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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Our Classes

Beginner Digital Photography


with Walter Margerison

Calendar Mar 3, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Explore how digital photography works and all the benefits your Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera has to offer. Learn to make a photograph by understanding all of your camera's settings and controls. Gain an understanding of composition, design and how to download and edit your photos to make them ready for production.

Note: This class is not for point & shoot cameras - only cameras with full manual settings (DSLR, some mirrorless cameras).

Required: DSLR camera, fresh batteries, a memory card and your questions!

Recommended: Laptop computer (no WiFi access), thumb drive.

Walter Margerison, BFA in Photography, worked alongside & studied under world renowned photographer Henry Wessel. He has worked 20+ years in the wedding photography industry, as a photographer with the US Navy and teaches street photography as well.

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Intermediate Computer User Workshop 202


with Jeanne Cassidy

Calendar Mar 3, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

BLURB The following two-week sessions are offered for those who have mastered the basics taught in the New Computer User Workshops. Each class is stand-alone and not dependent on the others. In class laptops provided.

Introduction to MS Office 2016 - Word:

This powerful word processing program allows users to type and manipulate text in a graphic environment that resembles a page of paper. Learn the basic functions and how to use them to create customized documents that wow!

Jeanne Cassidy, MA, CPCM, PMP, has worked with computers for 30+ years in the military and aerospace industry. She enjoys sharing her extensive experience with people who want to become more familiar with existing technology.

SEO - Search Engine Optimization


with Thomas Aikins

Calendar Mar 3, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the basics of Search Engine Optimization and how to optimize your web site for Google searches. This valuable information can make your web site more visible and gain new traffic and customers!

Tommy Aikins has spent over 10 years doing SEO for clients, training people to do SEO and presenting seminars on this topic around the world.

Advanced Excel Spreadsheet


with David A Chandler-Smith

Calendar Mar 4, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Excel is not just a data keeping tool!

Expanding on the tools learned in the Excel Spreadsheet Basics course, ​discover how and why formulas make Excel smart​. Cover formulas and their functions as well as VLOOKUP, Pivot Tables, Data Tables, Nested IF, Index & Match, Choose and so much more. Take your skills to the next level!

Prerequisite: Completion of Excel Spreadsheet Basics or equivalent; familiarity creating documents, formatting text and navigating menus/toolbars in software programs.

Dave Chandler-Smith has 20+ years of IT Development on mainframe and midrange computer systems. As a lifelong learner, working in IT allows him to further his expertise by being exposed to the many software needs of various industries.

Chi Kung Level I


with Mark Gerardi

Calendar Mar 4, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

The gentle exercise of Chi Kung (pronounced Chee Gong) relieves stress without straining joints, muscles or ligaments. Slow graceful movements combined with meditation, Chi Kung controls energy flow while increasing stamina and awareness. This ancient Chinese practice combines intentional, controlled breathing with movements to encourage the flow of chi (vital energy) in the body elevating the immune system, releasing nervous tension and eliminating a buildup of stress, all important factors in maintaining optimal health. Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes.

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

EFT for Women


with Leah Wentworth

Calendar Mar 4, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Improving Body Image Learn the basics of Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as EFT or Tapping). Discuss and practice EFT to change your inner dialogue about your body. Make peace with the body you were born in and create the healthy feeling you desire. EFT helps build emotional stability and quiets our fears and inner critic to allow balance, peace and joy to emerge. Discover this powerful tool and create your better body image!

Leah Wentworth, of Inner Wisdom Health & Wellness, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Reiki and EFT/Tapping Practitioner. She is passionate about creating balance in the body’s energy system and providing guidance to reconnect with inner wisdom.

Get to Know the Pepperell Mills


with Dana Peck

Calendar Mar 4, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Discover the colorful history of the Pepperell Mills!

Cover how they were built from the design, sources of local materials used, construction of several Pepperell Mills from 1840 to 1916 and the notorious figures involved in the mill’s history. The construction of these mills directly effected the growth of the Biddeford/Saco community and helped make them the flourishing, diverse communities we know and love today. Learn everything you’ve been wanting to know about our local mills!

Dana Peck, born and raised locally, is a volunteer with the Biddeford Historical Society. He has always been passionate about the history of our towns and more specifically the historical effect the Pepperell Mills had on them.

Intro to Juicing


with Susan Elizabeth Mallon

Calendar Mar 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Drinking fresh juices, which contain a plethora of anti-inflammatory compounds, can be an affordable and unique way to kick off healthy eating habits in the New Year! Learn to make your own! Juicing can help you feel more energized and experience improved health. Please bring a beverage container so we can all drink to our health!

Sue Mallon has been juicing for 20 years and truly believes in the positive power that juice can bring to one’s health.

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