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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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Self Defense for Women


with Gilbert (Gil) Doughty

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Did you know that most street assaults last less than 15 seconds? If your life is in danger, you'll need to strike hard and fast and answer questions later. Learn to defend against larger and stronger attackers. Street survival skills include disabling, kicking, trapping, deflecting and hitting. Situational awareness and knowing how to handle possible threats are part of self-defense. Every student will get a Kubotan safety tool along with instruction on how to use it.

Required: Proof of registration. Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes.

Sensei Gil Doughty began practicing martial arts in the 1970s. He has trained with Maine Karate Association founder Sensei Reggie Groff, Master Seung Ook Choi of Choi's Kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do, and Sensei Bruce Cross & Master Steve DeMasco of Villari's Shaolin Kempo.

Full Course

Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Jewelry


with Jessica Muise

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Twist, wrap and loop your way to a necklace or set of earrings using design elements drawn from the sea. Combine found materials with metal and learn easy wire-wrapped loop techniques to create your own unique jewelry. Bring your own sea glass or choose from instructor’s collection. Leave with a completed piece reflecting your creative design and resources to continue making similar jewelry at home. Registration closes at noon on 4/23.

Jessica Muise, a multidisciplinary artist and educator has been teaching and making art throughout New England for the last 15 years. She is passionate about using the arts as tools for social change and serves as a creative economy advisor to several arts organizations and artist-led coalitions.

Full Course

Boat America - Spring


with James Katz

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

For all boaters on inland and coastal waters.This all-ages course is approved by the State of Maine and meets the requirements of the new law requiring boater education for operators between 16 and 25 years of age on inland and coastal waters out to the three mile line. This is the National Association of Boating Law Administrators approved course, honored in all states, on inland and coastal waters, where boater education is required. Course ID Card must be carried when operating on the water. Please bring a notebook/writing utensil.

James Katz, holds a BA from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. He has been a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary since 1996 and currently holds certification as a Navigation Specialist, Instructor, Vessel Examiner and Safety Patrol Boat Coxswain.

Spanish for Beginners Level II


with Gustavo Gómez Coello

Calendar Apr 25, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 8 weeks

This course is designed for adult learners who have completed Spanish for Beginners or have a basic understanding of the language. Building on the foundational knowledge acquired in the previous level, Basic Level II aims to enhance participants' proficiency in everyday communication, focusing on both spoken and written Spanish.

Required: Easy Spanish Step-by-Step by Barbara Bregstein, ISBN 978-0071463386 (approx. $12, Amazon).Gustavo Gómez Coello is a native Spanish speaker and has been the Spanish teacher at Biddeford Middle School since 2019.

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Makeup Techniques for Your Features


with Candace Sanborn

Calendar Apr 25, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Do you shy away from applying makeup because you dislike appearing "made up"? Have you noticed any changes in your features over time and are uncertain about what needs to change? Try simple makeup tricks for an improved, natural appearance! Identify your face, eye, and lip shapes with the help of Candace and your fellow students, then discover simple application techniques that work best for your features. Please arrive with a face free of makeup, a mirror and your go-to makeup to apply in class. If you don't have much makeup, Candace will have some to try.

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 fantastic about themselves and connect with others in a meaningful way, which will boost their confidence.

Full Course

Home Buying Simplified


with Denise Reiff

Calendar Apr 25, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Tired of renting and ready to put your hard earned money towards a new home? We have you covered! Learn about different financing options, what sellers are looking for, current market conditions and how to negotiate in today’s market so that you get a great deal on your new home! Please bring a pen/notepad.

Scott & Denise Reiff are a successful local husband/wife realtor couple affiliated with Keller Williams Realty. Together, they are dedicated to educating both buyers and sellers on their home buying/selling journeys.

Watercolor Basics
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Watercolor Basics


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Apr 25, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Studying color theory by blending and the using pigments to 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 paint palette (Russel says folding ones are ideal!), 1 round #10 watercolor brush; 1 inch wide flat brush, 1 drawing pencil #2H, 1 eraser, 1 light board or piece of cardboard; and two sheets of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press (approx. $80). Note: Please purchase Arches, as the quality of watercolor paper is essential for handling the techniques you will be taught in class. Please bring any colors you 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 demeanor.

Country & Latin Line Dancing


with Elizabeth Richards

Calendar Apr 25, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn a few line dances to bust out when a line dancing opportunity presents itself or simply because you want to try something new! Discover classic country line dances and popular Latin rhythms, including rumba, cha cha, salsa and more, in this fun, energetic class! Specific music and pattern requests will be taken the first night and taught whenever possible. All levels welcome! No partner required.

Required: Proof of registration. Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes.

Elizabeth Richards has been teaching dance for more than 20 years. She loves watching the moment that steps 'click' for her students.

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