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A Visit With Ida


with Susan Poulin

Calendar Mar 29, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Ida LeClair, the star of “Ida: Woman Who Runs With the Moose,” “Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale!” and “A Very Ida Christmas”, has been called “the funniest woman in Maine.”

She will crack you up with her insights into love, friendship and the Pine Tree State of mind. Guaranteed to put you in touch with your “innah Mainah,” Ida has Moxie, and she’s not afraid to drink it! Be forewarned: in the words of one concerned audience member, “You really should have “Depends” by the door for some of us!”

Books will be available for purchase.

Ida is the brain child of award winning writer and performer Susan Poulin. Selected by Portland Magazine as one of the Ten Most Intriguing People in Maine, Susan has been creating and touring her original theatrical productions since 1992.

Her work has been supported by the NH State Council on the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council. Susan is also a popular keynote speaker, and has brought her humor and insight to presentations for a wide variety of organizations.

As her alter-ego Ida, Susan writes the popular Maine humor blog and podcast, Just Ask Ida, and is the author of Finding Your Inner Moose and The Sweet Life. The Portsmouth Herald says "she has a well-developed funny bone that gets her through life, and gets you to fall in love with her, and all she holds dear.....Poulin has unquestionably created a truly endearing and enduring character.”

Formore on Ida, please visit her website:


AARP Smart Driver Course


with Don Lacount

Calendar Apr 13, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 1 week

Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Brush up on your driving skills, and learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment.

The class is geared for students 50+ and is taught by an AARP trained volunteer.

A break is scheduled for brown bag lunch.

Participants who successfully complete the course are eligible for a reduction in automobile insurance premiums.

Cost is $16.00 for AARP members with cards and $21.00 for non-members.

American Sign Language-Level II


with Alma Simmons

Calendar Apr 5, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks

This class is designed for those who want to expand their basic skills. Continue to build your vocabulary and signing techniques as you progress to a higher level. We will take a class trip to a local restaurant to practice our sign language skills. Come join us; it will be fun and exciting!

Students will be able to use the same text book they purchased for ASL I, Signing, How to Speak with Your Hands, ISBN 055337539-3.

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An Introduction and Overview to Tiny House Construction


with John Favreau

Calendar Apr 28, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Learn the basic fundamentals involved in the tiny house construction process. This is a lecture-based class that gives students an overview of tiny house construction.

This two-hour class is ideal for the person who is contemplating building a tiny house with the goal being to have students walk away with the knowledge to make an informed decision.

Topics covered in the class are not limited to, but will cover

  • design considerations
  • construction techniques
  • codes
  • and tiny house living.

This class will be held at the Long Branch School facility at 25 Main Street, Bowdoinham.

Basic Dog Obedience


with John Palange

Calendar Apr 3, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Do you sometimes feel like your dog is the master? A well trained pet will make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

In this six-week basic obedience class we will work on teaching your dog to

  • walk without pulling on a leash
  • heel
  • sit
  • down
  • stay
  • and come, in a friendly and relaxed way.

Dogs should be six months or older. Proof of rabies vaccination must be submitted to Adult Ed office prior to first class. You will need a six-foot leash and an appropriate training collar.

John Palange has trained dogs professionally at K-9 Training Center for over 40 years, with other trainers often referring their most “challenging” dogs to him. He specializes in obedience and problem behavior. Check out his website at

Basic Sewing for Beginners and Intermediates


with Wynne Winchell

Calendar Mar 20, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Join our "sewcial" and learn the basics of sewing. Perfect if you are a beginner, or continue progressing if you've taken the class before.

You will have an opportunity to create Spring aprons, fabric books, place mats, decorations, simple clothing and more. Learn how to read a pattern and understand the features of your sewing machine.

The instructor will have materials available for your first class project, after that you will need to bring your own. There will be plenty of books for you to get ideas and fabric to choose from.

Bring your sewing machine to class.


Full Course

Cabinet Basics


with Rick Gallion

Calendar Mar 20, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

For those who are considering building cabinets for a kitchen or just for storage in a garage or utility room, this course is for you. Learn what the options are in materials, basic carcass construction, frame and panel door construction, drawer box construction, and hardware options.

This is a lecture type class and will cover construction techniques and design ideas. There are no materials needed for this course and no protective gear will be needed, because there will be no machines operated.

Class will be held at Clary Lake Woodworking School, 777 Gardiner Road, Jefferson.

Creative Techniques for Floral Design


with Andrea Ault

Calendar Mar 20, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Andrea Ault, owner of Honeysuckle Way Flowers, specializes in creative wedding bouquets. Sought after for her unique design and use of non-traditional items, Andrea stays busy helping couples celebrate their weddings with natural, organic style floral arrangements.

In this one-night class, you will learn her secrets and techniques for creating a seasonal centerpiece that will impress everyone. There is no better way to welcome spring than with flowers.

Material fee of $32.00 is payable to instructor at the class.

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