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Ellsworth Adult and Community Education


Quickbooks: Basic Accounting Principles and Quickbooks Online (Jan)


with Val Landry

Calendar Jan 30, 2024 at 8:30 am, runs for 3 weeks

During these three sessions, you will learn basic accounting principles and how to apply them to setting-up QuickBooks online for a small business or organization. For this workshop you have the option to sign up for a year of QB online for free.  The instructor will contact you about how to do this. 

  This is live online class using ZOOM.

Val is a lifelong business educator and academic advisor focused on helping enrich and enhance students' educational and life purposes. He is experienced in college management and, as an adult educator having taught at the Mid-State College and Kennebec Valley Community College. His teaching experience covers over 45 years in the areas of computer applications, accounting, and Quickbooks training workshops.

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


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Jan 31, 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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Introduction to Computers


with Diana Merenda

Calendar Feb 2, 2024 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Did you get  a new computer for the holidays and not sure you know what to do with it? Are you terrified about cybersecurity hype?  Did you think phishing was a misspelling for Maine’s best hobby?  Learn the basics including how to email and how to attach files and how to protect your data. This class is suitable for students who have no or limited prior computer experience. This is an in-person class

No class 2/23, Makeup date, if needed 3/8/24

Diana Merenda, MBA, taught the Management Capstone course at CUNY’s Baruch College for 7 years, as well as Microsoft Suite classes within NY’s SCOPE Adult Ed. She’s proficient in Microsoft 365 and worked within financial services for 30 years before moving to Surry’s Patten Bay.


Microsoft Word for Beginners


with Diana Merenda

Calendar Feb 2, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This beginner’s course explains the basic features of Microsoft Word. Class exercises illustrate the skills required to create letters and other documents including resumes. Learn how to use spell check and other tools, format and align text and create tables within your documents. Organize your output for easy retrieval. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word is easy to learn and will save you time. Prerequisite-basic computer skills. This is an in-person class.

No class 2/23; Make-up date, if needed 3/8

Diana Merenda, MBA, taught the Management Capstone course at CUNY’s Baruch College for 7 years, as well as Microsoft Suite classes within NY’s SCOPE Adult Ed. She’s proficient in Microsoft 365 and worked within financial services for 30 years before moving to Surry’s Patten Bay.


Carry Naloxone to Save a Life (Feb)


with Nick St. Louis

Calendar Feb 5, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is drug that blocks the absorption of opioids in the brain at the receptor-level. Opioids effect our respiration, which is why someone suffering from an overdose may stop breathing. By blocking opioid absorption, naloxone pauses its effects in the body. AMHC OPTIONS provides free Narcan (naloxone) kits and training to those who want it, and an increasing number of other public health organizations and health providers are doing the same.  Join this training to receive a kit and learn more about it.  This is an in-person class. 


Nick St. Louis of AMHC and the OPTIONS Initiative, works with local law enforcement and EMS agencies to support folks who are still using drugs and provide them with appropriate resources and referrals. He supports these folks by developing trusting relationships that open a continued dialogue that will, hopefully, end with the person entering recovery, however that looks for them.  He also educates the public on harm reduction, trains folks about Narcan and how to use it, and about Maine’s Good Samaritan Law.  Nick is in long-term recovery himself and is a strong advocate for the use of MOUD and harm reduction methods. “We need to keep people alive so that they can enter recovery when they’re ready. Dead people cannot recover.”  Contact Nick by email @

Becoming a Worksheet Warrior-Excel Basics


with John Hessler

Calendar Feb 5, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This course is designed for beginning Excel users, demonstrating the basic layout and functionality of the program. In this course, students will learn to create new files, insert and manipulate data, and learn some useful and common functions. The goals of this course are to impart a basic mastery of Excel and to provide a solid foundation from which students can continue to develop their spreadsheet skills.

Cooking for Beginners Part I-Tricks and Tools of the Trade


with George Blumenschein Jr

Calendar Feb 5, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn key skills, knowledge and techniques that will get you well on your way to cooking for yourself and family.  Learn keys to sanitary food preparation; knife skills (meat and veggies); cooking skills (ie, brown, boil, simmer, saute and more) You’ll learn the language of cooking so you can read recipes and understand them. The menu for the evening will be homemade spaghetti sauce with noodles and garlic bread. Handouts, recipes and links will be provided.  This is an in-person class

George Blumenschein, a culinary enthusiast and chef, shares his love for food by teaching people the art of enjoying cooking. With a passion for creating delectable dishes, George brings his expertise to the kitchen, making the culinary experience accessible and delightful for all. 

Drawing-Anyone Can Draw (Feb)


with Mary Laury

Calendar Feb 6, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

 You can draw! Anyone can learn to draw. This 4-week class will teach you how to draw what you see. This class will give you a jump start to drawing accurately and give you confidence to draw for pleasure or as a base for your painting. Get ready for a whole world of seeing details that you have never noticed before!  This is an in-person class.​  To see the supply list, click here.

Makeup date, if needed, 3/5/24.

​Mary Laury served as the founding Executive Director of Schoodic Arts for All, an award winning non-profit organization celebrating the arts and culture in Downeast Maine for over 20 years. The botanical subjects and dynamic nature of Maine are Mary's passions. An experienced teacher, she has taught painting and drawing in classrooms and in the field for many programs throughout her career.

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