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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

Preserving the Harvest


with Katherine McCarty

Calendar May 2, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Rhubarb Lemon Rosemary JamRhubarb is versatile, underappreciated, and one of Maine's first edible signs of spring. Discover its many uses in preservation by making this unique, flavor-filled condiment taught by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff. Learn to safely preserve rhubarb using the hot water bath method Recipes provided. Leave with a jar of jam. Please bring a pot holder.

Kate McCarty, Food Preservation Community Educator at UME Cooperative Extension, served with the AmeriCorps VISTA program and has completed the Master Food Preserver Program.

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Save a Life with Narcan!


with Lacey Bailey, CADC, BS

Calendar May 2, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Narcan Training & Breaking Stigma Around Substance Use Disorder

Let’s end the stigma surrounding substance use and learn how YOU can be part of the change. Learn to respond to an overdose and properly administer Narcan. Students will receive a dose of Narcan to take home because nobody should die a preventable death.

Lacey M. Bailey, CADC, Specializes in Addiction Therapy and Counseling. She is Sweetser’s OPTIONS (Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach, Naloxone, and Safety) liaison for York County and was honored by Gov. Janet Mills for her tireless work in July of 2022.

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MaineCare Eligibility, Benefits & Estate Recovery


with Eleanor L Dominguez

Calendar May 3, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

What Seniors & Their Families Need to Know!

Learn the eligibility requirements for MaineCare long-term care (nursing home) benefits and estate recovery. Discover how an individual, married or single, becomes eligible and how to, in general terms, become eligible without unnecessarily impoverishing the spouse or losing one's life savings.

Eleanor Dominguez, Esq. has worked at Ainsworth, Thelin & Raftice, PA, in South Portland since 2014, focusing on elder law, estate planning and estate administration. In addition, she is accredited in preparing, presenting and prosecuting claims for veterans’ benefits before the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Make Your Own Tea Blend


with Marianne E Russo

Calendar May 3, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Develop a personal blend of tea to give as a gift or to serve to your friends and families. Have a blast creating a unique brew for you or someone you love! Leave with 1 ounce of a blend you have made to your taste or that of a loved one.

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.

Taming Your To Do List


with Rita A Braceland

Calendar May 3, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Identify techniques to organize your time and get more out of your days and evenings! Prioritize, improve your to-do list and learn how we underestimate time. Discuss tips to stop procrastinating and understand how to ward off being so overwhelmed.

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.

American Kempo Kickboxing


with Gilbert (Gil) Doughty

Calendar May 4, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Discover beginner techniques for those interested in learning more. American kickboxing is designed for ANY age, body type or ability. Combine punching, kicking, deflections and evasions for a complete understanding of how to apply this popular, confidence-building martial art. Practice delivering effective, balanced, energy-efficient techniques in the kickboxing ring or parking lot. Wear sneakers and comfortable athletic clothing. Bring a yoga mat for stretching, if desired. Proof of registration required.

Sensei Gil Doughty began practicing martial arts in the 70s. He has trained with Maine Karate Association founder Sensei Reggie Groff, Master Seung Ook Choi of Choi's Kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do, and Sensei Bruce Cross & Master Steve DeMasco of Villari's Shaolin Kempo.

Folk Art Rug Hooking


with Janet Conner, BS

Calendar May 6, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Low-tech, simple and lots of fun! 

Learn rug hooking from start to finish with every step demonstrated. Easily incorporate rovings, hand-spun and commercial yarns, felting techniques, and embellishments after mastering the basics. Discuss the history and tradition of primitive rug hooking and learn about finding and preparing materials and research sources for design inspiration. Choose a small mat or chair pad from a variety of simple kits, which include hook, instructions, binding, burlap, hoop and a selection of one-of-a-kind heirloom and hand-dyed wools ($41-$60, payable to instructor in class).

Required: Proof of registration. Bring lunch and a pair of sharp fabric scissors. Review designs/kits at Email at the time of registration specifying your kit choice(s).

Janet Conner, BS in Art Education, Moore College of Art & Design, is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists. She exhibits regionally and at ME Fiber Arts Center. Janet’s and her students' rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and Finishing Hooked Rugs. Janet published Rug Hooking Traditions with James & Mercedes Hutchinson in 2016. In 2020, she published Magnificent Hooked Rugs inspired by Western Art History. She teaches throughout the US and internationally.

Stretching for All Ages - Live Online


with HanaKyle Moranz

Calendar May 6, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

As we age we lose flexibility. Discover why stretching the major muscle groups just minutes each day is beneficial! Learn how to do it safely and effectively. We will stretch standing, sitting and laying down, including the best way to stretch your lower back, the easiest neck stretch in the world and a great way to relieve tension in your shoulders. Leave with a short sequence to stretch and mobilize your muscles and joints on your own, anytime. Wear comfortable clothing you can stretch in.

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HanaKyle Moranz is a bodyworker, personal trainer and movement maven who specializes in working with people with chronic pain to increase resilience in activities of daily life.

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