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Indoor Seed Starting and Garden Planning


with Raychell Libby

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Start your own veges, flowers, and herbs indoors. Jumpstart your spring garden. Learn about basic supplies: best varieties, containers, seed starting mediums, and fertilizers. Planning ahead for your spring garden, when to start indoor seeds, planting depths, lighting and warmth, watering and fertilizer, transplanting and hardening off, and common mistakes to avoid. Take home a seed packet and Broadway Gardens coupon. 

Raychell is a horticulturist, landscaper and owner of Fervor Farm in Hollis. She’s been dubbed, “the house plant lady” at Broadway Gardens where she’s been sharing her passion for plants and gardening for 10 years. 

Tues, 2/25/2020, 6:00 to 8:00pm, $15

Instructor: Raychell Libby

Beginner Guitar


with Ian Weidner

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Always popular! Absolute beginners plus those with a little experience will learn chords, skills, and techniques to build a strong foundation to jumpstart your guitar playing journey. Learn to strum simple tunes and make the most of practice time. Open to adults and students 16 yrs+. 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!

Four Wed, 2/26 to 3/18/2020, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, $60

Instructor: Ian Weidner

Beginner Hand and Machine Sewing: Open Studio


with Jeanette Guglielmetti

Calendar Feb 27, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Finish that project and get the support you need! Designed for beginner-level hand and machine sewers in need of some guidance as they work on simple projects of their own choosing. Sewers can work to complete existing projects or begin new ones. No need to have taken Jeanette’s previous class - open to all beginners who have knowledge of the very basics. Bring all your own materials, including a machine if needed. 

Jeanette teaches adult sewing classes at CE and Scarborough adult education. She’s a former Scarborough Middle School teacher of Applied Humanities and coordinated their students’ sewing club.

Three Thurs, 2/27 to 3/19/2020 (no class 3/12), 5:30 to 7:30 pm, $30 plus student provides supplies, Limit: 6 

Instructor: Jeanette Guglielmetti

Make a Knotweed Flute


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Mar 4, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Creatively repurpose invasives! Japanese knotweed is an abundant and frustrating invasive. If you’re seeking non-chemical responses, explore creative, out-of-the-box ways to put this plant to use: its young shoots are edible, its roots may be used to fight Lyme disease, and its stalks, resembling bamboo, can be fashioned into a functional musical instrument. Cover identification, best gathering practices, materials storage and processing; use knives, wood-burners, rubber bands and string to make 1-2 types of flutes. All materials included. Zack is Director and an instructor for Rewild Maine, an educational nonprofit promoting nature connection by teaching small-scale, place-based living skills; partial proceeds benefit Rewild Maine.

Wed, 3/4/2020, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, $32

Instructor: Zack Rouda

Backyard Chickens


with Raychell Libby

Calendar Mar 11, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Fresh eggs, tick protection, garden compost, educational interaction for your kids, entertainment, and more! Chickens are relatively low maintenance, require care that even kids can provide, and offer tangible rewards on many levels. Learn what it takes to raise happy hens in suburban spaces, including: benefits and drawbacks, raising baby chicks, best breeds and personalities for your family, hen house and yard set up, moveable “chicken tractors”, nutrition, health, garden and yard interactions, winter care, cycle of life, and additional supports and resources. Meet one of Raychell’s chickens in person! Bring your questions, get straight answers, leave with a sense of what’s actually involved in raising a few hens of your own. Two lucky participants will take home a dozen fresh eggs! Raychell is a horticulturist, landscaper, and primary owner of Fervor Farm in Hollis; they provide locally-bred and processed heritage meats, eggs and other farm products, and also host a variety of homesteading and farming classes for the public.

Wed, 3/11/2020 • 6:00 to 8:00 pm $25 • Instructor: Raychell Libby

Longer-term Emergency  Preparedness: Are You Ready?
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Longer-term Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?

Calendar Mar 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Are you, your family, and pets prepared for a long-term power outage, the impacts of a severe snow or ice storm, major hurricane, flooding, or other extended emergency?

One or two days without electricity and heat may be manageable, but what about extended periods and/or if you need to evacuate to a shelter? Learn greater self-sufficiency for the days after an extended and/or area-wide emergency. Topics include: assembling an emergency preparedness kit; creating a family emergency and communication plan; overviewing issues related to food, water, lighting, heat, health and hygiene; prevention and mitigation strategies you can do at home to protect household members, valuables and important documents; and info on community resources and shelters. Class located in a designated shelter space to facilitate questions about how to prepare your family and pets for a shelter stay, should that become necessary. Presented as a collaboration of the Scarborough Fire Department, Scarborough Public Library, and Scarborough Adult Learning Center.

Tues, 3/17/2020, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Scarborough High School cafeteria 

FREE, no registration required

Facilitators: Scarborough Fire Chief and EMA Director Michael Thurlow,  

and Nancy Crowell, Director of Scarborough Public Library

Beautiful You Color Analysis


with Candace Sanborn

Calendar Mar 31, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

What colors capture the best in you? Have you ever noticed when you’re wearing certain colors, people compliment you on how good you look? Learn to replicate that in all of your clothes by dressing for your eye, hair and skin coloring as well as for your face shape. Students will be draped in shades of different colors to demonstrate how choosing the right and wrong shades impacts their appearance. Students will explore cool vs. warm tones, determine their face shape, and uncover the most flattering glasses, hairstyles and necklines for their features. 

Candace is owner of Radiant Image, and has 30 years of branding and marketing experience working with a variety of organizations throughout northern New England. Her mission is to boost women’s self-confidence by helping them feel great about their appearance and their ability to connect effectively with others.

Tues, 3/31/2020, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, $25

Instructor: Candace Sanborn

Custom Lighted Constellation Canvas


with Sarah deGrandis

Calendar Apr 7, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

New! Create a lovely night sky-inspired piece of wall art using simple materials. Project is easily customizable using your favorite constellations and creates a beautiful glow in any space. Share as a gift, with astrology or astronomy fans of all ages, or use as a children’s night light. Leave with a 12” x 12” x 1” lighted canvas ready to hang. Instructor will bring various constellations and astrology patterns, or attendees can bring their own, no more than 9” x 9”. Sarah deGrandis, BFA in New Media from ME College of Art, is a formally-trained artist, longtime crafter and instructor who’s passionate about exploring and teaching new types of crafts, as well as modern takes on traditional techniques:

Tues, 4/7/2020, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $25, plus $10 material fee paid to instructor the night of class

Instructor: Sarah deGrandis

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