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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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My Dying To Do List


with Rita A Braceland

Calendar Jan 12, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Do you know how much paperwork is involved in organizing your estate? This quick overview deals with matters involving family, finances, future and funeral. Leave with a list of helpful resources and the tools necessary to tackle your Dying To Do List.

Masks & distancing required.

Jill Braceland has been designing and delivering seminars in management and writing tools for more than 30 years. She has a reputation of offering seminars that are interactive, practical and presented in an easy, friendly manner.

Recycling 101 - Live Online


with Vanessa Berry

Calendar Jan 12, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

What happens to your stuff after you put it out on the curb or take it to the dump? Take a virtual tour through ecomaine's Single Sort Recycling Facility and discover how we sort your soup cans and laundry bottles and learn why wish-cycling is costing you money. Bring any questions you have about recycling, including examples of items you want answers about.

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Vanessa Berry joined the ecomaine team in 2018 as an Environmental Educator. She holds a Master's from Unity College in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor's in Education from UME Farmington.

Beginner American Sign Language - Live Online


with Samantha Greenwood

Calendar Jan 13, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Learn basic vocabulary, facial expressions, the deaf culture and issues affecting the deaf. Interactive games and communication practices will enhance learning. Use every day conversational skills effectively as you become more confident in the use of sign language. Registration closes at noon on 1/10.

Required: Signing Illustrated Expanded by Mickey Flodin ISBN-13: 978-0399530418 or ISBN-10: 039953041X (approx. $15, Amazon).

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Samantha Greenwood, born hard of hearing, received a Cochlear implant at age 7. She attended RIT/NTID and graduated from CMCC in 2017 with a Human Services degree. She is currently a student at Gallaudet University for an Elementary Teacher degree.

Chi Kung Level I


with Mark Gerardi

Calendar Jan 13, 2022 at 6:15 pm, runs for 5 weeks

An ancient Chinese exercise, pronounced 'chee gong', relieves stress without straining joints, muscles or ligaments. Control energy flow while increasing stamina and awareness through slow graceful movements with meditation. This practice combines intentional controlled breathing to encourage the flow of chi, or vital energy, in the body while elevating the immune system, releasing nervous tension and eliminating stress for optimal health.

Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. Proof of registration, masks & distancing required.

Mark Gerardi, studying and teaching martial arts for 25 years and a member of the National Qigong Association. He is a powerful energy healer with formal education in Shiatsu, Herbalism, EFT, KCR and Reiki.

Buying Your First Home - Live Online


with Lelah Sullivan

Calendar Jan 15, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 2 weeks

This ME hoMEworks class, offered as a two-part Zoom webinar, covers the process of buying a home: making the decision, budgeting for homeownership, building credit, mortgage approval, choosing your realtor, inspections, insurance, the closing process, energy efficiency and avoiding predatory lenders. Learn about down payment and closing cost assistance available to first-time homebuyers, veterans and others. Earn a Certificate of Completion required for certain mortgage programs, including USDA, ME State Housing Authority and other lenders. Free individualized counseling is available following the class. Please have pen and notepad available. Registration closes at noon on 1/13.

Required: You must respond to the email from YCCAC to finalize registration and receive Zoom link.Note: Register the person you are buying your home with at the time of your registration and get a $10 rebate.

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Lee Sullivan has experienced the home-buying process multiple times and successfully redeveloped several bank-owned residential properties. She is a HUD and hoMEworks-certified housing counselor and homebuyer educator.

Beginner French


with Gregory M Downs

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Learn basic French vocabulary, grammar and conversation skills for a variety of different situations that include traveling, shopping, home & family, and food & leisure. This course is designed for students without prior knowledge of French, but would also be a worthwhile refresher course. No class 2/22.

Masks & distancing required.

Recommended text: French Picture Dictionary (Berlitz Publishing). ISBN: 978-1780044774 (approx. $10 on Amazon). This compact dictionary combines images with French text and phonetic pronunciations that covers many categories of interest.

Gregory Downs is a graduate of USM with a degree in French and Linguistics. He has a strong passion for language learning and enjoys every opportunity to share the knowledge he has gained.

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Acrylic Painting for Beginners


with Kyle D Durkin

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Learn to use paint and color!

Mix paints and explore how to build up an image, step-by-step! With your teacher's expert guidance, learn skills you can build on in all your painting. Create your own original pieces to take home with you.

Masks & distancing required.

Required: Box set of acrylic paints (at least red, blue, yellow, and white), a set of acrylic paintbrushes in a variety of brush sizes, container for water, and a palette (mats. approx. $30).

Kyle Durkin holds a Bachelor's in Studio Art, with a concentration in painting, from USM. He enjoys helping new artists develop their skills in a fun, safe atmosphere.

Blend Your Own Tea


with Marianne E Russo

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn some high points about various tea ingredients and guidelines for blending. Then go hands-on to combine ingredients to make your own custom 2 oz. blend, which will brew 20-24 cups of tea! Taste and experiment your way through the evening.

Masks & distancing required.

Marianne Russo is a Certified Tea Specialist and owner of Nellie's Tea Company. She studied under experts including Pearl Dexter of Tea, A Magazine, and John Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. She has traveled to the tea fields and factories of China and Japan, the World Tea Expo and tea rooms in the US and abroad.

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