, L.Ac

Calendar Jul 13, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

The third in a yearlong series of five classes offering an introduction to Chinese medicine’s cycle of the Five Elements and Seasons. Stay tuned for additional classes throughout the year as Meret will be covering all of the seasons! Take one or all!

Explore tools for wellness, including self-acupressure, movement, guided meditation, diet and lifestyle guidelines. Summer is the season of the Fire element, of fullness, joy and play. Yang energy, the heart and small intestine meridians, and staying cool and balanced on a heating planet are among the topics we’ll cover. Each session will end with a circle of feedback and closing.

Note: Students new to this series (i.e., did not attend Winter session) should arrive by 8:30 AM so Meret can get you up to speed on general concepts like Qi, Yin & Yang and the Five elements.

Required: Proof of registration, dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or blanket.

Meret Bainbridge, L.Ac. is the owner of Acupuncture by Meret in Saco. She has been practicing acupressure, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine since 1996.

Will run

Saco River and City Plant Walk - Weekend

$15

with Laura Grover

Calendar Jul 13, 2024 at 10:30 am, runs for 1 week

What is a high-bush cranberry? Is it possible to wash my hair with sidewalk flowers? How can I use invasive plants for good? Be delighted by all that is growing in the city itself, located on beautiful Wabanaki land. Nature is prolific and will pop up through the cracks in the sidewalks and on the edges of the street. We will look closely at what is growing and meet many native and invasive plants, as well as learn about what unique gifts city plants give us. Learn to look closely and learn to identify midsummer plants that you may have in your own backyard. This walk will mostly be on sidewalks, but nearer to the river there is a section with many stairs. The section with stairs will take 15-20 minutes and those who want to skip that part will have access to benches to wait upon. Rain date 7/14.

Meet at the benches between the Saco Post Office and Saco Scoops.  Walk starts promptly at 10:30 AM.

Note: Please communicate any accessibility concerns at registration and we will ask Laura to contact you to discuss any needed accommodations.

Required: Proof of registration. Bring binoculars if you want to see what birds and animals are about. Wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and an optional brimmed hat or cap (which helps with both sun and bugs).

Laura Grover is a plant and bird hobbyist, botanical illustrator for Fedco Seeds, and a mindfulness ambassador. She has led many plant identification and mindful foraging walks for people of all ages. She enjoys bringing people together to look closely in nature, practice mindfulness outside, and be a sensory animal in the woods.

Will run

Pickleball Taster Section XV - Summer

$29

with Andra P Yanchenko

Calendar Jul 14, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Is Pickleball for you?

Join us for the basics for those new to the game and absolute beginners. Learn the rules of scoring, court basics, the non-volley zone, common terms, faults, hot tips, and serving—the most significant difference from tennis. Students will be notified of weather location change the morning of class.

Required: Proof of registration, pickleball paddle and ball (approx. $15–$40 on Amazon, deals for packs of 2 paddles), active wear, weather-appropriate clothing, tennis shoes, and water.

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.

Pickleball Taster Section XVI - Summer

$29

with Andra P Yanchenko

Calendar Jul 14, 2024 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Is Pickleball for you?

Join us for the basics for those new to the game and absolute beginners. Learn the rules of scoring, court basics, the non-volley zone, common terms, faults, hot tips, and serving—the most significant difference from tennis. Students will be notified of weather location change the morning of class.

Required: Proof of registration, pickleball paddle and ball (approx. $15–$40 on Amazon, deals for packs of 2 paddles), active wear, weather-appropriate clothing, tennis shoes, and water.

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.

Pickleball Specialty Shots Section IV - Summer

$29

with Andra P Yanchenko

Calendar Jul 21, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Practicing the basic strokes of pickleball keeps your game consistent, but one of the more fun things to do is to try out new shots. Strokes allow you to apply action to the ball, whereas a shot is more specific and happens after you have made a stroke. Get an introduction to a variety of shots, including the block, dink, lob, and volley shots. Serve and return of serve will also be covered. To have the best experience in this class, players are encouraged to have taken a Pickleball Taster course or played at the beginner level. Rain date 7/28.

Required: Proof of registration, pickleball paddle and ball (approx. $15–$40 on Amazon, deals for packs of 2 paddles), active wear, weather-appropriate clothing, tennis shoes, and water.

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.

Pickleball Taster Section XVII - Summer

$29

with Andra P Yanchenko

Calendar Jul 21, 2024 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Is Pickleball for you?

Join us for the basics for those new to the game and absolute beginners. Learn the rules of scoring, court basics, the non-volley zone, common terms, faults, hot tips, and serving—the most significant difference from tennis. Students will be notified of weather location change the morning of class.

Required: Proof of registration, pickleball paddle and ball (approx. $15–$40 on Amazon, deals for packs of 2 paddles), active wear, weather-appropriate clothing, tennis shoes, and water.

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.





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