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Sacopee Valley Adult & Community Education

Life Skills



with Ben McKenney

Calendar Oct 23, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

This course trains participants to give CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner and is designed for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. Learn how, why, and when to administer CPR: the differences in use on adults, children, and infants; how to react to a choking adult or child; how and when to use an AED; and what the Chain of Survival is and why it is so critical. Please pre-register as a minimum of 4 people is required to run the course. 

Note: CPR certification cards are good for two years and meet the requirements for childcare providers.




with ecomaine Environmental Educator

Calendar Oct 24, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it leaves the curb? Many of the products we buy and use every day rely on the use of recycled materials for manufacturing. In this class we will learn how to recycle more efficiently, why some materials are more challenging to recycle than others, and how to find ways to divert more waste from landfills. Join ecomaine’s environmental educator to find out where your recycling and trash go, how it's sorted, and get an in-depth look at how recyclables are valued and marketed in Maine and beyond! Registration is required to access online link. Please pre-register as a minimum of 4 people is required to run the course.





with Ben McKenney

Calendar Oct 26, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

This course is designed for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. Learn the basics for the most common first aid emergencies, including recognizing them, calling for help, and performing lifesaving skills, as well as preventing injury and illness. Please pre-register as we need a minimum of 4 people to run the course.

Note: First Aid certification cards are good for two years and meet the requirements for childcare providers.



with Mike Leonard

Calendar Oct 26, 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, but far from limited to, using a cell phone. Pre-registration is required to receive online link.

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

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with Jeff Edelstein

Calendar Oct 30, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Kindness is about more than just being nice - it is a force that can change the world in these challenging times. We will explore how “intentional acts of kindness” can transform our friendships, relationships, families, workplaces, schools, and politics. Participants will be guided in creating their own “personal kindness practices”, and we will support each other in those efforts. A wide variety of inspiring readings, films, and talks will be introduced. We will also explore ways to work together on community acts of kindness. Please pre-register if possible.


Jeff Edelstein is the founder of Acts of Kindness Maine (AOK Maine), a non-profit helping bring more kindness to life in Maine. Jeff recommends two books: The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life and Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving. Please Note: These are not required reading, just suggestions.

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with Lee Sullivan

Calendar Nov 4, 2023 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

This ME hoMEworks class covers all aspects of buying a home: deciding, budgeting for homeownership, building credit, mortgage approval, choosing your realtor, inspections, insurance, the closing process, energy efficiency and avoiding predatory lenders. Learn about the down payment and closing cost assistance available to first-time homebuyers, veterans and others. Earn a Certificate of Completion required for certain mortgage programs, including USDA, ME State Housing Authority and other lenders. Free individualized counseling is available following the class. Please have pen and notepad available. Registration closes at noon on Nov. 1. Required: You must respond to the email from YCCAC to finalize registration and receive Zoom link. Note: Register the person you are buying your home with at the time of your registration and get a $10 rebate.

Lee Sullivan has experienced the home-buying process multiple times and successfully redeveloped several bank-owned residential properties. She is a HUD and hoMEworks-certified housing counselor and homebuyer educator.



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DEATH CAFE, November Meeting


with Cait Bushnell, Facilitator

Calendar Nov 6, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

A Death Cafe is a safe place where you, your family, and your friends can share stories, question reality, and hear new voices as we ponder the mystery of death and dying. Death Cafes are not grief sessions or bereavement groups, but rather interesting and inviting gatherings held around the world to increase awareness of the importance of making the most of this life as we ponder what we know about death. Everyone is welcome at this open, relaxed, spontaneous discussion. Please join us.



with Renee Payeur

Calendar Nov 13, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 2 weeks

It’s not just a matter of teaching old, young, or other “dogs” new tricks. You can do it! Technology is more user-friendly than you may realize. Learn the basics of informational and transferable skills focusing on what you want to do and how to simplify life using your computer, laptop, or tablet as well as the Internet and Gmail. Bring your laptop or tablet. If you need one to use, just let us know. Please pre-register as space is limited.

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