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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Family, Home & Garden

Intro to Raised Bed Gardening


with Joseph Moreshead

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Discover the fundamentals of raised bed gardening, including the various building materials and soils to use. We'll discuss flowers, herbs and veggies and their growing requirements. Learn what you need to know to help you create a bed with your favorites in mind!

Joseph Moreshead majored in Landscape Management, is a Certified Master Gardener through the University of Maine York County Extension Service, and served as it's Board Chair for three years. He is one of the founders of the Community Gardens on King St. in Saco.

Full Course

Maine Weather & Climate Change - Live Online


with Amalia Siegel

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

The Maine Climate Council, formed in 2019, is a group of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials and engaged citizens. They are working to develop a four-year plan to address the impacts of climate change on Maine, build resiliency to climate effects and meet state statutory targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Join us to learn about the council’s climate action plan, how individuals can take action on climate change and how climate change is impacting our state.

Molly Siegel, BA, Dartmouth College, is the Climate Council Coordinator with the ME Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future and brings experience in community development, stake holder engagement, and project management to the team. Prior to joining GOPIF, she was the Program Manager for Electric Vehicle Initiatives at Efficiency Maine, where she played a key role in developing the state’s first Plan for EV Infrastructure Deployment.

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Self Defense for Women


with Gilbert (Gil) Doughty

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Did you know that most street assaults last less than 15 seconds? If your life is in danger, you'll need to strike hard and fast and answer questions later. Learn to defend against larger and stronger attackers. Street survival skills include disabling, kicking, trapping, deflecting and hitting. Situational awareness and knowing how to handle possible threats are part of self-defense. Every student will get a Kubotan safety tool along with instruction on how to use it.

Required: Proof of registration. Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes.

Sensei Gil Doughty began practicing martial arts in the 1970s. 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.

Full Course

Home Buying Simplified


with Denise Reiff

Calendar Apr 25, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Tired of renting and ready to put your hard earned money towards a new home? We have you covered! Learn about different financing options, what sellers are looking for, current market conditions and how to negotiate in today’s market so that you get a great deal on your new home! Please bring a pen/notepad.

Scott & Denise Reiff are a successful local husband/wife realtor couple affiliated with Keller Williams Realty. Together, they are dedicated to educating both buyers and sellers on their home buying/selling journeys.

Home Selling Simplified


with Denise Reiff

Calendar May 2, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Wondering what it would be like to sell your home in today’s market? We have you covered! Learn when the best time to sell is, what buyers are looking for, current market conditions and how to sell your home for top dollar! Please bring a pen/notepad.

Scott & Denise Reiff are a successful local husband/wife realtor couple affiliated with Keller Williams Realty. Together, they are dedicated to educating both buyers and sellers on their home buying/selling journeys.

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YardScaping From Lawns to Landscapes


with Alison N Clift

Calendar May 9, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Are you enjoying your yard as much as you’d like too?

Create wildlife habitat, grow food for your family and protect your local waterways while improving the appearance and functionality of your yard. This workshop will provide you with ways to reduce your lawn and associated maintenance by swapping it for pollinator gardens, edible landscapes, rain gardens, vegetative buffers, groundcovers, wildflower meadows and other natural landscapes you can pick and choose from to make your yard work for you.

Optional: Bring a layout of your yard (copy of tax map, drawings, satellite image, pictures) to start designing your landscaping changes at the end of the workshop with free technical assistance from the instructor.

Ali Clift holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Marine Science from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. She is the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Full Course

Buying Your First Home - Live Online - Spring


with Lelah Sullivan

Calendar May 19, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

The entire process of purchasing a home is covered in this ME hoMEworks course, including making the decision, setting a budget for homeownership, improving credit, getting a mortgage approval, working with a realtor, inspections, insurance, the closing process, energy efficiency and avoiding predatory lenders. Learn about closing cost and down payment assistance programs available for first-time homebuyers, veterans and others. Attendees will earn a Certificate of Completion required by USDA, ME State Housing Authority and other mortgage lenders. Free individualized counseling is offered after the class. Please have pen and paper available. Registration closes at noon on 5/16.

Required: To complete registration and receive the Zoom link, you must reply to the email that will be sent to you from YCCAC.

Reminder: To receive a $10 refund, register the person you are buying your house with at the same time you register.

Lee Sullivan is the Homebuyer Education Coordinator at York County Community Action Corp. In addition to experiencing the homebuying process multiple times, she is Certified by hoMEworks, HUD and the USDA RD Direct mortgage program.

Maine Driving Dynamics


with Renee Bernard

Calendar May 20, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

The Maine Driving Dynamics course is a driver improvement course that is designed to improve a student's defensive driving awareness. This five-hour course includes discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine's highways. Our goal is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce vehicle-related crashes.

Note: Day/date change from originally published schedule (was T/Th 5/14-5/16).


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