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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

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


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

Beginner Healthy Lawn Care Made Simple


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

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


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

Change Your Habits, Change Your Life


with Deb Bergeron, CPCC, ACC

Calendar Mar 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

New! We’re creatures of habit. We often repeat habits uncontrollably whether it’s constantly checking social media, binge eating, excessive drinking, or any other behavior. Why are habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering cravings we know are unhealthy for us? Get updates on the latest research from neuroscience about how your mind works and how to rewire your brain for lasting habit change and creation. Learn to implement seven essential tools to help change any habit including: identifying the cues that trigger your habit; creating new rituals to embed new behaviors; strengthening your willpower and overcoming resistance; and leveraging small daily actions into huge life accomplishments with mini-habits. Leave with your own plan for disrupting undesirable habits and creating meaningful ones consistent with your values. 

Deb is a certified personal life coach, founder of Ocean of Possibilities, founder of 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine, and worked 20 years in team building for a Fortune 500 company.


Tuesday, 03/27/2018, 6:30 to 8:00pm, $30

Instructor: Deb Bergeron, PCC

Clear That Clutter!


with Kathy Baillargeon

Calendar Feb 15, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Do you dream of a home where friends can visit anytime, a garage where you can park your car, an office free of piles, closets that aren’t overflowing, and a dining room actually used for dining? Time to simplify and declutter your material life, so that your authentic self, style and purpose has space to shine! In the first class and learn the steps and strategies to achieving a clutter-free home and life. Get hands-on and practical with a clutter-clearing assignment between classes. Two weeks later, attend the second class, assess your results, focus on a plan moving forward, and continue the momentum, clearing clutter in other areas of your life. Enjoy a fabulous side-benefit, that a clutter-free home, is also breeze to clean!

Kathy is a Professional Home Organizer, owner of Room by Room Organizing, and has moved many times in her life. She has a degree in community health education and worked in wellness and prevention. She worked in hospice where she gained a greater appreciation for just how precious life is, and enjoys helping people declutter to make way for what matters most.


Two Thursdays, 02/15 and 03/01/2018

6:00 to 8:00 pm, $35

Instructor: Kathy Baillargeon

Create Your Vision for 2018


with Deb Bergeron, CPCC, ACC

Calendar Jan 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

New! ‘Tis the season for taking stock of 2017, and looking to the life you’re about to create in 2018. In this interactive workshop, you’ll have a chance to reflect on your successes and challenges of 2017; identify and connect with your most important values; create a personal theme for 2018; identify goals in six key areas of your life; learn how to narrow focus and master distraction; unleash the power of gratitude; and become energized to create your own unique action plan for 2018. A great opportunity to examine what is ready to be shed in your life, and what is waiting yet to be born.

Deb is a certified personal life coach, founder of Ocean of Possibilities, founder of 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine, and worked 20 years in team building for a Fortune 500 company.


Thursday, 01/25/2018, 6:30 to 8;00 pm, $30

Instructor; Deb Bergeron, PCC

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