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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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In One End & Out the Other


with Stephanie Walsh

Calendar Feb 1, 2022 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 the health of your gut! Develop your knowledge of your digestive tract and how to optimize your gut health.

The Whats 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 microbiome) are so important and the steps to take to get back on track to a healthier, happier you!

Masks & distancing required.

Stephanie Walsh is a Master Nutrition Therapist, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, Certified Eating Psychology Coach and Personal Trainer. She uses a holistic approach, treating each person as unique.

Beautiful You: Color & Clothing


with Candace Sanborn

Calendar Feb 2, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

What colors bring out the best in you? Learn to select clothing colors that flatter your skin, hair and coloring. Students will be draped in shades of different colors to demonstrate how choosing the right and wrong shades impacts appearance. Receive general recommendations for eye shadows, blush and lipsticks for your coloring. You'll soon be rethinking the colors you wear from clothes, to jewelry, to makeup!

Masks & distancing required.

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 great about their appearance and ability to connect effectively with others.

Spanish for Advanced Beginners - Live Online


with Susan Elizabeth Mallon

Calendar Feb 2, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Continue learning the basics as well as dive into tenses other than present tense, more advanced grammar and increased conversational skills. Upon completing this course, you will be able to read a beginner book in Spanish as well as have more robust conversations. We will cover about a chapter a week.

Required: A valid Gmail address (as class will be held via GoogleMeets), Easy Spanish Step-by-Step by Barbara Bregstein, ISBN 978-0071463386 (approx. $12, Amazon).

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Susan Mallon, BS in Spanish from USM, also studied at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She was heavily involved with the Hispanic population at Sacred Heart Church in Portland, ME translating for several families and the Spanish Mass. She previously taught at Carrabassett Valley Academy, Mount Blue Middle School and Lewiston High.

Artisan Soap!


with Anita Harris

Calendar Feb 3, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Did you know that, just like cooking, you can make soap from a mix? Join us and take a deeper dive into soap making and discover how to create soap from scratch. Watch as the instructor makes soap while students have the opportunity to ask questions about the process. Learn about different oils and butters and their benefits. Discover natural and non-natural coloring techniques and choose an option for your class-made soap and discuss how to use the soap calculator. Leave with your bar of soap created by the instructor.

Masks & distancing required.

Anita Harris has been creating soaps, natural beauty and health care products for the past seven years. She has been captivated by natural healing for the past 30 as a professional massage therapist and has worked extensively with numerous chiropractors and alternative healers.

Becoming a Notary Public


with Michael Thomas Foley

Calendar Feb 3, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

A notarys primary duty is to formally witness transactions involving paper documents and, in Maine, officiate at weddings. Prepare to be commissioned as a notary public, learn the history of the office, its powers and duties, eligibility, procedures and record-keeping. Applicants must be residents of ME or NH residents who are regularly employed or carry on a trade/business in ME. Leave with the testing and paperwork ready to submit to the State. License is approximately $50 and is valid for seven years.

Masks & distancing required.

Michael Foley, an appointed ME Notary & Dedimus Justice for 10+ years, has notarized countless documents and performed many marriage ceremonies. He has been serving his community for over 15 years in various elected & appointed positions.

Essential Oils


with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Feb 3, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Miracles for Sleep, Stress & Coping

We all can have difficulties coping with stress that can effect our sleep. Essential oils are a great, natural way to cope with life's array of stressors as well as helping us sleep. Leave with a sample to address one of these issues, the knowledge and resources you need to safely use them to support your coping strategies.

Masks & distancing required.

Jennifer Greiner, owner of J|G Green Thinking offering holistic wellness coaching, has 10+ years clinical experience in mental health & art therapy and uses multiple modalities in her approach including essential oils & human design with a focus on boundaries.

The Art & Craft of Songwriting


with Curtis Bessette

Calendar Feb 3, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Got a song in your heart...or in your head? Looking to release your inner Bruce Springsteen or James Taylor? Spend some time with an award-winning songwriter to explore this craft in a nonjudgmental (and fun) environment. Learn to write a song and improve your writing and lyrics. No instrument skill needed! Cover creating. rewriting and organizing your music/lyrics; improving your rhyming skills, writers block - there's no such thing and I can prove it!, adding details to wake up your song, basic chord progression theory, song structure (verse, chorus, bridge) and where to find the best limousine service when you get famous! Please bring a notebook and writing utensil.

Masks & distancing required.

Curt Bessette is an award-winning songwriter and performer, appearing in various venues throughout the US. He has been a guitar and bass instructor for 25+ years, teaching at USM, local adult ed programs, high schools, libraries and music stores.

Early Gravestone Symbols & Meanings - Live Online


with Ronald Romano

Calendar Feb 3, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Southern Maine's colonial cemeteries are rich with folk art. Beautifully hand-carved gravestones created by local stonecutters are readily found throughout our region. But what do the gravestone symbols; rising suns, skulls & crossed bones and pointing fingers really mean? In this heavily illustrated presentation, cemetery historian and author Ron Romano will describe the 'anatomy' of a gravestone, discuss the types of materials found in our burial grounds and explain the meanings of dozens of gravestone images. Q & A to follow presentation. Registration closes at noon the day of class.

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Ron Romano, cemetery historian, is the author of three gravestone & cemetery themed books. He leads walking tours for Portland's 350-year old cemetery and serves on, and is an officer of, the national board of the Association for Gravestone Studies.

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