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Scarborough Adult Learning Center

Personal Enrichment

AHA CPR, First Aid, AED: Adults, Children, Infant


with Kathy Meserve

Calendar Nov 2, 2017 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.

Thursday, 11/02/2017, 5:00 to 9:00 pm

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

Instructor: Kathy Meserve

American Mah Jongg: Beginners I
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American Mah Jongg: Beginners I


with Sharon Ash Tancredi, LCSW

Calendar Sep 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

A popular class! This is an absolute beginner’s class to American Mah Jongg, an ancient Chinese game similar to Gin Rummy. It’s a very social game that’s suitable for people of all ages. It’s popular across the United States with a fast-growing community here in Southern Maine. In a supportive atmosphere, learn to recognize the tiles, understand how the Mah Jongg card is organized, exchange tiles - better known as the Charleston - and learn how to set up your hand. Use the tiles along with the National Mah Jongg League’s annual card to put together winning hands. All you need is willingness to learn, have lots of fun and meet new people. 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, 09/11 to 10/09/2017

6:30 to 8:00 pm

$26, plus required $8 payable at door

for official 2017 card

Instructor: Sharon Ash Tancredi


Full Course

Ancient Art of Tarot Card Reading


with Heather Nichols

Calendar Sep 26, 2017 at 6 pm


New!Tarot cards have been used for ages to guide people from problem to solution, identify unsettled energy, and for open-ended readings. In the first class get to know the major arcana with intuitive drills, focusing on astrology and symbolism. In the second class get acquainted with the minor arcana, focusing on elements (air, water, fire, earth)and court cards. Consider the cards as archetypal guides, reflective of shadow and light. Opportunities to practice doing readings for each other in class. Heather Nichols is a trusted tarot card reader, astrologer and owner of Stones and Stuff, a rock,, fossil, jewelry and crystal shop in Portland.


Two Tuesdays, 09/26 and 10/03, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

$34, plus student bring tarot card deck, pen and notebook

Instructor: Heather Nichols

Basic Computers for Seniors and Beginners


with Becky Test

Calendar Oct 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm, runs for 4 weeks

You can do this! Take the fear out of learning new technologies. If you have very basic or no experience with computers and want to learn, then this class is for you. Explore fun topics in health, pets, recipes, travel, shopping, and sports schedules, and enjoy keeping better connected to family and friends. Discover how to create and edit Microsoft Word documents, manage folders, use and save pictures from email. In a relaxed atmosphere we take you step by step until you have the skills to navigate the internet, use Favorites, save a file and create a folder. Each student will have hands on instruction and opportunities during class time to practice the skills learned during demonstrations. Laptops provided or bring your own. Becky has over 12 years of experience as a Microsoft Network administrator- Apple Certified Apple ILife, MCITP, CCNA and has taught the range of adult technology classes from beginners to Office, HTML, Digital Imaging and more since 2002.

Four Thursdays, 10/05 to 11/02/2017, no class Thurs 10/26

4:45 to 6:45 pm, $69

Instructor: Becky Test

Basics of Selling on Ebay


with Leisa DuPuy

Calendar Dec 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Get rid of that stuff! You have lots of stuff, you don’t want the hassles of a yard sale, plus you know you can get more for it online with a much broader customer audience. Where to begin? Join this class if you have a basement or attic full of treasures to sell, you want to start a new hobby, or want to learn to become a serious seller. Cover setting up eBay accounts, payments, listings, feedback, all you need to get started. 

Two Mondays, 12/04 and 12/11/2017, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Scarborough High School's library lab

Course will run

Become a Notary Public


with Suzanne Choi Lafreniere, Esq.

Calendar Sep 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

A popular class! The primary duty of a notary public is to formally witness transactions involving paper documents. In Maine notaries can also officiate at weddings. This class will help you prepare to be commissioned as a notary public. Learn the history of the office, its powers and duties, eligibility, procedures, and record-keeping. Leave the course with all the testing and paper work completed and ready to submit to the State along with your separate $50 state commission fee. Suzanne is a notary public and attorney licensed in both ME and MA.

Monday, 09/25/2017, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

$50, plus required $5 workbook fee payable to instructor at class 

Instructor: Suzanne Choi Lafreniere, Esq.

Beginner Guitar


with Ian Weidner

Calendar Oct 4, 2017 , 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, 10/04 to 11/01/2017

6:30 to 8:00 pm, $64

Instructor: Ian Weidner

Beginner Rug Hooking: Maine Balsam Pine Cone Pillow


with Beth Miller

Calendar Oct 25, 2017 , runs for 2 weeks

New! Beginners new to the craft will learn basic techniques, while completing a scented 6” x 8” balsam-design pillow with fresh balsam pine insert. Patterns will be hand drawn, ready to hook on high quality primitive linen with serged edges. Learn: a short history of hooking; how to select materials; and prepare wool strips on the cutter; finishing techniques for your piece, including serging, steaming, and binding; and if time, how to draw a pattern on the grain. Student will purchase materials at class, and be allowed to borrow a rug hooking frame for the duration of the class. Bring small embroidery scissors and small container or bag to hold “snips” trimmed while hooking. Beth owns Parris House Wool Works in Paris, ME. She teaches workshops there, at Sabbath Day Lake Shaker Village, Portfiber in Portland, Squam Art Workshops in NH, the Stitchery in RI, and more. Her company was chosen as a wildcard finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards and she makes an exclusive line of hooked pillows for Beekman 1802 in NY.  

Two Wednesdays, 10/25 and 11/08/2017, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

$60, plus required $50 material fee payable to instructor at first class

Instructor: Beth Miller

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