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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

DIY T-Shirt Quilt


with Emily Loder

Calendar Feb 25, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 2 weeks

Give new life to your well-loved, but no longer worn T-shirts! Turn them into a loving keepsake full of memories from past concerts, sporting events, vacation spots, restaurants, family reunions, jobs, pets and anything else that is meaningful to you!

Create a simple 4 X 4 foot finished quilt top to turn into a quilt, wall hanging or pillow. You will lay out your quilt, cut your T-shirts and learn to finish your unique quilt.

Required: Proof of registration. Bring at least 10 clean and freshly ironed T-shirts, scissors or a rotary cutter & mat, pins, thread, a fabric ruler, a seam ripper, and your sewing machine.

Note: This is not a beginners class; students should have basic sewing knowledge and know how to use their sewing machine.

Emily Loder, with 30 years of Girl Scout experience, has extensive experience with both machine & hand sewing techniques. Her history with Girl Scouts also makes her an expert in outdoor survival.

Cooking with Tea


with Marianne E Russo

Calendar Feb 28, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Did you know that tea was first enjoyed as a food? There is still good reason to enjoy cooking and baking with tea. Join us for a fun night of tasting fabulous foods with tea as an ingredient, including examples of an appetizer, an entree, a side dish and a dessert. We’ll explore creative ways to use tea as an ingredient, pair tea with foods and using tea to enhance the flavors of your favorite dishes. Come at least a little bit hungry! Recipes will be provided. Registration closes at noon on 2/27.

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 China and Japan's tea fields and factories, the World Tea Expo and tea rooms in the US and abroad.

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In One End & Out the Other


with Stephanie Walsh

Calendar Feb 28, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Brain fog, fatigue, depression, weight gain, acne, joint pain, allergies, chronic infections, thyroid problems and more all relate to your gut health! Develop your knowledge of your digestive tract and how to optimize your gut health.

The What’s of the Guts - Session 1

Get to know the soups to nuts, from tongue to bum, anatomy of the digestive tract. Learn how your gut processes food, why those little bugs (called the microbiome) are so critical and the steps to take to get back on track to a healthier, happier you!

Stephanie Walsh is a Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor, as well as a Master Nutrition Therapist, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® and Eating Psychology Coach.

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Not Your Grannys Square


with Myriah Davis

Calendar Mar 1, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

In this intermediate crochet course, we will work on the creation of granny squares to create your finished product. Create multiple granny squares, which can be pieced together into a bag or the instructor can provide ideas for other finished projects. All materials included.

Myriah Davis has 20+ years of experience crocheting, developing patterns and manufacturing items for her business, Davis Arts.

Yin Yoga


with Jessica L Barker

Calendar Mar 1, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This slow-paced, meditative practice holds poses for 3 to 5 minutes while focusing on relaxing the muscles and stretching parts of the body rich in connective tissue. Postures may be held in seated or lying down positions.

This calming and balancing practice supports joint flexibility, reduces stress and increases energy. No experience necessary.

Required: Proof of registration. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing; bring a yoga mat, yoga blocks, a bolster (couch pillows work), and a blanket.

Jessy Barker is a 500-hour Certified Yoga Instructor with years of experience teaching several movement modalities. Her concentration is in meditative Belly Dance, Yin, Hatha and Chair yoga. She is also a certified meditation teacher through ShivaShakti school of Yoga and Healing Arts.

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Beginner Guitar


with Travis Taylor

Calendar Mar 2, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Playing guitar is a blast and learning with a seasoned teacher and musician like Travis, you cannot go wrong. Focus on the names of strings and notes in the first position and build to learning chords and strumming patterns. Before you know it, you will be playing music!

Required: Proof of registration, nylon or steel-stringed acoustic guitar, picks (plectrums), an electronic tuner and the book Hal Leonard Method Complete Set (approx. $20-$25).

Travis Taylor has played guitar for a couple of decades and with a local band for many years. In addition, he has been teaching guitar in the Saco school district for the past 10+ years.

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Self Defense for Women


with Gilbert (Gil) Doughty

Calendar Mar 2, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Did you know that most street assaults last less than 15 seconds? If your life is in danger, you'll need to strike fast, strike hard and answer questions later.

Learn to defend against larger and stronger attackers. Street survival tactics utilize deflecting, striking, kicking, trapping and disabling. Self-defense includes being aware of your surroundings and reading and understanding how to deal with potentially dangerous situations.

All students will receive a kubotan safety device and the knowledge to use it. Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. Proof of registration required.

Sensei Gil Doughty began practicing martial arts in the 70s. 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.

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Tour the Natural Wines of South America


with Gene A Barber

Calendar Mar 2, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join us for an exploration of the naturally made wines of South America. Discuss natural versus industrial winemaking techniques and taste some wines you may never have heard of. Explore wines from the Itata and Bio Bio valleys.

Sample four wines paired with light, healthy appetizers courtesy of Vic & Whit's. Register through OOB/Saco Adult Ed only. Course fee is per person. 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.

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