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Ellsworth Adult and Community Education

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Photography After Dark


with Mike Leonard

Calendar Mar 20, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

In this one-night class, we will explore the things you need to know to take successful images after the sun sets and before the sun rises.  This session reviews exposure, how to shoot images in the dark, including the Milky Way and aurora, and how to capture your best photo under just moonlight.  We will review equipment helpful for nighttime photography, including using a cell phone.   This is a live online course using ZOOM. 

A former technical director of television programming for Time Warner Cable, Mike was also the host photographer for the Barefoot Windjammer group in the 90s, where he presented hands-on photography instruction aboard photo-themed cruises in the Caribbean and Panama.

Healthy Homemade Soups on a Budget-Brothy Soups


with Annie Sargent

Calendar Mar 21, 2024 at 5:30 pm

Soups made with love can be a nourishing, flavorful and inexpensive way to feed your family. 

In this series, we will share techniques, tools, ingredients and tips learned through years of cooking for family and friends. You’ll learn techniques about preparing ingredients, bringing them all together and tips on storage and serving. A focus of the workshops will be the use of affordable and locally available ingredients, and adapting recipes to a variety of tastes and dietary requirements. Handouts, recipes and a small container of soup for your family to try will be provided.

When you want a lighter soup and want to feature key ingredients, this is the choice for you. We will be preparing chicken noodle soup.  This workshop will feature choosing the right broth and ingredients for your family, lifestyle, budget and diet.  This is an in-person class.

Homemade Herbal Remedies: Growing, Drying and Using Medicinal Herbs


with Nicole Gurreri: Healthy Acadia

Calendar Mar 21, 2024 at 6 pm

Are you curious about growing and using safe medicinal herbs? This 1.5 hour course provides an introduction to growing, preserving, and using common medicinal herbs like calendula, lavender, lemon balm, and chamomile. Join us for a fun and interactive session with plenty of time to ask questions and share ideas! All participants receive a fact sheet on growing and using the herbs covered in class.  This is a live online class using ZOOM.

Makeup class, if needed, 03/27/24.

Nicole Gurreri is a professional horticulturist with a background in public health and nutrition. She enjoys meeting new people and building community within her courses. 


Medicare Made Simple (In-Person/Day)


with Renata Lahner

Calendar Mar 22, 2024 at 10 am

Renata Lahner of The Lahner Group, is a licensed insurance agent with over 18 years’ experience helping individuals find the right Medicare coverage based on one's medical and financial needs. She will explain how Medicare works, what it covers, what it does not cover, details in differences between supplemental and advantage plans, and much more.  This is an in-person class.

The Lahner Group is a Maine-based Medicare and insurance brokerage primarily serving clients in Maine, Florida, Arizona, and California. The goal of The Lahner Group is to bring the best resources and information to those of the Medicare population, taking into consideration each person’s unique situation, including their health and financial needs. The Lahner Group we strive to assist and connect Medicare recipients to the most appropriate benefits provider in their state, and to earn and preserve the trust of their clients and partners. 

Personal Support Specialist (PSS)


with Pam Nelon

Calendar Mar 23, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 5 weeks

A personal support specialist (or PSS) provides personalized assistance to individuals with disabilities or illness who require help with personal care and activities of daily living support (e.g., feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and ambulation).

May also provide help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry. Work is performed in various settings depending on the needs of the care recipient and may include locations such as their home, place of work, out in the community, or at a daytime nonresidential facility.  This courses meets the requirements for Maine State Certification.   This is an in-person class.

In addition to this class, additional med pass hours will be scheduled individually. 

Pollinator Gardening Part I: Pollinator Gardening 101


with Lauren Landers

Calendar Mar 23, 2024 at 11 am

Learn the essential steps you need to take to create a pollinator garden from scratch and attract more bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife. This is an in-person class.

Lauren Landers is a gardening writer and active master gardener volunteer  who enjoys sharing her love of nature with others. Focusing on hands-on learning and functional skills that will improve your gardening practice, Lauren's classes cover topics like pollinator gardening, edible gardening and food preservation.

Fruit Tree Cultivation Part 3: Pruning


with C.J. Walke

Calendar Mar 23, 2024 at 1 pm

THIS IS A NEW DATE!  This is a hands-on workshop focusing on the role, priorities and techniques of pruning to maintain healthy fruit trees for home fruit production.  C.J. will demonstrate at the Ball Field Preserve & Hancock Community Garden in Hancock.

When you arrive at the preserve it may be muddy, so dress accordingly.  If you need to sit for some of the afternoon, please bring a chair along. This is an in-person class. 

C. J. Walke has been working for the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association since 2006 and for the past decade, he has focused on providing technical services to farmers and teaching practical skills related to organic tree fruit cultivation.

Play the Ukulele: Your Journey Begins Here! (Wed/Mar)


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Mar 27, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Learn to play the ukulele! It has never been more popular and you don't even have to know how to read music! On the uke you can knock out folk music, rock, blues, jazz, pop, country, tunes old and new - even classical music!

Duncan Perry, who has taught more than 700 students of all ages, will introduce you to essential chords and playing techniques using commonly known songs. Oh, and there are lots of laughs along the way, and, learning to play an instrument is good for your brain!

You will need a playable ukulele and an electronic tuner or a tuner app. And when folks hear you play this happy instrument, well, they just have to smile! If you don’t own a ukulele, please contact us for information. What are you waiting for? Grab a uke and get ready for a musical adventure, then spread the joy!  This is a live online course using ZOOM.

Duncan Perry is an experienced multi-instrumentalist who has been performing and teaching folks how play the ukulele for the last 14 years. Having served as a volunteer music therapist in medical and hospice settings, he quickly came to understand that music is medicine and that learning to play an instrument not only sharpens the brain but helps reduce stress. It also brings joy to those who play the uke and to their audiences. Duncan has taught in a variety of Maine communities and did not let the COVID-19 epidemic stop him. He simply moved from teaching in person to an online format and now reaches students all over Maine, New Hampshire and beyond.

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