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Wells-Ogunquit Adult Community Education

Personal Enrichment

American Mah Jongg


with Beth Saidman

Calendar Jun 5, 2018 at 5 pm, runs for 3 weeks
Challenge yourself by learning to play this mind-stimulating social table game for 3 or 4 players. It is much like gin rummy, using a set of checker-like tiles marked with Chinese symbols. Cost of Mah Jongg book and card is an additional $20 and available through Amazon. The instructor will provide information the first night of class. INSTRUCTOR: Beth Saidman is an avid Mah Jongg player and has been teaching for 18 years. She makes learning easy and fun.

Belly Dancing Session 2


with Lew-Ann Leen

Calendar Apr 26, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks
Strengthen your core, improve your flexibility, shake and shimmy off inches while moving to the beautiful mysterious melodies of the Old World. As a means of self-expression, this ancient art inspires grace, poise and confidence and boosts self-esteem. Wear comfortable clothing such as a tank top and capri pants. Hip scarves are optional, but useful and fun. INSTRUCTOR: Lew-Ann Leen attended Dance Teacher Training School at Kent State. She’s worked in NYC and Costa Rica choreographing musicals and owns her own theater company. Visit

Chalk/Clay Painting 101


with Darlene Mitchell

Calendar May 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm

In this basic course, you will learn 5 techniques of chalk painting, including paint layering, paint washing, clear wax, dark wax and glazing. These techniques are done on wood, glass or metal. Gain the confidence to paint furniture, kitchen cabinets or lamps in your own home. Paints are no VOC (volatile organic compounds), odorless and contain no solvents. No stripping, sanding or priming is necessary to transform your project into something new. All instruction, paints, brushes, finishes, moldings, glass and other supplies are included. Wear clothes suitable for painting. INSTRUCTOR: Darlene Mitchell has been passionate about furniture painting for 40 years. Five years ago Darlene enrolled in beginner and advanced classes for chalk/porcelain clay paints. She then became a retailer and opened Mainely Vintage, which is located in Reed's Antiques in Wells.


Hunter Safety


with Steve Rand

Calendar Apr 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

To legally hunt in Maine, you must complete a Hunter Safety class. This course has 3 parts that lead to certification: class meeting (@WHS), home study and the range day. After the initial class, you will complete your assignments at home using an independent study guide and corresponding website. Estimated home study time is 15 hours. Submit your assignments on range day, along with an assembled survival kit. You must attend both classes and pass the final test with a minimum score of 70% to earn your certificate. Range day is Sat., May 5, at the North Berwick Rod and Gun Club. Minimum participation age is 10. Please call 646-4565 to register. INSTRUCTOR: Steve Rand is active in the Rod and Gun Club and is very concerned about firearms safety. He teaches Hunter Safety in area adult education programs.

Minimum age for participation is 10.

Maine Driving Dynamics


with Rick Todd

Calendar Apr 10, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

You can improve your defensive driving abilities. We will discuss collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that challenge Maine drivers. If you complete the course you will receive a 3-point credit on your license. Sorry, online registration is not available for this class. Please provide your date of birth and license number when you call to register at 646-4565, or write it on your registration form if mailing. Seniors 65+ $25. Instructor: Rick Todd is a retired safety engineer and has taught defensive driving classes for 35 years. He also currently teaches driver education in the Scarborough area.


Organic Gardening

Calendar Apr 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Join a member of the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA) to learn how to grow your own vegetable garden organically. You will study the basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants, how to make and use compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. All participants will receive free seeds, a copy of the presentation and a resource guide. INSTRUCTOR: Marilyn Stanley is an experienced farmer and gardener. She and her husband, Rick, own Chick Farm in Wells where they raise organic chickens, vegetables and berries.


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Pickling Spring Vegetables


with Kate McCarty

Calendar May 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Spring vegetables in Maine have a short season, so learn how to preserve these tender green vegetables to enjoy year round. UMaine Extension staff and Master Food Preserver volunteers will teach you how to safely preserve pickled fiddleheads or asparagus using the hot water bath method. Participants will receive recipes and a jar of homemade pickles. Please bring a potholder to class. Cost includes $20 for materials. INSTRUCTOR: Kate McCarty has been the Food Preservation Community Education Assistant at UMaine Extension since 2009, after serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program. She has completed the Master Food Preserver program, an intensive, hands-on training in all aspects of home food preservation.

RAD Self-Defense System


with Officer John Riegel

Calendar Apr 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks
RAD (Rape Agression Defense) System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. Designed by police officers and safety experts, RAD uses a woman’s natural strengths effectively against an attacker’s vulnerabilities. The training is physically demanding. Nationally certified RAD instructors teach every class. Each participant will get a workbook and reference manual outlining the entire defense program. This manual is the key to a free lifetime return and practice policy for completing the program. You will attend four 3-hour sessions. The fourth class is a simulation that is optional but highly recommended. INSTRUCTORS: Members of the Wells Police Department including Officer John Riegel, Sergeant Adam Shaw and Officer Brett Tishim, who have been nationally trained and certified to teach the RAD System.

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