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MSAD 11 Gardiner Area Adult & Community Education ( 207-582-3774

Our Classes

Just Once Guitar for Busy People


with Don Pride

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar, but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you’ll learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment and you won’t have to take private lessons! This crash course teaches some basic chords and will get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Topics include: how chords work in a song, how to form the three main types of chords, how to tune your guitar, basic strumming patterns, how to buy a good guitar, and how to play along with simple tunes. Bring your acoustic guitar to class. A materials fee of $29.00 for workbook and practice DVD is due to instructor at the class. 

It's Compost Time: From Garbage To Garden!


with Jean Vose

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

This program will help one’s backyard composting efforts become more efficient and rewarding. Turn your garbage into the “Black Gold” of compost. Compost is a dark , crumbly and earthy-smelling form of decomposing organic matter that is a most practical and convenient way to handle yard astes. The slide show presentation will include the hows, whys and whats of making compost. In addition, there will be take-home handouts of not only the slideshow but also informational compost bulletins. 

Maine Chickadee Paint Night


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

This canvas depicts the beautiful Maine fall foilage season. Come have fun while learning the technique of painting colorful leaves & covered branches. Bring a friend and enjoy a night out!



with Laurel Lopez

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 18, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn how to make these all natural soaps! Create your own signature soap to take a whole homemade batch with you. A supply list will be provided before class and there is also a $20 fee for the instructor to help facilitate with her products.

Worm Composting for Beginners


with Jock Robie

Calendar Next session starts Oct 18, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

In this virtual class, you will learn how to construct, set up, and maintain a worm bin to compost kitchen vegetable waste in order to recycle it as plant food. Join Jock Robie as he discusses the harvesting of worm castings and vermicompost for gardening and houseplants as well as “worm tea”! Each student will set up their own worm bin with worms to take home. All materials and worms are supplied at no extra charge and can be picked up at adult education before class. Jock Robie has over eight years of practical experience designing, building, and using worm bins to compost kitchen waste. He feeds his 40 worm bins close to 35 pounds per week of kitchen scraps. In person classes may require COVID 19 screening, mask & distancing.

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Photographing Wildlife


with Gary Swinton

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 20, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Learn to create amazing wildlife photos from a professional. Topics include choosing the right camera gear, isolating subjects, dealing with backgrounds, using natural light to your advantage, how to use zoom functions effectively, choosing exposure techniques that will provide the best images and finding uncommon perspectives. Our 5/4 class will be held at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray! We’ll talk about animal behavior, habitats and how best to find animals in the wild. Residents include deer, black bear, eagles, owls and more. It will make an excellent location to practice your skills. There will be a fee to gain entrance to the park. This will be an individual or split fee depending on what the class decides. Please bring a bag lunch, or you may purchase a lunch there. Some walking will be required.

Understanding Medicare


with Robert Harvey

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Have you ever felt like Medicare regulations are a black box? There’s an alphabet soup of plans, a book of fine print and a calendar full of dates to remember. The whole thing seems like a mystery with too few clues to solve. Robert Harvey, a Licensed Insurance Agent with HealthMarkets, can answer many of the questions you may have about Medicare, from the beginning of the process on. He will discuss: when you are eligible, what is the timeline for enrollment without penalties, what original Medicare covers and what it doesn’t, what additional plans work in conjunction with original Medicare, and your financial assistance options.

*Please provide a current working email address when registering for this course. This class will occur via ZOOM, Google Meets, or WebEx and you will be sent a link prior to the first night of class. The technology requirements for this class are a tablet, smartphone, laptop, or a desktop computer with a microphone and camera.

Reiki for Self Care


with Brenda Colfer

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 21, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

In this class students will be attuned to Reiki as a way to support their own well-being.  This gentle, yet powerful Japanese hands on healing technique is a beautiful way to relive stress and tension in the body.  You will be able to create space for emotional calming as you bring your own body in to balance.  

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