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Sacopee Valley Adult & Community Education

Personal Enrichment

DEATH CAFE, June Meeting


with Cait Bushnell, Facilitator

Calendar Jun 2, 2023 at 7 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 of death. Everyone is welcome at this open, relaxed, spontaneous discussion. Please join us.




with Peter Cyr

Calendar Jun 3, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

The Brown Family or their caretakers owned Valley Lodge for 181 years until 1973. Brothers David and Ephraim Brown came to Flintstown (now Baldwin) with their father, Captain David Brown, from Concord, Massachusetts in 1783. Captain David Brown helped lay out the plot plan and worked on the roads in Flintstown. He never lived in Maine, but his son Ephraim built Valley Lodge. Ephraim's brother David built Saddle Back Farm (now gone) right above Valley Lodge. Ephraim had 7 children who all lived to be adults. Thus, in the early 1800s, he added to the original cape by building a Federal Colonial over the front half of the cape. However, none of the early features of the cape were disturbed. It is possible to see the evolution of architectural styles from the mantels. From pre-revolutionary to the late Victorian periods, 95% of the original features are still present. Valley Lodge was featured in the April 2011 issue of Early American Life; a copy is at the Brown Memorial Library. Valley Lodge is located at 67 E. Saddleback Road, West Baldwin. Take Brown Road, which goes up behind Limington Lumber on RT 113. Take the first right, which is E. Saddleback. Valley Lodge is the first house. Please note: There is no charge for this tour. The $5 registration fee will be donated to the Baldwin 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. Pre-registration is required due to spacing and safety issues. Extra sessions will be available as needed.




with Hugh Sadlier

Calendar Jun 6, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Stress can be incapacitating and crippling, contributing to many diseases in our minds and bodies. Hypnosis can help you release your habitual reaction to stress, replacing it with a positive, relaxed response. Learn to enter the hypnotic state whenever you desire, using it to reinforce a satisfying way of handling your stress. Have a mat and pillow available for extra comfort. Pre-registration is required to receive pre-class readings and online link.

Hugh Sadlier, practicing hypnotherapy for 32 years, has worked with over 3000 people on more than 300 separate issues, including weight management & eating disorders.




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



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.

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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.




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.

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