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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

Reviving Civility: Building Bridges with Civil Dialogue


with Portland Area League of Women Voters

Calendar May 2, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

78% of Americans think incivility and political dysfunction prevent our nation from moving forward. We know that dialogue based in civility can uplift and energize, build collaboration, trust and understanding, and transform outcomes – in politics, in facilitating meetings, with co-workers, communicating with your teen, or chatting with neighbors. Learn to avoid tendencies to vilify or demonize others with differing viewpoints by adopting skills of active listening, mutual respect and compassion, as well as effective consideration of all sides of an argument. Learn strategies to disagree and critique, while respecting and affirming all persons. Led by trained facilitators from Portland Area League of Women Voters, a non-partisan, non-profit public policy educational organization empowering citizens to engage in the democratic process, by seeking positive solutions to issues through education and conflict resolution; LWV offers this as a free community service.


Wednesday, 05/02/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, 

$5 adult ed admin fee

Plus $10 for handouts payable at class

Instructors: Anne and Barabara from Portland LWV

Social Media for Seniors: Pinterest


with Jen Adams

Calendar May 8, 2018 at 4 pm, runs for 2 weeks

New! Is your refrigerator covered with newspaper or magazine clippings? Is your cookbook overflowing with recipe cards? Wondering what your grandchildren want for their birthday? Pinterest allows you to maintain an online bulletin board of ideas that can be shared with others. Come join us to learn more! 

Students will use provided classroom laptops.


Jen has worked at Scarborough Public Schools since 2008 and currently serves as technology instructional coach at the high school. She has worked with young children, adolescents and adults and has a Master of Education in Instructional Technology.

Two Tuesdays, 05/08 and 05/15/2018

4:00 to 5:30 pm, $20

Instructor: Jen Adams

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