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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

Behavioral Health Professional Info Session


with Jeffrey Carpenter

Calendar Jan 11, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This is a fantastic opportunity to obtain FREE training on your path to pursuing a career in behavioral health! Get all of your questions answered and learn more about this certificate program.

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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Feeding and Identifying Winter Birds


with Linda Woodard

Calendar Jan 11, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Discover how birds overcome the various difficulties, like locating food and water, that winter weather can present to our feathered companions. We will also look at the different kinds of birds that come to Maine, such as ducks and raptors.

Linda Woodard, an avid bird watcher, has been the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center director for 32 years. She teaches at Maine Audubon and USM on various environmental topics.

Warming Winter Wines


with Gene A Barber

Calendar Jan 11, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Nothing warms the bones more than sipping a glass of full-bodied wine in front of a roaring fire or woodstove. Warm surroundings are ideal for drinking red wine as it highlights the wine's full flavor. And best of all, reds pair well with hearty meals, which, let’s be honest, are the best way to end a cold day here in the northeast! Join us to find out which wines are best to beat the chill of a Maine winter’s evening! Sample four wines paired with light, healthy appetizers courtesy of Vic & Whit's. Register through OOB/Saco Adult Ed only. Free on-street parking available. Proof of registration required.

Gene Barber, a wholesale rep for Devenish wines, started his first wine-tasting club in 1974 and has been an avid student since. He deals primarily in low-yield, low-production sustainable, organic and natural wines.

Watercolor Basics


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Jan 11, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Studying color theory, blending and the use of pigments will help build a solid foundation in watercolor painting. Create the illusion of distance and composition by demonstrated technique. You will be guided through the process as you create your first painting - after that the possibilities are endless! Russell will assist you in building skills and confidence throughout the course. 

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. $30–$50). 

Note: Please purchase Arches, as the quality of watercolor paper is essential for handling the techniques you will be taught in class. Bring any colors you may already have.

Russel Whitten, a local artist and 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 adore his laid-back, encouraging teaching style.

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Buying Your First Home - Live Online


with Lelah Sullivan

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

All parts of purchasing a home are covered in this ME hoMEworks course, including making decisions, setting a budget for homeownership, improving credit, getting a mortgage approval, selecting a realtor, inspections, insurance, the closing process, energy efficiency and avoiding predatory lenders. Learn more about the closing cost and down payment assistance programs offered to veterans, first-time homebuyers and other groups. Learn about obtaining the Certificate of Completion needed by the USDA, the ME State Housing Authority and other lenders for their mortgage programs. Complimentary individualized counseling is offered after the class. Please have pen and paper available. Registration closes at noon on 1/10.

Required: To complete registration and receive the Zoom link, you must reply to the email that will be sent to you from YCCAC.

Reminder: To receive a $10 refund, register the person you are buying your house with at the same time you do. 

Lee Sullivan is a housing counselor and homebuyer educator with hoMEworks and HUD. She has successfully renovated various bank-owned residential properties and has gone through the home-buying process multiple times.

Culinary Knife Skills


with Moira Rascati

Calendar Jan 16, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the basics of knife sharpening!

Cooking that is both inventive and effective requires a sharp knife. Improve the speed and precision of your knifework. The anatomy of a knife, appropriate handling skills and the variety and quality of blades available will be discussed. Moira will demonstrate the use of a sharpening steel and stone as well as show you a variety of cuts, including dice, Julienne, herb methods and basic boning. Discover the three knives essential to every kitchen. Bring a sharpening steel and/or stone, if you have one, along with a notebook and notepad, baggies for what you chop and a knife you want sharpened. There will be plenty of time and resources to practice and hone your new skill.

Moira Rascati, a graduate of Culinary Institute of America in NY, has been a professional chef for 40+ years and at Joseph's by the Sea in Old Orchard Beach for more than 30. She is currently an instructor at SMCC in their culinary arts and nutrition programs.

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Heartsaver® CPR & First Aid for Adults & Children


with Karl Finley, EMT-P

Calendar Jan 16, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to handle first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest situations until emergency medical assistance arrives. Find out how to handle scenarios including bleeding, sprains, bone fractures and shock. Learn to operate an AED and give CPR to infants, children and adults. Certifications in first aid and CPR, are valid for two years and meet the requirements for child care providers.

Karl Finley, an EMT/Paramedic who has served as a volunteer fireman with the Scarborough Fire Department for more than 20 years, previously spent 19 years at the Saco Fire Department. He has 11 years of experience instructing CPR and has been the public education coordinator for nine years.

Dressing for Illusion


with Candace Sanborn

Calendar Jan 17, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

What are you hoping others will remember about you? Using color and embellishments strategically to draw attention to parts of your body you want to highlight and away from regions you wish to hide is known as dressing for illusion. Your instructor will give you advice on how to do this based on your body type.

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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