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Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

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in Personal Enrichment

Basic Home Improvement and Repair for Beginners


with Wayne Sainio

Calendar Apr 22, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

You will learn several different home repair basics in this class taught by home maintenance guru Wayne Sainio. Over the course of six weeks, he will cover several topics including plumbing, electrical, and carpentry. The first class will be an introduction and a polling of student interest for the remaining five classes. He will also demonstrate one basic home repair in the first class. Handouts will be provided each week and you will leave this class knowing how to do many different home repairs on your own. Topics Wayne plans to cover are: broken pipes; faucet repair; changing a toilet fill valve and tank ball; replacing lights and outlets; changing light switches; replacing electrical panel fuses and circuit breakers; patching interior walls; replacing doors and windows; using wall anchors; repairing exterior siding; and much more! Class is suitable for those ages 18 and over. Class skips 5/27 and will end on 6/3.

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Mushrooms, Edible and Medicinal of New England 5.7.24


with David Spahr

Calendar May 7, 2024 at 6:30 pm
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.

Farming with Edible Native Plants 5.21.24


with David Spahr

Calendar May 21, 2024 at 6:30 pm
This class will teach you how you can grow and harvest edible, native plants. David Spahr installed a public, edible landscape across from the town hall in Washington, Maine, in June of 2014. The intention of this edible landscape is to educate and feed people. Wild bees support the pollination and are supported by the many wild local natives. Varieties include peaches, serviceberries, American plum, beach plum, American chestnut, shagbark hickory, highbush blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries, huckleberries, thimbleberries, strawberries, cranberries, raisin Viburnums, Sedum purpureum, violets, peppermint, garlic, day lily, Rosa rugosa, chives, rhubarb, Jerusalem artichoke and others. David has been farming wild, native plants for many years. His PowerPoint will show the native plants he farms with while he provides a discussion of the ecological implications.

Composting at Home 101


with Jacinda Martinez

Calendar May 22, 2024 at 5:30 pm
Join Jacinda Martinez to learn about the basics of healthy soil and how to make your own using kitchen garden waste. She will walk you through different options and which gadgets actually do the trick!

Foraging Walk


with David Spahr

Calendar Jun 1, 2024 at 10 am

Learn about edible and medicinal wild plants and fungi. We will be examining commonly found “spring things” including nutritious greens, their uses, and their niche in the local ecology. Class will meet near the windmill behind school. Boots or waterproof footwear is recommended.

Mushroom and Wild Edible Plants Walk


with David Spahr

Calendar Aug 10, 2024 at 10 am
Want to learn about edible and medicinal wild plants and fungi? You will be exploring along a trail which the instructor has found to be an excellent mushrooming area. The class will also discuss commonly found wild edibles including nutritious greens, their uses, and their niche in the local ecology. This course involves some moderate hiking. The group will meet at the Rt. 17 parking lot for the Georges Highland Path trail.

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