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Scarborough Adult Learning Center

Personal Enrichment

Advanced American Mah Jongg


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: 

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


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

Chalk-Painted Cottage Furniture
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Chalk-Painted Cottage Furniture


with Miki Earle

Calendar Apr 25, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Using all-natural, non-toxic additive that transforms paint - turn worn, outdated pieces from flea markets, thrift store, basement or attic into refreshed cottage furnishings you can be proud of. All with no stripping, sanding or priming! Learn chalk painting technique, while exploring your own personal style – whether vintage, cottage, shabby chic or even modern - and leave with a completed project. Wear paint clothes; bring 8 oz. jar of flat sheen low-primer latex paint in your choice of color (Behr Premium Plus sample jars work well); and one small piece you can easily carry, such as an end or side table, a wooden tray or frame, a shelf, decorative piece, stool or small bench; small drop cloth. All other supplies, finishes and tools provided. Miki Earle developed Royal Chalk paints and products out of love for beauty in the home, months of research and testing, as well as her desire for greater affordability and selection of boutique chalk paint.


Wednesday, 04/25/2018, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

$35, plus required $25 material fee payable to instructor at class

Instructor: Miki Earle

English Language Learners: Daytime


If English is not your first language or you are newly arrived in Maine the Scarborough Adult Learning Center is pleased to offer classes and

individualized tutoring opportunities to help you with your English!

Daytime ELL 

in South Portland at an off-site location 

M/W/F 9-12


Maine Driving Dynamics: Session II

Calendar May 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

This is a two-evening course taught by instructors of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. PowerPoint presentations will facilitate discussion on new traffic laws, rules of the road, collision avoidance, driver habits and attitudes, and the elements that challenge Maine drivers on a daily basis. Drivers who complete the course may be eligible for a 3-point credit on their driving record and possible discount from their insurance carrier. 

Session II: Tuesday and Thursday

05/15 and 05/17/2018

5:30 to 8:00 pm, $40 ($25 seniors 65+, paid off-line) 

Instructor: Rick Todd or as

assigned by Bureau

Mindful Landscape Oil Painting for Beginners


with Christopher Reed

Calendar May 22, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Have you dabbled in tempera, acrylics or watercolors, but have become curious about trying oils? Learn to navigate oil’s challenges and take advantage of the benefits: brighter colors, slower dry time, ease in blending, minimized color change through drying process, etc. Gain an understanding of mixing oil colors, paint application, composition, and value, and be introduced to new styles such as Impressionism and American Tonalism. In a supportive, meditative and relaxed setting, get to know oils, while further exploring your own unique style of landscape painting through photographs and demonstrations. Open to those with experience as well to build on previous oil painting skills. Supply list provided once class determined to run. 

Chris graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Visual Arts. He is a painter, exhibitor, and art teacher inspired by the synthesis of nature, the evolving play of light, and each artist’s unique, mindful expression of feelings and interpretation.


Six Tuesdays, 05/22 to 06/26/2018

6:00 to 8:00 pm

$80, plus approx. $70-90 in supplies

provided by student

Instructor: Christopher Reed

Mindful Portrait Drawing Beginners and Up


with Christopher Reed

Calendar Apr 26, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks


New! This class will introduce students to the techniques of capturing the human face using pencil, pen, charcoal and conte crayon. We’ll be working from photos, to mirrored self-portraits, to a live model - incorporating the principles of line, form, texture, value, and composition. Mindfulness exercises will allow the inner artist to unfold naturally without judgment and fears that impede the creative process. Open to students with portrait drawing experience as well. Supply list provided once class is determined to run. 

Chris graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Visual Arts. He is a painter, exhibitor, and art teacher inspired by the synthesis of nature, the evolving play of light, and each artist’s unique, mindful expression of feelings and interpretation.


Six Thursdays, 04/26 to 05/31/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

$80, plus approx. $40-50 in supplies provided by student

Instructor: Christopher Reed



with Shelli Pride

Calendar Apr 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This class covers the fundamental features of QuickBooks software. Students will be shown how to get the program up and running and how to perform basic bookkeeping tasks for a small business operation. Once the fundamental skills are learned, students will learn how to use QuickBooks to its fullest potential. The principles of basic accounting, reporting and other features will be covered. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of computers required.

6 Weeks, $79

Six Wednesdays starting 04/25, 6:30-8:30 pm

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