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Our Classes

Maine Driving Dynamics (Apr)

$70

with Donald Saunders

Calendar Apr 2, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

A Bureau of Highway Safety course aimed at improving a student's defensive driving awareness and abilities. The five-hour course includes discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine's highways.

The course format engages participants with a mixture of lectures, videos, and class discussion and participation.  Upon completion, students will receive a three-point credit on their driving record.  Some insurance companies give discounts after completing this course, so check with your company for details.  Please bring your driver's license to class. Class meets on Tuesday and Thursday.  This is an in-person class. 

Makeup class, if needed, Tuesday 04/09/24.

See the World in a Different Way as You Learn Photography-Techniques, Tips and Trips

$89

with George Blumenschein, Sr.

Calendar Apr 3, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

By focusing first on what you see and then on how to capture your own vision of what’s before you, you’ll be well on the road to making your camera work for you. It’s easier than you might think! 

If you’re ready to explore how you see what’s around you, learn and share with others, and experiment, this is the course for you. If you’re intimidated by all the settings and functions on your camera and wondering if these mysteries will be solved - indeed, that will be one of the keys to capturing what you see.

The class is four evening sessions, and an early morning Saturday field trip. There will be assignments, as experimenting is critical to the journey. You don’t need a fancy camera for this course, whatever device you have on hand will be just right. Do you know how to share photos by email or by using a thumb drive? If not, contact our program before the course begins and we will teach you how to do this.  This is an in-person class.

  • Wednesday, April 3, 6:00p-7:00p
  • Wednesday, April 10, 6:00p-7:00p
  • Wednesday, April 17-No class
  • Wednesday, April 24, 6:00p-7:00p
  • Saturday, May 4, early am-time TBD by the group
  • Wednesday, May 8, 6:00p-7:00p

George Blumenschein, Sr., a landscape photography veteran with over 20 years of expertise, skillfully captures the world's beauty through his seasoned lens. His images, frozen moments in time, transport viewers to awe-inspiring landscapes, showcasing a deep appreciation for nature's wonders.

Adulting 101: Money Smarts

Free

with Steve Kautz

Calendar Apr 3, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Adulting is tough. Finances can be one of the trickiest parts of adulthood. Whether you’ve been Adulting for decades or are just getting started, banking basics, spending plans, credit scores and useful tools and apps are available to make the whole Adulting thing a little bit easier.

Join Steve Kautz, Financial Education Programs Specialist, from the Finance Authority of Maine for this 1-hour virtual workshop as we dive into some Adulting money basics together.  This is a live online class using ZOOM.  

This workshop is offered by FAME in partnership with adult education programs across Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot and Washington Counties. 

Will run

Acadian Arts Asian Fusion Cooking Retreat @ Harbor View House, Prospect Harbor (Apr 2024)

$495

with Chris Toy

Calendar Apr 6, 2024 , runs for 1 week

Your instructor, Chris Toy is the author of 6 popular cookbooks, a private chef, and has taught Asian-fusion cooking for several Maine community education programs. Cooking students will learn how to prepare a variety of recipes from Asia, Europe, and the Americas incorporating traditional and local ingredients. Each meal will actively engage cooks with the tools, techniques, and stories behind the dishes being created.

Escape to a Grand Victorian Inn, the Harbor View House in Prospect Harbor on the coast of Maine, with an intimate group of artist, cooks and creatives! All meals are included in the workshop fee plus special activities to extend your learning from the day’s workshops, including a private house concert by Grammy balloted sing-songwriter, storyteller, and author Gordon Ward.

We will be scheduling time to view the Solar Eclipse at Schoodic Point, with will reach 97% of totality there! We have special glasses for all of you. Fingers crossed for clear skies! 

Day students are welcome. For more information about the workshop, call Mary at 207-632-2251. To book your stay at the inn call 207-963-9122 or visit https://harborviewhousellc.com/. 

Feedback from recent participants:  

“I learned so much from Chris that I can use immediately at home in my own kitchen.”  “Great kitchen hints!”

Acadian Arts Watercolor Retreat @ Harbor View House, Prospect Harbor (Apr 2024)

$495

with Mary Laury

Calendar Apr 6, 2024 , runs for 1 week

Your instructor, Mary Laury is an accomplished watercolorist and highly esteemed teacher. She encourages all her students to believe they can be successful. Painting is an exciting medium; it flows and moves and does beautiful things. If you have never painted in watercolors, we will start at the beginning. If you have painted before, you will pick up some new tips and tricks as well. We all learn together!

Escape to a Grand Victorian Inn, the Harbor View House in Prospect Harbor on the coast of Maine, with an intimate group of artist, cooks and creatives! All meals are included in the workshop fee plus special activities to extend your learning from the day’s workshops, including a private house concert by Grammy balloted sing-songwriter, storyteller, and author Gordon Ward. 

We will be scheduling time to view the Solar Eclipse at Schoodic Point, with will reach 97% of totality there!  We have special glasses for all of you.  Fingers crossed for clear skies!

For more information about the workshop, call Mary at 207-632-2251. To book your stay at the inn, call 207-963-9122 or visit https://harborviewhousellc.com/. 

Feedback from recent participants: 

“Great instructor!-Mary acts as a guide to develop our own style.“ “Easy no stress instruction.”

Fly Fishing: An Introduction

$85

with Kevin Tracewski

Calendar Apr 6, 2024 at 9 am

This course is designed to get you solidly grounded in the fundamentals needed to enjoy fly fishing. Topics covered include tackle selection and assembly, knots, fly casting, fish foods, artificial flies, fly fishing strategies, entomology, and wading safety.

After completing this course, you should have all the understanding and skills necessary to catch fish with a fly rod on your own.  This is an in-person class.  Makeup class, if needed, Sunday, 04/07/24.

This course will be taught in Orono by Kevin Tracewski, a registered Maine guide and author of the best selling book, A Fisherman’s Guide to Maine. 

Pollinator Gardening Part III: Keeping a Bee-safe, Organic Garden

$29

with Lauren Landers

Calendar Apr 6, 2024 at 11 am, runs for 1 week

Skip the chemicals and discover the art of improving soil naturally and controlling garden pests without pesticides! 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.

Google Drive: Get It Organized!

$20

with Vanessa Richards

Calendar Apr 9, 2024 at 4 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Google Drive is an example of a cloud-based place where you can create and save files of all kinds - word documents, spreadsheets, surveys and more.  You can access the files from most devices and more than one person can work on them at the same time.  If you’re using it for personal use, Drive applications are free.  It’s a practical way to learn programs without investing in software. This workshop will introduce you to these features.  This is an in-person workshop. 

No class 04/16/24.  Makeup class, if needed, 04/30/24.

You’ll need a Gmail account for this workshop, and will need to know your account username and password.  It’s ideal if you access your Gmail on the web vs. a computer-based program.  If you’re not sure what this means, please contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you! 

Vanessa loves working with adult learners. She is really easy to be around and makes people extremely comfortable; she even makes learning math and computers fun! She is committed to helping adults discover their strenghts, build their confidence, and realize they can accomplish their goals. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore the outdoors. Vanessa teaches math, science, technology, and provides college and career advising.





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