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Women's Self Defense-Martial Awareness


with Travis Allen

Calendar Feb 24, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Reality Based Self-Defense (RBSD) combines psychological and physical aspects for more efficient techniques and self awareness. Self awareness is a big part of self-defense.  Being self aware includes having situational and environmental awareness.  RBSD uses all these to allow you to protect yourself and others with less energy and more effective results.  You will be prepared to take control of any dangerous situation life throws your way with more confidence.  We don't have gis or pretty belts.  We do not do katas nor do we do forms.  We are completely BS free.  We teach techniques that are effective in today's potentially dangerous society.  Reality based techniques are created by using body mechanics, physics and anatomy - the trifecta of effectiveness.  In addition, you will also be psychologically prepared to react to these type of situations (this is the most important part of any defense system).  You will be empowered with effective techniques and have the confidence to use them.  RBSD does not discriminate against age, height or weight.  This works for anyone.  You DO NOT have to hurt someone to keep safe control of a situation. Makeup class (if needed) 04/27/20.


Stress Relief 101


with Jennifer Harry

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Take a break and de-stress! Learn many easy to use techniques to help counteract street drawn from the latest research in neuroscience, mindfulness, and resiliency training.

Each week features:

  • An opening meditation to calm the mind and relax the muscles;
  • Experiential Exercise - learn and practice a new technique for stress relief; and
  • Helpful tips for incorporating the technique into your regular life.

Over the course of four weeks, you will be building a set of tools that you can use in your everyday life, in any situation, to manage stress, anxiety and overwhelm. Learning these tools can:

  • Increase your self-awareness;
  • Help you cope with life's challenges;
  • Decrease anxiety;
  • Improve your health; and
  • Enhance your overall well-being.

Makeup class (if needed) 03/25/20.

Introduction to Organizing & Finding Files


with TBA

Calendar Feb 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Everyone organizes their desks in a different way at home and at work and the same is true about organizing files and folders on a computer.  Learn tips on how to save and organize files and folders on your computer and to retrieve information from your computer when you need it.  Basic computer skills, including hardware and software basics, and email are required for this workshop.  Laptops will be provided.  It may be possible to use your own laptop.  Makeup class (if needed) 04/03/20.

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Fly Fishing - Introduction


with Kevin Tracewski

Calendar Feb 29, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

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 course will be taught in Orono by Registered Maine Guide Kevin Tracewski (directions will be sent to registered students).

Makeup day (if needed) Sunday 03/01/20.  

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Ballroom Dance for Beginners


with Elizabeth Pouwels

Calendar Mar 1, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Do you have a wedding or special event coming up, or do you just want to learn the basics of the traditional Waltz, Foxtrot and East Coast Swing?  Join us for a great time socializing and learning to dance, and it’s also great exercise! Come alone or with a partner - singles are welcome!  Makeup class (if needed) 04/12/20. 

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Mobility & Stability for 50+: Building Strength and Independence (Session 2)


with CrossFit Breakwater

Calendar Mar 2, 2020 at 10:30 am, runs for 3 weeks

Overall health and independence are important for everyone of all ages. In this class, we focus on three main components:

  • Increasing your MOBILITY;
  • Improving your STABILITY; and
  • Gaining STRENGTH

all while learning functional movements that enrich everyday life. Be challenged and have fun in a peer supported environment with an excellent, seasoned coaching staff. Everything you need to know for each class is taught, discussed and practiced with the watchful eye of your coaches. Join your peers at CrossFit Breakwater and make 2020 a health-changing year! Instructors:  Amy Dalrymple Boles & Missy Gaston

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Beekeeping for Beginners


with Peter Cowin

Calendar Mar 2, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This class is designed to stimulate interest and questions about beekeeping as a hobby or to help with pollination. It covers what is needed, where to locate bee hives, where to buy them, what it costs and how to care for bees so they survive the winter. Many join the class because they are aware of the huge importance and decline of honeybees and other pollinators and just want to help. Learn about the fascinating hobby of beekeeping, pollinate your garden and grow your own honey! Makeup class, if needed, 03/23/20.

Peter Cowin is President of Penobscot County Beekeepers’ Association and a member of the Maine State Beekeepers’ Association Swarm Team. He has grown his hobby into a cottage business known as “Hampden Honey”. Peter also writes a monthly column “The Bee Whisperer’s Diary” in the Bangor Daily News.

Let's Do Brunch!


with JoAnne Wood

Calendar Mar 2, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Nothing beats a fantastic brunch for family and friends! We'll be making:

  • Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage Benedicts with spinach and lemon hollandaise
  • Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts
  • Praline Bacon
  • Sparkling Brunch Mocktails

Makeup class (if needed) 03/09/20

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