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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

Samurai Fitness


with Mark Gerardi

Calendar Jan 23, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Want to learn to use a sword or fight with a light saber? Begin with a few exercises and stretches to prepare for moving and jumping through a series of obstacles while utilizing a wooden training sword and learning basic sword techniques. This class has been referred to as "Cross Fitness Training with Crossing Swords". Wear loose clothing and prepare to "Get Samurai Fit"! No class 2/20.

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

Early American Penny Rugs


with Janet Conner, BS

Calendar Jan 25, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Anyone who enjoys quilting, rug hooking or braiding will enjoy making penny rugs! Use small circular patches of wool to make geometric and pictorial scenes which will be demonstrated from start to finish. Discuss the history of rugs, antique samples and available sources for materials. No prior experience needed. Review the designs/kits at and email the instructor at, specifying your choice of kit ($20-$75, payable to instructor in class), which contains a unique selection of pre-washed and hand-dyed wool, pattern, design suggestions and even the embroidery needle and threads.

Required: Kit fee for instructor. Please bring a bag lunch and small sharp fabric scissors.

Janet Conner, BS in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design in PA, is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists, exhibits regionally and at ME Fiber Arts Center. She has been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and Finishing Hooked Rugs. Janet published a book on important collectible and antique rugs and teaches throughout the US, and internationally.

Etsy 101


with Meleena Erikson

Calendar Jan 27, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Selling your crafts online.

Set up a FREE Etsy store and PayPal account, learn basic terminology and branding strategies, list items, decode the mystery of quality packing and shipping. Cover the basics of branding, picture taking, description writing and pricing. Prerequisite: Basic computer, Internet and email skills.

Meleena Erikson, in the marketing field nearly 20 years, has worked with small businesses and nonprofits utilizing social media to help grow their business. She is a college professor in Marketing at SNHU and owns a marketing firm.

Watercolor Florals


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Jan 27, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Paint more loosely and expressively in watercolor! Flowers are a great subject when seeking to paint intuitively and fluidly. Explore the practice of techniques that will strengthen your painting skills including: observation & editing, positive and negative painting, textural effects, glazing, wet-into-wet painting and color mixing. Wrap it all up by painting a flower arrangement using the techniques learned in class as well as improvisational techniques as you develop your own personal style. No class 2/17.

Prerequisite: Watercolor Basics.

Required: 1 sm tube ea: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow (medium), Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red (medium), Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine (or French Ultramarine), Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna; 1 Round #10 watercolor brush,1 drawing pencil #3B, 1 eraser, 1 light board or piece of cardboard, and two sheets of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press (or hot press, if preferred); palette for mixing and a water jar (approx. $40-$50).

Russel Whitten, a local artist/teacher, studied at The Art Students League of NY, Heartwood College of Art, and is a member of The Ogunquit Art Association/Barn Gallery. Students love his easy, supportive style.

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Weight Management with Hypnosis


with Hugh Sadlier, MEd., BCH

Calendar Jan 27, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Whether you have a little or a lot to lose, hypnotherapy can help you achieve your ideal weight. Discuss new methods of weight reduction and practical solutions for your individual needs. Come away relaxed, empowered and equipped with tools and techniques to help you reach and maintain your ideal weight. Bring a mat and/or pillow for extra comfort.

Hugh Sadlier, practicing hypnotherapy for 28 years, has worked with over 3000 people on more than 300 separate issues, including weight management & eating disorders. He practices at Integrative Health Center of ME.

Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation


with Susan Giarolo

Calendar Jan 27, 2020 at 7 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Come in, lay down, cover up and allow this guided relaxation to take you inward through the layers (koshas) of your being as you set a personal intention specific to your life. This method aids in healing, stress relief, addictions, feelings of loss and the release of long held behavioral patterns; leading to physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Bring a mat, wear comfortable clothing and minimize the use of perfumes. No class 2/17.

Sue Giarolo, a Kripalu-trained 200 hour yoga instructor, is also certified in Let Your Yoga Dance, Restorative Yoga, YSR12, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra and Reiki I/II.

A Romantic Valentine’s Dinner for Two


with Moira Rascati

Calendar Jan 28, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Treat your loved ones to a special Valentine’s dinner you can recreate at home.

Start with seared sea scallops in rosemary cream sauce, impress them with radicchio and candied nut salad with ginger raspberry dressing. Our entree will be pistachio crusted pork tenderloin with port wine sauce alongside vegetable medley and layered potatoes as accompaniments. Italian zabaglione, a wine-based meringue, will be the grande finale to this romantic meal. Appropriate wine choices will be discussed. This class is hands-on so bring your apron, French knife and appetite!

​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.

Planning a Flawless Event


with Whitney Burdsall

Calendar Jan 28, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Whether you are planning a wedding, baby shower, charity golf tournament or educational conference - there are so many details to manage! Join us for the top 10 tips for a flawless event. Cover everything from the initial budget to post-event follow up, including helpful tools and tricks to keep you from losing your mind! This class is fun, informative and will give you the tools to manage any kind of event you are planning.

Whitney Burdsall, Logistics Director for Green Tree Event Consultants, has 15+ years experience in event planning and is also a member of the ME Small Business Development Center’s Advisory Council. From small parties to large scale conferences and fundraisers, she’s done it all.

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