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Scarborough Adult Learning Center

Personal Enrichment

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

English Language Learners: Daytime


If English is not your first language or you are newly arrived in Maine the Scarborough Adult Learning Center is pleased to offer classes and

individualized tutoring opportunities to help you with your English!

Daytime ELL 

in South Portland at an off-site location 

M/W/F 9-12


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

Maine Driving Dynamics: Session II


with Lance Lemieux

Calendar May 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

$25 Seniors 65+. This is a two-evening course taught by instructors of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. PowerPoint presentations will facilitate discussion on new traffic laws, rules of the road, collision avoidance, driver habits and attitudes, and the elements that challenge Maine drivers on a daily basis. Drivers who complete the course may be eligible for a 3-point credit on their driving record and possible discount from their insurance carrier. 

Session II: Tuesday and Thursday

05/15 and 05/17/2018


5:30 to 8:00 pm, $40, $25 seniors 65+  

Instructor: Lance Lemieux or as

assigned by Bureau

Mindful Abstract Painting

Calendar Apr 3, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Incorporate mindfulness based techniques with an expressive approach to painting using a variety of medium, including tempera, graphite, and charcoal. Exercises will emphasize various mark making and painting effects in an abstract way while providing an understanding of the basic principles of line, form, value and composition. The objective will be to gradually overcome natural inhibitions and perfectionism, in order to fully express yourself at an intuitive level. No experience required, just willingness to tap into unchartered territory to discover your creative potential. 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 Tuesdays, 04/03 to 05/15/2018

6:00 to 8:00 pm

No class 04/17

$80, plus approx. $60 - 80 in supplies

provided by student

Instructor: Christopher Reed

Mindful Landscape Oil Painting for Beginners


with Christopher Reed

Calendar May 22, 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 demonstrations. Open to those with experience as well to build on previous oil painting skills. 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 Tuesdays, 05/22 to 06/26/2018

6:00 to 8:00 pm

$80, plus approx. $70-90 in supplies

provided by student

Instructor: Christopher Reed

MOFGA's Grow Your Own Organic Garden


with Lisa Fernandes

Calendar Apr 4, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Always our most popular class! Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables organically, in a sustainable manner? Learn about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. Cover the fundamentals of making and using compost, principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Learn how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. All welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques. Receive a copy of the presentation, a resource guide and some seeds to get started. Lisa is the volunteer expert assigned by MOFGA, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association to teach this workshop. She is Founder and Executive Director of The Resilience Hub and Portland Permaculture, the largest permaculture meetup on the planet!

Wednesday, 04/04/2018, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

$5 plus separate $5 material fee 

payable at door to MOFGA

Pre-register to facilitate proper venue size

Instructor: Lisa Fernandes

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