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Ellsworth Adult and Community Education

Health & Wellness

Healthy Homemade Soups on a Budget-Part III-Bean 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.


Part III-Bean Soups

 Every culture has a signature bean soup recipe!  Beans are an inexpensive  healthy protein that bring a nutritional, flavorful and hearty soup to satisfy big appetites. We’ll be making a Brazilian Black Bean soup and sharing lots of bean recipes from near and far. 

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 date, 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 (Daytime-in person)


with Renata Lahner

Calendar Mar 22, 2024

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.

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.  This is an in-person class.

Carry Naloxone to Save a Life (Apr)


with Nick St. Louis

Calendar Apr 1, 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 @

Yin & Yang Yoga (Apr/in-person)


with Christina Krapf

Calendar Apr 22, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Heal the body, mind and 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. 

Make up date  3/11/2024

After a spiritual awakening in the summer of 2011, Christina was drawn to the yoga studio and 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 fulfilling 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 received 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!

Holistic Health & Wellness (Apr)


with Michelle Spencer

Calendar Apr 23, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Learn the importance of movement, stress reduction, self-care (including sleep strategies, rest, self-love,  self-forgiveness) healthy nutrition and mindfulness and healthy relationships to improve your overall well-being. This course is a lecture format with  Q & A. Journal prompts, handouts, text, phone call or email check-ins and a Zoom meeting to review the course at the end. This is a live online class using ZOOM.

Michelle Spencer is a Certified Stroke and Brain Injury Fitness Instructor, Coach through WellPeer, and a survivor of a Stroke and Ruptured Arteriovenous Malformation in 2014. 

Yoga: Hatha Yoga (Apr)


with Michelle Spencer

Calendar Apr 23, 2024 at 5:30 pm, 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.

Michelle Spencer is a Certified Stroke and Brain Injury Fitness Instructor, Coach through WellPeer, and a survivor of a Stroke and Ruptured Arteriovenous Malformation in 2014. 

Find Your Rhythm, Soothe Your Heart & Soul


with Tom Rush

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks


Join percussionist Tom Rush in exploring rhythm that’s good for your heart and soul.  You’ll learn rudimental  drumming rhythms as a tool to open the mind and meditation.   If you’re looking for a formal drumming workshop this isn’t for you. Tom’s journey has been influenced by African and Indian rhythms and he’s been exploring their impact on his meditation and spiritual path.  He’s hoping you’ll join with intention, in the Shamanistic traditions,  and find your own meditation and spiritual path.  Each person’s journey will be unique.   If you have a drum, bring it along. If you don’t have one, Tom will have some to share. 

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