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Sacopee Valley Adult & Community Education

Personal Enrichment



with Martine Grenier-Burtis

Calendar Oct 25, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Join experienced breadmaker Martine for this two-part course. In the first class, students will learn how to feed their sourdough starter and make goodies from their excess sourdough. In the second class students will learn how to make and form the levain (dough) and how to bake their sourdough loaves. Fresh sourdough bread - it’s easier than you think and as delicious as you imagine! Please bring a large container for your starter (starter is provided by the instructor) and a cooking scale (preferable but not necessary) to the first meeting.  For the second meeting, bring your fed starter (from the previous class), a large mixing bowl, and a cooking scale (preferable but not necessary).  All ingredients will be provided. Materials fee of $8 is payable to instructor at class. Please pre-register as a minimum of 4 people is required to run the course.

      Wed. Oct. 25, 5pm-7pm


     Thu. Oct. 26, 10am-12pm

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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 Emma Holder

Calendar Oct 26, 2023 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

Lacto-ferment cabbage and other local veggies resulting in delicious safe home-made signature ferments. You’ll learn a bit of microbiology and basic techniques to create sauerkraut and how to culture almost any vegetable. Zoom link and materials list will be provided upon registration. Registration closes October 23 to ensure participants get all needed information and supplies. FMI, contact Emma via her site at

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with Craig Coffman

Calendar Oct 28, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries - playing songs without relying on written music. A very practical presentation of music theory, expressed in everyday language, course includes predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings and transposing. This is an ideal follow-up to the Instant Piano class and open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. Expand your musical horizons, free yourself from sheet-music dependence, and be the life of the party! Prior experience

with chords is recommended. Fee includes the online book, online follow-up lessons, a recording of the class, and an optional monthly question and answer session. Please have a stable internet connection; a computer, tablet, or cellphone; and a piano or keyboard available during class. Pre-registration is required to receive online link. Registration closes at noon on 10/25.

Craig Coffman, an experienced piano and guitar instructor, professional pianist, and music director, has over 30 years of experience teaching piano privately. His piano and guitar seminars, offered through community colleges and community education programs, have been attended by more than 30,000 students throughout the US over the last 27 years. 



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 Kathy Bodman

Calendar Nov 3, 2023 at 11 am, runs for 1 week

Ring in the holidays with a difference: a wreath reminiscent of the Maine seashore! Create a small wreath or garland with seashells and beads strung on craft wire to hang over a door, on a doorknob, or on the mantel next to your stocking! Materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor in class. Please pre-register as we need a minimum of 4 people to run the course.




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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