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Cooking Vegetarian Indian Food 4.11.23


with Dee Patel

Calendar Apr 11, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn to make delicious vegetarian Indian food in this class taught by Dee Patel of Namaste Indian Food. Dee has had a passion for cooking Indian food since she was a teenager living with her grandmother in India, and she loves to share both her own and her grandmother’s recipes. Her menu features a daily special and several of her most popular dishes will be among those you will learn in this class such as Pakora and Puri Bread. This class will also feature Dosa Sambar with potato stuffing, a dish of southern India, which is quite a different cuisine from northern India. There will also be a lovely Indian Chai tea! Registration fee includes all ingredients.

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Oil Painting


with Linda Leach and Sandy Clement

Calendar Apr 11, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This semester's theme is Fire in the Sky! Nature produces so many fabulous scenic skies and in this session we will work on capturing the "fire in the sky" colors that we often see. Whether sunrise, sunset, storm or other colorful sky - bring your favorite images to turn into paintings. Materials needed are oil paints, 2-3 brushes, a painting or palette knife, a 16 x 20 canvas, palette or palate paper. Medium sized canvas and basic painting supplies needed for first class as we will create the underpainting for the project. A general materials list can be obtained through the Adult Ed office.

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Mushrooms, Edible and Medicinal of New England 4.11.23


with David Spahr

Calendar Apr 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week
This class will feature easy-to-understand information on finding, collecting, identifying, and preparing the safe, most common edible and medicinal mushroom species of New England and Eastern Canada. Whether you are a cook, forager, herbalist, or restauranteur, you will enjoy this class. The book "Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada" will be available for purchase in class for $21.

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Tai Chi for Beginners - 10 Movements 4.12.23


with Mike Shunney

Calendar Apr 12, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 6 weeks
Through the movements of Tai Chi and relaxed breathing, you will cultivate, store & circulate your internal energy. The movements are non-impact, smooth and practiced very slowly at first. Western research has shown improvements in heart, bone and muscle strength, as well as large reductions in the effects of stress, and an improvement in overall balance, with regular practice. This is the 20th continuous year of Tai Chi classes through the Five Town Adult Education program!

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QIGONG - Mindful Movement with Natural Breathing 4.12.23


with Mike Shunney

Calendar Apr 12, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 6 weeks
These ancient Qigong practices have improved the health of millions of people over millennia. The air that we breathe is our most important source of nourishment. There is a mountain of research in western medicine confirming the value of a regular practice of improved breathing for many health conditions, and even more benefits in combination with these movements. Ba Duan Jin, Swimming Dragon & Wu Ming Qigongs will be introduced.

Gardening - Making the Most of Your Yard and Garden


with Sharon Turner

Calendar Apr 12, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks
Whether you're starting from scratch, needing to renovate existing plantings, wanting to plan a new vegetable garden or create a special habitat for birds and beneficials, this field-based class is for you! After the first meeting classes will meet at each participant's property where individualized, site-specific options will be explored. Organic practices will be emphasized as will the incorporation of native plants, especially those important for birds, bees, butterflies and other beneficials. Please give us your physical address when registering. The first night is mandatory, students will receive information and subsequent garden visits will be planned for all participants - this will be the only meeting held in a classroom. Dates and times of subsequent meetings will be determined that evening. $10 for materials (handouts) to be paid to instructor. Approximately 8 weeks total, with some meetings at gardens on weekdays and some on weekends. This class will include meeting at the instructor's nursery in Washington.

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History of Malaga Island, Maine


with Alice Bean Andrenyak

Calendar Apr 12, 2023 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

Malaga Island is a 41-acre island at the mouth of the New Meadows River in Casco Bay, ME. It was the site of an interracial community from the Civil War until 1911, when the residents were forcibly evicted from the island. Travel back in history and learn about who used the island before the colony, about the colony and its history, and now. Finish by taking a virtual tour of the island today with Master Maine Guide, Alice Bean Andrenyak, who specializes in its tumultuous history. A question and answer time is planned at the end of the 90 minute presentation.This class is offered through a combination of video conferencing and pre-recorded video. Students must have an audio and video enabled computer, tablet or smartphone to participate. You will receive information about accessing the class prior to its start date.

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Cooking Sourdough Bread 4.13.23


with Bill Babb

Calendar Apr 13, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

There is nothing like the aroma of freshly baked sourdough bread unless it is enjoying a slice of freshly baked bread with butter shortly after coming out of the oven! Students will learn how to care for a sourdough starter, how to knead using two different techniques, and how to mix, shape and score the bread for baking. The instructor will demonstrate two ways to bake a loaf, using a cloche or a stone with steam in the oven, followed by a taste testing. Students will then shape, score and bake a loaf of their own in class. They will take home some sourdough culture (bring a 32 ounce container) for bread baking at home. A $5 ingredients fee is payable to the instructor at class.

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