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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

AARP Smart Driver


with Andrew Grant

Calendar Oct 18, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

The nation’s first refresher course specifically designed for drivers aged 50 and older. Refresh your driving skills and knowledge of road rules in this easy-to-follow format. Topics include safe driving strategies, medications, and driving, driver distractions, proper use of car safety features, road rules on left turns, right-of-way and roundabouts; state-specific rules and regulations in 19 key areas, including construction zones, child safety seats, school buses, cell phone use and more. An evaluation of the course found that 97% of participants changed at least one driving habit due to what they learned. So join us to help reduce accidents or get a ticket and learn something new! Course fee is for administrative costs. Masks optional.

Required: Instructor will collect $25 ($20 for AARP members) for materials.

Andrew Grant, certified Smart Driver instructor, also teaches Smart Driver TEK workshops, Car-Fit, and We Need to Talk programs.

Manage Chronic Pain with Hypnosis - Live Online


with Hugh Sadlier, MEd., BCH

Calendar Oct 18, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Chronic pain is any pain that persists for at least six months. It can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. David Spiegle, Director of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, noted: “It has taken us a century and a half to rediscover the fact that we can retrain the brain to reduce pain.” This class will provide you with hypnotic tools and techniques that will enable you to manage (and possibly eliminate) your pain.

Please be in a comfortable, seated position for class. Registration closes at noon on 10/17.

Hugh Sadlier, practicing hypnotherapy for 31 years, has worked with over 3000 people on more than 300 separate issues, including weight management & eating disorders.

Meditation with Tea


with Marianne E Russo

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

For so many, enjoying tea is about being in the moment. Explore ways to slow down and clear your mind, utilizing the qualities inherent in the leaf and making yourself a cup of tea. Then, with intention, let’s develop your meditation practice using tea as a vehicle to practice mindfulness and intention. Optional steeping vessel, $8 each, available from the class instructor. Masks optional.

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.

Culinary Knife Skills


with Moira Rascati

Calendar Oct 19, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Become more accurate with your knife work to create dishes that cook evenly and look professional. Explore proper hand placement and the four fundamental cuts: dice, mince, julienne & brunoise. Chop herbs without bruising or losing flavor and never again cry when cutting an onion. Discover the four knives every chef needs in their kitchen and finish with a lesson on honing and sharpening. Bring a sharpened paring knife, French knife and sharpening steel, if you have one.

Moira Rascati, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has been a professional chef for 40+ years and cooked locally at Joseph’s By the Sea for over 30. She is currently an instructor at SMCC in their culinary arts and nutrition programs.

Full Course

How to Write a Book in 3 Months!


with Maryssa Gordon

Calendar Oct 19, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This expanded class covers timelines for writing, editing and publishing, both traditional and self. Explore the writing process from conception to outlining to writing and the editing process from choosing an editor to implementing edits.

Enjoy an in-depth discussion on the differences between traditional and self-publishing, including the pros, cons and an in-depth timeline for traditional vs self-publishing.

Bring a writing utensil and paper. No class 11/8.

Maryssa Gordon, MFA in Creative Writing, is the founder and sole operator of Pocket Editing, a freelance writing and editing business. She recently published her first book Lies Left Behind.

Retirement Income Planning


with Scott Whytock

Calendar Oct 19, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Maximize your retirement income, prepare strategies to protect your savings, learn to maximize your social security benefits and more. Discuss why you need a personalized retirement plan that achieves your goals, what risks impact your plan, and the importance of making sound choices as you move through retirement. Bring a pen and notepad.

Scott Whytock, Certified Financial Planner, has been an investment advisor for 10+ years, helping clients with investments, insurance, tax planning, estate planning and how these issues impact you and your family.

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with Rita A Braceland

Calendar Oct 20, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Start Your Own Business!

We will answer the five most important questions that will come up many times in planning your business: Who are you? What will you offer? Who will be your customers and competition? What are the cost estimates? How will customers know about you? Leave class with resources and an action plan to get started on creating your own business.

Jill Braceland has been designing and delivering management and writing tool seminars for 30+ years. She has a reputation for offering interactive, practical workshops in an easy, friendly manner.

The Human Design System


with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Oct 20, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Discover Your ‘YOU’! 

Human Design is a system that combines ancient and modern sciences, proven to be a valuable tool in understanding ourselves. Discover what makes you unique and different. When you know your human design, you can have a better strategy for life. Knowing yourself gives you the ability to be authentic and to feel seen. Discover the Energy Types, Centers, Authorities, Self Themes and more! Masks optional. 

Required: Find your free Human Design chart at & bring it with you to class.

Contact Jennifer at if you have questions about the Human Design chart. Masks optional.

Jennifer Greiner, of Divine Vitality, uses a unique approach of professional counseling and essential oil wellness to integrate alternative, natural methods into your health & lifestyle.

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