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


with Kathy Meserve

Apr 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Plus $15 required textbook fee payable to instructor at class

This Heartsaver two 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.

Tuesday, 04/04, 5:30 to 8:30 pm (changed to one-night format)

$50, plus $15 required textbook fee payable to instructor at first class

Instructor: Kathy Meserve

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American Mah Jongg Beginners: Ready for More!


with Sharon Ash Tancredi, LCSW

Jun 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

If you’re a beginner with some basic experience playing Mah Jongg, or you’ve taken Sharon’s introductory Mah Jongg class listed above, then you’re ready to take this class. Continue to receive hand-on guidance and learn game play which focuses on strategy. This class will advance your knowledge of the game, help you understand defensive and offensive strategies, and strengthen your ability to pick hands, as we continue to build our local Mah Jongg community. Bring your own official 2017 American Mah Jongg card; tiles provided. See instructor bio above.

Four Thursdays, 06/01 to 06/22/2017

6:30 to 8:00 pm, $26

Instructor: Sharon Ash Tancredi, LCSW 

Full Course
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Beginner Guitar


with Ian Weidner

Feb 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

A popular class! Absolute beginners and those with a little experience will learn the chords, skills, and techniques that are a strong foundation for starting your guitar playing journey. Learn to strum simple tunes and how to make the most of your practice time. Open to adults and high school students 16 years or older. 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 five years.

Five Wednesdays, 2/8 to 3/15/2017

no class 2/22, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, $64

Instructor: Ian Weidner

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Beginner Healthy Lawn Care Made Simple


with Kat Munson

Mar 30, 2017 at 6 pm

What defines the “perfect Maine lawn”? One that’s safe for Maine kids, pets, wildlife and environment. Join the healthy lawn care movement. Learn ways to minimize or eliminate synthetic fertilizers, weed and bug killers; 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 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 from Green Mountain College, and offers this as a free community service.

Thursday, 03/30/2017, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

$5 adult ed processing fee

Instructor: Kat Munson

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Beyond Beginner Guitar


with Ian Weidner

Mar 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Further develop your guitar playing skills and improve your understanding of the guitar fret board. We’ll also play blues progressions and rhythms, touch on simple music theory, and begin to improvise and express your unique creativity. Acoustic guitar, capo, and pick required. An electronic tuner is highly recommended. Open to adults and high school students 16 years or older. Ian has played guitar for over 25 years and has taught group and private lessons for over five years.

Five Wednesdays, 3/22 to 4/26/2017

no class 4/19, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, $64

Instructor: Ian Weidner

Bin to Bale: The surprising journey of your trash and recycling

Apr 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

New! Where do your trash and recyclables go, once you’ve set them out to curb? Watch this fascinating virtual tour of ecomaine’s recycling, and trash-to-energy plants. You’ll be surprised at the journey your soup can, yogurt container and paper products take: Tide containers shipped to China, that become your polar fleece jacket; recyclables sorted on a conveyor belt using laser beam technology; non-recyclable waste incinerated and turned into electricity; plus how all this helps take a bite out of climate change. Learn convenient ways to sort waste, make a positive impact on the environment, and lower trash outputs and costs. Bring your questions: Do I rinse out cans and bottles first? What about pizza boxes and liners covered in cheese? What if a bag’s marked recyclable, but there’s no triangle? Can I recycle Styrofoam? ecomaine is your community-owned nonprofit waste management company, providing comprehensive long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally-responsible, economically-sound manner; they’re leaders in raising public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies and offer this as a free community service.

 Wednesday, 04/12/2017, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

$5 adult ed administrative fee

Instructor: Katrina Venhuizen, ecomaine Environmental Educator

Course will run

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


with Scott & Sunny Townsend

Feb 28, 2017 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 for both sales volume and transactions for over a decade, 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. 

Tuesday, 02/28/2017, 6:00 to 7:30 pm

$10 adult ed processing fee

Instructors: Scott and Sunny Townsend

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Edible Suburban Landscaping


with Aaron Parker

Feb 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm

New! Come learn to create a landscape around your home that’s not only aesthetically beautiful, but produces delicious fruits and vegetables too! Discuss the selection and planning process, and enjoy a PowerPoint showcasing images of formal to informal styles of landscaping, and the variety of species possible. Consider edible trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs and perennial vegetables, such as sea kale, mulberry, and even a variety of peach that can thrive in our zone. Students will go home with seeds of several rare edible landscape plants. See instructor bio on page 9.

Monday, 02/27/2017, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, $20

Instructor: Aaron Parker

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