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Hunter Safety - Crossbow


with Ernest West

Calendar Apr 13, 2019 at 4:30 pm, runs for 1 week

This course covers personal safety, survival/first aid, hunter responsibility, ethics, map and compass, and landowner rights. Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend the full class in order to receive your certificate. This class is required to be eligible to purchase a crossbow hunting permit. This class is held immediately following the Saturday portion of the Archery Hunter Safety course.

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with Hugh Sadlier

Calendar Apr 11, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Enjoy restful, restorative sleep with hypnosis. Although insomnia can radically affect your life, hypnosis can help you release its negative impact and replace it with rested, relaxed, refreshed, recreated and rejuvenated feelings and energies.

Hugh Sadlier is a Board Certified Hypnotherapist who has been practicing in Maine since 1991. He has worked with over 3000 people, in individual sessions, on more than 300 different issues. Hugh maintains offices in Portland and Blue Hill.

Microsoft Office 2013 Excel - Session 2


with Shannon Schmelzer and Chris Suggs

Calendar Apr 26, 2019 at 4 pm, runs for 3 weeks

We'll work through the Microsoft Office spreadsheet application, learning to organize and calculate data.  Computers will be available for this training, you will not need to bring a laptop or purchase software to attend. 

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Volunteer Driver Training-Friends in Action


with Friends in Action and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center

Calendar Apr 1, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Friends in Action will lead this volunteer orientation/training that will enable participants to become volunteer drivers who can take people to their cancer treatment appointments.  Cancer patients in Hancock County must travel long distances to get to the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer, the major treatment center in this area.  Radiation treatment for cancer is a five day a week regimen that lasts anywhere from four to eight weeks.  For those people who do not have access to a vehicle, volunteer driving programs like Friends in Action, Island Connections, and the Road to Recovery program of the American Cancer Society are available.  These people living in Hancock County are fortunate to have the help of these organizations to get them to their cancer treatments.

By the end of this session, you will know more about Friends in Action and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, what it takes to get people to and from their cancer appointments, and a little bit more about a cancer diagnosis.  


Watercolor - Session 2


with Melissa Rioux

Calendar Apr 1, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Explore color on paper; learn or practice the fundamentals of watercolor, brush techniques and tone transitions. This class is for anyone interested in exploring with watercolor paints and brushes. Students will be introduced to a range of materials and encouraged to play and yield their own varied results. All levels are encouraged to participate! Course materials are available for purchase online (, at AC Moore and Hobby Lobby in Bangor, and Shirley’s Yarns & Crafts in Hancock (10% discount for Adult Ed students). No class 04/15/19. Makeup class (if needed) 05/20/19.

Melissa Rioux hails from coastal Maine but spent 10 years in New York teaching and writing arts curriculum for children and adults. She is devoted to the transformative power art can have to alter and improve the world.

Supply List

  • Arches cold or hot press sheet paper (3 lg. sheets)
  • Palette (plastic, metal, or glass)
  • Masking tape, water cup, pencil
  • Watercolor in tubes (small): Alizarin crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow light, lemon yellow or Indian yellow, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, black, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, raw umber
  • Watercolor brushes (an assortment): round (size 4, 6, 8, 10), filbert, 1/2” flat (Kolinsky sable brushes preferred, but any assortment - fan, filbert or wash brushes are fun to experiment with)

Melissa suggests that this list is ideal. If all are not affordable, bring what you have to the first class and she’ll review supplies.

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West Coast Swing for Beginners


with Elizabeth Pouwels

Calendar Mar 3, 2019 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Want to learn a partner dance but don't know where to start? If you've never taken a dance class, this class is perfect for the beginner. West Coast Swing is a versatile, fun-filled partner dance that is compatible with a wide variety of music, which makes it a good first dance to learn. WCS allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together. Your instructor will offer a pace at the level of the class and provide support and encouragement as you learn how to have fun with your partner and the dance. Come alone or with a partner - singles are welcome! Those who have taken beginner before are encouraged to freshen up their skills and the instructor will modify basics to add more challenge for those who have a working knowledge of the dance. 

Elizabeth Pouwels teaches for various organizations including the Maine Swing Dance Council and the Ballroom Dance Society of Central Maine, and is a two-time winner of Dancing with the Ellsworth Stars.

David Koenka grew up in a family of dancers and takes great pleasure in learning and sharing all he can about dance.

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