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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

The Art of Natural Perfumery


with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Mar 9, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the art and science of creating natural perfumes and colognes. Discover the emotional effects of dozens of essential oils and how to balance top, middle and bottom scent notes to craft alluring aromas, balancing body and mind. Then, make a customized perfume or cologne to take home. This class is great for any gender interested in their own personalized scent.

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.

DIY Hardcover Journals & Sketchbooks


with Gayle Fitzpatrick

Calendar Mar 11, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Explore basic bookbinding techniques to create a one-of-a-kind hardcover journal or sketchbook while using the binding method of sewing a book. Focus on technique, structure, tools, materials and processes. Leave class with a personally hand-bound book and the knowledge & skill to continue making more of your own! All materials provided. Proof of registration required.

Gayle Fitzpatrick has taught in public and private schools, colleges, adult and community programs for 30+ years. In addition, she is a practicing artist who creates and exhibits works in painting, printmaking and paper.

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Advanced Watercolor


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Mar 13, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Get new ideas and build upon the techniques you have already established. Learn to draw with watercolor, understand positive and negative space as well as color mixing and matching. Work on slightly more complex still-life subjects with step-by-step demonstrations and explanations of their execution.

Prerequisite: Watercolor Basics.

Required: 1 sm tube ea: Cadmium Yellow (light), 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 2 sheets of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press (or hot press, if preferred); palette for mixing and a water jar (approx. $50-$100).

Note: Please purchase Arches paper, as the quality of watercolor paper is essential for handling the techniques taught in class. Feel free to bring any watercolor paint you may already have.

DATE CHANGE due to weateher cancellation in Russel's other class (was 3/6-4/3).

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.

Heartsaver CPR & First Aid for Adults & Children


with Karl Finley, EMT-P

Calendar Mar 13, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Acquire the critical skills needed to respond to and manage first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest until emergency medical services arrive. In addition, learn to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies, adult/child/infant CPR, and automated external defibrillator use. First Aid and CPR cards are good for two years and meet the requirements for childcare providers. Tuition includes $18 fee for First Aid/CPR card.

Karl Finley, volunteer firefighter for 20+ years with Scarborough Fire Department, is an EMT/Paramedic and worked at the Saco Fire Department for 15 years. He has been the Public Education Coordinator for six years and teaching CPR for eight.

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Fatigue, Fogginess, Fear & Food


with Stephanie Walsh

Calendar Mar 14, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

What Your Brain May be Telling You - Session 3

Gut health is key to brain health!

What you eat can either support or compromise brain activity. Learn about the gut-brain connection, how stress, depression or anxiety affect your gut health and what foods or supplements are vital for optimal brain and gut health.

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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Crocheting in the Round


with Myriah Davis

Calendar Mar 15, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

In this intermediate crochet course, you will work on shaping, including increases, decreases and creating a small amigurumi bee. You should be comfortable working with single crochet stitching and stitch counting. All materials included.

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

Wish-cycling & How it Harms


with Alexandria Kane

Calendar Mar 15, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Wishful recycling, or wish-cycling, happens when you put it in your recycling bin, hoping the facility will sort it out for recycling.

Unfortunately, despite good intentions, those items do more harm than you might think. Learn about ecomaine’s recycling process and how wish-cycling has created a global problem for this industry. Bring your questions, including items you want answers about.

Alex Kane, BA in Environmental Planning & Policy from USM, is an environmental educator at ecomaine. She has a background in horticulture and received her AAS in Horticulture from SMCC. She prefers a hands-on approach to a thoroughly engaging type of learning.

Watercolor Painting with Rubber Stamps


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Mar 16, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Create watercolor greeting cards!Have you ever wanted to paint with watercolor but were intimidated by the aspect of drawing the initial design?

This class will teach you how to use Memento Inks, watercolor pencils and markers to color-stamped designs that look like watercolor. Leave with three greeting cards on watercolor paper for those special occasions. All materials included. Registration closes at noon on 3/14.

Faith Garnett began teaching card-making in 2009. She sells her work at craft fairs, through private sales and online.

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