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Ellsworth Adult and Community Education

Health & Wellness

Modern Line Dance


with Sheri Kean

Calendar Feb 1, 2023 at 5:45 pm, runs for 8 weeks

"Dance by yourself” with a fun & happy group!  This class offers a variety of line dances (i.e., Rock n’ Roll, Latin, Pop, Swing, Broadway & Big Band.  No partner or experience necessary.  Dance shoes strongly suggested.  This is an in-person class.

No class 02/22/23.  Makeup class, if needed, 04/05/23

The Elks Lodge is providing the location for our dance classes at no cost.  They appreciate any donations and pass them on to a local charity.  

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Mobility & Stability for 50+: Building Strength & Independence (Apr)


with Crossfit Breakwater

Calendar Apr 3, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

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

  1. Increasing your MOBILITY;
  2. Improving your STABILITY; and
  3. 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 under the watchful eye of your coaches.  Join your peers at CrossFit Breakwater!  This is an in-person class held at CrossFit Breakwater.

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Yin & Yang Yoga (Apr)


with Christina Krapf

Calendar Apr 3, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Heal the body, mind & spirit with a balancing flow of both gentle and challenging postures. Get deep into the connective tissue with a restorative stretch as well as get your heart pumping with an invigorating Vinyasa flow that links breath to movement. The goal is to create a state of peace and wellbeing. Class is suitable for all levels of experience.  This is an in-person class.

No class 04/17/23.

After a spiritual awakening in the summer of 2011, Christina was drawn to the yoga studio and to meditation. She enjoyed each class so much that she kept going back to experience different types of yoga and different teachers. She has learned that relating to the teacher plays such a huge role in whether the class is of fulfillment or not.  In 2014, Christina started working and training at CorePower Yoga in San Diego, California where she learned the benefits of Hot Yoga. This inspired her to get certified to teach through the studio, where she received her 200-hour certification in Hot and Vinyasa Flow yoga. Christina was also introduced to Yinki Yoga, a form of Yin or Restorative Yoga with the added benefits of Reiki Healing Energy. She was then inspired to study Reiki and receive certifications in Levels 1, 2 & 3, as well as Yin Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. 

Over the past 12 years she has transformed her practice of yoga into her daily life on and off the mat.  After 20 years of being an all day standing hairdresser and having pain in her physical body, she experienced a huge relief both physically and mentally from her practices. Her passion for yoga has literally changed her life in every way and she desires to share that with others looking to change theirs and to feel better within their bodies. She is very passionate about health and well being and would love to share her knowledge and wisdom with you on the mat!

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Carry Naloxone to Save a Life (Apr)


with Beth Alteri Inspire Recovery Center-Healthy Acadia

Calendar Apr 10, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

In 2021, more than 600 Mainers lost their lives to substance use disorder.  While that number is higher than any previous year, that number would have been 15 times higher without Naloxone.  Naloxone is an opioid antagonist and the only thing available to reverse an overdose.  You can't look at someone and know they are using substances.  One in 12 people in the United States have Substance Use Disorder, so the odds that you know someone who uses are pretty high.  The more people carry Naloxone, the more likely lives will be saved.  People can't recover if they do not survive an overdose.

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. Naloxone saves lives by restoring the person’s breathing. Narcan is not a replacement for calling 911, but can save the person’s life while emergency medical personnel are on the way.

It is FDA approved and can be administered easily via a nasal spray. Even a child can do it. It was intentionally developed for use by those without medical training who may arrive at the scene first, such as friends or family.

Narcan (naloxone) is a critical harm reduction tool. Just as we have a fire extinguisher in every building and house to protect us in the event of a fire, we should also have Narcan readily available at all times.

Healthy Acadia provides free Narcan (naloxone) kits and training to those who want it, and an increasing amount 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. 

Beth Alteri of Healthy Acadia, works recruiting and supporting volunteers; works with the Substance Use and Prevention Team to increase community knowledge about Substance Use Disorder and to distribute and train people in the community about harm reduction tools such as Naloxone; provides coordination and support at the INSPIRE Recovery Center; supervises the Hancock County Maine Recovery Core interns and is a CCAR trained Recovery Coach.

Beth is a mother of three, teaches Zumba at the Downeast Family YMCA and is a member of the Ellsworth School Department School Board.  Contact Beth by email at

Getting Your Affairs in Order-Estate Planning (Evening Online)


with Elizabeth Young

Calendar Apr 24, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

You accumulate assets over time and may forget to look at the big picture.  For example, you start a small retirement account at your first job and name a beneficiary at that time; you buy a piece of land while you’re still single; you inherit money and deposit it to your checking account.  When you die, each of those assets will follow different distribution paths. 

“Estate Planning” is about getting documents prepared to plan for your future AND about making sure you’ve got your i’s dotted and your t’s crossed.  You don’t have to be rich or old to go through this process.

Join Rebecca Sargent and Elizabeth Young, with Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC, to learn about the documents and considerations.  There’s the financial power of attorney (i.e., who's going to pay your bills when you no longer can); medical power of attorney (i.e., who will make medical decisions if you’re incapacitated); and your Will (i.e., what happens to your assets when you die). 

This workshop is for people who want to learn the basics about estate planning.  If you have put off thinking about these issues because you don't know where to start or what questions to ask, this workshop is for you!  This is a live online class using ZOOM.

Makeup class, if needed, 05/15/23.


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Hatha Yoga (May)


with Michelle Spencer

Calendar Apr 25, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

This 60-minute Yoga class will provide sequences that calms the nervous  system along with stretching/warming the muscles and preparing the mind to rest. Breathing techniques, short meditation and positive affirmations will end the practice. This is a live online class using ZOOM.


Modern Line Dance (Apr/May)


with Sheri Kean

Calendar Apr 26, 2023 at 5:45 pm, runs for 5 weeks

"Dance by yourself” with a fun & happy group!  This class offers a variety of line dances (i.e., Rock n’ Roll, Latin, Pop, Swing, Broadway & Big Band.  No partner or experience necessary.  Dance shoes strongly suggested.  This is an in-person class.

Makeup class, if needed, 05/31/23.

The Elks Lodge is providing the location for our dance classes at no cost.  They appreciate any donations and pass them on to a local charity.  

Chair Yoga: A Morning Practice off the Mat (May)


with Michelle Spencer

Calendar Apr 27, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

This morning class practiced in a chair offers mind and body benefits without having to get up and off the floor or even changing into yoga clothes. Enjoy a “pick me up” at home or at your office by using structural techniques to improve your range of motion, relax tight or overused muscles, and release tension from the mind. This is a live online class using ZOOM.

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