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Scarborough Adult Learning Center

Personal Enrichment

Dressing for Your Body Type


with Candace Sanborn

Calendar Apr 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Unveil the diva in you! Do you have lots of clothes in your closet but still feel like you have nothing to wear? Do you dislike shopping because you’re not sure what looks good on you? In this interactive class, you’ll determine your body type and face shape and learn tips for choosing the most flattering clothing styles and necklines for your features. Bring your phone to take pictures and a pen and paper for notes. 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, 4/14/2020, 5:30 to 8:00 pm, $30

Instructor: Candace Sanborn

Modern Punch Needle


with Sarah deGrandis

Calendar Apr 14, 2020 at 6 pm

Make a fun 8” round textile art piece for your home using the traditional craft of punch needle rug hooking. Choose from comic cat, floral, or abstract design OR bring a simple beginner design of your own to transfer. Learn the basics and tools of punch needle, tips and tricks, ideas on finishing your piece as wall art or a pillow, and confidence to start new projects on your own. Material fee covers no-slip hoop, punch needle, monks cloth, yarn, and tip sheet. 

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, 4/14/2020, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $25, plus $20 material fee paid to instructor

Instructor: Sarah deGrandis

Maine Healthy Lawn Care Made Simple


with Ali Clift,CCSWCD

Calendar Apr 15, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

What defines the “perfect Maine lawn”? One that’s lush and green, safe for families, pets, and the environment, plus saves you time and money! Learn to create a more resilient, beautiful lawn without relying on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. We’ll provide strategies for fertilizing correctly, controlling weeds and thatch, renovating poor lawns, transitioning to organic care, and more. Whether you maintain your lawn or hire a professional, round up your neighbors and join! This program compatible with the Town of Scarborough’s organic pest management policy for school and town properties, as well as the City of Portland’s and City of South Portland’s pesticide ordinances. Ali implements community education and outreach programs for Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, holds degrees in environmental studies and marine science, and offers this through CCSWCD as a free community service.

Wed, 4/15/2020, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, 

$5 adult ed processing fee

Instructor: Ali Clift, CCSWCD

Wildlife and Nightlife of Scarborough's Eastern Trail
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Wildlife and Nightlife of Scarborough's Eastern Trail


with Noah Perlut, PhD

Calendar Apr 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Hidden cameras reveal much! Join Professor Perlut as he shares fascinating remote video of nightlife and wildlife activity taken along a 1.6 mile portion of Scarborough‘s Eastern Trail. This is part of UNE’s multi-year “Gap Tracks Study” focusing on a part of the trail scheduled to be connected. Excellent opportunity for families to witness real-time footage of wildlife in their natural habitat and learn how environmental factors influence animal behavior. An engaging presentation not to be missed, presented as one in a series of lectures by The Friends of Scarborough Marsh; see

Tues, 4/28/2020, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Scarborough High School's All Purpose Room 

FREE, no registration required, just come join us!

Lecturer: Noah Perlut, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor, UNE Dept. of Environmental Studies

Maine Plein Air Oil Painting: Beginners and Up


with Christopher Reed

Calendar May 7, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Capture the magic that is Maine! Spend the first two classes inside the studio touching on mindfulness practices, reviewing some basic art foundations, and practicing technical skills for outdoor landscape painting. 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. Rain days held in Scarborough High art studio; remainder of classes off-site, weather permitting, locations tbd like Kettle Cove, Scarborough Marsh and/or Portland Head Light. Supply list provided once class determined to run.

Chris graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Visual Arts. He’s 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, 5/7 to 6/11/2020, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $94, plus supplies provided by student

Instructor/Artist: Christopher Reed


Maine Driving Dynamics: May Session


with Bureau of Highway Safety

Calendar May 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

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. Drivers who complete the course may be eligible for a 3-point credit on their driving record and possible discount from their insurance carrier. 

Tues and Thurs, 5/12 and 5/14/2020

5:30 to 8:00 pm, $40

Senior discount for 65+: $25/person, please call 730-5040 to register 

Instructor: Assigned by Bureau of Highway Safety

Advanced Beginner American Mah Jongg


with Sharon Ash Tancredi, LCSW

Calendar Jun 4, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Promotes social opportunities, mindfulness and is attracting a fast-growing community here in southern Maine. Advance your beginner-level MJ skills and strategies. This class is for folks who have taken beginner MJ classes, and/or know the basics of playing, but want to learn more, hone their skills, and gain the confidence to play faster and better. Bring your official 2020 American Mah Jongg card pre-purchased from . Be ready to learn, have fun, and meet new people. Sharon is a social worker with a private practice in Portland. She’s been enthusiastically playing and teaching Mah Jongg for many years and enjoys spreading its joys! Hiromi is a retired paralegal who has played and helped teach for many years.

Four Thurs, 6/4 to 6/25/2020, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, $28

Instructors: Sharon Ash Tancredi and Hiromi Dolliver

 Career Counseling and Testing
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Career Counseling and Testing

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We have contracted with a college and career counselor to offer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator online. After you have completed your MBTI profile and Strong Interest Inventory you may schedule a session with the counselor to review your results and to discuss options for post-secondary education and your career goals. 

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