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Beginner Mindfulness Meditation


with Deborah Gilmour

Calendar Mar 13, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Mindfulness is intentionally paying attention with non-judging awareness and a centering in the present moment. Mindfulness practices help keep the mind calm and focused, and avoid being stressed, distracted and scattered. Learn various mindfulness meditations through guided breath, body scan, mindful eating, and loving kindness meditations. Easy to learn body scanning increases awareness of body and mind. Loving kindness meditations teach compassion to self and others. Learn to mobilize inner resources for coping, growing, healing, and approaching life. Deborah holds a BA in psychology with courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and a certification in quantum healing hypnosis.

Four Wed, 3/13 to 4/3/2019

6:00 to 7:30 pm, $43

Instructor: Deborah Gilmour

Will run

Don't Worry, You've Gut This: Your Road to a Healthy Gut


with Stepanie Walsh, MNT, CEPC, CPT

Calendar Apr 4, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Knowledge is power, and now you’ve got the power to optimize your gut health! Learn several lifestyle steps you can take to support your digestive tract, improve your gut health and live a happier, healthier life! 

Thursday, 4/4/2019, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, $15

Fatigue, Fogginess, Fear and Food: What Your Brain May Be Telling You


with Stepanie Walsh, MNT, CEPC, CPT

Calendar Mar 28, 2019 at 6 pm

Gut health is key to brain health! What you eat can either support or compromise your brain activity. You’ll learn about the gut-brain connection, how stress and depression or anxiety effect your gut health, and what foods or supplements are vital for optimal gut and brain health. 

Instructor Stephanie Walsh MNT, CEPC, CPT, is a master nutrition therapist, eating psychology coach and personal trainer. She uses a holistic approach, treating each person as unique and creating programs specific to you.

Thursday, 3/28/2019, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, $15


Fermented Foods: Let's Make Kimchi


with Kate McCarty

Calendar Apr 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

We know the gut-health benefits of fermented foods, now let’s make some! Explore fermenting, basic equipment, recommended recipes and ingredients. Then get hands-on with UMaine Extension volunteers and staff by making kimchi; this Korean combo of cabbage, radishes and other ingredients has been dubbed the world’s healthiest food, according to one health magazine. It can be served as a main dish, with rice or noodles, or makes a perfect comfort-soup ingredient on a cold day. Unsure of kimchi? Skills learned transfer to making other gut-beneficial fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickles, kombucha, tempeh, apple cider vinegar, and yogurt. Take home handouts, recipes and some kimchi. Kate is author of “Portland Food: Culinary Capital of Maine” and “Distilled in Maine: A History of Temperance, Libations and Craft Spirits” (Also see her class: Cocktails from the Garden).

Tues, 4/23/2019, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, $26 

Instructor: Kate McCarty, UMaine Ext Master Gardener/Master Food Preserver

Geocaching for Beginners


with Amy Farwell

Calendar Apr 24, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Think of geocaching as a sophisticated take on scavenger or treasure hunting! ‘Looking for a free, year-round, individual and/or family-friendly outdoor activity? Adventurers of all ages can enjoy the natural wonders of Maine, explore new places, and exercise the body and mind - while hunting for secret treasure. If you have a smartphone, you can geocache. Learn everything you’d need to get started here in southern Maine. Hear a brief history, then be introduced to the symbols, acronyms, types of geocaches, etiquette, and how to log caches. Geocaching also pairs well with family travel and/or service opportunities (cache in, trash out!). Children ages 8 and up welcome and free when accompanied by an adult. Amy has over 10 yrs of geocaching experience and has placed and maintains over 20 geocaches in southern Maine.

Wed, 4/24/2019, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, $12

Instructor: Amy Farwell 

Intro Culinary "Mother Sauces"


with Chef James Larvia

Calendar Apr 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Have you heard of the “mother sauces” but never tried to make them? Even if you haven’t, in this class you’ll learn what they are and how to make a few of the trickier ones: Hollandaise, Veloute and Tomato.

We’re pleased to have returning, Chef James Larvia, a graduate of Johnson & Wales School of Culinary Arts with concentrations in sustainability and wellness. He shares his experiences from cooking at Jedediah Hawkins Inn, NY; The Barn, Block Island, RI; Havana in Bar Harbor; and Emilitsa in Portland.

Prices for all classes include: food sampling, any leftovers to take home, handout Bring to all classes: apron, cutting board, knife, and a container to bring leftovers home.

Tues, 4/2/2019, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, $22, Limit: 8

Maine Healthy Lawn Care Made Simple


with Ali Clift

Calendar Mar 28, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

What defines the “perfect Maine lawn”? One that’s safe for Maine kids, pets, wildlife and environment. Learn ways to minimize or completely eliminate pesticides and synthetic fertilizers; save money, time and effort; yet have a lush, beautiful lawn that’s “bare-foot safe” for kids and pets. 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 Portland’s and South Portland’s new organic ordinances. Ali implements community education and outreach for Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, holds degrees in environmental studies and marine science, has taught in Cape Cod and with Audubon, and offers this through CCSWCD as a free community service.

Thurs, 3/28/2019, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

$5 adult ed processing fee

Instructor: Ali Clift, CCSWCD

MOFGA's Grow Your Own Organic Garden


with Maine Organic Gardeners and Farmers Association

Calendar Apr 3, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Always a popular class! Learn to grow your own vegetables in an organic and sustainable manner: Cover basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. Learn the the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Also included: how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies, and cultural methods for dealing with pests. Instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region. Head home with handouts and some seeds to get started. All welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.

Wed, 4/3/2019, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, $5

plus separate $5 material fee at class

Instructor: Maine Organic

Gardeners and Farmers Association

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