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Women’s Self Defense
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Women’s Self Defense


with Mark Gerardi

Why self defense? You never want to use it but are glad you have it if you need it! Stay safe by knowing the three circles of awareness and techniques for escaping from a variety of grabs and holds. Various simple techniques will be shown including how and where to strike as well as how and where not to. Have the courage to give yourself permission to keep yourself safe. This class is not only empowering, it’s also fun. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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

Estate Planning


with Martin C Womer, Esq.

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Documents That You Should Have - What Seniors and Their Families Need to Know! Each of us needs a Last Will and Testament, a Durable Power of Attorney, an Advance Health Care Directive and a HIPAA Authorization. Learn the purpose and significance of each and get your questions answered.

Martin C Womer, Esq. is the founder and an elder law attorney with the ME Center for Elder Law in Kennebunk. He assists clients with MaineCare planning and applications, VA Pension eligibility, estate planning, guardian and conservatorships, trust and estate settlement.

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Installing Hardscapes


with Robert W Moody Jr

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Learn about walkways and patios: paver and natural stone installation or flagstone, retaining walls: manufactured and dry laid walls, coping with drainage and elevations. Learn easy ways to install and cut pavers, split stone, read the grain of a stone and how to split granite and stone with inexpensive chisels, feathers and wedges.

Rob Moody has extensive knowledge from nursery development & landscape design to irrigation installation & engineering. He has worked at Moody's Nursery for 35+ years and was President of MELNA.

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Empowering Women Through Retirement


with Scott Whytock

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

For those in or approaching retirement, many questions must be answered. Women often have added challenges that must be recognized. Explore the added considerations women must make, discuss all aspects of a well-crafted, personalized financial plan and highlight opportunities to address these issues. This class is for anyone looking to prudently plan for an impending or current retirement. Please bring a pen and notepad.

Scott Whytock, Certified Financial Planner, has been an investment advisor for 10+ years helping clients plan for issues that arise from the time they enter the workforce through retirement. He assists with investments, insurance, tax planning, estate planning and how all these issues impact you and your family.

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Intro to Financial Literacy


with Laura Willett

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

Learn the basics of managing your financial life and making the most of your paycheck regardless of how much you make. Create a budget and long-term financial plan to prepare for those really big expenses like a house, college and retirement. Discuss your FICO score and how it impacts your life, types of loans and how much extra you’ll pay under each. Discover which documents to save and for how long, what to throw away vs. shred and what to download and why. Get all of your financial questions answered!

Laura Willett, owner of LEW Consulting Services, is a Freelance Financial Consultant and an experienced financial professional, educator, team-builder, mentor and lifelong learner.

For the Love of Houseplants!


with Grace Ouellette

Calendar Mar 5, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Discover the joys of caring for beautiful plants! Find out which plant is the right one for your space and the best ways to care for them. Discuss light and water needs, how to propagate to make more plants and solutions for problems like pests and diseases. Leave with the knowledge to grow healthy plants in your home and with a small plant cutting from Grace’s collection to add to yours!

Grace Ouellette graduated from USM with a degree in Biology with a focus in Botany. She works at Highland Farm in Scarborough and has 100+ plants in her home.

Get Your Vegetable Garden Ready for Spring


with Robert W Moody Jr

Calendar Mar 17, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Discover all you need to know to have that perfect garden and what you can do today to get it started. Discuss insect and disease problems, preparing your soil, starting seedlings and how to grow the best vegetables ever! Learn how to deal with the weather and how it affects your garden and how to maintain it throughout the growing season. If you have a garden or are planning one, you won't want to miss this workshop!

Rob Moody has extensive knowledge from nursery development & landscape design to irrigation installation & engineering. He has worked at Moody's Nursery for 35+ years and was President of MELNA.

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All About Tick-borne Disease


with Dr Sean McCloy, MD, MPH, MA

Calendar Mar 25, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn what tick-borne disease is, prevention, recognizing symptoms and co-infections. Discuss the controversies and how to ask your doctor to do a proper work up. Dr. McCloy’s approach is to use Functional Medicine to get to the root cause of your medical condition and fix it using natural methods, rather than simply covering up the symptoms with a drug. This talk will be entertaining and informative with plenty of chances to ask questions.

Dr. Sean McCloy, MD, MPH, MA, is Medical Director/founder of Integrative Health Center of ME and specializes in Lyme-literate treatment.

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