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Scarborough Adult Learning Center

Personal Enrichment

Social Media for Seniors: Twitter


with Jen Adams

Calendar Apr 24, 2018 at 4 pm, runs for 2 weeks

New! You’ve likely read or heard about Twitter through the news, but now you’d like to learn what exactly a “tweet” is and why the symbol you know as a “pound sign” is called a hashtag. Come join us to find out! 

Students will use provided classroom laptops.

Jen has worked at Scarborough Public Schools since 2008 and currently serves as technology instructional coach at the high school. She has worked with young children, adolescents and adults and has a Master of Education in Instructional Technology.

Two Tuesdays, 04/24 and 05/01/2018

4:00 to 5:30 pm, $20

Instructor: Jen Adams

Study Skills: for Middle Schoolers through Adult Learners


with Valerie Deveraux, JD

Calendar Mar 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

New! It’s easy to say, “Study for that test!”  But do you know how to study? Whether you are going back to school or you have a child in school, you or your child will have a better chance of succeeding in high school and college if certain skills can be mastered now. This class will offer parents and adult learners tools and tips on how you can help your child, or yourself get organized and learn to study effectively. Valerie Deveraux is an attorney and Academic Life Coach who is passionate about helping students succeed in high school and beyond. 

Thursday, 03/15/2018, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, $25

Instructor: Valerie Deveraux, JD

Thyroid Care, Naturally


with Dr. Aline Potvin, ND

Calendar Mar 7, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

New! Hypothyroidism is a common issue for many Americans, particularly women. In such cases, medication may help only so much before fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, and skin issues begin creeping in again. Join Dr. Potvin for this crash course on thyroid function, why medication may not be the only support needed, and simple lifestyle strategies to get you on the path to recovery. Take home a 2oz. herbal tea sample blended uniquely for this purpose. Focus is largely on under-functioning thyroid care (hypothyroidism) and is appropriate for those with little to no health background.

Dr. Potvin provides this as a free community service. Dr. Potvin is a naturopathic doctor, teacher, outdoor educator, and herbalism mentor who runs a family practice in Biddeford, working primarily with women who suffer from autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, and chronic digestive issues. 

Wednesday, 03/07/2018

6:00 to 7:30pm, $10 adult ed processing fee

Plus $5 supplies fee, payable to instructor at class

Instructor: Dr. Aline Potvin, ND

What's Your Plan for Long-term Care?


with Kerry Peabody, CLU, CLTC

Calendar Mar 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

New! What is long term care, how much does it cost, and where do people receive care? What are the various ways or combination of ways that people pay for such care, including Medicare, Medicaid, self-funding and long-term care insurance. Finally, review various types of long term care insurance - such as traditional long-term care insurance, life insurance with long term care or chronic illness riders, LTC annuities and short term care insurance - and learn how they work, and how much they cost. Bring your questions.

Kerry is a long term care, life and disability agent with Clark Insurance and he offers this as a free community service.


Tuesday, 03/20/2018, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, 

$10 adult ed admin fee

Instructor: Kerry Peabody, CLU, CLTC

Winter Open Studio


with Christopher Reed

Calendar Mar 15, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Have you done some beginning drawing or painting on your own, in a past class with Christopher Reed, or through another art program – but want a chance to continue your work? Have you already purchased your supplies and want to continue using them? Open studio offers a supportive, creative space to work on your own in pencil, acrylic, tempera, pastel, or oil, and be able to request individual guidance from an instructor, while continuing to develop your own unique style. Enjoy the company of others in this relaxed, unstructured setting, yet be reassured you have the support you need, when you need it. Bring optional floor or table easel, all your own supplies, and something to transport them. 

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.


Five Thursdays, 03/15 to 04/12/2018

6:00 to 8:00 pm, $50

Instructor: Christopher Reed

Women's Circles: Empowering Conversations That Matter


with Laurie McCammon, MS

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

New! Beyond marches and hash tags, how do women sustain ongoing momentum for what they deeply know and value? What are ways they can support and empower each other toward a more sustainable and equitable future? Based on indigenous ways of council, circles provide profound benefits of community, deep listening, meditative reflection, wisdom-sharing, empowerment and heart-based action. Gather the Women, representing 74 nations, is a global non-partisan leader in the women’s circle movement and will be holding their international gathering in Southern Maine in 2019. In this workshop, being held on International Women’s Day, your facilitator will share circle’s essential elements, facilitate a circle, and help interested participants start or join one. Take home resources including guidebook. Laurie McCammon, MS is author of two books on women’s empowerment and Regional Coordinator for Maine for She’s advocated for circle principles at the United Nations as a delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women; has appeared on dozens of radio shows as an expert on self-esteem, global consciousness and shared leadership; and offers this as a free community service.  


Thursday, 03/08/2018, 6:30 to 8:30 pm 

$5 adult ed admin

Plus $10 for guidebook and materials payable to instructor at class

Facilitator: Laurie McCammon, MS

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