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Sacopee Valley Adult & Community Education

Personal Enrichment



with Linda Griffin

Calendar Jun 10, 2023 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

The John Calvin Cottage was initially built for the local mill owner’s family. The quaint structure is picturesquely situated on a 1.8-acre island in the Ossipee River, just above a waterfall. Mature landscaping complements the simplicity of the architecture, certainly a John Calvin Stevens design. Cathedral ceilings and lovely stained glass windows, along with period doors and woodwork, all capture the essence of the time. An antique cook stove in the kitchen and a period fireplace in the living room further add to the cottage’s charm. Definitely a historic jewel! Please note: There is no charge for this tour. The $5 registration fee will be donated to the Porter-Parsonsfield Historical Society. If you would like to contribute other funds to the historical society, you may also do so at  the time of the tour. Parking is available at the cottage or the Parsonsfield Post Office. Pre-registration is required due to spacing and safety issues.

     Sat. June 10, 12-1, 1 Meeting

     Rain Date Sun. June 11

     Note: Rain date is for heavy rain

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with Andree Benoist

Calendar Jun 10, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Celebrate the beautiful colors of spring with watercolor! Join gifted artist Andree Benoist for this introduction course, learn the basics, and create a spring watercolor. Materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor in class. Please pre-register as a minimum of 4 people is required to run the course. 


About Andree: Andree finds inspiration for her work along the Jersey Shore and in the Foothills of the White Mountains of Maine. Her paintings reflect her feelings about her experiences and observations and strive to show what it was like at a particular moment. Her work can be seen at Full Circle Artisan's Gallery and purchased there or by appointment at her studio in Cornish.

Full Course



with Laurel MacDuffie

Calendar Jun 17, 2023 at 1 am, runs for 1 week

Do you like pottery? Want to see how it’s done? Tour the compound? Have a tea party? Play around on the wheel? There are so many things we could do during a studio visit at Cedar Mountain Potters. Come by and meet Laurel MacDuffie, a full time studio potter and sculptor, ask lots of questions, and have some fun.


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with Lee Sullivan

Calendar Jul 22, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This ME hoMEworks class covers the process 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 a pen and notepad available. Note: Register the person you are buying your home with at the time of your registration and get a $10 rebate. Required: You must respond to the email from YCCAC to finalize registration and receive online link.

About Lee: 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.



with Carole Freeman

Improper breathing during sleep is the #1 reason why so many people are sick and tired. This class teaches you how to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, stop snoring and wake up feeling rested. You and I know that you can’t possibly have your highest brain power, perform your best, and function at your highest level when you are chronically fatigued and drained from lack of deep, restful sleep. You’d be shocked at how many health disorders are related to, or even caused by, faulty breathing during sleep. While many people feel there’s nothing they can do about snoring or frequently waking at night, they’d be just as surprised to know there’s more you can do about it than you think. Preregistration is required to receive online link.

Online at your convenience.




with Senior Central

Join us once a month for lunch in the gym! The Community Cafe is sponsored by Senior Central of the Grateful Undead on the 4th Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Parsonsfield Town Hall. Meals are provided by The Carriage House Bistro & Tavern, and the menu will be posted on RSVP is required by the third Friday:  email or call 625-3781. Suggested donation for 60+: $8; Cost under 60: $10




with Kasey McDonough

Join the A Family for ME program for a live, virtual conversation about becoming a foster/adoptive parent in Maine. Recruitment Specialists will answer your questions about the different ways to provide care for infants, teens and siblings. If you’ve ever considered foster care or adoption, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more and get your questions answered! Learn about the licensing process, and explore the various ways to support youth and provide care, including respite care. Discover ways to support foster families. Register directly:

     Second Monday of the Month

     12- 1 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.





with Carole Freeman

If you are planning a mountain vacation in 4-6 weeks, take this class now! High Altitude Vacationing is for people who are planning to vacation in a mountainous region. The higher altitude reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the body’s tissues, including the brain. You may have heard of people who go to Denver or other high altitude locations, to train for elite sports. But we won’t need an elaborate training center. You’ll progress through 10 exercises over 4 to 6 weeks that will help your body begin to adapt to the higher altitude while still at home at sea level. Changes in your body will include an increase in red blood cells, giving your blood more oxygen carrying capacity prior to your vacation. You will learn a more functional breathing pattern that gives greater tissue oxygenation and less shortness of breath. Using this new, more optimal breathing pattern will allow you to maintain a higher oxygen level and ease of breathing while on vacation. Preregistration is required to receive online link.

Online at your convenience.

About Carole: Carole Freeman is a Respiratory Therapist and Breathing Specialist and holds a graduate degree in Health Sciences from Loma Linda University Medical Center. She focuses on the relatively new field of pulmonary medicine in recognizing and treating breathing disorders.



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