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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

Culinary Knife Skills


with Moira Rascati

Calendar Jan 16, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Become faster and 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 is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in NY and has been a sous-chef at Joseph’s by the Sea for the past 25 years. She has also taught the Garde Manger course at SMCC for 10+ years.

Outboard Motor Repair II


with Michael L Luchetti

Calendar Jan 16, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Take the mystery out of using and maintaining your outboard motor. Get hands-on help with the basics of troubleshooting while working with the gear case, cooling, fuel and ignition systems. Bring your own 6-horsepower or less outboard motor, diagnose the problem and repair it! Yearly maintenance will also be covered. Some outboards will be available to repair. Be prepared to get your hands dirty. Instructor will supply all tools or bring your own. Tuition includes cleaning/maintenance materials. Note: Replacements parts available for purchase at time of use.

Mike Luchetti, of Vintage Outboard Restoration, is a former teacher & avid fisherman. He has taught boat/motor repair for the past 25 years and enjoys showing others what he has learned.

Buying Your First Home


with Lelah Sullivan

Calendar Jan 18, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This Maine hoMEworks class covers the entire 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 bring a pen, notepad, beverage, snacks and a lunch.

Note: Register the person you are buying your home with at the time of your registration and get a $10 rebate.

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.

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Beginner Yoga


with Janet Spiegel

Calendar Jan 22, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Whether you are a beginner or beginning again, there is space for you in this yoga practice. Learn accessible yoga that is suitable for any body while focusing on building confidence in and understanding of the poses. Receive safe assistance to find the physical practice that works best for you. Learn simple breathing techniques to de-stress and calm the mind on and off the mat while having fun with a community of people who are drawn to wellness! Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. No class 2/5.

Janet Spiegel, RYT-200 Fluid Yoga, began practicing yoga a decade ago. Her practice/teachings honor the balance between energetic movement and peace and her goal is to support students as they make discoveries about themselves through freedom in body, mind and spirit.

Basic Map, Compass & GPS Skills


with Bryan Courtois

Calendar Jan 22, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the basics of using a map, compass and handheld GPS. In this beginners course, focus on finding magnetic bearings on a map and following the bearing in the field. Bring your compass and GPS if you have one. Sample maps will be provided. Section on GPS will focus on various settings and position formats commonly used with a handheld GPS, creating waypoints multiple ways and effectively being able to communicate your position in an emergency.

Bryan Courtois, President of Pine Tree Search and Rescue (PTSAR), MASAR Search Team Leader, Education Director for MASAR, Wilderness First Responder and Registered ME Guide has been involved with SAR for over 20 years.

Drilled Sea Glass Section I


with Sarah Walker

Calendar Jan 22, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Pendant & Key Chain

Learn the secret to drilling glass, stones and shells. Use our collection of sea glass, beach stones and shells, or bring your own favorites. Learn the easy technique for creating spirals and wire-wrapping, adding beautiful beads to create unique and special jewelry. Tuition includes all materials to make a pendant and key chain.

Art Night Out instructors are experienced crafters providing a relaxed environment, lots of support and quality materials/tools to ensure a positive experience.

Retirement Income Planning


with Scott Whytock

Calendar Jan 22, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn ways to maximize your retirement income, strategies to protect your savings, ways to maximize your social security benefits and more. Discuss why you need a personalized retirement plan that achieves your goals, what risks are impacting your retirement and the importance of making sound choices as you move through retirement. Please bring a pen and notepad.

Scott Whytock, Certified Financial Planner, has been an investment advisor for 10+ years helping clients plan for issues that arise from the time they enter the workforce through retirement. He assists with investments, insurance, tax planning, estate planning and how all these issues impact you and your family.

Recycling from Bin to Bale


with Vanessa Berry

Calendar Jan 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

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

Vanessa Berry holds a BS in Elementary Education from UME @ Farmington where she was part of their Sustainable Campus Coalition. She joined the ecomaine team in August 2018, as an Environmental Educator.

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