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Advanced Woodcarving - NEW!


with Michael McMahon

Apr 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Increase your wood carving skills by learning to use a variety of carving tools to complete projects with more complex shapes than the introductory course. Projects include a Gnome house, polar bear and walking stick. Purchase a good beginner carving tool set from Woodcraft for about $25: Wood River Detail Carving Tool Set, 8 piece, Item #145751. Cut-resistant gloves are required when carving in class. The introductory class or prior wood carving experience required.

INSTRUCTOR: Michael McMahon was employed in the metal working industry for 45 years, retiring in 2013 as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager. He holds an Industrial Technology degree from USM and is an inventor with 6 U.S. Patents for jet engine-related items. He has been wood carving for 3 years.


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Afternoon Book Group

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with Jade Austin

Feb 23, 2017 at 2 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Wells-Ogunquit Adult Community Education, in collaboration with the Wells Public Library, hosts a monthly Afternoon Adult Book Discussion Group. Discussions are facilitated by both Adult Education and Library staff. Books for the program are available through the MINERVA online catalog. Join us for lively discussions and shared insights. Please call the library at 646-8181 to register.

FEB 23 – The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin

MAR 23 – Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson

APR 27 – Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson

MAY 25 – Reader's Choice


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American Mah Jongg


with Beth Saidman

Jun 1, 2017 at 6:30 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.


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Athletic Recruiting Workshop - NEW!


with Marsh Gray

Mar 28, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This informational workshop will outline the college athletic recruiting process. Student athletes, parents and coaches will learn how to develop an athletic resume, introductory letters and gain an understanding of prospect events and NCAA recruiting rules. Please bring a notebook and pen, laptop or iPad.

Adults: $10.00; Students: $5.00 (Call to register for the student rate.)

INSTRUCTOR: Marsh Gray has a Bachelor's in Education from the University of Maine and holds a Coaching Certificate from the University of Maine Center for Sport and Coaching. He is the head men’s lacrosse coach at Thomas College and provides workshops through MCG Athletic Recruiting.


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Basic Beaded Earrings - NEW!


with Art Night Out

May 10, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the basic tools and techniques needed to make your own beautiful beaded jewelry in just minutes. Choose from a large selection of high quality materials: silver ear wires and headpins, faceted Czech crystal and seed beads in a variety of colors and sizes. Learn basic wire wrapping techniques as well as advanced techniques such as working with chains and clusters. Workshop fee includes all materials needed to make two pairs of earrings.

INSTRUCTOR: Art Night Out® classes are taught by a certified Art Night Out® instructor who’s an experienced crafter providing a relaxed environment, support and quality materials to ensure a positive experience.


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Beach Profiling - NEW!


with Jacob Aman

Mar 9, 2017 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Beach profiling is a simple surveying technique used to measure the impacts of coastal erosion. Learn how citizen science is tracking sand erosion at beaches from York to Scarborough since 1999 through monthly data collection and collaboration with state and university researchers. This data is used to help beach management make decisions at the local and state level, and the data is shared at the annual Maine Beaches Conference. Find out how it’s done and how you can get involved as a volunteer.

INSTRUCTOR: Jake Aman has been working at the Wells Reserve since 2008. He manages fisheries-related monitoring and restoration projects and works with volunteers to monitor coastal environmental conditions in Southern Maine.


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Beginner Guitar


with Chrystoph Demos

Mar 7, 2017 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This beginner guitar course aims to give new students the ability to become their own teacher on the guitar. A student’s own interests help direct the learning goals to make practice time as fruitful as possible. After gaining some of the basics, students learn how to teach themselves and follow their musical interests with the guitar. You will learn: tuning and tuning resources, physical conditioning, stretching, practice techniques, reading tabs and music notation, chords (major, minor, 7ths, extensions, etc.), chord voicing, flat picking, strumming styles, finger picking technique, and basic guitar solo scales and licks. Students must bring their own acoustic guitar.

INSTRUCTOR: Chrystoph (Kit) Demos was privately educated in classical and jazz studies since age 6 and has performed jazz internationally. He continues to perform and record throughout New England.


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Belly Dancing Section 1


with Lew-Ann Leen

Mar 9, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 6 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 and confidence. Wear comfortable clothing. Hip scarves optional.

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 theatre company. Visit


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