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Bee Keeping for Beginners


with Mark Reifschneider

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6 pm

This class will educate those interested in getting involved with bees. Lessons will include assembling bee keeping equipment, installing a “nuc” (nucleus colony), controlling swarming, and dealing with varroa mites. Other topics—such as how and when to harvest honey, how to split hives, and how to winterize—will be covered.

On the first night of class, the instructor will collect $50 from each participant to cover the cost of the textbook and for a donation to the local beekeepers’ association.

Full Course

Introduction to American Sign Language


with Stephanie Ward

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6 pm

Students will learn basic ASL communication. Course includes sign vocabulary, grammatical structures, fingerspelling, numbers and expressive and receptive signing activities.

Students will learn the history of ASL and become knowledgeable about aspects of Deaf Culture, which is an integral part of meaningful language use.

No textbook required.

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Bow Hunter Safety


with Russell Corson

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

This course is being taught by a trained, certified volunteer instructor according to statewide standards. Russell will cover the following topics: proper firearms handling (rifle and shotgun), survival/first aid, hunter responsibility, map and compass and landowner relations.

This Classroom Course consists of 10 hours of instruction. Students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a bow, participate in activities, bring in a survival kit with appropriate contents and pass a 50-question test with a grade of at least 70%.

For students age ten years old and up.

Text book used: Today's Hunter


Full Course

Introduction to Photography


with Arend Thibodeau

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

What is the rule of thirds? Why are my images boring? Why does my friend take the same picture as I do and her picture looks better? Bring your camera to class and learn how to make a great image rather than simply take a photograph. We will focus on what constitutes a great image and how to think about composition, lighting and subject matter. We will compare and contrast work by contemporary artists in order to understand how to develop our own unique statements as photographers.

Bring your digital camera or portable device with camera to this workshop.


A Writer's Workshop


with Kristin Leonard

Calendar Mar 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Do you want to improve your writing skills for work? How about writing a poem to your beloved, or finishing that family memoir? Maybe you’ve considered writing a script? If so, please come join us in this 6-week writer’s workshop where we will explore a variety of writing genres. Participants will write and receive feedback and together we will examine successful writers’ strategies and general tricks of the trade. And most of all, we will discover that writing can be fun!

Kristin was awarded the 2019 Maine Literary Award for Drama

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Sewing Machine Basics


with Doreen Morris

Calendar Mar 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Do you have a sewing machine just sitting in a closet collecting dust? Time to dust it off and join us for this eye opening class on sewing machine basics! You will learn how to use your sewing machine and some of its features, such as how to thread the machine, wind a bobbin, and troubleshoot common problems. Additionally, you will learn about differences in thread and feet.

You are welcome to bring sewing scissors, thread, common pins, and your sewing machine; however, there are a few sewing machines available for practice on site.

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Technical Photography


with Arend Thibodeau

Calendar Mar 10, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

In this workshop, we will explore aperture, shutter speed and ISO and understand why they are so crucial in creating stunning images. Manual settings on a camera can unleash a new and exciting world of creativity and can help you in creating memorable art and unique photographic statements. Learn how to take photography to a new level and leave behind the program or auto mode on your camera.


Introduction to the Bible: A Survey of the New Testament


with Diane Poulin

Calendar Mar 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Are you interested in some stimulating conversation? Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible? Come join us for this four-week course in which we will delve into the New Testament! Participants will explore the content and major events of the new covenant. Students will be introduced to the books in the New Testament, the spiritual application of several of the Ten Commandments, the twelve apostels, the main characters and their stories, and the us of figurative language throughout the Bible. At the end of the course, students will walk away with a solid foundation of New Testament content without being steered into a specific denomination.

To eliminate confusion about translations, the King James Bible is the translation that will be used in this course. There will be multiple copies available for students who do not have a KJV Bible.

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