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Adult Fitness - Winter
with Karen Dove
Here's everything to get YOU ready for your next phase of personal growth. Step aerobics using 4 or 6 inch steps or "step mats" (keeps you at ground level)...low impact to set your own intensity. Strength training with weights: meet your own needs for bone density and isolated muscle work to maintain a stronger you. Some weights available at class along with steps, step mats and floor mats.
Beekeeping for Beginners - Spring
with Peter Cowin
This class is designed to stimulate the interest in and answer the questions of those interested in starting beekeeping as a hobby or to help pollinate their crops. It covers what is needed, where to locate bees hives, where to buy them, what it costs and how to care for bees so they survive the winter. Many join the class because they are aware of the huge importance and decline of honeybees and other pollinators and just want to help. Learn about the fascinating hobby of beekeeping, pollinate your garden and grow your own honey!
Peter Cowin (aka The Bee Whisperer) is President of the Penobscot County Beekeepers Association and is part of the Maine State beekeepers Association Swarm Team with a specialization in the removal and safe relocation of honeybee colonies which have become established in the walls of people’s homes and out buildings. Keeping honeybees on and off since the age of 11, he has grown his hobby into a cottage business known as “Hampden Honey.”
Bread Making at Home
with Roberta Scott
Learn how to make bread dough, knead, shape and bake traditional loaves of bread and rolls the old fashioned way...by hand and by touch. Roberta Scott has been making her own bread for decades and local potluck attendees recognize and devour her homemade rolls! Students will leave with enough dough for 3 loaves of bread or rolls to bake at home. Please bring loaf pans and/or baking pans.
Cooking with Sea Vegetables
with Kara Ibarguen
Discover the savory flavors of the sea and how easy it is to boost the nutrition and deliciousness of your everyday cooking. We will try both traditional and adventurous uses of sea vegetables in classic favorites like Seaweed Salad and Smoked Dulse Chowder. Bring your appetite and favorite to-go containers!
Drumming & Percussion
with Kevin Campbell
Master drummer/multi-instrumentalist Kevin Campbell will teach traditional West African and South American rhythms on a wide variety of drums and percussion instruments, ie. djembe, dunun, gourd shakers and balafon. In addition, we will combine specific hand drumming techniques with accompanying songs and percussion complements. All instruments provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own. All levels of experience and non-experience are welcome.
Ear Acupressure Point: An Introduction
with Jean Guyette
Locating this area of the ear, the Shen Men acupressure point, can result in a feeling of relief and a lessening of tension and anxiety. It may also help relieve physical symptoms, such as headaches and sleep problems. Ear acupressure is one tool you can keep in your self care tool bag. Ear acupressure (also called "auricular therapy" or simply "ear treatments") is virtually free and can help you stay healthy. Jean volunteers her time for the non-profit organization, The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, www.acudetox.com.
German for Beginners
with Michelle Wyler
Using a combination of high tech (language apps!) and low tech (index cards!) in an effort to reach all types of learners, this course offers an introduction to the German language within the context of its culture. During class we will focus on conversation and proper pronunciation in a variety of settings. Homework will be self-directed, with the goal of learning new vocabulary words each week. Instructor hopes to bring in German specialty foods whenever possible as a way to expand and enliven the conversation.
Homebuyer Education Workshop
with Heather Massow
This 8-hour course is valuable to anyone considering a home purchase and is required for many down payment assistance and other lending programs for first-time homebuyers. The course will help you make good choices about becoming a homeowner and selecting a home that meets your needs and matches your financial resources. Receive step-by-step instruction on all aspects of the home buying process from application to closing, as well as determining how much home you can afford; budgeting for homeownership expenses; how credit affects home buying; resources for down payment assistance; mortgage financing options; real estate contracts and home inspections. Maine hoMEworks offers this course through its HUD-approved, housing counselor MaineStream Finance.