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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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Buying Your First Home


with Lelah Sullivan

Calendar Jan 19, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This Maine hoMEworks class covers the entire process of buying a home: making the decision, budgeting for homeownership, repairing credit, getting approved for a mortgage, choosing a realtor, property inspections, insurance, the closing process, energy efficiency and avoiding predatory lenders. Learn about down payment and closing cost assistance available to first-time homebuyers, veterans and others. Earn a Certificate of Completion required for certain mortgage programs, including USDA, ME State Housing Authority and other lenders. Free individualized counseling is available following the class. Please bring a pen, notepad, beverage, snacks and a bag lunch.

Register another person at the time of your registration and get a $10 rebate.

Lee Sullivan has experienced the home-buying process multiple times and successfully redeveloped several bank-owned residential properties. She is a HUD and hoMEworks-certified housing counselor and homebuyer educator.

Clutter-free Living


with Lisa Luken

Calendar Mar 19, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

in Six Simple Steps

Are you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with too much stuff in your home and life? Do you wish you were more organized? Get focused and take action using six simple steps to gain freedom from your stuff, allowing you to live a fuller life and do more of what you love.

Lisa Luken, a simple living coach & consultant, helps individuals organize and simplify their homes, photos & lives.

Create Your Herb Garden


with Debra E Mercier

Calendar Mar 6, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn to plan, design, prepare and plant your own herb garden. Choose from a number of theme gardens, learn about companion planting (herbs and vegetables) and how to prepare and use your herbs for culinary and medicinal uses. Techniques for harvesting and storing will be covered and handouts provided.

Debbie Mercier, owner of Greenwood Herbals in Limerick, is an Herbalist, Master Gardener, and a Reiki Practitioner.

Cutting the Cable Cord


with Kevin Neely

Calendar Jan 15, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

How to Save $ and Increase your TV Options

Tired of spending hundreds of dollars each month on cable TV? Sure you get movies, sports and sitcoms on cable that you can’t get for free with an antenna, or can you? What exactly can you save on your TV bill each month? Many cable cutters experience increased options at much more affordable prices. Explore this new option in entertainment as we look at streaming companies like Hulu, FuboTV, SlingTV, Netflix, Amazon, MLB, NFL, NBA and more that cater to the needs of this new consumer clientele.

Kevin Neely has spent 30+ years helping adults learn and be comfortable with computer technology has taken him throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia.

Get Your Vegetable Garden Ready for Spring


with Robert W Moody Jr

Calendar Mar 26, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

It's time to start planning for summer!

Learn all you need to know to have that perfect garden and what you can do today to get it started. Explore handling insect and disease problems, preparing your soil, starting seedlings and how to grow the best vegetables ever! Cover dealing with the weather and how it affects your garden along with maintaining 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.

How to Prevent Identity Theft


with Det Fred Williams

Calendar Mar 7, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Identity theft is becoming an increasingly common crime. Learn to protect yourself and your family from becoming victims with a seasoned detective! This is valuable information you cannot afford to miss!

Detective Fred Williams, computer forensic analyst, has been with the Saco Police Department since 2003. He has extensive knowledge in fraud investigations.

How Your Teenager Uses Their Smartphone


with Allen Lampert

Calendar Mar 5, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Who better to learn from but a teenager herself!? Explore the ways teens use smartphone technology. Special emphasis will be on the applications teens use, how social media works and ways to better engage and monitor your teens cellphone use. Gain insight, perspective and an understanding of why certain applications are more popular than others.

Mya Paul is a student at Thornton Academy with considerable experience using smartphone technology. She is a “digital native.”

Allen Lampert, Director of Sanford Community Education, has considerable experience as an adult ed director but considers himself to be a “digital immigrant.”

Installing Hardscapes


with Robert W Moody Jr

Calendar Jan 29, 2019 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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