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Saturday STEP Class


with Deidre Hutchins

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 2, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 5 weeks
1 additional session on Apr 6, 2024

It’s back! 45 minutes of non-stop low impact cardio on the step. It’s a great way to start your weekend! All you need to bring is water and lots of energy.

Fun Fit and Fabulous


with Deidre Hutchins

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 4, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 5 weeks
2 additional sessions through Apr 8, 2024

Feeling tired, off balance, or having a difficult time getting up and down? This 45-minute fitness class is the answer to help you feel both emotionally and physically younger and stronger! Reenergize yourself in this welcoming, spacious, and uplifting environment. This class will enhance your overall wellbeing by improving brain function and helping you to regain youthful energy. Stretch, stabilize, and strengthen your way to the best version of you. Let us jump start your day with positive and inspirational energy; guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Join us!

Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of Maine and the Northeast (Presentation)


with David Spahr

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 6, 2024 at 6 pm
2 additional sessions through May 8, 2024

Join self-proclaimed "mushroom Maineiac" David Spahr and get the inside information on the wild mushrooms of the Northeast. Edible and medicinal mushrooms represent an opportunity for sustainably foraging and enjoying healthy, locally sourced food and present a potential for health benefits beyond good nutrition. This presentation will cover finding, collecting, identifying and preparing the safe and common edible and medicinal mushroom species of Maine, New England, and Eastern Canada. Nature enthusiasts, cooks, foragers, herbalists, and others will enjoy and benefit from David's expertise. Topics will include matching species with appropriate foods, discovering mushrooms that contain unique medicinal properties, and exploring information about dyeing fabrics and paper. David's book, Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada, will be available.

Flexible and Mobile


with Deidre Hutchins

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 7, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 5 weeks
1 additional session on Apr 25, 2024

Do you wake up in the morning with tight/stiff muscles? Do you experience low back pain and decreased mobility in your hips, shoulders, and neck? You know you need to stretch but you’re not quite sure what to? If you have answered yes to any of the above this 45 minute total body stretch class is what you need. It will leave you feeling taller, more limber, and ready to start your day!

Book Club


with Lanie Howes

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 11, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 9 weeks

Within this course we will read and discuss 2 books to further explore the importance of context within arousal, desire, and pleasure. The first book will be Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski. This book identifies that sexuality differs from woman to woman and how everyone's unique sexuality "fingerprint" is highly dependent upon context. Come As You Are delving into why and how women's sexuality works. The second book we will read is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk. This book highlights the way our bodies hold onto historical trauma and distress. The Body Keeps the Score has been encouraging readers to engage in a deeper understanding of "CPTSD" as well. The Body Keeps the Score will further contextualize Come as You Are and the importance of understanding ourselves, our history, and our bodies. This course is not meant to serve as a substitute for psychotherapy/group therapy or for the identification, diagnosis and treatment of mental and nervous disorders.


This Class will have two weeks off during its sessions.

February 19-23 and April 15-19 due to school vacations 

Needham Maine Potato Candy


with Diana Mosher

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 4, 2024 at 6 pm
1 additional session on May 30, 2024

If you’re from Maine, you’ve probably heard of needhams - a traditional sweet, covered in chocolate, with a soft coconut and POTATO center! Learn how to make this sweet Maine confection, just in time for the Easter holiday. A supply fee of $6.00 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the class. Students should bring a flat, 1-pint container to take their treats home.

Learning about the Chaga Mushroom


with David Spahr

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm

Come lean about the Chaga Mushroom the uses, benefits and side effects.

Inonotus obliquus, commonly called chaga, is a fungus in the family Hymenochaetaceae. It is parasitic on birch and other trees. The sterile conk is irregularly formed and resembles burnt charcoal.

Free Harvest for Worm Composting that started
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Free Harvest for Worm Composting that started


with Jock Robie

This will be a free session for any interested composting alumni. The instructor will inspect worm bins, demonstrate and assist with harvesting, and answer any questions. The instructor will bring harvest kits for alumni to use for harvesting their own worm bins.

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