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Sacopee Valley Adult & Community Education

Life Skills



with Ann Gass

Calendar Apr 25, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This talk is based on the above-named book, published in 2014, in which Ann wrote about her great-grandmother, Florence Brooks Whitehouse. Florence was a novelist, painter, vocalist, and mother of three sons when she first joined the suffrage movement in 1914. We explore Florence’s life up to 1914 and her leadership in moving suffrage forward in Maine, joining forces with national leader Alice Paul in a desperate, last-ditch effort to ensure that the Maine legislature ratified the 19th Amendment through which most women won voting rights. Slides of historic photos accompany this lively talk. Please pre-register as a minimum of 4 people is required to run the course.

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with Mike Leonard

Calendar Apr 25, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

In this one-night class, we will explore all the things you need to know to take successful images after the sun sets and before the sun rises.  This session reviews exposure, how to shoot images in the dark - including the Milky Way and Aurora - and how to capture your best photo under just moonlight.  We will review equipment helpful for nighttime photography, including using a cell phone. Preregistration is required to receive online link.

About Mike: Mike Leonard has been taking pictures for more than 40 years and among his favorite subjects to shoot are nighttime scenes including lightning and Aurora, and in the daytime, he likes shooting landscapes, seascapes, lighthouses and more. His work is frequently on covers of The Notes publication in Yarmouth, Maine, In the Maine Activities Guide, on the local CBS affiliate in weathercasts and his work has also been featured in books, magazines, annual reports, brochures, textbooks and nationally on the Weather Channel.

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with Marianne Wyer

Calendar Apr 26, 2023 at 11 am, runs for 4 weeks

Gain the benefits of yoga exercise without being on the floor!  The chair is used as your foundation and support. This program is beneficial to all regardless of age or flexibility.  Simple stretching, guided breathing, and individual adjustments aid in gaining strength, balance, and vitality. Optional: Bring water for hydration. You may also bring a mat to place under your chair if you would like. Please pre-register as we need a minimum of 4 people to run the course.




with Nathan Cronauer

Calendar Apr 26, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Ever wonder why fashion trends come and go so quickly? Do you ever think of all the resources that go into clothing manufacturing and how you can make more sustainable choices when it comes to your wardrobe? Then ecomaine’s “Fast Fashion” course is for you! Come learn how you choose greener options when buying the clothes and garments we wear every day! Join environmental educator Nate Cronauer to discuss the economic and environmental impacts of the global fashion industry. We look forward to seeing you there! Please pre-register as a minimum of 4 people is required to run the course.




with Amolette Herbal Apothecary Staff

Calendar Apr 29, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Join us at Amolette Herbal Apothecary for a one-hour private mini-class on supporting the immune system. There will be practicing herbalists from the apothecary on-site to answer your questions on what is an herbalist, what they do, and how to incorporate herbs into your life. The Apothecary itself will be closed to the public for the duration so that only class attendees will be in the space. Each participant will also leave with an elderberry syrup herb kit, instructions, and handouts. Pre-registration is required due to limited space. 



with Andrea Guimond

Calendar Apr 29, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Calm the body and mind through breath, meditation, gentle movement, and teachings of the Yamas. The Yamas are the first limb of the ‘Eight Limbs of Yoga‘ and are primarily concerned with the world around us and our interaction with it.  By considering these aspects in our daily practice on and off the yoga mat, all of our decisions and actions come from a more considered, aware, and ‘higher’ place, and this enables us to become more authentic towards ourselves and others. The five Yamas are Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (moderation of the senses/right use of energy), and Aparigraha (non-greed). Please bring a yoga mat, blocks, and a blanket. Let us know if you do not have these items as some mats and blocks may be available. Please pre-register as we need a minimum of 4 people to run the course.

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with Deborah Lipsky

Calendar Apr 29, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Join us for this rare opportunity to learn about autism from someone who lives it daily. Whether you live with, work with, or know someone with autism, this presentation is for you! Come away with a better understanding of “why” and “how” individuals on the spectrum react to their environment and routine changes and what little things you can do to help. Learn intimate details of what triggers anxiety responses. Come and ask questions from a “true expert”! Dubbed the “autistic comedian,” Deborah and her presentation will leave you smiling and with a greater appreciation of the “gifts” of autism that are often overlooked. Please preregister as a minimum of 4 people is required to run the course.

About Deborah: Deborah Lipsky, B.S., and M.ED is an international author who has written three books on autism and contributed to a fourth best-seller, "Autism All-Stars." Deb's international best-seller, "Managing Meltdowns" has helped countless people worldwide. Besides being a recipient of the Autism Society of America's "Temple Grandin" Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Person with Autism, she has spent the last 14 years traveling the US and Canada, giving seminars, consultations, and numerous keynote addresses on autism. For years, she was a regular contributor to the Autism Society of Maine's newsletter featuring humorous stories of her misadventures as an autistic person trying to navigate non-autistic worlds. Please note: Deb graciously volunteers her time and property. Donations are appreciated and can be contributed on-site at the time of the course. 


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with Don Kauber

Calendar May 6, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Join us for this discussion group based on the Socratic style of critical thinking. Bring ideas, questions, concerns, and dreams as we brainstorm, discuss, and “engage in a common quest.”


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