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Scarborough Adult Learning Center



Our Classes

Advanced American Mah Jongg

$26

with Sharon Ash Tancredi, LCSW

Calendar May 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

New! Advance your MJ skills and strategies. This class is for everyone who knows how to play Mah Jongg and wants to play faster and better. Join the company of Mah Jongg enthusiasts and practice playing with other players who want to hone their skills. The instructors will deconstruct the NEW 2018 Mah Jongg card. Bring the new 2018 card to the first class. Card may be purchased from the National Mah Jongg League: www.nationalmahjonggleague.org. 

Sharon is a social worker who has a private practice in Portland. She’s been enthusiastically playing and teaching Mah Jongg for many years and enjoys spreading its joys!

Four Mondays, 05/07 to 06/04/2018

no class 05/28 holiday

6:30 to 8:00 pm, $26

Instructor: Sharon Ash Tancredi   

Advanced Beginner: Troubleshooting Your Organic Lawn

$10

with Dave Melevski, MBA, AOLCP

Calendar Apr 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm

You know the basics, started your organic lawn transition awhile back, maybe attended an intro workshop, and made good headway. But you need help with trouble spots. Weaning your lawn off of synthetic applications, while restoring soil biology and microbial activity, is a process. It requires supporting living soil and ecosystems, shifting to an ecological approach, new strategies, reasonable aesthetic and cultural expectations, and patience. The reward is a beautiful lawn that’s bare foot safe for family, pets and environment, with less cost and work over time. Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges of your emerging organic lawn, learn resources and solutions used by NOFA-accredited organic lawn care professionals (AOLCPs), and jumpstart your spring lawn care strategy. Teachings compatible with Town of Scarborough’s organic pest management (OPM) policy for school and town properties, as well as South Portland’s new ordinance. Dave owns Go Green Landscaping, a Maine leader in environmentally-responsible property care, offering organic solutions for mosquito and tick control, landscape design and installation, and property maintenance; he offers this as a free community service.

Thursday, 04/26/2018, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

$10 adult ed admin fee

Instructor: Dave Melevski, MBA, AOLCP

American Heart Association CPR, First Aid and AED: for Adults, Children and Infants

$50

with Kathy Meserve

Calendar Mar 21, 2018 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

This Heartsaver one-evening course covers CPR and AED training for adults, infants and children as well as basic first aid including medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environmental emergencies. Ideal for personal trainers, gym employees, baby sitters, day care workers, scout leaders, restaurant employees or anyone who needs certification. Minimum age 14 years. Students pay for and take home instructional textbook. Certification valid for 2 years. Kathy is the American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator for Maine Medical Center and is a certified AHA instructor.

Wednesday, 03/21/2018, 5:00 to 9:00 pm

$50, plus required $15 textbook fee payable to instructor at first class

Instructor: Kathy Meserve

Basic Culinary Skills 101

$19

with Chef James Larvia

Calendar Mar 5, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

New! If a trained chef was given a couple of hours to mentor you, and answer your burning culinary questions, what might you ask, what expertise and insights might you gain? Observe, learn, and have fun practicing knife use skills, sharpening, basic prep and cooking techniques. Touch on questions relating to meal preparations, time management, food presentation, and flavor pairing. Learn Chef Larvia’s most recommended kitchen supply essentials. Be prepared to take your entertaining to the next level. Bring a basic chef knife, apron and your own cutting board; knives will be sharpened at class. 

We are pleased to host Chef Larvia, who graduated from Johnson & Whales School of Culinary Arts with a concentration in sustainability and wellness. He shares his experience from a variety of restaurants including Jedediah Hawkins Inn, NY; The Barn, Block Island, RI; Havana in Bar Harbor; and Emilitsa in Portland.

Monday, 03/05/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $19

Instructor: Chef James Larvia

Beginner Guitar

$64

with Ian Weidner

Calendar Jan 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

A popular class! Absolute beginners and those with a little experience will learn the chords, skills, and techniques that are a strong foundation for starting your guitar playing journey. Learn how to strum simple tunes and how to make the most of your practice time. Open to adults and high school students 16 years or older. Acoustic guitar and picks required. Electronic tuner and capo highly recommended.

Ian has played guitar for over 25 years and has taught group and private lessons for over six years; excellent student evals here at the Scarborough Adult Learning Center keep students coming back for more!

 

Five Wednesdays, 01/31 to 03/07/2018

no class 02/21 vacation week

6:30 to 8:00 pm, $64

Instructor: Ian Weidner

Beginner Healthy Lawn Care Made Simple

$5

with Kat Munson

Calendar Apr 12, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

What defines the “perfect Maine lawn”? One that’s safe for Maine kids, pets, wildlife and environment. Join us to learn about healthy lawn care practices that will give you a lush, beautiful lawn that’s “bare-foot safe” for kids and pets, while saving you time, money and effort. This class will overview strategies to address fertilization, weed and thatch control, renovation of poor lawns, transitions to organic care and more. Whether you maintain your lawn or contract with professionals, round up your neighbors and join. Teachings compatible with Town of Scarborough’s organic pest management (OPM) policy for school and town properties, as well as South Portland’s new ordinance. Kat implements community education and outreach programs for Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, holds a degree in environmental education and communications and offers this as a free community service.

Thursday, 04/12/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

$5 adult ed admin fee

Instructor: Kat Munson

Beyond Beginner Guitar

$64

with Ian Weidner

Calendar Mar 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Further develop your guitar playing skills and improve your understanding of the guitar fret board. We’ll also play blues progressions and rhythms, touch on simple music theory, and begin to improvise and express your unique creativity. Acoustic guitar, capo, and pick required. An electronic tuner is highly recommended. Open to adults and high school students 16 years or older. 

Ian has played guitar for over 25 years and has taught group and private lessons for over six years; excellent student evals here at the Scarborough Adult Learning Center keep students coming back for more!

 

Five Wednesdays, 03/14 to 04/11/2018

6:30 to 8:00 pm, $64

Instructor: Ian Weidner 

Celebrate Earth Day: Easy and Engaging Climate Solutions for All!

$5

with Charles Spanger

Calendar Apr 11, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

New! Though the US withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, many Americans and companies strive to uphold climate commitments, educate others, and innovate solutions. Our children have become leaders, studying impacts and implementing solutions in school. 72% of Americans agree with climate scientists that global warming is happening, and 62% worry a great deal about climate change. Time to shed the worry, transform it into inspired engagement. This workshop for those who have accepted the science, and wish to explore taking personal and/or community action. Review simple, effective actions you and your family can take, with many new ideas that may surprise you. Learn which yield the greatest impact. Overview innovative initiatives and organizations leading the charge in Maine. Whether you’re a busy person hoping to make a small change, you install a solar panel, join a grassroots group or town committee – no effort’s too small! Charles is co-convener of Sierra’s Scarborough Climate Action Team, is affiliated with 350 Maine and Maine CCL, and offers this as a free community service. He welcomes audience guest Ryan O’Leary, student president of Scarborough High’s environmental club, ECOS, and co-founder of MYEA, the Maine Youth Environmental Association.

 

Two Wednesdays, 04/11 and 04/25/2018

no class 04/18 school vacation,

6:00 to 7:30 pm, $5 adult ed admin fee

Instructor: Charles Spanger





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