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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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Recycled Papermaking


with Alexandria Miller

Calendar Oct 5, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join ecomaine in making handmade paper! Dig into your recycling bins and create one-of-a-kind cards, seed paper or journals pressed with native flowers. Try your hand at recycling and make new from old.

Note: If you want to make seed/floral paper, please bring your own wildflower/herb seeds and flowers.

Alex Miller, BA in Environmental Planning & Policy from USM, is an environmental educator at ecomaine. She has a background in horticulture and received her AAS in Horticulture from SMCC. She prefers a hands-on approach to a thoroughly engaging type of learning.

Dogs: A Functional Medicine Approach


with Cami Smalley

Calendar Oct 11, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Optimize Your Dog's Nutrition at Home

Discover how to read pet food labels, common pet food industry myths and how to develop a Functional Food Plan to reduce symptoms & improve your dog's longevity. This is about root cause resolution for mental, emotional and physical health. Learn the functional medicine and functional nutrition paradigm and the three things recommended for every dog as a foundation of health. These tried & true ways to immediately improve the health + longevity of your canine companion help alleviate common symptoms like itchy skin or ears, gingivitis, joint issues, diarrhea, constipation, restlessness, and separation anxiety, as well as natural ways of preventing Lyme disease. Receive a food assessment checklist on the first night of class, along with handouts for easy ways to improve your dog's health. *If you've taken this course before, new content will be offered with an extended class to cover health questions.

NOTE: Schedule change (was 10/4-10/18).

Cami Smalley certified Vet Tech, earned her Bachelors in Biology & Animal Behavior from Colorado State University. She spent 10+ years in the Pet Food industry developing a comprehensive nutritional curriculum for a 17-location pet store chain and completed her Masters of Science with a Functional Medicine-based curriculum. She founded Enroot Wellness, offering functional medicine and an evidence-based and personalized approach to health and well-being for people and pets.

Excel Spreadsheet Basics


with Jeanne Cassidy

Calendar Oct 11, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Discover this powerful tool for performing calculations, developing budgets, analyzing and managing data. Master the essentials, including text and number formatting, sorting and filtering data, basic formulas and charts.

Prerequisite: Completion of a Computer Basics course, Microsoft Word or equivalent familiarity using the mouse & keyboard, creating documents, formatting text, navigating menus/toolbars in software programs.

Jeanne Cassidy, MA, CPCM, PMP, has worked with computers for 30+ years in the military and aerospace industry. She enjoys sharing her extensive experience with people who want to become more familiar with existing technology.

Full Course

Home Landscaping Maintenance Calendar


with Robert W Moody Jr

Calendar Oct 11, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Knowing what and when to do tasks in your landscape or garden can be confusing and are often dictated by the weather. Find the appropriate timing for each major component, including shrub and tree mulching, fertilizing, trimming and pruning. Then, move on to lawn care with a general cool-season turf care calendar. Discuss the care of your garden: the when and where of seed starting, weeding, mulches, fertilizers, compost, lime use and harvesting. Get a brief overview of annuals, perennials, soil and composting. Bring your questions!

Rob Moody has extensive knowledge from nursery development & landscape design to irrigation installation & engineering. He has worked at Moody's Nursery for 35+ years and was President of MELNA.

Full Course

Surviving Stress - Live Online


with Carole Freeman

Calendar Oct 12, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Moving Emotions From Depletion to Renewal

Everyone knows how to breathe and that if you stop breathing, you die. But have you ever learned how to breathe well for your health? Dysfunctional breathing is the #1 reason people are sick and tired, and 90% of people who suffer from chronic anxiety or stress have a breathing pattern disorder. The nervous system’s normal response to stress, anxiety, frustration, and fear all simulate fight or flight breathing patterns. If we are under chronic mental, emotional or physical stress, this unhealthy breathing pattern becomes our default. With successful practice, learn to breathe well for your health and feel less sick and tired.

Carole Freeman is a Respiratory Therapist and Breathing Specialist and holds a graduate degree in Health Sciences from Loma Linda University Medical Center. She focuses on the relatively new field of pulmonary medicine in recognizing and treating breathing disorders.

Best Clothing & Makeup Colors for Your Coloring


with Candace Sanborn

Calendar Oct 13, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Is your closet full of black clothing? Would you like to learn what other colors look good on you? You'll be draped in various colors to learn about warmer and cooler tones to determine what colors look best on you. Also, receive recommendations for eye shadows, blush and lipsticks for your coloring so you can combine the two to create a more vibrant you!

Candace Sanborn, owner of Radiant Image, has 30 years of branding and marketing experience. Her mission is to apply her wealth of knowledge to people, particularly women, to increase their self-confidence by helping them feel great about their appearance and connect effectively with others.

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The A, B, C & Ds of Medicare


with Barbara Hopkins

Calendar Oct 13, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Review the way Medicare covers inpatient, outpatient and prescription drug costs. Discuss enrollment periods and the types of products designed to partner with Medicare, including supplement plans, Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. This seminar will be informative for current users, newcomers and the adult children and loved ones of Medicare beneficiaries.

Barbara Hopkins, Master's in Communications Management & certification in Corporate Training, is a licensed ME agent with 20 years of experience in health insurance operations.

Full Course

Certified Residential Medication Aide Certificate Program


with Jennifer Courtois, RN

Calendar Oct 14, 2022 at 8:30 am, runs for 5 weeks

CRMAs are in high demand!

This course provides standardized training for professionals working in state-certified residential care homes. State of Maine regulations, standard residential facility policies, and basic anatomy and physiology are covered. Discuss medications, safe administration procedures, practice taking vital signs, transcribing physician orders, and documenting procedures on the Medication Administration Record per Maine’s regulations governing residential facilities. In addition, students must complete a Clinical Medication Administration of three medication passes for three different residents with 100% accuracy. Full certification and medication pass awarded on successful completion with 40 hours of attendance, no exceptions. Participants must be 18 or older. No high school credential or background check required. Payment plans available for qualified applicants. Tuition includes fee for handbook. Course fee is nonrefundable. Masks optional. No class 10/15. Class meets F 10/14, F 10/21, S 10/22, F 10/28, S 10/29). 

NOTE: Start date change (was Saturday, 10/15).

Required: Proof of registration, The 2020 Nurse’s Drug Handbook ISBN-13: 978-1284167900 (approx. $42, new on Amazon - or purchase a used copy from the instructor for $13), a yellow highlighter, a 1.5-inch 3-ring binder. $100 fee for medication pass payable to the instructor at your scheduled test.

Note: CASAS assessment testing is highly recommended. Please call our Saco Learning Center at 207-282-3846 or to set up a testing appointment.

Jennifer Courtois, RN, has 40 years of nursing experience in hospital, home health, diabetes & community education, and 10+ years teaching CNA, PSS & CRMA in both the classroom & clinical areas. She works as a consultant for an assisted living facility and a full-time nurse educator.

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