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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

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

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

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

Down-Sizing (Right-Sizing!) in Today's Market


with Scott & Sunny Townsend

Calendar Mar 28, 2018 at 6 pm

Are you an empty-nester or senior who could use help as you consider, “right-sizing” to a smaller home, condo, apartment or assisted living, all while trying to sell your current larger home? Or are you assisting someone who is, or soon will be navigating this transition? It can seem daunting. Get yourself up to speed on the current real estate market, start making a plan and considering timeframes, learn strategies for getting your current home in order, and deciding if it’s cost-effective to employ contractors for fix-ups or up-grades. Consider time, energy and cash flow, with tips for minimizing stress and confusion, while maximizing profit. 

As Scarborough’s leading broker Scott & Sunny have the expertise and connections to help you smoothly navigate the complex process of selling and buying a home at the same time; they offer this as a free community service. 

Wednesday, 03/28/2018, 6:00 to 7:30 pm

$10 adult ed admin fee

Instructors: Scott and Sunny Townsend

Intro ReWilding with the Wild Seed Project


with Heather McCargo, BA, MA

Calendar Apr 10, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

New! Get involved in some grass roots native seed sowing, by learning about the reproductive life cycle of different types of native plants, and how we can change our landscape practices to help support wild plant reproduction, pollinators and other wildlife. You’d be surprised that the seeds of wild plants have very different needs than those of garden and vegetable species. Growing native plants from seed is a fun and collaborative way to interact with our native flora and inexpensively produce lots of plants to share. Heather will present a slideshow, explain native seed sowing and outdoor propagation techniques for sun or partial sun loving plants, as well as current trends with native plants in the nursery trade. Partial proceeds benefit the Wild Seed Project. Heather is founder of The Wild Seed Project; an educator with 30 years of expertise in plant propagation, ecological design and conservation; was head plant propagator at the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods; and has worked with other organizations such as USAID, National Gardening Association and MOFGA. She has lectured nationally and is widely published.

Tuesday, 04/10/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $30

Instructor Heather McCargo, MA

landscape design, BA plant ecology

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