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Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

Personal Enrichment

French I - Beginner French


with Kimberly Helmstetter

Calendar Sep 13, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This is a beginner course where we will cover topics such as greetings, personal preferences, shopping, asking for and giving directions, making plans with family members or friends, descriptions of people and places, ordering in a restaurant, how to get around town, go shopping, and ask for directions.

Salsa for Beginners - Part 1


with Steve Hand

Calendar Sep 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks


Get started with the basic moves of salsa on-1, variations, and styling. Learn to hear the beat. Learn essential lead/follow skills that apply to any moves. Enjoy this fun social activity with friends, because salsa is a social dance! This class is perfect for complete beginners and those who want a solid review. You will take home a strong introduction, class notes with moves, special tips, suggestions for home practice, music list, and video recap. Small class size means you get lots of support. Partner recommended.

Bridge for Beginners


with Kate Martino

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Bridge is played by over 25 million Americans of all ages and is one of the world’s most popular card games. It is fun, a great way to meet new people and stimulates your brain….. a game for your lifetime! This class covers bridge basics for those who have never played or if you haven't played for a while and are looking to renew your skills. The textbook required for this class is “Basic Bridge I” by Audrey Grant and can be purchased on Amazon (new/used).

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Coed NRA Basics of Pistol Handling


with Alice Bean Andrenyak

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks


This Coed NRA Basics of Pistol Handling will cover safety at home and the range, principal parts and types of actions, how to handle a pistol in a safe manner, fundamentals of pistol shooting, pistol shooting positions, common malfunctions and cleaning, selecting a pistol, and qualifying on a range. The course meets the Maine minimum for a Concealed Carry Permit if you pass the 50-question written exam and qualify by putting 5 rounds in 4 target circles (20 rounds total) at 10-feet. Students will receive the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting textbook. You do not need to own a pistol for this class, but if you do, you are encouraged to bring it to class with no ammunition. Range time will be scheduled separately from the classroom sessions at a cost of $50. If you wish to shoot at the range to qualify and do not own a pistol, one will be provided with 50 rounds of ammunition for $25. If bringing your own pistol to the range, bring 50 rounds of ammunition. The range day will be held at the Lincoln County Rifle Club in Damariscotta, on 9/28 between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM or 9/29 between 1:30 and 5:30 PM. Class meets at CHRHS on 9/14 and 9/21 only.

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Food Waste and Compost


with Katrina Venhuizen

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
From your backyard to an industrial composting facility, we will go over all the ways available to make sure your food scraps are contributing to local soil production instead of sitting in a landfill! Join Katrina Venhuizen, ecomaine environmental educator, in learning more about what’s in your trash can and how to reduce your household waste.

Gardening - Making the Most of Your Yard and Garden


with Sharon Turner

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 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.

Sustainability Workshop: A Pathway to Action


with Connie Evans & Valli Geiger

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

No matter where you are on the path to sustainable living, this four-week course will help you go a little further. We will focus on going from enthusiastic optimism to potent action for the welfare of our future generations. The class will include: 1. An exploration of achieving a more sustainable lifestyle through the restoration of a healthy relationship with nature. 2. The opportunity to develop a personal sustainability plan based on the idea of not just using less, but also making more intentional acquisitions of renewable/repurposed/biodegradable products that are safe for plants and humans with “next step possibilities” presented. 3. Examples of successful sustainability projects started by “regular people” around the world that have made a huge impact on community self-reliance. 4. Rationale and strategies to create environments that optimize physical and psychological health and well-being by embracing living space and product design that uplifts the human spirit. Other topics covered will include: The Circular Economy; Living Future System; Local Food/Economy; Peak Oil Transition; Sustainable Home Design; and Current Sustainability Legislation efforts. Connie and Valli hope that this class will leave you with the enthusiasm and hope for the future that this work has given them over the past decade of their own learning and work on these issues. This class will have an option to participate live or via Zoom.

Woodworking - Basic Hand Tools


with Libby Schrum

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Jump right into the world of working with wood, tools and creating useful objects with your hands in this beginning woodworking course. Using materials found at your local hardware store, you will learn which tools to use for which tasks, and how you use each of them to cut, join, shape and sand wood into a simple functional piece. In addition to conversations about tool and shop safety we will have discussions about wood as a material, different types of joinery, and dip our toes (not literally) into the basics of finishes and clear coats. Participants will make a pair of nesting serving trays as they learn all these tools and techniques. Materials fee of $30 is to be paid to instructor and is based on wood prices as of press time so may be higher at class time.

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