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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.


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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with Kimberly Crook

Mar 2, 2017 at 5 pm, runs for 14 weeks

Prepare to take the U.S. Citizenship exam. Subjects include U.S. history and government, reading, writing and the vocabulary necessary to pass the exam. For more information, or to register, call 646-4565.

INSTRUCTOR: Kimberly Crook has a Masters in Applied Linguistics and taught adults in Boston for 14 years in a variety of settings. She is certified to teach ESL in Maine and has taught K-12 here.


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Effective Communication - NEW!


with Miriam Myers-Burch

May 16, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Do you feel shy, inadequate or nervous when speaking to a group? This course will cover four different aspects of communicating that will help you gain the confidence you need.

Verbal and Nonverbal Cues and Group Communication: Understand body language, eye contact, gestures, facial expression, enunciation and tone of voice. Learn how to get and hold someone’s attention and how to be a good listener and facilitator.

Impromptu Speaking: Learn strategies to get your point across in a more effective, persuasive and direct way.

Informative Speaking: You will deliver a 7-10 minute speech that will inform, instruct and entertain your classmates on a topic of interest such as a hobby, skill or trip. Visual aids may be used.

Persuasive Speaking: You will present a more formal speech involving research on a topic of personal interest and current importance such as gun laws, child abuse, violence in video games or distracted driving. You may wish to raise awareness or persuade others of your viewpoint with supporting facts, quotes and statistics.

INSTRUCTOR: Miriam Myers-Burch is a retired high school teacher who taught English for over 35 years. She worked with both advanced placement and fundamental English students. Miriam has an M.Ed. in Reading and Language from Boston University and a background in speech communication.


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Identity Theft


with Detective Joe LaBier

Mar 16, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

URGENT! Detective LaBier will teach you the “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to identity theft. He will show you how to avoid being a target, how to protect yourself and what to do in the case of an identity theft.

INSTRUCTOR: Detective Joe LaBier has been with the Wells P.D. since 2012. He joined the Criminal Investigation Division in 2015 and completed specialized training in evidence processing, forensic examination of evidence, background investigation and interview analysis. He also serves on several committees, including the York County Crime Task Force.


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Intermediate Spanish - NEW!


with Pedro Gil

Apr 26, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

If you have mastered the Spanish for Beginners class, or have some prior knowledge of Spanish, this course is for you. Continue to develop your skills in Spanish grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, spelling and conversation.

INSTRUCTOR: Pedro Gil is originally from the Dominican Republic (DR), so Spanish is his native language. He was a professor of Philosophy and History in the DR at UASD. Pedro has taught Spanish at other adult education programs in the past and looks forward to teaching you!


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Intro to Woodcarving - NEW!


with Michael McMahon

Mar 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Learn the basic skills required to carve wood. You will cover safety, types of woodcarving tools, how to sharpen and care for your tools and types of cuts. You will also practice your new woodcarving skills on several basic projects. A fee of $1 to $5 for project wood will be payable to the instructor in class. Bring a single straight edge carving knife and cut-resistant gloves to the first class. A Flexcut Detail Knife is recommended and may be purchased online from Woodcraft, Item #814267. Other tools and supplies will be discussed in class.

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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