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Scarborough Adult Learning Center

Personal Enrichment

Maine Huts and Trails


with Maine Huts and Trails

Calendar Nov 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

New! Within a two and a half hour drive, you’ll find four seasons of adventures, eighty miles of non-motorized trails, and four eco-lodges nestled in the stunning High Peaks region of western Maine. Maine Huts & Trails is a non-profit organization created to provide year-round environmental and experiential opportunities for visitors of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a presentation about the lodges, the locally-sourced food, the trails, and variety of adventures available - paddling, hiking, fishing, bird watching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing etc. Not an experienced adventurer? No problem! Beginners will learn tips for how to plan, pack and prepare to share time with family and friends, unplug, and unleash - in all seasons-amid the natural splendor of Maine! Participants receive a MH&T water bottle, partial proceeds benefit MH&T programs.

Thurs, 11/08/2018, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, $10

Presenter: Maine Huts & Trails staff

Mindful Landscape Oil Painting: Beginners and Up


with Christopher Reed

Calendar Oct 30, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Have you dabbled in tempera, acrylics or watercolors, but have become curious about trying oils? Learn to navigate oil’s challenges and take advantage of the benefits: brighter colors, slower dry time, ease in blending, minimized color change through drying process, etc. Gain an understanding of mixing oil colors, paint application, composition, and value, and be introduced to new styles such as Impressionism and American Tonalism. In a supportive, meditative and relaxed setting, get to know oils, while further exploring your own unique style of landscape painting through photographs and demos. Supply list provided once class determined to run. 

Chris graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Visual Arts. He is a painter, exhibitor, and art teacher inspired by the synthesis of nature, the evolving play of light, and each artist’s unique, mindful expression of feelings and interpretation.

Six Tues, 10/30 to 12/04/2018

6:00 to 8:00 pm

$80, plus approx. $70-90 in supplies provided by student

Instructor: Christopher Reed

Mindful Portrait Drawing: Beginners and Up


with Christopher Reed

Calendar Oct 25, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Popular and fun! This class will introduce students to the techniques of capturing the human face using pencil, pen, charcoal and conte crayon. We’ll be working from photos, to mirrored self-portraits, to a live model - incorporating the principles of line, form, texture, value, and composition. A mindfulness approach will be introduced to encourage the inner artist to unfold naturally without judgment and fears that impede the creative process. Supply list provided once class is determined to run. 

Chris graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Visual Arts. He is a painter, exhibitor, and art teacher inspired by the synthesis of nature, the evolving play of light, and each artist’s unique, mindful expression of feelings and interpretation.

Six Thurs, 10/25 to 12/06/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

No class 11/22 

$80, plus approx. $40-50 in supplies provided by student

Instructor: Christopher Reed

Natural Brass Embossed Earrings


with Art Night Out

Calendar Dec 5, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

New! Create interesting embossed jewelry that gets noticed! Using the Vintaj metal texturizing system, you’ll impress patterns on pre-patinaed natural brass shapes and reveal interesting contrast with sanding blocks and sand paper. Combine your textured metal with chain and beads to create whimsical, modern jewelry. Workshop fee includes all materials needed to make two pair of earrings.

Wed, 12/05/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $39

Limit 8

Certified Art Night Out Instructors  

Personal Safety for Regular Folks: Just for Women


with Sergeants Paul Fenton and Ben Macisso

Calendar Nov 15, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Always a popular class! You don’t have to work out at a gym, or have much physical strength, to protect yourself. But everyone should have an overall personal safety strategy in place, before they need it. Learn personal safety tips and techniques to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. Topics include personal, home, college, parking lot, auto, travel, and workplace safety. Learn tips on listening to your sixth sense, how to make yourself an unappealing target for suspects, and simple moves to help you get away if attacked. Perfect for seniors citizens, moms, high schoolers, and those about to attend college. Half classroom, and half demonstration, physical participation is fully optional. Partial proceeds go toward purchase of equipment for community safety classes. Sergeant Fenton serves with the Cape Elizabeth police department, is a certified self-defense instructor with the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, was a detective for 15 years, and serves on the SWAT team. Sergeant Macisso also serves on the SWAT team and is a defensive tactics instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Offered as a community service.

Thursday, 11/15/2018, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, $25

Instructors: Sergeants Paul Fenton

and Ben Macisso

Reuse and Recycling and Your Triple Bottom-line


with Katrina Venhuizen

Calendar Oct 24, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Is it possible to make simple daily reuse and recycling choices to save money, care for the environment, and also help those around you, including future generations? Learn ways to think differently, change your habits, become more ecologically-mindful, and adopt a variety of thrifty, “use this, not that” options for a greener life – greener in more ways than one! Attendees will receive a few giveaways and information, including tips for the holidays. May be videotaped for future showings, but participants will not be shown. 

ecomaine is your community-owned nonprofit waste management company, providing long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally-responsible, economically-sound manner; they’re leaders in sustainable waste management strategies and offer this as a free community service.


Wednesday, 10/24/2018, 6:00 to 7:00 pm

$5 adult ed administrative fee

Instructor: Katrina Venhuizen, ecomaine Environmental Educator

Warm Yourself: Autumn Soup and Stew

Calendar Nov 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

New! When the nights start getting colder people turn to soups and hearty stews. Learn to make a traditional Cream of Pumpkin soup and a less traditional Curried Turkey stew.


We’re pleased to host 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, container to bring leftovers home.

Mon, 11/05/2018, 5:30 to 7:00 pm

$22 , Limit: 8

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